From ‘SNL’ to Greenpoint

Comedy writer and producer Emily Spivey ’93 has been a highly successful – and hilarious – creative force in American television for nearly two decades.

The High Point native, UNC Greensboro alumna, and Emmy-award winning writer has kept us doubled-over laughing with her work on “Saturday Night Live,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Modern Family” – just to name a few.

In May, she celebrated the premiere of “Wine Country,” a Netflix original film that she stars in and co-wrote. The movie boasts an all-star cast of some of the funniest women in TV and film, including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph, who are longtime friends and colleagues of Emily.

Her newest project? “Bless the Harts,” an animated series that recently premiered on FOX. The show is set in the imaginary town of Greenpoint, which Emily describes as an “amalgamation of High Point and Greensboro.”

“It’s really, really High Point and Greensboro specific, down to the street names and restaurants,” she says. “I hope you’ll watch it and be like, ‘Oh my lord, I know these people.’ That’s my goal.”

Photo courtesy of Emily Spivey


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