"Follow the green lights. There are a lot of yellow lights in the world where people are not quite sure about a direction, or red lights, which is don't go that way. When I was an actor I remember thinking after a play, no matter how good I was, I felt like there was always a question. And then after I did comedy, people would just be smiling. And I thought, 'yeah, follow the green lights. Go where it's open towards you.'"
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive Interview, Michael Patrick King discusses his path from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Hollywood and New York. He describes finding his way from actor, to stand-up comedian, to writer, and offers advice to aspiring writers and producers. King details working as a story editor on Murphy Brown, being offered a job on In Living Color, and writing for both Sex and the City and Will & Grace at the same time. He explains the importance of fashion on Sex and the City, describes how New York is its own character, and recalls memorable moments from the series. King also speaks of his work on the Sex and the City movies, outlines writing The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, and shares tales of his most recent series, 2 Broke Girls. Nancy Harrington conducted the interview on May 25, 2011 in Burbank, CA.