Jenna Lamia ’00E and Sarah Walker ’03 met in the writers’ room for the MTV teen comedy Awkward. “Of course I was instantly intimidated by her,” Lamia says, “because she’s very tall and beautiful, and she had been on the Amherst basketball team.”
The respect is mutual: “I love Jenna—she’s the best,” Walker says. That first meeting took place in 2014, when both had come onboard as writers in the show’s fourth season. By that time each had spent years pursuing a career as a comedy writer. While at Amherst, Walker had landed internships at the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows, and after graduation she’d worked as a writer on MTV and VH1 talk shows and game shows, while also contributing to the humor magazine McSweeney’s and publishing a tongue-in-cheek self-help book, Really, You’ve Done Enough (“It was definitely the most amount of work for the least amount of money,” she says).