Excellent column from Dave Barry about how he ended up writing jokes for the Academy Awards. He got to work with Steve Martin, Andy Breckman, Rita Rudner, and other talented people. Fun account:
In November, I went to California for the first meeting of the writers, in a Beverly Hills hotel. We sat at a round table in a conference room. Martin was to my immediate left, taking notes on his laptop computer as the other writers tossed out idea after idea. This group process was unfamiliar and intimidating to me; I've always written alone. I tried to have an idea, but my brain had frozen into a cold, hard mass of lifeless tissue. For about an hour, the only coherent thought it could form was: I'm sitting right next to Steve Martin!
Dave Barry has a weblog too, but you probably knew that.