“Putting together a writing staff is like putting together a baseball team. There are some players who can field but not hit, or hit but can’t run, or can just pitch to lefthanders, etc. Then there are the rare “five tool” players. They can hit for average, hit for power, field, run, and have great throwing arms. But since there are precious few of those, you sign players who bring certain strengths.
Same is true on a writing staff. Ideally, you want a writer who is a whiz with story, turns out great drafts, and is a joke machine in the room. But realistically, you might hire someone because he’s very funny in the room but weak on drafts, or someone who turns out terrific scripts but is very quiet during rewrites. You might want someone who is extremely clever when it comes to plotting stories or fixing stories but he’s not a good joke man.
The key is accepting that not all writers are five-tool guys. This is why a lot of comedy writers team up. They combine their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.”
By Ken Levine.