Jess Bybee

Comedy Writer

Jess Bybee's Story

As an eighth-grader, Bybee watched a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of "Will and Grace." Seeing a table of writers pitching ideas and working collaboratively to make comedy resonated with her, and she’s had her sights on a career in comedy writing ever since.

Bybee admits having initially felt a little intimidated by the weight of attending Second City, but she soon learned she belonged. “With my English degree from Monmouth, I find that in terms of writing, I’m hanging well with the big dogs from colleges likes Harvard and Columbia.”

To that end, Bybee credits the “rigorous, well-rounded” curriculum of Monmouth’s English major. She also credits an off-campus study experience in Florence and London while she was a Monmouth student. “The half-semester in London is where I really came into my own,” she said. “I saw 20 plays, and the more I watched, the more I realized that creative people do creative things with their careers, and I could do that, too.”

Tying it all together

When asked what she would tell a student who was considering Monmouth, Bybee replied, “I’d tell them that Monmouth is the kind of college that really builds its students up. It has a very personal way of educating students. For me, that’s where the confidence came in, and that’s the confidence I needed to try something as ambitious as Second City.”

  • Good hands
    Second City has helped launch the comedic careers of some of the top names in the industry, including Joan Rivers, Bill Murray, John Candy, Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
  • Ambitious
    When she completes the intensive 48-week session at Second City, Bybee plans to head to Los Angeles, with the goal of writing for a network comedy series.
… Monmouth is the kind of college that really builds its students up. It has a very personal way of educating students.


Jess Bybee ’14
Major: English