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A show or movie where the main cast also serve as the writers of the piece. Common in Sketch Comedy, as well as Video Review Shows and Internet Abridged Series due to their one-man-show nature. The trope can crop up in other types of show as well; it's especially common in Sit Coms, as sitcom writers often have backgrounds in performance (specifically stand-up and/or sketch comedy) and are susceptible to being called upon to act.


When actors get their first writing credit on series they're already starring in, that's Written by Cast Member.


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  • Puzzle Clubhouse has a lot of this — it's a series of episodic games created on a fast-paced schedule (a new game releases on the first of each month), and having all the voice actors on site makes for faster iteration and development. The majority of characters are voiced by Schell Games developers (who also write the episodes, design the games, create the artwork, etc).

    Western Animation 
  • The Venture Bros. has a lot of this: writer/creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer spend a lot of time talking to themselves; between them they voice something like twelve characters.
  • Same thing with South Park, but more so. Trey Parker and Matt Stone voice pretty much anyone who's not Chef or a woman (though Trey Parker voiced Ms. Choksondik, as well as a one-time female character — the S'mores Schnapps lady — in "The Red Badge of Gayness." Mary Kay Bergman was meant to voice her, but had to be replaced following her death).
  • Bill Scott, co-creator and head writer of Rocky and Bullwinkle, shouldered the burden of roughly half the lead voice cast, playing Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody, and Dudley Do-Right, among others.
  • Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein and Mike Henry both write and perform for Family Guy.
  • Jack Mercer wrote for many Popeye cartoons as well as voicing not only the title character but many incidental voices, right through the 1978 Hanna-Barbera series. He did so with many of the Paramount stable. He was also an in-betweener at Paramount.
  • Several OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes characters are voiced by creator and head writer Ian Jones-Quartey. They include Radicles, Darrell, Gregg, Crinkly Wrinkly, and Cookie Man. Likewise, storyboard artist Parker Simmons voices several recurring or one-off characters; his roles include Fish Dude, Gerald Nametag, Skateboard Nerd, Gil Ferris, and Plazamo.
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, created by the aforementioned Parker Simmons, features a main cast primarily comprised of crew members and employees at Titmouse.
    • Creator Parker Simmons voices Mao Mao, King Snugglemane, and Ratarang, as well as several minor characters.
    • Storyboard artist Griffith Kimmins voices Badgerclops as well as Pinky, Kevin, and Chester.
    • Lika Leong, the production manager, voices Adorabat.