Mitch Hurwitz (COL ’85): “Georgetown is not exactly a hotbed of comedy”
Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the cult classic Arrested Development and a Georgetown grad, was recently interviewed by Mike Sacks for his new book “And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with Top Humor Writers About Their Craft.”
Is it true that you were a theology major at Georgetown University when you attended in the early to mid-80s?
Yes, I earned a theology degree as well as an English degree. I put the English degree to better work. I never pursued theology after college, but I did learn quite a few answers to some major questions.
I wish I could share them with you—I just can’t.
Maybe for the next edition.
I know whether God exists or not. That’s all I can say …
Here’s a funny thing about Georgetown: At the end of each year the college would create this mathematical formula to figure out the average salary each major would eventually earn. English majors earned, on average, about $30,000 a year. But majors in the fine arts earned more than $1,000,000 a year. And that was because there were only six of them, and one had been [Knicks basketball-team center] Patrick Ewing. So fine arts seemed really good to me. [Laughs] I thought about it, but, in the end, I never went through with it.