His process is similar to mine, as well:
1st pass is mostly writing cues for where riffs can go, minimal joke writing
2nd pass is where the majority of jokes are written
3rd pass (the fastest) consisting of filling in the blanks and replacing some of the clunkers
Now I'm ready for a read-through with the wife.
I incorporate her notes into a 4th pass.
NOW we record.
The painstaking editing process begins:
-Cutting out everything between the jokes
-Massaging the placement of jokes and cutting out alternate takes (we stop and start a lot during the recording)
-Mixing the audio to stand up against the louder parts of the feature
-Doing my damndest to get rid of popping Ps (new microphones limit this problem but they don't do away with it completely)
-Find blank spots where Sync Lines can go (I only recently started spotting for sync lines after the initial edit was done; it's a lot easier to see where sync lines can fit when you see a big blank spot on your audio track)
-Record sync lines and any other lines that need to be replaced (either they were botched in the record or I thought of something funnier)
-Edit that crap in
And THAT'S why I don't come out with more than 1 riff every 10 - 12 months. I'm totally stealing Josh's print-out idea and combining it with Pezdrake's Ipod idea. That's a lot easier than lugging out the Mac book for a fifteen minute burst of writing before I have to get back to work.