Jimmie Walker – yes, Jimmie Walker – has terrific piece over at Slate about the staff he assembled in the 70s to help him write jokes for his stand-up. He writes:
Sitting on the couch would be David Letterman next to Jay Leno next to Paul Mooney. Snacking on the food might be Robert Schimmel, Richard Jeni, Louie Anderson, and Elayne Boosler. Young Byron Allen would be trying to ignore the fact that his mother was in the kitchen waiting to drive him home.
Additionally, Jack Handey and Steve Oedekirk were two of the upwards of two dozen comedians who would gather in JJ's Beverly Hills apartment and [...]