“Half the time the scripts [Louis] gives me, this is not funny at all. But now I know the comedy is going to come."
- Louie executive producer Blair Breard talking at the Variety Emmy Elite Showrunners Breakfast with fellow EPs Judd Apatow of Girls, Steve Molaro of The Big Bang Theory, Armando Iannucci of Veep, Jack Burditt of 30 Rock, and Danny Zuker of Modern Family
Twenty-five years ago, millions of Americans gathered around their sets to watch the launch of a show that would transform late-night TV. This show would fuse comedy and news, offering desk pieces, taped dispatches from correspondents, and interviews with political figures. It would instruct as well as entertain. Yes, a quarter-century ago, America got its first glimpse of a program that had many similarities to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. It was called The Wilton North Report. The Wilton North Re-what? Exactly.
Still, pop culture history was made that night. I was a writer on the show and forgive me for bragging, but as a late-night programming fiasco, I believe The Wilton North [...]