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Talking to New 'Daily Show' Head Writer Elliott Kalan

Over the last decade, comedy writer Elliott Kalan has risen up the Daily Show ranks, starting as an intern before becoming a production assistant then a segment producer then a writer until, last month, being made the show's head writer. Kalan took over for Tim Carvell, who left to be the showrunner for John Oliver's new HBO show, Last Week Tonight. I recently had the chance to talk to Kalan about what the new job entails, how The Daily Show's writers' room works, and doing standup.

Daily Show Writer Elliott Kalan and Executive Producer Rory Albanese Fight For Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes Job

You've probably heard that earlier today, 60 Minutes' cranky grandpa Andy Rooney announced his retirement. That left his musky armchair open for someone to come and complain in, and two men have stepped up to the plate: Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan and Daily Show executive producer Rory Albanese.

First, Kalan set up a petition asking for a shot at the job, saying that while he may be young, he is also extremely curmudgeony. Then, Rory Albanese, Elliott's boss (awkward!) set up a competing petition, saying "Yes, Elliott knows about comic books and old movies, but Rory Albanese can rant about any topic, regardless of [...]