Brian Stack honed his skills at Second City in Chicago before being hired as a temporary replacement at Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1997. Fourteen years later, he still works with the late night legend, having travelled to The Tonight Show and then to TBS with Conan. I asked him what it was like to work to work with Conan O'Brien, what advice he has for aspiring comedy writers and to recall some of his favorite Late Night characters. READ MORE
Jeremy Bronson didn't take the traditional path to become the head monologue writer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sure, he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon in college, but between that gig and becoming a professional comedy writer, he lived in DC and worked for both the senatorial campaign of Lamar Alexander and the not-so-funny Chris Matthews Show and Hardball.
I talked to him about his career path and what his job is like now that he's in 30 Rock writing topical jokes for Fallon every day. READ MORE
Eric Drysdale wrote for The Daily Show for six years before helping to develop and then writing for The Colbert Report, where he currently works. You may recognize him as Colbert's stage manager "Bobby," although that character hasn't been seen since April of 2008, when Colbert ate him. Naturally.
In addition to his work for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, he's also created a 3-D ViewMaster show, “The Man with F.E.E.E.T,” which recently premiered in NYC and is now available for order online. He talked to me about breaking into the comedy writing game, his experience at The Daily Show, what it was like to develop The Colbert Report, and bringing comedy to the exciting field of ViewMasters. READ MORE
Kay Cannon is a producer and writer on 30 Rock, which just started its fifth season on NBC. A Chicago improviser who successfully made the transition to writing after moving to NYC, she now has the enviable position of spending her days coming up with funny things for Tracy Jordan to say.
I talked with her about her years doing improv in places like Amsterdam and Las Vegas, the all nighter she had to pull in order to get Tina Fey the spec script that got her a job, and what it's like in the 30 Rock writer's room. READ MORE
Welcome to The Writer's Room! This is the first in a series of interviews with comedy writers currently working in film and TV where I'll talk to them about the writing process, working in comedy and how, exactly, somebody makes a living writing funny things down.
Up first: John Mulaney, a stand up comedian and comedy writer currently heading into his third year as a writer on Saturday Night Live. READ MORE