Tim Carvell is an American writer and television producer known for his work on the TV satirical news series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as for his print work in publications including Mad and The New York Times. For the first nine years after he graduated from college, Carvell wrote for a number of New York-based publications, including Fortune, Sports Illustrated for Women and Entertainment Weekly, he contributed humor pieces to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and the op-ed page of The New York Times. Carvell stumbled into a comedy career "by accident", he heard about an opening on the TV comedy series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from Steve Bodow, one of the writers on that show. He submitted a writing sample that consisted of the headlines that Jon Stewart reads at the desk and dialogue between Stewart and correspondents. Carvell was interviewed by the show's head writer and the executive producer, he joined the show in March 2004, just as the 2004 U.
S. presidential campaign was becoming a common news topic. Describing the subsequent meeting with Stewart as "surreal", Carvell says, "it felt uncannily like I was a guest on the show, only without a book or movie to promote." In 2011, Carvell became the series' head writer. As a staff writer for the show, he won six Emmy Awards between 2004–2012. Since 2005, he has written the "Planet Tad" column for Mad magazine. In 2012, he wrote a book based on the column called Planet Tad. In 2014, Carvell followed John Oliver to his new HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he serves as showrunner for the series. Tim Carvell is a native of a suburb of Detroit, he entered Columbia University in 1991. While there, he wrote news and features for Spectator which he described as "as good a journalism education as you could get, it allowed you to learn by making mistakes, without suffering real consequences." He graduated in 1995. Carvell married his partner, Thomas Keeton, on June 28, 2014. Tim Carvell on Twitter
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American comedian, producer, political commentator and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 and the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015. Colbert studied to be a dramatic actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre while attending Northwestern University, where he met Second City director Del Close. Colbert first performed professionally as an understudy for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago, where his troupe mates included Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, comedians with whom he developed the sketch comedy series, Exit 57, he wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Sedaris and Dinello again on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained attention for his role on the latter as closeted gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. Colbert's work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show gained him wide recognition.
In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host The Colbert Report. Following The Daily Show's news-parody concept, The Colbert Report was a parody of personality-driven political opinion shows including The O'Reilly Factor, in which he portrayed a caricatured version of conservative political pundits; the series became one of Comedy Central's highest-rated series, earning Colbert an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006. After ending The Colbert Report, he was hired in 2015 to succeed retiring David Letterman as host of the Late Show on CBS, he hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2017. Colbert has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, two Peabody Awards. Colbert was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2006 and 2012. Colbert's book, I Am America, listed #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2007. Colbert was born in Washington, D. C. the youngest of 11 children in a Catholic family. He spent his early years in Maryland.
He grew up on South Carolina. Colbert and his siblings, in descending order by age, are James III, Mary, Margo, Jay, Paul and Stephen, his father, James William Colbert Jr. was an immunologist and medical school dean at Yale University, Saint Louis University, at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he served as vice president for academic affairs. Stephen's mother, Lorna Elizabeth Colbert, was a homemaker. In interviews, Colbert has described his parents as devout people who strongly valued intellectualism and taught their children that it was possible to question the church and still be Catholic; as a child, he observed that Southerners were depicted as being less intelligent than other characters on scripted television. While Colbert sometimes comedically claims his surname is French, he is of 15/16ths Irish ancestry. Many of his ancestors emigrated from Ireland to North America in the 19th century before and during the Great Famine, his surname was pronounced KOHL-bərt in English.
He offered his children the option to pronounce the name. Stephen started using /koʊlˈbɛər/ in life when he transferred to Northwestern University, taking advantage of the opportunity to reinvent himself in a new place where no one knew him. Stephen's brother Edward, an intellectual property attorney, retained /ˈkoʊlbərt/. Ed responded "/ˈkoʊlbərt/", to which Stephen jokingly replied, "See you in Hell". On September 11, 1974, when Colbert was ten years old, his father and two closest brothers and Paul, died in the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 while it was attempting to land in Charlotte, North Carolina, they were en route to enroll the two boys at Canterbury School in Connecticut. Lorna Colbert relocated the family downtown to the more urban environment of East Bay Street in Charleston. Colbert found the transition difficult and did not make friends in his new neighborhood. Colbert described himself during this time as detached, lacking a sense of importance regarding the things with which other children concerned themselves.
He developed a love of science fiction and fantasy novels the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, of which he remains an avid fan. During his adolescence, he developed an intense interest in fantasy role-playing games Dungeons & Dragons, a pastime which he characterized as an early experience in acting and improvisation. Colbert attended Charleston's Episcopal Porter-Gaud School, where he participated in several school plays and contributed to the school newspaper but was not motivated academically. During his adolescence, he fronted A Shot in the Dark, a Rolling Stones cover band; when he was younger, he had hoped to study marine biology, but surgery intended to repair a perforated eardrum caused him inner ear damage. The damage was severe enough; the damage left him deaf in his right ear. For a while, he was uncertain whether he would attend college, but he applied and was accepted to Hampden–Sydney College in Virginia, where a friend had als
Jon Stewart is an American comedian, producer, political commentator and television host. He hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central, he went on to host The Jon Stewart Show and You Wrote It, You Watch It, both on MTV. Stewart has had several film roles as an actor but did few cinematic projects after becoming host of The Daily Show in 1999, he was a writer and co-executive producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show gained popularity and critical acclaim, during his tenure, The Daily Show won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards. Stewart is known as an outspoken, humorous critic of personality-driven media shows, in particular those of the U. S. media networks such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his "news satire" desk.
Stewart agrees, saying that neither his show nor Comedy Central purport to be anything other than satire and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for news and journalism awards among its accolades. Stewart hosted the 80th Academy Awards, he is the co-author of America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, one of the best-selling books in the U. S. in 2004, Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, released in 2010. Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962, in New York City, to Marian, a teacher and educational consultant, Donald Leibowitz, a professor of physics at The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison State College. Stewart's family are Jewish immigrants to America from Poland and Belarus. One of his grandfathers was born in Manzhouli, he is the second of four sons, with younger brothers Dan and Matthew. Stewart's parents divorced when he was eleven years old, Stewart was estranged from his father.
Because of his strained relationship with his father, which in 2015 he described as "still'complicated'", he dropped his surname and began using his middle name, Stuart. Stewart stated, "There was a thought of using my mother's maiden name, but I thought that would be just too big a fuck you to my dad... Did I have some problems with my father? Yes, yet people always view through the prism of ethnic identity." He had his surname changed to Stewart in 2001. Stewart and his brother Lawrence, the Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext, grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where they attended Lawrence High School. According to Stewart, he was subjected to anti-Semitic bullying as a child, he describes himself in high school as "very into Eugene Debs and a bit of a leftist."Stewart grew up in the era of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, which inspired in him "a healthy skepticism towards official reports". His first job was working with his brother at a Woolworth's store, jokingly says being fired by Lawrence was one of the "scarring events" of his youth.
Stewart graduated in 1984 from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he played on the soccer team and majored in chemistry before switching to psychology. While at William & Mary, Stewart became a brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, but disassociated himself from the fraternity and left after six months. "My college career was waking up late, memorizing someone else's notes, doing bong hits, going to soccer practice," he said. His soccer coach would describe him as a "good player" with "high energy". After college, Stewart held numerous jobs: a contingency planner for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, a contract administrator for the City University of New York, a puppeteer for children with disabilities, a soccer coach at Gloucester High School in Virginia, a caterer, a busboy, a shelf stocker at Woolworth's, a bartender at the Franklin Corner Tavern, a bartender at the legendary City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey, he has said that working at City Gardens was a pivotal moment for him: "finding this place City Gardens was like,'Oh, maybe I'm not a giant weirdo.
Maybe there are other people who have a similar sense of yearning for something other than what they have now.' I think it inspired a lot of man. It was a creative environment, it was a place of great possibility." With a reputation for being a funny man in school, Jon Stewart returned to New York City in 1986 to try his hand at the comedy club circuit, but he could not muster the courage to get on stage until the following year. He made his stand-up debut at The Bitter End, where his comedic idol, Woody Allen began, he began using the stage name "Jon Stewart" by dropping his last name and changing the spelling of his middle name "Stuart" to "Stewart". He jokes this is because people had difficulty with the pronunciation of Leibowitz or it "sounded too Hollywood", he has implied that the name change was due to a strained relationship with his father, with whom Stewart no longer had any contact. Stewart became a regular at the Comedy Cellar. For two years, he would perform at 2 a.m.. In 1989, Stewart landed his first television job as a writer for Caroline's Comedy Hour.
In 1990, he began co-hosting Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater, with Patty Rosborough. In 1992, Stewar
Michael Herbert Schur is an American television producer and actor, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office and Recreation, which he co-created along with Greg Daniels, as well as The Good Place, which he created. He co-created the Fox/NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and is a producer on the Netflix series Master of None; as an actor, Schur made multiple appearances on The Office as Mose Schrute, the cousin of Dwight Schrute. Schur has found success by breaking the mold of formulaic television writing through witty comedies that include large, diverse casts that lead to break-out stars, his shows feature optimistic characters who are relatable in comical situations finding lasting love, feature strong friendships, through plots that showcase "good-hearted humanistic warmth." Schur has been nominated for 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Office. Michael Schur was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Warren M. Schur and Anne Herbert, was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut.
He first became interested in comedy when he was 11 years old, when he read Without Feathers, a 1975 collection of humorous essays by Woody Allen. Schur said he found the book on his father's bookshelf and stayed up reading it until 4 a.m. Schur attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Schur graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an B. A. from Harvard University in 1997, where he was a president of the Harvard Lampoon. His ancestry is Jewish. Starting in 1998, Schur was a writer on NBC's Saturday Night Live, Schur became the producer of Weekend Update in 2001. In 2002, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award as part of SNL's writing team. Schur left Saturday Night Live in 2004. Soon after, he became producer and writer for The Office on NBC, for which he wrote ten episodes and won the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Schur appeared on The Office as Dwight's cousin Mose in the episodes "Initiation", in which Dwight takes Ryan to his beet farm, "Money", in which Jim and Pam spend a night at the farm, "The Deposition", "Koi Pond", "Counseling".
He co-wrote The Office: The Accountants webisodes with Paul Lieberstein. In 2005, Schur wrote two of its thirteen episodes. Schur wrote for "Fire Joe Morgan", a sports journalism blog, under the pseudonym "Ken Tremendous". Schur resurrected the pen name on March 31, 2011, when he began writing for SB Nation's Baseball Nation site. Ken Tremendous is Schur's Twitter username. In April 2008, Schur and Greg Daniels started working on a pilot for Parks and Recreation as a proposed spin-off of The Office. Over time, Schur realized Parks and Recreation would work better if they made it separate from The Office. While Parks and Recreation received negative reviews in its first season, it received critical acclaim in the second, much like The Office. Schur collaborated with The Decemberists on their music video for "Calamity Song" from the album The King Is Dead; this video is based upon Eschaton, a mock-nuclear war game played on tennis courts that David Foster Wallace created in his 1996 novel Infinite Jest.
Schur wrote his undergraduate senior thesis on the novel, he owns the film rights to it. With Daniel J. Goor, Schur created the cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered in fall 2013 on Fox; the show was moved to NBC in its sixth season. On September 19, 2016, the Schur-created sitcom The Good Place began airing on NBC; the supernatural series concerning philosophy and being a good person, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, has become a surprise critical and commercial success. In 2016, Schur and Rashida Jones co-wrote the teleplay of "Nosedive", an episode of the television anthology series Black Mirror, from a story by Charlie Brooker. Schur is married to Jennifer Philbin, a writer on The O. C. and is the daughter of television star Regis Philbin. Their first child, son William Xavier Schur, was born on February 18, 2008, his middle name, Xavier, is in honor of Regis's confirmation name. On July 14, 2010, Philbin gave birth to Ivy Elizabeth Schur, in California. Michael Schur on IMDb Fire Joe Morgan Interview with Michael Schur Where are they now?
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Eric Drysdale is a writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show on Comedy Central. He won two. In addition to TV writing, Drysdale has written and produced live shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, performs stand-up. Drysdale worked as a writer and occasional on-screen actor for The Daily Show for six years, during which time he contributed to their coverage of the 2000 and 2004 elections. While there, he won five Emmy awards, two Peabody Awards, two Television Critics Association Awards, an ASIFA animation award, he did collaborative work on America, in which he drew a facsimile of the "bill" from the Schoolhouse Rock! series. The caption added. From 2005 to 2008, Drysdale worked as a writer on The Colbert Report, appearing sometimes on-screen as Bobby, Stephen Colbert's besieged stage manager, his last appearance on the show was the April 21, 2008 episode, in which his character Bobby was eaten by Stephen. He was involved in writing the 2007 book, I Am America. Drysdale returned to the writing staff of the show on October 26, 2009.
For five years from 2000, Eric was a part-time member of the band Tammy Faye Starlite and the Angels of Mercy, performing satirical country-rock. He performed two songs on Tammy's second album, Used Country Female, he performed with Willie Nelson on The Colbert Report. His best-known song, "This Rubik's Cube is Driving Me Crazy" was performed on an episode of Comedy Centrals Premium Blend in 2000. Drysdale has written and produced three full-length live shows at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade theater: The Drysdales Present: A Comedy Show, The Daryl Hall and John Oates Mumbo Jumbo Hour, The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers' Shooby-Dooby-Dooby Hour; the latter was an official selection at the 2005 HBO U. S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Other works of Drysdale include Production Consultant for the TV show Night of Too Many Stars, he performs stand-up, presents movies, performs monologues at venues throughout New York City, has performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and NBC's Late Friday, as well as at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, Seattle's Bumbershoot festival.
He contributed material to three all-star benefits for autism education organized by Robert Smigel. Drysdale lives in New York City with his dog, he is the brother of actress and comedian Rebecca Drysdale Official Website Eric Drysdale on IMDb EDrysdale.com: About Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007 Susie Felber Interviews Colbert Writer Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007 BuddyTV: Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007
Satire is a genre of literature, sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm—"in satire, irony is militant"—but parody, exaggeration, comparison and double entendre are all used in satirical speech and writing; this "militant" irony or sarcasm professes to approve of the things the satirist wishes to attack. Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including internet memes, plays, television shows, media such as lyrics; the word satire comes from the subsequent phrase lanx satura. Satur meant "full" but the juxtaposition with lanx shifted the meaning to "miscellany or medley": the expression lanx satura means "a full dish of various kinds of fruits".
The word satura as used by Quintilian, was used to denote only Roman verse satire, a strict genre that imposed hexameter form, a narrower genre than what would be intended as satire. Quintilian famously said that satura, a satire in hexameter verses, was a literary genre of wholly Roman origin, he was aware of and commented on Greek satire, but at the time did not label it as such, although today the origin of satire is considered to be Aristophanes' Old Comedy. The first critic to use the term "satire" in the modern broader sense was Apuleius. To Quintilian, the satire was a strict literary form, but the term soon escaped from the original narrow definition. Robert Elliott writes: As soon as a noun enters the domain of metaphor, as one modern scholar has pointed out, it clamours for extension; the odd result is. By about the 4th century AD the writer of satires came to be known as satyricus. Subsequent orthographic modifications obscured the Latin origin of the word satire: satura becomes satyra, in England, by the 16th century, it was written'satyre.'
The word satire derives from satura, its origin was not influenced by the Greek mythological figure of the satyr. In the 17th century, philologist Isaac Casaubon was the first to dispute the etymology of satire from satyr, contrary to the belief up to that time. Laughter is not an essential component of satire. Conversely, not all humour on such topics as politics, religion or art is "satirical" when it uses the satirical tools of irony and burlesque. Light-hearted satire has a serious "after-taste": the organizers of the Ig Nobel Prize describe this as "first make people laugh, make them think". Satire and irony in some cases have been regarded as the most effective source to understand a society, the oldest form of social study, they provide the keenest insights into a group's collective psyche, reveal its deepest values and tastes, the society's structures of power. Some authors have regarded satire as superior to non-comic and non-artistic disciplines like history or anthropology. In a prominent example from ancient Greece, philosopher Plato, when asked by a friend for a book to understand Athenian society, referred him to the plays of Aristophanes.
Satire has satisfied the popular need to debunk and ridicule the leading figures in politics, economy and other prominent realms of power. Satire confronts public discourse and the collective imaginary, playing as a public opinion counterweight to power, by challenging leaders and authorities. For instance, it forces administrations to amend or establish their policies. Satire's job is to expose problems and contradictions, it's not obligated to solve them. Karl Kraus set in the history of satire a prominent example of a satirist role as confronting public discourse. For its nature and social role, satire has enjoyed in many societies a special freedom license to mock prominent individuals and institutions; the satiric impulse, its ritualized expressions, carry out the function of resolving social tension. Institutions like the ritual clowns, by giving expression to the antisocial tendencies, represent a safety valve which re-establishes equilibrium and health in the collective imaginary, which are jeopardized by the repressive aspects of society.
The state of political satire in a given society reflects the tolerance or intolerance that characterizes it, the state of civil liberties and human rights. Under totalitarian regimes any criticism of a political system, satire, is suppressed. A typical example is the Soviet Union where the dissidents, such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov were under strong pressure from the government. While satire of everyday life in the USSR was allowed, the most prominent satirist being Arkady Raikin, political satire existed in the form of anecdotes that made fun of Soviet political leaders Brezhnev, famous for his narrow-mindedness and love for awards and decorations. Satire is a diverse genre, complex to classif
Lorne Michaels, is a Canadian-American television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the Late Night series, The Kids in the Hall and The Tonight Show. Lorne Michaels was born on November 1944, to Florence and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, his place of birth is disputed. Michaels and his two younger siblings were raised in Toronto, he graduated from University College, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels became a US citizen in 1987 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. Michaels has been married three times. During the early 1960s, he began a relationship with Rosie Shuster, daughter of Frank Shuster of the Wayne and Shuster comedy team, who worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. Michaels and Shuster were married in 1971 and divorced in 1980, he married model Susan Forristal in 1981, which ended in divorce in 1987. Michaels married his current wife and former assistant, Alice Barry, in 1991. Michaels is Jewish.
Michaels began his career as a broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, he starred with Hart Pomerantz in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series which ran in the early 1970s. In 1975 Michaels created the TV show NBC's Saturday Night, which in 1977 changed its name to Saturday Night Live; the show, performed live in front of a studio audience established a reputation for being cutting-edge and unpredictable. It became a vehicle for launching the careers of some of the most successful comedians in the United States; the producer of the show, Michaels was a writer and became executive producer. He appears on-screen as well, where he is known for his deadpan humor. Throughout the show's history, SNL has been nominated for more than 156 Emmy Awards and has won 36, it has been one of the highest-rated late-night television programs. Michaels has been with SNL for all seasons except for his hiatus in the early 1980s.
His daughter, has appeared in episodes, one of, during the show's 30th season hosted by Johnny Knoxville during the monologue when Lorne introduces Johnny Knoxville to his daughter and Sophie shocks Knoxville with a taser. She appeared in a sketch about underage drinking when Zac Efron hosted the show. Michaels's best-known appearance occurred in the first season when he offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show, he upped his offer to $3,200, but the money was never claimed. According to an interview in Playboy magazine, John Lennon and Paul McCartney happened to be in New York City that night and wanted to see the show, they nearly went, but changed their minds as it was getting too late to get to the show on time, they were both tired. This near-reunion was the basis for the TV movie Two of Us. On the November 20, 1976 show, musical guest George Harrison appeared, but Michaels told him the offer was conditioned on all four members of the group showing up, not just any Beatle. Harrison tells Michaels his refusal to pay him his share is "chintzy," and Michaels counters by saying, "The Beatles don't have to split the money equally.
They can give, Ringo less if they want." Michaels started Broadway Video in 1979. Shortly afterwards, citing burnout, he left Saturday Night Live, he returned to the show in 1985. During his SNL hiatus, Michaels created another sketch show titled The New Show, which debuted on Friday nights in prime time on NBC in January 1984; the show failed to garner the same enthusiasm as SNL and lasted only 9 episodes before being cancelled. In the 1980s, Michaels appeared in an HBO mockumentary titled The Canadian Conspiracy about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities, with Lorne Greene as the leader of the conspiracy. Michaels was identified as the anointed successor to Greene. Michaels is the executive producer of NBC show Late Night, was the executive producer of 30 Rock and Up All Night during their runs. On April 3, 2013, it was announced that Michaels would be taking over as the executive producer for The Tonight Show; the Tonight Show moved to New York in early 2014 as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
In 1999, Michaels was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2002, Michaels was made a member of the Order of Canada for lifetime achievement. In 2003, he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2004, he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. Speaking at the awards ceremony, original Saturday Night Live cast member Dan Aykroyd described the show as "the primary satirical voice of the country". Michaels received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts. In 2008, Michaels was awarded the Webby for Video Lifetime Achievement. With the allotted