Writing Comedy for Late-Night TV – Joe Toplyn
Joe Toplyn began his television career on the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman. He later served as co-head writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, head writer of Late Show with David Letterman, and co-executive producer of the comedic detective show Monk.
A four-time Emmy winner, Joe is the author of Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes and Other Short-Form Comedy.
I have found Joe’s book to be an extremely useful guide for multiple genres of writing. The book’s all-around utility never fails to challenge and amaze me. Joe also offers writing tips and advice on his website, www.joetoplyn.com
In our conversation, Joe shares several of the techniques he uses to tighten his prose, sharpen his jokes and consistently deliver world-class humor. Give us a listen, and enjoy!