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SOLD OUT!! Harvardwood Presents JOE TOPLYN: Comedy Writing for Late-Night Television - NY
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SOLD OUT!! Harvardwood Presents JOE TOPLYN: Comedy Writing for Late-Night Television - NY
SOLD OUT!!  Harvardwood Presents JOE TOPLYN: Comedy Writing for Late-Night Television - NY


When: Thursday, November 13
6:30 pm
Where: The Dramatists Guild, Frederick Loewe Room
1501 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, New York  10036
United States
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Harvardwood Presents

Joe Toplyn

Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV


When:     Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:    The Dramatists Guild, Frederick Loewe Room
               1501 Broadway (on Times Square), 7th Floor

Cost:       $3 for Full Members and Friends of Harvardwood (and their guests);
               $8 for Affiliates and Others

Advance registration is REQUIRED--there will be NO tickets available at the door.  This event is graciously hosted by the Dramatists Guild, with half the seats reserved for the Guild and half for Harvardwood, so we expect this event to sell out early.  (If you're a member of the Dramatists Guild, you may be able to attend for free by registering through the Guild.)  This event is now SOLD OUT!!

Four-time Emmy winner (and Harvard alum) Joe Toplyn was a writer for Late Night with David Letterman from 1983 to 1990.  He then became the co-Head Writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1993 to 1995, and followed this with the positions of writer and Head Writer for Late Show with David Letterman from 1995 to 2001.  He has lots of other credits as well, including co-Head Writer of The Chevy Chase Show, and writer/producer on Monk. 

In his new book Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, Joe Toplyn looks back on his years of one of late night TV's most successful writers, giving an insider's view of the range of techniques that underlie writing for Late-Night, from job-hunting to joke writing to structuring a monolog.  If you've ever dreamed of a job in Late-Night Television, or if you'd just love to hear what it's like behind the scenes of your favorite shows, this is an essential evening.

One of the smartest and funniest comics working today (and a graduate of the Harvard Ed School), Jane Condon, will interview Toplyn.  Condon was the 2004 Grand Prize winner of Ladies of Laughter, and in 2007 she won "Audience Favorite--NY" on NBC's Last Comic Standing.  She was the 2011 Commencement Speaker at Wellesley College and has recently appeared on the Today Show.

 A booksigning, with copies available for purchase, will follow the interview.


Special thanks to the Dramatists Guild and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.


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