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“Funny Business: Late Night TV”

J.R. Havlan, writer at The Daily Show, was one of the panelists at the recent event "Funny Business: Late Night TV".

By Maritza Myrthil

There aren’t many among us who haven’t cracked up over Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin during the presidential election of 2008. But did you ever stop to wonder who the brilliant mastermind behind the skit was? The answer is the writers of the show, two of which sat in Pope Auditorium last week.

Fordham University and the non-profit organization Cencom teamed up to host the event on March 30th entitled, “Funny Business: Late Night TV”. A panel of five writers from Saturday Night LiveThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon came to talk to 100 Fordham students and faculty about what it takes to survive in the competitive world of late night comedy.

The writers, Erik Kenward, Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle, Jason Ross, and J.R. Havlan gave some great advice to students who dream of one day being in their shoes.

If the audience took away any piece of advice it was that in order to make it in this industry you have to be serious and in the words of Salahuddin, “You have to be doing something!”.

They gave suggestions such as creating your own web series, taking time to write everyday, or performing at open mic nights at comedy clubs. Salahuddin talked of  his start as an actor before later teaming up with Riddle to create their own web series called The Message, which is featured on HBO online. They later worked on other projects such as Comedy Central’s Chocolate News with Alan Grier. Today, they both write for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Jason Ross who writes for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart began his writing career when he started doing stand up comedy. He explained to the audience that even though he was not very good at doing at it, he learned from his bad experiences and built on that to become a writer.

The panel also explained that it takes more than just being funny to be a great comedic writer. You also have to be well informed on current events and pop culture. Lastly, the group stressed the importance of networking! It is important to meet people, branch out, and get yourself out there.

Overall, the event was a success! The panel didn’t disappoint, leading a discussion filled with hilarious jokes and questions, and lots of great advice for aspiring comedic writers.

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