Jan 03

Eric Drysdale Featured on Writers’ Bloc Podcast with J.R. Havlan

Eric Drysdale

“Are people going to watch one guy talk for 22 minutes? As it turns out, if it’s Stephen Colbert, of course they are.”

Former Colbert Report writer Eric Drysdale shared this insight and other gems with former veteran Daily Show scribe J.R. Havlan for his podcast “Writers’ Bloc.” After teasing each other mercilessly for several minutes at the top, Eric discusses his early childhood fascination with comedy, inspired in part by listening to his Dad’s old 45s.

Eric is a familiar face to the Colbert Nation, having famously played Bobby the Stage Manager for several years. Previously, he was a writer on The Daily Show – you can check him out appearing in a few bits here and there early on. He is distinguished in having left the Daily Show to join Stephen on the then novel Colbert Report, and with the exception of a brief leave from April 2008 – October 2009, has been on the Colbert Report from start to finish. His departure was marked by Stephen eating Bobby the Stage Manager, even polishing off his ghost ribs for good measure.

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Aug 26

Peter Gwinn’s Guide to Surviving an Emmy Viewing Party

If you are one of those unlucky people who have somehow managed to snag an invite to an Emmy viewing party, but find yourself completely unprepared for the three plus hour onslaught of designer dresses, mangled acceptance speeches and a parade of shows you’ve never heard of, fear not, former Colbert Report writer Peter Gwinn is here to help.

The Fall TV season is looming on the horizon, which means at any given moment, you might find yourself at an Emmy Award Show viewing party. The bad news: This year, instead of its usual Sunday in September, the Emmy telecast is for some insane reason on a Monday in August, meaning you will be unable to sneak off to the kitchen and watch football. The good news: we’ve got you covered. Here is everything you need to know to look good at a party for the Oscars’ self-loathing cousin, even if you can’t tell Downton Abbey from Duck Dynasty.

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Mar 22

‘Colbert Report’ Producer Nicole Savini Talks to BU Today

Colbert Report producer Nicole Savini

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Nicole Savini, a senior producer at ‘The Colbert Report’, talks to Boston University’s ‘BU Today’ about how she became interested in comedy, working for Stephen Colbert, the challenges of filming ‘The Colbert Report’, how tough and rewarding her profession can be, and gives advice to students thinking about pursuing a career in television comedy.

Nicole will also be speaking at ‘An Evening with Nicole Savini’ at Boston University’s College of Communication on Friday, March 21 at 7PM as part of the Cinematheque series, which is free and open to the public.

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Jan 29

‘The Colbert Report’ Promotes Emily Lazar to Co-Executive Producer

With ‘The Colbert Report’ since is premiere in 2005, Emily Lazar has been promoted from Supervising Producer to Co-Executive Producer, reports ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.

“For over 1,300 shows Emily Lazar has introduced me to people and ideas I never knew I cared so much about. She really makes me seem interesting,” noted executive producer and host Stephen Colbert, whose show usurped the Emmy crown from long-time winner Daily Show at this past year’s awards show. Lazar has been responsible for securing a vast spectrum of guests, from First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton to Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon and Kevin Spacey.

Over at ‘The Daily Show’, Deadline.com reports that veterans Steve Bodow, Adam Lowitt and Jen Flanz have been promoted to Executive Producers. While Tim Greenberg and Hillary Kun have been promoted to Co-Executive Producers, Justin Melkmann to Supervising Producer and Elliott Kalan to Head Writer.

Oct 16

Long Day’s Journey into Late Night at the New York Television Festival

The Colbert Report at New York Television Festival

Back by popular demand, this late night writing panel, featuring the comic forces behind New York’s late night institutions, focuses on the process of creating topical humor straight from the 24-hour news cycle.

Writers and producers from New York’s late night staples The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report (Barry Julien), Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon share their experiences and provide their take on the current state of the genre.

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd at 8:30PM
Location: SVA Theater 2
Tickets: [Link]

Apr 15

Rob Dubbin at TFI Interactive

Rob Dubbin at the Tribeca Film Institute

Are Adventure Games the New Television?

Think you know everything about narrative? When it comes to gaming you may be surprised. Adventure games are maturing and increasingly seen as a perfect narrative complement to the rich storytelling found on television. Jamin Warren of Kill Screen talks with panelists about the future of gaming and the evolution of narrative.

Moderated by Jamin Warren, co-founder of Kill Screen; confirmed panelists include Sarah Elmaleh, voiceover artist and actor; Mike Raisler, creative director at Cinereach; Charles J Pratt, game designer; Rob Dubbin, game designer, writer for The Colbert Report.

Date: Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 – 11:30PM
Venue: IAC Building at the Tribeca Film Institute
Tickets: Members Only

Apr 14

Meredith Scardino at ‘Woodstock Writers Festival’

Woodstock Writers Festival 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Woodstock

Some of the most innovative and hysterical comedy takes place after 11pm, right on your television! 4 of the best writers for late night come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include the legendary Bill Scheft (David Letterman), Jess Dweck (Jimmy Fallon), and Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report). Moderated by J.R. Havlan, (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart). They may or may not bring along their dozens of Emmy’s.

Date: Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 – 2:00PM
Venue: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15.

(Thank you to Elanor Gamgee for the Tip!)