Women in Late Night Comedy/Variety
May 14, 2010
Female comedy writers in late night television are still a rarity, despite the fact that some of today's top shows were co-created by women. The Writers Guild of America, East and the Paley Center for Media held a discussion exploring the challenges faced by women writing for late night Comedy/Variety. Panelists offered insider suggestions for increasing female representation on writing staffs in the genre.
The WGA, Emmy and Peabody award winning panelists included moderator Allison Silverman (The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Late Night With Conan O'Brien), Anne Cohen (The Best Week Ever), Hallie Haglund (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Best Week Ever), Jill Goodwin (The Late Show with David Letterman) and Morgan Murphy (The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon). Panelists opened up about their experiences working on late night shows and shared tips on how other women writers can get hired and stay hired in the competitive Comedy/Variety world.