I am JR Havlan, 16-year veteran writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, standup comedian and host of Writers’ Bloc Podcast -- AMA
Redditors -- really looking forward to our discussion. I’ve been a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since the first day the show started in 1996. Before that I wrote monologue jokes for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and also did stand-up on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. I still perform stand-up regularly, mainly around New York City, and I host the Writers' Bloc Podcast where I interview other comedy writers focusing on the writing process with a few salacious personal anecdotes thrown in for good measure. Ask me anything.
UPDATE: I answered a BUNCH more q's on Monday so check them out. Now it's Tuesday and I'm going to answer even more... because I care! even though a shocking number of you are by all accounts little more than petulant children. suffice to say that my extra effort is for the grown ups among you. thank you for taking part.
UPDATE: A lot of people asked about the writing process behind The Daily Show and how I got started in comedy - you can watch my response here
For those of you interested in a VERY detailed account of my comedic "origins story" I discussed it on the podcast "Ghandi, Is That You" - http://bit.ly/Vjca5s
And for those of you interested in a VERY detailed account of our daily grind at The Daily Show, I discussed that on my own podcast, Writers' Bloc, with my friend and co-worker Elliott Kalan - http://writersblocpodcast.com/bonus-1-elliott-kalan/
UPDATE: Also got a lot of questions about how we choose the stories to cover on The Daily Show - here's my response
UPDATE: Thanks for the questions over the past few hours - had a great time going through all of them. I Couldn't answer ALL the questions today but will definitely continue answering them throughout the week. Also, I put a bunch of the video responses to some of these questions today on my #waywire profile which you can watch at this link, and feel free to follow me on Twitter and here.
UPDATE: I recorded a bunch of video responses to some of these questions that kept coming up. Here they are: