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David Javerbaum
Comedy Writer

David Javerbaum is an American comedy writer and former executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was hired as a staff writer there in 1999, promoted to head writer in 2002 and attained EP status at the end of 2006. He has won eleven Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and Television Critics Association Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show. He was also one of the three principal authors of the show's textbook parody America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which sold 2.6 million copies and won the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor. As of the start of 2009 he remains employed by the show in an emeritus status as a consulting producer. His first book as sole author, the pregnancy satire What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus's Guide to the First Three Trimesters,was released in October 2009. Javerbaum is an alumnus of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated Harvard University where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and served as lyricist and co-bookwriter for two productions of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Later, he spent three years contributing headlines to the The Onion, and is credited as one of the writers for Our Dumb Century. He wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman from 1998-9. He is also a musical-theater lyricist and librettist who is co-songwriter (along with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne) of the adaptation of John Waters' Cry-Baby which opened on Broadway on April 24, 2008 and was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score. He and Schlesinger also collaborated on eight original Christmas songs for Stephen Colbert's 2008 television special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. He was the lyricist and co-bookwriter of Suburb, was nominated for Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001. He won the $100,000 Ed Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics in 2005. He was a finalist on Jeopardy!'s 1988 Teen Tournament and its 1998 Teen Reunion Tournament. Jon Stewart also called him as his phone-a-friend when Jon was on Celebrity Millionaire.


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