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Writing for Late Night

(Photo: Sam Jones, Vanity Fair)

writing for late night

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 to 8:45 pm
RSVP: Refreshments and Panel

Funny Business: Writing for Late Night
St. Francis College, Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court Streets), Brooklyn Heights
Refreshments: 7 PM Panel Discussion: 7:30 to 8:45 PM


In an election year, we’re reminded how much we look to comedy and late-night television to provide perspective and give voice to frustrations and absurdities of the political process. Late night writers discuss their impact on politics and the national conversation in this election year, through their thoroughly researched and fact-checked segments.

zhubin parang, head writer, the daily show with trevor noah

Zhubin Parang is a multiple Emmy award-winning writer and comedian living in New York City. He is currently the head writer for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and was previously a writer for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

franchesca ramsey, writer / Performer, the nightly show with larry wilmore

Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) is a Writer/Performer on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” who joined the series in February 2016. She is a New York City based writer, actress, video blogger and host of the MTV web series “Decoded.” Known to many online fans as Chescaleigh, Ramsey created her first viral video, “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls,” in January of 2012. It garnered more than 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 5 million views in just 5 days, currently has 11 million views and has been featured on MSNBC, ABC, The Daily Mail and “Anderson Cooper Live,” to name a few.

Ramsey’s two YouTube channels have more than 250,000 subscribers combined and more than 26 million views. Her Chescaleigh YouTube comedy channel features a mix of song parodies, impersonations and original characters along with socially conscious and topical comedy sketches. Her Chescalocs YouTube channel focuses on beauty, natural hair care and styling. Ramsey and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and BBC.

joe toplyn, comedy writer / producer

Joe Toplyn has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. He began his television career on the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman, where he won four Emmy awards. He went on to become co-head writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and head writer of Late Show with David Letterman. His other TV writing credits include the sketch show In Living Color and the comedic detective show Monk. He is the author of the book Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV.

moderator: jennifer danielson, president, above average productions

Jennifer Danielson is President of Above Average Productions, the digital arm of Broadway Video, which launched in June 2012.  Building the company from the ground up, Above Average is now the premier destination for short-form digital comedy.  She began working at Broadway Video for Lorne Michaels in 2001. Her first credit was on the now-iconic film Mean Girls and since then, Jen has been a producer on two Peabody Award winning shows: 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. She received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and her master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Presented with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and St. Francis College