Day: July 20, 2018

Getting the facts from Go Fact Yourself host J. Keith Van Straaten

J. Keith Van Straaten, host of the live game show and podcast for Maximum Fun, Go Fact Yourself, met up with me earlier this summer while scouting locations for taking his game show on the road to New York City. Live shows of Go Fact Yourself are happening this weekend (July 21-22) at Caveat, with special guests Stacy London and Scott Rogowsky on Saturday; Ophira Eisenberg and Charles Busch on Sunday. Van Straaten’s first big gig as a game show host came in 2001, when he presided over the first season of Beat The Geeks on Comedy Central. But...

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What it’s like to work as a woman in late-night TV comedy in 2018

You don’t have to be Nell Scovell to know the gender ratio is and always has been rather bleak for hiring women to write for late-night TV talk shows. Although Scovell, one of the rare women hired to write for David Letterman over multiple decades, certainly has crunched all of the numbers. Still, in 2018, some late-night comedy programs are getting better at including women’s voice in the writers room. As part of Glamour’s comedy issue, the magazine rounded up six such women — Ariel Dumas (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Pia Glenn (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper),...

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