Joe Toplyn

About Joe

Joe Toplyn (WGA, SAG-AFTRA) has written and produced television comedy for over twenty years. A former editor of the Harvard Lampoon, he wrote for Late Night with David Letterman, winning four Primetime Emmy Awards. He went on to become co-head writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, head writer of Late Show with David Letterman, and head writer of The Caroline Rhea Show. His other writing credits include staff positions on the sketch show In Living Color and on the situation comedies Doctor, Doctor; Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; Scorch; and Charlie Hoover. He also wrote and produced sitcom and comedy/variety pilots for Fox, Columbia, the USA Network, Comedy Central, and Paramount. In addition to his Emmys, Joe is honored to have received over a dozen Emmy nominations and three Writers Guild Award nominations. Most recently, Joe was on the writing staff of the USA Network show Monk. He is also the author of the book “Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV."