About the class

Are you putting together a late-night TV submission packet? Want practical suggestions on how to improve your short-form comedy writing? Want to practice the techniques you’ve learned from my book, "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV"? Then this workshop is for you. 

You’ll bring to every session, including the first one, some short-form comedy you’ve written, say some desk piece ideas, some topical jokes, a sketch, or a commercial parody. Then your classmates and I will suggest how you can improve your material using the techniques in my book.

You’ll learn late-night comedy by writing it and by hearing the comments about your and your classmates’ material. 

You may want to read my book ahead of time because I'll refer to it often as I help you make your late-night comedy writing the best it can be.

Joe Toplyn

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."