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Making griMnews digestible writer and executive producer Josh Lieb. “We want to build an ap- propriate soapbox for him, under his very watchful eye.” Lieb derives from the particularly heady days of the Harvard Lampoon and has been writing for television since graduating college. “Bad cable shows and head writer on a bad puppet show for Showtime, Twisted Pup- pet Theater. My big break was parlaying that into a job on the final season of The Jon Stewart Show, then five seasons of News Radio. I’ve written on everything else in the world since then. “Daily Show is a different kind of show,” Lieb continues. “It’s got so many news elements. What was more confusing to me when I got here two years ago was the infinite number of meetings. I re- ally didn’t understand how any of it was put together, for maybe three months. Then one day it clicked, and I got the process. There are just so many working parts. You constantly have to be in con- tact with people to make sure that everybody knows what they’re doing. You can’t just write it; there are the people in the studio pro- ducing the video clips, the graphics department, props, and it’s all happening in one day, which makes it that much more urgent.” A Day in the Life The show’s writers and producers (Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, J.R. Havlan, David Javer- baum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, and Jason Ross) typically begin their day at about 9 a.m., Chattanooga time. By then, bits for the day’s show have been assigned and frequently start- ed the afternoon before; next, they’re written, rewritten, and honed after a night’s sleep. The executive producers and writers collect in the writers’ lounge with supervising producer Adam Lowitt and the tape producers to watch items recorded the previous day by the studio’s 13 TiVos (with more soon to be added). Kevin Fitzsimons/comedy central comedy central comedy central

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