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GOP Debate, Stewart’s Farewell Dominated Week

August 7, 2015
Donald Trump and Jon Stewart were the dominant personalities on TV this week. Read what I wrote about Trump, the GOP debate, Stewart and "The Daily Show" below. Plus: Craig Robinson's new NBC sitcom, "Mr. Robinson."

Donald Trump and Jon Stewart were the dominant personalities on TV this week. Read what I wrote about Trump, the GOP debate, Stewart and “The Daily Show” below. Plus: Craig Robinson’s new NBC sitcom, “Mr. Robinson.”

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 — A summer week in TV that would normally be sleepy was enlivened by a single night — Thursday — when 10 Republican presidential candidates faced off in a prime-time debate on Fox News Channel and Jon Stewart signed off as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after nearly 16 years. Oh, and NBC premiered a dreary sitcom on Wednesday. Read all about this show, the GOP debate and Stewart’s farewell, with these links:

Monday: Aug. 3: NBC Sitcom ‘Mr. Robinson’ Proves August Is Still TV’s Deadest Month

Tuesday, Aug. 4: Thursday Night Irony: Stewart Says Farewell As GOP Holds First Debate

Wednesday, Aug. 5: The Feuds! The Firings! Trump’s History Of Hilarity On TV

Thursday, Aug. 6: Stewart Faithful Prepare To Say Good-Bye To Their Ranting Hero

Friday, Aug. 7: GOP Debate Was Great TV; Stewart’s Farewell Was A Yawner

— Adam Buckman

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Gathering of late-night TV scribes wows audience

March 31, 2010

FUNNY BUSINESS: Five late-night comedy writers came together Tuesday night (March 30) in New York for a panel discussion on the art of comedy writing for television. The writers (front row, l-r): Erik Kenward, “Saturday Night Live”; Bashir Salahuddin, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”; Jason Ross, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; J.R. Havlan, “The Daily Show”; and Diallo Riddle, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Back row (l-r): Alaina Bendi, Center for Communication; Adam Buckman, moderator,; and Dr. William Baker, Fordham University. Photo: Center for Communication


NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 — Many thanks to our panel of five late-night comedy writers who all  participated in a live panel discussion before an audience of several hundred college students and others Tuesday night (March 30) in Manhattan.

The event, sponsored jointly by the Center for Communication and Fordham University and held at Fordham’s Pope Auditorium on West 60th Street, brought together representatives of three New York-based late-night shows: “Saturday Night Live” (writer: Erik Kenward), “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”(writers: Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle) and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (writers: Jason Ross and J.R. Havlan).  The moderator was yours truly, Adam Buckman.

Among other things, the audience learned, from Erik Kenward, that “SNL” writers observe the results of their sketch-writing work in the company of the show’s uber-boss Lorne Michaels during the show’s traditional dress rehearsal, the dry run just before the live broadcast when the evening’s sketches are audience-tested.  It’s during that dry run that Michaels will sometimes yank a sketch altogether or order changes.

All the panelists urged audience members to start working on their comedy writing if they ever hope to break into the big time and become staff writers on some of TV’s biggest shows.  The panelists advised prospective comedy scribes to produce visual content for the Web as a way of practicing this comedy art form and also as a way of assembling a body of work to show prospective employers.

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