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Funny or Die Hires President Obama’s Former Speechwriter David Litt

David Litt, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, is joining Funny or Die as head writer and producer of the comedy site’s Washington, D.C., operations.

Litt will report to Brad Jenkins, managing director and executive producer at Funny or Die DC, which has done creative campaigns for organizations such as the American Heart Assn., ClimateTruth.org and the League of Conservation Voters. The D.C. office was launched in April.

After starting at the White House in 2011, Litt served as special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter for Obama. He was the lead joke writer for the last four White House Correspondents Assn. dinners, and helped produce viral videos for the administration. That included “Luther the Anger Translator,” featuring Keegan-Michael Key, which was shown at the dinner and viewed more than 35 million times on Facebook.

He’s currently working on a book, “That Hopey Changey Thing,” from Ecco Press, that will look at his experience as a twentysomething in the White House. A 2008 graduate of Yale University, Litt has also written for the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

“He’s funny, clearly much smarter than all of us and bears a striking resemblance to ‘Tommy Boy’-era David Spade, which means a lot to us,” said Mike Farah, president of production for Funny or Die.

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