The faces of TV’s latenight shows are obvious: David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, Seth Meyers. But the voice of each of these programs comes from someone who works behind the scenes.
Meet the head writers of latenight. These scribes are the people who assemble material, sift it for comedy gold and cast it in the particular tone of one of latenight’s increasing number of options. So here, in no particular order, is a look at the folks who assemble the laughs for your wee-hours pleasure. — Brian Steinberg
Molly McNearney, Gary Greenberg
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC
Fun Facts: St. Louis native McNearney graduated from U. of Kansas, and tried her hand at improv comedy, including Chicago’s Second City. Greenberg spent 12 years as a stand-up in New York.
“The Daily Show,” Comedy Central
Fun Facts: Co-hosts “The Flop House” podcast about movies. Started as intern at “The Daily Show” in 2003. Wrote a humor column for four years for Metro, a free New York daily newspaper.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” NBC
Fun Facts: A former comedian, Miles made his feature film debut in the cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer.” Miles created and directed the Web series “Horrible People” and has directed shorts for Robert Smigel’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Ted Mulkerin, Jonathan Morano
“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” CBS
Fun Facts: Morano was hired as a staff writer for “The Late Late Show” in 2005. He was promoted to co-head writer in 2007. Mulkerin is from Boston and graduated from Harvard.
“The Late Show With David Letterman,” CBS
Fun Facts: Roberts has worked at “Late Show” since its inception on CBS in 1993. Prior to that, he was an intern at “Late Night With David Letterman” in 1992. He won an Emmy in 2011 for writing on the 64th Annual Tony Awards.
Fun Facts: Sweeney graduated from Rutgers U. with a history degree and from Fordham School of Law. He found his way to standup and a writing job at O’Brien’s “Late Night” at NBC. He was named head writer in 2000 and holds the same job with “Conan.”
“Late Night With Seth Meyers,” NBC
Fun Facts: Baze continues to write for “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” which he supervised when he was on staff exclusively at that show.
“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central
Fun Facts: A graduate of Emerson College, he has written and performed comedy at iO West and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, as well as on MTV, Comedy Central and Spike TV. Moreschi joined the show as a writer in 2008.