November 2, 2012

About the Podcast

Writers’ Bloc is a podcast about comedy writing hosted by J.R. Havlan, an 8-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. J.R. conducts hilarious, insightful, and extremely informative interviews with the industry’s top television comedy writers and finds out how they got where they are, how they do what they do, and how the specific shows and projects they work on go from a blank page to a final draft. Be a fly on the wall for these in-depth sneak peaks at the creative process that results in developing some of the best comedy shows on television. Writers’ Bloc not only gives listeners an inside look at the comedy writing business but also provides them with practical information and insight to help them actually become a part of that community. Hear how the sausage gets made.

About J.R. Havlan

havlan_150x200J.R. Havlan moved to New York in 1988 to begin his stand-up career and thanks to hard work, dedication and hustle, he soon found work as a waiter. Some years after that he performed stand-up on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as making numerous other television appearances that didn’t matter nearly as much.

In 1996, J.R. became a writer on The Daily Show. In 1999, it became The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and that’s when the Emmys started pouring in thanks in small part to J.R. himself. (8 so far!) J.R. is not a contributor to McSweeney’s or the Huffington Post – just to be clear.

Mr. Havlan splits his time between Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two young children, and Toronto where he lives a secret life with a second family. Shhhhh…

One thought on “About the Podcast

  • Greetings!

    I want to say thank you all so much for your creativity, imaginations and sheer passion for making people laugh. Namely me. Because I’m selfish that way. I am truly and thoroughly impressed.

    Or, you’re just in it for the fame and money. Either way, clapclapclapclap!

    Keep up the great, Great work.


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