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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The head writer for Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, will speak at Bard on Friday, November 18. The talk, presented by the Campus Center and Office of Student Activities, is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. David Javerbaum has won five Emmys (receiving an additional Emmy nomination), two Peabody Awards, and two Television Critics Awards for both best comedy and best news show for his work as writer and (since 2003) head writer and supervising producer of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is one of the primary authors of that show’s textbook parody America (The Book), which sold over 1.5 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, including 15 weeks as number one. America (The Book) received the 2005 Quill Awards for Best Humor Book and Audiobook and was named Publishers’ Weekly’s 2004 Book of the Year; the audiobook received a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. Javerbaum received Emmy nominations for his work as a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. He spent three years writing for the satirical newspaper and website The Onion, conceiving its 1999 New York Times number one bestseller Our Dumb Century (winner of the James Thurber Prize for American Humor) as well as contributing numerous articles to this and two other Onion books. Javerbaum’s work as a musical theater lyricist, for which he received the prestigious 2005 Kleban Award, includes the lyrics for the upcoming Broadway adaptation of John Waters’ film Cry-Baby. He was also the lyricist and colibrettist of Suburb, which won the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater; its 2001 Off-Broadway production earned Best Off-Broadway Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Drama League (for which it was nominated as Best Musical, Broadway or Off-). His first Off-Broadway musical, The Fishkin Touch, premiered in 1998 at the 92nd Street Playhouse, with lyrics by Lenore Skenazy and music by Gregory Armbruster, associate director of admission at Bard. Javerbaum is a graduate of New York University’s Graduate School of Musical Theater Composition and Harvard University, where he wrote for the humor magazine the Harvard Lampoon and cowrote two of that school’s Hasty Pudding musicals. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Debra and their daughter Kate. His hobbies include the succinct encapsulation of his achievements. For further information, call 845-758-6822. # # # (10/21/05)

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This event was last updated on 11-21-2005