How to Write for Late Night TV
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)
Write For Late Night TV, with Gabe Abelson & Judy Carter
Free Teleseminar (Course is over the phone, or via the web. Instructions will be given to you when you sign up.)
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In this teleseminar you will learn insider tips on how to break into late night talk show comedy writing. Submitting jokes to late night talk shows is often the quickest route to breaking into television comedy writing, and Gabe Abelson (Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher), an industry professional with over twenty years of experience, will teach you how to get there.
You will learn:
- How to submit jokes that get seen
- What your "Writer's Porfolio" should include
- Three mistakes that can torpedo your career
- How to choose which show is right for you
- What exactly to submit to different late night shows
- Writer's Guild of America pay scale
There is more turnover in late night than in any other area of television. Talk shows are always looking for new writers, and after taking Gabe’s teleseminar, you’ll be in the best position to succeed! Many of Gabe’s former students have gone on to enjoy great success in television, like Gary Greenburg, the head writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Travon Free, staff writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” among many others.
Be sure to Tweet your questions to #TMOY as soon as possible - Gabe will answer select questions during the Teleseminar!
WHAT DO DAVID LETTERMAN, JAY LENO, BILL MAHER, GEORGE LOPEZ, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, CRAIG KILBORN, RODNEY DANGERFIELD, ROBERT TOWNSEND, AND TOM GREEN HAVE IN COMMON?
Gabe Abelson has written for all of them.
A standup comic for several years, Gabe Abelson finally found a way into television writing— submitting late night monologue jokes— and when he did, it all happened very quickly. He was performing audience warm-up (as a comic) for a show called “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” when he asked the producer if he could submit jokes. Within two weeks the show had put him on retainer. Three months later, David Letterman did the same. Only a couple of months later he became the Head Monologue writer for Letterman. Whether you want to write comedy or drama, it is essential to learn how to write a joke. For example, the show “House” was called a “drama” in the TV listings, but the show was packed with jokes. Since his first job in late night, Gabe has gone on to pitch and sell original pilots and series in various comedy genres - talk shows, sketch shows, sitcoms and even game shows. This is a teleseminar that is invaluable to any aspiring writer!
Judy Carter is the acclaimed and bestselling author of "The Comedy Bible," which was called by the Washington Post, “The number one comedy essential of 2010,” and was touted by Oprah Winfrey on her show. Judy’s appeared on over a hundred television shows, was nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year, and has shared the stage with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Lily Tomlin. Judy has keynoted for over 1,000 companies, sharing the platform with Deepak Chopra, Andrea Mitchell and Bill Clinton. Her new book, “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press, Feb 2013), teaches how to use life stories to inspire others and advance their careers.