A variety of industry professionals discussing their areas of comedy expertise.
Gabe Abelson | Writer on The Late Show with David Letterman | @Gabelson
Abelson spent 4-1/2 years as the head monologue writer for “Late Show with David Letterman”, garnering four Emmy nominations and three Writer’s Guild nominations. He worked as staff writer at various network shows, including “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” (ABC), in addition to having served as the producer / head writer for “The New Tom Green Show” (MTV). Previous to his career in television and movie writing, Gabe was an accomplished stand-up comedian and actor, touring the country and appearing in numerous national commercials. For ten years, Gabe also taught a wildly popular class on stand-up comedy at “The Manhattan Punchline”, Broadways‘ only devoted-to-comedy theater.
Josh Comers | Writer on Conan | @joshcomers
Josh Comers is a stand-up comedian and an Emmy nominated writer. He wrote for “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien, and is a monologue writer for Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show, “Conan”. He is also a seasoned Awards Show writer.
Bob Oschack | Writer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson | @Shackknife
Oschack came to Los Angeles by way of Austin, Texas, where he won first place in the prestigious Austin Comedy Festival in 1994. In 1999, Oschack caught the eye of comedian Bob Saget, who introduced him on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show about comedians and their proteges. He also performed stand-up on The Martin Short Show, Late Friday, Premium Blend, and finally, his own half-hour Comedy Central special in 2004. While performing stand up, Oschack also pursued a television writing career, which went from writing quiz questions for Mexican game shows to two sports Emmy Awards nominations for his work on The Best Damn Sports Show Period, to his current job as a writer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Danny Robinson | Agency for the Performing Arts |
APA Talent and Literary Agency Senior Vice President, Danny Robinson, is focused on comedy and the personal appearance side of talent representation, which means touring, stand-up comedy, and concerts. APA has been an industry leader in the field of talent and literary representation for nearly fifty years. APA represents many of today’s most talented artists in all areas of the entertainment industry, with principal offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville. Consistently one of the top booking agencies in the country, APA’s concert and comedy departments represent a diverse slate of clients from all over the world. Their comedy roster includes some of today’s hottest comedians and talk show hosts.
Bruce Smith | OmniPop Talent Group | @OmnipopTalent
Smith started Omnipop in New York in 1983 as a personal appearance agency for bands and comics. He currently serves as president of Omnipop and heads its west coast office. His clients include national headliners like Jimmy Pardo, Maria Bamford, and Doug Benson.