David Javerbaum

David Javerbaum

David Javerbaum is an American comedy writer and former executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was hired as a staff writer there in 1999, promoted to head writer in 2002 and attained EP status at the end of 2006. He has won 11 Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, two Peabody Awards and Television Critics Association Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show. He was also one of the three principal authors of the show's textbook parody America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which sold 2.6 million copies and won the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He became a consulting producer at the start of 2009 and spent the next 18 months spearheading the writing of that book's sequel, Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, which was released in September 2010; he won his second Grammy Award for producing the audiobook. He left the show in July 2010.

He is the author of The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, which was released on November 1, 2011 and is affiliated with the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod. It is his second book as sole author; the first was the pregnancy satire What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus's Guide to the First Three Trimesters, which was released in October 2009.

Javerbaum is an alumnus of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated from Harvard University where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and served as lyricist and co-bookwriter for two productions of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Later, he spent three years contributing headlines to The Onion, and is credited as one of the writers for Our Dumb Century. He wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman from 1998-9. He wrote three episodes for the 2011 relaunch of Beavis and Butthead, including "Crying (Beavis and Butthead)".

He is also a musical-theater lyricist and librettist who is co-songwriter (along with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne) of the adaptation of John Waters' Cry-Baby which opened on Broadway on April 24, 2008 and was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score. He and Schlesinger also collaborated on eight original Christmas songs for Stephen Colbert's 2008 television special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, for which he won a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. He was the lyricist and co-bookwriter of Suburb, which was nominated for Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001. He won the $100,000 Ed Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics in 2005.

He was the head writer of the first-ever Comedy Awards, an annual awards show for achievement in comedy that aired in April 2011. In 2011, Javerbaum also wrote the lyrics to the opening numbers to both the 65th Tony Awards, "Broadway: It's Not Just for Gays Anymore,[1] and the 63rd Emmy Awards, "TV Is a Vast Wonderland."

He was a finalist on Jeopardy!'s 1988 Teen Tournament and its 1998 Teen Reunion Tournament. Jon Stewart also called him as his phone-a-friend when Jon was on Celebrity Millionaire.

Javerbaum grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey,[2] where he attended Columbia High School.


  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/theater/theaterspecial/war-horse-is-best-play-and-mormon-has-strong-showing-in-early-tonys.html
  2. ^ Meoli, Daria. "That’s Entertainment", New Jersey Monthly, October 2005. Accessed December 26. "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is still the best fake newscast on TV, thanks to Lawrenceville native Stewart and head writer and Maplewood native David Javerbaum."

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Preceded by
Mitch Epner
Jeopardy! Teen Tournament first runner-up
Succeeded by
Stanley Wu

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