THE GOTHAM JOKEWRITING TEAM
New York's Premier Practitioners of Funny Business

Our team consists of more than a dozen nationally recognized comedic writers — including several Emmy Award winners — from New York, L.A., and around the country. We have written for just about every big name in American comedy. But we also have extensive experience working with a wide range of influential public figures in business, politics, and culture. Here is a list of some of the top comedians, public speakers, and television programs we have helped to funny up and stand out.

TV PROGRAMS

  • Saturday Night Live
  • Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Late Show with David Letterman
  • Late Night with Conan O’Brien
  • Seinfeld
  • Cheers
  • The View
  • Will and Grace
  • Dennis Miller Live
  • The Chris Rock Show
  • The Rosie O’Donnell Show
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil (Comedy Central)
  • D. L. Hughley Breaks the News (CNN)
  • Best Week Ever! (VH1)
  • Indecision 2008 (Comedy Central)
  • The Academy Awards
  • The Grammy Awards
  • The ESPY Awards
  • The Emmy Awards
  • Dancing with the Stars

PUBLIC FIGURES

  • Bill Gates
  • Hillary Clinton
  • John McCain
  • George W. Bush
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Joe Lieberman
  • Donald Trump
  • Katie Couric
  • Matt Lauer
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Jim Cramer
  • Al Franken
  • Joy Behar
  • Al Roker
  • Meredith Vieira
  • Barbara Walters
  • Dan Rather

COMEDIANS & ENTERTAINERS

  • Billy Crystal
  • Robin Williams
  • Bill Murray
  • Joan Rivers
  • Gilbert Gottfried
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Regis Philbin
  • Barry Manilow
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld)
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen)


Bruce Cherry

Whether writing for high-level American government and business officials, Court TV, or late night television, Bruce Cherry knows how to flip the switch.

Cherry has been in the comedy game for three decades, performing stand-up for more than 20 years, and appearing on Comedy Central, VH1, and Court TV’s Snap Judgment. As a staff writer for the Air America radio network, he worked for on-air hosts Randi Rhodes, Al Franken, Marc Maron, Rachel Maddow, Lizz Winstead, and Chuck D. His credits include:

  • Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
  • VanityFair.com

Ed Driscoll

A highly sought-after punch-up writer, Ed Driscoll is one of the most versatile and decorated comedy creators in the country.

Driscoll — a winner of Emmy, Cable Ace, and Writers Guild of America awards — started his career two decades ago as a club and television performer, opening for Jay Leno and gaining national recognition. Since then, he has written for a broad range of network television programs, feature films, and live stage shows. He is also the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, Spilled Gravy. His credits include:

  • Dennis Miller Live (Emmy Award, Writers Guild Award)
  • The Academy Awards (four-time contributor)
  • The ESPY Awards (eight-time contributor)
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • Material for Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Louie Anderson, Barry Manilow

Gregory Greenberg

Gregory Greenberg is a prolific comedic writer and producer who has earned multiple Emmy, Cable Ace, and Writers Guild of America awards.

In addition to writing for late-night headliners, Greenberg has penned pilots for UPN and awards programs for MTV, VH1, and the Independent Spirit Awards. He has recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His credits include:

  • Dennis Miller Live
  • The Chris Rock Show
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher

Ellis Henican

Ellis Henican is a nationally renowned commentator, columnist, and comedic wordsmith whose presence spans newspapers, television, cartoons, and radio.  He is currently a political analyst on Fox News Channel, a host on the Talk Radio Network, and a syndicated columnist at Newsday.  He is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, performing at Gotham Comedy Club, Comedy Corner, Stand-Up New York, and other top city clubs.

Henican began his career co-hosting a weekly transit program on NY1 and a news-driven weekend show on Bloomberg Radio. His journalistic work has been recognized with the Meyer Berger Award for Distinguished Writing about New York City; the National Clarion Award for Column Writing; and shares of two Pulitzer Prizes for “Spot News.” He has also ghostwritten books on health and business for Simon & Schuster.  His other credits include:

  • The New Republic
  • The O’Reilly Factor
  • Fox & Friends

Laurie Kilmartin

As a writer and performer, Laurie Kilmartin is one of the most accomplished double threats working in American comedy. She began her career on the stage during San Francisco’s comedy boom, but moved to New York in 1999. She was a staff writer for Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Since then, Kilmartin has performed on top daytime and late-night television shows alike. She has been featured at comedy festivals in Montreal, Aspen, and Edinburgh, and has been awarded “Outstanding Comedian” by the New York Nightlife Awards (2005) and “Best of Comedy” by Time Out New York (2004). Her credits include:

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Best Week Ever
  • Countdown with Keith Olbermann
  • Oprah
  • The Rachel Maddow Show
  • The Today Show

Jeff Kreisler

From plays to sitcoms, blogs to radio, Kreisler has earned wide praise for his smart comedy, winning the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy.  He is making the leap to author this spring with the release his Harper Collins satire Get Rich Cheating, which Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead calls “THE book to read in the unemployment line."

Kreisler, a former lawyer, is an original member of the writing staff and cast of Shoot the Messenger, a weekly 90-minute Off Broadway talk/variety show from Lizz Winstead. In addition, he wrote and created the hit live sitcom The Americans and currently writes a comedy blog for the Independent Film Channel.  His other credits include:

  • Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008
  • TheStreet.com
  • Huffington Post

Tom Leopold

Tom Leopold is one of the most prodigious and respected comedy writers working today. He has written for several top-rated sitcoms (Seinfeld and Cheers among them), high-profile roasts, and talk shows, along with authoring three highly praised comic novels.

Leopold began his career in the early 1970s, writing material for National Lampoon magazine and The National Lampoon Radio Hour, where he worked with performers such as Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest. He has also collaborated with longtime friend Harry Shearer on several projects, co-writing the musical comedy J. Edgar! starring Kelsey Grammer, and appearing frequently as a guest on Shearer’s radio program Le Show. His credits include:

  • Seinfeld
  • Cheers
  • Will and Grace
  • Ellen
  • The Friars Club Roast of Matt Lauer (material for Katie Couric, Al Roker, Meredith Vieira)

Colin McEnroe

Colin McEnroe is one of the quickest, most literate and prolific wits writing and speaking in America today, making waves and getting laughs as a radio talk show host, columnist, author, blogger, professor, playwright, and moderator.

McEnroe kicked off his career as a reporter at the Hartford Courant, where his work has won numerous national awards.  He has authored three humorous books: Swimming Chickens (Doubleday), Lose Weight Through Great Sex with Celebrities (Doubleday), and My Father’s Footprints (Warner). Widely known for his speeches and lectures, McEnroe has also established himself as a moderator, bringing out the best in panels including Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Bourdain, Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Tan, and the writers and voices of The Simpsons. His credits include:

  • The New York Times
  • The Funny Times
  • Forbes

David Nickoll

David Nickoll is a seasoned comedy writer, producer, and creative consultant for late-night television. He recently served as a producer and writer on Comedy Central’s Chocolate News. Prior to that, he was the head writer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Nickoll started in show business as a production manager at Saturday Night Live and assisting the producers of Boogie Nights. He is currently a creative consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters and the show runner of “Daytime in No Time,” a new Yahoo! Web series. His credits include:

  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
  • Harlem Globetrotters

Matt Price

Matt Price is another of Gotham’s distinguished multi-platform writers. In addition to jokes, he writes major feature screenplays, Web series, and magazine articles, as well as curating live monologue performances. Most recently, he served as staff writer for Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil on Comedy Central.

Price got his start in comedy as a writer-performer, twice appearing at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Since then, Price has created two pilot scripts for NBC (one with Warner Brothers and another with Conan O’Brien’s company, Conaco) and a third script for FOX. His credits include: 

  • Tom Green Show
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Us Weekly
  • Material for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jon Hamm

Frank Santopadre

Frank Santopadre is known throughout the comedy world as a writer’s writer. He has polished stand-up acts for national headliners and created material for awards shows, roasts, and other live events for personalities from Dennis Miller to Donald Trump.

Santopadre’s work has been seen on HBO, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ESPN, and ABC, as well as in the pages of National Lampoon, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Additionally, he has developed national ad campaigns and recently served as editor-in-chief of Jest Magazine. His credits include:

  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • The View
  • The Academy Awards (hosted by Chris Rock)
  • Writers Guild Awards (hosted by Bill Murray)
  • The Friars Club Roast of Matt Lauer
  • Material for Donald Trump, Katie Couric, Senator John McCain, Regis Philbin, Barbara Walters, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Miller, Dan Rather, Joy Behar, Gilbert Gottfried, Molly Shannon, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Judah Friedlander

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a two-time Emmy Award winner whose writing spans from prime-time variety and talk shows to news specials, documentaries, radio programs, plays, books, and magazine articles.

Previously head writer for Saturday Night Live, Smith has been writing for Joy Behar on The View for 12 years. He has penned speeches and promotional material for media figures and major corporations including Katie Couric, ABC, Disney, NBC, and CBS News, and was chosen as a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Conference. His credits include:

  • The Practice
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The View
  • The Emmy Awards (hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, and Jamie Lee Curtis)
  • CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Caissie St. Onge

Caissie St. Onge is a versatile quipster, writing for daytime and late-night television, awards shows, and children’s programming. She currently serves as writer/producer on VH1’s Best Week Ever!.

A six-time Emmy Award nominee, St. Onge has written material for Senator Hillary Clinton, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Andy Dick, and Helen Mirren.  She has also worked on a critically acclaimed series for Nickelodeon; an educational book for Scholastic; and several on-air promotions for TLC, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Nick Junior.  Her credits include:

  • The Late Show with David Letterman
  • Best Week Ever
  • The Rosie O’Donnell Show
  • The International Emmy Awards
  • The Grammy Awards