How To Write For Late Night Comedy Talk Shows

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Do you have what it takes to be a staff writer on a late-night comedy talk or variety show? Now it’s time to up your game so that your work is strong enough to land you the gig. In this 90-minute workshop, Emmy Award-winning writer-comedian Hugh Fink (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central Roasts, Conan O’Brien) will teach you the late-night comedy templates and how each one requires a different skill set. Whether your dream job is The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Show with Steven Colbert, or Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, this workshop will give you invaluable info on how to write a submission packet that will stand out and get noticed.

Course Format

This workshop is one night only, held live via Zoom, with a Q&A to follow.

Topics Covered

  • Structuring jokes for monologues and televised roasts
  • Desk pieces – topical and evergreen
  • Live and pre-taped bits, in studio and on location


Tuesday, June 8 at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern for 90+ minutes



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Whether it's at Saturday Night Live, The Writers Guild Awards,  or Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, I've been working with Hugh Fink for 25 years, and that little prick is hilarious.

aka Todd Packer,
NBC's The Office

David Koechner

American Dad

From the characters he's voiced on American Dad to the packed comedy clubs I've witnessed him slay as a standup, Hugh Fink is hands down one of the funniest humans I know. It's not easy to make Hollywood's most seasoned (read: jaded) writers howl with laughter, yet Mr. Fink has produced the Writers Guild's annual awards ceremony for the last six years in a row. A true master of the form and bona fide living legend.

Co-Creator/Exec Producer,
American Dad