In this course students will learn basic late night comedy writing including monologue, desk pieces and remotes, with the goal of becoming technically proficient, confident and comfortable submitting material to various late night television programs. All with the emphasis of finding your unique voice as a comedy writer!
This class is taught by Gabe Abelson. Originally from New York City, GABE 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. After his years at Letterman, Gabe relocated to the West Coast with his family, where he worked as staff writer at various network shows, including "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (ABC), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (CBS), in addition to having served as the producer / head writer for "The New Tom Green Show" (MTV). Gabe recently sold an animated feature to Dreamworks in conjunction with producer Jason Koornick ("Next"), Universal Press Syndicate and Andrews McMeel publishing. Previous to his career in television and movie writing, Gabe was an accomplished stand-up comedian and actor, touring the country and appearing on such shows as "Late Night With Conan O´Brien", "The MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour" (3 appearances), "Caroline´s Comedy Hour" (2 appearances), as well as 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.