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Episode 106 - Writer Merrill Markoe

Culture Pop

Merrill Markoe is one of the funniest people around. She was lead writer on "Late Night with David Letterman," inventing both Studio Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks and winning 3 Primetime Emmy Awards. She went on to write on shows like "Newhart," "Sex & the City" and "Moonlighting" and has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Huffington Post and more. Her books include 'Calm, Cool & Contentious," "Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love" and her latest, a graphic novel called "We Saw Scenery."

52mins

21 Mar 2021

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Merrill Markoe – You Are Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Mental Health Comedy

Merrill is a legend, and so funny and interesting to talk with. We talked about her childhood and how growing up with a narcissist mom affected her, falling in love with a childhood nazi and more. These are just a couple of the subjects in her graphic novel based on her grade school diaries called … Continue reading Merrill Markoe – You Are Smarter Than a 5th Grader →

56mins

18 Feb 2021

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Comedy Writer, Merrill Markoe, Found Her Childhood Diaries...She Turned That Discovery Into Her Latest Book

The Edge with Mark Thompson

Comedy writer, Merrill Markoe, has a keen perspective on life. Now, she turns that perspective toward her own life, having recently discovered her childhood diaries and turned them into an annotated and illustrated journey in the form of her latest book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. Merrill is a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and boosted The David Letterman show into the America cultural zeitgeist. She also wrote for shows like Sex and the City, Newhart and Moonlighting. Merrill's written eight books in addition to her latest and was awarded the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for television writing achievement. She joins Mark and J Elvis Weinstein to talk about her book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. The second half of the show brings on a man who has spent his life on the street.  Homeless by choice, Bumdog Torres discusses the year 2020 which had unimaginable challenges for all of us but for the homeless those challenges were amplified and encompassed a civil disobedience movement in addition to COVID-19. You can reach the show at EdgewithMarkthompson@gmail.com

1hr 8mins

10 Feb 2021

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Comedy Writer, Merrill Markoe, Found Her Childhood Diaries...She Turned That Discovery Into Her Latest Book

The Edge with Mark Thompson

Comedy writer, Merrill Markoe, has a keen perspective on life. Now, she turns that perspective toward her own life, having recently discovered her childhood diaries and turned them into an annotated and illustrated journey in the form of her latest book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. Merrill is a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and boosted The David Letterman show into the America cultural zeitgeist. She also wrote for shows like Sex and the City, Newhart and Moonlighting. Merrill's written eight books in addition to her latest and was awarded the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for television writing achievement. She joins Mark and J Elvis Weinstein to talk about her book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. The second half of the show brings on a man who has spent his life on the street.  Homeless by choice, Bumdog Torres discusses the year 2020 which had unimaginable challenges for all of us but for the homeless those challenges were amplified and encompassed a civil disobedience movement in addition to COVID-19. You can reach the show at EdgewithMarkthompson@gmail.com

1hr 8mins

10 Feb 2021

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Merrill Markoe on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Writers on Writing

Merrill Markoe, author of the graphic memoir, We Saw Scenery, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing. They laugh a lot, too. Download audio. Musical intro, outro, and interludes by Travis Barrett. Find more of his music on Spotify.(Broadcast date: Nov. 11, 2020)

22 Nov 2020

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Comedy Legend and Author Merrill Markoe

Quarantine Creatives with Heath Racela

Merrill Markoe is an Emmy Award winning comedy writer, co-creator and head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, and an acclaimed author.  She joins Heath to discuss her new graphic memoir We Saw Scenery, which she both wrote and illustrated.  It tells the story of her adolescence through her diary entries of the time.  She also discusses her time at The Comedy Store, working with and dating David Letterman, and her experience at some of the major cultural events of the 1960s.

53mins

29 Oct 2020

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A Portrait of the Humorist as a Young Woman: Merrill Markoe on Drawing (Literally) from her Early Diaries

The Unspeakable Podcast

Merrill Markoe is an Emmy award winning television writer and celebrated humorist. She’s worked on shows ranging from Sex and The City to Moonlighting but is probably best known for her association with The David Letterman Show, where she was the head writer from the show’s inception in 1981 until the late 1980s. She’s also the author of nine books, including the brand new graphic memoir We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. Here, Merrill draws from an enormous cache of diaries she kept from approximately the fourth grade through her first year of college. In this conversation, Merrill talks about the book, about growing up female and funny, about harnessing that funniness into a career, and about working with—and being the longtime girlfriend of—David Letterman. She also talks about what it’s like to pursue comedy in this era of heightened sensitivities and why it’s a myth that you’re not allowed to be funny anymore. Guest Bio:Merrill Markoe was recently awarded the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Her new book, We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe, is just out from Algonquin Books.

1hr 14mins

26 Oct 2020

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Merrill Markoe

Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast

Comedy legend Merrill Markoe (Head writer for Late Night with David Letterman) stops by to talk with writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell about learning how to produce a morning talk show on the fly during her time working on The David Letterman Show, where the idea for remotes with Letterman came from, what she was looking for in writers for Letterman’s move to Late Night, how her background as an artist helped her write comedy for TV, and her new book “We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe.” Plus, Mike and Jessie answer a special two part listener voicemail question. Got a question for Inside Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 209-5303 and e-mail us at insideconanpod@gmail.com For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit TeamCoco.com

43mins

16 Oct 2020

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Looking for the Illogical with Merrill Markoe

I'm Not Joking

Merrill Markoe is a comedian, comedy writer, author of ten books, and Emmy award Winning writer and producer of the Late Show with David Letterman. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Solo community today:petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

1hr 3mins

19 Feb 2020

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Emmy Award Winning Comedy Writer Merrill Markoe Gets Another Award..Talks Letterman Show and Beyond... Plus, Pulitzer Prize Winner, James Risen, on Iran, Trump and the Rise of the Religious Right

The Edge with Mark Thompson

Mark welcomes back the audience and J Elvis Weinstein! Then... As head writer on the Letterman Show (both daytime and late night) Merrill has influenced the entire culture and genre of contemporary talk shows. We visit with her as she writes her acceptance speech for the prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award from the Writers Guild and reflects on her award winning work with the Letterman shows--work that shaped a generation of comedy. J Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the talk with Merrill. Then, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, James Risen on Iran, the U.S. intelligence community and a reinvigorated abortion debate in America. 00:00-07:20 Mark welcomes back the audience and J Elvis Weinstein! 720-41:10   Merrill Markoe on Comedy 41:25- 1:17:30 James Risen on Intel Community, Iran and Abortion Rights reach the show at: edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com

1hr 17mins

26 Jan 2020

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