GREAT MOMENTS IN SITCOM HISTORY: A EULOGY — CONTRIBUTORS
CLAUDIA LONOW started as an actress playing Michele Lee’s daughter on Knots Landing. She created Rude Awakening, Good Girls Don’t, and Accidentally on Purpose and has written on many other shows.
DAVID PRESSMAN has been acting in television for over 20 years. He has appeared in numerous sitcoms and has had recurring roles on everything from Newhart where he played “Mr. Rusnak” the town shoe salesman to most recently Mr. Sunshine where he played “Dave The Mascot”
ERIC GILLILAND Eric Gilliland has written for TV shows such as Who’s The Boss?, The Wonder Years, Roseanne (Writers’ Guild nomination for best episodic comedy, Peabody Award, GLADD Awards, eventually winding up as executive producer/head writer), That 70’s Show, My Boys, Mr. Sunshine. Taking a year off from television, he produced the documentary God Grew Tired Of Us: The Story of The Lost Boys Of Sudan which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for “Best Documentary” at the Sundance Film Festival and at both the Deauville and Galway Film Festivals. He also directed and co-wrote Martha Plimpton Sings? at Lincoln Center. As a sideline, he’s a professional whistler.
GREG MALINS has written and executive produced a bunch of sitcoms, including Friends, Will & Grace, Better With You, and How I Met Your Mother.
JAY KOGEN is an Emmy Award winning writer for The Simpsons, Frasier, George Lopez, Malcolm in the Middle, and The Class.
JIM VALLELY is an Emmy Award winning writer whose credits include Arrested Development, The Golden Girls, The Geena Davis Show, My Wife and Kids, Sit Down Shut Up, Action, Brotherly Love, ‘Til Death, and many other shows. He is a recipient of The 2006 W. W. Mildred Ieate Award for “Generosity, Mentorship, and Kindness of Spirit to Aspiring Young Writers in Greater Hollywood.”
JONATHAN SCHMOCK has been a writer, director and actor in television comedy for years. As a writer he has worked on shows including: Real Time With Bill Maher, Good Girls Don’t, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Dharma & Greg, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Brotherly Love, Muscle, The Lot, Blossom, Golden Palace, Soul Man, among others. He has directed shows including many episodes of Good Girls Don’t, My Wife and Kids, Greetings from Tucson, The Lot, Rude Awakenings, Dharma & Greg and Brotherly Love.
KEVIN BIGGINS has written for The Cleveland Show and Tosh.O. He also does stand-up comedy around Los Angeles and is on Twitter as @TheBiggIdea.
KEVIN ROONEY wrote for a number of sit-coms from 1992-2010. He won two Emmys for writing on The Dennis Miller Show. He was a stand-up comedian from 1980-1992. The friendships he made as a stand-up were his path into television writing. Kevin is retired and splitting his time between Los Angeles and Nice, France.
LARAINE NEWMAN is a founding member of The Groundlings and an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. She has worked for directors ranging from Woody Allen to Rob Zombie. TV shows ranging from Sesame Street to Entourage. Animated series for toddlers, like Oswald the Ocotopus to shows like Metalocalypse for God knows who. She’s a contributing editor for the online food magazine oneforthetable and has written for The Believer, McSweeneys and Huffington Post. www.larainenewman.com
MERRILL MARKOE is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer who co-created Late Night with David Letterman. She has written for Newhart, Moonlighting, Sex in the City, and for numerous print publications including Rolling Stone, Time, New York Woman, The New York Times and the Los Angles Times. She is the author of It’s My F—ing Birthday, What the Dogs Have Taught Me, The Psycho Ex Game, Walking in Circles Before Lying Down, Nose Down, Eyes Up and Cool Calm and Contentious which can be pre-ordered now by clicking here.
NELL SCOVELL has written for late night variety (Late Night With David Letterman), prime time variety (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1988), animation (The Simpsons, The Critic, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast), sitcom (Newhart, Coach, Murphy Brown, Curb Your Enthusiasm), drama (Providence, Monk, NCIS, Warehouse 13), and features (Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves). She created and executive produced ABC’s Sabrina, the Teenage Witch which ran for seven seasons and is now in syndication. She also wrote and directed two cable movies (Hayley Wagner, Star and It Was One Of Us). She lives in Santa Monica with her architect husband and two sons.
PHIL ROSENTHAL is the creator, writer and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. He also wrote and produced Coach and the short-lived Baby Talk. He has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, and The TV Set. He is the author of the book You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom and has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Video. He co-wrote the “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing. His current documentary Exporting Raymond follows his attempt to turn Everybody Loves Raymond into a successful Russian sitcom, where he served as a consultant.
STEPHEN ROOT starred as the eccentric station owner, ‘Jimmy James’, on NBC’s News Radio and has recurred on True Blood, 24, West Wing & JUSTIFIED. Root was the voice of ‘Bill’ and ‘Mr. Strickland’ on King of the Hill for 13 seasons. He was catapulted into the realm of cult hero when he starred as the put-upon ‘Milton Waddams’ in Mike Judge’s OFFICE SPACE.
WAYNE FEDERMAN is a veteran stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and author. He’s appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm (Dean Weinstock), The X-Files, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, News Radio, Legally Blonde, 50 First Dates, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People, and Step Brothers. He has also written for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Politically Incorrect, and the WGA Awards.
C. BRIAN SMITH, before coming on as an Associate Editor at UrbanDaddy and Kempt, worked on many television shows including The Cleveland Show, Accidentally on Purpose, My Boys, and Side Order of Life. He is the co-host of Stirling & Bri’s The Comedy Nooner, a late-night talk show in the middle of the afternoon, and regularly performs at Comedy Central’s Sit n Spin in Hollywood.
- — C. Brian Smith