The Late Show Adds Jena Friedman To Writing Staff


Splitsider reports that the Late Show With David Letterman has hired local stand-up comic Jena Friedman, marking the first time in history that more than one woman has worked on the show’s full-time writing staff. (The show’s only other female writing staffer joined the team in 2009 — a time when there were no women on the staff, Letterman was amid a work-related sex scandal, and an ex-writer for the show told Vanity Fair it was a “hostile work environment.) You may recognize Jena from this faux Plan B commercial, her rejected American Girl dolls, or her spot-on parody of an NYT Wedding Vows video in which (below). Congrats, Jena!

(Full disclosure: my first gig in New York City was working as a page at Letterman and my experience was fantastic.)

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