DAVID JAVERBAUM is an American comedy writer and currently an Executive Producer for Fusion Network (a joint venture network between ABC and Univision) to oversee development of a news satire block of programming. As the former Executive Producer of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, his work for that program, including four years as Head Writer, has earned him 11 Emmys, two additional Emmy nominations, two Peabody Awards, and Television Critics Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show. He is one of the primary authors of the show’s textbook parody America (The Book), which sold over 2.5 million copies, spent a year on The New York Times Bestseller List (including 15 weeks at #1), won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor (his second), won the 2005 Quill Awards for Best Humor Book and Audiobook, and was named Publishers’ Weekly’s 2004 Book of the Year; the audiobook won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The book’s sequel, Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race was released in September 2010. He was also Emmy-nominated for his work as a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman and wrote for the 2006 Academy Awards. He spent three years writing for the satirical newspaper and website The Onion, conceiving its 1999 New York Times #1 bestseller Our Dumb Century and contributing numerous articles to it and two other Onion books. His first book as sole author, What to Expect When You’re Expected was published by Random House in 2009. In 2011, his book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, was published by Simon & Schuster, and his affiliated Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod has over 1 million followers.
Javerbaum and his frequent collaborator Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) have won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their songs featured in the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards, both times performed by Neil Patrick Harris. They also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Lyrics and Music for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, which won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. On the stage, David and Adam also earned a 2008 Tony nomination for their songs in the Broadway adaptation of John Waters’ film Cry-Baby, itself nominated for Best Musical. Javerbaum is a winner of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, and was the lyricist and co-librettist of Suburb, which won the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, as well as Best Off-Broadway Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Drama League.
Javerbaum is a graduate of NYU's Graduate School of Musical Theater Composition and Harvard University, where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and co-wrote two of that school's Hasty Pudding musicals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Debra and their daughters Kate and Sara. His hobbies include the succinct encapsulation of his achievements.