Merrill Markoe
American writer
Merrill Markoe
Merrill Markoe is an author, an Emmy Award-winning television writer and a sometime standup comedienne.
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The Insane Battle Over Sam Simon???s Will ??? Should the Simpson???s Co-Creator???s Trust Pay $140,000 Per Year For One Dog???s Care?
Yahoo News - over 1 year
"He would be enraged" says friend Merrill Markoe, as the estate of Sam Simon sits at the center of a bizarre fight surrounding his beloved-yet-volatile pooch Columbo and the trust that's stopped paying for his care and hasn't kept the money flowing to the animal-rights organizations to whom Simon had dedicated his life (and fortune): "He would never cut off funds to his own f???ing dog!"
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'Tonight Show' Battle Proves Late Night TV Is Still A White Men's Club
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — The role of female talk show hosts in late-night TV broadcast network history, all 50-plus years of it, can be summed up in two words: Joan Rivers. It takes just another two – Arsenio Hall – to do the same for minorities. There's no indication that's going to change in the latest round of musical chairs involving "Tonight" and "Late Night." All the NBC, ABC and CBS showcase jobs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and later appear likely to remain securely in white men's hands. Jay Leno is handing off to Jimmy Fallon, with speculation tagging Seth Meyers as his likely successor. Meanwhile, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Carson Daly are sitting pretty, without the faintest drumbeat of a pair of advancing high heels to signal a threat. There have been alternatives bandied about – Chelsea Handler, black comedian-writer Aisha Tyler – but no hints they or others are getting traction. "In real life it seems to me that women have definitely shown ...
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Beth Lapides: Hand-to-Hand: Comedy and Combat
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Pentagon just announced it's lifting the ban on woman going to the front lines and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. I know this is something that's supposedly good for women, and something that women in the military want, but it's something I have such mixed feeling about. Oddly, one of those feelings is gratitude. Because it reminds me why, after 25 years, I'm still so committed to hosting and producing UnCabaret. The news sent me back to when, years ago, the issue of allowing women on the front lines first came up. I was just beginning comedy career and was performing in what, at the time, was a fashion-forward choice: men's suits. Partly, I loved the suits for the pockets. Partly, I loved them for the power they bestowed. Partly, I enjoyed the focus on my work which the ease of a uniform provided -- much like combat gear. And then, the issue of women being allowed to fight on the front lines came up. And I started to wonder: Is this where the women's movement has ...
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“We Killed”: Were women not funny until 1960?
Salon.com - over 4 years
Say it with me: Are women funny? Since this question was first answered in the negative in the pages of Vanity Fair by the late, redoubtable Christopher Hitchens, it seems to have been designated by the chattering classes as one of the great unanswerables of the universe, destined to be dredged up every time someone’s looking for page hits by pissing off the wrong person at some heavily trafficked and influential ladyblog (#sorryfeminists!). To everyone else, this may seem like a settled a matter of simple logic: Women are human beings (no matter what some Republican members of Congress might believe); some human beings are endowed with an innate talent to make others laugh; ergo, some women are funny. The end. And yet, it is with this specious query (if there is a God, then surely the fact that this piece of lazily reasoned hackwork seems destined to be the most quoted of all the Quotable Hitchens is His karmic revenge) that Yael Kohen chooses to open “We Killed: The Rise of Women ...
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13th Litquake scales world of words
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
13th Litquake scales world of words Litquake begins its 13th festival Friday night with a Ballot Box Bash featuring improv by Erich Origen and Gan Golan, a hosted bar and conversations about the subsequent eight days, each of which is packed with enough literary variety to be its own mini-festival 8:30 p.m. $15. -- Off the Richter Scale series, which groups authors according to theme or genre in four-hour increments: A panel of poets will speak on the theme of a post-Sept. 11 America at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Room 6-7 (1453 Mission St.) beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Getting High, Then Sober, With a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk will interview each other about their respective books 6 p.m. Saturday. $10. An Evening With Four Funny Women: comedian Laurie Kilmartin, TV writer Merrill Markoe, performer Zahra Noorbakhsh and author Hilary Winston ("My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me"). -- A tribute to Beat po ...
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Festival of Books: Talking funny with Merrill Markoe, Jill Soloway
LATimes - almost 5 years
It's probably no surprise that a panel about writing comedy began with enough laughs that it could have included a two-drink minimum. After a boisterous introduction by moderator Tod Goldberg that fairly outlined one potential working title for the discussion ("Let's put the frumpy Jewish guy with three funny ladies and watch him squirm"), the Festival of Books panel titled Does This Book Make Me Look Fat: Laughter on the Page gathered three very funny female writers -- Merrill Markoe, Jill Soloway and Dani Klein Modisett -- during would could be charitably called "interesting" times for women in politics and pop culture. Goldberg opened the discussion with a question pointed to Markoe about what's been called a "war on women" this election year, the author and onetime head writer for "Late Night With David Letterman" responded with a bit of a shrug. "Has there ever been a time where they weren't under attack?" she asked. "I haven't got an easy answer that comes with a laugh, that' ...
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Five Reasons Dog Lovers Should Heart Jon Stewart
Dogster - almost 5 years
We are big fans of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show here at Dogster HQ, and today we're even bigger fans because our longtime news editor, Maria Goodavage, is going to join Jon on the show tonight! No, seriously, we fell over when Maria nonchalantly e-mailed us with the news. She'll be talking about her latest book, Soldier Dogs (ahem, ahem, on sale at Amazon and bookstores near you), and she would like to give a Dogster reader the chance to win a signed copy. How do you win? The contest deets are at the bottom of this post. Anyway, to celebrate this very cool occasion, here are five reasons for dog lovers to heart Mr. Stewart and his show: Photo of Jon in the New Yorker via The Jon Stewart Resource. 1. He's a huge pit bull advocate.  Jon has two rescued pitties: Shamsky, who lived in a small cage before the Stewarts took him home, and Monkey. In the 2008 election, when Sarah Palin's memorable comment about hockey moms and pit bulls was circula ...
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Currents | Q&A: Q&A: The Comedy Writer Merrill Markoe
NYTimes - over 5 years
The veteran comedy writer and author of a new book of essays, “Cool, Calm & Contentious,” has filled her Malibu, Calif., home with unusual statues, portraits and more.
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L' ironia della West Coast: alle forze della natura loro non sono abituati - Corriere della Sera
Google News - over 5 years
Ieri il Wall Street Journal ha pubblicato una curiosa lettera aperta della californiana Merrill Markoe, 63 anni, acclamata e premiata autrice tv. Un' ironica lezione di resistenza umana indirizzata agli americani dell' Est «prima che l' uragano vi
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Quake Advice: Keep Calm and Buy a Lemur - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Congratulations, all you late adopters on the East Coast, on finally joining the tectonic plate club! Did you like the part where every car alarm on the block went off at the same time? You'll also love the stream of earthquake
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Insiders: Events - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
BMI.com SATURDAY: Harry Shearer, Carl Reiner, Merrill Markoe, Bob Odenkirk and others take part in a tribute to Ernie Kovacs. Egyptian Theater. AmericanCinematheque.com SUNDAY: Lady Gaga opens MTV's Video Music Awards. Nokia Theater. MTV.com AUG
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Insiders: Events - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
24: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play a concert to benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Club Nokia. SilverlakeConservatory.com AUG. 27: Harry Shearer, Carl Reiner, Merrill Markoe, Bob Odenkirk and others take part in a tribute to Ernie Kovacs
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Best in Blogs: Mitt Romney's Net Worth As Much as $250 Million - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
[WashWire] Why Washington Needs More Hollywood Phonies: Humorist Merrill Markoe makes a modest proposal about why more actors should run for higher office. [Speakeasy] Stay Out of Bert and Ernie's Bedroom!: Nick Burd, author of the novel “The Vast
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David Letterman Scandal - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
Google News - over 5 years
After an early marriage to Michele Cook ended in 1977, he was linked to Merrill Markoe, a writer and comedian. in the mid 80s, he began a relationship with Regina Lasko and they later had a son, Harry, in 2004. It wasn't until March 2009 that Dave
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David Letterman Scandal - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
After an early marriage to Michele Cook ended in 1977, he was linked to Merrill Markoe, a writer and comedian. In the mid 80s, he began a relationship with Regina Lasko and they later had a son, Harry, in 2004. It wasn't until March 2009 that Dave
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'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator Sherwood Schwartz Dies - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Each laid out the set-ups and characters—because, Mr. Schwartz told the writer Merrill Markoe, "Puzzled people cannot laugh." Mr. Schwartz co-wrote the sea shanty, "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island." "Both shows are pervasive," Mr. Schwartz told the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Merrill Markoe
    FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 56
    In 2005, Markoe was a regular panelist on Animal Planet's Who Gets the Dog?
    More Details Hide Details She has had a number of columns and written for many periodicals including Rolling Stone, Time, New York Woman, New Woman, US News and World Report, US, People, Esquire, The Huffington Post, Glamour, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Real Simple, etc. She appears in episode 2 of Friends as irritable museum curator Marsha and can be seen in the movie EDtv as a panelist, as well as in the cast of The Aristocrats. Markoe lives in Malibu, California with musician Andy Prieboy and four dogs.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 48
    She appeared in two episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast from 1997–1998 as the unwilling subject of the eponymous late night talk show host's affections.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    She and Letterman were also involved romantically from 1978–1988, after which Markoe moved to California to pursue a writing career.
    More Details Hide Details She wrote about the relationship several years later in essays in the book Cool, Calm, and Contentious, giving him the pseudonym "Bobby". She has also written for television shows such as Newhart, Sex and the City, and Moonlighting. She appeared on-camera as a lifestyle reporter at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, then for Michael Moore's NBC show TV Nation, and worked on other magazine shows such as Lifetime Magazine. In the early 1990s she wrote and directed a number of HBO and Cinemax comedy specials.
    In 1978, she was part of the cast of Mary Tyler Moore's first attempt at a variety show, the eponymous Mary, along with future partner David Letterman.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, Markoe was the original head writer for The David Letterman Show, a short-lived live NBC morning show whose writing team was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award. She may be best known for her work on Late Night with David Letterman (a show for which she shared in three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series). She engineered most of the original concepts and architecture for the ground-breaking late-night talk show and created the segment "Stupid Pet Tricks", as well as "Stupid Human Tricks" and "Viewer Mail." Many of the ideas behind the remote segments outside the studio came from Markoe, who also won a Writer's Guild award for her writing/performing work on HBO's Not Necessarily the News.
  • 1977
    Age 28
    After auditing scriptwriting classes and doing research for the head writer of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Markoe was hired as writer for the 1977 revival of Laugh-In, joining a team that included Robin Williams.
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  • 1970
    Age 21
    Markoe was born in New York City. Her family moved several times including stays in Miami, Florida and San Francisco, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a B.A. in Art in 1970 and an M.A. in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Her first job after leaving the university was teaching art at the University of Southern California.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on August 13, 1948.
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