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J.R. Havlan moved to New York in 1988 to begin his stand-up career and thanks to hard work, dedication and hustle, he soon found work as a waiter. Some years after that he performed stand-up on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan OíBrien as well as making numerous other television appearances that didnít matter nearly as much.

In 1996, J.R. became a writer on The Daily Show. In 1999, it became The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and thatís when the Emmys started pouring in thanks in small part to J.R. himself. (8 so far!) J.R. is not a contributor to McSweeney's or the Huffington Post just to be clear.

Mr. Havlan splits his time between Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two young children, and Toronto where he lives a secret life with a second family. Shhhhh

J.R.'s Channel

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    Writers' Bloc Podcast

    Writers' Bloc is a podcast about comedy writing hosted by J.R. Havlan, an 8-time Emmy Award winning writer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. J.R. conducts hilarious, insightful, and extremely informative interviews with the industry's top television comedy writers and finds out how they got where they are, how they do what they do, and how the specific shows and projects the work on go from a blank page to a final draft. Be a fly on the wall for an in-depth sneak peak at the creative process that results in developing some of the best comedy shows on television. You love the sausage, now hear how it gets made.