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David Javerbaum

- Panelist Blurb

When The Daily Show's Jon Stewart needed a lifeline during a stint on Celebrity Millionaire, he called David Javerbaum - and not simply because he was a finalist on the Jeopardy! 1988 Teen Tournament and its 1998 Teen Reunion Tournament.

Javerbaum, the American comedy writer who served as The Daily Show's staff writer, head writer, supervising producer and executive producer, has won 11 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and Television Critics Association Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show for his work on The Daily Show. He was also one of the three principal authors ofThe Daily Show textbook parody, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which sold 2.6 million copies and won the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Javerbaum graduated from Harvard University where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and served as lyricist and writer for two productions of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He spent three years writing headlines for The Onion, and was one of the writers for Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source. He also wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman from 1998 - 1999.

An accomplished lyricist, Javerbaum was nominated for Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 2001, and won the $100,000 Ed Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics in 2005. More recently, Javerbaum collaborated on eight original Christmas songs for Stephen Colbert's 2008 television special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.

His first book as sole author, the pregnancy satire What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus's Guide to the First Three Trimesters, was released on October 13.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from November 14, 2009.