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Josh Gondelman In the past twelve months Josh Gondelman has released a comedy album called Physical Whisper, appeared on Conan to do a set of stand up, co-authored the book You Blew It! with Joe Berkowitz, and worked tirelessly behind the scenes as one of the many fearless and funny writers on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. If reading that extensive list of accomplishments made you tired, consider this: Almost any given night of...
Even if you haven’t personally experienced the aura of kindness that beams forth from Gondelman’s presence, you’ve probably read one of his hilarious tweets, or experienced his humor as one of the writers on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. The world of comedy has lately faced down specters of abuse, but Gondelman is a reminder that good guys exist even in the darkest places, and his determination to shine in word and deed has...
It’s nothing new to hear Josh Gondelman called the nicest man in comedy, but even fully prepared with his reputation, actually meeting him in person will completely disarm you. When I was a college student confused about the world of TV writing, Josh met with me, a complete stranger, just to talk about his work and tell me that things are less scary than it might seem to a college student who just spent...
It’s sort of perfect to imagine Maris Kreizman at the Emmys. “I felt like a princess,” she says. “It comes a little late in life but it came. I missed junior prom but I got to go to the Emmys.” We’re having drinks at Sugarburg, a bar surprisingly pleasant for being perched on top of the Metropolitan Avenue L/G entrance. We are supposed to be talking about her book, Slaughterhouse 90210—and we do, eventually—but I can’t...

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