Josh Lieb is an Emmy-winning producer for The Simpsons and The Daily Show and author of I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President. He has also been a writer for the popular 1990s television series "NewsRadio" and for The Jon Stewart Show.
Question: Is your writing for “The Daily Show” social criticism?
Josh Lieb: I’m not a social critic, I think, in my role at the show. I mean I . . . I . . . You know yeah I make jokes, and I funnel jokes to Jon. I think Jon’s a social critic, but I think he’d be the one to say he’s just a comedian, too. I . . . I . . . I . . . Again I’m an enabler, so it’s not so much my criticisms coming through as . . . as me helping someone else get theirs across. Again, you know, it . . . everyone is a social critic. It’s nice. I’ve got a bit of a soapbox. I can certainly, you know, get some of my points across, which is nice. I don’t know what those points are though. My points tend to all be, you know, what an ugly tie. Or you know, I can’t believe she said that. Not . . . not . . . just dumb jokes.