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Josh Lieb

Josh Lieb is the former Producer and Show Runner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His credits include stints as Executive Producer of NewsRadio and The Daily Show with[…]

Daily Show writer Josh Lieb’s literary heroes include Charles Dickens and Danny Pinkwater.

Question: Who are your heroes?

Josh Lieb: Boy. I don’t know if I ever thought of that before. My heroes – I like, as far as writers go, I like Charles Dickens, and Danny Pinkwater. I like Casey Jones, although he was only kind of real, but I like that perseverance. I like the person who goes down with the ship in an attempt to save every one else. I like Brooks Robinson, even though I never got to see him play except on video tapes. I was a big Orioles fan growing up. I can list a lot of authors I like and people I admire, but I don’t know if I would call them heroes. I just don’t know anything about them. I don’t know if Ellen Raskin is a hero of mine, I know I like her books, but she could be an awful person for all I know. I think she’s probably dead now. I like Louise Fitzhugh. I like someone who lives that sort of – who dares to live that unconventional life and write that well. So, I’ll put her down as a hero. I don’t know; who’s your hero?

Recorded on:  October 9, 2009