What is the world's biggest challenge in the coming decade?
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 Jon Stewart. He won 7 Prime Time Emmys as a producer and writer for The Daily Show. In 2009, he published a young adult novel, I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, which was a New York Times Bestseller.
Lieb was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from Harvard, where he was an editor of The Lampoon, the college humor magazine. After graduation, he found work writing for Twisted Puppet Theater, The Jon Stewart Show, and NewsRadio. He subsequently worked as a producer or consultant on shows including The Simpsons, Drawn Together, Sirens, Nikki, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Lieb's tenure at The Daily Show lasted from 2006 to 2010, during which he also served as Executive Producer of “The Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” and as co-editor and co-author of Earth: The Book.
In 2013, he wrote and directed a series of comedic shorts to raise money and awareness for the charity Water.Org. Stars featured in the shorts included Matt Damon, Jessica Biel, Sir Richard Branson, and Bono.
Penguin/ Random House released Lieb's second novel, Ratscalibur, in 2015.
In October 2016, NBCUniversal announced an exclusive writing deal with Lieb.
Josh Lieb: Our biggest challenge . . . We have so many challenges. It’s . . . it’s . . . it’s all the people. It’s . . . it’s . . . it’s so many people with so many things they care so passionately about. And it’s . . . I think we have a lot . . . People expect us to make a transition from a . . . a . . . a very . . . of a sort of patchwork quilt world where, you know, people in Asia, and people in North America, and people in Europe all have these very distinct cultures, and beliefs, and religions. And . . . and now because of how immediate the world is, and we are all in contact with each other, we’re somehow supposed to make these very different machines function together – you know these very different pieces of clockwork go together. They’re not going to fit. And also . . . You know and it’s not just the different cultures. It’s the cultures of . . . of, you know, the Bible that I revere – sort of this ancient religion – and then a modern world where, you know, there are . . . we somehow expect to be able to fit very old, cranky ideas into . . . into new modern, sleek packaging . . . into . . . into progressive, egalitarian molds. And they’re not going to fit, you know? And I think . . . One of the things I could say with religion, you have to go, “Okay well that’s crappy, but that’s part of it,” you know. But you know I don’t know why I can’t eat bacon. You know that’s it, you know? And then there . . . there are I, I think, much more ludicrous things with any religion too. But I think the . . . the biggest problem is we’re somehow expecting . . . The progressives among us, you know, expect us to make this great leap into a . . . a space-age where, you know, everyone is tolerant and this and that, and this and that; but we’ve got so much – I would call it baggage – of our previous cultures with us. But I would call it baggage, but I think a lot of it’s really good. That’s not going to get on that spaceship with us. You know that’s gonna keep the spaceship grounded. I . . . I . . . I . . . I don’t know how we’re going to make it all fit.
Recorded on: 9/4/07
Fitting cranky, old ideas into sleek new packaging.
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