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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.
Question: Whom would you like to interview, and what would you ask?
Josh Lieb: That’s a dumb question. Who would be the one person I would; I really don’t know. I . . . There are a lot of people I’d like to talk to. You don’t . . . There’s nobody I’d like to talk to that much. Nobody’s leaping to mind.It’s more than sitting down and actually being with that person. It would be more interesting to sit down with, you know, Albert Einstein or Julius Caesar.
It’d be more actually fun to be in the room with that person than it would be to ask them any particular question. Like there’s no. I have nobody. . My grandfather. I like my grandfather. I wish he were alive, so that’s what I wish.
Recorded on: September 4, 2007
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