Take my tweet, please! As today’s Vulture piece by Jennifer Rogers and Callie Wright vividly reminds, you never know who might be paying attention to a 140-character comedy showcase.
In this case, two of the three hired tweeters – Alison Agosti and Michelle Wolff – had comedy backgrounds. But third Twitter gagster Bryan Donaldson, found through @TheNardvark by Late Night head writer Alex Baze, was a central Illinois IT guy. Seriously:
The Late Night interview lasted 15 minutes, and Donaldson assumed he’d blown it. “It was so short that I thought they’d decided they weren’t going to waste any more time,” he says. Then, a few weeks later, he got a call at work from Baze telling him he had the job…
“Twitter has democratized the [comedy writer evaluation] process,” says Meyers. “We used to look at smaller samples, now you can look back and see what a person thought was funny for the past calendar year.”
That job interview happened in October. Donaldson, along with the show’s 11 other writers, started December 2 and is currently in the process of selling his house in East Peoria.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Fred Armisen Deadpans His Way to Instant Late Night Approval
Savannah Guthrie Helps Seth Meyers Prepare for ‘Worst Guests’
Piers Morgan Booker Slides Over to Seth Meyers Talk Show