SNL Head Writer Caps Off Busy Spring

Rob Klein bookends May 16 season finale with a wedding and keynote address.

In April, Saturday Night Live co-head writer Rob Klein got married to Food & Wine senior editor Lucy Madison. In May, he was back in his home state of Pennsylvania to address students at Wyoming Valley West Middle School, as the guest speaker at the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony.

The 34-year-old Klein has been an SNL writer for eight seasons, the last two as co-head writer alongside Colin Jost and Bryan Tucker. Per a report in the Scranton Times-Tribune, his May 21 speech included some good zingers:

“The first thing I want to say to the students is I understand that young people today have a lot of distractions. You might spend a lot of time online, watching YouTube, playing Minecraft, playing games on your phone. But I really believe it’s so important, even with all those distractions, that you still carve out a few hours every night to watch some TV,” Klein said, as the audience began to laugh.

Klein’s mother was formerly a guidance counselor for his local school district. After attending Wilkes-Barre Academy and Wyoming Valley West High School, Klein moved on to Harvard and the National Lampoon. The head writer also got some nice local ink recently in another Pennsylvania paper, the Times Leader.

As you might expect, Mrs. Klein has an equally well-developed sense of humor. Ahead of the wedding, last fall, she penned an essay for Lucky magazine titled “First Person: ‘My Fiancé Hates My Favorite Pants’:”

Recently, chatting with Rob, I innocently suggested the pants as my outfit for a particularly special occasion on the horizon: our wedding. “Sure,” he said, smiling sweetly, calling my bluff. “You’ll look great in anything.” The man had learned his lesson: Never get between a woman and her favorite article of clothing. Satisfied by his response, I went out and bought an actual wedding dress instead. But the pants won’t feel entirely left out: I’m planning on wearing them to the afterparty.

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