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Powell's Books Presents Merrill Markoe in Conversation With Robin Schiff


Oct 15, 2020 05:28 PM

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Merrill Markoe
Merrill Markoe was the head writer for the original The David Letterman Show; the live NBC morning show was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award. She shared in three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for her work on Late Night with David Letterman. She engineered most of the original concepts and architecture for the groundbreaking late-night talk show and created the segment "Stupid Pet Tricks", as well as "Stupid Human Tricks" and "Viewer Mail." Many of the ideas behind the remote segments came from Markoe, who also won a Writer's Guild award for her writing/performing work on HBO's Not Necessarily the News. She has also written for television shows such as Newhart, Sex and the City, and Moonlighting. Markoe has written for many periodicals including Rolling Stone, Time, US, Esquire, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She is the author of four books of essays and four novels. Most recently, her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.
Robin Schiff
Robin Schiff has numerous television credits and most recently worked on the new Darren Star series Emily In Paris. She is best known for writing and producing Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion which she is currently adapting as a musical for the stage. She was a member of the famed L.A. improv troupe The Groundlings which is where she honed her comedy skills. An L.A. native, Robin has a degree in history from UCLA. In her free time, she likes to read, nap and watch TV.