Alley Oop Ep 13 Marsh McCall: Original Conan O’Brien Writer

Marsh McCall was one of the original writer’s of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and eventually became head writer of the show. He’s also a showrunner, Executive Producer and writer of funny things on the New Yorker online. Marsh is a Beatles expert among his other talents, and also plays basketball with Paul every once in awhile. The two talk about their love of Monty Python, the TV show Fawlty Towers and a few of their other comedic influences.

“Emergency Guest” is one of the bits Marsh created for the Late Night with Conan O’Brien Show

Marsh was a newspaper writer in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. He landed his first job as one of the original writers on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, along with Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk and shared an office with Andy Richter. After the first year of the show, Marsh became head writer. He moved back to Los Angeles to Executive Produce “Just Shoot Me” and a host of other TV shows. It was just announced that Marsh will be writing a TV show with Jamie Foxx called “Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me” for TBS.

Here’s a link to “Wishes That Annoy Genie’s” piece that Marsh McCall wrote for the New Yorker:


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