Allison Silverman

Allison Silverman (born February 17, 1972)[1] is an American comedy writer from Gainesville, Florida.[2] She was the head writer and executive producer for The Colbert Report until 2009.[3] In 2011, she was an executive producer and writer of Portlandia.

Life and awards

Silverman graduated from Buchholz High School, in Gainesville, Florida in 1990 and Yale University in 1994. She has written for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She has received several Emmy nominations for her work on these three shows, including two wins for her work on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Silverman attended Yale University in the early 1990s, where she was involved in one of the college's improvisational comedy groups, The Ex!t Players.[4] After graduating in 1994 with a degree in Humanities, she made her way to Chicago. She performed at Chicago's iO Theater (then known as ImprovOlympic), and later at the Boom Chicago theater in Amsterdam.[5]

Silverman won an Emmy and a Peabody Award as a member of The Daily Show's writing staff before joining Late Night in 2002. She moved to The Colbert Report in 2005 shortly after it was picked up to series. Although most of Silverman's work on the Report was off-camera, she occasionally made appearances on the show, as an audience member, as the voice of the alien woman "Juliax" in a Tek Jansen cartoon, and as "Your Soulmate" in the abridged audiobook of I Am America (And So Can You!), which she co-wrote. She was a 2009 recipient of NYWIFT's Muse Award,[6] celebrating the achievements of women who work in film and television. She announced her departure from The Colbert Report in August 2009.[7]

She married Adrian Jones on Saturday, February 21, 2009.[8]

She was writer and producer on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from 2015 to 2017.[9]


  1. Allison Silverman on IMDb
  2. Littleton, Cynthia (October 26, 2007). "Colbert Report": Meet the showrunner-in-chief Archived 2007-11-02 at the Wayback Machine. On The Air. Accessed on December 6, 2007.
  3. "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ALLISON SILVERMAN TO LEAVE "THE..." Comedy Central Press. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. Dempsey, Rachel (February 5, 2007). Yale alumni move up in the world of comedy Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. Yale Daily News. Accessed on December 6, 2007.
  5. Schleier, Curt (May 12, 2007). The Silverman Report. The Jewish Week. Accessed on December 7, 2007.
  6. "Our Muse, Penny Marshall". New York Women in Film & Television. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. Carter, Bill (24 August 2009). "'Colbert Report' Executive Producer Is Leaving the Show". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. Sipher, Devan (7 March 2009). "Allison Silverman and Adrian Jones - Weddings and Celebrations". Retrieved 28 December 2018 via
  9. McNary, Dave; McNary, Dave (17 August 2016). "Fox Developing Comedy with 'Kimmy Schmidt' Producer & 'Baskets' Creator (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
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