Josh Gondelman

Joshua Lyons Gondelman (born January 15, 1985) is an American author, comedy writer, producer, and stand-up comedian.[1][2][3] He is currently a supervising producer and writer for Desus & Mero on Showtime.[4][5] He was previously a writer on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He is also known for co-creating the parody Twitter account @SeinfeldToday.[6][7]

Josh Gondelman
Joshua Lyons Gondelman

(1985-01-15) January 15, 1985
Years active2010-present

Early life and education

Gondelman grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts,[8] to parents Ellion Lyons and David Gondelman.[9] He grew up in a Jewish family.[10][11]

Gondelman graduated from Stoneham High School in 2003.[8][12] He graduated from Brandeis University in 2007, where he double majored in creative writing and English,[2] and minored in Spanish.[13]


When he was 19 years old, Gondelman began doing standup comedy in Boston. He did stand-up in Boston for seven years, and occasionally returns.[14] After college, he worked as a pre-school teacher[7][15] and taught elementary school Spanish.[16] In 2011, Gondelman moved to New York City, where his then-girlfriend lived, to do more stand-up comedy.[2]

During this time he also began doing freelance writing.[17][2] He co-wrote his first major story, "Both Sides of a Break Up", with his recent ex-girlfriend; it was published in New York Magazine in 2012.[2][18] In 2013, he wrote a story for Esquire describing his experience running in a Tough Mudder race in which he was sponsored by Wheaties in exchange for monetary compensation from General Mills and Zeus Jones.[19] He has also written for McSweeney's, The New Yorker,[16] and The New York Times.[20]

In October 2015, a book co-authored by Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz entitled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You've Already Ruined Your Life, was published.[2] [21]


As a stand-up comedian, he has opened for John Oliver, Jen Kirkman and Pete Holmes, and also performs regularly at New York City venues.[22][23] Eve Peyser has said that during his stand-up, Gondelman "radiates humility and a relatable, everyday awkwardness alongside fierce confidence and wit."[22]

Everything's The Best, his debut album, came out in 2011. His second album, Physical Whisper, was released on March 18, 2016.[14][24]

In 2010, he won the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival[25] in Atlanta, Georgia. In March 2016, he made his late-night television debut on Conan.[26] He made his network television debut in January 2018 on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[27]


In December 2012, Gondelman created the Twitter account "SeinfeldToday", along with Jack Moore, formerly of BuzzFeed.[28] The account posted humorous tweets reimagining Seinfeld characters in modern-day situations.[29] As of October 2015, the last time the account was active, it had more than 900,000 followers.[30] At the 6th annual Shorty Awards in 2014, the account won an award in the "#Fakeaccount" category.[31]

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

In 2014, Gondelman was hired by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as the web producer for the show's first season, and became a staff writer for the second season.[2][14] In 2016, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his work on the show.[32] He and the writing team of Last Week Tonight won this same award in 2017, as well as a Writers Guild of America Award in 2017.[33][34]

Desus & Mero

In 2019, Gondelman left Last Week Tonight to become a senior staff writer and producer on Desus & Mero after the series moved to Showtime.[4][5]

Personal life

Gondelman is married to Maris Kreizman, the creator of the blog, and book, Slaughterhouse 90210.[30][30][35] They live in Brooklyn[36][37] with Bizzy, a "senior" [pug].[38]


  • 2014: Shorty Awards, #Fakeaccount category[39]
  • 2014: Peabody Award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver[40]
  • 2015: Emmy Awards, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (nominee)[41]
  • 2016: Emmy Awards, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver[41]
  • 2017: Writers Guild of America Award, Comedy/Variety Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • 2017: Emmy Awards, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver[41][42]
  • 2019: Emmy Awards, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


  • 2011: Everything's The Best![43]
  • 2016: Physical Whisper[44][45]
  • 2019: Dancing on a Weeknight [46]


  • 2011: Quiet Desperation (TV series) – Actor (3 episodes)
  • 2011: Viral Video (short) – as Agent
  • 2013: Splashie (TV series short) – as Criminal
  • 2014: Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner (TV series) – Creative consultant (2 episodes)
  • 2014: Ramsey Has a Time Machine (TV series) – as Jackson Pollock in "Art"
  • 2015–present: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (TV Series) – Producer (11 episodes), Writer (14 episodes)
  • 2016: Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (TV series) – Actor in "Links & Logs"
  • 2016: The Comedy Show Show (TV series) – Actor in "RISK! With Kevin Allison"
  • 2016: @Midnight (TV series) – as himself
  • 2017: Wiki What (Facebook show) - Host[47][48]

Works and publications

  • Gondelman, Josh (2007). Anything to Fill the Silence (thesis/dissertation). Waltham, MA: Brandeis University. OCLC 126859941.
  • Gondelman, Josh; Berkowitz, Joe (2016). You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You've Already Ruined Your Life. New York: Plume. ISBN 978-0-147-51580-3. OCLC 910009187.
  • Gondelman, Josh (2019). Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0062852755.
Selected articles
Wiki What?


  1. Zinoman, Jason (29 April 2016). "Sick of Angry Comics? Try Some Sweet-Tempered Stand-Up". The New York Times.
  2. Grant, Drew (6 October 2015). "Nice Guys Finish First: Josh Gondelman, a New Writer of 'Last Week Tonight'". The Observer.
  3. Eakin, Marah (24 March 2016). "Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman on Bernie Mac, Hillary Clinton, and Weird Twitter". The A.V. Club.
  4. Framke, Caroline; Framke, Caroline (2019-02-20). "Desus & Mero Are Doing Late-Night Their Own Way". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  5. "Here's the Writing Staff for Showtime's Desus & Mero". Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  6. "Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday)". Twitter.
  7. Power, Tom; Gondelman, Josh (18 November 2016). "Comedian Josh Gondelman's past as a pre-school teacher" (Audio interview). CBC Radio.
  8. "Comedian Josh Gondelman staying busy while home in Boston". The Boston Globe. 31 December 2014.
  9. "Frank "Cal" Lyons". The Boston Globe via
  10. Gondelman, Josh (16 March 2015). "I Had Given Up On The NFL. Then Nana Became A Patriots Fanatic". BuzzFeed.
  11. Goodman, Elyssa (24 September 2016). "Why Josh Gondelman Is a Rising Star in Stand-Up Comedy". The Forward.
  12. Willison, Margaret H. (10 December 2015). "Josh Gondelman can't deny his inner Bostonian". Metro US.
  13. Gaffney, Theresa (2015-08-21). "Brandeis alum nominated for Emmy for 'Last Week Tonight'". The Brandeis Hoot. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  14. Dorval, Mike (14 March 2016). "07 – Josh Gondelman" (Audio podcast). Bombing with Mike Dorval. Rox Labs.
  15. Sutherland, Amy (21 August 2011). "Transformers: Taking his show on the road". The Boston Globe.
  16. "Josh Gondelman: "It's about creating a feeling of warmth along with humor"". The Toast. 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  17. Ham, Robert (18 March 2016). "Now What?: Josh Gondelman on His New Stand-up Album and Last Week Tonight". Paste.
  18. "Both Sides of a Breakup: The Stray Condom Mystery". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  19. Gondelman, Josh (6 August 2013). "Mudder's Boy". Esquire.
  20. Gondelman, Josh (2017-09-01). "Opinion | What if I Bombed at My Own Wedding?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  21. Ham, Robert (2016-03-18). "Now What?: Josh Gondelman on His New Stand-up Album and Last Week Tonight". Paste. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  22. Peyser, Eve (10 November 2015). "Comedian Josh Gondelman Is Proof Kindness Can Kill in Comedy". Mic.
  23. White, Caitlin (21 March 2016). "The Brooklyn 100: Josh Gondelman, Writer and Comedian". Brooklyn Magazine.
  24. Rahman, Ray (18 March 2016). "'Last Week Tonight' writer Josh Gondelman discusses his new stand-up album". Entertainment Weekly.
  25. "Couldn't happen to a nicer guy: Josh Gondelman wins inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival". The Comic's Comic. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  26. Tickle, Glen (2016-03-24). "Comedian Josh Gondelman Talks About Ghosting, Confidence, and Grandparents on Conan". Laughing Squid. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  27. "Josh Gondelman Stand-Up Performance". Retrieved Nov 4, 2019 via
  28. Chung, Nicole (22 March 2016). "Josh Gondelman: "It's about creating a feeling of warmth along with humor"". The Toast.
  29. McCann, Erin (29 August 2013). "Josh Gondelman: meet the man behind @SeinfeldToday". The Guardian.
  30. Ruiz, Michelle (15 October 2015). "Meet the George and Amal of the Twitter-Lit World". Vogue.
  31. The Deadline Team (8 April 2014). "Shorty Awards Winners Announced". Deadline Hollywood.
  32. Littleton, Cynthia (12 September 2016). "Creative Arts Emmy Awards: 'Making a Murderer,' 'Grease Live,' 'Archer,' 'Shark Tank' Take Top Awards". Variety.
  33. "2017 Emmy Award Winners List". CBS Cleveland. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  34. "2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominees". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  35. Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (1 April 2016). "Jobs Report: Kickstarter's Publishing Ambassador Maris Kreizman Details Her Day". The Observer.
  36. Schwartz, Dana (15 March 2016). "An Interview With Josh Gondelman, The Nicest Guy In Comedy". Brooklyn Magazine.
  37. Douglas, Nick (2017-12-11). "I'm Comedian Josh Gondelman, and This Is How I Work". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2018-01-15. For this special video installment of How I Work, we visited Josh in his Brooklyn home to talk about his Emmy-winning TV work, the process of writing his second book, how he keeps it together on tour, and how he knows when to quit.
  38. Wilder, Alice (4 December 2016). "Q&A with 'Sweater Weather' comedian Josh Gondelman". The Daily Tar Heel.
  39. "Josh Gondelman". Shorty Awards.
  40. French, Jana Lynn (14 March 2016). "Honoring the Impact of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight". Peabody Awards.
  41. "Josh Gondelman: Awards & Nominations". Emmy Award. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  42. Pedersen, Erik (18 September 2017). "Emmy Awards Winners: The Complete List". Deadline Hollywood.
  43. Gondelman, Josh (8 November 2011). "Everything's The Best!" (audio). Rooftop Comedy. OCLC 810329878.
  44. Gondelman, Josh (18 March 2016). "Physical Whisper" (audio). Rooftop Comedy.
  45. Frissore, Angela (21 February 2016). "Boston native Josh Gondelman nails it with sophomore comedy album". AXS TV.
  46. "Josh Gondelman busts out some new moves in 'Dancing on a Weeknight'". Vanyaland. Apr 19, 2019. Retrieved Nov 4, 2019.
  47. Roettgers, Janko (9 August 2017). "Facebook Unveils Shows From 30-Plus Partners Including Univision, MLB, NBA, Hearst, Time Inc". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  48. "Behind Hearst's Facebook Watch Programming Strategy - min Online". 12 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
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