Tim Carvell

Tim Carvell is an American writer and television producer known for his work on the TV satirical news series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as for his print work in publications including Mad,[2] Slate,[3] and The New York Times.

Tim Carvell
Carvell at a November 18, 2013 signing for Inside Mad at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan
Born1974 (age 4445)
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan U.S.
OccupationWriter, satirist, producer
Alma materColumbia University (1995)
GenreComedy, satire
Notable works
Notable awards3 consecutive Emmy Awards (2004–06)[1]
SpouseThomas Keeton


For the first nine years after he graduated from college, Carvell wrote for a number of New York-based publications, including Fortune, Sports Illustrated for Women and Entertainment Weekly.[4] He also contributed humor pieces to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern[1] and the op-ed page of The New York Times.[1][5]

Carvell stumbled into a comedy career "by accident".[1] He heard about an opening on the TV comedy series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from Steve Bodow, one of the writers on that show. He submitted a writing sample that consisted of the headlines that Jon Stewart reads at the desk and dialogue between Stewart and correspondents. Carvell was then interviewed by the show's head writer and the executive producer. He joined the show in March 2004, just as the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign was becoming a common news topic. Describing the subsequent meeting with Stewart as "surreal", Carvell says, "it felt uncannily like I was suddenly a guest on the show, only without a book or movie to promote."[1] In 2011, Carvell became the series' head writer.[6] As a staff writer for the show, he won six Emmy Awards between 2004–2012.[1]

Since 2005, he has written the "Planet Tad" column for Mad magazine.[7] In 2012, he wrote a book based on the column, also called Planet Tad.[8] In 2014, Carvell followed John Oliver to his new HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he serves as showrunner for the series.[9]

Personal life

Tim Carvell is a native of Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit. He entered Columbia University in 1991, majoring in history. While there, he wrote news and features for Spectator which he described as "as good a journalism education as you could get. It allowed you to learn by making mistakes, without suffering real consequences." He graduated in 1995.[1]

Carvell married his partner, Thomas Keeton, on June 28, 2014.[10]


  1. Kozanecka, Katarzyna. "Tim Carvell '95 Keeps the Jokes Coming". Columbia College Today. Columbia College, Columbia University (March/April 2007).
  2. "Tim Carvell (MAD Contributor - USA) | MADtrash.com". MADtrash.com. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  3. "Tim Carvell". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  4. "Tim Carvell". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  5. Carvell, Tim (January 11, 2006). "A Million Little Corrections". The New York Times.
  6. Andreeva, Nellie (January 4, 2011). "'Daily Show' Veteran Staffers Get Promoted While Exec Producer Josh Lieb Departs". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. "Mad Magazine Contributors". Doug Gilford's Mad Cover Site. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  8. Kois, Dan (May 11, 2012). "Boy Blogs World". The New York Times.
  9. Littleton, Cynthia (December 13, 2013). "'Daily Show's' Tim Carvell Set as Showrunner of John Oliver HBO Series". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  10. "Tim Carvell, Thomas Keeton". The New York Times. 2014-06-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
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