Elliott Kalan was an intern at The Daily Show (thedailyshow). Then he became a production assistant, a segment producer, a writer, and now, head writer. Here, Kalan talks to Co.Create about the kinds of choices that can help sustain momentum in a career that requires creativity.
“I wish there was a comedy census that the government would send out like ‘Here’s the top percentile of funny people in America. You should hire them.’ But unfortunately that program I think got shot down. Probably by the Republicans.”
The Daily Show’s temporary leader John Oliver on operating outside of your comfort zone:
“I’m not really much of an actor, so when I started on The Daily Show, I was just trying to adopt the faux authority of a newsperson. Having a British accent definitely gave me a sonic leg up on that because there is a faux authority to the British accent in and of itself. So I think it was just about saying everything with 10% more emphasis and 15% more of an arched eyebrow.”