Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe (1948-present) is Monday’s Awesome Woman of the Day, not only because her name is so pleasingly alliterative, but also because of her success a funny person who is also female. Which isn’t even necessary to mention, except that it *sigh* still is. (Recall, if you can bear it, that even today, people will ask--in all seriousness!--if women can be truly funny. I swear!)

Markoe is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stupid Pet Tricks and Viewer Mail segments for Late Night With David Letterman, but she also appeared on Michael Moore’s late, great TV Nation, has written several funny books (including It’s My F---ing Birthday) and occasionally does stand-up.

Here’s a link to an article in Jezebel in which Markoe discusses dogs, Late Night and being a female in comedy.

Comedian and writer Merrill Markoe was one of the creators of the David Letterman Show. Now she writes books about talking dogs and makes funny short videos.