And whoinnasamhill is Josh Lieb, you’re no doubt asking? Well, behind every great political satirist with his own prime time show lies an equally great southerner making sure he knows his lines. In this case, that great southerner is Josh Lieb, executive producer of The Daily Show with John Stewart. Originally from Columbia, SC, Lieb attended Heathwood Hall–for those of you who are interested (Oliver)–and graduated from Harvard. Lieb got his start writing for shows like The Simpsons and Newsradio before moving on to comedy of a more overtly political nature: fake news. Along the way, Lieb managed to write a young adult novel entitled I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, which came out last fall and was promptly optioned by noneother than McG for a sum of around $1 million if everything works out as planned. Not too bad for a boy from the Midlands.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how I know so much about Josh Lieb when I’ve never even met the guy. The answer should be obvious: Columbia and Camden are pretty close to each other and their respective uber-proud mommy mafias, of which Lieb’s and my husband Will’s mothers are both card-carrying members, often overlap. Duh.