Guess Who’s Southern . . . Josh Lieb!

Josh Lieb, far right. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America

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.

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One response to “Guess Who’s Southern . . . Josh Lieb!

  1. Everyone needs a “Mommy Mafia”, but if you don’t have one, I’ll share mine so you won’t feel left out!

    You know that you’re Southern on the Inside when you:
    order an “Arnold Palmer” and the server knows that it means a drink made of half sweet tea and half lemonade.

    You know that you’re Southern on the Inside
    when you use the words: “we’re gonna grill out” this weekend instead of “we’re gonna barbecue” when referring to cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on a gas or charcoal grill.

    You know you’re Southern on the Inside when:
    you end every conversation with the words
    “Come See me” and everyone understands that doesn’t have a designated time and place in the future.

    You know that you’re Southern on the Inside when: your Mama tells you good-bye and to
    “Be Sweet” and you know that means to mind your manners and don’t do anything that would ever be considered uncouth.

    You know that you’re Southern on the Inside when the words Krispy Kreme make you feel weak in the knees and you’ll just die if you can’t have some fresh ones right now!

    You know that you’re Southern on the Inside when: you say “we’re headed to the Beach”, not “we’re off to the Shore.”

    Can you add some more?

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