Gabe Abelson

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Born
New York City
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationTisch School of the Arts
Alma materNew York University
Occupation
  • Network television writer
  • Producer
  • Stand-up comedian
  • Comedy writing teacher

Gabe Abelson is a late night network television writer, producer, stand-up comedian and comedy writing teacher. Following a decade of global stand-up personal appearances, he became Head Monologue Writer for CBS's Late Show with David Letterman from 1997-2001.[1] During his five-year tenure with Letterman, he received five Emmy Award nominations and three Writers Guild nominations.[2] Abelson has written for ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and CBS's The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In addition to these shows, he wrote and produced MTV's The New Tom Green Show, co-wrote the pilot of TBS's Lopez Tonight, was co-creator and head writer on the pilot for Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and was consulting producer for VH1's Pop-Up Video.

Personal Life

Abelson was born in New York City to philosophy professor emeritus Raziel Abelson and Holocaust survivor Ulrike Abelson. Abelson's uncle, Lionel Abel, was an Obie Award-winning playwright, essayist, and theater critic. Abel was also the authorized translator of Jean-Paul Sartre and coined the term "metatheatre" which is now taught in university theater history courses. Abelson holds a BA in Drama from New York University Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While there, he studied under acting guru Lee Strasberg.[3] Abelson is a member of the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA. Outside of performing and writing, Abelson has been a stand-up comedy mentor and a late-night writing instructor for over three decades. He is affiliated with New York City's Manhattan PunchLine Theater and Los Angeles's Flappers Comedy Club.[4][5] and conducts private sessions coaching stand-up comics and aspiring late night writers.

Career

Abelson pursued stand-up comedy, touring globally for over a decade after booking a number of stage roles and television commercials. He accepted the role of Head Monologue Writer for CBS's Late Show with David Letterman in 1997[6] and remained there until 2001. After his tenure with Letterman, Abelson relocated to Los Angeles to write for several network late-night shows, including ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (for which he also created, produced, and directed segments) and CBS'sThe Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn.[7]

Producing

In addition to late-night writing, Abelson has also produced and co-created several television shows and comedy specials. These productions include MTV's The New Tom Green Show, the pilot of TBS's Lopez Tonight (for which he also was a writer), Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia (on which he served as co-creator and head writer), AXS TV's Tom Green Live and Adult Swim's The Tom Green Flash Mob Talk Show. He was also a consulting producer for VH1's Pop-Up Video.[8]

Other shows that Abelson produced includes Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash Special, Nickelodeon's Edgar and Ellen, Planet Green's Go for the Green, FOX's Beyond Twisted, GSN's Instant Recall,Direct TV's Supreme Court of Comedy, FUSE's Skee-TV, and Call It a Night with Julie Stewart-Binks.[9]

Stand-Up

Abelson's television stand-up personal appearances include NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, MTV's The Half-Hour Comedy Hour, A&E's Comedy on the Road and A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, and NBC's The Today Show. He has also made frequent appearances on Comedy Central.[10]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Ref.
2009 Inkpen Co-Producer

Television

Year Title Role Ref.
1997-2001 Late Show with David Letterman Head Monologue Writer [11]
2002 Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Staff Writer [12]
2002-2003 The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn Staff Writer [13]
2003 The New Tom Green Show Producer [14]
2004 Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! Producer [15]
2004 Mind of Mencia Co-Creator/Head Writer (pilot only) [16]
2004-2006 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Writer/Producer [17]
2007 Edgar and Ellen Producer [18]
2008 Night on the Townsend with Robert Townsend Head Writer
2008 Go for the Green Producer [19]
2009 Dogg After Dark Producer [20]
2009 Beyond Twisted Producer [21]
2009 Lopez Tonight Writer/Producer (pilot only) [22]
2010 Instant Recall Producer [23]
2010-2011 Supreme Court of Comedy Producer [24]
2012-2014 Pop-Up Video Consulting Producer [25]
2013 Tom Green Live Producer [26]
2015-2017 Skee-TV Producer [27]
2018 The Tom Green Flash Mob Talk Show Producer
2019-2020 Call It A Night with Julie Stewart-Binks Producer [28]

Awards and Nominations

Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
1997 Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Late Show with David Letterman Nominated [29]
1998 Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Late Show with David Letterman Nominated
1999 Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Late Show with David Letterman Nominated
2000 Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Late Show with David Letterman Nominated
2001 Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Late Show with David Letterman Nominated

Writer's Guild Awards

Year Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
1999 Outstanding Script for a Comedy/Variety Series Late Show with David Letterman Nominated [30]
2000 Outstanding Script for a Comedy/Variety Series Late Show with David Letterman Nominated [31]
2001 Outstanding Script for a Comedy/Variety Series Late Show with David Letterman Nominated [32]

References

  1. Cox, Justin (2020-11-01). "Write Now with Gabe Abelson". Medium. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  2. "Gabe Abelson". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  3. "TV Writers Workshop". 413comedy.com. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  4. "Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant". www.flapperscomedy.com. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  5. "Comedians – Flappers Comedy Club". Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  6. Cox, Justin (2020-11-01). "Write Now with Gabe Abelson". Medium. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  7. Inc, Bartels. "Welcome to Bartels Inc". Bartels Inc. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  8. Inc, Bartels. "Welcome to Bartels Inc". Bartels Inc. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  9. "Gabe Abelson". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  10. "Comedians – Flappers Comedy Club". Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  11. Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series 1993–2015) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  12. Politically Incorrect (TV Series 1993–2002) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  13. The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (TV Series 1999–2004) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  14. The New Tom Green Show (TV Series 2003– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  15. Bar Mitzvah Bash! (2004) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  16. "Mind of Mencia" Pilot (TV Episode 2005) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  17. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series 1992–2014) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  18. Edgar & Ellen (TV Series 2007–2008) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  19. Go for the Green (TV Series 2008– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  20. Dogg After Dark (TV Series 2009– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  21. Beyond Twisted (TV Series 2009– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  22. "Lopez Tonight" Pilot (TV Episode 2009) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  23. Instant Recall (TV Series 2010– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  24. Supreme Court of Comedy (TV Series 2008– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  25. Pop Up Video (TV Series 2011– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  26. Tom Green: Live (Video 2013) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  27. Skee TV (TV Series 2015– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  28. Call It A Night with Julie Stewart Binks (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-05
  29. "Gabe Abelson". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  30. "Writers Guild of America, USA (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  31. "Writers Guild of America, USA (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  32. "Writers Guild of America, USA (2002)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-11-05.

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