Justin Stangel

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Justin Stangel is a radio and television showrunner, writer and producer. In 1998, Stangel and his brother Eric Stangel become the head writers of Late Show with David Letterman, positions they held until 2013.[1]


Stangel and his brother Eric Stangel created a stage show in Manhattan, titled Big City Comedy.[2] The success of the show led to writing work for Norm MacDonald's Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, the cartoon show "The Tick" on Fox Television, and the USA Network. The comedy shorts they created to air between shows for the USA Network helped land the Stangel brothers staff writing jobs with Late Show with David Letterman, in 1997.[2]

In 1998, Stangel and his brother become the head writers of the Late Show, positions they held until 2013.[1]

As co-head writer for The Late Show, Stangel was part of a team that has won two Primetime Emmy Awards (in 2001 and 2002), received twenty-one total Emmy nominations, and was nominated for Writers Guild of America awards four times.[3]

In December 2009 Stangel and his brother Eric were promoted to executive producers for The Late Show.[4] The Stangel brothers are the longest-serving head writers in the history of Letterman's late night shows.

Eric and Justin in 2012 published their first book "Goodnight Husband, Goodnight Wife" which won an Independent Publishing Award in the category of Humor[5]

In 2012 he wrote additional material for the 84th Annual Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal[6] which was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.[7]

In 2015, Justin and Eric Stangel were added to the staff of Opie with Jim Norton on Sirius XM.[8] On March 15, 2016 Opie announced that the Stangel Brothers officially resigned from their role with the show to be Executive Producers on the daytime television show they co-created. "Harry" starring Harry Connick, Jr.[9]

In two seasons, "Harry" was honored with 11 Daytime Emmy nominations (2 wins) and a Critics Choice Award nomination.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b Finke, Nikki (January 18, 2013). "David Letterman Shakeup In Late Show Head Writers As Stangel Brothers Snag Multi-Year Development Deal". deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01. The twosome have had an unusually long and successful 14-year run as Letterman's head writers and now will turn a lot of their attention to coming up with TV shows in any format for Worldwide Pants.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Pallassino, Gary (Summer 2001). "In The Spotlight". Syracuse University Magazine. Syracuse University. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  3. ^ IMDb (2009). "Eric Stangel-Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 6, 2009). "'Late Show' ups pair to exec producers". Variety. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  5. ^ Awards, IPPY. "2012 Medalists". www.ippyawards.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  6. ^ The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012), retrieved 2018-05-02
  7. ^ The 84th Annual Academy Awards, retrieved 2018-05-02
  8. ^ Stangel Brothers Announce New Gig with SiriusXM and Opie and Jim Norton Radio Show
  9. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2015-10-13). "Fox Stations Grab Harry Connick Jr. Variety Show as Daytime Dealmaking Heats Up". Variety. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (2017-03-22). "2017 Daytime Emmy nominations: Full list of nominees". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  11. ^ "The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations For The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards – The Emmys". emmyonline.tv. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  12. ^ Sheehan, Paul (2018-01-11). "2018 Critics' Choice Awards: All the nominees in the 25 film and 22 TV categories". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-05-01.