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The Roundtable

Comedy Writer Merrill Markoe's Graphic Memoir

Book cover for "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe"
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In her first-ever graphic memoir, four-time Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Her new book is: "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe."

Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that “scouting” was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

Markoe was the head writer for the original The David Letterman Show (the live NBC morning show that was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award) and the co-creator and first head writer of NBC’s groundbreaking Late Night with David Letterman, for which she won three additional Emmy Awards. She engineered the majority of the show’s original concepts and created the segments “Stupid Pet Tricks,” “Stupid Human Tricks,” and “Viewer Mail.”

She has written for television shows such as Sex and the CityNewhart, and Moonlighting and has written several bestselling books and was recently awarded the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Originally aired February 2021.

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