Tom Johnson, a writer and comedian most famously known for his contributions in The Daily Show, passed away at the age of 55.
As reported by Variety, Johnson died on January 14, 2024, in his Los Angeles home. The reason of his death has not been disclosed as of yet.
About Tom Johnson:
Johnson was hired on the original staff of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with host Craig Kilborn in 1996.
He remained a part of the show when Jon Stewart took over as the show’s host in 1999. Johnson wrote more than 1,200 episodes for the satirical news program.
The now-deceased writer and comedian won two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards for his work on The Daily Show. He made his on-screen appearance as an anonymous hacker, Lord Viper Scorpion, in several episodes between the years, 2000 and 2001.
He and many other writers of The Daily Show also released a humor book in 2004, titled, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which became a New York Times best-seller.
Johnson also served as head writer for Talk Show With Spike Feresten from the years 2007 to 2009, and later worked as head writer on the American TV show, Lopez Tonight.
He was also the co-creator of The Jeselnik Offensive with Anthony Jeselnik, where Johnson served as the show’s executive producer and head writer.
Even after his death, Johnson is still banned from New Zealand because of a sketch that he wrote and was aired on The Jeselnik Offensive.
The writer’s other TV script writing credits include the Grammy Awards, Comedy Central Roast, the MTV Movie Awards, Inside the NBA All-Star Roast and more.
Johnson was also a touring comedian and performed at venues across the U.S. He also performed humorous gigs on television shows such as A&E’s Caroline’s Comedy Hour and several other Comedy Central specials, often appearing alongside his ventriloquist dummy named Burnie.
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