Late-Night Comedy Vet Joe Toplyn Gives Jimmy Fallon Advice For Competing Against Colbert

June 30, 2014 7:37 PM

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After working as head writer for both Jay Leno and David Letterman, Joe Topyln is a seasoned veteran in the late-night comedy game. So how would he advise Jimmy Fallon to prepare to go head-to-head with Stephen Colbert when he assumes the "Late Show" throne next year?

I would look at taking the camera out of the studio a little bit more, for example. In the run-up for Colbert's premiere, I would bank a lot of pieces. I would shoot a lot of taped pieces, edit them very tightly so you know they're guaranteed to get laughs. That way, as soon as Stephen comes on the ...

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