Veteran Comedy Writer Joe Toplyn Shares The Techniques For Keeping David Letterman's Top 10 List Funny

June 30, 2014 8:03 PM

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Late-night comedy writer Joe Toplyn was on David Letterman's writing staff when the famous Top 10 list was born, and he shared stories from the start of the long-running institution with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps on Monday.

It took a little experimentation before the writers landed on the structure that dictates the nightly lists fans are familiar with. After the very first top 10, which Toplyn described as "meta on meta," Letterman's staff "figured out the way to do these was to think of the top 10 list as a joke with...

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