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Former Obama Speechwriter to Join Funny or Die Website

Newspaper article International New York Times

Former Obama Speechwriter to Join Funny or Die Website

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David Litt will be head writer and producer of the humor website and studio's Washington operation.

David Litt, known as President Obama's joke writer in chief, is joining the humor website and studio Funny or Die as it seeks to make even more fun of American politics.

Mr. Litt, who left his previous job last month, will become head writer and producer of Funny or Die's operation in Washington.

"He's funny, clearly much smarter than all of us, and bears a striking resemblance to 'Tommy Boy'-era David Spade, which means a lot," Mike Farah, Funny or Die's president of production, said on Wednesday.

Mr. Litt, 29, was a special assistant to Mr. Obama and senior presidential speechwriter until stepping down on Jan. 23. Among his comedic claims to fame is a scripted moment at last year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner when Mr. …

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