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Kevin Bleyer          

Bestselling Author and Speechwriter Emmy Award-Winning Writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Kevin Bleyer spent most of the last decade as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he won four Primetime Emmy awards, a Writers Guild Award, and the show became the most consecutive Emmy-winning program in television history. But it's the on-air apology he squeezed out of Keith Olbermann he cherishes the most.

Kevin spent the better part of the previous decade writing and producing Dennis Miller and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and somewhere in there he executive produced pilots for Comedy Central and Showtime. It's all a blur.

In 2013, Kevin lived for almost three months in Kyrgyzstan, where he executive produced Central Asia's first political satire news show, Studio 7. He's taken his satire global, having traveled the world and skewered the headlines direct from hotspots as far-flung as Bishkek, Doha, Basra, and Des Moines.

You want books? Kevin is the bestselling author of Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America—which details his selfless quest to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America—and he's the co-author, with Governor Bill Richardson, of How To Sweet-Talk a Shark, recounting among other adventures their 2013 humanitarian mission to North Korea. Seriously, they went there. Pre-Rodman.

His weekly column in The Daily Beast, launched that same year, is usually shorter than a book. And so are the scripts he works on now as a staff writer for Fox's Sleepy Hollow. Heck, those aren't even books.

As a speechwriter, Kevin has contributed to many of the (funnier) speeches of President Barack Obama, including all of the President's addresses at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

A graduate of Stanford University, he began his career, if you can call it that, at the London Bureau of Public Radio International's "Marketplace." Today his commentaries can often be heard on National Public Radio, and he's an occasional guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and CBS Sunday Morning.

One last thing. In 2008, Kevin became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, so he secretly runs the government. He probably shouldn't have told you that.

Speech Topics


The Daily Show...and Tell: the Real Story Behind Writing Fake News

"More Americans get their news from fake news than from any other source," and Kevin Bleyer is awfully sorry about that. He feels responsible. For the last fifteen years -- the last five as a writer for the Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart -- the multiple Emmy Award-winning Bleyer has been writing, producing, and performing some of television's most celebrated political satire.

And when he's not doing that, he's writing speeches for the President of the United States. And when he's not doing that, he's talking to people like you about politics, satire, the state of news today, the art of speechwriting, and what it's like to do what he does for a living. Heck, he might even be happy to talk about the thing you wanted to talk about.

Me The People

The Constitution promised a More Perfect Union. It's a shame no one bothered to write a more perfect Constitution-one that didn't trigger more than two centuries of arguments about what the darn thing actually says. Until now.

Kevin Bleyer, the Emmy Award-winning writer for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, undertook a monumental task- to rewrite the entire Constitution, settling once and for all what it's truly about. As is, the Constitution is a hot mess. It doesn't mention slavery, or democracy, or even Facebook; it plays favorites among the states; it has typos; and its Preamble was written by a man with a peg leg. Which, if you think about it, gives our Constitution hardly a leg to stand on.

The Kirkus Review called Me The People a "funny, politically provocative illumination of the Constitution, a document that all politicians and most Americans revere without really understanding its contents or origins.... Bleyer makes audiences think as well as laugh. Funny stuff with both a point and a perspective."

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Kevin Bleyer promotes rewriting U.S. Constitution at 'Me the People ...

Kevin Bleyer believes the U.S. Constitution to be a “hot mess.”

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