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A. Whitney Brown  

Emmy Award-winning writer & comedian

Alan Whitney Brown is an Emmy Award-winning (1988 "Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program," along with others including Al Franken, Tom Davis, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels, Conan O'Brien) writer and comedian probably best known for his recurring appearances on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s opposite Dennis Miller in a biting satirical Weekend Update commentary segment called "The Big Picture."Also, he was one of the original correspondents on Comedy Central's The Daily Show from 1996 to 1998.

Born in Charlotte, Michigan, Brown began his career as a street juggler, and became a stand-up comedian after entering the 1975 San Francisco Comedy Competition. He became a member of the Writer's Guild when he was hired by Lorne Michaels to join the writing staff of Saturday Night Live in 1985; he was also a featured performer. He left for personal reasons six years later. He worked briefly for the liberal radio network Air America Radio during its start-up period in early 2004 and remains active in online political discourse.

On March 4, 2011, Brown married Carolyn Wonderland, a blues singer and guitarist, in Austin, Texas. The marriage was officiated by ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith.


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