Legendary Emmy award winning, writer and producer of The Tracy Ullman Show, The Simpsons, Frasier, and the new upcoming reboot Punky Brewster, Jay Kogen joins us on Dystopia Tonight to talk about his his start as a stand-up comic at the age of 17, writin...
Legendary Emmy award winning, writer and producer of The Tracy Ullman Show, The Simpsons, Frasier, and the new upcoming reboot Punky Brewster, Jay Kogen joins us on Dystopia Tonight to talk about his his start as a stand-up comic at the age of 17, writing jokes for Harvey Korman at the age of 10, selling his first jokes to his to his legendary father who wrote for Mad Magazine, his proudest joke from his days writing on The Simpsons, The direction TV is headed in, and why movies that show Hollywood depicted by extras running around in Lobster Suits are sus. Enjoy!
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Comedy Writer / Producer / Director
Jay Steven Kogen (born May 3, 1963) is an American comedy writer, producer, actor and director.
His father is comedy writer Arnie Kogen. In 2001, Kogen had a son, Charlie, who is now a musician.
Kogen co-wrote several episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show and The Simpsons along with former writing partner Wallace Wolodarsky. Since then, he has written for several shows, including an Emmy Award winning stint at Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, George Lopez, and Malcolm in the Middle. Kogen also made an appearance in The Aristocrats. He was a consulting producer on The Class, co-writer of the Dave Foley/David Anthony Higgins 1997 film The Wrong Guy, as well as being a former stand-up comedian.
In 2009, he started working on the Nickelodeon TV series The Troop. He is also the creator of Wendell & Vinnie.
In 2015, he became a writer & co-executive producer of Dan Schneider & Dana Olsen's live-action sitcom, Henry Danger.
On April 15, 2019, Kogen joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.
On December 9, 2020, Kogen and Ali Schouten signed on to develop an iCarly revival series. On February 25, 2021, it was reported that Kogen left the project due to "creative differences" with star Miranda Cosgrove.[