An Evening with Jon Macks
Macks gives one hour speeches about late night television; award shows; presidential politics; the intersection of late night comedy and politics and how anyone can be funny. He has spoken at Tulane University, the University of Georgia, Trinity College, Politicon, and USC, and is a commentator on those topics on both political and comedy podcasts, radio shows and occasionally, on televised news programming.
Jon Macks is a writer and producer of over 200 live television shows, including 23 Academy Awards, for which he served as head writer 7 times, as well as the Emmy Awards, The Golden Globes, The Tony Awards.
Jon was the top political comedy writer during the Tonight Show with Jay Leno's 22 year run, writing over 100 jokes a day every day for Jay's 4610 Tonight Shows! If you were counting, over 18,000 of his jokes have been broadcast on late night television, in addition to the jokes, sketches and speeches Jon has penned for Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Helen Mirren, Marty Short, Steve Martin, Michael Douglas, Queen Latifah, and Ricky Gervais. For his efforts he is an 8 time Emmy nominee and winner of Writers Guild Award.
Jon is an acclaimed expert in Corporate Branding and Crisis Management, and has written speeches for CEOs and over two dozen U.S. Senators, specializing in presidential debate prep in every election since 1996.
Jon is the author of Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed, How to be Funny, Fuhgeddaboutit: How to Badda Boom, Badda Bing and Find Your Inner Mobster, and Heaven Talks Back: An Uncommon Conversation.
He was featured on the podcast That Trippi Show, discussing politics, comedy writing, and more.
22 years on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 1992-2014.
23 Academy Awards, 20 Emmys, 12 Golden Globes, 12 AFI Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, over 50 additional specials, including the 2005 and 2014 Tony Awards, the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 6 years on Hollywood Squares 1998-2004.
Producer, National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 2017-2020.
Executive Producer, The Betty White First and Second Annual 90th Birthday Specials, NBC, 2012, 2013.
Executive Producer, Carville’s Court Pilot, Courtroom Reality Show, Sony Television, 2014.
Co-Creator and Consulting Producer, HBO’s K Street, 2003.
Supervising Producer, TV’s Funniest of the Funniest, A Paley Center for Media Special, NBC, 2013.
Consulting Producer: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC, 2012.
Producer, Terry Fator Live in Concert, DVD, 2013.
Consulting Producer, Homeward Bound Telethon, Military Channel, 2013.
Hugh Jackman’s Back on Broadway; Marty Short’s If I Saved I Wouldn’t Be Here;
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life ;
Terry Fator’s Las Vegas Show at the Mirage; Barry Manilow’s Paris Las Vegas Show; Terry Bradshaw’s America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde.
POLITICAL SPEECHWRITER/DEBATE PREP
Presidents: Bill Clinton; Barack Obama.
Vice Presidents: Joe Biden and Al Gore.
Senators: John Kerry; Jeanne Shaheen; Elizabeth Warren; Amy Klobuchar; Kay Hagan; Claire McKaskill; Herb Kohl.
Others: Rahm Emanuel; Secretary of State John Kerry; James Carville; Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Bill Daley, Steny Hoyer; Terry McAuliffe, Peter Orszag.
ADDITIONAL SPEECHES, REMARKS, AND COMEDY MATERIAL
Helen Mirren; Hugh Jackman; Chris Rock; Billy Crystal; Steve Martin; Marty Short; George Lopez; Eva Longoria; Morgan Freeman; Michael Douglas; Terry Bradshaw; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; John F. Kennedy, Jr.; Bob Costas; Laurene Powell Jobs; Queen Latifah.
Newsday, 2004, named Jon Macks one of 20 top players influencing television coverage of the presidential election.
Eight time Emmy nominee.
Winner, Writers Guild Award for Comedy Variety Special
Message Branding and Strategic Consulting Clients Include: Live Nation; MDA; US State Department; Sony Television; POLITICON Festival; MPTF; Genesis Prize Foundation; National Coalition on Virus Information Distribution (NOCOVID).