Born and raised in Chappaqua, New York, Stangel attended Syracuse University, where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1993. Upon graduation, Stangel and his brother created a stage show in Manhattan, titled Big City Comedy. The success of the show led to writing work for Saturday Night Live, Fox Television, and the USA Network. The comedy shorts they created to air between shows for the USA Network helped land the Stangel brothers staff writing jobs with The Late show in 1997.
During the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike Stangel, along with his brother Justin and fellow Late Show writers Bill Scheft, Steve Young, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Jeremy Weiner, Lee Ellenberg, Joe Grossman and Bob Borden posted their "thoughts and observations" at http://lateshowwritersonstrike.com/.
As a head writer for The Late Show, Stangel has been part of a team that has won two Primetime Emmy Awards (in 2001 and 2002), received twenty-one total Emmy nominations, and has been nominated for Writers Guild of America awards four times. In August 2009 Stangel was named one of the top sports Twitterers by CNBC, and was subsequently named one of the Most Influential Sports Tweeters of 2009. His Twitter page can be found at http://twitter.com/ericstangel.
In December 2009 Stangel and his brother Justin were promoted to executive producers for The Late Show. The Stangel brothers are the longest-serving head writers in the 16-year history of the show.
Stangel was a winner of one of SI.com's 2010 Sports Media Awards, receiving a top pick in the Sports Media Tweets of The Year category.
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