J. R. Havlan is a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. where he has won eight Emmy's for Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.  He was previously a stand up comic, including a stint doing crowd warm-up for Politically Incorrect which led to writing jokes for that shows monologue. J.R. was also a writer for the New York Times best selling books "America: The Book", "Earth: The Book", and the 2006 and 2008 Academy Awards. Most recently, J.R. created and hosts his own podcast called Writers' Bloc. on which he interviews other television and film comedy writers about their backgrounds, beginnings and influences with a focus on the process of writing comedy.
He graduated from California State University, East Bay (previously known as California State University, Hayward) in 1987 with a degree in finance which he doesn't use now.