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Eric Drysdale

Eric Drysdale
Eric Drysdale (born March 20, 1969) is a writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show on Comedy Central. He has won five Emmys and been nominated for two more. Drysdale lives in New York City with his wife and dog. He is the brother of actress and comedian Rebecca Drysdale.


  • Career 1
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 1.1
    • The Colbert Report 1.2
    • Music 1.3
    • Other work 1.4
  • External links 2
  • References 3


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Drysdale worked as a writer and occasional on-screen actor for The Daily Show for six years, during which time he contributed to their coverage of the 2000 and 2004 elections. While there, he won five Emmy awards, two Peabody Awards, two Television Critics Association Awards, and an ASIFA animation award. He did collaborative work on America (The Book), in which he drew a facsimile of the "bill" from the Schoolhouse Rock! series. The caption added that he was never compensated for the drawing. require('Module:No globals')

local p = {}

-- articles in which traditional Chinese preceeds simplified Chinese local t1st = { ["228 Incident"] = true, ["Chinese calendar"] = true, ["Lippo Centre, Hong Kong"] = true, ["Republic of China"] = true, ["Republic of China at the 1924 Summer Olympics"] = true, ["Taiwan"] = true, ["Taiwan (island)"] = true, ["Taiwan Province"] = true, ["Wei Boyang"] = true, }

-- the labels for each part local labels = { ["c"] = "Chinese", ["s"] = "simplified Chinese", ["t"] = "traditional Chinese", ["p"] = "pinyin", ["tp"] = "Tongyong Pinyin", ["w"] = "Wade–Giles", ["j"] = "Jyutping", ["cy"] = "Cantonese Yale", ["poj"] = "Pe̍h-ōe-jī", ["zhu"] = "Zhuyin Fuhao", ["l"] = "literally", }

-- article titles for wikilinks for each part local wlinks = { ["c"] = "Chinese language", ["s"] = "simplified Chinese characters", ["t"] = "traditional Chinese characters", ["p"] = "pinyin", ["tp"] = "Tongyong Pinyin", ["w"] = "Wade–Giles", ["j"] = "Jyutping", ["cy"] = "Yale romanization of Cantonese", ["poj"] = "Pe̍h-ōe-jī", ["zhu"] = "Bopomofo", }

-- for those parts which are to be treated as languages their ISO code local ISOlang = { ["c"] = "zh", ["t"] = "zh-Hant", ["s"] = "zh-Hans", ["p"] = "zh-Latn-pinyin", ["tp"] = "zh-Latn", ["w"] = "zh-Latn-wadegile", ["j"] = "yue-jyutping", ["cy"] = "yue", ["poj"] = "hak", ["zhu"] = "zh-Bopo", }

local italic = { ["p"] = true, ["tp"] = true, ["w"] = true, ["j"] = true, ["cy"] = true, ["poj"] = true, } -- Categories for different kinds of Chinese text local cats = { ["c"] = "", ["s"] = "", ["t"] = "", }

function p.Zh(frame) -- load arguments module to simplify handling of args local getArgs = require('Module:Arguments').getArgs local args = getArgs(frame) return p._Zh(args) end function p._Zh(args) local uselinks = not (args["links"] == "no") -- whether to add links local uselabels = not (args["labels"] == "no") -- whether to have labels local capfirst = args["scase"] ~= nil

        local t1 = false -- whether traditional Chinese characters go first
        local j1 = false -- whether Cantonese Romanisations go first
        local testChar
        if (args["first"]) then
                 for testChar in mw.ustring.gmatch(args["first"], "%a+") do
          if (testChar == "t") then
           t1 = true
          if (testChar == "j") then
           j1 = true
        if (t1 == false) then
         local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle()
         t1 = t1st[title.text] == true

-- based on setting/preference specify order local orderlist = {"c", "s", "t", "p", "tp", "w", "j", "cy", "poj", "zhu", "l"} if (t1) then orderlist[2] = "t" orderlist[3] = "s" end if (j1) then orderlist[4] = "j" orderlist[5] = "cy" orderlist[6] = "p" orderlist[7] = "tp" orderlist[8] = "w" end -- rename rules. Rules to change parameters and labels based on other parameters if args["hp"] then -- hp an alias for p ([hanyu] pinyin) args["p"] = args["hp"] end if args["tp"] then -- if also Tongyu pinyin use full name for Hanyu pinyin labels["p"] = "Hanyu Pinyin" end if (args["s"] and args["s"] == args["t"]) then -- Treat simplified + traditional as Chinese if they're the same args["c"] = args["s"] args["s"] = nil args["t"] = nil elseif (not (args["s"] and args["t"])) then -- use short label if only one of simplified and traditional labels["s"] = labels["c"] labels["t"] = labels["c"] end local body = "" -- the output string local params -- for creating HTML spans local label -- the label, i.e. the bit preceeding the supplied text local val -- the supplied text -- go through all possible fields in loop, adding them to the output for i, part in ipairs(orderlist) do if (args[part]) then -- build label label = "" if (uselabels) then label = labels[part] if (capfirst) then label = mw.language.getContentLanguage():ucfirst(

The Colbert Report

From 2005 to 2008, Drysdale worked as a writer on The Colbert Report, appearing sometimes on-screen as Bobby, Stephen Colbert's besieged stage manager. His last appearance on the show was the April 21, 2008 episode, in which his character Bobby was eaten by Stephen. He was also involved in writing the 2007 book, I Am America (And So Can You!). Drysdale returned to the writing staff of the show on October 26, 2009.


For five years from 2000, Eric was a part-time member of the band Tammy Faye Starlite and the Angels of Mercy, performing satirical country-rock. He co-wrote and performed two songs on Tammy's second album, Used Country Female. He performed with Willie Nelson on The Colbert Report.

His best-known song, "This Rubik's Cube is Driving Me Crazy" was performed on an episode of Comedy Centrals Premium Blend in 2000.

Other work

Drysdale has written and produced three full-length live shows at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade theater: The Drysdales Present: A Comedy Show (2001), The Daryl Hall and John Oates Mumbo Jumbo Hour (2003), and The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers' Shooby-Dooby-Dooby Hour (2004). The latter was an official selection at the 2005 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

He performs stand-up, presents movies, and performs monologues at venues throughout New York City, and has performed on Robert Smigel.

External links


  • About Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007
  • Susie Felber Interviews Colbert Writer Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007
  • BuddyTV: Eric Drysdale. Accessed on December 7, 2007
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