What’s So Funny About Climate Change? (highlights)

HH&S held a panel at the Writers Guild of America, East in New York on Sept. 19 titled “What’s So Funny About Climate Change?” that featured TV legend Norman Lear, top comedy writers and experts.

The discussion kicked off scheduled events surrounding the city’s UN Climate Summit 2014 (Sept. 23), including the People’s Climate March (Sept. 21) and Climate Week NYC (Sept. 22-28). In addition to Lear, the panel featured Rory Albanese, showrunner for “The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore” and former showrunner, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”; Chris Albers, writer for “Borgia” and writer/producer, “Late Night,” “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” and “Late Show With David Letterman”; Sidney Harris, science cartoonist for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and other publications; Lyn Lear, environmental activist and producer; Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication; and Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of “The Daily Show” and author of “Lizz Free or Die: Essays.”

The panel was co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, East. Serving as co-moderators were Michael Winship, senior writer, “Moyers & Company,” and president of the WGAE; and Marty Kaplan, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.