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The Record is proud to organize and co-host (with Branford and Pierson Colleges) several Master’s Teas each year with prominent guests from the comedy world, including such past guests as author Al Franken and National Lampoon co-founder Henry Beard. (Master’s Teas, for those of you not in the know, are informal inverview/Q&A’s hosted by the Masters of Yale’s residential colleges, which provide a more intimate opportunity for groups of several dozen students to meet guests. Yale arranges all types of speakers for Master’s Teas; the Record arranges only funny types.)

Past year’s Record Master’s Tea guests have included:

March 4, 2009: Brian McConnachie
Brian McConnachie is a former cast member for SNL and writer for National Lampoon. He is also an Emmy Award winner for SCTV.
April 6, 2009: John Levenstein
John Levenstein is a TV writer and producer whose credits include Arrested Development, Secret Lives of Men, and The John Larroquette Show among others.
November 20, 2008: Rachel Dratch
Rachel Dratch is a comedian and actress best known for her role as a cast member of SNL from 1999 to 2006.
Novermber 14, 2008: Michael Gerber
Record Alum Michael Gerber's parodies of Harry Potter, Narnia, and A Christmas Carol have sold over 1.1 million copies in 20 different languages, and have been hailed as a socially acceptable alternative to pornography. Read about Michael Gerber and Barry Trotter in the Yale Daily News.
March 5, 2008: Randall Munroe
Randall Munroe is a programmer and webcomic artist best known for the popular webcomic xkcd.
March 5, 2008: Valerie Schaer
Valerie Schaer was the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Pants Incorporated at the time of her Tea, and she is currently the Executive Vice President of Creative Development at Harpo Productions, Inc.
December 11, 2007: Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton is an internet-based singer/songwriter known for his Thing a Week, a series of original musical compositions released every week for a year, under Creative Commons licensing. He is also the Contributing Troubadour for Popular Science Magazine, and a geek.
November 29, 2007: David Wain
Daivd Wain is a comedian, writer, actor, and director whose works include Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and Comedy Central's Stella.
April 12, 2007: Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is a film and television actor who has appeared in films such as The Aviator, The Departed, The Hunt for Red October and The Cooler, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2003. He also won an Emmy Award and 2 Golden Globes for his role as Jack Donghy on the sitcom 30 Rock.
January 31, 2007: Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss is an Academy Award winner for best actor in The Goodbye Girl (1977), and was nominated for best actor for Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). He has also had starring roles in Poseidon, Copshop, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
January 29, 2007: Peter Koechley
Peter Koechley is managing editor of The Onion, the world's premiere fake news publication.
December 7, 2006: Ann Marie Morris
Ann Marie Morris is the Senior Director On Air Promotions, TV Land/Nick At Nite at MTV Networks.
October 24, 2006: David Black
David Black is a prolific writer of novels, magazine articles, and screenplays. He has been nominated three times for Edgar Allan Poe Awards, for his book Murder at the Met, and for two episodes of Law & Order.
October 11, 2006: Bob Harris
Bob Harris is a comedy writer and stand-up comedian. He has appeared frequently on Jeopardy, and is the author of Prisoner of Trebekistan, a collection of stories focusing on his Jeopardy-related exploits.

Previous Master's Tea guests include:

Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka
Lowtax is the founder of Something Awful, one of the most popular humor websites. He is also the owner of the City Name Sports Team, a parody of sports fanaticism, and is the owner of Awful Video, which recently published MEGA 64, a satire of video game culture, as well as Doom House, a parody of horror films.
January 30, 2006: Roy Jenkins
Roy Jenkins is a staff writer for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and a winner of two Emmy awards. He is also a member of the comedy troupe the Groundlings, and the writer and producer for "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge."
November 15, 2005: Tony Hendra
Tony Hendra attended Cambridge University, where he performed frequently with friends and future Monty Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman (in the Footlights). He is the author of Going Too Far, a classic history of modern American satire. He was editor in chief of Spy magazine, an original editor of the National Lampoon (both senior editor and managing editor)and he played Ian Faith in the movie, This Is Spinal Tap He has written frequently for New York, Harper’s, GQ, Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, and Esquire, among other magazines.
October 18, 2005: Jon Hotchkiss
Jon Hotchkiss has been a successful television comedy writer and producer for more than 15 years. He has five Emmy nominations and one Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Comedy Writing.  In the spring of 2005, Jon completed season three as a writer and the Supervising Producer on the five time Emmy Award nominated Showtime series “Penn & Teller’s: Bullshit!” and has already returned to “Bullshit” for season four as the Co-Executive Producer.
September 29, 2005: Steve Hofstetter
Steve Hofstetter is the founder of and head writer for and is the host of "Four Quotas" on Sirius Satellite Radio.
April 15, 2003: Neil Goldman
Neil Goldman '93  is a writer and producer for Scrubs and a former writer and producer for The Family Guy.
April 7, 2003: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain
Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain form the comedy trio Stella.  They are former members of MTV's The State and worked on Wet Hot American Summer. Read about Stella in the Yale Herald.
February 25, 2003: Adam McKay
Adam McKay was the former head writer for Saturday Night Live and a founding member of the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Read about Adam McKay's visit in the Yale Daily News.
November 11, 2001: Larry Blume, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts
Larry Blume, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts of the Upright Citizens Brigade screened Blume's new film Martin and Orloff and talked to Yalies about their work. Read about Blume, Roberts, and Walsh's film in the Yale Herald.
October 24, 2002: Allison Silverman
Wesley Willis Allison Silverman '94 has worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and now writes for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Read about Allison Silverman's visit in the Yale Daily News.
December 6, 2001: Scott Dikkers
Scott Dikkers The Onion's co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief talked to Yalies about American comedy. Event cosponsored by Pierson College. Read about Scott Dikkers' visit in the Yale Daily News.
September 20, 2001: Wesley Willis
Wesley Willis Eccentric rock-'n'-roller Wesley Willis played New Haven's Tune Inn at a concert co-sponsored by the Record. Read about Wesley Willis's concert in the Yale Daily News.
February 12, 2001: George Carlin
George Carlin The shock comic who brought his routine about the FCC's "Seven Dirty Words" all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court talked to Yalies about his early experiences. Event cosponsored by Pierson College. Read about George Carlin's visit in the Yale Daily News.
December 7, 2000: Al Franken
Al Franken The SNL veteran who wrote the bestselling Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot talked to Yalies about the 2000 presidential election. Event cosponsored by Pierson College. Read about Al Franken's visit in the Yale Daily News.
October 23, 2000: Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston The actor, star of NBC's Law and Order talked to Yalies about his varied career. Event cosponsored by Pierson College. Read about Sam Waterston's visit in the Yale Daily News.
September 28, 2000:Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman The critically acclaimed actor, known for his roles in Boogie Nights and Almost Famous, gave Yalies frank advice about working in Hollywood. Event cosponsored by Pierson College. Read about Philip Seymour Hoffman's visit in the Yale Daily News.

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