What It Means to Be American
A National Conversation


Television Writer and Producer John Bowman

I Tried Not to Do Comedy but I Was Backed into a Corner

March 5, 2017

John Bowman is an Emmy award winning writer who has been writing and producing comedy for 25 years. He has written for Saturday Night Live, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, In Living Color, Murphy Brown, Frank TV, and Martin, which he created. Before moderating a Smithsonian/Zócalo “What It Means to Be American” discussion in Los Angeles asking “Can Television Bring America Together?” he spoke in the Zócalo green room about avoiding a fistfight with Martin Lawrence, his …

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