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Tom Johnson, Writer for ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Jeselnik Offensive,’ Passes Away at Age 55

Tom Johnson, ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’  Writer, Dies at 55

Renowned writer and stand-up comic Tom Johnson, known for his work on “The Daily Show” and “The Jeselnik Offensive,” passed away at the age of 55, as confirmed by his family. His death occurred peacefully and unexpectedly at his home on January 14, with no disclosed cause.

According to the family’s statement, Johnson’s childhood was marked by an insatiable curiosity, showcasing his diverse talents in the arts.

He was a gifted artist, adept at detailed drawings, played musical instruments like the guitar and trombone, and actively participated in college plays at the University of Missouri. The family fondly recalled his love for the band Kiss and his enjoyment of dressing up as the lead singer for Halloween.

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Tom Johnson (Credits: The Wrap)

Describing Johnson as someone with a huge heart, the statement emphasized his deep care for others. Known for launching the careers of numerous successful comedians, Johnson was praised for his impeccable work ethic, fairness, kindness, talent, inclusivity, and a great sense of humor. The family noted his passion for reading, eating, and rescuing cats, as well as his joy in playing pranks on loved ones.

News of Johnson’s passing was initially shared on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, where he had served as the executive producer and head writer in 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile. Maron recalled Johnson’s earlier days in comedy and praised his inspired writing and performance during their collaboration on the radio.

Johnson’s extensive career included a significant stint as a writer and performer on Comedy Central’s late-night program from May 1996 to January 2004. His credits at the network also featured roles such as co-executive producer and head writer on various shows, including “Stand Up Nation With Greg Giraldo,” “Adult Content with Greg Giraldo,” and “Reality Bites.”

Beyond Comedy Central, Johnson contributed his talents to numerous projects, serving as a head writer, producer, or consultant for various television programs, awards shows, and special events across different networks, including HBO, Fox Broadcasting, MTV, and TBS.

Survived by his wife Rozie Bacch, Johnson is also remembered by his sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, and their families. His legacy as a versatile and influential figure in the entertainment industry will be cherished by all who knew him.

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