The advice they give in the video above is true for any dream profession: you have to go out and do things to help you get ahead, because if you don’t, other, more motivated people will and they will will leave you behind in the dust! (Ira Glass gives similar advice)
News junkies + Comedians + Witty writers = Daily Show Writers
Even though Jon Stewart is the front man, it is a team effort.
I love hearing about behind the scenes stuff and auditions and finding out who knows who (John Oliver knows Ricky Gervais). Probably why I also love WTF with Marc Maron.