American television writer

Profession: Television writer



Tom Purcell is an American television writer and executive who is notable for his work with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He is the winner of 7 Primetime Emmy awards.


In 1997 to 2000, while living in Los Angeles, Purcell served as story editor and writer for the Cosby TV Series. He went on to write for such television shows as Grounded for Life, Run of the House, and The Daily Show.

In 2005, Purcell relocated to New York City, being hired as a writer for The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and then in 2015 followed his boss to CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Purcell currently serves as an executive producer of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he oversees the show’s writers and helps write and polish Colbert’s material.Purcell has said that he often relies on his Catholic, Jesuit education from Loyola University while working for Colbert, who is known for using Catholic humor.

As of 2021, he is the winner of 7 Primetime Emmy awards.

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