For Some Late-night Hosts, The Laughs Come Cheap

Freelance writers send in jokes, hoping to hear them on TV. The pay? $75 to $100. It may violate the WGA's contract, but enforcement is tough.
"Beautiful day in New York City," David Letterman mused on the "Late Show" recently. "Am I right about that? A gorgeous day. It was so nice today that AIG gave a bonus to Al Roker."

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  • Comedians catch wind of 'fangate,' use escapade for late-night laughs
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  • WATCH: Rob Ford continues to get laughs on late night TV shows
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    11/19/2013 - 1:59 pm | View Link
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  • Late-Night Hosts Use Shutdown for Laughs
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  • Best Hillary Clinton late-night jokes
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    10/19/2014 - 4:26 pm | View Website
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    10/18/2014 - 7:48 pm | View Website
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