Rob LeDonne is an American comedy and culture writer.
A native of upstate New York, he kicked off his career as a 'joke faxer' for the debut season of Jimmy Fallon's Late Night in 2009. Since then, he has penned material for a variety of television programs and specials including Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update (2011- 2015), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (his final season), the Creative Artists Emmy Awards (2014, 2015, 2016), MTV's Video Music Awards (2010), and Fox's Teen Choice Awards (2010). In addition, he's served as a consulting writer for the Onion News Network (2012), MTV Weekends (2013), the Billboard.com web series Charts Center (2015), and a series of videos for the the artist Stromae (2015). He also served as a writer for A&E's Critics' Choice Awards (2016).
He has also written humor pieces for GQ, The New Yorker, Playboy, Billboard, Complex and Funny or Die, and is a regular contributor for Time Out New York's 'Rants' section.
LeDonne is also a culture writer, most frequently penning music features, Q&As and other content across Billboard's online and print properties. Since 2014, LeDonne has been a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, penning pieces on sports, music and film. He's also written for TIME Magazine, New York, GQ, Vulture, ESPN.com, Maxim, Vice, Nylon, Nylon Guys, Teen Vogue, MEL, and the New York Times.
Brand clients include penning a wide variety of material for Equinox (working on content featuring artists like The Chainsmokers, Leon Bridges, and David Guetta), as well as Marriott and Smashbox Studios.
Born in Brooklyn, LeDonne is a graduate of New York's New School and has also attended Hofstra University and UCLA. He has studied and performed comedy at Second City: Chicago (as part of their Comedy Studies program in 2007), as well as New York's Upright Citizens Brigade and the People's Improv Theater.
His birthday is May 7th.
So you write comedy and real stuff about music?
Well, yeah. That's kind of my thing.
Will you write something for me?
Maybe. Email me at RobNLeDonne@Gmail.com and we'll talk.
Where do you live?
New York, New York. The city so nice, they named it two times.
What kicked off your comedy writing career?
When the great Wayne Federman took a chance on me, and Jimmy Fallon said one of my jokes during the monologue of the 10th episode of his talk show on Friday, March 20th, 2009.
Who else have you written comedy on television for?
SNL's Weekend Update. Jay Leno's Tonight Show. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards. (All freelance.) The Onion News Network. Some stuff for MTV. The Teen Choice Awards. (All in-house.)
You write a lot about music. What genres are you into?
EVERYTHING! Having said that, I only write about music that I'd actually listen to. (Sorry, polka artists.)
What kicked off your career writing about music?
Talking to Lorde for the New York Times right before she exploded.
Who have been your favorite interviews?
Charlie Puth for American Songwriter and Hamilton's Anthony Ramos for Teen Vogue are two that immediately come to mind. I also had a blast chronicling it the making of “I Like It” for Billboard with Cardi B and the team from Atlantic Records. My first print piece for TIME Magazine on the Broadway musical Be More Chill was a special one as well
What happened to the Mayan civilization? It was huge and kind of just disappeared...
No one quite knows for sure. Some historians think a combination drought and deforestation ruined their food and water supply, and everyone just relocated elsewhere. Others theorize that their people were abducted by an alien race and are living happily on the planet Nibiru.