David Litt was a White House speechwriter from 2011 to 2016. Described as “an unlikely comic muse for the president,” David took the lead on four of President Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinners, the annual speech dubbed “the State of the Union of Jokes.” During his years as the president’s primary in-house joke writer, David collaborated on videos with Funny or Die, Buzzfeed, Steven Spielberg, and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, among others. President Obama’s onstage appearance with Keegan-Michael Key’s character of “Luther the anger translator,” which David helped write, was viewed online more than 42 million times.
A 2008 graduate of Yale University, David left the White House in early 2016 to join Funny or Die’s DC office as its head writer and producer. His comedic memoir about life as a twentysomething in the Obama White House, That Hopey, Changey Thing, will be published by Ecco Press.