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Twenty Lane Media

Enhancing the creativity of people and their machines

About Us

Twenty Lane Media, LLC, has the resources to deliver exceptional results
at the intersection of comedy, computational creativity and generative AI.


Twenty Lane Media is the publisher of the book Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV.

In it, Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing jokes and other short-form comedy. Joe’s techniques, tools and rules have empowered thousands of people to create their own comedy.

Reviewers of the book on Amazon praise its “very detailed, step-by-step instructions on joke writing” and “potent mix of algorithms for the engineering of jokes.”

Read more about the book.

Computational Humor

Twenty Lane Media is the creator of Witscript.

Witscript is an artificial intelligence system that improvises original, contextually integrated jokes.

  • Turn news headlines into topical jokes.
  • Write clever comments for social media.
  • Add comedy to speeches, ads, articles.
  • Give a chatbot a humanlike sense of humor.
  • Make a robot a friendlier companion.

U.S. Patent Nos. 10,642,939; 10,878,817;
and 11,080,485.

Available for license.

Explore the technology behind Witscript.

Find out what Witscript can do for you.

Joe Toplyn

Founder-President Joe Toplyn received an SB in Engineering and Applied Physics and an MBA, both from Harvard.

After some corporate experience, Joe joined the writing staff of the television show Late Night with David Letterman.

He later became co-head writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, head writer of Late Show with David Letterman, and co-executive producer of the comedic detective show Monk.

Joe has been nominated for nineteen Emmy awards and has won four. He’s now putting his extensive comedy expertise to work as lead humor engineer for Witscript.

Learn more about Joe Toplyn.

Joe Toplyn laughing with Jay Leno

Our Services

Twenty Lane Media, LLC, specializes in empowering people
and their machines to reach their full comedy potential.

Humor Engineering

Joe can use his proven techniques and algorithms to help you accomplish computational humor tasks ranging from humor recognition to humor generation.

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AI Persona Design

Joe’s expertise in creating characters for television enables him to give your artificial intelligence system a sense of humor and other humanlike traits.

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Joe’s deep understanding of humor and storytelling and his communication skills make him a highly sought-after speaker, teacher and adviser.

Joe Toplyn teaching a class

Twenty Lane Media, LLC

P. O. Box 51 
Rye, New York 10580
United States