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John Bowman, Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over, Dies at 64


John Frederick Bowman was born on Sept. 28, 1957, in Milwaukee. His father, William, was a lawyer, and his mom, Loretta (Murphy) Bowman, was a homemaker.

White attending Harvard as an undergraduate, Mr. Bowman was an editor at The Harvard Lampoon. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1985 and have become an government at PepsiCo, primarily based in Purchase, N.Y., earlier than deciding that what he actually needed to do was work in comedy.

At the time, his spouse was writing for “Saturday Night Live.”

“I told Jim that my husband wasn’t happy at PepsiCo and he wanted to do this,” Ms. Gaughan Bowman mentioned, referring to Jim Downey, the longtime “S.N.L.” head author.

It was an enormous leap from a company job to the “S.N.L.” writers’ room, however Mr. Downey, a former president of The Lampoon, had mined the journal for writers and was accustomed to Mr. Bowman via his writing and thru mutual pals. He requested Mr. Bowman to submit sketches; he was employed a 12 months later.

“He had the best dry sense of humor of almost anyone I’ve ever worked with,” Mr. Downey mentioned by cellphone. In his solely season with the present, Mr. Bowman shared a 1989 Emmy Award with the remainder of the writing workers.

He went on to be the showrunner within the mid-Nineties for “Murphy Brown,” starring Candice Bergen.

In addition to his spouse, Mr. Bowman is survived by his daughter, Courtney Bowman Brady; his sons, Nicholas, Alec, Jesse and John Jr.; a sister, Susan Bowman; and two brothers, William and James.

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