John Bowman, an Emmy winner SNL writer, Martin the show’s co-creator and producer, who also chaired the WGA bargaining committee during the 2007-08 strike, has passed away. His son Johnny Bowman said his father passed away suddenly on New Years Eve at his home in California.
Watch a clip of Bowman speaking to the WGA Picketers in November 2007 below.
Three-time Emmy nominee Bowman is known for writing about In Living Color, co-creation of the sitcom ’90 Martin and written for Saturday Night Live. He won an Emmy for writing for the latter in 1989, shared with Mike Myers, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Al Franken, Conan O’Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Lorne Michaels, Phil Hartman and others.
Two years later, in 1990, Bowman became one of the first white writers on the groundbreaking sketch-comedy show Fox. In Living Color, created by Wayans.
Executive producers Bowman and Martin Lawrence created Martin, which aired for five seasons on Fox from 1992-1997. Bowman’s writing credits also include The prince of Bel-Air, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Men Behaving Badly, The Hughleys and Murphy Brown. He served as an EP on the last three, as well as on Frank TV, Root of all evil, Cédric the Entertainer Presents, The Show and princesses.
“In the Writers’ Room, John was a mentor to so many young writers of color, many of us who had our first professional concerts with him,” Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley said in a statement. “Outside the room he was tireless in his efforts to achieve fair working conditions for all writers. What John gave to the writing community will last for decades. “
As chairman of the WGA bargaining committee during the 2007-08 writers’ strike against the Alliance of Film and Television Producers. Bowman helped secure a settlement that, for the first time, shared producers’ internet streaming revenue with film and television writers.
Bowman then worked as an adjunct faculty member at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, teaching comedy sketch writing. His course ended a few weeks ago.
A private Mass is scheduled for January 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. A memorial service will be held in the spring.