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How To Write Funny
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 43 | Mike Sacks
Mike Sacks is the bestselling author of Stinker Lets Loose, Passable in Pink, and the excellent comedy-writer interview books Here’s the Kicker and Poking a Dead Frog.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 42 | Anne Libera
Founder of the Comedy Studies program at Columbia College and comedy professor Anne Libera talks comedy history, comedy theory, and why it all matters.
90 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 41 | Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber talks about his hard-won career in comedy writing for TV, writing parody novels, and finally editing and publishing The American Bystander magazine.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 40 | Margaret Cho
Veteran stand-up comic, writer and actress Margaret Cho talks about getting started in the 80s comedy boom, her TV show, and her thoughts on writing and performing stand-up.
64 minutes | 8 months ago
Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman
Stand-up comic, TV writer and actress Jen Kirkman talks about her comedy, social media, pitching TV shows, and how to weather the ups and downs of the business.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode38 | Matt Braunger
Scott talks with veteran stand-up comedian and comic actor Matt Braunger about getting started, making it in stand-up, and making it in acting.
51 minutes | a year ago
Episode 37 | Liana Spiro
Scott talks with Harvard Lampoon President about the nation's oldest college humor magazine's humor, pranks, and castle, and how to lead a band of misfit comedy writers.
51 minutes | a year ago
Episode 36 | How to write satire
Scott walks through the specific steps for writing a satirical article, essay, stand-up bit, or sketch.
48 minutes | a year ago
Episode 35 | Ryan Creamer
Scott asks Ryan Creamer how he became the hot new thing in comedy by doing hilariously wholesome videos on Pornhub.
87 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe
Scott chats with multi-Emmy-winning comedy writer and performer Merrill Markoe about breaking into TV writing, her years working with David Letterman as he was coming up, and her audiobook (co-written with Megan Koester), "The Indignities of Being a Woman."
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 33 | How to Write a Joke
Host Scott Dikkers goes through the process of how to come up with a funny line and write a joke from scratch, illustrating the "How to Write Funny" system for joke creation. Get the cheatsheet at www.howtowritefunny.com/joke -- for more information checkout Scott's book, How to Write Funny
60 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 32 | Levni Yilmaz
Lev talks about how he found success doing the animated "Tales of Mere Existence" series on YouTube, which has racked up millions of views.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 31| Three Fundamentals of Comedy Writing
Scott talks about three fundamentals of successful comedy writing and how to go after them: (1) writing 10 funny ideas every day, (2) overcoming writer's block, and (3) avoiding clichés.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 30 | Tim Clue
Tim Clue joins Scott to discuss the craft of stand-up comedy, how to improve it, make money at it, and get better at it quickly.
47 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 29 | Caitlin Kunkel
Guest Caitlin Kunkel talks about her road to success writing humor for McSweeney's and The New Yorker, as well as landing her first book deal. She and Scott discuss the mindset and discipline of making a writing career.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 28 | Christopher Titus
Scott talks with stand-up comedian Christopher Titus about his comic persona, performing and writing on stage, creating his Fox TV show "Titus," and his feature film, "Special Unit."
56 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 27 | Kurt Luchs
Kurt Luchs, founder and editor of The Big Jewel, talks with Scott about his unusual and varied comedy career. Kurt’s new book , “It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It's Really Funny),” just hit bookstores.
64 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 26 | Steve Kaplan
Scott talks comedy nuts and bolts with Steve Kaplan, Hollywood's most sought-after comedy teacher.
51 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 25 | Lee Camp
Political comedian and activist Lee Camp sits down with Scott to talk comedy, activism, and creating his weekly political comedy TV show, "Redacted Tonight."
56 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 24 | Kevin Avery
Scott talks with Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery. Kevin is a successful bay-area stand-up comic who got into TV writing with his friend and writing-partner W. Kamau Bell. He joined the original staff of John Oliver's show before its debut in 2014.
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