About Us

What is TheComedyNerds.com?

We are a website and weekly Podcast dedicated to the love of comedy.  Actually the infatuation, obsession and lust of comedy.   Improv, Sketch and Stand up Comedy veterans Dustin D’Addato and Dan McInerney examine different aspects of comedy from the perspective of both viewers and performers.  No subject is off limits and no stone is left unturned (and no cliche is left untyped.)  We were nominated for best website at the 2010 ECNY awards and best podcast at the 2011 ECNY awards.

What’s in the podcast?

The Comedy Nerds podcast is the perfect thing for anyone with a love of comedy and curiosity about what makes it all work.  We bring on industry professionals who are in the comedy trenches to join in on the discussion and offer their own unique perspective. You can listen to the podcast right here on the site or download it on iTunes (click here to open to our iTunes page).  A new episode is released every Monday.

Who are the Comedy Nerds?

Dustin_head1DUSTIN D’ADDATO is a New York based comedy writer, performer and director. He has appeared on VH1 and at countless comedy festivals across the country.  He can be seen regularly performing sketch comedy with his group, The Resistance.  Improv with his group, The Khickercast Project and stand up all by himself.  Dustin has also written and directed several comedy projects for NBC Universal and is an award winning playwright.

dan_head1DAN McINERNEY is a New York based comedy writer and performer.  He has appeared in the Onion News Network and in commercials for Firebrand.com. Along with his current sketch comedy group “Secret Hospital”, and his former sketch group “Skeeger”, Dan has performed at The People’s Improv Theater, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, Comix, and Caroline’s Comedy Club. Dan lives in Astoria, New York with his wife, a woman far out of his league.

Where did you get those kick ass songs you use in the podcast?

Our new theme song (June 2009), The Comedy Nerds Theme was done by Shayna Ferm and Andres Subercaseaux.  Our old theme song/closing song/interstitial song Favorite Jeans was done by The Santa Marias.

Who are the Top Ten Team?

They are the folks that help us put together our Top Ten lists.  They are: Dustin D’Addato, Chris O’Connor, Dan McInerney, Rachel Korowitz, Lou Fernandez, Kristen Swensson, Michael Hartney, Mike Blejer, Ryan Sturt & Jeff Scherer

Why don’t you drop us a line.  We would love to know what you think about the website and the podcast.

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Nicky T July 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Misquote!! It’s balancing Arrogance and low-self esteem.

Christi April 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m
not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

Joe Toplyn September 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

Hi, Dustin and Dan —

As comedy nerds you may be interested in my new book, “Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV.” It’s the only practical and comprehensive manual about how to write topical monologue jokes, desk pieces, sketches, and other short-form comedy.

Here’s a link to it on Amazon:


I’m a four-time Emmy winner and former head writer for David Letterman and Jay Leno. The book is based on a class I’ve taught for years at the Peoples Improv Theater.

Please send me your mailing address if you’d like a copy of the book to review. I’d also love to talk about it on your podcast.

Yours in comedy,
Joe Toplyn

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