COMEDY THEORY

What Causes A Comedy Backlash?

November 22, 2011

This week on the show we discuss the phenomenon of backlash, the most insidious of the lashes (worse than both whip and eye combined!) Actor A works hard, does good work, makes funny stuff. The world loves him. Actor A keeps working hard and making funny stuff, and the world says “Hey, that guy keeps […]

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Developing Trust

November 14, 2011
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In this week’s episode we talk about trust. In a group dynamic, how important is trust? The trust you have that your fellow team members in everything from them being funny to supporting your ideas, to showing up on time. We discuss why you need trust, and what trust is and what it isn’t. Plus […]

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Being In A Comedy Couple

October 25, 2011
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In this week’s episode we move in to the bedroom…and then on to the stage…then back to the bedroom…then into the kitchen…then maybe down the hall.  Anyway, one funny person in a relationship is good, but what about two.  Can two comedians actually find love…together…and still be funny?  Improv and sketch comedians and married couple […]

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Hulu, Mood Swings & Joke Stealing – From The Mailbag

October 19, 2011

In this week’s episode, we dive into the mailbag to answer questions and discuss topics from you, the listener! How does Hulu affect what shows are on TV? How can a comedy deal with serious topics without creating mood whiplash? If you get tone whiplash, do you have to wear a mood neck brace? And […]

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When Is Dark Humor Too Dark?

September 5, 2011
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This Sunday is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. And the day after is the tenth anniversary of the first 9/11 joke. This week we talk about about black comedy and gallows humor. Is there any value in joking about things that will upset some people. Are there guidelines about what you can joke about and […]

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Why Is It So Funny When People Fall Down?

August 30, 2011
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One thing that has been at the cornerstone of comedy since the dawn of man is someone falling down.  It was followed very very very closely by a guy getting hit in the nuts.  There is just something about people getting hurt that makes us laugh.  But why?  What makes our brain thing that other […]

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Better To Best of The Comedy Nerds – Part 2

August 15, 2011

This week, Dustin and Dan are still away, but don’t panic! We’ll be back next week. In the meantime, here’s more golden oldies from the far distant past of 2009-ish. First up, we talk to Kevin Allison, about his new (at the time) show and podcast Risk!, then Michael Hartney joins us as we put […]

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