COMEDY THEORY

A Very Special Episode About Very Special Episodes

November 29, 2010

“Tonight on a very special “Blossom”…” This week we look at the strange, and largely forgotten, art of the “very special episode”. It’s simple. Take a light-hearted sitcom, awkwardly inject some grim real-world problem, make lame jokes about or around said problem, spend the next thirty years being beloved by a cynical, irony-loving generation. Dudley […]

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What We’re Thankful For & Maybe It’s Us

November 22, 2010
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In this week’s episode, in honor of Thanksgiving we talk about what we are thankful for in the realm of comedy. And even though it wasn’t a competition, Dustin somehow wins. But before that, we introduce a new segment called “Maybe It’s Us”, where we take a look at things we think we won’t like, […]

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Making Comedy Relatable

October 4, 2010
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On this week’s episode we are joined by Michael Hartney, creator of the hilarious one man show “So I Like Superman”. The show is about certain incidents that happened to Michael in his life. So how do you take something personal and make it universal enough that other people can understand it, while still having it […]

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Making Movies About Comedians

September 27, 2010
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Off some rumors about an upcoming John Belushi biopic, we discuss what other comics would make for a good movie and what actors should play them. Which comedians have an interesting life story that would make for a good movie? Is it easier for a straight actor to pretend to do the comedy section of […]

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Avoiding Cliches

September 20, 2010
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On this week’s episode we are joined by Leslie Meisel and Megan Neuringer who created the very funny new show “Love Can Suck A Dick… And So Can I!” They talked with us about creating the show and how to avoid cliches when you are dealing with universal subjects like love and heartbreak and deaf, […]

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From The Mail Bag: Best Comedy Cities & Disappearing Scenes

August 23, 2010

In the week’s episode, we answer some questions from the mailbag. One listener wanted to know the best cities to do comedy in. We spoke on the topic with surprising authority considering 95% of the shows we’ve ever done have been in New York. Another listener asked about when thriving comedy scenes suddenly dry up, […]

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Joke Stealing: Is Comedy Justice Blind?

August 16, 2010
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Thievery. In the comedy world there is no greater crime. Should you ever steal? The answer is simple: No. Never. Don’t do it. Except… What if you come up with something on your own, only to discover there is something similar out there? What if you were doing something first, then a more popular comedian […]

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