Not all comedy podcasts are just people doing bits with Scott Aukerman or helping Marc Maron process his failed SNL audition. Some of them study comedy and how it works, intentionally enough that you can learn from them. Here are four great podcasts that can make you funnier.
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I'm a terrible storyteller. With enough keyboard time I can turn a personal experience into a passable narrative, but in person I fall to pieces. Whenever I try to share a "funny story," even if I've tried following Lifehacker's storytelling tips, I see my audience's faces freeze into a rictus as my story reaches its disappointing climax. So I've abused my power as a journalist to ask some comedians for free advice: How do you fix a funny story that's not working?
Nell Scovell is a comedy writer and the author of Just the Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boy's Club. Nell's written for The Simpsons, Newhart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and a ton of other shows. We talk to Nell about how she excels as a woman in a field that's so male-dominated.
You probably know that Michelle Wolf delivered the standard "roast" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend and delivered some choice lines skewering the Trump administration and the media. From the reaction, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Wolf spent the entire evening mocking Sarah Huckabee Sanders' looks.
Very, very few sites can make a name for themselves in the "funny fake news" format. There's basically the Onion, and Reductress. Today we're talking to the one with the tagline "Women's News. Feminized." Recent headlines include "How To Stay Calm Even Though Everyone Missed What You Just Said and It Was Really Good" and "Wow! This Beautiful Woman Won't Shut Up and Take the Fucking Compliment".
YouTube stars can actually be really good people! Like vlogger Anna Akana, who makes videos about introversion, suicide awareness, racist sexual fetishes, and taking self-care beyond bubble baths and massages for an audience of over two million subscribers. She also makes short films; appears in Ant-Man, Corporate and Adam Ruins Everything; and stars in her own YouTube Red show Youth & Consequences, premiering today. We talked to her about building a career out of comedy, acting and YouTube videos.
Chris Fleming first became famous as Gayle Waters-Waters, the high-strung mum on Fleming's YouTube show Gayle. Since then he's branched out with music videos such as I'm Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues such as Teens Who Drink Coffee, and he recently wrapped up a cross-country US live tour. We asked him about his evolving comedy career, and he answered us, and he was funny.
There are maybe 10 things in the world that deserve the title "best-kept secret", and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv coach and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nicole has appeared in Broad City and 30 Rock, and written for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. She currently hosts the podcast InBox, where she and co-host Matt Stroup dig through their guests' email and chats.
Voice assistants are still dumb computers programmed to provide you answers to questions and control your Spotify playlist. But just once, I'd love my Google Home to help me out with a joke or two when my brother comes over. After all, what's the use of a voice assistant if it can't help you roast your friends? With the help of IFTTT (If This Then That), make your voice assistant say whatever you want (within reason) and pull a few pranks on unsuspecting friends and family. Or, if you're me, get it to deliver some choice insults to the people you love most.
TV is a cutthroat business - whether it's cable, streaming or free-to-air. In 2017 and 2018, a bunch of beloved shows will be bidding adieu to their dwindling fan bases to make room for the next hopeful hit. Here are all the shows that you care about whose days are sadly numbered. Marco Polo, we hardly knew ye. *Sniff*
You may not know Sydneysider Dejan Stojadinovic's name, but we can almost guarantee he's made you laugh recently. Why? Because Dejan is the man behind those hilarious NSW Police Force Facebook posts we all love.
Some people are naturals with kids, and will have them giggling in a matter of seconds. If you're not one of them, and you get kind of perplexed about what to do with somebody else's child, check out this video. It's full of ideas on how to become besties with your nieces and nephews and cousins-once-removed.