Comedian Chip Dwyer talks with TV comedy writers about their start in the business, the writing process, and the best parts of the job.
Django Gold / The Onion
Django is a senior writer for The Onion. Chip joined Django in Chicago to talk about the many steps it took to write for America's Finest News Source. We get to hear about the endless effort and observations that contribue to Django's writing, and the vetting process for headlines and stories at The Onion. Keep an eye out for Django in The New Yorker and McSweeney's, and do follow him on Twitter: @djangogold
Joe Toplyn / Letterman & The Tonight Show
Act Three has hosted Emmy winners, late-night writers, and authors. Joe Toplyn is all three. Joe joins Chip to discuss his new book, "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV". He draws from deep late night experience on Late Night with David Letterman, The Chevy Chase Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Show with David Letterman. Joe also shares his experiences writing for two legendary comedy shows: In Living Color and The Larry Sanders Show. He has also written for Doctor Doctor and Monk. Enjoy this episode, and absolutely buy "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV", available at bookstores everywhere and on Amazon.
Dan St. Germain / Comedy Central & FOX
Dan joins Chip to discuss the process for writing his web series, new work for network TV, and tapping every inch of his life to help craft shows. A rare combo of both stage animal and accomplished writer, Dan talks about his luck of working with some industry heavyweight writers and showrunners. We hope to see Dan star in a project soon too, but if not he'll gladly take the well-earned money and run.
Selena Coppock // New Rules For Blondes
Selena is a New York comedian, writer, and editor. She's studied improv and sketch comedy at UCB, iO, and ImprovAsylum. She joins Chip to talk about writing her book "New Rules For Blondes", her love of glam rock, and most importantly, the process of pitching and publishing a book. We also hear about the journey of reading criticism and troll vitriol on the web. Be sure to check out her comedy show, Bitchcraft, on Tues, April 29th at 7pm at The Duplex in the West Village.
Dan Wilbur / How Not To Read
Dan joins Chip to discuss his book "How Not to Read" (Penguin Books), and the journey from a fun Tumblr account (Better Book Titles) to a literary agent to being published. He discusses the process of a book pitch, and the many ideas that go to publishers before one is sold. Dan also talks about the value of producing several different types of content, and the value of being both a comedian and writer.
Emily Heller / Surviving Jack
Chip joins Emily in Los Angeles to talk about her recent move from New York, and her experience in the writers room for a new show. Emily shares her experience of how she was hired, and the golden rule of being ready with your own writing samples when opportunity strikes. This is a really valuable look at her experience with veteran writers, and the penning of her first episode. Surviving Jack premieres on FOX on March 27 at 9:30/8:30 central.
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Very informative, no bs
Very informative for those seeking a career in comedy writing. Most of all, it's refreshing to hear a podcast devoted to comedy where the host isn't overly animated, and actually lets the guest talk without cutting them off. What a concept.
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Yeah the show is good and I don't like a lot of things.
Great Podcast, Personable Host
It's a great mix of informative and entertaining. Chip is also a great host, and it's an easy listen. Looking forward to more episodes!