135 episodes

Every week, Scott Curtis talks serious with comedians about their craft. Were they inspired by Dave Chappelle or George Carlin, Paula Poundstone or Iliza Shlesinger? How do they write their comedy sets? Which jokes work and which one's failed? How do you find your comedic voice? Which comedy clubs are the best? We hit these topics and more every week so that you and I can learn from the professional comedians who have blazed the trail for us.

Behind The Bits with Scott Curtis Scott Curtis

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 105 Ratings

Every week, Scott Curtis talks serious with comedians about their craft. Were they inspired by Dave Chappelle or George Carlin, Paula Poundstone or Iliza Shlesinger? How do they write their comedy sets? Which jokes work and which one's failed? How do you find your comedic voice? Which comedy clubs are the best? We hit these topics and more every week so that you and I can learn from the professional comedians who have blazed the trail for us.

    Episode 124: James Inman

    Episode 124: James Inman

    Seen in the cult comedy documentary film The Unbookables released on Comedy Dynamics, “A true story about standup comics who have spent their whole lives pushing limits – onstage and off”. Described by media critic David Fewster as being “the spawn of an unnatural union between Henry Rollins and Don Rickles.” James has been on the Doug Stanhope Podcast, winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition, performed the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appeared on New Faces and Nasty Show at Montreal Just for Laughs, placed top ten in the Comedy Central Laugh Riots, seen two years in a row at Seattle Bumpershoot, has two viral videos on YouTube, co-creator of the Mudslingers Ball Comedy Central pilot (which later became Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil) and produced his own one man show adapted from his book The Greyhound Diary.
    Check Out James’ Website:
    https://jamesinman.com/
    You can find “The Unbookables here:
    https://www.theunbookablesmovie.com/
    Here’s my latest blog “Easy Passive Income For Comedians & Other People Who Need Money”
    https://www.thebtbpc.com/blog/easy-passive-income-for-comedians-other-people-who-need-money/
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 123: Ken Garr

    Episode 123: Ken Garr

    Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived on growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations.
    A former Managing Director at NASDAQ, Ken spent 13 years in corporate sales before leaving 6 years ago to pursue his dream of being a stand up comedian and motivational speaker. Since then Ken has been featured on Sirius XM Radio, Fox, HULU and Comedy Central as well as featured in several Comedy Festivals including the “Laugh Your Asheville Off”, Big Sky and the World Series of Comedy Festivals.” Ken was also a finalist in the prestigious 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition, The San Diego Comedy Festival and the Ventura Comedy Festival and he performs regularly at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.
    Ken is currently the host of “The Kym & Ken Show” on Dash Radio which has 30 million subscribers and performs regularly at the World Famous Hollywood Improv where he hosts the Improv’s official talent development show, Lab Work, weekly.
    A graduate of the world famous Second City Conservatory Program in Chicago, Ken brings the influential characters of his life to stage with energy and zeal to produce a show that is nothing less than extraordinary.
    Ken’s special “American Hero” was self-produced and released to YouTube on July 4th and iis one of the funniest I’ve seen this year. “American Hero” was also launched on Amazon Prime last month. This special is hilarious from front to back and very personal.
    You Can Watch “American Hero” here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIvOapP6n1w
    Here’s Ken’s Website:
    https://www.kengarr.com/
    Here’s my latest blog “Easy Passive Income For Comedians & Other People Who Need Money”
    https://www.thebtbpc.com/blog/easy-passive-income-for-comedians-other-people-who-need-money/
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    • 49 min
    Episode 122: Mo Alexander

    Episode 122: Mo Alexander

    When Mo Alexander hits the stage, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of a man who knows what he’s doing. With comedy influences such as Bill Hicks, Paul Mooney, and Richard Pryor, Mo combines intelligence and debauchery into a product that is just as funny as it is important.
    With an ability to access both the smartest and the stupidest parts of your brain, there’s a reason this comedy phenom has been headlining comedy clubs nationwide for over 20 years.
    Mo began his professional full-time comedy career in July 1996 featuring in clubs throughout the United States and by 1999 he was headlining.
    In 1998 Mo made an appearance in Bret Michael’s film, A Letter from Death Row.
    After impressing Keenan Ivory Wayans with a good natured roast, Mo was invited to be the opening act on tour with Keenan in 1999.
    In 2003 he was given his own Las Vegas show, “The Mo Funny Show” at the Casino Royale.
    In the past few years Mo has been on several syndicated radio shows in major markets, such as Bob & Tom (Indianapolis), and Mancow (Chicago). He made his way through the ranks to become a semi-finalist in both the San Francisco Comedy Competition (2012) and the Seattle Comedy Competition (2013) and has been a headliner at a number of comedy festivals such as: Asheville Comedy Fest (2015), Altercation Comedy Festival (2016 & 2018), Hopkins Comedy Festival (2017), Memphis Comedy Festival (2017), North Carolina Comedy Festival (2018).
    On December 15, 2017 Mo’s first national stand-up appearance aired on Comedy Central where he appeared in Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City: Memphis”
    Mo has released four CD’s: Evolution (2006), Nappy Headed Hoes and Other FCC Infractions (2008), Just in Case the Mayans are Right….(2016) (featured on the iTunes new and notable charts front page for 5 months), and Got Clots (2016).
    Got Clots is a hilarious look at life, chronicling 77 days of hospitalization, as can only be told from inside the comedic mind of Mo Alexander and was released exactly one year from the time of his first death and resurrection which occurred on April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday).
    Mo is excited to announce his signing with record label Stand Up! Records owned by Grammy Award Winner Dan Schlissel. In Septemeber of 2019, Mo made history by becoming the first comedian ever to record an album at world famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. The album is as yet unnamed and it’s release is to be announced soon.
    To say that Mo is funny is like saying that Michelangelo was a good painter. Taking all of life’s absurdities and creating a night of hysterical laughter is why Mo Alexander is one of this industries greats. Mo takes a lifetime of experience and insight and transforms them into some of the most ingenious laugh riots you will ever experience in your life. Not for the faint of heart or mind, intelligent and hard-hitting are two terms that best describe what everyone that has ever been to a Mo Alexander Show will experience. Nothing compares to the energy of a room when Mo is through with it. Watching Mo Alexander is a night of hilarity and mischief that one won’t soon forget. He usually tries to leave you with the underlying message,”I’m trying to save the world, one comedy show at a time.” After a night with Mo you realize that not only were you entertained, you’re changed. You have a mission: “Slap the stupid!”
    Here’s Glen’s Website:
    https://moalexander.net/
    Check out my new TikTok Channel Human Interactions here:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@60secondtruecrime
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    • 46 min
    Episode 121: Glen Foster

    Episode 121: Glen Foster

    Glen Foster has been one of the top headliners in Canada for over three decades. He didn't just work the road, he's one of the guys who helped to build it. Glen appeared in his first one hour comedy special, "That Canadian Guy" in 2000 and, since then, the moniker has stuck. Many of his fans, don't even know his actual name, but they do know one thing: "That Canadian Guy" is one of the funniest comedians anywhere.
    Glen's comedy appeals to those who appreciate a more intelligent, but slightly "edgy" brand of humour.   His material is mostly clean and always clever, topical and timely, reflecting his own experiences as well as current events and popular culture. He's also not afraid to inject his own political and often "politically incorrect" opinions and social commentary.
    Glen has had two one hour Comedy Network special and has also performed on numerous other television shows including EIGHT appearances with CBC's "Just for Laughs", as well as "The Winnipeg Comedy Festival", "Halifax Comedy Festival", and "The Mike Bullard Show".  He can also be heard frequently on CBC Radio's "The Debaters".
    Glen has released four full length concert CDs, His latest is "Unchecked".
    Here’s Glen’s Website:
    https://www.thatcanadianguy.com
    Listen to Glen’s Latest Album “Unchecked” here:
    https://800pgr.lnk.to/Glen
    Check out my new TikTok Channel Human Interactions here:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@60secondtruecrime
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 120: Matt Drufke

    Episode 120: Matt Drufke

    Matt Drufke has been a performing comedian and show runner for over 16 years. His long-running Thursday showcase called Still Not Friday that takes place in the Chicago suburbs attracts some of the best touring comedians in the country. Matt also is passionate about giving newer comedians stage time on his show (provide they don’t act a fool). Matt is also a contributing writer for The Fancy Boys Club online magazine where he writes about stand-up, sports, & pop culture. Matt & I talked about the best practices in running a show and how to surround yourself with comedians who respect the craft and their peers.
    Check out Still Not Friday here:
    https://www.facebook.com/snfcomedy
    Check out Fancy Boys Club here:
    https://fancyboysclub.com/
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Lace Larrabee Again!

    Lace Larrabee Again!

    Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be seen at clubs from coast to coast. Festival credits include; the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil, Asheville Comedy Fest, Limestone, Red Clay, Accidental, Comedy Fort, She Dot Festival in Toronto and more. Lace was also named "2018 Best Local Comedian" by the readers of Creative Loafing Magazine.
     Lace has opened for such comedy favorites as Tig Notaro, Caroline Rhea, Rachel Feinstein, Dave Attell, Nikki Glazer, Mary Lynn Rasjkub, Maria Bamford and many more.
    From stage to screen, Lace's comedy has been featured on Viceland's Flophouse, The Weather Channel's Weather Gone Viral, and she is a FOX network favorite with several appearances on their TV shows; Laughs, Dish Nation and Punchline.
    Lace has also been seen on the scripted dark comedy, Queen America, starring Catherine Zeta Jones as well as the host of 3 episodes of Unprotected Sets on EPIX and as a "celebrity guest on 3 episodes of Caroline Rhea's , Caroline & Friends on the Game Show Network. 
    Lace is also very passionate about helping to elevate the voices of other women. She founded Atlanta's first and only all female stand-up comedy class Laugh Lab at the legendary Punchline Comedy Club. Atlanta Magazine voted Laugh Lab, "2019 Best Comedy Class."
    Lace and fellow Atlanta comedian Katherine Blanford co-host the hilariously healing podcast, CHEATIES! CHEATIES is a delicious, juicy, part of a well balanced diet. Every week, these two snarky co-hosts interview a guest who's either been cheated on or been the cheater. This podcast focuses on the mistakes we all make in relationships and more importantly, how we overcome them and make it out on top.
    You can find Lace here:
    https://www.lacelarrabee.com
    Lace is appearing on America’s Got Talent tonight! 8/9
    https://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent
    Check out her live audition here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbDyhdDGhsE&t=14s
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

dsprice2011 ,

Binge-worthy — like Ozark for comedians

What a relief to listen to a comedy pod that gets down to business with a host who asks great questions and steps aside to let guests open up. Open, honest, fascinating conversations for people who care about funny.

Rocky4Real ,

Fantastic Host!

It’s my absolute favorite to step into the minds of comedians! Scott, as a thoughtful and insightful host walks us right in there. I can’t tell you how happy I am having found this show! Can’t wait, to listen to some back episodes that I’ve missed and the new ones that are going to come out!! Rock on Scott!

downtothefelt ,

Great cast and guy

Scott and Dean Martin are 2 of my faves looking forward to more!!