Marc Raco and co-host Dresden Engle interview entertainers, influencers, icons, innovators, and incredible people who have one thing in common: they are funny! Episodes feature improv games, the latest and funniest news, plus unusual food and dead-pan delivery zingers from Elsie the Producer. From celebrity star stories to Star Trek references, “Funny People Talking” delivers a whole universe of things to laugh at and with.
Trump Impersonating Trump - Comedian/Impersonator John Di Domenico
The #1 Donald Trump Impersonator in the World, John Di Domenico, talks with "American Enough" podcast host Vikrum Aiyeron about how comedy, satire, and late night TV is dividing, uniting, and trolling America. John is an American, Emmy Nominated, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Impersonator, he performs many different characters and is best known for his award-winning Donald Trump impersonation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dreams, SNL, and Second City - SNL Scholars Alexi Bolden, Gabriela Castillo, Kaili Turner & Morgan Van Dyne
The most guests ever! Dresden has a flat tire and Elsie is MIA, so it's just Marc with SNL Scholarship Recipients Alexi Bolden, Gabriela Castillo, Kaili Turner & Morgan Van Dyne as they share their stories and their views on comedy; how and why they originally decided to apply for the scholarship, how they felt when they got the call, and what they think separated them from some 1,300 applicants; why honesty and openness mattered; hopes and goals for their lives and careers moving forward, as well as dream collaborators, and a challenge from Marc. Plus, a round of the new improv game Specific Arguments brings arguments amongst a thieving cashier with a bad-breath coworker, an unqualified pilot, and big rig driving buddies.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Figure of Speech - Comedian/Writer/Art Critic Christina Catherine Martinez
How a lost wallet led to the Fifth Dimension turning into an overnight sensation, a round of the improv game Guppy Tank has contestants pitch unusual ideas to a panel of investors: a skippy lippy whippy exercise device, and something to help even the whitest and honkiest among us pop and lock with style and ease, MouthMedia Network intern Darcy workshops some of her jokes, and comedian, writer, and award winning art critic Christina Catherine Martinez joins the show and graces us with her unusual comedic sense. She shares some of her philosophy behind her work as both an artist and art critic, and discusses how she loves art that is both accessible to the masses, and referential for the real “art-heads”.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Smack Dab in the Middle of Funny - Comedian/Writer Robby Hoffman
Small ex-Chasidic queer Jewish stand-up comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer Robby Hoffman reveals her comedy journey, how even as a financial auditor, it was always a part of who she was as a person. And Robby leads a crucial and enlightening discussion about the past, present and future roles of women in comedy, and the still-present stereotype that women aren’t as funny as men. Also joining the show this week is MouthMedia Network Intern Alexi Bolden, recently named one of four Saturday Night Live scholars, and will be granted an audition for the upcoming cast of SNL. The gang also discusses too much cauliflower, cactus candy in a condom wrapper, and a round of the improv game of The Meh News covers live news stories on cat vomit in an overcrowded AirBNB and a Times Square sandwich board full of errors. Robby was just named one of Vulture's Top Comedians to Watch in 2020, one of Comedy Central's UP NEXT comedians, and on Conan O’Brien’s Comics to Watch list. She has performed numerous times at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and was a headliner for the New York Comedy Festival. In 2019, she recorded her first one-hour stand up special for Just for Laughs, "I’m Nervous" in Toronto, available on CraveTV. Robby is also a notable TV writer, having written on The Chris Gethard Show (TruTV), Workin' Moms (Netflix), and Baroness Von Sketch Show (IFC). In 2019, Robby won a Daytime Emmy Award for her writing work on Odd Squad (PBS). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hilarity and Hope - Comedian, Writer, Teacher Chris Murphy
A harrowing tale of freezing waiting six hours for a COVID vaccine, lion headphones, Rhyming the Headlines with Elsie covers a baby thug makeover and creepy imaginary friends, and a round of the favorite improv game Audible brings scheduling conflicts at the zoo and romance on the high wire. And, veteran stand-up comedian and comedy teacher Chris Murphy joins the show and shares some of his experiences working in the field for over 25 years, brings us into his journey with cancer, and how that has affected his comedy, and a moment of epiphany in which he became aware of how grateful he was to have devoted his life to something he loves and cares about so much. Plus, Chris shares some of his method for developing jokes, and how he records how well certain jokes hit with different demographics.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Possibly a Nora Ephron Musical - Musicians Matt Aument and John Coons
The gang's back with Season 3! Dresden possibly has green hair, and shares some very personal experiences with Covid-19 from the perspective of her and her family, Elsie debuts a new Yum or Yuck with a kind of taro reading, Dresden reveals a moment involving Eddie Money and an unfortunate gigantic bag of weed, and a round of the hilarious improv game Mish Mosh Mix doesn't go well for everyone (though Dresden sings about the similarities and differences between the moon, giraffes, and hippos, and Elsie gives her best Vanilla Ice impression). Plus, musicians and boyfriends Matt Aument and John Coons tell the story of how they began collaborating and writing their particular brand of twisted, classy musical comedy, share a song, and reveal how they met - a meet-cute that would make Nora Ephron jealous.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Great improv skits and guests !
Funny people talking is a great podcast with improv skits incorporating reading breaking news and Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions and more! Love the episodes with John di domenico and Mark Norman !
A Fun Listen!
Entertaining people talking about interesting topics to make you laugh and think. What’s not to love?!?
Loving this podcast!!
Really enjoy the format of this podcast!!! Humor is so important to add to everything we do. Keep up the great episodes!!!!