125 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

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    • 4.9 • 104 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 115: Drew Harmon

    Episode 115: Drew Harmon

    Drew Harmon is a comedian and former TV weatherman who moved from San Francisco to Detorit. Drew has been a regular at the Punch Line and has appeared at comedy festivals like SF Sketchfest, Gilda’s Laughfest and the Asheville Comedy Festival. Drew also created the popular show, “I Think I’d Be Good At That” where a person who has never done standup before headlines a comedy show, which has also been featured as part of SF Sketchfest.
    Check out Drew’s website here:
    https://drewharmon.com/
    Drew & I discussed his submission video. This a great example of a short set to send to festivals and bookers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMzQGfbxUSQ
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 114: Mike Chisholm - The Letterman Podcast

    Episode 114: Mike Chisholm - The Letterman Podcast

    Mike Chisholm is the only person I know who is more obsessed with David Letterman than I am. Mike has put a lot of effort to bring us The Letterman Podcast which is the only podcast that celebrates and takes deep dives into Dave’s entire career from The Morning Show to his latest interview on Netflix. Here’s Mike’s description of The Letterman Podcast
    This podcast celebrates the incredible body of work done by broadcast legend David Letterman and Company. On the show we highlight folks who worked for Dave or were a part of any of his shows productions, people who had an encounter with one of his shows, or are enthusiasts with relevant discussion points or memories pertaining to any of Letterman's productions or endeavors. The Podcast does not focus on anything gossipy or salacious; instead, it is meant to be a living record of the unprecedented catalog of content Dave & Co created. All Letterman fans are welcome to gather in this community.
    You can listen to The Letterman Podcast on your favorite app and follow the Facebook group for the inside scoop on the show:
    https://www.facebook.com/lettermanpodcast
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 113: Neil Rubenstein

    Episode 113: Neil Rubenstein

    Neil Rubenstein is a burly, tattooed guy who plays against type; kind, cerebral, but still casually mentions past illegal activities (running a poker room, owning a brothel, etc.) the way one might reference a Renaissance Lit course you took in college. Neil has won or placed in a list of comedy contests as long as my arm.
    Neil is a sought-after feature act by manynational headliners because he shows up, is ver funny, & doesn’t mind driving. When Neil isn’t featuring, he’s headlining and making the crowd love him.
     
    Check out Neil’s website for tour dates and his “Want Beef Podcast”:
    http://neilrubenstein.com/
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 112: Shanna Christmas

    Episode 112: Shanna Christmas

    Shanna Christmas was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She is a stand up comedian, writer, actor and producer. She stands at 6’3’’ and played volleyball in college, despite much protest.
     
    Her comedy style has been described as “Edgy/Classy” as she finds ways to speak about complicated issues that can offend, but she’s so charming that you can’t be mad at her.
     
    Shanna has performed across North America, including Montreal and Edmonton in Canada. You can see her backside on episode 5 of Amazon’s “Inside Jokes” cause she crashed JFL. She can also be seen on an upcoming season of “Coming To The Stage,” which she was invited to do. 
    Shanna’s festival appearances include the 208 Festival, Altercation Festival, Black Girl Giggles, Black Women In Comedy Festival (NY) and the Devil Cup Festival, where she took home the trophy in 2018. She was also a finalist in the inaugural ABFF Comedy fest in 2021.
    In addition to producing successful all black women stand up shows, Shanna also a co-hosts the “Topical Smoothie” podcast. She’s currently working on a book about her life as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in nursing homes which will be available in September, 2021. She can also be seen in a short film called, “Dark Wolf Gang,” produced by AFI.
    Check out Shannah’s website here:
    https://www.shannachristmas.com/bio
    Please read Shannah’s article on Medium:
    https://shanna-xmas.medium.com/its-time-to-tell-my-side-of-the-story-5cba57907b7f
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 111: Orlando Baxter

    Episode 111: Orlando Baxter

    Orlando Baxter exploded onto the Boston comedy scene in 2005, and was quickly established as one of the areas hottest young comics. His fresh perspective and unique relatability soon made this former high school teacher a fan favourite and led to a string of finalist positions in a host of contests and festivals all over the world including NBC’s ‘Stand Up for Diversity’, Boston Comedy Festival, Montreux Comedy Festival, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Turku Comedy Festival, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Orlando currently tours across the country performing at clubs, colleges and festivals at home and overseas. In 2016, Orlando made his late night TV debut on the Conan show on TBS. And since then he's appeared on television shows like "Comedy Up Late" in Australia, B.E.T.'s "50 Central", Laff Mobb's Laff Track on Tru TV and TBN's Mike Huckabee show. His DryBar comedy special “Glorified Baby Sitter” has over 2.5 Million views on YouTube and 5.5 Million views on Facebook.
    Orlando has just released his self-produced special “Live From South High” on YouTube. In this special, Orlando returns to the high school where he both attended and taught. We talked about the special and how he got discovered by Conan O’Brien’s talent coordinator.
    Orlando’s special can be watched here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVeZoINegmg
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    • 58 min
    Episode 110: Walter Gottlieb

    Episode 110: Walter Gottlieb

    Walter Gottlieb spent much of his life as a non-fiction media producer, writer, & director for channels like CBS, HGTV, The Learning Channel, & PBS. He won many awards including an Emmy for his work. He decided later in life to pursue stand-up comedy and has been producing his own shows in the Washington DC & Baltimore areas. We had a great talk about starting stand-up later in life and what it takes to make a successful show happen in places where you wouldn’t expect to see comedy.
    You can find Walter here:
    https://twitter.com/walterjgottlieb
    https://www.instagram.com/walterjgottlieb
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

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!!

bigmacher ,

I love this show

Scott Curtis is a fantastic host and has amazing guests. Scott’s an amazing interviewer who loves to spotlight his guests and showcase amazing talent to the world. Add this podcast to your list.

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