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Fish Out of Water is a comedy writing podcast hosted by Jeremiah Burton and Ryan Tweedy. Each week they have a new guest join them and talk about various types of comedy writing from television to the internet to live theater. It’s a podcast where comedians get to nerd out about writing comedy and talk about what makes them laugh.

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Bob Wiltfong has had many successes in life. He was a writer and correspondent for "The daily Show With Jon Stewart", he was in the pilot episode of "The Chapelle Show" and had a very lucrative run with a one man show at the fringe festival. He talks about how he accomplished all of that and he also gives pointers so that we can actively pursue the same goals if we so choose. Follow Bob on Twit...
Our old friend, Hal Rudnick, joins us this week and talks about his process in creating characters and writing sketches. You may know Hal from "The Midnight Show", "Screen Junkies", and "Tournament of Nerds" plus he's been all over your TV and internet. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL, Hal is in the next season of  "America's Got Talent" doing an original character he calls Eric Jennifer. Mr Rudnick is a c...
Will Hine is an improv legend,. He's also an author, a sketch writer, a maude director, a teacher, a podcaster and an honest, genuine guy. Not to mention he's insightful and thoughtful when finding the comedy nuggets in the mundane details. This is a great episode in finding the truth in comedy, the grounded reality that we can all relate to and laugh at together. You may want to grab a notebook a...
Andy Harris is a freelance Comedy Writer for Radio Shows all over this glorious country. He has over a decade of experience and has worked with many, many clients. His job consists of writing and producing up to 20 bits a day, so naturally we talked to him about his idea generation process. Andy guides us through how he comes up with so many, nearly 100, topical sketches a week. His process is ver...
Mark Rennie is the director of UCB Maude team "Karate Karate" and he is also one of the creators of the popular web series "Gay of Thrones" on Funny or Die. Mark was kind enough to come in and meet with us and talk about finding our personal voices. It was a good discussion about how we should be writing what makes us laugh and writing what we want to see on a stage. He has many great ideas about comedy and my personal favorite was "who cares what assholes think?" Who cares, indeed Mark. Who cares indeed. Get more info about Karate Karate: https://www.ucbtheatre.com/performance/37874 Wat...
Mike Canale, the Managing Director,  as well as one of the main voices in putting together sketch teams at iO West, talked to Ryan about what goes into deciding who has got the goods during the audition process. We talk about what you should put into a writing packet and how to approach both a scene and solo character audition. We also talk about enjoying what you do. Mike brings up how important having fun is to the process. This was a great episode, even if Jeremiah was in Portland...
Bill Kessler wrote for Hollywood Squares in its hay day! He tells us how he got that job and also the things he could have done differently once he was in it. We also got to pick his brain for the almost 20 years of sketch writing experience he has. Bill also wrote and starred in a successful web series called "Gary CK needs work". We talk to him a little bit about the process and how to generate ideas for web series of our own. Watch "Gary CK Needs Work" : https://www.facebook.com/pg/garyckneedswork/videos/ You can catch Bill with his sketch team Redford: http://ioimprov.com/west/shows/re...
Kate Huffman, ladies and gentlemen! She is a Writer/Performer for the team Drug Money at iO West and also a Writer/Performer for the team Sidekick who you can see at The Second City. Kate also recently premiered a one woman show called "I'm Too Fat For This Show" which will be having a run at the Los Angeles Fringe Festival June 2nd, 10th, 18th, 19th, and 25th (link below for more info). Kate was kind enough to talk to us about the process of writing a one women show and all the challenges that come with creating it. She opens up about the emotions that both go into the topics of the show a...
Joey Clift is a Los Angeles based comedian who mailed his beard to a presidential candidate, who outsmarted the Garfield twitter team, who has a team of comedians that throws hamburgers at audience members. Joey also hosts a podcast called "25 Minutes of Silence" and co hosts "You Should Love Wrestling". Where does he get all the ideas? Boredom. Joey sits down with hosts Jeremiah and Ryan and talks about the idea of the bit being as important as the bit and how actually following through with comedic ideas is far more important than just talking about them. His point of view is one of th...
James Mastraieni is one of the most funny and arguably highest comedians in Los Angeles. You may know him from his successful live show and podcast "I'm Too Effing High" as well as long running improv show "Outside Dog Gets One Star". He's written all over the city with his writing partner Drew Difonzo Marks and also for the comedy powerhouse, Comedy Central. He coaches and teaches and performs and he's also a super cool guy. So check him out whenever you have the chance. Subscribe to his podcast, "I'm Too Effing High": https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/im-too-effing-high/id1152656464?mt=...
This week we talk to the comedy black belt champion, Kerry O'Neill, from the UCB Maude Team Karate Karate. Kerry brings a sense of realness and honesty to this episode. She's from NYC and moved to Los Angeles twice, which in itself is a real feat. We talk about everything from working at a wing restaurant, to Harolds, to the importance of never underselling your pitches, which may be the best lesson one can take away from this podcast. We pitched off of 3 short but true monologues about ourselves and brought in one pagers from last week's episode with another great Maude writer, Kale Hills....
Fish Out Of Water "To make the right bits you gotta have the right bait" Kale Hills is the best! He's not only the nicest guy in Hollywood but he's also one of the funniest, sharpest people that has entered the Fish Out Of Water studio. Kale is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade harold team "Nomi Malone", new Maude team "The Audacity" and he also performs characters for UCB's first character showcase team "Characters Welcome". You can find Nomi Malone show dates here: https://franklin.ucbtheatre.com/performance/40559 You can find tickets to The Audacity here: http://sunset.ucbthe...
Consider this episode a thought experiment if you will. Jeremiah Burton and Ryan Tweedy brought in the same sketch to 4 different guests (Eric Voss, Amos Vernon, Joe Cabello,  Jason Kaye) and had them each note the same draft of it. Ultimately, we wanted to see what was objective and what was subjective when it comes to giving notes. it ended up being very interesting and enlightening about what was conclusive between all the guests and what wasn't. If you like to nerd out about comedy then this is the episode for you. Enjoy! ...
Jason Kaye joins Jeremiah and Tweedy this week and talks about creating characters and writing for himself based on his own skill sets. One of his strongest attributes, being a voice over actor, is his ability to impressions and voices. He talks about using his voice to create a character and then writing his sketches based on that. You can catch Jason performing monthly with "Duke" at iO West, at the "Tournament of Nerds" at the UCB and as the voice of "Gnat" on "Power Puff Girls". Get tickets to Duke: http://ioimprov.com/west/shows/duke/ Get tickets to Tournament of Nerds: https://fra...
Joe Cabello is comedy writer and improviser from San Jose, California. Like many of our guests, he started in a field other than comedy before deciding to delve into the more artful side of life. Joe has written several books including multiple Star Wars parodies, The Longest Haiku, many humorous essays and he is constantly blogging on his website. He has also been a contributing writer the NBC Diversty Showcase, break.com and The Hopefully Chris Pratt and Shane Hartline Show. You can catch him all over Los Angeles performing at any stage that will have him. Joe's Website: joecabello.com S...
This week's episode is a step away from the typical format. George isn't a sketch comedian, he's a New York Times best selling author, a satirist, and internet personality, known as Maddox. He is also the host of an extremely popular podcast, "The Best Debate In The Universe" with his co-host Rucka Rucka Ali. George also has a very popular website, "The Best Page In The Universe". George talks to us about his humble beginnings as a Math major at the University of Utah, through the creation of his website, selling his first book, being on Penn and Teller 's show, "Bullshit!", starting a ver...
Patrick McDonald joined Ryan (Jeremiah is still on hiatus in Paris) in the studio this week to talk about everything sketch comedy. Patrick is a writer on the Maude team "The Bus" and is also a writer and an actor for the local traveling theatre ensemble known as "Story Pirates". Aside from being one of Los Angeles' nicest citizens, Patrick is also one of the great improvisers. You may have seen performing around town with the the UCB Harold team "Knucklepuck" and popular indie teams like "The Dukes". This episode may as well have been a masters class for sketch writing and comedy philo...
Joe Canale is a writer and actor from New York who has both studied and work in Chicago and Los Angeles. Some of his many accomplishments have been performing for the Second City Touring Company, BOOM Chicago, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and playing Mindy's boyfriend in the Mindy Project. Joe has also writes for various shows both live and televised, as well as hosts countless podcasts, The Sports Widow and The Big Red Cobcast to name a few. You can see him weekly at iO west and on Facebook live and hear his sweet, sultry voice all over iTunes....
Oh man was this a lot of fun! Amos Vernon is a very hilarious writer and performer for Boat Comedy from New York and now in Los Angeles, He is also a teacher at Upright Citizens Brigade and has a weekly show called Boat Goes Electric! There aren't enough great things to say about Amos. Aside from being incredibly humble, he is also very specific with his notes and takes the time to mine every single funny idea from the sketches. His ability t slide between comedic ideas is inspirational. He takes the time to explore the different types of comedy in this episode. We discuss genre, meta, absu...
Here it is! The sketch Instructor that shall not be named! He has been both a director and friend to Jeremiah and Ryan. He is a very talented writer, performer and improvisor that performs all over Los Angeles as well as festivals and theatres across the country. Eric Voss is a part of the sketch team "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way" as well as the Harold Team "Wheelhouse" and the director of Dad Jeans at iO West. He is also a writer and host for the YouTube Channel, "New Rock Stars". You can watch Erik do sketch live here: http://ioimprov.com/west/shows/it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way/ ...
This should have probably been our first episode but alas... We explain some of the things we talk about in better detail including the different theatres in Los Angeles such as UCB, iO West, Groundlings, The Pack, The nerdist, The Clubhouse and Second City. People have been listening from all over the country as well as some foreign countries and we figured that we  should cover some of the things that are specific to the Los Angeles comedy scene. We'll be back soon with new interviews!...
In episode number 7, Dan Banas joins us and talks about everything he thinks is important in comedy writing including staying grounded, hitting the first page correctly and setting up the premise properly. Dan has been a writing for nearly a decade and has studied at both iO West and UCB. He is a writer/performer on the team "It doesn't Have To Be This Way" and is the director of the sketch team "Ms. Smith". Dan also brings up people he admired in his career, such as Neil Campbell and also touches on the objectivity of comedy.  Dan has opinions guys! This is great one!...
Stephen is our buddy and fellow improviser from our indie improv team, "Super Heaven". He also runs the website, "Hence L.A.", and the podcast network, "Boardwalk Audio". Stephen is also the co-host of a popular podcast called "You Should Love Wrestling". He has also written for the sketch teams: Local Business Comedy, Hutch and currently writes for the Pack Theatre house team, "100% Stuff". Here's the sketch Stephen brought in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdfMu77sYH4 Local business Comedy: https://www.youtube.com/user/LocalBusinessComedy You Should Love Wrestling: https://itunes....
Carl Tart (Mad TV, Party Over Here, UCB Maude Team: The Bus, UCB harold Team: Queen George) talks with us about his first writers room experience. Growing up loving In Living Color and Martin Lawrence as well as being scared to be funny as a child. that isn't a problem he has now. he performs on both UCB Maude night and UCB Harold night. Carl started at Second City and gets to work with some of his mentors....
In this week's episode Molly Erdman, co creator of the Break Womb, a comedic web series about motherhood is our guest. She also is the author of the book "Catalog Living" and is the creator of the blog of the same name. Molly has written sketch for all the usual suspects - iO West, The Second City, and Cheap Sox - The Tufts university sketch team. We talk about writing for video as opposed to writing for sketch. As well as improvising as a tool for writing....
In this episode of Fish Out Of Water, Brett Greenberg joins us to talk about writing for the new version of the television show "Mad TV". We discuss what it's like being in a writer's room for the first time and also some of the aspects of writing for television versus stage. Brett, Jeremiah and Tweedy go way back, they were all writers on the same sketch team at iO west for a brief moment but now Jeremiah and Brett still write for Dad Jeans. Tweedy no longer does. That's pretty sad but he manages to not let it destroy him emotionally. Here is the link to The sketch that Brett brought in ...
Nick Luciano, from the Upright Citizens Brigade maude team, Judith, joins our hosts Ryan Tweedy and Jeremiah Burton to talk about everything from meditation to how different people's brains can be. He also critiques Jeremiah's sketch "Punk'd's lost episode. Nick discusses some of favorite bits like making strangers show him their ceiling fans and a sketch he wrote based on his experiences with Deepak Chopra. Here's the link to the Deepak Meditation sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22pnmdsrHmA&feature=youtu.be Here is the link to the Ceiling Fan bit we talked about: https://w...
Jeremiah and Tweedy invite Megan Grano into the studio to talk about sketch comedy and her career path through The Second City in Detroit and then in Chicago and finally joining up with iO Chicago and then iO west. We talk about some of her heroes including Stephanie Weir and Susan Messing. Megan also talks about working with Molly Erdman and Laurel Coppock on their youtube channel The BreakWomb which is a sketch comedy channel based on the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Megan directs the sketch team, Jet Jaguar, at iO west and works with many corporations such as Facebook and famous c...