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On Comedy Writing is the podcast about the business and craft of writing jokes. Each episode features host Alan Johnson interviewing working comedy writers about their career and how they made it in the industry. Previous guests have been writers from Comedy Bang! Bang!, ClickHole, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and many more shows.

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Joey Clift (25 Minutes of Silence, Chats on Cats) joins Alan to talk about interning for The Mighty Boosh, the differences in sketch between different theaters in Los Angeles, and doing Internet bits....
Jenny Jaffe (Nikki & Sara Live, Big Hero 6) joins Alan to talk about doing sketch at NYU, working full time at College Humor while finishing college, and writing monologue jokes....
Jamie Loftus (CAFE, The Bechdel Cast) joins Alan to talk about starting in a smaller comedy community, writing and animating cartoons, and eating Infinite Jest....
Matty Smith (Our Fascinating Planet, Tales of Titans) joins Alan to talk about directing commercials and branded content, writing for animation, and creating his own web series.  ...
Carl Tart (MADtv, Brockmire) joins Alan to talk about using the Second City process to write sketch, the challenges of writing on a television sketch show, and his fast writing process....
Matt McConkey (Bajillion Dollar Properties, Heathers) joins Alan to talk about starting out as an actor, being a writer’s assistant on Marry Me, and writing on a semi-scripted show.  ...
Caroline Anderson (Comedy Bang! Bang! and Hampton DeVille writer’s assistant) joins Alan to talk about her crazy start at Earwolf, how an award’s show writer’s room operates, and being a good writer’s assistant. ...
Tamara Federici (The Daily Show, Important Things with Demetri Martin) joins Alan to talk about doing improv in Chicago with Del Close, faxing jokes to SNL, and working on Chappelle’s Show.Videos We Talk About: The Daily Show “I on News” - http://www.cc.com/video-clips/xlgfwp/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-i-on-news---24-hours Important Things with Demetri Martin “Parking Fight” - http://www.cc.com/video-clips/okbp5l/important-things-with-demetri-martin-parking-fight...
This episode of On Comedy Writing is about defining some terms and giving background on the Los Angeles comedy scene. Host Alan Johnson also talks about why he came to LA. Rate, review, and subscribe!...
Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (Fist Fight, Wedding Crashers 2) join Alan to talk about producing the “What’s Going On? with Mike Mitchell” pilot, pitching on existing properties, and the making of their first feature, Fist Fight....
Leann Bowen (Netflix’s Dear White People, Funny or Die) joins Alan to talk about going to art school, how she got on a Maude team, and writing a pilot to get her first television writing job....
Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans (Tween Fest, Billy on the Street) join Alan to talk about writing for a Maude team each month, writing fake scripts, and writing good satire about the Internet.Check out Tween Fest on go90!  ...
  Jon Millstein (ClickHole, Funny or Die) joins Alan to talk about writing literary humor in college, the differences between stage and video sketches, and becoming one of the first contributors at ClickHole.Videos We Discuss: Where Does The Smell Of A Kiss From- https://vimeo.com/150626200 The Big Test - https://vimeo.com/175911323 Boarding with Jon #3 - The Kickflip -https://vimeo.com/150626169 Jeff Unworthy’s “You Might Be A Millennial” -https://vimeo.com/183575705  ...
Jack Allison (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Funny or Die) joins Alan to talk about the most valuable Matt Besser class he ever took, the problem with current political comedy, and leaving Jimmy Kimmel Live! to focus on his own projects.Videos We Discuss: The Fixer Upper Brothers Fix The Debt Ceiling - http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/fa3e6d7f47/the-fixer-upper-brothers-fix-the-debt-ceiling?_cc=__d___&_ccid=4cf42e34-e878-42c6-892f-b4cca8c5d628 Funny or Die’s Halloween Anthology with Marilyn Manson - http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f65a47da1c/are-these-tales-spooky-to-you?_cc=__d___&...
Devin Field (Workaholics, Billy on the Street) joins Alan to talk about writing monologue set-ups for Conan, getting the bad writing out in college, and creating a themed sketch show....
Joe Saunders (Comedy Bang! Bang!, UCB House Team “Oh Brother) joins Alan Johnson to talk about being a PA on The Simpsons, writing for The Emmys, and teaching sketch at UCB.Videos We Discuss: Regardez Qui Parle: Criterion Collection Edition (Look Who's Talking) - a PARODY by UCB's Pantsuit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0iyFQqfZtE FACES: Why Do We Hate Them - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4N8b_4J9JE...