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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.

Sean Conroy (Mr. Pickles, Gentlemen Lobsters) joins Alan to talk about writing scripts freehand, what it’s like between writing jobs, and working in the Key and Peele writer’s room....
Alison Rich (Saturday Night Live, Party Over Here) joins Alan to talk about doing theater at school, the differences between Maude Night on each coast, and acting in a sketch show on network television....
Josh Johnson (The Daily Show, The Tonight Show) joins Alan to talk about political correctness in comedy, why Chicago is great place to hone your craft, and doing an hour on the road....
Matt Klinman (Problematic, The Onion) joins Alan to talk about how Facebook is ruining digital comedy, filming a movie in one day through Sketch Cram, and Pitch, his new joke writing app....
Nick Rutherford (Good Neighbor, Dream Corp, LLC) joins Alan to talk about shelving videos that didn’t work, the concept for the Good Neighbor pilot that never aired, and being a writer on Saturday Night Live.Post Date: October 18th at midnight (Wednesday)...
Brian Kiley (The Tonight Show, Conan) joins Alan to talk about taking a class taught by Denis Leary, the early days of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and writing late night comedy for 23 years....
Laura Willcox (I Am Bride, The Jim Jefferies Show) joins Alan to talk about writing branded content, struggling to adapt her web series into a television show, and writing a satirical wedding book....
Craig Rowin (Search Party, @midnight) joins Alan to talk about taking UCB classes every summer during college, getting writing jobs in New York, and how writing on Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later was a dream come true....
Jeff Loveness (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Marvel) joins Alan to talk about how doing sketch comedy for his campus television station led directly to getting a job at Kimmel, contributing for The Onion in college, and leaving late night to work on a sitcom....
Lauren McGuire (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Wrecked) joins Alan to talk about studying psychology in college, getting over her fears and taking classes at UCB, and being the only woman on a writing staff....
Chris Kula (Wrecked, @midnight) joins Alan to talk about the early days of UCBNY, working on Community with Dan Harmon, and writing sports comedy....
Nick Wiger (Doughboys, Comedy Bang! Bang!) joins Alan to talk about why he stopped performing, why it’s unfun to write comedy about politics, and how he left a job for a sitcom that was cancelled before the first day in the writer’s room....
Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!) joins Alan to talk about not being interested in modern talk shows, the problems with the Mr. Show movie, and almost getting a movie starring Rainn Wilson made....
Anthony King (Silicon Valley, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later) joins Alan to talk about writing an off-Broadway musical, creating the Maude team system at UCB, and how Playing House uses improv to create scripts....
Nate Dern (Funny or Die, Not Quite A Genius) joins Alan to talk about not getting on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon, struggling to do his own comedy while being the Artistic Director at UCB, and his new book, “Not Quite A Genius,” which you can buy at the link below! https://www.amazon.com/Not-Quite-Genius-Nate-Dern/dp/1501122207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501801951&sr=8-1&keywords=not+quite+a+genius&tag=oncomwri-20...
Neil Campbell (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) joins Alan to talk about writing and performing a new sketch every Friday in college, taking the first UCB LA sketch class taught by Scott Aukerman, and how Comedy Bang! Bang! changed and evolved over time....
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...