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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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#45 – Daniel Kibblesmith

Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, ClickHole) joins Alan to talk about how he sold his first book, writing comic books, and...
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#44 – Dan Gregor

Dan Gregor (How I Met Your Mother, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) joins Alan to talk about starting the NYU sketch comedy group, getting stuck in the...
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#43 – Ana Fabrega

Ana Fabrega (The Chris Gerhard Show, The Truth About Pangea) joins Alan to talk about working in finance, creating characters in her room, working...
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#42 – Sam West

Sam West (The Onion, Our Cartoon President) joins Alan to talk about working on The Onion movie, creating Adult Swim infomercials, and writing for...
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#41 – Andy Bobrow

Andy Bobrow (Brooklyn 99, Last Man on Earth) joins Alan to talk about working in advertising for 15 years, making a pilot, and writing...
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#40 – Noah Garfinkel

Noah Garfinkel (New Girl, The President Show) joins Alan to talk about hosting a show at Rififi, why Kroll Show was the most fun...
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#39 – Dave Horwitz

Dave Horwitz (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, Dealbreakers) joins Alan to talk about making videos as a kid, having his book optioned...
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#38 – Emmy Blotnick

Emmy Blotnick (The President Show, @midnight) joins Alan to talk about working as a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon blogger, writing roast jokes for...
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#37 – David Phillips

David Phillips (Brooklyn 99, Rick and Morty) joins Alan to talk about being a writer’s assistant on Parks and Recreation, using the story circle...
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#36 – Achilles Stamatelaky

Achilles Stamatelaky (Broad City, UCB) joins Alan to talk about being on Maude Night and a Digital Team at the same time, being the...
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#35 – Mitra Jouhari

Mitra Jouhari (The President Show, Miracle Workers) joins Alan to talk about dropping out of college to pursue comedy, being a writer’s assistant on...
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#33 – Streeter Seidell

Streeter Seidell (Saturday Night Live, College Humor) joins Alan to talk the early days of online sketch comedy, meeting Lorne Michaels, and writing David S....
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#33 – Sean Conroy

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...
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#32 – Alison Rich

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,...
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#31 – Josh Johnson

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,...
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#30 – Matt Klinman

Matt Klinman (Problematic, The Onion) joins Alan to talk about how Facebook is ruining digital comedy, filming a movie in one day through Sketch...
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#29 – Nick Rutherford

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...
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#28 – Brian Kiley

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...
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#27 – Laura Willcox

Laura Willcox (I Am Bride, The Jim Jefferies Show) joins Alan to talk about writing branded content, struggling to adapt her web series into...
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#26 – Craig Rowin

Craig Rowin (Search Party, @midnight) joins Alan to talk about taking UCB classes every summer during college, getting writing jobs in New York, and...
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#25 – Jeff Loveness

Jeff Loveness (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Marvel) joins Alan to talk about how doing sketch comedy for his campus television station led directly to getting...
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#24 – Lauren McGuire

Lauren McGuire (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Wrecked) joins Alan to talk about studying psychology in college, getting over her fears and taking classes at UCB,...
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#23 – Chris Kula

Chris Kula (Wrecked, @midnight) joins Alan to talk about the early days of UCBNY, working on Community with Dan Harmon, and writing sports comedy.
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#22 – Nick Wiger

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...
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#21 – Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!) joins Alan to talk about not being interested in modern talk shows, the problems with the Mr....
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#20 – Anthony King

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...
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#19 – Nate Dern

Nate Dern (Funny or Die, Not Quite A Genius) joins Alan to talk about not getting on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon, struggling...
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#18 – Neil Campbell

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...
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#16 – Joey Clift

Joey Clift (25 Minutes of Silence, Chats on Cats) joins Alan to talk about interning for The Mighty Boosh, the differences in sketch between...
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#16 – Jenny Jaffe

Jenny Jaffe (Nikki & Sara Live, Big Hero 6) joins Alan to talk about doing sketch at NYU, working full time at College Humor...
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#15 Jamie Loftus

Jamie Loftus (CAFE, The Bechdel Cast) joins Alan to talk about starting in a smaller comedy community, writing and animating cartoons, and eating Infinite...
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#14 – Matty Smith

Matty Smith (Our Fascinating Planet, Tales of Titans) joins Alan to talk about directing commercials and branded content, writing for animation, and creating his...
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#13 – Carl Tart

Carl Tart (MADtv, Brockmire) joins Alan to talk about using the Second City process to write sketch, the challenges of writing on a television...
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#12 – Matt McConkey

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...
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#11 – Caroline Anderson

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...
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#10 – Tamara Federici

Tamara Federici (The Daily Show, Important Things with Demetri Martin) joins Alan to talk about doing improv in Chicago with Del Close, faxing jokes...
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#9 – Alan Johnson Minisode

This episode of On Comedy Writing is about defining some terms and giving background on the Los Angeles comedy scene. Host Alan Johnson also...
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#8 – Evan Susser and Van Robichaux

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,...
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#7 – Leann Bowen

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...
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#6 – Bradford Evans and Nick Ciarelli

Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans (Tween Fest, Billy on the Street) join Alan to talk about writing for a Maude team each month, writing...
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#5 – Jon Millstein

  Jon Millstein (ClickHole, Funny or Die) joins Alan to talk about writing literary humor in college, the differences between stage and video sketches, and...
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#4 – Jack Allison

Jack Allison (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Funny or Die) joins Alan to talk about the most valuable Matt Besser class he ever took, the problem...
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#3 – Amanda Meadows and Geoffrey Golden (The Devastator)

Amanda Meadows and Geoffrey Golden, founders of The Devastator — the only all-comedy book publisher in America — join Alan to talk about writing...
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#2 – Devin Field

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,...
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#1 – Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders (Comedy Bang! Bang!, UCB House Team “Oh Brother) joins Alan Johnson to talk about being a PA on The Simpsons, writing for...