Comedian Jon Newman snorkels down with us into the choppy waters of “CHALLENGING PREMISES.” What constitutes a challenging premise? Taboo? Complexity? And what devices do comics use to bring audiences into mental territory they ordinarily avoid or find too complex to be funny? All three of us love to have our perspectives challenged and altered by thoughtful stand-up comedy, and this episode explores everything from silly voices to commanding presence to the roles prominent comedians can play in shaping societies’ narratives. Oh, and it’s also funny.
ABOUT THE GUEST COMIC
Jon Newman is a comic, a writer, and a podcaster based in New York City. He has a deep love of comedy with a message, where the subjects of the jokes leave the audience thinking long after they’re done laughing. A Virginian, Jon made his way to New York and now performs all over the city at clubs like The Stand, Dangerfields, Eastville Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and Broadway Comedy Club. Jon was a finalist at the 2016 “Make Me Laugh” Albany Festival, and he runs a podcast called Comedians in Coffee Getting Cars, in which comedians sit in a hot tub full of coffee and plan a Gone in 60 Seconds-style heist. In his words, “it’s 100% as stupid as it sounds.” He is also the host of “Comedians on Stage Telling Jokes,” a monthly show where guests of the podcast perform live stand-up.
FEATURED BITS ON THIS EPISODE
– Jerrod Carmichael – Talent vs Morals (Love At The Store, 2014)
– Jon Newman – Weed Bit
– Bill Burr – Steve Jobs (Night of Too Many Stars, 2012)
– Chris Rock – Affirmative Action (Never Scared, HBO 2004)
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Special thanks to Jerrod Carmichael, Bill Burr, and Chris Rock for their unwitting and indispensable participation in this episode.
And there’s always lots of love for Salt ‘N Peppa. We know they’re out there watching us, proud of our wildly inventive remix of their hit song.
PS: Here are a few links to things we mentioned in the show:
The quote about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comforted is a very old quote from journalism, but I first read it in this book: “How to Write Funny: Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint For Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing by Scott Dikkers (founding editor of “The Onion”)
Neal Brennan’s Netflix special “3 Mics”:
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