Act Three Comedy Writers Podcast
By Chip Dwyer
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Comedian Chip Dwyer talks with TV comedy writers about their start in the business, the writing process, and the best parts of the job.
||ExplicitDjango Gold / The Onion||Django is a senior writer for The Onion. Chip joined Django in Chicago to talk about the many steps it took to write for America's Finest News Source. We get to hear about the endless effort and observations that contribue to Django's writing, and the...||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoe Toplyn / Letterman & The Tonight Show||Act Three has hosted Emmy winners, late-night writers, and authors. Joe Toplyn is all three. Joe joins Chip to discuss his new book, "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV". He draws from deep late night experience on Late Night with David Letterman, The...||7/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDan St. Germain / Comedy Central & FOX||Dan joins Chip to discuss the process for writing his web series, new work for network TV, and tapping every inch of his life to help craft shows. A rare combo of both stage animal and accomplished writer, Dan talks about his luck of working with some...||6/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSelena Coppock // New Rules For Blondes||Selena is a New York comedian, writer, and editor. She's studied improv and sketch comedy at UCB, iO, and ImprovAsylum. She joins Chip to talk about writing her book "New Rules For Blondes", her love of glam rock, and most importantly, the...||4/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDan Wilbur / How Not To Read||Dan joins Chip to discuss his book "How Not to Read" (Penguin Books), and the journey from a fun Tumblr account (Better Book Titles) to a literary agent to being published. He discusses the process of a book pitch, and the many ideas that go to...||3/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEmily Heller / Surviving Jack||Chip joins Emily in Los Angeles to talk about her recent move from New York, and her experience in the writers room for a new show. Emily shares her experience of how she was hired, and the golden rule of being ready with your own writing...||3/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWard Roberts / Dust Up||Chip joins an old friend, Ward Roberts, in Los Angeles to discuss the writing, direction and production of his latest film, Dust Up. The movie is rightfully billed as a kickass action comedy, and Ward explains how it stands on the shoulders of all his...||1/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNate Fernald / The Pete Holmes Show||Nate joins Chip to talk about writing for The Pete Holmes Show. He shares his infamous story of quitting a hated day job, and how it helped him focus on his goals with standup and writing. It worked! Nate also emphasizes the importance of being...||1/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAndy Haynes / Ground Floor||Andy joins Chip to talk about his his experience in the writers' room for Ground Floor on TBS, and his standup career, which spans several cities and scenes. Clarity and appropriately aggressive confidence helped Andy craft his advice for all writers,...||12/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMatt Goldich / The Jeselnik Offensive & Letterman||Chip and Matt met at Paper or Plastik in Los Angeles to discuss Matt's many writing credits: Letterman, Ellen, The Jeselnik Offensive, Yahoo!, and countless others that would not fit in an episode title. He has worked on both coasts in a variety of...||12/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTracey Wigfield / The Mindy Project & 30 Rock||Chip joins Tracey in Los Angeles to talk about her early days at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and starting as a writer's assistant at 30 Rock. Tracey joined the writing staff officially on season four of 30 Rock, and recently won the Emmy for...||12/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMichael James Nelson / MTV VMAs & Betty White's Off Their Rockers||Chip joins Michael in Los Angeles to talk about his early forays into standup, sketch, and radio that compelled him to go West as a young man. Tenacity and passion have kept Michael in the business, and have led to invaluable writing experiences,...||11/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrendan McLaughlin / Nikki & Sara Live||Brendan McLaughlin from MTV's Nikki & Sara Live joins Chip to discuss his early days as an intern on Conan, a soulless job in the real world, and his Shawshank Redemption that ultimately led to his first writing job. Check out Brendan's show...||11/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJosh Gondelman / McSweeney's & New York Magazine||Josh joins Chip to talk about the early days of his comedy career in Boston, and the many writing feats he has achieved since arriving in New York. His focus on working hard to make sure he enjoys his writing drives the success of his content. Watch...||10/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDave Hanson / Chelsea Lately & Waiting for Waiting for Godot||Dave Hanson recently wrote and starred in "Waiting for Waiting for Godot" in The New York International Fringe Festval. Before Dave moved to NYC to rekindle his success with theater, he tried his hand in standup, sketch, acting, and late night writing...||10/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlyssa Wolff & Alison Leiby / Lean Over||Alysa and Alison join Chip to discuss Lean Over, their parody of Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. They walk through their journey producing the book, navigating traditional and independent publishing channels and PR promotion. Mocking the COO of...||8/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAdam Conover / Best Week Ever / The Exquisite Corpse Project||Adam Conover from VH1's Best Week Ever joins Chip to discuss writing for the film The Exquisite Corpse Project. He shares his experience as one of five writers on the movie, a unique collaboration from former members of the sketch group Olde English....||8/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrank Lesser / The Colbert Report||Frank Lesser from The Colbert Report and author of "Sad Monsters" joins Chip to discuss writing for The Colbert Report and wrangling his love of monsters into a successful book. There is never one way into the industry, and Frank discusses his lucky...||7/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEli Yudin & Carey O'Donnell / @NotTildaSwinton||Eli Yudin & Carey O'Donnell created the @NotTildaSwinton Twitter account. In less than a year, it enabled them to get a manager, literary agent, and opportunities to submit to top comedy TV writing jobs. Listen to them talk about the journey, and...||7/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrooke Van Poppelen / Girl Code||Brooke Van Poppelen from MTV's Girl Code joins Chip to talk about her evolution as a writer/performer, her beginnings in Chicago, and her role as a writer and producer in New York. Brooke describes her first TV writing submissions, and the simple joys...||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAparna Nancherla / Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell||Aparna Nancherla from FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell joins Chip to talk about her comedy journey from Los Angeles to New York, and the experience of her first TV writing job. She discusses the dynamic in the writers' room, the parameters of...||6/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChase Mitchell / Nikki & Sara Live||Chase Mitchell from MTV's Nikki & Sara Live joins Chip to talk about the early days of his writing career, including College Humor, someecards, and ultimately writing for TV. He breaks down his love of writing jokes, and discusses the people that...||5/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMike Drucker / Jimmy Fallon||Mike Drucker from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon joins Chip to talk about his many writing jobs, the imortance of context for joke writing, and the future of comedy content....||5/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
A fresh take on comedy podcasts
In a sea of comedy podcasts, this one stands out. It is focused, interesting, and useful. Great!
I find this show very interesting. The stories on this show are engaging and entertaining
Great Podcast, Personable Host
It's a great mix of informative and entertaining. Chip is also a great host, and it's an easy listen. Looking forward to more episodes!