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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes is a podcast about - well - jokes, and the people who tell them. Each week, a comedian will play one of their jokes and then break it down with Senior Editor Jesse David Fox.

53 Episodes
Rachel Bloom’s Space Jam
Years before creating and starring in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom wrote and performed a musical sketch about a young actress’s obsession with Space Jam, the 1996 animated and live-action crossover starring Michael Jordan and a bunch of Looney Tunes.Jesse and Rachel talk about the compromise she made between musical theater and sketch comedy. Along the way they discuss the importance of nailing down a premise when writing, how rhyming can ruin a joke’s potential, and most importantly, why Space Jam?Watch Rachel’s “Space Jam” here, and read along with the lyrics below.“Space Jam” LyricsI'VE NEVER FOUND A TRUE CALLINGI WOULDN'T CALL THEATER MY LIFEFROM VOCATION TO VOCATIONLOCATION TO LOCATIONI'M JUST LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ENTHRALLING.(spoken) It's true.I'VE NEVER HAD MY OWN "THING"UNREMARKABLE: A COMMUNISTS' DREAM.BUT THERE IS ONE MOVIETHAT'S JUST SO DAMN GROOVYIT GIVES ME A REASON TO SING.AND THAT IS THE MOVIESPACE JAM!OH MY GOD I LOVE THE MOVIE SPACE JAM!HAS ANYONE ELSE HERE SEEN SPACE JAM?!ALLOW ME TO DESCRIBE THE PLOT OF SPACE JAM!THE SETTING IS CIRCA 1996AN INNOCENT AGE, I RECALL.MICHAEL JORDAN GOT HIMSELF IN A FIX'CAUSE NOW HE PLAYS MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.MEANWHILE, ON A PLANET FAR OFF IN SPACESOME CARTOON ALIENS HAVE AN AMUSEMENT PARKBUSINESS IS BAD, THEY'RE GONNA SHUT DOWN THE PLACETILL THE ALIEN CEO HAS A GENIUS SPARK!(spoken) He's voiced by Danny DeVito.THE PLAN IS TO KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNESWHO IN THIS FILM ARE SELF-AWARE AND HAVE FREE WILLAND ONCE THE ALIENS KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNESTHEY'LL ENSLAVE THEM TO CREATE A COMEDY MILL!(spoken) Now at this point, you're probably like, "What do cartoon aliens kidnapping Looney Tunes have to do with Michael Jordan?" Well that's the magic of-SPACE JAM!MUCH MORE HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE SPACE JAM!AREN'T YOU STARTING TO GET EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH SPACE JAM?!RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WANNA HEAR MORE ABOUT SPACE JAM!ZACH (V.O.)I'd actually prefer if you stopped.RACHELOh, come on!ZACH (V.O.)I want to hear about something EMOTIONAL.RACHELOk, fine. I'll talk about the time I came out of the closet instead, ok?ZACH (V.O.)Uh, yeah, that'd be great.RACHELOk. Well, when I first realized I was gay, I thought that no girl would ever-(singing again)SO THESE TINY CARTOON ALIENS GO TO LOONEY TUNE LAND/AND GET LAUGHED AT 'CAUSE THEY'RE SO SMALL/HA HA HA!ZACH (V.O.)OK, that's not what I meant...RACHELTHE LOONEY TUNES WANNA DEFEND THEMSELVESSO THEY CHALLENGE THEM TO A GAME OF BASKETBALLBUT THEN THE ALIENS TO GO A BASKETBALL GAMETO STEAL THE TALENTS OF THE PLAYERS IN THE NBAAND THEN THEY BECOME MONSTERS- NO- MONSTARS!WHICH MAKES THE LOONEY TUNES DESPERATE IN A MAJOR WAY!(spoken) And then, one day Michael Jordan is playing golf with Larry Bird and Bill Murray and he gets sucked down a golf hole. And this is when you're like "Oh man, this movie just got intense. I might have to leave the theater it's so intense!" And when Michael Jordan gets to Looney Tunes Land, he's surprisingly calm for what just happened to him, dubious really, because he just says, "What are you guys doing here?"SO THE LOONEY TUNES TELL MICHAEL THAT THEY'RE GONNA BE SLAVESUNLESS HE HELPS THEM WINMICHAEL AGREES LIKE THE MENSCH HE ISAND SO THEY START PRACTICIN'FOR THE-ZACH (V.O.)Stop! Stop!RACHELWhat?ZACH (V.O.)You're just singing the plot of the movie Space Jam!RACHELIt's really important to me!ZACH (V.O.)Yes, but why? Why is "Space Jam" so important to you?RACHELWHEN I WAS 5 MY DADDY LEFTAND MY MOMMA WAS ADDICTED TO COKESO I JOINED A GROUP OF RUNAWAY KIDSWHO WERE JUST AS SAD AND BROKE.THEN ONE NIGHT, THIS BOY NAMED JAKEGAVE ME MY FIRST KISS.BUT THE DAY AFTER THAT, HE DIED OF AIDSMAKING ME ASSOCIATE SICKNESS WITH BLISS.AFTER GOING ON A 3 DAY METH BINGEI DECIDED TO KILL MYSELFWHEN SUDDENLY, LIKE AN ANGEL, LIKE A BEACONI SAW THE POSTER FOR "SPACE JAM."AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED:IF LOONEY TUNES CAN PLAY BASKETBALLWHO SAYS I CAN'T QUIT DRUGS?IF TINY ALIENS CAN BE LARGE AND SCARYTHEN I CAN PUT MYSELF BACK TOGETHER.EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN "SPACE JAM"SO EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR ME.I WAS ABOUT TO JUMP IN FRONT OF A TRAIN.WHEN "SPACE JAM" ENDED MY PAIN.

Rachel Bloom’s Space Jam


Comments (4)

Maria Jouravleva

Beautiful quote about art at 46:00 if anyone else is looking for it (Mike is attributing it to Daniil Kharms).

Jan 6th

Igor Vander

Nikki Glaser is amazing, and the Cosby joke totally works.

Nov 20th

Nathan Miller

Jimmy Carr co-wrote a book about jokes and has said "Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog- few people are interested, and the frog dies." If you're one of us who is interested as to how the frog dies, this is a good podcast for you. If you're interested in comedy for more than just laughs, then listen. I can't explain it better, but these comedians can.

Aug 6th

DrendGlo Alvarez

Nathan Miller lol

Aug 9th
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