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Author: Scott Dikkers

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Scott Dikkers, founder of TheOnion.com and The Onion's editor-in-chief for most of the last 25 years, interviews celebrities, writers, and other people in the comedy industry about their background, philosophy and process.
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Scott walks through the specific steps for writing a satirical article, essay, stand-up bit, or sketch.
Episode 35 | Ryan Creamer

Episode 35 | Ryan Creamer

2019-07-0900:48:00

Scott asks Ryan Creamer how he became the hot new thing in comedy by doing hilariously wholesome videos on Pornhub.
Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe

Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe

2019-05-1501:26:48

Scott chats with multi-Emmy-winning comedy writer and performer Merrill Markoe about breaking into TV writing, her years working with David Letterman as he was coming up, and her audiobook (co-written with Megan Koester), "The Indignities of Being a Woman."
Host Scott Dikkers goes through the process of how to come up with a funny line and write a joke from scratch, illustrating the "How to Write Funny" system for joke creation. Get the cheatsheet at www.howtowritefunny.com/joke -- for more information checkout Scott's book, How to Write Funny
Episode 32 | Levni Yilmaz

Episode 32 | Levni Yilmaz

2019-03-2900:59:34

Lev talks about how he found success doing the animated "Tales of Mere Existence" series on YouTube, which has racked up millions of views.
Scott talks about three fundamentals of successful comedy writing and how to go after them: (1) writing 10 funny ideas every day, (2) overcoming writer's block, and (3) avoiding clichés.
Episode 30 | Tim Clue

Episode 30 | Tim Clue

2019-02-2700:55:001

Tim Clue joins Scott to discuss the craft of stand-up comedy, how to improve it, make money at it, and get better at it quickly.
Episode 29 | Caitlin Kunkel

Episode 29 | Caitlin Kunkel

2018-12-3100:46:52

Guest Caitlin Kunkel talks about her road to success writing humor for McSweeney's and The New Yorker, as well as landing her first book deal. She and Scott discuss the mindset and discipline of making a writing career.
Scott talks with stand-up comedian Christopher Titus about his comic persona, performing and writing on stage, creating his Fox TV show "Titus," and his feature film, "Special Unit."
Episode 27 | Kurt Luchs

Episode 27 | Kurt Luchs

2017-11-0700:56:16

Kurt Luchs, founder and editor of The Big Jewel, talks with Scott about his unusual and varied comedy career. Kurt’s new book , “It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It's Really Funny),” just hit bookstores.
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