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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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Episode 37 | Liana Spiro

Episode 37 | Liana Spiro

2019-12-0600:50:58

Scott talks with Harvard Lampoon President about the nation's oldest college humor magazine's humor, pranks, and castle, and how to lead a band of misfit comedy writers.
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.
Episode 26 | Steve Kaplan

Episode 26 | Steve Kaplan

2017-04-2401:04:10

Scott talks comedy nuts and bolts with Steve Kaplan, Hollywood's most sought-after comedy teacher.
Episode 25 | Lee Camp

Episode 25 | Lee Camp

2016-12-1500:51:17

Political comedian and activist Lee Camp sits down with Scott to talk comedy, activism, and creating his weekly political comedy TV show, "Redacted Tonight."
Episode 24 | Kevin Avery

Episode 24 | Kevin Avery

2016-11-1000:56:24

Scott talks with Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery. Kevin is a successful bay-area stand-up comic who got into TV writing with his friend and writing-partner W. Kamau Bell. He joined the original staff of John Oliver's show before its debut in 2014.
Episode 23 | Sarah Cooper

Episode 23 | Sarah Cooper

2016-10-0500:45:19

Scott talks with Sarah Cooper, founder of The Cooper Review, who parlayed a viral humor article into a 3-book deal. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, comes out this week.
Episode 22 | Seth Reiss

Episode 22 | Seth Reiss

2016-09-0100:59:22

Late Night with Seth Meyers staffer and former Onion head writer Seth Reiss talks with Scott about his humor-writing process, mindset, and how he landed the best internships in comedy.
Episode 21 | Dave Eggers

Episode 21 | Dave Eggers

2016-07-2601:12:34

Scott talks with Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney's, Might magazine, and 826 National, the non-profit with the cool storefronts that tutors kids and encourages them to write. His latest novel is "Heroes of the Frontier," which comes out today.
Episode 20 | Matt Abramson

Episode 20 | Matt Abramson

2016-06-2700:54:51

Matt Abramson’s company Cap Gun produced a funny web series called Teachers, which is now a series on TV Land. Scott spoke to Matt when the show was just a pilot. They talk about how to build success with a web series, and how ties with advertisers can be a help or a hinderance.
TV and commercial copywriter Steve Dildarian enjoyed three seasons of his own funny and critically acclaimed animated series on HBO, The Life and Times of Tim.
Scott talks with Jermaine Affonso, a former writer for The Onion who's now the Editor in Chief of Clickhole, which many have called the funniest site on the Internet.
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