comedy

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

"Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems

    Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?

Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why is an investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kathy Griffin (And Her Mom) Ready For Proctors

Kathy Griffin
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One of our most prolific comedians, Kathy Griffin occupies a space all her own in the entertainment world, from her sold-out stage shows to television appearances to books and albums.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Susie Essman

      Susie Essman went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Emerging as one of the most successful performers in her field, Essman joins this morning for a behind the scenes look at a life in comedy.

She will be performing in Boston tonight at the Wilbur Theatre, providing side-splittingly funny wisdom on a range of topics including men, sports, hypochondria, and step-parenthood.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Book Show #1340 - P. J. O'Rourke

    

  For years, P.J. O’Rourke has trained his wit and critical eye on institutions ranging from the U.S. Government and the global economy to the automobile industry and American politics.

In his new book, The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way – And it Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do it Again, he trains his eye on his own generation. He leads readers on an expedition into the world of the boomer psyche.

He has written 16-books, including the bestsellers, Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance

The Roundtable
10:05 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mike Birbiglia To Thank God For Jokes In Troy

Mike Birbiglia
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Comedian, actor, filmmaker and playwright Mike Birbiglia has been making public radio fans and live audiences laugh for years through his embrace of the awkward and absurd and masterful monologues.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

3/12/14 Panel

    

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Mike Spain; Associate Editor of the Times-Union and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Jet Off-Course
Feinstein on Spying
Obama on Between Two Ferns
Disaster Care
TU Stories

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

"You Can Date Boys When You're Forty" By Dave Barry

    In his New York Times–bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating to funeral instructions, the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

La Soirée Spins, Sings, Smiles And More At The Union Square Theatre In New York City

Marawa The Amazing

    La Soirée is a theatrical phenomenon currently running at the Union Square Theatre on East 17th Street in New York City. Part cabaret, part circus, part cirque and part side-show - part vaudeville, part burlesque - all astounding.

  La Siorée’s international acts include balancing duos, high-flying feats, song - and so much more. Marawa the Amazing and Mooky join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Mary Birdsong - Bitter Party Of 5

        Mary Birdsong is an actor with 57 acting credits on IMDB - she’s likely most recognizable from her work on the Comedy Central Series Reno 911 and in the films Adventureland, and The Descendants.

Mary and 4 other actors - Jason Antoon, Greg Cromer, Tricia O'Kelley and Romy Rosemont - were cast in an NBC sitcom pilot together - the show wasn’t picked up but they were determined to work together more - even if that meant on a low-budget talk-show web-series.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

TV Producer David Miner Reflects On His Role In Creation Of "ComFest" At Skidmore College

This weekend, Skidmore College is hosting the 25th National College Comedy Festival. The annual event was first organized in 1990 by Skidmore alum David Miner. Miner, now a television producer with credits for shows including "30 Rock", "Parks and Recreation", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", also formed the College’s first comedy group, the Ad-Liberal Artists.

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