This week we are talking to comedy writer, pop culture fan, and trekkie, Justin Avery Smith. We chat about cosplay, comedy and his crush on Cmdr William T. Riker. Justin writes for Mcsweeney’s, Slackjaw, RobotButt, The Whole Wheat Post, Points In Case, and Greener Pastures. Follow him @justinaverysmith
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This episode of Talkward welcomes Emmy® award winning humor writer and longtime executive producer of ‘The Simpsons’ Mike Reiss! His new book ‘Santa’s Brother Sandy Saves Christmas’ is out now and his travel podcast “What Am I Doing Here?” is wherever you get your pods!
This episode of Talkward welcomes humor author Marty Beckerman. A former editor at Esquire and MTV News, Beckerman has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Playboy, Discover, Newsweek, CNET, The Daily Beast, and Mental Floss. His latest book, about a talking cats time traveling adventures to fix the Y2K past is THE TIME MEOWCHINE! Get it today!
This episode of Talkward welcomes Jason Roeder, author of humor book “Griefstrike! The Ultimate Guide to Mourning”. Jason is a former senior editor and senior writer at The Onion as well as a contributor to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Stand-up comic and author Tom McCaffrey stops by Talkward to chat about his new debut novel ‘Born Funny’ which tells the tale of the rise of alt comedy through the eyes of a fictionalized version of himself.
This episode of Talkward comedy writer, teacher, actor, UCB improv, standup comedy performer and all around nice person Sean Conroy chats about his comedy career in stage, TV and podcasting. From networks like Adult Swim,Comedy Central, Seeso, MTV, Spike TV, UPN, NBC and ABC. He was Head Writer and Executive Producer on the amazingly funny shows Mr. Pickles and Gentlemen Lobsters. Listen to his weekly podcast The Long Shot. Visit https://www.seanconroy.com/
Humor writer raconteur Mike Sacks stops by Talkward to chat about “Welcome to Woodmont College” , his parody of a college catalog co-written with Jason Roeder. It was named one of the best comedy books of the year by New York Magazine’s Vulture and you should buy it today! We also discuss the wonders of Maryland, 90s nostalgia, and how he makes things happen for himself in the comedy world.
Comedy animation creators Aaron Augenblick and Katie Wendt discuss the wonderfully funny and smart new show ‘City Island’ on PBSKids. Augenblick Studios has been a trailblazing studio in the world of adult animation with hits like Ugly Americans, The Jellies, Wonder Showzen, Superjail, Death Hacks, and Shorties Watching Shorties- now through the new Future Brain Media, they are making waves in the world of kids animation! Watch ‘City Island’ at PBSKids.org and see all the projects at https://www.augenblickstudios.com/
This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer Kate Herzlin! Kate, along with co-authors Allison Kelley, Danielle Kraese, and Ysabel Yates wrote the new book, Jokes to Offend Men, which is a cutting, cathartic spin on the old-fashioned joke book. It’s refreshingly hilarious, go grab a copy! Follow her @kateherzlin and check out the book http://jokestooffendmen.com
This episode of Talkward welcomes Amy Fusselman, author of the new novel ‘The Means’ which follows the character Shelly Means and her hilarious quest to own a beach house in the Hamptons. Shipping containers, talking dogs, anger management classes, and vision boards make up this very funny book. Follow her @amyfusselman and http://amyfusselman.com
This episode of Talkward welcomes comedy writer and author Gary Almeter! Gary’s new humor book ‘The Official Dream Dinner Party Handbook’ explores the question: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who do you pick? How do you choose? And how can it all go terribly wrong? It’s very funny and you should buy it right now! https://bit.ly/dreamdinnerparty
This episode features the very talented comedy writer and TV producer Craig Thomas! Craig is the co-creator, executive producer, and writer of “How I Met Your Mother,” which received 30 Emmy Award nominations in its nine-season run. Before that he wrote for ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ and ‘American Dad!’. Craig is also an accomplished musician and songwriter! Most recently his prose has been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Weekly Humorist and soon, The Iowa Review. Follow him on twitter at @HIMYMCraig
This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer and performer AJ ‘Sweet Pea’ DiCosimo. AJ has been published many times in The New Yorker, as well as Weekly Humorist and he even snuck into being a writer for MAD. Have you ever heard a story from a guy who covers his naked body in shaving cream and plays Tom Petty songs? You will. He’s a punk rock comedy guy from Cleveland, whose day jobs have given him the perspective that lead him to the more silly, absurdist side of humor.
This episode welcomes cartoonist and comedy writer Ivan Ehlers! Ivan has been a regular in The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, Weekly Humorist, LA Times and others. His first series ‘Dee Dee Sawyer Ghoul Destroyer’ is available now on Webtoons. See all his work at https://www.instagram.com/ivan_ehlers/
This episode welcomes humor writer and prolific author Brian Boone. We discuss his career writing trivia, joke books, his truly epic failure on ‘Jeopardy’, and his new book “How To Be An Old Person- Everything To Know For The Newly Old, Retiring, Elderly, Or Considering’ Pick it up today! http://howtobeanoldperson.com/
This episode’s guest is author and comedy performer Haley McGee! We have a wonderful chat about dating and the value of the gifts from an ex. Her new book, ‘The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale’ is out now. Check it out! http://www.haleymcgee.ca
This episode welcomes the very funny comedy writer and author Mike Sacks! Mike’s new book, ‘Passing On The Right’, is a parody of memoir by a failed comic turned right-wing radio host named Skippy ‘Batty’ Battison. It’s absolutely bonkers and at the same time, could be absolutely true. Pick it up today! https://amzn.to/3urG8M7
This episode welcomes the very funny comedy writer, author, and voice over artist Jen Spyra! We chat all about her time writing at The Onion, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she is also the announcer! Her new book ‘Big Time’ is out now from Penguin Random House. It’s SO FUNNY! Buy it today!
This episode of Talkward welcomes poet, author, and recovering mime Melissa Balmain. Melissa edits Light, America’s longest-running journal of light verse. Her humor has appeared in The American Bystander, Lighten Up Online, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Success, The Washington Post, and Weekly Humorist.
This episode of Talkward chats with the very funny Keith James. Keith is a comedy performer and writer who has a new comedy, sci-fi, erotic, adventure book out now entitled ‘Greg Maxwell’s Inferno’. We discuss his humor journey and doing improv comedy for a soon-to-be-FBI-raided health spa where he had to do breakdance fighting live on-stage against a child. Follow Keith @k3ithJam3s and listen to his podcast Gus Biblowitz, Basketball Legend.
This episode of Talkward welcomes cartoon comedy duo Kit Lively and David DeGrand. They have a new book out called ‘Twisted Tongues: Jokes, Comics, Facts, and Tongue Twisters’ We discuss their years working together for MAD Magazine and David’s recent gig designing the animated show ‘Death Hacks’.
Today on Talkward is comic and producer Brittany Brave! She has a great new web series coming out and a weekly Friday stand-up show that’s virtual, so you can enjoy it in your underwear! See all her upcoming events at http://instragram.com/brittanybrave
This episode of Talkward welcomes back the very funny and talented Jessica Delfino! Jessica is a musical comedy performer and writer who has a new book out, Dumb Jokes For Smart Folks, which is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in new releases! Check it out at dumbjokesforsmartfolks.com and follow her @jessicadelfino
Today on Talkward is cartoonist, comedy writer, and performer Emily Flake! Emily draws wonderful cartoons for The New Yorker, The New York Times and has many books and comics strips. Her latest project is over at kickstarter and needs your support! St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency for Ladies! Go check it out right now!
This episode of Talkward welcomes the non-stop comedy cartoon duo Bob Eckstein and Michael Shaw! The both are long-time famous cartoonists and writers who have been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, among many others. They have a new book out, THE ELEMENTS OF STRESS and the Pursuit of Happy-ish in this Current Sh*tstorm! It aims to help de-stress our currently very stressful world. It’s very funny, and guaranteed to relax you, even if you have to roll it up and smoke it.
This episode of Talkward welcomes back cartoonist, stand-up comic, and actor Jason Chatfield! Jason is the president of The National Cartoonists Society, and a contributor in The New Yorker. We discuss cartooning, Tom Richmond, Mort Drucker, Jason’s drawing diary during his bout with Covid-19 and even the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ episode that uses The Reuben Award as a murder weapon!
Today on Talkward is comedy person Brittany Brave! Brittany does stand-up, improv, produces shows all over NYC and has recently started Violently Funny, a podcast and live show that shines a light on domestic violence. We discuss her comedy, getting older, meeting Robert De Niro while having a mouthful of peanut M&Ms and terrible TV. Go see her show 1/31 at Caveat!
This episode of Talkward welcomes comedy writer and performer Ronny Pascale! Ronny has toured the country with his sketch group, produces variety shows, and has amassed a loyal following on social media by writing great jokes. We discuss his process, his fears and why he is DONE with improv. (spoiler, he’s not) See his shows at The PIT in NYC!
This spooky Halloween episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer and performer James Folta! James writes for The New Yorker, McSweeney’s , Weekly Humorist and is the Managing Editor of Points In Case. James also is a co-founder of The Satire and Humor Festival which is in NYC in March but just announced a pop-up weekend in Chicago in November! Check it out here and go! We discuss Halloween costumes, writing, book publishing and James’ current projects in writing and pitching new narrative humor podcasts. Also, who knew how bad at math we both are! Jokes! James also teaches humor and parody. Follow him on twitter @JamesFolta and we’ll see you at the festival!
This very special episode of Talkward welcomes cartoonists Bob Eckstein, Steve McGinn, and Robert Leighton! Full house! They stopped by the studio after going by The New Yorker to submit some cartoons. We discuss the joke writing process, appearances on old game shows, and we dissect the reasons why some of Steve’s cartoons got rejected very, very quickly. We also chat about Bob Eckstein’s new book, “Everyone’s A Critic- The Ultimate Cartoon Book” which is on sale now and you should go buy it right now!
This episode of Talkward welcomes comedy writers and authors Michael Bleicher and Andy Newton! The humor writing duo has been published in McSweeney’s, Points In Case, Crack The Spine and Weekly Humorist. They discuss their writing process, the power of Google Docs, and the state of the world. Their debut novel “From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts” a satirical road trip comedy taking place during the events of the 2016 election is on sale now from imprint Humorist Books.
Today on Talkward is musical comedy extraordinaire Jessica Delfino! Jessica is a critically acclaimed and award winning comedic musician who has performed her quirky comedy songs all over the world. She launched the New York Comedy Music Festival (first called the Funny Songs festival) in 2012. We discuss her newest album ‘Songs To make War to (14 Anarchist Anthems for the Whole Family)’ Botnik Studios, Mom Comedy shows and she reads host Marty Dundics with her 40% accurate Psychic powers!
This episode of Talkward welcomes the very talented comedy author Mike Sacks! We discuss comedy, his journey and how people keep mistaking him for Jon Hamm.
This episode of Talkward welcomes comedian and actor Eric D’Alessandro! Eric has a commanding internet following across multiple platforms where he has leveraged digital media reach to drastically grow his fan base. His short videos get an average of 50 thousand views each, which helps him sell out shows and land acting roles.
This episode of Talkward welcomes San Francisco based humor writer, actor, comedian, playwright, and engineer Irving Ruan. Irving writes regularly for The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Weekly Humorist as well SlackJaw, where he is also an editor!
This episode of Talkward welcomes NYC comedy legend, Jeffrey Gurian. If you don’t know Jeffrey, then you aren’t a NY comedy person, so get in the know! He’s written, performed, produced comedy with so many huge names like Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Amy Poehler, and Seth Rogen. Learn all about him and his new book!
Today on Talkward is the lovely and funny Claire Parker! Claire is an NYC based stand-up comic, actress and frequent guest on You Up w/ Nikki Glaser on Sirius/XM Comedy Central Radio.
Today on Talkward is cartoonist and stand-up comic Jason Chatfield! Jason is an award winning cartoonist who draws the worldwide daily strip Ginger Meggs, cartoons for The New Yorker and MAD Magazine and also has a popular podcast called Is There Something In This? Follow him @jasonchatfield and his website is jasonchatfield.com
This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer and delightful Midwesterner Mia Mercado! Mia writes regularly for The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Belladonna and Weekly Humorist. During our chat she reveals an exclusive announcement about her new book deal, her writing process habits – one of which includes being in a cafe, wearing headphones, listening to ambient sounds of…a cafe and more!
Today on Talkward is comedy writer and super star sex and dating podcast host Courtney Kocak! Courtney hosts the ‘Reality Bytes’ podcast- tune in every week for real talk about sex, love, relationships & dating in the digital age. We discuss having your gentiles molded in custom sex toys, her new experiences in standup comedy and being a writer for Amazon’s Danger & Eggs!
Today on Talkward is author, comedy writer, behavior expert and stand-up comic- Jeff Kreisler! Jeff is the executive producer of The Final Edition satire radio program, is an expert at PeopleScience.com and is the author of new book ‘Dollars and Sense‘! Jeff breaks down how we misthink money and how to spend smarter! Follow Jeff […]
Today on Talkward is super special guest Brooke Preston! Brooke is a comedy writer, author and co-founder of the satire comedy website The Belladonna! Her new book ‘New Erotica For Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust & Equal Pay’ is in bookstores now! We learn all about Brookes early years working at Planet Hollywood in Times Square in NYC, her comedy influences and when she got to walk Justin Timberlake to the men’s room.
Today on Talkward is guest Kerryn Feehan! Kerryn is a comedian, writer, actor, model and comedy development extraordinaire! She produces and hosts a long running monthly show called Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! (It’s first Sundays of the month! Get tickets here) Kerryn has many, many cringeworthy stories.
Today on Talkward is our first repeat guest, New York Times bestselling author, award winning cartoonist and snowman expert Bob Eckstein! Bob’s new book The Illustrated History of the Snowman is out now! We discuss Steampunk’s rise in the 1980s, the ongoing holiday decorations feud with his neighbor and making squirrels dance for his pleasure. Oh, and we happen upon the topic of snowman pornography!
Today on Talkward is comedian Jason Kanter! Jason performs all over the USA and also gets TV acting roles where he’s been pigeon-holed as a skinhead more often then not.
Today on Talkward is comedian SallyAnn Hall! She is the most recent winner of both the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival and the She Devil Comedy Festival. SallyAnn hails from Alaska, sings at Duets piano bar and is a regular on the NYC standup comedy scene.
Today on Talkward is guest Lillian Stone! Lillian is a comedy writer and performer from Springfield, Missouri! She writes regularly for McSweeney’s, The Belladonna Comedy, Points In Case and Weekly Humorist. She hosts and produces a monthly sold out storytelling show called Chatty Cathy. Follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/originalspinstr and read all of her writing […]
Today on Talkward is guest Brittany Brave! Brittany is a stand-up comic, and business owner of female empowerment creative start-up CatCall. CatCall’s mission is to create Girl Power-infused events/experiences in verticals everyone can enjoy: music, comedy, spoken word, fitness, dance, panels, film and more. CatCall is celebrating their 1 year birthday party with a huge […]
This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer and standup comic Tom McCaffrey! Tom has been on Comedy Central, Hulu and has a movie ‘Adventures In Comedy’ available on Amazon!
This episode of Talkward welcomes guest Caitlin Kunkel! Caitlin is a satirist, author, pizza scientist, and co-founder of the very popular comedy site The Belladonna. She co-wrote the upcoming book NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS, which you can pre-order here. Caitlin is a delightful person, my book club host and my neighbor! Follow her instagram @kunkeltron […]
This episode of Talkward welcomes guest Tyler Gildin! Tyler is a digital media producer and director who got his start as the first comedy editor of Elite Daily! He does stand-up comedy, develops and creates viral media for name brands. His recent new project has been producing a documentary film entitled ‘The Starfish’ which tells […]
Today on Talkward is comedy writer and stand-up comic Ginny Hogan! Ginny performs all over NYC and recently was on Weekly Humorist’s Guaranteed Delivery! comedy show downtown on Wall Street. She’s also a writer for The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Points in Case, The Belladonna, Robot Butt and Weekly Humorist. Her very popular comedy website is […]
This episode of Talkward welcomes guest Carrie Wittmer! Carrie is a comedy writer, performer and a co-founder of The Belladonna Comedy – Comedy and satire by women, for everyone. She, along with her co-editors Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, and Fiona Taylor have penned their first satire book New Erotica for Feminists due out in November! Follow Carrie […]
This episode of Talkward welcomes comedy writer and performer Jonathan Zeller! Jonathan writes humor for many publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s and Weekly Humorist. He also performs stand-up comedy throughout NYC ( though one time he had to sit down.). He has a dog-friendly comedy show entitled The Good Dog Show on May 31st […]
Today on Talkward is comedy writer and occasional poet Andy Newton. Andy dishes on the comedy writing magazine submission process and the ups and downs of shopping his first novel with writing partner Michael Bleicher. Follow him on twitter @bleicher_newton and on instagram at windsfrombehind
This episode of Talkward has comedy writer Jon Daly. No, not that Jon Daly, or the other one, or the other, other one! Jon discusses his joke writing process, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and a HUGE SECRET is revealed! Follow Jon on twitter @JackPerday (That alter-ego is also explained.)
This episode of Talkward welcomes comic Adam Mamawala! His new album “One Of The Good Ones’ debuted at #1 on iTunes! We discuss comedy, his love of the Cubs and bad casting calls. See where you can watch him perform next at adammamawala.com and follow him on twitter @adammamawala
This episode of Talkward features radio morning show personality Ryan Sampson! Ryan is the host of The Morning Mashup on SiriusXM Hits 1. Ryan has been in radio a long time and has plenty of awkward stories, they just keep coming! Listen for a terrible wine bus tour and a pissed off Tony Bennett! Follow […]
This episode of Talkward welcomes guest Andrew Collin! Andrew is a standup comic, writer and professional dog walker in New York City. We discuss his multitude of career paths and getting stabbed by an ex- Navy seal! Andrew host’s a monthly storytelling show at UCB East entitled ‘It’s a Long Story’ and a podcast ‘Happy […]
This episode on Talkward guest Keenan Steiner discusses comedy, getting fired and doing standup in a cage. See his bi-monthly show Tuesday’s in Fort Green! Comedy on the Corner at Hungry Ghost. Follow him on twitter @keenanstiener
Today on Talkward is comedy storytelling host and performer David Martin! David has been hosting the long running UCB show ‘Nights Of Our Lives’ for 11 years! We discuss his book “Office Speak’ as well as some of the talent that has crossed his show over the years. We unexpectedly also stumble onto the fact […]
This episode on Talkward is comedy writer, performer and artist James Folta! James has been featured in The New Yorker, American Bystander and Weekly Humorist. His monthly comedy show, A Night Of Humorous Readings is every first Monday at Hi-Fi bar. Info on that as well as everything else you need to know about him […]
In this episode of Talkward, actress, comedian, and model Bridget Fitzgerald talks Hollywood pools parties, movie shoots and her new mad skills driving a food truck that serves exclusively other food trucks. Visit her on twitter @smilybridge and check out her web show smilybridge.tv
In this episode of Talkward, New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein chats about his new book ‘Footnotes From The Worlds Greatest Bookstores’. We discuss his drawing process and his title as ‘Snowman Expert’ as well as his follow up to his holiday classic ‘The History of the Snowman’.
Today on Talkward is guest comic Kevin McCaffrey! Kevin is a hilarious comedian and writer; you can see his face saying funny things on TruTV. He hosts a fantastic show called ‘Serious Matters’ at Union Hall the first Thursday of every month. Follow him at @KevinMcCaff
Talkwards first guest is comic Wendi Starling. Her popular monthly NYC variety show Glamourpuss is the also the home of one her most awkward on and off stage moments.