Very excited to have contributed a two-part piece to Splitsider. It’s about humor in print. The first part is about seminal humorists Robert Benchley and S.J. Perelman, their influence on Woody Allen and other modern comedy writers and print humorists, and modern foils to select essays by each author.
In part two, I interview four comedy writers/print humorists - Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show, Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), Rob Kutner (The Daily Show, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien), Mike Sacks (Vanity Fair, And Here’s The Kicker, Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), and a very funny new humorist named Hudson Hongo (whose work/name kept popping up during my research, so I just HAD to contact him) - about their inspirations, beginnings in print humor, transitions to other media, and goals.
Check it out. If you like it, you can comment with your Facebook or Twitter profiles.
My fourth Gawker.TV guest contribution is up. I Need Laughs: A Week in the Life of an NYC Comedian. It’s about a documentary by Matt Ruby.
"Matt Ruby’s documentation of the comic lifestyle doesn’t end with I Need Laughs. On his blog, Sandpaper Suit, he writes about how the comedy sausage is made, and he also hosts the monthly podcast We’re All Friends Here with comedian Mark Normand. To an outsider like myself, the blog, podcast, and documentary are entertaining, but Ruby’s fellow comics seem to find his creations invaluable. A quick glance at the site’s comments section reveals discourses on a diverse array of topics like hecklers, women in comedy, the life cycle of a bit, and scores of comedians, industry insiders, and fans engaging on often polemical issues in constructive ways. E.B. White once suggested that “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it,” but in the case of Ruby’s blog, not only does the frog live, he seems of a more stout constitution for the blog’s existence.”