How To Write Funny
Scott Dikkers, founder of TheOnion.com and The Onion's longest-serving editor-in-chief, interviews celebrities, writers, and other influencers in the comedy business about their background, philosophy and writing process.
info_outline Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe 05/15/2019
Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe 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."
info_outline Episode 33 | How to Write a Joke 04/20/2019
Episode 33 | How to Write a Joke 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 -- for more information checkout Scott's book,
info_outline Episode 31| Three Fundamentals of Comedy Writing 03/16/2019
Episode 31| Three Fundamentals of Comedy Writing 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.
info_outline Episode 24 | Kevin Avery 11/10/2016
Episode 24 | Kevin Avery 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.
info_outline Episode 21 | Dave Eggers 07/26/2016
Episode 21 | Dave Eggers 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.
info_outline Episode 20 | Matt Abramson 06/27/2016
Episode 20 | Matt Abramson 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.
info_outline Episode 15 | Louie Anderson 09/23/2015
Episode 15 | Louie Anderson Louie Anderson is one of the most successful stand-up comics of the last 30 years. He created and starred in the animated TV series Life With Louie. He’s written several books, including Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child, and The F Word: How to Survive Your Family. For a time he was the host of TV's Family Feud.
info_outline Episode 14 | Daniel Greenberg 09/10/2015
Episode 14 | Daniel Greenberg With the worst audio quality yet, Scott talks via wax cylinder and copper wire with literary agent Daniel Greenberg, who represents humor writers, comedians, and comedy celebrities. He also discovers new talent in the humor sphere and gets them book-publishing deals.
info_outline Episode 13 | Andy Borowitz 08/31/2015
Episode 13 | Andy Borowitz Scott and Andy Borowitz take a ride through his varied career, from being President of the Harvard Lampoon, creating the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, stand-up and lecturing, to having his homegrown humor email list become so popular it was subsumed by The New Yorker.
info_outline Episode 10 | Anna Lefler 08/10/2015
Episode 10 | Anna Lefler Scott talks with Anna Lefler, a humor author who got started as a Mommy blogger. Her first comic novel, Preschooled, comes out this fall. Her previous book was The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, The Words Every Woman Should Know. She's also written and performed for the Nickelodeon/NickMom TV show Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and is a three-time faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop