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We'll be Back!

8/8/2019
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Returning Oct. 8, 2019, with all new episodes to make you laugh, it’s What’s So Funny! Join us as we listen to comedy albums from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. We’ll take a look at the life of the comedian as well as the cultural relevance of the album then and now. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh!

Duration:00:02:36

Maintenance!

7/8/2019
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What’s So Funny! is currently undergoing maintenance. When we return we’ll be bringing all the laughs with comedy albums by Steve Martin, Nichols and May, and many more!

Duration:00:00:59

The original sicknick of comedy, Lenny Bruce, and his 1961 album “American”

6/24/2019
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One of the most controversial comedians of his time, Lenny Bruce, was the original bad boy of comedy. In this episode we will be listening to his 1961 album “American.” We will find out how Lenny got his start doing stand up, the influence of jazz on his comedy, and why he wore a trench coat on stage. Listen in as we discover what made Lenny Bruce so controversial! Created in 2008, the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation combats alcohol/drug addiction with scholarships and education. The...

Duration:00:37:27

The Political Satire of Mort Sahl in "The Future Lies Ahead"

6/17/2019
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It’s the first episode of the new season of What’s So Funny! and we are listening to the first recorded modern comedy album, “The Future Lies Ahead” by Mort Sahl. Our host, Dave Schwensen, is back and better than ever, and we’ll meet our first co-host of the season, Cleveland Comedy Festival’s own, Logan Rishaw. Mort Sahl is the master of political satire, he was the first comedian to be on the cover of Time Magazine, the original comedy game changer. Listen in to find out how Mort Sahl...

Duration:00:37:31

Nick Griffin Finds His Comedy Voice

4/4/2017
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Griffin discusses different "comedy voices," and how you can find yours. He and Dave also play tracks and discuss the influence of other comedians, such as Jerry Seinfeld.

Duration:00:37:26

Dan Nainan Overcomes His Fear of Public Speaking

3/21/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy agent and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Dan Nainan. In this episode, Nainan shares what makes him unique in the comedy world, how he made the switch to comedy, his secret talents, and his favorite comedians.​

Duration:00:36:50

Marc Jaffe Talks School, Inspirations, and Seinfeld

2/26/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy agent and writer, hosts comedian and writer, Marc Jaffe. In this episode, Jaffe tells us everything about writing comedy, from using his wife's career for inspiration to his time as a writer for Seinfeld.

Duration:00:32:45

Eddie Brill Loves Life and Letterman in New York City

2/21/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy agent and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Eddie Brill. In this episode, Brill shares his view that comedy is simply truth, and he explains how this idea took him from lowly stand-up comedian to comedy agent for Letterman.

Duration:00:37:05

Wendy Liebman on Getting Discovered, Talking Quickly, and Slowing Down

2/7/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Wendy Liebman. In this episode, Wendy talks about everything from her relatives who composed Disney soundtracks to her inspiration for writing comedy.

Duration:00:36:35

Steve Hofstetter Works Prom Shows and the College Market

1/24/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Steve Hofstetter. In this episode, Steve talks about his start as a writer and comedian in the college market, and how that both helped and hindered him.

Duration:00:36:53

Janette Barber Circles Back to Stand-Up

1/10/2017
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Janette Barber. In this episode, Barber discusses her work as a comedy writer for Rosie O'Donnell, as well as her return to stand up.

Duration:00:35:58

Adam Ferrara Combines Comedy with Drama on Television

12/27/2016
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Adam Ferrara. In this episode, Ferrara discusses comedians who have influenced his comedy and work on screen, and he shares his advice for stand-up comics.

Duration:00:36:38

Kevin McPeek Talks Music, Storytelling, and Their Relation to Comedy

12/13/2016
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Kevin McPeek. In this episode, McPeek discusses comedians who have influenced his work, and he shares a few key secrets for writing great comedy.

Duration:00:36:22

Ken Rogerson on Hitchhiking to Boston and The Comedy Greats

11/29/2016
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This is a re-release of the 2008 radio program, What's So Funny! Dave Schwensen, a comedy coach and writer, hosts stand-up comedian, Ken Rogerson. In this episode, Rogerson shares his experience about beginning his stand-up career, acting in small film roles, and finding inspiration in the comedy greats.

Duration:00:36:45