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Why Didn't They Laugh


An examination of comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn't. Created and hosted by Owen Benjamin

An examination of comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn't. Created and hosted by Owen Benjamin
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An examination of comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn't. Created and hosted by Owen Benjamin




178 Burning Down the House (crazy story)

It's been a crazy couple weeks and I wanted to give my full breakdown of this story as it unfolded. From the original twitter argument about trans children, to losing the college gig, to being dropped by my agent, at CAA to watching Hollywood spiral with the realization Harvey Weinstein, matt Damon, ben Affleck, Meryl streep, gwyenth paltrow, all were complacent in a rape scandal. I get into the complicated personal battles I'm currently facing and what the future could hold. Much love,...

Duration: 00:42:31

177 My Talk to college about writing

here is audio from a talk I gave at SUNY OSWEGO patreon.com/wdtl

Duration: 01:17:04

176 The Sound of Pride

This week I went to texas the lonestar state and it was awesome. Got to do some pretty ballsy joke premises that ended up working well because I was fresh off the overly polite British tour and fed off the Texan freedom screams. Lots of solid topics discussed and a few weird ones. Thanks for listening. to join my patreon.com/wdtl go there and click on stuff hugepianist.com comment on the pod and share it! every bit helps

Duration: 00:43:57

175 Several True Scotsmen

Only home for a day but wanted to get out an episode telling some stories of a strange fool in an even stranger land. I have so much footage and audio for future WDTL episodes. I talk Scottish people, British train system, Walter plays some piano and I chat with people on twitter live. mackweldon.com promo code LAUGH for 20% crucial clothing that makes you NOT smell. it's unreal for a guy who hugs people for a living. Check out DRAFT in the App Store for an exellent fantasy football app....

Duration: 01:13:14

174 "The Shame Game"

On my UK/Ireland tour and so far so good. Wanted to get a pod out there so I don't go too long without one. I talk about what made Irish people laugh way too hard, how shame is used to control, and what is more important than happiness. Thanks for the love everyone, the downloads of this podcast have tripled this month it's kind of insane. If you wanna support my patreon.com/wdtl it's much appricated and I can post stuff way before I can post things live there. I trust...

Duration: 00:36:28

173 The Comedy Of Love

RELATIONSHIP ADVICE! (from the many failures of my life) Throughout my career I've done jokes about sex, love, and now marriage. This episode I go through several stages of my comedy career and analyze how it corresponded with my actual life. Men and women are not the same, and this fact is extremely important if you are ever going to have a successful marriage or be a balanced person. Lotta good stuff in this one, enjoy! patreon.com/wdtl to become a patreon and a true...

Duration: 00:51:39

172 Family Business

Had a blast on Joe Rogan's podcast and had some time in LA to bang out an episode. This ep discusses confederate statues, relationship advice, the role of comedy in people's lives, morality, and black flies. I cut up some stand up my brother and I did in our town for charity. Big world comedy versus small world comedy. ENJOY! Subscribe to the channel and share if you can. Everything helps. patreon.com/wdtl if you wanna support and get some extra content. hugepianist.com for tour dates....

Duration: 01:04:21

171 The Problem With Utopia

I break down in a easy to understand way why Socialism is very dangerous and what events in my life have lead me to be able to navigate cultural BS. Prison, The Dark Knight, Europe, fatherhood, lots of things discussed. Enjoy!!!

Duration: 00:48:18

170 A History of Errors

This ep is all about history and it's pretty hilarious. After just the first chapter of "Made in America" by Bill Bryson I needed to share some of the stuff I learned. Columbus, vikings, Pilgrims, the Irish, lacrosse, Verizano, Squanto, and tons of other historical icons have really really funny histories. I go on some tangens, play a little music and run out of card space on my zoom right as I was closing out. Good times! patreon.com/wdtl @wdtlPODCAST hugepianist.com for tour dates and...

Duration: 00:48:25

169 Great Letter From Dave

I didn't realize one of my brother's oldest friends listens to the pod and wrote me an awesome letter that started a heated debate with myself. This ep has music, culture, jokes, and some great interaction with people on periscope. Thanks for your support in the comments section and your support on patreon. We are developing an amazing community here. whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hugepianist.com @WDTLpodcast @owenbenjamin

Duration: 01:16:25

168 Islamic Love Songs

Today we talk trans in military and I read all of your e mails with Islamic Love Song ideas. Some real gold in there. Nothing calms the soul like classic love ballads about Islam. Enjoy! Thanks again for supporting me on patreon.com/wdtl much love whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hugepianist.com for touring dates please subscribe to the channel and share if you like it! thanks!

Duration: 00:45:28

167 Two Broken Vets and a Sad Clown walk into a Town

This episode is a story about the powerful healing ability of my town, my brother, and how I got to this place. This ep deals with vets, PTSD, heroin, and other hilarious topics. Much love to our buddy Kap, as they say "a warrior never dies if the wind still speaks his name." Regardless of what world you live in, hopefully this episode will help you understand other world's. patreon.com/wdtl if you'd like to support and get bonus material. I'll post full chats with Kap around the...

Duration: 00:49:55

166 The Music that Unites Us

after listening to malcom gladwell's newest pod I got inspired to bang out this baby. Country versus rap versus mainstrem. a lot of these patters exist in comedy. Some interesting stuff. Share if you like it! I do a 007 song that I will debut tonight on Crowder's show. patreon.com/wdtl if you wanna help the podcast grow "why didn't they laugh" on itunes hugepianist.com for tour dates whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com

Duration: 00:22:05

165 The Moment Comedy Died

Back in April 2006 something happened that changed comedy and culture forever. I've back tracked the SJW madness to a specific moment that changed all of comedy. We were warned in a speech from Kyle on the cartoon South Park. All or nothing. We didn't listen. I go off on some fun tangents, some serious ones, play a funny clip where I quickly made friends with some Indians, good times. Thanks for all the support! Become a patreon member and hear some great convos with my mom. If not and you...

Duration: 00:48:01

164 Taking a Bite of the Big Apple

My weekend at Gotham Comedy Club was a blast. Had two shows with some odd vibes though so prime for a little “why didn’t they laugh.” I talk vikings, John Lennon, marriage, gays, pride, code enforcers, my recent run in with a fox, good times. Thanks for becoming patreon supporters. Patreon.com/wdtl Please subscribe, comment, share! Helps a lot. Lets spread the word!\ hugepianist.com for tour dates. Texas in August, UK in September. Lets rock! whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com

Duration: 00:39:22

They Don't Get The Joke

On this episode of "why didn't they laugh" I try to wrap my head around all the people who no longer seem to understand jokes. The political climate has made people wonder why everyone is laughing at the chicken who crossed the road, and how "to get to the other side" is a metaphor for oppression. I share some big news and again talk way too much about "the gulag archipelligo." patreon.com/wdtl thank you for your continued support hugepianist.com for tour...

Duration: 00:43:08

161 The Lambs are Woke AF

A criticism from a listener I trust inspired me to dive into the history and reason why I will spend time criticizing political correctness and identity politics. If you like history, culture, or just seeing a dude who needs sleep get fired up about the boo "The Gulag Archipelago" this podcast is for YOU. patreon.com/wdtl whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hugepianist.com

Duration: 01:12:51

Letters From the Honey Pot

This episode of why didn't they laugh, I read letters from you that I found in my honeypot because I'm a bear. Topics range from Hitler to Piano. Enjoy! Some great letters about the BS nature of political correctness and the difference between a stereotype and racism. patreon.com/wdtl whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com

Duration: 00:42:30

159 "The Old Hitler Push-back"

This week I dive into the steps it took for me to go on a rant about on stage about how Hitler was a misunderstood guy who took a rag tag bunch of misfits out of the gutter a lot like the mighty ducks. It's a long ep but I had to discuss recent realizitions I've had on twitter from arguing with people on twitter about JK Rowlings and Sharia law (which have a lot in common). Thank you so much for the patreon support! every bit helps patreon.com/wdtl patreon.com/feedthebear...

Duration: 01:11:10

158 Great Expectations (frame shifting in Philly)

In this ep I show how a frame shift can make something very simple or very crazy funny. Watch how a subtle giggle can make benign small talk funny. I also discuss progressivism as a religious entity as well as a frame shift on the John Lennon song "imagine." Watch how people react to the bigotry of low expectations that normal white guys like me can't play classical piano. Thanks for all your patreon support its clutch. patreon.com/wdtl hugepianist.com for tour dates...

Duration: 00:26:14

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