Make ‘Em Laugh (Scrawl S11 E03)

By October 3, 2014Scrawl Radio

Hello Scrawl Nation! On this week’s episode of Scrawl Radio, we focused on comedy writing.

Our guest this week was UCWbLer and graduate student Nick Enquist. Nick writes for the comedy group Whiskey Wry and is a veteran of the Second City writing program, so we asked him to join us this week to give some insight into the process of writing sketch comedy and stand-up routines.

After a fun round of Word of the Day and the hilarious Weird Al song “Word Crimes,” we asked Nick to talk about his writing process, how he collaborates with the other members of Whiskey Wry, and what a new comedy writer should do to succeed.

Then we played America’s Favorite Game today called “Are You ‘Tooning In?” We acted out pieces of dialogue from popular cartoon TV shows, andNick attempted to guess which¬†show it was. Nick dominated this game; play along with him while listening!

We spent the last part of the show rhetorically analyzing a sketch from a recent Whiskey Wry show. Listen below not only for the laughs, but for an intense discussion about why jokes work and the ethos, logos, and pathos behind sketch comedy.

You can listen to the podcast today by clicking here or clicking the streaming player at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check the UCWbL out on Facebook, Twitter, and Digication! Tune in next week to hear us talk about the conventions of horror writing!