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These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier

Not all comedy podcasts are just people doing bits with Scott Aukerman or helping Marc Maron process his failed SNL audition. Some of them study comedy and how it works, intentionally enough that you can learn from them. Here are four great podcasts that can make you funnier.

We’re Mission to Zyxx, and This Is How We Work We’re Mission to Zyxx, and This Is How We Work

Mission to Zyxx might be the best podcast. This science fiction comedy—a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—that leans on original jokes instead of references, is definitely the best of the current wave of fictional podcasts, partly because of its unique process. The cast improvises…

What to Do When Your Funny Story Isn’t Funny What to Do When Your Funny Story Isn’t Funny

I’m a terrible storyteller. With enough keyboard time I can turn a personal experience into a passable narrative, but in person I fall to pieces. Whenever I try to share a “funny story,” even if I’ve tried following Lifehacker’s storytelling tips, I see my audience’s faces freeze into a rictus as my story reaches its…

How to Break Into TV Comedy, With Nell Scovell How to Break Into TV Comedy, With Nell Scovell

Nell Scovell is a comedy writer and the author of Just the Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boy’s Club. Nell’s written for The Simpsons, Newhart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and a ton of other shows. We talk to Nell about how she excels as a woman in a field that’s so…

How to Roast Someone Like a Pro  How to Roast Someone Like a Pro 

Unless you were hiking the Appalachian Trail this weekend, you probably know that Michelle Wolf delivered the standard “roast” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night and delivered some choice lines skewering the Trump administration and the media. From the reaction, you’d be forgiven for thinking…

We're Reductress Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, and This Is How We Work We're Reductress Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, and This Is How We Work

Very, very few sites can make a name for themselves in the “funny fake news” format. There’s basically the Onion, and Reductress. Today we’re talking to the one with the tagline “Women’s News. Feminized.” Recent headlines include “How To Stay Calm Even Though Everyone Missed What You Just Said and It Was Really Good,”…

I'm Anna Akana, and This Is How I Work I'm Anna Akana, and This Is How I Work

YouTube stars can actually be really good people! Like vlogger Anna Akana, who makes videos about introversion, suicide awareness, racist sexual fetishes, and taking self-care beyond bubble baths and massages for an audience of over 2 million subscribers. She also makes short films, appears in Ant-Man, Corporate, and …

Empower Teen Girls by Teaching Them Stand-Up Comedy  Empower Teen Girls by Teaching Them Stand-Up Comedy 

“I’m not just a nerd,” proclaims a bespectacled 13-year-old named Thea, speaking into a microphone on stage. “I’m also a geek.” The audience laughs.

I'm Comedian Chris Fleming, and This Is How I Work I'm Comedian Chris Fleming, and This Is How I Work

Chris Fleming first became famous as Gayle Waters-Waters, the high-strung mom on Fleming’s YouTube show Gayle. Since then he’s branched out with music videos like I’m Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues like Teens Who Drink Coffee, and he’s currently wrapping up a cross-country live tour. (He’ll be streaming his live…

I'm Comedian Josh Gondelman, and This Is How I Work

Josh Gondelman never turns it off. The author, stand-up, Modern Seinfeld tweeter, and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is always working on something. And yet he seems far saner, happier, and more loving than any hard-working comedian has any right to be.

Comedian Josh Gondelman Teaches You How to Tweet

Comedian, author, and Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman knows how to be funny in any context. Like any comedian, Josh’s second (or third or fourth) job is being good at Twitter. In 2012 he co-created the novelty account Modern Seinfeld, and he tweets regularly on his own account. In this video he explains how—or…

I'm Comedian Nicole Drespel, and This Is How I Work I'm Comedian Nicole Drespel, and This Is How I Work

There are maybe ten things in the world that deserve the title “best-kept secret,” and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv coach and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nicole has appeared in Broad City and 30 Rock and written for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and Wet Hot American Summer …

Prank Your Friends with Google Home and IFTTT Prank Your Friends with Google Home and IFTTT

Voice assistants are still dumb computers programmed to provide you answers to questions and control your Spotify playlist. But just once, I’d love my Google Home to help me out with a joke or two when my brother comes over. After all, what’s the use of a voice assistant if it can’t help you roast your friends? With…

Donut Vs. Pizza: Which One Will Prevail?

The ultimate life hack is deciding which foods are and are not better than a donut. Welcome to Donut VS! The only show that pits a donut versus other foods in a glorious battle for glory. For this inaugural episode: donut vs. pizza. Who will come out on top?

The Best Way to Eat a Crunchy Taco The Best Way to Eat a Crunchy Taco

A hard-shell taco can break apart in your hands after just a couple bites if you’re not careful. The trick is to hold it the right way and take bites from both sides as you go.

How to Not Give a Shit, With Author Samantha Irby  How to Not Give a Shit, With Author Samantha Irby 

This week we chatted with Samantha Irby, comedian, writer, the mastermind behind the blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and the author of the new collection of essays We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, as well as the collection Meaty. We crowned her as the voice of her generation, talked marriage and the Bachelorette, and found…

The Four Strategies Louis CK Uses to Tell Better Jokes The Four Strategies Louis CK Uses to Tell Better Jokes

Telling a great joke actually isn’t that easy, even if comedians like Louis CK make it look simple. While part of being a good joke teller is practice, there are some strategies you can learn from masters like Louis CK. Here’s what we mean.

Make a Baby Laugh With These Silly Stunts Make a Baby Laugh With These Silly Stunts

Some people are naturals with kids, and will have them giggling in a matter of seconds. If you’re not one of them, and you get kind of perplexed about what to do with somebody else’s child, check out this video. It’s full of ideas on how to become besties with your nieces and nephews and cousins-once-removed.

Laugh.ly Streams Your Favorite Standup Comedians Laugh.ly Streams Your Favorite Standup Comedians

iOS/Android: You have tons of options to choose what to listen to on your commute or when you’re doing chores. Laugh.ly adds to your choices with thousands of standup shows from popular comedians, past and present.

How to Stay Motivated in Life and Work Using the Goldilocks Rule How to Stay Motivated in Life and Work Using the Goldilocks Rule

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.

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