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Saturday Night Lives’ “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost & Michael Che chatted recently on a bunch of topics including friendship & comedy
The two started co-anchoring in 2014, but were stand-up buddies before they became work colleagues. There’s a genuine friendship (see video) — that’s the reason for their chemistry on the show.
“I think (Lorne Michaels) kind of saw something and trusted us to figure that out a little bit,” Che said. “I feel like he had some patience which was nice to let us find it a little bit.”
“There’s a lot of people who make you laugh who are comedians,” Jost added. “But there’s not that many that you necessarily want to hang out with regularly.”
Talking Writing Comedy – under a President Trump’s reign Che offered: “I think when you have as wide of a base as we have for our show, it’s impossible to please everybody, so you kind of just have to trust your instinct and know if it’s making us laugh, there’s something in there”
Jost added – people get “depressed if you just watch regular news. I think at least if you’re watching something that has comedy with it … you at least feel like you have some release to it; it’s not just bad news or sad news.”
You can watch an extended video version of this interview here!
Comedian Tom Papa‘s crowds would laugh, but it finally came together when he got a few words from his hero Jerry Seinfeld: “He came up and after seeing me several times complimented me and said I was really funny,” Papa said.
“I just learned how to be a comedian from him … When you’re starting out, you’re not sure what you’re doing. You think you’re funny, and you’re making audiences laugh, but you don’t know if it’s going to go anywhere. There’s a lot of uneasiness and fear, and for him to come up and validate my stand-up, it was just huge.”
Fast-forward 10-Years & he’s still got laughs going strong (see clip):
Here comedian Bill Burr talks about his writing process saying he starts by taking a single idea on stage –
Burr will then riff on stage, as if he’s telling a story to friends and tightens up the jokes over time. He also says how opening for Dave Attell years ago taught him a writing trick he still uses today.
And finally Comedian Jay Nog‘s “NO JOKE” web-docu asks working comedians “what makes people laugh”
What makes you laugh? Where do you get inspiration?
“The best comedy and horror feel like they take place in reality,” says Comedian Jordan Peele taking up his horror movie “Get Out ” directorial debut. “You have a rule or two you are bending or heightening, but the world around it is real. I felt like everything I learned in comedy I could apply to this movie.”
When asked what keeps horror from becoming comedy Peele replies, “the second you have people doing something you know they wouldn’t do, you lose the audience. With “Get Out,” what needed to be believable was the protagonist’s intentions. Why he’s there. I followed the “Rosemary’s Baby”-“Stepford Wives” model of inching into this crazy situation and alongside, justifying how the character is rationalizing staying.”
Peele started writing “Get Out” about three years ago and when asked about writing a film dealing with race he says: “We can discuss race all day long, but if you see a movie that successfully puts yourself in the shoes of somebody different than yourself, you see the world differently, so I think the power of story is greater than the power of conversation in a way.”
Fox 5 News talked to two New York Comedians on maneuvering laughs under a President Trump — saying it’s always best to find the absurdity in things and remember you have a voice to speak out.
Comedian Nick Naney has been dealing with the tense political climate the best way he knows how: through a good laugh.
Nick’s newest material revolves around Trump and the clear divide that currently exists in our country & he writes to an audience he describes as young and liberal.
“Comedy is better than drugs,” offers Comedian Jena Friedman. “It’s also disarming, you can coat ideas in Comedy and get people to eat them. ”
It’s all about how he approaches the days news – like my personal must-watch: A Closer Look – a segment that runs six to eleven minutes and uses a combination of punchy humor and bite-sized-clarity to cut through a lot of the 24-hour-news culture.
New York Magazine recently did a cover story on Late Night that looked at the creation of A Closer Look: The secret weapon is that first draft gets written from former cable news writer Sal Gentile. ‘It’s then punched up by Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Alex Baze, and Jenny Hagel — all seasoned comedy writers who know how to wring a joke out of anything from constitutional law to an outright catastrophe.’
The writers said, “we are making no effort to hide where we stand on issues. Comedy is best with a point of view and it would be silly to spend all that time talking about something we care about while leaving out what we think about it.”
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Politics has been very good for Lewis Black, the comedian has been spouting his “Back In Black” on Comedy Central‘s “The Daily Show” since the show began in 1996.
In a recent interview asked about a Trump Presidency he offered: “We’re living at the intersection of satire and reality”
“Really, even more so, we’re living in fictional times. Meaning if you took the reality that we’re living through and put it in a book, everbody’d go, ‘Wow, that’s a great book.’ ”
Asked about his writing process he offered – what bugs him is the fuel for his standup comedy or if something – “…makes me angry, that’s when I start to poke at it and find a joke,”
“My humor always starts with anger. Whether it be about whether the weatherman told me some b——- in the morning or, you know, I just spent an hour and a half trying to become a member of Instagram.”
Asked about ‘performing at colleges, where they’re often insufferably p.c.‘
Black replied: “I just tell them to fuck off. I’ll tell a joke that works in 95 percent of the places, then they get upset about something in it, and I say, “Here’s the deal. Here’s where you stopped hearing what I said, so you didn’t hear the joke, did you? You’ve got to grow the fuck up and hear the whole paragraph. Some jokes are upsetting. If jokes upset you, don’t come to a comedy show!”
Asked why as a comic years back he shifted from being ‘a bit more jovial‘ as a performer to…’yelling’ he said: “I was doing my act one night, and this comic, Dan Ballard, came up to me and said: “You know, you’re really angry, and you’re not yelling. You got to go out onstage and start yelling. I’m yelling all the time, and I got nothing to really yell about. The next joke, I just want you to yell it!”
“So I went onstage and started yelling. It was really that simple: Fucking idiot! It was real stupid, because when I was sitting around with my friends and go off and get pissed, it was funny. But it never connected with me.”
In this last video interview (below) – watch a more serious & thoughtful Lewis in a CUNY-TV conversation that covers his thoughts on the importance of silence in comedy, how comedy can break down biases and the way people’s sense of the obscene has changed over the years through comedy:
get tour dates for Comedian Lewis Black at LewisBlack.com / his new animated film Rock Dog is in theaters February 2017.