No, your podcast-listening device isn't broken. Our cold opening clip will make sense later in the episode. We're joined by Adam and Bryon from Everyone Has a Podcast this week, helping us talk all about comedy.
This week's wine: Poggionotte Nero d'Avola from Sicily
This week's cheese: Colby Jack
We love learning about different cultures ... like Canadians! We'll be inviting ourselves Bryon's grandfather to try his wine ... and have awkward moments with parking meters.
Find out some fun facts about Saturday Night Live, including which cast member was the first to welcome everyone with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and which comedians were rejected after auditioning.
We also talk a lot about different comedians, including Louis CK, Chevy Chase, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogan, David Spade, Don Rickles, Mitch Hedberg, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and more!
James and Adam start a bromance talking about comedians who aren't funny anymore and we all get nostalgically nostalgic about nostalgia. We also talk about aging comedians who still have what it takes to make us laugh, and comedians from the past who have pushed the envelope of social commentary.
Emily talks to Adam and Bryon about comedians from Canada (and how the U.S. steals them for ourselves), and we get into a conversation about comedians from Boston. We also talk about comedians who just ... lose us.
We also talk about the biological and physical reasons for laughing and why we need it for social situations, but laughter can also come at the wrong time, whether we want it or not.
Also, you didn't ask for it, but we all do our best Cosby impressions -- and Adam clearly wins!
Our show takes a very dark turn when we start talking about funeral laughs and how Bryon will have the last laugh when he dies because he's too tall to be buried easily, and Adam may enlist Emily (and her Thriller dance) to help him out at his funeral.
Also, laughing at offensive or jokes about tragedy may mean you're actually more intelligent than those who are offended. Find out what made James so excited he knocks over a bottle of wine. (Thank goodness it was empty!)
And, think you can pass Emily's Twisted Comedy quiz? Expect plenty of word play for the clues. And thanks to Epic Film Guy Nick who was my go-to to make sure the quiz was passable.
We also talk about our fake laughs and how laughter is the best medicine, an adage that Adam came up with, in case you didn't know. And Emily talks about her paranoia about Epic Film Guy Justin not liking her when she isolated his laugh in our crossover episode with them.
Stay tuned to this page for extras from the episode -- there are TONS! It was a two-hour conversation that we somehow we able to get down to a sweet 1:07ish.
Links/People we refer to:
- Epic Film Guys
- EHAP's podcast with comedian Ian Bagg
- List of people who have died of laughter
- Cold opening for Saturday
- Theresa Crout
- The Big Bang Theory without the laugh track
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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!
This week's Audible audiobook recommendation:
You can check out Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests on Amazon, or download that as one of your TWO free audiobooks by going to www.audibletrial.com/classy.