Comedy Insider Podcast


Scott Dikkers, founder of and The Onion's editor-in-chief for most of the last 25 years, interviews celebrities, writers, and other people in the comedy industry about their background, philosophy and process.


  • Episode 40 | Margaret Cho

    Episode 40 | Margaret Cho

    30/04/2020 Duração: 47min

    Veteran stand-up comic, writer and actress Margaret Cho talks about getting started in the 80s comedy boom, her TV show, and her thoughts on writing and performing stand-up.

  • Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman

    Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman

    25/03/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    Stand-up comic, TV writer and actress Jen Kirkman talks about her comedy, social media, pitching TV shows, and how to weather the ups and downs of the business.

  • Episode38 | Matt Braunger

    Episode38 | Matt Braunger

    04/02/2020 Duração: 54min

    Scott talks with veteran stand-up comedian and comic actor Matt Braunger about getting started, making it in stand-up, and making it in acting.

  • Episode 37 | Liana Spiro

    Episode 37 | Liana Spiro

    06/12/2019 Duração: 50min

    Scott talks with Harvard Lampoon President about the nation's oldest college humor magazine's humor, pranks, and castle, and how to lead a band of misfit comedy writers.

  • Episode 36 | How to write satire

    Episode 36 | How to write satire

    01/08/2019 Duração: 51min

    Scott walks through the specific steps for writing a satirical article, essay, stand-up bit, or sketch.

  • Episode 35 | Ryan Creamer

    Episode 35 | Ryan Creamer

    09/07/2019 Duração: 48min

    Scott asks Ryan Creamer how he became the hot new thing in comedy by doing hilariously wholesome videos on Pornhub.

  • Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe

    Episode 34 | Merrill Markoe

    15/05/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    Scott chats with multi-Emmy-winning comedy writer and performer Merrill Markoe about breaking into TV writing, her years working with David Letterman as he was coming up, and her audiobook (co-written with Megan Koester), "The Indignities of Being a Woman."

  • Episode 33 | How to Write a Joke

    Episode 33 | How to Write a Joke

    20/04/2019 Duração: 44min

    Host Scott Dikkers goes through the process of how to come up with a funny line and write a joke from scratch, illustrating the "How to Write Funny" system for joke creation. Get the cheatsheet at -- for more information checkout Scott's book, How to Write Funny

  • Episode 32 | Levni Yilmaz

    Episode 32 | Levni Yilmaz

    29/03/2019 Duração: 59min

    Lev talks about how he found success doing the animated "Tales of Mere Existence" series on YouTube, which has racked up millions of views.

  • Episode 31| Three Fundamentals of Comedy Writing

    Episode 31| Three Fundamentals of Comedy Writing

    16/03/2019 Duração: 34min

    Scott talks about three fundamentals of successful comedy writing and how to go after them: (1) writing 10 funny ideas every day, (2) overcoming writer's block, and (3) avoiding clichés.

  • Episode 30 | Tim Clue

    Episode 30 | Tim Clue

    27/02/2019 Duração: 55min

    Tim Clue joins Scott to discuss the craft of stand-up comedy, how to improve it, make money at it, and get better at it quickly.

  • Episode 29 | Caitlin Kunkel

    Episode 29 | Caitlin Kunkel

    31/12/2018 Duração: 46min

    Guest Caitlin Kunkel talks about her road to success writing humor for McSweeney's and The New Yorker, as well as landing her first book deal. She and Scott discuss the mindset and discipline of making a writing career.

  • Episode 28 | Christopher Titus

    Episode 28 | Christopher Titus

    19/11/2018 Duração: 48min

    Scott talks with stand-up comedian Christopher Titus about his comic persona, performing and writing on stage, creating his Fox TV show "Titus," and his feature film, "Special Unit."

  • Episode 27 | Kurt Luchs

    Episode 27 | Kurt Luchs

    07/11/2017 Duração: 56min

    Kurt Luchs, founder and editor of The Big Jewel, talks with Scott about his unusual and varied comedy career. Kurt’s new book , “It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It's Really Funny),” just hit bookstores.

  • Episode 26 | Steve Kaplan

    Episode 26 | Steve Kaplan

    24/04/2017 Duração: 01h04min

    Scott talks comedy nuts and bolts with Steve Kaplan, Hollywood's most sought-after comedy teacher.

  • Episode 25 | Lee Camp

    Episode 25 | Lee Camp

    15/12/2016 Duração: 51min

    Political comedian and activist Lee Camp sits down with Scott to talk comedy, activism, and creating his weekly political comedy TV show, "Redacted Tonight."

  • Episode 24 | Kevin Avery

    Episode 24 | Kevin Avery

    10/11/2016 Duração: 56min

    Scott talks with Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery. Kevin is a successful bay-area stand-up comic who got into TV writing with his friend and writing-partner W. Kamau Bell. He joined the original staff of John Oliver's show before its debut in 2014.

  • Episode 23 | Sarah Cooper

    Episode 23 | Sarah Cooper

    05/10/2016 Duração: 45min

    Scott talks with Sarah Cooper, founder of The Cooper Review, who parlayed a viral humor article into a 3-book deal. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, comes out this week.

  • Episode 22 | Seth Reiss

    Episode 22 | Seth Reiss

    01/09/2016 Duração: 59min

    Late Night with Seth Meyers staffer and former Onion head writer Seth Reiss talks with Scott about his humor-writing process, mindset, and how he landed the best internships in comedy.

  • Episode 21 | Dave Eggers

    Episode 21 | Dave Eggers

    26/07/2016 Duração: 01h12min

    Scott talks with Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney's, Might magazine, and 826 National, the non-profit with the cool storefronts that tutors kids and encourages them to write. His latest novel is "Heroes of the Frontier," which comes out today.

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