"Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy" (Encore Presentation)

May 2, 2016

(Note: This interview originally aired in July of last year.) On this presentation of ST, we chat with Joe Randazzo, a former editor of The Onion and former creative director of adultswim.com who now writes for the Comedy Central program called @midnight. Randazzo is also the author of "Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube." Randazzo says that the idea for this book was originally to write a parody of your typical "how to" guidebook...but then, as he thought more about his own stint in the comedy biz, the project took a more practical and grounded turn. As Michael Ian Black has noted of this volume in The New York Times Book Review: "'Funny on Purpose' has actual, useful advice for those who would seek to subject themselves to the paradoxical suffering and pain of a career devoted to making others laugh. For example, his five traits for performing comedy are as succinct as they are debatable: relatability, timing, shamelessness, yelling, and vulnerability. Actually, of these, I think only yelling is debatable. Bob Newhart never yelled and still did O.K. People who already know they want to be screenwriters or stand-up comedians can find books on the market with more in-depth advice on their specific subjects. Those, however, who have a sense that they are funny people but, unlike Le­Bron James, do not know where to take their talents would be well served heeding Randazzo's advice...." You can learn more about this book -- and can hear a free, on-demand "stream" of our interview with its author -- at this link.