Mike Sacks, a comedy writer, podcaster and editor at Vanity Fair, is this week’s featured guest.
Mike has published two books that I consider to be required reading for anyone who loves great comedy writing:
- Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers
- And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About their Craft
These books include interviews and advice from people like Mel Brooks, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Patton Oswalt, David Sedaris, Jack Handey, Stephen Merchant, Harold Ramis, Diablo Cody, Marc Maron, Robert Smiegel, Bob Odenkirk and many others at the pinnacle of comedy writing. So I highly recommend them, especially if being a parent is inspiring you to begin a career in comedy.
In this conversation, Mike and I talk about the perception of dads in comedy, who writes parenting comedy well and what writers make Mike laugh.
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About Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast
Since this episode was originally released, the show has evolved into Breaking Down Parenting: A ParentNormal Podcast. It’s a show that’s for imperfect parents by imperfect parents. Hosted by humorist and imperfect parent of three Chris Cate, every episode breaks down a topic that causes parents to break down, such as putting kids to bed, potty training, the terrible twos, homework, clothing, discipline, cleaning up, cooking for kids, and so on….
By the end of each topic breakdown, parents will hopefully realize they aren’t alone in their struggles and that the craziness all parents go through is actually quite funny when it’s looked at in the right light. After all, the mission of the show is to help parents laugh when they want to cry.
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