Comedians In Therapy

ethan berlin

Cartoonist and Comedy Writer Ethan Berlin on his news series “Bunk” for IFC streaming now on Netflix. Along with Eddie Pepitone, Frank Conniff, Janie Haddad Tompkins, and Chris Pina. Portions of today’s show were written by Steve Rosenfield and David Feldman. Review this podcast on iTunes.


  1. Just listened to this podcast. Nice. Where are the Nut cartoons?
    This is the kind of sick humor I want to experience.

    One of the things I noticed when I was doing stand up in SF was that stuff that made other comedians laugh didn’t always make “civilians” laugh. One of my favorite comedian at the time was Mike Gandalfini. He did a bunch of great lines that cracked up other comedians up because they were so out there.

    “I bet my brother 10 dollars that he couldn’t look at the sun for 10 minutes. He won, but I only gave him a dollar.”

    Also we could appreciate a well crafted joke or bit, but not laugh out loud. We would say, That’s funny.

    I too have been trying to learn video editing thinking that making a clever bit will lead to fame. But it won’t. If you actually look at what goes “viral” on the web it’s rarely planned. Check out Reddit, silly cat and dog videos, “Oh my balls” skateboarding videos lead.
    It’s HARD to write a short funny video and when you do, it gets “consumed” as “content” and then people go, “Okay, what do you got for me now?” Like you side, songs can be heard over and over. Jokes, no. (Although for some reason I do laugh at joke impressions more than once. Jimmy Dore’s and Mike MacRae’s celebrity phone calls are funny to me more than once because of HOW they are said, not just WHAT is said.”

    The other kind of video that can go “viral” (I hate that term) is hidden camera videos of politicians and celebrities. That comes into the “you can’t make this stuff up” category.


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