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Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, McSweeney’s, MAD, Vice, Maxim, and Salon. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.

His new book, "And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft" is one of the best books on comedy writing of the last twenty years. Some of those interviewed include: Harold Ramis, Buck Henry, Bob Odenkirk, David Sedaris, and Jack Handey. It is available for sale at your local bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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Showtime late night (00:49)
Andi Smith

I’m a sucker for Nicotine Patch jokes. And jokes about porn actors who’ve seen better days. Failed hopes and dreams and all that. They’re easy targets, but the jokes always make me laugh. Poor porn stars.

Thank you, tourists * CELEB PICK
Thank you, tourists (00:40)
Kyle Grooms

I work in Times Square and see too many tourists, although I do feel for them. I used to come up to New York once a year from Maryland and it was like landing on the moon. To this day, I’ll still stare up at tall buildings. By the way, I saw a comedian a few weeks ago handing out fliers in Times Square and attempting to convince a foreign couple to go see him perform at a show later that night. This is exactly how it went down, no joke: Comedian (pointing): “Hey! Watch out! Dog shit! (turning serious) Ah, I’m just kidding. Where you guys from? Paris? You like comedy?”

Tight 5ive Todd Barry Interview * CELEB PICK
Tight 5ive Todd Barry Interview (00:00)
Todd Barry

Loved him as the grocery-store manager in The Wrestler. I’ve had bosses like that in the past. The retail world is more difficult than any job in media. The worst. I worked with one boss at a record store in suburban Maryland who used to trade CDs for blowjobs. Best boss I ever had. Maybe the only good one. He was later shot to death at a party. The killer got six years. The name of the record store was Kemp Mill Music. Anyone from the Maryland/Virginia area? If so, email me. I have more stories.

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No moleste (02:57)
Tig Notaro

I really find Tig funny. Very dry delivery. Kind of reminds me of Jake Johannsen, another comic I like.

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