Just For Laughs is the biggest comedy festival in the world, with more fantastic shows in a week than most cities get in a year. It’s also the premier trade show for the comedy industry, bringing together comedy professionals from all parts of the business. For many of them, the highlight of the festival every year isn’t any show or panel; it’s the annual State of the Industry Address from Andy Kindler, the veteran stand-up who isn’t afraid to call the business out in scathing (and hilarious) fashion. Nobody’s safe from Kindler’s invective, not the networks, the power brokers, his fellow comedians, or even the audiences. His intentions are pure and vital, though: to keep comedy honest, to keep comedy from getting too complacent or too enamored with its own bullshit, to hopefully preserve whatever power it might have. Kindler’s latest address wrapped up earlier today in Montreal, and you can hear it right here at Paste. We don’t want to spoil any of it, so just hit play to find out how comedy has failed in the past 12 months. (And hey, Ricky Gervais fans, thanks for checking us out.)
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“I sat down and talked with Judd Apatow, Aidy Bryant, Nicole Holofcener, Jim Norton, Todd Glass and Maria Bamford about the 6 comedians we lost this past year. And this year was especially rough because, as awful as it is to lose a friend and colleague, this year we lost people who permanently changed what it is we all do. If we’d JUST lost Mike Nichols, OR Harold Ramis OR Joan Rivers? Any of those, alone? THAT would be awful enough. But to lose them AND Robin Williams AND Jan Hooks (who is in the pantheon with Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman and Will Ferrell) AND Sid Caesar? It’s too much, sometimes. These people always helped when it became too much. I start to lose it at the 6:41 mark, and it seems like I recover. The editor deserves some kind of award because, in the actual conversation? I lost it. Completely lost it.”
In July 2014, Brett interviewed John Roderick about how he became a
professional musician. The conversation evolved into a compelling,
serialized narrative that couldn’t be contained in not just one, nor two,
nor even three episodes.
We present the resulting four-part epic uninterrupted, with the exception
of brief transitions from one chapter to the next. Think of The Origin of
John Roderick as an improvisational book on tape, with each chapter
recorded a few weeks apart.
The end of the year can be a strange, cold, and lonely time. We hope this
keeps your brain warm until 2015.
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In this episode Ross and Josh speak to professional speaking human Merlin Mann about overcoming or, perhaps, embracing self-doubt, to become better producers of quality work. Are we allowed to change our minds and how do we deal with the criticism that results from that?
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