Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Mitch Hedberg on the art and science of appliance naming: I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy, you know? Refrigerator, toaster, blender - you just say what the thing does, then you add “-er.” Kitchen Appliance Naming Institute: “What’s this thing do?” “It keeps (expletive) fresh.” “Well, that’s a 'fresher.' … Continue reading Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

John Stewart interviewing George Carlin. Pay extra attention to his framing of comedy as a form of oratory rhetoric. This is ALL professional communication. Make it sing. "It's just natural." And stick around to near the end when he answers, "Why do you still care so much?" Carlin was a true artist. https://youtu.be/nCGGWeD_EJk ps. I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

The Little Missile That Could (John Cleese’s Brilliant Near-Term Failure/Long-Term Success Metaphor)

John Cleese grew up fascinated by guided missiles. He was fascinated with them, “…in a way that normally only ugly ducklings or pirates or talking vermin enchant a child.”* As a kid, guided missiles were a fascinating piece of wartime technology. As an adult, he realized they were a perfect metaphor to explain being ok … Continue reading The Little Missile That Could (John Cleese’s Brilliant Near-Term Failure/Long-Term Success Metaphor)

Podcast Of The Week: John Cleese On Creativity

Ok, so it’s not a podcast, but you don’t need the video if you want to just listen to it - so get over yourself, will you? (Which is essentially what I’m telling myself as I’m breaking form here and not giving you a literal podcast. Ok. I forgive me, I hope you can too. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: John Cleese On Creativity

Podcast Of The Week: May I Elaborate With JB Smoove

Sometimes you just need a laugh. Sometimes the dumbest thing, like an inspirational quote-a-day calendar, needs to be so savagely misinterpreted that it can bring you to tears and leave the rest of humanity wilting in the dust. JB Smoove’s guest spots on Conan O’Brien’s podcast have been some of my favorites, but now JB … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: May I Elaborate With JB Smoove

Podcast Of The Week: How KFC + Champagne Became Dave Grohl’s Favorite Backstage Meal (And Other Stories)

Being a fly on the wall for a conversation between two people I’m fascinated by never gets old. Conan O’Brien and Dave Grohl do not disappoint. In this interview we get all sorts of amazing stories, including some about the tour manager they both shared, and the time Dave Grohl accidentally discovered his love for … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: How KFC + Champagne Became Dave Grohl’s Favorite Backstage Meal (And Other Stories)

Podcast Of The Week: Maria Bamford On Working It Out

Maria Bamford keeps blowing my mind this year. I wrote about her recent book here (I called it my favorite non-business business book of the year), and now she’s also appeared on the Working It Out Podcast with Mike Birbiglia. Both of them are masters of talking about their own life experiences and traumas in … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Maria Bamford On Working It Out