In late 2012, Jerry Seinfeld sat down with the New York Times to discuss his career and how he approaches his style of comedy. Accompanying that article was this video, ‘How To Write A Joke’.
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Before Jay Leno became host of ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1991, Leno’s brand of humor was sharper and riskier than the ‘mainstream’ nature it took once he became host. An example of this is when he regularly appeared on ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ in the 1980s.
Separate from his live show on TBS, Conan O’Brien has a more serious Charlie-Rose-esqe interview show on the web called Serious Jibber-Jabber. It really is a very well done show and allows Conan’s Harvard-educated smarts to be better put on display. For example, his interview with Nate Silver is probably on the best interviews about the 2012 election I’ve seen. The problem with interviews on late-night comedy shows is that interviews last only a few minutes and no serious discussions are held. ‘Serious Jibber-Jabber’ interviews last well over an hour and are very detail oriented and serious with a few jokes throughout. It makes you think that Conan could replace Charlie Rose once he decides to retire.
Here is Conan O’Brien interviewing comedian Mel Brooks.
Learn more here: Serious Jibber-Jabber
The British comedy sketch show ‘Monty Python‘ lasted for just 4 seasons for a total of 45 episodes (the fourth season was only 6 episodes instead of the BBC’s traditional 13). The group’s mostly-offscreen and American member Terry Gilliam created all of the animations that linked all sketches together for each episode. Here is a set of videos that string all those animations together into four 15-minute long montages.
HBO has put on YouTube a conversation between Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. that it aired last year. In it, the four comics discuss their brand of comedy, how they approach it and just generally shooting the shit.