Ep. #254: Scott Aukerman on "Weird Al," Comedy Bang! Bang! Live, and more
Scott Aukerman is a very talented comedy writer, producer, director, and actor who’s currently based in California. Aukerman is a key figure behind the Earwolf and Howl podcast networks and he’s been a writer/performer on Mr. Show with Bob and David (and its recent Netflix reboot) and gets called in to craft jokes for special presentations like the MTV Movie Awards and the recent Academy Awards broadcast. He's also the primary writer and director on Funny or Die's wildly successful web series, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. A multi-talented comedic force, Aukerman remains best known for hosting Comedy Bang! Bang!, whose tv show was spawned from the popular and influential podcast of the same name. Just past 400 episodes this month Aukerman, his crew, and frequent guests Paul F. Tompkins and Lauren Lapkus are hitting the road for live shows, including Toronto stops on May 5 and 6 at Convocation Hall and in Vancouver on May 26 at the Vogue Theatre. as the podcast celebrates its seventh anniversary. Here, Aukerman and I discuss the history of Comedy Bang! Bang! and how the podcast and comedy landscapes have changed since the show began, a key, early segment with Andy Daly, conducting serious interviews, how alternative comedy is mainstream, working very hard, surreal absurdity, David Letterman, the Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show versus the podcast, working with "Weird Al" Yankovic on the new season of the TV show, improvisation, the live show and audience interaction in different cities, his future plans, Take My Wife and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and Seeso, and that was it.
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