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How To Be a Person

100 EpisodesProduced by Mike Drucker and Jess DweckWebsite

Comedy writers Mike Drucker ("The Tonight Show," The Onion, Marvel) and Jess Dweck ("The Tonight Show", "Late Night") invite fellow comedians, writers, and other interesting people to teach them how to be normal human beings. Logo by Bryan Brinkman. Theme by Eric Gersen.… read more


Episode 84 - John Levenstein - How To Work in Comedy For 35 Years

"Arrested Development" and "Silicon Valley" writer John Levenstein teaches us how to get started as a comedy writer in the '80s and '90s, how to work with strong personalities, how to almost become a therapist, how to write for award-winning shows and a Monkee, how to work with Jack Handey, how to ruin comedy with rules, how to survive in different comedy eras, and how to play a judge on TV. Then we play a game of "What's It About?" where we name real TV shows that John isn't watching and see if he can guess what they're about just based on the title. It's mostly crime-fighting doctors. As always, please review us on iTunes if you like the podcast and contribute to our Patreon at to help us keep this thing ad free!

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