Act Three Comedy Writers Podcast (comedy, tv & film)


Comedy, TV & Film
Comedy, TV & Film





February 2018
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Django Gold / The Onion

Django is a senior writer for The Onion. Chip joined Django in Chicago to talk about the many steps it took to write for America's Finest News Source. We get to hear about the endless effort and observations that contribue to Django's writing, and the vetting process for headlines and stories at The Onion. Keep an eye out for Django in The New Yorker and McSweeney's, and do follow him on Twitter: @djangogold

Direct download: Django_Gold_-_2515_4.20_PM.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 11:30am PST

Act Three has hosted Emmy winners, late-night writers, and authors. Joe Toplyn is all three. Joe joins Chip to discuss his new book, "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV". He draws from deep late night experience on Late Night with David Letterman, The Chevy Chase Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Show with David Letterman. Joe also shares his experiences writing for two legendary comedy shows: In Living Color and The Larry Sanders Show. He has also written for Doctor Doctor and Monk. Enjoy this episode, and absolutely buy "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV", available at bookstores everywhere and on Amazon.

Direct download: Joe_Toplyn_2.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 10:07pm PST

Dan joins Chip to discuss the process for writing his web series, new work for network TV, and tapping every inch of his life to help craft shows. A rare combo of both stage animal and accomplished writer, Dan talks about his luck of working with some industry heavyweight writers and showrunners. We hope to see Dan star in a project soon too, but if not he'll gladly take the well-earned money and run. 

Direct download: Dan_St._Germain.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 11:10pm PST

Selena is a New York comedian, writer, and editor. She's studied improv and sketch comedy at UCB, iO, and ImprovAsylum. She joins Chip to talk about writing her book "New Rules For Blondes", her love of glam rock, and most importantly, the process of pitching and publishing a book. We also hear about the journey of reading criticism and troll vitriol on the web. Be sure to check out her comedy show, Bitchcraft, on Tues, April 29th at 7pm at The Duplex in the West Village.

Direct download: Selena_Coppock.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 10:56pm PST

Chip joins an old friend, Ward Roberts, in Los Angeles to discuss the writing, direction and production of his latest film, Dust Up. The movie is rightfully billed as a kickass action comedy, and Ward explains how it stands on the shoulders of all his previous projects. He also gives us a glimpse into the beast of editing a feature, and the blood, sweat and tears required to do it well. Dust Up is available to stream on Amazon Prime, and can be purchased on iTunes or at Be sure to also check out Little Big Top on Netflix.

Direct download: Ward_Roberts_1.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 9:08pm PST

Nate joins Chip to talk about writing for The Pete Holmes Show. He shares his infamous story of quitting a hated day job, and how it helped him focus on his goals with standup and writing. It worked!  Nate also emphasizes the importance of being prepared with writing samples, so you're ready to rock once a manager or lit agent finds you. Buy the new album, "Glass Matthew", from his comedy duo Team Submarine, available on iTunes. The Pete Holmes Show returns on February 24th on TBS. 

Direct download: Nate_Fernald.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 8:25pm PST

Andy joins Chip to talk about his his experience in the writers' room for Ground Floor on TBS, and his standup career, which spans several cities and scenes. Clarity and appropriately aggressive confidence helped Andy craft his advice for all writers, comedians and performers: don't fuck up. Catch Andy at The San Francisco Punchline January 2-4, where he'll record an album on January 4, 2014.

Direct download: Act_Three_Andy_.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 3:44pm PST

Chip and Matt met at Paper or Plastik in Los Angeles to discuss Matt's many writing credits: Letterman, Ellen, The Jeselnik Offensive, Yahoo!, and countless others that would not fit in an episode title. He has worked on both coasts in a variety of roles for TV. There's never one way into the industry, and Matt has navigated several types of shows and several types of jokes. Follow him on Twitter @MattGoldich

Direct download: Matt_Goldich_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 10:12pm PST

Chip joins Tracey in Los Angeles to talk about her early days at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and starting as a writer's assistant at 30 Rock. Tracey joined the writing staff officially on season four of 30 Rock, and recently won the Emmy for the series finale with Tina Fey. She now writes for The Mindy Project on FOX, and we get to hear about the experience of shaping a new show from the start - and why you don't want to know how it might end.

Direct download: tracey_wigfield_12.3.13.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 8:15pm PST

Chip joins Michael in Los Angeles to talk about his early forays into standup, sketch, and radio that compelled him to go West as a young man. Tenacity and passion have kept Michael in the business, and have led to invaluable writing experiences, including the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Listen to learn more about the journey and how writing became his math.

Direct download: Michael_James_Nelson_3.mp3
Category:Comedy, TV & Film -- posted at: 8:10pm PST