The History of Literature #142 – Comedian Joe Pera Talks With Us

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Comedian Joe Pera has been hailed as one of the top “Comedians Under 30,” “20 of the Most Innovative Comedians Working Today,” and the “Cozy Sweater of Comedy.” His lovable, pleasantly awkward delivery style has made him a breakout star on the standup circuit and on late-night shows like Conan and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

In this special episode of The History of Literature, Joe joins Jacke to discuss the comedians he grew up admiring, his first attempts at standup, and his new television show Joe Pera Talks with You, which premieres on May 20 on Adult Swim, the #1 network with millennials 18-34. Special bonus: Jacke tries his hand at writing a few jokes about literature. Will they earn the admiration of a professional comedian? We’ll see!

For more information about Joe Pera and his show Joe Pera Talks with You, visit the Joe Pera website or his Twitter account @JosephPera.

To listen to the notorious Madame Bovary episode, head to Episode 79 – Music That Melts the Stars – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

For more about literature and comedy (and another dose of Christopher Guest, try Episode 96 – Dracula, Lolita, and the Power of Volcanoes (with Jim Shepard).

Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. Learn more about the show at historyofliterature.com or facebook.com/historyofliterature. Contact the host at jackewilsonauthor@gmail.com or on Twitter @thejackewilson.

 

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The Restless Mind Show Episode 8 – My Inner Bleeping Bandit

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Testing the Burt Reynolds method for avoiding cliches! Author Jacke Wilson takes a break from the history of literature to consider language and masculinity.

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Restless Mind Show #6 – The Trial of Shrimp Boy

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Jacke and Gar take a break from the history of literature to discuss the development of Jacke’s new play, The Trial of Shrimp Boy, which has attracted interest from Bryan Cranston’s agent(!). Also: Gar builds fences and is not a good neighbor.

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The Restless Mind Show 5 – Gar Discovers a Lost Recording of Walt Whitman!

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Gar finds a lost recording of Walt Whitman reading his own poetry! Plus: Author Jacke Wilson gives an update on the Greatest First Lines contest.

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Restless Mind Show #1 – Comedy and Authority

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The Restless Mind Show! Jacke and Gar take a break from the history of literature to examine the nature of comedy and what makes us laugh.

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What’s the Greatest Joke Ever? Sneak Preview of an Exciting New Podcast!

Hello, friends! Just a quick note to let you know that The History of Literature podcast takes its regularly scheduled departure this week… and it’s such a departure, we’re calling it by a whole new name! (It’s a branding thing.)  In any event, it goes by the name of The Restless Mind Show and it will be available on Monday.

We’re using the same feed, so subscribers to The History of Literature will get this show automatically.

Why are we doing this? Don’t ask. It’s just how we’re doing it.

The first episode takes a look at different kinds of funny. What do Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, and Chief Wiggum have in common? Why  are they funny? Why was Kafka hysterical? We’ll take a look!