Bruce McCall has been a contributor of art and humor to The New Yorker since 1979. His books include The Last Dream-O-Rama; the memoir Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada, which was adapted for the documentary film Thin Ice; Zany Afternoons; and, most recently, All Meat Looks Like South America: The World of Bruce McCall, much of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His piece "Liberal Radio Network Employment Application" appeared in the March 29, 2004, issue of the magazine. He has just completed a mural for Delta Airlines, at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan, which is the largest outdoor painting in America.
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spoiler alert. You won't learn anything in this that will help you sell material to the New Yorker. They tell you as much early on. It's kind of a fun listen and not that expensive, so I would say it's worth a few bucks to buy it .I did. but they talk frankly about some general comedy ideas that you can get in much greater detail from books on improvisation. I'd recommend the recent Second City book. It has some very specific techniques that I think are much more fleshed out and helpful.
Two great comedy writers basically sitting in a Town Hall forum to discuss their craft. Audio could be better when it comes to hearing the audience questions and the second speaker... But there are comedy nuggets of value.
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