Act Three Comedy Writers Podcast
Act Three Comedy Writers Podcast
Chip Dwyer
Comedian Chip Dwyer talks with TV comedy writers about their start in the business, the writing process, and the best parts of the job.
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
Feb 9, 2015
34 min
Joe Toplyn / Letterman & The Tonight Show
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.
Jul 8, 2014
1 hr 10 min
Dan St. Germain / Comedy Central & FOX
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. 
Jun 24, 2014
36 min
Selena Coppock // New Rules For Blondes
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.
Apr 22, 2014
50 min
Dan Wilbur / How Not To Read
Dan joins Chip to discuss his book "How Not to Read" (Penguin Books), and the journey from a fun Tumblr account (Better Book Titles) to a literary agent to being published. He discusses the process of a book pitch, and the many ideas that go to publishers before one is sold. Dan also talks about the value of producing several different types of content, and the value of being both a comedian and writer. 
Mar 26, 2014
1 hr 9 min
Emily Heller / Surviving Jack
Chip joins Emily in Los Angeles to talk about her recent move from New York, and her experience in the writers room for a new show. Emily shares her experience of how she was hired, and the golden rule of being ready with your own writing samples when opportunity strikes. This is a really valuable look at her experience with veteran writers, and the penning of her first episode. Surviving Jack premieres on FOX on March 27 at 9:30/8:30 central.
Mar 4, 2014
45 min
Ward Roberts / Dust Up
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.
Jan 30, 2014
48 min
Nate Fernald / The Pete Holmes Show
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. 
Jan 14, 2014
45 min
Andy Haynes / Ground Floor
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.
Dec 31, 2013
53 min
Matt Goldich / The Jeselnik Offensive & Letterman
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
Dec 17, 2013
40 min
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