The concept for this week’s podcast is quite simple: No one wants to talk about the lockout, decertified (or not) unions, anti-trust lawsuits, labor relation boards, legal briefs and/or potential higher court appeals.
It’s a bummer.
In other words, we all need a laugh right about now. So, to help take our minds off of things, I booked four of the funniest guys that I know:
* Jeffrey Ross, the Roastmaster General himself.
* Jeff Garlin, the genius portrayer of Larry David’s friend/manager Jeff Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for which Garlin also serves as executive producer.
* Eric and Justin Stangel, the brothers who serve as head writers and executive producers of “Late Show” with David Letterman.
Essentially, I have a free-form discussion with all of them to delve into their craft of making people laugh. By show’s end, I hope you have more of an appreciation of how much work and figurative blood and literal sweat and tears go into figuring out how to get a laugh out of somebody.
I first got the Stangels on the phone a day after they taped two Late Shows with Dave, while I got both Jeff’s to pay me separate in-studio visits. Garlin makes his third-ever appearance on the podcast while Ross makes his first, including his first-ever public comments on what happened on his most recent televised gig: Comedy Central’s “Roast of Donald Trump.” Plus, I got Ross to tell me the story of his first-ever roast and the first joke he told on that night. The story involves The Friar Club, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, a very famous finger (not a middle one) and a couple of bleeps.
Keen to know all your thoughts on this straight-up comedy edition of the podcast. For those seeking an NFL Draft/Pro Day fix, I’ve got a stand-alone podcast with Mike Mayock set to hit iTunes and NFL.com Friday. We’ll cover those bases then.
In the moment, though, just for a moment, sit back and enjoy a laugh. You deserve it.