The “How Does a Stand Up Comedian Work?” Edition
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On this episode, Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is good time to be a female comic. In a Slate Plus extra, listen to a clip of Van Poppelen’s recent set at The Bell House in Brooklyn. If you’re not a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your 2-week free trial at Our sponsors today: Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting and using the promo code “Working.” And:, where you can buy and print U.S. postage for any letter or package. For a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer, go to, click on the microphone, and enter the promo code “Working.”