What's So Funny!

What's So Funny!

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It’s the reboot of What’s So Funny! and there’s a new spin on things! Our host, Dave Schwensen, returns and this time he’s brought three of his friends: Kelly, Tom, and Logan. Join in as we listen to comedy albums from the 1950s, ‘60s, or ‘70s. We’ll take a look at the life of the comedian as well as the cultural relevance of the album then and now. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh! *This podcast is a production of the Ohio Film Tax Credit.


Dick Gregory is a Force to Reckon With
Jun 30 • 30 min
Dick Gregory broke barriers for African American comics. In fact, he was the first black comedian to sit next to Jack Paar becoming a trailblazer for other black comedians. He had a very successful comedy career, but he felt the call of civil rights…
The Unstoppable Shelley Berman
Nov 12, 2019 • 35 min
Our final episode of the season features the one, the only, Shelley Berman and his album “Inside Shelley Berman!” Before becoming a comedian, Shelley worked quite a few odd jobs, but he didn’t let that stop him from becoming the comedian we know of today!…
The Funniest Woman in the World, Moms Mabley
Nov 4, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of What’s So Funny! we are listening to the one and only Moms Mabley and her 1970 album “Live at Sing Sing.” Jackie Moms Mabley is not only known as the funniest woman in the world, but she is also known as the first black stand up…
The Original One Hit Wonder, Vaughn Meader
Oct 29, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode of What’s So Funny! Dave Schwensen and Tom Megalis listen to original one hit wonder Vaughn Meader. His comedy album broke records when it was released in 1962 skyrocketing to the top of the charts, but his career took a turn for the worse…
The Comedy Duo Nichols and May present “An Evening With Nichols and May”
Oct 22, 2019 • 37 min
It’s hard to believe, but the parents of improvisational comedy didn’t even like each other the first time they met! In this episode of What’s So Funny! we take a listen to the live recording of their Broadway show “An Evening With Nichols and May,” by…
Lily Tomlin the Performer
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of What’s So Funny! We meet Lily Tomlin’s famous character Ernestine the Telephone Operator in her 1971 album This Is A Recording. Ernestine shows us what a day in the life of the telephone company is like. She persuades Gore Vidal to pay…
Steve Martin is a Wild and Crazy Guy
Oct 7, 2019 • 30 min
We all know Steve Martin the actor, but in this episode we go back in time to his comedy roots with the album “A Wild and Crazy Guy.” From Disney Land to sold out stadiums Steve Martin’s career exploded onto the scene forever changing the way people…
The original sicknick of comedy, Lenny Bruce, and his 1961 album “American”
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
One of the most controversial comedians of his time, Lenny Bruce, was the original bad boy of comedy. In this episode we will be listening to his 1961 album “American.” We will find out how Lenny got his start doing stand up, the influence of jazz on his…
The Political Satire of Mort Sahl in “The Future Lies Ahead”
Oct 7, 2019 • 38 min
It’s the first episode of the new season of What’s So Funny! and we are listening to the first recorded modern comedy album, “The Future Lies Ahead” by Mort Sahl. Mort is the master of political satire, he was the first comedian to be on the cover of Time…