Why Didn't They Laugh

Why Didn't They Laugh

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An examination of comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn’t. Created and hosted by Owen Benjamin
Beauty and the Bear (with my wife answering patreon questions)
Nov 15 • 121 min
My wife is Amy is incredible and people keep asking me about her so I did a livestream on youtube where we answered patreon questions, had some beers and play some songs. It was a great time, I hope you enjoy. patreon.com/wdtl join up it’s fun and…
183 Islam Joke Update
Nov 8 • 8 min
Here is a quick update about one of the jokes from last episode. Details matter. patreon.com/wdtl for bonus stuff and it helps feed the bear hugepianist.com for tour dates as well as my new hour special “feed the bear” much love and thanks for listening!
182 Roasting Canada and Islam
Nov 8 • 81 min
I’ve been doing a lot more on youtube lately but I’m gonna make sure I get everything on iTunes for the audiophiles like myself who usually listen while driving or working out. This episode of why didn’t they laugh I roast a heckler from Canada as well as…
181 Talk With My Mom
Oct 26 • 83 min
here’s what you’re missing out on if you’re not a patreon subscriber! a chat with my mom patreon.com/wdtl hugepianist.com
180 MENTALLY CHALLENGED “Sympathy for the Devil”
Oct 24 • 68 min
I hope you enjoy this one! hugepianist.com for my new hour special “feed the bear” subscribe to youtube.com/owenbenjamincomedy patreon.com/wdtl Vimeo.com/owenbenjamin much love
179 MENTALLY CHALLENGED “pink floyd’s the wall”
Oct 24 • 83 min
it’s a time of change in my life which is scary but also exciting. So I’m experimenting with a new idea. Music and the historical context of it. This is Pink Floyd’s the wall. This ep is a little disorganized and I talk a lot with people on a live stream…
178 Burning Down the House (crazy story)
Oct 11 • 46 min
It’s been a crazy couple weeks and I wanted to give my full breakdown of this story as it unfolded. From the original twitter argument about trans children, to losing the college gig, to being dropped by my agent, at CAA to watching Hollywood spiral with…
177 My Talk to college about writing
Sep 28 • 81 min
here is audio from a talk I gave at SUNY OSWEGO patreon.com/wdtl
176 The Sound of Pride
Sep 19 • 47 min
This week I went to texas the lonestar state and it was awesome. Got to do some pretty ballsy joke premises that ended up working well because I was fresh off the overly polite British tour and fed off the Texan freedom screams. Lots of solid topics…
175 Several True Scotsmen
Sep 13 • 77 min
Only home for a day but wanted to get out an episode telling some stories of a strange fool in an even stranger land. I have so much footage and audio for future WDTL episodes. I talk Scottish people, British train system, Walter plays some piano and I…
174 “The Shame Game”
Sep 1 • 40 min
On my UK/Ireland tour and so far so good. Wanted to get a pod out there so I don’t go too long without one. I talk about what made Irish people laugh way too hard, how shame is used to control, and what is more important than happiness. Thanks for the…
173 The Comedy Of Love
Aug 22 • 55 min
RELATIONSHIP ADVICE! (from the many failures of my life) Throughout my career I’ve done jokes about sex, love, and now marriage. This episode I go through several stages of my comedy career and analyze how it corresponded with my actual life. Men and…
172 Family Business
Aug 16 • 68 min
Had a blast on Joe Rogan’s podcast and had some time in LA to bang out an episode. This ep discusses confederate statues, relationship advice, the role of comedy in people’s lives, morality, and black flies. I cut up some stand up my brother and I did in…
171 The Problem With Utopia
Aug 7 • 52 min
I break down in a easy to understand way why Socialism is very dangerous and what events in my life have lead me to be able to navigate cultural BS. Prison, The Dark Knight, Europe, fatherhood, lots of things discussed. Enjoy!!!
170 A History of Errors
Aug 1 • 52 min
This ep is all about history and it’s pretty hilarious. After just the first chapter of “Made in America” by Bill Bryson I needed to share some of the stuff I learned. Columbus, vikings, Pilgrims, the Irish, lacrosse, Verizano, Squanto, and tons of other…
169 Great Letter From Dave
Jul 29 • 80 min
I didn’t realize one of my brother’s oldest friends listens to the pod and wrote me an awesome letter that started a heated debate with myself. This ep has music, culture, jokes, and some great interaction with people on periscope. Thanks for your support…
168 Islamic Love Songs
Jul 27 • 49 min
Today we talk trans in military and I read all of your e mails with Islamic Love Song ideas. Some real gold in there. Nothing calms the soul like classic love ballads about Islam. Enjoy! Thanks again for supporting me on patreon.com/wdtl much love…
167 Two Broken Vets and a Sad Clown walk into a Town
Jul 22 • 53 min
This episode is a story about the powerful healing ability of my town, my brother, and how I got to this place. This ep deals with vets, PTSD, heroin, and other hilarious topics. Much love to our buddy Kap, as they say “a warrior never dies if the wind…
166 The Music that Unites Us
Jul 20 • 26 min
after listening to malcom gladwell’s newest pod I got inspired to bang out this baby. Country versus rap versus mainstrem. a lot of these patters exist in comedy. Some interesting stuff. Share if you like it! I do a 007 song that I will debut tonight on…
165 The Moment Comedy Died
Jul 16 • 52 min
Back in April 2006 something happened that changed comedy and culture forever. I’ve back tracked the SJW madness to a specific moment that changed all of comedy. We were warned in a speech from Kyle on the cartoon South Park. All or nothing. We didn’t…
164 Taking a Bite of the Big Apple
Jul 13 • 43 min
My weekend at Gotham Comedy Club was a blast. Had two shows with some odd vibes though so prime for a little “why didn’t they laugh.” I talk vikings, John Lennon, marriage, gays, pride, code enforcers, my recent run in with a fox, good times. Thanks for…
They Don’t Get The Joke
Jul 3 • 47 min
On this episode of “why didn’t they laugh” I try to wrap my head around all the people who no longer seem to understand jokes. The political climate has made people wonder why everyone is laughing at the chicken who crossed the road, and how “to get to…
161 The Lambs are Woke AF
Jun 29 • 76 min
A criticism from a listener I trust inspired me to dive into the history and reason why I will spend time criticizing political correctness and identity politics. If you like history, culture, or just seeing a dude who needs sleep get fired up about the…
Letters From the Honey Pot
Jun 24 • 46 min
This episode of why didn’t they laugh, I read letters from you that I found in my honeypot because I’m a bear. Topics range from Hitler to Piano. Enjoy! Some great letters about the BS nature of political correctness and the difference between a…
159 “The Old Hitler Push-back”
Jun 11 • 75 min
This week I dive into the steps it took for me to go on a rant about on stage about how Hitler was a misunderstood guy who took a rag tag bunch of misfits out of the gutter a lot like the mighty ducks. It’s a long ep but I had to discuss recent…
158 Great Expectations (frame shifting in Philly)
Jun 6 • 30 min
In this ep I show how a frame shift can make something very simple or very crazy funny. Watch how a subtle giggle can make benign small talk funny. I also discuss progressivism as a religious entity as well as a frame shift on the John Lennon song…
Feed The Bear “Banned in the USA”
May 31 • 42 min
I’m trying something new and occasionally just doing an ep about what I’ve learned that day. Lot of info for long drives or trying to get a baby to sleep with headphones. Share if you dig it. more great convos with my mom uploaded to patreon for…
In Defense of Someone We Love
May 28 • 62 min
Had a blast in Corpus Christi. Lot of great stand up clips and a few bombs. This ep I talk about a recent realization I had on twitter as well as the concept of the tribe within. patreon.com/wdtl if you want to support “why didn’t they laugh” as well as…
155 Mexicans and Rednecks (Corpus Christi)
May 20 • 36 min
This episode I open with a risky joke to a crowd of Mexicans and rednecks in Corpus Christi. The definition of “irony” is examined as well as my take on faith/religion and of course ducks. I get to tell an amazing story about a width listener that I found…
154 Male Man
May 14 • 57 min
I did an extra ep this week because I was inspired by someone’s youtube comment on my last ep. My favorite thing about WDTL listeners is how interesting and thought provoking your comments are. I relistened to an old bit of mine and realized a joke has…
153 Listen To the People (show in Saratoga Springs)
May 11 • 74 min
Here is a detailed play by play of a show I did at a winery where I had to readjust my crowd assumptions. Watch or listen to this if you want to understand the complicated and primal factors that go into making people laugh. If you want to help support…
152 Identity
May 3 • 63 min
Everyone seems to be obsessed with identity, but what does it mean? After a crazy day I feel the need to do a very personal episode because there is a lot at stake. patreon.com/wdtl every bit helps hugepianist.com whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com comment,…
151 “Young Uncle” (letter from Berkley, and a black man storms Gerrit’s stage)
Apr 29 • 50 min
Fun episode! I read a couple e mails, go over the audio sent to me from a comic in Michigan who ran into some problems, my brother reads the crowd an old newspaper, and I give a more detailed description as to why Bill Nye pissed me off. Please join my…
150 Gross Interpretation (Family Episode)
Apr 21 • 65 min
Read emails with my brother and wife and my mom gives me an amazing lesson in Children’s Literature. Thank you so much for the emails they led to an intense conversation with my brother around a fire drinking tequila. I had a great email where a listener…
149 Trigger Lover
Apr 13 • 68 min
I get so obsessed with word definitions it sometimes gets me in trouble. You be the judge! I have some solid theories this ep. It’s a comedy format this week. I analyze some live jokes. Thanks for listening. patreon.com/wdtl whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com…
148 The Beast Within (with my parents)
Apr 9 • 96 min
This week I read some of your e mails and we get into a spirited chat with my parents. Topics include mental illness, my friend’s heroin overdose, veterans, Douglas Field’s book “why we snap,” PC culture, trans people, and a bunch of other HILARIOUS…
147 Hitler Vs Trump (fact for fact)
Mar 29 • 30 min
The crowd went silent this weekend during a great set in Iowa. I had just said that Hitler and Trump have nothing in common. Was I wrong? Time to hit the books and do some analysis! Many times the crowd is right. Lets find out! whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com…
A Filipino millennial, a vet, and a Lutheran college kid walk into a podcast
Mar 25 • 75 min
Lets hear from some of my openers! Over the years I’ve met so many amazing comedians in local scenes that have taught me a lot. The last couple weeks I’ve recorded them. Here are some really fun chats with some very interesting people. hugepianist.com for…
145 Political Agnostic
Mar 22 • 41 min
Ideas episode. No stand up just book chat and a think I wrote about virtual reality. My first UK date posted. Check out #feelmyheattour on twitter. blueapron.com/owen for amazing home cooked meals. You won’t regret it whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com…
An American in Canada (featuring Dr Jordan Peterson)
Mar 16 • 97 min
My weekend at yuk yuk’s in Vancouver was amazing. Great crowds but definitely a major culture shift. I chatted with my opener Ross Dauk was talented, fun, and outspoken about Canadian socialism. The conversation weaved in and out of free speech so much…
My Wife Gets to Judge Me
Mar 9 • 48 min
Gender Wars
Mar 4 • 85 min
This ep I analyze why a joke DOES work and the implications to a lot of these post modern views on gender that are clearly false. Comedy is feared by tyrants because laughter reveals truth and it can’t be censored. Much love to all the new patreon…
Periscope Pandamonium
Feb 20 • 107 min
I go over some intense moments from Sacramento live on periscope. Check out Blueapron.com/OWEN for three free meals, you’ll love it whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hugepianist.com for tour dates
Robot Wars with Dr Kevin Peter Hickerson
Feb 14 • 59 min
Kevin and I talk algorithms and the nature of media division outside of the Hollywood improv. He’s a nuclear physicist and a comedian. Check him out he’s awesome. blueapron.com/OWEN for 3 free meals auidble.com/BEERSOPEN for one free month. get a book!…
#137 Pride and Prejudice
Feb 7 • 58 min
After doing a show with my brother in our small town of saran lake NY I discuss the role of pride in culture as well as comedy. hugepianist.com for shows whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com patreon.com/wdtl blueapron.com/owen
Weapons of Mass Distraction
Feb 3 • 54 min
In this episode I read an awesome e mail from a social worker who needs comedy to survive her job. I read a work in progress first chapter of my book. hugepianist.com for tour dates whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hit me with your favorite jokes from all my…
#133 The British are Cumin
Jan 26 • 50 min
I break down a show in London. The U.K tour was incredible, I still can’t believe it happened. I also can’t believe how much English people love spices and what they are willing to do for them. blueapron.com/owen for 3 free meals hugepianist.com for tour…
#132 Hygge
Jan 24 • 53 min
Welcome to the wonderful and peaceful Danish existence of Hygge. Are you intrigued? Excited? Relaxed? Open? By a crackling fire? Yeeeeah you get it. Enjoy! Much love to all of you for supporting and listening. If you want to support more and get more…
Impractical Joker Brian Quinn
Jan 16 • 42 min
Floating down the thames river in England Brian and I discuss the role of comedy in fire fighting, what makes a great leader, and our drunken night with Neville long bottom. patreon.com/wdtl to support the show and get more content blueapron.com/owen for…
#130 Drunk History
Jan 10 • 37 min
Had a blast doing New Years shows in Florida. Hung out with Mike from Sword and scale. This show went off the rails and would love your input. email me at whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com hugepianist.com for tour dates sign up for patreon and keep the lights…
Dan The Man (a drinkoff with an oil lobbyist)
Dec 30, 2016 • 44 min
At the pittsburgh improv a very unique man started interacting with me and ended up shaping the whole show. He ended up being the most interesting man I have met in a long time. I nicknamed him the psychodelic dinausaur and his backstory was incredible.…
To the Neon gods They Made
Dec 22, 2016 • 32 min
I had 5 very different and very interesting shows at the Pittsburgh improv last week. Always a blast in pittsburgh. This episode some of the live clips have a buzzing but i had to use them because it was too interesting of a story to pass up. I actually…
#127: The Truth behind “Free Bird”
Dec 16, 2016 • 51 min
My last episode sparked some controversy about my claim that the song “free bird” is nonsense. So, on this bonus episode we walk through the song line by line. Enjoy! Share and comment if you enjoy it, helps a lot. hugepianist.com for tour dates email me…
#126: Trust me, No one wants to hear Free Bird
Dec 14, 2016 • 48 min
My first time at Helium comedy club in St. Louis was a blast! Great club, great crowds, but i had one show where i had to ride the wave between hostility and release. Perfect for a why didn’t they laugh episode. Every topic imaginable was covered and…
#125: Walken Texas Ranger
Dec 7, 2016 • 61 min
This week in Houston I try a new joke that bombs. I was influenced by two books I read this week. “Based on a true story” by Norm McDonald is the funniest book I’ve ever listened to and I highly recommend it. I also recommend “A Billion Wicked Thoughts” a…
#124: The Wounded Deer Jump Highest
Nov 29, 2016 • 49 min
Inspired by a listener email I dedicate an episode to the question of why people get defensive. I ask for your help with a joke. I’m working on as well as my new patreon page. http://patreon.com/wdtl for extra content for as little as 1 dollar a month.…
#123: Dave Chappelle as Odysseus
Nov 24, 2016 • 62 min
On the heels of a very emotional election Dave Chappelle takes the Saturday Night Live stage. The hero’s return. The nation watches to see what he will do. In this podcast I break down word for word what he did, why I believe he did it, and what it meant…
#122: Mercy and Revenge
Nov 15, 2016 • 37 min
This week we take a look at one heckler and how she sent me down a path of human understanding. A battle took place in my mind and heart between mercy for the weak and revenge against an enemy. Subscribe on https://patreon.com/wdtl for bonus episode.…
#121: Made in America
Nov 9, 2016 • 145 min
I recorded this before the election and I predicted results wrong but I got a lot right. It’s fairly obviously to me why the results came in the way they did and it’s not for the reasons people keep talking about on social media. I also play a phone…
#120: Savage in Atlanta
Nov 3, 2016 • 34 min
​This episode we explore the deep and dangerous emotional realm of a small hostile drunk crowd in the deep south. I hope this helps explain why certain professions make people speak a little more directly. Enjoy! subscribe and comment those numbers help…
#119: The Euphoria of Honesty
Oct 27, 2016 • 44 min
This episode I double up and do a review of South Park’s newest episode along with jokes from my last week in Atlanta. Breaking down the triggering mechanisms meant to keep us from reforming our world is tough, fortunately comedians exist. I have brand…
#118: South Park “A Douche & A Danish” Review
Oct 20, 2016 • 50 min
Possibly the best South Park yet. I even took notes on this one and watched it twice to make sure I did a good job with this episode. Email me thoughts whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com https://Hugepianist.com for tour dates
#117: Duck Tales
Oct 19, 2016 • 41 min
​I finally cracked the code to the duck joke and it’s pretty amazing how it happened. I read a lot of awesome listener e-mails and go off some tangents. Thanks for listening! I’m at the Atlanta punchline this weekend https://hugepianist.com for your own…
#116: South Park “Weiner’s Out” Review
Oct 14, 2016 • 27 min
As promised I will review every new episode of South Park. This week’s was great because it touched on the culpability of the group for the actions of an individual. Awesome episode. Comment and share unless you don’t even care AT ALL!!…
#115: Us and Us
Oct 12, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode i go back to my roots and analyze one joke trying desperately to make it work. It was a joke I thought I had, but after some great talks with a Lebanese dude, a gay dude on twitter, and a good look at my own faulty assumptions I gave it…
#114: In Desperate Need of Wool
Oct 5, 2016 • 38 min
​Since moving to Saranac Lake I’ve had less guests on because famous comedians don’t live here and I always figured people want famous guests. I rethought that, and realized that most famous people have identical thoughts on just about everything. The…
#113: South Park “The Damned” Review
Sep 30, 2016 • 31 min
This week’s South Park was hilarious and profound. Let’s discuss. whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com https://hugepianist.com for tour dates and hand crafted coasters
#112: The Nation Heals
Sep 28, 2016 • 29 min
This week we go over some bits from Dallas. I sent out my first round of “case closed beers open” hand crafted coasters. Hugepianist.com for touring dates as well as info on how to get your coasters. This episode is pretty all over the map so now exactly…
#111: South Park Episode 2 Recap
Sep 23, 2016 • 42 min
Reviewing the latest episode of South Park. Subscribe/rate/comment and love people http://Hugepianist.com for touring.
#110: Big Bad Wolf
Sep 21, 2016 • 31 min
Just got back from an 11 day tour and kind of lost my mind. Fortunately that’s good for podcasting. This week I try to figure out how to do a joke about fairy tales and what’s changed to make modern people more paranoid. Subscribe/rate/comment every bit…
#109: South Park VS Gladwell
Sep 15, 2016 • 35 min
​This week I analyze the amazing season 20 premier of South Park and compare it with Malcom Gladwell’s view of satire. He’s very confident that comedy should serve some sort of agenda and I find this to be false. But, I’m a 16 year comedy vet and he’s a…
#108: Who Pays The Jester?
Sep 7, 2016 • 31 min
This week I read some awesome emails and start an argument with myself about rather or not comedy should have a point or just be for the visceral response of laughter. Shout out to Bob for helping out with the audio on my new podcast “Case Closed Beers…
#107: Shallow Graves with Kirk Fox
Aug 31, 2016 • 61 min
Long time friend Kirk Fox chats with me about fascinating things. Check him out @kirkfox on Twitter he’s on of the funniest human beings alive. Check out my new podcast CASE CLOSED BEERS OPEN. I’m doing with my brother now available on iTunes or my…
#106: Pissy Button with my Dad
Aug 24, 2016 • 45 min
One of the only times in history I’ve enjoyed a bombed joke that I’ll share with you. Something magical happened when I performed at a benefit for “tour de force” (charity for families of fallen first responders.) I also share a song I wrote for Saranac…
#105: Caveman Cable
Aug 17, 2016 • 41 min
This week a joke spawns an audience member to introduce me to a fascinating guy Slavoj Zizek. I give a preview of our new podcast “Case Closed.” You can see me live! http://www.hugepianist.com shout out to Bob Houle for helping out with sound. If you…
#104: Battlefield Paralysis with Eric Nimmer and my brother
Aug 10, 2016 • 98 min
Eric Nimmer is a comic who had my back when Walter was being born and made sure I got to the airport on time. He’s a 4 tour Afghanistan vet and a genius on stage. We are gonna do a sketch called PTSDaycare “I’ll be up shaking and crying for no reason, I…
#103: The Burden of Comedy
Aug 3, 2016 • 40 min
In this episode I tackle a very tough subject in response to the crowd trying to buzzfeed me (a new term I coined which describes the phenomenon of responding strongly to only the first two sentences someone says disregarding the following 100). I had a…
#102: Clap For Babies
Jul 27, 2016 • 49 min
First episode recorded at our new home in Saranac Lake, NY. My dad has turned a corner in his life so I play a little audio from him. I show you examples of how much of an asshole I am compared to my wife, and I show with stand up clips what the main…
#101: Can We Still Be Friends with John Roy
Jul 20, 2016 • 106 min
This week John joins me to go over his jokes. We disagree on a lot of things but drank beers til close at Hollywood improv. So disagreements can be the building blocks of friendship. This was recorded at the Hollywood improv right before me and the family…
#100: Lions and Bananas with Matt Iseman
Jul 13, 2016 • 85 min
I read an awesome listener letter than spawns some solid solo conversation with myself. Play a clip I’ve been working on about having empathy for the youth. I get to interview a long time friend, comedian, and great guy Matt Iseman who hosts “American…
#99: Free Comedy
Jul 6, 2016 • 59 min
In this episode I closely analyze one line about why people should stay in monogamous relationships. I analyze why a joke about gay pride backfires as well as a crowd clip showing why I love New York. I recommend the book “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan…
#98: A Flash of Brilliance with Clayton Thomas
Jul 1, 2016 • 89 min
I got to sit down with hilarious comedian Clayton Thomas. I met him back in the day on the set of “Sullivan and Son” and did Alonzo Bodden’s podcast with him a few months ago. He’s been on Arsenio, Comic View, BET, Jamie Foxx’s radio show, worked with…
#97: Google God
Jun 29, 2016 • 49 min
In this solo episode, a joking bombing I wrote about google searches sends me on a quest for knowledge that takes me to some profound realizations about how the world works. Email me whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com subscribe/comment/rate hugepianist.com thank…
#96: “I Never Got to My Clip” with Nicole Silverberg
Jun 22, 2016 • 93 min
Former librarian and writer for GQ and Reductress, Nicole Silverberg chats with me about some cool stuff. As I was walking home after I realized that I blanked on playing a joke that I bombed pretty bad in. Next episode I’ll get to it.…
#95: “Did I Do Good?” with Bert Kreischer
Jun 16, 2016 • 165 min
This week Bert and I did a swapcast. His podcast is awesome check it out bertcast.com he’s an awesome dude and I’ve known him forever. The end of the episode I tell a story about being on Joey Diaz’s podcast and this is the video of the event. I got so…
#94: Brothers In Arms with Ben Gleib and Skyler Stone
Jun 8, 2016 • 148 min
In the most intense and dramatic episode of this podcast two former friends turned enemies hash out what went wrong after not speaking for years. This episode is a raw and inside look into the issues we all face. Family, career, regrets, addiction,…
#93: Nick Swardson
Jun 3, 2016 • 32 min
Nick has been one of my best friends and comedy mentors for over a decade. Got to sit down with him for a bit and talk Instagram pet peeves, health, and his new move “The Do Over” with Adam Sandler. It’s been a long road since his roller skating…
#92: Crepe by Radiohead
Jun 1, 2016 • 70 min
This episode I tell the story of an Indian that was mistaken for an Indian, I realize I hate Rick Springfield, and I take requests on piano. http://Hugepianist.com Subscribe/rate/comment on this podcast Whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com
#91: Punching Ghosts in Oswego
May 25, 2016 • 90 min
Guests Tamer Kattan and Jon Gabrus join me to listen to crazy audio from a show I did in my hometown of Oswego, Ny. Per usual, the comedy analysis quickly becomes a rabbit hole that went a million crazy places. Great guests great times. Subscribe and…
#90: Body of Work with Kevin Lilly
May 20, 2016 • 43 min
This episode is all about health and wellness. I met Kevin almost 7 years ago when he worked at Crunch gym in Hollywood. Long story short, I lost 70 lbs working with him and he transformed the way I see life. He now has his own gym “Heart and Hustle” with…
#89: Class Clown
May 18, 2016 • 43 min
I returned from Boston with new insights into human nature. The combination of doing stand up in Boston with a 16 hour lecture series about linguistics turned on a lightbulb for me. Enjoy! Hugepianist.com for touring Whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com let me…
#88: 1869 Jokes too soon?
May 13, 2016 • 23 min
A solo ep w stand up clips. Laugh Boston tonight and tomorrow. Finally selling stuff on my website. Hit it up! Hugepianist.com Whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com
#87: “Mom Power” with Kira Soltanovich
May 11, 2016 • 90 min
I discuss a new book “The Story of the Human Body” and then I am joined by comedian Kira Soltanovich who has a new special “You Did This To Me” available on iTunes and Amazon. She is hilarious and insanely smart, this is one of my favorite episodes. She…
#86: The Wife Test
May 6, 2016 • 36 min
Comedians write about what they know and what I know lately has been Amy and our baby. After a few weeks on the road and some new jokes I have to run them by her to make sure she’s cool with them. She also is great at adding insight into a joke. But most…
#85: Laugh Athlete with NFL kicker Pat McAfee
May 4, 2016 • 37 min
Had a blast at the Chicago improv and got to sit down with Colts kicker Pat McAfee who is getting into the less violent world of stand up comedy. http://Hugepianist.com for tix to: Oswego, NY Boston NYC Subscribe/comment the podcast if you like it.…
#84: I May Be Wrong But I’m Not Lying
Apr 29, 2016 • 45 min
This episode I explore the psychology of a troll, I get an amazing joke from my friend Brian, and review a book about autism called “Switched On.” Joke by Brian Doyle Murray http://Hugepianist.com for tour dates Subscribe/rate/comment if you like this…
#83: Shane Mauss also wants a van
Apr 27, 2016 • 71 min
I’m joined by a man who: also loves the book Sapiens, is over 6’3, is obsessed with duck genitalia, and wants a van. Shane is a comic and psychedelic expert who takes us down topics of DMT and the origins of the universe. Awesome episode.…
#82: Family First
Apr 22, 2016 • 28 min
Jokes by Theo Von and my Dad This week we hear jokes from Theo Von as well as my dad. I analyze my parents lovingly hostile relationship with two voicemails my dad left on the day my son was born. Subscribe/rate/comment on this podcast to help us grow.…
#81: Who Is The Funniest Nominee?
Apr 20, 2016 • 87 min
This election all the candidates seem to be going for laughs, so let’s judge them. I teamed up with nuclear physicist Kevin P. Hickerson (who showed up drunk) to objectively determine who’s best at being funny. I spent all day assembling as many clips of…
#80: Summer of 1869 (joke by Sal Vulcano)
Apr 15, 2016 • 68 min
Sal Vulcano star of the Impractical Jokers left a hilarious message on my voicemail. I experiment with Facebook live streaming piano requests. It’s choppy at first but it gets going and super fun. Topics include: the Mariners, a racist zoo keeper, snow in…
#79: Chris Mancini
Apr 13, 2016 • 50 min
Chris Mancini host of Comedy Film Nerds podcast joins me. He discusses his new graphic novel that he is funding on Kickstarter called LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY which sounds awesome and we have a MasterDebator contest (topics include: Jeopardy and maple…
#78: Everyone Trusts the Weatherman (Joke by Kunal Nayyar)
Apr 8, 2016 • 63 min
This episode the duck premise is really coming together, FitBit joins the sombrero joke, a podcast fan comes up with a great premise about the weatherman and I explain why noses look different. New Road Dates: Sanford and Sons - Kansas City 4/20-23…
#77: Periscoping Drunk
Apr 1, 2016 • 51 min
Periscoping drunk whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com Stanford and Sons in Kansas City - 4/20-24 Chicago improv - 4/29-5/1 Come! Subscribe/rate/comment it means a lot!
#76: I’m A Dad
Mar 30, 2016 • 47 min
Had an insane week. Had a kid, wrote some jokes, good times. Great joke by Nick Swardson on this episode. Email me at whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com Stanford and Sons in Kansas City - 4/20-24 Chicago improv - 4/29-5/1 Come! Subscribe/rate/comment it means a…
#75: Duck, Duck, Penis
Mar 15, 2016 • 41 min
I use 4 stand up shows to figure out a joke about ducks. If you enjoy information and mysteries you will like this. Enjoy! Topics include: ducks, mating calls for humans, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, death, the universe, obsession, and hydration. Video episode of…
#74: Michael Loftus
Mar 9, 2016 • 92 min
We play a game “Is it: Shakespeare, the Bible, or Demetri martin” Ask Powerful questions like “Is calling Caityln Jenner a cunt make you sexist or progressive?” I go off on my love for pigeons and Michael gets intense about how John Adams tried to get rid…
#73: Called To Healing (My Mom’s Book)
Mar 3, 2016 • 99 min
My mom’s grandmother was a midwife with 6 sisters. My mom came from an abusive family in an abusive time in an abusive world. She willed herself into being kind, thoughtful and connected to a greater meaning than the chaos that surrounded her. She wrote a…
#72: “Weed saved my marriage” with Richard Villa
Mar 2, 2016 • 100 min
I’ve known Richard for years from his “Refried Fridays” Latino night at the Hollywood Improv. He’s blowing up lately and kicking off his own all Spanish podcast on Sideshow Network called DE PIE EN AMERICA He challenged me to do 5 minutes of material in…
#71: Giggly Boner Machine with Kevin P. Hickerson
Feb 24, 2016 • 122 min
A Nuclear physicist, a comedian, and a vape pen walk into a podcast studio. Enjoy!
#70: Road To Joy with Tamer Kattan
Feb 17, 2016 • 85 min
A light hearted episode with a podcast regular. Master debater topics include “Should left handed people be able to sue door handle companies?” “Should vegans be allowed to work at steak houses”? Topics so absurd they can’t possibly be seen as a hot…
#69: Behind The Screens
Feb 12, 2016 • 78 min
Ever wonder who the people are behind Twitter anger? After a controversial tweet spawned a Twitter debate I invited anyone to come on my podcast and have a rational discussion about the history of BPP and some people took me up on it. It’s an interesting…
#68: Mick Foley (Mankind), Erin Foley, and Dan St. Germain
Feb 10, 2016 • 133 min
In one of our longest episodes, got to sit down with a famous wrestler/author turned comedian. Fascinating guy. Also joined by amazing comedians Erin Foley and Dan St. Germain. Email me whydidnttheylaugh@gmail.com http://Owenbenjamin.com for tour dates…
#67: Jilly and Greta Bring Me Question Hearts
Feb 5, 2016 • 66 min
Jilly Hendrix and Greta Titelman from LADY LOVIN podcast join me to discuss any question that comes from the candy hearts they brought me. Topics include “whazup” and “true love.” I play clips from my back country shows at Skagit Casino. Great people but…
#66: Molestation Near Misses with Pat Deluca
Feb 3, 2016 • 89 min
Pat and I met in Kindergarten, moved to LA together 13 years ago and have been through every major life event together. Awesome having him on my podcast. He’s featured in my documentary “60 minutes 7 days” on youtube which he still hasn’t seen because he…
#65: Story Time with Tiffany Haddish
Jan 27, 2016 • 92 min
I’ve known Tiffany for years and it’s awesome to see her blowing up. You can see her in Key and Peele’s new movie “Keanu” coming out April 29th as well as being a regular on “The Carmichael Show” on NBC. She tells me stories ranging from her first brush…
#64: The Pursuit of Happiness with Bill Nye and Amy (my wife)
Jan 22, 2016 • 77 min
My wife Amy cohosts this episode with me even though she had to pee every 8 minutes (7 months pregnant). I got to interview Bill Nye this week on my other podcast SURELY YOU’RE JOKING I do with a bunch of scientists. I play some of my favorite parts of…
#63: Desirable Difficulties with Matt Besser
Jan 20, 2016 • 95 min
Legendary comedian Matt Besser talked to me about starting UCB, the advantages of being in a dinosaur costume, and what made him throw the chips. Been a big fan of this dude for a while and it’s great to be able to ask one of the founding members of…
#62: The Mad King
Jan 13, 2016 • 35 min
In a solo episode I show clips from a show that went a bit off the rails but in a fun way. I explain why I never watch my openers. Ok I’ll just tell ya, because if the crowd isn’t good for them and I think they were funny I will open my show by telling…
#61: Skyler Stone email blasted my phone number
Jan 8, 2016 • 151 min
I’ve been friends for a decade now with Skyler Stone and in any friendship that long there are ups and downs. This is the longest episode I’ve done for a good reason. It is PACKED with insane stories. He’s an awesome dude who’s both charitable and…
#60: Howie Mandel
Jan 6, 2016 • 55 min
Awesome talk with Howie Mandel. My brother and I figure out a way to get a free donut. Check out 60minutes7days.com and throw a tip in the jar and get an original song at http://owenbenjamin.com Subscribe, comment, and rate this podcast. much love and…
#59: It Takes A Child To Raise A Village
Dec 31, 2015 • 74 min
I recorded this after not sleeping for two days so it’s either gonna be awesome or insane. I’m solo on this one which means there are some extreme tangents explored. A physicist I talked to recently explained to me the gluons who’s’ function is to bind…
#58: Of Course with Kirk Fox
Dec 16, 2015 • 82 min
Long time friend and rhetorical master Kirk Fox joins me. I met Kirk going to the Aspen comedy festival in 2006 right after he quit professional tennis to be a comedian. He won new faces that year and if there was another aspen this year he’d probably win…
#57: Because We Love It
Dec 10, 2015 • 58 min
Solo episode with tape from 15 years ago. Intense. Voicemails from mom and brother. Owenbenjam.com. Listen, comment, spread. Keep me alive. Help me name my son whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com 60minutes7days.com coming soon!!
#56: What Makes a Man
Dec 4, 2015 • 37 min
Story time with the Big Bear! This episode I read a story from my childhood about trying to understand what gender means in a very unique situation. owenbenjamin.com for song requests. personalize them! Makes for a great gift. Toledo Laffs this weekend,…
#55: “Why is their blood on your Brooks Brothers shirt?” with Paul Mecurio & Kevin Hickerson
Dec 2, 2015 • 106 min
Want to know what it sounds like when you realize you shouldn’t have worn a suit for a show in Texas? You’ve come to the right place. I also play audio of a joke I think I finally have nailed down about how ancient aliens is the most racist show on…
#54: Hypothetical Ghost Experiments with Kevin P Hickerson and Erik Griffen
Nov 25, 2015 • 80 min
Nuclear physicist Kevin Hickerson and I listen to voice mails from my brother and get super sciency. Workaholic’s Erik Griffen pops on for a while and Craig Robinson fact checks one of Kevin’s mold claims as he chills on the couch. The magic of the…
#53: Dick Jokes and The Complexities of Human Nature
Nov 20, 2015 • 65 min
I read and answer mail in this episode. I also dive deeper into the book “Sapians” that I am now completely obsessed with. This episode includes songs, rants, jokes, and human connection which is important for all of us. owenbenjamin.com to request a…
#52: Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman
Nov 18, 2015 • 107 min
I finally got my Filipino nurses joke to work, and give a preview to “60 Minutes 7 Days.” I got to talk to the legendary Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman who’s responsible for the term “shrinkage” and wrote one of my favorite episodes “yadayada.” Check out…
#51: Wheat Paranoia with Sam Tripoli
Nov 11, 2015 • 58 min
Thank you all for sending me videos suggesting joke topics for my new hour I’m trying to write in a week. I go over a new joke I’m trying to do about Halloween costumes and exit rows. After a long day and too much coffee and reading “Sapiens” by Yuval…
#50: Rain Shame
Nov 4, 2015 • 66 min
The first podcast from above the Hollywood improv! I play clips from mine and Amy’s families meeting for the first time and my brother insisting everyone from Seattle has “rain shame.” Great surprise guests keep popping up to talk. Guests include: Matthew…
#49: Every Thorn Has it’s Rose
Oct 30, 2015 • 36 min
This episode my brother tells the story of how he got a ride from the airport. I sing a song on the God Damn Comedy Jam and we read both positive and negative letters from the people. Brea Improv 11/12-14, Dallas Improv 11/28-29, Flappers Burbank 11/22…
#48: Hugo Boss was a Nazi with Adam Ray
Oct 28, 2015 • 103 min
Long time friend and host of ABOUT LAST NIGHT podcast, Adam joins me to talk history, hecklers, his new role in Ghostbusters, and he’s shocked to learn Hugo Boss was a Nazi. He claims he will no longer wear the cologne but I don’t believe him. He’s a…
#47: Kunal Nayyar “Maybe that’s how I’ll make friends”
Oct 23, 2015 • 53 min
Kunal Nayyar “Maybe this is how I’ll make friends” Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar has a new book out called “Yes, My accent is real” which is fantastic. I got to talk to him about it at a livetalksla.org event. He’s been a great friend to me for a…
#46: Shiny Things
Oct 21, 2015 • 41 min
This episode we look at a joke about engagement rings. Tough subject to crack and definitely still a work in progress. We talk great people in history that have been “on the spectrum” and we see my brother’s reaction to the youtube video “hand job cabin.”…
#45: Ninja Pirate
Oct 16, 2015 • 38 min
Final stretch of my tour and happy to be coming home. I review the incredible book “Why Nations Fail” and give you some solid points they make so you don’t have to read the whole book if you don’t want to. I break format a little and don’t go over live…
#44: Benedict Hammerpants
Oct 14, 2015 • 33 min
My brother and I tackle a joke about our childhood and making love to an orange. On tour right now. owenbenjamin.com for tix. email me any comments to whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com i love to hear from you all. comment, subscribe, rate, it helps us…
#43: If you ride the tiger you can never get off (with my mom)
Oct 9, 2015 • 47 min
I listen to your feedback and people love my mom. Fortunately I’m home and can have a great chat with her. We talk the smell of fear, students, life, the future, Los Angeles, books, the hunger games, water, and my dad makes cookies in the background.…
#42: Nothing Personal
Oct 6, 2015 • 42 min
We are constantly getting feedback from people rather it’s as obvious as a “you suck” or as subtle as a gaze held a little too long. This episode I discuss a great book “thanks for the feedback” by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen and show feedback loops and…
#41: Greg Fitzsimmons & Josh Brener LIVE
Sep 30, 2015 • 68 min
Greg Fitzsimmons and Josh Brener (Bighead on Silicon Valley) Join me for a nail biting episode of “Masterdebater.” topics include “should latin languages add a transgendered noun tense,” “is whispering a dick move,” “should our national bird be a pigeon,”…
#40: Andy Weir author of “The Martian”
Sep 25, 2015 • 44 min
Kevin Hickerson and I got to interview the author of international bestseller “The Martian” that is being released as a movie starring Matt Damon. We talk future inventions, masturbating on mars, comedy algorithms, and the fact he invented his own unit…
#39: Good Grief
Sep 23, 2015 • 54 min
I do stand up at a memorial service. This episode goes down a rabbit hole. Agricultural revolution, death, life, Buddhism, my Pagan upbringing and some solid book recommendations. “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. Solid. subscribe and rate/comment. See me live…
#38: Leo Flowers
Sep 17, 2015 • 67 min
Leo Flowers is an amazing comedian, played division I football, and has a degree in psychology. Smart, funny, and a blast to talk to. We invented a game called “cop factors” on this episode where we weigh what factors would get one person arrested over…
#37: The taming of the c-nt
Sep 15, 2015 • 38 min
In this modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The taming of the shrew” I use audio clips from last week’s show at comedy on state in madison WI to show the exact line someone has to cross before you can call them a “c*nt.” I share jokes from a few…
See Owen LIVE @ the Hollywood Improv - 9/17 @ 8p
Sep 11, 2015 • 8 min
Proud to announce the Sideshow Network and the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club in conjunction with the Los Angeles Podcast Festival are have put together a podcast preview night on the eve of the Podfest - Thursday Sept 17th - at the Improv with an awesome…
#36: My Mom Knows Everything
Sep 11, 2015 • 100 min
My mom is a mother and a professor with her Phd in literature. She grew up in the 40’s and 50’s in rural Wisconsin and has a unique and amazing look on modern issues. She has the sensitivity and logic of an academic but the sense of humor and reality of…
#35: Hosting the Art Director Guild Awards
Sep 9, 2015 • 36 min
“Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face” - Mike Tyson. I give commentary to an event that could have went south early with a series of missteps and ended up being an unforgettable experience. I went from literally being exposed in front of…
#34: How to Not Be An Asshole with My Dad
Sep 4, 2015 • 62 min
My dad has his PHD in “not being an asshole.” He teaches Rhetoric, conflict management and public speech and has a doctorate from Northwestern. I come to him for advice on dealing with conflict and i open a can of fascinating worms. We talk technical…
#33: Josh Wolf
Sep 2, 2015 • 83 min
I sit down with comedian Josh Wolf from Chelsea Lately and “The Josh Wolf Show” on CMT. Awesome guy. We talk joke writing, being a younger brother, and Texas fire ants. New ep Friday with my dad. Subscribe, comment, rate. Email me…
#32: Jaja
Aug 28, 2015 • 26 min
I get advice from a Nobel prize winner and I write a song about Hispanic people. See me live http://Owenbenjamin.com/tour Email whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com
#31: Celine Dion Is My Favorite Comedian
Aug 26, 2015 • 59 min
in this solo episode i compare my comedy love songs with actual love songs. I personally find most songs that make people laugh hilarious and when I started writing music I unintentionally kept making people laugh. I find the most honest love songs…
#30: My Brother and Beejan Land
Aug 21, 2015 • 71 min
This episode I show where jokes come from from recorded conversations with my brother becoming actual jokes on stage. Actor Beejan Land and I embark on an experiment for him to do stand up for the first time. Owenbenjamin.com/tour…
#29: My Brother, Brian Sussman, and Natasha Pearl Hansen
Aug 19, 2015 • 117 min
This episode we analyze why a joke about diamonds bombed in saranac lake NY. Marketing expert Brian Sussman gives insights on sales techniques, Natasha gives her POV of a Norwegian from Wisconsin with a black grandfather. My brother and his best friend…
#28: Tamer Kattan & Heidi Heaslet
Aug 12, 2015 • 103 min
Heidi Heaslet and Tamer Kattan join me to discuss jokes, love, life, and the perils of doing stand up at 4 pm in a lit office lounge with no microphone. Subscribe and rate the podcast that’s how we keep it growing and going! Owenbenjamin.com…
#27: Twitter has PTSD
Aug 5, 2015 • 78 min
I play clips of the crowd misreading a jokes intention and compare it with Internet outrage. I work on a joke about Asians. We take live piano requests on Periscope including a game of parrot where I sing anything people write me. Subscribe and share!…
#26: Jessimae Peluso
Jul 29, 2015 • 57 min
Comedian Jessimae Peluso joins me to analyze a joke I’ve been working on about making friends and trust. We are both from Syracuse, NY and obsessed over the same weatherman for different reasons. We discuss Joe Rogan’s podcast, and how it did for…
#25: Kevin Hickerson & April Macie
Jul 23, 2015 • 127 min
Comedian April Macie and physicist/comic Kevin Hickerson join me. We discuss why Narcotics anonymous crowds are amazing for stand up and how different the statue of David would be if he was erect. #wdtl #wdtLOL subscribe and comment! email me at…
#24: Periscope Song Requests Live
Jul 16, 2015 • 32 min
I take song/topic requests from strangers on periscope including: smashing pumpkins/potato salad, U2/donald trump, Ariana Grande/salsa music, elton john/confederate flag. Things get exciting when I have to think on my feet. Follow me on Periscope to get…
#23: Tamer Kattan - The Most Interesting Human Alive
Jul 9, 2015 • 94 min
I show the transition of a stand up bit about jack’s suicide in Titanic because he “needed to bail”, into a song about Jack’s suicide as well as Bella’s autism in Twilight. I interview Tamer Kattan who is a half Muslim Half Jew from Egypt raised in East…
#22: A Confederacy of Dunces
Jul 1, 2015 • 82 min
This episode we analyze a new joke about the Spanish language and titanic. Roy wood Jr joins with a joke about dogs and Theo Von wrestles with a joke about motherhood. I recommend the books “the Martian” and “the art of learning.” #wdtl #wdtLOL…
#21: Why Doesn’t Glue Stick To The Bottle?
Jun 25, 2015 • 36 min
In this episode I analyze one Monday night at the Comedy store. Relationship comedy doesn’t work so well in LA, the praying mantis may be a bad example for a joke about men following orders, and I aggressively tell a small man that life is different when…
#20: Graham Elwood
Jun 18, 2015 • 71 min
Got to sit down with Graham Elwood. We talked worst gigs, bossy Buddhists and we debate rather people should go to college and choose their race. Subscribe and spread the word. Visit AudiblePodcast.com/OwenBenjamin to get a free audiobook!
#19: Candice Thompson
Jun 10, 2015 • 73 min
In this episode we revisit an old hot coco joke I’ve added material to. Special guest Candice Thompson and I discuss pilots, chefs, love, native Americans, abortion and her voice she uses with white people. Subscribe comment and share with hashtag #wdtl…
#18: Beethoven Vs. Me
Jun 5, 2015 • 52 min
Listen to me freeze up attempting a new piano song live. No guest this week. Just me against a new joke. I recomend a bunch of great books you can get at audiblepodcast.com/owenbenjamin
#17: Caleb Bacon
May 29, 2015 • 62 min
Special Guest: Caleb Bacon
#16: Feraz Ozel
May 29, 2015 • 66 min
Special Guest: Feraz Ozel
#15: Jimmy O Yang & Robbie Praw
May 29, 2015 • 76 min
Special Guests: Jimmy O Yang (SILICON VALLEY) and Robbie Praw (MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS)
#14: His-Panic
May 6, 2015 • 67 min
His-Panic
#13: Kevin Hickerson
Apr 20, 2015 • 91 min
Special Guest: Kevin Hickerson
#12: Two Morons, One Mic with Guest Kevin Biggins
Apr 9, 2015 • 88 min
Special Guest: Kevin Biggins
#11: An Afternoon with My Mom
Mar 18, 2015 • 37 min
An Afternoon with My Mom
#10: Misunderstandings with a Monster
Mar 3, 2015 • 37 min
Misunderstandings with a Monster
#9: This Is Your Brain on Comedy, Part II
Feb 18, 2015 • 42 min
This Is Your Brain on Comedy, Part II
#8: Giggling With My Dad
Feb 14, 2015 • 48 min
Giggling With My Dad
#7: This Is Your Brain on Comedy
Feb 3, 2015 • 43 min
This Is Your Brain on Comedy
#6: Talking Through Windows
Jan 20, 2015 • 48 min
Talking Through Windows
#5: The Theory of Almost Everything (Skeet, Skeet in Cleveland)
Jan 13, 2015 • 37 min
Skeet, Skeet, Skeet
#4: Les Jizzerables
Jan 6, 2015 • 43 min
Les Jizzerables
#3: Feminism
Jan 5, 2015 • 41 min
Feminism
#2: An Act of War
Dec 31, 2014 • 44 min
An Act of War
#1: Caesar Salad
Dec 19, 2014 • 43 min
Caesar Salad