Kliph Nesteroff on the significance of Don Rickles. Comic Brian Kiley remembers the time he met Don. And Laura House is back.
On Today's show we remember Don, talk about the history of insult comedy, the origins of Bluegrass music, weaponized humor, getting even, fights between headliners and middles, what makes a successful podcast and getting over a broken heart.
Rich Hall is an American comedian, writer, and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of American networks, in series such as Fridays, Not Necessarily the News (popularising the "sniglet" neologism), and Saturday Night Live.
After winning a Perrier Comedy Award in 2000, using the character of Tennesseean country musician Otis Lee Crenshaw, Hall became popular in the United Kingdom, regularly appearing on QI and similar panel shows. He has created and starred in several series for the BBC, including comedies with Mike Wilmot, and documentaries often concerning cinema of the United States. Hall has also maintained a successful stand-up comedy career, as both Crenshaw and himself.
Dave Anthony is a comedian, comedy writer and podcaster. He’s written for AMC's Talking Dead and IFC's Maron for which he was nominated for a WGA Award in 2015. On May 9, 2017 his new book will be released: The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History. He hosts the wildly popular podcast The Dollop. The Dollop is a bi-weekly American History Podcast. Every week, Dave Anthony reads a story to his friend, Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about. They are taping a live show this Saturday in Boston at the Wilbur Theater.
Kliph Nesteroff is a best-selling author regarded for his knowledge of show business. Vice Magazine has called Nesteroff "The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy," and Los Angeles Magazine profiled him as "The King of Comedy Lore." The New York Times has deemed some of his theories "provocative" while Vanity Fair calls his work "essential." He is the consulting producer of the CNN series The History of Comedy. His latest book is The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy.
Brian Kiley is an Emmy award winning comedy writer who has performed standup on every major television show and has been writing for Conan since he began on NBC.
Laura House is an actor, comic and writer. She is also one of the most requested guests on DFS.
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