Comedian Josh Gondelman

29th October 2019

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week. If you mention comedian Josh Gondelman’s name to his peers in the comedy world, their first reaction is usually: “Oh! Josh Gondelman. Nice guy.” And they’re not wrong. But Josh […]

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Comedian Josh Gondelman

BROOKLYN, NY – MAY 20: Josh Gondelman performs onstage during the Vulture Festival presented by AT&T – Comedy Show at The Bell House on May 20, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

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If you mention comedian Josh Gondelman’s name to his peers in the comedy world, their first reaction is usually: “Oh! Josh Gondelman. Nice guy.”

And they’re not wrong.

But Josh is much more than just a “Nice guy.” He’s incisive. He’s also a brilliant writer.

In fact, Josh has won four Emmys and a Peabody award for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He’s currently senior staff writer and producer for Showtime’s popular new show Desus & Mero.

He’s got several stand-up albums under his belt, including this year’s hilarious Dancing on a Weeknight.

 

Josh has a new book out called Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results. It includes a collection of personal essays about the value and drawbacks of being a nice person. Its self-deprecating. It’s honest. It’s very very funny.

Josh Gondelman joins us to talk about his stand-up career. He’ll chat about realizing the difference between being a nice person and being a good person, tweeting out millennial Seinfeld references and crafting the perfect roast joke. Trust us, it’s a good one! Plus, we’ll talk about intent versus impact in the world of comedy.

Pick up Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results  online or in major bookstores.

Check out Dancing on a Weeknight online.

You can catch all-new episodes of Desus and Mero on Showtime.

Click here to listen to Josh Gondelman’s interview on YouTube.

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