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February 28, 2006

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Anonymous

I just wanted to be the first to say...congrats on your 101st. I really enjoy your work.

Alex Epstein

The frog phrase might come from EB White, something like "Analyzing comedy is like dissecting a frog. No one is much interested, and it's unhealthy for the frog."The best analysis of what makes comedy funny came from my friend DJ McCarthey, who said the essence is to get the audience on a train heading one way and then derail the train. Make of that what you will.

doggans

//The best analysis of what makes comedy funny came from my friend DJ McCarthey, who said the essence is to get the audience on a train heading one way and then derail the train. Make of that what you will.//I always enjoyed how early episodes of "Family Guy" would often set up a familiar joke or gag and then completely change the punchline. The original joke would have been amusing, but the changed joke was usually shocking and hilarious.

secretGeek

i always thought the frog comment came from woody allen. i like steve martin's take on comedy where he said in a standup routine, something like:"tonight, if i simply make you laugh, then i have succeeded. but if i make you stop and think, then i have failed."

DeweyWeber

Hi Ken. You're writing on the blog is funnier than just about any sitcom on the air today (except the ones you've written).I was, and still am, a huge WINGS fan. It was always a funny, yet warm and laid-back show. Keep writing the blog and and we'llbe reading.(I'm still a radio dj on an Oldies station. I'll try to slide in JOHNNY GOT ANGRY for you tomorrow.)

Anonymous

There are only four kinds of joke, as depicted on the 'joke matrix'. There's the logical premise with illogical outcome, the illogical premise with illogical outcome, the illogical premise with logical outcome, and the logical premise with logical outcome. But that last one is actually just a fact.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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