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Where Comedy Comes From (Live From Chicago Podcast Festival)

This week, the Curiosity Podcast took a break from its usual in-studio shenanigans to host an episode in front of a LIVE studio audience at the Chicago Podcast Festival. Hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer talked to long-time performer and teacher Lilly Allison, an expert with a firm grasp on the history and psychology of comedy. In this episode, she demonstrates comedic devices, discusses the origins of improv, and more.

Lilly has been involved with comedy since she was 14 yrs old. She has studied, taught, and performed improv with several organizations, including 3 years of traveling with The Second City National Touring Company. In addition to teaching stand-up and improv comedy classes, she also hosts "A Lill Annoyance Stand Up Show" series at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Gretta.

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Lilly Allison, stand-up and improvisational comedy performer and teacher, discusses:

  • What people don't understand about comedy, especially stand-up and improv.
  • The surprising origins of improv comedy, from Viola Spolin to Jane Addams and beyond.
  • How the skill of "improvising" is different than the art of improvising, plus the science behind how to create and define art in any form.
  • Important guidelines for keeping an audience interested, no matter what form of comedy you're practicing.

Plus, hear host Cody Gough drop some knowledge about "Space Jam" in an unexpected ending that might lead you to your new favorite thing on the Internet. Click here to follow along with a written transcript of this episode (and share clips with your friends).

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each episode features experts in every field who explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. Developed as an audio companion to the existing Curiosity experience, you'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will share their curiosity to help you understand the world better.

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