In the world of music, a behind-the-scenes look is quite common. Whether it's in the form of a studio video, social media update, or released demo, music listeners have a general idea of what a band or artist is going through in the weeks, months, and years leading up to a new album. That type of peek behind the curtain is far, far less frequent in the world of stand-up comedy--or at least it was. With my new weekly (for now) column Behind The Bits, I'm going to be speaking with some wonderful comedians to get a glimpse into their process, see where they draw their inspiration, and hopefully get a little background on great jokes they themselves have written.
I'm excited to release today's installment, because I'm finally taking the plunge and releasing this as an audio file. Below you'll find my unabridged chat with improv guru and Comedy Bang! Bang! staple Neil Campbell. I apologize vehemently for the audio quality, but I never planned on releasing this as a sound bite until I realized transcribing it was way, way too much work. So hopefully you can look past how choppy the sound is at times, and focus on the cool stuff we talk about, like Neil's improv beginnings, the evolution of the Comedy Bang! Bang! television show, and Neil's question for Paul F. Tompkins, which you can hear the response to in my bonus audio clip with Paul. So take a listen, and enjoy!
As always, drop a comment or PM if you have a recommendation for a comic you'd like to see on a future Behind the Bits, and make sure to stop by the AP.net homepage every Wednesday for new installments. We've hit the ground running, friends. Many cool talks lie in store.