Comedian Gary Gulman Explains How He Writes Jokes About Words

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May 30 2014 6:23 PM

How a Comedian Chooses Just the Right Words

The Gist: Comedian Gary Gulman on humor and language, and Planet Money’s Adam Davidson on income inequality.

Gary Gulman.
Comedian Gary Gulman appears onThe Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on April 23, 2007, in Los Angeles.

Photo illustration by James Emmerman. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty.

Listen to Episode 19 of Slate’s the Gist:

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Today on the show, Adam Davidson from NPR’s Planet Money discusses why income inequality matters to most Americans. Then comedian Gary Gulman drops in to discuss how even the smallest word choice matters when crafting jokes. And as New York considers reversing its ferret ban, Mike’s spiel recalls the greatest moment of ferret-related media.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.