The Gist: Mike Schur on TV comedy casting, and the Gawker outrage.

The Myth of Funny Unicorns

The Myth of Funny Unicorns

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 21 2015 7:43 PM

Comedy Isn’t Pretty

Mike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.

Now that Chris Pratt is a major hottie, can he still be funny?

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Listen to Episode 302 of Slate’s The Gist:


Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner recently said that beautiful women are “usually not funny.” Is there anything to that? On The Gist, TV producer Mike Schur reacts to that statement and discusses the role of funny but attractive unicorns on hit comedies Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. For the Spiel, Mike offers a guiding principal for all: “Don’t be horrible.”

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