The Gist: Simon Rich on comedy writing, and Michael Erard on metaphors.

Simon Rich Explains Why a Funny Premise Is Essential to Comedy Writing

Simon Rich Explains Why a Funny Premise Is Essential to Comedy Writing

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 17 2015 6:55 PM

Simon Rich, the Premise Keeper

His new book Spoiled Brats explores the worst of millennial culture, through a selfish, lazy character named Simon Rich.

People try to put us d-down / (Talkin' 'bout my generation.)

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Listen to Episode 321 of Slate’s The Gist:


An article in the Guardian once asked, “Is Simon Rich the funniest man in America.” We ask him, “Are you?” His new book Spoiled Brats explores why the so-called millennial culture is easy to mock, especially by baby boomers. Plus, we ask linguist Michael Erard about the craft of metaphor design. He’s the author of Babel No More. For the Spiel, how Donald Trump’s doing us all a service.

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