Comedian Chris Gethard on The Chris Gethard Show.

How Do Wrestling and Dumb Jokes Make Smart Comedy?

How Do Wrestling and Dumb Jokes Make Smart Comedy?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 13 2017 7:36 PM

Chris Gethard Wrestles With Comedy

How WWE tropes inform The Chris Gethard Show.

The Chris Gethard Show

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Listen to Episode 827 of Slate’s The Gist:


Late-night talk shows adhere to a form: a host behind a desk, pre-produced interviews, and tightly choreographed bits. Chris Gethard wants to break that form apart. With absurd gags like getting dunked in ice water or staying awake for 36 hours, Gethard wants to disarm his celebrity guests and put his viewers in charge. Gethard’s new season of The Chris Gethard Show airs Thursday nights at 11 p.m. Eastern on truTV.

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