Adam Davidson talks to Brooke Van Poppelen about working as a stand-up comedian in New York.

How Does a Stand-Up Comedian Work? 

How Does a Stand-Up Comedian Work? 

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May 3 2015 2:05 AM

The “How Does a Stand-Up Comedian Work?” Edition 

Slate’s podcast about work explores how a stand-up comedian makes it in New York City.


Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy Brooke Van Poppelen.

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On this episode of Working, Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money and columnist for the New York Times Magazine talks to stand-up comedian Brooke Van Poppelen. She explains what it’s like to have to be funny all of the time, how to prepare for gigs, and whether this is good time to be a female comic.


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Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine.