Ep 136 // Seaton Smith on Comedy w/ Matt Ruby / ‘The Report’

Premiere DateNov 15, 2019
00:00 Intro
01:06 START /// Matt Ruby talks with Seaton Smith about comedy
02:00 Storytelling vs. comedy
04:19 Difference between a comic and a comedian / learning from Martin Short when working with him on a sitcom / hearing Bill Burr do soundcheck / improv helps you find the truth of a situation
09:55 ‘Zen and the Art of Archery’ / letting go
12:45 ‘Richard Pryor: Live In Concert’
17:10 Eddie Murphy coming back to stand up
22:55 Boxing and comedy / fight or flight / arcs in standup sets
32:56 Worst reaction a comic can get is apathy (not groans) / Trump wants reactions, whether love or hate / branding
38:54 Sermons and motivational speakers /// END
44:32 1st Person: Letha // Working As A Flight Attendant
48:27 Movie Review: Charles Hinshaw on ‘The Report’
50:27 Movie Chat w/ Charles Hinshaw & J. McVay (Spoiler Alert)
70:12 “Worry Wart” (BTR Live Studio, 2019) Color Tongue
75:26 Outro / Credits
76:16 Finish.

Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with comedian Seaton Smith about his approach to stand up comedy, including the ways in which he incorporates elements of what he’s learned from improv, boxing, sermons, motivational speakers, ‘Zen and the Art of Archery,’ and famous comics such as Martin Short, Bill Burr, Richard Pryor, and Eddie Murphy.

Later in the episode, Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay discuss the new movie, ‘The Report’ written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening — out now from Amazon Studios.

And we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by New York band Color Tongue, from their upcoming BTR Live Studio session.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

HOST J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…

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