Why Didn’t They Laugh?
#41: Greg Fitzsimmons & Josh Brener LIVE

#41: Greg Fitzsimmons & Josh Brener LIVE

September 30, 2015

Greg Fitzsimmons and Josh Brener (Bighead on Silicon Valley) Join me for a nail biting episode of "Masterdebater." topics include "should latin languages add a transgendered noun tense," "is whispering a dick move," "should our national bird be a pigeon," "should there be a tax on naming your boats a pun." See me live. I'm currently on my #hugepianist tour. tickets available directly from owenbenjamin.com #wdtl #masterdebaters #wdtLOL

#40: Andy Weir author of “The Martian”

#40: Andy Weir author of “The Martian”

September 25, 2015

Kevin Hickerson and I got to interview the author of international bestseller "The Martian" that is being released as a movie starring Matt Damon. We talk future inventions, masturbating on mars, comedy algorithms, and the fact he invented his own unit "the weir" based around time travel. This is a great episode check it out.

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#39: Good Grief

#39: Good Grief

September 23, 2015

I do stand up at a memorial service. This episode goes down a rabbit hole. Agricultural revolution, death, life, Buddhism, my Pagan upbringing and some solid book recommendations. "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. Solid. subscribe and rate/comment. See me live owenbenjamin.com Ontario Improv this weekend, Pittsburgh improv next weekend. Come and celebrate life with the big bear.

#38: Leo Flowers

#38: Leo Flowers

September 17, 2015

Leo Flowers is an amazing comedian, played division I football, and has a degree in psychology. Smart, funny, and a blast to talk to. We invented a game called "cop factors" on this episode where we weigh what factors would get one person arrested over another. Black guy vs white girl, black guy's getting arrested. Black guy latin girl but latin girl has a gun and black guy has thick framed hipster glasses could go either way. Gay top but small vs gay bottom wearing flannel but is crying top still gets arrested. Email me a "cop factor" and I'll hit you back. whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com our podcast is live at the hollywood improv tonight at 8 PM with Greg Fitzsimmons and Graham Norton for Podcastfest. Come! subscribe and comment, and of course, stay hydrated! #wdtl #wdtLOL owenbenjamin.com/tour SEE ME LIVE

#37: The taming of the c-nt

#37: The taming of the c-nt

September 15, 2015

In this modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The taming of the shrew" I use audio clips from last week's show at comedy on state in madison WI to show the exact line someone has to cross before you can call them a "c*nt." I share jokes from a few of the great Madison local comics including Kevin Schwartz and David Fisher. I also show the finished rooster joke stemming from mine and my brother's experience with hen feminism and rooster executions. See us live this thursday at the Hollywood Improv 8 PM! email me whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com subscribe, rate, comment, and as always, drink water #stayhydrated #h2owen #wdtl tour dates: owenbenjamin.com/tour

See Owen LIVE @ the Hollywood Improv - 9/17 @ 8p

See Owen LIVE @ the Hollywood Improv - 9/17 @ 8p

September 11, 2015

Proud to announce the Sideshow Network and the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club in conjunction with the Los Angeles Podcast Festival are have put together a podcast preview night on the eve of the Podfest - Thursday Sept 17th - at the Improv with an awesome line-up of shows. Improv4humans @ 830p in the IMPROV LAB http://hollywood.improv.com/event.cfm?id=412496 Why Didn't They Laugh? with Owen Benjamin @ 8p in the MAIN ROOM http://hollywood.improv.com/event.cfm?id=412494 Before You Were Funny @ 1030p in the IMPROV LAB http://hollywood.improv.com/event.cfm?id=412497 Sex Nerd Sandra @ 10p in the MAIN ROOM http://hollywood.improv.com/event.cfm?id=412495 Four different podcast networks will be represented - Sideshow, Feral Audio, Nerdist Podcast Network and Earwolf - on this fantastic night. If you in town for the festival or were planning on coming early, please check out one or all of these fantastic podcasts LIVE at the legendary Hollywood Improv.

#36: My Mom Knows Everything

#36: My Mom Knows Everything

September 11, 2015

My mom is a mother and a professor with her Phd in literature. She grew up in the 40's and 50's in rural Wisconsin and has a unique and amazing look on modern issues. She has the sensitivity and logic of an academic but the sense of humor and reality of someone who's dad worked in the mines and once punched a priest. Subscribe and comment I'm on tour right now. dates owenbenjamin.com/tour #wdtl live at the hollywood improv 9/17 for podcast fest

#35: Hosting the Art Director Guild Awards

#35: Hosting the Art Director Guild Awards

September 9, 2015

"Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face" - Mike Tyson. I give commentary to an event that could have went south early with a series of missteps and ended up being an unforgettable experience. I went from literally being exposed in front of a silent room in my undies to being praised by entertainment royalty. attendees include George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Margo Martindale, Christopher Nolan, Julie Bowen, and tons more. Thanks to David Blass and Raf Lydon for hiring me the last two years and being awesome. subscribe and comment. touring schedule at owenbenjamin.com/tour

#34: How to Not Be An Asshole with My Dad

#34: How to Not Be An Asshole with My Dad

September 4, 2015

My dad has his PHD in "not being an asshole." He teaches Rhetoric, conflict management and public speech and has a doctorate from Northwestern. I come to him for advice on dealing with conflict and i open a can of fascinating worms. We talk technical stuff like position versus interest and the importance of phatic communication. We also talk feminism, Obama, Trump, the power of golf, advice for the future, what social class actually start revolutions, who's winning the gender battle, lawyers sucking, and Anwar Sadat. Family, stand up, knowledge, practical solutions, and some crazy shit all in one podcast. Subscribe, rate, and enjoy. Definitely listen to this. owenbenjamin.com/tour

#33: Josh Wolf

#33: Josh Wolf

September 2, 2015

I sit down with comedian Josh Wolf from Chelsea Lately and "The Josh Wolf Show" on CMT. Awesome guy. We talk joke writing, being a younger brother, and Texas fire ants. New ep Friday with my dad. Subscribe, comment, rate. Email me whydidnttheylaughpodcast@gmail.com http://Owenbenjamin.com/tour