Matt Misisco

He is, by his account, "World Champion." Of what? Depends on when you ask. 

It may be easier to pin down Judah Friedlander's resume as an actor and comedian in movies like Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor, Meet The Parents and The Wrestler. Or maybe you'd recognize him — and his hats — from NBC's 30 Rock, where he played the slumpy and kind of sleazy Frank Rossitano.

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Improvisational theater makes for a great evening of live entertainment. Actors make up a story right on the spot, mastering the art of staying in the moment while making their scene partners look good.

Dad’s Garage, the well-established improv theater in Atlanta, is making a push to bring that art to high schools across Georgia. Their new outreach program provides teachers with videos, worksheets, and teaching guides aimed to introduce students to the world of improv. All materials are free and conform to state curriculum standards.

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The daily news cycle can be incredibly draining, with shootings, political drama, and social upheaval bombarding our social media timelines. 


From time to time, the best solution may be to take a step back and enjoy a laugh, whether it be watching a comedian’s special or going down to your local comedy club.



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Comedian and actor Scott Adsit has been on everything from Friends to The Office, but you may know him best as Pete Hornberger from the sitcom 30 Rock. Or perhaps as the voice of Baymax from Big Hero 6.

This weekend, he's in Georgia. Adsit is doing a two-night, four-show run at Dad's Garage in Atlanta. First, he stopped by On Second Thought to share stories about how improv influenced his acting career, why he never really got into stand-up comedy, and his connection to the Marvel Universe. 

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Georgia native Dulcé Sloan is a comedian, actress and correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Sloan started her stage career at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County. After earning her degree in theater from Brenau University in Gainesville, Sloan was convinced to try her hand at comedy in Atlanta's stand-up circuit. In 2016, she made her big break: a late-night debut on "Conan."

Sloan joined "On Second Thought" from NPR in New York for a conversation about "The Daily Show," MARTA expansion, Waffle House and Georgia politics.

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Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and more. He's a regular guest on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," and he released his first Netflix comedy special, called "Warn Your Relatives," last year.

In that stand-up special, Kondabolu jokes about serious topics like politics, religion, racial prejudice and white guilt, which, he says, means his comedy may not be for everybody. He joined "On Second Thought" to talk about touring with his political material, the importance of diversity in comedy and the difference between being funny for a private and public audience.

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Fans of the improv comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" probably know Colin Mochrie as one of the original cast members. He's been on the U.S. version for 20 years and appeared in the British show before that. 

The iconic comedian will perform at Dad's Garage in Atlanta this weekend. Mochrie chatted with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about his upcoming performance and the rules of improv comedy.

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For many young people, turning 21 means buying their first legal drink. For On Second Thought intern and aspiring comedian Monique Bandong, it meant finally being able to perform at a 21+ venue. Okay, it also meant her first legal drink. Maybe drinks. "Sorry, Mom," she says.

It's been 100 years since a Spanish influenza epidemic killed as many as 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans. A new book on the deadly pandemic is out this week. It's called “More Deadly Than War.” The author, Kenneth C. Davis, talked with us about how the Spanish flu affected the course of World War I.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone is concerned she will have to whisper her act at the Miller Theater in Augusta Friday.

"Because of the golf," she told us in a hushed voice. 

Such a quiet routine would be a departure from Poundstone's typically boisterous commentary on NPR's weekly news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" She's been a panelist on the show more than 200 times, but told us she holds the "Wait Wait" record for losses. 

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Sometimes the best way to make sense of what’s happening in the world is through comedy. For that, “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central has you covered. We chatted with comedian Roy Wood, Jr., who is a correspondent on the program. He is in Atlanta this weekend with performances at the Punchline Comedy Club.

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Atlanta has a healthy appetite for improv. This weekend, Dad’s Garage Theater Company welcomes Scott Adsit. He's best known for roles on the TV shows “30 Rock” and "Moral Orel."  We talked to him about the art of comedy.

Scott performs Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Dad's Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.

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If you want to see theater in one of its most nerve-racking forms, look no further than actor Colin Mochrie. The comedian is best known for his role on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," a popular short-form improvisational comedy show. Mochrie has a richly deserved reputation for his skill at improvisation. Audiences in Atlanta can see him live on Aug. 11-12 at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta. We talked with him about his craft.

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We talked with comedian Caroline Rhea, best known for her role on the ABC television show, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Rhea is performing June 9 and 10 at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta.

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Some comedians let nothing keep them from the stage. Ali Wong was in her third trimester when she performed for her Netflix comedy special, “Baby Cobra.” We talked with Ali Wong ahead of her performance at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Friday, May 12.


Some people who flee war-torn countries get a chance to start fresh elsewhere. That’s the case for Lebanese-born comedian Nemr Abou Nassar. He was a young child when he left Lebanon for the United States with his family. Nemr is known as Lebanon's King of Comedy. We talked to him ahead of his performances this weekend at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta.

Sometimes the best way to deal with serious subjects is to have a laugh. Comedian Trae Crowder uses humor to talk about politics and culture, and he's found a big following online. Trae calls himself "the Liberal Redneck" and he seems to take pleasure in flouting Southern stereotypes. He'll perform in Georgia this week as part of the WellRED Comedy Tour, along with fellow comics Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan.

We kick off our celebration of comedians from Georgia with a hilarious native son.  George Wallace has performed stand-up comedy for four decades and when it comes to audiences, he’s seen it all.  We talk with him about dealing with hecklers, his friendship with Jerry Seinfeld and what Georgia means to him. 

Maria Bamford has been called one of "The 50 Funniest People Now" by Rolling Stone. Stephen Colbert says she is his favorite comedian. And her Netflix series "Lady Dynamite," based on her personal experiences with mental health, gets praise from viewers and critics alike. 

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Wanda Sykes has never held her tongue. One of her comedy specials was literally called "Tongue Untied." She doesn't even hold back when it comes to her own personal life. Last fall, we spoke with Sykes about her comedy career, the entertainment industry, and work-life balance. 


Frequent listeners of NPR’s "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" may know of Maz Jobrani. He's an Iranian-American comedian and actor, and a frequent panelist on the show. Jobrani says comedians can play an important role in challenging stereotypes. He’s been doing it for years.  We caught up with him ahead of a series of performances this week at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta.

Asperger's Are Us

Neurological disorders, as a rule, are not funny. That doesn’t mean that the people who suffer from them are not. Take for example the members of the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us. They all actually do have Asperger’s syndrome, but they don't let their condition define their comedy. The four-member group performs Friday at 8pm at Dad's Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta. We talked with Jack Hanke and Ethan Finlan, two of the group's members.


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We have an eclectic mix on this edition of "Two Way Street." Because it’s summertime (and the livin’ is easy), it seemed like a good time to start the show with something light and fun; and so, we do.

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A trio of comedians want to challenge what people think about the South. The Sick of Stupid comedy tour is described as “the voice of reason with a Southern accent.” The performers take on religion, racism, and Bible Belt politics, and their goal is to show audiences that not all Southerners are stuck in the past. 

We speak with comedians Cliff Cash, Tom Simmons, and Stewart Huff about defying Southern stereotypes through comedy.

Make no mistake: Faith Salie’s book, “Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much,” is a thoughtful account of the price Salie paid for her obsessive need to win applause and approbation. She examines her thirst for approval unflinchingly. In doing so, she gives us, the readers, the opportunity to examine the lengths we may go to win approval.

But here’s the thing: the book is also very funny; and so, when she came to the studio to record our show, I thought: don’t fight it – just allow the show to be funny.

Funny And Feminist

Mar 10, 2016
Mike Hillman

A sketch comedy show at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta promises to deliver laughs and “smash the patriarchy right through the glass ceiling.” It’s called “Woman of the Year” and features sketches that challenge traditional notions of how women are supposed to act, dress and behave.