Mike Sacks might know as much about comedy writing as almost anybody. Why? Because he’s interviewed dozens of the best comedy writers on television for his books, And Here’s the Kicker and Poking a Dead Frog. But wait! There’s more! Mike also co-wrote the hilarious Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk with several other writers including Bob’s Burgers writer and producer, and Writers’ Bloc alum, Scott Jacobson (episode 20). Mike has also written for literally piles of publications including The Washington Post, The New Yorker, GQ, Men’s Health – the list goes on. Currently, Mike is a writer and editor for Vanity Fair who enjoys laughing and taking long walks on the beach. He didn’t actually tell me that. I just assumed it.
Mike and I talk about the importance of having many and varied influences, and he shares a few tricks he’s learned to help him become a better writer himself. We also talk briefly about Mike’s fascination with the 1979 cult hit Over the Edge, a fascination I now share. But more on that later. Much more. For now, thank you for joining my conversation with Mike Sacks. Listen on iTunes.