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How To Be Funny

What happens when Jesus, an Oklahoma pastor, and a New York comedian walk into a studio?

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Episode Notes

How do you learn to tell the perfect joke? A pastor from Oklahoma wants to spice up his sermons, so we introduced him to Gary Gulman, a New York stand-up comedian who makes jokes about his clinical depression. The lesson? “Man plans, and God laughs.” But only if you nail the delivery.

Podcast production by Derek John.

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What if Dear Abby were an investigative reporter? Each week, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask but couldn’t. Until now.

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