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A lot of the background here is unfamiliar to me, but it was still a really interesting conversation. Thank you.

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Hey Gabe, finally finished this one. Great stuff. I really appreciated Jason's insights about comedy vs. cancel culture, and your discussion on the future of podcasts.

I did a letter exchange on taking risks in comedy back in mid-September and shared some of my personal thoughts there. Worth a bookmark for a rainy day: https://agowani.substack.com/p/on-taking-risks

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Great conversation, Gabe! Really enjoyed this one, and I learned a lot listening to Jason. What was cool about this convo was that I've been reading Jason's work for years, but I never really thought about who was writing those pieces in The New York Times. Shame on me, but good on you for elevating Jason. If comedy is going to be treated as a serious art, it needs serious critics like Jason.

OK, your question. I don't know if I have a favorite comic. Too many comics come to mind. But Mitch Hedberg would be near the top of that list. He wrote these perfect little one-liners. Some were as shallow as puddles, but others were as deep as Mariana Trench. Not that it mattered. The jokes and the writing were always so good, and Mitch had this perfect delivery that fit him like a glove. I loved his act, and I miss him dearly.

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Not as easy to follow as I am unfamiliar with mist references to the comedians mentioned. Despite this the conversation flowed and had a sense of urgency to it. I wonder what Jason Zinoman meant when saying there are things you can do on the page that can’t be done on a podcast.

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I can hear the delivery of a standup comedian! Great conversation; made me think about a lot of ideas as a writer as well as thinking about cultural icons.

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