comedy en The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K. Louis C.K. has made a career in comedy by going places others won't. He can be shockingly crude and deeply insightful in the same sentence.<p>In his Emmy-award winning TV show called <em>Louie,</em> the comedian basically plays himself — a divorced standup comic in New York with two kids. Season 4 of the show kicked off last week.<p>Louie is "right where I started him, really," he tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Some stuff happened, but he ended up back where he was, which sort of is the way things work. Mon, 12 May 2014 17:28:18 +0000 NPR Staff 34300 at Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Isn't 'Waiting For 2042' <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with comedian <a href="">Hari Kondabolu</a> about race in America, the coming white minority and his new album, "Waiting For 2042." Kondabolu will be performing at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, March 29. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:39:57 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Jason Pagano 31490 at Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Isn't 'Waiting For 2042' 'The Samaritans:' When 'The Office' Meets International Aid <p>Steve Scher speaks with Hussein Kurji, creator of the new comedy TV series "The Samaritans," a mockumentary set in Nairobi, Kenya. Kurji talks about the fictional NGO that "does nothing." Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:33:16 +0000 Steve Scher & Hannah Burn 31259 at Dave Barry On Parenting: 'We Need To Find A Cure For Puberty' <p>Steve Scher talks with humorist Dave Barry about his new book, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry On Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About." Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 30231 at Dave Barry On Parenting: 'We Need To Find A Cure For Puberty' 'The Office' Star On Comedy: ‘I Desperately Wanted To Be Cool’ <p>Ross Reynolds sits down with actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter B.J. Novak. The 34-year-old Harvard grad, known for his role in the TV show "The Office," has also appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and most recently, "Saving Mr. Banks." Now Novak has published a volume of short stories, short paragraphs and some jokes in his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories." Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:17:18 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 28967 at 'The Office' Star On Comedy: ‘I Desperately Wanted To Be Cool’ The US Constitution: Loved By Many, Read By Few...Except Colin Quinn <p>Steve Scher talks with comedian Colin Quinn about what he learned when he decided to sit down and read the entire US Constitution. <span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Quinn's solo show about the Founding Fathers is "<a href="">Unconstitutional</a>."</span> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:57:42 +0000 Steve Scher 24984 at The US Constitution: Loved By Many, Read By Few...Except Colin Quinn John Hodgman On Flying, Seattle Socialists And 'The Twitter' <p>Comedian John Hodgman and songwriter John Roderick came by KUOW’s studios to promote their show at <a href="">8 p.m. on Friday at the Neptune Theatre</a> in the University District. What followed, however, was a wonderfully meandering conversation that focused on ribbing <a href="">our dear host Steve Scher</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Highlights are below, but honestly, you should listen, because you will laugh out loud. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:02:53 +0000 Steve Scher 24321 at John Hodgman On Flying, Seattle Socialists And 'The Twitter' Barack Obama, Larry Wilmore And The Shia-Sunni Split <p><strong>Before He Was President: Senator Barack Obama</strong></p><p></p><p>President Barack Obama is currently in his fifth year in the White House. Before he was president, then-Senator Barack Obama visited KUOW. Steve Scher talked with Obama about the war in Iraq, US-Russia relations and the Democratic Party.</p><p></p><p><strong>The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent: Larry Wilmore</strong></p><p></p><p>Larry Wilmore is <a href="">The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent</a>. He’s the author of "I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts," and he’s also written for “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Office” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Steve Scher talked with Larry Wilmore in 2009 about the election of President Obama, the line between satire and compassion and more.</p><p></p><p><strong>The Story Behind The Shia-Sunni Split</strong></p><p></p><p>You've likely heard of the Shia-Sunni split in the Middle East but what caused the split? British journalist Lesley Hazleton explores the stories behind the schism: from assassinations, to a favored wife, to bloody battlefields. Marcie Sillman talks with Lesley Hazleton about the roots of this centuries-old divide.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18679 at Stephen Tobolowsky Live, Radio Retrospective And History Of Guitars <p><strong>Stephen Tobolowsky: From “Groudhog Day” To “Heroes”&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>You might not recognize his name but you've seen Stephen Tobolowsky in countless Hollywood movies and television shows, from "Groundhog Day" to "Heroes." The character actor is also a popular storyteller, weaving tales for radio and podcast listeners on <em>The Tobolowsky Files</em>. Steve Scher talked with&nbsp; Tobolowsky in 2011 live on stage at the Neptune Theater. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Radio Retrospective: Making The First Sound Effects</strong></p><p></p><p>It's often assumed that sound effects during radio's Golden Age were all made by a person, but that's a bit of a myth. Many were played from records to save time and space. Steve Scher talks with Producer Katy Sewall about how early sound effects were created and tips on making your own at home.</p><p></p><p><strong>The History Of Guitars</strong></p><p></p><p>Guitars are a powerful symbol. When lashed onto someone like Keith Richards or Jimi Hendrix, they epitomize hard-sounding, hard-living, loud rock. When plucked by a flamenco player, they can evoke sultry nights and romance. Where did the guitar come from, how has it evolved and are there any changes that we can expect to see in the future? Steve Scher talks with classical guitarist Steven Novacek; Ron Reed, instrument maker and manager of Dusty Strings Guitar Shop; Gene Nygaard, guitarist and maker of Zero Guitars; and Jay Boone, owner of Emerald City Guitars.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18677 at Stephen Tobolowsky Live, Radio Retrospective And History Of Guitars Alan Alda, Natural Birth And Paula Poundstone <p><strong>Alan Alda On Making The Most Of Life</strong></p><p></p><p>Our time here on Earth is limited. One day we will all be gone, passing into history. It is something we consciously know, but frequently ignore. Award-winning actor Alan Alda doesn't forget anymore — not after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile. You might know Alda from “M*A*S*H” or “The West Wing.” Alda is also the author of “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.”&nbsp; Marcie Sillman talked with Alda in 2007 about life, work and not wasting time.</p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;A Story Of Natural Birth</strong></p><p></p><p>Giving birth in American comes with many options: doctors, doulas, midwives, induction, cesarean. Only very few opt for natural births, a birth with no drugs and little to no intervention. Producer Katy Sewall brings an intimate look at one couple’s decision to go that way.</p><p></p><p><strong>Paula Poundstone: On Writing, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder And TV</strong></p><p></p><p>Paula Poundstone is known for improvising with the audience so well it seems planned. She’s a stand up comedian, winner of an Emmy Award and author of the book “There is Nothing in this Book that I Meant to Say.” In addition to comedy, Poundstone is a mother to three, a regular on television and radio, and a writer. Steve Scher talked with Poundstone back in 2007 about writing her book. Poundstone also answered listener calls.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18675 at Alan Alda, Natural Birth And Paula Poundstone Products For Big Americans, George Carlin And The Life Of Alexander Hamilton <p><strong>Big Americans: From Comfortable Products To Confidence</strong></p><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Americans are bigger than ever, and many are finding the need for products, such as seat belt extenders,&nbsp;to make their lives more comfortable. In 2004, Steve Scher talked with Susan V. James, founder of Abundance Northwest, and Bill Fabrey, then president of, about fat acceptance and how products can help build confidence.</p><p><strong>A Conversation With Comedian George Carlin </strong></p><p></p><p>American comedian, actor and writer George Carlin was known for his black humor. His comedy routine “Seven Dirty Words” remains to this day the same list of words deemed unsuitable for broadcast programming. Carlin passed away in June, 2008. Steve Scher talked with George Carlin back in 1997 about his life, pet peeves and politically correct language.</p><p><strong>The Life Of Alexander Hamilton</strong></p><p></p><p>Alexander Hamilton spent his childhood in the Caribbean. He left to become an architect of modern American government. Historian Ron Chernow chronicled Hamilton’s life in the biography, "Alexander Hamilton." Steve Scher talked with Ron Chernow in 2004 about Hamilton’s time in war, his education and the perhaps misplaced bad rap Hamilton often receives.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18566 at Products For Big Americans, George Carlin And The Life Of Alexander Hamilton Comedian Aisha Tyler On Talk Shows, Comedy And More! <p>Many people dream of having one successful career, but it’s not enough for comedian Aisha Tyler! She’s an actor, comedian, writer and co-host of the hit CBS daytime talk show "The Talk." Aisha also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s edgy hit comedy "Archer." She is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler,” a show about stuff guys love. Aisha talks to David Hyde about her new book and her ongoing stand-up career.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:50:22 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14962 at Seattle's New Interim Police Chief, And Comedian Don Rickles <p></p><p><strong>A Conversation With The Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel</strong><br>Last year, there was extensive property damage during the May Day protests. A recent report cited a lack of a clear communication structure at the Seattle Police Department. Interim <a href="">Chief Jim Pugel</a> says this year there will be one commander in charge with very clear lines of communication.</p><p><strong>Comedian Don Rickles</strong><br><a href="">Don Rickles</a> has been a stand-up comedian for more than 60 years. He’s worked with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. He was a regular fixture on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson</em>, and he still appears on <em>The Tonight Show With Jay Leno</em>. He ribs Democrats and Republicans. He roasted Ronald Reagan at his inauguration. With Don Rickles, <a href="">no one is safe.</a></p><p><strong>Climate Change Could Bring More Vineyards To Washington</strong><br>A recent analysis on the impacts of climate change had good news for prospective grape growers in Washington. <a href="">Climatologist Nick Bond</a> says there should be an overall increase in suitable habitat in western North America at higher elevations. That is as long as the forests and animals currently living there don’t mind.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday With Steve Scher 12013 at Seattle's New Interim Police Chief, And Comedian Don Rickles Greg Proops, The Smartest Man In The World <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greg </span>Proops<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a comedian who is best known for his appearances on the </span>improv<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comedy show </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Whose Line Is It Anyway</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">? In addition to his stand-up and </span>improv<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> work, he’s acted in film and television and has done voice work for such projects as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob the Builder</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Greg is currently the host of the weekly podcast </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Smartest Man In The World</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a podcast he records live around the US and parts of Europe.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday With Steve Scher 10894 at Greg Proops, The Smartest Man In The World A Conversation With Comedian Marc Maron <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marc </span>Maron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a writer,&nbsp;actor and 25-year veteran of stand-up comedy. These days he’s&nbsp;host of&nbsp;the&nbsp;incredibly&nbsp;popular podcast&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">WTF with Marc Maron</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;where he interviews other comedians and entertainers about their lives and careers. He just posted his 365th episode</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;Marc Maron joins us to talk about his career and the art of </span>podcasting&nbsp;ahead of his performance at Seattle's Neptune Theatre.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 9000 at A Conversation With Comedian Marc Maron