Send In the Clowns: Why Comedians Land the Loneliest Roles

Send In the Clowns:
Why Comedians Land the Loneliest Roles

Show Notes

The loneliest movie characters are recognizable right away on screen. Male characters will talk to themselves in a mirror or work the night shift or drive a taxi. They may be pursued by shadowy figures and don’t know why. Or the life they thought they had turns out to be fake. Lonely movie characters are often stranded in a foreign place, in outer space or on an island.

But one of the biggest clues of whether a character is lonely or not is an inside joke, at least from the perspective of the audience. Funny people playing lonely characters. 

Major Sources Cited For This Episode: 

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin 
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Cast Away at 20 Interview with William Broyles
What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis MoMA Retrospective

Host and Writer: Peg Fong
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre and Ari Posner
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Producers: Debbie O’Reilly and Guillermo Serrano
Executive Producer: Terry O’Reilly

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

The loneliest movie characters are recognizable right away on screen. Male characters will talk to themselves in a mirror or work the night shift or drive a taxi. They may be pursued by shadowy figures and don’t know why. Or the life they thought they had turns out to be fake. Lonely movie characters are often stranded in a foreign place, in outer space or on an island.

But one of the biggest clues of whether a character is lonely or not is an inside joke, at least from the perspective of the audience. Funny people playing lonely characters. 

Major Sources Cited For This Episode: 

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin 
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Cast Away at 20 Interview with William Broyles
What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis MoMA Retrospective

Host and Writer: Peg Fong
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre and Ari Posner
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Producers: Debbie O’Reilly and Guillermo Serrano
Executive Producer: Terry O’Reilly

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

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