Literature 11-5-2014

What’s So Funny? – With Courtney McLean

This month's podcast features comedian, musician, storyteller and actress Courtney McLean, bandleader of Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls, pioneers of "naughtybilly" - dirty comedy-bluegrass music.

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About this month’s featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:

Courtney McLean aka “Courtney McClean” is a comedian, musician, storyteller, and actress originally from Southern California. She lived and made work in New York City for 5 years but now calls the Twin Cities home. She is the bandleader of Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls, pioneers of naughtybilly: dirty comedy bluegrassy music. Courtney builds her world on dichotomies. She deals primarily in comedy and yet she is incredibly positive about the world and the people in it. She is ambitious and driven but is also a self-identified stoner. She loves to be alone onstage but is also always seeking collaborations. And perhaps most importantly, Courtney wants to give everyone the finger while at the same time telling them they’re awesome and capable of anything.

In this conversation, Courtney talks about writing dirty comedy songs and having to decide is something is dirty enough or funny enough to work in a song. She shares stories of her young feminist self and talks about loving Steve Martin and the banjo without realizing that Martin plays the banjo. Plus, Courtney tries to break down the differences between stand-up, comedy music, storytelling, and acting. She’s funny the whole time, you should listen.

Levi Weinhagen

LEVI WEINHAGEN writer, producer, performer, podcaster, trainer and educator TEACHING I currently develop curriculum for and lead classroom residencies and workshops as a teaching artist with the state-wide organization COMPAS. This has given me the opportunity to work in-depth with groups across the state including elementary age children of active duty military parents, middle school students from immigrant and refugee communities, intergenerational families coping with Alzheimers and elders …   read more