"Seriously Funny" with Phoebe Robinson, Bill Oakley, Dr. Brian Druker, and Blind Pilot | Live Wire Radio
"Seriously Funny"
Phoebe Robinson, Bill Oakley, Dr. Brian Druker, and Blind Pilot
This episode was originally taped at a live show on October 13, 2016 (Portland, OR)

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Comedian Phoebe Robinson discusses the unexpected value of Googling herself and other not-so-guilty pleasures, former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley describes the dark reality of a comedy writers' room, Dr. Brian Druker shares why he is hopeful about the future of cancer research, and Blind Pilot navigates us through a lush musical landscape.

Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson has got some explaining to do. You may recently have seen her on Last Comic Standing, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Broad City and @midnight, or in the writing credits of MTV’s Girl Code. That’s pretty good coverage. She gets a lot of air time for knowing a lot of things, all the time. But did you know she’s also written for Glamour, The New York Times, bitch magazine, Vanity Fair, and that her blog, Blaria (Black Daria) has been picked up by the Huffington Post? So that’s TV and print. Oh right, she is currently hosting not one but two podcasts, both produced by WNYC Studios’: 2 Dope Queens (with Jessica Williams), and Sooo Many White Guys—a podcast about anything but, AND she’s got a book out, You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain. It seems she’s got a thing or two to say about a thing or two.

Bill Oakley
Bill Oakley is a writer and producer. Simple as that. Plain and uninteresting. Yet we’ll say more. He’s best known for his years as writer and show runner on The Simpsons. Big whoop. He happens to have written many classic episodes, including, “Who Shot Mr. Burns.” His other television credits (boooooring) include Mission Hill (which he co-created with Josh Weinstein) The Cleveland Show and Futurama (whose doesn’t). He was a writer and Co-Executive Producer on Portlandia, for which he shared a Writers Guild of America Award. Wait, actually that’s pretty cool. Like, very cool. Tell us more about this guy?

Blind Pilot
Blind Pilot is a band from Oregon. This is not just to say that they got their start in Portland and are now based in Astoria. It’s more to say that they're truly of Oregon. The sound of their music—sweeping strings and melancholic horns, joyful lyrics and rollicking drum licks—is doug firs. They sound like northwest coyotes in the mist. They sound like a happy kind of plaid. The band added four touring members in February 2009, and have since appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Their music has been heard on the television shows Chuck, One Tree Hill, Californication and Private Practice. Their new album And Then Like Lions, is out now.