Comedian Harrison Greenbaum - Jokes Are Magic
Play • 1 hr 34 min

Harrison Greenbaum, summa cum laude Harvard graduate turned stand-up comedian and magician, and one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch" (featured on NBC's America's Got Talent, NBC's Last Comic Standing, TBS's Conan, AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and National Geographic Channel's Brain Games, and appeared on MTV, SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel) joins Marc Raco, Danielle Beckmann, and producer Elsie for an hilarious and energetic conversation on everything from AGT, American Idol, Harry Potter, Holocaust survivors vs. comedy, amusement park rides, a new travel TV series, a strange subway experience with transgender bullies, going from Harvard too a life of comedy, pursing magic, a joke that didn't work, and a Shark Tank-style improv game "Guppy Tank".

  • Danielle shares some tips for anyone planning on visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Marc and Harrison share their experiences on America’s Got Talent from being surprised with an invite for Marc and auditioning next to a stripper dressed as a T-Rex for Harrison, to Harrison’s run on the show and eventual elimination
  • Some tips to know whether you’re close to getting to the TV judges on America’s Got Talent
  • Clay Aiken and why Danielle and Harrison haven’t watched American Idol in years
  • Why some pop songs get away with some pretty alarming lyrical content
  • Harrison’s grandparent’s story of how they met at a camp during the Holocaust
  • Marc shares a strange subway experience that raises the question of legality toplessness in New York City
  • How taking cabs or Ubers to/from comedy sets is a sign of making it
  • Danielle shares some tips for anyone planning on visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter  that will definitely make your visit more magical
  • Harrison finally meets someone whose favorite Disney ride is Twister
  • Some interesting trivia about Coney Island and the town built for little people
  • A round of Guppy Tank, where we go around and try to sell each other on ridiculous business ideas
  • Harrison talks about the necktie and resonance theories of comedy and how they influence his acts as a comedian and as a magician
  • How the intelligence and diligence the got Harrison to the top of his class at Harvard has extended in his work ethic as a performer
  • The tendency for magicians to use comedy in their act, but not embrace it as a comedian, and what Harrison is doing to help magicians learn to use comedy effectively
  • Recalculating, the travel web series Harrison hosts that’s premiering in May
  • Harrison shares the backstory of a joke of his that didn’t get an expected response
  • Plus, Elsie surprises us with some crunchy end of show food

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