HBO's "Talking Funny" featuring Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK aired for the first time on Friday night, and with any luck, this won't be a one-off special. Listening to comedians who have lived and breathed comedy for their entire adult lives discuss the craft is a pleasure that reaches beyond die-hard comedy fans, and the amount of topics and roundtable guests a "Talking Funny" series could incorporate is endless. Of course, for the ravenous comedy faithful, Paul Provenza's "The Green Room" already existed, as do more than a few podcasts as "Punchline Magazine" outlines here.
But in terms of bringing the subject of comedy as an art form to a wide audience, "Talking Funny" offers both the star power and some shock value (see the back and forth between Chris Rock and Louis CK at the end of this clip).
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