Writing Humor with Lee Gaitan and Dave Jaffe

What happens when you get two accomplished humor writers together to talk about their methods? The result is a lively and informative discussion about the art of humor writing.

Lee Gaitan and Dave Jaffe are together sharing some of their writing strategies and trade secrets. Does all humor come from pain? How do you select topics? How do you create humor during troubled times?

Listen to this episode to find out!

Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace. Her most recent release, “My Pineapples Went to Houston,” (2021) was just named a Maincrest Media Award winner.

Dave Jaffe is a humorist, writer, columnist, and a former Chicago reporter who has written for online media, print, television, and radio. His work has appeared in a wide range of outlets, from HumorOutcasts and HuffPost to National Public Radio and The National Lampoon. Dave’s book is, “Sleeping Between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier.”

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle Author of “Discretion”

On this podcast episode, we are talking to Deborah Fezelle who released her fourth installment of the Nick McDeare suspense book series, “Discretion.” The previous installments have been, “Full Circle,” “The Evil That Men Do” and “A Walking Shadow.”

During the interview, Deborah Fezelle talks about her early days, her love of the theater, and how being an actress influences her writing for the characters.

Deborah Fezelle

I very much enjoyed hearing about this side of the creative process.

Deborah also happens to be from my hometown which was pretty cool for me as an interviewer.

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“Tour Book” Author Rachel Pfennig Hales

Rachel Pfennig Hales

On this podcast episode we are talking with Rachel Pfennig Hales about her first full length publication “Tour Book,” which came out just this past April.

The book talks about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite concert tours. Every trick, costume or scene change, and the sound and lighting; require the preparation and skill of a dedicated support staff.

After it is done, it is time to move on to the next venue and do it again.

Tour Book

The book contains true stories from the rock and roll roadies who have helped create the world’s biggest concert tours.

Rachel Pfennig Hales has a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, a Master of Arts in English Studies from National University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.

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“50 Ways to Worry Less Now” with Gigi Langer

On this episode of the podcast we are talking with Gigi Langer, PhD who is the author of the book, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” which presents practical spiritual, cognitive, and energy strategies; to gain peace, clarity, and wisdom, no matter what is going on in our lives.

During this interview and in her book, Gigi shares her personal journey of alcohol along with struggles with worry, negativity, perfectionism, and chronic pain.

Gigi Langer, PhD

The book is available online or for discounts and information about obtaining a signed copy visit GigiLanger.com/buy.

For Gigi’s blog, courses, and study groups, check out GigiLanger.com.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Lee Gaitan Author of “My Pineapples Went to Houston”

My Pineapples Went to Houston: Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry 

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Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace.

Lee Gaitan

The story that resonates in My Pineapples Went to Houston, is Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss, or what she refers to as, “shock and awfulness.” Told with a batch of honesty and humor, My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers along with offering hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

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Ken Stark, Award-Winning Horror Writer, Talks About What Makes a Good Scary Story

Ken Stark

Our guest on this episode is award-winning horror writer, Ken Stark.

According to Ken’s Twitter bio he is a questionable painter, unapologetic nerd, and committed beer enthusiast.

During this episode Ken shares many of his insights into writing, the importance of relatable characters, and what makes a good scary story.

Ken Stark’s books are available on Amazon including, “Arcadia Falls.”

You can find more about Ken Stark on his website and on Twitter.

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Samuel Moore-Sobel “Can You See My Scars?”

Samuel Moore-Sobel

Billy’s guest on this podcast episode is Samuel Moore-Sobel, an author, speaker, and columnist. His debut memoir, “Can You See My Scars?” is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, trauma, and severe burns.

Samuel writes about his experience as a burn and trauma survivor. Samuel has a degree in government and international politics and currently lives with his wife in Northern Virginia.

You can find Samuel’s website here www.samuelmoore-sobel.com and his Twitter account here @smoore_sobel.

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Linda D’Ae-Smith “Standing Against the Rage”

Linda D’Ae-Smith is the author of, “Standing Against the Rage,”
based on the true story of Mildred Flatau’s miraculous escape from domestic violence.

Based on newspaper accounts and historical records along with Mildred’s own diary, author Linda D’Ae-Smith tells Mildred’s story of survival from a horrific day of violence that occurred on March 17, 1933 and how Mildred’s faith was pivotal in her perseverance.

During this podcast episode Linda discusses the writing of Mildred’s story and other aspects of domestic violence.

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Kevin Barhydt Author of “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir”

Kevin Barhydt is the author of, “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir.

The book is a memoir of how a young boy who was abandoned, abused, and addicted; transformed into a man with the hope, courage, and resilience to seek his biological mother.

At 45 and after many years of recovery, Kevin began a painful journey to uncover his origins and search for his mother. A quote Kevin often uses is,

“When the bird falls out of the tree, the bird is traumatized.

So is the mother.”

Kevin now leads a happy and fulfilling life. He does interviews to help fight stigmas that plague survivors of various hardships and conditions.

You can Find Kevin Barhydt on YouTube.

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Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

Our guest on this podcast is Yohance Salimu who is the author of, “Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story.”

The book is his memoir chronicling Yohance’s journey from youth at Crenshaw Senior High School in California to his study of Geospatial Science at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Yohance speaks openly and candidly about his experiences and hardships on his way to success as a fighter and a survivor.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same… you’ll be a Man, my son!” – Joseph Rudyard Kipling

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Yohance Salimu – Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

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