Dave Barry on Humor, Writing, and Life as a Florida Man (Ep. 27)

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Mercatus Center
Aug 16, 2017 · 42 min read

On anti-establishment humor, then and now

On crossing cultural borders with humor

On different comedians and what’s not funny anymore

On jokebooks

On religiously driven humor

On why business writing is so terrible


And it was the one thing the newspaper people were taught to do that made more sense. You don’t have your reader’s attention very long, so get to the point. I found it was very difficult to get even really smart businesspeople to get to the point. Sometimes it was because they really couldn’t tell you what the point was.


On humor as a public good

On being a Florida man

On the Dave Barry production function


As soon as you start to be pretty confident that anything you write is great, then you’re going to suck in any creative field, I think.


On the weirdness of Peter Pan

What Barry’s doing next


Keep it silly, Dave.

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