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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Dan O'Shannon. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Dan O'Shannon, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Dan O'Shannon. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Dan O'Shannon, often where they are interviewed.

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097 - Dan O'Shannon (Modern Family, Frasier, Cheers)

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This week, host Gray Jones interviews multiple Emmy winning and Oscar-nominated comedy writer Dan O'Shannon, Executive Producer of Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family, and author of the book, What Are You Laughing At?

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Dan O’Shannon is a writer and producer who has worked on such hit comedies as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier, as well as many other TV series, like The Odd Couple, Better Off Ted, and the drama Jericho. He was an executive producer on Modern Family until he left after season 5, to accept a development deal at CBS TV Studios.

Dan has won six Emmy Awards, five WGA Awards, and several Golden Globe Awards for his TV work. He also was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the short animated film Redux Riding Hood, which was produced by Disney. Another animated short he wrote and produced, The Fan and the Flower, received an Annie Award.

Dan is the author of two books, What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, and The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus.


2:40 - Intro, Gray geeks out about how Dan wrote on Newhart.4:13 - What inspired Dan to do standup comedy - how he learned to be funny.5:15 - Challenges in learning to write TV comedy pre-internet — how he took a one-way trip to LA with $100 in his pocket.7:33 - Talk about his book - is it possible to learn how to be funny?10:13 - How important is it for a comedy writer to do standup? Also learning how to tell a story.12:05 - How multicam comedy offers a chance to learn how a live audience will react to jokes.13:13 - How he made the jump from standup to TV writing.15:10 - You’re in the writer’s room — now what? Mistakes writers make when they get on staff.18:25 - The tough times between the first staff gig and his bigger shows.20:48 - Secrets on how to get freelance scripts sold.21:26 - How the writer’s strike of 1988 led to him pairing up with Tom Anderson in a writing team, getting staffed on Newhart and Cheers together, eventually showrunning the show together, and then how they split apart in a way that didn’t hurt their careers.24:10 - On creating the series Maggie.27:23 - The time between Maggie and Modern Family, writing drama shows for the first time.29:04 - How Modern Family was different from a writing perspective - tight, economical writing and using mockumentary. Also discussed the production and post-production of the show.33:10 - Single cam vs multicam from a writing perspective.36:00 - The onset of social networks and how that affected writing.39:00 - On developing pilots, and writing on The Orville.41:12 - What has been the hardest part about writing for TV? On the pressure of always having to work toward deadlines, and not having a real life.43:51 - The best part about writing for TV - working with and hanging out with some of the funniest people, and making people laugh.45:38 - How the industry has changed over the last 35 years.49:39 - How he distilled his decades of observations into the book What Are You Laughing At?51:07 - About his book Adventures of Mrs. Jesus.52:39 - Advice for less experienced writers - making your showrunner happy, what elements you need to have a successful career as a writer, and how to pitch successfully.59:26 - What he looks for when hiring writers, in interviews and on the page. Does he read specs or pilots? Why writing a spec is so valuable, even if people will only read pilots.1:06:27 - What might he say to his younger self based on what he knows now — don’t make your career your identity.

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May 04 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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Dan O'Shannon - Episode 745

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Steve Cooper talks with Dan O'Shannon. Dan is an American television writer and producer who has worked on shows such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier. He was an executive producer of the ABC show Modern Family, but left the show at the conclusion of season five to accept a development deal at CBS TV Studios. He has won 6 Emmy awards and has been Oscar nominated.

Aug 19 2019 · 59mins

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Dan O'Shannon On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

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While the Democrats were debating, I was going flat hair to flat hair with 6 time Emmy Winner, Dan O’Shannon. I believe the victor is clear. He has more height, and 6 other Emmy nods. Whilst running the room at Cheers, barely 30ish, the boss of our Tracy Newman, he coined the phrase, “I’m sorry, was that out loud?” I didn’t believe it either, but it’s documented. I know. From a lightning bolt moment at the age 8, Dan made the decision that the next day he was going to make people laugh. It may have been hit or miss for a few years, but it’s been hit after hit since. From Cheers, Newhart, to Fraiser, that’s quite a story, to Modern Family…. Dan shares suggestions on what to do, and what not to do, if you’re new in the writer’s room. Fueled by his father’s disbelief, Dan set out to prove him wrong and boy, did he ever. Too bad about the Jaguar, pops. Getting serious about the funny, Dan took us through his standup self discoveries to segueing to TV and killing it, his only prep, 3 spec scripts. Bringing us up to speed with his current gig, Seth McFarlane’s The Orville, I felt stupidly unaware, but, In my defense, it’s not yet on Dan’s IMDB or Wiki, so how’s a girl to know? We talked Ted Danson. Kirstie Alley, George Wendt, Bob Newhart, pissing people off, Fred Willard, Ty Burrell, Brooke Shields… and Mrs. Jesus. That’s fun! He’s authored two books to date, you can find all things Dan here http://www.oshannonland.com He claims to be a grandfather, but he still looks like a very young Harry Anderson to me. Night Court, anyone? For someone who’s known exactly what he wanted as a grade school kid, he’s manifested it all and is currently reflective and uncertain about where to lean next. Maybe… nothing? He’s earned it, but I don’t believe it. Not for one silly second. Speaking of silly, Dan channels his early Idol, Jerry Lewis, a couple of times. Now that’s edu-tainment.

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Aug 03 2019 · 1hr 31mins
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Dan O'Shannon - Ep 47

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While Dan O'Shannon has had a career most writers can only dream of, he humbly attributes his success to luck. This Ohio native dropped out of college to pursue standup comedy, parlaying that early validation into writing and producing such hit shows as Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family, and winning a staggering six Emmys in the process. Dan has also authored bestsellers The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus and What are you Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event.  Listen and Enjoy.

Jul 08 2019 · 55mins

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Session 28 - Interview with Writer/Producer Dan O'Shannon

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In a very special session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview veteran comedy writer and executive producer Dan O'Shannon. Having written for some of the most iconic and successful comedies in TV history (Modern Family, Cheers, Newhart, Fraiser, and many more), we are excited to learn from Dan's experience in Hollywood and the writers' room. 


Dan O'Shannon on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0642591
O'Shannonland (Dan's Website): http://www.oshannonland.com/
What Are You Laughing At? (Dan's book): http://amzn.to/2GI3RN2

Mar 20 2018 · 14mins
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Unusual Hobbies with Writer Dan O'Shannon

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Writer Dan O'Shannon (Cheers, Frasier, Modern Family, The Odd Couple) talks about the unusual hobby of collecting Airchecks. Then, later in the program, Dan offers advice about writing for television. Here’s a few links to help you get the most out of Story Worthy- if you’re listening on an iPhone, all you need to do is tap the cover art while the show is playing, and you’ll see the episode notes, including the links. There is one to subscribe, http://bit.ly/2eSlJZw please do! There’s one to our Facebook page and to our email address. We’d love to hear from you, either there, or on our survey at wondery.com/survey. You’ll also find some special deals courtesy of our sponsors like Hello Fresh (promo code STORY30) Casper Mattress, and Audible (promo code STORYWORTHY). It’s good karma guys!
Mar 27 2017 · 40mins
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Ep.68-The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show-Exec Producer of ABC's Modern Family, Dan O'Shannon

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Topic: Author and Executive Producer of ABC's Modern Family Dan O'Shannon and I talk about the 3-second rule, the stigma that is sometimes attached to being single, and why you shouldn't compare your dating life to others.
Nov 25 2013 · 20mins
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Ep.60-The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show-Exec Producer of ABC's Modern Family, Dan O'Shannon

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Guest: Exec Producer of ABC's Modern Family Dan O'Shannon and I answer your dating questions including a girl who is dealing with her guy's 'premature sexual excitement' and a couple who is navigating 'being on a break'.
Aug 26 2013 · 1hr 5mins
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Ep.46-The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show-Exec Producer of ABC's Modern Family, Dan O'Shannon

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Guest: Author and Executive Producer of ABC's Modern Family Dan O'Shannon and I talked about his new book 'What Are You Laughing At?' and broke down the dynamics of why we think things are funny. We also chatted about his legendary career in Hollywood as a writer/producer on Newhart, Cheers, Frazier, and Modern Family. I even got Mr. O'Shannon to help me answer a few 'Dear Dating Advice Girl' questions from singles like you!
Mar 04 2013 · 1hr 1min