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How To Be a Person

Comedy writers Mike Drucker ("The Tonight Show," The Onion, Marvel) and Jess Dweck ("The Tonight Show", "Late Night") invite fellow comedians, writers, and other interesting people to teach them how to be normal human beings. Logo by Bryan Brinkman. Theme by Eric Gersen. www.patreon.com/howtobeaperson

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Episode 91 - Erick Castro - How To Make Good Drinks

World-famous bartender Erick Castro teaches us how to travel the world making drinks and judging booze, how to tell the difference between whiskeys, how to use bitters, how to tell the difference between a good and a bad craft cocktail, how to handle a drunk person crapping themselves, and how to make the perfect Old Fashioned. Then he tells us the perfect mixed drink for each of us. Drucker's is as sad as he is! As always, if you like our show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes. Also donate to our Patreon at Patreon.com/howtobeaperson.

56mins

9 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 78 - Adam Conover - How To Kick Bad Habits

"Adam Ruins Everything" host Adam Conover teaches us the secret to self-improvement, how to grow up with scientist parents, how to be a little bit vegan, how to accidentally create a TV show idea, how to be jealous of Ronan Farrow, how to quit smoking, and how to wear nail polish as a man without being goth. Then we run out of time before we can play a game, but you're getting some good advice here, and we barely talked about the election. Progress!

1hr

1 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 147 - Ed Solomon - How To Take a Note

Screenwriter Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted, Men in Black) teaches us how to take a note on your script, how to break into show biz, how to believe in your writing, how to appreciate the Super Mario Bros movie, and how he created Men in Black's Frank the Pug. (Dweck needed to know that last one.)

1hr 11mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 145 - Michael Ian Black & Marc Summers - How To Piss People Off Online and Do Magic

In our very first live episode, actor and comedian Michael Ian Black and Nickelodeon/Food Network host Marc Summers teach us how to not prepare for an interview, how to do an impressive card trick, how to practice Twitter jiu-jitsu to handle trolls, how to love pie, how to make Nickelodeon slime, how to piss off the NRA, how to do sitcom warm-up, and how to destroy people's childhood.

54mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 137 - Naomi Ekperigin - How To Befriend Women

Comedian and writer Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Great News) teaches us how to make friends with intimidating women, how to survive Gossip Girl high school, and how to appreciate joke math. 

1hr 3mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 124 - Vanessa Ramos - How To Deal With Anxiety and Work Stress

Superstore writer Vanessa Ramos teaches us how to handle work-related stress, how to not be annoying with a Halloween costume, how to escape San Antonio to get involved in comedy, how to find work from Twitter and stand-up, how to write for a sitcom, and how to NOT imagine people in their underwear when you're nervous. If you like our podcast - tell your friends! It helps them find us. Also Like and Subscribe and donate to our Patreon at Patreon dot com / How to be a person.

54mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 88 - How To Be Alone on Valentine's Day

In another special episode, Drucker and Dweck spend Valentine's Day together alone and learn how to rename the holiday, how to try (and fail) to not talk about politics, how to do a bad Young Pope impression, and how to compare Adele and Beyonce. As usual, please subscribe and review us on iTunes. It really helps people find us. Also, please contribute to our Patreon at Patreon.com/howtobeaperson.

40mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 158 - Anna Drezen - How To Stay at a Hotel

Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress) teaches us how to make the most of a hotel stay, how to fall in love with a train conductor, how to stalk someone online, how to get hired at SNL, and how to appreciate celebrity feet.

1hr 20mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 89 - Matthew A. Cherry - How To Direct A Movie

Filmmaker and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry teaches us how to make a movie, how to work with Beyoncé, how to get drafted by the NFL, how to make more money as a television PA than as a pro football player, how to get a film into SXSW, how to fund a project, and how to be inspired by a bad Uber ride. Then we play Movie Pong and talk about Denzel Washington's greatest movie, "Virtuosity." Also, please subscribe and review our podcast, and contribute to our Patreon at patreon.com/howtobeaperson.

56mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 79 - Talia Jane - How To Get Over a Crush

Comedian and writer Talia Jane teaches us how to become internet infamous, how to publicly quit a job,  how to ease out of a crush, how to not hate millennials, how to solve economic inequality, how to fart in front of a partner, and how to enjoy the disturbing love letters of James Joyce. Then we quiz Talia and find out how to handle the worst possible situations with your crush.

1hr 4mins

8 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 82 - How To Travel To Cuba

Co-host Jess Dweck returns from her solo trip to Cuba and teaches Mike how to survive a trip to Cuba despite not speaking Spanish, having limited wifi access, and generally making all the wrong decisions.*Disclaimer* Even though this episode is called "How To Travel To Cuba," we make no guarantees of the safety or legality of anything discussed on this podcast. Jess is just talking about her own experience. Make travel plans at your own risk!

1hr 18mins

5 Jan 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 161 - Louis Virtel - How To Get On A Game Show

The hilarious Louis Virtel ("Billy On the Street", "Keep It!") teaches us how to win money on a game show, how to love the movie "Clue," how to be an entertainment journalist, how to appreciate Iowa, how to write for Billy Eichner, how to do a spot-on Tim Gunn impression, and how to know every underappreciated older actress.

57mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 84 - John Levenstein - How To Work in Comedy For 35 Years

"Arrested Development" and "Silicon Valley" writer John Levenstein teaches us how to get started as a comedy writer in the '80s and '90s, how to work with strong personalities, how to almost become a therapist, how to write for award-winning shows and a Monkee, how to work with Jack Handey, how to ruin comedy with rules, how to survive in different comedy eras, and how to play a judge on TV. Then we play a game of "What's It About?" where we name real TV shows that John isn't watching and see if he can guess what they're about just based on the title. It's mostly crime-fighting doctors. As always, please review us on iTunes if you like the podcast and contribute to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/howtobeaperson to help us keep this thing ad free!

1hr 14mins

19 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 128 - Alison Leiby - How to Eat Alone and Order at Restaurants

Comedian and President Show writer Alison Leiby teaches us how to eat alone, how to keep a bartender from talking to you, how to order at a restaurant, how to get mansplained at the gym, how to sound fancier than you are, and how to enjoy exercise. If you like our podcast, please like and subscribe. It really helps us out. And donate to our Patreon at Patreon dot com / how to be a person. Keep us ad free!

1hr 8mins

30 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 126 - How To Not Be a Creep

In this episode, Mike and Jess talk about stuff. I don't know, this is just what the podcast has become now. Enjoy! (Also, trigger warning.)

45mins

16 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 133 - Jeff Loveness - How To Write Comics and Climb Mount Everest

TV and comic book writer Jeff Loveness teaches us how to hike up (most of) Mount Everest, how to write an original comic, how to make friends while traveling, how to get altitude sickness but not food poisoning, how to collaborate with an illustrator, and how to appreciate Judas. Yes, that Judas. As always, if you like our podcast, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes and donate to our Patreon at patreon dot com slash howtobeaperson.

58mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 141 - Patrick Monahan - How To Remember Your Friends' Kids' Names

Comedian Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) teaches us how to remember the names of all your friends' offspring, how to go to law school, how to get out of a contract, and how to love Drake albums. 

1hr 12mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 154 - Matt Goldich - How To Drink Coffee

Comedian and writer Matt Goldich (Late Night with Seth Meyers) teaches us how to drink a billion cups of coffee a day without going insane, how to write monologue jokes, and how to be normal. 

56mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 125 - Justin Shanes - How To Change Careers

Superstore and Late Night writer Justin Shanes teaches us how to go from law to comedy, how to be a Battlestar Galactica superfan, and how to not die while hiking through the desert. If you like our podcast, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes (5 stars!) and donate to our patreon at patreon dot com slash how to be a person.

1hr 21mins

9 Nov 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 130 - How To Deal with Holiday Depression

Mike and Jess talk about feeling sad during the holidays and what to do about it. Also, Season 2 of The Crown and the movie Gattaca for some reason. Was this an episode? We don't know.

30mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #20