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Comedy, Improv and Timing: In Conversation with Joanna Naugle

by Paddy Bird on
November 26, 2020

We’ve had some great guests on the show already. We've explored many different genres, had lots of different opinions and so much wisdom from a very talented group of editing artists. But today we have our first comedy editor on the show, the supremely accomplished, Joanna Naugle.

Joanna is a comedy and drama editor working out of Brooklyn, New York where she co-owns the award-winning Senior Post. She’s worked on a ton of great projects including numerous HBO comedy specials, lots of comedy commercials with big brands and multiple seasons of the Golden Globe winning comedy-drama series, Ramy.

Comedy is an utterly alien genre to me as it’s probably the only genre that I haven’t worked in, so I was keen to pick the brains of a talented comedy editor, and I wasn’t disappointed. Our interview was fantastic, and Joanna gave some brilliant insight into how she approaches the genre.

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Track 1: Warm

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Track 2: Good Hope

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Track 3: Hopeful Mind

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Track 4: Old Memories

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