Jonny Sun is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright, and comedy writer who originally calls Toronto home. Sun is currently a doctoral student at MIT, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media and online community. He’s a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture where he was awarded many prizes and fellowships and is an honours graduate of the Infrastructure program in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. As impressive as all of those credentials are, for almost 500,000 of his followers on twitter, Jonny Sun mans a clever account and is at the forefront of new forms of sparse, effective communication, language, and terminology. His new, bestselling graphic novel is something of a meditation on the social media landscape. It’s called everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and is available now via Harper Perennial. Jonny and I met in a streetside park in downtown Toronto to discuss his relationship with the city he once called home, the importance of Second City and improv and sketch comedy to his outlook on life and his academic pursuits, his comedic influences, the state of social media and communication, his book, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts.
Matt Braunger is a gifted stand-up comedian and performer who spent a good chunk of his life living in Portland, Oregon but now calls Los Angeles home. He was a cast member on MADtv during that show’s final season, he has starred in Comedy Central stand-up specials and acted on sitcoms, and he has appeared on almost every high-profile late night talk show in America. His new stand-up special is the hilarious Big Dumb Animal, which is out now via the imprint Comedy Dynamics, and here we discuss Atwater Village in Los Angeles, opening himself up in his stand-up lately, feeling sporty at forty, not the lonely guy, working with other people on stuff can be good, unsolicited punch-up, why the general public thinks comedy is easy, Class Clown by George Carlin, old Portland and Portlandia Portland, slightly Marxist good restaurants, doing The Late Show with David Letterman, taking breaks, keeping up with comedy platforms and cultural consumption, making stuff, spec scripts and writing packets, living in the U.S.A., apolitical humour, plans and schemes, stand-up vinyl, playing the Comedy Mix in Vancouver March 5-7, the bit “Killing It!” and that was our time.
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