Most people will do almost anything to avoid being embarrassed, why is why, as Rob Long explains, embarrassment is the key to making something truly funny. But there’s a difference between personal mortification — “someone saw my nudes on my phone” — and professional humiliation — “I did a stupid thing in a meeting.” The latter can be used effectively as a way to build morale on a writing staff, or it can be deployed more nefariously to cause someone to leave the business entirely. Also, Rob cautions his listeners against committing the most ignominious act of self-humiliation: complimenting a show <em>not</em> on the network you are working with. Oops.

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  1. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    These were better when they were short.

    Now they’re way too long to be a “Shot.”

    Maybe the name should change to “The Ramble,” if @jameslileks is done with that name.

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