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J.R. Havlan, 17-year veteran writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, picks the complicated and jittery brains of the writers who help create The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock, Letterman, SNL, The Office, and more. Writers’ Bloc Podcast will let you in on how blank pages become your favorite television comedies. You love the sausage, now hear how it gets made.
 
Writers Bloc provide a place for people to develop their writing, read fantastic stories for free and create collectives with other emerging writers. Whether it’s easier for you to engage with us online or off, Writers Bloc is for writers, wherever they are. We are in the process of developing a website that will change the way that writing is shared. It will reward engaged feedback and elevate great prose. Offline, in towns all across the country we have groups that operate as part of a lar ...
 
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Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Maple Leafs' power play coming through in a win over the Golden Knights (2:43); At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith on the Blue Jays' off-season, and previewing next week's GM Meetings (23:11); Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph on the team's impressive recent stretch (46:08); Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on T…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Leafs' win over the Kings, and John Tavares' return (5:51); Leafs Nation Network's Bob McGill on the Leafs getting back on track (20:31); Raptors voice Matt Devlin on Patrick McCaw's injury and Pascal Siakam's start to the season (47:03); Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup Final…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Leafs finally getting healthier; ESPN's Hubie Brown discusses the expectations on Pascal Siakam, and his vote for Fred VanVleet as the Finals MVP (21:57); ESPN's Jeff Passan on the start of free agency (45:44); Canadian Olympic skier Manny Osborne-Paradis in-studio on his attempted comeback from a leg injury…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Washington Nationals� victory tour, and the Leafs� and Raptors� weekends; Hockey Central�s Jeff Marek on the Leafs, and Jason Spezza�s time with the team thus far; WFAN�s Ed Coleman on Carlos Beltrán�s hiring as Mets manager, and Marcus Stroman�s time in Queens thus far; Raptors Radio Analyst Paul Jones on t…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the possibility of the Raptors recruiting Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021 (4:25); Former NHL defenceman Brian Campbell on the evolution of the modern NHL blue liner (22:49); The Toronto Star's Doug Smith on the Raptors and Bucks ahead of their first meeting since the Eastern Conference Finals (49:42); NHL.com's Ti…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the significance of the Washington Nationals' World Series win to Montrealers and Expos fan (1:50); ESPN's Taylor Twellman on Toronto FC's advancement to the MLS Cup Final (25:19); 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton on the NFL ahead of Week 9 (47:49); Dan Shulman wraps up the World Series (1:09:01); TVA Sports' Ren…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the wild Game 6 of the World Series, and Dwane Casey's legacy in Toronto ahead of another return with the Detroit Pistons tonight (7:39); Football Ramble Daily co-host Luke Aaron Moore ahead of the popular soccer podcast's Toronto tour stop on November 7th (26:14); Sportsnet's Buck Martinez on the World Series (…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss Alex Ovechkin's comments about how the Maple Leafs won't be able to win the Stanley Cup with their current style of play; Hockey Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom on his new book, "The Pursuit of Perfection," and playing for Mike Babcock; Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne in-studio on his new book, "My Life;" ESPN…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Houston Astros' resurgence to the brink of winning the World Series; Hockey Central's Jeff Marek on the Leafs' early-season struggles (21:02); Breaking down the classy response of Southampton FC's players to their record-setting 9-0 loss to Leicester City; ESPN's Howard Bryant on the World Series (47:25); CB…
 
Jeff Blair & Stephen Brunt discuss the expectations surrounding the Toronto Raptors' championship defence (4:29); Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis discusses the club's run to the MLS' East Final (21:38); Sportsnet's Hazel Mae on the Astros' handling of the Brandon Taubman incident (49:07); Sportsnet 650's Corey Hirsch on the Leafs' and Canucks' starts to t…
 
Jeff Blair & Stephen Brunt discuss the Washington Nationals' 2-0 World Series lead (4:29); Masai Ujiri's bringing of the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Africa w/ HBO's David Scott (27:02); Teeing up NFL Week 8 w/ ESPN's John Clayton (45:35); How the World Series is being taken in Montreal w/ legendary Expos voice Jacques Doucet (1:13:31); A wild week of b…
 
Jeff and Stephen kick off the show with their initial reaction on the Raptor's season opener and why they're concerned with the performance of the Leafs lately; Dan Shulman gives his take on game 1 of the World Series; Chris Johnston discusses the current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Jorge Sedano explains why the Clippers performance was even …
 
Jeff & Stephen do the show live from Jurassic Park to preview the 2019-20 season for the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors with Raps radio play-by-play team Eric Smith & Paul Jones, the Toronto Star's Doug Smith, Tim & Sid's Sid Seixeiro, and Raps TV voice Matt Devlin. It's not all basketball however, as the pair get NHL news & notes from NHL …
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt discuss the Maple Leafs win over the Bruins without John Tavares with TVA Sports� Renaud Lavoie; preview the World Series with Buck Martinez; ask five-time Norris trophy winner Ray Bourque about his charitable efforts and how the city of Boston can�t stop winning; and recap NFL Sunday with CBS Sports� Amy Trask. In the …
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt chat with actor Kim Coates about his career and doing charity work with Pinball Clemons; discuss Team Canada's 2-0 victory over Team USA with HC John Herdman; dissect Mark Shapiro's comments on At The Letters with Ben Nicholson-Smith & Arden Zwelling; weigh in on the implications of Tavares' injury with Chris Johnston; …
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt discuss the risks associated with the enforcer role in hockey with Stu Grimson; Week 7 in the NFL with insider John Clayton; and the Nationals' World Series berth with The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga. In the final hour, Blair and Brunt are joined by former Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan Berard to discuss his book �Rel…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt dig deep into the day's biggest stories. First they speak with Sportsnet's Todd Warriner about the Maple Leafs' win over the Minnesota Wild, and how they match up against tonight's opponent: the Washington Capitals. James Sharman, host of "Footy Prime- The Podcast" discusses Canada's big win over the US men's soccer tea…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host! On this edition: The guys kick off the sow with an in depth conversation on LeBron James' controversial comments regarding Daryl Morey's Hong Kong tweet; Sports Illustated senior soccer writer Grant Wahl joins the show to talk about the growth the Team Canada's mens soccer team, and what a win over the Americans w…
 
It's the debut of Writers Bloc! In the first hour, Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt are joined by a plethora of in-studio guests as the NHL on Sportsnet's Jeff Marek sticks around after Hockey Central, and two guys named Tim and Sid surprise Jeff and Stephen in-studio on the day that they make their return to the Sportsnet 590 The FAN airwaves. In the …
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt are in for the penultimate edition of Prime Time Sports! They kick things off by speaking to Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com ahead of the Lightning's tilt vs. the Leafs down at Scotiabank Arena (29:02); Sportsnet's Brian Burke joins in-studio for a look at the Leafs, including how the lack of fighting spirit mig…
 
Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt are in for today's edition of Prime Time Sports! Head coach of the Canadian men's national soccer team John Herdman joins the show in-studio to break down the team ahead of training camp kicking off this week (5:36). After the break, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins calls in to discuss the offseason and what the team could look…
 
Jeff Blair & Stephen Brunt Host: The guys discuss the Leafs� 3-2 loss to the Blues, as well as the Argos firing of general manager Jim Popp, and the NBA's Hong Kong controversy; Comedian Dave Hill is in-studio to discuss his bizarre journey across Canada, and rediscovering his Canadian heritage (25:35); Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliot Friedman discuss…
 
Jeff Blair & Stephen Brunt host: Stephen discusses his weekend trip to Liverpool to watch a Premier League match at Anfield, and we delve into Kyle Lowry�s contract extension with the Raptors; Sportsnet & MLB Network�s Cliff Floyd on the Postseason thus far, and how tough Houston�s pitching is (28:45); NHL on Sportsnet�s Jeff Marek on Kasperi Kapan…
 
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host: TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie joins the show to chat about the Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares announcement as captain [1:07], and the roundtable commences with Sportsnet's Shi Davidi and HNIC's David Amber where they discuss the impact of the C on the chest in different leagues [40:05], California introducing the…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch host: We discuss the announcement of John Tavares as the 25th captain in Toronto Maple Leafs history, and the Leafs' season-opening win over the Senators (1:00); Maple Leafs great (and former captain) Darryl Sittler discusses the naming of Tavares as captain (22:43); NHL on Sportsnet's Brian Burke on the appointment, an…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch host: We discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs as the season gets underway tonight, and recap Tuesday's thrilling Washington Nationals win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card game (2:11); Toronto Maple Leafs great Wendel Clark discusses his anticipation for the season, and the role of the captain in the modern NHL …
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch host: We break down the end-of-season remarks from Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins and President/CEO Mark Shapiro (0:40); SN590 Leafs analyst Jim Ralph on the team's outlook for the season (29:51); Jeff & Richard discuss Andre DeGrasse's silver medal win in the 200M at the World Athletics Championships (39:50); Hockey Night In…
 
Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch host: At The Letters� Ben Nicholson-Smith & Arden Zwelling join the show for a roundtable discussing the end of the Blue Jays� season; Jeff & Richard delve into the Maple Leafs� final roster cuts ahead of Wednesday�s opener (55:40); Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton driver and Olympic gold medalist Justin Kripps discusses the o…
 
Jeff discusses the Canadians drafted to the NBA (0:29); Raptors TV analyst Leo Rautins on Mfiondu Kabengele's rise and potential and RJ Barrett's fit with the Knicks (3:33); Leafs Morning Skate's Anthony Stewart on the Mitch Marner contract situation, the new rule changes, and his NHL Draft experience (27:45); ESPN's Jeff Passan on the proposed Mon…
 
Jeff Discusses the depth of Canadian basketball ahead of tonight's NBA Draft (0:36); Sportsnet NBA insider Michael Grange on the expectations for the NBA draft, RJ Barrett and what the Raptors need on their bench (4:46); Sportsnet chief soccer reporter John Molinaro on Canada's women's team being composed on their back line and the overall quality …
 
Jeff starts looking ahead to an uncertain off-season for the NBA Champion Raptors (0:53); Raptors radio analyst Paul Jones on the Raptors' summer (9:33); Toronto Police Service No. 52 Division Unit Commander Superintendent Michael Barsky on Monday's Raptors Championship Parade, and the criticism that followed (27:38); Hockey Central Saturday's Nick…
 
Jeff discusses the poor planning surrounding the Raptors' championship parade (0:45); Raptors play-by-play voice Matt Devlin on the parade (and his role in de-escalating the tension following the shooting at Nathan Phillips Square, and how the Raptors should approach the off-season (8:46); We hear from attendees of the Parade, and their experiences…
 
The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions! (0:57); We check in with an assortment of guests and fans, including ESPN's Tim Legler (8:39), Sportsnet's Faizal Khamisa (52:34), Sportsnet's Michael Grange (56:58), The Carroll (Iowa) Daily Times Herald's Brandon Hurley on Nick Nurse's path to NBA glory (1:19:17), Tim & Sid's Sid Seixeiro (1:34:36), long-tim…
 
The Raptors have another shot at winning the NBA Finals tonight! (0:44); NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk's Dan Feldman on Raptors-Warriors ahead of Game 6 (7:35); What's one word to describe how you're feeling ahead of Game 6? (17:42); Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game's Gord Stellick on the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and their Game 7 win ove…
 
Jeff discusses the unprecedented amount of Canadian interest in the Raptors (0:53); Former Canadian national team member Dwight Walton on the NBA Finals, and how the Raptors fandom has made its way to Montreal (7:31); Former NBA guard Nick Van Exel on Kevin Durant's decision to play in Game 4 of Raptors-Warriors, and on the mentality of an NBA play…
 
Jeff discusses the Raptors' crowd's controversial reaction to Kevin Durant's injury in Monday's Game 5 win for the Warriors (0:30); SN590's Paul Jones on Game 5 (9:05); What stood out the most from Game 5? (33:41); Sportsnet's Leo Rautins on Raptors-Warriors (46:18); InStreetClothes' Jeff Stotts on the Durant injury (1:21:08); NBA Analyst/Former As…
 
Jeff entertains the possibility of the Raptors ending the Warriors' dynasty on Monday night (0:37); SN590's Eric Smith on the Raptors and Warriors heading into Game 5 of The NBA Finals (7:17); How confident are you in the Raptors' chance of closing out the Finals in Game 5 (26:52); Basketball Central's Sherman Hamilton on The Finals (47:03); Sports…
 
Jeff discusses the swift reaction of the NBA to the incident between Kyle Lowry and Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens (0:59); Canada Basketball President/CEO (and former Raptors GM) Glen Grunwald on the Raptors and The Finals, and the impact of this run on Canadian basketball (9:45); ESPN's Howard Bryant on the Lowry/Stevens incident (31:33); Sports…
 
The Raptors top the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals to take a 2-1 series lead (0:50); NBA TV's Stu Jackson on the Finals (8:52); What to make of Nick Nurse's recent coaching job? (27:02); TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 5 (49:45); MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on the Yankees' season thus far, and Craig Kimbrel's sign…
 
Jeff discusses the significance of Kawhi Leonard's return to Oakland tonight (0:11); "The Soul of Basketball" author Ian Thomsen on the Raptors and Warriors ahead of Game 3 of the NBA Finals (3:19); Toronto Mayor John Tory on ways to persuade Kawhi Leonard to stay in the city, and on the passion the city's shown for the Raptors (19:33); Sportsnet's…
 
Jeff feels it's tough to overstate Klay Thompson's importance to the Warriors (0:59); Former Canadian Men's National Team player Dwight Walton on Raptors-Warriors off of the first two games (5:46); We gauge the temperature of the Raptors' fanbase ahead of Game 3 (25:11); City University of New York tenured law professor Marc Edelman on Kawhi Leonar…
 
Jeff feels the Kyle Lowry-Stephen Curry matchup told the tale of the Warriors' Game 2 win over the Raptors (0:25); SN 590's Eric Smith on the Warriors' win (8:18); How does Raptors-Warriors go from here as the teams head to Oakland? (31:52); NBC Sports' Dan Feldman on the Finals through two games (44:17); Sportsnet's Leo Rautins on Game 2 (52:39); …
 
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and now the star of "Homecoming King", a one-man show he wrote that's running at The Cherry Lane Theater in New York City thru November 15, 2015, and hopefully even longer than that. Oh! And he was also in a Pizza Hut commercial! I mean, this guy is killin' it. In…
 
"Over The Edge" is a 1979 movie about teenagers who rebel against the monotony of their planned suburban community and the adults who force them to live there. It's not the most famous movie you'll ever see. It's also not the best movie you'll ever see. But it got 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty damn good, it was Curt Cobain's favorite movi…
 
Mike Sacks might know as much about comedy writing as almost anybody. Why? Because he's interviewed dozens of the best comedy writers on television for his books, "And Here's the Kicker" and "Poking a Dead Frog". But wait! There's more! Mike also co-wrote the hilarious "Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk" with several other writers including Bob's Burgers w…
 
Sarah Pappalardo is the co-founder of Reductress, the first and only satirical women’s magazine. Reductress is a hilarious website conceived, developed, and run by Sarah and her co-everything, Beth Newell. Sarah tells Writers' Bloc all about how she and Beth took an idea and made it into an actual product, and trust me, there's more to it than meet…
 
Matthew Diffee is a very funny man and an excellent artist, which makes him perfectly suited for the world of cartooning. Matt has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999 and he now has a fantastically entertaining book out called “Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.” We start, as usual, at the beginning, discussing the mu…
 
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