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Joe Strike

Joe Strike (@JoeStrike) is an artist, writer, and producer based in New York.

He is the author of “Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture” which won the the 2017 Ursa Major Award for Best Non-Fiction Work and is all about the history of furry fandom and how becoming a Furry transformed his own life.

Joe’s “fursona” Komos is the co-star of Komos & Goldie, an ongoing superhero comic co-created and written by Joe and British fur Oliver Coombes, and made the cover of Huck magazine in December 2017 for an arts and culture story on the furry lifestyle.

In today’s episode we explore the subculture of furry fandom and the people who like to dress-up as their anthropomorphic animal alter-egos.

We trace the the origins of furry fandom, how furries develop their “fursona” and design their fursuits, the psychological motivations behind the lifestyle, and how much, or how little, furry fandom is related to sex and sexuality.

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Related Links

JoeStrike.com – Joe’s website

FurryNation.com – Homepage for the “Furry Nation” book

Komos & Goldie – Tumblr page

FurAffinity.net – the internet’s largest online gallery for furry, anthro, dragon, brony art work and more

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Image courtesy: Spirou333

Dr. Brian King

Dr. Brian King (@drbrianking) is a psychologist, stand-up comedian and public speaker who travels the world as a performer and an instructor, giving seminars to thousand of people each year on the health benefits of humor.

He was the founder and producer of the highly reviewed Wharf Room Comedy show in San Francisco and produces the annual Bay Area comedy competition “Walk the Plank”.

Brian is the author of a number of books including “Frozen Coffee Melting“, “A Field Guide to the North American Bloody Mary“, and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion, “The Laughing Cure: Emotional and Physical Healing – A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really is the Best Medicine“.

In today’s episode we explore the evolutionary origins of humor, whether being funny is a natural ability or a skill that anyone can learn, the anatomy of joke-telling, the mental and physical benefits of laughter, and why humor can be the perfect antidote to some of life’s darkest moments.

 

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Related Links

Brian’s Website

Brian’s Facebook Page

Brian’s YouTube Channel

Science declares this is the funniest joke in the world – CNet

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