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Scott Aukerman's Murderous Beams of Hilarity

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Scott Aukerman is one of the main brains behind Los Angeles’ healthy world of alternative comedy.

Comedy Death-Ray, the weekly stand-up show he started with BJ Porter in 2002, sells out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theare every Tuesday. Last year, he started launched Comedy Death-Ray Radio on the post-terrestrial radio Indie 103.1. This podcast features regulars from the live show being hilarious.

Looking to put product on their Internet-only radio station, Aukerman was a perfect fit for Indie 103.1. “The price was right for them, because I said I’d do it for free,” he told LAist.

In addition to the live stream, Indie 103.1 availed the show via podcast and it took off. “I quickly found out way more people listen to podcasts than listen to [Internet] radio.” Now, Comedy Death-Ray Radio is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts in the world.

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"Originally, I just thought the radio show was going to be something to advertise for the live show, and it quickly became it’s own thing."

Aside from their Death-Ray brand, Aukerman and Porter have had great success as a writing team, both getting their starts writing on HBO’s Mr. Show (for which they were nominated for an Emmy.) One of their recent works has been at the helm of the lauded web series Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis.

LAist had a chance to talk to Aukerman about new media, local comedy, and, of course, horsey sauce.