Bowling for Fun(ny) with Rob Dubbin

Colleen Macklin is a game designer and Associate Professor in the school of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. In 2006 she founded and co-directs PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab), a lab that develops games for experimental learning and social engagement. She is a member of the game design collective Local No. 12, makers of the card game The Metagame (2015), and the videogame, Dear Reader (2019). She co-authored with John Sharp Games, Design and Play: A detailed look at iterative game design (2016) and Iterate: Ten Lessons in Design and Failure (2019)

In this episode of Fun Games with Serious People, I play the charmingly ridiculous game Alfonso’s Bowling Challenge  with writer, comedian and entrepreneur Rob Dubbin. We discuss Rob’s writing days for the Steven Colbert Show and his recent entrepreneurial turn with his company Scripto . There’s also a great story about a goat in New York City. Tune in as we try to answer the question: “how does funny work?” (filmed and recorded February 2020)


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Rob Dubbin

Rob Dubbin is CEO and co-founder with Stephen Colbert of Scripto, where they make software for TV shows. Previously Rob wrote for TV on The Colbert Report and The Late Show. He has contributed to Botnik Studios, a comedic hive mind of humans and machines, and has written articles for the New Yorker, GQ, and more. In his spare time, he works on games and bots. He recently wrote a very funny tweet about the Dolly Parton classic Jolene.

Show Notes

Alfonso’s Bowling Challenge is by kittenm4ster

Colleen Macklin is the host of Fun Games with Serious People
Colin Howarth is our Editor and Producer
Yiqin Ma, is our Videographer
Our theme is “Rainbow” by Chad Crouch

Fun Games with Serious People is made possible through a grant from The New Schooland Parsons School of Design

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