Philosophy vs. Improv #4: Death at Not a Doctor’s Office

Is death something to be feared? What’s next? What are the DETAILS? Do not adjust your listening device or call an ambulance. That sound you hear is not ground hum nor tinnitus but is the sound of improvisation.

Warning: We talk about suicide a bit. If you’re feeling depressed, don’t call the lava demon hotline, as it is a scam.

We make a few references in this one that might be clarified by some clips if you’re confused: It’s sad when Hulk has to leave. Watch Richard Pryor on Norm and Kirk Douglas post-stroke accepting an Oscar. Brush up on Chris Farley’s Matt Foley lest you end up in a van down by the river.

In the Post-Game, Bill recommends James Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed. Mark recommends Nathan for You; though I couldn’t find the pet cemetery episode online, the Ghost Realtor segment is fantastic.

For more on this argument about death Mark refers to, listen to the Partially Examined Life episodes on Epicurus and also Plato’s Phaedo.

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Audio editing by Tyler Hislop.

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