Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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A Podcast About Jokes


Hasan Minhaj’s “We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd”
Jun 30 • 91 min
While an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s political comedy talk show “Patriot Act” usually takes weeks, if not months, of research and writing, after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25th, Hasan felt he couldn’t wait — he…
Yvonne Orji’s Autopay
Jun 23 • 69 min
This week, host Jesse David Fox calls up comedian and actor Yvonne Orji. Yvonne appears on the HBO series Insecure as Molly, Issa Dee’s best friend, but this week Yvonne is on to talk about her new hour special, “Momma, I Made It!” Born in Nigeria and…
Eric Andre’s “Cops”
Jun 16 • 45 min
This week, host Jesse David Fox talks to comedian and prankster extraordinaire Eric Andre. You may know Eric from his Adult Swim show, The Eric Andre Show, but this week he’s on Good One to talk about his first hour stand-up special, Legalize Everything.…
Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island
Jun 9 • 83 min
This week, host Jesse David Fox calls up legendary comedy writer/director/producer Judd Apatow. You know, Anchorman, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Bridesmaids, Girls, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, Popstar, The Big Sick, Love — any of these…
Hannah Gadsby’s Prepositions
Jun 2 • 83 min
This week, host Jesse David Fox goes global, calling comedian Hannah Gadsby all the way in Melbourne, Australia. Hannah began her career in comedy in 2006, but found international success in 2018 when her special Nanette debuted on Netflix. Nanette won…
Oh, Hello
May 26 • 65 min
This week, Jesse David Fox welcomes Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland to the show! Gil and George are two 70-year-old jerks slash roommates slash Alan Alda fans, living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, best known for their fish-themed prank show “Too…
Patton Oswalt’s Cereal
May 19 • 72 min
This week on Good One we have a sequel! That’s right. We’re joined again by Patton Oswalt, nearly two whole years since his Good One debut in May 2018. In that episode we discussed his special Annihilation, which we touch on again today. But this episode…
Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety
May 12 • 57 min
This week, Jesse revisits his interview with comedian Aparna Nancherla of Comedy Central’s Corporate and Netflix’s The Standups. The joke is from her debut album, Just Putting It Out There, which came out in 2016. Aparna first started doing this joke when…
Sara Schaefer’s Hobby Lobby
May 5 • 98 min
This episode, Jesse talks to stand-up comedian and TV writer Sara Schaefer. Back in 2013, Sara and fellow comedian Nikki Glaser adapted their podcast “You Had to Be There” into the MTV late night show Nikki & Sara Live, which ran for two seasons. Since…
Daniel Sloss’s Religion
Apr 28 • 77 min
This episode, Jesse talks to Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss, who made a name for himself at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which he started performing at as a teen and has since done 10 full shows. Daniel’s joke started as a tweet in 2012, was workshopped…
Chelsea Peretti’s Late with a Coffee
Apr 21 • 66 min
In this week’s episode, Jesse talks to comedian Chelsea Peretti, who in early 2019 left her role as Gina Linetti on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After departing the show, she decided she wanted to spend time following her muse. And her muse turned out…
David Wain’s Taco Man
Apr 14 • 59 min
On this week’s episode, Jesse talks to actor/writer/director David Wain, whose wide body of work ranges from films Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models to TV series Children’s Hospital and Medical Police. David’s career began in the late…
Comedy Under Quarantine with Roy Wood Jr. and Maria Bamford
Apr 7 • 71 min
On this week’s special coronavirus-focused episode, stand-up comedians Roy Wood Jr. and Maria Bamford discuss how comedy has been affected and has adapted to COVID-19 and self-quarantining. First, Roy explains just how radically different it is for…
Ronny Chieng’s Amazon Prime Now
Mar 31 • 67 min
On this week’s episode, Daily Show senior correspondent Ronnie Chieng talks about his journey to his first Netflix stand-up special, Asian Comedian Destroys America! Born in Malaysia, Ronny grew up in Singapore and began doing stand-up in Australia, where…
Marc Maron’s Tumeric
Mar 24 • 80 min
When veteran stand-up Marc Maron recorded his latest hour special, End Times Fun, back in October 2019, he had no idea how topical it would be. Seven months later, End Times Fun has proven to be bizarrely, morosely timely, as it deals with themes of…
Taylor Tomlinson’s Virginity
Mar 17 • 71 min
On this week’s episode, standup comedian wunderkind Taylor Tomlinson (Self-Helpless podcast) talks about becoming one of the youngest comics ever to have their own Netflix one-hour stand-up special. Her path to taping her hilarious Quarter-Life Crisis at…
Moshe Kasher’s Crowd Work
Mar 10 • 80 min
On this week’s episode, we welcome back Moshe Kasher, a comedian who’s best known as an early podcast pioneer (R.I.P. the Champs, long live Houndtall and The Endless Honeymoon) and one-half of the standup power couple with wife Natasha Leggero, who he…
Michelle Wolf’s Otters
Mar 3 • 78 min
Our two-part series on “comedians named Michelle” continues this week with Michelle Wolf. Michelle has been known to comedy fans for years for writing and performing on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” But her headliner…
Michelle Buteau’s “Nobody Wanna See Your D*ck”
Feb 25 • 64 min
Good One relaunches with comedian Michelle Buteau, who you may know as host of the Netflix reality show “The Circle,” or her roles in “Always Be My Maybe” and the “First Wives Club” reboot on BET+. Michelle’s about to bring her conversational, big-hearted…
Good One Trailer
Feb 19 • 2 min
What goes into writing and telling a joke? Each week, Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox breaks down a joke with the comedian or performer who told it. New episodes drop Tuesday mornings. From Vulture and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Learn more about…
BONUS: Josh Gondelman Interviews Jesse
Feb 10 • 64 min
This is the episode you’ve been asking for — yes all of you! The tables are turned as Josh Gondelman interviews Good One host Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox), and poses all the big questions — why a podcast about jokes? What’s changed about comedy today?…
The Good Place’s Janet and Jason (BONUS)
Jan 27 • 57 min
In anticipation of the series finale of The Good Place, stars D’Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto talk about how the show’s writers came up with the unconventional romance between their characters Janet and Jason, what they’re going to miss most about the…
Moshe Kasher’s Personal Hell (Rerun)
Jan 13 • 64 min
Jesse David Fox and Moshe Kasher deconstruct a joke about heaven from Moshe’s 2013 “Live From Oakland” special — it’s a bit that’s evolved over time, as he first tried a much shorter version of the joke on his 2009 album. They talk about religion, Moshe’s…
Nikki Glaser Roasts Bruce Willis (Rerun)
Dec 30, 2019 • 61 min
Nikki Glaser asserted herself as a ruthless and talented roaster at Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe in 2016, so it was no surprise that she was invited back for Bruce Willis in 2018. Nikki walks Jesse through the roast process from start to finish,…
I Think You Should Leave’s Focus Group Sketch
Dec 16, 2019 • 62 min
Ok, here we go. The most requested joke/sketch/idea for this show, ever. Recorded live from Vulture Festival 2019 in LA, it’s the first ever “Live Oral History” featuring one of the year’s best pieces of comedy. “Ford Focus Group” is a sketch from…
Best Standup Specials of 2019 (Part 2)
Dec 11, 2019 • 60 min
Aaaaaaand we’re back. Jesse and Vulture Staff Writer Kathryn VanArendonk continue their review of the year’s ten best standup specials, counting down numbers 5 to 1. Discussed in this episode: Nikki Glaser - Bangin’ Gary Gulman - The Great Depresh Mike…
Best Standup Specials of 2019 (Part 1)
Dec 9, 2019 • 61 min
As 2019 draws to a close, Jesse and Vulture Staff Writer Kathryn VanArendonk review her ranking of the year’s ten best standup specials, with some added honorable mentions. Discussed in this episode: Nate Bargatze - The Tennessee Kid Whitney Cummings -…
Party Down Reunion Panel (BONUS)
Nov 25, 2019 • 78 min
In another live panel recorded at Vulturefest 2019 in LA, we’re bringing you the first ever Party Down reunion. Jesse talks with the show’s creators and stars about what went into casting the show, and then runs through their favorite episodes and…
Community Reunion Panel (BONUS)
Nov 11, 2019 • 73 min
Recorded live at Vulture Festival 2019 in LA, holy shit, it’s a live Community reunion! The cast and creators of the hit show Community talk about their favorite episodes and moments from the series. Jim raps, Danny does the Batman voice, everyone talks…
Maria Bamford Wants You to Know How Much Money She Makes (Rerun)
Nov 4, 2019 • 54 min
A lot of people tell us we should talk to Maria Bamford, and you know what? They’re right. They’re so right that we’re re-airing the episode she was on two years ago. The interview focuses on the commencement speech she gave at the University of…
Ron Funches’s “F Linda” (Rerun)
Oct 28, 2019 • 44 min
Jesse talks to Ron Funches about his short but sweet joke “F Linda”. The “F” in this joke title stands for f**k, so you’re going to hear the word f**k a lot. Wait, where are those stars coming from. I can’t type f**k here? Ok. Fine. Moving on. “F Linda”…
Jen Kirkman’s Cure for Street Harassment (Rerun)
Oct 21, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode from Season 1, Jen Kirkman looks at the closer of her 2017 special Just Keep Livin’? She and Jesse start at the very kernel of this joke, going back to its inciting incident in a Starbuck’s parking lot in North Carolina. Jen took that…
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok (Rerun)
Oct 14, 2019 • 57 min
Back in Season 2, Jesse got to speak with actor, writer, and director Taika Waititi about his remarkably comedic take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok. The interview touches on Taika’s New Zealand style of comedy, and how he approached…
Roy Wood Jr.’s Black Patriotism (Rerun)
Oct 7, 2019 • 62 min
In 2017, Jesse recorded a live episode of Good One with Roy Wood Jr. at the Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto. The bit that they discussed was “Black Patriotism?”, from Roy’s 2017 special Father Figure. Roy reveals the staggering amount of live comedy…
Tig Notaro’s Taylor Dayne Story (Rerun)
Sep 30, 2019 • 48 min
Tig Notaro has been one of the most requested Good One guests, so we’re replaying our interview with her from Season 1. Tig and Jesse talk at her house about her breakthrough Taylor Dayne joke, in which Tig chronicles her various run-ins with…
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Word Crimes” (Rerun)
Sep 23, 2019 • 40 min
In Jesse’s first “holy shit, I’m interviewing this person” interview, “Weird Al” Yankovic explains what went into his song “Word Crimes” from his 2014 album Mandatory Fun. Based on Robin Thicke’s multiplatinum, misogynistic club theme “Blurred Lines”,…
Jerry Seinfeld (Rerun)
Sep 16, 2019 • 61 min
Haven’t bothered to check out the Good One back catalogue yet? Well, don’t worry. We’re digging out the classics to bring to you while you wait for our next season. In this proto-episode of Good One, hear the interview with Jerry Seinfeld that inspired…
Gilbert Gottfried’s The Aristocrats
Sep 9, 2019 • 77 min
In the Season 6 finale of Good One, we finally deconstruct the legendary joke “The Aristocrats” with the help of its most infamous teller, Gilbert Gottfried. This one’s marked explicit for a reason, folks. You’ll hear Gilbert’s personal history with the…
Nate Bargatze’s Dead Horse
Sep 2, 2019 • 79 min
Nate Bargatze is one of the the few comedians whose funniness Jesse couldn’t fully put his finger on. He wrote about Nate’s Dead Horse joke in April 2018 after Nate performed a shortened version of it on Jimmy Fallon. It was an atypical joke for late…
Whitney Cummings’s Feminist Huddle
Aug 26, 2019 • 50 min
Whitney Cummings released her latest stand-up special Can I Touch It? on July 30, 2019. Its title can be read a few different ways, one of which being a question of what is and isn’t ok for comedians to joke about. Jesse talks to to Whitney about tackling…
Danny McBride’s The Righteous Gemstones’s Opening Scene
Aug 19, 2019 • 69 min
Danny McBride walks Jesse through the opening scene of his new HBO series The Righteous Gemstones. Along the way, they also touch on the first scenes of his other series and films, including Eastbound & Down, The Foot Fist Way, and Vice Principals. Danny…
Russian Doll’s 22 Death Scenes
Aug 12, 2019 • 122 min
This week we’re looking at the greatest joke of all: death. More specifically, the twenty-two deaths that occur over the course of the Netflix series Russian Doll. Jesse talks to Leslye Headland, the show’s co-creator, writer and director, about the…
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Catskills Set
Aug 5, 2019 • 70 min
Jesse speaks to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the creators and co-writers of the tv-show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Despite the titular Mrs. Maisel being a fictional comedian, Jesse wants to know where she might draw her material from, and…
Emily Heller’s Workout Clothes
Jul 29, 2019 • 97 min
Comedian, writer and actor Emily Heller talks to Jesse about a joke from both her album Pasta and her Comedy Central standup special Ice Thickeners. Despite being recorded about six months apart, her delivery and wording is almost exactly the same in each…
Late Night Writers Panel (LA)
Jul 22, 2019 • 95 min
Jesse once again dives into the world of Late Night television, hosting another panel of writers at NeueHouse in Los Angeles. While the writers answer Jesse’s questions about their starts in Late Night and their daily routines, a good chunk of the…
James Adomian’s Gay Villains
Jul 15, 2019 • 80 min
Comedian, actor, and impressionist James Adomian talks to Jesse about a joke from his first album Low Hangin Fruit about the gay villain archetype portrayed in Disney films, and many other forms of media. James recounts how the joke snowballed from one…
Amanda Seales’s Catcalling
Jul 8, 2019 • 57 min
Amanda Seales does a lot. Besides being an actress, poet, musician, DJ, lecturer and activist, she’s also a great comedian. Jesse and Amanda talk about her natural progression into comedy after being a prominent figure in all other forms of media, and a…
Anthony Jeselnik’s Three Flights
Jul 1, 2019 • 65 min
Join Jesse as he interviews Anthony Jeselnik in front of an audience at Clusterfest in San Francisco. While the interview is based around a specific joke from Anthony’s latest special Fire in the Maternity Ward, Jesse walks Anthony through his past jokes…
Desus & Mero’s EGOT Quest
Jun 24, 2019 • 71 min
Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker and Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez make up the Bronx-born comedy duo Deus & Mero. The two met in high school and reconnected on Twitter. From 2013-2014 they cohosted their podcast Desus vs Mero, then went on to appear on MTV’s Guy…
Late Night Writers Panel (NY)
Jun 17, 2019 • 71 min
Jesse talks to a panel of writers from NYC’s Late Night TV shows. Recorded in front of an audience in conjunction with 92Y Talks, the guests guide Jesse through a day in the life of a Late Night TV writer. The group shares how they got started, their…
Joel Kim Booster’s Gay Dads
Jun 10, 2019 • 62 min
Comedian Joel Kim Booster talks to Jesse about the evolution of his late night sets and career, focusing in partiuclar on his January 2019 performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Joel addresses Asian and gay stereotypes as they’ve appeared in…
The Lonely Island’s Jose & Mark
Jun 6, 2019 • 72 min
Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island talk to Jesse about a track off of their newest release, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, a “visual poem” about the imagined rap careers of former Oakland Athletics sluggers Mark McGwire and…
James Corden’s Crosswalk the Musical
Jun 3, 2019 • 99 min
James Corden is the host of The Late Late Show on CBS. He and Jesse walk through the history of one of the show’s recurring segments, Crosswalk the Musical which is…well…a musical in a crosswalk. Initially a performance of Grease in front of The Late Late…
Beth Stelling’s Wet ‘n Wild
May 27, 2019 • 62 min
In Good One’s Season 6 premiere, comedian Beth Stelling breaks down a joke from her first album Sweet Beth. The joke is about a trip Beth took to the Florida water park Wet ‘n Wild with her father and siblings. Beth points out what she likes and doesn’t…
(BONUS) Happy Endings Reunion
May 20, 2019 • 77 min
What miracle is this? Audio once forgotten and buried within the darkest recesses of Vulture’s dungeons has found its way back to the light. Jesse hosts a live panel with the stars and creators of the cult-classic TV show Happy Endings. Recorded live at…
(BONUS) Clone High Reunion
May 13, 2019 • 61 min
Jesse leads a live panel discussion with the cast and creators of the cult-classic MTV animated series Clone High. The show itself, co-created by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence, was about a high school filled with clones of famous historical…
(BONUS) Catherine Cohen’s Dreams
May 6, 2019 • 17 min
Here’s another bonus episode as we lead up to our Season 6 premiere! Jesse interviews comedian Catherine Cohen live at Union Hall in Brooklyn, following a musical tribute to her totally normal and not-at-all-bizarre dreams. Follow Catherine on Twitter.…
(BONUS) Las Culturistas’s I Don’t Think So, Honey!
Apr 15, 2019 • 19 min
This week we’re going back to the 2018 Brooklyn Podcast Festival for a short interview Jesse did with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, AKA Las Culturistas. Matt and Bowen each demonstrate an “I Don’t Think So, Honey!” or their cathartic, one-minute cultural…
Kevin Hart’s Kids Walk in on Him Having Sex
Apr 1, 2019 • 72 min
Good One Season 5 comes to a close with another superstar comedian, Kevin Hart. Jesse takes a trip to Atlanta to speak with Kevin just before the release of his newest stand-up special Irresponsible. They discuss the show’s opener, a story about when…
Gary Gulman’s Trader Joe’s
Mar 25, 2019 • 115 min
Jesse finally sits down with Gary Gulman to talk about a joke from his 2016 special It’s About Time. The joke is about an experience Gary had at Trader Joe’s, but it’s way, waaaaaaaay bigger than that. Gary takes his audience through TJ’s snack selection…
The Good Place Writers Panel
Mar 18, 2019 • 62 min
In Fall 2018, we recorded a live panel discussion with the writers of The Good Place at Vulturefest LA. Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson, the panel guests reveal what comedy inspired them, how their writers room was formed, and offer advice to aspiring…
Rhea Butcher’s Flight Attendants and Lyft Drivers
Mar 11, 2019 • 90 min
Jesse speaks to standup comic, actor, and writer Rhea Butcher about two versions of their joke about being misgendered. The first iteration comes from Rhea’s album Butcher, and the second was performed on one of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2…
Lil Rel’s Can I Have, I Want
Mar 4, 2019 • 59 min
Jesse speaks with actor, comedian, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery live at Vulturefest in October 2018. The conversation centers around a joke Rel told on Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up in 2010, and ties into material from his 2015 stand-up…
The Lucas Brothers’ History of Western Philosophy
Feb 25, 2019 • 69 min
Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka comedy duo The Lucas Brothers, sit down with Jesse to discuss a joke-in-progress about Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy. The two reflect on their relationship as brothers, identical twins, writing partners,…
Seth Meyers’s Juan Likes Rice and Chicken
Feb 18, 2019 • 59 min
Jesse’s back in the Late Night with Seth Meyers conference room with—wait for it—Seth Meyers! While there’s plenty to talk about, the conversation centers around Seth writing the Documentary Now! episode Juan Likes Rice and Chicken. The two touch on…
Ray Romano’s Son Joe
Feb 11, 2019 • 51 min
Ray Romano sits down with Jesse to talk about his new Netflix special, Right Here, Around the Corner. The two go over Ray’s jokes about his son Joe, why he continues to see his family as a source of new material, and what made the Comedy Cellar the right…
Saturday Night Live’s Totino’s Ad Trilogy
Feb 4, 2019 • 59 min
It’s sequel time! Sort of. On a Good One episode from way back in the year 2018, Jesse asked Vanessa Bayer about Saturday Night Live’s series of ad parodies for Totino’s pizza rolls. What started as a take on gender stereotypes in advertising evolved over…
Julie Klausner’s Roast Beef Sandwich
Jan 28, 2019 • 55 min
Jesse talks to actor, comedian, writer, and friend Julie Klausner about a seemingly random joke from her Hulu series Difficult People. Recorded live at Union Hall in Brooklyn, the two talk about equal treatment of male and female genitalia in comedy,…
Sebastian Maniscalco’s Doorbell
Jan 21, 2019 • 55 min
Jesse talks to comedian Sebastian Maniscalco about the creation of one of his most well-known jokes, “Doorbell”. Not only does Sebastian have a new Netflix special out, but at the time of the interview he was days away from headlining a weekend of…
Nicole Byer’s Fat Jokes
Jan 14, 2019 • 58 min
Welcome back to Good One. We missed you dearly. For our Season 5 premiere, comedian, actress, and improviser Nicole Byer invited Jesse over to talk about the opening jokes of her new Netflix special, Aggressively Adorable. For more Nicole check out…
Sinbad Doesn’t Write Jokes
Dec 10, 2018 • 70 min
With all of his standup specials, records, and multiple roles in TV and film, Sinbad has no shortage of material to dissect. But when Jesse reached out to to ask what joke Sinbad wanted to discuss on the podcast, Sinbad didn’t want to pick one. Why?…
Rachel Bloom’s Space Jam
Dec 3, 2018 • 40 min
Years before creating and starring in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom wrote and performed a musical sketch about a young actress’s obsession with Space Jam, the 1996 animated and live-action crossover starring Michael Jordan and a bunch of…
Laurie Kilmartin’s Conan Set
Nov 26, 2018 • 58 min
Laurie Kilmartin is a stand-up comedian and writer for Conan. She’s also cohost of the podcast The Jackie and Laurie Show along with comedian Jackie Kashian. Laurie discusses the formation of her 2017 Conan set, finding a new muse 20-years into her…
Mike Birbiglia’s Celebrity Golf
Nov 19, 2018 • 66 min
Mike Birbiglia cemented his style of comedic storytelling in specials like Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God For Jokes. He’s also the writer and director of Don’t Think Twice and the movie adaptation of Sleepwalk With Me. Now,…
Kenan Thompson’s Lavar Ball Impression
Nov 12, 2018 • 71 min
Kenan Thompson and collaborator Bryan Tucker have been working on SNL together for years. In August 2017, they debuted Kenan’s take on NBA personality Lavar Ball. It went over so well that the impression returned for three additional Weekend Updates.…
Max Silvestri Tells Leah Beckmann’s Upstate Cabin Story
Nov 5, 2018 • 58 min
Comedian Max Silvestri and writer Leah Beckmann have been together for seven years. They have a dog. For years Max hosted the New York alt-comedy showcase Big Terrific, which Leah had been to a couple of times before approaching Max on the subway to say…
Nikki Glaser Roasts Bruce Willis
Oct 29, 2018 • 59 min
Nikki Glaser asserted herself as a ruthless and talented roaster at Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe in 2016, so it was no surprise that she was invited back for Bruce Willis in 2018. Nikki walks Jesse through the roast process from start to finish,…
Chris Gethard’s Mother’s Day
Oct 22, 2018 • 59 min
Jesse and Chris Gethard discuss the transition from improviser to stand-up comedian, and then dissect the quintessential “Gethard Joke.” Chris recounts wrapping The Chris Gethard Show, his ambitious HBO special Career Suicide, and what’s problematic about…
Phoebe Robinson’s Julia Roberts Swimming Lesson
Oct 15, 2018 • 59 min
Comedian, actress, and author Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, You Can’t Touch My Hair, Ibiza) talks Jesse through getting a swimming lesson from Julia Roberts on the Adriatic sea—what she calls one of her life’s “Non-Trash Moments” in her forthcoming book…
Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth Shame-Filled Dirty Talk
Oct 8, 2018 • 59 min
In the Season 4 premiere of Good One, Nick Kroll discusses the difference between shame and guilt and how both concepts factor into writing a show like Big Mouth, which returned October 5th for its second season on Netflix. Learn more about your ad…
Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety
Aug 5, 2018 • 55 min
In the season finale of Good One, Jesse and Aparna Nancherla (Just Putting It Out There, Comedy Central’s Corporate, Netflix’s The Standups) discuss how depression and anxiety came to be a part of her act, how her jokes about mental health have been…
Will Forte’s The Last Man on Earth Ending
Jul 30, 2018 • 56 min
Jesse talks to Will about the Last Man on Earth’s final scene, the show’s journey, and what would have come next if the show hadn’t been cancelled. Recorded live in Montreal at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Naomi Ekperigin’s First Late Night Set
Jul 23, 2018 • 66 min
New York based Naomi Ekperigin is quickly becoming an influential voice in modern comedy. She’s worked as a staff writer for Broad City and Great News, and was listed as one of the “20 Comedians You Should and Will Know” by Vulture. Jesse talks to Naomi…
Reggie Watts Comes Up with a New Song
Jul 16, 2018 • 58 min
Reggie Watts doesn’t write jokes. With nothing but a microphone and some looping pedals, he crafts one-of-a-kind musical improv comedy. So on this special episode of Good One, Reggie improvises a song in the studio and we break down his process. He…
Vanessa Bayer’s Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy
Jul 9, 2018 • 69 min
Vanessa Bayer stops in to discuss the creation of her character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She talks about her formative years of comedy, Judaism, and how the process of writing a subtle and specific character evolved each time Jacob returned. Learn more…
Bo Burnham’s Can’t Handle This
Jul 2, 2018 • 61 min
This week Bo Burnham, writer and director of the feature Eight Grade, was interviewed live at Vulturefest. Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox and Bo discuss his auto-tuned rant that closed out Burnham’s Netflix special titled ‘Make Happy.’ They dissect…
Jimmy Fallon’s Do Not Play
Jun 25, 2018 • 65 min
Jimmy Fallon drops by to talk about his bit ‘Do Not Play,’ sharing songs so bad that you just have to listen to them. Fallon discusses finding his calling with the Tonight Show, a variety show and an institution, with the mission of putting a smile on…
Patton Oswalt’s Polish Woman of Doom
Jun 18, 2018 • 53 min
Patton Oswalt talks about the process of writing comedy in the face of real and personal tragedy. Oswalt’s passion for crafting jokes, turns of phrase, and the way in which he talks about the world were thrown into intense perspective as he dealt with the…
Trevor Noah’s Daily Show
Jun 11, 2018 • 66 min
In a special edition of Good One recorded live at Clusterfest, host Jesse David Fox discusses the process of creating the Daily Show with a panel of writers including Trevor Noah, Dulce Sloan, Michael Costa, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chang, Roy Wood Jr. This…
David Cross’s Squagels
Jun 4, 2018 • 62 min
David Cross breaks down a joke from early in his career about the fast casual chain COSI’s attempt to make the bagel ‘cool.’ He discusses balancing material between the silly, serious, and political, as well his his relationship to the South. Learn more…
Cameron Esposito’s Rape Joke
May 28, 2018 • 74 min
Cameron Esposito discusses a joke about the misrepresentation of sexual assault in popular culture. In this interview with Jesse David Fox, Cameron speaks to the challenge of sharing her own experience, drawing the audience in, and creating a space to…
John Mulaney’s One Hundred Million Dollars
May 21, 2018 • 55 min
Welcome to season 3 of Good One! Kid Gorgeous a.k.a. John Mulaney stops by to break down a joke in defense of financiers. John shares how he found his stride in an ‘old timey’ voice, expands on his fascination with OJ Simpson, and talks about how working…
Pete Holmes’s Green Eggs and Ham
Jan 22, 2018 • 58 min
Jesse David Fox talks to Pete Holmes about a joke from his 2016 special Faces & Sounds. They talk about Pete’s “spidey sense” as a comedian, why anger can be a great cue, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wyatt Cenac’s Black History Month
Jan 15, 2018 • 44 min
In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Wyatt Cenac about his Black History Month joke, which appears on his last album, Furry Dumb Fighter. Hear about Wyatt’s writing process, why he often uses comic books as a source of material, and how…
Natasha Leggero’s Burning Man
Jan 8, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Jesse David Fox and Natasha Leggero deconstruct a joke from her 2015 Comedy Central special. They talk about Burning Man, her process of trial and error, and how her persona has evolved over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Bill Burr’s Definition of Bravery
Jan 1, 2018 • 42 min
In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Bill Burr about a joke from his most recent special Walk Your Way Out. Hear how a trip to India helped shape that joke, what Bill thinks about doing characters, and how he manages his relationship…
Eugene Mirman’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire Complaint Letter
Dec 18, 2017 • 57 min
In this live taped episode of Good One from the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Jesse speaks with Eugene Mirman about his joke — which is a real letter published in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire summer guide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Paul Feig’s Spy Knife Fight
Dec 11, 2017 • 58 min
In this live episode of Good One from Vulture Festival LA, Jesse speaks with Paul Feig about a fight scene from his movie Spy, why he works best with women and the trials of editing a film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Saturday Night Live’s “Wells for Boys”
Dec 4, 2017 • 46 min
Jesse David Fox talks to Julio Torres and Jeremy Beiler, the writers behind the Saturday Night Live sketch “Wells for Boys.” In this episode, you’ll hear how it came together, how it was received in the studio, and whether political art is the only art…
Jeff Garlin Refuses to Pick a Joke
Nov 27, 2017 • 51 min
Jesse sits with Jeff Garlin for a somewhat flipped version of Good One. Jeff didn’t feel he’d be a right fit for the show as he’s not one for dissecting his process. Hear why that is, why he thinks Eddie Murphy is the Babe Ruth of standup, and about…
Will Forte’s MacGruber Sex Scenes
Nov 13, 2017 • 52 min
Jesse speaks with Will Forte about what it was like to make the sex scenes in MacGruber (the SNL Macgyver parody turned ’80s action movie) movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim Minchin’s “Stuck”
Jun 5, 2017 • 56 min
Tim Minchin created the music for the musical Groundhog Day. He joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the musical and about one song in particular called “Stuck.” Plus he plays a us little keyboard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Moshe Kasher’s Personal Hell (It’s Heaven)
May 8, 2017 • 52 min
Jesse David Fox and Moshe Kasher deconstruct a joke about heaven from Moshe’s 2013 Live From Oakland special— It’s a bit that’s evolved over time, as he first tried a much shorter version of the joke on his 2009 album. They talk about religion, Moshe’s…
John Early’s Wedding Toast
May 1, 2017 • 34 min
Jesse David Fox and John Early recorded a special, live episode of Good One during SXSW at TBS’s In Search Of Pop-Up. John picked a scene from his episode of Characters on Netflix, in which he is giving a wedding toast and hijacks the room for way too…
Dear White People’s Shonda Rhimes Parody
Apr 24, 2017 • 48 min
Jesse David Fox sits down with Justin Simien, the director of the movie Dear White People and creator of the new TV show premiering on Netflix this month. They talk about a scene from the first episode in which a group of students are gathering to watch…
What It’s Like to Write Jokes for Barack Obama
Apr 17, 2017 • 59 min
David Litt is the former senior presidential speechwriter for President Obama and he wrote his jokes, too. On this Good One, Litt shares about what it’s like to write for the former president, why Obama is pretty good at delivering jokes and how they…
Horatio Sanz’s Don’s Apothecary Sketch
Apr 10, 2017 • 54 min
Horatio Sanz debuted his “Don’s Apothecary” sketch during his fifth year on SNL. He sits down with Jesse David Fox to talk about the inspiration for the sketch, his SNL days and why he sometimes laughs at his own jokes. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Kyle Kinane Wakes Up in the Morning and Believes in Himself
Apr 3, 2017 • 46 min
Jesse David Fox and Kyle Kinane talk about a joke from Kyle’s 2010 special Death of the Party and how it was so pivotal in his stand-up career. And we highly recommend staying for this laughning round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Paul Scheer and Human Giant’s “Illusionators”
Mar 13, 2017 • 51 min
Paul Scheer explains the inspiration behind creating the sketch series “The Illusionators,” which appeared on MTV’s Human Giant. Scheer created the show with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Jason Woliner. Plus, hear the story about how Paul and Aziz…
Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird
Feb 27, 2017 • 47 min
Kristen Schaal joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the origins of one of her earliest jokes Dancing Bird. She shares why she often uses animals in her comedy and what it was like to break out as a stand-up comic using conceptual bits. Learn more about…
Neal Brennan’s White Guy Being Called the N-Word While Feeding a Horse Joke
Feb 20, 2017 • 39 min
Host Jesse David Fox and Neal Brennan talk about a joke Neal wrote for Half Baked and how it’s representative of his early career writing for the Chapelle’s Show, and Neal shares about his new stand-up special on Netflix 3 Mics. Learn more about your ad…
Jim Gaffigan and His Good Looking Newscasters Joke
Feb 13, 2017 • 44 min
Jesse David Fox sits down with Jim Gaffigan to break down a joke from Jim’s Netflix special Cinco about newscasters and how they’re so good looking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices