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#372: ‘Roid Rage (@iAmMikeCannon)
Oct 28 • 145 min
Mike Cannon met me at Gas Digital to tell me about his old days as a total meathead who legit took steroids. I’m not even kidding. You can’t believe how much of an idiot this guy was. He’s normal now, but he was a juice head moron back in the day. We…
#371: So Over October (a solocast)
Oct 23 • 63 min
I am so freaking DONE with this month. It’s the worst. It’s not even difficult being sober. It’s just boring. Really really boring. In years past I could occupy myself with a contest against my friends but there’s not even a contest this year. It’s…
#370: Troll (Milo Yiannopoulos)
Oct 16 • 274 min
Milo Yiannopoulos came over to my apartment to have one of my favorite talks ever on this podcast. It’s a talk about trolling. Milo is one of the best in the world at it. This is gonna take you a week to listen to. The intro goes for 57 minutes alone….
#369: The Podfather (@Redban)
Oct 8 • 231 min
Brian Redban took me into his new podcast studio to talk about the early days of the podcast scene in Los Angeles. When everything was guerrilla. When it was fresh and new and nobody knew what it was gonna turn into. It was such a crazy time and…
#368: The 2019 State Of The Union (@ComicDaveSmith)
Sep 30 • 240 min
Dave Smith joins me for our annual look at how things are going in America. We talk about politics, climate, drugs, economics, and everything else we can think of. Dave is really well read and neither democrat nor republican so he never falls into the…
# 367: Dragon Lady (@BigJayOakerson)
Sep 23 • 211 min
Big Jay Oakerson (43:45) and I went up to the roof to talk about smoking. How he started, how he tries to quit, how cool it is, what it does to you, the smell. Really all of it. As we did it, he smoked a cigarette and I smoked a cigar. …
#366: Smackdown (@SalVulcano)
Sep 17 • 201 min
Sal Vulcano and I both went to WWE’s Smackdown on September 10, 2019. It was Sal’s 80th WWE event. It was my first. I had SO many question. So Sal came over to my apartment 6 days later to tell me all the ins and outs of that world so I could make…
#365: The Revolution (Kalle Lasn, Adbusters Editor in Chief)
Sep 9 • 116 min
Adbusters Editor in Chief, Kalle Lasn met me in his office at the magazine to talk to me about the revolution. I see it going down only with violence but he is far more hopeful about the ways in which we’re going to change the systems in place. He’s a…
#364: Matrix Vacation (a solocast)
Aug 27 • 181 min
Let me tell you about the month I took off from screens. All July. No texting, no computer. Only a land line. It was weird for sure, but it was also kind of glorious. Check out my patreon page at [email protected]
#363: On A Steel Horse I Ride (Xavier Himma)
Aug 20 • 145 min
Xavier Himma met me on the roof of my apartment to tell me about his amazing bike ride from Ottawa to Argentina. I’ve never even heard of such a thing. Be aware that the first 3 minutes of the interview the sound goes a little down and up but then it…
#362: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (A Spoiler Alert Episode) with @SamMorril)
Aug 9 • 188 min
Sam Morril and I went to see Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and then came back to my place, got drunk off scotch and talked about what we saw. There are spoilers in this. They start at 51:00. So only listen to this if you…
#361: Spange (Tall Boy)
Jul 22 • 118 min
A homeless non-binary person let me sit with her and talk about what it’s like to live on the street and beg for change. Spange is a homeless term that means spare change. I think it’s a verb. Anyway, that’s what Tall Boy does. Spange for food money….
#360: The Cacophony Society (@chuckpalahniuk)
Jul 8 • 102 min
Chuck Palahniuk had me over to his Portland writing office to tell me about the heyday of the Portland Cacophony Society. It’s this crazy group that pulled large scale pranks on the minds of normal people. I mean I am full on in love with these guys!…
#359: Digital Vacation (@AriShaffir)
Jun 23 • 114 min
I am going offline for a while. I want to clear my head of all the noise and clutter that the internet has been throwing at me. It’s become a net negative in my life and I want to find myself and my own thoughts again. So I’m taking a digital…
#358: Jabba (album commentary w/ @SteveSimeone
Jun 10 • 218 min
Steve Simeone and I sat on the balcony of his new apartment and broke down his new album, Jabba. We talked about the origins of the bits, the messages he had in them, what his theories are on the delivery styles, and much more. You should all go buy a…
#357: Fun Bucks (Bill Ottman)
Jun 4 • 142 min
Bill Ottman came over to my apartment to try his best to get the idea of crypto currency through my fat skull. For a Jew, it’s almost shocking how little I understand about monetary things like this.
#356: Down By The River (@ComedianRonT @SteveSimeone)
May 20 • 138 min
Ron Taylor had a long talk with myself and Steve Simeone about his time living in a van. He used to park it outside the Comedy Store. He’d take chicks there. He’d do horrible bowelly things in there. He’d even cook there. Jesus. What comics will do to…
#355: Methistopheles (@JessaReedComedy)
May 8 • 171 min
Jessa Reed came over to my old apartment (I think this is the last one from the old place) to tell me about her junkie past. She was a serious meth head. I mean for real. Like, drink your own piss meth. Like, lose your daughter meth. I love hearing…
#354: Fear of Flying (@BigJayOakerson
Apr 25 • 132 min
Big Jay Oakerson was my surprise opener for my shows in Toronto. This was the most amount of people I had ever played for in a night when I was headlining and Toronto has always been cool to me so I wanted to make it special. So I got a headliner to…
#353: Modern Hippie (@TFerriss)
Apr 12 • 231 min
Tim Ferriss met me in Austin to talk about travel and art and nature and love. He’s a hippie. He’s what the new version of a hippie is. He makes time to see interesting places around the world. He limits the amount of work work in his life. He’s…
#352: Water World (@RowAtlantic)
Apr 5 • 153 min
Tim Crockett came back to talk about his EPIC journey rowing solo across the Atlantic ocean. He said he’d do it and he did it. Jesus. 63 days on the water. Rowing. Alone. Just rowing and rowing. For over 2 months. Road Dates Toronto - Danforth…
#350: Shooter (Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, Dave Attell, Jeff Danis, Ryan Oneill Yannis Pappas, Tim Dillon, Stavros Halkias)
Mar 25 • 161 min
The epic live table read of my horrible screenplay I wrote in college. I got a group of the funniest comedians around to help me bring this piece of garbage to life. And MAN were they funny. Danish & Oneill provided commentary. Dan Soder played…
#351: Around The World with Tom Rhodes (@_TomRhodes)
Mar 12 • 194 min
Tom Rhodes had me over to his pad to tell me about his unique new album, Around the World. It’s a standup look at over 20 cities. So we took the opportunity to get Tom to answer some of my questions about these cities. He’s been everywhere….
#349: So You Wanna Be An Ultimate Fighter (@MickeyGall)
Feb 25 • 185 min
Mickey Gall came over to apartment and backyard to talk about what it’s like day-to-day to be a professional MMA fighter. It was a real solid look at what it’s like to be a typical guy making his living fighting. We got drunk of alcoholic root beers…
#348: This Is An Emergency (@GregStone_)
Feb 15 • 187 min
Greg Stone came over to my apartment to tell me about his time working at an ER. He saw lots of drug addicts and deaths. All pretty interesting stuff. It actually made me consider volunteering at one but then I remembered how lazy I am. Greg’s…
#347: Hot Tub Time Machine (@BertKreischer, @SteveRannazzisi, @DanishAndOneill, @MarkNorm)
Feb 6 • 180 min
Bert Kreischer, Steve Rannazzisi, Ryan O’Neill and I sat in a hot tub in Park City and talked about the past. It was the first night of a week of skiing and storytelling shows and oh what fun it was. Mark Normand joined us a couple days later and…
#346: My 2018 Year in Review
Jan 12 • 158 min
Come with me on a trip down memory lane. To a simpler time. A time when people were different. A time of life, of laughs, and of love. Back. Way back. Back to like 3 weeks ago. Back to 2018. Join me as I relive the year that was. In podcast,…
#345: The Conspirator (@SamTripoli)
Dec 14, 2018 • 126 min
Sam Tripoli met me in LA to talk all the lies, all the deceit, all the coverups, all what they refuse to report on, all the oh you don’t even know about that?, all the wake up sheeple, all the conspiracies, all the subversion of the truth that…
#344: The 2018 State of the Union podcast (@ComicDaveSmith)
Dec 6, 2018 • 228 min
Dave Smith came over to my apartment in NY to record our annual “State of America” podcast. This year, we ended up focusing waaaay more on social issues than political ones. But of course, since it’s Dave, we still hit on plenty of politics,…
#343: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (@CarlDonnelly, @RyanSickler)
Nov 26, 2018 • 121 min
Carl Donnelly met me in his Edinburgh flat to talk about his divorce. And really about breaking up in general. Ryan Sickler joined me briefly on the interview to add in a little about his breakup with his fiancé. This podcast was recorded in Los…
#342: A Pirate’s Life For Me (@FahimAnwar
Nov 15, 2018 • 124 min
Fahim Anwar met me at the Comedy Store to talk about the glory days of illegal downloads. We talk about Napster, about CD burners, threatening letters from cable providers, and mods for gaming systems. It was a great discussion between two colleagues….
#341: The Knickerbocker (@SamMorril)
Nov 6, 2018 • 138 min
Sam Morril came over to my apartment to talk about the Knicks. He’s just about the biggest Knicks fan I know. It’s just him and Michael Che at the top for comedians. So we sat down and talked about a lifetime of Knicks memories from a New York boy….
#340: The Simpsons (@GlitterCheese)
Oct 30, 2018 • 198 min
Liza Treyger had me over to her new apartment to talk Simpsons. It was my favorite show in high school and college and I was put to shame by the love Liza had towards it. We talked about episodes, toys, memories of watching it, and even fought a…
#339: If These Balls Could Talk (an album commentary with @LouisKatz)
Oct 24, 2018 • 282 min
Louis Katz joins me for an album commentary episode where we break down his first album, If These Balls could talk. We did this over a 4 month period for some reason so there are these giant cuts in time. But it all comes together. As the Killers…
#338: Where’s Your Red? (The Shocking Truth Behind Sober October)
Oct 16, 2018 • 73 min
Come with me on a casual walk around the East Village of Manhattan as I match Brad’s workout output in a revealing expose on the nature of his points during the workout challenge. Based on this new information, we can all forget the points, we…
#337: The Other Kind of Jew Camp (@SteveBugeja)
Oct 2, 2018 • 159 min
Steve Bugeja had me over to his flat in Edinburgh to talk about Jewish summer camp. Steve was a counselor one year at a camp right around the corner from where I spent 6 summers as a camper. It was a fun conversation about sleep away camp in general…
#336: Fun is a Four Letter Word (@BertKreischer)
Sep 18, 2018 • 246 min
Brant Krislop came to my apartment to talk about fun. We sat in my backyard, smoked cigars, and thought about what fun has meant to us over the years. Fun in childhood. Fun in adulthood. Fun with friends. Fun alone. The conversation itself was…
#335: Pranks for the Memories (@Daniel_Sloss)
Sep 11, 2018 • 142 min
Daniel Sloss came over to my flat in Edinburgh to tell stories about all the pranks he and his friends have played on each other. They get down. And Sloss is not someone who takes it well so be careful. Sam Morril joined me on the intro, too. …
#334: Gas The Jews (@CountDankulaTV)
Sep 3, 2018 • 237 min
Count Dankula met me in Edinburgh, Scotland to tell me about his crazy ordeal being arrested AND CONVICTED of a crime for making a funny video on YouTube. It’s a crazy state of things right now, all over the world. So come listen in to the Glaswegian…
#333: Great Ball of China (@ComicMikeV
Aug 28, 2018 • 117 min
Mike Vecchione had me over to the apartment he shares with his partner Dan Soder to talk about his first trip to the Orient. He went to China for two weeks. What happens when you make your first trip to Asia is your mind just about explodes with new…
#332: 9/11 Killed JFK (@DSGermain & @TimJDillon)
Aug 13, 2018 • 163 min
Tim Dillon and Dan St Germain came over to talk about conspiracy theories. Both those guys are way into that stuff so that’s all they talk about anyway. Get Dan’s brand new comedy album, No Real Winners Here at DanStGermain.net or…
#331: White China (@AndyCurtain)
Aug 1, 2018 • 163 min
Andy Curtain made his way from Shanghai to Montreal to tell me about the darkest sides of life in China. He’s lived in Shanghai for a decade now and he REALLY knows what it’s all about. Fun discussion with an intro appearance from my Edinburgh Fringe…
#330: Shroob (Shroom Noob) (@KevinIso)
Jul 9, 2018 • 169 min
Kevin Iso came over to my apartment to talk about shrooms. I know I’ve lost site of what it’s like to be new to magic mushrooms, so I had Kevin come in to tell that side of it. He just started taking psychedelics so he was the perfect guest for…
#329: Where To Next (@RolfPotts)
Jul 2, 2018 • 231 min
Rolf Potts brought over an old paper atlas to my apartment and we leafed through it and imagined all the places we want to go. Every page bringing new ideas for adventure. Rolf is a traveler. He’s seen things and done things and been to places that…
#328: Free Base (@RichVos)
Jun 21, 2018 • 208 min
Rich Vos and I sat in my backyard and talked about his days as a drug addict. Man, I love talking to addicts about their old days. He got DOWN! Tons of good stories. He’s been sober for a while now so he really comes at it almost like he’s observing…
#327: Cappereira (Nick Capper)
Jun 4, 2018 • 173 min
@CapperFlapper had me over to his apartment in Melbourne to talk about travel, farming, his deep sexual love affair with aboriginal history, and shitting. It was an all over the place conversation on one of the most sacred and drunk holidays in Australia,…
#326: Bushcraft Party Boys (Robert Kelly & Joe List)
May 29, 2018 • 130 min
@JoeListComedy, @RobertKelly, and I packed our camping gear and went to the woods to do some camping and definitely not to chow down on each other’s knobs like we need it to live. No. Just camping. We’re bush crafters. And we’re party boys. We’re the…
#325: Festival Fun Uncle (Ryan Mirvis)
May 21, 2018 • 182 min
Ryan Mirvis (@RyanMirvis) is the festival queen. There’s nobody who personifies good times at music festivals like Mirv. He met me at the Comedy Store the day after Mitzi’s memorial to break down all his theories about having a blast at festivals….
#324: Last of the Bogicans (@BlokeFranklin
May 2, 2018 • 129 min
Chris Franklin met me in my AirBnB in Melbourne to talk about the bogan life. Franklin is a true bogan. The last of a non-dying breed. There are still plenty of bogans in the wild, although very few of them live in big cities. You can see them,…
#323: Mitzi
Apr 25, 2018 • 218 min
Mitzi Shore came into my life in my first 3 months of standup. I spent the next 10 years getting close with the owner of the Comedy Store. She passed away earlier this month. And I took the opportunity to share, but really to relive all the things I…
#322: Road Trip (@Aiapalucci)
Apr 9, 2018 • 156 min
Adrienne Iapalucci and I were driving back to Manhattan from a road gig in Syracuse and we decided to do a podcast about road trips. Well, it barely centered on road trips because I’m a terrible host, but it was a really funny podcast nonetheless. Had…
#321: Let My People Go (@AriShaffir)
Apr 2, 2018 • 117 min
Ari Shaffir comes to my apartment to tell you about Passover. All of it. Not just what you’re supposed to do, but also where the holiday comes from, all the laws, the seder, what matzah tastes like. Everything. It’s probably the best I’ve ever been in…
#320: Take My Wife, Please (@AubreyMarcus)
Mar 27, 2018 • 163 min
Aubrey Marcus came over to my apartment and we had a really in depth discussion about open relationships. Aubrey is the most honest person I’ve ever met on the subject. He has truly looked inwards and examined all the angles. It’s a really great…
#319: Boston Tea Farty (@JoeList)
Mar 20, 2018 • 154 min
Joe List kept me awake on the drive back from Boston by telling me all about Boston. Meta as balls, huh? He grew up out there and we talked about all the casual violence, the racism, the women, the drinking, the sports. Everything we could think of….
#318: The Queens Irish (@DesBishop)
Mar 13, 2018 • 132 min
Des Bishop came over to Skeptic Tank headquarters (my apartment) to tell me about Ireland. Des moved there from Queens when he was a teenager and managed to go from a Brooklyn problem child, to one of Ireland’s most successful comedians. He tells me…
#317: Ski Utah (Ryan “@DanishAndOneill” Oneill, @NickDiaz209, @BertKreischer
Mar 6, 2018 • 145 min
Ryan Oneill drove with me from Salt Lake City to Boise to talk about the gnar pow we got in Utah. We skied 6 out of 7 days, stayed at 3 different places, and did 5 shows. It was a tremendous week of skiing some of the best powder on earth. We talked…
#316: Girls Gone Mild (@RachelJSimmons
Feb 27, 2018 • 115 min
Rachel Simmons met me to talk about her research on female development and confidence. She just came out with a new book on the subject so we talked about that, about the pains of doing press, and she craps all over my water bottle. Rachel was my…
#315: Fake News (@Chloe_Hilliard)
Feb 16, 2018 • 194 min
Chloe Hilliard came over to talk about her days as a journalist before she started standup. We go over all the problems with journalism today, including fake news. And we get into some nice stuff about race and white ladies. This episode is…
#314: Moving Day (@MikeRecine)
Jan 27, 2018 • 126 min
Mike Recine came over to my apartment to answer my question about what it’s like being a mover. Not a mover and a shaker, but an actual mover. Of people’s houses. This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter.com/skeptic. Go to…
#313: Row, Row, Row Your Boat Gently Across The Fucking Atlantic Ocean (with Tim Crockett @RowAtlantic)
Jan 16, 2018 • 152 min
Tim Crockett met me in Athens, Georgia to tell me about the monumental feat he is undertaking. Tim is going to row, BY HIMSELF, across the Atlantic Ocean. He’ll be miles from the nearest boat or assistance. He’ll have limited supplies. The guy is…
#312: Resolutionaries (with a crapload of comics)
Jan 1, 2018 • 107 min
New years resolutions with Rich Vos, Big Jay Oakerson, Chris Distefano, Sam Morril, Tracy Morgan, Des Bishop, Joe Machi, Bonnie McFarlane, Cipha Sounds, Yannis Pappas, and Jared Freid. This episode is sponsored by…
#311: Foster The Person (@MonroeMartinIII)
Dec 25, 2017 • 151 min
Monroe Martin came to my apartment to talk about his life as a foster kid. Monroe spent most of his childhood in and out of foster homes. He filled me in on what it was like in this fun conversation. Merry Christmas, everyone!
#310: Hot Yogi (Tricia Donegan
Dec 18, 2017 • 94 min
Tricia Donegan took me upstairs to the roof of her yoga studio on the Lower East Side to tell me all about how she got started in yoga. She ran the studio and the classes that I took most during Sober Octobert. Tricia is a really kind-hearted person…
#309: Valuable Friction (@ColinIsMyName
Nov 27, 2017 • 164 min
Colin Wright met me in a park in New Orleans to tell me about the unique way he travels the world. Colin has been living in a different place every 4 months or so for years, while he writes books and keeps a great blog going, too. He really makes…
#308: Sober Octobert; A November to Rebender (@BertKreischer)
Nov 6, 2017 • 224 min
Bert Kreischer joined me to talk about alcohol. He’s an expert on the subject. For real. We split the podcast up, doing the first half while he was 25 days into his sobriety, and then we did the 2nd half a week later when he was 3 days into a booze…
#307: Skool’s Out Fa’Evah (@JayLarsonComedy)
Oct 23, 2017 • 162 min
Jay Larson met me at Venice High to talk about our old school days. We sat on the lawn like creeps and talked about high school until we got asked to leave. Great conversation and memories about the most carefree times of our lives. Jay’s new…
#306: Mother Fucker (@ChristinaP)
Oct 10, 2017 • 186 min
Christina Pazsitzky met me in LA to talk about motherhood. She just became a mom a couple years ago. It’s the first realistic version of motherhood that i’ve ever heard. Good into and outro, too.
#305: Hot Yoga Sucks And I Never Intended To Fucking Do It And I have No Interest In It Whatsoever But I’ll Do It Anyway Because It’s A Fucking Bet But This Is Ridiculous And I Don’t Want To Do It (@AriShaffir)
Oct 2, 2017 • 33 min
Ari goes to Hot Yoga. This is the worst thing to happen to anyone in the world in all of history. I want to do druuuuuuuugs! This sober Octobert stuff is moronic.
#304: My Daughter Sucks At Suicide (JMScomedy))
Sep 19, 2017 • 150 min
Jessica Michelle Singleton met me in LA to talk about her suicide attempt. It’s waaaaay funnier than that. I love hearing about suicide and we did this without any crazy gravity to the subject. Just a good fun talk about ending it all.
#303: The 2018 State Of The Union (@ComicDaveSmith)
Sep 12, 2017 • 271 min
Dave Smith came to my apartment to have a chat about America. Dave is a really well read staunch libertarian. So he breaks it down from an intelligent place that’s not biased towards any powerful political party. (*Libertarians are not powerful). It’s…
#302: I Regret Nothing (@RonFunches, @DanSoder, @CheetoSantino, @BertKreischer)
Sep 4, 2017 • 110 min
Andrew Santino, Ron Funches, Dan Soder join me in Montreal for live podcast from the Just For Laughs festival and talked about the topic of regret. I don’t know. I choose topics. It was great, though. So much fun. Those guys kill. And Bert Kreischer…
#301 The Barreness (@FunnyLynne)
Aug 23, 2017 • 175 min
Lynne Koplitz had me over to her apartment to talk about menopause. She’s deep into it and she was open about all of it. The hot flashes, the crankiness, the inability to breed. It was such a fun conversation that was MAYBE 20% on topic and the other…
#300 Quittin’ Time (@DanishAndOneill)
Aug 14, 2017 • 227 min
Danish and Oneill came over to my Los Angeles AirBnB to talk about when it’s time to call it a career in show business. That was the topic. Obviously we tangented onto some ridiculous crap. And somehow we managed to end it around a fire pit making…
#299: But… But You’re Blek (@LoyisoGola)
Jul 31, 2017 • 95 min
Loyiso Gola met me in Montreal to give me a bit of an introduction to South Africa. Loyiso is one of the biggest comics in South Africa so he was the perfect guy to tell me about a country I knew very little about. It’s an interesting discussion that…
#298: Vagabonder (@RolfPotts)
Jul 18, 2017 • 278 min
Rolf Potts met me in Tompkins Square Park to talk to me about travel. Rolf wrote one of my favorite books of all time called Vagabonding. It’s all about long term travel. It influenced the hell out of me. And I was so stoked to be able to talk about…
#297: Bob and Ari Smoke Cubans (@RobertKelly)
Jul 12, 2017 • 93 min
Robert Kelly met me on the stoop outside the Comedy Cellar. He’s gotten way into cigars in the last few years. So we sat outside the club and he told me all about stogies as we smoked two possibly Cuban bats that I bought in Costa Rica two days…
#296: Brandon Goldberg, Stripper At Law (@AaronBergComedy)
Jul 3, 2017 • 114 min
Aaron Berg came to my apartment to tell me about his days as a male stripper in Toronto. It was really fun and got kind of seriously dark in the middle there. And then back to more fun. Come on along.
#295: Low School (@AdamEget)
Jun 21, 2017 • 140 min
Adam Eget met me at the Comedy Store to talk about Cedu, the crazy bad kid school his parents shipped him off to because he was a spazz. It’s amazing what people got away with 20+ years ago. The amount of mistreatment and abuse and murder would never…
#294: Je Zu Tin Ba De (@HeyItsChili, Nedi)
Jun 12, 2017 • 287 min
William Childress (skip to 53:30) had me over to his homestay in Siem Reap, Cambodia to talk about Myanmar. He lived there for years. And it was the first place I went on my travels this year. So I finished seeing a temple near Angkor Wat and went to…
#293: Greek Life (@StavComedy)
Jun 1, 2017 • 153 min
Stavros Halkios came to my apartment to tell me all about the people bringing down the EU; Greeks. Stavvy is a really funny young comic in New York and he also grew up in Greek Town with Greek parents, so he’s a real Greek Freak. Greeks are the least…
#292: Cleavage Day 2017 with Legion of Skanks (@BigJayOakerson, @ComicDaveSmith, @LuisJGomez)
May 18, 2017 • 109 min
The entire Legion of Skanks came with me on an ogling walk around Manhattan during my 2nd favorite* holiday of the year, Cleavange Day. Dave Smith, Luis J Gomez, Big Jay Oakerson and I walked as a group around the city, enjoying the rewards of…
#291: Balding Eagles (@KurtMetzger, @Seanytime, @MarkNorm)
May 11, 2017 • 120 min
Mark Normand, Sean Donnelly, and Kurt Metzger came to my apartment talk about the number 2 most important issue facing men today; balding. (boners are number 1). It was mostly fun meanderings but we still managed to talk all about hair loss from time…
#290: Cave Man (John Spies)
May 4, 2017 • 118 min
John Spies sat down with me on the deck of the Cave Lodge in Soppong to tell me all about cave exploration and the unique life that he’s built in northern Thailand. The man has lived an amazing life. And this pit stop on his way from Australia to…
#289: Tales of a Teenage Bedwetter (@MarkNorm)
Jan 3, 2017 • 164 min
Mark Normand invited me to his brand new apartment to do a podcast about bedwetting. Mark and I were both very late bedwetters. So we got together and talked about what it’s like to be 14 and still pissing on yourself every night. All the plastic…
#288: Death of a Salesman (@TimJDillon)
Dec 21, 2016 • 151 min
Tim Dillon came to my apartment to tell me about his former life in sales. He’s sold everything. From mortgages to office equipment to a history of New York. Tim has hilarious stories about all of it. Fun, fun, fun podcast.
#287: Big Buck Hunter (@JoeRogan)
Dec 13, 2016 • 108 min
Joe Rogan met me at the Improv in LA to tell me all about his obsession with hunting. He’s been a hardcore hunter for about 4 years now. And he broke down why he does it, what it’s like out there, the backlash, the weaponry, all of it. It made me want…
#286: Shreddin’ The Gnar (@MooseFucker)
Dec 6, 2016 • 130 min
Craig Campbell returns to the Skeptic Tank to talk about snowboarding. He’s a crazy back country snowboarder on top of being a comic. He’s that guy who’s skiing next to you on a path and then all of a sudden he just jumps off the side of the mountain…
#285: Allergic to Life (@ShaneComedy)
Nov 17, 2016 • 138 min
Shane Mauss came over to my apartment in New York to try to explain to me what he’s learned about human anxiety and how it’s no longer relevant in a safe, modern world. I say try because I’m an idiot and most of it went over my head. But it was still…
#284: #BertIsFat (@BertKreischer)
Nov 9, 2016 • 127 min
Bert Kreischer came to my apartment while he was in New York and we talked about who was fatter; him or Tom Segura. Bert made some solid cases for his side of things but most of those cases were made with a full chicken wing in between his two front…
#283: Take This Job And Shove It (@TomSegura)
Nov 2, 2016 • 136 min
Tom Segura took me up to his hotel room in the East Village of New York and we sat and talked about all the jobs we’ve had over the years. Pretty much every comic you’ve ever heard of has had to do lots of different things to make some money over the…
#282: Aunt Flo (@Aiapalucci, @Stollemcache, @AmberSmelson)
Oct 27, 2016 • 187 min
Amber Nelson, Sarah Tollemache, and Adrian Iapalucci came to my apartment to tell me about periods. And I mean all about it. About the blood flow, about PMS, about cramps, about period diarrhea, all of it. It’s for sure gonna make some dudes feel…
#281: The Reyk (@AriEldjarn)
Oct 18, 2016 • 143 min
Ari Eldjarn and I drove around in Iceland and did a podcast about that beautiful country while we did. Ari is a comedian in Reykjavik. One of the first comedians, to be more precise. He and I hung out for 3 days while I was there and so we got on the…
#280: I Hate Myself (@JoeListComedy)
Oct 11, 2016 • 120 min
Joe List invited me over to his apartment to talk about self loathing. I’ve always noticed that Joe has a bit of a deal with hating himself. I guess I kind of have the same thing once in a while. But List takes it to another level sometimes. We talked…
#279: Garbage Dump, USA (@SalVulcano)
Oct 5, 2016 • 155 min
Sal Vulcano came to my apartment to enlighten me on why Staten Island isn’t the worst place in America. He’s a native of the land of high bangs, Italian garbage, and trash dumps. And then, I don’t know how, but we got into a solid mushroom discussion…
#278: Pigeons (@KurtMetzger, @KerenMargolis)
Sep 27, 2016 • 143 min
Kurt Metzger caught the cold. He was the latest comic to get the e-rage. It happened while I was in Scotland and he wanted to talk about it on my podcast, so as soon as I got home, we made it happen. He was called a “rape apologist.” They threatened…
#277: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost (@HenryRollins)
Sep 13, 2016 • 180 min
Henry Rollins met me in a hotel cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland to talk about travel. Henry goes all over the globe. He really likes to get off the beaten path and explore new places. I thought I liked seeing things, but Rollins takes it to a whole new…
#276: “Running” Of The Bulls (@KaiHumphries, @MiloComedy, @Daniel_Sloss)
Sep 7, 2016 • 92 min
Kai Humphries, Milo McCabe, and Daniel Sloss met me at the Abattoir comedian’s bar in Edinburgh, Scotland to tell me their harrowing tale of cheating death at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. This was a super fun story! You gotta go to…
#275: Open (@PhilNWang)
Aug 30, 2016 • 133 min
Phil Wang came to my room at my Edinburgh flat to talk about open relationships. Phil has been in a non monogamous situation for the last three years. So we met up to talk about cheating without cheating. I’m always interested in alternative…
#274: The Fringe (@JoeDerosaComedy, @AlexKealy, @AhirShah, @AlexSmithComic)
Aug 14, 2016 • 148 min
My Edinburgh roommates Joe Derosa, Alex Kealy, Ahir Shah, Alex Smith, and I all got together to talk to about the world’s largest comedy festival, The Edinburgh Fringe. And since it’s the Fringe, we decided to get drunk while we did it. So here goes….
#273: 2016 State of the Union Address (@ComicDaveSmith)
Aug 3, 2016 • 242 min
Dave Smith met me in my apartment to give me the rundown on what’s happened in America over the last year. He pays way more attention to all sides of the news than anyone I know, and he’s a libertarian, so he can see both parties with equal disgust….
#272: Lunch Meat (@RealJeffreyRoss)
Jul 25, 2016 • 93 min
Jeff Ross met me in Washington Square Park to talk about delis. We’re both Ashkenazi Jews so it’s a no brainer that we each have our opinions on the matter. But we also got other people in on the fun and went around interviewing people in the street…
#271: Losing My Religion (@RobbieTheFire)
Jul 12, 2016 • 169 min
Rob Bernstein came over to my apartment to discuss his exit strategy from religion. Robbie was raised as a devout Jew. Only now has he begun to see the true stupidity of religion. But he’s still got one foot in and one foot out. It’s infuriation. So…
#270: NY Pizza Party (@NotAlexis)
Jul 6, 2016 • 230 min
Alexis Guerreros took me on a pizza tour of New York. He’s a standup comic but he runs these tours for extra cash and he took me on one, showing me his favorite of 3 different styles of pizza. Pizza and New York have a storied connection and Alexis…
#269: The Middle East (@NotHormones)
Jun 20, 2016 • 140 min
Hormoz Rashidi met me at the LA bungalow I was staying in while I was recording the next season of This Is Not Happening and he tried explaining to me all the histories of the middle east and our current involvement there. I don’t know what Hormoz’s…
#268: Live Sony Hack (@BigJayOakerson)
Jun 15, 2016 • 138 min
Big Jay Oakerson and I went up to a buddy’s rooftop in New York and talked about garbage music while we looked into people’s windows hoping to find some action. Jay has the worst taste in music. He likes all my least favorite bands. So we talked about…
#267: Door Guys 2 (@BobbyLeeLive)
Jun 6, 2016 • 147 min
Bobby Lee invited me over to his house to do this podcast about the second generation of Comedy Store door guys. We recorded this at Tiger Belly studios, which is just his living room, I guess. Bobby was a door guy at the Store before I got there. He…
#266: Abstinicks (@NickYoussef)
May 30, 2016 • 125 min
Nick Youssef met me at my Echo Park AirBnB cabin to talk about going celibate. Nick swore off sex about 5 months ago and now he’s talking about keeping it in his pants. We get into a little fight with a gopher during the talk, but don’t worry about…
#265: Knife Hits in Alaska (@DanSoder)
May 19, 2016 • 120 min
Dan Soder came over to my place to tell me all about the summer he spent working in a cannery in Alaska. The people he worked with were straight deigns without even realizing it. This might be the best summer job of all time.
#264: Narcos (@LuisaDiezNuts)
May 9, 2016 • 138 min
Luisa Diez came over to talk about her father’s involvement in the Escobar drug cartel in Colombia. She grew up in the middle of it all with her father who was pretty much CFO of Escobar’s cartel. It was a really interesting discussion about her…
#263: Foos Fighter (@KelseyCook)
May 2, 2016 • 123 min
Kelsey Cook met me over at the Full Charge’s place to talkaboutfoosball. I’ve always had a fond spot in my heart for thesport,and Kelsey is THE BEST comedian foosball player in theworld.She’s amazing. We talked about the sport a little and how…
#262: Cleavage Day (@GaryVider)
Apr 19, 2016 • 92 min
Gary Vider met me in Central Park to walk around and gawk at women for Cleavage Day. Cleavage Day is the first weekend day over 70 degrees in New York. It takes place in every city that has a real winter. It’s that magical day when all the skin comes…
#261: You’re A Man Now (with my nephew on his Bar Mitzvah)
Apr 11, 2016 • 111 min
My nephew had his bar mitzvah last weekend. I hadn’t been to one in too long. They’re so much fun! It made me remember my own bar mitzvah. How important it was to me, how fun it was. They’re great, you guys. Just dumb and great.
#260: The Michael Jackson of Helping Sick Children (@SteveSimeone)
Apr 5, 2016 • 181 min
Steve Simeone and I had some dinner, watched a college basketball game, and talked about all the time he spends over at Children’s Hospital. He’s been going over there all the time for over a year now. He hangs out with the sick kids and just kind of…
#259: Existence is Futile (@DuncanTrussell)
Mar 29, 2016 • 165 min
Duncan Trussell invited me up to his compound in the mountains to explain to me what existentialism means. It’s a heady conversation that I barely remember thanks to marijuana, but it was really interesting at the time. And it starts with a rational…
#258: Psychedelia (@ShaneComedy)
Mar 21, 2016 • 115 min
Shane Mauss met me on the patio of the Comedy Store and told me tons of tales about all sorts of psychedelic drugs. I had no idea Shane was this deep into psychedelia. He’s been to so many different dimensions he should forward his mail there. And…
#257: Money For Nothing (2 anonymous defense contractors)
Mar 14, 2016 • 121 min
Two US Army defense contractors met me in a secret location in America to discuss what it’s like to go work for the government on foreign soils. They both work as contractors in stations all over the world and they gave a first hand account of how…
#256: Take a Hike (@TheoVon)
Mar 7, 2016 • 123 min
Theo Von met me at a secret hike in LA to do a walking podcast about hiking. Theo’s a hilarious comic but he’s also hiked Mount Kilimanjaro. I climb hills, bro. Hills. He climbed a giant mountain. It was a fun talk and it really puts you in the…
#255: The 2016 Gay Super Bowl; The Oscars (@SchmoesKnow)
Mar 1, 2016 • 103 min
The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, invited me to their posh burbank studio to do our yearly roundup of the Oscars. We did it after the Oscars this year because Kristian actually got to go to it! Well, sort of. He did red carpet stuff…
#254: Spoiler Alert 5 - Zoolander No. 2 (@Kathleen_McGee)
Feb 26, 2016 • 129 min
Kathleen McGee and I went to see Zoolander no. 2 in Vancouver and we did a spoiler alert podcast about it. Its the 2nd year in a road we did this. And both times with sequels. It’s a fun discussion about the movie and also a drug and injury fueled…
#253: Give Me A Lyft (@JMScomedy)
Feb 16, 2016 • 171 min
Jessica Michelle Singleton came over to talk about what it’s like to drive for a ride-share company. She’s ridden for Uber and Lyft so she’s got first hand knowledge on the subject. And we even drove around a little and picked up a passenger during…
#252: The Big C (Kelsey)
Feb 8, 2016 • 129 min
My friend Kelsey sat down on a beach on the island of Maui to talk about her experience with cancer. Kelsey got it, beat it, and got it again all in her 20s. It was a very open and honest interview all about what it actually means to have cancer, deal…
#251: The Ari Shaffir Interview Part 2: The Early Years (@DanishAndOneill, @AriShaffir)
Jan 31, 2016 • 149 min
Danish and Oneill met me at my AirBnB in Echo Park while I was in town to shoot This Is Not Happening season 2 (new episodes February 24 at 12:30am) to do an interview about Ari Shaffir. Ari Shaffir is the host of a semi popular comedy podcast called…
Rant in the Car
Jan 18, 2016 • 33 min
I’ve been editing This Is Not Happening stories for 50 hours a week for the last 2 weeks so I didn’t have time to do a full interview. I was going to just skip the week, but then I thought, you know people would like better than no episode? That’s…
#250: The Ari Shaffir Interview - Later Years (@DanishAndOneill)
Jan 12, 2016 • 209 min
Jeff Danis and Ryan Oneill met me at Full Charge’s place in LA to interview the host of Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank, Ari Shaffir. I turned the reins over to two of the least capable men on the west coast and they interviewed me about anything they…
#249: Boozapalooza (@GlitterCheese)
Jan 4, 2016 • 172 min
Liza Treyger had me over to talk about alcohol. It wasn’t one of those cry-about-it podcasts. This was a celebration of booze. Liza is good at drinking. Really good. Better than me for sure. So we talked about alcohol and how fun it is, and we talked…
#248: Spoiler Alert 4: Star Wars - The Force Awakens (@MikeBlackAttack, @SteveSimeone)
Dec 30, 2015 • 139 min
Mike Black and Steve Simeone met me at the Comedy Store and we talked about the new Star Wars. There’s tons of spoilers in here so stay away if you want everything to be fresh. But it’s really not that important. The movie was just fun anyway. It…
#247: Mickey D’s (@TheMikeLawrence)
Dec 16, 2015 • 136 min
Mike Lawrence worked at McDonalds. For, like, a long time. I mean years. I know, right? So this episode is all about that. He came over to my apartment on his way home from his new writing job on Inside Amy Schumer (out in April) and we talked about…
#246: Phish Heads (@MikeFinoia)
Dec 7, 2015 • 137 min
Mike Finoia came to my apartment to talk about being a dirty hippie who followed Phish on the road from gig to gig. We also got into his trip to the “final” Grateful Dead concert ever in Chicago last year. I accidentally recorded it on ambient…
#245: Loose Lips Sink Ships (@MarkNorm)
Nov 30, 2015 • 173 min
Mark Normand came over to my apartment to have a discussion about keeping one’s mouth shut. Mark gets into trouble all the time for sharing too much and I wanted to talk about what that means, and the repercussions therein, and if…
#244: Butterflather (@PatCoppolino)
Nov 11, 2015 • 133 min
Patrick Coppolino met me in my hotel room in Calgary to do a catch-up session on how he now feels about fatherhood. You might remember Patrick as a new father in episode 61. Well, it’s been a few years, and I thought it’d be cool to see how he feels…
#243: Hostel Territory (@HebertComedy)
Nov 3, 2015 • 135 min
Sean Hebert met me in a hotel room in Toronto to talk to me about hostels. I met Sean on my travels a few times. I’ve smoked dirt weed with him in his comically tiny apartment in Hong Kong and I’ve snorted Ritalin with him in his hostel in Thailand….
#242: A Thousand Whys to Doi (Happy Halloween)
Oct 26, 2015 • 43 min
Happy Halloween! To celebrate the holiday, I talked to a bunch of people about the different ways they fear dying. Everybody has their little irrational fears about dying in some normal situation. Here are some of those fears. Short and sweet so you…
#241: DMT (@CarlDonnelly)
Oct 20, 2015 • 115 min
Carl Donnelly invited me over to his flat in Edinburgh to talk about DMT. Carl has done it more than just about anybody I know. He’s had a wide range of different experiences with the drug and we talked about all of it. Make sure to check out Carl’s…
#240: Death Wish (@ChrisGethard, @NikkiGlaser, & @AllisonDore)
Oct 15, 2015 • 83 min
Chris Gethard, Nikki Glaser, and Allison Dore were my guests on a live podcast at the JFL42 comedy festival in Toronto, Canada last month. I never feel comfortable doing these live podcasts because the audience forces the discussion into a more laughs…
#239: Bogans (@TheNickCody)
Oct 5, 2015 • 113 min
Nick Cody met me in my flat in Edinburgh to explain to me what the hell a bogan is. I knew I didn’t like them, but I couldn’t properly express why. So Nick broke it down to me. If you don’t know, a bogan is an Australian undesirable. Very specifically…
#238: Hot Cosby (@MatEdgar) Spoiler Alert #3 South Park S19.E01&02
Sep 28, 2015 • 114 min
Mat Edgar and I sat in our condo in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and watched South Park Season 19 episodes 1 and 2 and then did a spoiler alert podcast about what we saw. It’s the third SA episode. We just talked all about the episodes. They were amazing…
#237: Nun Of The Above (@KelliDunham)
Sep 22, 2015 • 140 min
Kelli Dunham met me in a park in Brooklyn to talk about her days as a nun. She, for real, lived in a nunnery and did all that garbage. Can you imagine living like that? Join us for a beautiful day in the park.
#236: Who’s Walking Whom (@GaryVider)
Sep 14, 2015 • 209 min
Gary Vider came over to my apartment to do a podcast about dog walking. He’s a comedian who’s been pretty much making a living walking dogs for the last 5 years. It was a fun talk and of course we meandered a bunch. Also, I’ve got a new Eats Village…
#235: First Responder; A 9/11 Story (Cris Italia)
Sep 7, 2015 • 246 min
9/11 was a terrible day in American history. This is one story of the many stories of that day. Cris Italia was a volunteer EMT and was around the corner when the first plane hit. By the time the second plane hit, he was already at ground zero,…
#234: Shroomfest 2015; Craig Campbell is F**king Crazy (@Moosefu*ker)
Aug 30, 2015 • 243 min
Craig Campbell came over to my flat in Edinburgh to talk all about mushrooms. Craig is f*cking nuts. He’s done more sh-t in his life than 5 of us will. And he loves mushrooms. Because they’re part of a healthy breakfast. So what better way to…
#233: Death of the Party (@KyleKinane)
Aug 24, 2015 • 267 min
Kyle Kinane had me over to his flat in Edinburgh, Scotland to do an album commentary on his first album, Death of the Party. This is the 6th of these comedy album breakdowns I do with the comedians. Kyle is legit one of the best comics in America and…
#232: The Wrestler (@ColtCabana)
Aug 17, 2015 • 218 min
Colt Cabana had me over to his flat in Edinburgh, Scotland for a talk about indy wrestling. Colt is a looper. He’s made a living as a wrestler for almost two decades. We talked about the travel, the money, the trials and tribulations. Everything about…
#231: State of the Union Address (@ComicDaveSmith, @AhirShah, @AlexKealy, @AlexSmithComic)
Aug 10, 2015 • 313 min
Dave Smith came over to my apartment to catch me up on the state of America over the last year or so. We’ve gone through a lot of change as a country. Gay marriage was legalized, racial tension with the police came to a head, government spending…
#230: Unconservative and Incorrect (@NickDipaolo)
Aug 3, 2015 • 81 min
Nick Dipaolo met me at my apartment to talk about how he’s not a conservative and how Libertarians feel about conservativism and political correctness. Fun podcast and I finished it only minutes before I leave for Scotland for all of August. So long,…
#229: Lisa Lisa (@Wayne Rada)
Jul 27, 2015 • 109 min
Wayne Rada met me in NoLita, Manhattan to take me on a tour of the murals down there. It’s a history of graffiti and a run-down of the giant, builiding sized paintings that are all over lower Manhattan.
#228: That’s Clearly A Travel (@JosephVecsey)
Jul 21, 2015 • 143 min
Joe Vecsey met me at the basketball courts in Stuytown for a talk about the And 1 Mixtape years of streetball. Joe grew up playing with all of them as a kid in New York. We talk all about Rucker Park, and the great rivalries in the big tournaments,…
#227: The Herp (@JoeListComedy)
Jul 13, 2015 • 136 min
Joe List met me in Central Park on a beautiful summer day to have a wonderful talk about herpes. Joe’s got it. He’s open about it. And he answered everything you wanted to know abou tit. If you already have it, you’ll relate. If you are going to get…
#226: Bonnaroo; The Opposite of Charleston (@MarkNorm, @BigJayOakerson, @DanSoder, @MichelleIsAWolf, and @IanEdwardsComic, Tristan, Hannah, Anonymous, Hannah, & Jordan)
Jul 6, 2015 • 192 min
Mark Normand, Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, and Michelle Wolf came to my apartment to talk about our amazing trip to Bonnaroo. Man, we had such a good time. I was riding high on it for weeks afterwards, and I’m so glad I got the whole group back together…
#225: Vagina Turkey Baster (@RachelJSimmons)
Jun 29, 2015 • 144 min
Rachel Simmons and I had a high school reunion for two last week. And while we were doing that, we recorded a podcast about artificial insemination. A few years ago, Rachel got knocked up the modern way, by paying for sperm to be stuffed inside her by…
#224: Take Me Out To The Ball Game (@PaulMorrissey)
Jun 23, 2015 • 140 min
Paul Morrissey and I went to a Yankee game to talk about baseball. We got seats right behind the visitor’s bullpen and we did a podcast from right there. We started on the walk to the subway, continued on the train a little, got lost some, got inside,…
#223: Palsy (@DaveyWester1, @IanEdwardsComic, @TheZaraMizrahi)
Jun 15, 2015 • 126 min
Davey Wester trekked his way across Manhattan to my apartment to talk to me about his cerebral palsy. Davey is a Comedy Store comic from way back. We’ve had a couple CP comics there over the years and this is actually the first time I really talked to…
#222: Mop This Way (@Derek1Gaines)
Jun 8, 2015 • 113 min
Derek Gaines met me at my apartment to talk about his former life as a janitor. It’s one of the dirtiest jobs most people will ever come in contact with. The thing I learned from this above all else was this: Use bleach.
#221: Mistu Softu (@TurnerBSparks)
Jun 1, 2015 • 91 min
Turner Sparks met me at my new New York apartment during his visit from Shanghai. We talked about the unique challenge he’s faced opening up a Mister Softee franchise in China. It’s kind of crazy how much different business is there than here.
#220: Gift of Garble (@BigJayOakerson
May 26, 2015 • 101 min
Big Jay Oakerson had me over to his apartment to talk about the worst interviews we’ve been a part of. We both sat through the same horrendous interviewer at SXSW and that’s what gave us the idea. Some people are really good at bringing stuff out of…
#219: Khob Khun Krap (@PeteeC)
May 18, 2015 • 175 min
Pete Cornacchione and I sat down outside the airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand to talk about all the things we saw out there. We did so much that we couldn’t even fit it into one episode. So we just talked about mainland Thailand. Phuket, Bangkok, and…
#218: Spoiler Alert 2 - Whiplash (@SamMorril)
May 11, 2015 • 123 min
Sam Morril and I went to go see Whiplash before it was out of theaters. And we barely made it. There were, like, 6 people in the theater. As soon as it was done, we went back to my aparment and recorded this Spoiler Alert episode. Don’t listen if…
#217: Rocket Man (@FahimAnwar)
May 3, 2015 • 95 min
Fahim Anwar met me at Benji’s place while I was in LA and we talked about his career as an aerospace engineer. It’s a long way from that to Guy Code. Man. Join us as we sat outside and brough Arab and Jew together. (Fahim insists he’s not an Arab)
#216: Tenement (Nick Mullen)
Apr 27, 2015 • 156 min
Nick Mullen met me at my in New York to talk about his illegal living situation. Nick is a funny young comic who literally lives in tenement housing. We talked all about it and got into some existential stuff about comedy. And we took a fun walk…
#215: Thicker Than Water (@SteveSimeone)
Apr 20, 2015 • 118 min
Steve Simeone had me over to his apartment to talk about family. I was there to get a ride to the airport to leave LA back to New York. It’s a great discussion on blood with the guy who’s probably closer to his family than any other comic I know….
#214: No J No Way (@RickIngraham
Apr 13, 2015 • 125 min
Rick Ingraham met me at Benjy’s apartment in LA to talk about quitting pot. Rick was a longtime smoker. He was always with us at the Comedy Store when we found places to get high. A real, multiple time every day smoker. And then he stopped. So we…
#213: 2 Years a Slave (@MadFlavor)
Apr 6, 2015 • 137 min
Joey Diaz and I sat in his North Hollywood yard and talked about being two years into being a parent. It got way deeper than I expected. Diaz manages to bridge the worlds he was in between this 2 year old child of his, and his estranged daughter from…
#212: Jerk (@ThisDavidTaylor)
Mar 31, 2015 • 212 min
David Taylor came over to Benji’s place in LA and we talked about him being a jerk. He’s a mean person. Has been for years. And I’ve wanted to talk to him about it for years. And now I got the chance. So join us for a conversation about aggression and…
#211: NASCArmo (@SamTripoli)
Mar 23, 2015 • 133 min
Sam Tripoli and I got the hookup to the Brickyard 400 in Fontana. It’s a NASCAR event. Neither one of us are fans of the sport, but since we have a sports podcast (Punch Drunk Sports) we figured we should give it a chance. And it was craploads of fun….
#210: Weirdo (@BrentWeinbach)
Mar 16, 2015 • 183 min
Brent Weinbach met me at the place I’m staying in LA to talk about how weird he is. Brent is, to put it mildly, a strange person. He sniffs chairs before sitting down, doesn’t have a cell phone, eats baby food, and loves 8 bit music. He’s “unique.” So…
#209 Tennis, Anyone? (@MichaelKosta)
Mar 10, 2015 • 110 min
Michael Kosta came over to my Los Angeles boarding house to have a nice talk with me about tennis. Kosta played since he was little and was even a professional for a few years before turning to standup. It was a fun conversation with two comics about…
#208: Pad Thai (@GeoffKeith)
Mar 3, 2015 • 135 min
Geoff Keith met me at the Comedy Store to talk about all his amazing trips to Southeast Asia. He’s been there a few times. To the Phillipines, to Thailand, and somewhere else that I’m forgetting. There’s some pretty cool adventures in there and it…
#207: Cup o’ Joe (@NickYoussef)
Feb 23, 2015 • 125 min
Nick Youssef came to my hotel room in Seattle to talk about coffee. Nick has nothing of value in his life, so he fills his void by shopping for old records, thrift store clothes, and coffee. He’s become kind of an afficianado. So we did a podcast all…
@206: The 2015 Gay Super Bowl; The Oscars (@SchmoesKnow)
Feb 16, 2015 • 130 min
Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis met me at the Comedy Store for the 3rd straight year to talk about the Oscars. I love these podcasts. We get to shit on movies for 2 hours, it’s great. Kristian and Mark are the team that makes up Schmoes Know. They’ve…
#205: Bound (@GwenMedia)
Feb 9, 2015 • 215 min
Mistress Isabella Sinclaire came over to the apartment I’m unwillingly sharing in LA to tell me about BDSM. She’s pretty much a professinal torturer, which is way different than that job would be in Game of Thrones. This is all about domination,…
#204: Rasslin’ (@TheMikeLawrence, @SteveSimeone)
Feb 2, 2015 • 165 min
Mike Lawrence met me at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City so we could record a podcast about wrestling. Mike has always been one of the comics who loves wrestling on a non-ironic level and he’s always been good at explaining things to me that…
#203: Prison Rules (@Ali_Speaks)
Jan 26, 2015 • 200 min
Ali Siddiq met me at the Comedy Store to talk about prison. I always knew prison life was hard, but damn. I didn’t know about all of this. Ali spent 6 years locked away with some of the most violent criminals in Texas. This is a great episode and…
#202: On Race (@GodfreyComedian)
Jan 19, 2015 • 145 min
Godfrey came over to my apartment in New York and we had a long non-judgemental talk about race. It was really interesting to me and I think talks like this can really help us grow as a society. Not listening to Godfrey and me, but having these kinds…
#201: Paid Regular (@AriShaffir)
Jan 16, 2015 • 69 min
The story of how I became a paid regular at the Comedy Store. From when I started comedy to when I got passed to when I made the announcement that I’ll be filming my special in the Original Room. This was originally the intro to episode 180: Haole 5-0…
#200: Potluck (@DanishAndOneill, @FahimAnwar, @AriShaffir)
Jan 12, 2015 • 242 min
Jeff Danis and Ryan O’Neill came over to my AirBnB in LA while I was in town to film my special, Paid Regular. We talked about the open mic at the Comedy Store known as potluck. It was a parade of lunatics. In its prime, potluck was one part freak…
#199: Noma (@RobertKelly)
Jan 5, 2015 • 144 min
Robert Kelly invited me down to the Riotcast studio to act as my producer for a podcast about our amazing experience eating at Noma. Noma was named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine 3 of the last 4 years. Chef Rene Redzepi has…
SA #1: Happy New Year (@Kathleen_McGee)
Dec 29, 2014 • 55 min
Kathleen McGee and I got SUPER high and went to see Dumb and Dumber To and then we did a podcast and talked all about it when it was over. Recorded in my hotel room in Vancouver, this was supposed to be the first Spoiler Alert podcast from me but now…
#198: A Very Jewish Christmas (@DanNaturman)
Dec 22, 2014 • 107 min
Dan Naturman stopped by my apartment to talk about what Christmas is like as a Jew. It was a surprisingly upbeat and pro-Christmas talk from two people who would have been used as the star on a Christmas tree only 30 years ago. Is that a thing?…
#197: Injection Protection (Morgan Black)
Dec 16, 2014 • 164 min
Morgan Black met me in my hotel room in Vancouver to talk about his job at Insite. Insite is the safe injection place on Hastings Street in Vancouver. It’s a place in heroin alley where junkies can go to get clean needles and they can use those needls…
#196: Far and Away (@NickDipaolo)
Dec 8, 2014 • 67 min
Nick DiPaolo met me in the damn soundbooth at The Stand (I’ve really started doing these just about everywhere, huh?) to talk about life in the sticks of Westchester. Nick is from Boston, lived in New York for probably almost 2 decades, and now he…
#195: BackWords (@LizMiele)
Dec 1, 2014 • 95 min
Liz Miele came over to my apartment to talk about dyslexia. Well, she came over to talk about running marathons but the damn recorder screwed its mother right at the end of a 2 hour podcast so then we did another one about dyslexia. We probably…
#194 Tits_McGee (@Kathleen_McGee)
Nov 24, 2014 • 110 min
Kathleen McGee came to my hotel room in Vancouver to update me on all the new adventures she’s been on. I had her on to talk about some new sexcapades but then we also got into depression and giving up.
#193: Shiny Happy Jihad (@JoeRogan)
Nov 17, 2014 • 304 min
Joe Rogan had me over to Freak Party studios to do an album commentary of his 2007 album, Shiny Happy Jihad. This is the first time I’m doing this where it’s not the comic’s first album. But I was there when Rogan was developing this material and I…
#192: The Unicorn Whisperer (Christine Marie Evans)
Nov 10, 2014 • 154 min
Christine Evans made the block and a half trek to my aparment to talk about sex some. And more importantly, about the threesomes here and Big Jay have been having for the last 6 months. You see, Christine is one of those cool girlfriends. She’s into…
#191: Remember This (@SteveSimeone)
Nov 3, 2014 • 217 min
Steve Simeone is my guest for the 4th of these album commentary podcasts. The cool thing about this one is that Steve’s album doesn’t come out till tomorrow. I begged him to do this with me and he was cool enough to say yes. So everyone go out and buy…
#190: Candyman Candyman Candyman (@DeanDelray)
Oct 27, 2014 • 92 min
Dean Delray came over to my Los Angeles AirBnB to discuss a great love we both share. Candy. It’s our muse. Seriously, we’re both highly addicted to candy and we can’t stop eating it but this is more a celebration of the thing we love. From how we got…
#189: Catastrophic Alcoholic (@TheTeeb)
Oct 20, 2014 • 152 min
Jayson Thibault came to my AirBnB to talk about alcholism. Jayson is a drunk. He’s addicted to alcohol. He was sober for almost 3 years and then he relapsed and now he can’t stop drinking. So we talked about what it means to be an alcoholic. From how…
#188: KMOQ: (@DanSoder)
Oct 13, 2014 • 107 min
Dan Soder met me at my apartment to talk about growing up in a single parent household. Dan’s dad was like me, so he was gone pretty early in Dan’s life. From then on it was just him and his mother. So we talked about that and some of the usual…
#187: American Werehoser in London (@Escariot)
Oct 6, 2014 • 173 min
Pete Johannson met me at my flat in London to talk about the city. He moved here from Canada 5 years ago and he loves it. We talked all about London. The food, the healthcare, the girls, the drugs, and the comedy. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him…
#186: Das Juden (@LouisKatz
Sep 29, 2014 • 123 min
Louis Katz met me at Union Square to have whole foods salad bar lunch on steps like champions. We talked about being Jewish. I only really have my own perspective on it, so it was nice to hear what another version of a nonaffiliated Jew is. You’ll…
#185: Kiss the Cook (@ThisDavidTaylor)
Sep 22, 2014 • 126 min
David Taylor met me at my LA AirBnb to talk about chefing. Chefing? Sure. David has been cooking for a few years now and he’s gotten kind of into it. So we just talked about that. And of course, we meandered a crudload.
#184: Yellowman (@ShengWangTime, @BigJayOakerson)
Sep 15, 2014 • 152 min
Sheng Wang came to my apartment to talk about the Asian American experience. Well, he came over to do a podcast, and then I asked him all about Chinatown, and then it just becomes a whole podcast about Asianness.
#183: Popo (@MarkDemayo)
Sep 8, 2014 • 128 min
Mark Demayo came over to my apartment this week. We drank some beers and talked about his 20 years as a policeman in New York. It was a fun, open conversation. I asked him a ton of questions about what being a cop is like and Mark answered everything….
#182: Are You Concert Experienced (@NickYoussef)
Sep 1, 2014 • 142 min
Nick Youssef and I were in Chicago to watch Arcade Fire and to do a show at Zanies to pay for it. So we decided to do a podcast all about concerts. Nick’s been to a million concerts and I’ve been to a bunch of the ones he’s been to. So it’s a fun…
#181: It’s A Match (@Walkinsauce)
Aug 25, 2014 • 133 min
Christina Walkinshaw met me in Montreal to talk all about Tinder. She’s an expert of sorts and she and I discussed all things Tinder, her tumultuous past with Sam Tripoli, deportation and we pretty much just had a fun couple hours. Join us on a…
#180: Haole 5-0 (@JonahRay)
Aug 18, 2014 • 190 min
Jonah Ray invited me into his converted garage studio to tell me all about Hawaii. Hawaiians have always been the biggest homers of any state in the US. And the daily life in Hawaii has always intrigued me. Jonah grew up there. So he was more than…
#179: A Fun Guy (@DuncanTrussell)
Aug 10, 2014 • 101 min
Duncan Trussell invited me over to his sweet ass apartment to talk about magic mushrooms. I needed someone for a shroomfest episode this year and as soon as I realized I was gonna be in LA, I thought, “Oh! Duncan!” He’s like a spirit guide for this…
#178: Mandingo (@DanteNero)
Aug 4, 2014 • 170 min
Dante Nero came over to my apartment to tell me about his days as a stripper. Dante use to work all over New York under the name “Mandingo.” It’s a life filled with debauchery, sweaty women, and cash. Nick Youssef joins me for the intro and we get…
#177: Hand Raped at Scissorpoint (@AlMadrigal, @KurtMetzger, @BrodyIsMeFriend, @JohnHeffron)
Jul 28, 2014 • 76 min
Al Madrigal, Kurt Metzger, Brody Stevens and John Heffron all joined me at the 2014 Montreal Comedy Festival for the Skeptic Tank’s first live podcast. We talked about virginity. About losing it, about who took it from us, about how it felt, and about…
#176: The Making of an Adult J Degenerate (@LuisJGomez)
Jul 21, 2014 • 105 min
Luis J Gomez came over to my aparment to talk to me. I was trying to figure out how a guy like him was made. Where he came from. Luis is kind of a degenerate. He might disagree, but that’s how I feel. So I wanted to see what makes someone become what…
#175: Sir Fuxalot (@MarkNorm)
Jul 14, 2014 • 117 min
Mark Normand met me at Tompkins Square park one day. We sat in the grass, took in some sun, and talked about all the women he’s been sleeping with. Mark has been going buck wild since his breakup. He’s pretty much boning a new girl every 2 days for 2…
#174: Drug Kurtel (@KurtMetzger, @KerenMargolis, Winston, @AriShaffir
Jul 7, 2014 • 135 min
Kurt Metzger had me over to his apartment in Harlem to talk about drugs. Kurt has always been that one friend that everybody has who can always find anything you’re looking to do. From weed, to pills, to coke, Kurt has always been able to find it. And…
#173: Beijingaling (@DesBishop, @ComicDaveSmith)
Jun 30, 2014 • 164 min
Des Bishop met me in a park in Beijing to tell me all about China. Des is a comic from Ireland by way of New York and he moved to Beijing a couple of years ago to learn Mandarin to try to do standup for Chinese people. He came as an outsider and after…
#172: Begrudgingly Domesticated (@Jason23Nash)
Jun 23, 2014 • 107 min
Jason Nash met me at his friends deluxe apartment in the skyiyiy to talk about marriage. Nash has always been, shall we say, rageful about his marriage onstage. It was nice to get a good honest negative view of marriage from someone who is still in…
#171: Lights Off (@BillyWayneDavis)
Jun 16, 2014 • 171 min
Billy Wayne Davis had me over to his dinge hole of a motel 2 years ago to talk to me about his imploded marriage. It was a wreck and he’s finally out of it. I held on to this one for so long because much like a beaten dog, Billy Wayne was still scared…
#170: HIV for Victory (@JeffScott101
Jun 9, 2014 • 146 min
Jeff Scott had me over to his West Hollywood apartment to tell me the story of his HIV. How he got it, how he’s managed to live with it for 30 years, how it’s affected his life, how he’s been treated by others, and about the friends he’s lost. It’s…
#169: Blacklanta (@ComedienneMsPat, @BigJayOakerson)
Jun 2, 2014 • 178 min
Ms. Pat joined me in a park in Brooklyn (maybe Park Slope? No, that seems wrong) to tell me about what it was like growing up in the hood in Atlanta. Spoiler alert: It was way different than how I grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. It’s a story of…
#168: Bert Bert Bert (@BertKreischer)
May 26, 2014 • 187 min
Bert Kreischer had me over to his house to talk about his first CD, Bert Bert Bert. This is the third one of these album analysis episodes I’ve done and it might end up as the most interesting. Bert recorded this years before he was ready. Years. It…
#167: Swing and a Miss (@Attell, @BigJayOakerson, @KurtMetzger)
May 19, 2014 • 90 min
Dave Attell joined Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, and me at a table in front of the Stand comedy club in New York to talk. Talk about what? Not any single topic like this podcast is supposed to be. It was all meandering. From NYC bums, to Donald…
#166: Open and Shut (@AndyHaynes, @SteveRannazzisi, @SteveSimeone)
May 12, 2014 • 97 min
Andy Haynes met me at the Comedy Store to talk to me. He gave me a perspective on open relationships that I’ve been missing. That of a failed open relationship. Fun conversation and it was interesting to hear this side of it. Steve Simeone and Steve…
#165: Queen of the Blow Job (@KatieManzella)
May 5, 2014 • 122 min
Katie Manzella came over for the last podcast ever from my LA apartment. I invited her over to talk about her love affiar with blow jobs. Katie is beyond a pro at it. She’s the queen. She loves giving them and she gives them liberally. And by the way,…
#164: Hip Hop Slop Shop (@PeteDavidson, @BrickStoneNews)
Apr 28, 2014 • 101 min
Pete Davidson came over to my apartment in LA to talk to me about rap and hip hop. He brought his friend Dave Sirus. And lucky he did, too, because Pete was super distracted checking tweets from his first network TV set airing. It was still a fun…
#163: Little (@FunnyBrad, @TonyHinchcliffe, @SarahTiana)
Apr 21, 2014 • 149 min
Brad Williams joined me on the patio of the Comedy Store one April afternoon to talk about what it’s like to be a midget. He was open and honest and it was a fun, informative look at a different life experience.
#162: 1 Year in New York (@DougBenson)
Apr 14, 2014 • 99 min
Doug Benson met me at the Comedy Store and we sat on the patio, smoked reefer, and talked about each of our years in New York. It was a fun podcast that didn’t even get interrupted by the AA meeting letting out through our haze of pot smoke.
#161: AIDSycle (@NickYoussef)
Apr 8, 2014 • 117 min
Nick Youssef takes a break from his busy day of mentoring jihadists to joing me on the roof of the Comedy Store for a podcast. This is the first one I’ve done from up there. We talked about his time on the AIDS LifeCycle where he rode a bicycle from…
#160: Around the World (@SarahTiana, @SteveSimeone
Mar 31, 2014 • 194 min
Sarah Tiana has me over to her new house to talk about all the places she’s been. And she’s been to soooo many places. Comedy has brought her all over the middle east and half of Europe. And her adventurous spirit has brought her to many more places….
#159: Thrilled (@TomSegura)
Mar 24, 2014 • 156 min
Tom Segura had me over to his palatial beach house to do an in depth analysis of his first album, Thrilled. It was a hilarious album and I’m glad he was able to give an inside look at how the bits came to be, his delivery style, and the problems he…
#158: Thin Skinned Comedy Fucker (@JoeDerosaComedy)
Mar 17, 2014 • 127 min
Joe Derosa had me over to his house so we could talk about what it’s like boning girls from the comedy scene. But we got way sidetracked by a percieved slight and so we had to deal with that fire before we could get back to the sex thing. And we got…
#157: Divorce, of Course (@JacobSirof & @SherrySirof)
Mar 10, 2014 • 242 min
Jacob Sirof and Sherry Sirof (nee East) each had me over to their places of residence to talk about the divorce that they’re going through right now. First I went to Moshe Kasher’s old place where Jacob is staying. Then a week later I went to their…
#156: Daddy Dearest (@BrandtTobler)
Mar 3, 2014 • 136 min
Brandt Tobler and I walked to Runyon Canyon on a hot February afternoon. We talked about what a shitbox father he had. It’s a story that has its roots in mall scams that Brandt had worked all through growing up. And it continued to Vegas scams that he…
#155: The 2014 Gay Super Bowl; The Oscars (@SchmoesKnow)
Feb 24, 2014 • 157 min
The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, met me at the Comedy Store for a second straight year to have fun and talk about the Oscars. It’s the funnest way you’ll find to get ready for your Oscar party (home alone in your underwear with General…
#154: Specials (Jonas Larsen)
Feb 18, 2014 • 132 min
Jonas Larsen (the Senior Vice President of Talent and Specials for Comedy Central) met me for the final podcast from Skeptic Tank East headquarters 1. We talked about comedy specials. How they look and why, how they’re shot and why, pretty much I got…
#153: Love (@DuncanTrussell)
Feb 11, 2014 • 181 min
Duncan Trussell had me over to his new apartment to do a podcast. We ate a cookie, had some wine, and talked about love. Total coincidence that this is coming out for Valentine’s Day, by the way. It was a really good discussion about how we get into…
#152: The Streetz, USA (Doc Willis)
Feb 3, 2014 • 135 min
Doc Willis met me at the Comedy Store to talk about his days slinging rock on the streets of Detroit. That’s right, when Doc was 14 (What? 14? Yes, 14) he was in a gang and sold drugs to make a living. We go into who his customers were, all the…
#151: Ass Burger (@AutisticThunder)
Jan 27, 2014 • 141 min
Josh Meyrowitz came over to my LA apartment to talk to Mat Edgar and me about asperger’s syndrome. I’ve been hearing about it ever since I was little but I’ve never met anyone with it until Josh. He’s a little different than they way it’s usually…
#150: Door Guy 3 (@DanishAndOneill)
Jan 21, 2014 • 178 min
Jeff Danis and Ryan Oneill met me at the Comedy Store on a beautiful January day. We talked about working as an employee at the Store. It’s a job a lot of us had and each era of door guy was different. This is about all the different positions we all…
#149: Doctor Doctor (Dr. Steve Graham, @JeremyHornElite
Jan 13, 2014 • 97 min
Dr. Steve Grraham and Jeremy Horn met me in my hotel room at the MGM to talk about what being a doctor really entails. Dr Steve, as everybody calls him, was awesome. He was completely open about the realities of his job. It’s a lot different than I…
#2014: Revenge for the Holocaust
Jan 6, 2014 • 107 min
Ari Shaffir’s album. I decided to do a slightly in depth analysis of my CD, Revenge for the Holocaust. This is the kind of thing I want to see more of in comedy. Discussing a standup recording the way an actor or director would discuss a movie….
#148: Flip, Flop, Fuck (@MyqKaplan)
Dec 30, 2013 • 132 min
Myq Kaplan came over to my apartment (possibly the last one recorded at my New York apartment in the east Village) to have a talk about monogamy vs polyamory. Myq used to be super into the poly side of it for years but recently has switched over to…
#147: Closet Case (@KevinMeaney)
Dec 23, 2013 • 111 min
Kevin Meaney invited me over to his apartment to talk about what it was like coming out of the closet at 50 years old. He was married with a kid when he did it. This was such a great podcast. He was open and honest and had such a unique difficult time…
#146: Collabrorectors (@BarnesBros, a film crew, Kim Barnes)
Dec 16, 2013 • 167 min
Brad and Todd Barnes came to my apartment to do a podcast about working as a team to make movies. They brought with them the film crew that eventually led to my landlord evicting me. Despite that, it was a fun podcast. We talked about making films,…
#145: Son of the Mob (@BarryRothbart)
Dec 9, 2013 • 116 min
Barry Rothbart came over to my apartment to tell me about growing up with a father who hung out and worked with organized crime. It must have been strange growing up knowing your father was a gambler who won and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars…
#144: The Dont Worry about Lawsuits makeup episode (@PaulMorrissey MyNextDoorNeighbor @AriShaffir)
Dec 4, 2013 • 81 min
Paul Morrissey came by my New York apartment yesterday on his way to do the Artie Lange show and it was lucky he did. I had to take down this week’s original podcast because people are little beeitches sometimes and everybody worries about getting…
#142: Gender Bender (@LaurenHennessy)
Nov 25, 2013 • 141 min
Lauren Hennessy came over to my NY apartment to tell me about what it’s like to be a he/she. Lauren is a boy trapped in a girl’s body. He’s been that way since he was born. And you think you had it tough. Don’t worry, this didn’t get too serious or…
#141: Happiness (@SteveSimeone)
Nov 17, 2013 • 133 min
Steve Simeone invited me over to his place while I was in LA and we talked about happiness. It started off being a conversation about being broke, but it quickly shifted as it became evident that Steve’s poverty level was no longer the main influence…
#140: Street Aht (@CallumPreston)
Nov 11, 2013 • 125 min
Callum Preston was spray painting a mural in an alley in Melbourne, Australia when I asked him if he’d be on my podcast. Callum is part of the Everfresh Crew and his mural was awesome. He met me in a park the next day and we talked about the street…
#139: Farmboy (@Wil_Anderson)
Nov 4, 2013 • 112 min
Wil Anderson and I day drank on a weekday at a beach bar on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia. I got sunburned in the ozoneless air as we talked about Wil’s upbringing on a farm. We meandered around a crap-ton, too. Wil’s a real cool guy and I’m glad…
#138: Black Friday (@JCAlvarado1, @MatEdgar)
Oct 28, 2013 • 170 min
Juan Carlos Alvarado met me at a secluded beach in Los Cabos, Mexico and we did a podcast about poker. We talked some about how he became a professional poker player, how he deals with losing streaks, and what his family thought of it all. And then we…
#137: Care What You Wear (@KevinGChristy, @NickYoussef)
Oct 21, 2013 • 100 min
Kevin Christy had Nick Youssef and me over to his house to talk about what I need to change with my wardrobe. Kevin and Nick have always been my fashion advisors and we used it as an excuse to do a fun little podcast. In honor of fashion week…
#136: You Can’t Live With ‘Em, You Can’t Live Without ‘Em (@NealBrennan, @NickYoussef)
Oct 14, 2013 • 123 min
Neal Brennan invited me to his tropical rainforest hotel room in New York and we had a nice talk about chicks. It’s one of the driving influences in my life and it was nice to hear someone with some thought out views on relationships and love. Nick…
Cabo Bonus Episode (@MrJimFlorentine, @BretErnst, Mexican Dirt Weed, @AriShaffir)
Oct 10, 2013 • 94 min
Jim Florentine and Bret Ernst joined me in Bret’s hotel room in Cabo to record a bonus podcast. We were drunk, so I have no idea what we talked about. Maybe girls? The middle east? Your guess is as good as mine. I remember it being a fun conversation…
#135: Loudmouth (@BretErnst)
Oct 7, 2013 • 128 min
Bret Ernst invited me up to his hotel room in Cabo San Lucas to drink beers, smoke cigars, and do a podcast. I love these on location episodes. We talked about Bret’s habit of overzealously arguing his points. Bret has always been passionate (i.e. a…
#134: Maniac (@JFodComedy)
Sep 30, 2013 • 139 min
John F O’Donnell met me in Bushwick to talk about his manic depressive disorder. He’s gone off the deep end a few times in his life and we got into it all. How it started, what happens, how it’s affected him. It was a fun podcast that only got…
#133: Fuck the Government (with @ComicDaveSmith)
Sep 22, 2013 • 207 min
Dave Smith came over to my apartment so we could talk about this growing disillusionment I’m experiencing with our federal government. Dave is a devout libertarian and he knows a lot more of the facts than I do, so we discussed a lot of where we’ve…
#132: N’awlins (@MrSeanPatton)
Sep 15, 2013 • 148 min
Sean Patton came over to my apartment in New York to talk about his hometown of New Orleans. Sean was born there, he was there for Katrina, and through both of those events, he was severely drunk. It was a fun conversation that took us through some of…
#131: 1-900-You-Suck (@1GlitterGoddess, @BigJayOakerson @AriShaffir)
Sep 9, 2013 • 211 min
Glitter Goddess spoke to Jay Oakerson and I about her new jobs as a sex therapist, and as a phone dominatrix. It was really fun. She has a bunch of guys getting her off by taking orders from her. And they pay her for it. That’s like a heckler paying…
#130: Whatever Doesn’t Kill You (@WhitneyCummings, @BillyWayneDavis)
Sep 2, 2013 • 135 min
Whitney Cummings had me over to the place she was staying in while in New York and we talked about her hardships at The Comedy Store, with her sitcom, and as a child of an alcoholic. I had no idea she felt that way about when she was starting at the…
#129: A Brownie A Day Keeps The Doctor… Wait, What Are We Talking About Again?
Aug 26, 2013 • 144 min
Auntie Dolores (that’s not really her name) met me at the Comedy Store patio to talk about edibles. She makes some of the best brownies, pretzels, lolipops, nuts, and popcorn you can find in California. We talked about how she makes things, her…
#128: Boozer (@BertKreischer, @JoeRogan, @AriShaffir, @RickyLundell)
Aug 19, 2013 • 150 min
Bert Kreischer met me on the patio of the Comedy Store to talk about his history with alcohol. We covered how he got started, when it became a major part of his life, and where he stand with it now. It was a fun talk that got a little dark in a couple…
#127: The Rosa Parks of White Atheist High School Sophomores and boyfriends that look like Lucas Hirl (@JessicaAhlquist)
Aug 12, 2013 • 202 min
Jessica Ahlquist drove all the way from Rhode Island to my New York apartment to tell me about her lawsuit to have a prayer banner removed from the walls of her public school. She’s an amazing woman and her courage really helps make me feel like a…
#126: Bag Man (@CortMcCown)
Aug 5, 2013 • 118 min
Cort McCown came over to my LA apartment before I left for New York and we talked about his sweet ass job as a professional caddy on the PGA tour. It’s the golf equivalent to being a ball boy. But way cooler than that because you get to make money and…
#125: @DadBoner (Mike Burns, Karl Welzein)
Jul 29, 2013 • 104 min
Mike Burns came by my apartment during his trip to New York to talk to me about his new book, Power Moves. Burns hasn’t been on Skeptic Tank since the old Deathsquad days. He’s hilarious and I’m glad he had a chance to come over while he was here for…
#124: Rape & Eggs (@Kathleen_McGee)
Jul 22, 2013 • 166 min
Kathleen McGee invited me over to the apartment she was staying in while we were in Winnipeg together and we talked about her rape. It’s about as lighthearted a conversation as possible considering the subject matter. This is kind of what this…
#123: You Know What Dad (@RobertKelly)
Jul 15, 2013 • 181 min
Robert Kelly invited me over to his beautiful Manhattan apartment so we could talk about becoming a father. He had his first son 45 days ago and we had a nice discussion about what it was like. It was nice for me to hear how a former degenerate like…
#122: Exspecially Cutting: (@JustyDodge)
Jul 8, 2013 • 197 min
Justy Dodge came over to my New York apartment on the hottest day of the summer. We talked about her various mental disorders but centered on cutting. Justy is a New York based standup who spent her teens in and out of rehab for self mutilation. It…
#121: Big Babies (@BigJayOakerson)
Jul 1, 2013 • 144 min
Big Jay Oakerson and I recorded a podcast upstairs from The Stand comedy club about how little we resemble grown men. Neither one of us know how to pay a bill on time. We had to break halfway through and picked the rest up near my apartment in the…
#120: Shroomfest 2013 (@MatEdgar, @PeteeC, @TonyHinchcliffe)
Jun 24, 2013 • 132 min
Tony Hinchcliffe, Mat Edgar, Pete Cornacchione, and I spent Shroomfest together this year. We drove out to Joshua Tree, ate some shrooms, and wandered out into the wilderness. And then we had, what I believe, is probably the first podcast recorded at…
#119: Mud Master (Don Barris, Mary Jane Green, Wiki)
Jun 17, 2013 • 146 min
Don Barris had me over to his secret location Big 3 Studios and we did a podcast about his old days working at the Tropicana. Don hosted oil and mud wrestling nights over there for years way before I met him. There’s also a road rage story in here and…
#118: Womb of Doom (Vanessa Ragland)
Jun 10, 2013 • 126 min
Vanessa Ragland came over to my rodent den of an apartment in LA and talked to me about her miscarriage. She was honest and open about the whole ordeal and it really gave me a nice look at one mother’s experience. And don’t worry, it’s not all gloomy.
#117: Ain’t No Sister Wife (@StevieRyan)
Jun 3, 2013 • 99 min
Stevie Ryan invited me over to her apartment to smoke pot and watch reality shows one day about a year ago. We ended up recording a podcast about introverts and then we recorded another one about our short lived relationship. Of course we meandered…
#116: ‘Cid Down and Shut Up (Brendon Burns)
May 27, 2013 • 157 min
Brendan Burns came to my LA garbage heap apartment to talk about his rock bottom. Brendan’s rock bottom lasted for 3 years and while he was there he did A LOT of drugs. Especially psychedelic drugs. And they were not kind to him.
#115: Heroin - Down In A Hole (Donovan Pee)
May 20, 2013 • 178 min
Donovan Pee met me in my hotel room in Vancouver to talk about Heroin. Donovan was a heavy heroin user and lived on the streets of one of the most drug addicted blocks in North America. He was involved with the drug for decades and has only recently…
#114: Rounders (John Caparulo, Jamie Caparulo, Ari Shaffir)
May 13, 2013 • 240 min
John Caparulo had me over to his palatial estate to do a podcast and we spent most of it talking about poker. Cap was the reason I started playing poker at casinos. He introduced it to Steve Rannazzisi and me about 10 years ago and I caught the bug…
#113: Lefty Liberty (@Jimmy_Dore, @MatEdgar, @AriShafir, George Carlin)
May 6, 2013 • 175 min
Jimmy Dore came by my slop haven of an apartment to tell me the truth about politics. I’ve never been very political, but lately I’ve started to become increasingly angrier about how little representation the average citizen has. Jimmy was always into…
#112: Ramblin Man (@_TomRhodes)
Apr 29, 2013 • 82 min
Tom Rhodes and I met up at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and we talked about his vagabond lifestyle. Tom has no home. Every week he travels to a different location for standup comedy. He has no place to go back to. Just on and on and on…
#111: The Closet (@ChipPope)
Apr 22, 2013 • 160 min
Chip Pope met me at the Comedy Store to talk about the time he spent in the closet. I know a lot of gay people, but very few who are gay but not open about it. As always with Chip, the talk moved to music as well. But most of it was about what it was…
#110: Klepto (@MatEdgar, Josh Martin, Ari Shaffir)
Apr 15, 2013 • 111 min
Mat Edgar and I talked about our shoplifting days on a trip back from San Diego. We both had pasts as thieves and this was a nice way to fill half our drive home. I forgot about how much I used to steal when I was little. I don’t know how I never got…
#22: Holocaust (Nat Shaffir)
Apr 8, 2013 • 70 min
My father, Nat Shaffir, talked to me about his experience in the Holocaust as a young boy. My father rarely, if ever, shared any of this with us growing up, so I’m glad I got a chance to hear him say it. This was originaly posted on the Skeptic Tank…
#109: Lady Heroin: What Are You Asking Me For? (Jesse, Joey @MadFlavor Diaz)
Apr 1, 2013 • 123 min
Joey Diaz helps me introduce the first of my two interview about heroin use that I did from my hotel room in Vancouver. This one gives an overview of how heroin makes you feel and how much pull it can have on you. This kid managed to get out of it’s…
#108: Sex Monkey (@ChrisRyanPhD)
Mar 25, 2013 • 151 min
Chris Ryan met me at the Comedy Store to talk about monogamy, cheating, sexual desire, ownership over women and almost everything else associated with the nature of sex. It was the first doctor I’ve had on but it wasn’t stuffy at all. We sat on the…
#107: Frenchie le Poo-Poo (Mike Ward @MikeWardCA)
Mar 19, 2013 • 136 min
Mike Ward came to my hotel room while I was in Montreal to talk to me about his amazing journey of learning to do his standup in a 2nd language. He’s got about as much to say as I can imagine anyone saying about French comedians.
#106: Find Your Dry Hump (@KevinGChristy)
Mar 11, 2013 • 133 min
Kevin Christy and I sat in his backyard and talked about relationships. Everybody has one friend who jumps from long term relationship to long term relationship and Kevin is that guy for me. As long as I’ve known him he’s been with somebody. This is…
#105: Going Blind (@TomSegura)
Mar 3, 2013 • 133 min
Tom Segura invited me to go to his new Barbie Malibu Beach House so we could talk about masturbating. Just two best bro dudes intimately talking about making their penises shoot out loads of semen. And then somewhere at the end we talked about drunk…
#104: The Art of War (Greg Jackson, Ari Shaffir, @KevinGChristy)
Feb 25, 2013 • 163 min
Greg Jackson of Greg Jackson’s MMA met me in a hotel room in Vegas a few hours before UFC 156. Greg has always asked me about standup comedy and how comics will handle different situations. After some time he told me why he was so interested. He sees…
#103: Oscar the Grouch (Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Faizon Love, Pauly Shore, Ari Shaffir)
Feb 18, 2013 • 167 min
Mark Ellis and Christian Harloff met me in the Belly Room of the Comedy Store to talk about the movies. We used the Oscars as an excuse to talk but really it was about movies in general. Those guys have made a life for themselves reviewing movies in a…
#102: The Ones Who Hurt Me (Doug Benson, Marc & Brian from Chill, Bike Tour, Homeless Man, Ari Shaffir)
Feb 14, 2013 • 153 min
Doug Benson met me at the Comedy Store on a beautiful 75 degree February day. We talked about those few girls that hurt you more than all the others. The ones who you couldn’t shake from your heart. It was a very revealing and honest talk. We also…
#101: Prank Tank (Jim Florentine)
Feb 11, 2013 • 106 min
Jim Florentine met me at the Comedy Store to talk about pranks. As long as I’ve known about Jim, I’ve known him as the guy who is always willing to go for the goof. He went to a damn abortion protest, for God’s sake. He was always doing so many fun…
#100: Deliverance (Ryan O’Neill, Jeff Danis, George Saint Pierre, Nate Diaz, Ari Shaffir)
Feb 7, 2013 • 130 min
Jeff Danis and Ryan O’Neill came by my apartment to talk about their jobs as grocery delivery drivers. Oh my god, there were so many hilarious stories. They’re both comedians from the Comedy Store and their job is so ridiculous. For delivery drivers,…
#99: Scrappy Doo (Greg Fitzsimmons)
Feb 4, 2013 • 66 min
Greg Fitzsimmons had me over to his garage to tell me how much he loves to fight. Not organized fights. Just fights. Just regular, two dudes don’t know each other and then one is punching the other, fights. It’s a pretty fun podcast. What he does in…
#98: Road Rage (Don Barris, Mary Jane Green, Ari Shaffir)
Jan 28, 2013 • 153 min
Don Barris invited me over to the studio in his apartment and finally opened up to me about his road rage. I’ve been waiting for this podcast for over a year but Don never felt comfortable enough talking about it. But now it’s here. We talk about…
#97: Vegetable Face (Mac Danzig)
Jan 21, 2013 • 66 min
Mac Danzig met me at the Comedy Store to talk about veganism. He’s a UFC fighter and 100% Vegan. It’s an odd choice for a fighter. Come listen in on the conversation. He’s a really chill guy. Not like the normal vegans who shove their views down your…
#96: Hemorrhoad Trip (Brent Weinbach)
Jan 14, 2013 • 162 min
Brent Weinbach and I took a road trip home from San Francisco to Los Angeles on New Years day. We stopped at all the places we’ve always wanted to stop and tasted some delicious new foods. It was the best time I’ve ever had with an extreme sufferer of…
#95: Childless (Dom Irrera)
Jan 7, 2013 • 96 min
Dom Irrera met me at the Laugh Factory to talk about not having children. Dom is one of the only guys I know who has gone through most of his life while avoiding parenthood and we talked all about what that’s like. It was a great podcast with an…
#94: Sex: Take It Or Leave It (Dov Davidoff)
Dec 31, 2012 • 116 min
Dov Davidoff came over to my pig sty to talk to me about his overactive libido. He’s pretty adamant that it’s not an addiction. So I’d say it’s more of a compulsion. Anyway, it was a fun conversation. Join us.
#93b: Noobier (Steve Lemme, Kevin Hefffernan
Dec 26, 2012 • 130 min
Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme and nothing’s Ari Shaffir continue our discussion on starting standup. We talked about what it’s like learning the game, how our parents took to all of it, and they help me come up with a name for my new…
#93a: Noobs (Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Ari Shaffir)
Dec 24, 2012 • 109 min
Steve Lemme had Kevin Heffernan and I over to his house so we could all talk about what it’s like starting standup comedy. I’ve been wanting to talk to somebody about it for a long time, but those comics are usually so new that they aren’t quite funny…
#92: Caddyshack (Greg Fitzsimmons, Steve Simeone, Greg’s hyper dog)
Dec 17, 2012 • 120 min
Greg Fitzsimmons had me over to his garage to tell me about his days as a caddy. I had no idea any other comedian had ever worked on a golf course. It’s a strange community and it was an enexpected treat to be able to talk about it.
#91: Good Fatitude
Dec 10, 2012 • 107 min
Jamie Caparulo brought me some crazy Japanese ice cream cookies and we talked about how she’s going to let herself get fat. She’s married now and she’s made a decision to let it all go to waste. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone properly express how…
#90: Banks Suck (Tom Brady)
Dec 3, 2012 • 84 min
Tom Brady had me over to his house to help teach me about our economy. The more I learn about this stuff, the more I realize how little I know. Tom is an economist of sorts and he helps break a lot of it down in idiot stoner terms so I can start to…
#89: Shocking (Claire Brosseau)
Nov 26, 2012 • 178 min
Claire Brosseau had me over to her apartment to talk about her experience with electro-shock therapy. She was suffering from depression and her parents checked her in to a clinic that recommended shock therapy. Of course, we didn’t just stick to…
#88: Er Ah, Sports (Bill Burr)
Nov 19, 2012 • 138 min
Bill Burr and I sat out on the patio of the Comedy Store one day and talked about Boston Sports. Bill grew up a homer in the homerist city in America. Sports, comedy, and conspiracy theories are all I want to talk to him about. It was a fun discussion…
#87: Mended Heart - a Love Scam follow up (Sarah Tiana)
Nov 12, 2012 • 101 min
Sarah Tiana invited me over to her apartment to give me the follow up to our last conversation. Don’t listen to this one without listening to episode 73, on which this is based. She’s doing a lot better now. Time and information has helped.
#86: God (Steve Simeone, Steve Rannazzisi, Jesus)
Nov 5, 2012 • 94 min
Steve Rannazzisi and Steve Simeone came over to my abortion of an apartment to talk a little about faith. Each of us is in a pretty different place in terms of belieif. Simeone goes to church every Sunday, Rannazzisi is in this in between place where…
#85: Totally Pauly (Pauly Shore)
Oct 29, 2012 • 75 min
Pauly Shore had me up to his office at the Comedy Store to talk about his unique childhood. Pauly is the son of the woman who owns and runs the Comedy Store. He was a 12 year old in the middle of the madness. It’s a different side of him that I kind…
#84: Monsters of Comedy (Sam Tripoli, Jason Rouse, Chris Neff, Ari Shaffir
Oct 22, 2012 • 187 min
Sam Tripoli, Jason Rouse, and Chris Neff joined me, Ari Shaffir, in the old phone room at the Comedy Store to talk about the comedy tour we all went on 2 years prior. It was one of the funnest months of my life. It was the opposite of any road gig…
#83b: Magic Mike (Mike Young)
Oct 16, 2012 • 123 min
I met up with Mike Young again to finish off our marathon of a conversation about his skills with women. I won’t call it game, because it’s not thought out or devious like that. It’s just skills. He’s just better than us at picking up super hot women.
#83a: Magic Mike (Mike Young)
Oct 15, 2012 • 83 min
Mike Young invited me over to his luxury apartment to talk about his super power. Mike has the unique ability to pull tail. He’s always had it. You really can’t quite imagine. He’s magic. Magic Mike.
The League Season 4 Premier Audio Book Party (Steve Rannazzisi)
Oct 11, 2012 • 28 min
Steve Rannazzisi and I were on our way down to San Diego to perform at the La Jolla Comedy Store for the weekend and we thought we’d record a short podcast on our way to promote the new season of The League on FX and just to have fun. It’s pretty…
#82: Where Brooklyn At (Dwayne Perkins, Ari Shaffir, Old Neighbor Lady)
Oct 8, 2012 • 143 min
Dwayne Perkins had me over to his apartment to talk about Brooklyn. He broke down all the different parts of the area, where the crime is, where the cockroaches are, and where the Jews avoid. Nothing serious here, just a lot of fun.
#81: Sam Kinison (Don Barris, Mary Jane, Airy Shiyfer)
Oct 3, 2012 • 168 min
Don Barris invited me over to his studio where I tried and failed to get him to talk about his road rage. Instead we stumbled upon an amazing topic that I’m glad to have explored. Sam Kinison. He wasn’t just a comedian. He was a leader. When he had…
#80: Chester the Molester (Dale Dudley)
Oct 1, 2012 • 126 min
Dale Dudley came over to my hotel room in Austin, TX to shoot the shit and talk about his childhood molestation. It’s way more fun than the subject matter. This is a really good, honest, and funny podcast. It’s exactly what I envisioned when I started…
#79b: We Are Anonymous (@Anonyphant & @Star_Fawkes)
Sep 25, 2012 • 104 min
@Anonyphant and @Star_Fawkes came back to the Comedy Store to finish off our conversation about Anonymous. It was a really interesting and enlightening conversations and one of my favorite podcasts I’ve done. They’re not out to get us, you guys….
#79a: We Are Anonymous (Luke Harder, Star_Fawkes)
Sep 24, 2012 • 107 min
Luke Harder and Star_Fawkes met me at the Comedy Store to talk about Anonymous. It was a really enlightening conversation. I think we all got the wrong idea about these guys. This is one to spread around.
#78: The Tom Segura CD Release Party (Brendon Walsh, Tom Segura, Duncan Trussell, Ari Shaffir)
Sep 22, 2012 • 86 min
Tom Segura and I went over to Brendon Walsh’s palatial hotel room in Toronto and celebrated Tom’s CD release by barely talking about it. We’re pretty tuned up so the whole conversation was relatively hilarious. Just like Tom’s new CD, White Girls with…
#77: Very Very Very Fine House (Kevin Christy, Steve Rannazzisi, Ari Shaffir)
Sep 17, 2012 • 185 min
Kevin Christy invited me over to his now finished house to talk about the horror of sinking a bunch of money into a crap shack. This is a tale of caution to anyone out there thinking of buying a house. Of course our talk meandered everywhere from art…
Comedy Talk (Kevin Shea)
Sep 13, 2012 • 101 min
Kevin Shea came over to my apartment and we talked about standup for a while. I kept waiting to start getting into a full topic but then we ran out of time so we never got into anything specific. So enjoy the fruits of my mistakes. Some fun talk about…
#76: Ego (Bert Kreischer)
Sep 10, 2012 • 146 min
Bert Kreischer invited me over to his Man Cave and we talked about our egos. For real. We talked about how we’re hoping to keep it in check and what we’re afraid of becoming. And we talk about when it’s already gotten out of control. And we talked…
#75: No-No Words (Kurt Metzger, Keren Margolis, Ari Shaffir)
Sep 3, 2012 • 78 min
Kurt Metzger invited into his Spanish Harlem tenement where we talked about censorship of comedians. I don’t know anyone who gets more upset every time the issue comes up. He gets so angry. I love it. Keren Margolis was also there and she gave her…
#74b: P-O-R-N Porn Porn Porn (Yoshi Obayashi)
Aug 29, 2012 • 101 min
Yoshi Obayashi came back to my apartment after putting change in his meter and we continued our conversation about his job editing porn. It was more based on the things he saw while he was an editor, which includes small children in the offices and…
#74a: P-O-R-N Porn! porn! porn! (Yoshi Obayashi)
Aug 27, 2012 • 77 min
Yoshi Obayashi came over to my apartment on 2 hours of sleep to tell me about his time editing pornography for Evil Angel. I’m warning you right now, this gets dark. The 2nd part is even darker. Yoshi saw some stuff during his 10 years at that job…
#73: Love Scam (Sarah Tiana)
Aug 20, 2012 • 127 min
Sarah Tiana met me at the Comedy Store to talk about her crazy experience with love in the Middle East. It’s sort of a sad story. We’re comics, so it was still funny, but it was still really sad at the same time. So it averages out to sort of sad.
More Talk with a Black Guy (Al Jackson)
Aug 16, 2012 • 53 min
Al Jackson came over to my apartment to talk about black people. But we got on a huge tangent that lasted an hour before we got on topic so I decided to let you guys hear it instead of throwing it out. Al is hilarious so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it
#72: Shut-in-edness (Stevie Ryan, Ari Shaffir)
Aug 13, 2012 • 101 min
Stevie Ryan had me over to her home during heat wave of oh-twelve. We huddled under the air conditioner like dogs and talked about introversion. Since I’ve known her, Stevie has always seemed happiest just sitting on her couch watching reality TV. She…
#71: Menage Blah (Kurt Metzger, Karen Margolis)
Aug 6, 2012 • 61 min
Kurt Metzger and I went to see Batman with his girlfriend, Karen Margolis, and her sister wife, Sade. Kurt and Karen are boyfriend/girlfriend. Karen and Sade are BFFs. And Sade and Kurt have sex. So we did podcast about the movie but mostly about…
#70: Funny Girl (Bonnie McFarlane)
Jul 30, 2012 • 93 min
Bonnie McFarlane met me in Montreal to talk about this theory going around that women aren’t funny. She just finished shooting a movie on the subject and she’s a funny woman herself, so she had a lot of really good insight on the subject.
#69: Monoganick (Nick Thune)
Jul 23, 2012 • 89 min
Nick Thune came over to the slop haven I currently call my apartment to talk to me about monogamy. I don’t know anyone who would have an easier time getting laid than Nick. So for him to only bone one girl for more than a month is hard for me to…
#68b: Blacks (Al Jackson)
Jul 17, 2012 • 83 min
Al Jackson continues his talk with me on all things African American. Man, that term seems racist to me. He’s black. We’re talking about black people. Enjoy.
#68: Colored People (Al Jackson)
Jul 16, 2012 • 74 min
Al Jackson stopped by Casa de Shaffir while he was in LA for a nice long talk about black people. Of course, I forgot to ask some key questions, but there was still plenty of time to have 3 hours of conversation about it. In case you didn’t know, Al…
#67: Cuts Like a Knife
Jul 9, 2012
My friend came to my apartment and let me ask her questions about cutting herself. It turns out, the problems went way deeper than the cuts did. She spent multiple stints in rehab facilities to try and overcome her problems with self abuse. See,…
#66: Shitbag (Johnny Pemberton)
Jul 2, 2012 • 122 min
Johnny Pemberton met me at the Comedy Store and we talked about his horribly sick colon. Most of us take going to the bathroom fof granted. Not Johnny. To him, every dump is a blessing. A smelly, smelly blessing.
#65b: Refinancing the Loan Zone (Andrew Themeles)
Jun 26, 2012 • 127 min
Andrew Themeles and I get way deeper into this conversation about what he saw leading up to the loan scandal in this country. We got interrupted by almost everyone on Sunset but still managed to make it through. Get the first part first and then…
#65a: Loan Zone (Andrew Themeles, Ari Shaffir, DJ, TMZ, Josh Martin)
Jun 25, 2012 • 87 min
Andrew Themeles met me at the Comedy Store to talk about his role in the economic collapse. It was a beautiful LA day, so we sat in the front patio and watched all the madness on Sunset during our conversation. It was an insightful look into…
#64: Diabeetus (Rick Ingraham)
Jun 18, 2012 • 83 min
Rick Ingraham and I went into the old Comedy Store phone room to talk about his medical problems. Ingraham’s stomach has been a cauldren of hatred for the last half decade or so and recently found out that he’s got childhood dieabetes. Listen to the…
#63: Drug Buddy (Brendon Walsh, Truffle, Ari Shaffir)
Jun 11, 2012 • 132 min
Brendon Walsh had me over to his place in the cool part of town and we talked about drugs for a while. Good, old fashioned, drugs. The kind our forefathers had in mind when they killed the Indians over the last of the heroin. Brendan was still bombed…
#62: LA Story (Cort McCown, Steve Rannazzisi, Ari Shaffir)
Jun 7, 2012 • 98 min
Cort McCown invited Steve Rannazzisi and me to his apartment to talk about his old days as a Hollywood heartthrob. He had some crazy times when he was younger. He boned women I could only dream of. And a few of them that I actually did dream of.
Podcast on a Plane (Joe Rogan, Ari Shaffir)
Jun 4, 2012 • 114 min
Joe Rogan and I got rowdy on the plane from Los Angeles to Edmonton. This podcast is a coproduction of the Joe Rogan Experience and the Skeptic Tank. We talked about marijuana edibles, coming out of the closet (neither of us had the guts to do it…
#61b: But Wait, There’s More (Patrick Coppolino, Manolis Zontanos, Ari Shaffir)
Jun 1, 2012 • 31 min
Patrick Coppolino comes back to my hotel room after our secret show in a Toronto pot room and we talk about some of the things he managed to forget during the first podcast. Manolis Zontanos is there to help the story along, too. He was the only one…
#61* Babies Having Babies (Patrick Coppolino)
May 28, 2012 • 188 min
Patrick Coppolino came to my hotel room in Toronto to talk about being a 21 year old out of work father. I tried my best to make him and that girl get an abortion but nothing worked. Let this be an inspiration or a clear warning to everyone who wants…
#60: Livin’ the Dream (Manolis Zontanos)
May 21, 2012 • 95 min
Manolis Zontanos came to my hotel room while I was in Toronto and told a little tale of being a 41 year old who still lives with his parents. It’s sad and funny and intriguing all at the same time.
#59b: Fat (Ralphie May)
May 16, 2012 • 100 min
Ralphie May finishes up our fatastic conversation about what it’s like being so big. Interesting conversation. It’s always a good time with Ralphie. Also, there are instructions on how to podcast at the end of this episode.
#59a: Fat (Ralphie May)
May 14, 2012 • 112 min
Ralphie May bought me breakfast and took me up to his house to talk to me about what it’s like to be a fat guy. Interesting conversation. I split it up into 2 parts because it went so long. There’s still a good hour plus left.
#58: Stuntman (Tait Fletcher)
May 7, 2012 • 132 min
Tait Fletcher stopped by my hovel to talk to me about stunt work. Tait works as a full stuntman for TV and movies. We meandered into talk about Bruce Lee, Master P and how horrible actresses are.
#57: Parenthoodwinked (with Joey Diaz)
Apr 30, 2012 • 97 min
Joey Diaz invited me over to his house to talk about the daughter he barely ever mentions. As always with Joey Diaz, some of these stories are amazing. He’s so honest and colorful, I could just sit and listen to him for days.
#56b: Gayest Podcast Ever (the gayer part)
Apr 24, 2012 • 83 min
Justin Martindale, Shawn Halpin and I talked in my hotel room about Justin’s qualifications to run for mayor of gay. This episode is unbelievably gay. If you’re Christian, you probably shouldn’t listen to it. Unless you’re a Catholic priest, then it…
56a: Gayest Podcast Ever (Justin Martindale, Shawn Halpin)
Apr 23, 2012 • 57 min
Justin Martindale talked to us about his gay adventure in Dallas. I was there with him and Shawn Halpin to play the Addison Improv and Justin stopped by my hotel room and talked to Shawn and I about the gayest day I have ever heard of. And I live in…
#55: Radio Days (Frazer Smith, David Taylor, Ari Shaffir)
Apr 16, 2012 • 119 min
Frazer Smith shares his story of how he went from being a radio god to how he lost it all. It’s a really interesting tale. And I had my friend David Taylor cohost with me because he knew a lot of Frazier’s stories already and I wanted his help guiding it.
#54: Casual Sex (Sarah Tiana)
Apr 9, 2012 • 142 min
Sarah Tiana and I were talking at The Comedy Store one evening. During our conversation, I came to realize that in my head, I had mistakenly classified her as a sexual “good girl.” I guess I’ve always known her as girlfriend material. So we met…
#53: Give Peace a Chance (Danny Lobell
Apr 2, 2012 • 145 min
Danny Lobell met me at The Comedy Store to talk about his time in Israel. We both spent periods of our lives there. We eventually got into a discussion about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Danny’s a bit of a peacenik so it took a lot from me to accept…
#52: Crazy Train (Christina Pazsitzky)
Mar 26, 2012 • 167 min
Christina Pazsitzky had me over at her house for wine and Skittles the other night and we talked about a shit ton of stuff and then some. We centered on the topic of depression but we meandered so much that this went for almost 3 hours. But it…
#51: Road Trip (Mat Edgar, Tony Hinchcliffe, Ari Shaffir)
Mar 19, 2012 • 104 min
Mat Edgar, Tony Hinchcliffe and I went on a comedy road trip from LA to San Diego to play Justin Hollister’s new downtown room, The American Comedy Company, and we decided to take you guys along with us. We stopped the tape every time we got out…
#50: Buddhism (Duncan Trussell)
Mar 12, 2012 • 102 min
Duncan Trussell and I shared a ride out to Brea, CA to do shows at the Brea Improv. Duncan has always been into Buddhism and I figured what better time to talk about modern Buddhism than on a ride to the Inland Empire. It was a really interesting talk…
#49: Adult Breakup (Jayson Thibault, Steve Rannazzisi, Ari Shaffir)
Mar 5, 2012 • 123 min
Jayson Thibault, Steve Rannazzisi and I sat in one of the back rooms of the Comedy Store and talked about Jayson’s recent breakup. It’s not sappy at all, so don’t worry about that. We just covered what it feels like and what you have to do to be a…
#48: Musical Looper (Dean Delray)
Feb 27, 2012 • 171 min
Dean Delray stopped by my apartment to talk about his days as a professional rock musician. He made his living from music for almost two decades and he had a shit ton to share about it. Eventually, we just diverged into talking about music we liked…
#47: Hollywood Bowl (Joey Diaz)
Feb 20, 2012 • 63 min
Joey Diaz invited me over to talk about his time in Hollywood as a working actor. We sat on his porch and soaked in the sun as we discussed how he managed to get his start. Joey has been making a living as an actor for as long as I’ve known him….
#46: Artsy Fartsy (Ashley Snow Macomber)
Feb 13, 2012 • 115 min
Ashley Macomber invited me into her home to talk about her new art project she’s created with Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy). Ashley is an amazing artist and she’s got a really clear way of thinking about the creative process and…
#44: Autistic Brother (with Mike Recine)
Jan 30, 2012 • 84 min
Mike Recine was visiting LA last week and he came over to talk while he was in town. We shared some beers and talked about having a brother with severe autism.
#43: Software Millionare (David Taylor)
Jan 23, 2012 • 115 min
David Taylor stopped by Skeptic Tank Studios (my apartment) to talk about his days as a working professional in the software industry during the tech boom. He gave it all up to become a struggling comedian and talented non-working writer.
#42: I Love the 80s (Jon Reep, John Heffron, Brutus, Ruby, Genta Reep, Ari Shaffir)
Jan 18, 2012 • 50 min
Jon Reep and John Heffron continued talking with me after we took a quick pot break. The addition of marijuana into the mix made us completely abandon the Last Comic Standing topic and meander into movies from our childhood and lies we’re trying to…
#41: Last Comic Standing (Jon Reep, John Heffron, Ari Shaffir)
Jan 16, 2012 • 85 min
Jon Reep, John Heffron, and I got together to do each other’s podcasts. They’re on my Skeptic Tank and I’m on their Last Podcasting. For the purposes of the Skeptic Tank, we talked about Last Comic Standing. They’re two past winners, and I’m just a…
#40: Prostitutti Frutti (Miss X)
Jan 9, 2012 • 220 min
An upscale prostitute came to the Skeptic Tank to share with us about her job. It was one of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in a very long time. She was open and honest and very friendly. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.
#39: The Ding Dong Show (Don Barris)
Jan 2, 2012 • 104 min
Don Barris and I discuss the craziest show you will ever see, The Ding Dong Show. If you ever get a chance to see this show live, do yourself a favor and go. It’s one of the wildest things in Hollywood.
#38: Handsome & Handsomer (Jeff Dye, Geoff Keith)
Dec 26, 2011 • 107 min
Jeff Dye and Geoff Keith stopped by Skeptic Tank Studios to talk about their experiences as super attractive men. The hard part of this episode was convincing these two guys that they were way more attractive than average men. Most of our discussion…
#37: The Nuthouse (Steven Brody Stevens)
Dec 19, 2011 • 132 min
Steven Brody Stevens stopped by Skeptic Tank Studios (my apartment) to share the details of his 17 day stay in the psyche ward at UCLA. It took us, like, 30 minutes to get into the topic, but eventually we did. We diverged a lot into a really…
#36: Edumacation (Jeremy Horwitz, David Taylor, Ari Shaffir)
Dec 12, 2011 • 78 min
Jeremy Horwitz talked to David Taylor and I about his experiences as a college professor at Santa Clara. Obviously, I asked if he’s ever had sex with a student. There’s actually a lot more to the job than waiting for signals from sorority chicks.
#35: The Jew, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Moshe Kasher)
Dec 5, 2011 • 89 min
Moshe Kasher opened up his home to me and just like on a typical Shabbos afternoon, we talked until it got dark.
Bonus Material with Paul Morrissey
Dec 2, 2011 • 90 min
Paul Morrissey finishes off our epic 4 hour conversation with him pretty much interviewing me about my desire to move to New York and then a one sided argument about the problems with continuing membership in the Catholic Church. I didn’t really go…
#34: Sports Machine (Paul Morrissey)
Nov 30, 2011 • 92 min
Paul Morrissey and I continue with our conversation, this time centering on his short lived career doing sports for local news stations.
#33 Playin’ Bas-ket-baaaall (Paul Morrissey)
Nov 27, 2011 • 41 min
Paul Morrissey gets to revisit the glory of his college basketball days. This was an almost 4 hour discussion that I’ve separated into 2 podcasts and an extra features episode. I’m only going to break up conversations like this if it has 2 or more…
#32: Hollywood Director (Neal Brennan)
Nov 21, 2011 • 113 min
Neal Brennaninvited me over to his place to talk about his experiences being a film director. He’s the only guy I know, know who’s gotten to direct an actual Hollywood movie. It’s pretty cool. We covered that and our meanderings (that’s a word now)…
#31b The Cleanup part 2 (Tony Hinchcliffe, Mat Edgar, Ari Shaffir, Couches)
Nov 17, 2011 • 48 min
Tony Hinchcliffe, Mat Edgar and I met back up the day after we did part one and we finished off this discussion about the great clean of 2011 and about hoarding in general. Most of the time, we ended up listening to Sanford and Son clips. We’re very…
#31 The Cleanup part 1 (Mat Edgar, Tony Hinchcliffe, Ari Shaffir)
Nov 14, 2011 • 92 min
Mat Edgar and Tony Hinchcliffe were hired to help clean my apartment. While it wasn’t an American horror story, it was pretty close. I’m a damn hoarder and I had built up quite the trash castle in my place. We had a great time talking about how…
#30 Fatherhood (Al Madrigal
Nov 7, 2011 • 71 min
Al Madrigal took me into his home office to discuss the joys of fatherhood. Becoming a parent has long been one of my greatest fears, so it was nice to talk to someone who didn’t share my concerns at all. As long as I’ve known Al he’s been a father….
#29: Suicide (Jenn Cole)
Oct 31, 2011 • 108 min
Jenn Cole lost her friend about a week before we recorded this. I really wanted to get into the feeling of grief that comes with loss but I’m so intrigued by suicide that I just ended up wanted to know all the details leading up to her friend, Chris,…
#28 Persistence (Steve Simeone)
Oct 24, 2011 • 136 min
Steve Simeone came to the apartment and we got in a nice long conversation about our struggles in Hollywood over the years. I’ve known him for nearly as long as I’ve been in Los Angeles. I didn’t quite realize how long it had been…
#27 Censorship (Joe Rogan, Ari Shaffir)
Oct 17, 2011 • 56 min
Joe Rogan and I got into a conversation on the plane back from Washington, DC. We covered censorship, comedy in general, Joe’s fear of the Los Angeles apocalypse, and probably a little UFC. It’s tough to remember. I was too sober.
#26: Goin’ Crazy (Steve Agee)
Oct 10, 2011 • 106 min
Steve Agee talks mental disorders.
#25: Comic Books (Mike Lawrence)
Oct 3, 2011 • 67 min
While I was visiting New York, I interviewed comedian Mike Lawrence about comic books. I was trying to interview him about what comic book nerd life was like, but then it just turned to talk about comic books and the movies. I’m not a great…
#24: Religiot (Kurt Metzger, Ari Shaffir, Dog)
Sep 28, 2011 • 45 min
Kurt Metzger talks to me about his former religious lifestyle and how he feels about religion now. It’s not positive. I recorded this at Kurt’s apartment in Manhattan while his puppy was trying to bite our hands. We strayed about as far as I have off…