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May 3, 2017

Roy Wood Jr is a comedian who can be seen most weeknights as a correspondent for 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' and who also has a new standup special called 'Father Figure' out now on Comedy Central. This episode we discuss Roy's early days working in radio and honing his comedic voice, the context of being able to speak freely in public and private spaces, the casual absurdity of situations he finds himself in as a Daily Show correspondent, how to do political comedy in this type of climate, and more. for more info on Roy Wood Jr. to help support the show. for full episode recaps. like the show on Facebook.

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Next Episode: May 17th

Apr 19, 2017

Jason Zinoman is the NY Times Comedy Critic and author of the new book 'Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.' This episode we discuss the legacy of David Letterman and his show on the last 30 years of comedy and the long shadow he has cast, the state of current late night television, explaining the influence of something that isn't constantly in cultural syndication, tracking down every episode of Late Night/Late Show, the tonal shifts in late night over the years, and more.

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Next Episode: May 3rd

Apr 6, 2017

Neil Cicierega is a content creator who has been making weird, wonderful things online since he was a teenager. If you don't know him from his music as Lemon Demon then you might know him from his Potter Puppet Pals youtube series or his series of mash-up albums or his youtube videos or from any number of one-off creative endeavors. In this episode we discuss defining exactly what Neil does, the idea of nostalgia as a commodity in pop culture, the evolution of Youtube, deconstructing They Might Be Giants, and more! for full episode recaps.


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Next Episode: April 19th


Mar 22, 2017

Ted Leo is a musician who has performed for the past 15+ years in various capacities with his band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, as well as having recently collaborated with Aimee Mann on an album as 'The Both.' He was also in the band Chisel during the mid-90s and has been playing for crowds since the late 80s. Recently, he Kickstarted his new album, and with 48 hours left as of March 22nd, has received over $150,000 from his fans. This episode we discuss his career arc, the perception of age as it relates to music, the overlap between music and comedy, musical cruises, and more! ALSO, Ted was gracious enough to play a couple of songs for the show! One of his classics and one new one off his forthcoming album! (links to kickstarter)


Next Episode: April 5th!

Mar 8, 2017

Erin Mallory Long is a writer, producer, performer, and podcaster. She's a person who wears many hats and on today's episode we discuss what it means to do a lot of creative projects at once, the economic reality of that, how comparable college life is to the show 'Felicity,' working with live animals at the Oscars, what makes a good sitcom, and much more!


Next Episode: March 22nd 

Feb 22, 2017

Mady G is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer who freelances and has done work for OniPress, Invader Zim comics, Rick & Morty comics, Oh Joy Sex Toy, and is currently working on the book 'The Queer Health Field Guide' due out early next year. This episode we discuss the economics of freelancing as an artist, what they don't teach you in college, how much of your luck depends on who you know, meeting Justin Roiland, having your art passed around online without credit, and more!

Next Episode: March 8th

Feb 8, 2017

Jimmy Pardo is a comedian and host of the popular 'Never Not Funny' podcast. For over seven years he was also the warm-up comic for 'Conan.' He's also a regular guest on @Midnight. On March 4th he'll be hosting his annual live 12-hour podcast called the Pardcast-a-thon to benefit the Smile Train charity. In this episode we discuss the influence of radio broadcasters on his comedy, how podcasting has helped older comics reinvent themselves, being one of the first big podcasts back in 2006, how late night TV is now built around moments, and of course we discuss Jimmy's high school band, 'Rainbow Bridge.' for info on Never Not Funny and Smile Train for full episode recaps and video clips. 

Next episode: February 22nd

Jan 25, 2017

Mike Yard is a comedian and former contributor and commentator for 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.' In this episode we discuss Mike's early life and the culture shock of moving from the Virgin Islands to Brooklyn, the unique kind of freedom he and others had to tackle topics few others were covering on 'Nightly Show,' this past week's inauguration, the absurdity of where we currently are politically in America, and more.

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Next episode: Feb 8th

Jan 11, 2017

Stuart Ashen is a popular Youtuber known for his dry, comedic reviews of old electronic tat, weird food stuffs, and other strange miscellaneous items. He's been doing it since the dawn of Youtube over 10 years ago and we discuss the platform's evolution, how it became his full-time job, parlaying his success into getting to create a movie and author a book (Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of). We also talk about crowdfunding, what makes a game truly awful, getting sent 180 year old olives in the mail, and other things of interest.

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Next episode: January 25th!

Dec 29, 2016

Don Arangio is a Director of Photography and Producer who is proof positive that you don't need to go on the path put in front of you in order to find a viable career. In this episode, we discuss Don quitting college on a whim, falling into production work, and putting himself in unlikely positions that ultimately led to him putting in long hours and hard work to get to a place where he is now on the cusp of taking on some pretty big projects in major roles that would have seemed impossible to reach just several years before.

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Next episode: Jan 11th 2017

Dec 14, 2016

it's that time of the year again! Listen as I get cozy by the fireplace and bring back some of my favorite guests of 2016 for new conversations, music, and surprises! Guests like Todd Glass (Stand Up, The Todd Glass Show),Brian Stack (Late Night w/ Conan, Late Show w/ Colbert), Bill Oakley (The Simpsons, Mission Hill, Portlandia), Negin Farsad (Fake The Nation, The Muslims are Coming), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, Stand Up), Brett Davis as "Christmas Dracula" (The Special Without Brett Davis, Chris Gethard Show), John Szeluga (Impractical Jokers, Super Live Adventure), Chris Sorrentino (Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, Super Live Adventure), and music from Brian Bonz, Matt Wilson, and Bobo Touch!


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Next Episode: December 28th

Nov 30, 2016

Emilio Sparks is a radio personality, producer, and podcaster who has seen more good fortune and breaks come his way through his life so far and has built up a cult fanbase of average joes and industry insiders alike. But being able to be involved in cool projects and become friends with higher-ups in an industry you love possibly only gets you so far when you keep weighing it over the idea of taking more steady work that pays well, but that might not be your passion. That's the central theme of today's episode. While we do jump around a little, I hope that by the time you finish this episode you will have perhaps a newfound understanding of what it's like to hustle and want to do what you want on your own terms and the choices you have to make along the way.


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Next Episode: Dec 14th

Nov 16, 2016

Daniel Kibblesmith is a current writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and former writer/editor for The Onion and Clickhole. This episode we discuss The Late Show's live Election Night Special and how it changed on-the-fly as the results started coming in and the tone of the night changed, what it was like writing surreal ad copy for Groupon, helping launch Clickhole, the importance of world-building in comedy, getting to write for Valiant Comics, and much more!


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Next Episode drops November 30th!

Nov 2, 2016

Dimitri Simakis is the co-founder of internet video collective Everything is Terrible and current head of short-form video for Super Deluxe. If you have ever seen a weird clip online of some insane stranger danger after school special, bizarre infomercial, religious children's show, or anything that could be traced back to a VHS tape of long forgotten nonsense, Everything is Terrible probably had something to do with it. This episode we discuss the role of re-contextualizing these old clips, the earnestness of the original creators, the importance of realizing everyone is just as stupid as everyone else, using curation and editing to tell social commentary, and more.

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Next episode: November 16th

Oct 19, 2016

Manuel Billeter is a Cinematographer and the Director of Photography for Marvel's 'Luke Cage,' 'Jessica Jones,' and 'Iron Fist' series of shows as well as having worked on 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Person of Interest.' This episode we discuss the influence of noir film in 'Jessica Jones,' capturing a vibrant Harlem and bold use of color in 'Luke Cage,' the role social commentary plays in 'Luke Cage,' shooting for Netflix vs shooting for a traditional network, and more. for full episode recaps

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Next Episode Drops: November 2nd

Oct 5, 2016

UDACHI is a successful Electronic musician and DJ, more immediately known to fans of this show as the artist behind the bed music you hear every episode. It was about time we finally sat down for a conversation and this episode we discuss DJ-ing and music as a form of communicating with an audience instead of at an audience, the story of UDACHI ending up working for and then leaving Google to tour full time, and how to find the balance between both creative freedom and logical responsibility. for full episode recaps.

Next Episode: October 19th!

Sep 21, 2016

Kelly Carlin is the author of the memoir 'A Carlin Home Companion,' host of a SiriusXM radio show, and podcast 'Waking From the American Dream.' She is also the daughter of legendary comedian George Carlin, who has a new album of previously unreleased and reworked material out this week called 'I Kinda Like It When A Lot Of People Die.' This episode we discuss the challenge of striking your own path while still honoring the legacy of a parent, the different prisms in which people view her father's work, understanding the reality of death, the perception of political correctness in comedy, and much more.

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Next Episode: October 5th


Sep 7, 2016

Steve Kornacki is the host of MSNBC Live, weekdays at 4pm, and Political Correspondent for the network. This episode I got to pick Steve's brain about the 2016 election and hear his thoughts on which demographics are important this cycle, the details and importance of the horse race and statistical breakdown of the election right now, deciphering Trump's strategy, looking at this election through the lens of history, and more.

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Aug 24, 2016

Brian Stack is a current writer/performer for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and was previously a writer/performer for 18 years on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien/The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien/Conan.' This episode (after explaining why Brian is the nicest man in the world for recording a second conversation after the original got destroyed due to technical issues) we discuss his time at Late Night, the shared sensibilities of the Conan writers room, catching lightning in a bottle and taking ideas to their logical conclusions, doing sketches for the studio crowd vs the home audience, the transition from NYC to LA and back again, writing for a more political leaning show like Colbert, and much more!

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Aug 10, 2016

Nicole Perlman is a screenwriter best-known for writing the screenplay to Marvel Studio's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' as well as co-writing the upcoming 'Captain Marvel' screenplay and writing Marvel's upcoming Gamora comic. In this episode we discuss our mutual love for Ray Bradbury, the idea of nostalgia in pop culture media, the potential impact of being the first female screenwriter of a Marvel Studios film, the process behind adapting an obscure comic line such as Guardians for film, and much more!

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Jul 27, 2016

Brett Davis is a comedian and actor who currently hosts the cult comedy show 'The Special Without Brett Davis' which can be seen streaming live online every Wednesday at 11pm with full episode for free on Youtube ( for more info). This episode we discuss being in high school and exploring the NYC comedy scene of the mid-2000s, inheriting his show's platform from Chris Gethard, the eclectic mix of guests the show gets, how wrestlers and comics aren't so different, and more. Also, around the 45 min mark, I check in with Brett's associate and conspiracy talk show host Smith for a LIVE* report from the 2016 Democratic National Convention!

*Prerecorded live. But, yes, actually really recorded (at the time of this release) last night from the floor of the DNC.

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Jul 13, 2016

R. Stevie Moore has self-released over 500 albums over the past 40 years and become a cult icon in the world of DIY music, influencing musicians & fans like Beck, MGMT, Ariel Pink, The Pixies, Mac Demarco, XTC and many others. This episode we discuss Moore's unique discography, his various distribution methods over the years, the struggle to be diverse and creative in the face of successful mediocrity, finding his second-wind with a new generation of fans online and only recently embarking on his first serious tour, and much more. for full episode recaps


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Jun 29, 2016

Hutch Harris is a singer/songwriter & guitarist for the Indie Rock band The Thermals. This episode we discuss The Thermals' initial rise in the mid-2000s, their recent performance at the now-famous "Birdie Sanders" rally in Portland for 11,000 people, their new record 'We Disappear,' Hutch's recent turn towards stand-up, his band-coaching work for the new movie 'Green Room,' and more! Full episode recaps at The Thermals are at

Jun 15, 2016

Gaby Dunn is a comedian/journalist/actress/podcaster. She hosts the web-series 'Just Between Us' with fellow actress/comedian Allison Raskin; has written for publications such as Fusion, Slate, the NY Times, Salon, the Boston Globe; and also has a new podcast out now called 'Finale Rally.' On today's episode we discuss Gaby's start doing the crime beat for the Boston Globe, her 100 Interviews project and how she crashed a $2000-a-plate dinner to try and interview Stephen Colbert, the misconceptions and realities of being famous on the internet, Bisexual awareness, reminiscing about her time on Superman fan forums in the early 2000s, and much more! Follow Gaby on Twitter: @GabyDunn Just Between Us: Website: Full episode recaps/notes:

Jun 1, 2016

Rob Bricken is the Editor-in-Chief of the tech and pop culture website io9. This episode we discuss when fellow nerds overreact on the internet, DC (movies) vs. DC (TV/CW), The Force Awakens' implication on the ending of the original Star Wars trilogy, why the recent X-Men film is better than you think, Star Trek's low-key 50th anniversary, and more.

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