Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank
A comedy podcast to help better understand humanity and also to make fart jokes.

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. It's a crazy festival and these guys will help me explain it. The British ones have been here many times. I've been here once before. And Derosa was 4 days into his first time. 

Direct download: The_Fringe.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:38am PDT

#273: 2016 State of the Union Address (@ComicDaveSmith)

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. Plus we talk about police racial violence. And top it off with some healthy discussion of my butthole. We're going to do this every year, so hopefully you like it.

Direct download: 273_The_2016_State_of_the_Union_Address_ComicDaveSmith.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

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 about their favorite delis. Jeff was really busy planning the Comedy Central shoot of the Roast Battle, so we didn't get that much time to talk. So I made up for it a little with a long intro about the beach and a long outro about Shroomfest 2016. Make sure to set your DVRs to record the Roast Battle July 28-31 at 10/9c on Comedy Central. A new round every night until the live final round on Sunday, July 31.

Direct download: Lunch_meat.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

#271: Losing My Religion (@RobbieTheFire)

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 we talked about that as I try not to lose my temper.

Direct download: Losing_My_Religion.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:50am PDT

#270: NY Pizza Party (@NotAlexis)

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 explained how that all came up, the deal with 1 dollar slices, and even where pizza originated. It's an on location style podcast through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Join us for a delicious slice. 

Direct download: NY_Pizza_Party.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:03am PDT

#269: The Middle East (@NotHormones)

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 background is, but he's real knowledgable about the whole region and this conversation really opened my eyes up to a way of thinking really plainly about the individuals involved in getting the US to go over there. It's the way I like thinking about almost every subject and I'm glad I finally got to do it about the middle east.

Direct download: 269_The_Middle_East_NotHormones.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:49pm PDT

#268: Live Sony Hack (@BigJayOakerson)

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 that a little. But we also got majorly sidetracked as we started seeing a bunch of interesting stuff in the windows. I also talk a lot about Bonnaroo in the intro and outro.

Direct download: 268_Live_Sony_Hack_BigJayOakerson.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:31am PDT

#267: Door Guys 2 (@BobbyLeeLive)

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 worked way closer with Mitzi and I'm in the middle of a 4 part series on the door guys at the Comedy Store. I already had done #3. #1 will come at some point down the road and then #4. It's a crazy job and I want to hear about how it's changed through the years.

Direct download: 267_Door_Guy_2_BobbyLeeLive.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:56pm PDT

#266: Abstinicks (@NickYoussef)

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 that. And pick up Nick's new standup album, 1982, on iTunes now.

Direct download: 266-_Abstinicks_NickYoussef.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:15am PDT

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. 

Direct download: 265-_Knife_Hits_in_Alaska_DanSoder.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:11am PDT