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

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 you wanna know about. Sam is the best at this in the comedy world. His podcast, Tin Foil Hat, is Art Bell for the internet generation. It's entertaining, informative, and hilarious every episode. So come join me for some eye opening talk from the guy who's vetted more documents than WikiLeaks, Sam Tripoli

Sam has a new special out today!!! "Sam Tripoli's Christmas Extravaganza" AKA "Armogeddon." Rent it for 2 bucks, buy it for 3. Sam Tripoli has been a straight up killer for 2 decades. That special is going to be GREAT!!

And that goes with the other part of these two specials filmed on the same night, "Sam Tripoli: Zero Fucks" that he released a couple months ago. It's also available now at a bargain for $2 or $3.

Direct download: The_Conspirator.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:31am EST

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, too. 

Check out Dave Smith's own podcast, "Part of the Problem." He also has a special out now on GasDigitalNetwork.com as well as Amazon.com and clips are up on YouTube.

 

The wandering Jew will be returning to America to tour the "Ari Shaffir: Jew" show.

Oakland     -    December 30 - New Parrish

Sacaramento - January 3-5   - Punchline

Wash, DC    -   January 15  -   Sixth and I (storyteller show) 

Denver      -     Jan 24-27  -    Comedy Works

Salt Lake  -      Feb 1-2      -   Wiseguys (storyteller shows)

Direct download: 2018_State_of_the_Union.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:33am EST

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 fiancĂ©. This podcast was recorded in Los Angeles, edited in London, the outro was recorded in Dublin, and it was uploaded in Brussels. 

 

I'm on a European tour right now.

Amsterdam 27/11

Stockholm 29/11

Stavanger 30/11

Berlin 2/12

Copenhagen 4/12

Oslo 5/12

Zurich 9/12

Tel Aviv (storyteller show) 15/12

Jerusalem 18/12

Oakland (New Parrish) 12/30/2019

Sacramento - 1/3-1/5

Washington DC (storyteller show) 1/15

Denver 1/24-1/27

SLC (storyteller shows) 2/1-2/2

San Diego 2/15-2/17

Los Angeles 2/19

 

Direct download: breaking_up_is_hard_to_do.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:56am EST

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. Not colleagues in comedy, which we are, but colleagues in piracy. Because at our hearts, that's what we really are. We are pirates.

Make sure to watch Fahim on Comedy Central in the Goatface special November 27 at 11pm and watch his special now streaming on cc.com. 

 

My European tour goes in this order

Iceland

UK (sold out)

Dublin (sold out)

Brussels

Amsterdam

Stockholm

Stavanger

Berlin

Copenhagen

Oslo

Zurich

Tel Aviv (storyteller show)

Jerusalem

 

Then back to America at the end of the year and beginning of 2019 with:

Oakland

Sacramento

Washington DC (storyteller show)

Denver

San Diego

Phoenix/Tempe

Miami/West Palm

Direct download: A_Pirates_Life_For_Me.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:05pm EST

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.

Sam has a new special out now called Positive Influence. You can watch it for free with no ads from now till the end of November at ComedyCentral.com/SamMorril.

 

My Tour Dates:

Shooter Live Table Read - November 11

Reykjavik - November 16

Brighton - November 19 (Sold Out)

London - November 21&22 (Sold Out)

Manchester - November 23 (Sold Out)

Dublin - November 25 (Early Show Added)

Brussels - November 26

Amsterdam - November 27

Stockholm - November 29

Stavanger - November 30

Berlin - December 2

Copenhagen - December 4

Oslo - December 5

Zurich - December 9

Jerusalem (December date coming soon)

Direct download: The_Knickerbocker.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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 little bit about stuff we have no control over.

Make sure to watch Liza RIGHT NOW on Netflix's newest standup series, "The Degenerates."

Direct download: The_Simpsons.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:56am EST

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 would say, "Praise God."

Louis Katz has a new album out TODAY called Katzkills. If you liked this episode go buy Katzkills on iTunes. Help support him in return for putting out this episode for you guys.

Direct download: If_These_Balls_Could_Talk.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:31am EST

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 know who's REALLY winning the challenge to see who puts in the most work. Well, actually, according to that, it's clearly Rogan. But we know who's really LOSING the challenge to see who puts in the most work.

Direct download: Wheres_Your_Red.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:46am EST

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 and about the Jewish kind in particular.

ROAD DATES

Phoenix - Storyteller show - October 27

Los Angeles - Ari Shaffir: Jew - November 6

Brooklyn - Shooter: A Live Table Read (with Danish & Oneill) - November 11

European Tour - Ari Shaffir: Jew - Iceland, Brighton, London, Manchester, Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Stavanger, Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Zurich - November 16 thru December 9

 

Direct download: The_Other_Kind_of_Jew_Camp.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:32am EST

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 actually fun. 

 

Brett has a new special out on Netflix right now called Secret Time. 

 

My Road Dates

Austin - September 19-22

Phoenix - October 27

New York Storyteller Show - October 30

Shooter Table Read in New York with Danish&Oneill- November 11

European Tour - November 16-December 9

 

Direct download: Fun_is_a_Four_Letter_Word.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:15am EST

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.

 

Daniel Sloss has TWO Netflix specials out today. Dark and Jigsaw. Check them out now. He's a great comic.

 

Road Schedule

I'll be in Austin at Cap City Sep 19-22. 

Phoenix for a storyteller show Oct 27

And my European tour goes Nov 16-Dec 9.

Direct download: Pranks_for_the_Memories.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

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 (if you can understand the accent) tell about what he went through. The video will be posted on my site, arithegreat.com.

Now, whether you find the video funny or not is of no consequence to the point. I personally found it quite funny. It made me legitimately laugh. But that's also got nothing to do with it. The point is whether a government should be mandating what types of humor people should be allowed to put out.

My next tour stop is in Austin on the 19th-22nd of September where I will be performing Ari Shaffir: Jew, followed by one night of shows and a storyteller show in Phoenix at the end of October. Then my European tour goes from mid-November till the end of December.

Direct download: Gas_The_Jews_sponsor_edit.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:11am EST

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 stimuli. So I was lucky to get Mike on mic as soon as he got home. 

 

Mike is an amazing comic and his new album, The Worst Kind Of Thoughtful, is out now. 

 

I'm going to be in Austin September 19-22 with Adrienne Iapalucci and in Phoenix October 27 with Big Jay, Schaub, Callen, and Theo Von. Go to AriShaffir.com for tickets to either show and my November/December European tour.

 

This episode is brought to you by nobody. Enjoy, you worthless commies. 

Direct download: Great_Ball_of_China.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:04pm EST

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 wherever you buy albums. I think I said 500 times that it was called Bad At The Good Times but that was his old album. I messed up. Get No Real Winners Here. I mean, get both if you want. He's been funny for a long time. But definitely get No Real Winners Here. At Danstgermain.net. Jesus. The whole reason we even got the idea to do the podcast in the first place was to use the opportunity to hype his album. And then I didn't even get that part right. I mean, come on. So please help me make up for that by making No Real Winners Here the top album on iTunes. Get it. It'll be a good purchase regardless of my mess-up. But now it'll also help get me out of a mistake. Please. Or if you don't buy albums, at least go listen to it on Spotify and tell Dan how you like it. No Real Winners Here. 

 

And Watch Tim Dillon on the Netflix 15 minutes sets. Streaming now. 

 

I'm in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival every day at 6pm at the Hive. It smells like vomit and there's no cell phone reception. I love it there. You can get tickets ahead of time before they sell out and then pay what you want after the show. Or, I save as many seats as I can for walkups for no charge. But get there EARLY!

In September I'll be in Austin at Cap City Comedy Club. October in Phoenix, November through Europe. Tickets on sale at arishaffir.com/tour

 

Oh! And I forgot to remind you. Shroomfest is August 25-27 this year. Last minute efforts right now to get supplies. See you on the other siiiiide.

Direct download: 911_Killed_JFK.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

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 roommates.

I'm in Edinburgh from August 2-26 every day at 6pm at the Hive.

Go to AriShaffir.com or AriShaffir.com/tour for tickets to see me in Austin, Phoenix, England, Iceland, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Copenhagen, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Sweden.

 

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Direct download: White_China.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:55am EST

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 this. 

 

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My upcoming road schedule:

Tickets at arithegreat.com

Montreal - July 25-28

Edinburgh - Aug 2-26

Shroomfest - Aug 25-27

Austin - Sept 19-22

Phoenix ATC Fest - Oct 25-28

Iceland - Nov 16

Brighton - Nov 19

London - Nov 21 & 22

Manchester Nov 23

Dublin - Nov 25

Brussels - Nov 26

Amsterdam - Nov 27

Stockholm -  Nov 29

Stavanger - Nov 30

Berlin - December 2

Copenhagen - Dec 4

Oslo - December 5

 

 

Direct download: Shroob_shroom_noob.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

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 make me envious and fill me with wonder.

This is Rolf's second time on the podcast. He's a travel writer who wrote the book "Vagabonding" that I carried around with me to 3 countries, finally read on an island off Cambodia, and then carried to two more countries until I gifted it to another traveler in Indonesia.

Check out his podcast, Deviate with Rolf Potts.

 

My upcoming road schedule:

Tickets at arithegreat.com

Montreal - July 25-28

Edinburgh - Aug 2-26

Austin - Sept 19-22

Phoenix ATC Fest - Oct 25-28

Iceland - Nov 16

Brighton - Nov 19

London - Nov 21 & 22

Manchester Nov 23

Dublin - Nov 25

Brussels - Nov 26

Amsterdam - Nov 27

Stockholm -  Nov 29

Stavanger - Nov 30

Berlin - December 2

Copenhagen - Dec 4

Oslo - December 5

 

Direct download: Where_to_next.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

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 another person that he knows really well. It's a fun talk.

 

Rich Vos has a roast out that's available right now at VosRoast.com. I was at this roast. It was awesome. Norton, Quinn, Oakerson, Bonnie, Judy Gold, Florentine, even Luis J. Pick it up at VosRoast.com

 

My next road dates are:

San Fran June 21-23

LA (storyteller show) July 11

Montreal (standup and storytellers) July 26-29

Edinburgh August 2-26

Austin September 19-22

Phoenix (ATC Fest) October 25-27

Europe November 16-December 9

 

Tickets at arithegreat.com

Direct download: Free_Base.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

@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, ANZAC Day.

Direct download: Cappereira.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:23am EST

@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 Bushcraft Party Boys.

 

Make sure to watch Michelle Wolf's new show, "The Break," on netflix now and every week each Sunday.

 

And Adrienne Iapalluci is recording her CD at New York Comedy Club on June 3. Get tickets on their website.

Direct download: Bushcraft_Party_Boys.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:45am EST

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. That means drugs. That means sex. That means music music music. And that means drugs. Also drugs. If you're on the fence about going to a festival near you this year, this podcast should throw you over the top.

Direct download: Festival_Fun_Uncle.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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, though, if you look carefully. The mullet is always the giveaway. Join us as we learn about the national animal of Australia: The Bogan.

Direct download: Last_of_the_Bogicans.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:14am EST

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 learned from her and all the times we had, good and terrible. She was a massive part of my development as a comedian. The most important part, really. So it's really unsettling having her gone for good. Join me as I come to terms with what Mitzi meant to me.

Direct download: Mitzi.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:03am EST

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 me cracking up a bunch!

 

Check out Adrienne's podcast, Vadge.

Direct download: adge.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:58am EST

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 terms of not interrupting the guest. I still managed to do it a few times, but way less than normal.

 

This episode is brought to you by the Australian leg of my wandering Jew tour:

Perth April 13-14

Melbourne April 17-21

Adelaide April 26

Sydney April 28-29

Brisbane May 1

Get tickets at arithegreat.com/tour

Direct download: Let_My_People_Go.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

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 discussion on the topic.

 

Aubrey has a new book out now called "Own The Day, Own Your Life." It's all about optimizing your life. Pick it up at AubreyMarcus.com or wherever you buy books. He's also got a podcast called the Aubrey Marcus podcast. Check that out if you're into his vibe.

Direct download: Take_My_Wife_Please.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:13am EST

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. And while we were driving, we past by where Joe picked up herpes. So it's like a tour of his diseased shaft at the same time.

 

Joe List is in this season of The Standups on Netflix. Definitely check it out. He's one of the best comedians in New York. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Add it right now to your watch list, and then watch it first chance you get. The Standups Season 2. Enjoy.

Direct download: Boston_Tea_Farty.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:54am EST

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 about his observations of the people and the land of Ireland, with some history and some stories. Have a happy and drunk St Patrick's Day everybody!

 

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Direct download: The_Queens_of_Ireland.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:19am EST

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 about the skiing, the AirBnBs, the city of Salt Lake and much, much more.

Direct download: Ski_Utah.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:43am EST

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 friend in high school and she's continued to be one of the most interesting people in my life.

 

This is Rachel's third book on the subject of female development and it was a great excuse to catch up with her. Buy her book wherever you buy books or at https://www.amazon.com/Enough-She-Impossible-Standards-Fulfilling/dp/0062438395/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519717143&sr=1-1&keywords=enough+as+she+is.

Direct download: Girls_Gone_Mild.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:49am EST

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.

 

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Direct download: Fake_News.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:12am EST

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. 

 

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Direct download: Moving_Day.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:14am EST

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 absolutely crazy in the best way possible. Come along to hear how he's going to do it.

Direct download: Row_Row_Row.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

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. 

 

 

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Direct download: Resolutionaries_312.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:06pm EST