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

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 sense of what I had seen.

Road Dates (tix at arishaffir.com)

Madison (Sep 19-21)

Winnipeg (Sep 22)

Brea, CA (Sep 26-28)

San Antonio (Oct 2)

Dallas (October 3)

Houston (October 4&5)

Chicago (November 16)

 

The Music

Weezer - El Scorcho

The Novas - The Crusher

Motorhead - The Game

Beth Orton - Stolen Car

 

Direct download: Smackdown.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

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 brilliant man and it was such a treat to get to sit down with him and hear him say out loud some of the ideas he's been putting forth in Adbusters.

 

Tour Dates:

Madison - September 19-21

Winnipeg - September 22

Brea - September 26-28

San Antonio - October 2

Dallas - October 3

Houston - October 4-5

Nashville - October 19-21

San Jose - November 7-9

Detroit - November 14

Chicago - November 16

Cincinatti - November 17

 

The Music:

Gil Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

H.A.L. - Daisy, Daisy

Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome

Direct download: The_Revolution.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:59am EDT

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 arishaffir@com

Direct download: Matrix_Vacation.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

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 evens out for the remainder. Regardless, it was such an interesting conversation and an amazing adventure to hear about. It makes me want to get out into the world again.

Check out Xavier's Vlog on YouTube at YouTube.com/HumOfTheEarth where he shows video of all the crazy places he's been on that damn bike.

The new Skeptic Tank Patreon is up at: https://www.patreon.com/skeptictank

Direct download: On_A_Steel_Horse_I_Ride.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

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 already watched the movie, if you're never going to see it, or if you don't give a crap about spoilers. 

We definitely also meandered a ton so it's probably about 42% about the movie. 

Check out @SamMorril on twitter and instagram. And listen to his podcasts, "Keeping Joe" and "Pod Don't Lie."

 

Ari's Road Dates

Atlantic City - 9/7

Madison WI - 9/19-21

Brea CA      - 9/26-28

Dallas TX     - 10/3

Houston TX - 10/4-5

Nashville TN - 10/17-19

San Jose CA - 11/7-9

Detroit MI    - 11/14

Chicago, IL   - 11/16

Cincinatti OH - 11/17

Direct download: Once_Upon_A_Time_In_Hollywood.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

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. It was interesting to hear some actual humanity from people we often see as invisible. 

Direct download: Spange.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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! You gotta hear the great stuff they pulled. 

Direct download: Cacauphony.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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 vacation. A detox, if you will, from all the noise. I'll be back in August but I scheduled two podcasts to go up that month so you're not completely without content. Subscribe and you'll be notified when those go live. See you around.

Direct download: Digital_Vacation.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

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 copy of Jabba from iTunes or ApplePlay. It's a really funny album that would make a GREAT Fathers Day present. Buy it today and send it to your dad. This really was made for him. Unless your dad is dead. Then I guess SUCKS TO BE YOU!!!

https://music.apple.com/us/album/jabba/1465387916

Direct download: Jabba.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:10am EDT

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. 

Direct download: Fun_Bucks.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

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 survive. This was a really fun one!

Direct download: Down_By_The_River.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

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 about drugs and Jessa did a lot of meth so this one was perfect.

Direct download: Methistopheles.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

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 come open as a surprise treat to the city. We did a podcast about air travel on the way to the airport, in the plane, and at YYZ airport on the way home. Fun episode, funner weekend. And it's kind of like you were there with us. 

 

Don't forget to watch Big Jay's set on the Degenerates on Netflix. He's the first comic so just cue it up and press play and you'll see it.

Direct download: Fear_of_Flying.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

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 waaaaay into mushrooms. This is what we are now. This is what hippies have become. I'm one, too. It ain't tye-dye hemp shirts and ponytails any more.

Road Dates

Portland - The Alladin - April 26

Seattle - The Neptune - April 27

Calgary - Yuk Yuks - May 2-4

Cleveland - Hilarities - May 9-11

Omaha - Funny Bone - May 17-18

Columbus - Funny Bone - June 14-15

Brooklyn - Shaffirfest - June 21-23

Indianapolis - Helium - July 31

Milwaukee - Turner Hall - August 4

Atlantic City - The Borgata - September 7

Madison - Comedy on State - September 19-21

 

Direct download: Modern_Hippie.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

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 Music Hall - April 6

Portland - Alladin Theater - April 26

Seattle - Neptune - April 27

Calgary - May 2

Cleveland - May 9

Omaha - May 17

Columbus - June 14

 

 

Direct download: Water_World.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:33am EDT

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 Shooter. Michelle Wolf played the love interest, Jenny. Attell was the bad guy. Tim Dillon was the best friend. And Stavros Halkias and Yannis Pappas played the coach and professor and lots of other roles. Even the audience got involved!

 

This was one of my funnest nights ever and probably my favorite live show from all of 2018. It was such a blast!

 

There's also a drinking game attached to this if you want play. Just have some beers and friends ready to go and I'll explain how to play when the episode starts. 

Direct download: Shooter_try_3.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:51am EDT

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. Everywhere! Come along with me and be prepared to get the travel bug. I got it bad for one city from this conversation. Tom Rhodes is gonna take us on a trip around the world!

Direct download: Around_The_World_with_Tom_Rhodes.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

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 while we did this like real Jersey trash. 

Direct download: So_you_wanna_be_an_ultimate_fighter.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:34am EDT

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 new album, The Amazing Greg Stone, is out now on iTunes and Spotify. Give it a listen today.

Direct download: This_Is_An_Emergency.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:26am EDT

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 after we all got home, he and I did the intro from the Comedy Cellar in NY. It was a fun podcast and probably the least clothed 4 way podcast I've ever done. Just sitting in a jacuzzi in Utah, talking shit. 

Direct download: Hot_Tub_Time_Machine.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:55am EDT

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, travel, drugs, music, and comedy. I go over all that 2018 brought me.

 

Upcoming Road Dates

DC - Jan 15 (storyteller show) 6th and I

Denver - Jan 24-27 - Comedy Works

SLC - Feb 1&2 (storyteller shows) Wiseguys

San Diego - Feb 15-17 - La Jolla Comedy Store

Los Angeles Feb 19 - Comedy Store

Phoenix - March 7 - Standup Live

Tempe - March 8&9 - Tempe Improv

Miami - March 14 - Miami Improv

West Palm - March 15&16 - West Palm Beach Improv

Las Vegas - March 21-24 (short sets) - Comedy Cellar Vegas

Toronto - April 6 - Danforth Music Hall

 

Direct download: 2018_Year_in_Review.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:29am EDT