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

Corrine Fisher and Joe Derosa came to the studio to talk about the awesome and unique state NYC boozers find themselves in. It's summertime and none of the bars allow indoor seating. So many of them have gone to window service. You can get cocktails, beers, wine, and frozen drinks TO GO! It has turned the entire city into a giant street fair. It's amazing and people are really turning into their alcoholic butterflies.

Direct download: 392_Joe_DeRosa_and_Corinne_Fisher_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

Big Jay Oakerson came to the studio to talk to me about Cops. His favorite show in the history of television just got BLMed so he's in a bit of a state of mourning. And when I say favorite, I mean of the 150 times I've stopped by his apartment, he's been watching Cops 80 of those times. I honestly don't know what else he does with his time.

Big Jay is a hilarious comic. Check out his instagram and twitter at @BigJayOakerson and all his tour dates at Bigjaycomedy.com

The Music

A$AP Rocky - Dreams

Inner Circle - Bad Boys

KRS One - Sound of the Police

The Strokes - NY City Cops

Direct download: 391_Big_Jay_Oakerson_Audio_Final-2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Big Jay Oakerson came to the studio to talk to me about Cops. His favorite show in the history of television just got BLMed so he's in a bit of a state of mourning. And when I say favorite, I mean of the 150 times I've stopped by his apartment, he's been watching Cops 80 of those times. I honestly don't know what else he does with his time.

Big Jay is a hilarious comic. Check out his instagram and twitter at @BigJayOakerson and all his tour dates at Bigjaycomedy.com

The Music

A$AP Rocky - Dreams

Inner Circle - Bad Boys

KRS One - Sound of the Police

The Strokes - NY City Cops

Direct download: 391_Big_Jay_Oakerson_Audio_Final-2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

Andrew Santino met me for the last podcast in my quarantine to talk about the wet brown devil, whisky. Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, you know what I'm talking about. It's my favorite alcohol. For when I want to smoke cigars, for when I want to be surly, for when I want to relax, for when I'm drinking.

Andrew is a hilarious comic and you should DEFINITELY go see him if he's in your town. But since that looks like it might never happen again, watch his show "Dave" on FX. It's as funny as you can get for not being standup.

If you want to order the shroomfest shirt, you have till Thursday to get it in time for the holiday. Wear it with pride. https://podcastmerch.com/products/shroomfest-2020-presale-shirt?utm_source=shortlink&utm_lkey=i7h0e

The Music

Willie Nelson - Whisky River

Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whisky

Flamin Groovies - Whisky Woman

The Dubliners - Whiskey In The Jar

Muddy Waters - Whisky You Ain't No Good

 

Direct download: 309_Andrew_Santino_Audio_Final_3.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Sam Morril hung out with me in my backyard to tell me what he's been missing lately. He's so damn funny. Please everybody watch his new special, "I Got This" on YouTube now. I guarantee he'll be a household name to anybody who like standup at all in the next two years. He's too funny not to be known. And we just talked about stuff he's been missing. A lot of it made me realize that I miss the same thing.

Watch Sam's Special here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xo3Fq7GGWk&t=334s

1) Sports

2) Movies

3) Comedy

4) Social Anxiety

5) Smell of Pizza

The Music

Lou Monte - Pizza Boy USA

Lil Bow Wow - Basketball

The Drifters - Saturday Night At The Movies

Chris Rock - How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Cops

 

This episode is brought to you by Patreon. Join my Patreon to get an extra episode every week (pretty much but also sometimes you get two episodes so whatever, it works out for you. Lately I've been doing these travel stories that go along with a picture I took from my travels but then I also do mailbag episodes) at http://www.patreon.com/SkepticTank

Direct download: Sam_Morrils_5_Things_I_Cant_Wait_to_Do_Again.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Garron Kertnen Chiu met me at a Hong Kong comedy club to tell me about the protests for autonomy that have been going on there over the past year or so. All the important details, like how do you get tear gas out of your eyes, protesting on shrooms, and much more! It's a real Skeptic Tank classic. And this episode almost definitely inspired similar protests all over America. Am I a hero? Yes.

Direct download: 388_Garron_Chiu_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Mark Normand, fresh off the success of his new special "Out To Lunch" (available now on YouTube), met me on the deserted streets of New York to play the 5 things we miss game. We probably got to like 2. Maaaaaaaybe 3. But who cares really? Mark is hilarious and this episode was funny as crap with broccoli. I should legitimately have this guy on once a month. 

Make sure to watch Mark's special, "Out To Lunch" now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDolNU89SXI&t=170s

This episode is brought to you by http://sheathunderwear.com. Use promo code "Ari" to get 20% off your first order!

The Music

Counting Crows - Round Here

Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

Missing Persons - Walking in L.A.

Sex Pistols- Pretty Vacant

Direct download: 387_Mark_Normand_Audio_Final_Final_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Joey Diaz is one of my all time stealing heroes. He is an inspiration to shoplifters everywhere. Even though he's semi-retired since having a child, his legend lives on. This episode is all about stealing. From one of the former greats to a current title contender. Please steal this episode. 

This episode is brought to you by sheathunderwear.com. Use promo code "Ari" to get 20% off your first order.

The Music

The Smiths - Shoplifters of the World Unite

Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike

Max Romeo - Stealing in the Name of Jah

Etta James - Steal Away

 

Direct download: 386_Joey_Diaz_Audio_Final_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Robert Kelly joins me for the first in a series of podcasts where I'm just gonna do some wishful thinking. Fun podcast with a good friend. It's nothing serious. It's all about the stuff we've been thinking about doing. For now, it's because we can't really do anything. A year from now, it'll probably be about the things in life we've been procrastinating. But this is now. And Bobby goes over all the stuff he's been itching to do. These don't have to be the most important things. These are just some activities that have been bouncing around in his head.

1) Walking Around The Mall

2) Cigar Bars

3) Staring at Girls

4) Hanging Out At Comedy Clubs with Comics

5) Hotel Room on a Saturday Night when the Week is Over

 

The Music

Sam Cooke - Another Saturday Night

Biz Marquee - Albee Square Mall

Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends

Mika - Big Girls (You Are Beautiful)

 

Direct download: 385_Bobby_Kelly_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:04am EDT

Jessica Michelle Singleton came on to talk to me about taking a 10 day vow of silence for Vipassana meditation. I tried it a few years ago and failed. Still got a ton out of it. But she made it all the way through. And this conversation really reminded me of everything I got out of it even though I didn't make it. It's so good for you! 

 

Jessica Michelle Singleton has two podcasts. "Ignorance is #Blessed" and "Two Filthy Nerds." She's also related to the most prolific standup comedians of the last decade.

 

The Music

Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet

No Doubt - Don't Speak

Macklemore - Vipassana

Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

Mazzy Star - Sweet Mary of Silence

Direct download: Jessica_Michelle_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Joe List has a bad attitude and a worse stomach. He ate nothing but chicken parm sandwiches and Chipotle for the last 14 years and then for some reason, one day last year his stomach just stopped working. He has silent reflux. And it's a bigger problem than heart disease, Covid, comedy bloggers, and emotional support peacocks. There's a lot of talk about male ejaculate in a podcast about glorified heartburn. 

Listen to Joe on one of his two podcasts, the new Mindful Metal Jacket (I was on episode 11) or the ever popular Tuesdays with Stories that he does with Mark Normand.

The Music

The White Coffin Terror - Silent Night Deadly Night

Future (feat Andre 3000) - Benz Friendz

Duran Duran - The Reflex

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence

Direct download: 383_Joe_List_Audio_Final_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

Duncan Trussell and I talked about LSD for about 2 hours. Nobody in my life is more of an acidhead than Duncan. He knows the history, the risks, the joys, all of it. We did this in honor of Bicycle Day, which is April 19. The day LSD was first ingested intentionally by Albert Hofmann. Also, the excuse for having this conversation at all was so I could help tell the world about Duncan's new Netflix show, "The Midnight Gospel." It's starts 4/20 on Netflix. All the episodes available at once. He did it with Pendleton Ward, the guy who made Adventure Time. I haven't been this excited for a new show in maybe forever! I'm not even exaggerating. Duncan's mind works on another level and this is so clearly a product of all the weird creativity he's been developing over the last 20 years that I've known him. 
 
For sure set a reminder in your Netflix settings to watch The Midnight Gospel as soon as it comes out! https://www.netflix.com/title/80987903
 
You can also listen to Duncan't podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour here
Direct download: 382_Duncan_Trussell_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

Sean Patton becomes the first Skeptic Tank guest to ever appear via webcam to tell me about what New Orleans was like for him in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pretty much Skeptic Tank is the only podcast where you'll hear about stuff like this in a funny podcast. Anyway, that time seemed to me to have a lot of parallels to what's going on right now. So he told me about some of the stuff that went down out there. Really great, funny conversation that helped me deal with quarantine zero percent better so don't expect any answers.

 

Check out Sean's podcast, "5 Words." I'll be on in a couple weeks.

And please help support him if you can, by downloading his new standup album, Scuttlebutt.

Direct download: 381_Sean_Patton_Audio_Final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

Mark Normand became the first (and only) guest in the newly built Skeptic Tank Studio! This was recorded March 17, the first day bars and restaurants were closed in New York. We talked about what it was doing to standup, our fears, made jokes about everything, and drank some ice cold Coronas while we did it. This podcast is also the first on the new Skeptic Tank youtube channel. (youtube.com/SkepticTank) Check that out for full episodes, episode clips, brand new podcasts, and lots of new content. And subscribe! That's where all the live episodes will live from now on as opposed to the other YouTube channel that was just a still picture with the audio over it. 

Nobody knew how far Covid 19 would go and nobody was yet saying even not to meet up with friends. But in between recording this podcast, and before my interview the next day, it started to seem more like a health risk to have a guest and my producer come to the studio. So we called it off until we learned more. But before we did, Mark and I talked about all that was happening with the Swine AIDS.

I spent half of February looking for a place and half of March building it. We'll be back. Probably. Who knows?

Check out Mark's podcast, Tuesdays with Stories, that he does every Tuesday with Joe List. It's a great podcast and their back catalog should eat up tons of your free time. 

This episode was brought to you by Sheath Underwear. If you go to SheathUnderwear.com and use the promo code "Ari" you save 20% off your order! That's a fifth!

Direct download: Volume_380_Normand_Audio_Final_3.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Chino LaForge met me before one of our shows to tell me about the history of the country of Hawaii. I think it ain't even really part of America. Honestly. I know it is, but I don't agree. Chino broke down all the history and then we moved on to what it's like there now. Really interested conversation.

Direct download: Chino_-_2720_1.55_AM.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:27am EDT

Roberty "Bobby" Kelly had me over to the YKWD studios to record an album commentary episode of Skeptic Tank on his first comedy album, Robert Kelly Live. On these episodes I break down a comic's (usually) first album and we discuss all the things that went into making all the jokes, recording the album, how their styles have changed, what inspired the bits, and all sorts of stuff from an academic point of view on comedy. 

We did this to help promote Robert's set on season 2 of The Degenerates on Netflix. So make sure to open up Netflix and watch Bobby's set on there.

 

My final dates for Ari Shaffir: Jew  are:

Oahu - Jan 15

Maui - Jan 17

Kauai - Jan 19

Portland - Jan 23

Pittsburgh - Jan 25

Charlotte - Jan 26

New York - Feb 7 and 8

Tickets are at http://www.arishaffir.com/tour

Direct download: Robert_Kelly_Live_-_11220_2.58_AM.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:24am EDT

Adrienne Iapalucci came over to my hotel room in Spokane and we sat and talked about dogs for almost 2 hours. She's been a long time dog freak and so have I. And I just recently got my first dog ever so now I can finally join in the conversation from the point of view of an owner. Adrienne is hilarious and you gotta watch her Netflix set on season 2 of The Degenerates. She's also been opening for me for the last year or two so if you've ever wanted to know who that Dark Queen was that went on before me, now you know. 

Direct download: Dog_Day_Afternoon.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

2019 was a great year for me. They're all great years, to be honest. But 2019 was no different. Come along as I go over all my favorite podcasts, standup shows, travels, and details of another year where I'm lucky to be doing something I love. 

Direct download: 2019_Year_in_Review_-_123019_9.45_PM.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

Jessica Kirson met me at Gas Digital studios to tell me about what her daughter has been going through with heart surgeries. Her kid was born with major heart problems so she's been through multiple surgeries before she was 4 years old. So she's spent tons of times at Children's Hospital. It's crazy what Children's Hospital does for some of these kids. Jessica has seen it all while she's been there. Both with her own daughter and with other people's kids as well. 

Make sure to watch her debut special on http://www.comedycentral.com that's out right now! She fucking kills!

The Music:
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
Jessica - Rick Springfield
Hospital Food - Eels
I Will Survive - Cake

Direct download: Ari.Shaffir_Skeptic.Tank_Kirson_Final.Audio.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Jimmy Dore met me at All Things Comedy studios to explain to me exactly what a progressive is. I've found more and more that I relate to his views on politics more than most people. The distrust in journalism, the desire to get out of war, the feeling that the government is neither left nor right but rather serving the people or serving themselves. He's a passionate man and you can find lots of his stuff on youtube on The Jimmy Dore Show. By the way, this took me fucking 4 days to edit and export in iMovie. I have GOT to get a producer to do this stuff for me. I just don't think anyone will get the music stuff down the way I'd like it done. But right now this is not worth the time I'm spending on it.

 

Road Dates

I will be off the road in December but in January I'm in:

Spokane - January 2-4

Hawaii - January 16-19 (tickets on sale next week

Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Maine (all on sale next week)

New York - February 7-8 (the taping of my new standup special, Ari Shaffir: Jew)

Tickets at http://arishaffir.com/tour

 

The Music:

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Stop The War - Edwin Starr

We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Direct download: 374_Truth_Be_Told.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

In honor of me announcing the date of my long awaited standup special recording for "Ari Shaffir: Jew," I brought on some friends to talk about Jews. Sam Tripoli, Michael Rappaport (just walking by and joined in), Ryan O'Neill, Steve Rannazzisi, Tony Hinchcliffe, Boon Shaka Laka, and Steve Simeone. With a bonus set from Jeremiah Watkins's show "Standup On The Spot" where I riff off what people in the audience throw out.

Ari Shaffir: Jew records February 8 in New York City. https://tickets.nyu.edu/overview/arishaffir?psn=arishaffir

Direct download: Jew.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

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 also talked a lot about our mutual love for underground back room poker games. And go see Mike record his first comedy special this Monday, November 4, at the Village Underground in Manhattan. Tickets at http://www.MikeCannonComedy.com

Tour Schedule (tix at http://arishaffir.com/tour:

San Jose - November 7, 8, 9

Detroit (sold out) - Nov. 14

Chicago - November 16

Cincinnati - November 17

Direct download: Roid_Rage.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:19am EDT

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 just a play along. God, I hate it. I'm bored as hell and I'm over it. I am over Sober October.

Direct download: So_over_October_final.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

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. You can skip it if you want, but it's 53 minutes of content that you'll be missing about my own start in trolling. Trolls are the most maligned and misunderstood of all the world's artist. And I don't use the term "artist" lightly. Trolling is an art form. I've been looking forward to this episode for months now. And you're going to love it or ABSOLUTELY HATE IT. I hope you're the former. But if you're the latter, then we got you. You've been trolled. pWn3d.

Tour Dates

Nashville - Oct 17-19

San Jose - Nov 7-9

Chicago - Nov 16

tix at www.arithegreat.com

Direct download: Troll.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

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 Redban was right there helping form the scene. From the Joe Rogan podcast, to mine, to Segura's, and lots more, he helped build the scene from the ground up. We talked about what it was like, what podcasts have turned into, and where it's going now. I'm telling you, this episode got me so hyped up to put out the coolest content I can. You're all gonna benefit over the next few years because of this conversation. 

 

Tour Dates

Nashville - October 17/18/19 - Zanies

San Jose - November 7/8/9 - Improv

Detroit - November 14 - The Magic Bag

Chicago - November 16 - The Vic

Cincinnati - November 17 - Funny Bone

 

The Music

NOFX - The Marxist Bros.

The Godfather Theme

Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

Monty Python - Brian Song

Direct download: The_Podfather.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

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 trap of having to defend the views of any one party. This is also the first video podcast in Skeptic Tank history. Go to my youtube page or http://arishaffir.com to watch it.

Upcoming Tour Dates(http://www.arithegreat.com for tickets)
San Antonio - October 2
Dallas - October 3
Houston - October 4/5
Nashville - October 17/18/19
San Jose - November 7/8/9
Detroit - November 14
Chicago - November 16
Cincinatti - November 17

 

The Music
Chuck Berry - Back In The USA
NOFX - We Called It America
Night Ranger - You Can Still Rock In America
Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
James Brown - Living In America

Direct download: 2019_SOTU.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

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. 

 

Tour Dates

Brea - September 26-28

San Antonio - Oct 2

Dallas - October 3

Houston - October 4-5

Nashville - Oct 17-19

San Jose - November 7-9

Detroit - November 14

Cincinatti - November 17

Chicago - November 16

 

The Music

Tex Williams - Smoke Smoke Smoke (the Cigarette)

Motley Crue - Smoking In The Boys Room

Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol

Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees - Nicotine Stains

UGK (feat Too Short) - Cigarette

Direct download: Dragon_Lady.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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. 

 

Thank you ZipRecruiter.com/skeptic for sponsoring this episode of Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank. visit ZipRecruiter.com/skeptic next time you need a job filled. It's way easier than doing it yourself.

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

@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 EDT

@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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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!

 

This episode is brought to you by Spotify, where you can find every episode of my podcast. Just open the app on mobile or desktop, click on the "browse" channel, and then click on the "podcast" section. Take the Skeptic Tank wherever you want to go thanks to Spotify.

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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!

Direct download: Foster_the_Person.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

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 who always made me feel warm before and after I got hot. It's an interested conversation with a non-comic about the stretchy arts.

Direct download: Hot_Yogi.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:01am EDT

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 himself an expat over a tourist.

Direct download: Valuable_Friction.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

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 cruise.

Direct download: sober_octobert.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:26am EDT

 
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 special, Me Being Me, is out now at www.JayLarsonComedy.com. Pick it up and get a great laugh while supporting independent artists who make amazing comedy.
 
Direct download: Skools_Out_FaEvah.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

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.

Direct download: Mother_Fucker_old.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18am EDT

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.

Direct download: Hot_Yoga.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:03am EDT

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.

Direct download: My_Daughter_Sucks_at_Suicide.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:03am EDT

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 a great, accessible way to hear about the state of the United States. 

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Direct download: 2018_SOTU.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:46am EDT

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 joins me for the intro and adds some regret of his own.

Direct download: I_Regret_Nothing.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

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 80% was just fun meanderings. 

Direct download: Barreness.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

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 smores. I'm not quite sure how that happened. It's always a good time when Jeff Danis and Ryan Oneill come on and this one was no exception. Now hopefully Danis will come to his senses and release the episode of Danish and Oneill that I did over a year ago.

Direct download: Quittin_Time.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:06am EDT

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 diverted into American media, rules of cricket, and crime rates.

Direct download: But_Youre_Blek.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

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 getting out there in the world with such a well worn traveler like him.

Also, my special "Double Negative" is on Netflix right now! Go watch it!

Direct download: Vagabonder.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:36am EDT

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 before. Cameos galore from Mike Yard, Liz, Norton, and Keith Robinson. And a really embarrassing story at the end of the outro. I'm disgusting sometimes.

Direct download: Bob_and_Ari_Smoke_Cubans.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Brandon_Goldberg_Stripper_at_Law.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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 fly now. Sorry for the echoey sound, I didn't realize how hollow that room we recorded in would sound. Listen for the intro and outro for interesting American killers stories.

Direct download: Low_School.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

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 visit him so we could talk about one of my favorite countries in the world. Myanmar is amazing. See it before it gets ruined by globalism. Also, I went kind of nuts on the intro and outro. And then stay tuned after the outro because I also included a conversation I had with a 17 year old Burmese girl I met out there at a restaurant outside Inle Lake. This might be my fullest podcast ever.

Direct download: Je_zu_ba_de_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT