Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend

We're minus #AL but plus special guest Susie Meister on this episode where we talked about our different interpretations of a common cliche, which is the better bunk bed should one find him or herself needing to bunk, Greg's issue with chopped salads, meeting Janae, Party Girl and other assorted Kim Jones Mosses at Samantha's baby blessing and so much more. We also talked about lady's underwear and #GALCHAT. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_021116_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:35pm PST

I've been a fan of actor, writer and comedian Michael Ian Black for years so it was a real treat to have him stop by my podcast during one of his trips to Los Angeles. We talked about his podcast How to Be Amazing and his approach to interviewing before delving into some of the meatier topics explored in his most recent book—which I loved and highly recommend—Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's which I know sounds weird). We chatted about growing up in a home filled with rage, growing up without much male influence, his gay-but-not-aware-of-it-yet mother being subjected to shock treatment by her parents and his theories about what led to this, his choice to live in Connecticut and thoughts about Los Angeles, whether people expect him to be more snarky  than he is and his desire to be a good person. Plus we took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_020816_Michael_Ian_Black_1.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:43pm PST

We got to the bottom of what #AL knows on this episode and we also debuted a new segment that Greg can't remember the name of. Plus we debated precious notebooks, talked about the whereabouts of Jenna and Al's baby, discussed the butt stuff that does or does not go on in fraternities and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone. Also: oodles of other stuff!

Direct download: AR_020416_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:39pm PST

I like to think I was something of a precocious whippersnapper, but writer, director, producer, podcaster, television personality Jake Fogelnest (Wet Hot American Summer, Billy On The Street, Difficult People) has me beat. At age 7 he wanted to be John Waters... and then actually contacted and spoke with John Waters. (I merely wrote a fan letter to animal expert Joan Embery and received a perfunctory written reply.) He went on to host a public access show, Squirt TV, from his bedroom in Manhattan which was later picked up by MTV all before going to rehab at the age of 17. Eventually he found UCB which is when, he says, his real career began. We discussed all this plus Terry Gross, The Monkees, the difference between Adam Driver and Ryan Seacrest, sobriety, resentments, self-care, selling out and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_020116_Jake_Fogelnest.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:01pm PST

Ok look, this was a weird show. There was tension, embarrassment, statistics and probability (part of our fledgling "What Does #AL Know" segment), egg talk, a discussion of soup, music and whether it's better to have a lot of lights on or very few. Also we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

Direct download: AR_012816_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:12pm PST

I first met comedian, musician, actress and artist Kate Micucci years ago when she and Riki Lindhome performed live as Garfunkel & Oates at my first live Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend show at UCB. I've wanted to have her on the show solo to really delve into all things Kate ever since. On this episode we talked about the ways in which she's the same as she was as a kid, what she was like as a kid and her close relationship with her parents, crying at school because she missed them, being a late bloomer, her first kiss, going to three colleges, her love of sunsets, puppet making, her favorite musicals, school dances, hitchhiking and why she stopped, being poor, how she broke into commercials, meeting Riki and writing their goals on napkins (she still carries one with her to this day), sitcoms, relationships, being sheltered, swearing and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_012516_Kate_Micucci.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:48pm PST

This episode features the birth of an on-the-fly-off-the-cuff segment entitled, "What does #AL know?" in which we attempt to figure out the titular question and also, how the game works. We also talked about sports and finance which is unusual for us and I detailed yet another salad debacle. Also I just had blood drawn and I think my vein hurts which is neither here nor there and has nothing to do with this episode but just saying, weird arm sensation. And we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and Daniel revealed some of my secrets.

Direct download: AR_012116_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:55pm PST

Comedian and podcaster April Richardson stopped by, hoarse from singing David Bowie songs at the top of her lungs the night before, to talk about all sorts of stuff including growing up an only child and how she thinks that impacts her relationships today, what she was like as a kid, not getting along with her stepdad or stepbrothers, her relationship with her mom, her relationship with her father who she only met a handful of times, how she felt when she learned her father was dying, forgiveness and anger in general, dating type A guys, living in England with an unrequited crush before coming back and going to college, her obsession with Bob Odenkirk, working at Chelsea Lately, recently meeting Mark-Paul Gosselaar (she's the world's biggest Saved by the Bell fan and hosts Go Bayside!) and her thoughts on marriage, ghosts and pedicures. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_011816_April_Richardson.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:42pm PST

If you've ever wished to go to dinner with me, you won't after hearing this episode. Also, we talked about Jenna's ice-pack maxi-pads, things Greg overheard at the Farmer's Market, junkyard kittens, things Greg feels shame and guilt about, my experience on Anna Faris's podcast, Daniel's feelings about food, car washes, the new show intro and more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and I even took a video during the segment.

Direct download: AR_011416_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:51pm PST

You might know Susie Meister from her many seasons on MTV, first on Road Rules and then on The Challenge. Or maybe you know her from her podcast Brain Candy which she hosts with fellow MTV'er Sarah Rice, or the one she hosted before that, The Meister Piece. When she first popped up on screens she was known for being super religious (pentecostal) but over the seasons her beliefs changed and now she has a different relationship with religion, along with a PHD in Religious Studies. We talked about her experience on MTV and her thoughts about reality programming in general, her morphing relationship with religion, how her mom feels about her no longer being born-again, motherhood,  marrying the sound guy, hoarding versus purging, Timmy from Road Rules, scrunching versus folding when it comes to wiping and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Direct download: AR_011116_Susie_Meister_1.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:54pm PST