Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend (Comedy)

Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard (Dumb Gay Politics, Bravo's The People's Couch) stop by the show to talk about how they met, being writing partners, Brandy's lifelong interest in gay culture, her experience modeling in Japan as a teenager, writing together for Fashion Police, working with Joan Rivers, frustration with auditions, Julie's childhood, thoughts on gay/straight storytelling and culture, hosting a Vanderpump aftershow on Bravo, the real scoop on the various Vanderpump cast members, drugs and so much more. We also did a round of How Dare You.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:14pm PST

David Huntsberger is finally back after his crazy tour of Puerto Rico's medical system (he needed his appendix out while there for the holidays and there were complications.) We are so happy he's finally on the mend! Plus, is a bird peeing on your good or bad luck? David has many thoughts. Also, an update on my labor situation and the extra amniotic fluid and so much more including iTunes comments of the week.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:41pm PST

Comedian Marcella Arguello stops by to talk about her debut album, The Woke Bully, growing up in Modesto, her father's misogyny and how it shaped her, being "white-presenting," the appeal of standup as an art form where you aren't depending on other performers, living out of her car for a period of time, her bad taste in men, dancing like Michael Jackson, which comics are rude backstage and which are kind (and she names names) and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of "How Dare You?"

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:11pm PST

Jordan Morris joins us for a podcast wherein I pee my pants on air because something made me laugh too hard. Also we discuss living near a Sizzler and whether Daniel and I should go based on Jordan's Sizzler Quiz, playdates as children, Las Vegas commissaries, inland seafood, buffets, the woke Gillette ad, Daniel's chelada, a screen door update and so much more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:21pm PST

Todd Barry stops by the show to talk about being tormented by his kitten and the various measures he's taken to get a good night of sleep, growing up in the Bronx, getting into comedy, making his comedy debut in Florida, playing in a band, his love of coffee shops, disliking sushi, whether Alison has a "team" and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and Patreon.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

We start the episode with an update about David Huntsberger's whereabouts and when he'll hopefully be returning to the show. Eric Martin is here and he just traipsed around San Francisco during Sketchfest. This reminds Alison of the birthday trip Daniel took her on to SF where they went on an overly long audio tour that only Daniel listened to. Plus a Quantzizza update, a warning from Alison not to make the same home renovation mistake she and Daniel made, an Ikea story and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:21pm PST

Kelly Carlin stops by the show to talk about her new venture Women on the Verge coaching, why she prefers coaching to becoming a therapist with a private practice, the book she began writing after A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, the feeling of being asked to speak for her father (George Carlin), donating his items to a museum, taking time off social media, "untangling daughterhood," the roles our fathers play in our adult lives, meditation, losing Garry Shandling and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:36pm PST

Jordan Morris joins us fresh from SF Sketchfest where he actually unpacked his suitcase instead of his usual "grazing." Also he bought underwear at Walmart. Speaking of underwear, Alison left hers drying in the bathroom and a podcast guest used that bathroom and now she wants to die. And Daniel is not only "disrupting" pizzas and quesadillas with his cheese innovation but he once nearly had a public access show. Plus so much more including Just Me Or Everyone, futons, deli sandwiches and an important question about what exactly poses a threat to pies cooling in the windowsill.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:57pm PST

NYC comedian Chris DiStefano joins the show to talk about whether his waist is still size 38 (the name of his new Comedy Central special is Size 38 Waist), growing up in Brooklyn, how his dad is an old world kinda guy adjusting to the new world, mob ties, his relationship with his parents, unconsciously recreating your childhood, his three year old daughter and his relationship with his daughter's mother, Stupid Questions with Chris DiStefano, his upcoming animated pilot, his CBS pilot, getting punched and so much more. We also took questions from the listeners and answered overly personal questions in a segment called How Dare You.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

Alie Ward is back and she made a big batch of kombucha she's afraid to drink and also afraid to throw out. Daniel is still denying his very apparent feelings for Marie Kondo. Alison took a Lyft that smelled like poo and tweeted about it but then Lyft wanted more info and she didn't want to get Mr. Stinky Pants in trouble. Plus updates on the amniotic fluid, news bloopers, Rachel Bloom, praying manti, Alison's bra and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:31pm PST

Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson from Comedy Central's hit scripted show Corporate stop by to talk about creating the show, what they learned after the first season, artistic vision, how they met, ideas about love and romance, cats, people they hate, the ideal marital house, childhood actions that still cause them guilt, existence in general and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of "How Dare You?"

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Marie Kondo's cast a spell on Daniel via her Netflix show and he claims he just thinks she's "cute" but Alison is onto him. Ben Gleib returns and he's wearing a special hat. Renee had her aura photographed and went from a non-believer to an aura photo lover. Plus photo posing, Ben's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel audition, Alison's polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid), Kate Beckinsale and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:48pm PST

Amy Miller (Solid Gold, Last Comic Standing, Doug Loves Movies) stops by to talk about being voted Portland's Funniest Comic twice, her encounters with Jon Hamm, generalized anxiety, stage fright, how a crisis year launched her into comedy, being recruited by a Baptist church in the East Bay, hosting Who's Your God?, stand up scenes and so much more. We also took your questions, did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and debuted a new segment called, "How Dare You."

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:08pm PST

We learn what summer berry grunts are in this episode plus Alison recounts the story of a classic book and film strip: Miss Nelson is Missing. We also talk about New Year's resolutions, Jordan's swim team, Alison's grocery delivery drama, pharmacist policies, chiropractor pens and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

We close out the year with your picks for favorite moments of 2018. Thanks for sending in your selections and see you in 2019!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

Piping hot fresh Christmas week content! On this episode we discuss everyone's holiday plans including David's plans to give back to Puerto Rico via his tourism and possibly zip line dollars. Will Alison ever zip line? Listen and find out. Renee will be heading to Colorado, possibly to a wolf conservatory. We also talk about whether you need to doggedly pursue your dreams or relax and let it happen and David talks about his experience hosting his own television show. Plus so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:59pm PST

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! My gift to you is the first episode of Childish, the podcast I'm doing with Greg Fitzsimmons. I hope you love it as much as we love doing it. Back on Thurs with an all new episode. For more info check out Childishpod.com.

In the very first episode of Childish, Greg and Alison talk about getting caught “dad-splaining,” the gift of pregnancy orgasms, and give advice to a caller about how to make it through the insanity-inducing nights of sleep deprivation with an infant.


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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:55pm PST

The Great British Bake-Off has nothing on the bake-off at Daniel's work. And in case you're thinking Daniel doesn't have strong feelings about brownies, you're wrong. Also mustard and coconut. Jordan Morris is here talking about things he semi knows and also helping us taste fruitcake. And Alison's disrupting days are over and now she thinks inside the box. Plus iTunes Comments of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:04pm PST

Cole Stratton (SF Sketchfest, Nash Bridges, Pop My Culture Podcast) is a lifelong improviser and one of the founders and directors of SF Sketchfest. We discuss all facets of the acclaimed, long-running comedy festival. He also just released a limited series podcast with Janet Varney and a stable of improv heavy hitters called The Bat: Improv In the Dark. We chat about the pros and cons of literally performing in the dark as well as talk about his history with comedy, the early days of HBO, his scrappy underdog kittens, his marriage, advice for launching a festival, who's easy to work with and who's hard to work with and so much more including Topic Sombrero and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:49pm PST

David told a story on a recent episode about an unpleasant run in he had with a fan in Portland and THE FAN WROTE IN. You have to listen. It's very worth it. Alison shares her zillion dollar idea for a sunscreen spraying booth. Plus holiday bulb rankings, whether Alison and Daniel ooze and what it is they ooze, a listener who's had it up to here with our conformist ways, a story about key fobs and Cerritos and so much more including iTunes Comments of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Flop House) stops by the show to talk about about his wonderful children's book Horse Meets Dog, The Flop House podcast, working his way from intern to head writer on The Daily Show and his decision to leave when Jon Stewart left, adjusting to Los Angeles, fatherhood, his love of presidents, a Clydesdale farm in Sonoma, the UCB class he took with Alison, Chester A. Arthur and so much more including Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:10pm PST

We've returned from an amazing Hawaiian vacation rounded by some harrowing flights. Daniel's college roommate, author Dan DeWeese, is here to tell us what Daniel was like way back when and grow uncomfortable at the attention Daniel lavishes upon his innovative napping form. Also we talk about whether learning rules for storytelling (which they learned in film school) is a help or a hindrance. Plus things teachers have said to us that have negatively impacted us, "Island Dan," Puka dogs, Thanksgiving recaps, Topic Sombrero (how to overcome fear of rejection) and so much more. 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Mark Normand returns to talk about his recent sold out live podcast (Tuesdays with Stories), being on the spectrum, relationships, pitching shows, why comedy shouldn't be put under a microscope, comedy being filled with degenerates, intimacy through injury and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:35pm PST

When did everyone start saying "janky" and what does it mean exactly? Also does the friend zone exist? And guess which member of the Thursday gang is secretly a spelling bee star? Plus Topic Sombrero, a conversation that may or may not have happened and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone. I am on vacation right now and writing this in a hotel room and I fear this show description doesn't accurately reflect how fun this episode really was.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Asif Ali (Wrecked, Goatface) stops by the show to talk about growing up a minority in Arizona, getting into comedy, benefitting by not following the "show biz" rules, forming a sketch group with Hasan Minhaj, Fahim Anwar and Aristotle Athiras, shooting Wrecked in Fiji, scooters, the  prime white people buying monkeys era and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone. Watch Goatface on Comedy Central November 27!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Daniel's insane (but mercifully brief) frat experience and Renee's sorority experience are the fodder for some crazy stories that I'd never heard. Rape Rooms? THESE ARE A THING! Plus our feelings and prejudices about the Greek system, a roller coaster tooth experience, David's dark night of the soul involving a neighbor's car horn and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Comic, actress, writer, singer and producer Eliza Skinner (Cool Playlist, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Drop the Mic) stops by the show to talk about growing up with "NPR"-type parents, wanting to be a performance artist, her early acting experiences, the Richmond arts community, musical improv, auditions, sketchy casting experiences, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, moving around, working at hotels and so much more. We also did a round of Topic Sombrero and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:08pm PST

Ben Gleib returns to tell us about his star-studded Telethon for America and his longtime infatuation with Natalie Portman. At one point during the telethon he nearly got an answer to a question which has been plaguing him about whether Natalie remembered an interaction he had with her years prior but then Chelsea Handler made a joke and the moment was lost forever. Also, Alison is worried her belly button is going to explode which leads to some hard truths about lies we've been fed about innies and outies. Plus Just Me Or Everyone, a Caitlyn Jenner spotting at a fast food restaurant, Idylwild's dog mayor, the smell of Alison and Daniel's old apartment and so much more.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, Adventure Zone, Schmanners), Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Bubble) and musical guest Michael Rosas join me onstage for a live show from the Big Adventure Festival in Costa Mesa, California. Plus a promo for my new podcast, Childish! To see the photos mentioned at the beginning of the episode go to the episode summary at AlisonRosen.com.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:31pm PST

Greg is back and he had another harrowing experience with "mantra guy" when he was entirely too high to handle it. Also turns out he briefly considered doing standup. Fresh from an episode with Ray Oldhafer, Alison and Daniel recount a couple of WTF things he said. Also a recap of our fun show at Big Adventure Fest, sleep hygiene, ghosts, nighttime eating syndrome, TV Time, Busy Tonight, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and so much more. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Ben Hoffman, the real identity of the person behind country superstar Wheeler Walker, Jr. stops by the show to talk about Wheeler's upcoming album, WWIII and the way Wheeler's life mirrors Ben's. For example, WWWIII is as hilarious and crass as ever but features songs about true love and settling down. Wheeler has a wife and son. Ben Hoffman has been in a solid relationship for a while now and is thinking about the future. We also talk about touring life, the Netflix animated show Ben sold and will be working on in 2019, sending Wheeler to rehab, Wheeler's politics, the woman Ben cast as Wheeler's wife, therapy and so much more. Plus we answered your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm PST

We moved and we're in a new house with a temporary new studio! Also Daniel did the keto diet and Wendy is over us and Alie Ward is here only covering her mouth to hide her new Invisalign like half the time she speaks. And Renee is here with a new roommate at home. Also Daniel claims 90 percent of the junk in this house is mine which is patently false and now my life's mission is to prove him wrong. Plus so much more including a broken snow globe and Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Author and radio host Courtenay Hameister (Live Wire!) stops by the show to talk about her hilarious memoir Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things, her RV book tour, relationships, being a late bloomer, the mixed feelings she experienced when she stopped hosting Live Wire!, live show anxiety, the genesis of the book, having sex in public, burrito night at the sex club, breathing and mindfulness, how she knew polyamory wasn't for her and so much more. 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:21pm PST

Greg Heller is back and he may have been so loud at work he caused Busy Phillips and her whole staff to move offices. Also he refused to receive a mantra while produce shopping. Alison and Daniel are moving this week and they are stressed. Alison can't throw anything out and Daniel took a humiliating spill outside. Plus we live video streamed this episode to Patreon and made the guy running the stream chime in from time to time. (His name is Dax Schaffer.) Alison is averse to human touch, according to Daniel. And Renee and Greg bond over yoga cults. Plus an email about sopapillas and a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Bert Kreischer stops by the show to talk about his Sober October progress, the bet between him, Tom Segura, Joe Rogan and Ari Shaffir, the impact of Joe Rogan and Bill Burr talking to him at the Comedy Store about prioritizing standup and The Bertcast over TV hosting, allowing people to befriend him, the jokes (#bertisfat) that put him back into therapy, parting ways with the Travel Channel after eight years, eating coffee cake with his dog, his Netflix special Secret Time, his upcoming tour, fatherhood and marriage, anal chugging, being a bro to a point, his dad's owl story and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

We have some ideas for car wash improvements. Jordan Morris is back and he knows a shocking amount of trivia about the La Brea Tar Pits. Alison did a corporate gig and flew semi-private and now she's been ruined for all real jobs and commercial flights. Also she had pregnant-lady cous cous disaster. (She choked on a cous and pissed herself.) Plus various cities we've spent time in, iTunes comments of the week, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and why it is that Jordan and Alison do that thing they do.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:51pm PST

The list of shows Kathryn Burns has choreographed is highly impressive. In addition to her work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend she's worked on Key & Peele, Workaholics, Another Period, Garfunkel & Oates, Wet Hot American Summer, Better Things, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Bang Bang and more. She's a go-to comedy choreographer but she's also worked with Carly Rae Jepsen and Pharrell. She's the first choreographer I've had on the show and I was fascinated to learn how it all works and also that there's no union that represents TV and film choreographers. We also talked about her path, UCB, nursing, body image, her family, serendipity and so much more. Plus we took questions from listeners and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:16pm PST

Double entendre alert! But really, I am terrible at moving and packing and decluttering and as proof, on-air, Daniel explores the contents of hastily packed box of crap that traveled with me from New York to California and has sat unopened in multiple apartments. Plus a discussion of movies that wrecked us for months, a restaurant in Denver that features cliff diving, a seasonal snackchat, a dog costume contest, JetSuiteX and so much more including Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane stops by the show to talk about My Wife Hates Me (the podcast she cohosts with her husband Rich Vos), her book You're Better Than Me, growing up on a farm without running water in Canada, her confidence in writing, becoming a comic, ingrained sexism, sexist club owners, her documentary Women Aren't Funny, her experience on Last Comic Standing, motherhood, booking TV gigs and so much more. We also took your question and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:46pm PST

After going into a little more detail about Daniel's psyche unraveling last week, we find out that Ben Gleib spent a glorious evening hanging out with Bono in Tulum and Renee released some turtles and shimmied up a lifeguard stand in Cancun. Plus the owls that listen to my podcast, the high school morning announcement gig I didn't get, the worst fro-yo topping combination ever and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Kate Spencer (The Dead Moms Club) and Doree Shafrir (Buzzfeed, Startup: A Novel) of hit podcast Forever 35 stop by the show to talk about the intention behind their show, skincare challenges, not sleeping in makeup, anxiety, the book writing process, whether eye cream works, being raised by teen mags, pregnancy and infertility, hemorrhoid treatments you can buy in bulk, haircuts, self-care, meeting on Tumblr, slow fashion and so much more. We also took questions from listeners and a did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Daniel can't understand what Trader Joe's carrot cake spread is used for and experiences a psychic unraveling that threatens to derail the show. Alison needs glasses and is hoping they'll add some spice to her face but has a disappointing frame shopping experience. David has a terrifying snake story and we all have some snake questions. Alison has a door update. Elliot gets a haircut. Renee is on board with our #Snackchat item and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone and some coyote hazing.

 

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Direct download: AR_092718_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Ralph Garman (KROQ, The Joe Schmo Show, Hollywood Babble-On) stops by to talk about his new Monday-through-Friday show The Ralph Report, his idyllic childhood, losing weight to play the lead in a number of high school musicals, living with Adam Carolla, his feelings about radio, being ousted from The Kevin & Bean Show, trying to let go of resentment, his friendship with Kevin Smith, the loss of his son, living with grief and how it's impacted the way he fathers his daughter and more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:26pm PST

Alison is FIRED UP! You know how books burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit, apparently? Alison's rage is burning at 452! And it has nothing to do with the event she's missing to do this recording. Also Renee used to work at a fancy yoga store and got let go for the best reasons. Plus Daniel shares some of his cult knowledge, David tells a harrowing boat story that Alison had a teeeeeeensy weeeeeeeensy bit of trouble following because of aforementioned rage and then everyone tried the Cynthia Nixon bagel abomination and the results may surprise you. Plus a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

(CW: This podcast contains a discussion of suicidal thoughts.) Nikki Glaser (Comedy Central, Sirius XM's You Up w/Nikki Glaser, Dancing with the Stars) stops by the show to talk about why she finds nihilism to be soothing, her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, the huge impact meditation has made on her life, giving guys PTSD, becoming best friends with a guy who broke her heart whom she actively hated for over a decade, how she got over the hate, jokes you can and can't make on Comedy Central roasts, not wanting penises in her mouth, plastic surgery, Match Game, giving up her beloved dogs and so much more. We also took your questions over Patreon and Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone. If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Alison had a frightening doctor's appointment and is having trouble shaking it off. Alie Ward is here to fondly recall the cupcake she gave Alison a bite of and share news of how tracking her sleep has resulted in sleeping better. Daniel scratches his back and eats peanuts like a dad, both of which started before children. Plus we talk about some important topics such as Marky Mark's hate crimes and crazy schedule and Cynthia Nixon's sweet/savory bagel order. And a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Ken Marino (Dog Days, The State, Burning Love) stops by the show to talk about male grooming products, whether he's ever had a facial, working with his wife (screenwriter Erica Oyama), directing Dog Days and the challenges of filming animals, whether he feels typecast, how he got into comedy, exercise, the relationship among members of The State, fatherhood, that Rock n Rollercoaster pre-ride video, catchphrases and so much more. We also took your questions over Patreon and Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Where's Jeff been on recent Monday shows? Why won't Alison allow him to talk or plug his projects? The listenership demands answers and we have them. Plus some hiccup remedies, a plea for whoever sent the nice "Nibbles" tray to reveal their identity, some talk about giant olives and Las Vegas over the years, financial and existential anxiety, a terrible idea that everyone except Alison seems to like regarding how people should celebrate their birthdays, a misunderstanding about cereal, an egregious parking violation and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

John Henson (Talk Soup, Wipeout!) returns to the show to regale us with stories of Judge Judy's distractingly soft coat, the emotional letter his father wrote to his grandchildren, his new pilot where he quickly takes you through the news of the day with a comedic left-leaning slant, hosting for Food Network, why improv is "36 hour Cialis," the tough questions raised by Louis CK's recent performance, what kind of parent he is, The Big Picture, falling asleep during a recent tattoo and so much more. We also took your questions over Patreon and Twitter.

 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Alison forgot to close an email loop creating temporary scheduling chaos and this isn't the first time this has happened. Eric Martin is here, fresh from Korean BBQ and pinball. Alison is afraid of her beloved blueberries and also thinks her feet might be shrinking. Renee is impressed with Daniel's knowledge of Rogers and Hammerstein. Alison is wondering what's going on with a certain voiceover style she keeps hearing. And she relates strongly to Glynnis MacNicol's book No One Tells You This. Plus iTunes Comment of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade, Gay of Thrones) stops by to talk about her forthcoming tome, Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself To Death. I loved this book. It's as informative as a textbook but as readable and hilarious as a memoir which is quite a feat. We talked about the writing process, how Erin became a font of info, the book she originally set out to write, her DIY divorce from her first husband, being aware of inequality from a young age, how she and her Throwing Shade cohost Bryan Safi met, dealing with haters, Susan Faludi's Backlash and Gail Collins's America's Women, dating older men but marrying a younger man, being the guardians of her husband's brother who has Down's Syndrome, cosmetic companies owned by women, getting kicked out of Olive Garden, her experience of the Throwing Shade TV show and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Alison has a million dollar idea for a product called Hidden Bite Henries. What are they? See if you can guess! (But then listen to find out.) Demi Adejuyigbe is back after far too long and now he writes for late night! Alison wants to know how to handle a certain type of online interaction. Daniel's all about Country Garden magazine. Renee Colvert is here and she's a good person but not nearly as good as our fan phone call recipient, Todd Campbell, who donated a kidney to a stranger and then hiked the Grand Canyon. Plus Just Me Or Everyone and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

I really like James Gunn—I disagree with his firing—and I wanted to replay one of the episodes he's been on. Decided to go all the way back to the near-beginning of this show. He was one of my first guests, appearing on the fifth episode of this podcast. The show has changed in big and small ways since then. I say more about this at the top of the episode. He also appeared in 2015 and talked a lot about Guardians of the Galaxy. What follows is the original show description:

On this episode of Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, director/writer/actor/cat rescuer James Gunn (Super, Slither) stops by to chat about relationships, unhealthy relationships, his former marriage to Jenna Fischer, being superstitious, PG Porn and other career masterpieces and simple ways to make yourself happy. We take some calls including one from a 15 year old who wants to know whether to tell his best friend he has a crush on her.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:20pm PST

Alison recalls something she heard that always confused her when she was a teacher's aide at Vacation Bible School many years ago. Renee Colvert is back and she's dressed like supergirl. Danielle Radford is back and she was once hit by a bus. Not to be outdone, Jeff's been hit twice by cars. We also talk about toxic fandom, hair texture types, wearing a wig, Alison's eyebrow, Alison's windedness and a tiny bit of marital serendipity that Daniel and Alison experienced. Plus so much more including a bizarro Snack Chat (inspired by the Ortelan eating scene in Succession, don't worry we didn't eat them), dogs we're in love with and a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Comedian Sara Schaefer is back to talk about her upcoming memoir and how the process of revisiting old diaries allowed her to see herself more clearly. We talk about the traumatic turning point in her childhood when her father admitted to criminal activity, her relationship with religion, concerns that entertainment was a selfish pursuit, being a rule follower, the experience of having a show on MTV (Nikki and Sara Live), working with Nikki Glaser, pitching shows, feeling understood by her boyfriend and the need to feel understood, how free speech and the #MeToo movement intersect in comedy, her podcast Loner at Coyowolf Creek, problems with social media, college shows and so much more. 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:10pm PST

It's Daniel's birthday and it's a big one. My God he's old! Alison and Daniel celebrated at a picturesque romantic restaurant that was neither. Renee and David are here and Renee snorted at a client. David won't tell us his birthday. Alison finds out that there's... oh no I started this sentence and then got a text and now I can't remember what I found out. Oh yes! I found out there's a podcast which shares a similar name to one of our segments and should I send a cease and desist? Also should I switch back to third person? Alison reveals her baby's gender and also recalls an embarrassing self-tanning disaster. Plus we do a round of Just Me Or Everyone. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

My future podcasting partner joins me for a candid talk about the second season of Crashing on HBO, the rough few months he's had with the passing of his father in law and his wife's emergency surgery, fatherhood and relationships with fathers in general, needing a good cry and a line of cry spas he wants to open, the Me Too movement, the difficulty in talking about aspects of the Me Too movement and so much more. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

It's been a heady week with National Lipstick Day and National Cheesecake day and we determine early on that businesses should hire us to consult for them since we have a lot of stuff figured out. Except we don't have any baby names at the ready so Daniel's put together a list. We also talk about Dr. Laura, whether to read other people's emails if they're handed to you, picking up money on the street, old timey pranks, Daniel's butt crack awareness, "The Rooster," and so much more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Television and radio personality Allie Mac Kay (KROQ's Kevin and Bean Show, KTLA) stops by the show to talk about the challenges of joining a long running radio show under difficult circumstances, second guessing herself, her path to becoming a reporter, going for what she wants and her self-described "delusional" self-confidence, the job she almost took instead of Kevin and Bean, working in Park City, sports, birds, KTLA, power struggles, online rumors and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:16pm PST

Turns out a lot of people at the table are unfamiliar with Yorkshire Pudding which is shocking to Alison. David Huntsberger is back and his hair is even more luxurious than before. Alison has an update about a recent controversial topic on the show. Also, house remodeling updates, moving updates and baby updates. Plus some talk about how neatly loose ends need to be tied up in a movie heavy on symbolism, a challenge to the listeners to name a specific room in the new house, iTunes comments of the week good and bad and a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can't Lose, The Stand, Stargate SG-1) stops by the show to talk about growing up fast as a child actor, his experiences on Webster and I Know My First Name is Steven, playing villains as he's gotten older, the particular challenges he faced playing Ted Bundy and Richard Speck, his involvement in graffiti culture, painting and art, getting community service when he was busted breaking into and tagging a high school, a special acting coach who opened his eyes to what it means to live artistically and without ego, fatherhood, relationships, working with luminaries, living in Texas, his scripted novel Venice High, the ruthlessness of showbiz and so much more.  

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:55pm PST

Renee Colvert is convinced Alison can do a heel click and Daniel can do a cartwheel but she doesn't know what she's dealing with here. Also, she used to host a show called Fear Factor Live at Universal where audience members volunteered to be electrocuted for a t shirt. Audiobook bigwig and Bubble director Eric Martin is back and he's kicked off his new work-from-home attire of sweatpants to join us. (He wore pants.) Alison is excited about her upcoming interview with Corin "Corky" Nemec and isn't sure how much of her school girl crush to reveal to him. Daniel, meanwhile, had it bad for Ally Sheedy. We also talk about St. Elmo's Fire, Alison's constant morning sickness, Amazon Prime Day deals, whether Alison ever looked cool smoking and so much more. Plus a round of Just Me Or Everyone and a "Snack Hack" version of Snack Chat.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Maria Menounos stops by the show to talk about the craziness of discovering she had a brain tumor while caring for her mom who, herself, was battling stage 4 brain cancer, the surprising gifts the experience gave her, her relationship with God, trying to stay positive, learning guitar, the letters she wrote her parents and boyfriend (now husband) before surgery, what she fights about with her spouse, mending fences with her brother, whether she'll take another position on air, her Sirius show and podcast Conversations with Maria Menounos, the Afterbuzz network, secret pockets of disorganization, what she thought of Trump over the years (he attended her birthday party one year) and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:05pm PST

Jordan Morris and Danielle Radford (Bubble) are here to help weigh in on Snack Chat featuring Jeff's surprisingly gourmet homemade Cheez-Its (recipe below). And Jordan has some questions about everyone's drug use which ushers in too many confessions. The summer of toodles is underway but Jordan isn't so sure he's on board. Plus we talk about secret parrothead concerts and the lifestyle in general, semantics, the Bodega Boys, Sweet Valley High, Daniel's missing Starbucks wife and so much more. We also do a round of iTunes Comment of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Jeff's Homemade Cheez-Its recipe:

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp garlic powder

2 to 3 tbsp ice water

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a bread machine on dough setting, mix the cheese, butter, and salt on low speed until combined.

Combine the flour, mustard and garlic powder. Add to the mix on low until pebbly.

Slowly add 2 tablespoons of cold water and mix as the dough forms a ball. If needed, add the additional tablespoon of water a little at a time until the dough forms.

Pat the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each into a very thin 10×12-inch rectangle (the dough should be no more than ⅛-inch high).

Using a fluted pastry wheel or a pizza cutter, cut the rectangles into 1-inch squares, then transfer them to the baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until puffed and browning at the edges.

Immediately move the crackers to wire racks to cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Ray Oldhafer, Chris Boehm and Colin Cheer of the home improvement podcast Do Tell Ray stop by to help Alison decide which direction to go with her new backyard before taking some questions over voicemail and twitter including a surprise call from the one and only Dr. Drew. We also talk about everyone's pasts including Colin's history of being a "chaos magnet," Chris's addiction and rehab experiences, Ray's OCD notebook, Ray and Colin's childhood friendship with Adam Carolla, home improvement pet peeves, stamped concrete versus stone, "earning your face," solo parenting and so much more.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Alie Ward joins us on this episode to talk about her experience working in call centers, the special challenges faced by summer goths (fishnet sunburn) and the specific poultry Ron Popeil hates. I share an update on the personal news I revealed last week (being vague for people who aren't up to date) and Daniel and I discuss Daniel's underwear strategy and why he'd prefer people see his gorgeous butt crack instead the top of his underwear. Also questions about how thick human skin is, wormholes and the space-time continuum, words used incorrectly, iTunes Comments of the Week, Gilly and a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:47pm PST

Entrepreneur and mental health advocate Jen Gotch (founder and CCO of Ban.do) stops by to talk about how she created the multimillion dollar lifestyle brand, being bipolar, her emotional rating scale, self-awareness, how Ban.do developed and why she doesn't really consider it a "fashion" brand, creating the sell out necklaces that said "anxiety" and "depression" and what both feel like to her, her career path, her relationship with her parents, her new Girlboss Media podcast Jen Gotch Is OK... Sometimes, a forthcoming book, going to a food therapist and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:05pm PST

Alison has two to three bits of personal news to share, some of which Daniel doesn't even know yet. But first, David shares the important role potato salad played in his life and talks about the experience of  being filmed for the documentary Tig and Last Comic Standing. Then a heated round of our "signature" segment that we don't know the name of, "Yes Puh-leeze, Oh Puh-leeze or Bitch Please?" breaks out regarding milk versus dark chocolate. Tempers flare! Then we determine the best email sign off which gives Alison a new lease on life, discuss grudges and Alison divulges the weird way she takes pills. Plus a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Stephanie Allynne (One Mississippi, Twin Peaks: The Return, Pistol Shrimps) stops by the podcast to talk about the times in her life she had a gut feeling of revulsion upon encountering tight knit groups and the way it pushed her life in different directions; growing up in Claremont, Buffalo and Temecula; going to a born again high school; meeting comedian (and now her wife) Tig Notaro and feeling drawn to her but being certain she was straight; coming to terms with her sexuality; bringing twins into the world via surrogate; working on the forthcoming series First Ladies starring Tig Notaro and Jennifer Aniston; challenging herself to be a better person; thoughts on Louis CK; hating gloomy weather and so much more. We also answered your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Everyone on the show is disturbed with the state of the world. After introducing our guests (Renee Colvert and Daniel Van Kirk join us) and talking about unflattering nicknames, ice box cakes, various tri-state areas and a sitcom about Dinosaurs that Alison never knew existed, we discuss historical parallels and the guilt of doting on our own kids in our comfortable homes while migrant families are being separated and detained. Then we read an email from a listener who backs up Alison's fear that Daniel's laundry will swallow her own, the short culinary shrift pudding and tapioca receive, whether there's a market for savory puddings, Daniel Van Kirk's new show Pen Pals Podcast and a gross story involving flying bits of fingernails. We also talk about Ray Oldhafer and his podcast and do a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:06pm PST

Comedian, actor and author Sarah Colonna (Chelsea Lately, Has Anyone Seen My Pants?, Life as I Blow It) stops by the podcast to talk about playing an alcoholic pageant mom on the new Netflix show Insatiable, Clutch Women (the line of stadium regulation size handbags she created as a clever response to the NFL's strict policy about bags), her marriage to The Seahawks' Jon Ryan, his intense love of Christmas, concerns about injuries, playing a woman with addiction issues, her fear of knives and love of Lifetime movies and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:21pm PST

Daniel is convinced he's going to be murdered by the Russian mob and it's not for the reasons you might think. Jordan Morris is here and he's brought the director of Bubble, Eric Martin, who himself if an accomplished voiceover, audiobook and podcast guy who has a hot tip regarding a neti pot. Alison is cool with Daniel's special Starbucks wife. Also, Alison has some embryos inside her right now, just hanging out and deciding which way they want this whole thing to go. Plus Jordan's new addiction, a round of Just Me Or Everyone AND MORE.
 
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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:45pm PST

I briefly talk about the horror of separating migrant kids from their parents and my concerns about the extent of this crisis. Then I move on to lighter fare, taking your questions on everything from how I knew Daniel was The One to favorite X song, aversion to change, a difference of opinion I had with my therapist regarding whether another woman is a bitch or not (she is) and the Romance Writers of America. Plus more including the return of Fan Phone Call!

 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:12pm PST

Alison and Daniel have added a new/used car to their lives but Alison is bristling at her new straight-down-the-middle mom-in-her-40s identity. Also, there was a guy at the dealership who couldn't believe Alison didn't want to buy an extended warranty and Daniel is sure he's a psychopath. Jeff concurs, based on this book and the framed predator skin print. David has some hilarious skiing stories, Renee is here to talk to dudes about hair and we're now the number one army surplus duffel bag podcast. Plus Killing Eve, Fleabag, Japanese game shows, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:49pm PST

Television and radio journalist Lauren Sivan (Oxygen's Abuse of Power, KABC with Dr. Drew) found herself part of the news cycle late last year when she spoke out about her own disturbing Harvey Weinstein experience. We talk about the incident and bizarre aftermath, why she chose to come forward (though really, she says she'd been telling everyone who would listen for years), her experiences with harassment, the culture at Fox News where she worked for many years, feeling betrayed by her most recent employer and the way they handled her ouster, relationships in general, working with Dr. Drew, hosting Oxygen's Abuse of Power and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:15pm PST

Jordan Morris announces a secret scripted podcast he's put together called Bubble, based on his popular pilot of the same name. Not only that, his hugs are incredible and you should get one if you can. Alison and Daniel have intruders. The stress of a new house and this whole car situation is threatening to made Alison crackle. Crackle? Just go with it. And some Elliot news, a discussion of the ethics of marital television watching, TV Talk, Stan Lee, whether Daniel has high or low self-regard, a Greg Heller story and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:03pm PST

Do I believe in fate? Do I believe in an afterlife? What would I eat if food had no calories? I tackle the important questions in this solo show including why I have no guest for the second week in a row. Also I talk about an annoying life situation that leads to what feels like an epiphany, if I can put it into practice. Also I gossip and name names and dish some dirt but in a respectable way, I hope. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:56pm PST

Remember when going to a car dealership wasn't a miserable experience? Seems like there was a honeymoon period for car dealerships where they didn't make you want to immediately want to take a shower but those days are behind us, if Alison and Daniel's weekend excursion is any indication. Also, Renee has returned to Brazilian straightening after Japanese straightening and she teaches Alison a tip for taming cowlicks. Plus more bra talk and general discomfort-all-the-time talk, a conflict between Alison and Daniel, David's threshold for being disgusted, I Feel Pretty and so much more. And a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

I answer your questions and talk about a breaking news story. A listener wants to know what I learned from my experience on the Adam Carolla Show. Plus a car and home update, my general discomfort regarding bras, what TV shows I'm watching, pot smoking, thoughts about I Feel Pretty, the way going back to bed kills your day, sneaky diet soda calories, topics I avoid if Daniel is on the show and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:07pm PST

Alison recounts her experience on Getting Doug With High plus shares about the book signing and her birthday. Alie Ward is back and she attended the Emmy's. Pitbull's fragrance makes an appearance at the table. Plus some heated pickled egg talk, a remembrance of Daniel's accidental pot cookie ingestion, Just Me Or Everyone and more.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:46pm PST

Ali Segel began drawing pictures of celebrities with braces for fun and now her art is on billboards and she's about to be designing clothes for one of her favorite clothing shops. She's also a writer, host, former teacher, survivor of domestic violence and the younger sister of a famous movie star. (But she doesn't want to be your friend if this fact excites you too much.) We talked about all of this, answered your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm PST

Alison had two epiphanies however with Daniel out of the room for a bit, she has to put them on ice. Meanwhile, David once had a legendarily bad fake ID, six pounds found their way onto this podcast courtesy of daytime Nibbles, we discuss wine coolers and The Simpsons, David thinks what is and isn't a Chooch is a cool people game which it so isn't, everyone is afraid of teenagers, Alison and Daniel have a laundry kerfuffle and so much more including iTunes Comments of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Jackie Johnson, host of beauty, skin care and self-care podcast Natch Beaut stops by to talk about teen magazines, growing up in Dallas, her relationship with her sister in high school, being vegan and cruelty-free, her virginal stink, the Lululemon story, micro-blading, why all the people thinking of moving to LA should stay home, how she found her dog Chooch, oil cleansing, her husband Adam, my stinky flat iron, wedding planning and so much more including a segment she did with the weather person Jackie Johnson. We also took your questions, did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and she introduced me to my new favorite game: determining whether something is or isn't a Chooch.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:10pm PST

Jordan Morris is here with a Jordan quiz! Daniel has an amazing story involving the Grand Canyon and Finnish hospitality that Alison had never heard before. David Huntsberger had fantasies of stealing one of Maria Menounos's floofy office pillows. Nibbles is no longer nocturnal. And more! Plus a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Journalist Mandy Stadtmiller (NY Post, xoJane, Penthouse, New York) stops by the show to talk about her page-turning memoir Unwifeable, meeting and marrying comedian Pat Dixon whom she says is the first man she's 100% herself around, developing empathy for Trump supporters (her husband is one), dating Aaron Sorkin and finding a version of herself played by Hope Davis on The Newsroom, being tasked with writing a "takedown" piece on Bethenny Frankel, being a "first person human trafficker," attending a Rageaholics meeting online, how the Page Six gossip industry works and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Remember when John Travolta mispronounced Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars? Jeff was unfamiliar so we had to dig up the clip to celebrate it. Alie Ward is back and we get to the bottom of how goth she used to be. Also, she had relations with a man who sported a top knot. Alison has some baby making business to discuss.  Plus a review of Love Never Dies and talk of laser hair removal, My So Called Life, mice, whether nature is gross or not, iTunes Comment of the Week, Just Me Or Everyone and an adoptable dog named Sweet Pea!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm PST

I'm experimenting with making the title of the one-on-one interview shows a full sentence or phrase like the above instead of just the guest's name. What do you think? Make your mind up after you listen to this  delightful episode featuring the always hilarious Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny)! Once again we trekked to his studio since he's allergic to not just dogs but also, we learned, cats and horses. And other stuff! We chatted about the weight he's lost in his face, his new passion for sweating, how he met Conan O'Brien, his reluctance to take what turned out to be an amazing job, raising an only kid, his big butt, getting sober and his 12 step experience, running into mean kids from our childhoods, the future of the Playing Games podcast and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Who knows Alison best? Is it her husband? Her producer? Her pals? The listeners? Play along at home. Also the backstory of Alison's book Tropical Attire Encouraged (and Other Phrases That Scare Me), good peanut butter versus problematic peanut butter, birthday blues and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Moshe Kasher stops by to talk about The Honeymoon Stand Up Special—the three-part comedy special he shot with his wife Natasha Leggero which is available on Netflix April 17. We also talked about his six-week old daughter, his relationship history, how he met and began dating Natasha, panic eating, The Road Less Traveled, Love and Limerence, calling couples onto the stage and roasting them as part of the special, the loneliness of the road and so much more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Alison was the guest monologist at Theme Park Improv at Dynasty Typewriter and she shares about her experience. (She can't stop talking about teeth, basically.) Daniel is experiencing a pants problem. Renee is back with a quiz that has Alison and David fiercely competing. And David has some harsh words for the listeners. Plus a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Ali Rosencookbook author, food journalist and host of the Emmy-nominated food-and-wine show Potluck with Ali—stops by the show and she's easily one of my new favorite people and I would say that even if she didn't have the same name as I do. We talked about her path from serious news to food, growing up in South Carolina, motherhood, name stuff, her cookbook Bring It! and the process of putting it together, the notion of potlucks, local news, the Easter Egg Roll, uni and more. And we heard from another Alison Rosen and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

You know how when you have a crush on someone you're willing to travel great lengths to see them? Alison wants to feel that way but applied to being willing to deal with annoying parking situations. Dave had a frustrating encounter with an age-confusing lady in the express lane. Alie Ward has brought her serum. Also we take a quiz to see who knows Alie Ward best. Plus the best part of the burrito, myriad sliding doors moments for Alie, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, Bojack Horseman) stops by to talk about growing up with ADHD, choosing comedy over philosophy (and what they have in common), cooking and umami, why MSG isn't bad for you, the episode of his show that got the biggest push back, therapy, self-improvement, joke writing, roundabouts and so much more. We also took questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:34pm PST

The quizzes are back! This week we find out who knows ol' Honey Huntsberger the best. Alison learns who Kuato is. Jordan may have been looking to buy his cat a sweater. Plus an epiphany that almost happened, deleted tweets, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Comedian Alice Wetterlund of television (Silicon Valley, People of Earth, Glow), film (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and podcast (Treks and the City, Mrs. Maisel Goys) fame is on the show to talk about her growing up with a mom who wouldn't let people compliment her looks, wanting to be a very short model, her path through the world of fine art, entitlement, getting sober, her relationship with her ex-husband, relationships in general, improv and stand up, fear of being alone and so much more including a lot of info about sharks. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:42pm PST

Alie Ward is back and she's been using a serum. Alison went on a sister's trip over the weekend and didn't order the scones. David Huntsberger is offering to put Elliot to sleep. Alison is tapering off Lexapro and doesn't know what's real, feelings wise. Plus book promo news, talk of anxiety, iTunes comments of the week, the return of Deleted Tweets and so much more including a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:55pm PST

Ken Reid hosts the TV Guidance Counselor podcast where a guest picks an issue of the TV Guide from his vast collection and they discuss what the guest used to watch in primetime. He's also a comedian with an intense day job and has a crazy backstory. And three dogs including a standard poodle. We discussed Boston, the punk band he was in as a teenager, all the dead bodies he's seen, his suicide attempt at five years old, family, drug addiction, violence, how he lands great guests and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:09pm PST

I had nitrous at the dentist's office and it led to an epiphany that wasn't nearly as profound as it felt at the time. Dave loves cheesecake and won't hear any cheesecake guff. Jordan's going on a date with Daniel and me. Plus so much more including the return of Yes Please Or Oh Puhleeze which we're going to rename and the return of iTunes Comment of the Week. And we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

I answered your questions on this episode and also talked about a horrendous bit of Dr. Laura advice. Would I clone my dog like Barbra Streisand? Most awkward on air moment? Was I ever pressured to be a conservative on Fox News? 'Sup with my hair? These are just a few of the topics discussed. Also skin products, food issues, parenting stuff, Greg Fitzsimmons podcast update, book news, behind the scenes info AND MORE. Plus #snackchat, #galchat and a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

We get more detail about Wendy Molyneux's straight-from-college San Francisco sojourn. Jordan's here to discuss tantric dentistry. Alison's freaking out over the airbag recall and also other stuff in general. Wendy's pointing out that we're inside a giant experiment that isn't going well. Plus some Bachelor talk, "fair warning," a surgery recap, becoming a cartoon of yourself and so much more including Just Me Or Everyone.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

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