Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend (Comedy)

Jenna and #AL join Daniel, Tony and me remotely to discuss their lives in Georgia and how they've achieved such attractive camera angles. We also talk about intra-child violence, working from home, Tony's new dog, Daniel's brick wall, my concerns about leaving the house to record Childish and more including iTunes Comments of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone.

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

Atsuko Okatsuka—comedian, writer, actor and host of the very fun game show/podcast Let's Go Atsuko: A Woke Japanese Game Show—joins the show as our very first remote guest. After catching up with producer Tony and hearing his big news, we talk about concern for elderly relatives in this time, wiping down packages, relationships, depression, and the Covid-19 fifteen. We also talk about Atsuko growing up with a mother with schizophrenia, comedy school in Japan, Atsuko's adjustment to coming to America, eating disorders and so much more. Plus we took your questions.

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

It's just Alison and Daniel and your calls (and one from Ms. Alie Ward!) as we power through the first coronavirus-affected episode of this show. But honestly I think it's a good one! Daniel and I talk about important matters like losing our minds, my worst TV appearance, guns, whether I should actually go to therapy tomorrow, elbows and more. We also listen to a bunch of messages from all of you and do iTunes Comments of the Week.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:19pm PDT

Christina P (Your Mom's House, Where My Moms At?) returns to the show to talk about growing up with a mom who never let her show weakness, her resultant feelings about vulnerability, the decision to form a podcast network with her husband Tom Segura, the experience of writing a pilot about her life, antidepressants and postpartum depression after her second baby was born, episiotomies, GLOW, MTV and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and answered your questions.

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

Jackie Johnson and Ken Reid are here to make fish puns and help me get to the bottom of an uncomfortable moment that happened during Daniel and my anniversary dinner. Plus we remember some great TV theme songs and Jackie tries to get Tony to sing but Tony refuses to perform. Is this a fireable offense? We do iTunes Comment of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone and bring back HGFY but with a twist! Also some strawberry shortcake and psycho uncles talk.

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

Elise Loehnen, Chief Content Officer of goop and frequent host of The goop Podcast stops by to talk about her experience making The goop Lab for Netflix, switching from magazines to online, meeting and working with Gwyneth, growing up in Montana, her relationship with her parents, love and loss, that infamous vagina-scented candle, motherhood, pattern recognition, handling criticism, trolling, time management and so much more.

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

Alison violated a sacred marital code which she never agreed with anyway. David is here and he's sporting a new short hairdo. But lest you think he's a short hair newbie, you're mistaken. Renee doesn't know how long her arms are which really worked out for the spider on the wall. Tony's brought some Motion City Soundtrack beer for #SnackChat and Daniel, unrelated, has given up.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:35pm PDT

Comic, actor and writer Fortune Feimster joins the show to talk about growing up in North Carolina in a town of 5000, her relationship with her family, coming out, her Netflix special Sweet & Salty, her path to comedy, working as a journalist, her fiancé Jax, stage fright, waking up early to do her Sirius radio show What a Joke with Papa and Fortune, her experience on Chelsea Lately, the Groundlings, religion and so much more. We also answered your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

Jordan Morris joins us to get to the bottom of Daniel's nose hair problem. (He trims the hair and then the inside of his nose gets all irritated. If you have a solution please write in!) We also talk about Jordan's feelings about working from home, whether I'm mis-branding myself, chat shows, TV Talk and we finish with a round of Just Me Or Everyone!

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

Lindsay DeFranco is a former YouTube personality who refers to herself as a "recovering mommy blogger." She's also the cofounder of the media literacy campaign Not So Fast and the wife of superstar YouTuber Phil DeFranco with whom she has two young sons. We talked about motherhood, moving to LA with Phil, her reasons for leaving YouTube, curly hair, home invasion, guns, her childhood in Georgia, mediocrity, her parents' divorce, self-care and compassion, anxiety, live streaming platforms and so much more. We also took your questions.

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

Recorded live at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco on January 26, 2020. Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) joins the show to talk about freezer carbs (she's anti), parts of yourself, therapy, cats, oversharing, her tumultuous childhood and more. Tony Thaxton offers a Tone Zone update and Alison's old band The Angoras reunite for the first time! Plus Just Me Or Everyone!

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

Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars, Tower Prep) stops by to talk about the new movie Spy Intervention which he stars in and executive produced, losing a scholarship because he appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine, stability versus adventure, moving to Harlem, proposing to his girlfriend in Iceland, playing the ukulele, getting evicted, TV versus stage acting and so much more. We also took a spy music quiz.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT

Ben Gleib is here, still exhausted from concluding his presidential run, and he's ready to transition back to civilian life. Also he's got strong opinions about his girlfriend's choice of footwear. Alison and Daniel took Elliot to Disneyland and Renee is considering returning to her extroverted ways. Tony is going to leave us again but only for a few days. Plus a word we've never encountered and some snacks from New Zealand.

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

Food Network star and food journalist/critic Troy Johnson stops by to talk about making the switch from writing about music to food, majoring in poetry, growing up with a gay parent, regrets, marriage, divorce, parenthood, San Diego, Fox Rox, Guy's Grocery Games, Crave, Adderall, aggressive heterosexuality, cooking and so much more. We also did a round of How Dare You.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:32pm PDT

Tone Zone Thaxton is BACK after his Motion City Soundtrack tour and he's got a gold record and everything. Alison has a dumb question about the record. Can you guess what it is? Joe Kwaczala is here and he's got a ladyfriend to witness his weird sleep behavior. Also we do a round of Yes Please or Oh Puhleeze involving coconut jellybeans but first must delineate the difference between jelly bellies and traditional jelly beans. Daniel says something that isn't intended for the podcast but he says it right into the mic. Also there's some beeping, some gentle ribbing and more.

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

Jessica Chaffin (Spy, The Heat, Zoey 101) stops by to talk about her new podcast Ask Ronna with Ronna (& Bryan), growing up in Newton, Massachusetts as one of six kids, her relationship with her parents, getting into comedy, skincare, Ronna & Beverly, offering advice as Ronna, her love of England and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

Alison is back from Sketchfest with stories to tell. Renee went to Sketchfest and is wearing a number of meals on her shirt. Joe Kwaczala is here having just performed a comedy show while people drove golf balls at his head. Plus so much more including a story of a guy who didn't recognize Alison even though he would have been delighted if he knew who she was, most likely.

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

Newscaster Courtney Friel stops by the show to talk about her just published memoir Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News in which she tells all about living as an addict while appearing to be a put together reporter. We talk about her decision to go public with her sobriety, the fact that a story from the book about Donald Trump hitting on her went viral which pushed up the release of the book, her years at Fox News and what she witnessed there, motherhood, divorce, meditation, panic attacks, not taking things personally, rehab, celebs who were hard to interview, her video podcast Keeping It Friel: Conversations on Recovery and so much more. We also took your questions.

 

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

Wendy Molyneux is back and she had a baby complete with dramatic water breaking moment! Also if you're rude to her she might follow you to your house. Dave Huntsberger was just in Canada and it went well except for one show which was challenging. Also he made shoes and still claims he's going to cut his hair. Pete the Retailer is here being distracted by thoughts of pancakes. Plus we have several important epiphanies about fashion and VSCO girls, talk about potato clocks and Spago and do a round of iTunes Comments of the Week and Just Me Or Everyone. And an impromptu spelling test breaks out!

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

Joel Stein, (Time, Newsweek, LA Times) stops by to talk about his new book In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You Are Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book for which he traveled the country exploring the populism that put Trump in office. We also talk about Scott Adams, our best friendship, gossipy stories involving Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, the moral cost of being a skillful journalist, Goop, meeting Jim Carrey, conferences, free will, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, the fact his book is funny but when he talks about it it isn't and so much more.

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

Who knows Jackie Johnson best? We take a quiz to find out. Plus Kevin T. Porter is here, with cookies, to fill us in on the trip to Las Vegas he took after being identified as a Mrs. Maisel influencer. He saw a show! Pete the Retailer is here and Jackie zeroes right the fuck in on his favorite color. Plus a story which details exactly how dumb Daniel thinks Alison is, an Uber for Allies, Audrina Patridge, Idaho, Puerto Rico and ziplining, slang terms and so much more including #SnackChat.

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

Comedian and actor Adam Ferrara (Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, Top Gear) stops by the show to talk about the creation of his new podcast The Adam Ferrara Podcast: 30 Minutes You'll Never Get Back, growing up on Long Island, his decision to go to college, relationships, drinking, working on himself, cars, meditation, making himself cry and so much more.

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

Jordan Morris and Dave Huntsberger join Daniel and me on this episode and Pete The Retailer (from The Star Wars Minute) is filling in for Tony while Tony plays in Motion City Soundtrack which is a band all of us are having trouble saying. Jordan fills us in on his Christmas, Dave raises some important questions about the manufacturing of voodoo dolls and throws a fair amount of shade at a specific kind of saxophone player. Daniel and I feel weird about lying about Santa, Daniel's seeking pumpkin fodder and more. Plus a quiz about Nebraska and iTunes Comments of the Week.

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

You guys sent in your picks for favorite clips of 2019 and here they are! We're nibblin' on spongecake, doling out nicknames, yawning during stories, revealing unused drops, asking questions, traveling, singing and so much more. Featuring Daniel Quantz, Tony Thaxton, David Huntsberger, Wendy Molyneux, Renee Colvert, Greg Heller, Jackie Johnson, Jordan Morris, Arden Myrin, Alie Ward, Jeff Fox and some names I'm sure I'm forgetting.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:59pm PDT

Jenna Kim Jones came to town for one day only and we recorded a Patreon bonus episode and this Thursday show. Happy New Year! We talk about resolutions, life in Georgia, Santa Clause, periods, #galchat, another Tone Zone update and we do a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

Gareth Reynolds (The Dollop, Arrested Development, I'm Sorry) stops by to talk about his debut album Riddled with Disease, holding koalas, his driver's license wig, relationship patterns, his relationship with his dad, quitting caffeine, writing for television, divorce, duel citizenship, depression, "yarguments" and so much more. We also took a personality/psychology quiz and Gareth did his best Tony impersonation.

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

If you listened last week you've likely been on tenterhooks waiting to find out what my question for Dave Huntsberger was. Well this week delivers in a big way. Also we (Dave, Tony Thaxton, Joe Kwaczala and I) taste nogs, puzzle over regional accents and talk about black eyes peas. And more!

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

Director, writer and editor Dan Schechter (Life of Crime) joins us to talk about his new movie After Class which stars Justin Long, Fran Drescher and Kate Berlant and was based on his own experiences teaching in a politically charged environment. We chat about nuance, students, keeping an open mind, white men, guilt, family, dogs, termites, mistakes, asking favors, grief and so much more.

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

Who knows Joe Kwaczala best? Take the quiz along with Alison Rosen, Dave Honey Huntsberger and Tony Thaxton to find out. Also how did Joe spend his Thanksgiving? How was Tony's gig the night before? And a question for Dave? Plus so much more including Joe's zippered arm pocket, carolers who lack confidence, Alison's med switch and other stuff!

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

Alie Ward (Ologies, Did I Mention Invention?, Brainchild) returns to talk about the success she's experienced making something entirely her own, being a home owner and dog owner, her love life, fear of failure, love of science, premature ovarian failure, being a pseudo redhead, insects, massage chairs, list making, codependency, jobs that felt somewhat inauthentic, germs, dick fish and so much more. We also took your questions.

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

A rare Thursday show treat! Paul Rust and Michael Cassady are here on the eve of their new Don't Stop Or We'll Die release Diamond Skies Over Western Dreams. Tone Zone Thaxton played drums on it so it's like we have a whole band in the studio. What do you do when you have a whole band in your studio? You talk about egg nog! And eye language, Brooklyn and more. Also Daniel and I are back from Hawaii and I learned some things. Plus we do a round of Just Me Or Everyone and get a Tony Update and so much more.

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Joe Kwaczala stops by to talk about growing up in Pittsburgh, the significance to him of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (he hosts a podcast called Who Cares About the Rock Hall?), being a self-described "mama's boy," his t-shirt system for remembering A and B days, releasing 31 videos for his 31st year, good attention versus bad attention, the things he did for attention, moving out to Los Angeles, trying to do his live talk show in LA, losing a friend, driving for Lyft, taping his Comedy Central special and so much more.

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We learn more about Kevin T. Porter's childhood, Tony's workload, boundaries (and whether any of us have good ones) and so much more including a kiss from a rose on the huh?, #SnackChat and a quiz about Spain.

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Joe Randazzo (The Onion, Adult Swim, @midnight) stops by the show to talk about working with Tiffany Haddish, growing up in New Hampshire, smoking, kids, Brooklyn, Charlie Rose and other disgraced men, Charlie Rose's crappy table, meeting his wife, Gen X, getting kicked off Twitter, his book Funny on Purpose and so much more.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend! Kevin T. Porter and Renee Colvert join us for a heartwarming and sweet episode that also contains a lot of talk of Chris Matthews's recent televised toot and related offenses. Stay til the end!

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When she was 14, Adrienne Brodeur was awakened in the middle of the night by her beloved mother who confessed that a family friend had just kissed her. She wanted to pursue a romance with this man and needed young Adrienne's help in keeping it a secret. Adrienne felt special and important—her mother had chosen her to be her confidante. Thus began a years long situation that affected every aspect of Adrienne's life and which she recounts and untangles in Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me. We also talk about Aspen Words, parenting, memoir versus reality, Swatches, myths, cooking, dementia, career paths, creating Zoetrope with Francis Ford Coppola and so much more.

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David Huntsberger is back and he's just returned from Romania where he made an egregious and somewhat offensive carb-based mistake. Renee Colvert also did some traveling and her one wish is to tell her story before David so as not be outdone. Also, we take a Canada quiz sent in by a listener, learn about "sassy mouth," find out who Tugboat's real mother is and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:13pm PDT

Scott Aukerman stops by to talk about Between Two Ferns: The Movie which you need to see immediately if you haven't already, how much and in what way he values audience feedback, trusting his own taste, Comedy Bang Bang, finding new comics, IVF, not being able to travel with his wife Kulap Vilaysack for much of the filming of her emotional documentary Origin Story, editing, touring, his brief foray into gambling, R U Talkin U2 To Me?, R U Talkin REM Re: Me, Threedom and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:33pm PDT

Joe Kwaczala has returned—what a speedy return!—and he once faked a limp until his mom intervened. He also has a crazy track record of calling into radio stations and winning. Jordan Morris doesn't know anything about how to fix your phone so stop asking him. Also, he's denim jacket guy now and he's here to talk about rinses! Alison once split her pants on the way to The Cheesecake Factory to see a guy who had a crush on her friend. Plus a New Zealand quiz! Play along at home!

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Shawn Kathleen, the former flight attendant behind the hugely popular Instagram account @passengershaming stops by to discuss her varied career history (she'd been a cop and an EMT before her years as a flight attendant), growing up in Ohio, motherhood, the mechanics of running a popular account, whether it's ok to recline, secret flight attendant code and so much more. We also took your questions.

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

Greg Heller has returned and he's brought his buddy Joe Kwaczala who has a Comedy Central special coming out Nov 8. Joe is also, like Tony, definitely a "beard guy," and Greg's going to get to the bottom of it in what should probably become a new segment which Joe has many possible names for. Alison and Daniel saw Jesus Christ Superstar and Alison was wrecked by a scene that was deeply emotional and involved handfuls of glitter. Plus Yes Please Or Oh Puhleeze, Just Me Or Everyone, a tense scene near an elevator and some news from Greg.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT

Sabrina Jalees stops by the show to talk about growing up in Canada, The Goodie Goodie with Sabrina Jalees, coming out to her Muslim family, their journey toward acceptance, meeting her wife, being a parent, Search Party, career advice that had a negative effect, starring on the CBS comedy Carol's Second Act, writing for TV, standup and so much more.

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

It's an extra spooky Halloween episode! Alison has a contingency plan for if her nose gets broken and Elliot's head-butting that morning is making her wonder if the time is now. Kevin T. Porter is here and he brought some cookies for a spontaneous #SnackChat. Renee is here too and she's got big Halloween plans. Tony weighs in on what rock stars are experiencing during a planned encore. Plus podcast recommendations, iTunes Comments of the Week. TV Time and Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:40pm PDT

Four years ago political pundit Mary Katharine Ham's personal tragedy was all over the news when her husband Jake Brewer died suddenly in a cycling accident. Theirs had been a picture perfect romance that read like a movie—he was former Obama staffer, she was a conservative columnist and pundit appearing regularly on Fox News (she's now employed by CNN). They had one daughter and she was seven months pregnant with their second daughter at the time of the accident. As Mary Katharine recounts here, she figured she'd probably not date again, at least not for awhile. And then a couple years later she found herself opening her heart again to a mysterious man who has no social media presence but actually exists (I met him myself). We recorded this episode the night following her surprise engagement. We also talk about masculinity, sexual harassment, hoarding, anxiety, the LadyBrains podcast, being a decisive person and so much more.

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Jackie Johnson is back on the eve of her big move. Tony's stopped using the lotion his doctor prescribed him and his skin is better without it! Daniel and I had a very horrible incident in our shower involving maggots but Jackie has introduced us to a fun way to say it. Plus I'm workshopping some recurring questions. And iTunes Comments of The Week and more!

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New Yorker cartoonist and author Liana Finck stops by the show to talk about where her darkness comes from, the process of doing illustrations for the New Yorker, her latest book, Excuse Me: Complaints, Cartoons and Notes to Self and her previous graphic novels Passing for Human and A Bintel Brief, ex boyfriends, working in public, her preferred pens, paper, desk height, conservative Judaism, running and so much more.

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Allan Moss is back in town so we had to catch up on his life in Atlanta with Jenna Kim Jones and their two girls. We talked golfcarting, parenting, friends they've replaced us with, snacks, career stuff, airline status and so much more. We also got into a pretty heated round of Yes Please or Oh Puh-leeze and I'm not going to name names but Daniel and Tony are wrong.

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Content Warning: This episode contains a story involving animal cruelty, death of an animal and child abuse that you may find upsetting

Comedian and podcast host Ken Reid returns to the show to talk about his critically acclaimed podcast TV Guidance Counselor, knowing more about Burbank than Alison who lives there, generalized anxiety disorder and systematically trying various methods to relax, upcoming podcast guests, a truly disturbing story about his grandmother, refusal to take drugs, thoughts on ASMR, panic attacks, horror movies, skincare and more. We also took your questions.

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Jackie Johnson is back so we're making her answer our questions since she's a renowned beauty expert. Daniel was forced to talk man at a furniture store recently. And Tony made a joke that I'm still laughing about days later! Plus #Snackchat with Mystery Oreos, Just Me Or Everyone and so much more.

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Jonah Ray returns to the show to talk about the weird transition period he finds himself in, losing his father three weeks after he returned from touring with Mystery Science Theater 3000, seeing his dad in his final moments, getting Lasik and a vasectomy in the same year, "the artistic lifestyle," music, the album of punk Weird Al covers he's released called You Can't Call Me Al, Jonah Raydio, The Meltdown and so much more. We also took your questions.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

Joining us for this episode was a gigantic crane fly. New guest Dan Telfer referred to it as a May fly which may be a regional thing but regardless, the fly didn't say much but its presence was felt. Despite the intrusion we discussed Dan's balls (he has one) and kidneys (also one), his two-time battle with testicular cancer, David's upcoming trip to Romania and the reason for going, VSCO girls, a toilet seat cover update which just may teach you something, Daniel's harsh repudiation of my entire essence and so much more including a round of HGFY with a twist!

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

Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) returns to the show to talk about whether he actually owes me $20 (he does), a shared love of Jesus Christ Superstar, Sarah Silverman, if Alison is the female Jimmy, conversations that make you sound arrogant, being "hosty" in real life, Jimmy's temper, the occasional fight with Matt Belknap, parenthood, random moments that pop into your head way too often, home office layouts and more. We also took your questions and did a quiz! Plus "How Dare You?" on Patreon.

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

Kevin T. Porter is back and he's teaching us Christianese. It's very intentional and our corporate enjoyed it? I think I did that wrong. Also there's an update on my pastor-neighbors and I think this show is slowly or maybe quickly killing Daniel's soul. Plus Renee knew she should decline a marriage offer but went through with it anyway. Listen to hear how that turned out. And so much more including my review of Ad Astra and reclining seats.

 

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Theresa Thorn (One Bad Mother, Maximum Fun) stops by the show to talk about It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity, the beautifully illustrated children's book she authored, which she says is for everyone and which was inspired by her own transgender daughter's journey and the desire for a book which could provide people with the language to discuss gender. We also talk about her involvement with the podcast network Maximum Fun which she runs with her husband Jesse Thorn, law school, meeting Jesse in high school, motherhood, being the "manager" of the house, the experience of having three kids and so much more. Plus we answer your questions.

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

Greg Heller has returned to regale us with a fish quiz and let me know my dramatic story of a very small stakes car accident over the weekend is... not a good story. Also we learn about the ten minute rule, revisit extroversion versus introversion, hear about Tony's recent tour, do a round of Just Me Or Everyone and so much more.

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

Stephanie Wittels Wachs returns to the show to talk about Lemonada Media, the new podcast network she's launching with Jessica Kordova Kramer and how the two connected and bonded over having both lost brothers to the opioid epidemic. We chat about the drive to turn tragedy into something beautiful, humanizing the crisis, medically assisted treatment, Lemonada's upcoming shows, where she is in the grief process, not passing your shit on to your kid, getting pregnant after loss, activism, the word "addict" falling out of favor, parenthood and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:23pm PDT

If you can't make it to someone's event should you let them know beforehand or is it better to just explain after the fact? The table is divided! Jackie Johnson joins us to discuss NEW Jackie and why swimming with sharks was a terrible idea. Plus a LOT of #GalChat and a new nickname for Tony which I hope sticks but I bet he doesn't. And more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:19pm PDT

Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade, Feminasty, Groceries, History: The Shequel) stops by the show to talk about buying a multi-unit property in Santa Fe for her sick father, mother-in-law and husband's brother to live in and turning the other units into chic rentals. She shares about the process of advocating medically for her father, watching him nearly die in front of her, relocating him, learning how to effectively take care of him and the effect the experience has had on her. Turns out Santa Fe suits her in such an overpowering way that in the course of writing this summary I've sold my home and now I live in Santa Fe. Also she took advice from a witch. We also chat about her feelings about the industry, family members' reactions to Feminasty, astrology, coincidences, her many podcasts and more. P.S. Very much almost named this episode, "Erin Gibson Says 'Eat Sh*t, Denise.'"

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

Kevin Porter is BACK and we're never letting him go. Daniel has very strong opinions about whether a "brookie" is a thing. Alison experienced some Skype difficulties when trying to guest on Shmanners. Plus we took some of your questions and more.

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

Erin Foley stops by to talk about her hilarious new album Deep Dive, her podcast Sports Without Balls, being a twin, coming out, not realizing she was gay when she "couldn't have been more gay," finding comedy, crystals, Los Angeles, reality TV, improv, basketball, sports heroes and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:28pm PDT

Kevin Porter joins us to talk about what might be the best show on TV right now (no spoilers) and explore Renee's new graphic t-shirt based identity. We also learn about "exvangelism," horny summer 2019, rompers, musical theater, word mispronunciations, camping, Tony's voting and so much more. Plus a round of iTunes Comments of the Week and there's a song we should have played but we didn't and it was kind of egregious on our part and I even gave it to Tony ahead of time and then just completely forgot. #fruit

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:38pm PDT

Dog trainer Laura London returns to the show to talk about the not-always-rosy real experience of shooting Animal Planet's Rescue Dog to Super Dog, her decision to move to Northern California, the challenges of picking up and moving, the differences in dog owner culture in different locations, her beef with shock collars, some sad truths about shelters and how broken the system is, saving dogs, having the courage to make hard decisions with an aggressive dog, divorce, relationships, live music and so much more. We also answered your dog questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:33pm PDT

John Henson joins us and we take a fun quiz to see who knows him best. Also, Daniel heard a loud noise in the middle of the night and came face to face with a suicidal rat. Plus an update on our neighbors, puppies, car sickness and parenting! And more.

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

Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax, Bill Corbett's Funhouse) stops by to talk about living in Minnesota, puppetry, his feelings about the MST3K reboot, fatherhood, theater, his dog (also named Wendy), Yale, what films work best for riffing, his podcast, working with Tony Thaxton, Eddie Murphy, his writing garret and so much more. We also took your questions.

 

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

Who knows Tony Thaxton best? Wendy Molyneux, David Huntsberger and Daniel Quantz join me as we endeavor to find out by playing a Tony Thaxton quiz. With special improvized-on-the-spot music by a very pregnant Wendy who has since had her baby! Plus the return of Snack Chat, David's podcast script and more. A hearty congratulations to Wendy and her family!

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

Matt Gourley (Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, Superego, I Was There Too) stops by to discuss being a podcast superstar, home design, whether or not he was an extra in Eyes Wide Shut, growing up in Whittier, his illegal teaching career, insomnia, Christmas, Tony Thaxton's Christmas tree, working with Conan, Superego, marriage counseling and so much more. We also answered your questions.

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

I swear I was not intending to roast Tony more than once although that's kind of what I did. Wendy is here and she has a new cleansing routine which we almost talk about repeatedly. David has returned from his South Dakota sojourn. Alison is having a social and professional conundrum. Plus Save the Bell, dealing with hecklers, who merits their own wikipedia page and more.

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

Arden Myrin (Insatiable, Shameless, MadTV) stops by the show to catch us up on filming Insatiable in Georgia, trying EMDR, grief and trauma, a discussion of malls, losing both of her parents within the last two years, selling a book, writing the book, a fateful twerking class, facing her greatest fear, her podcast Will You Accept This Rose?, reality TV and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT

Jordan Morris doesn't frost his tips but you'd certainly be forgiven for thinking so. You might not be forgiven for asking him though, which starts a conversation about men and shame around primping. Daniel discusses his desire, at one point, to get more tattoos, and Tony is angry at other people who have beards. I was here too but I forget what I said. Probably something funny, relevant and important. Lemme check the notes. Oh yes! We also talked about religion, the pressure to be religious in our hometowns with the exception of Daniel, and Daniel and my new neighbors who are very intriguing. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and had some hot 'sups.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT

Erica Rhodes stops by to talk about her unconventional upbringing, her therapist's confrontational approach, a weird babysitter's parakeet attack, performing and writing on Prairie Home Companion, getting into standup, her new album Sad Lemon, Bring the Funny, high waisted pants, ballet, eating disorders, her father's MS, dysfunctional relationships and so much more including your questions.

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

Have we landed on a nickname? MAYBE. Also Daniel's doodling leads to a conversation about his alter ego and his secret work life which leads back to nicknames. Ray Oldhafer calls us during the show and we answer on air and I still feel unsettled but I'm not sure why. Plus a story about a chicken nugget and a round of Just Me Or Everyone and more.

 

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

Paul Rust (Love on Netflix, Don't Stop or We'll Die, Comedy Bang Bang) stops by to talk about first impressions, getting kicked out of a party, anti-comedy, meeting Scott Aukerman, creating a show with his now wife, relationships in general, cutting his pinkies, his childhood in Iowa, video rentals, marriage, sincerity and authenticity in life and music and so much more. We also took your questions.

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

Wendy Molyneux has returned and she's had it up to here with David's insistence his grandmother wore an item of clothing called "capri shorts." Also, turns out every single person except me (Alison) knows that you're supposed to scram when you see a certain thing in nature. Plus the family of raccoons under our house, the baby possum living among Ray's tools, Wendy's remaining weeks of pregnancy, David's sleeping arrangements, flash mobs, Tony's nickname, Just Me Or Everyone and so much more.

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

The nicest show runner, comedy writer and TV exec in the world Caissie St. Onge (Busy Tonight, Watch What Happens Live, Joan Rivers) returns to the show to talk about working with Busy Phillips on Busy Tonight, moving to the West Coast for the gig and what happens now that the show's cancelled, eating a banana in a meeting, her love of Prince, the particular kind of Prince photos she covets, the non-partisan politics of the show, how to put together a largely female writing room and staff (Busy Tonight had a 93% female staff, writing room was 100% female), parenthood, marriage, consent, dogs who are sisters and so much more. We also answered your questions.

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

Rachael O'Brien, Renee Colvert and Tony Thaxton join Daniel and me to discuss how we each responded to the pair of earthquakes over July 4 weekend. Did you know Daniel took a class in college about earthquakes? He did and despite my wanting to roll my eyes at Johnny Earthquakes, he has pretty good info to share. We also discuss reality shows, the way The Hills: New Beginnings is scrambling my brain even though I love it, Rachael's experience at Jax and Britney's Kentucky wedding, how "real" the shows really are, pancake bread, Just Me Or Everyone, gal chat and so much more.

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

Joey Fatone—yes, that Joey Fatone—is here to talk about his crazy work schedule, how to stay focused when recording six episodes a day of game show Common Knowledge, setting the record straight on the timeline of his divorce and girlfriend, how he met his manager Joe Mulvihill with whom he hosts the podcast Two Cups of Joe, fatherhood, NSync, working at Universal, his feelings about Lou Pearlman, marriage, sexuality, his friendship with Lance Bass, performing on Broadway in Rent, whether he's ever been a dick to fans and so much more including your questions.

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

Well it finally happened. I used a fancy 50-cent word and then was asked the definition and CAME UP SHORT. Damn you, liberal arts education. We discuss whether we still retain what we learned in college, my crappy mood, a joke that I hilariously bungle, the ongoing nickname search,
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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Bryan Safi (Throwing Shade, 911) stops by for the first time solo to talk about whether he's ever been too depressed to be silly, finding comedy, divorcing his husband, how he met Throwing Shade cohost Erin Gibson, live podcasts versus studio podcasts, couples counseling, filming a movie in Mexico, Mariah Carey, his childhood in Texas, coming out, his conservative parents, the pain of not being accepted and so much more. We also did a round of Hey Go Fuck Yourself.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:21pm PDT

We're still looking for a name for the studio and a nickname for Tony. Was one discovered during this episode? Maybe? Also Wendy is here with a new business venture that dovetails with David's passion project. Alison went to a wedding and is feeling a little melancholy. Does everyone feel this way at weddings? APPARENTLY NOT. Plus more confidential JMOES and so much more.

 

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

Tony Thaxton is the new producer of Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend but he's also a famous drummer who toured the world and made albums with Motion City Soundtrack for years and years. We talk about his childhood in Michigan and Virginia, music, depression, social anxiety, relationships, podcasts, comedy, a disastrous late night appearance and so much more. We also answer your questions.

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

It's Tony Thaxton's first official show as producer and we need a nickname for him. As Daniel points out, we also need to name the new studio. Alison messed up a scheduling thing earlier in the day and feels out of sorts given this is the kind of thing she's usually good at and about which she rides Daniel. How does everyone remember stuff? David has a system! Also we talk dysfunctional or less-than-functional relationships, Tony's trip to Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, Renee and Brene, and so much more including iTunes Comments of the Week.

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

Kristina Kuzmic stops by the show to talk about being chosen by Oprah to host her own reality show some years ago and her experience making The Ambush Cook, her frustration with television, depression, leaving her homeland of Croatia during a war, the relationship between authenticity and success, studying drama, her upcoming book, the Hope and Humor tour and so much more. We also did a round of How Dare You.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:24pm PDT

Greg Heller and new producer Tony Thaxton join us to bid adieu to Jeff! Greg shares a startling discovery about a song we all know. I voice my concerns about getting high which I'm going to be doing the following day on Getting Doug with High. Tony talks about his exciting plans and I possibly insult him by referring to his former band as emo. Also a question about wedding attire. Plus we play some messages from friends and fans of the show and try to guess how many drops Jeff has in his unused drops folder.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:01pm PDT

Comedian, actress and writer Beth Stelling stops by the show to talk about her new talk show Drinks of My Life, studying theater, getting into standup, handling hecklers, being called "fatphobic" and listening to criticism, growing up with a challenging dad, her relationship with her sisters and so much more.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT

First show in the new studio! Wendy Molyneux is back to tell us about her surprise pregnancy, what she'd do if she could lucid dream and a joke that went awry. It's Jeff's penultimate show and David is sad. Alison's calls out Greg Fitzsimmons and Daniel has painted the grass. Tastefully, though. Plus an attempt at Just Me Or Everyone!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:50pm PDT

Voiceover artist, comedian and musician Grey DeLisle Griffin stops by to talk about campaigning to win a stripping contest, getting into standup and then getting back into standup, motherhood, fertility, the unusual structure of "My First Comedy Special," her first marriage, performing over 1500 cartoon voices, getting into character and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:56pm PDT

Alison took Elliot to the zoo and saw something she can't unsee. But doesn't want to! Daniel's Fro-yo Fridays (so-named by this week's guest Tony Thaxton) involve a humiliating job duty. Renee is an "extreme extrovert" whose depression lifted when she got a full time job. I don't care for any of that. And Tony Thaxton is here! And we have some show news. Plus more anonymous JMOEs and a question about bread notches.

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Direct download: AR_053019_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Ben Gleib stops by the show to talk about his political campaign and more.

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Direct download: AR_05272019_BenGleib.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:25pm PDT

This show marks the return of our signature segment (note: not our signature segment) and an update on who won the Saskatoon berry by saying Saskatchewan most authentically. I had a birthday so age is on my mind. Also, I forgot to take a pill and felt like a bean bag. Why is that? Turns out Jeff knows and his info is courtesy of a very non-punk rock job he once had but not as non-punk rock as another job he had cleaning up poop at an animal research lab. And so much more!

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Direct download: AR_052319_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Rachael O'Brien—comedian, actress, podcaster and sometime reality star (Vanderpump Rules)—stops by to talk about growing up overweight in Astoria, Oregon, graduating early, breaking her nose, recently quitting her day job managing Air BnBs, touring Europe, dating Jax, her thoughts on Lisa Vanderpump, the Vanderpump filming process, hosting Be Here For A While and Screwed-Up Stories, her father's health and so much more. We also took your questions.

 

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Direct download: AR_05202019_RachaelOBrien.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:40pm PDT

Daniel's mix of energy drinks and fatigue finally catches up with him... during the recording of this episode. Alison turns her laser like interviewing skills first on Eric and then on Renee. And we hear from a number of Canadians via voicemail that we've been pronouncing Saskatchewan incorrectly. After being schooled, who among us says it the most authentically? Plus the proper way to use a spoon, the days it's okay to let loose and so much more including more of your racy, anonymous Just Me Or Everyones.

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Direct download: AR_051619_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

David Burtka joins us to talk about his debut cookbook Life Is A Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration, meeting his husband Neil Patrick Harris, raising twins, sobriety, performing on Broadway, growing up in the midwest, coming out, losing his mother, his relationship with his father, scallops and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of How Dare You.

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Direct download: AR_05132019_DavidBurtka.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Turns out Alison doesn't know everything about berries which is surprising considering the way she flaunts her supposed berry knowledge. Also, she once tried to go on Jeopardy. Plus iTunes comments of the week good and bad WITH A TWIST, some anonymous JMOEs, Eric Martin's love life, line readings, skincare, Accutane and so much more including poutine and owls.

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Direct download: AR_050919_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:55pm PDT

Psychotherapist, national advice columnist (she writes "Dear Therapist" for The Atlantic) and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb stops by the show to talk about her new memoir Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed, the out-of-nowhere breakup that landed her in therapy, her circuitous career path, googling your therapist, the controversy over her previous book Marry Him, her childhood, parenting, turning down a crazy sum of money, anorexia and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Direct download: AR_05062019_LoriGottlieb.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:53pm PDT

The situation with Elliot's sleep (dubbed Project Flopulus) is so dire that Alison and Daniel talked to each other ON THE PHONE which rarely happens. Hear all about an early phone call that nearly ended their relationship and also a recent outburst while Daniel was talking about Game of Thrones and politics. (My eyes glazed over just writing that and yes I'm switching between first and third person.) Renee finds windchimes whimsical and Jordan needs a phone buddy for his commutes. Plus Just Me Or Everyone.

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Direct download: AR_050219_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:13pm PDT

Josh Gondelman stops by to talk about his new album Dancing on a Weeknight, his forthcoming book Nice Try which is his first book since You Blew It, leaving Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to take a job as a writer and producer on Desus & Mero, marriage, his pug Bizzy, being published in the New Yorker, the difference between being nice and being good, giving Twitter pep talks, fainting and so much more. We also took your questions.

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Direct download: AR_04292019_JoshGondelman.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:42pm PDT

Alison had a frustratingly zany morning. David has tossed a comb into his hair tools rotation. Daniel gave kazoos as gifts and immediately regretted it. Renee isn't the bewitching auburn haired podcaster she pretends to be. Everyone is alarmed by a certain curling wand. Plus clamming, iTunes comments of the week, another personality quiz and more.

 

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Direct download: AR_042519_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

Comedian Chad Daniels stops by to talk about his new special Dad Chaniels, practicing radical honesty now after years of lying, the kinds of stuff he used to lie about, asking Tom Segura to produce his special, shooting I Need You to Kill, his friendship with David Huntsberger, raising teenagers, living in Minnesota and so much more. We also took your questions on Patreon and Twitter.

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Direct download: AR_04222019_ChadDaniels.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT

Ben Gleib is here and he's obsessed with his dog, Henry Horse. He also claims he doesn't have any ill will toward France despite being mocked by their local police after being robbed across from Notre Dame. None of us is as devastated by the fire as we feel like we're supposed to be. Also I was feeling okay about myself and then took a series of selfies which torpedoed my self-confidence. Plus so much more including a sassy nightgown, a problematic trash can and a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Direct download: AR_041819_MBF.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:40pm PDT

Comedian and writer Andy Haynes stops by to talk about growing up in Seattle with a mom who took in a series of foster children, writing, unhealthy relationships, divorce, getting sober, getting arrested, word definitions, skiing and so much more. We also did a round of How Dare You.

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Direct download: AR_04152019_AndyHaynes.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

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