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Wonderful! Ep. 36: Two-Story Toilet

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Wonderful!

Griffin's favorite dunkable treat! Rachel's favorite juice-filled fruit! Griffin's favorite bossa nova song! Rachel's favorite literary gathering!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: H. Jon Benjamin and Sara Driver

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Bullseye
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H. Jon Benjamin
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Sara Driver

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Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

H. Jon Benjamin on his new book 'Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir'

If you don't know H. Jon Benjamin you certainly might recognize his voice. He's best known for his extensive voice work. Over the years, he's played slackers like Ben, the son of Dr. Katz, in "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist;" and the hilarious Coach McGuirk and Jason on "Home Movies." Most recently, you know him as the voice of Sterling Archer from FX's "Archer," and as Bob from Fox's "Bob's Burgers."

Long before his recognizable voice work Benjamin's comedy career began in Boston. A lot of his earlier work was often done in groups or duos and emphasized on improvised comedy. He was part of "Tinkle," a live show combining music and sketches co-hosted by David Cross and Todd Barry. Then, there was the popular UCB show "The Midnight Pajama Jam," in New York City with Jon Glaser. Seriously, have you ever seen The Fuggedabuddies?

He just wrote a new book called "Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir." In it, he recounts a lot of failures, which eventually opened the door to success. He talks about failures in family, in work, and in serving fajitas.

This week, he talks with Jesse about how the start of his career in comedy meant the end for his parents family business, the differences between voicing Bob and Archer, and an honest look at his ebay purchase history. Plus, he'll reflect on his improv and stage days, and why he felt more comfortable performing with other people.

Click here to listen to this interview on YouTube!


Photo: Rob Kim / Getty Images

Sara Driver on her new film 'Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat'

Then, filmmaker Sara Driver, she just directed a new documentary called "Boom For Real: The Late Teenage years of Jean-Michel Basquiat." The film explores the early career of the great artist through people who knew him. Sara was one of those people. And she remembers what it was like to live near the Lower East Side of New York in the late 70's. She interviewed more than a dozen people who knew Basquiat personally.

In the film, we hear from people like Alexis Adler. Now she's an embryologists, and but back then she was photographer. She was a good friend of Basquiat and often would go to concerts at local clubs in New York. She helped Basquiat find his first apartment when he was struggling to find a place to live. Other people featured in the film include Lee Quiñones. Lee is known for his colorful murals and bold wild style of graffiti on New York Subway trains. He talks about the brilliance of Basquiat's simple graffiti art techniques. The film also explore the bubbling downtown art scene, and music venues like the Mudd Club where Basquiat's band Grey played their first shows.

"Boom For Real" kind of tells two stories: there's Basquiat's - who shows up in archival footage but never speaks. And there's New York City's. Pre-9/11, pre-Reagan, pre-real estate boom. Boom for Real strikes a careful balance between nostalgia and danger.

Sara Driver will talk about how she scored so much archival footage of Basquiat doing mundane things. Plus, she'll talk about a Whole Foods that opened up in neighborhood a couple years ago. She'll tell us why she loves it, but why it made her miss the old New York.

Click here to listen to this interview on YouTube!


Photo: Josh Edelson / Getty Images

The Outshot: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's a different one this week. It's not a film, tv show, or album recommendation. But please, enjoy this delicious recipe. Jesse will tell you how to make the best mint chocolate chip cookies you've ever had.

Click here to listen to this segment on YouTube!

MBMBaM 408: Come and Get It!

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If you cannot stand the heat of this episode of our podcast, and you find yourself unwilling to stay for the action, it's totally fine to walk away for a bit before dipping back in for a second helping. This is a judgment-free zone. You GOTTA take care of those toesies.

Suggested talking points: The Next Level, My Art, Farmer Problems, Lobster Matchmaker, Stay for the Action, Soda Jacket, Kid Cussin'

Jordan, Jesse, Go Episode 533: Sadness Mangoes with Hari Kondabolu

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Hari Kondabolu

Comedian and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu is our guest on the program this week and they get into Jesse's journey on the road to loving mangoes, the power of Hari's Twitter feed to make history, and Jordan's involvement in a playlist battle between a Weezer fan and a Dave Matthews Band fan. Plus, Hari talks about his new Netflix special, Warn Your Relatives and his very public struggle with The Simpsons.

SAVE THE DATE: The MaxFun Super Secret Project is dropping June 13th! There will be a STAR-STUDDED Super Secret Release Show on June 12th at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles. Mark your calendars!

CIPYD 145: Payman Benz and the Crocodile Collie

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Payman Benz

Welcome everyone!

We've got a fantastic episode this week for you! First, Allegra tells us all about her new Neighbor-Dog that she met A LOT in Dogs We Met This Week. Then, Rachel tells us all about her Crocodile Collie, Tucker, in My Mutt Minute! Last, but certainly not least, Payman Benz (Brooklyn 99, Last Man on Earth) joins us to tell us all about the dogs he loves and his journey into getting a new dog!

Bring a Beagle and tune in!

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 139: The Springfield Files w/ Mike Reiss

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Mike Reiss

This week, we'll have someone on we've wanted on the show for a very long time… Mike Reiss! He's a four-time Emmy winner who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since the first episode in 1989! He's done it all: starting from the writing staff, and he has served as a showrunner. Now, he's also the author of a new book called "Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons" which is out on June 12th. Through the power of the internet and skype, he'll join us to talk about what it was like to work on the episode "The Springfield Files," and give us the scoop on his new book.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 532 - Allie Entwistle

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Allie Entwistle

Improviser Allie Entwistle joins us to talk beach snakes, fashion rules, and street jokes.

Download episode 532 here. (right-click)

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Twelve Tribes Communities (Yellow Deli Cult)

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Baby Geniuses

Hello, babies!

When was the last time you moved to a new place? Emily and Lisa are both in the thick of it. Come hear their tales of couches on curbs and packing techniques. We read the greatest listener letter ever written. Stay tuned for an especially soggy edition of Chunch Chat. On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for "Twelve Tribes communities," affectionately known as the Yellow Deli Cult.

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 211: Act-Drunk Adjacent (DS9 S2E14)

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When O’Brien comes home from a security conference hosted by warring Gamma Quadrant aliens whose names are hard to remember, he falls victim to the classic dangers inherent to all Starfleet convention goers. But when his relationship with Keiko gets back into its old groove, he realizes that something is very wrong. What’s the exchange rate of Vanderpump To Trek? Shouldn’t the the Chief’s first step be to check for nubbins? How can one confirm when Uxbridge is authentic? It’s the episode that trades the promise of success and responsibility with a toilet plunger.

Come see us live on tour with Greatest Gen Khan

Sawbones: Freckles

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Sawbones

Here in our hemisphere, the sun is brutalizing us even now, weeks away from the start of summer. For many, that means the return of freckles. But where are these little guys coming from? And how can we burn them off with acid? This week, Sawbones asks the tough questions.

Subscribe on iTunes! then, tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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