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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 559: Avatarred and Feathered with Helen Zaltzman

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Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman (Answer Me This!, The Allusionist) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the overpriced poo museum (poo-seum) that Helen visited in New Zealand that didn't live up to it's theme, the Sega Genesis games that Jesse has trouble resisting at thrift stores, the lack of bedside manner in Helen's British healthcare providers, and Jordan's karaoke strategy for someone who is bad at karaoke.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Billy Eichner and Ali Wong

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Bullseye
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Billy Eichner
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Ali Wong

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Billy Eichner and the Pop Culture Maniac That is Billy on the Street

[R] This week, we'll revisit our conversation with comedian Billy Eichner. He's probably best known for roaming the streets of New York with a camera crew, roping unsuspecting pedestrians into playing his game show, "Billy on the Street." While Cash Cab paved the way for street-ambush game shows, Eichner's approach has a unique twist.

The correct answers are often subjective (as in the game "Dead or Boring") and his game show persona is hyper-energetic and over-the-top. He's ready to swoon with a contestant who shares his love of Meryl Streep, or yell and stalk angrily away from a contestant who doesn't.

Eichner tells us about his screaming encounters with Madonna, the influence of Pee-wee Herman on his on-screen persona, and the role that game show laws played in the development of his show. (It turns out that "game show compliance lawyer" is a real job.)

New episodes of "Billy on the Street" are available online on Funny or Die. You can also see him on "American Horror Story," "Difficult People," and so much more.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ali Wong talks marriage and money and what it’s like performing through her pregnancy

There are many comedians who use their family life as inspiration for their comedy, but Ali Wong took it a step further when she recorded the 2016 comedy special "Baby Cobra" while seven and a half months pregnant.

Wong’s comedy is rooted in her willingness to be incredibly frank and honest about her personal life including her relationships, her Asian heritage and the challenges of pregnancy while working as a writer on the hit television show, "Fresh Off the Boat."

When Ali Wong joined Jesse a couple years ago she talked about being a breadwinner, performing while pregnant and how it feels to talk about painful and personal things like miscarriage in front of a comedy audience.

Ali Wong has another new comedy special: "Hard Knock Wife." She did the entire special pregnant, again. It's available to stream now on Netflix.

The Outshot: João Gilberto

On the Outshot, Jesse features João Gilberto, a musician who stripped away the heat and intensity of samba to create a cool, minimalist genre: bossa nova.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 558 - Erin Gibson

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Erin Gibson

Author and Throwing Shade host Erin Gibson joins us to talk Erin’s new book, Dave’s new shelf, and Justin Timberlake’s new album.

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MBMBaM 435: The Pasta Poem

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Hey, y'all on the lookout for great, online deals from trusted sources? Here's a great deal for you: An almost hour-long audio file with a bunch of jokes on it! And how much will it cost you? Like forty dollars!

Suggested talking points: Beezbos' Hunger, Secret Benefits, Dream Poetry, That's A Christmas To Me: Round One, The Basement Toilet, Dougway

One Bad Mother, Episode 281: Am I Supposed To Want A Vacuum For Christmas?

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One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa face the hard question many women may find themselves needing to answer around the holidays: “Am I supposed to want a vacuum for Christmas?” Gift circulars that advertise gifts for the whole family suggest that kids want toys, dad needs a new television or gaming console to escape the noise, and then there is a picture of a vacuum. Now, who could that be for? Are we supposed to only want gifts that can support the family in a practical way? Similarly to how we feel paralyzed on the rare occasion that we have free time, moms can find it equally hard to know what to ask for in terms of a gift we might really like that is solely for us. Despite what commercials might say, it’s probably not a vacuum…whatever “vacuum” means to you. Plus, Biz and Theresa can’t remember anything and think maybe it’s a good sign!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Wonderful! Ep. 60: Walk Man

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Wonderful!

Griffin's favorite argument-solving method! Rachel's favorite mobile thinking technique! Griffin's favorite TV theme song! Rachel's favorite role model!

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

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 558: Hungry Boys with Freddie Wong

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Freddie Wong

Freddie Wong (RocketJump, Storybreak podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the food porn that imprinted on them as children like The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, the Halloween wealth gap that has changed the way children in 2018 trick or treat, Jordan’s misguided attempt to learn about CBD oil at his local weed shop and Freddie's persistent but unsuccessful attempts to get a Dairy Queen to to make him a discontinued Crunch Bar Blizzard with Crunch Bars he brings in from another establishment. Plus, Jordan unveils a new signature pop culture segment. We love this stuff!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 557 - Morgan Brayton

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Morgan Brayton

Comedian Morgan Brayton returns to talk legal drugs, the Craigslist free section, and targeted shirts.

Download episode 557 here. (right-click)

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The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 18

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The Pine Guard are dialing into the identity of the abomination that's been terrorizing Kepler with accidental mayhem. But will prying eyes and woodland brawls prevent them from finally cracking the case? Duck reminisces with an old friend. Ned goes on a walk with a new friend. Aubrey threatens a rival.

MBMBaM 434: The Crimes of Grundlewad

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Aw DUNK it's time to make it magic at the movies again. Grab your favorite pizza and all your favorite DVDs and come on down to the movies with us, as some of our favorite wizards tally up Grimbleward's crimes.

Suggested talking points: The Boy Who Wasn't In This One, Hard Livin' Jeans, Worldwide Broadcast, Community Dessert, Pizza and a Movie, Boring Ballet, Dream Aquarium

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