This Week in Comedy Podcasts: B.J. Novak Visits ‘Nerdist’ and Dana Gould Stops By ‘How Was Your Week’
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we’ll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner – Dana Gould
JOSH: Julie Klausner is an American podcasting treasure. In this week’s episode, Klausner, whose efficiency with entertaining rhetoric rivals only the legendary Paul F. Tompkins, discusses the least necessary internet article in the history of humans and briefly reminisces about the time she was kicked out of an award show for dogs in film. Eventually, she transitions into a few observations involving the television series Bones. I won’t go as far as to say you haven’t lived until you’ve listened to Julie Klausner deconstruct the intricacies of Bones, but I will say that you may not be living up to your full potential as a contributing member of society. Honestly, a podcast where Klausner just describes various television programs would be 22 minutes well spent. Later, comedian Dana Gould drops by to discuss his favorite serial killer, the sexiest President of the United States, and why people go crazy living on the west coast.
The Nerdist – B.J. Novak
MARC: B.J. Novak, best known for his acting and writing on NBC’s The Office, has spent his time since the show went off the air last year cobbling together a book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. It just came out this week, so what better time to visit old open mic and standup comedy pals Chris Hardwick and Jonah Ray? (Matt Mira is there too, but he’s a “new friend” to Novak.) Before he gets to plug his book, he’s conversed into revealing his days on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon, which was “both hated and envied by everyone at the school,” says Novak. And devoting so many seasons to The Office as he did – one of the only staffers to be hired as both writer and performer – Hardwick and company had to be reminded that their guest was once part of the staff of stooges on Punk’d, most famously remembered as Hillary Duff’s driving instructor on an episode. The hour-and-a-half is an excellent and humorous glimpse into the background of someone almost everyone knows but that most people don’t know that much about.
ZOE: This week, Alison Rosen interviews one of the most lovable and down-to-earth guys in comedy, Paul Scheer. He proves to be just that as he describes his journey from Catholic school in Long Island to the new frontier of the LA comedy scene to the realities of baby registry (if you didn’t know that a snot straw was a thing, now you do). Rosen’s interview style is laid-back and astute, allowing the spotlight to stay on Scheer while asking questions that dig into the nuances of decisions and emotions that have shaped his very successful and eclectic career. One of the most interesting parts is when he describes his relationship with wife June Diane Raphael — yes, it’s just as adorable as you would hope — and it’s a little hard not to go “aww” at how sincerely and adoringly he talks about their “courtship” days. At the end, the two do a round of the “Just Me or Everyone” segment, where Scheer teaches us what to include in a respectable emergency sack, where the best place for cheese in a sandwich is, and why petting a stranger’s dog is never worth the inevitable conversation with the owner.
Pablo Goldstein is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
Scott Reynolds is a comedian and writer in Brooklyn, NY.
Zoe Schwab is a writer/fraud living in NYC who is somehow up-to-date with ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.
Rob Schoon lives in Brooklyn and writes about tech, media, comedy and culture.
Josh Sorokach is a comedy writer living in NYC who was once referred to as a “Poor Man’s Joshua Jackson” while on a date.