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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes is a podcast about - well - jokes, and the people who tell them. Each week, a comedian will play one of their jokes and then break it down with Vulture.com Senior Editor Jesse David Fox.
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Tig Notaro's Taylor Dayne Story

51:54 | Mar 20th, 2017

Jesse David Fox and Tig Notaro sit down at her house to talk about her Taylor Dayne story, her noteworthy performances of it, including on Conan andThis American Life, and her many run-ins with Taylor Dayne.
Amanda Seales's Catcalling

57:50 | Jul 8th

Amanda Seales does a lot. Besides being an actress, poet, musician, DJ, lecturer and activist, she's also a great comedian. Jesse and Amanda talk about her natural progression into comedy after being a prominent figure in all other forms of media, a...Show More
Anthony Jeselnik's Three Flights

1:05:23 | Jul 1st

Join Jesse as he interviews Anthony Jeselnik in front of an audience at Clusterfest in San Francisco. While the interview is based around a specific joke from Anthony's latest special Fire in the Maternity Ward, Jesse walks Anthony through his past...Show More
Desus & Mero's EGOT Quest

1:11:10 | Jun 24th

Daniel "Desus Nice" Baker and Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez make up the Bronx-born comedy duo Deus & Mero. The two met in high school and reconnected on Twitter. From 2013-2014 they cohosted their podcast Desus vs Mero, then went on to appear on MTV'...Show More
Late Night Writers Panel (NY)

1:11:56 | Jun 17th

Jesse talks to a panel of writers from NYC's Late Night TV shows. Recorded in front of an audience in conjunction with 92Y Talks, the guests guide Jesse through a day in the life of a Late Night TV writer. The group shares how they got started, their...Show More
Joel Kim Booster's Gay Dads

1:02:35 | Jun 10th

Comedian Joel Kim Booster talks to Jesse about the evolution of his late night sets and career, focusing in partiuclar on his January 2019 performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Joel addresses Asian and gay stereotypes as they've appea...Show More
The Lonely Island's Jose & Mark

1:12:42 | Jun 6th

Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island talk to Jesse about a track off of their newest release, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, a "visual poem" about the imagined rap careers of former Oakland Athletics sluggers Mark McGwire ...Show More
James Corden's Crosswalk the Musical

1:39:57 | Jun 3rd

James Corden is the host of The Late Late Show on CBS. He and Jesse walk through the history of one of the show's recurring segments, Crosswalk the Musical which is...well...a musical in a crosswalk. Initially a performance of Grease in front of The...Show More
Beth Stelling's Wet 'n Wild

1:02:50 | May 27th

In Good One's Season 6 premiere, comedian Beth Stelling breaks down a joke from her first album Sweet Beth. The joke is about a trip Beth took to the Florida water park Wet 'n Wild with her father and siblings. Beth points out what she likes and doe...Show More
Happy Endings Reunion

1:16:39 | May 20th

What miracle is this? Audio once forgotten and buried within the darkest recesses of Vulture's dungeons has found its way back to the light. Jesse hosts a live panel with the stars and creators of the cult-classic TV show Happy Endings. Recorded li...Show More
Clone High Reunion

1:01:27 | May 13th

Jesse leads a live panel discussion with the cast and creators of the cult-classic MTV animated series Clone High. The show itself, co-created by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence, was about a high school filled with clones of famous histor...Show More
Catherine Cohen's Dreams

18:17 | May 6th

Here's another bonus episode as we lead up to our Season 6 premiere! Jesse interviews comedian Catherine Cohen live at Union Hall in Brooklyn, following a musical tribute to her totally normal and not-at-all-bizarre dreams. Follow Catherine on Twit...Show More
Las Culturistas's I Don't Think So, Honey!

19:04 | Apr 15th

This week we're going back to the 2018 Brooklyn Podcast Festival for a short interview Jesse did with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, AKA Las Culturistas. Matt and Bowen each demonstrate an "I Don't Think So, Honey!" or their cathartic, one-minute cult...Show More
Kevin Hart's Kids Walk in on Him Having Sex

1:12:06 | Apr 1st

Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible Good One Season 5 comes to a close with another superstar comedian, Kevin Hart. Jesse takes a trip to Atlanta to speak with Kevin just before the release of his newest stand-up special Irresponsible. They discuss the open...Show More
Gary Gulman's Trader Joe's

1:55:01 | Mar 25th

Jesse finally sits down with Gary Gulman to talk about a joke from his 2016 special It’s About Time. The joke is about an experience Gary had at Trader Joe’s, but it’s way, waaaaaaaay bigger than that. Gary takes his audience through TJ’s snack sele...Show More
The Good Place Writers Panel

1:02:16 | Mar 18th

In Fall 2018, we recorded a live panel discussion with the writers of The Good Place at Vulturefest LA. Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson, the panel guests reveal what comedy inspired them, how their writers room was formed, and offer advice to aspiring...Show More
Rhea Butcher's Flight Attendants and Lyft Drivers

1:30:21 | Mar 11th

Jesse speaks to standup comic, actor, and writer Rhea Butcher about two versions of their joke about being misgendered. The first iteration comes from Rhea's album Butcher, and the second was performed on one of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson'...Show More
Lil Rel’s Can I Have, I Want

59:34 | Mar 4th

Jesse speaks with actor, comedian, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery live at Vulturefest in October 2018. The conversation centers around a joke Rel told on Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand Up in 2010, and ties into material from his 2015 stan...Show More
The Lucas Brothers' History of Western Philosophy

1:09:59 | Feb 25th

Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka comedy duo The Lucas Brothers, sit down with Jesse to discuss a joke-in-progress about Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy. The two reflect on their relationship as brothers, identical twins, writing partner...Show More
Seth Meyers's Juan Likes Rice and Chicken

59:53 | Feb 18th

Jesse’s back in the Late Night with Seth Meyers conference room with—wait for it—Seth Meyers! While there's plenty to talk about, the conversation centers around Seth writing the Documentary Now! episode Juan Likes Rice and Chicken. The two touch on ...Show More
Ray Romano's Son Joe

51:37 | Feb 11th

Ray Romano sits down with Jesse to talk about his new Netflix special, Right Here, Around the Corner. The two go over Ray’s jokes about his son Joe, why he continues to see his family as a source of new material, and what made the Comedy Cellar the r...Show More
Saturday Night Live's Totino's Ad Trilogy

59:48 | Feb 4th

It’s sequel time! Sort of. On a Good One episode from way back in the year 2018, Jesse asked Vanessa Bayer about Saturday Night Live's series of ad parodies for Totino’s pizza rolls. What started as a take on gender stereotypes in advertising evolve...Show More
Julie Klausner's Roast Beef Sandwich

55:57 | Jan 28th

Jesse talks to actor, comedian, writer, and friend Julie Klausner about a seemingly random joke from her Hulu series Difficult People. Recorded live at Union Hall in Brooklyn, the two talk about equal treatment of male and female genitalia in comedy,...Show More
Sebastian Maniscalco's Doorbell

55:24 | Jan 21st

Jesse talks to comedian Sebastian Maniscalco about the creation of one of his most well-known jokes, “Doorbell”. Not only does Sebastian have a new Netflix special out, but at the time of the interview he was days away from headlining a weekend of st...Show More
Nicole Byer's Fat Jokes

58:20 | Jan 14th

Welcome back to Good One. We missed you dearly. For our Season 5 premiere, comedian, actress, and improviser Nicole Byer invited Jesse over to talk about the opening jokes of her new Netflix special, Aggressively Adorable.  For more Nicole check ou...Show More
Sinbad Doesn’t Write Jokes

1:10:11 | Dec 10th, 2018

With all of his standup specials, records, and multiple roles in TV and film, Sinbad has no shortage of material to dissect. But when Jesse reached out to to ask what joke Sinbad wanted to discuss on the podcast, Sinbad didn’t want to pick one. Why? ...Show More
Rachel Bloom’s Space Jam

40:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Years before creating and starring in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom wrote and performed a musical sketch about a young actress’s obsession with Space Jam, the 1996 animated and live-action crossover starring Michael Jordan and a bunch of...Show More
Laurie Kilmartin’s Conan Set

58:44 | Nov 26th, 2018

Laurie Kilmartin is a stand-up comedian and writer for Conan. She's also cohost of the podcast The Jackie and Laurie Show along with comedian Jackie Kashian. Laurie discusses the formation of her 2017 Conan set, finding a new muse 20-years into h...Show More
Mike Birbiglia’s Celebrity Golf

1:06:53 | Nov 19th, 2018

Mike Birbiglia cemented his style of comedic storytelling in specials like Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God For Jokes. He’s also the writer and director of Don’t Think Twice and the movie adaptation of Sleepwalk With Me. No...Show More
Kenan Thompson’s Lavar Ball Impression

1:11:38 | Nov 12th, 2018

Kenan Thompson and collaborator Bryan Tucker have been working on SNL together for years. In August 2017, they debuted Kenan’s take on NBA personality Lavar Ball. It went over so well that the impression returned for three additional Weekend Updates....Show More
Max Silvestri Tells Leah Beckmann's Upstate Cabin Story

58:32 | Nov 5th, 2018

Comedian Max Silvestri and writer Leah Beckmann have been together for seven years. They have a dog. For years Max hosted the New York alt-comedy showcase Big Terrific, which Leah had been to a couple of times before approaching Max on the subway to...Show More
Nikki Glaser Roasts Bruce Willis

59:16 | Oct 29th, 2018

Nikki Glaser asserted herself as a ruthless and talented roaster at Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe in 2016, so it was no surprise that she was invited back for Bruce Willis in 2018. Nikki walks Jesse through the roast process from start to finish...Show More
Chris Gethard’s Mother’s Day

59:36 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Jesse and Chris Gethard discuss the transition from improviser to stand-up comedian, and then dissect the quintessential “Gethard Joke.” Chris recounts wrapping The Chris Gethard Show, his ambitious HBO special Career Suicide, and what’s problematic ...Show More
Phoebe Robinson’s Julia Roberts Swimming Lesson

59:21 | Oct 15th, 2018

Comedian, actress, and author Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, You Can’t Touch My Hair, Ibiza) talks Jesse through getting a swimming lesson from Julia Roberts on the Adriatic sea—what she calls one of her life’s “Non-Trash Moments” in her forthcoming...Show More
Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth Shame-Filled Dirty Talk

59:56 | Oct 8th, 2018

In the Season 4 premiere of Good One, Nick Kroll discusses the difference between shame and guilt and how both concepts factor into writing a show like Big Mouth, which returned October 5th for its second season on Netflix.
Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety

55:10 | Aug 5th, 2018

In the season finale of Good One, Jesse and Aparna Nancherla (Just Putting It Out There, Comedy Central's Corporate, Netflix's The Standups) discuss how depression and anxiety came to be a part of her act, how her jokes about mental health have been ...Show More
Will Forte's The Last Man on Earth Ending

56:11 | Jul 30th, 2018

Jesse talks to Will about the Last Man on Earth’s final scene, the show’s journey, and what would have come next if the show hadn't been cancelled. Recorded live in Montreal at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival.
Naomi Ekperigin's First Late Night Set

1:06:32 | Jul 23rd, 2018

New York based Naomi Ekperigin is quickly becoming an influential voice in modern comedy. She’s worked as a staff writer for Broad City and Great News, and was listed as one of the "20 Comedians You Should and Will Know" by Vulture. Jesse talks to N...Show More
Reggie Watts Comes Up with a New Song

58:24 | Jul 16th, 2018

Reggie Watts doesn't write jokes. With nothing but a microphone and some looping pedals, he crafts one-of-a-kind musical improv comedy. So on this special episode of Good One, Reggie improvises a song in the studio and we break down his process. He e...Show More
Vanessa Bayer's Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy

1:09:57 | Jul 9th, 2018

Vanessa Bayer stops in to discuss the creation of her character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She talks about her formative years of comedy, Judaism, and how the process of writing a subtle and specific character evolved each time Jacob returned.
Bo Burnham's Can't Handle This

1:01:49 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This week Bo Burnham, writer and director of the feature Eight Grade, was interviewed live at Vulturefest. Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox and Bo discuss his auto-tuned rant that closed out Burnham's Netflix special titled 'Make Happy.' They di...Show More
Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Play

1:05:50 | Jun 25th, 2018

Jimmy Fallon drops by to talk about his bit 'Do Not Play,' sharing songs so bad that you just have to listen to them. Fallon discusses finding his calling with the Tonight Show, a variety show and an institution, with the mission of putting a smile o...Show More
Patton Oswalt's Polish Woman of Doom

53:44 | Jun 18th, 2018

Patton Oswalt talks about the process of writing comedy in the face of real and personal tragedy. Oswalt's passion for crafting jokes, turns of phrase, and the way in which he talks about the world were thrown into intense perspective as he dealt wit...Show More
Trevor Noah’s Daily Show

1:06:19 | Jun 11th, 2018

In a special edition of Good One recorded live at Clusterfest, host Jesse David Fox discusses the process of creating the Daily Show with a panel of writers including Trevor Noah, Dulce Sloan, Michael Costa, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chang, Roy Wood Jr. Thi...Show More
David Cross's Squagels

1:02:37 | Jun 4th, 2018

David Cross breaks down a joke from early in his career about the fast casual chain COSI's attempt to make the bagel 'cool.' He discusses balancing material between the silly, serious, and political, as well his his relationship to the South.
Cameron Esposito's Rape Joke

1:14:04 | May 28th, 2018

Cameron Esposito discusses a joke about the misrepresentation of sexual assault in popular culture. In this interview with Jesse David Fox, Cameron speaks to the challenge of sharing her own experience, drawing the audience in, and creating a space ...Show More
John Mulaney's One Hundred Million Dollars

55:43 | May 21st, 2018

Welcome to season 3 of Good One! Kid Gorgeous a.k.a. John Mulaney stops by to break down a joke in defense of financiers. John shares how he found his stride in an 'old timey' voice, expands on his fascination with OJ Simpson, and talks about how wor...Show More
Pete Holmes’s Green Eggs and Ham

58:49 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Jesse David Fox talks to Pete Holmes about a joke from his 2016 special Faces & Sounds. They talk about Pete's "spidey sense" as a comedian, why anger can be a great cue, and more.
Wyatt Cenac's Black History Month

44:00 | Jan 15th, 2018

In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Wyatt Cenac about his Black History Month joke, which appears on his last album, Furry Dumb Fighter. Hear about Wyatt's writing process, why he often uses comic books as a source of material, and...Show More
Natasha Leggero’s Burning Man

43:01 | Jan 8th, 2018

In this episode, Jesse David Fox and Natasha Leggero deconstruct a joke from her 2015 Comedy Central special. They talk about Burning Man, her process of trial and error, and how her persona has evolved over time.
Bill Burr's Definition of Bravery

42:54 | Jan 1st, 2018

In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Bill Burr about a joke from his most recent special Walk Your Way Out. Hear how a trip to India helped shape that joke, what Bill thinks about doing characters, and how he manages his relationshi...Show More
Eugene Mirman's Portsmouth, New Hampshire Complaint Letter

57:45 | Dec 18th, 2017

In this live taped episode of Good One from the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Jesse speaks with Eugene Mirman about his joke -- which is a real letter published in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire summer guide.
Paul Feig's Spy Knife Fight

58:50 | Dec 11th, 2017

In this live episode of Good One from Vulture Festival LA, Jesse speaks with Paul Feig about a fight scene from his movie Spy, why he works best with women and the trials of editing a film.
Saturday Night Live's "Wells for Boys"

46:51 | Dec 4th, 2017

Jesse David Fox talks to Julio Torres and Jeremy Beiler, the writers behind the Saturday Night Live sketch “Wells for Boys.” In this episode, you'll hear how it came together, how it was received in the studio, and whether political art is the only a...Show More
Jeff Garlin Refuses to Pick a Joke

51:39 | Nov 27th, 2017

Jesse sits with Jeff Garlin for a somewhat flipped version of Good One. Jeff didn’t feel he’d be a right fit for the show as he's not one for dissecting his process. Hear why that is, why he thinks Eddie Murphy is the Babe Ruth of standup, and about ...Show More
Roy Wood Jr.'s Black Patriotism

1:02:22 | Nov 20th, 2017

In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse speaks with Roy Wood Jr. about his joke about black patriotism and his deliberate style.
Will Forte's MacGruber Sex Scenes

52:53 | Nov 13th, 2017

Jesse speaks with Will Forte about what it was like to make the sex scenes in MacGruber (the SNL Macgyver parody turned '80s action movie) movie.
Why Thor: Ragnorok Is So Damn Funny

53:44 | Nov 6th, 2017

Jesse David Fox talks to Taika Waititi about making Thor: Ragnorak and how a $200 million budget couldn't stop him from embracing his inner six-year-old.
Ron Funches's "F*ck Linda" Neck Tattoo

43:27 | Oct 30th, 2017

Jesse David Fox sits down with Ron Funches to discuss his “f*ck Linda” joke, which he wrote towards the beginning of his stand-up career -- and later told on Conan. They talk about the art of cursing, the stigma of laughing at your own jokes, and his...Show More
Maria Bamford Wants You to Know How Much Money She Makes

53:37 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Jesse David Fox talks to Maria Bamford about the commencement speech she gave at her alma mater the University of Minnesota. And about money, a lot about money.
Tim Minchin's "Stuck"

56:13 | Jun 5th, 2017

Tim Minchin created the music for the musical Groundhog Day. He joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the musical and about one song in particular called "Stuck." Plus he plays a us little keyboard.
Jerry Seinfeld

1:02:27 | May 15th, 2017

In this proto-episode of Good One, hear the interview with Jerry Seinfeld that inspired this whole thing.
Moshe Kasher's Personal Hell (It's Heaven)

52:48 | May 8th, 2017

Jesse David Fox and Moshe Kasher deconstruct a joke about heaven from Moshe's 2013 Live From Oakland special-- It's a bit that's evolved over time, as he first tried a much shorter version of the joke on his 2009 album. They talk about religion, Mosh...Show More
John Early's Wedding Toast

34:22 | May 1st, 2017

Jesse David Fox and John Early recorded a special, live episode of Good One during SXSW at TBS's In Search Of Pop-Up. John picked a scene from his episode of Characters on Netflix, in which he is giving a wedding toast and hijacks the room for way to...Show More
Dear White People's Shonda Rhimes Parody

48:52 | Apr 24th, 2017

Jesse David Fox sits down with Justin Simien, the director of the movie Dear White People and creator of the new TV show premiering on Netflix this month. They talk about a scene from the first episode in which a group of students are gathering to wa...Show More
What It's Like to Write Jokes for Barack Obama

59:47 | Apr 17th, 2017

David Litt is the former senior presidential speechwriter for President Obama and he wrote his jokes, too. On this Good One, Litt shares about what it's like to write for the former president, why Obama is pretty good at delivering jokes and how they...Show More
Horatio Sanz's Don's Apothecary Sketch

54:40 | Apr 10th, 2017

Horatio Sanz debuted his "Don's Apothecary" sketch during his fifth year on SNL. He sits down with Jesse David Fox to talk about the inspiration for the sketch, his SNL days and why he sometimes laughs at his own jokes.
Kyle Kinane Wakes Up in the Morning and Believes in Himself

46:51 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Jesse David Fox and Kyle Kinane talk about a joke from Kyle's 2010 special Death of the Party and how it was so pivotal in his stand-up career. And we highly recommend staying for this laughning round.
Jen Kirkman's Street Harassment Closer

44:56 | Mar 27th, 2017

Jen Kirkman closes her Netflix special Just Keep Livin' with a joke about street harassment. She and Jesse David Fox talk about how she conceived and composed this multi-layered piece.
Paul Scheer and Human Giant's "Illusionators"

51:20 | Mar 13th, 2017

Paul Scheer explains the inspiration behind creating the sketch series "The Illusionators," which appeared on MTV's Human Giant. Scheer created the show with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Jason Woliner. Plus, hear the story about how Paul and Aziz enc...Show More
Weird Al Yankovic's "Word Crimes"

43:18 | Mar 6th, 2017

Weird Al Yankovic explains his parody process and the story behind creating "Word Crimes."
Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird

47:09 | Feb 27th, 2017

Kristen Schaal joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the origins of one of her earliest jokes Dancing Bird. She shares why she often uses animals in her comedy and what it was like to break out as a stand-up comic using conceptual bits.
Neal Brennan's White Guy Being Called the N-Word While Feeding a Horse Joke

39:29 | Feb 20th, 2017

Host Jesse David Fox and Neal Brennan talk about a joke Neal wrote for Half Baked and how it's representative of his early career writing for the Chapelle's Show, and Neal shares about his new stand-up special on Netflix 3 Mics.
Jim Gaffigan and His Good Looking Newscasters Joke

44:05 | Feb 13th, 2017

Jesse David Fox sits down with Jim Gaffigan to break down a joke from Jim’s Netflix special Cinco about newscasters and how they’re so good looking.
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01:35 | Feb 6th, 2017

Vulture presents Good One: A Podcast About Jokes—  it's about jokes and the people who tell them. Guests include Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Paul Feig, Neal Brennan and Paul Scheer. Hosted by Vulture Senior Editor Jesse David Fox, the first episode...Show More