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Don't Get Me Started

Will Hines

Co-hosted by Anthony King and Will Hines. Talking to talented people not about what they do but what they love.
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1:10:11 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Final episode! After almost three years, we are ending the podcast! "Why?" you ask, you DEMAND, to know? Well, we just wanted to. We've loved it every step of the way but now we can sense it becoming more of a chore than a labor of love so we're endi...Show More

1:05:58 | Aug 15th, 2017

Hayes Davenport is a co-host of the very funny podcast Hollywood Handbook, as well as being a writer for many great television comedies. We don't talk to him about any of that. We get into his obsession with CITY PLANNING. Why are cities set up the w...Show More
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1:14:44 | Aug 8th, 2017

We break our "not about what you do" rule yet AGAIN to talk to television writer/former UCB Artistic Director Neil Campbell about SKETCH COMEDY. We get nerdy early and often as we go back to Neil's days at the University of Iowa, his thoughts on the ...Show More

1:02:21 | Aug 1st, 2017

We talk to Jackie Johnson, comedian actor and host of the hit podcast Natch Beaut, about her jaw-droopingly long obsessing with the SIMS. You know, the virtual family game where you set up a little community and they age and do stuff? Jackie has done...Show More

1:01:58 | Jul 25th, 2017

We talk to comedian Beth Appel about ODYSSEY OF THE MIND, the middle-and-high-school competition designed to encourage creative problem solving. What got Beth so obsessed? How is it not like a quiz bowl or a math team or other nerdy competitive thing...Show More

1:10:14 | Jul 18th, 2017

We talk to comedian Will McLaughlin (TBS' show "Wrecked") about the JFK ASSASSINATION. Seeing the Oliver Stone movie JFK set Will on a path of researching President Kennedy's murder to see what parts of the official story really DON'T hold up. Will h...Show More

1:03:56 | Jul 11th, 2017

We talk to producer/director David Zwick about the 1924 Democratic National Convention! In what could have been a shoo-in for the Democratic party, infighting and factions led to taking almost 2 weeks to pick someone who turned out to be an incredibl...Show More

1:03:43 | Jun 27th, 2017

Comedian Dominique Johnson comes on to talk about LISTENING TO NEW MUSIC. Through Facebook, the hosts realized that Dom had an interesting set of opinions on music: he's both very opinionated but also very open. Meaning: he'll listen to new music, ev...Show More

57:17 | Jun 20th, 2017

Comedian/musician/phenomenon Jim Santangeli talks to us about The NFL Draft. "What is it?" asks Will, and Jim answers. We also get into: college football, Connecticut pride, old podcast ideas, forgotten web series and love! Hey and there's more: Will...Show More

1:00:07 | Jun 13th, 2017

Returning guest Jen Krueger (from the "Notebooks/Day Planners") episode talks to us about her obsession with British Panel Shows. From the perhaps most well-known "QI" to the less-well-known-but-more-fun-named "8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown," she t...Show More

1:00:48 | Jun 6th, 2017

Comedy mastermind Ben Rodgers talks to us about audio books. Great books, great narrators, great settings for listening to them. Why are Stephen King books so great? What should a good audiobook reader's IMDB profile be like? And much more! Will talk...Show More

56:56 | May 30th, 2017

We break our rule (talking to people not about what they do) to talk to UCB co-founder MATT WALSH about IMPROV. We also get into sketch, and live comedy, and old school UCB shows like Robot TV and Killgore, and his time at the Annoyance Theater and i...Show More

1:01:12 | May 23rd, 2017

Comedian/musician Ariana Lenarsky talks to us about TAROT. Cards, the image, the history, tips of doing a reading, how she got into it, history of the classic cards that you are thinking of, and MORE! Plus Anthony is into the XM radio app and their s...Show More

59:14 | May 16th, 2017

We talk to comedian Dru Johnston about EVOLUTION. How did he get interested in it? How much of it is getting mad at creationists? Why DO people get passionate about creationism? What happened to the neanderthals? What books are good to read about thi...Show More

1:06:48 | May 9th, 2017

John Purcell talks about the rock group U2. Why does he love them? Why was he ashamed of that at first? What are some deeper cuts people don't appreciate? Why did he see 4 shows in one week one year when their set list doesn't really change that much...Show More

57:46 | May 2nd, 2017

Film and television creator Sarah-Violet Bliss talks about sociopaths! What makes one a sociopath, how should you deal with them and what's the difference between them and narcissists? Plus Will discusses the tropes of business self-help books and An...Show More

53:16 | Apr 25th, 2017

Comedian Joel Spence is a multi-talented, well-educated man who knows about a lot of things. Despite that, he choose to talk to us about the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. "Why?" we thought. "Aren't they just a one-hit wonder band from the 80s?" Tur...Show More

1:05:12 | Apr 18th, 2017

Comedy writer Nate Dern discusses author George Saunders! Absurdist! Heartbreaking! Sci-fi-ish? And more! Plus Anthony talks about the strange public domain movies in the Prelinger Archives and Will reminisces about NYC columnist Jimmy Breslin.

1:02:14 | Apr 11th, 2017

Comedy writer Dylan Snowden tells about his time working for FEMA and the world of responding to disasters! Plus Will talks about the song "Magic" by B.O.B. and Anthony discusses an innovate production from the theatre group Teatro Republica.

1:00:53 | Apr 4th, 2017

Comedian/writer/editor Sasha Feiler talks to us about DOG SPORTS. We get into how great her dog Spoon is at dog sports. We talk about "nose work." We talk about "dog agility." We talk about training. We talk about how dog owners in the world of dog s...Show More

1:05:11 | Mar 28th, 2017

Comedian/writer/Broadway actor Michael Hartney returns to the podcast to discuss the internet phenomenon called "Unfavorable Semicircle." Basically, someone (or perhaps, some program) is uploading videos of seemingly incoherent video and audio noise,...Show More

53:40 | Mar 21st, 2017

We talk to artist Liz Rodriguez about her lifelong obsession with Studio Ghibli - the Japanese animation/production house behind My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Beautiful illustration! Female prota...Show More

56:17 | Mar 14th, 2017

Comedian Todd Fasen talks to us about the music festival institution Coachella! Why is it good? How has it changed? What are the best ways to enjoy it? What's the deal with the camping? Plus Will discusses Vertigo comics editor Karen Berger and Antho...Show More

1:07:15 | Mar 7th, 2017 writer Jesse Fox talks to us about watching SNL as a sport. Good episode, bad episode, good season, bad season -- you keep watching at least partly because you want to see how the "team" does. We love this theory and talk forever about it...Show More

1:20:29 | Feb 28th, 2017

Comedian Brandon Gardner talks about his interest in comedian/filmmaker Woody Allen. Heard of him? Genius comedy writer and stand-up comedian? Maker of brilliant films (both comedies, dramas and some that are in-between)? Oh yeah, and the guy who dat...Show More

1:11:10 | Feb 21st, 2017

A very cool and interesting personal episode. We talk to comedian Luke Kelly-Clyne about Zoloft and how this anti-depressant ended up being the thing that helped him handle his clinical depression. We talk a lot about the stigmas of anti-depressants,...Show More

1:01:11 | Feb 14th, 2017

Comedian Billy Merritt returns to discuss BIRDS. "I'm ready to talk about birds now," he emailed us, and even though we didn't know what he meant by "ready" and "now" we scheduled a podcast immediately. We get into bird watching, birding, and going b...Show More

1:12:13 | Feb 7th, 2017

Nicole Erb (actor, comedy writer, you know the drill) talks to us about Shakespeare's "problematic plays." This includes the "problem plays" (neither comedies nor tragedies) but also any play which either drops plot threads, or makes enemies suddenly...Show More

1:13:22 | Jan 31st, 2017

WE FIND OUT THAT CHARLES PRANKED US AT 19:30. Charles Rogers, co-creator of the TBS show "Search Party" and the South by Southwest winning film "Fort Tilden" comes on the podcast to discuss PRANKS. But not little pranks like you're thinking of. These...Show More

1:17:40 | Jan 24th, 2017

We talk to returning guest/comedian/madman Connor Ratliff about the comic strip PEANUTS. We get into how it changed over its 50 year run, how amazingly devoted creator Charles Schulz was to it, why Connor likes drawing so much, the TV specials and MO...Show More

1:02:21 | Jan 17th, 2017

Comedian/writer Lauren McGuire discusses the tv show "RuPaul's Drag Race." What is so compelling about it? How is it different than other reality/competition shows? Where does the positivity come from? What is it about drag queens that are so compell...Show More

1:03:34 | Jan 10th, 2017

We talk to writer/director Robbie Pickering about BOXING. How did he get into it? What do you learn about yourself? Are you, the listener, intrigued by the idea of being hit in the face? Then BOXING could be for you! Also Will talks about Batman: The...Show More

1:00:24 | Jan 3rd, 2017

We talk to comedian / director Clay Larsen about game structure. "Game" like board games, party games, things-you-play games, and "structure" meaning the stories you get into while you play games. Like if you play Risk and start acting like a tyrant,...Show More

1:00:08 | Dec 20th, 2016

We talk to comedian Mark David Christenson about the band Deerhoof. How does one categorize their indie but epic but funky style? How did he get into them? Why does Anthony like them right away? In addition, Will talks about the two recorded versions...Show More

1:02:47 | Dec 13th, 2016

We talk to comedian/musician Bridgid Ryan about her love of JAPAN. Like Anglophilia, but for Japan. Japandamania? Japandamonium? We talk the language, the culture, the media, the style and more! Plus Anthony talks about trying to stay off of his phon...Show More

1:03:30 | Dec 6th, 2016

We talk to comedian Shaun Diston about PRE-HISTORY, meaning the human civilizations that existed before current recorded history. We're talking lost coastal cities, a hypothetical EARLIER Egyptian dynasty, the people who first figured out how to buil...Show More

50:17 | Nov 29th, 2016

Writer and stand-up comedian Amy Silverberg loves wiener dogs, and she tells us all about it. What breeds? What types of coats? What are her preferred names? What is the appropriate voice to make when you are addressing a wiener dog? How about if you...Show More

1:00:14 | Nov 22nd, 2016

We talk to comedian Jamie Lee about her obsession with MOVIES WHERE PEOPLE DIE. Tragedies, preferably involving a fatal disease and a group of tight-knit friends getting even tighter. We're talking "Steel Magnolias," we're talking "Boys on the Side" ...Show More

56:11 | Nov 15th, 2016

NOTE: The audio starts cutting in and out after 14 minutes. My recording error. It's ironic that a conversation about trying to communicate better is ITSELF having trouble communicating. We're leaving it up but it unfortunately skips. Our apologies. ...Show More

1:10:38 | Nov 8th, 2016

We talk to comedian Devin Field about FAST-TALKING WEIRDOS IN COMEDY MOVIES. Michael Keaton is the best example, and maybe the only example? No, there are others and we talk about them! Also, Anthony talks about The Seven-Year Itch and Will discusses...Show More

1:02:50 | Nov 1st, 2016

We talk to comedians and Headgum network founders Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld about their obsession with DANCING. These guys get dressed up, hit the bar/clubs (but usually bars) and get into the music. We talk about what kind of bars they like, ...Show More

1:17:24 | Oct 25th, 2016

There's not enough talk about the elections, we figured, so here's our contribution. We talk to comedians Travis Helwig and Mary Sasson about the 2016 US presidential election. More than in previous elections, we are fascinating with the race this ye...Show More

1:09:36 | Oct 18th, 2016

We talk to comedian Casey Feigh about the radical idea that Facebook is good and fun. People love to criticize it, but Casey is here to defend it. We get into the main criticisms people have, and Casey has ideas of how one can get around those critic...Show More

1:04:00 | Oct 11th, 2016

Comedian / writer / director Alex Fernie returns to the podcast to discuss ROBERT KENNEDY. We get into his strengths (committment to civil rights), he weaknesses (er, being real cool with Communist witch-hunting), his impromptu speech on the night Ma...Show More

51:30 | Oct 4th, 2016

We talk to comedian Nicole Byer, star of the MTV shows "Girl Code" and her own "Loosely Exactly Nicole" about her obsessions STEALING and FAKE HAIR. It's our first two-obsession podcast, including one that is straight-up a criminal activity. First, N...Show More

1:11:20 | Sep 27th, 2016

We talk to comedian Mike Carlson about comics writer Grant Morrison! He's written almost everything in the super hero world! He's into chaos magick! He's cerebral and laid-back and Scottish! We talk about what Mike likes about him so much. We get int...Show More

1:17:57 | Sep 20th, 2016

To celebrate the 100th episode of their podcast, Anthony and Will interview... each other! They ask a series of "gun to your head" questions, many posed by listeners. They answer "Which branch of the UCB would you shut down?" and "Would you rather ha...Show More

1:06:36 | Sep 13th, 2016

We talk to comedian Nate Shelkey about screenwriter William Goldman. Though he's most famous writing the book and movie "The Princess Bride," as well as the screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Goldman has written many other movies yo...Show More

1:09:25 | Sep 6th, 2016

We talk to a panel of passionate guests about their love for the INDIGO GIRLS. Our panel is Lennon Parham, Danielle Schneider and Deb Tarica. They are comedians and friends and attend an Indigo Girls concert together at least once a year. We talk ab...Show More

1:09:25 | Sep 6th, 2016

We talk to a panel of passionate guests about their love for the INDIGO GIRLS. Our panel is Lennon Parham, Danielle Schneider and Deb Tarica. They are comedians and friends and attend an Indigo Girls concert together at least once a year. We talk abo...Show More

1:15:06 | Aug 30th, 2016

Actor, comedian, improviser Drew DiFonzo Marks talks to us about BUDDHISM. How it pulled him out of a huge depression, what of its principles spoke to him first, how he meditates, meditation retreats and the story of why he has a wagon wheel tattooed...Show More

1:04:09 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Comedian, actress and writer Anne Lane comes on the show to talk about her obsession with the norovirus. This is a virus that causes symptoms very similar to an intense stomach flu but is also incredibly transmissible. It both terrifies and fascinate...Show More

55:05 | Aug 16th, 2016

We bring back television writer and UCB sketch maestro Eva Anderson to talk about her recent but potentially problematic (our words) obsession with IMMERSIVE THEATRE. This is the type of theatre where the audience is involved. Eva talks about a show ...Show More

1:05:22 | Aug 9th, 2016

We talk to actor/comedian James Mastraieni about the enticing topic of modern immortality and life extensions. Oh man, the science these days is crazy. How to stop cells from aging, replacing organs, and just lots of crazy technological stuff. We als...Show More

59:54 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Actor/comedian Jamie Gaul talks to us about the gruesome but compelling topic of female serial killers! Why don't they get talked about? Why were so many nurses and caretakers? Why so many children that either were or weren't their own? We also get i...Show More

1:05:43 | Jul 26th, 2016

We talk to actor/comedian/improviser Johnny Meeks about THEOLOGY. Johnny's dad was a for-real theologist, and we're talking teaching, writing books, studied with Germans, preached in MLK Jr.'s church theologist.  It takes us into discussions about po...Show More

1:05:13 | Jul 19th, 2016

Improviser Brian Hines (yes, related to co-host Will) talks about the concept of "Bands That Do Their Job." Meaning bands like Journey, who consistently crank out hits and yet would make you laugh if someone named them as their favorite band. We deba...Show More

1:03:25 | Jul 12th, 2016

Actor/comedian Marcy Jarreau joins us to discuss her obsession with The Paranormal. Poltergeists, haunted houses, ESP, psychics and lots more including cool terms you haven't heard of it.  In an inadvertent showdown of "who has the worst minor obsess...Show More

1:00:12 | Jul 5th, 2016

Actors/comedians Nina Concepcion and Beth Lepley bravely discuss their passionate history with fan fiction. Newsies, Harry Potter, Stand By Me, One Tree Hill: all these universes and more were explored, written about and dissected by members of the w...Show More

1:01:14 | Jun 28th, 2016

Comedian/writer Nick Mandernach returns to discuss American poet Walt Whitman! We get into how Whitman's progressiveness, his naturalistic tone, his breaking from the formality of other poets of his era, his celebration of sex and the human body, and...Show More

58:32 | Jun 21st, 2016

Comedy writer Mark Rennie joins us to discuss the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls. A much-loved, much-revered show gets DISCUSSED. What made it so good? What are some of the stand-out episodes? Who was that guy in the first episode that never got menti...Show More

59:38 | Jun 14th, 2016

Actor/writer Matt Newell talks to us about The Sandman, DC's long-running fantasy/horror-ish comic book by Neil Gaiman. We get into the amazing high quality and quantity of stories covered in its run, and the many literary figures who casually saunte...Show More

1:09:53 | Jun 7th, 2016

Actor/comedian Sarah Claspell talks to us about the band Barenaked Ladies! She explains how they're funny, and great musicians, and often the creator of heartbreakers as well as bootyshakers, and that they are much more than their biggest U.S. hit "O...Show More

1:08:34 | May 31st, 2016

We talk to Kevin Porter, comedian and co-host of the Gilmore Guys podcast, about his obsession with musician/rock icon/self-appointed voice of the working class Bruce Springsteen. Kevin goes for the deep cuts and we hear them. Rare live versions, mas...Show More

1:09:38 | May 24th, 2016

We talk to comedian and impressively-proficient-for-an-amateur physicist Alex Berg about the recent conformation of gravitational waves! Wait, what are they? Why is it a big deal? How nerdy did the scientists sound when they excitedly announced it? W...Show More

1:02:42 | May 17th, 2016

We talk to comedian/actor/writer Mary Holland about the reality show Survivor! We talk about why it's so compelling, how it's outlasted so many other types of shows, the human drama it displays, the smart ways to play the game and the skills of host ...Show More

57:28 | May 10th, 2016

We talk to actor/writer/comedian Lindsay Katai about children's show creator Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, and also known (to Lindsay) as an "enlightened being." We talk about Rogers' undeniable goodness, his disarming earnestness, his ...Show More

1:11:50 | May 3rd, 2016

We talk to video editor Jason Greene about his obsession with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Jason comes armed with cool quotes, interested anecdotes, and even having several years of employment at Apple at their main campus. We talk about Steve's exil...Show More

57:13 | Apr 26th, 2016

We talk to comedy writer/actor Gil Ozeri about the smartphone app SnapChat and his recent obsession with it. At the time we recorded this podcast, Gil had only known about Snapchat for 2 weeks and had already recorded 180 videos onto it. They are hil...Show More

1:23:55 | Apr 19th, 2016

The subject of this episode is the experience of losing your mom at a young age. After the success of very personal episodes like Eugene's body image one and others, we decided to tackle something personal to us: what it was like to lose your mother ...Show More

1:27:19 | Apr 12th, 2016

We break our format for a second time to discuss improv with Paul Scheer! One of the original students and performers of the UCB Theatre, Paul gets into the nitty gritty of improv. We get very inside and very nerdy quickly, and then stay there. What ...Show More

58:50 | Apr 5th, 2016

Mike Elder, aspiring actor and creator of the delightful podcast Box Angeles, is our guest to talk about MASCOTS. The characters who represent various sports teams and the people who wear the costumes. Mike was one of the people who performed as "Gol...Show More

1:01:13 | Mar 29th, 2016

Phil Augusta Jackson, comedy writer and actor as well as UCB improviser, talks to us about his longtime hobby/passion pursuit of recording his own albums. Starting high school when he released songs on a cassette tape, Phil describes how he continued...Show More

1:02:25 | Mar 22nd, 2016

We talk to research scientist Matt Giorgianni (specializes in genomics, which is interesting enough that we could have just talked about that but restrained ourselves) to discuss his obsession with President William Howard Taft. After a chance viewin...Show More

1:01:25 | Mar 15th, 2016

We talk to playwright Dan O'Brien about the myth(?) of the Sasquatch and the many stories and types of people who revolve around it. We get into the famous Big Foot film of the late 1960s, the many audio recordings people claim to have made, the vari...Show More

1:09:59 | Mar 8th, 2016

Improviser and sketch comedian Ronnie Adrian joins us to discuss Prince. We get into Purple Rain, 1999, unreleased tracks, the Revolution, the New Power Generation, Morris Day and the Time, whatever happened to Wendy and Lisa, Prince's crazy work eth...Show More

1:16:13 | Mar 1st, 2016

Comedian and improviser Amanda Sitko joins us to discuss CULTS. What's the allure of the charismatic figures who draw people in? What's with Scientologists? What's the cultiest thing you've ever done? Oh, and what'd Landmark all about? Plus: atheism,...Show More

56:36 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Comedian and UCB original gangster Billy Merritt joins us to talk about this fascination with his own home state of Florida. With election gaffes and tabloid criminals, Florida is often a punch line these days, but Billy tells us stories from its his...Show More

1:01:59 | Feb 16th, 2016

PART 2 of 2! So many people have asked us to come on and talk about composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim that we are devoting two episodes to him! And we've brought on three guests: John Flynn, John Ross Bowie and Jessica McKenna (comedians, actors and...Show More

1:02:08 | Feb 10th, 2016

(re-published with a better sound mix) So many people have asked us to come on and talk about composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim that we  are devoting two episodes to him! And we've brought on three guests: John Flynn, John Ross Bowie and Jessica McK...Show More
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57:55 | Feb 2nd, 2016

We talk to comedian and television drama writer Curtis Gwinn about his fascination/interest in Jungian Psychology. We keep saying "philosophy" in the podcast but now that I look it up everyone says "philosophy."  We talk about how Curtis discovered i...Show More

53:32 | Jan 27th, 2016

NOTE: This podcast was originally uploaded with an audio glitch that made all the clips from "Let's Get Small" inaudible. That's now fixed. But you may have to delete and re-download this episode if you got it early (early being the first half-day it...Show More

1:11:10 | Jan 19th, 2016

We talk to comedy genius John Gemberling (Broad City, Marry Me, and others) about his love of video games. John is particular, John is exacting, and John has opinions. He likes stories like the old LucasArts games (Monkey Island, etc), he likes insan...Show More

56:11 | Jan 12th, 2016

Comedian and TV writer Alison Benett ("You're The Worst" and "Betas" and others) comes on the show to talk about thrifting, meaning the art and science of finding good stuff at thrift stores. We talk about what makes something good, the hierarchy of ...Show More

1:39:36 | Jan 5th, 2016

Actor/comedian Jason Mantzoukas comes on our show to talk about IMPROV. Are we breaking the rules of our show not discussing a person's career? We are, and we don't care. Because we love talking about improv. We go deep. What's good about it? How do ...Show More

57:55 | Dec 15th, 2015

Tis the spirit of the season and we talk about one of our most revered Christmas traditions, watching the movie Die Hard. Why do we love this movie so much? What makes it our favorite action movie of all time? What does it get right that so many othe...Show More

57:27 | Dec 8th, 2015

We talk to comedian/writer/musical theater performer Amber Petty about her obsession with The Eurovision Song Contest. Join us as we explore this enormously popular, very specifically weird European tradition. It's the Olympics of pop songwriting, bo...Show More

54:40 | Dec 1st, 2015

We talk to comedian/writer Mark Schroeder about his love of slasher films. What makes a true slasher film? Why was the late 80s the perfect time to get obsessed with them? How about the bad ones? What made Halloween so good? What will be the next gre...Show More

1:05:19 | Nov 24th, 2015

Comedian and writer Craig Rowin talks to us about his obsession with Back to the Future! Why it's so great! Why it holds up! The sequels! How the second one is better than you might remember! Not that any of this stops Will from complaining about how...Show More

1:14:07 | Nov 17th, 2015

We talk to comedian and writer Benjamin Apple about his obsession with The Singularity, the moment at which robots/machines learn to truly think. Benjamin is on the side of the robots, in that he thinks the singularity is, relatively speaking, immine...Show More

1:00:16 | Nov 10th, 2015

We talk to UCB founder Matt Besser about his life-long love for the Arkansas Razorbacks. We hear some tales of being stuck amongst a stand full of rival fans, of trying to root for a team in the days before the internet, as well as some thoughts of w...Show More

1:03:48 | Oct 20th, 2015

Anthony and Will have their third "self-indulgent" episode where they basically interview themselves, although they brought in returning all-star guest Neil Casey. And they have gathered to discuss their mutual obsession, the 1990 They Might Be Giant...Show More

56:08 | Oct 13th, 2015

Comedian Jake Regal tells us about his obsession with Mixed Martial Arts. He has watched EVERY UFC card for the last NINE years. He knows countless stories about the athletes who have competed in MMA, the strange combination of skills it takes to dom...Show More

1:09:11 | Oct 6th, 2015

Comedian/actor Eugene Cordero, our guest from episode number 1, comes back to discuss his lifelong obsession/struggle with body/food/weight. We get personal on this one, talking about Eugene's childhood as a stocky kid, his self-consciousness over hi...Show More

49:53 | Sep 29th, 2015

Playwright, TV writer and UCB sketch master Eva Anderson is our guest to talk about the world of radio drama. We talk about, perhaps surprisingly, the radio dramas of the early 1980s from Canada and Great Britain, as well as older stuff. We get into ...Show More

53:07 | Sep 22nd, 2015

We talk to comedian Erin McGown (the trombone playing and co-singing half of the musical comedy duo Erin and Melissa) about her lifelong love of PRANKS. What makes a good one? Why do so many involve cars? Who got her the best? Is she lying and theref...Show More

55:52 | Sep 15th, 2015

Writer and comedian Caroline Anderson joins us to discuss her no-kidding-around deep deep love for singer-songwriter Kate Bush. It's surprisingly easy to find people, especially in the US, who know very little of this amazing musician. Our co-host An...Show More

1:11:29 | Sep 8th, 2015

In honor of episode 50 and our anniversary, the topic of this podcast is the podcast itself. Hosts Anthony and Will bring on former guest and devoted listener Jon Gabrus to discuss their favorite episodes, podcasts in general, the craziness of their ...Show More

57:20 | Sep 1st, 2015

Comedian Beth Appel talks about the equally fascinating and disturbing world of FACE TRANSPLANTS (capitalized for how much we are fascinated by it). We get into the most famous cases of it, the science of it, how much better it is than you think, and...Show More

57:41 | Aug 25th, 2015

Writer/comedian Eric Scott talks to us about his lifetime obsession with trains and railroading. It goes deep and we get into it: what are the best train rides? Types of engines? How does he feel about model trains? Also Will finds out that an indie ...Show More

1:01:18 | Aug 18th, 2015

Comedian Haley Hepworth talks to us about true crime and cults! We get into the Zodiac killer, the Green River killer, the Source Family, Elizabeth Smart, Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as quick digressions into many truly disturbing real stories that have ...Show More

56:02 | Aug 11th, 2015

Comedian Jess McKenna talks about her passion for time in high school doing "mock trial." MT FOR LIFE. We talk about how intense practice trials can be, the passion and investment of her great teachers, the drama of her junior year super team making ...Show More

55:41 | Aug 4th, 2015

Comedian Erin Whitehead comes on the show to talk about her passion for Harry Potter! We talk about the power of the books including how well it handles dark and intense emotions, how the movies fall short (and what they do well), what's so special a...Show More

1:04:04 | Jul 28th, 2015

Writer, actor and hilarious all around human Dan Klein comes on the show to talk about his obsession with the Kurt Vonnegut novel The Sirens of Titan. We talk about the appeal of Vonnegut in general, and this book in particular, and the possibility t...Show More

1:01:40 | Jul 21st, 2015

Actor and writer Hillary Matthews talks to us about her obsession with Martha Stewart's Living magazine, and also about the world of lifestyle blogs, and how the latters often do not measure up! We get into Martha's calendar, how she is a bad ass, an...Show More

1:00:35 | Jul 14th, 2015

Actor and writer Drew Spears joins us to talk about his love of Southern Gothic Fiction. What is it? What is it not? Who gets defensive about that label? Co-host Anthony King joins Drew in a brief discussion of what they think of the title "Southern"...Show More

1:15:41 | Jun 23rd, 2015

We talk to Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere and longtime UCB improviser, about his obsession with craft beers. We get into how Charlie discovered his love for them, how an iPhone app game-ified his obsessed and cranked it into new level...Show More

1:01:45 | Jun 16th, 2015

Comedian / writer / improviser Mary Sasson comes on the show to talk about her obsession with her home city of Pittsburgh. We talk about the accent, the three rivers, Andrew Carnegie, and which cities are the stars of America's mental landscape! Also...Show More

1:16:37 | Jun 9th, 2015

Writer/actor/podcaster Sean Clements comes on to tell us of his long-time love for the band The Mountain Goats! We go over their original lo-fi stuff, the later highly produced stuff, the way that the right band can teach you what you're already feel...Show More

1:08:07 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Neil Casey joins us for his second appearance on this podcast to discuss his obsession with flying, specifically the world of general aviation (meaning unscheduled flights generally from small airports). We talk about radio protocol, the appeal of op...Show More

50:08 | May 26th, 2015

Comedian Dan Black talks about his long time, passionate obsession with professional wrestling. We get into the Attitude Era, the Reality Era, how the fans change the sport, a number of specific wrestlers and their appeal, and how Dan sent us several...Show More

1:07:57 | May 19th, 2015

Actor and adventurer Eli Newell stops by to talk about exotic travel, meaning travel to places American tourists generally don't go including: Jordan, West Africa, some crazy islands off of Central America and many others. We also get into: being cha...Show More

59:21 | May 12th, 2015

Actor and writer Fran Gillespie describes the amazingly specific, comforting and relatively new world of ASMR, or Autonomous sensory meridian response, which certain types of quiet soothing sounds creating a peaceful physical reactions in the listene...Show More

1:08:28 | May 5th, 2015

Eric Appel, writer/director who worked on a million cool TV shows and before that made a million cool FunnyOrDie videos, talks to us about Disney Theme Parks! We go deep, as always.  Also, Anthony King talks about his obsession with new iPhone app Pe...Show More

1:01:56 | Apr 28th, 2015

Jeff Hiller, a for-real star of stage and screen (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, 30 Rock, Ghost Town) talks to us about the maybe-not-totally-recognized genre of celebrity autobiography, particualry the audio book version where the author read their o...Show More

1:12:28 | Apr 21st, 2015

Comedian Michael Hartney talks about his lifelong obsession with Superman. If you, like the hosts of this podcast, thought Superman to be a character who somehow is just not really that interesting when it comes to superhero characters, get ready to ...Show More

1:14:38 | Apr 14th, 2015

Comedian / musician Geoff Garlock talks to us about the musical genre of Extreme Metal, by which he means several different metal genres that your average Joe has maybe never heard of. Geoff's parade of insane-sounding proper nouns is something to be...Show More

55:40 | Apr 7th, 2015

Comedian Kevin Hines talks to us about Duck Comics --- meaning the comics and cartoons about Disney characters Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, etc. And more importantly about their legendary greatest illustrator/creator: Carl Barks. A...Show More

57:00 | Mar 31st, 2015

Comedy writer Tricia McAlpin talks to us about her obsession with the 2008 Anna Faris comedy "House Bunny." It's our most specific obsession yet! Also, Will Hines talks about tower defense smart phone games, and Anthony King talks about the funny/wei...Show More

1:02:28 | Mar 24th, 2015

Brian Gallivan, improviser writer and actor, talks to us about his longtime obsession with the Billboard Charts. Starting with Casey Kasem's weekly top 40, and then through today -- learn what it's like to root for pop singles as if they were sports ...Show More

1:00:19 | Mar 17th, 2015

Improviser and comedy writer Danielle Schnider talks to us about megamusicals, meaning specifically the big Broadway productions of the 80s and early 90s.  Les Miz, Phantom, Miss Saigon, and MORE. Also Will discusses the world of travelling alone and...Show More

1:05:30 | Mar 10th, 2015

We talk to improviser and comedy writer Tami Sagher about dogs. Not just dogs! But dogs of instagram. And not just dogs of instragram! But moving, amazing, dramatic stories as told via dogs on instagram! Check it out! Also, Will talks about how the e...Show More

49:54 | Mar 3rd, 2015

We talk to comedian and writer Dannah Phirman about strategies and obsessions with fighting personal clutter. We get into practical solutions, the emotional implications, and Anthony King has his mind blown when he realizes that if he photographs his...Show More

1:15:15 | Feb 24th, 2015

On this episode we talk to actor and comedian Connor Ratliff about his obsession with Elvis Costello. Elvis attracts a lot of obsessed fans, but few have the depth of knowledge that Connor has. We get into little-known anecdotes and projects from EC'...Show More

1:01:02 | Feb 17th, 2015

Chris Kula, who has written for such cool things as @midnight, Community, MadTV and The Onion sports TV specials, talks to us about the perhaps unlikely topic of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets! But Chris proves that this is a fascinating topic as we discuss...Show More

1:00:20 | Feb 10th, 2015

Director/actor Mitch Magee talks to us about the world of type design: fonts, signage, movie titles, handwritten scripts --- we go deep! Also, Anthony discusses bicycling and Will discusses the ancient cribbage-like game of Senet.

53:41 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Actor/writer/stand-up Joe Wengert talks about his intense and thorough rituals of buying and listening to CDs which has resulted in among other things, his having to cart over 1300 CDs to every place that he's lived. Also, Will discusses the computer...Show More

1:07:45 | Jan 27th, 2015

Actor/writer Lennon Parham of the show Playing House talks to us about her intense lifelong obsession/love for Michael Jackson. We get into favorite songs, embarassing romantic gestures, thoughts about the King of Pop's eccentricities and more!  Plus...Show More

1:09:09 | Jan 20th, 2015

This episode we talk to storyteller/director/writer/actor John Flynn about Bob Fosse, the legendary dance choreographer / film director. We get into Fosse' unique dance styles, his perfectionist film work, his intense and super-obvious influence on M...Show More

1:14:52 | Jan 13th, 2015

We talk with actor/writer Susannah Becket about crafts and furniture rehabbing -- by which we mean generally an interest in ambitious do-it-yourself home furnishings. We talk about knitting, sewing, furniture reclaiming, lamp bulding and rewriting, w...Show More

1:19:02 | Jan 6th, 2015

We loved talking to Alex Berg so much about physics and cosmosology so much that we brought him back! Come with us as we discuss time travel, alternate universes, fate vs free will, string theory, the big bang and more! Some of the things we talk abo...Show More

1:25:42 | Dec 16th, 2014

In this episode, co-hosts Anthony King and Will Hines are also the guests as they discuss their mutual obsession: singer-songwriter Billy Joel. We go deep -- way, way deep -- as we discuss the appeal of Billy Joel as well as reasons why he is often d...Show More

1:08:45 | Dec 9th, 2014

Buckle up, folks. We dive deep early and then go even deeper on the topic of PHYSICS, TIME, MULTIVERSES, and other topics of Cosmology. Alex Berg (former UCB artistic director, Convoy) briefly describes his lifelong passion for physics and then proce...Show More

55:04 | Dec 2nd, 2014

We talk with Cissy Fenwick about treehouses! What is their appeal, where are the best ones, what makes them SO COOL! Plus Will and Anthony are minorly obsessesed with baseball statistician Bill James and also Michael Keaton's comedic timing. Pete Nel...Show More

58:11 | Nov 25th, 2014

Comedian and actor Jon Gabrus (Guy Code, Hairjacked!) talks to us about his longtime love of rugby. We get into how he discovered it, interesting things about the sport, the many and intricate post-game drinking rituals, the types of people who are d...Show More

1:05:50 | Nov 18th, 2014

D'arcy Carden, actor writer and grown woman, talks about her strong obsession with the British boy band One Direction. We get into how she went from being not even interested in watching them play to a completely obsesssed fan, about the rumors and h...Show More

1:00:28 | Nov 11th, 2014

Charlie Sanders (UCB performer, writer for Key and Peele, Deadbeat) talks to us about Dungeons and Dragons, and we go deep. Which edition? What ground rules do you use for letting the dice rule the game? What's the coolest thing that ever happened to...Show More

1:07:03 | Nov 4th, 2014

Luka Jones (Best Friends Forever, Up All Night) talks about the rise of people having passionate, angry arguments in areas where they have no expertise! Why is that? We talk about it. Also, Will discusses Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintanence and...Show More

59:50 | Oct 28th, 2014

Alex Fernie (UCB's Convoy, director of Hotwives of Orlando, Children's Hospital) talks to us about the books of Elmore Leonard. We get into how Elmore's book's grab you, how great the characters and dialogue are, the problems with the movie adapation...Show More

1:02:31 | Oct 21st, 2014

Kate Spencer (VH1) tells us about her lifelong love of famed jam band Phish. We include some exceprts Phish songs in this podcast, and we need to mention two things: Phish songs are very long and deliberately have slow starts --- we tried to excerpt ...Show More

1:03:26 | Oct 14th, 2014

Neil Casey (writer for Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, SNL) talks to us about his interest in the emergency of the surveillance state, and how it affects the government, our interactions with each other and maybe even the way you interact with yourse...Show More

52:14 | Oct 7th, 2014

Suzi Barrett (UCB's Sentimental Lady, Disney XD's Kirby Buckets) talks to us about treasure hunts, as she has designed several for adults to play. How many clues? What makes something too hard or too easy? What are some great ones she's made or encou...Show More

1:10:42 | Sep 30th, 2014

DC Pierson (author of The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Didn't Have To, Crap Kingdom, co-star/writer of the film Mystery Team) tells us about Kanye West. Hosts Anthony King and Will Hines don't know much, but we cover a lot of ground, from Kanye's debut...Show More

1:05:26 | Sep 23rd, 2014

Notebooks! Day planners! Journals! Though it seems like everyone puts their planning and notes on the internet, writert Jen Krueger organizes her life with good old fashioned paper and we talk with her about what makes a notebook useful and good. Als...Show More

57:38 | Sep 16th, 2014

Kate Dippold (comedy writer - The Heat, Parks and Rec) tells us about her lifelong obsession with scaring, being scared, haunted houses, ghost tours and more. What makes a good haunted house? What's the best and most fun way to scare your live-in boy...Show More

59:59 | Aug 9th, 2014

Nicholas Mandernach of the UCB Theatre discusses the New York School of Poets, a group of poets from the 1950s who led a movement of plain-spoken, emotionally direct and often very funny poetry. Anthony discusses the Billy Joel song Leningrad and Wil...Show More

55:00 | Aug 3rd, 2014

Our guest this episode is actor Eugene Cordero who tells about his experience with Muay Thai fighting, a martial art from Thailand. In addition, hosts Will Hines and Anthony King tell us about their minor obsessions with, respectively, comics inker W...Show More