#359: Digital Vacation (@AriShaffir)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
I am going offline for a while. I want to clear my head of all the noise and clutter that the internet has been throwing at me. It's become a net negative in my life and I want to find myself and my own thoughts again. So I'm taking a digital vacation. A detox, if you will, from all the noise. I'll be back in August but I scheduled two podcasts to go up that month so you're not completely without content. Subscribe and you'll be notified when those go live. See you around.
#358: Jabba (album commentary w/ @SteveSimeoneAri Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Steve Simeone and I sat on the balcony of his new apartment and broke down his new album, Jabba. We talked about the origins of the bits, the messages he had in them, what his theories are on the delivery styles, and much more.
You should all go buy a copy of Jabba from iTunes or ApplePlay. It's a really funny album that would make a GREAT Fathers Day present. Buy it today and send it to your dad. This really was made for him. Unless your dad is dead. Then I guess SUCKS TO BE YOU!!!
#357: Fun Bucks (Bill Ottman)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Bill Ottman came over to my apartment to try his best to get the idea of crypto currency through my fat skull. For a Jew, it's almost shocking how little I understand about monetary things like this.
#356: Down By The River (@ComedianRonT @SteveSimeone)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Ron Taylor had a long talk with myself and Steve Simeone about his time living in a van. He used to park it outside the Comedy Store. He'd take chicks there. He'd do horrible bowelly things in there. He'd even cook there. Jesus. What comics will do to survive. This was a really fun one!
#355: Methistopheles (@JessaReedComedy)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Jessa Reed came over to my old apartment (I think this is the last one from the old place) to tell me about her junkie past. She was a serious meth head. I mean for real. Like, drink your own piss meth. Like, lose your daughter meth. I love hearing about drugs and Jessa did a lot of meth so this one was perfect.
#354: Fear of Flying (@BigJayOakersonAri Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Big Jay Oakerson was my surprise opener for my shows in Toronto. This was the most amount of people I had ever played for in a night when I was headlining and Toronto has always been cool to me so I wanted to make it special. So I got a headliner to come open as a surprise treat to the city. We did a podcast about air travel on the way to the airport, in the plane, and at YYZ airport on the way home. Fun episode, funner weekend. And it's kind of like you were there with us.
Don't forget to watch Big Jay's set on the Degenerates on Netflix. He's the first comic so just cue it up and press play and you'll see it.
#353: Modern Hippie (@TFerriss)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Tim Ferriss met me in Austin to talk about travel and art and nature and love. He's a hippie. He's what the new version of a hippie is. He makes time to see interesting places around the world. He limits the amount of work work in his life. He's waaaaay into mushrooms. This is what we are now. This is what hippies have become. I'm one, too. It ain't tye-dye hemp shirts and ponytails any more.
Portland - The Alladin - April 26
Seattle - The Neptune - April 27
Calgary - Yuk Yuks - May 2-4
Cleveland - Hilarities - May 9-11
Omaha - Funny Bone - May 17-18
Columbus - Funny Bone - June 14-15
Brooklyn - Shaffirfest - June 21-23
Indianapolis - Helium - July 31
Milwaukee - Turner Hall - August 4
Atlantic City - The Borgata - September 7
Madison - Comedy on State - September 19-21
#352: Water World (@RowAtlantic)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Tim Crockett came back to talk about his EPIC journey rowing solo across the Atlantic ocean. He said he'd do it and he did it. Jesus. 63 days on the water. Rowing. Alone. Just rowing and rowing. For over 2 months.
Toronto - Danforth Music Hall - April 6
Portland - Alladin Theater - April 26
Seattle - Neptune - April 27
Calgary - May 2
Cleveland - May 9
Omaha - May 17
Columbus - June 14
#350: Shooter (Dan Soder, Michelle Wolf, Dave Attell, Jeff Danis, Ryan Oneill Yannis Pappas, Tim Dillon, Stavros Halkias)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
The epic live table read of my horrible screenplay I wrote in college. I got a group of the funniest comedians around to help me bring this piece of garbage to life. And MAN were they funny. Danish & Oneill provided commentary. Dan Soder played Shooter. Michelle Wolf played the love interest, Jenny. Attell was the bad guy. Tim Dillon was the best friend. And Stavros Halkias and Yannis Pappas played the coach and professor and lots of other roles. Even the audience got involved!
This was one of my funnest nights ever and probably my favorite live show from all of 2018. It was such a blast!
There's also a drinking game attached to this if you want play. Just have some beers and friends ready to go and I'll explain how to play when the episode starts.
#351: Around The World with Tom Rhodes (@_TomRhodes)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Tom Rhodes had me over to his pad to tell me about his unique new album, Around the World. It's a standup look at over 20 cities. So we took the opportunity to get Tom to answer some of my questions about these cities. He's been everywhere. Everywhere! Come along with me and be prepared to get the travel bug. I got it bad for one city from this conversation. Tom Rhodes is gonna take us on a trip around the world!
#349: So You Wanna Be An Ultimate Fighter (@MickeyGall)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Mickey Gall came over to apartment and backyard to talk about what it's like day-to-day to be a professional MMA fighter. It was a real solid look at what it's like to be a typical guy making his living fighting. We got drunk of alcoholic root beers while we did this like real Jersey trash.
#348: This Is An Emergency (@GregStone_)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Greg Stone came over to my apartment to tell me about his time working at an ER. He saw lots of drug addicts and deaths. All pretty interesting stuff. It actually made me consider volunteering at one but then I remembered how lazy I am.
Greg's new album, The Amazing Greg Stone, is out now on iTunes and Spotify. Give it a listen today.
#347: Hot Tub Time Machine (@BertKreischer, @SteveRannazzisi, @DanishAndOneill, @MarkNorm)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Bert Kreischer, Steve Rannazzisi, Ryan O'Neill and I sat in a hot tub in Park City and talked about the past. It was the first night of a week of skiing and storytelling shows and oh what fun it was. Mark Normand joined us a couple days later and after we all got home, he and I did the intro from the Comedy Cellar in NY. It was a fun podcast and probably the least clothed 4 way podcast I've ever done. Just sitting in a jacuzzi in Utah, talking shit.
#346: My 2018 Year in ReviewAri Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Come with me on a trip down memory lane. To a simpler time. A time when people were different. A time of life, of laughs, and of love. Back. Way back. Back to like 3 weeks ago. Back to 2018.
Join me as I relive the year that was. In podcast, travel, drugs, music, and comedy. I go over all that 2018 brought me.
Upcoming Road Dates
DC - Jan 15 (storyteller show) 6th and I
Denver - Jan 24-27 - Comedy Works
SLC - Feb 1&2 (storyteller shows) Wiseguys
San Diego - Feb 15-17 - La Jolla Comedy Store
Los Angeles Feb 19 - Comedy Store
Phoenix - March 7 - Standup Live
Tempe - March 8&9 - Tempe Improv
Miami - March 14 - Miami Improv
West Palm - March 15&16 - West Palm Beach Improv
Las Vegas - March 21-24 (short sets) - Comedy Cellar Vegas
Toronto - April 6 - Danforth Music Hall
#345: The Conspirator (@SamTripoli)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Sam Tripoli met me in LA to talk all the lies, all the deceit, all the coverups, all what they refuse to report on, all the oh you don't even know about that?, all the wake up sheeple, all the conspiracies, all the subversion of the truth that you wanna know about. Sam is the best at this in the comedy world. His podcast, Tin Foil Hat, is Art Bell for the internet generation. It's entertaining, informative, and hilarious every episode. So come join me for some eye opening talk from the guy who's vetted more documents than WikiLeaks, Sam Tripoli
Sam has a new special out today!!! "Sam Tripoli's Christmas Extravaganza" AKA "Armogeddon." Rent it for 2 bucks, buy it for 3. Sam Tripoli has been a straight up killer for 2 decades. That special is going to be GREAT!!
And that goes with the other part of these two specials filmed on the same night, "Sam Tripoli: Zero Fucks" that he released a couple months ago. It's also available now at a bargain for $2 or $3.
#344: The 2018 State of the Union podcast (@ComicDaveSmith)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Dave Smith came over to my apartment in NY to record our annual "State of America" podcast. This year, we ended up focusing waaaay more on social issues than political ones. But of course, since it's Dave, we still hit on plenty of politics, too.
Check out Dave Smith's own podcast, "Part of the Problem." He also has a special out now on GasDigitalNetwork.com as well as Amazon.com and clips are up on YouTube.
The wandering Jew will be returning to America to tour the "Ari Shaffir: Jew" show.
Oakland - December 30 - New Parrish
Sacaramento - January 3-5 - Punchline
Wash, DC - January 15 - Sixth and I (storyteller show)
Denver - Jan 24-27 - Comedy Works
Salt Lake - Feb 1-2 - Wiseguys (storyteller shows)
#343: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (@CarlDonnelly, @RyanSickler)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Carl Donnelly met me in his Edinburgh flat to talk about his divorce. And really about breaking up in general. Ryan Sickler joined me briefly on the interview to add in a little about his breakup with his fiancé. This podcast was recorded in Los Angeles, edited in London, the outro was recorded in Dublin, and it was uploaded in Brussels.
I'm on a European tour right now.
Tel Aviv (storyteller show) 15/12
Oakland (New Parrish) 12/30/2019
Sacramento - 1/3-1/5
Washington DC (storyteller show) 1/15
SLC (storyteller shows) 2/1-2/2
San Diego 2/15-2/17
Los Angeles 2/19
#342: A Pirate's Life For Me (@FahimAnwarAri Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Fahim Anwar met me at the Comedy Store to talk about the glory days of illegal downloads. We talk about Napster, about CD burners, threatening letters from cable providers, and mods for gaming systems. It was a great discussion between two colleagues. Not colleagues in comedy, which we are, but colleagues in piracy. Because at our hearts, that's what we really are. We are pirates.
Make sure to watch Fahim on Comedy Central in the Goatface special November 27 at 11pm and watch his special now streaming on cc.com.
My European tour goes in this order
UK (sold out)
Dublin (sold out)
Tel Aviv (storyteller show)
Then back to America at the end of the year and beginning of 2019 with:
Washington DC (storyteller show)
#341: The Knickerbocker (@SamMorril)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Sam Morril came over to my apartment to talk about the Knicks. He's just about the biggest Knicks fan I know. It's just him and Michael Che at the top for comedians. So we sat down and talked about a lifetime of Knicks memories from a New York boy.
Sam has a new special out now called Positive Influence. You can watch it for free with no ads from now till the end of November at ComedyCentral.com/SamMorril.
My Tour Dates:
Shooter Live Table Read - November 11
Reykjavik - November 16
Brighton - November 19 (Sold Out)
London - November 21&22 (Sold Out)
Manchester - November 23 (Sold Out)
Dublin - November 25 (Early Show Added)
Brussels - November 26
Amsterdam - November 27
Stockholm - November 29
Stavanger - November 30
Berlin - December 2
Copenhagen - December 4
Oslo - December 5
Zurich - December 9
Jerusalem (December date coming soon)
#340: The Simpsons (@GlitterCheese)Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank add
Liza Treyger had me over to her new apartment to talk Simpsons. It was my favorite show in high school and college and I was put to shame by the love Liza had towards it. We talked about episodes, toys, memories of watching it, and even fought a little bit about stuff we have no control over.
Make sure to watch Liza RIGHT NOW on Netflix's newest standup series, "The Degenerates."