186 episodes

Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.

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    • Comedy

Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.

    LIVE: Jason De León

    LIVE: Jason De León

    Armchair Expert Live from Los Angeles at UCLA. February 1st, 2020.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Part 2: Monica & Jess Love Boys who like Christmas

    Part 2: Monica & Jess Love Boys who like Christmas

    In Part 2: Monica and Jess Love Boys who like Christmas, M and J have one solo episode (before they bring in experts) where they dive deeper into their histories. They discuss their experiences completing last week’s challenge. Jess lived in fear all week that he ruined his challenge and Monica adds “needs to like Christmas” to her list. Jess talks about having secret moments in his youth with other boys while openly having a girlfriend and Monica goes through some of her boy-crazy artifacts. The two discuss feeling on the outside of normal and craving experiences just to feel “in the club”. They realize the amount of similarities in their backgrounds. Jess and Monica give each other challenges to complete by the following week.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Alison Brie

    Alison Brie

    Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men, Glow) is an American actress. She sits down with the armchair expert to discuss the experience of filming Mad Men and Community simultaneously, why she doesn't like WWE being referred to as "fake" and mental illness in her family. Dax asks how she met her husband and Alison talks about the decision to do nudity. The two discuss why humans are inclined to protect bad behavior, the merits of apple eating and the science of blackouts.

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard

    Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard

    In Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard, M and J sit down with the Armchair Expert. Dax knows Monica and Jess better than anyone and he uses his previous knowledge to help diagnose individual and collective dating patterns. He asks Jess about addiction, his propensity for sex, “dating” rituals and he asks why Jess isn’t leading with his superpower: personality. He talks to Monica about her tendency to overanalyze, her pattern of wanting people she can’t have and not being attracted to people who find her attractive. Dax gives tips on how to navigate this social experiment and he gives M and J a challenge to complete by the following week.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ezra Klein

    Ezra Klein

    Ezra Klein is an American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who co-founded Vox. Ezra sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the current state of polarization, how liberty and equality can work in tandem and the impact of media on the world. Dax asks about his debate with Sam Harris and Ezra details the prevalence of NIMBY-ism. The two talk about the effects of political transparency, the misconception about identity politics and the pros and cons of universal basic income.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Introducing: Monica & Jess Love Boys

    Introducing: Monica & Jess Love Boys

    Monica and Jess Love Boys is a 10 episode series brought to you by the Armchair Expert that follows the relationship struggles of two opposites. Jess, who dates too much and Monica who dates too little. They approach relationships from opposing ends but quickly realize how the underlying issues are universal. Jess dates in the gay community while Monica dates in the straight one. They get to deep dive not only into individual patterns but societal ones as well in the different dating scenes. Through meeting with different experts (therapists, doctors, friends in successful relationships, relationship professionals and the armchair expert himself), they explore and uncover traps and patterns that we all fall into as humans and they ask the age old question- why do we do what we do? However, in keeping with the true armchair spirit- Monica and Jess know talking about problems is not enough. Action is necessary to evoke change. At the end of each episode M&J are given a challenge in an attempt to break bad habits. In one episode Monica is challenged to give a stranger her phone number. In another, Jess is asked to be 100% honest on his dating profiles. As they learn how to partner healthily with others, they grow into healthier individuals as well.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

Binette101 ,

An amazing podcast

Thank you for your podcast ! I am enjoying each and every one of them because they are so honest, bright and always make me want to learn more about various subjects. I really enjoy the friendship between Monica and Dax ! Congratulations, a listener from Belgium

quadrone ,

Great Relateable Topics

I enjoy most of the podcasts (let’s say 95%). Sometimes there will be a guest that doesn’t do it for me but most of them are so interesting. Also the way Dax uses to ask questions in a way that everybody understands so that you don’t feel stupid about some topics. As somebody that didn’t finish school, is afraid of thinking that people think you’re stupid because of that (and i know i’m not dumb) and just using normal relateable language so that this drop-out from Antwerp, Belgium, Europe understands everything.

One thing that bothers me though,
Only one thing:
Sometimes it’s just in the factchecks
but sometimes it’s during the whole
interview.
PLEASE DAX, STOP CHEWING GUM
WHEN THERE’S A MIC THAT CLOSE TO
YOUR MOUTH. I CAN LITERALLY HEAR
THE SALIVE.

Other then that, big (6’2”/250lbs) fan
ALLBEAR

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