17 episodes

Make My Day is a pop culture and politics game show where comedians compete to put a positive spin on the news and cheer up host Josh Gondelman. Josh Gondelman is an optimist at heart, but even he needs some help from his friends to stay upbeat. If you want to know what's going on in the world without actually reading the news or wading through the cesspool of social media, Make My Day is the show for you.

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Make My Day is a pop culture and politics game show where comedians compete to put a positive spin on the news and cheer up host Josh Gondelman. Josh Gondelman is an optimist at heart, but even he needs some help from his friends to stay upbeat. If you want to know what's going on in the world without actually reading the news or wading through the cesspool of social media, Make My Day is the show for you.

    We Need To Interface with Mara Wilson

    We Need To Interface with Mara Wilson

    Mara Wilson (Bojack Horseman, Showbiz Kids, Where Am I Now?) competes to cheer Josh up! Mara sets an all time Make My Day high score by doing an unbelievable series of cartoon voices in a game of A Visit From The Toon Squad! She then donates her $100 grand prize to Ground Game Los Angeles, a grassroots organization in LA. Plus, pep talks for bored kids and anyone who was hoping to have a summer fling this year and was thwarted!
    Subscribe to Mara's newsletter: https://mara.substack.com
    Donate to Ground Game Los Angeles: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ggla
    More info on Mutual Aid Networks: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/coronavirus-aid-group.html
    Check out Showbiz Kids, which is out now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92EX29aeEMI
    Buy Mara's book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318758/where-am-i-now-by-mara-wilson/

    • 29 min
    Those Are My Boys with Maria Sherman

    Those Are My Boys with Maria Sherman

    Maria Sherman (author of Larger Than Life: The History of Boy Bands From NKOTB to BTS) competes to cheer Josh up! Maria creates the next big boy band during a game of Best Band Ever, setting an all time Make My Day high score! She then donates her $100 grand prize to Rogelio Hernandez's efforts to feed uhoused people in Los Angeles. Plus, pep talks for dogs who are afraid of fireworks and teachers (whether or not they are afraid of fireworks)!
    BUY MARIA'S BOOK: https://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/maria-sherman/larger-than-life/9780762468904/
    Check out LA Community Fridges: www.instagram.com/lacommunityfridge
    Make a contribution to Rogelio Hernandez on Venmo: @rogiebro
    Follow Maria on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mariasherm
    Find a classroom to help fund via DonorsChoose: www.donorschoose.org

    • 26 min
    Moon-Con with Dani Fernandez

    Moon-Con with Dani Fernandez

    Dani Fernandez (Nerdificent Podcast, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Great Debate (SYFY)) competes to cheer Josh up! Dani designs an incredible new convention during a game of Con Artist, setting an all time Make My Day high score! She then donates her $100 grand prize to the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund. Plus, pep talks for people who are have been resisting watching new tv shows lately and dogs who miss affection from strangers!
    Donate to the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund:
    https://bit.ly/2CLDKXV
    Subscribe to Dani's podcast, Nerdificent: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nerdificent/id1361635154
    Follow Dani on Twitter: https://twitter.com/msdanifernandez
    Follow Dani on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msdanifernandez/?hl=en

    • 28 min
    The King of All Stephens with Myq Kaplan

    The King of All Stephens with Myq Kaplan

    Myq Kaplan (new album, A.K.A. out now!, Last Comic Standing) competes to cheer Josh up! Myq excels at a game of Better Known As where he gives better names to things, ending up with the all time Make My Day high score! His $100 grand prize winnings go to Chilis on Wheels. Plus, a pep talk for people who are not going back to their jobs as theme park mascots, and one for, well, anyone!

    Listen to Myq's new album A.K.A.: https://www.blondemedicine.com/store/bm008-x7scz

    Check out of Myq's website: http://myqkaplan.com/

    Donate to Chilis on Wheels: https://www.chilisonwheels.org/

    • 22 min
    Penguin Selfies with Aparna Nancherla

    Penguin Selfies with Aparna Nancherla

    Aparna Nancherla (Netflix Standup, Corporate, Space Force) competes to cheer Josh up! Aparna breezes through the first ever round of the game Say Yes to De-stress, setting an all time Make My Day high score! She then donates her $100 grand prize to the Black Visions Collective. Plus, pep talks for people who are nervous about the country "reopening" and for a baby bird trying to leave the nest!

    Donate to the Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

    Watch Aparna's Netflix special: https://www.netflix.com/title/80175685

    Follow Aparna on Twitter: www.twitter.com/aparnapkin

    Follow Aparna on Instagram: www.instagram.com/aparnapkin

    And of course, the titular penguin selfie: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/09/592232204/penguins-mug-for-camera-take-a-pretty-great-selfie

    • 26 min
    Babies With Guns with Desus and Mero

    Babies With Guns with Desus and Mero

    Oh wow! Two guests this week! Desus Nice and The Kid Mero (Desus & Mero on Showtime, Bodega Boys, God Level Knowledge Darts) compete as a team to cheer Josh up! They absolutely body a game of New York State of Rhyme in which they have to describe their ultimate late 90s hip hop album. In the end, Desus and Mero set the Make My Day all time high score and wins $100 each for the World Central Kitchen and DonorsChoose. Plus, pep talks for weed dealers, porn website programmers, and hype men! 
    Donate to World Central Kitchen: https://wck.org
    Find a classroom to help fund on DonorsChoose: https://www.donorschoose.org
    Preorder Desus and Mero's book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/588771/god-level-knowledge-darts-by-desus-and-mero/

    • 31 min

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