All three seasons available at https://absolutelymental.com/
In this new audio series, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais phones his favorite smart friend, the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, to ask some very important questions...and some not-so-important ones.
Gervais and Harris contemplate the wonders of science and the chaos of modern life while having many good laughs.
S3 EP 7: Why do we lie?
Ricky and Sam discuss the morality of lying, including white lies, Santa Claus, and the best excuse to get out of a party.
Season Three is Available Now
Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais and his favorite smart friend, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, are back again - this time for Season 3.
S2 EP 2: How does hypnosis work?
Ricky and Sam discuss the mechanics of hypnosis and the possibility of a “truth serum.” They also condemn swallowing live frogs at parties. Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com
S2 EP 1: Why do we care about the future of humanity?
We care about what happens after we die... but why? Ricky and Sam kick off season two by discussing our desire to leave the earth better than we found it. Ricky officially denounces Satan. Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com
Season Two is Available Now
Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais and his favorite smart friend, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, are back at it and this season Absolutely Mental is going deeper.
Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com
S1 EP 2: What makes something funny?
In this teaser of episode 2, Sam calls Ricky to discuss where to draw the line in comedy. Ricky thinks everything is on the table. Except the word “vagina.” Get access to all 11 episodes at https://absolutelymental.com
All the potential but a fail so far
I’m a huge fan of both Sam and Ricky so ignored the negative reviews here and promptly purchased both seasons as soon as I discovered the podcast. I’m only 6 episodes in so I’m hoping it will vastly improve. The problem is simply that Ricky constantly interrupts Sam and takes us on new tangents so that all we’re left with is 6 episodes so far of Ricky just rambling and rambling and it’s largely not even of comedic value. Every single time Sam sets up the foundation for his argument or discussion, Ricky highjacks the conversation again. The result is we learn nothing at all from Sam and Ricky isn’t funny. So far it’s been a complete waste of time and money but I will persevere a little longer hoping these two extremely generous, thoughtful and kind people have the nous to self-correct during the series and fulfil on the show’s potential to enable us lesser mortals to be educated and have a laugh along the way.