198 episodes

Comedian and bread baker, Tom Papa, is the perfect host, inviting guests to join him

for an hour of eating, drinking and enjoying life. Listeners are invited to take a seat

at the table as Tom and his guests celebrate the true meaning of breaking bread with

insightful, revealing and always funny conversations.

Breaking Bread with Tom Papa All Things Comedy Network

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    • 4.8 • 984 Ratings

Comedian and bread baker, Tom Papa, is the perfect host, inviting guests to join him

for an hour of eating, drinking and enjoying life. Listeners are invited to take a seat

at the table as Tom and his guests celebrate the true meaning of breaking bread with

insightful, revealing and always funny conversations.

    Moshe Kasher on Fatherhood, Burning Man, Judaism, & Magic Energy

    Moshe Kasher on Fatherhood, Burning Man, Judaism, & Magic Energy

    Tom Papa and Moshe Kasher discuss Moshe's poignant journey while writing about his daughter in his book.Moshe then takes us through his time in AA, and he reflects on his unique upbringing in all-black Oakland, questioning the effectiveness of his therapy and his fascination with history's subjective truths. TThe conversation then shifts to Moshe's love for people, the energy of crowds, and his experiences at Burning Man. They explore the magical moments life offers, like surfing, and circle back to Burning Man's profound impact.The discussion weaves through Moshe's connection to Judaism, pandemic life with his wife Natasha, and his childhood experiences, touching on the theme of grieving within Jewish traditions after the death of his father.They ponder what unites comedians and delve into the process of creating Moshe's book and audiobook.The episode concludes with a look at Moshe's future aspirations and reflections on fatherhood.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Death, Passwords, & Raising Kids | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #195

    Death, Passwords, & Raising Kids | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #195

    Thanks to our sponsor Nuts.com! Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/PAPA. 

     

    Tom and Kira kick off this week’s episode by discussing the nuances of saying people's names, spotlighting Kumail Nanjiani. Kira shares a poignant yet amusing story about a sad dream, weaving in her fantasy of faking a gig and the comfort found in coffees. The conversation takes a deeper turn into themes of death and the digital legacy of passwords, lightened by Kira's riff on Only Fans and Tom's ASMR ventures. Russian superstitions and Tom's wife's OCD quirks bring a cultural and personal flavor to the mix, segueing into heartwarming tales of Kira's kids in "Wizard of Oz" & "Oliver," and the ups and downs of raising kids, complemented by lighter notes on Mike’s nuts and Tom’s Led Zeppelin shirt when he was a boy. Clothing and jeans serve as a metaphor for life's fits and misfits, punctuated by Tom's hilarious Jiminy Glick story. Revisiting death and funeral arrangements, they candidly discuss the practicalities of wills, funeral costs, and organ donation, offering a grounded perspective on life's inevitable end. But really, how many dead bodies are there on planes?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Is Kira Soltanovich a gypsy, a witch, or a sorcerer? | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #194

    Is Kira Soltanovich a gypsy, a witch, or a sorcerer? | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #194

    Tom and Kira chat about Kira’s vomiting from sublingual vitamins. Kira calls out Tom for witch-hating. Tom shares some hot fitness news and Kira tries wall sits. Kira talks about her new Krav Maga class. Tom explains how he never gets full. Tom and Kira talk about the Laugh Factory and comedians, and Kira tells a Keith Robinson story. Tom and Kira talk about comedians like Dave Chappelle aging and the popularity of comedians like Matt Rife. Tom discusses his hosting of the Pollstar Awards & Kira shares her hosting stories from an event in Cannes. Finally, they follow up on the previously posted dog people video.

    About Tom: Tom Papa, a celebrated stand-up comedian with over 20 years in the industry, has made significant strides in film, television, radio, podcasts, and live performances. Notably, he's a regular on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and various late-night TV shows. Papa's literary skills are evident in his books “We’re All In This Together” and "You’re Doing Great!: And Other Reasons To Stay Alive," a collection of essays, and "Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas," a comedic look at family life. His latest stand-up specials are “Tom Papa: What A Day!” and "Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!" on Netflix. Beyond comedy, Papa's engagements extend to hosting "What A Joke With Papa And Fortune" on SiriusXM and appearing on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me." His love for baking led to hosting the Food Network series "Baked." As an actor, he's worked with notable figures like Rob Zombie and Steven Soderbergh and has appeared in several films and TV shows, including the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra." Additionally, Papa has contributed as a writer to projects like "Bee Movie" and various TV series. Residing in Los Angeles with his family, Papa continues to balance his professional life with personal interests like baking.

    About Kira Kira Soltanovich is a multifaceted talent in the entertainment industry, with a career spanning nearly a decade as a correspondent on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where she became known for the Phony Photo Booth segment, the show’s longest-running comedy piece without Jay Leno. Her collaboration with Leno continued in the reboot of the "You Bet Your Life" game show, now syndicated on FOX. Soltanovich has also made her mark with stand-up specials on Showtime and Amazon, titled "Here Comes Trouble" and "You Did This To Me," respectively, and has served as the sidekick to Donald Faison on Netflix's game show "Winsanity." Her recurring roles on FOX's "Punchline" and "The Drama," regular appearances on TruTV’s "How To Be A Grownup," and her work on the Facebook series "The Turndown" highlight her versatility as a comedian and actress. Beyond her television work, Kira has been a staple in the comedy scene, from her early days on "Girls Behaving Badly" to being featured on Comedy Central and winning the Big Sky Comedy Festival. Her comedy has also been celebrated at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. A unique aspect of her career includes writing jokes for Joan Rivers and her origins from the former Soviet Union, adding depth to her comedic perspective. Currently, Kira is focusing on creating and producing her own talk show, "Let’s Get Sweat!," set in a sauna, and preparing to record a new comedy album. This journey from a Soviet emigrant to a celebrated figure in American comedy showcases her remarkable adaptability and creativity in the entertainment world. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ryan Hamilton Avoids Sugar & Finds Happiness On the Lonely Road | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #193

    Ryan Hamilton Avoids Sugar & Finds Happiness On the Lonely Road | Breaking Bread with Tom Papa #193

    Tom and Ryan take a deep dive into the intricacies of a comedian's life, including the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle amidst the demands of touring. The conversation touches on dietary choices, the impact of certain foods on mood and performance, and the struggle to find balance in a constantly moving career.They also explore the peculiarities of travel and performance schedules, shedding light on the personal sacrifices and adjustments comedians make to deliver their best on stage.

    About Ryan: Ryan recently released his first stand-up special. The one-hour Netflix original Happy Face follows a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld as well as Gad Elmaleh at Carnegie Hall. Ryan is endearing stand-up lovers, and his future is bright.

    About Tom: Tom Papa, a celebrated stand-up comedian with over 20 years in the industry, has made significant strides in film, television, radio, podcasts, and live performances. Notably, he's a regular on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and various late-night TV shows. Papa's literary skills are evident in his books “We’re All In This Together” and "You’re Doing Great!: And Other Reasons To Stay Alive," a collection of essays, and "Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas," a comedic look at family life. His latest stand-up specials are “Tom Papa: What A Day!” and "Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!" on Netflix. Beyond comedy, Papa's engagements extend to hosting "What A Joke With Papa And Fortune" on SiriusXM and appearing on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me." His love for baking led to hosting the Food Network series "Baked." As an actor, he's worked with notable figures like Rob Zombie and Steven Soderbergh and has appeared in several films and TV shows, including the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra." Additionally, Papa has contributed as a writer to projects like "Bee Movie" and various TV series. Residing in Los Angeles with his family, Papa continues to balance his professional life with personal interests like baking.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 192 - Should Dogs Be Using the Airplane Bathroom?

    Episode 192 - Should Dogs Be Using the Airplane Bathroom?

    Tom sat next to a farty French Bulldog on a bathroom and they witness the cranky owner take the dog to use the airplane bathroom. This leads to the debate of what makes a “dog person” and how many people are OK with getting kissed on the lips by a dog Tom and Kira also discuss their recent cooking endeavors, including making challah and gluten-free lasagna. Kira recounts the chaos of volunteering at her child's school and how being in charge of a 'rock star cart', where students exchange earned points for prizes, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. They they try to give Joey some health advice because they’re concerned about the impact of lifestyle choices.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 191 - Kyle Kinane

    Episode 191 - Kyle Kinane

    Kyle Kinane On Leaving LA for the Oregon Woods and His Recent Return.

     

    Today’s guest is Kyle Kinane, who has a brand new special coming out soon called "Dirt Nap." But first, Tom recounts to Kira his recent travel experiences with Joey and Paul Morrissey, including the challenges of navigating bad weather and flight changes.

    Tom and Kira interview Kyle Kinane about his life, career, and his latest special, "Dirt Nap." Kinane shares insights into his creative process, personal anecdotes, and his unique perspective on standup. He also talks about his dietary choices and lifestyle, providing a glimpse into his daily routine and philosophies.

    The conversation further delves into Kinane's approach to dealing with life's irritations and challenges, highlighting his ability to find humor in everyday situations, but struggles most when it comes to home renovations and road rage.

    About Tom:

    Tom Papa, a celebrated stand-up comedian with over 20 years in the industry, has made significant strides in film, television, radio, podcasts, and live performances. Notably, he's a regular on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and various late-night TV shows. Papa's literary skills are evident in his books “We’re All In This Together” and "You’re Doing Great!: And Other Reasons To Stay Alive," a collection of essays, and "Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas," a comedic look at family life. His latest stand-up specials are “Tom Papa: What A Day!” and "Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!" on Netflix.

    Beyond comedy, Papa's engagements extend to hosting "What A Joke With Papa And Fortune" on SiriusXM and appearing on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me." His love for baking led to hosting the Food Network series "Baked." As an actor, he's worked with notable figures like Rob Zombie and Steven Soderbergh and has appeared in several films and TV shows, including the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra." Additionally, Papa has contributed as a writer to projects like "Bee Movie" and various TV series. Residing in Los Angeles with his family, Papa continues to balance his professional life with personal interests like baking.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
984 Ratings

984 Ratings

Ratclca1 ,

My favorite podcast - even with Kira

My favorite episodes are the ones without Kira. I love listening to Tom’s conversations with restauranteurs and the perils of missing a payroll or having to show up early to your favorite eatery before the senior citizens eat all the spare ribs.

There is the original Breaking Bread with Tom Papa, in which you actually feel like you’re sitting at the table in some gritty dive with the best food in town, an up-and-coming sommelier, and a celebrity patron list that would make Chasen’s weep. Papa has a podcast gift of creating an intimate setting for some great conversations.

Now there’s Breaking Bread with Kira. The intimate dinner conversation is gone. The dive speakeasy is gone. It’s basically Kira whining about PTA meetings and kiddie birthday parties. But Tom’s still there and he’s still shining. Just less so.

Tom, if you’re reading this, no offense to Kira. But your original format was ethereal *and* gritty. Addictive. Please consider going back.

gwlk ,

Go It Alone 2

I agree with the other guy. Tom you don’t need the other guy. It’s your slow, not Kira. I had to stop, switched the listen. What ? You don’t need to piggyback Tom. Kira you can get your own podcast.

nopoliticaladsplease ,

Great podcast

This podcast makes me laugh and feel hungry 😁

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