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Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send them on topics ranging from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. Seek advice. Tell a story. Vent. Send a letter. It's your podcast, we just talk about it.

Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory Daniel Van Kirk, Rory Scovel

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 895 Ratings

Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send them on topics ranging from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. Seek advice. Tell a story. Vent. Send a letter. It's your podcast, we just talk about it.

    RE: Toilet Paper & Horse Thieves w/ Andy Samberg

    RE: Toilet Paper & Horse Thieves w/ Andy Samberg

    This week we are joined by the hilarious Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Saturday Night Live, Palm Springs)!
    In our first letter, the best summer camp employee ever asks us about our preferred toilet paper orientation (over or under?).In our second letter, a Pen Pal learns that they are the great-great-grandson of a horse thief. Rory asks: is stealing a horse that bad?

    • 43 min
    RE: Father-in-Law Ghost & Something's Missing w/ Kyle Kinane

    RE: Father-in-Law Ghost & Something's Missing w/ Kyle Kinane

    This week we are joined by our friend (and your new Pen Pal), the hilarious Kyle Kinane! In the first letter, our Pen Pal explains that her home is haunted by the ghost of her husband’s father. She wants to know: how can you go #F2F (face-to-face) with a spirit? In this week’s second letter, our Pen Pal has landed the “job of his dreams,” but still feels like something is missing. What happens when you finally reach the goal you’ve been chasing for so long?

    • 56 min
    RE: Cosmic Twins & Perfect Day w/ Matt Walsh

    RE: Cosmic Twins & Perfect Day w/ Matt Walsh

    Dear Pennies & Pallers,

    This week we are joined by our friend Matt Walsh (Veep star! UCB co-founder! Chicago Bears superfan!).

    In our first letter, a Pen Pal describes losing a cousin that felt like a “cosmic twin”. We discuss the power in feeling truly connected with another person - be it a relative, friend, or stranger.

    Our second letter asks the question: what is your perfect day? 

    We also discuss: Matt’s new Veep rewatch podcast: Second in Command, the Chicago Bears, Daniel’s background acting career, and a fancy dinner at the Chili’s in Encino.

    We wish you well, sincerely,

    Your Pen Pals Daniel Van Kirk & Rory Scovel

    • 1 hr 6 min
    RE: Letting Kids Win & Emailing Ex w/ Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds

    RE: Letting Kids Win & Emailing Ex w/ Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds

    Dear Pennies & Pallers,

    This week, we are joined by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds of The Dollop podcast for a very special LIVE Pen Pals - recorded at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver, Colorado!

    In our first letter, a Pen Pal wants to know: if you are competing against a child, should you always let the kid win?

    In our second letter, a Pen Pal reconnects with an ex-girlfriend, but isn’t sure how to handle things with their current partner.

    We also discuss: the airline industry, arm wrestling, birthday performer day rates, Mouse Man, and more.

    We wish you well, sincerely,
    Your Pen Pals Daniel Van Kirk & Rory Scovel

    • 1 hr 2 min
    RE: Ham Day & A Joyous Life

    RE: Ham Day & A Joyous Life

    Dear Pennies & Pallers,

    In this week’s first letter, a Pen Pal explains their annual Ham Day tradition, a day devoted to eating ham with friends. Our Pen Pal wants to know: what time of year is best for a Ham Day?

    In our second letter, a Pen Pal receives the impossibly horrible news that his mother only has months left to live — and asks how to fulfill the promise he made with her to lead a joyous life.  

    We also discuss: being sweet dumb, Uncle Mike’s conversational skills, ham flavored ice cream, avant-garde pranks, and more. 

    We wish you well, sincerely,

    Your Pen Pals Daniel Van Kirk & Rory Scovel

    • 1 hr 4 min
    RE: Cursing Children & Religious Costumes w/ Annie Weisman

    RE: Cursing Children & Religious Costumes w/ Annie Weisman

    Dear Pennies & Pallers,

    This week, we are joined by the brilliant and hilarious Annie Weisman (creator of “Physical”).

    In our first letter, a Pen Pal is shushed for cussing in front of her cousin’s children and wants to know if she was really in the wrong.

    In our second letter, a 13 year old Pen Pal reaches out and explains his complicated feelings about growing up in the Hasidic Jewish community.

    We also discuss: our upcoming live show at the High Plains Comedy Festival, Eric Stoltz, how to pronounce “shush”, life in Fairfax, and more. 

    We wish you well, sincerely,

    Your Pen Pals Daniel Van Kirk & Rory Scovel

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
895 Ratings

895 Ratings

Brianhalloran ,

The guests takes this show over the edge!!!

I loved a lot about this show before but now that they have guests frequently it is incredible. The hosts’ confident exploration of their vulnerabilities and intimacies acts as a wonderful invitation for guests to share their own vulnerabilities without shame. This is a supportive atmosphere here folks but it’s also funny and absurd. And I would like to add, yay Rory and thanks for your honest explanation about your experience with the dads podcast. Sending sunshine and happiness to you to get your through your loss.

Your pen pally,
Brian Fernandes-Halloran

Sweet Bobby T ,

So much love for Penpals

I love this podcast. Whose name goes first? Don’t care because they’re equally brilliant and hilarious.

JessNon ,

#growtheshow — I’m obsessed

Hello pen pal buds! I’m a penny with aspirations of becoming a paller. My husband #grewtheshoe and likes to rub it in my face that he is a paller since the beginning. I can’t stop listening so I’m well on my way to paller status. I’m still in 2019 and listening to some plans that will inevitably change for 2020. It’s fascinating and perhaps a bit heartbreaking how we can all collectively experience something so disruptive and traumatic. #20in20 #SUBJECTTOCHANGE

In fact, as I move swiftly through these episodes, a part of me is feeling some anxiety for once I catch up. Yes, I will still have weekly episodes but I’ve become very accustom to hearing your voices ALL the time. Normally, when I read, I tend to rush to the end because I want to find out what happens, but then I end up feeling sad that I rushed it. Do you two like to savor media/stories? I swear Dan mentioned that he had never finished 11/22/63 but I possibly misheard this. Keep up the great work. You two are saints. #f2f #rrgt TS, Paul Cauthen’s song Cocaine Country Dancing

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