Daniel Lobell of Comical Radio and This American Life is back once again. This time, he's diving head first into philosophy (a subject he knows little about) with fellow comedians (Marc Maron, Artie Lange, Maria Bamford, Lewis Black, Greg Fitzsimmons, Larry Miller, Reggie Watts etc.) and attempting to find the answers to life's great questions. Even if the questions just lead to more questions, there will be many laughs in between. You can listen and decide: Are comedians really "modern day philosophers"?
SEASON 10 WRAP UP SHOW with Daniel Lobell & Alex Fossella
Daniel and Alex discuss the highlights of season 10 and Alex bids farewell to the show.
Elon Gold and Jack Kerouac
In the season 10 finale, Daniel Lobell sits down with comedian and impressionist Elon Gold to discuss everything from Jewish life to his feud with Jimmy Fallon and they study some Jack Kerouac as well.
Carl Gottleib interview
Carl Gottleib best know for writing the Jaws screenplay and co writing the Jerk with Steve Martin sits down with Daniel Lobell to tell his story and discuss some philosophy quotes hand picked by Alex Fossella!
Seth Glass Interview
It's hard to describe Seth Glass and do him justice. He's a musician who's lyrics are incredible poetry. He's a spiritual man and a Jewish philosopher of sorts. He talks about his career as a musician playing Jewish themed music, he talks about his struggles with substance abuse, about touring with Reb Shlomo Carlebach and about getting older. He plays some songs shares some cool ideas and so much more! Enjoy.
Art Bell interview on his new book Constant Comedy
Daniel and Art Bell talk about the creation of Comedy Central, old comedy and making it in the TV exec biz!
Check out Art's new book Constant Comedy: How I started Comedy Central and Lost my sense of Humor.
Ashley Blaker and Leo Strauss
Ashley Blaker join Daniel Lobell in his Edinburgh "Flat" to discuss philosophy from Leo Strauss, UK comedy, Little Britain, working with Joan Rivers, producing for the BBC and being an obsessive Orthodox Jew and UK football fan.
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How Did I Only Just Find This?
I found this podcast not too long ago and have been ravenously going through the past episodes. Some are no longer available here but are purchasable, so what’d I do? I went to the iTunes Store and bought one of the albums. The host knows how to probe for further clarification from his guests and it’s enjoyable to hear he and the comics he’s interviewing discover these philosophers for the first time to discuss. I haven’t even finished going through the backlog yet and I’ve already gone back and listened to the Jackie Martling and Pat Cooper episodes multiple times!
I listened to part of one. A comedian who never heard of Thomas Szasz pontificates on Szasz’s contentions basin on a couple of sentences Szasz wrote. It’s hard to imagine anything more idiotic.
Little discussion of topic & political bias
I just want to hear stimulating discussion about philosophy — not shallow comments. There are many podcasts that put on a comedic act and I wouldn’t mind it if it didn’t take away from the discussion so much. It can be tough to leave politics out of philosophy too but if I’m hearing of it in a podcast where I’m not looking to hear about it, I want objectivity, not personal bias.
Just not my cup of tea when I want to learn ab philosophy.