90 episodes

Getting to sleep can be difficult sometimes. Now you can achieve that urgently needed rest by taking advantage of our most precious natural resource: celebrities. Each week on the slyly humorous and reassuring Sleeping with Celebrities, host John Moe talks with a different guest from the world of entertainment about something they know a lot about. The conversation is guaranteed to be just interesting enough to draw your attention away from your own swirling anxieties but never interesting enough to keep you awake. No startling revelations, no dramatic screaming confrontations, but plenty of low-key dialogue, intricately laced deadpan comedy, and a ticket to dreamland.

Sleeping with Celebrities Maximum Fun

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 147 Ratings

Getting to sleep can be difficult sometimes. Now you can achieve that urgently needed rest by taking advantage of our most precious natural resource: celebrities. Each week on the slyly humorous and reassuring Sleeping with Celebrities, host John Moe talks with a different guest from the world of entertainment about something they know a lot about. The conversation is guaranteed to be just interesting enough to draw your attention away from your own swirling anxieties but never interesting enough to keep you awake. No startling revelations, no dramatic screaming confrontations, but plenty of low-key dialogue, intricately laced deadpan comedy, and a ticket to dreamland.

    Michelle Biloon, Kevin Avery, and the Applications (Apps, the young people call them) on their Telephones

    Michelle Biloon, Kevin Avery, and the Applications (Apps, the young people call them) on their Telephones

    Twice the number of guests means twice the opportunity to fall twice as asleep in half the time. Or something. Michelle Biloon is a Philadelphia-based standup comedian who has appeared on many late night shows and released two comedy albums. Kevin Avery is a comedian in LA and the former head writer on Totally Biased with K. Kamau Bell. John Moe, the host of our podcast, is in Saint Paul, meaning we have three people and three time zones represented, thus you will fall asleep in one sixth of the average time because math. They all talk about the apps on their phones, which ones they use all the time, which they never use, and how they are organized.

    • 53 min
    Helen Hong and Chicken Husbandry in South Central Los Angeles

    Helen Hong and Chicken Husbandry in South Central Los Angeles

    You might know the very funny Helen Hong from TV’s Silicon Valley, the film Inside Llewyn Davis, NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, or Maximum Fun’s quiz podcast Go Fact Yourself. If you live in South Central L.A., you might know her as the lady with four chickens in her backyard and a really disappointing crop of snap peas. Helen tells us all about her chickens Fifi, Coco, Athena, and Ditsy, including how she came to acquire them, why she chose to do so, and how many eggs they yield on an average day. We also discuss Mike the Headless Chicken, a bird who found a head to be unnecessary in the 1940s and who, when attempting to crow, simply gurgled.

    • 43 min
    Jill Moe, Crop Art Royalty at the Minnesota State Fair

    Jill Moe, Crop Art Royalty at the Minnesota State Fair

    This week, we travel all the way inside the Moe household as host John interviews his wife Jill. She is a bona fide celebrity within the narrow, odd, and passionate world of crop art. It’s what it sounds like: art made out of seeds, leaves, anything that grows. The world capital of crop art is in Saint Paul, home of the Minnesota State Fair and home of the Moe family. Jill describes some of her favorite pieces as well as her techniques, her palette of crop materials, and the rules of the competition. You will sleep happily and croppily.

    • 55 min
    David Plotz’s Tour of D.C.’s Civil War Forts and Fortifications

    David Plotz’s Tour of D.C.’s Civil War Forts and Fortifications

    Look, we’ll admit right now that this week’s episode is interesting. We’ll stipulate that. David Plotz, CEO of CityCast.fm and longtime contributor to Slate’s Political Gabfest is fascinated by the measures taken around the nation’s capital to prevent a Confederate invasion that could tilt the balance of the war. He details all the forts that were constructed - many out of earthen materials - around the perimeter of the city and you will end up being fascinated as well. But shhh, don’t worry, because while it’s very interesting, it is not exciting. We know who wins the war. So you can get lost in the minutiae of these measures and drift off to sleep, far from the cannons’ blast.

    • 54 min
    Brian Stack (Conan, Colbert) on Mild Encounters with Pleasant Celebrities

    Brian Stack (Conan, Colbert) on Mild Encounters with Pleasant Celebrities

    If you’ve watched Conan O’Brien’s shows or Late Night with Stephen Colbert, you’ve probably seen Brian Stack playing a wide range of characters, including Frankenstein and one of the Slip Nuts. He’s been a writer and performer for both shows, which has meant running across a huge number of famous people. Here, Brian counts down his top five celebrity encounters to lull you to sleep. Doze off to dreamland hearing about awkward conversation with Walter Cronkite and relationship advice from Mötley Crüe.

    • 45 min
    Chris Fairbanks on the Intricacies of Skateboarding on an Artificial Hip at Costco

    Chris Fairbanks on the Intricacies of Skateboarding on an Artificial Hip at Costco

    What do standup comedy, golf, and skateboarding have in common beside high degrees of difficulty and opportunities to humiliate yourself in public? Well, they have veteran standup comedian Chris Fairbanks, who walks us through the experiences of all three ventures. Chris, one of the hosts of the podcast Do You Need a Ride?!, joins us from his hometown of Missoula, Montana where he first learned to skateboard and where he golfed (golved?) with his father just the other day. Drift off to sleep hearing about these leisure activities without the rigor of actually participating in them.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Theatresmiles ,

The best sleeping podcast

It is just enough interesting and just enough calm. I love it.

InannaMac ,

Perfectly Calming

They say to put your phone down an hour before bedtime, but they don’t tell you you can’t have a podcast playing while your phone is down.
John Moe has possibly the most soothing voice of anyone on the planet, and his interviews are just the right amount of interesting, while still being calming and sleep inducing.
Incidentally, I love to swish along at the end of each episode, and if he ever stops doing that I think I might cry.

please talk better ,

dont like the song

I really like the show I love how calming it is I listen to it when I'm driving when I'm gardening but not to sleep.
I don't wanna miss anything!
what I do not like is the opening song. I don't wanna hurt anyone's feelings but it makes me cringe, its cloying. I speed through, it's like the Barney theme song to me I don't ever need to hear that again.

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