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For 30 years, New York's legendary Comedy Cellar has served as the launching pad for greatest stand up comedians in the world. Colin Quinn, Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Dave Attell, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Dane Cook, Robert Kelly and Greg Giraldo are just a few of the comedians who began as Cellar regulars. But classic stage performances have never been the only show going on at the Cellar. The biggest comedians in the world come to sit at the table upstairs, where comedians come to argue and discuss the events of the day and their lives, sharpening their their comedy knives on each other. This kibitzing (an inspiration for Comedy Central's Tough Crowd), has always been a private affair... until now. Join us for a weekly peek into the happenings at the Comedy Cellar's comedian table, where the funniest people in the world debate and discuss. Subscribe now and don't miss a second of it. We would love to hear your comments. Email them to podcast@comedycellar.com

The Comedy Cellar: Live from the Table Comedy Cellar Network

    • Comedy
    • 4.0 • 307 Ratings

For 30 years, New York's legendary Comedy Cellar has served as the launching pad for greatest stand up comedians in the world. Colin Quinn, Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Dave Attell, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Dane Cook, Robert Kelly and Greg Giraldo are just a few of the comedians who began as Cellar regulars. But classic stage performances have never been the only show going on at the Cellar. The biggest comedians in the world come to sit at the table upstairs, where comedians come to argue and discuss the events of the day and their lives, sharpening their their comedy knives on each other. This kibitzing (an inspiration for Comedy Central's Tough Crowd), has always been a private affair... until now. Join us for a weekly peek into the happenings at the Comedy Cellar's comedian table, where the funniest people in the world debate and discuss. Subscribe now and don't miss a second of it. We would love to hear your comments. Email them to podcast@comedycellar.com

    Battle of the War and Terrorism Experts - John Spencer vs. Robert Pape - Is Gaza Backfiring?

    Battle of the War and Terrorism Experts - John Spencer vs. Robert Pape - Is Gaza Backfiring?

    Get Ready To Rumble
    John Spencer is an award-winning scholar, professor, author, combat veteran, national security and military analyst, and internationally recognized expert and advisor on urban warfare, military strategy, tactics, and other related topics. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on urban warfare, he served as an advisor to the top four-star general and other senior leaders in the U.S. Army as part of strategic research groups from the Pentagon to the United States Military Academy.
    He’s authored over 130 articles in our leading intellectual publications. He is the author of three books, including The Mini-Manual for the Urban Defender, which was translated into 16 languages.
    Robert A. Pape is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs. His commentary on international security policy has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, as well as on Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Before coming to Chicago in 1999, he taught international relations at Dartmouth College for five years and air power strategy for the USAF's School of Advanced Airpower Studies for three years. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. His current work focuses on the causes of suicide terrorism and the politics of unipolarity. He is the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

    0:00 Introduction
    3:36 Coin Toss Decision
    5:30 Robert Opening Pape's Argument
    11:20 John Spencer's Counterargument
    15:53 Pape Responds
    29:53 Assessing Hamas's Strategic Goals
    34:00 Critique on Planning for the Future
    37:13 Rebuilding Democracy in the Middle East
    41:01 Pape's Preferred Israeli Strategies for October 8th
    42:46 Creating a Wedge Strategy
    47:09 Insights from General McChrystal
    49:42 Differing Military Strategies
    50:23 Debating Military Approaches
    51:38 Winning Battles vs. Winning Wars
    55:58 Political Power Dynamics
    59:00 Importance of Words in Strategy
    1:01:27 Acknowledging Past Mistakes
    1:04:53 Counterinsurgency Strategies
    1:08:36 Role of Threat in Strategy
    1:10:20 Separating Militant Groups
    1:12:05 Achieving Strategic Objectives
    1:12:09 Counterinsurgency Tactics
    1:14:20 Importance of Meaningful Conversations
    1:14:38 Sharp Arguments and Surviving Contact with the Enemy

    • 1 hr 15 min
    An Analysis of Trump and Biden with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst, Elie Honig

    An Analysis of Trump and Biden with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst, Elie Honig

    Elie Honig is CNN's senior legal analyst, a former federal and state prosecutor and the bestselling author of Hatchet Man.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Did Political Rhetoric Cause the Trump Assassination Attempt with Nick Gillespie

    Did Political Rhetoric Cause the Trump Assassination Attempt with Nick Gillespie

    Nick Gillespie is an editor at large at Reason, the libertarian magazine of "free minds and free markets," and host of The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Case Dismissed? Politic Legal Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor Ankush Khardori - Cannon, Immunity, The Current Supreme Court and more

    Case Dismissed? Politic Legal Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor Ankush Khardori - Cannon, Immunity, The Current Supreme Court and more

    Partisanship or principle? IMHO, one of the best and most reasonable liberal analysts of the current Supreme Court, discusses Trump's immunity and Chevron's reversal decisions and what motivated them.

    Also, Cannon's dismissal.

    Contributor for New York magazine, also The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, TIME, USA Today, WIRED, Slate, The American Prospect, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Former Shin Bet Chief - Ami Ayalon discusses the Gaza War, Peace, Hannibal and more.

    Former Shin Bet Chief - Ami Ayalon discusses the Gaza War, Peace, Hannibal and more.

    The former chief of Israel's internal intelligence agency discusses all things Gaza, Hamas, Israel, peace talks, and more.

    Buy his book Friendly Fire, How Israel Became its Own Worst Enemy: https://www.amazon.com/Friendly-Fire-Israel-Became-Future/dp/1586422588

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Amazing Life of Glenn Loury

    The Amazing Life of Glenn Loury

    In a remarkable and candid conversation, Glenn Loury discusses his new book "Late Admissions," and his amazing, checkered, erratic, inspirational, and dramatic life.

    00:00:00 Introduction
    00:04:37 Performing the book for Audible
    00:05:04 Had to be Honest to be Believed
    00:09:09 A Gifted Family
    00:15:22 Understanding Slavery and History
    00:20:07 Constant Self-Doubt and Inferiority Complex
    00:26:11 Betraying a Best Friend
    00:32:25 Decoding Glenn's Politics from His Life
    00:32:57 Stealing a Car
    00:38:54 A Child Is Born
    00:39:54 Glenn's Son's Gift to His Father
    00:47:34 Glenn's Heroic Father
    00:49:05 Glenn feels Put Off by Middle-Class Blacks
    00:57:13 Arrested
    01:03:14 Modern Hypocrisy
    01:05:29 Speaking in Tongues
    01:09:33 Smoking Crack
    01:20:21 Called the N-Word
    01:24:00 Final Remarks on Humanity

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

Philip4000 ,

Interesting show. Audio issues.

Good stuff and enjoy the discussions. Please improve your audio if possible, as it’s often not consistent to me as a listener. Thanks.

Lilly21661 ,

Excellent Discussions!

I found this show because John Spencer tweeted that he had interviewed in this podcast. John Spencer is my hero (re Israel / Gaza) and I couldn’t imagine why he went on a comedy podcast, so I checked it out. I was shocked to hear an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent interview. I went back and listened to every Israel related episode (I’m American living in the US) and found great interviews with some people I’ve found since Oct 7 and some new voices.
After the Haviv Rettig Gur episode, I had to write a review. I too am addicted to Dan & Haviv and I listen to Haviv on other podcasts. This interview was fantastic!! Kudos to Noam and Coleman for asking excellent questions and then letting Haviv speak without ANY interruption!
I wish everyone spent an hour and educated themselves by listening to this episode!! So much accurate and important information that many people who consider themselves “educated “ and intelligent need to listen to and to learn!
What Noam said at the end of the show is so true!!

ThePossum31 ,

Short time listener, first time reviewer.

My brother recommended the Philip Bump episode and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s always entertaining to hear someone storm out of an interview, but that’s not what’s kept me listening.

Noam approaches each guest and topic with an INTENSE level of curiosity.
He’s not one to dabble in intellectual conversation, he commits. Noam will take a subject and turn it every which way, like he’s solving a rubic’s cube. Once he’s lined up the colors, he rearranges it and starts all over again. Then, he hands it over to his guest so they can mix it up.

Noam is exceedingly bright, yet unafraid to admit what he doesn’t know, most likely because he wants to know! That kind of intellectual honesty and humility is a rare thing to encounter in life. It’s exciting, disarming and uncomfortable. That’s what keeps me listening.

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