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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.

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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.

    W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

    W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

    Stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. With its fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 19th, the show gives Bell a chance to talk to people from every corner of the country about issues like guns, race and religion. He tells us how he learned to listen to people on the opposite end of the political spectrum, why he would never go on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, why he doesn’t mind performing for “woke” college students and a lot more.


    Twitter: @wkamaubell and @mattwilstein | Instagram @wkamaubell and @lastlaughpod
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    This episode was originally published on May 7th, 2019.
     
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    • 43 min
    Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

    Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

    ‘The Last Laugh’ host Matt Wilstein joined his Daily Beast colleagues Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on their podcast ‘The New Abnormal’ to interview Ben Stiller about Donald Trump’s ‘Zoolander’ obsession, playing Michael Cohen on SNL, Twitter rediscovering ‘Tropic Thunder’ and a lot more. 


    Twitter: @RedHourBen and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @benstiller and @lastlaughpod
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    • 19 min
    Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

    Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

    Stand-up comedian J-L Cauvin went viral overnight at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when he started posting videos of his expert Trump impression online. J-L, who also hosts a podcast as the president called ‘Making Podcast Great Again,’ shares the story of his sudden rise to internet fame on today’s bonus episode. He demonstrates how he nails Trump’s unique stream-of-consciousness style, looks back at the Louis C.K. impression that first brought him viral success and shares his mixed feelings about “sharing the spotlight” with the internet’s other favorite Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper.


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    • 27 min
    Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

    Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

    In 1997, Robert Smigel put a dog puppet on his hand, started making poop jokes in a thick Russian accent and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was born. 23 years later, he’s still going strong. In this rare longform conversation, Smigel talks about how he pulls off his epic confrontations of politicians like Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. He also opens up about his time writing for Conan O’Brien, ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and SNL, where he created ‘TV Funhouse’ and ‘The Ambiguously Gay Duo’—an animated sketch he readily admits would not work in 2020. Robert explains why his eventual exit from SNL was “not pretty” and weighs in on Alec Baldwin’s “easy” satirical take on Donald Trump.


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    • 57 min
    Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

    Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

    Chelsea Handler is a comedian, activist and best-selling author of the book ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me,’ which is available in paperback now. In this episode, Chelsea talks about the Trump-inspired midlife crisis that shifted her priorities away from celebrity culture and towards progressive politics. She also opens up about what she learned about systemic racism by making her 2019 Netflix documentary ‘Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea,’ previews her upcoming stand-up special on HBO Max and reveals why she still thinks the president might be suffering from syphilis-induced dementia. 


    Twitter: @chelseahandler and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @chelseahandler and @lastlaughpod
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    • 40 min
    Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

    Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

    Comedian Eric Andre is best known for pulling outrageous pranks on Adult Swin’s ‘The Eric Andre Show,’ which is finally returning for its long-awaited fifth season soon. But first, Eric is about to drop his debut hour-long stand-up special on Netflix, called ‘Legalize Everything,’ on June 23rd. In this episode, we talk about how the absurdity and hypocrisy of the police have been a running theme throughout his work, including in his upcoming prank movie ‘Bad Trip’ co-starring Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery, which will also premiere on Netflix later this year. Plus. Eric shares his uncensored thoughts on Joe Biden, Bill Cosby, Michael Richards and a lot more. 


    Twitter: @ericandre and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ericfuckingandre and @lastlaughpod
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

mima604 ,

Courtesy to the listener, please.

The episode with Eric was was my first and I wished he had turned off his email as a sign of respect to Matt and the listeners. Every time he received an email, I could tell he stopped to glance at it before answering Matt’s question to the point of almost forgetting what he was about to say. I’ve been on enough conference calls to recognize this. Answer your emails OR do the interview. That wasn’t the time to multi-task. Otherwise, great pod idea!

Zelma Yvette ,

TRump impersonation

What a self important ass - he’s not funny.

Hoist Petard ,

Yes, the healing.

This podcast heals my broken heart. It keeps me from spilling myCovid-saturated tears onto my fellow protesters.

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