9 episodes

This is the official podcast of  the HBO Max series Hacks. In each episode, Hacks creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky will be joined by a special guest host (Susie Essman, Luenell, Angela Gibbs, Margaret Cho, D’Arcy Carden, Hannah Einbinder and others) who will bring their own experiences in comedy and Hollywood to a behind-the-scenes roundtable about the making of the show. You’ll hear stories from the writers’ room, dish from the set and insights into the worlds of stand-up and entertainment that inspired the show. Podcast episodes are available after episodes of Hacks air on HBO Max. The official Hacks podcast is produced by HBO and Pineapple Street Studios.

The Official Hacks Podcast HBO Max

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 88 Ratings

This is the official podcast of  the HBO Max series Hacks. In each episode, Hacks creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky will be joined by a special guest host (Susie Essman, Luenell, Angela Gibbs, Margaret Cho, D’Arcy Carden, Hannah Einbinder and others) who will bring their own experiences in comedy and Hollywood to a behind-the-scenes roundtable about the making of the show. You’ll hear stories from the writers’ room, dish from the set and insights into the worlds of stand-up and entertainment that inspired the show. Podcast episodes are available after episodes of Hacks air on HBO Max. The official Hacks podcast is produced by HBO and Pineapple Street Studios.

    “There Will Be Blood” (with Hannah Einbinder)

    “There Will Be Blood” (with Hannah Einbinder)

    In the first episode of the Hacks Official podcast, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky joined by guest host Hannah Einbinder, who plays Ava. They recap the season’s first episode that picks up right where season one left off, with Ava biting her nails over her drunken email that could land her in Deborah’s vengeful grasp. The group discusses collaborating as a three person showrunner team, Jean Smart’s love of Christmas, Hannah’s improvisation on set and what it was like to shoot the episode’s major fight scene. Hannah and the showrunners  will explore the choices they made that set Las Vegas’s oddest comedy duo up for a season of hard lessons, strange locations, exciting cameos and a few stand-up sets that don’t exactly go as planned. 

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    • 41 min
    "Quid Pro Quo" (with D’Arcy Carden)

    "Quid Pro Quo" (with D’Arcy Carden)

    In this episode of the Hacks Official podcast  Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky are joined with guest host D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place, Broad City). D’Arcy is a longtime best friend and collaborator of the team and together they share their origin story. The team talks about how they decided when and how to reveal the contents of Ava’s infamous email, rich people’s love for litigation, Jean Smart’s Hacks singing debut and “sad Kayla”  among other behind-the-scenes moments that bring the show to life. D’Arcy also pitches the showrunners on a big character arc for a small child.  

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    • 39 min
    "Trust the Process" (with Susie Essman)

    "Trust the Process" (with Susie Essman)

    In this episode of the Hacks Official podcast Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky are joined by guest host Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Broad City). They discuss the bravery of going on tour, the inspiration for that souped-up tour bus, and answer, “Who the heck is Pete Wentz?”. They also reveal what Laurie Metcalf brought to the character of Weed and the origin story behind her obsession with fast food. Listeners find out why Jean Smart jumped into the  dumpster and how she harbored a secret desire to be standup herself. Plus Susie shares stories from her life as a comic and a fascinating insight into why she  thinks women make better standups than men. 

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    • 32 min
    "The Captain’s Wife" (with Angela Gibbs and Luenell)

    "The Captain’s Wife" (with Angela Gibbs and Luenell)

    In this episode of the Hacks Official podcast Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky are joined by guest hosts Angela Gibbs (On My Block, This is Us) and Luenell (The Rock, A Star is Born) who play Marcus’s Mom and her friend Loretta.Angela and Luenell share their reaction to finding out they were cast together, mishaps on set with Marcus’s new puppy and the real-life challenges of performing on a cruise ship. They also learn how the team plucked Hannah Einbinder as Ava out of a 400-person casting pool and Luenell shares experiences from her own standup career. They also share insights on what Hacks adds to the conversation about gender and sexuality and their appreciation for the show’s strides toward more inclusive casting. Plus, they’ll pitch an idea that involves the two of them getting into mischief with Marcus left to pick up the pieces. 

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    • 39 min
    “Retired” (with Margaret Cho)

    “Retired” (with Margaret Cho)

    In this episode of the Hacks Official podcast Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky are joined by guest host Margaret Cho (30 Rock, All-American-Girl), who makes a cameo as herself in episode 4 of the show.They discuss competitiveness and sexism in stand-up, what makes talented comedians give it all up and unpack the mother-daughter dynamic between Ava and Deborah. Plus, Margaret shares why Joan Rivers once gave her the silent treatment and some stories from being a road comedian. We’ll also learn about a dark joke that didn’t quite make it into Deborah and Ava’s pool scene. 

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    • 41 min
    “The Click” (with Rosie O’Donnell)

    “The Click” (with Rosie O’Donnell)

    In this episode of the Hacks Official podcast Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky are joined by guest host and Hacks superfan Rosie O’Donnell. They talk about motherhood, aging, and what went into shooting Deborah’s intimate bedroom scene. Rosie recounts her first stand-up set, and why she stepped away from her popular daytime talk show. Plus, she shares the unsolicited advice that she gave Hannah Einbinder via Twitter DM.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

BDeGeer87 ,

Extends the joy of the show

This podcast is such a lovely complement to the show. The second season went by so quickly, but this gives me a great, fun way to rewatch the show a little more closely. Jean Smart is a treasure.

MoCass3 ,

Love the BTS!!

So fun to learn the back stories and behind the scenes from the stars and writers/creators of the best show on tv!!

iamsam126 ,

Bring on Season 3!

Adore the show. Adored the podcast. Please get Ava & Deborah back together in Season 3. 😭

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