60 episodes

"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!

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    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 628 Ratings

"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!

    Introducing Obscure - Michael's new podcast

    Introducing Obscure - Michael's new podcast

    Michael Ian Black is back on Earwolf with a new podcast. Obscure tackles a great work of literature. Join Michael as he reads Thomas Hardy’s classic Jude the Obscure and comments as he goes. Here's a preview, and you can hear Episode 1 right now in your podcast app. 




    Hear Episode 1 of Obscure in Apple Podcasts:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/obscure-with-michael-ian-black/id1388660385?mt=2

    • 3 min
    56 Santa

    56 Santa

    In Episode 8 of Season 4, Michael and Michael show their Christmas spirit by giving listeners the gift of talking all about Santa. Their conversation covers everything from Santa’s elves to his North Pole home to the historical roots of Santa.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

    • 32 min
    55 Unknown

    55 Unknown

    In Episode 7 of Season 4, Michael and Michael delve into the mysterious topic of the Unknown. Their conversation covers everything from the ol’ tree falling in the woods saying to the future to the Umami theory. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

    • 29 min
    54 The Nolan Film, Interstellar

    54 The Nolan Film, Interstellar

    In Episode 6 of Season 4, Michael and Michael stick their beaks into the topic of the Nolan film, Interstellar. Their conversation covers everything from man’s place in the universe to the dream qualities of Nolan’s work to Hemingway’s influence on Nolan. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

    • 25 min
    53 Architecture

    53 Architecture

    In Episode 5 of Season 4, Michael and Michael drill deep into the topic of Architecture as social commentary. Their conversation covers everything from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to thatched roofs to the story of the 3 little pigs.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

    • 32 min
    52 Snow

    52 Snow

    In Episode 4 of Season 4, Michael and Michael take a deep spoonful of today's topic of snowfall aka snow. Their conversation covers everything from the meaning of lake-effect snow to no two snowflakes being the same to Robert Frost.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
628 Ratings

628 Ratings

Elvis Hair ,

There’s that word again

I must be a bit slow, because it took me a while to get all of the humor in this podcast. Yet, being a fan of MATES, I forced myself to dig my hands in deep and unpack a few episodes. Aside from missing Topicon in the pine barrens a few summers ago, I am not disappointed. As such, I will continue diping my beak into these as they get produced and start my own Amherst study group in in the shadows of Emily Dickinson’s mansion in Western Massachusetts.

Madame van Ox ,

Found through searching for Liz Phair

You ask her what her definition of music is; she gives you her definition. Then you tell her she’s not correct. I get it was from 2014 but JHC, Michael Showalter and Ian…. what a couple of Richard heads. And you sure are focused on the breast. Very condescending and rude. Phuck boys galore.
The 1 star is for Liz. Major small Richard energy here.

coolesttttttt music ,

Dip your beak in

The great thing about this podcast is that the only rule is there are no rules. The hosts discuss serious topics, but if something funny happens THAT’S OK. You might even have a belly laugh or two. It’s a great place to get your beak wet in some really meaty topics. Hopefully new episodes will appear soon. My study group has completed discussing 100% of the topics of each episode.

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