Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes is a podcast about - well - jokes, and the people who tell them. Each week, a comedian will play one of their jokes and then break it down with Senior Editor Jesse David Fox.

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Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety

In the season finale of Good One, Jesse and Aparna Nancherla (Just Putting It Out There, Comedy Central's Corporate, Netflix's The Standups) discuss how depression and anxiety came to be a part of her act, how her jokes about mental health have been received over time, and the inherent stress of interacting with babies.

Aug 05, 2018
Will Forte's The Last Man on Earth Ending

Jesse talks to Will about the Last Man on Earth’s final scene, the show’s journey, and what would have come next if the show hadn't been cancelled. Recorded live in Montreal at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival.

Jul 30, 2018
Naomi Ekperigin's First Late Night Set

New York based Naomi Ekperigin is quickly becoming an influential voice in modern comedy. She’s worked as a staff writer for Broad City and Great News, and was listed as one of the "20 Comedians You Should and Will Know" by Vulture.

Jesse talks to Naomi about a joke from her most recent set on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Learn how Naomi crafted her tight 5 for late night, how she writes comedy conversationally, and the application process behind booking a spot on Seth Meyers.

Jul 23, 2018
Reggie Watts Comes Up with a New Song

Reggie Watts doesn't write jokes. With nothing but a microphone and some looping pedals, he crafts one-of-a-kind musical improv comedy. So on this special episode of Good One, Reggie improvises a song in the studio and we break down his process. He explains his love for improv over scripted comedy, his passion for science and technology, and shares his experiences making music on different drugs and psychedelics.

Jul 16, 2018
Vanessa Bayer's Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy

Vanessa Bayer stops in to discuss the creation of her character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She talks about her formative years of comedy, Judaism, and how the process of writing a subtle and specific character evolved each time Jacob returned.

Jul 09, 2018
Bo Burnham's Can't Handle This

This week Bo Burnham, writer and director of the feature Eight Grade, was interviewed live at Vulturefest. Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox and Bo discuss his auto-tuned rant that closed out Burnham's Netflix special titled 'Make Happy.' They dissect Bo's relationship to audience, comedy, authenticity and performance- and how that informed his vision as he makes his directorial debut.

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Jul 02, 2018
Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Play

Jimmy Fallon drops by to talk about his bit 'Do Not Play,' sharing songs so bad that you just have to listen to them. Fallon discusses finding his calling with the Tonight Show, a variety show and an institution, with the mission of putting a smile on your face before bed. He delves into the value of a silly bit inside of a show like his and reflects on his career, now and for the next twenty years.

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Jun 25, 2018
Patton Oswalt's Polish Woman of Doom

Patton Oswalt talks about the process of writing comedy in the face of real and personal tragedy. Oswalt's passion for crafting jokes, turns of phrase, and the way in which he talks about the world were thrown into intense perspective as he dealt with the loss of his wife, and the responsibility to care for his also grieving daughter.

Jun 18, 2018
Trevor Noah’s Daily Show

In a special edition of Good One recorded live at Clusterfest, host Jesse David Fox discusses the process of creating the Daily Show with a panel of writers including Trevor Noah, Dulce Sloan, Michael Costa, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chang, Roy Wood Jr.

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Jun 11, 2018
David Cross' Squagels

David Cross breaks down a joke from early in his career about the fast casual chain COSI's attempt to make the bagel 'cool.' He discusses balancing material between the silly, serious, and political, as well his his relationship to the South.

Jun 04, 2018
Cameron Esposito's Rape Joke

Cameron Esposito discusses a joke about the misrepresentation of sexual assault in popular culture. In this interview with Jesse David Fox, Cameron speaks to the challenge of sharing her own experience, drawing the audience in, and creating a space to perform the kind of material that confronts through humor.

May 28, 2018
John Mulaney's One Hundred Million Dollars

Welcome to season 3 of Good One! Kid Gorgeous a.k.a. John Mulaney stops by to break down a joke in defense of financiers. John shares how he found his stride in an 'old timey' voice, expands on his fascination with OJ Simpson, and talks about how working on Oh Hello influenced his writing style.

May 21, 2018
Pete Holmes’s Green Eggs and Ham
Jesse David Fox talks to Pete Holmes about a joke from his 2016 special Faces & Sounds. They talk about Pete's "spidey sense" as a comedian, why anger can be a great cue, and more. 
Jan 22, 2018
Wyatt Cenac's Black History Month
In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Wyatt Cenac about his Black History Month joke, which appears on his last album, Furry Dumb Fighter. Hear about Wyatt's writing process, why he often uses comic books as a source of material, and how he feels about including the n-word in his work. 
Jan 15, 2018
Natasha Leggero’s Burning Man
In this episode, Jesse David Fox and Natasha Leggero deconstruct a joke from her 2015 Comedy Central special. They talk about Burning Man, her process of trial and error, and how her persona has evolved over time.  
Jan 08, 2018
Bill Burr's Definition of Bravery
In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Bill Burr about a joke from his most recent special Walk Your Way Out. Hear how a trip to India helped shape that joke, what Bill thinks about doing characters, and how he manages his relationship with offended audience members. 
Jan 01, 2018
Eugene Mirman's Portsmouth, New Hampshire Complaint Letter
In this live taped episode of Good One from the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Jesse speaks with Eugene Mirman about his joke -- which is a real letter published in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire summer guide. 
Dec 18, 2017
Paul Feig's Spy Knife Fight
In this live episode of Good One from Vulture Festival LA, Jesse speaks with Paul Feig about a fight scene from his movie Spy, why he works best with women and the trials of editing a film. 
Dec 11, 2017
Saturday Night Live's "Wells for Boys"
Jesse David Fox talks to Julio Torres and Jeremy Beiler, the writers behind the Saturday Night Live sketch “Wells for Boys.” In this episode, you'll hear how it came together, how it was received in the studio, and whether political art is the only art that matters. 
Dec 04, 2017
Jeff Garlin Refuses to Pick a Joke
Jesse sits with Jeff Garlin for a somewhat flipped version of Good One. Jeff didn’t feel he’d be a right fit for the show as he's not one for dissecting his process. Hear why that is, why he thinks Eddie Murphy is the Babe Ruth of standup, and about making the latest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. 
Nov 27, 2017
Roy Wood Jr.'s Black Patriotism
In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse speaks with Roy Wood Jr. about his joke about black patriotism and his deliberate style. 
Nov 20, 2017
Will Forte's MacGruber Sex Scenes
Jesse speaks with Will Forte about what it was like to make the sex scenes in MacGruber (the SNL Macgyver parody turned '80s action movie) movie.
Nov 13, 2017
Why Thor: Ragnorok Is So Damn Funny
Jesse David Fox talks to Taika Waititi about making Thor: Ragnorak and how a $200 million budget couldn't stop him from embracing his inner six-year-old. 
Nov 06, 2017
Ron Funches's "F*ck Linda" Neck Tattoo
Jesse David Fox sits down with Ron Funches to discuss his “f*ck Linda” joke, which he wrote towards the beginning of his stand-up career -- and later told on Conan. They talk about the art of cursing, the stigma of laughing at your own jokes, and his evolution as a comedian.
Oct 30, 2017
Maria Bamford Wants You to Know How Much Money She Makes
Jesse David Fox talks to Maria Bamford about the commencement speech she gave at her alma mater the University of Minnesota. And about money, a lot about money. 
Oct 23, 2017
Tim Minchin's "Stuck"
Tim Minchin created the music for the musical Groundhog Day. He joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the musical and about one song in particular called "Stuck." Plus he plays a us little keyboard. 
Jun 05, 2017
Jerry Seinfeld's Donut Holes
In this proto-episode of Good One, hear the interview with Jerry Seinfeld that inspired this whole thing. 
May 15, 2017
Moshe Kasher's Personal Hell (It's Heaven)
Jesse David Fox and Moshe Kasher deconstruct a joke about heaven from Moshe's 2013 Live From Oakland special-- It's a bit that's evolved over time, as he first tried a much shorter version of the joke on his 2009 album. They talk about religion, Moshe's new show Problematic on Comedy Central, and how he mastered the art of "highbrow-lowbrow."
May 08, 2017
John Early's Wedding Toast
Jesse David Fox and John Early recorded a special, live episode of Good One during SXSW at TBS's In Search Of Pop-Up. John picked a scene from his episode of Characters on Netflix, in which he is giving a wedding toast and hijacks the room for way too long. He breaks down why he chose to play this type of character, why he loves upstate New York, and closes with he next best impersonation. (His best is Britney.) 
May 01, 2017
Dear White People's Shonda Rhimes Parody
Jesse David Fox sits down with Justin Simien, the director of the movie Dear White People and creator of the new TV show premiering on Netflix this month. They talk about a scene from the first episode in which a group of students are gathering to watch Defamation a parody of Shonda Rhimes' Scandal. Simien offers thoughts on his process, the benefits of adapting the movie to television and how the show fits into today's political landscape. 
Apr 24, 2017
What It's Like to Write Jokes for Barack Obama
David Litt is the former senior presidential speechwriter for President Obama and he wrote his jokes, too. On this Good One, Litt shares about what it's like to write for the former president, why Obama is pretty good at delivering jokes and how they finally managed to incorporate Keegan-Michael Key's character of Luther, Obama's anger translater, into the White House Correspondence dinner. 
Apr 17, 2017
Horatio Sanz's Don's Apothecary Sketch
Horatio Sanz debuted his "Don's Apothecary" sketch during his fifth year on SNL. He sits down with Jesse David Fox to talk about the inspiration for the sketch, his SNL days and why he sometimes laughs at his own jokes.
Apr 10, 2017
Kyle Kinane Wakes Up in the Morning and Believes in Himself
Jesse David Fox and Kyle Kinane talk about a joke from Kyle's 2010 special Death of the Party and how it was so pivotal in his stand-up career. And we highly recommend staying for this laughning round. 
Apr 03, 2017
Jen Kirkman's Street Harassment Closer
Jen Kirkman closes her Netflix special Just Keep Livin' with a joke about street harassment. She and Jesse David Fox talk about how she conceived and composed this multi-layered piece. 
Mar 27, 2017
Tig Notaro's Taylor Dayne Story
Jesse David Fox and Tig Notaro sit down at her house to talk about her Taylor Dayne story, her noteworthy performances of it, including on Conan andThis American Life, and her many run-ins with Taylor Dayne. 
Mar 20, 2017
Paul Scheer and Human Giant's "Illusionators"
Paul Scheer explains the inspiration behind creating the sketch series "The Illusionators," which appeared on MTV's Human Giant. Scheer created the show with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Jason Woliner. Plus, hear the story about how Paul and Aziz encountered Criss Angel at a Las Vegas club.
Mar 13, 2017
Weird Al Yankovic's "Word Crimes"
Weird Al Yankovic explains his parody process and the story behind creating "Word Crimes." 
Mar 06, 2017
Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird
Kristen Schaal joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the origins of one of her earliest jokes Dancing Bird. She shares why she often uses animals in her comedy and what it was like to break out as a stand-up comic using conceptual bits. 
Feb 27, 2017
Neal Brennan's White Guy Being Called the N-Word While Feeding a Horse Joke
Host Jesse David Fox and Neal Brennan talk about a joke Neal wrote for Half Baked and how it's representative of his early career writing for the Chapelle's Show, and Neal shares about his new stand-up special on Netflix 3 Mics. 
Feb 20, 2017
Jim Gaffigan and His Good Looking Newscasters Joke
Jesse David Fox sits down with Jim Gaffigan to break down a joke from Jim’s Netflix special Cinco about newscasters and how they’re so good looking.
Feb 13, 2017
Vulture presents Good One: A Podcast About Jokes—  it's about jokes and the people who tell them. Guests include Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Paul Feig, Neal Brennan and Paul Scheer. Hosted by Vulture Senior Editor Jesse David Fox, the first episode premieres February 13.
Feb 06, 2017