Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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 Mar 18, 2019

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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 Vulture.com Senior Editor Jesse David Fox.


Episode Date
Gary Gulman's Trader Joe's
01:55:01

Jesse finally sits down with Gary Gulman to talk about a joke from his 2016 special It’s About Time.

The joke is about an experience Gary had at Trader Joe’s, but it’s way, waaaaaaaay bigger than that. Gary takes his audience through TJ’s snack selection and into Narnia, making companions of old women on the Upper West Side, finally culminating in a rumination on the nature of New Yorkers and taking a stand when injustice rears its ugly head.

Jesse and Gary dissect this joke from start to finish, picking apart word choice down to the syllable. Gary reflects on the inciting incident, as well as how his mental illness plays a part in the whole thing.

Also included: someone finally tells Jesse how his tweets could be better. 

For all of Gary’s tips, follow Gary on Twitter, and catch him live on the The Depresh Tour when he’s in your city.

Mar 25, 2019
The Good Place Writers Panel
01:02:16

In Fall 2018, we recorded a live panel discussion with the writers of The Good Place at Vulturefest LA. Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson, the panel guests reveal what comedy inspired them, how their writers room was formed, and offer advice to aspiring writers.

Watch The Good Place on NBC, Hulu, Netflix, or a bunch of other places on the internet.

Listen to The Good Place: The Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Follow [most of] the panel on Twitter:

Mar 18, 2019
Rhea Butcher's Flight Attendants and Lyft Drivers
01:30:21

Jesse speaks to standup comic, actor, and writer Rhea Butcher about two versions of their joke involving being misgendered.

The first iteration comes from Rhea's album Butcher, and the second was performed on one of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson's 2 Dope Queens HBO specials.

Rhea goes over the similarities and differences between each telling, along with how their identity and experiences shaped the joke's evolution.

Follow Rhea on Twitter

Listen to Rhea's podcasts Three Swings and Put Your Hands Together

Listen to Rhea's special Butcher wherever you listen to things.

Mar 11, 2019
Lil Rel’s Can I Have, I Want
00:59:34

Jesse speaks with actor, comedian, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery live at Vulturefest in October 2018.

The conversation centers around a joke Rel told on Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand Up in 2010, and ties into material from his 2015 stand-up special RELevent.

Rel discusses family, his hometown Chicago, and the comedians that shaped him, like Bernie Mac and Robin Harris.

Watch Rel in Rel on FOX.

Follow Rel on Twitter.

Mar 04, 2019
The Lucas Brothers' History of Western Philosophy
01:09:59

Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka comedy duo The Lucas Brothers, sit down with Jesse to discuss a joke-in-progress about Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy.

The two reflect on their relationship as brothers, identical twins, writing partners, travel companions, and performers while musing on the intersection of comedy and philosophy.

Watch the Lucas Brothers' special on Netflix.

Feb 25, 2019
Seth Meyers's Juan Likes Rice and Chicken
00:59:53

Jesse’s back in the Late Night with Seth Meyers conference room with—wait for it—Seth Meyers! While there's plenty to talk about, the conversation centers around Seth writing the Documentary Now! episode Juan Likes Rice and Chicken. The two touch on Seth's parodies from when he was Head Writer at Saturday Night Live, along with his semi-autobiographical ties to Juan and Arturo. 

Also included: Seth is unable to make Jesse’s tweets any better than they already are. 

Season 3 of Documentary Now! starts February 20th, airing Wednesdays on IFC at 11p EST

Late Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35/11:35c

Follow Seth on Twitter 

Feb 18, 2019
Ray Romano's Son Joe
00:51:37

Ray Romano sits down with Jesse to talk about his new Netflix special, Right Here, Around the Corner. The two go over Ray’s jokes about his son Joe, why he continues to see his family as a source of new material, and what made the Comedy Cellar the right place to tape his new special.

Also, Ray does an impression of an impression of Ray Romano. 

Watch Ray’s new special on Netflix. 


Feb 11, 2019
Saturday Night Live's Totino's Ad Trilogy
00:59:48

It’s sequel time! Sort of.

On a Good One episode from way back in the year 2018, Jesse asked Vanessa Bayer about Saturday Night Live's series of ad parodies for Totino’s pizza rolls. What started as a take on gender stereotypes in advertising evolved over the next two years into a surreal X-Files promo, and ultimately a triumphant, French romance film trailer.

Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider are the former SNL head writers behind the Totino’s Trilogy. Jesse talks to them about the evolution of Vanessa’s nameless character, and draws parallels to Chris and Sarah’s new series The Other Two

Highly recommended: watching the Totino’s Ad Trilogy. 

Follow Chris on Twitter!

Sarah never uses Twitter.

Watch Chris and Sarah's show The Other Two on Comedy Central, Thursdays at 10:30/9:30c


Feb 04, 2019
Julie Klausner's Roast Beef Sandwich
00:55:57

Jesse talks to actor, comedian, writer, and friend Julie Klausner about a seemingly random joke from her Hulu series Difficult People. Recorded live at Union Hall in Brooklyn, the two talk about equal treatment of male and female genitalia in comedy, Julie’s writing process on Difficult People, and much, much, much more.

ALSO: a super secret surprise guest.

ALSO ALSO: get ready to find out if your favorite sketch comedians are dogs or cats. 



Jan 28, 2019
Sebastian Maniscalco's Doorbell
00:55:24

Jesse talks to comedian Sebastian Maniscalco about the creation of one of his most well-known jokes, “Doorbell”. Not only does Sebastian have a new Netflix special out, but at the time of the interview he was days away from headlining a weekend of stand-up shows at Madison Square Garden. Listen to how Sebastian refined his act-outs, and how nostalgia and disbelief came to shape his comedy. 


Jan 21, 2019
Nicole Byer's Fat Jokes
00:58:20

Welcome back to Good One. We missed you dearly.

For our Season 5 premiere, comedian, actress, and improviser Nicole Byer invited Jesse over to talk about the opening jokes of her new Netflix special, Aggressively Adorable

For more Nicole check out Comedians of the World and Nailed It! on Netflix and listen to her on What the Tuck? A RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast and Why Won't You Date Me? wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jan 14, 2019
Sinbad Doesn’t Write Jokes
01:10:11

With all of his standup specials, records, and multiple roles in TV and film, Sinbad has no shortage of material to dissect. But when Jesse reached out to to ask what joke Sinbad wanted to discuss on the podcast, Sinbad didn’t want to pick one. Why? Because he doesn’t write his act in the way that most other comedians do. Sinbad will build an entire routine from a fleeting thought in the moment while he’s on-stage—and it will change the course of the performance in an instant.

Jesse and Sinbad trace his style back to its roots, and Jesse also gets closure on a Sinbad question he’s been holding onto for a long time.


This week's episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon! For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code GOODONE at checkout!

Dec 10, 2018
Rachel Bloom’s Space Jam
00:40:58

Years before creating and starring in the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom wrote and performed a musical sketch about a young actress’s obsession with Space Jam, the 1996 animated and live-action crossover starring Michael Jordan and a bunch of Looney Tunes.

Jesse and Rachel talk about the compromise she made between musical theater and sketch comedy. Along the way they discuss the importance of nailing down a premise when writing, how rhyming can ruin a joke’s potential, and most importantly, why Space Jam?

Watch Rachel’s “Space Jam” here, and read along with the lyrics below.


“Space Jam” Lyrics

I'VE NEVER FOUND A TRUE CALLING

I WOULDN'T CALL THEATER MY LIFE

FROM VOCATION TO VOCATION

LOCATION TO LOCATION

I'M JUST LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ENTHRALLING.

(spoken) It's true.


I'VE NEVER HAD MY OWN "THING"

UNREMARKABLE: A COMMUNISTS' DREAM.

BUT THERE IS ONE MOVIE

THAT'S JUST SO DAMN GROOVY

IT GIVES ME A REASON TO SING.

AND THAT IS THE MOVIE


SPACE JAM!

OH MY GOD I LOVE THE MOVIE SPACE JAM!

HAS ANYONE ELSE HERE SEEN SPACE JAM?!

ALLOW ME TO DESCRIBE THE PLOT OF SPACE JAM!


THE SETTING IS CIRCA 1996

AN INNOCENT AGE, I RECALL.

MICHAEL JORDAN GOT HIMSELF IN A FIX

'CAUSE NOW HE PLAYS MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

MEANWHILE, ON A PLANET FAR OFF IN SPACE

SOME CARTOON ALIENS HAVE AN AMUSEMENT PARK

BUSINESS IS BAD, THEY'RE GONNA SHUT DOWN THE PLACE

TILL THE ALIEN CEO HAS A GENIUS SPARK!

(spoken) He's voiced by Danny DeVito.


THE PLAN IS TO KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNES

WHO IN THIS FILM ARE SELF-AWARE AND HAVE FREE WILL

AND ONCE THE ALIENS KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNES

THEY'LL ENSLAVE THEM TO CREATE A COMEDY MILL!

(spoken) Now at this point, you're probably like, "What do cartoon aliens kidnapping Looney Tunes have to do with Michael Jordan?" Well that's the magic of-


SPACE JAM!

MUCH MORE HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE SPACE JAM!

AREN'T YOU STARTING TO GET EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH SPACE JAM?!

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WANNA HEAR MORE ABOUT SPACE JAM!


ZACH (V.O.)

I'd actually prefer if you stopped.


RACHEL

Oh, come on!


ZACH (V.O.)

I want to hear about something EMOTIONAL.


RACHEL

Ok, fine. I'll talk about the time I came out of the closet instead, ok?


ZACH (V.O.)

Uh, yeah, that'd be great.


RACHEL

Ok. Well, when I first realized I was gay, I thought that no girl would ever-

(singing again)

SO THESE TINY CARTOON ALIENS GO TO LOONEY TUNE LAND/

AND GET LAUGHED AT 'CAUSE THEY'RE SO SMALL/

HA HA HA!


ZACH (V.O.)

OK, that's not what I meant...


RACHEL

THE LOONEY TUNES WANNA DEFEND THEMSELVES

SO THEY CHALLENGE THEM TO A GAME OF BASKETBALL

BUT THEN THE ALIENS TO GO A BASKETBALL GAME

TO STEAL THE TALENTS OF THE PLAYERS IN THE NBA

AND THEN THEY BECOME MONSTERS- NO- MONSTARS!

WHICH MAKES THE LOONEY TUNES DESPERATE IN A MAJOR WAY!

(spoken) And then, one day Michael Jordan is playing golf with Larry Bird and Bill Murray and he gets sucked down a golf hole. And this is when you're like "Oh man, this movie just got intense. I might have to leave the theater it's so intense!" And when Michael Jordan gets to Looney Tunes Land, he's surprisingly calm for what just happened to him, dubious really, because he just says, "What are you guys doing here?"


SO THE LOONEY TUNES TELL MICHAEL THAT THEY'RE GONNA BE SLAVES

UNLESS HE HELPS THEM WIN

MICHAEL AGREES LIKE THE MENSCH HE IS

AND SO THEY START PRACTICIN'

FOR THE-


ZACH (V.O.)

Stop! Stop!


RACHEL

What?


ZACH (V.O.)

You're just singing the plot of the movie Space Jam!


RACHEL

It's really important to me!


ZACH (V.O.)

Yes, but why? Why is "Space Jam" so important to you?


RACHEL

WHEN I WAS 5 MY DADDY LEFT

AND MY MOMMA WAS ADDICTED TO COKE

SO I JOINED A GROUP OF RUNAWAY KIDS

WHO WERE JUST AS SAD AND BROKE.

THEN ONE NIGHT, THIS BOY NAMED JAKE

GAVE ME MY FIRST KISS.

BUT THE DAY AFTER THAT, HE DIED OF AIDS

MAKING ME ASSOCIATE SICKNESS WITH BLISS.

AFTER GOING ON A 3 DAY METH BINGE

I DECIDED TO KILL MYSELF

WHEN SUDDENLY, LIKE AN ANGEL, LIKE A BEACON

I SAW THE POSTER FOR "SPACE JAM."

AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED:

IF LOONEY TUNES CAN PLAY BASKETBALL

WHO SAYS I CAN'T QUIT DRUGS?

IF TINY ALIENS CAN BE LARGE AND SCARY

THEN I CAN PUT MYSELF BACK TOGETHER.

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN "SPACE JAM"

SO EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR ME.

I WAS ABOUT TO JUMP IN FRONT OF A TRAIN.

WHEN "SPACE JAM" ENDED MY PAIN.

Dec 03, 2018
Laurie Kilmartin’s Conan Set
00:58:44

Laurie Kilmartin is a stand-up comedian and writer for Conan. She's also cohost of the podcast The Jackie and Laurie Show along with comedian Jackie Kashian.


Laurie discusses the formation of her 2017 Conan set, finding a new muse 20-years into her career, and how to know when to inform the audience that “Domingo” is Spanish for “Sunday”.


Read Laurie’s tweet about joke transitions here.

Nov 26, 2018
Mike Birbiglia’s Celebrity Golf
01:06:53

Mike Birbiglia cemented his style of comedic storytelling in specials like Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God For Jokes. He’s also the writer and director of Don’t Think Twice and the movie adaptation of Sleepwalk With Me. Now, his latest show, The New One, is running on Broadway.

In this episode, we’re talking about an earlier one of Mike’s jokes—his Celebrity Golf story, from the album My Secret Public Journal Live. Mike describes how he identifies moments from his life that become his jokes, how to align with an audience, and the inherent error that has to exist in a piece of art.

Nov 19, 2018
Kenan Thompson’s Lavar Ball Impression
01:11:38

Kenan Thompson and collaborator Bryan Tucker have been working on SNL together for years. In August 2017, they debuted Kenan’s take on NBA personality Lavar Ball. It went over so well that the impression returned for three additional Weekend Updates. Jesse asks Kenan and Bryan about how they come up with their best work that spans 16 seasons of SNL.

Nov 12, 2018
Max Silvestri Tells Leah Beckmann's Upstate Cabin Story
00:58:32

Comedian Max Silvestri and writer Leah Beckmann have been together for seven years. They have a dog.

For years Max hosted the New York alt-comedy showcase Big Terrific, which Leah had been to a couple of times before approaching Max on the subway to say hi. Fast forward to today, when Jesse sits down with the couple to discuss what it’s like to be written about as a significant other, the vetting process for relationship jokes, and why buttholes work when assholes don’t.

Watch Max on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup and see his work on Big Mouth. Read and watch Leah’s work on The Cut, Gawker, and Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island.

Nov 05, 2018
Nikki Glaser Roasts Bruce Willis
00:59:16

Nikki Glaser asserted herself as a ruthless and talented roaster at Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe in 2016, so it was no surprise that she was invited back for Bruce Willis in 2018. Nikki walks Jesse through the roast process from start to finish, explaining the massive undertaking that is writing effective insults.

Oct 29, 2018
Chris Gethard’s Mother’s Day
00:59:36

Jesse and Chris Gethard discuss the transition from improviser to stand-up comedian, and then dissect the quintessential “Gethard Joke.” Chris recounts wrapping The Chris Gethard Show, his ambitious HBO special Career Suicide, and what’s problematic about applying the idea of “swim at your own risk” to live comedy.

Oct 22, 2018
Phoebe Robinson’s Julia Roberts Swimming Lesson
00:59:21

Comedian, actress, and author Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens, You Can’t Touch My Hair, Ibiza) talks Jesse through getting a swimming lesson from Julia Roberts on the Adriatic sea—what she calls one of her life’s “Non-Trash Moments” in her forthcoming book Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay. Phoebe explains her writing process, along with her love for abbreviations, typos, and mixed metaphors.

Oct 15, 2018
Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth Shame-Filled Dirty Talk
00:59:56

In the Season 4 premiere of Good One, Nick Kroll discusses the difference between shame and guilt and how both concepts factor into writing a show like Big Mouth, which returned October 5th for its second season on Netflix.

Oct 08, 2018
Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety
00:55:10

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
00:56:11

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
01:06:32

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
00:58:24

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
01:09:57

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
01:01:49

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.

This week's episode is brought to you by Spotify!

Jul 02, 2018
Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Play
01:05:50

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.

This episode is brought to you by Spotify!

Jun 25, 2018
Patton Oswalt's Polish Woman of Doom
00:53:44

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
01:06:19

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.

This week's episode is sponsored by Spotify!

Jun 11, 2018
David Cross's Squagels
01:02:37

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
01:14:04

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
00:55:43

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
00:58:49
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
00:44:00
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
00:43:01
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
00:42:54
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
00:57:45
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
00:58:50
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"
00:46:51
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
00:51:39
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
01:02:22
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
00:52:53
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
00:53:44
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
00:43:27
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
00:53:37
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"
00:56:13
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
01:02:27
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)
00:52:48
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
00:34:22
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
00:48:52
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
00:59:47
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
00:54:40
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
00:46:51
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
00:44:56
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
00:51:54
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"
00:51:20
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"
00:43:18
Weird Al Yankovic explains his parody process and the story behind creating "Word Crimes." 
Mar 06, 2017
Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird
00:47:09
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
00:39:29
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
00:44:05
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
Trailer
00:01:35
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