Mike Sacks (@michaelbsacks) has written for precisely EVERYONE: Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, Funny or Die, MAD, New York Observer, Premiere, Believer, Vice, Maxim, Women’s Health, and Salon. He's most celebrated for his books. His first, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft (2009) featured conversations with George Meyer, Harold Ramis, Al Jaffee, Buck Henry, Bob Odenkirk, Stephen Merchant, David Sedaris, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, and Daniel Clowes. The sequel, Poking a Dead Frog (2014) contains interviews and advice from Mel Brooks, Jim Downey, Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Terry Jones, Diablo Cody, James L. Brooks, Kay Cannon, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, George Saunders, and many more.
He's currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.
Haitian therapists. Yoga ball sex. Nicholas Cage's birthday party. This episode has everything. Jenn Welch (@jennwelchnow) stops by to talk sobriety, sexual awakenings, and why watching grown men play Tony Hawk on Playstation is not strictly considered foreplay.
This was f**king fun. Ronnie Fleming (@ron_flem) is about to start a podcast. He wrote me a message asking for advice. I said "yes, if we can record it". So we did. Think of this as a "meta"-pod, commenting on its own creation as we make it. Like the movie Barton Fink. Or any episode of Animaniacs.
J.R. Havlan (@jrhavlan) is an eight-time Emmy Award winner and an 16-year writing vet for The Daily Show on Comedy Central. He now writes for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and also hosts The Writer's Bloc Podcast where he interviews the finest TV writers in the business. We talk about Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef, and the high school guidance counselor who's off-hand remark put his life on track to success.
Jonathan Van Tulleken (J, to his friends) is a filmmaker. We have been friends for 25 years. He talks about his teacher at Columbia Film School, Eric Mendelsohn. We also discuss the merits of small talk, and the peerless joy of paintball.
Comedian @AnthonyDeVito_ is one of the Rad Dudes of the RadDudeCast. He stopped by, very early in the life of this podcast. What resulted was an insane conversation. It went everywhere, and was enormous fun. This was an early "sketch" of Special People, which due to my tecnhical incompetence didn't sound quite as good as later shows. If you're a new fan of this show, don't judge us ENTIRELY on this episode. But if you're a longtime fan, don't skip it: it's great.
David Ebert (@horsedivorce) is a writer, actor, comic and TV star. He's a regular on both MTV2's Guy Code and their newest show, Joking Off. He grew up in a Christian cult in Western New York. One man made him hate it. Another man helped him understand what life could be like outside it.
Jo Firestone is a tiny giant of New York comedy, with fingers in countless pies of funny. We discuss friends with skin diseases, emotional boundaries, and ex-convicts. Miss nothing she does by following her obsessively (yet respectfully) at @kingfirestorm.
Bryson Turner is a comedian and a man. This is a milestone episode. Listen closely to my intro: I'll tell you why this interview is my Operation Valkyrie.
Sabrina Jalees is a Canadian comedy superstar, on her way to conquering the U.S. She's also an adorable nut, and someone I admire and take inspiration from. We talked about her wife Shauna. It's a great time. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinajalees and on ALL PLATFORMS.
I think Matt Ruby is a brilliant mind, a superb creator of comedy, and a great guy. He's the man behind Vooza, a start-up tech company that satirizes start-up tech companies. He also runs Sandpaper Suit, a comedy blog that, in ways large and small, changed my life. We had a conversation that speaks for itself. I think you should follow him on Twitter @mattruby and watch/buy/pay attention to everything he does.
Comedian and upstate New York wildman Casey James Salengo (@CaseyJSalengo) drops by to talk about his sister Nicole, his hatred of mornings, and why we all need a coach.
Comedian and actor John Anderson (30 Rock) sits down to talk about insults, and why it's so horrible to come second in a beauty pageant.
The Giantess of Twitter @bez (Ashley Bez) stops by. She discusses her best friends Emily, Haley and Christy Coffey. Ashley is a fantastic person and she should be in your life. If not ACTUALLY, then definitely DIGITALLY.
A discussion with comedian Jeff Simmermon about kangaroo shooting, how to almost die in the Grand Canyon, and why the word 'busy' sucks so much.
Special People is a podcast about the most important people in our lives. With jokes. It's hosted by Tom Cowell.