Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

with Jesse David Fox

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.

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    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:Marc Evan JacksonMike SchurMegan AmramJen StatskyJosh SiegalDylan MorganMatt Murray Cord JeffersonKassia MillerDan SchofieldAndrew LawChristopher EncellRae Sanni

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    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 TwitterListen to Rhea's podcasts Three Swings and Put Your Hands TogetherListen to Rhea's special Butcher wherever you listen to things.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 ESTLate Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35/11:35cFollow Seth on Twitter

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    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.

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    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. Part IPart IIPart IIIFollow 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

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    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. Watch Difficult People on Hulu.Follow Julie on Twitter

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    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. Watch Sebastian’s act outs to get a full picture of "Doorbell".Check out the interior of Sebastian and wife Lana Gomez’s house. Watch Sebastian’s new standup special “Stay Hungry” on Netflix.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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” LyricsI'VE NEVER FOUND A TRUE CALLINGI WOULDN'T CALL THEATER MY LIFEFROM VOCATION TO VOCATIONLOCATION TO LOCATIONI'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 MOVIETHAT'S JUST SO DAMN GROOVYIT GIVES ME A REASON TO SING.AND THAT IS THE MOVIESPACE 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 1996AN 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 SPACESOME CARTOON ALIENS HAVE AN AMUSEMENT PARKBUSINESS IS BAD, THEY'RE GONNA SHUT DOWN THE PLACETILL THE ALIEN CEO HAS A GENIUS SPARK!(spoken) He's voiced by Danny DeVito.THE PLAN IS TO KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNESWHO IN THIS FILM ARE SELF-AWARE AND HAVE FREE WILLAND ONCE THE ALIENS KIDNAP THE LOONEY TUNESTHEY'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.RACHELOh, come on!ZACH (V.O.)I want to hear about something EMOTIONAL.RACHELOk, fine. I'll talk about the time I came out of the closet instead, ok?ZACH (V.O.)Uh, yeah, that'd be great.RACHELOk. 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...RACHELTHE LOONEY TUNES WANNA DEFEND THEMSELVESSO THEY CHALLENGE THEM TO A GAME OF BASKETBALLBUT THEN THE ALIENS TO GO A BASKETBALL GAMETO STEAL THE TALENTS OF THE PLAYERS IN THE NBAAND 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 SLAVESUNLESS HE HELPS THEM WINMICHAEL AGREES LIKE THE MENSCH HE ISAND SO THEY START PRACTICIN'FOR THE-ZACH (V.O.)Stop! Stop!RACHELWhat?ZACH (V.O.)You're just singing the plot of the movie Space Jam!RACHELIt's really important to me!ZACH (V.O.)Yes, but why? Why is "Space Jam" so important to you?RACHELWHEN I WAS 5 MY DADDY LEFTAND MY MOMMA WAS ADDICTED TO COKESO I JOINED A GROUP OF RUNAWAY KIDSWHO WERE JUST AS SAD AND BROKE.THEN ONE NIGHT, THIS BOY NAMED JAKEGAVE ME MY FIRST KISS.BUT THE DAY AFTER THAT, HE DIED OF AIDSMAKING ME ASSOCIATE SICKNESS WITH BLISS.AFTER GOING ON A 3 DAY METH BINGEI DECIDED TO KILL MYSELFWHEN SUDDENLY, LIKE AN ANGEL, LIKE A BEACONI SAW THE POSTER FOR "SPACE JAM."AND THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED:IF LOONEY TUNES CAN PLAY BASKETBALLWHO SAYS I CAN'T QUIT DRUGS?IF TINY ALIENS CAN BE LARGE AND SCARYTHEN 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.