69: Music Wits12/18/14
This week’s episode features some of our favorite musical moments on Wits, including performances from Har Mar Superstar, Thao Nguyen, Martha Wainwright, Dan Wilson and Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, Typhoon, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo and more.
68: Extra: Maz Jobrani
Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani stopped by our studio to talk with John Moe. Maz shares what is was like moving from Iran to America as a child, why it took him so long to start doing comedy, and his upcoming book, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I've Played...
67: Weird Wits
This week on Wits … a special episode of the moments on the show that are just a little off. Sketches and songs that are funny, surprising, moving and weird, where Mr. Rogers turns into a werewolf, letters from Civil War soldiers who are animals, an...
66: Extra: Paget Brewster in ‘Charlie Brown and Lucy’
On our recent crossover episode with the Thrilling Adventure Hour, guest Paget Brewster joined us for a remount of a classic Wits sketch. Here is Paget as Lucy van Pelt, a role originally performed by Julia Sweeney, and John Moe as Charlie Brown.
65: Keegan-Michael Key with Bhi Bhiman
This week, the deeply hilarious, Peabody Award-winning comedian Keegan-Michael Key channels Michael Jackson, sings like Radiohead, and busts some myths about love and commitment. Plus, singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman wows us with his powerful voice, and...
53: Peter Sagal and Paul F. Tompkins with Open Mike Eagle (Part One)
On this week's episode, Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal plays a Wits game show, comedian Paul F. Tompkins performs Amazon.com one-star reviews of great literature, and Open Mike Eagle performs from his album Dark Comedy. Plus, Leonard...
64: Hari Kondabolu with OK Go
On this week’s show, comedian Hari Kondabolu is horrible at playing the game Two Truths and a Lie. He also becomes J.R. Toot McGoots and helps people find meaning in their lives. Plus, a special acoustic set from OK Go, and we hear about the teaching...
63: Neil Gaiman with My Brightest Diamond
On this week’s Wits, author Neil Gaiman presents the worst submissions to our Bad Gaiman Challenge – where we asked you to send in your poorest imitations of Neil Gaiman’s writing. We also hear Neil selling real estate, or rather, “unreal” estate, and...
35: Margaret Cho with Josh Ritter
On this week's episode, host John Moe and comedian Margaret Cho play characters in an unconventional wedding ceremony, we learn some unusual things about penguins, and Josh Ritter performs songs from his latest album and tells us why Macbeth is a good...
62: The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover with special...
This week, it's a special Wits and The Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover episode featuring comedy guest "Weird Al" Yankovic and singer/songwriter Rhett Miller. Plus, high-society paranormal experts Frank and Sadie Doyle help Wits host John Moe...
61: Maria Bamford with Jeremy Messersmith
This week on Wits, comedian and actor Maria Bamford as a very creepy Tooth Fairy and a possibly zombified Laura Ingalls Wilder promoting her new books. We also get music from singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. Plus, Maria and Jeremy try to sort out...
60: Colin Hanks with Father John Misty
On this week’s show, Emmy-nominated actor Colin Hanks tries to get kids to believe that math is cool (it does not go well), singer/songwriter Father John Misty portrays a Fridge Raccoon, and Wikihow Theater shows how to make people respect your pet....
52: John Hodgman with Jean Grae
On this week's show, comedian, actor, and author John Hodgman talks about growing up as an only child and embodying every subgenre of nerd at the same time. Also, rapper, writer, and director Jean Grae tells us what it's like to punch a superhero, and...
59: Jim Gaffigan with Reggie Watts and Thao Nguyen
Comedian Jim Gaffigan talks about the food he loves and the food he just doesn't really understand. Reggie Watts improvises a song about a beaver who is no good at building dams, and Thao Nguyen wows the audience with her Appalachian-infused rock and...
51: Bobcat Goldthwait with Matt Nathanson
On this week's episode, comedian and movie director Bobcat Goldthwait talks Bigfoot, singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson explains his love for KISS, and the feud between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd takes an unexpected turn in Pop Song Correspondences.
49: Kristen Schaal with Typhoon
On this week's show, comedian and actor Kristen Schaal is a mom with a powerful fanny pack, and we finally find out the name of America's horse in the desert. Plus, music from the Portland-based band Typhoon.
58: Audience Choice Show 2014
We asked listeners to tell us the segments they loved. Their favorites: Amazon Review Theater with Paul F. Tompkins and Keegan-Michael Key, Pop Song Correspondences, angels in our appliances, Linus losing it. Plus, Har Mar Superstar with a full horn...
48: Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman and Paget Brewster with Nellie...
This week's episode comes to you from San Francisco's Sketchfest comedy festival. Hear comedian Paul F. Tompkins as Ice-T in an episode of Cop Squadron: Spoiler Alert Unit and actor Paget Brewster on Eleanor Roosevelt's exercise cassettes.
43: Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Anna Kendrick with Sara Watkins and...
Zach Galifianakis reveals his secret ambitions, Ed Helms plays an original song, Anna Kendrick co-owns of a very different kind of casino, and Sara Watkins and Dan Wilson knock out the crowd with beautiful harmonies.
57: Kumail Nanjiani with Valerie June (Part Two)
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani talks about his first time in America, his HBO show Silicon Valley, and his love for video games. And we hear music from singer/songwriter Valerie June, who tells us how sometimes songs come to her in different voices.
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