Talkward is a podcast about telling real life awkward tales. Funny, terrible, cringeworthy stories that you will be happy didn't happen to you!


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Talkward is a podcast about telling real life awkward tales. Funny, terrible, cringeworthy stories that you will be happy didn't happen to you!






#64 Talkward w/ guest Marty Beckerman

This episode of Talkward welcomes humor author Marty Beckerman. A former editor at Esquire and MTV News, Beckerman has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Playboy, Discover, Newsweek, CNET, The Daily Beast, and Mental Floss. His latest book, about a talking cats time traveling adventures to fix the Y2K past is THE TIME MEOWCHINE! Get it today! A wildly original science-fiction novel that will appeal to Kurt Vonnegut fans, Y2K throwback...


#63 Talkward w/ guest Jason Roeder

This episode of Talkward welcomes Jason Roeder, author of humor book "Griefstrike! The Ultimate Guide to Mourning". Jason is a former senior editor and senior writer at The Onion as well as a contributor to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Pick up his book today! See all of his books and work at


#62 Talkward w/ guest Tom McCaffrey

Stand-up comic and author Tom McCaffrey stops by Talkward to chat about his new debut novel 'Born Funny' which tells the tale of the rise of alt comedy through the eyes of a fictionalized version of himself. Get it:


#61 Talkward w/ guest Sean Conroy

This episode of Talkward comedy writer, teacher, actor, UCB improv, standup comedy performer and all around nice person Sean Conroy chats about his comedy career in stage, TV and podcasting. From networks like Adult Swim,Comedy Central, Seeso, MTV, Spike TV, UPN, NBC and ABC. He was Head Writer and Executive Producer on the amazingly funny shows Mr. Pickles and Gentlemen Lobsters. Listen to his weekly podcast The Long Shot. Visit


#60 Talkward w/ guest Mike Sacks

Humor writer raconteur Mike Sacks stops by Talkward to chat about "Welcome to Woodmont College" , his parody of a college catalog co-written with Jason Roeder. It was named one of the best comedy books of the year by New York Magazine's Vulture and you should buy it today! We also discuss the wonders of Maryland, 90s nostalgia, and how he makes things happen for himself in the comedy world.


#59 Talkward w/ guests Aaron Augenblick & Katie Wendt

Comedy animation creators Aaron Augenblick and Katie Wendt discuss the wonderfully funny and smart new show 'City Island' on PBSKids. Augenblick Studios has been a trailblazing studio in the world of adult animation with hits like Ugly Americans, The Jellies, Wonder Showzen, Superjail, Death Hacks, and Shorties Watching Shorties- now through the new Future Brain Media, they are making waves in the world of kids animation! Watch 'City Island' at and see all the projects at...


#58 Talkward w/ guest Kate Herzlin

This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer Kate Herzlin! Kate, along with co-authors Allison Kelley, Danielle Kraese, and Ysabel Yates wrote the new book, Jokes to Offend Men, which is a cutting, cathartic spin on the old-fashioned joke book. It's refreshingly hilarious, go grab a copy! Follow her @kateherzlin and check out the book


#57 Talkward w/ guest Amy Fusselman

This episode of Talkward welcomes Amy Fusselman, author of the new novel 'The Means' which follows the character Shelly Means and her hilarious quest to own a beach house in the Hamptons. Shipping containers, talking dogs, anger management classes, and vision boards make up this very funny book. Follow her @amyfusselman and


#56 Talkward w/ guest Gary Almeter

This episode of Talkward welcomes comedy writer and author Gary Almeter! Gary's new humor book 'The Official Dream Dinner Party Handbook' explores the question: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who do you pick? How do you choose? And how can it all go terribly wrong? It's very funny and you should buy it right now!


#55 Talkward w/ guest Craig Thomas

This episode features the very talented comedy writer and TV producer Craig Thomas! Craig is the co-creator, executive producer, and writer of “How I Met Your Mother,” which received 30 Emmy Award nominations in its nine-season run. Before that he wrote for 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and 'American Dad!'. Craig is also an accomplished musician and songwriter! Most recently his prose has been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Weekly Humorist and soon, The Iowa Review. Follow...


#54 Talkward w/ guest AJ DiCosimo

This episode of Talkward welcomes humor writer and performer AJ 'Sweet Pea' DiCosimo. AJ has been published many times in The New Yorker, as well as Weekly Humorist and he even snuck into being a writer for MAD. Have you ever heard a story from a guy who covers his naked body in shaving cream and plays Tom Petty songs? You will. He's a punk rock comedy guy from Cleveland, whose day jobs have given him the perspective that lead him to the more silly, absurdist side of humor. Follow AJ...


#53 Talkward w/ guest Ivan Ehlers

This episode welcomes cartoonist and comedy writer Ivan Ehlers! Ivan has been a regular in The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, Weekly Humorist, LA Times and others. His first series 'Dee Dee Sawyer Ghoul Destroyer' is available now on Webtoons. See all his work at


#52 Talkward w/ guest Brian Boone

This episode welcomes humor writer and prolific author Brian Boone. We discuss his career writing trivia, joke books, his truly epic failure on 'Jeopardy', and his new book "How To Be An Old Person- Everything To Know For The Newly Old, Retiring, Elderly, Or Considering' Pick it up today!


#51 Talkward w/ guest Haley McGee

This episode's guest is author and comedy performer Haley McGee! We have a wonderful chat about dating and the value of the gifts from an ex. Her new book, 'The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale' is out now. Check it out!


#50 Talkward w/ guest Mike Sacks

This episode welcomes the very funny comedy writer and author Mike Sacks! Mike's new book, 'Passing On The Right', is a parody of memoir by a failed comic turned right-wing radio host named Skippy 'Batty' Battison. It's absolutely bonkers and at the same time, could be absolutely true. Pick it up today!


#49 Talkward w/ guest Jen Spyra

This episode welcomes the very funny comedy writer, author, and voice over artist Jen Spyra! We chat all about her time writing at The Onion, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she is also the announcer! Her new book 'Big Time' is out now from Penguin Random House. It's SO FUNNY! Buy it today!


#48 Talkward w/ guest Melissa Balmain

This episode of Talkward welcomes poet, author, and recovering mime Melissa Balmain. Melissa edits Light, America's longest-running journal of light verse. Her humor has appeared in The American Bystander, Lighten Up Online, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Success, The Washington Post, and Weekly Humorist. Her full-length poetry collection, Walking in on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award), has been praised by Poet Laureate Billy Collins as "an infectious, often...


#47 Talkward w/ guest Keith James

This episode of Talkward chats with the very funny Keith James. Keith is a comedy performer and writer who has a new comedy, sci-fi, erotic, adventure book out now entitled 'Greg Maxwell's Inferno'. We discuss his humor journey and doing improv comedy for a soon-to-be-FBI-raided health spa where he had to do breakdance fighting live on-stage against a child. Follow Keith @k3ithJam3s and listen to his podcast Gus Biblowitz, Basketball Legend.


#46 Talkward w/ guests Kit Lively & David DeGrand

This episode of Talkward welcomes cartoon comedy duo Kit Lively and David DeGrand. They have a new book out called 'Twisted Tongues: Jokes, Comics, Facts, and Tongue Twisters' We discuss their years working together for MAD Magazine and David's recent gig designing the animated show 'Death Hacks'.


#45 Talkward w/ guest Brittany Brave

Today on Talkward is comic and producer Brittany Brave! She has a great new web series coming out and a weekly Friday stand-up show that's virtual, so you can enjoy it in your underwear! See all her upcoming events at