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Modern Day Philosophers with Danny Lobell

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Danny Lobell tries to learn Philosophy despite his ADD and poor academic skills. Each week Lobell is joined by comedians and friends as they attempt to tackle and understand life, perception of reality and the existence, or lack there of, of the world and its inhabitants.

Danny Lobell tries to learn Philosophy despite his ADD and poor academic skills. Each week Lobell is joined by comedians and friends as they attempt to tackle and understand life, perception of reality and the existence, or lack there of, of the world and its inhabitants.
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Danny Lobell tries to learn Philosophy despite his ADD and poor academic skills. Each week Lobell is joined by comedians and friends as they attempt to tackle and understand life, perception of reality and the existence, or lack there of, of the world and its inhabitants.






S8: Ep.94: Jamie Kilstein and Thomas Jefferson

Jamie Kilstein came over and discussed his longtime friendship with Danny and how the two wound up on very different paths over the years. Jamie addresses the scandal that he found himself caught in and where he was at in that point in life. The two delve into how and why Jamie had gotten there. It's an episode packed with introspection and lots of vulnerability. It is full of laughs along the way. The philosopher that Alex Fossella picked for Jamie this episode is Thomas Jefferson and Danny...

Duration: 01:34:50

S8: Ep.93: Phil Proctor and Karl Marx

Phil Proctor (of the Firesign Theatre) has Danny Lobell over his house in the Canyon to talk about his long exciting and at times Mystical career in the counterculture surrealist comedy group "Firesign Theatre" which put out classic comedy records in the 1960s. They discuss his new book "Where's my fortune cookie", The Manson murders, aliens, self hypnosis, a gangland shooting, naked swimming parties in the 70's, politics and of course Karl Marx. Brought to you by Stand Up! Records Enjoy!

Duration: 01:18:08

S8: Ep.92: Baron Vaughn and Simone de Beauvoir

Baron Vaughn comes by for a very in depth discussion about race, religion, his new album Blaxistential Crisis identity and of course our philosopher who in this case was Simone de Beauvoir. It's a great talk brought to you by the good folks over at The Fake Outrage Report podcast and GreenBlender. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:47:49

S8: Ep.91: Jenny Zigrino and Hans-Georg Gadamer

Jenny Zigrino comes by discuss philosophy from Hans-Georg Gadamer. The episode is full of laughs and very sincere moments and covers everything from food to Nazis. This epsodoe is brought to you by: and Stand Up! Records Visit and use promo code MDP30 for $30 off your first week of meal deliveries. pick up JZ’s new album at

Duration: 01:23:37

S8: Ep.90: Rob Bell and Richard Dawkins

Rob Bell comes over to discuss all things religion spirituality Christianity starting his own church and the philosophy of Richard Dawkins. It's a fascinating and enjoyable talk with a very insightful and different kind a guest then we normally have. Thanks to our Sponsors Stand Up! Records, Centered Health and Hello Fresh for supporting our podcast. Go to and use the code MDP30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Duration: 02:04:56

Remembering Shelley Berman

The great Shelley Berman has passed away. Listen to my interview with him from season 2 and hear some stories of our friendship that transpired out of this interview. R.I.P. Shelley

Duration: 01:07:46

S8: Ep.89: Jimoin and Edmund Burke

Jimoin and Danny record this episode from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Great talk about the philosophy of Edmund Burke, and Jimoin talks about growing up in Ireland and leaving to make his own way in the world and about getting older. Brought to you by Stand Up! Records and Renevatio Credit Enterprises.

Duration: 01:27:18

S8: Ep.88: Steven Alan Green and Franz Kafka

Steven Alan Green comes by to talk Franz Kafka and Jerry Lewis and the showbiz struggle. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:11:16

S8: Ep.87: Ophira Eisenberg and Martin Buber

Ophira Eisenberg (The Moth, NPR's "Ask Me Another") swings by the studio to talk about philosopher Martin Buber with Danny Lobell. They discuss NYC living, a tragedy that happened to her when she was a child and stayed with her throughout her life, and being a child of old parents and starting parenting at an older age in following with that tradition. She also tells a great story that involves her mom, World War Two, and a nun in a tree. To find out more, just listen. This episode is...

Duration: 01:29:29

S8: Ep.86: Dana Gould and Thomas Sowell

Dana Gould talks with Danny from his hotel room in Phoenix Arizona while the two are there for the Bird City Comedy Festival. The two discuss philosophy from Thomas Sowell. The conversation also covers Dana's religious experiences as a kid, his marriage to a high powered executive, Dana's divorce and what his life is like now. This episode is brought to you by Stand Up! Records, Renevatio Enterprises and Centered Health. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:22:30

Season 8: Ep.85: Fred Armisen and Marshall McLuhan

Fred Armisen comes by to discuss the philosophy of Marshall McLuhan as well as his upbringing in Long Island and how he failed as a drummer. Conversation also covers Fred's rise to fame after getting hired for Saturday Night Live and Danny's struggles with trying to become successful. Fred gives Danny great tips on how to do impressions. This episode is sponsored by Stand Up! Records and Number 1 Auto Transport. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:29:16

Special Episode: Al Lubel and Patrice O'Neal

In this special episode Danny reflects on his talk in Season 7 with Al Lubel and then plays the now "famous" 2007 phone call with the late great Patrice O'Neal! Enjoy!

Duration: 01:08:17

SEASON SEVEN WRAP UP SHOW with Danny and Alex Fossella

Alex Fossella and Danny Lobell meet up at the Washington Square Diner in New York City to discuss highlights from the past season and hopes and for the show going into Season Eight.

Duration: 01:00:00

Danny reads fan mail and plays clips from The Mostly Bull Market Podcast

Danny reads some fan mail and plugs some upcoming shows. Then plays some segments from The Mostly Bull Market podcast featuring comedians Jason Webb, Emmy Blotnick and Thomas Dale.

Duration: 00:27:54

S7: Ep.84: Bobcat Goldthwait and Jorge Luis Borges

Bobcat Goldthwait comes by the Modern Day Philosophers studio to talk with Danny Lobell about the philosophy Jorge Luis Borges. The conversation ranges on topics from the death of Robin Williams and Bobcat's unique friendship with him, why he set The Tonight Show on fire, how he went from an atheist to an agnostic, and why he thinks the worst thing he can be called is a professional.

Duration: 01:16:58

S7: Ep.83: Ryan Conner and John Donne

Ryan Conner comes by to tell Danny about his very unique upbringing in Virginia proper, his love for Mozart and how he works himself to the bone writing comedy. We discuss philosophy from John Donne about isolation. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:15:26

Season 2:Ep.13: Shelley Berman and Henry David Thoreau

One the first episode of the second season of Modern Day Philosophers, Danny sits down with the legandary Shelley Berman (Grammy award winning artist, Curb Your Enthusiam) to discuss Philosophy from Henry David Thoreau and poetry from Shelley's new book "To Laughter with questions" as well as a whole lot of other topics. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:01:36

S7: Ep.82: Mayim Bialik and Karl Popper

Danny Lobell sits down with Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory and Blossom, was trained as a neuroscience. That's why Alex picked philosopher Karl Popper to discuss with her. They talk medical school, religion, faith and science and whether or not they agree with Popper's writings.

Duration: 01:06:48

S7: Ep.81: Al Lubel and Thomas Szasz

Al Lubel comes over to discuss philosophy from Thomas Szasz but what happens is an incident from 17 years ago resurfaces that has kept the two apart all these years without Danny even remembering it happened. It's a great talk with one of the all time great comedy minds. Happy Holidays & Enjoy!

Duration: 02:01:45

S7: Ep.80: Kurt Braunohler and Harry Frankfurt

Kurt Braunohler comes by to discuss Harry Frankfurt in this "Lost" and now found episode. We are so lost on this one that we even call Alex for clues. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:57:56

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