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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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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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Jesse is the Terry Gross of interviewing comedians!

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Excellent interviewing chops, Jesse!

Great

By popc4 - Sep 23 2019
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Love to hear the inside scoop into great standup.

iTunes Ratings

890 Ratings
Average Ratings
719
77
34
18
42

Jesse is the Terry Gross of interviewing comedians!

By Docjen50 - Sep 27 2019
Read more
Excellent interviewing chops, Jesse!

Great

By popc4 - Sep 23 2019
Read more
Love to hear the inside scoop into great standup.
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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

Latest release on Feb 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: John Mulaney's One Hundred Million Dollars

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Welcome to season 3 of Good One! Kid Gorgeous a.k.a. John Mulaney stops by to break down a joke in defense of financiers. John shares how he found his stride in an 'old timey' voice, expands on his fascination with OJ Simpson, and talks about how working on Oh Hello influenced his writing style.

May 21 2018

55mins

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Rank #2: Gary Gulman's Trader Joe's

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Jesse finally sits down with Gary Gulman to talk about a joke from his 2016 special It’s About Time.

The joke is about an experience Gary had at Trader Joe’s, but it’s way, waaaaaaaay bigger than that. Gary takes his audience through TJ’s snack selection and into Narnia, making companions of old women on the Upper West Side, finally culminating in a rumination on the nature of New Yorkers and taking a stand when injustice rears its ugly head.

Jesse and Gary dissect this joke from start to finish, picking apart word choice down to the syllable. Gary reflects on the inciting incident, as well as how his mental illness plays a part in the whole thing.

Also included: someone finally tells Jesse how his tweets could be better. 

For all of Gary’s tips, follow Gary on Twitter, and catch him live on the The Great Depresh Tour when he’s in your city.

Mar 25 2019

1hr 55mins

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Rank #3: Nate Bargatze's Dead Horse

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Nate Bargatze is one of the the few comedians whose funniness Jesse couldn't fully put his finger on. He wrote about Nate's Dead Horse joke in April 2018 after Nate performed a shortened version of it on Jimmy Fallon. It was an atypical joke for late night not only because of the length of the joke, but because it was a story about an actual dead horse. But Nate pulled it off, and he pulled it off again in his 2019 Netflix special The Tennessee Kid.

Nate talks to Jesse about how he balances punchlines with a conversational joke-telling style, and what actually happened to make him want to turn a dead horse into a joke. They also touch on Nate's father being a clown and magician, and how that upbringing gave Nate the specific ability to make extraordinary and fantastic parts of life seem...regular.

Also included: Nate's best heckler.

Follow Nate on Twitter.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #4: Mike Birbiglia’s Celebrity Golf

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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.

Nov 19 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Community Reunion Panel (BONUS)

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Recorded live at Vulture Festival 2019 in LA, holy shit, it's a live Community reunion!

The cast and creators of the hit show Community talk about their favorite episodes and moments from the series. Jim raps, Danny does the Batman voice, everyone talks about Chevy and Donald, there was a scene that got cut where Shirley was supposed to poop in a drawer? Everyone gushes about the fun and hard work that went into the show, on camera behind the scenes. A story about being on the set of War of the Worlds gets repeated a couple times. It's great.

Also included: movie?

This panel was recorded on November 10th, 2019.

Nov 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #6: Anthony Jeselnik's Three Flights

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Join Jesse as he interviews Anthony Jeselnik in front of an audience at Clusterfest in San Francisco.

While the interview is based around a specific joke from Anthony's latest special Fire in the Maternity Ward, Jesse walks Anthony through his past jokes that deal with the same subject matter. The two also touch on Anthony's persona and regard (or disregard) for his audience, as well as the unanticipated changes he's made to his act due to current events.

Also included: a very large audience applauds in an adjacent auditorium, and it's definitely not because John Mulaney is onstage in said auditorium.

Jul 01 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: Kristen Schaal and Her Singing, Dancing Bird

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Kristen Schaal joins Jesse David Fox to talk about the origins of one of her earliest jokes Dancing Bird. She shares why she often uses animals in her comedy and what it was like to break out as a stand-up comic using conceptual bits.

Feb 27 2017

47mins

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Rank #8: Kevin Hart's Kids Walk in on Him Having Sex

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Good One Season 5 comes to a close with another superstar comedian, Kevin Hart.

Jesse takes a trip to Atlanta to speak with Kevin just before the release of his newest stand-up special Irresponsible. They discuss the show's opener, a story about when Kevin's kids caught him having sex. Kevin explains how his jokes go from from small clubs to arenas.

The conversation also touches on some of the controversy surrounding his comedy, as well as the high expectations he's striving to execute at his level of fame.

Also included: potpourri.

Watch “Irresponsible” on Netflix on April 2nd, along with all of Kevin’s other specials.

Follow Kevin on Twitter.

Special thanks to DonTaé Hodge for engineering this episode.

Apr 01 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: What It's Like to Write Jokes for Barack Obama

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David Litt is the former senior presidential speechwriter for President Obama and he wrote his jokes, too. On this Good One, Litt shares about what it's like to write for the former president, why Obama is pretty good at delivering jokes and how they finally managed to incorporate Keegan-Michael Key's character of Luther, Obama's anger translater, into the White House Correspondence dinner.

Apr 17 2017

59mins

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Rank #10: Nicole Byer's Fat Jokes

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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.

Jan 14 2019

58mins

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Rank #11: Maria Bamford Wants You to Know How Much Money She Makes (Rerun)

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A lot of people tell us we should talk to Maria Bamford, and you know what? They're right. They're so right that we're re-airing the episode she was on two years ago. The interview focuses on the commencement speech she gave at the University of Minnesota—her alma mater—in which she discussed the negotiations that took place to arrive at her fee for said speech, along with a long list of the mistakes she'd made in her life. Maria talks frankly about her financial status, and how to deal with being lowballed. The conversation also touches on Maria's relationship with her audience, the evolution of her specials, and how her struggle with unwanted thoughts affected her comedy. This episode is one of the most detailed looks at the business side of comedy, and is a must listen for anyone who's ever needed to negotiate their monetary worth in any field. Also included: a fart noise. Watch the speech here. Follow Maria on Twitter and Instagram, and check out her live dates on her website. This episode originally aired on October 27th, 2017.

Nov 04 2019

54mins

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Rank #12: Kyle Kinane Wakes Up in the Morning and Believes in Himself

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Jesse David Fox and Kyle Kinane talk about a joke from Kyle's 2010 special Death of the Party and how it was so pivotal in his stand-up career. And we highly recommend staying for this laughning round.

Apr 03 2017

46mins

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Rank #13: Bill Burr's Definition of Bravery

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In this live taped episode of Good One, Jesse talks to Bill Burr about a joke from his most recent special Walk Your Way Out. Hear how a trip to India helped shape that joke, what Bill thinks about doing characters, and how he manages his relationship with offended audience members.

Jan 01 2018

42mins

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Rank #14: The Lonely Island's Jose & Mark

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Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island talk to Jesse about a track off of their newest release, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, a "visual poem" about the imagined rap careers of former Oakland Athletics sluggers Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. The two frappers talk writing lyrics and music, the work they're producing now, and the difference between being dumb and being dumb on purpose.

Also included: Andy's Beetlejuice impression.

Get tickets for The Lonely Island's summer tour. Seriously. Go find tickets right now!

Watch The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience on Netflix, and listen to the accompanying album wherever you get your music.

Read Jesse's piece on The Lonely Island's first-ever show here.

Jun 06 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #15: Pete Holmes’s Green Eggs and Ham

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Jesse David Fox talks to Pete Holmes about a joke from his 2016 special Faces & Sounds. They talk about Pete's "spidey sense" as a comedian, why anger can be a great cue, and more.

Jan 22 2018

58mins

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Rank #16: Aparna Nancherla’s Anxiety

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In the season finale of Good One, Jesse and Aparna Nancherla (Just Putting It Out There, Comedy Central's Corporate, Netflix's The Standups) discuss how depression and anxiety came to be a part of her act, how her jokes about mental health have been received over time, and the inherent stress of interacting with babies.

Aug 05 2018

55mins

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Rank #17: Seth Meyers's Juan Likes Rice and Chicken

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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 EST

Late Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35/11:35c

Follow Seth on Twitter

Feb 18 2019

59mins

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Rank #18: Gilbert Gottfried's The Aristocrats

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In the Season 6 finale of Good One, we finally deconstruct the legendary joke "The Aristocrats" with the help of its most infamous teller, Gilbert Gottfried.

This one's marked explicit for a reason, folks.

You'll hear Gilbert's personal history with the joke, along with his retelling of his set the night of the Hugh Hefner roast, where he launched this joke into the public eye. Jesse asks Gilbert about the evolution of his onstage persona and his relationship with audiences.

Also included: Jesse's Bubbe's favorite joke, and Gilbert's shortest version of "The Aristocrats".

Follow Gilbert on Twitter and listen to Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #19: Party Down Reunion Panel (BONUS)

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In another live panel recorded at Vulturefest 2019 in LA, we're bringing you the first ever Party Down reunion.

Jesse talks with the show's creators and stars about what went into casting the show, and then runs through their favorite episodes and moments.

Everyone talks about how much they got paid, Megan has a wig, Martin talks about "playing" with other actors, and the panel agrees that while there probably won't be a movie, there's bound to be new Party Down coming down the line at some point.

Also included: Woah. I can't believe he showed up for this.

This episode was recorded on November 10th, 2019.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #20: Paul Scheer and Human Giant's "Illusionators"

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Paul Scheer explains the inspiration behind creating the sketch series "The Illusionators," which appeared on MTV's Human Giant. Scheer created the show with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Jason Woliner. Plus, hear the story about how Paul and Aziz encountered Criss Angel at a Las Vegas club.

Mar 13 2017

51mins

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