Rank #1: Mike Birbiglia
Comedian, writer, and director Mike Birbiglia talks with Andy Richter about great screenwriting teachers, facing his own mortality at an early age, and transitioning into the world of one-man performance on and off-Broadway. Plus, Mike discusses how becoming a parent informed his latest show Mike Birbiglia: The New One.
Dec 17 2019
Rank #2: Jim Gaffigan
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan joins Andy Richter to talk about using comedy to survive being the youngest sibling, generational gaps and the importance of civics, his wife Jeannie’s inspiring recovery from a brain tumor, and more. Plus, Jim shares his thoughts on digging into a dramatic role with his his latest film American Dreamer.
This episode is sponsored by NHTSA and Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/threequestions).
Aug 20 2019
Rank #3: Marc Maron
Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron talks with Andy Richter about growing up Jewish in Albuquerque, hosting Short Attention Span Theater, and dealing with high-stakes podcast patent trolls. Plus, Marc reflects on what matters most to him right now.
Check out Marc’s new special End Times Fun on Netflix here.
Apr 07 2020
Rank #4: David Sedaris
Writer David Sedaris chats with Andy Richter about becoming known as the “bin man,” dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and collaborating with his sister Amy. Plus, David talks about where in the world he’d like to live.
Check out David’s MasterClass at MasterClass.com/Sedaris.
Mar 10 2020
Rank #5: Dax Shepard
Actor Dax Shepard talks to Andy Richter about being raised by a single mother, feeling the need to win every interaction, casting what-ifs, and the pitfalls of having a public marriage. Plus, Dax breaks down why he considers himself bad at picking what’s best for him.
This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (HelloFresh.com/threequestions80 code: THREEQUESTIONS80), Betterhelp (betterhelp.com/threequestions code: THREEQUESTIONS), and Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet podcast.
Sep 03 2019
Rank #6: Amy Sedaris
Comedian, actress, and writer Amy Sedaris joins Andy Richter to discuss Girl Scout-level ambition, what she loved about performing with Second City, and her fondness for rabbits. Later, Amy shares some of her entrepreneurial passions.
This episode is sponsored by Service on Celluloid podcast and U-Turn Audio (www.uturnaudio.com code: RICHTER)
Jul 30 2019
Rank #7: Tim Heidecker
Comedian Tim Heidecker talks with Andy Richter about making demos with his high school band, being plucked from obscurity by Bob Odenkirk, propmastering on low budget horror films, and immersing himself in the comedy of real people with Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. Plus, Tim reflects on the unexpected ways his work has been interpreted and looks forward to his upcoming tour.
Dec 10 2019
Rank #8: LeVar Burton
Actor, director and author LeVar Burton joins Andy Richter to talk about transplanting from West Germany to Sacramento, getting cast in Roots right out of college, and engaging kids with literature on Reading Rainbow. Plus, LeVar discusses his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, his podcast LeVar Burton Reads, and the one piece of advice he’d offer his younger self.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #9: Ken Jennings
Author and Jeopardy legend Ken Jennings joins Andy Richter to talk about growing up in Seoul, how his Mormon upbringing has shaped his life, and the behind-the-scenes story of his famed Jeopardy run. Plus, Ken discusses how he’s made a career out of his game show success and the importance of creating one’s own niche.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #10: Seth Green
Actor, producer, and director Seth Green sits down with Andy Richter to discuss discovering a love for theatrics during summer camp, pulling public pranks, and acclimating to fame. Plus, Seth talks about Robot Chicken’s journey to the airwaves, how a trip to Thailand inspired his new movie Changeland, and the thrill of portraying his most convincingly bad persona.
Oct 08 2019
Rank #11: Mayim Bialik
Actress, author, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik joins Andy Richter to discuss growing up working on the TV series Blossom, raising a child while in grad school, and the anxiety of live theater. Plus, Mayim looks forward to designing her own neuroscience curriculum and more as she shares what’s next for her after The Big Bang Theory.
Jul 23 2019
Rank #12: Jimmy Pardo
Comedian and podcaster Jimmy Pardo talks with Andy Richter about (un)healthy family boundaries, first theatrical roles, preempting the comedy podcast boom with Never Not Funny, and discovering his own unscripted stand-up persona. Plus, Jimmy shares the only note he ever received as the warm-up comic on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Jan 07 2020
Rank #13: Rob Corddry
Actor and comedian Rob Corddry talks with Andy Richter about growing up in Weymouth, MA, early days at UCB and landing at The Daily Show, and bringing Childrens Hospital to Adult Swim. Plus, Rob shares his plans for future retirement.
Mar 03 2020
Rank #14: Jane Lynch
Actress Jane Lynch sits down with Andy Richter to talk about growing up the funny kid in Dolton, IL, being too classical for a Shakespeare company, performing together in The Real Live Brady Bunch, and coming out organically. Later, Jane shares what she loves about her living situation and what she’d like to direct in the future.
Sep 17 2019
Rank #15: Rachel Dratch
Recorded live at SF Sketchfest, actress/comedian Rachel Dratch joins Andy Richter to discuss coming up through Second City’s Touring Co, becoming a mom, and knowing what you want in life. Plus, Rachel shares the true story that inspired Wine Country and the origin of her classic SNL character Debbie Downer.
Feb 04 2020
Rank #16: Andrea Savage
Actress, comedian, and writer Andrea Savage (I’m Sorry) talks to Andy Richter about overachieving academically, using nervousness as a driving influence, terrifying prop babies, and her new podcast “Andrea Savage: A Grown-Up Woman #buttholes”. Plus, Andrea traces her path from deciding to pursue acting while studying abroad in Spain to joining The Groundlings to running her own show and beyond.
Oct 22 2019
Rank #17: Andy Daly
Comedian and actor Andy Daly (Bonanas for Bonanza) talks with Andy Richter about the memorable way he learned to tie his shoes, becoming a property owner, and favorite moments from Crossballs and Review. Plus, Andy shares his thoughts on why there’s no point in making predictions.
Mar 24 2020
Rank #18: Matt Besser
Comedian and UCB co-founder Matt Besser talks with Andy Richter about wild improv parties from their early days in Chicago, foraying into stand-up via a college contest, humiliation as a driving force, and overcoming the inertia of being unknown. Plus, Matt discusses the steady escalation of the Upright Citizens Brigade, his new special Pot Humor, and the big picture lessons in comedy he’s learned over the years.
Check out Matt Besser’s new comedy album Pot Humor here.
This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/threequestions code: THREEQUESTIONS), Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: THREEQUESTIONS), and Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/threequestions).
Nov 12 2019
Rank #19: Michaela Watkins
Actress and comedian Michaela Watkins talks with Andy Richter about a hereditary love of math, her first stage role as a British maid, how to stay invested in the material, bidding farewell to Portland for a career in LA, and the boom of female-led projects in Hollywood. Plus, Michaela discusses what she’s learned about the fine line of nuance in comedy.
This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/threequestions code: THREEQUESTIONS)
Nov 19 2019
Rank #20: Maria Bamford
Comedian and actress Maria Bamford (What’s Your Ailment?!) sits down with Andy Richter to chat about the goodness of Los Angeleans, auditioning to become a police officer, and her favorite twelve-step programs. Later, Maria discusses how her marriage has helped her create meaning in her work.
Jan 21 2020