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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

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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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Five whole stars

By SLP Bloomington - Jul 18 2019
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A perfectly specific and hilarious podcast.

Podcast of My Dreams

By C. Libre. - Jul 11 2019
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Granted I have oddly specific dreams, yet somehow they came true. Well, one of them.

iTunes Ratings

746 Ratings
Average Ratings
598
62
30
17
39

Five whole stars

By SLP Bloomington - Jul 18 2019
Read more
A perfectly specific and hilarious podcast.

Podcast of My Dreams

By C. Libre. - Jul 11 2019
Read more
Granted I have oddly specific dreams, yet somehow they came true. Well, one of them.
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Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

Updated 11 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Jim Gaffigan and His Good Looking Newscasters Joke

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Jesse David Fox sits down with Jim Gaffigan to break down a joke from Jim’s Netflix special Cinco about newscasters and how they’re so good looking.
Feb 13 2017
44 mins
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Rank #2: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Catskills Set

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Jesse speaks to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the creators and co-writers of the tv-show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Despite the titular Mrs. Maisel being a fictional comedian, Jesse wants to know where she might draw her material from, and how she might write and perform comedy within the context of the show. Jesse asks Amy and Daniel about Mrs. Maisel's creation, and how they go about writing and pulling off a realistic standup performance.

Also included: the parallels between Mrs. Maisel and Breaking Bad.

Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video.

Aug 05 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #3: 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
55 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #5: Jerry Seinfeld

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In this proto-episode of Good One, hear the interview with Jerry Seinfeld that inspired this whole thing.
May 15 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #6: Russian Doll's 22 Death Scenes

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This week we're looking at the greatest joke of all: death. More specifically, the twenty-two deaths that occur over the course of the Netflix series Russian Doll.

Jesse talks to Leslye Headland, the show's co-creator, writer and director, about the protagonist Nadia's (Natasha Lyonne) journey episode-by-episode, and the significance behind each death she experiences. The show uses death to explore overcoming trauma and self-destructive behaviors under a deeply dark yet comedic veil.

Just a heads-up, this episode's going to spoil the entire plot of the show. So if you haven't seen it yet, we're recommending you go watch the show now.

Also included: Natasha Lyonne says "cockroach" funny.

Follow Leslye on social media.

You can watch Vulture's supercut of all of Russian Doll's death scenes here.

Watch Russian Doll on Netflix.

Aug 12 2019
2 hours 2 mins
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Rank #7: Emily Heller's Workout Clothes

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Comedian, writer and actor Emily Heller talks to Jesse about a joke from both her album Pasta and her Comedy Central standup special Ice Thickeners. Despite being recorded about six months apart, her delivery and wording is almost exactly the same in each version.

Jesse and Emily go over her meticulousness and handling of tropes, as well as the writing retreats she employs to develop new material. Ultimately, the two get around to discussing how Emily actually hasn't done stand-up for some time due to her work in writing for television--namely HBO's Barry.

Also included: riding hairy shoulders to the moon.

Follow Emily on Twitter and watch her special Ice Thickeners on YouTube or Comedy Central.

Jul 29 2019
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #9: 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
58 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #11: Neal Brennan's White Guy Being Called the N-Word While Feeding a Horse Joke

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Host Jesse David Fox and Neal Brennan talk about a joke Neal wrote for Half Baked and how it's representative of his early career writing for the Chapelle's Show, and Neal shares about his new stand-up special on Netflix 3 Mics.
Feb 20 2017
39 mins
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Rank #12: 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
58 mins
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Rank #13: Why Thor: Ragnorok Is So Damn Funny

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Jesse David Fox talks to Taika Waititi about making Thor: Ragnorak and how a $200 million budget couldn't stop him from embracing his inner six-year-old.
Nov 06 2017
53 mins
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Rank #14: 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
55 mins
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Rank #15: 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
42 mins
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Rank #16: 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
59 mins
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Rank #17: Bo Burnham's Can't Handle This

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This week Bo Burnham, writer and director of the feature Eight Grade, was interviewed live at Vulturefest. Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox and Bo discuss his auto-tuned rant that closed out Burnham's Netflix special titled 'Make Happy.' They dissect Bo's relationship to audience, comedy, authenticity and performance- and how that informed his vision as he makes his directorial debut.

This week's episode is brought to you by Spotify!

Jul 02 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #18: Ray Romano's Son Joe

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Ray Romano sits down with Jesse to talk about his new Netflix special, Right Here, Around the Corner. The two go over Ray’s jokes about his son Joe, why he continues to see his family as a source of new material, and what made the Comedy Cellar the right place to tape his new special.

Also, Ray does an impression of an impression of Ray Romano. 

Watch Ray’s new special on Netflix. 

Feb 11 2019
51 mins
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Rank #19: The Good Place Writers Panel

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In Fall 2018, we recorded a live panel discussion with the writers of The Good Place at Vulturefest LA. Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson, the panel guests reveal what comedy inspired them, how their writers room was formed, and offer advice to aspiring writers.

Watch The Good Place on NBC, Hulu, Netflix, or a bunch of other places on the internet.

Listen to The Good Place: The Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Follow [most of] the panel on Twitter:

Mar 18 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #20: Maria Bamford Wants You to Know How Much Money She Makes

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Jesse David Fox talks to Maria Bamford about the commencement speech she gave at her alma mater the University of Minnesota. And about money, a lot about money.
Oct 23 2017
53 mins
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