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Lost in America

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Turner Sparks (Founder of Mister Softee China and Shanghai's Kung Fu Komedy Club) and Michael Kaplan (Just Had a Heart Attack) Skip the Mainstream Media to Interview Journalists, Comedians, Documentarians and International Entrepreneurs to Find Out What's Really Going on Around the World

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Turner Sparks (Founder of Mister Softee China and Shanghai's Kung Fu Komedy Club) and Michael Kaplan (Just Had a Heart Attack) Skip the Mainstream Media to Interview Journalists, Comedians, Documentarians and International Entrepreneurs to Find Out What's Really Going on Around the World

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Come on We got a guy they let on stage at the Fryers

By OkieLane - Jun 04 2019
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A great way to widdle away the hours, and not think about the drudgery of life

Get 'Lost'

By Andrew Miller la90210 - Oct 30 2017
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Listen to this. Do it now!

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364 Ratings
Average Ratings
354
3
2
1
4

Come on We got a guy they let on stage at the Fryers

By OkieLane - Jun 04 2019
Read more
A great way to widdle away the hours, and not think about the drudgery of life

Get 'Lost'

By Andrew Miller la90210 - Oct 30 2017
Read more
Listen to this. Do it now!
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Lost in America

Updated 7 days ago

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Turner Sparks (Founder of Mister Softee China and Shanghai's Kung Fu Komedy Club) and Michael Kaplan (Just Had a Heart Attack) Skip the Mainstream Media to Interview Journalists, Comedians, Documentarians and International Entrepreneurs to Find Out What's Really Going on Around the World

Rank #1: #32: Ari Shaffir - Disappearing from America

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Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Ira Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) have Ari Shaffir (@AriShaffir) on the pod this week to talk about his decision in late 2016 to leave the US and take a one-man journey through South-East Asia. Ari turned off his phone, cut the cord on email, stopped recording his popular podcast (Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank), put his successful television/ stand-up comedy career on hold and bought a one way ticket to Myanmar. He tells us why he did it, how it's changed him and why he wanted to tell the story on Lost In America. Enjoy! This episode is brought to you by Ense, available in the App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8
May 17 2017
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #2: #146: Jeremy Pinsly - Adult Birthright Trip to Israel

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Comedian Jeremy Pinsly (@JerBearPinsly)just got back from a free trip to Israel through the Birthright program and tells the guys all about the madness of traveling through Israel on a cultural expedition with 30 other Americans.

Also, thank you everyone for making Turner's debut stand up comedy album "Turner Sparks Live From The Friars Club" the #2 album on the Itunes Comedy Top 200 Charts all weekend long. If you don't have it yet, get it at turnersparks.com.

Note - This episode was recorded before the album was released so Turner will give a full recap next weekend.

For all episodes of this podcast go to www.TurnerSparks.com
Sep 09 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #3: #122: Ariel Sobel - The Lost Jews of China

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Writer and documentary filmmaker Ariel Sobel (@ArielSobelle) joins the show to talk about her new film "The Lost Tribe". Ariel tracked down a group of Chinese people in KaiFeng City, Henan, China who claim to be descendants of Isreali Jews from thousands of years ago. The group practices Judaism and even speaks Hebrew yet they are not recognized by Jewish leadership internationally. Turner and Kap find out why.
Come see Lost In America LIVE at Stand Up NY in Manhattan on April 10! Get tickets here: http://standupny.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=525856&cart

Today's show is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc
This episode and all episodes are available at www.LostInAmericaPod.com
Mar 20 2019
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #4: #102: Ari Shaffir - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Ari Shaffir (@AriShaffir) joins Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) to answer every question they have about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The guys also discuss Norm Macdonald, Hannah Gadsby and every other hot topic in comedy at the moment. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc.

For all of Turner's tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com

For all episodes and to find our Amazon link go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com
Sep 19 2018
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #5: #3: Joe Schaefer and Dating In America

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This week comedian Joe Schaefer (@CloseSchaef) joins the Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Kaplan (@MiKaplan11) to talk about his experience dating in America after 12 years living abroad. Turner and Kap also announce their new sponsor, fill out Turner's California voters and have their worlds turned upside down by a surprise ending. This episode is sponsored by Lips By Ense, available in the Itunes App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lips-by-ense/id1161572561?mt=8
Oct 26 2016
59 mins
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Rank #6: #145: Comedian Emily Walsh - Malaysian Theme Park Artist

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Comedian Emily Walsh (@Walsh_E_Walsh) joins the show to tell the guys about her adventures a decade ago as an artist at amusement parks around the world. Emily worked in Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur with a bunch of crazy Australian men doing artwork in amusement park haunted houses.

Plus! Turner's debut stand-up comedy album comes out FRIDAY(Sept. 6th)!!! Make it go to #1 by pre ordering it at www.TurnerSparks.com and contact him directly at turner@kungfukomedy.com for a signed copy.

Follow us at @LostInAmericaPod in Instagram and for all episodes go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com
Sep 02 2019
58 mins
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Rank #7: #143: Jared Freid - His Comedy Tour of England

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Comedian Jared Freid from the wildly popular "U Up?" Podcast and the "J Train Podcast" stops by to talk about his recent tour of England with Michelle Wolf and promote his upcoming week of shows in Sacramento at the Punch Line Comedy Club (Aug 22-24). Get Tickets Here: http://www.punchlinesac.com/

All this plus the guys preview the debut episode of the "Wrap Up Show" available every Thursday to Patreon subscribers at https://www.patreon.com/LostInAmerica.

Go see Turner live! All dates available at www.TurnerSparks.com
Aug 19 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #8: #24: Tyler "Babyface" Sparks - US Diplomat

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This week Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Kaplan (@MiKaplan11) have United States diplomat, and Turner's brother, Tyler Sparks on the pod to talk about his crazy life in the US State Department. Tyler was Wikileaked while stationed in Malawi, Africa, he was wrongfully accused of being a CIA operative during a Nicaraguan election and now he is the head of the Serbian Desk for the United States in Washington DC. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available in the APP Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8
Mar 22 2017
58 mins
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Rank #9: #123: Andy Curtain - The End of Kung Fu Komedy in China

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Andy Curtain (@AndyCurtain) joins Turner and Kap to talk about the Chinese government's closure of the Kung Fu Komedy Club in October of 2018. Andy and Turner co-founded Kung Fu Komedy in mainland China in 2010, since then Andy has gone on to be a professional stand up comedian and is now the Head of Comedy for Live Nation in Asia. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc.

April 10th, Live Podcast at Stand Up NY! Get tickets here:https://standupny.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=525856&cart

For all of Turner's tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com

For all episodes of the podcast go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com
Mar 27 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #10: #124: Turner Gives Kaplan a Green Card Application Test

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Turner gives Kaplan a test to see if he and Randi would qualify for a green card based off the five hundred page application that Turner and Ye just filled out. Plus, Ester Steinberg (@EsterKay) calls in to get the guy's advice on where to go on her upcoming honeymoon. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc

Live Podcast at Stand Up NY in NYC on April 10! Get tickets here: https://standupny.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=525856&cart

For all of Turner's tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com
Apr 03 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #11: #4: Venmo Founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail and Halloween in America

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The guys start by recounting their disastrous "Lost In America" moments on Halloween and then welcome Venmo Founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail (@Iqramband) to the podcast to find out why he bought a shirt off of Kaplan for $1,000. They also discuss the origin story for Venmo, his new project Ense and why he wants to buy the Philadelphia Eagles. This episode is sponsored by Ense, available in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8
Nov 02 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #12: #121: Screenwriter Michael H. Weber - Glamping in Thailand

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Screenwriter Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist, 500 Days of Summer) returns to the pod to tell Turner and Kap what its like to travel to Thailand when you are really rich. From glamping (glamorous camping), to elephant training to taking a private boat to a secret Chinese gambling city in Laos, Weber did it all. Stick around to the end to hear a preview of his next streaming television project "Daisy Jones and the Six". This podcast is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc.

To get all episodes of this podcast go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com. While there, click the "Daisy Jones and the Six" banner in the top right corner, go to Amazon and shop shop shop. Part of the money you spend will go to Turner and Kap.

To get LaughPass go to www.StandUpNY.com/Laughpass and enter the promocode "LOSTINAMERICA".

For all of Turner's tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com
Mar 11 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #13: #113: Broadway Playwright Jeremy Kareken - The Lifespan of a Fact

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Playwright Jeremy Kareken returns to the show to talk about his new Broadway smash-hit The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe (yes Harry Potter). Jeremy gives Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) all of the ins and outs of putting on a big-time Broadway production and hints at the future of the show.
This episode is brought to you by Sudio Headphones, use the promo code "LOST IN AMERICA" at checkout for a 15% discount: https://www.sudio.com/us/.
This episode is also brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc.

Get tickets to The Lifespan of a Fact here: https://www.lifespanofafact.com/.
For all of Turner Sparks' tour dates including Boston, Dallas and New York City go to www.TurnerSparks.com.
Do your holiday shopping on Amazon by going to www.LostInAmericaPod.com first and clicking through our banner in the top-right corner.
Dec 12 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #14: #95: Author Audrey Murray - Open Mic Night in Moscow

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Author Audrey Murray (@ACMWrites) joins the guys to talk about her new book "Open Mic Night in Moscow" and why she decided to take a rolling suitcase instead of a backpack for her one year journey through Eastern Europe and Central Asia. They also discuss how weird it is that Turner is friends with both her and her ex boyfriend who is a major character in the book.
Get the book by going to www.LostInAmericaPod.com and clicking through our Amazon link (top right corner).

This episode is brought to you by Ense, now available for Android at www.Ense.nyc

Turner Sparks will be at the Punch Line Sacramento on August 29, 2018. Get tickets here: http://www.punchlinesac.com//EventDetail?tmeventid=1C0054E2BDFD55D9&offerid=86083
Aug 01 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #15: #21: Drew Morgan - A Liberal Redneck Explains the South

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Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Kaplan (@MiKaplan11) have Drew Morgan (www.wellredcomedy.com) on to teach a couple of Damn Yankees how to be Southern. They also have a very special guest drop by to bury an old hatchet. Pick up Drew's book The Liberal Redneck Manifesto wherever books are sold. This episode is proudly sponsored by Ense: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8
Mar 01 2017
1 hour
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Rank #16: #101: Kap Explains Rosh Hashanah

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Kaplan tells Turner all of the stories and traditions of Rosh Hashanah this week before the guys make their Jewish New Year's Resolutions and officially endorse their first candidate as the spokesmen for the Alt Middle. All this plus hate mail, intern applications and a new enemy of the party. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc

For all of Turner Sparks' tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com
To support the pod go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com and click the Amazon link in the upper-right hand corner before doing your Amazon shopping.

Happy Rosh Hashanah!
Sep 12 2018
55 mins
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Rank #17: #125 - Lenore Skenazy: Free Range Parenting

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Lenore Skenazy (@FreeRangeKids) joins Turner and Kap this week to talk about the Free Range Parenting movement and her organization LetGrow. Is this the future of good parenting or just an excuse for lazy parents to congratulate themselves? Find out on this episode. This show is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc

Tonight is the Lost In America Live Podcast at Stand Up NY! Get tickets here: https://standupny.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=525856&cart.

For all episodes of Lost In America go to www.LostInAmericaPod.com
For all of Turner's tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com
Apr 10 2019
55 mins
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Rank #18: #20: Audrey Murray - Lost In America Dating Game!!

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Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Miguel Kaplan (@MiKaplan11) have comedian Audrey Murray (@ACMWrites) back on the podcast for an old-school dating game. Turner gets his friends and former Suzhou residents Big Josh, Medium Josh, Dom and Texas John on to take turns wooing Audrey with their best moves from 2007-2008 Suzhou. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available in the App Store: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ense/id1136044148?mt=8
Feb 22 2017
55 mins
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Rank #19: #91: Comedian Peter Wong - Being a DACA DREAMer

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Comedian Peter Wong (@PeterWongComedy) came to the United States illegally as a one year old when his parents decided to overstay their tourist visa. Now he is an adult comedian, and also officially classified as a DACA DREAMer, or a Dreamer, or a DACA member, or however you say it. This week Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) ask Peter every question they can think of on the history of the topic and Peter gives them his life story and current status.
All this plus pod CPA Gary Sparks calls in for the debut of "Cooking the Books with Gary Sparks". This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.NYC

For tickets to the live Lost In America podcast on July 11 at Stand Up NY Comedy Club go here: http://standupny.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=511760&cart

For all of Turner's tour dates including shows in Sacramento, Mill Valley (California) and more go to www.TurnerSparks.com
Jul 04 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #20: #5: Des Bishop - Famous in Ireland

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Turner Sparks and Sir Michael Ira Kaplan open by lamenting the negative press they are receiving everywhere, from their lawyer Blue Shirt to commenters on their Itunes reviews. They then welcome Irish-American comedian Des Bishop to talk about his life as an Irish celebrity and his time filming a television show and hanging out with Turner in China.
Nov 08 2016
58 mins
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