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Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.
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Lake Bell

Lake Bell

2019-07-2202:06:2612

Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer, No Strings Attached, It’s Complicated, Bless This Mess) is an American actress, director, screenwriter and TV wife to the Armchair Expert. Lake visits the attic to discuss her creative process, her evolution toward marriage and the harrowing story that eventually led to her two tattoos. Lake wrestles with taking on certain roles now that she is married and Dax wonders if many of Lake’s previous roles are now obsolete in the industry. The two debate the varying ways to run a set, Lake discusses growing into her body vs. growing into her sexuality and Monica and Dax re-create the Estonian method in the fact check.
Dr. Rahul Jandial, MD, Ph.D. is a dual-trained brain surgeon and neuroscientist at City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Rahul sits down in the attic to discuss intermittent fasting, emigrating from India as an eight-year-old and how he redirected some of his negative qualities into positive ones. Dax wonders if it takes a certain level of arrogance to choose brain surgeon and Rahul gives a breakdown of the human body as it relates to mechanics. The two talk about modern approaches to fighting cancer and the importance of keeping the brain stimulated.
Fred Savage

Fred Savage

2019-07-1501:10:0235

Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, The Princess Bride, The Grinder) is an American actor, director and producer. Fred sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss being a child in the public eye and his singular goal of finding the emotional underpinning in all projects. Dax wonders about Fred’s decision to go to college amidst a burgeoning career and Fred talks about emulating Ron Howard. The two discuss being in the dead dad club, Fred gives his trick to auditioning and Monica and Dax coin a new word in the fact check.
Armchair Expert Live from San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. May 31st, 2019.
Andy Richter

Andy Richter

2019-07-0801:30:3548

Andy Richter (Conan, Madagascar, Andy Richter Controls the Universe) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian and late night talk show announcer. Andy sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his childhood, the idiosyncrasies of growing up in a small town and the importance of being vocal about mental health. Dax talks about the first time he saw Andy at a bar and Andy talks about his experience as a winner on Jeopardy. The two talk about their different journeys through drugs, Dax wonders if the term “sidekick” is triggering and Andy talks about finally feeling content.
Jennifer Newsom is an American documentary filmmaker and actress. Jennifer joins us on this episode of Experts on Expert to discuss her documentary The Mask You Live In, the value of teaching empathy at a young age and the fear surrounding the toxic masculinity conversation. Dax wonders what it’s like to travel with secret service and Jennifer discusses the increasing need for “feminine” traits in business. The two talk about conscious capitalism and the role both genders play in building stereotypes.
Bill Hader

Bill Hader

2019-07-0101:23:0780

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Barry, Trainwreck, Skeleton Twins) is an American comedian, actor and producer. Bill sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up surrounded by females, his experience as a production assistant in LA and his struggle with intense anxiety at SNL. Bill talks about the first time he met a movie star and Dax questions Bill on why he has so much sexual rhythm with women. The two discuss how growing up in a small town ingrains self-deprecation and Bill repeats sage advice he learned from Jeff Bridges.
Steve Madden is an American fashion designer and businessman. Steve sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss feeling different from an early age, his experience going to prison and the surreality to watching his life on the big screen. Dax is excited to learn Steve is sober and Steve talks about managing his ego. The two talk about the trap of narcissism and Steve discusses growing his business from $1100 to over a billion dollars.
Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza

2019-06-2402:00:4767

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Legion, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is an American actress, comedian and producer. Aubrey sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss her desire to disrupt the norm, her experience in same-sex education and her journey after a love that got away. She talks about the unsavory elements of working at a video store and Dax convinces her she is great on talk shows. The two talk about their medical histories, her draw to improv and Monica and Dax go to Detroit for the fact check.
Dr. Alex Katehakis Ph.D., MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S is the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles and the author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex While in Recovery from Sex Addiction, Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment and co-author of Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence. Dr. Alex sits down in the attic to discuss the role shame plays in sexual dysfunction, the indicators of love addiction and the practice of tantric intimacy. She talks about the multiple factors that lead to disassociation and Dax believes dolphins are very sexual. The two discuss the different types of relationships young people are engaging in and they talk about the impact of pornography on developing minds.
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Kristi Huxford

The south also replaces q with a k (ex:kwik mart or kwik car) 😂 enjoyed this episode sooooo much!!

Jul 22nd
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Ryan Lee Knutson

zorbas was the name of the restaurant/bar.

Jul 22nd
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Dylan Bradley

Begins at 2:34

Jul 22nd
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Dylan Bradley

Begins at 2:34

Jul 22nd
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Erica Perkins

Dax....come on...lay off the rescue dog people. I love you. I mean, like I seriously think you're amazing. HOWEVER....we know our dogs were abused because many come to us almost starved to death, covered in mange, broken bones, terrified of touch. That's how we know. Love you but lay off

Jul 20th
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Brian Evans

Great podcast and 1,000th comment bitches lol

Jul 18th
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Kimberley Cotton

Brian Evans congratulation😂

Jul 18th
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Nathan Patry

Monica is terrible in the back group . Stop jumping in at the wrong moments. Her laugh is painful

Jul 17th
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Kim Westrich

🤗🤗

Jul 16th
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Felix Bart

Kim Westrich 🤗🤗

Jul 17th
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Amanda Tirado

Oh Fred Savage and that little raspy voice, be still my pre-pubescent heart. My 6th grade locker was fully decorated with his pictures from Tiger Beat or who knows where. I may have stopped breathing briefly when I saw he was the next interview. 😍 Thanks!

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

Amanda Tirado I have the same feeling! thanks

Jul 17th
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Lauren Bishop

i was hesitant to listen to this episode due to the length, but I'm so glad I did. Super interesting!

Jul 16th
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Brandi Bigelow

Love all your episodes! I'm from Flint, MI and Michigan is such a beautiful state!

Jul 15th
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Jennifer Arabella

Brandi Bigelow like it

Jul 16th
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s reyn

the fact check women puts on, yes puts on the most annoying voice ever. talk normally!

Jul 15th
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Domomonster o

Shows they never really meet or talk to real stand up comics, thinking they are all negative.

Jul 15th
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Gemma

Domomonster o really? I was expecting...

Jul 15th
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Joshua Franzen

yl lopp

Jul 14th
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Mike R.

I looked up the details of the guy Dax mentioned from high school who'd committed double murder. Wish I hadn't.

Jul 13th
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Melissa Jefferson

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Jul 13th
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The Boot Sagas

I love that you are enjoying West Michigan! I've been inlaking a bit...but not to Lake MI. You 2 should just move here. 💙💛

Jul 12th
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The Boot Sagas

The Boot Sagas We have a podcast called Michigan Murders & Music. Check it out.

Jul 12th
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Gina Lawler

You guys are my 1st podcast 😁

Jul 12th
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Jolene Reimann

I've never heard Dax rate anyone less than a 6 and even then he mostly refers to himself at a 6.

Jul 12th
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Jane Evangeline Antonia Feast

My kids have lactose free yoghurt.

Jul 12th
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