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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.
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As the new Mr. Belding stand-in on Peacock’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot, John Michael Higgins is “basically a dunk tank clown,” in his words. The comic role of “old white man” is one the veteran character actor has come to accept later in his career. But he’s still probably best known for playing the younger, more flamboyant half of the gay couple with a Shih Tzu in the 2000 comedy classic ‘Best in Show’—a part he says he would never get today. In this episode, John opens up about his risky big break playing David Letterman in ‘The Late Shift,’ the unique challenge of improvising through Christopher Guest movies, what he learned from the late great Fred Willard and a lot more.  Twitter: @Real_JMHiggins and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The mysterious New York filmmaker behind HBO’s ‘How To With John Wilson’ joins this very special bonus episode to break down how he made perhaps the most fascinating TV show of 2020. John reveals how ‘Nathan for You’ creator Nathan Fielder helped pitch the show to Hollywood executives, why he considers himself “completely different” from Sacha Baron Cohen, how the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the season one finale and what fans can expect from a possible season two. And yes, we talk about the foreskin restoration guy.  Twitter: @howtojohnwilson and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @peepingjohn and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After stealing scenes in ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and bunch of your other favorite shows, Mary Holland is about to break out in a big way as the co-writer and co-star of the new holiday rom-com ‘Happiest Season,’ premiering on Hulu November 25th. In this episode, Mary talks about how she went from improvising ridiculous characters at the Upright Citizens Brigade and on Scott Aukerman’s ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ podcast to becoming a go-to eccentric character actor on screen and shares some truly embarrassing audition stories.  Twitter: @maryhollandaise and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @maryhollandaise and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Buy tickets for the live stream ‘Wild Horses’ show at eventbrite.com.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In his most recent stand-up special ‘Oh Come On’ David Cross imagined the many outrageous ways that Donald Trump’s presidency could end. Now that it’s actually happening, the famously cranky comedian isn’t exactly dancing in the streets. In this episode, David expresses cautious optimism for America’s future and looks back on his majorly influential comedy career. He also breaks down why he was “disappointed” that Netflix took down a controversial episode of his recent ‘Mr. Show’ reboot and reveals why he believes ‘Arrested Development’ is finally over for good.  Twitter: @davidcrosss and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @davidcrossofficial and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Subscribe to the ‘Assembly’ podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The hilarious stars and creators of Showtime’s ‘Moonbase 8’ are here to help take our minds off of politics. John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen and Tim Heidecker are individually three of the funniest people around and they’re even funnier together in their new show about a trio of wannabe astronauts stuck in the middle of the Arizona desert. In this episode, they talk about how their overlapping careers led to this triumphant collaboration, tease the possible return of their good friend Dr. Steve Brule and a lot more. Twitter: @timheidecker and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @timheidecker, @sordociego and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Stream the ‘Moonbase 8’ premiere on YouTube.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The creator and star of ‘The President Show’ on Comedy Central joins ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast for a special Election Day episode to mark what could be the political end of Donald Trump. “I wouldn't go that far!” Atamanuik, whose incredibly dark outlook on the future of America helped define his scathingly funny show, says when the idea of Biden blowout is raised. We talk about how he created his damning Trump impression, the backstory behind his bizarre feud with SNL’s Alec Baldwin and when he thinks he’ll be able to finally stop playing the president he despises.  Twitter: @TonyAtamanuik and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @therealactualtony and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Buy his book ‘American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives’ on Amazon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chelsea Handler is a comedian, activist and best-selling author of the book ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me,’ which is available in paperback now. In this episode, Chelsea talks about the Trump-inspired midlife crisis that shifted her priorities away from celebrity culture and towards progressive politics. She also opens up about what she learned about systemic racism by making her 2019 Netflix documentary ‘Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea,’ previews her new stand-up special ‘Evolution’ on HBO Max and reveals why she still thinks the president might be suffering from syphilis-induced dementia.    This episode was originally published on June 22, 2020.    Twitter: @chelseahandler and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @chelseahandler and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Order ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me’ on Amazon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
‘Daily Show’ contributor Jordan Klepper returns to ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast to talk about his insane year spent going to Trump rallies amidst a pandemic and delivering some of the most scathing political comedy of the 2020 election cycle. He reveals how a new sense of “desperation” has pervaded MAGA world compared to 2016 and what he’s learned about Trump’s chances by trolling his supporters. Jordan also opens up about how his own experience with the coronavirus back in March makes him skeptical about the president’s rapid recovery this past month. Twitter: @jordanklepper and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @jordanklepper and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Comedian Hari Kondabolu has reunited with his friend (and former ‘Last Laugh’ guest) W. Kamau Bell for a new season of their podcast ‘Politically Re-Active.’ In this episode, Hari shares his thoughts about Donald Trump, Joe Biden and undecided voters ahead of the 2020 election. He looks back on his mildly embarrassing late-night stand-up debut on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and explains why Margaret Cho made him want to become a comedian in the first place. And finally, Hari reacts to the way ‘The Simpsons’ directly responded to his documentary ‘The Problem With Apu,’ shares how he feels about Hank Azaria’s decision to stop playing the role and why it shouldn’t have taken “the brutal murder of a Black man in Minneapolis to change animation.”  Twitter: @harikondabolu and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @harikondabolu and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Comedian and ‘Daily Show’ contributor Lewis Black has a brand new stand-up special called ‘Thanks for Risking Your Life.’ Taped at a Michigan casino on Friday, March 13th, it’s the first comedy special to actually address the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode, Lewis sounds off on the first presidential debate, talks about dodging Donald Trump’s phone calls and reveals how he almost got pushed out of ‘The Daily Show.’ He also tells stories about going on his first USO tour with Robin Williams, Kid Rock and Lance Armstrong and how he ended up personifying Anger in Pixar’s ‘Inside Out.’  Twitter: @TheLewisBlack and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @thelewisblack and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this preview from next week’s episode, comedian and ‘Daily Show’ contributor Lewis Black shares his instant reaction to the insane first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.    Subscribe to ‘The Last Laugh’ now to hear our full conversation when it’s released on Tuesday, October 6th.    Twitter: @TheLewisBlack and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @thelewisblack and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Comedian Michelle Buteau says that stand-up “saved” her life after 9/11. Nearly 20 years later, she finally has her first hour-long special on Netflix. And the explosive ‘Welcome to Buteaupia’ is long overdue. In this episode, Michelle talks about taping the special just days before New York City shut down in March, the story behind her instant-classic “nobody wants to see yo dick” #MeToo bit, the “mind fuck” of playing a pregnant woman opposite Ali Wong in Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ while at the same time struggling to become a mother herself and a lot more.  Pre-order Michelle’s book ‘Survival of the Thickest’ on Amazon. Twitter: @MichelleButeau and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @michellebuteau and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After years spent stealing scenes in movies like ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘I Love You, Man,’ Joe Lo Truglio finally landed the role he’d been waiting for as Officer Charles Boyle on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ Now, the comedic actor has taken on an even bigger challenge, playing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposite Jeff Daniels’ James Comey and Brendan Gleeson’s Donald Trump in Showtime’s ‘The Comey Rule.’ We talk about how he transformed himself into the septuagenarian southerner without slipping into “parody,” how ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ plans to address the George Floyd protests in a “very real way” and a lot more.   Twitter: @JoeLoTruglio and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @joelotruglio and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Pauly Shore rose to massive fame in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, first with his MTV show ‘Totally Pauly’ and then in hit films like ‘Encino Man,’ ‘Son in Law’ and ‘Bio-Dome.’ Now he’s back with his first starring role in a long time in the new movie ‘Guest House.’ In this episode, Pauly opens up about his early years growing up in The Comedy Store, the surreal experience of becoming one of the most famous people on the planet and the challenge of watching it all come crashing down more than 20 years ago. He also shares stories about meeting Donald Trump at MTV’s Spring Break, playing Stephen Miller for Funny or Die and a lot more.  Stream ‘Guest House’ on Amazon Prime Video Twitter: @PaulyShore and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @paulyshore and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ramy Youssef Takes Off

Ramy Youssef Takes Off

2020-09-0855:28

Emmy-nominated actor and director Ramy Youssef talks about creating his Hulu series ‘Ramy’ and what it’s like to be young and Muslim in the comedy world right now. He also discusses his HBO stand-up special ‘Feelings,’ growing up in New Jersey in the shadow of 9/11, how his Egyptian immigrant father ended up working for Donald Trump and a lot more. This episode was originally published on April 16th, 2019.  Twitter: @ramy and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ramy and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Beth Stelling may have been the very last stand-up comedian to tape a special before the country shut down. Performed on March 7th, 2020 and released this past month on HBO Max, ‘Girl Daddy’ is Beth’s debut hour-long special and we should all be grateful she got it in under the wire. In this episode, we talk about how her own experience with sexual violence helped fuel some of the funniest #MeToo jokes ever committed to film and why she’s sick of answering for comedy’s male predators. Beth also talks about writing with past ‘Last Laugh’ guests Sarah Silverman and Pete Holmes, the experience of watching Richard Pryor for the first time during quarantine and why she is in no rush to get back on stage anytime soon.  Twitter: @BethStelling and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @bethstelling and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Best known for playing Leon Black on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ comedian JB Smoove is never not the funniest person in the room. That was certainly true when he wrote for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and took on legendary status for his outrageous pitches to hosts. In this episode, JB goes deep on his challenging SNL experience, making Larry David crack up on ‘Curb,’ what he thought of Donald Trump’s reaction to the MAGA hat plotline from last season and how the show might tackle life under quarantine in the upcoming 11th season. He also talks about co-starring in the new Quibi series ‘Mapleworth Murders’ and what it was like improvising with Kanye West in an infamous HBO pilot that never made it to air.  Twitter: @ohsnapjbsmoove and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ohsnapjbsmoove and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ron Funches Checks In

Ron Funches Checks In

2020-08-2133:26

Stand-up comedian and host of the ‘Gettin’ Better’ podcast Ron Funches is back on ‘The Last Laugh’ for this very special bonus episode. Since we last talked to Ron in April of last year about his Comedy Central special ‘Giggle Fit’ he has developed an all-new hour that he will be live-streaming on YouTube on Saturday, September 5th. He also has a new comedy game show called ‘Nice One’ premiering on Quibi next Monday, August 24th. In this catch-up chat, Ron talks about those projects and shares his thoughts on Joe Rogan, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. and more.  Buy tickets to stream Ron Funches’ new live-stream special ‘Awakening’ Twitter: @RonFunches and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ronfunch and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Comedy icon Martin Short somehow turned 70 this year. And while he’s still capable of the unbounded energy he first showed the world on shows like ‘SCTV’ and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ he can also be more sincere and reflective than his biggest fans might expect. In this in-depth conversation, the man who’s known as just “Marty” to his famous friends tells hilarious stories about working with Steve Martin, performing for David Letterman, embodying Jiminy Glick and more. Plus, he breaks down what it took to transform himself into a #MeToo monster for his Emmy-nominated role on ‘The Morning Show.’ Twitter: @mattwilstein | Instagram: @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, podcast host, best-selling author and, until recently, one half of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Jessica Williams. Now, she has officially gone solo, first with a new advice podcast called ‘Black Frasier’ and soon with her own Comedy Central talk show titled ‘Doing the Most’ in which she “big spoons” celebrity guests like Kevin Bacon and Tan France. We get into all of this, plus what it’s been like experiencing the resurgence of Black Lives Matter during a global pandemic and her thoughts on Kanye West’s “ignorant” attack on Harriet Tubman.    Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @dopequeenpheebs and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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James Palmieri

libtards

Aug 5th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Your notes were en pointe.

Dec 28th
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Accordionbabe

Love this!

Oct 11th
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