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Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. Music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon.

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On this week's improv4humans, Matt Besser welcomes Mark Sargent, star of the Netflix flat earth documentary “Behind the Curve,” along with panel of fellow theorists Phil Graham, Sean Peters, and Chuck Crenshaw to explore the different factions and theories relating to the idea of a Flat Earth. They debate everything from the truth about Antarctica to the power of phone numbers and more, agreeing on only one thing: the Earth is NOT a globe. 
Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids joins improvisers Dan Lippert, Sean Conroy, and Danielle Schneider for a musical improv4humans! Matt performs songs that inspire scenes about a writer reporting on the family Thanksgiving, pushing past the apology part of an affair, and a father and son looking for music about playing catch. Plus, celebrities get misidentified on the street, an astronaut deals with a difficult conversationalist, and parents take on the myth of dangerous street crossings.
Laci Mosley, Lisa Gilroy, and Kale Hills join Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! They’ll perform scenes about dissecting an otherworldly casserole, becoming a TikTok star, and protest pregaming. Plus, Joe Biden relates to the youth, Emily Dickinson goes partying, and the state of Mississippi breaks loose.
Rafe Williams, Eric Christensen, Ben Lyons, Melissa Darch, and Tim Walsh of Dad Van join Matt Besser LIVE from St. Louis for scenes about partying with friends who definitely aren’t cops, a Garth Brooks hip hop set, a child with the appetite of an old man, adopting a zombie, and more. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV)
Dan Lippert, Jon Mackey, and Ryan Rosenberg of Big Grande return to improv4humans with Matt Besser for scenes about superpower puberty, a podcast about an Italian dish, a neighborhood emergency, single-word debate prompts, and more.
Horatio Sanz, Jon Gabrus

Horatio Sanz, Jon Gabrus

2019-11-0700:55:391

Horatio Sanz and Jon Gabrus join Matt Besser to celebrate 420 episodes of improv4humans! They perform scenes about a wedding speech heckler, a Pepto-Bismol spokesman, shopping for horror supplies, a stoner zookeeper’s best joke, and more. Check out Matt Besser’s new comedy album Pot Humor here.  This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV)
Devin Field, Lisa Gilroy, Jake Sprague, Kimia Behpoornia, and Vic Michaelis bring you a special Halloween movie form double feature! First: a dirty police precinct. A run down rec center. A murderous magic 8-ball. It’s VALLEY PHANTOM. Then, a killing sparks a wave of fear at a music festival in HORROR FEST.  Check out Matt Besser’s new comedy album Pot Humor here.
LIVE from the Apollo Theater in Chicago, Ryan Stanger, Ben Rodgers, Kevin Reome, Liz Allen, and Jon Gabrus join Matt Besser for another improv4humans! Audience suggestions inspire scenes about competitive parents at career day, a threatening yoga instructor, and a true sauna enthusiast. Plus, they get pressured into taking man-shots at a wedding and examine the superstitions of the 13th floor. 
Musical guest Jake Troth joins improvisers Joe Wengert, Will Hines, Toni Charline, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jake performs an acoustic set of songs that inspire scenes about an ice hotel, an optimistic ship captain, navigating the friend zone, couples’ songs, and more.  Check out Jake’s new album IT IS AS IF here.   This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV)
Peter Hulne, Tim Meadows

Peter Hulne, Tim Meadows

2019-10-1001:10:06

Pete Hulne and Tim Meadows join Matt Besser for a special improv3humans! Pete, Tim and Matt perform an extended set tracing the misadventures of a renowned bartender through high-level mixology class, glory hole bars, a high school reunion, and the aftermath of a terrible fire. 
Matt Besser is joined by legendary Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Kenny Stevenson) to answer listener questions about personal hygiene, throat ripping, celebrity crushes, Halloween costume plans, politics, intermittent fasting, and much more. Plus, Matt throws out danger scenarios for Rambo to expertly assess.  This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV).
Jake Ewald of Slaughter Beach, Dog joins improvisers Mano Agapion, James Mannion, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jake plays tunes that inspire scenes about describing a song without hitting any of the notes, digging up bones in order to be cool, and napping in a dollar bin. Later, they’ll order candy from a restaurant and go on the hunt for the next great acolyte. Check out Slaughter Beach, Dog's new album here. This episode is sponsored by Keeps (www.keeps.com/IMPROV).
Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, and Paul F. Tompkins of Superego join Matt Besser for scenes about the origin of Jingle Bells, the phantom of a high school theater, and manipulating the YouTube algorithms.  Plus, they’ll get turned on by hydration, a man steals everything from himself, and a reverend performs a wedding song.  This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV).
Brandon Gardner, Anna Salinas, Mia Schauffler, and Frank Garcia-Hejl join Matt Besser for scenes about visiting an IKEA cafeteria, family holiday traditions, and a grandma catcher. Later, fourth graders show off their questionable Halloween costumes and Paul McCartney performs at a middle school dance.  This episode is sponsored by TodayTix (www.todaytix.com/IMPROV).
Sassy the Cat, Chance the Mutt, and Shadow the Collie are living the good life with their boy and his parents in Malibu. But when the boy gets taken to his grandmother’s house in Eagle Rock, the three animals promise to find him and protect him at any cost. Thus begins an inspiring, heartwarming, and sometimes disturbing adventure through Los Angeles you’ll never forget. This is A Dog’s Journey Homeward. Starring Ali Ghandour, Dan Lippert, James Mannion, Hillary Matthews, Ryan Rosenberg, and Pam Murphy.  This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV).
The Best of Music Vol. 5

The Best of Music Vol. 5

2019-09-0302:25:572

Enjoy volume 5 of improv4humans with Matt Besser’s best of music scenes, featuring music from Noah Gundersen, Colleen Green, Michael Dean Damron, St. Lenox, Ben Lee, Pedro The Lion, Sarah Shook, The Milk Carton Kids, Murder By Death, and Hop Along. Their music inspires scenes about inappropriate displays of grief, faking an adult epiphany, a homesick space colonist and much more. Be a good humon, and support these musicians by purchasing music off their websites.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV).
The Best of Music Vol. 4

The Best of Music Vol. 4

2019-09-0302:11:551

Welcome to the improv4humans Best of Music Vol. 4! Listen to incredible musicians The Family Crest, Laura Stevenson, Cory Branan, Worriers, Austin Lucas, San Fermin, The Smith Street Band, and K.Flay play their best songs as inspiration for improvised scenes featuring an amazing roster of the greatest improvisers in the universe including Will Hines, Seth Morris, Drew Spears, Sean Conroy, Eugene Cordero, Jon Gabrus, Brian Huskey, Mary Holland, Joe Wengert, Craig Rowin, Jessica McKenna, Stephanie Allynne, Matt Newell, Mike McLendon, Drew Tarver, Betsy Sodaro, Dan Lippert, and Paul F. Tompkins.This episode is sponsored by The Jim Jeffries Show Podcast and MVMT Watches (www.MVMT.com/IMPROV).
Taylor Ortega, Aman Adumer, Mary Anthony, Josh Brekhus, James Mannion, Edgar Momplaisir, and Mia Schauffler join Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! They perform scenes about confronting an uncle over his jorts, a family that demands Volvo loyalty, and purchasing extremely impressive pants. Plus, a basketball coach rails against his most hated player, a pastor features a popular beverage in his sermons, and a shopper gets tattoos in order to score free stuff.
Lisa Gilroy, Rachel Van Nes, and Allyn Pintal of improv team Bitchin' join Matt Besser for scenes about Paul Simon’s new millennial writing team, being mistaken for a pro soccer player, and a Green Day D.A.R.E. program. Plus, they’ll cut in line at the club, visit a stressful spa, and bring their exotic animals to the liquor store. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com/IMPROV code: IMPROV) and NHTSA.
Anthony Atamanuik and John Gemberling join Matt Besser for improvised scenes about pranking rock stars, pitching a compelling muffin story, lice that get in the way of an intimate scene, and Subway’s aggressive new bean dip campaign. This episode is sponsored by Audible (www.audible.com/improv or text IMPROV to 500-500), and Raycon (www.buyraycon.com/IMPROV).
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Thomas Franklin

dogs

Jun 13th
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Gurt

How is this podcast not more well known?!

Jun 13th
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Thomas Franklin

😆😅🤔🤤😳😲😍😌😜🙂😄🤗

May 16th
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Thomas Franklin

fun

Apr 12th
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Dahlia Jobelle

this one sucked big time. the whole thing is an ad, sounded like it at least

Nov 3rd
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Thomas Franklin

funy

Sep 22nd
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