Definitely Dying

88 EpisodesProduced by Madeline Walter and Ben AxelradWebsite

Hypochondriac-Comedians Madeline Walter & Ben Axelrad provide a safe space for listeners & funny friends to talk openly about their medical dramas (both real and imagined). Because it's always better to laugh together than cry alone. Music by Erin McGown and MeLissa Gavarrette. Artwork by Roxy Radul… read more

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Ben Greene

January 23rd, 2018


We're not dead, we just smell funny! After an extended holiday break, Ben & Madeline return to the studio to talk their vacations, their new …

Best of 2017: Vol 2

December 26th, 2017


What a year 2017 has been! We laughed! We cried! We sneezed! To celebrate the end of the year & welcome in the holidays, our dying-duo have put …

Best of 2017: Vol. 1

December 19th, 2017


What a year 2017 has been! We laughed! We cried! We sneezed! To celebrate the end of the year & welcome in the holidays, our dying-duo have put …

Joe Wengert

December 11th, 2017


Writer & stand up Joe Wengert (Big Mouth, Comedy Central) stops by this week to the day he reapplied that everyone is going to die, how he embraced a daily routine to keep his sanity, having a hypochondriac mindset, …

Maureen Bharoocha

December 4th, 2017


Director Maureen Bharoocha joins us this week to talk a whole lot about STRESS! How Maureen's love for directing meant she dives head first into work …

Joan Ford

November 27th, 2017


Writer & comedian Joan Ford (Nerdist) joins this week to talk living with a severe life-long peanut allergy combined with growing up with an overprotective mother, the beginning steps of researching HRT (Hormone …

Stirling McLaughlin

November 21st, 2017


Director Stirling McLaughlin (Cold War) joins the studio to discuss raise a child with Proteus Syndrome (a rare condition characterized by overgrowth …

Anais Fairweather

November 14th, 2017


Actress & comedian Anais Fairweather drops in this week for an extended chat on a live-long fear of nightmares & night terrors which lead to …

Dan Black

November 6th, 2017


Comedian & fellow UCB Podcaster Dan Black (Comedians of Wrestling Podcast) stops by to talk fear-based parts growing up jewish & every present anxiety growing up in a community where you're not wanted, the …

Halloween Minisode

October 30th, 2017


Maddy Long Legs & Brown Ben-cluse Axelrad break out the iPod nano for this spooky Halloween minisode! They talk candy, the terror of Hell Night, the need to release your rage, embracing your id, and more!

Hannah Kasulka

October 23rd, 2017


As part of a pre-Halloween treat, we have in the lovable Hannah Kasulka (The Exorcist, Love) to talk a fear of death when most of your career is …


October 16th, 2017


Definitely Dying returns to virtual reality with another partnership with JASH Comedy & Allspice VR! In this live episode the audience IS the guest! Ben & Madeline play a variety of games & quizzes with …

Erin Whitehead

October 6th, 2017


Erin Whitehead (Wild Horses) joins to talk finding a strong voice, growing older & getting confident, being annoyed at the word “hypochondriac”, …

Matt Walsh

October 1st, 2017


We kick off UCB Comedy Crossover Month with Matt Walsh (Veep, UCB Sports & Leisure) to talk the passing of his father & experience of saying …

Scott C. Jones

September 24th, 2017


This week host, writer, podcaster, & fan Scott C. Jones joins us this week to talk about his harrowing brush with death. He talks about a …

Tess Paras

September 19th, 2017


Tess Paras (Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Take My Wife) joins to talk the fear of unexpected death & the concept of leaving behind a legacy, growing up with two doctor parents & a horrifying “birds & the bees” …

Jon Gabrus

September 11th, 2017


Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Actionboiz) drops by the studio & immediately jumps into talking health & body image, he discussing realizing his weight has begun to affect his athletic abilities & pass …

Codi Elizabeth Fischer

September 5th, 2017


Writer Codi Elizabeth Fischer & special guest co-host Joe Saunders join us this week to talk about the need to always be in control, high school …

Ronnie Adrian

August 28th, 2017


Ronnie Adrian (White Women, Drive Share) stops by to share his thoughts on shifting thoughts on death & dying, the important of family, why he laughs instead of cries, his wildly unhealthy diet, & more.

Have an …

Veronica Osorio

August 21st, 2017


Actress & Comedian Veronica Osorio (Hail, Caesar!, Trek and the City Podcast) joins us to talk childhood depression, a life changing motorcycle accident & how it’s affect her outlook on life, career, & …

Stacy Dacheux

August 15th, 2017


Artist & writer Stacy Dacheux joins Ben & Madeline to discuss her unique experience working with hospice & navigating a work environment directly tied to dealing with death & dying, working at homeless …

Mano Agapion

August 6th, 2017


Actor, comedian, and super fan Mano Again (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Horny 4 Horror Podcast) join us to talk an ever present fear of getting …

Zack Bornstein

July 30th, 2017


Writer, Director, & sleep science expert Zack Bornstein (SNL, Jimmy Kimmel Live) stops by to breakdown some cool facts about how the brain works …

Deborah Baker Jr.

July 22nd, 2017


Accident prone actress/comedian Deborah Baker jr. (Stan Against Evil, The Great Indoors) joins us to talk her long history of accidentally hurting herself: cutting off a finger as a kid, being thrown from a boat, or …

Rebekka Johnson

July 16th, 2017


Actress Rebecca Johnson (Netflix’s GLOW, The Apple Sisters) joins us to talk growing up with a fear of being kidnapped, living with an anxiety disorder that causes fainting, & the side effects of taking anxiety …

Jefferson Dutton

July 10th, 2017


Director/Comedian, Jefferson Dutton (Birthday Boys) stops by to the studio to talk outgrowing his youthful invincibility, how losing grandparents …

July 4th Minisode

July 2nd, 2017


Ben & Madeline celebrate the deathliest holiday weekend with our very 1st Def Dying mini-sode by sharing the top 11 reasons people visit the ER …

Jessica Jean Jardine

June 26th, 2017


Writer, comedian, & fashionable person Jessica Jean Jardine stops by the studio to chat it up about developing a very real fear of flying,the negative impact it's had on her life, & how she overcame it,fear of …

Casey Trela

June 19th, 2017


Long time friend of the show, musician, & all around great guy Casey Trela stops by to chat with Ben & Madeline about living with diabetes, going to therapy & the positive effects it's had on his life, his …

Mary Sasson

June 12th, 2017


Helloooo! This week Mary Sasson (Winslow) stops by to talk her early days on her college rowing team, dealing with the sudden loss of people you …

Lauren Lapkus

June 3rd, 2017


Lauren Lapkus (Crashing, With Special Guest) joins us in studio to share a shinglers story, the numerous problems that can arise from being a …

Alex Fernie

May 30th, 2017


Director Alex Fernie (Bajillion Dollar Properties, Children's Hospital) talks with Madeline & Ben about dealing with the loss of a close friend …

Alison Rich

May 23rd, 2017


Alison Rich (SNL, Party Over Here) stops by to chat with Ben & special go-host Ben Greene to talk her thoughts on the afterlife, what a …

David Phillips

May 16th, 2017


David Phillips (Brooklyn 99, Rick & Morty) joins Ben & special guest co-host Jennier Pierson (Powerless) to talk his fear of being murdered …

Zeke Nicholson

May 9th, 2017


Zeke Nicholson (The Good Place, White Women) checks in with Maddy & Ben to discuss having confidence, how a childhood devoted to sports & …

Mary Holland

May 2nd, 2017


Mary Holland (Veep, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates) stops by to chat it up about her the afterlife, her early days at at medieval Times, Maddy's …

Leann Bowen

April 25th, 2017


Writer Leann Bowen (Dear White People) sits down with our dying duo & wastes absolutely no time diving into detailing her days in college …

Brian Huskey

April 18th, 2017


Brian Huskey (Mr. Neighbor’s House, Preacher) joins us on our 50th episode to talk a range of topics: coping with death after the lose of his parents & grandparents, the immense pain of having chronic kidney stones, …

Live in VR: Injuries w/ Nathan Barnatt

April 11th, 2017


Definitely Dying officially enters the world of Virtual Reality thanks to the awesome people at JASH Comedy & Altspace VR! In this special live VR episode, Ben & Maddy engage with an audience of Definitely Dying …

Jennie Pierson

April 3rd, 2017


Jennie Pierson (Powerless) stops by the studio for a candid conversation about processing her feelings & anxiety over the loss of loved ones to cancer, her history with therapy, Ben’s own history with mental …

Jon Mackey

March 28th, 2017


Director/comedian Jon Mackey (Funny or Die, Big Grande) stops by the studio to talk the weird concept of Heaven & Hell, his unwillingness to get …

Jane Becker

March 21st, 2017


Writer Jane Becker (Rick & Morty) joins us to talk living in constant fear of death & using humor (& Twitter) to cope, her history of OCD, dealing with scary men on the streets, her chronic 3-year cough, …

Josh Sharp

March 14th, 2017


Comedian Josh Sharp (Josh Sharp Sings!, Go 90's Thanksgiving) is in studio this week to talk the nature of maturing & becoming "fearless", dealing with his mother's battle with cancer, appreciating life experiences …

Benita Robledo

March 7th, 2017


Hi folks! This week Benita Robledo (Teen Wolf, Gossip Girl) stops by the studios to chat it up about discovering, diagnosing, & treating her OCD, …

Mel Cowan

February 28th, 2017


Writer/Actor Mel Cowan (The Arrangement, Parks & Rec) stops by the studio to chat with our dying-duo about dealing with anxiety & stress working in the creativity field, feeling inadequate, his approaching 40th …

Lilan Bowden

February 20th, 2017


Actress Lilan Bowden (Andi Mack, Filthy Preppy Teen$) stops by the studio to talk the logistics of dying, dealing with the passing of loved ones, setting high expectations when getting sick, the last time she cried, and …

Definitely Dying Presents: Love & Death

February 14th, 2017


Hey definitely-diehards! In this special Valentine’s Day episode record live at UCB Sunset our dying-duo sit down with real-life couple Michael …

Nathan Barnatt

February 6th, 2017


Comedian/musician/whimsical stunt enthusiast Nathan Barnatt stops by our sickly-studio to chat about his old days hopping cargo trains , his …

Mike Hanford

January 31st, 2017


Mike Hanford (Birthday Boys, Comedy Bang Bang) stops in to talk with our dying-duo about what he'd have to do to get into Hell, food poisoning, the secret dangers of coconut water, Mike’s fondness for marathons, and …

Diona Reasonover

January 23rd, 2017


Writer, actress Diona Reasonover (Clipped, Adam Ruins Everything) sits down with our sickly-hosts to talk growing up in Detroit, getting MRSA in …

Ryan Stanger

January 16th, 2017


Comedian, fitness enthusiast, and all around nice-guy Ryan Stanger (The Dumbbells Podcast, Bangarang!) stops by to talk fitness & exercise, …

Emily Maya Mills

January 9th, 2017


Emily Maya Mills (Right Now Kawpow) swings back to gab it up with our hemorrhaging-hosts to talk being bad at small talk, growing up with hippie parents, wanting a broken leg as a kid, the effects of stress on the body, …

Ben Greene

January 2nd, 2017


Hellooooo definitely die-hards! After much anticipation "Other Ben" aka Ben Greene (Son of Zorn, UCB Theater) finally sits down with our dying-duo to talk living with Madeline's hypochondria, fighting through sickness, …

Greatest Hits of 2016 Vol. 2

December 27th, 2016


Hey definitely-diehards! This week we continue the holiday celebrations with some of Ben & Madeline's favorite games & bits of advice from …

Greatest Hits of 2016 Vol. 1

December 20th, 2016


What a year 2016 has been! We laughed! We cried! We coughed! To celebrate the end of the year & welcome in the holidays, our dying-duo have put …

Gilli Nissim

December 13th, 2016


Gilli Nissim (We’re Gross, UCB Theater) stops by to talk with out dying-duo about all manner of gross stuff! Food poisoning, growing up knowing the dangers of the world, not-so-fun past medical experiences, living …

Nick Wiger

December 4th, 2016


Nick Wiger (@midnight, The Dough Boys Podcast) drops by to talk coping with insomnia, craving death, phone-call induced anxiety, self-health, and …

Michael Cassady

November 28th, 2016


Hey y’all! This week Michael Cassady (Love, Comedy Bang Bang!) sits down with our sickly-emcees & talk dealing with mortality & fatherhood, pretending to be sick as a kid, stomach & throat problems, & …

Nicole Byer

November 21st, 2016


Hey y’all! This week Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nichole, Party Over Here) swings by to talk with our dying-duo about dealing with the death of …

Jess McKenna

November 14th, 2016


Hi y’all! Jess McKenna (Serious Music, Comedy Bang! Bang!) stops by to chat with our sickly-hosts about brain eating amoeba, misdiagnosis, alopecia, …

Allyn Rachel

November 7th, 2016


Hiya folks! This week we have in Allyn Rachel (The Good Place, Loosely Exactly Nicole) who chats with our sickly duo about growing up in a religious …

Dan Lippert

October 31st, 2016


Helloooo! This week Dan Lippert (Teacher’s Lounge, Big Grande) sits down with our dying duo to talk about possibly being diabetic, the toll of being …

D’Arcy Carden

October 23rd, 2016


Hey guys, you’re in for a fun episode! This week D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place, Broad City) swings by to talk about Charles Manson, her fear of being …

Paul Rust

October 16th, 2016


Hiya folks! This week Paul Rust (Netflix’s Love, Inglourious Basterds) stops by to chat with our dying duo about dealing with childhood anxiety, …

Kevin T. Porter

October 11th, 2016


Kevin Porter (Gilmore Guys) stops back to talk with our dying duo about funeral prep, dealing with the death of loved ones, childhood illnesses, and …

Lauren McGuire

October 4th, 2016


Hey guys! This week Lauren McGuire (Comedy Bang Bang, Wrecked) stops by to chat with our sickly hosts about living with narcolepsy, Floridan health, …

Allan McLeod

September 24th, 2016


Allan McLeod (You’re the Worst, Drunk History) joins our sickly emcees to talk exercising, skin protection, and ghosts! Allan sicks around afterward to play a fun game about medical tourism!

Johnny Meeks

September 18th, 2016


This week Johnny Meeks stops by to chat with Madeline & Ben about dealing with sickness as a parent, discussing mortality with your children, childhood injuries, and bug infestations. Afterward, they play a game …

Kirby Howell-Baptiste

September 11th, 2016


Kirby Howell-Baptiste swings by to chat with our sickly-duo about veganism, the role of government in healthcare, the socio-economic influences on …

Ego Nwodim

September 3rd, 2016


Ego Nwodim stops by to chat with our hosts about stomach problems, body issues, and her own personal health crisis. Afterward, a fun game about …

Josh Epstein

August 27th, 2016


Musician Josh Epstein from JR JR stops by to chat with our hosts about balancing OCD with the grossness of touring, catching the “good kind” of meningitis, and dealing with the terror of bodily-fluids in truck-stops.

Justin Michael

August 19th, 2016


This week we welcome Justin Michael to the show to discuss dying with your cats, Justin's gross foot, and, everyone's favorite subject, …

Charlene deGuzman

August 11th, 2016


Hello! This week we are joined by Charlene deGuzman where we talk about SEX baby! And, of course, the importance of having self compassion and dealing with addiction. Also, Don't forget to tweet at us @definitelydying …

Kate Purdy

August 6th, 2016


Madeline and Ben talk with the wonderful Kate Purdy about her experience with Ayurvedic medicine. Kate explains how Ayurveda has helped her learn to …

Pam Murphy

July 29th, 2016


Pam Murphy joins the show to share her honest, brave, and truly hilarious story about her battle with breast cancer. Later, they play a game about …

Paul Welsh

July 23rd, 2016


Paul Welsh puts on a face mask with our hosts to tell stories about the worst case of mono, going blind in one eye, and “managing” his anxiety. Plus! …

Suzi Barrett

July 16th, 2016


Suzi Barrett joins our decaying duo and chats about space travel, doing mushrooms, and wiggly worms inside your butt. Woo! Plus, Doctor Laura returns to bust some common health myths.

LIVE FROM DCM18: Beth Appel, Sarah Claspell, & Jamie Gaul

July 10th, 2016


A special live show from the 18th annual Del Close Marathon in New York! The ladies of Cardinal Redbird - Beth Appel, Sarah Claspell, Jamie Gaul, and …

Michael Blaiklock

July 2nd, 2016


Michael "Mookie" Blaiklock joins the show to discuss the dark side of humanity, Ben’s first time honking, and living with anxiety. They also play a …

Brandon Johnson

June 25th, 2016


Brandon Johnson joins the podcast to discuss accepting death, why you should never trust chicken, and having a Virgo stomach. Later Ben and Madeline …

Deanna Russo

June 18th, 2016


Ben and Madeline are joined by Deanna Russo to discuss growing up with Lyme disease, the fourth dimension, and stress induced blisters. Also, don’t forget to tweet at us and use the hashtag #DefinitelyDying to let us …

Dave Theune

June 11th, 2016


Dave Theune visits our dying duo to discuss maintaining a healthy lifestyle, having cool arms, and outliving your parents. Later they play a tricky …

Marcy Jarreau

June 4th, 2016


Marcy Jarreau joins the show and chats about distrust in hospitals, allergies, and new age medical treatments. They also play a game about animal diseases!

Tim Kalpakis

May 27th, 2016


Tim Kalpakis visits the studio to talk to Madeline and Ben about the best time to die, placebos, and being Cali cool. Later Ben tries his hand at …

Betsy Sodaro

May 21st, 2016


Madeline and Ben are joined by Betsy Sodaro where they discuss choking, germaphobia, and infection fueled fevers. Dr. Laura Malone also educates Madeline and Ben on grilling basics.

Joe Saunders

May 21st, 2016


Madeline and Ben welcome Joe Saunders to the show where they discuss Panera stabbings, parasitic weight loss, and quitting unhealthy habits.  Call in listener Sarah takes a crack at smelly diseases.

Will Hines

May 20th, 2016


In the inaugural episode of Definitely Dying, hosts Madeline Walter and Ben Axelrad are joined by Will Hines where they discuss near death experiences, inhaling food, and all things diarrhea.  Dr. Laura Malone also …

Definitely Dying Preview

May 1st, 2016


A sneak peek into Hypochondriac-Comedians Madeline Walter and Ben Axelrad’s new show “Definitely Dying,” coming to the UCB Comedy Podcast Network May 24th!

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