Modern Day Philosophers with Daniel Lobell

57 EpisodesProduced by Daniel Lobell (of WTF and This American Life) talks Comedy & Philosophy

Daniel Lobell learns Philosophy despite his poor academic skills, each week he is joined by comedians ( Lewis Black, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Aisha Tyler, Artie Lange, Carl Reiner, Marc Maron, Todd Glass, Colin Quinn etc. ) they tackle all the big and small questions and try to gain a deeper unders… read more

57 Episodes | 2013 - 2019

Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling and Jeremy Bentham

April 3rd, 2019


Jackie Martling invites Daniel Lobell over for a talk the ranges on everything from the Howard Stern show to addiction to marriage to the philosophy of Jeremy Bentham.

Lots of fun and of course Jokes!


Myq Kaplan and Oscar Wilde

January 15th, 2019


Myq Kaplan joins Daniel to discuss some of the ideas of philosopher/writer Oscar Wilde. Myq and Daniel have been friends for years and they catch up. Myq is also the voice of the new intro song lyrics written by Zach …

Jimmy O. Yang and William Jevons

December 18th, 2018


Jimmy O. Yang of Silicon Valley and Crazy Rich Asians comes by to talk to Daniel about philosopher William Jevons and his new book "How to American". …

Luz Pazos and Giacomo Leopardi

November 9th, 2018


Luz Pazos is the only Peruvian comedian working in the U.S. currently. She comes by the show to talk with Daniel about Giacomo Leopardi as well as her story of international travel that led her to Los Angeles and to …

Manis Friedman and Thomas Nagel

October 17th, 2018


Rabbi Manis Friedman comes over Daniel's house to discuss his new book "The Joy of Intimacy" and some philosophy from Thomas Nagel. The conversation covers his growing up in the Chabad movement and meeting with the …

Mendy Pellin and Carl Jung

September 22nd, 2018


Mendy Pellin talks with Daniel Lobell about what it's like to be one of the only Hassidic stand up comedians. They discuss performing for religious …

Tony Hawk and Marcel Proust

September 9th, 2018


Tony Hawk and Daniel Lobell sit down and discuss skateboarding, music, following your dreams, Hollywood and philosophy from Marcel Proust.


EPISODE 100! A LOOK BACK. (Featuring Maron, Burr, Bamford, Lewis Black and more)

August 15th, 2018


Celebration of 100 episodes of Modern Day Philosophers with Daniel Lobell.


Matt Kirshen, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Lewis Black, Marc Maron, Carl Reiner, Jackie Mason, Doug Stanhope, Fred Armisen, Brian Regan, …

Salvador Litvak and Adam Ferguson

June 27th, 2018


Salvador Litvak the great writer, director and host of the Accidental Talmudist sits down with Danny to tell his story of immigrating from Chile, Umbrella Stabbings, Harvard rowing, bad performance art and Mexican weed. …

George Wallace and Montesquieu

May 24th, 2018


George Wallace and Danny Lobell sit down in an airport lounge near LAX and talk everything from politics to Seinfeld to being at Martin Luther King …

Special Episode: Ralphie May; a journey through podcasts, stand up and life.

April 12th, 2018


Ralphie May; a journey. In this episode I look back at my friendship with my comedy mentor, brother, boss and friend Ralphie May. You will hear old …

SEASON 8 WRAP UP SHOW with Danny and Alex Fossella

March 31st, 2018


Alex Fossella and Danny Lobell recount their favorite highlights from the season! 

Tape Face aka Sam Wills and Alexis de Tocqueville

March 5th, 2018


Tape Face joins Danny Lobell, host of Modern Day Philosophers. America's Got Talent's Tape Face guests on this episode of the show to discuss philosophy from philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville. They talked about the …

Erica Rhodes and John Rawls

February 1st, 2018


Erica Rhodes comes by and she and Danny names, Prairie Home Companion, comedy, philosophy of John Rawls (with a surprise cameo from Alex Fossella), music and Tanglewood and so much more.


David Koechner and Alexander Hamilton

December 29th, 2017


David Koechner and Danny Lobell talk about having kids, addiction, Improv, SNL, the Midwest and politics.



Jamie Kilstein and Thomas Jefferson

December 11th, 2017


Jamie Kilstein came over and discussed his longtime friendship with Danny and how the two wound up on very different paths over the years. Jamie addresses the scandal that he found himself caught in and where he was at …

Phil Proctor and Karl Marx

November 27th, 2017


Phil Proctor (of the Firesign Theatre) has Danny Lobell over his house in the Canyon to talk about his long exciting and at times Mystical career in …

Baron Vaughn and Simone de Beauvoir

November 10th, 2017


Baron Vaughn comes by for a very in depth discussion about race, religion, his new album Blaxistential Crisis identity and of course our philosopher who in this case was Simone de Beauvoir. It's a great talk brought to …

Jenny Zigrino and Hans-Georg Gadamer

October 15th, 2017


Jenny Zigrino comes by discuss philosophy from Hans-Georg Gadamer. The episode is full of laughs and very sincere moments and covers everything from …

Rob Bell and Richard Dawkins

September 15th, 2017


Rob Bell comes over to discuss all things religion spirituality Christianity starting his own church and the philosophy of Richard Dawkins. It's a …

Remembering Shelley Berman

September 7th, 2017


The great Shelley Berman has passed away. Listen to my interview with him from season 2 and hear some stories of our friendship that transpired out of this interview.

R.I.P. Shelley

Jimeoin and Edmund Burke

September 3rd, 2017


Jimeoin and Danny record this episode from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Great talk about the philosophy of Edmund Burke, and Jimeoin talks about growing up in Ireland and leaving to make his own way in the …

Steven Alan Green and Franz Kafka

August 24th, 2017


Steven Alan Green comes by to talk Franz Kafka, Jerry Lewis and the showbiz struggle.


Ophira Eisenberg and Martin Buber

July 17th, 2017


Ophira Eisenberg (The Moth, NPR's "Ask Me Another") swings by the studio to talk about philosopher Martin Buber with Danny Lobell. They discuss NYC living, a tragedy that happened to her when she was a child and stayed …

Dana Gould and Thomas Sowell

June 7th, 2017


Dana Gould talks with Danny from his hotel room in Phoenix Arizona while the two are there for the Bird City Comedy Festival. The two discuss …

Fred Armisen and Marshall McLuhan

May 4th, 2017


Fred Armisen comes by to discuss the philosophy of Marshall McLuhan as well as his upbringing in Long Island and how he failed as a drummer. Conversation also covers Fred's rise to fame after getting hired for Saturday …

Special Episode: Patrice O'Neal and Al Lubel

April 25th, 2017


Patrice O'Neal, the late GREAT comedian calls in to a now "Famous" recording of Danny's old show recorded in 2007.  In this special episode Danny …

Danny reads fan mail and plays clips from The Mostly Bull Market Podcast

March 31st, 2017


Danny reads some fan mail and plugs some upcoming shows. Then plays some segments from The Mostly Bull Market podcast featuring comedians Jason Webb, …

Bobcat Goldthwait and Jorge Luis Borges

March 23rd, 2017


Bobcat Goldthwait comes by the Modern Day Philosophers studio to talk with Danny Lobell about the philosophy Jorge Luis Borges. The conversation …

Ryan Conner and John Donne

February 21st, 2017


Ryan Conner comes by to tell Danny about his very unique upbringing in Virginia proper, his love for Mozart and how he works himself to the bone …

Mayim Bialik and Karl Popper

January 23rd, 2017


Mayim Bialik sits down withDanny Lobell, star of The Big Bang Theory and Blossom, was trained as a neuroscience. That's why Alex picked philosopher …

Al Lubel and Thomas Szasz

December 27th, 2016


Al Lubel comes over to discuss philosophy from Thomas Szasz but what happens is an incident from 17 years ago resurfaces that has kept the two apart all these years without Danny even remembering it happened. It's a …

Kurt Braunohler and Harry Frankfurt

October 21st, 2016


Kurt Braunohler comes by to discuss Harry Frankfurt in this "Lost" and now found episode. We are so lost on this one that we even call Alex for clues.



Gad Elmaleh and Roland Barthes

September 23rd, 2016


Gad Elmaleh, the great Moroccan French comedian joins Danny this episode in the Chateau Marmont Hotel to discuss everything from Yom Kippur in …

Cash Peters and Albert Schweitzer

August 29th, 2016


Cash Peters is an author a journalist and an avid listener of this show. He came by to talk Albert Schweitzer with Danny and about his life and relationship to spirituality and his family.

Great talk with an interesting …

Tom Rhodes and Seneca the Younger

July 25th, 2016


Tom Rhodes comes by to talk with Danny Lobell about travel, Seneca, Florida and family. Great episode, great talk with a very funny guy.




Pat Cooper and Marcus Aurelius

June 29th, 2016

Pat Cooper and I sat down and caught up after years of not seeing each other. Pat told stories of his childhood and as always spoke his mind about …

Dan Schlissel and E.H. Carr

June 4th, 2016


Dan Schlissel and Danny Lobell sit and talk outside in the Palm trees in Akumal Mexico at the Akumal Comedy Festival. They discuss topics ranging …

Christian Finnegan and William of Champeaux

May 18th, 2016


Christian Finnegan has Danny over his Queens apartment to discuss William of Champeaux. The conversation covers religion, early childhood development and dealing with jerks. It's a great talk.




Doug Stanhope and Plotinus

April 28th, 2016


Doug Stanhope has Danny over his place in Bisbee Arizona to talk about everything from his childhood, to his mom, to drinking, drugs the dessert vs …

SEASON SIX WRAP UP SHOW with Danny and Alex Fossella

April 26th, 2016


Alex Fossella and Danny discuss the season highlights for season six, what thoughts really stuck with them and some dream guests for upcoming shows.




Brian Regan and Paul Feyerabend

April 20th, 2016


Brian Regan and Danny Lobell sit down and discuss philosophy from Paul Feyerabend. Because Brian has a history of going against the grain of the …

Darryl Lenox and Thomas More

April 19th, 2016


Darryl Lenox and Danny Lobell sit down at the Stand Up! Records Akumal Comedy Festival to discuss philosophy from Tomas More. Darryl also tells stories of being a con man, growing up with a pimp for a father and working …

"Professor" Irwin Corey and Mahatma Gandhi

March 30th, 2016


"Professor" Irwin Corey is 102 years old. He welcomes Danny into his House in Manhattan - Yes HOUSE in Manhattan! They talk about everything from the …

Liz Miele and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

February 24th, 2016


Liz Miele visits Danny this week to discuss everything from her parents to relationships, holding on to your inner child, managing your inner crazy …

Jason Zumwalt and Augustine of Hippo

February 16th, 2016


Jason Zumwalt visits Danny Lobell to discuss Augustine of Hippo. They talk about why Jason left Stand up, grand theft auto, and having jokes stolen. …

Henry Phillips and Marquis de Sade

January 26th, 2016


Henry Phillips came by Danny Lobell's studio and discusses everything from Metal bands to nipple clamps and the Marquis de Sade in this hilarious episode of Modern Day Philosophers. Brought to you by Stand Up! Records. …

JT Habersaat and William of Ockham

December 15th, 2015


JT Habersaat and Danny meet for the first time on this epsiode of Modern Day Philosophers. The two really hit it off and figure out while discussing William of Ockham and his famous razor that they really have a lot in …

Jessie Beth Kahnweiler and Nassim Nicholas Taleb

October 2nd, 2015


Jessie Beth Kahnweiler joins Danny at his house to discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The two talk about everything from rape to bulimia to Mel Brooks, …

Owen Benjamin and Agrippa The Skeptic

September 9th, 2015


Owen Benjamin comes over the house and we talk skepicism, Big and Tall, REM Sleep and the Sky. It's a good one folks, Enjoy!

Dante Nero and Georg Simmel

July 30th, 2015


Dante Nero, Danny's long time comedy friend, invites him to his Brooklyn studio "the Pimp cup" to talk Georg Simmel and social and physical relationships. Dante being an ex-pimp and ex-stripper has some interesting …

Dave Anthony and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

July 4th, 2015


Dave Anthony stops by to discuss Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz with Danny. The talk flys, monards and parenting. They also uncover one of the greatest controvercies in Math History! Enjoy! 

Jackie Mason and Martin Luther

June 15th, 2015


Jackie Mason and Danny meet up in a diner in midtown to talk as they used to for so many years when Danny was in his twenties.

They discuss in depth Jackie's childhood and his early days in comedy. They also talk a bit …

How to get Seasons 1-5 of Modern Day Philosophers

October 29th, 2013


Hear how it all began and enjoy talks with Janeane Garofalo on Tom Regan, Wayne Federman on Neitzsche , Zach Sherwin on Martin Heidegger, Ari Shaffir on Immanuel Kant, Yakov Smirnoff on Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dwayne …

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