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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh’: Real conversations with really funny people. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein interviews some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to make people laugh during this current cultural and political mo… read more

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Roy Wood Jr. on Trump, Chappelle and ‘The Daily Show’

October 26th, 2021

50:45

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. tells us what his year of ‘Daily Show’ correspondent appearances from home was like and the many ways in which the show has changed since Trump left office. He also talks about his podcast ‘Roy’s …

Ricky Velez Makes Trouble

October 19th, 2021

45:39

For the last several years of his career, comedian Ricky Velez has been best known as Pete Davidson’s best friend, both in real life on on-screen in

Jena Friedman Is the ‘Hipster Nancy Grace’

October 12th, 2021

48:30

Jena Friedman is a former ‘Daily Show’ field producer, an uncompromising stand-up comedian and, as of this past year, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.’ Now, she’s taking on the true crime …

Dane Cook Never Wanted to Be a ‘Frat Comic’

October 5th, 2021

51:00

Dane Cook was, for a brief time in the mid-2000s, the most popular comedian on the planet. Then, as the rockstar cliche goes, it all came crashing …

‘Better Call Saul’s’ Rhea Seehorn Is Secretly Hilarious

October 1st, 2021

52:35

Rhea Seehorn may be best known for playing the very serious Kim Wexler opposite Bob Odenkirk on ‘Better Call Saul.’ But for the first 15 years or so …

Taylor Tomlinson Got ‘Canceled’ by Church

September 28th, 2021

50:24

Taylor Tomlinson started performing stand-up at church shows when she was just 16 years old. Now, at 27, she is one of the fastest rising stars in …

Gary Gulman Goes From the Psych Ward to Carnegie Hall

September 21st, 2021

56:15

It’s been two years since Gary Gulman released his remarkable stand-up special ‘The Great Depresh.’ And despite a global pandemic that caused its own …

‘Daily Show’s’ Josh Johnson Grabs the Mic

September 14th, 2021

56:01


Comedian Josh Johnson spent the first few years of his comedy career writing monologue jokes for Jimmy Fallon at ‘The Tonight Show’ and then crafting …

Martin Short on SNL, Steve Martin and ‘Only Murders in the Building’

September 7th, 2021

50:08

Comedy icon Martin Short somehow turned 70 last 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 …

Simon Rich, From SNL to Pixar and Beyond

August 31st, 2021

57:31

As the youngest writer ever hired at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Simon Rich achieved his biggest dreams ridiculously early in life. Everything that’s …

Nicole Byer Is the Bob Saget of Her Generation

August 24th, 2021

56:45

Before Nicole Byer became the Emmy-nominated face of Netflix’s family-friendly baking competition show ‘Nailed It!’ she was best known as one of the …

Kathy Griffin on Trump, Don Jr., SNL, CNN, TMZ and More

August 17th, 2021

59:37

Comedian Kathy Griffin opens up about the infamous photoshoot that changed her life and sounds off on President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., TMZ’s Harvey Levin, CNN’s Jeff Zucker, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Alec Baldwin, …

Jake Johnson’s ‘Weird Ride’ From Stoner Bro to Action Star and Back Again

August 10th, 2021

40:45

Jake Johnson has run from dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, fought off mummies with Tom Cruise and embodied an alternate universe Spiderman. But for his latest project ‘Ride the Eagle,’ the actor has scaled things way back, …

Kristen Schaal Always Knew Her Voice Was ‘Special’

August 3rd, 2021

53:18

From her breakthrough performance as Mel the stalker on ‘Flight of the Conchords,’ to her long-running gig as the voice of fourth-grader Louise …

Nikki Glaser Would Rather Be ‘F*ckable’ Than Funny

July 27th, 2021

58:47

Nikki Glaser is a world-class stand-up comedian, a ruthless celebrity roaster and an endlessly engaging daily podcaster. Now, she’s also a reality TV star thanks to her new gig hosting the deliberately absurd dating …

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Director David Wain, 20 Years Later!

July 20th, 2021

51:48

Director David Wain thought his career was over when ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ bombed at the box office in July of 2001. 20 years later, the film has …

Rory Scovel Has No Idea What He’s Doing

July 13th, 2021

50:56

Comedian Rory Scovel never knows exactly what he’s going to say when he steps on stage. But in his latest stand-up special ‘Live Without Fear,’ he threw out the script altogether and performed six consecutive nights of …

Mindy Kaling on ‘The Office,’ ‘Never Have I Ever’ and SNL

July 6th, 2021

47:07

Mindy Kaling broke through as a writer and star of ‘The Office’ and then ‘The Mindy Project’ before taking those roles to new heights in her latest …

‘Tooning Out the News’ with R.J. Fried

June 29th, 2021

43:04

10 years before he created the hilarious, Stephen Colbert-produced ‘Tooning Out the News,’ R.J. Fried spent time in the trenches of actual cable …

Busy Philipps Came This Close to Giving Up Acting

June 22nd, 2021

48:09

With a best-selling memoir, beloved podcast and insanely popular Instagram account, Busy Philipps was ready to quit acting for good when Tina Fey …

Jim Gaffigan on Trump, Fox News, #MeToo and God

June 15th, 2021

1:11:35

One of the most successful stand-up comedians of all time, Jim Gaffigan became the first comic to premiere a special with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

Why Gina Yashere Fled Britain’s ‘Subtle’ Racism for ‘In Your Face’ America

June 8th, 2021

53:20

Comedian Gina Yashere’s new memoir is titled ‘Cack-Handed,’ which, she explains, means “left-handed or awkward and clumsy, which I am all of these things.” She’s also the first Brit to perform on ‘Def Comedy Jam,’ a …

Could Joel Kim Booster Be the First Gay Male Stand-Up Superstar?

June 1st, 2021

48:45

Joel Kim Booster likes to play the “hot idiot” on stage. But as you will quickly learn during this episode, he is actually full the insights about …

Tig Notaro on Louis C.K., Jennifer Aniston and ‘The Office’

May 25th, 2021

46:50

In this episode, Tig Notaro opens up about moving on from ‘One Mississippi’ and Louis C.K., the fundamental silliness of her online talk show ‘Under a Rock’ and why decided to host her new advice podcast ‘Don’t Ask Tig.’

David Alan Grier Dishes on ‘In Living Color’ vs. SNL

May 18th, 2021

41:52

Three decades after they appeared together on ‘In Living Color,’ David Alan Grier is now playing Jamie Foxx’s father on their new Netflix sitcom ‘Dad …

Mike Schur Returns to Tackle the Culture Wars

May 11th, 2021

54:38

After creating ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Brooklyn 99’ and ‘The Good Place,’ Mike Schur has decided to dive head first into the culture wars with his …

‘Bad Trip’ With Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery

May 4th, 2021

40:47

The stars of Netflix’s hit prank movie ‘Bad Trip’ join ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast this week! Wel hear from comedian—and Oscars savior—Lil Rel Howery about why he almost quit the film on day one and from writer, producer …

‘Bridesmaids’ Director Paul Feig, 10 Years Later

April 27th, 2021

56:05

Exactly a decade after ‘Bridesmaids’ hit theaters and smashed records, director Paul Feig joins the podcast to look back on how it all came together …

Abbi Jacobson Celebrates 4/20!

April 20th, 2021

53:46

‘Broad City’s’ Abbi Jacobson joins this very special 4/20 episode to look back on highlights from the game-changing comedy series she created and starred in with partner-in-crime Ilana Glazer and ahead to her new …

The Lucas Brothers Crash the Oscars!

April 13th, 2021

50:26

Keith and Kenny Lucas spent 9 years developing, pitching and ultimately co-writing ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’ It was all worth it when they …

Jo Koy Takes Down Asian Hate

April 6th, 2021

49:04

What’s the difference between challenging stereotypes and perpetuating those same stereotypes? That’s just one of the many questions international comedy superstar Jo Koy tries to get to the bottom of on this week’s …

Lisa Lampanelli Leaves Behind the ‘Queen of Mean’

March 30th, 2021

53:47

Two and half years after Lisa Lampanelli retired from insult comedy to become a life coach, the former “Queen of Mean” opens up about what made her …

Roy Wood Jr. Cleans Up Trump’s ‘Skid Marks’

March 23rd, 2021

51:33

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. tells us what his year of ‘Daily Show’ correspondent appearances from home has been like and how the show has changed since Trump left office. He also talks about his new podcast ‘Roy’s Job Fair,’

Nate Bargatze Is Back! (And Better Than Ever)

March 16th, 2021

44:40

Stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze returns to ‘The Last Laugh’ this week to talk about his latest special ‘The Greatest Average American,’ which premieres this Thursday, March 18th on Netflix. He breaks down how he managed …

Comedy Under Quarantine: One Year Later

March 9th, 2021

41:33

To mark one year since our world was turned upside down, this episode features stories from eight comedians about trying to stay funny in the middle of a global pandemic:

Cameron Esposito

Jimmy O. Yang

Nick Offerman

Nathan Lane Opens Up About ‘The Birdcage’ and Oprah

March 2nd, 2021

56:40

It’s the 100th episode of ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast and Nathan Lane is here to talk about his iconic role in ‘The Birdcage’ nearly 25 years to the day …

Preview: Nathan Lane Teases ‘The Birdcage’ Sequel

February 26th, 2021

5:40

In this preview of our 100th episode with Nathan Lane dropping next Tuesday, the star of ‘The Birdcage’ weighs in on the debate over straight actors …

Blaire Erskine Exposes MAGA Insanity

February 23rd, 2021

47:15

Atlanta-based comedian Blaire Erskine has blown up on Twitter over the past year with videos that not only roast Trump-loving conservatives but have …

Larry Wilmore on Obama, Jon Stewart and ‘The Office’

February 16th, 2021

47:38

Larry Wilmore is a comedy writer, producer, former host of ‘The Nightly Show’ and current host of the podcast ‘Black on the Air.’ Now, Larry has executive produced a new six-part docuseries called ‘Amend: The Fight for …

Bobby Moynihan Fanboys Over SNL

February 9th, 2021

44:06

After nine seasons spent bringing lovable weirdos to life as a cast member on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Bobby Moynihan is at it again on the Tina Fey-created sitcom ‘Mr. Mayor.’ On this episode, Bobby talks about being one …

An Exclusive Interview With God (AKA David Javerbaum)

February 5th, 2021

25:23

In a rare interview, the man behind @TheTweetofGod—former “Daily Show” writer David Javerbaum—opens up about creating that wildly popular Twitter …

Natasha Leggero Would Rather Roast Houses

February 2nd, 2021

42:59

After years spent roasting D-list celebrities on ‘Chelsea Lately,’ A-list celebrities on the Comedy Central roasts and hipster couples on her ‘Honeymoon Stand Up Special’ with husband Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero has …

Sam Morril Is the ‘Taylor Swift of Comedy’

January 26th, 2021

50:20

Comedian Sam Morril is so prolific that he managed to release two full-length stand-up specials in 2020 when most comics couldn’t even get on stage. …

Sarah Cooper Celebrates the End of Trump

January 19th, 2021

55:16

On Donald Trump’s last full day as president, comedian Sarah Cooper looks back and her life-changing year lip-syncing him on TikTok and ahead to her …

Preview: Sarah Cooper Calls Trump a ‘Petty Bitch’

January 15th, 2021

5:23

In this preview of our episode with Sarah Cooper dropping next Tuesday—AKA Donald Trump’s last full day in office—the comedian shares her parting …

Colin Quinn Is ‘Actually Glad’ He Got COVID

January 12th, 2021

54:33

Colin Quinn got COVID-19 for the jokes. Well, not exactly. But as the stand-up comedian and star of HBOMax’s ‘Colin Quinn & Friends: A Parking …

‘Borat 2’ Director Jason Woliner Reveals All!

January 5th, 2021

57:06

Jason Woliner thought it was a terrible idea to make a sequel to the “funniest movie ever made.” Sacha Baron Cohen hired him to direct it anyway. In …

Phoebe Robinson Says Good Riddance to 2020

December 29th, 2020

48:31

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, podcast host, best-selling author and, until recently, one half of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Jessica Williams. …

SNL, Borat and Sarah Cooper on ‘The New Abnormal’

December 27th, 2020

23:46

On this special crossover pod, ‘The Last Laugh’ host Matt Wilstein joins ‘The New Abnormal’ co-host Molly Jong-Fast and producer Jesse Cannon to look …

The Funniest Performances of 2020!

December 22nd, 2020

55:02

To celebrate the end of this absurd year, Matt Wilstein is joined by The Daily Beast’s Laura Bradley to share their lists of the funniest performances of 2020. They include some previous ‘Last Laugh’ guests (Sam Jay!

Jason Mantzoukas Is Comedy’s Go-To ‘Maniac’

December 15th, 2020

55:34

Starting with his breakthrough role as Rafi on ‘The League,’ Jason Mantzoukas has a solid decade under his belt as the comedy world’s favorite …

‘Daily Show’s’ Michael Kosta Can Be Funny Anywhere

December 11th, 2020

40:03

When Michael Kosta decided to call his new Comedy Central stand-up special ‘Detroit. NY. LA.’ he had no idea people would be watching it in lockdown …

Jessica Kirson Can’t Stop Being Funny

December 8th, 2020

48:10

It took Jessica Kirson 19 years to land her first-ever hour-long special ‘Talking to Myself’. Despite her reputation as a club comic who can kill in any room, the networks weren’t exactly banging down her door. “I was …

John Michael Higgins, From ‘Best in Show’ to ‘Saved by the Bell’

December 1st, 2020

51:27

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 …

John Wilson Demystifies ‘How To With John Wilson’

November 27th, 2020

36:54

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’ …

Mary Holland Breaks Through in ‘Happiest Season’

November 24th, 2020

43:52

After stealing scenes in ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and bunch of your other favorite shows, Mary Holland is about to break out …

David Cross Sounds Off on Trump, Bush and Netflix

November 17th, 2020

50:11

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 …

John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen and Tim Heidecker Unite!

November 10th, 2020

32:36

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 …

Election Day Special With Anthony Atamanuik

November 3rd, 2020

49:49

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 …

Chelsea Handler Is Still Evolving

October 27th, 2020

35:18

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 …

Jordan Klepper Rides Again!

October 20th, 2020

43:23

‘Daily Show’ contributor Jordan Klepper returns to ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast to talk about his insane year spent going to Trump rallies amidst a …

Hari Kondabolu Gets ‘Politically Re-Active’

October 13th, 2020

45:57

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has reunited with his friend (and former ‘Last Laugh’ guest) W. Kamau Bell for a new season of their podcast ‘Politically …

Lewis Black Is Madder Than Ever

October 6th, 2020

45:48

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 …

Preview: Lewis Black’s Debate Rant

October 1st, 2020

5:28

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. 

 

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Michelle Buteau Doesn’t ‘Give a F*ck’

September 29th, 2020

38:04

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 …

Joe Lo Truglio Breaks Through

September 22nd, 2020

37:40

After years spent stealing scenes in movies like ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘I Love You, Man,’ Joe Lo Truglio …

Pauly Shore Gets ‘Under America’s Skin’

September 15th, 2020

38:57

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,’ …

Ramy Youssef Takes Off

September 8th, 2020

53:35

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 …

Beth Stelling Goes Full ‘Girl Daddy’

September 1st, 2020

44:24

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 …

JB Smoove Brings the Ruckus

August 25th, 2020

42:12

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 …

Ron Funches Checks In

August 21st, 2020

32:12

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 …

Martin Short Is ‘Pure Joy’

August 18th, 2020

50:57

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 …

‘Dope Queen’ Phoebe Robinson Goes Solo

August 11th, 2020

47:35

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, podcast host, best-selling author and, until recently, one half of ‘2 Dope Queens’ with Jessica Williams. …

John Cleese Is Hopeless

August 4th, 2020

30:20

Comedy legend John Cleese joins the show this week to talk about his first-ever live stream event ‘Why There Is No Hope.’ During this rousing conversation, he shares his take on the laughable “hypocrisy” of Donald …

Preview: John Cleese Teases His New Show

July 31st, 2020

6:46

In this preview from next week’s episode, Monty Python co-founder John Cleese shares details about his upcoming live stream event ‘Why There Is No …

Tig Notaro Has Never Felt Better

July 28th, 2020

46:35

This week marks exactly eight years since comedian Tig Notaro opened her stand-up set in Los Angeles with the words, “Hello, I have cancer.” She now finally has a clean bill of health for the first time since 2012. In …

‘Daily Show’s’ Dulcé Sloan Speaks Her Mind

July 21st, 2020

29:06

Comedian Dulcé Sloan likes to joke that she was “forced to move to New York because of success.” She’s still there, even though she’s been recording …

Kevin from ‘The Office!’ (Brian Baumgartner)

July 17th, 2020

22:16

Brian Baumgartner spent nine seasons playing Kevin Malone on ‘The Office’—and yet sounds almost nothing like his iconic character in real life. This week, Brian launched his new podcast, ‘An Oral History of The Office,’

Richard Kind Is That Guy

July 14th, 2020

42:19

You might recognize Richard Kind from ‘Mad About You’ or ‘Spin City.’ Or from his voice work as the imaginary friend Bing Bong in Pixar’s ‘Inside …

W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

July 7th, 2020

43:41

Stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. With its fifth season …

Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

July 5th, 2020

19:04

‘The Last Laugh’ host Matt Wilstein joined his Daily Beast colleagues Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on their podcast ‘The New Abnormal’ to …

Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

July 3rd, 2020

27:02

Stand-up comedian J-L Cauvin went viral overnight at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when he started posting videos of his expert Trump impression online. J-L, who also hosts a podcast as the president called

Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

June 30th, 2020

57:27

In 1997, Robert Smigel put a dog puppet on his hand, started making poop jokes in a thick Russian accent and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was born. …

Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

June 22nd, 2020

40:36

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 …

Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

June 16th, 2020

45:13

Comedian Eric Andre is best known for pulling outrageous pranks on Adult Swin’s ‘The Eric Andre Show,’ which is finally returning for its …

Michaela Watkins Makes Everything Better

June 9th, 2020

48:44

Michaela Watkins was “rudely” fired by SNL after just one season. She has been proving them wrong ever since. This week, the comedian and actress opens up about celebrity activism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, …

Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’

June 3rd, 2020

47:45

Ricky Gervais joins this week’s show from home in London to talk about his darkly funny and surprisingly moving Netflix series ‘After Life,’ which just got picked up for a third season. The comedian explains how he …

Nick Offerman Gets Emotional

May 26th, 2020

49:42

Ron Swanson has been “social distancing” his entire life. Nick Offerman, on the other hand, is a “social animal.” On this episode, the actor opens up about staying busier than ever under quarantine, from hosting his …

Patton Oswalt Sounds Off

May 19th, 2020

44:43

Comedian Patton Oswalt is here to talk about his new Netflix special ‘I Love Everything.’ The title is a huge turnaround from his 2017 special ‘Annihilation’ and on today’s episode Patton opens up about how far he’s …

‘Reno 911’ Reunion!

May 15th, 2020

36:14

‘Reno 911’ creators and stars Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Robert Ben Garant come together for this very special bonus episode of ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast. 11 years after the show ended its original run on …

Jimmy O. Yang Fights Coronavirus Racism With Comedy

May 12th, 2020

48:01

Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is best known for playing Jian-Yang on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ Now, he is finally revealing his true self to the world in a new stand-up special called ‘Good Deal,’ which is currently available to …

Larry Wilmore Is Still Keeping It 100

May 5th, 2020

1:02:46

Larry Wilmore is a comedy writer, producer, former host of ‘The Nightly Show’ and current host of the podcast ‘Black on the Air.’ In this episode, we …

Thomas Middleditch Breaks Out of His ‘Silicon Valley’ Box

April 28th, 2020

40:03

Thomas Middleditch is best known for playing Richard Hendricks on six seasons of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ Now, he is leaving that ultra-specific …

Cameron Esposito Wants You to ‘Save Yourself’

April 21st, 2020

1:06:58

Cameron Esposito made a huge splash in the comedy world seven years ago when she made her late-night stand-up debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The other guest on the show, Jay Leno, called her the …

Eugene Mirman Gets Personal

April 14th, 2020

56:23

Eugene Mirman is perhaps best known for voicing Gene Belcher on ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ But as his new documentary ‘It Started as a Joke’ proves, he is also one of the most innovative and influential stand-up comics of his …

The Last Laugh Podcast Is Back!

April 10th, 2020

1:36

Starting next week, The Last Laugh returns with all-new episodes featuring great conversations with comedians about how they’re staying funny when the world around them is falling apart. Stay tuned!

Twitter: @mattwilstein

Bumping Elbows with Jeff Ross (‘Thick Skin’ Crossover Episode)

March 13th, 2020

58:53

‘The Last Laugh’ is still on hiatus, so this week we’re bringing you a very special crossover pod from our friend (and previous guest) Jeff Ross! On the latest episode of his podcast ‘Thick Skin,’ Jeff talked …

Pamela Adlon Reinvents Herself

February 25th, 2020

1:00:36

Pamela Adlon has had to reinvent herself several times over the course of her unconventional career. From child star (‘Grease 2’) to Emmy-winning voice actor (‘King of the Hill’) to creator and showrunner of …

Ben Schwartz Is a Comedy Machine

February 18th, 2020

1:06:32

The one and only Ben Schwartz is here for our 50th episode! This month, Schwartz is starring in two wildly different movies: the box office …

Russell Peters Defends Comedic Stereotypes

February 11th, 2020

44:44

Russell Peters is a global comedy sensation who sells out arenas in London, New York and Mumbai, where he taped his most recent stand-up special ‘Deported,’ streaming now on Amazon. In this episode, Peters …

Tom Papa Is Doing Great!

February 4th, 2020

58:12

Tom Papa might be best known for his longtime friendship with Jerry Seinfeld. But on this week’s episode he demonstrates that he has much more to offer. Tom talks about why he called his latest Netflix special

Maria Bamford Is Feeling Better

January 28th, 2020

56:34

Maria Bamford has been performing stand-up comedy for 30 years and just keeps getting better. Her latest hour-long special ‘Weakness Is the Brand’ finds her at the top of her game, delivering operatic bits …

Fortune Feimster Has Arrived

January 21st, 2020

55:29

Stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster made her TV debut 10 years ago on ‘Last Comic Standing.’ This week, her first-ever hour-long special ‘Sweet & Salty’ lands on Netflix. In this episode, Feimster talks …

Michael Schur Says Goodbye to ‘The Good Place’

January 14th, 2020

1:14:42

Ahead of the ‘The Good Place’ series finale, creator Michael Schur is here to answer all of our burning questions about the existential sitcom, which airs its series finale at the end of January. On this …

Andrea Savage Is a Great Podcast Guest

January 7th, 2020

59:58

Andrea Savage knows she’s a great podcast guest. “Not to brag,” she says on this week’s show. The creator and star of truTV’s ‘I’m Sorry’ talks about finding the balance between cringe-worthiness and comedy, …

Sacha Baron Cohen (Live)

December 31st, 2019

59:06

Comedy legend Sacha Baron Cohen goes deep on all of the crazy things that happened during the filming of his Showtime series ‘Who Is …

Sarah Silverman (Premiere)

December 24th, 2019

54:48

Comedian Sarah Silverman opens up about the cancelation of her Hulu show ‘I Love You, America’ and what it’s like to be a target of the alt-right. …

Lil Rel Howery Turns 40

December 17th, 2019

49:04

Happy birthday to Lil Rel Howery! Today, the comedian and actor turns 40 and is here to talk about his new HBO special ‘Live in Crenshaw.’ Directed by his friend and fellow comic Jerrod Carmichael, ‘Live in …

Iliza Shlesinger Is Not Sorry

December 10th, 2019

41:58

Iliza Shlesinger just dropped her fifth stand-up special on Netflix. It’s called ‘Unveiled’ and finds the self-described ‘Elder Millennial’ sharing hilarious stories about her wedding and everything that led up …

Dan Soder Takes on Outraged ‘Couch Warriors’

December 3rd, 2019

59:28

Whether you know stand-up comedian Dan Soder from Showtime’s ‘Billions’ (he plays Mafee) or his Comedy Central SiriusXM show ‘The Bonfire’ (he co-hosts with comic Big Jay Oakerson) or are just meeting him for …

Mike Birbiglia Doesn’t Care If You Think He’s a Stand-Up

November 26th, 2019

55:22

Mike Birbiglia invites us backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown LA where he has been performing his latest show all month long. This week, ‘The New One’ premieres on Netflix. Before he went on stage for …

Margaret Cho Won’t Be ‘Intimidated Into Invisibility’

November 19th, 2019

53:02

25 years after starring in the first major sitcom to center on an Asian-American family, Margaret Cho is more “hopeful” than ever about the …

Jeff Garlin Puts It All Out There

November 12th, 2019

1:15:16

Jeff Garlin had no idea when he helped come up with the idea that became ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ two decades ago that he would be starring …

Judd Apatow Takes on Comedy’s ‘Civil War’

November 5th, 2019

1:22:42

Writer, director, producer and stand-up comedian Judd Apatow invites us into his L.A. office for an in-depth conversation about all things comedy. We talk about his new Garry Shandling book and working on his …

Amanda Seales Refuses to ‘Play It Cool’

October 29th, 2019

1:03:26

Amanda Seales has had many careers: Nickelodeon star, spoken word poet, MTV VJ, stand-up comedian, podcast host and actor—she plays Tiffany on HBO’s ‘Insecure.’ Now, she has added author to the list with her …

Nick Kroll Gets Away With ‘Crazy Sh*t’

October 22nd, 2019

1:05:52

Nick Kroll is an actor, stand-up comedian and co-creator of one of the funniest shows on television, ‘Big Mouth.’ Season three of the …

Lake Bell Becomes a ‘Comedy Person’

October 15th, 2019

1:05:12

Lake Bell made her feature directorial debut with 2013’s ‘In a World...’ and has been on a roll ever since. Now, she has co-created ABC’s

Deon Cole Can’t Stand ‘Cancel Culture’

October 8th, 2019

55:04

Deon Cole started doing stand-up comedy on a $50 bet in his hometown of Chicago. 26 years later, his new special Cole Hearted is premiering …

Tom Green Faces Reality

October 1st, 2019

1:16:12

For a short period two decades ago, Tom Green was one of the most famous comedians on the planet. He graced the cover of Rolling Stone, …

Scott Aukerman Goes ‘Between Two Ferns’

September 24th, 2019

1:04:16

Scott Aukerman is the host of Comedy Bang! Bang!, co-creator of Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and now the writer …

Bill Burr Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage

September 17th, 2019

1:15:38

Stand-up comedian Bill Burr just released his sixth hour-long special Paper Tiger on Netflix. In this episode, he speaks out against …

Kevin Nealon Gets Nostalgic

September 10th, 2019

54:36

25 years ago, Kevin Nealon was anchoring “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. Now he's walking the woods with his famous comedian friends on the YouTube series Hiking with Kevin. In this episode, we talk …

Anthony Jeselnik Is ‘Uncancelable’

September 3rd, 2019

1:03:04

Self-described comedy “villain” Anthony Jeselnik has made a career out of telling expertly crafted, extremely dark one-liners, from his breakthrough set at the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in 2011 to …

Bill Nye Is on ‘F*cking Fire!’

August 30th, 2019

38:08

Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) checks in this week to talk about his podcast (Science Rules!) and help preview next week’s Climate Crisis Town …

Desus and Mero Are ‘Disrupting’ Late-Night

August 27th, 2019

55:14

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are here to talk about the first six months of their Showtime late-night series Desus & Mero. We get into …

Natalie Morales Looks to the Future

August 23rd, 2019

26:40

Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation) stops by to talk about her new scripted podcast Ellie and The Wave and opens up about her disappointment over NBC canceling Abby’s, the first sitcom in which the lead …

Jim Gaffigan Tells All

August 20th, 2019

1:20:38

One of the most successful stand-up comedians of all time, Jim Gaffigan just became the first comic to premiere a special with Amazon Prime Video.

Jillian Bell Becomes a Star

August 13th, 2019

59:08

For years, Jillian Bell has been stealing scenes in TV shows like Workaholics and movies like 22 Jump Street. This month, she has her first …

Brett Gelman Disgusts Himself

August 6th, 2019

1:04:26

You know Brett Gelman as Martin from ‘Fleabag,’ Murray from ‘Stranger Things’ and dozens of other characters who he says share one big …

Whitney Cummings Gets a Sex Robot

July 30th, 2019

1:03:59

Stand-up comedian and writer Whitney Cummings is here to talk about her brand new special ‘Can I Touch It?’ streaming right now on Netflix. Whitney explains why she decided to feature a sex robot version of …

Rob Riggle Tees Off

July 23rd, 2019

1:11:40

Rob Riggle spent 15 years in the Marines before landing his first real comedy job on the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It has seemingly been nothing but smooth sailing since then with stints on ‘The Daily …

Jon Lovett Checks In

July 19th, 2019

21:24

On this special Friday episode of ‘The Last Laugh,’ Crooked Media co-founder and ‘Lovett or Leave It’ host Jon Lovett checks in to talk about ‘Pod Save America’s’ upcoming live benefit concert at the Greek …

Jane Lynch Shows Up

July 16th, 2019

54:38

Jane Lynch, Emmy-winning star of ‘Glee’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ talks about getting her big break at 40 in Christopher Guest’s ‘Best in Show,’ improvising with Steve Carell in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ …

Nate Bargatze Blows Up

July 9th, 2019

1:04:04

Comedian Nate Bargatze broke through on Netflix’s ‘The Standups’ before premiering his own hour-long special ‘The Tennessee Kid’ on the streaming service earlier this year. But he’s about to get even bigger. …

Kathy Griffin Stands Up

July 1st, 2019

1:05:00

Comedian Kathy Griffin opens up about the infamous photoshoot that changed her life and sounds off on President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., TMZ’s Harvey Levin, CNN’s Jeff Zucker, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Alec …

Matt Walsh Moves On

June 25th, 2019

55:46

This week, Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh talks about the end of HBO’s ‘Veep,’ reacts to the resignation of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and previews the 21st annual Del …

Mindy Kaling Grows Up

June 18th, 2019

48:46

Mindy Kaling broke through as a writer and star of ‘The Office’ and then ‘The Mindy Project’ and this summer she has taken those roles to new heights …

Jeff Ross Lives to Roast

June 11th, 2019

1:03:46

Jeff Ross is always expanding his duties as Roastmaster General—most recently helming a series of ‘Historical Roasts’ for Netflix. This summer, he will be roasting Alec Baldwin for Comedy Central. In this …

Sacha Baron Cohen Exposes America

June 4th, 2019

57:38

Comedy legend Sacha Baron Cohen goes deep on all of the crazy things that happened during the filming of his Showtime series ‘Who Is …

Preview: Sacha Baron Cohen Confirms ‘Borat’ Rumor

May 30th, 2019

2:44

In this preview of next week’s episode, Sacha Baron Cohen confirms something that has long been rumored about Pamela Anderson’s role in the ‘Borat’ …

Jordan Klepper Drops the Act

May 28th, 2019

58:10

Former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Jordan Klepper discusses making the transition from playing an Alex Jones-inspired madman on ‘The Opposition’ to revealing his true self on the new Comedy Central docuseries …

SNL's Sam Jay Slays

May 24th, 2019

32:20

Just six years into her career as a comedian, Sam Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, …

Pete Holmes Goes Deep

May 21st, 2019

1:01:18

Pete Holmes is a stand-up comedian, creator and star of HBO’s ‘Crashing’ and host of the podcast ‘You Made It Weird.’ Now, he’s become an …

Samantha Bee Is Fearless

May 14th, 2019

1:00:10

Before hosting ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS, Samantha Bee was the longest-serving correspondent on ‘The Daily Show.’ And yet as she tells me in …

W. Kamau Bell Fights Hate

May 7th, 2019

56:38

Stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. Now in its fourth season, the show gives Bell a chance to talk to people from every …

Jena Friedman Confronts Reality

April 30th, 2019

53:32

Former ’Daily Show’ field producer and host of Adult Swim’s ‘Soft Focus’ Jena Friedman shares her secrets to getting people to embarrass …

Jon Lovett Gets Frustrated

April 23rd, 2019

58:20

Former Obama speechwriter and host of ‘Pod Save America’ and ‘Lovett or Leave It’ Jon Lovett invites us into his Crooked Media studio to preview the first comedy-free White House Correspondents’ Dinner since …

Ramy Youssef Discovers Himself

April 16th, 2019

1:03:30

Stand-up comedian and actor Ramy Youssef talks about creating his new Hulu series ‘Ramy’ and what it’s like to be young and Muslim in the …

Ron Funches Gets Fit

April 9th, 2019

52:10

Stand-up comic and host of the ‘Gettin' Better’ podcast Ron Funches talks about his new special ‘Giggle Fit,’ explains why he turned down Netflix for Comedy Central, shares his uncensored feelings about Louis …

Tony Hale Starts Over

April 2nd, 2019

49:32

Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale opens up about the final season of ‘Veep,’ admits he would be “very surprised” if ‘Arrested Development’ …

Sarah Silverman Gets Canceled

March 26th, 2019

58:14

In the premiere episode of ’The Last Laugh’ podcast, comedian Sarah Silverman opens up about the cancelation of her Hulu show ‘I Love You, …

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