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Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp

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Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp is a festival of ideas, knowledge, stories, books & adventures. I have been a comedian for more than 30 years. I travel the world doing comedy. I almost drowned in Thailand, got maced in Paris and had my own Late Night Talkshow in the Netherlands. Whenever I can I will sh… read more

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343 Bassem Youssef

June 22nd, 2021


Comedians are not fixing the world, we are making fun of it.

  Bassem Youssef was a successful heart surgeon in Egypt before he left his career in …

342 Forgiving The Monkees

June 17th, 2021


Laughter literally began in our species as a gesture of shared relief at the passing of danger.


The state of California just lifted the …

341 Tacos 1986 with Big John

June 7th, 2021


Peron means bad ass & other things worth knowing.

Last week I was contacted by a listener named Big John who wanted to trade me his baseball …

340 Death Strikes Again

May 3rd, 2021


Life is like a butterfly... One minute you are floating along and then the next... thummppp! Windshield.   This past week two men that I love dearly dropped dead. Gerke Nauta was the director of the first two seasons of …

339 Pray for DMX

April 6th, 2021


I woke up April 5 at 4:44am to a 4.0 earthquake.

Some days the world just tells you to wake up early. The meaning of Easter  is that Jesus rose from the dead and I like that we can use that as inspiration to rise from …

338 Mostly Sunny

March 25th, 2021

A Sapiosexual is someone who is attracted to intelligence. After listening to this episode you will become more intelligent & therefore more attractive to Saposexuals.  

After months of not putting out a podcast I …

337 Experiencing Trauma

December 1st, 2020


The best thing that you can do with bad memories is to pave over them with good ones.   Have you ever had your brain completely fucked by something that you witnessed? It happened to me last week and I now see that I …

336 Reasons to be cheerful

October 5th, 2020


Not being dead is the number one reason to remain cheerful.

  My girlfriend and I fled Portland last month because of the fires and unbreathable air. …

335 Oregon Is My France

September 8th, 2020


Let me tell you all about Oregon & why you should be listening to Bootsy Collins & Curtis Mayfield right now. Praise be to the plum wine man!

334 Peach Mango Peru

July 29th, 2020

Grab some fruit and let me take you to Peru.  

Have you eaten a peach lately? 

Try eating slices of one while alternating bites with slices of mango. If you can do it while sitting in your underwear in the sun like I …

333 Mom's California Adventure

July 7th, 2020

The best thing you can do with bad memories is to pave over them with good ones.  

This was my mom's last week in California so after four months of not leaving my neighborhood I rented a car and we blazed up the …

332 Yay Us!

June 30th, 2020


In this bleak and anxious world there is still so much joy and beauty to discover.

  My mom and I have successfully completed watching every art and …

331 Champion Mom

June 19th, 2020


With helicopters circling overhead, I wish you a happy end of slavery day!
My mom is a true champion and the current reigning champion of our Scrabble competition. Mother and child is one of the eternal themes of art …

330 Pampered Suffering

June 13th, 2020


During the rut the males exhibit tough guy behavior in order to attract a mate, me myself I always preferred dancing.

  In these frightening uncertain times it is always good to be reminded of the good that humans have …

329 8 minutes 46 seconds that shook America

June 5th, 2020


In times of tragedy is when human beings show their best sides and their most compassionate sides. Now is the time to speak out and demand that everyone shows a better side of themselves.

328 Yodeling For Great Museums

May 29th, 2020


When was the last time you let out a good yodel?

You can yodel as my mom and I take you on an audio tour of the best museums in America... while wearing face masks of course.


Join me now for a few happy yodels and a …

327 The Mommy Tommy Arts Hour

May 22nd, 2020


"There is nobody I'd rather have with me in a beer hall brawl than my mother standing beside me with a broken beer bottle in her hand."


On our daily walks around my neighborhood my mother and I have been amazed by the …

326 Mommy Movie talk

May 15th, 2020


If my mom ran Hollywood every movie would end with the family all going to church more often.


The great virus lockdown film festival continues!

In …

325 Corona University

May 7th, 2020

The thing I love most about England is that they still put ugly people on television.   It has been a great week to learn some shit and my mother and …

324 Mom of Arc!

April 29th, 2020


When I was a kid my mom would ask "Are you ready for the best feeling in the world?" Right before dumping a warm basket of clothes over my head fresh …

323 Bunker Birthday Party

April 21st, 2020


Hooray for moms!

What good is money if you can't spend it on your mom?
On April 15, 2020 my mother turned 81 years old and we recorded this …

322 Applauding The Sunset

April 14th, 2020


Is the threat of our possible human extinction bringing you down? This is a big shot of love and sunshine from the Rhodes library. When this stink …

321 Life Lessons With Lynn Ruth Miller

February 18th, 2020


"You can be whoever you want to be in America, in your gated community, away from all those dirty poor people who might cast judgement on you."


My …

320 Under the circus tent of knowledge with Dan Cummins

February 11th, 2020



"If you tried to govern people by the rules of the bible it would be a bloody mess and women would be treated like property."


TRR # 320 Under the …

319 Henry Miller Book Roulette with Eddie Pepitone

February 4th, 2020


Rejoice in the glory that is the words and thoughts of Henry Miller! One of the greatest American writers all time. Your zest for life begins here!

Eddie Pepitone and I celebrate the author Henry Miller, one of the best …

318 Funk Is Universal! with Alex Thomas

January 28th, 2020


"How you are on the golf course is how you are in real life, if you cheat on the golf course you will cheat in real life."   Alex Thomas and I met …

317 Keeping Hatred To Yourself with Shazia Mirza

January 21st, 2020


"If we are to survive as a human race we have to hide our hatreds, we have to find things we have in common if we want to progress and move forward."   I first met Shazia Mirza in 2002 when I had my late night talk show …

316 Shantaram with Jake Johannsen

January 14th, 2020


Shantaram with Jake Johannsen

"I would never commit a felony, I am strictly a misdemeanor guy."

Jake Johannsen comes to the Rhodes library to talk …

315 Being Less of an Asshole

January 7th, 2020


Everyday my prayer is the same... God please make me less of an asshole.

That is also my New Year's resolution, to try to be less of an asshole. The …

314 Having fun with Josh Wolf

November 26th, 2019


"Modern country music is like heavy metal was in the 80s, it's all about partying, girls and having fun." - Josh Wolf

We start this episode with the …

313 Rinsing out the raisin hole with Jimmy Shubert

November 19th, 2019


"It's not what is under the Christmas tree that is important but the people who are sitting around it."  Rinsing out the raisin hole with Jimmy …

312 Creating a hummingbird garden with Tamer Kattan

November 13th, 2019


I love Tamer Kattan because not only is he funny, with deep profound thoughts packed into his comedy, but also because he helped me convert my marijuana farm into a hummingbird garden. In this conversation we talk about …

311 I haven't killed like this since Appomattox with Charles Ezell

November 8th, 2019


Charles Ezell is a guy I've known since my early San Francisco days. He used to do an impression of Ulysses S. Grant if he had done stand up comedy and the bit always killed me. "I haven't killed like this since …

310 Ruining The Joker with James Inman

October 31st, 2019


Hello lovers of knowledge and laughter! In this episode I talk about ruining the surprise ending of the movie Joker for those basement dwellers who hadn't seen it yet. I read hate filled tweets directed at me in the …

309 The Decline Fall Of The American Empire with Rajiv Satyal

October 22nd, 2019


The Decline & Fall Of The American Empire with Rajiv Satyal In this episode we talk about how the failure of White Christianity will be the end of American democracy and how the American empire will reach its end …

308 Live from Portland with Dante Rusciolelli

October 15th, 2019


Hooray and hallelujah!

This is the first ever live recording of my podcast coming to you from the hipster city of Portland, Oregon! Dante Rusciolelli …

307 Straight Out Of Mongolia with Batbileg B

October 8th, 2019


Straight out of Mongolia and coming into your ears, brain and heart is Batbileg B!

Pioneer and founder of the Mongolian comedy scene is my friend …

306 Brian Holtzman

October 1st, 2019


Brian Holtzman is one of my favorite comedians to watch at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles because he appears to be a man on the verge of a nervous …

305 Unshakable confidence with Tony Hinchcliffe

September 25th, 2019


Tony Hinchcliffe grew up in an all black neighborhood in Youngstown, Ohio and it gave him an unshakable confidence that they don't teach you in …

304 Don't Yuk My Yum with Brad Williams

September 17th, 2019


Brad Williams is on a rocket ship that just blasted off to superstardom.

His favorite book is 'The Prince' by Niccolo Machiavelli and he tells me how …

303 This Too Shall Pass with Rafinha Bastos

September 13th, 2019


People of the earth! Throw down your weapons and rejoice in this excellent conversation I recorded with Brazilian comedy superstar Rafinha Bastos.

In the past year Rafi has become one of my best friends. He lives in my …

302 Lord Byron: Exile Death

September 4th, 2019


The last of my 3 part series on the life of Lord Byron concludes here with his exile in Switzerland and Italy and his death in Greece.

Delight in this dashing dandy's style, his endless carousing with women and his …

301 Lord Byron: Years of Fame

August 12th, 2019


In the year 1812 Napoleon was defeated, the waltz was the new hit sensation of aristocratic Europe and Lord Byron became a literary superstar over …

300 Sailing Lake Tahoe with Cameron Hatton

August 3rd, 2019


Hooray & hallelujah! For episode 300 the lovable human Cameron Hattan has taken me out to the center of Lake Tahoe on a sail boat. After cruising around the majestic beauty of the lake we parked and went down in the …

299 109 Degrees in Paris!

July 27th, 2019


Bonjour y’all! It was a big week in the news! I am in Paris and experienced the hottest day ever recorded at 109 degrees. I beat the heat by jumping …

298 Sharing Aunt Margie's Banana Bread with Tony Woods

July 18th, 2019


Tony Woods is not only one of the most influential comedians ever to grip a microphone he is also one of the most naturally funny human beings you will ever meet in you in your life. This episode needs to other …

297 Lord Byron: Youth Adventure

July 13th, 2019


The life of Lord Byron was more adventurous and debauched than any rock & roll biography you have ever read. In the words of Lady Caroline Lamb, …

296 The Vanity of Small Differences

July 2nd, 2019


The legendary punk rock poet John Cooper Clarke returns to TRR Smart Camp!

One of the highlights of my trip to the UK was getting to spend the day with JCC at his house and record this conversation at the very table …

295 The Justice of Ridicule with Romesh Ranganathan

June 25th, 2019


In the past 5 years since I worked with Romesh Ranganathan at the Comedy Store in London it has been a joy watching his star rise to where he is now crushing it at the highest levels of the British comedy scene. He was …

294 The Beast Think Tank

May 14th, 2019


Beast master Reginald D Hunter has invited me to open for him on his UK theater tour called Facing The Beast. Now after our first week of performing …

293 Read Seneca!

May 7th, 2019


"So let us face up to the blows of circumstance and be aware that whatever happens is never as serious as rumor makes it out to be." Get to know the life and words of Seneca! TRR Smart Camp #293! 

In celebration of …

292 Joyous Free Spirit with Jon Stringer

April 30th, 2019


Jon Stringer is a lovable human and a top quality comedian!

When I was young many older comedians I admired helped me up along the way and I'll never …

291 Insatiable Curiosity with Jim Gaffigan

April 16th, 2019


Insatiable Curiosity with Jim Gaffigan on episode 291 Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp! > 


Jim Gaffigan and I both have an insatiable curiosity to travel and educate ourselves through world travel. As a comedian your …

290 Improving Humanity with W. Kamau Bell

April 9th, 2019


W. Kamau Bell has the most important show on television where he examines race in America and in this episode he tells me how close we are to Civil …

289 In Praise of Ari Shaffir

April 2nd, 2019

Ari was already one of my favorite human beings on the planet to hang out with and then he went above and beyond giving me the gift that would truly …

288 Titillating Colossus with Rick Tittle

March 29th, 2019


Every year when I do San Francisco I appear on Rick Tittle's sports radio talk show and I love it because we talk about everything but sports.

He is a voracious reader like I am and I love to free form riff talk and …

287 Magnetic Soul Alliance with Lou Angelwolf

March 20th, 2019


In this episode I rejoice in the glory of a Florida back porch with my oldest best friend in life Lou Angelwolf. On his back porch in Palm Harbor, …

286 Delta Diamond Rhodes

March 16th, 2019


Today started out so shitty for me. First I woke up to a text message from a woman in Florida who I was ready to pledge my alliance to telling me that she was dropping the Guillotine on the neck of our beginning …

285 The Joy of Suffering

March 5th, 2019


At any one time there are more people who are suffering than there are who are happy, many more people who are heartbroken than there are who are in love.

Apparently the dark sad days I'm living have increased my fans …

284 Tommy X

February 13th, 2019


Shalom Amigos y Amigas! After spending this year mostly by myself in my apartment I have found light in the eyes of the Mexican cops who wanted to …

282 Merry Christmas from Jerusalem!

December 22nd, 2018


My life is falling apart and I am a mess!

This year has broken me physically and emotionally.

My amazing wife Ashna is divorcing me and I am at a low point in my life.

What better time to take my very Christian mother …

281 Galway Walking Tour with Jonathan Hannon

October 26th, 2018


If you come to Ireland you must come to Galway, and if you come to Galway you must take Jonathan Hannon's tour. Jonathan Hannon is my favorite kind of human, a knowledgable historian, passionate …

280 Portugal with Rui Xara

October 19th, 2018


Rui Xara put on a comedy festival in Porto just to bring me to Portugal for the first time. He bent over backwards to show me everything that is great about Portugal and now I'm in love with the place. In this episode …

279 Gangster Rap with Joe DeRosa

October 9th, 2018


Joe DeRosa is a beast killer of a comedian. He is obsessed with death and destroying the institutions that hold us back from evolving spiritually.

He …

278 Historical Obsessions with Jared Logan

September 27th, 2018


The reason I first found Jared Logan to be a lovable human was when I saw him onstage talking about the Lincoln assassination. In this episode we …

277 My Official Statement

September 15th, 2018


This is a bonus episode where I am forced to make a statement about my story concerning Louie Anderson.

As it turns out the hard hitting investigative journalism of Jay Cridlin from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper has …

276 When is Enough, Enough?

September 11th, 2018


When is enough, enough? How many times can you go to the Great Wall of China or to Wrigley Field in one lifetime? How much dirty filthy shit can a …

275 Hooray for Mongolia

August 23rd, 2018


I first came to Mongolia because of Genghis Khan but I returned because of the comedians of Mongolia. There is a very special thing happening at UB …

274 Book Roulette Guy de Maupassant

August 15th, 2018


Book Roulette is back with the brilliance of Guy de Maupassant!

Guy de Maupassant died at the age of 42 stark raving mad in an insane asylum but he …

273 Rafinha Bastos

August 7th, 2018


Rafinha Bastos is the Lenny Bruce of Brazil and he has the court orders to prove it.

He has been sued and had his life threatened over jokes he has made in Brazil. His hard hitting, head cracking jokes earned him the …

272 Tommy X Commie Summer Mix

August 4th, 2018


Let the soothing words of Malcolm X fuel your summer party.

Going on a road trip? Sitting by the fire in the Mongolian country side or just strolling …

271 About Marriage with Greg Behrendt

July 26th, 2018


Greg Behrendt shot to notoriety when he co-wrote the book 'He's Just Not That Into You' and now he is about to release a book he co-wrote with his …

270 Theater of the Absurd

July 18th, 2018

"All of us can take fright, but it requires greatness of soul to laugh at the moment when not merely life, but humanity itself is endangered."   In …

269 Hannah Gadsby

July 10th, 2018


Hannah Gadsby has set the comedy the comedy world on fire.

If you have not seen her new Netflix special Nannette you need to do so immediately. It is …

268 Philadelphia Pumpkin Muffin

July 5th, 2018


Happy Birthday America!

In this episode I talk about my obsession with the World Cup in Russia and all of the human drama and heroic stories that you …

267 History of Football

June 20th, 2018


In this episode you will learn how the first game of football was originally played by the ancient Mayans and how the Captain of the losing team …

266 Book Roulette: Charles Bukowski

June 13th, 2018


Prepare to have your brains busted out by the powerful words of Charles Bukowski!

Bukowski invented a poetic language free of literary pretense by …

265 Book Roulette: Biographies

June 7th, 2018


Fun with books is back!

In this episode I randomly select choice passages from the biographies that line my shelves. The gritty, grappling lives of heroic characters are served up to you now in chunks of read passages …

264 Bad Manners

June 1st, 2018

In this episode I talk about my Mom visiting me, getting my first colonoscopy, the Genghis Khan exhibit at the Reagan library, The controversy of …

263 Preacher Lawson

May 22nd, 2018


Get to know the first comedian ever to have abdominal muscles!

Preacher Lawson sky rocketed to national prominence in 2017 when he crushed it on the television show America's Got Talent. I met him last month in Austin, …

262 Carrot Top

May 15th, 2018


I have been friends with Carrot Top since 1986 when he first starting coming around to open mic nights in Orlando, Florida.

One of my happiest memories with my Dad was watching Carrot Top's show at the MGM with him and …

261 Mark Twain World Tour

May 9th, 2018


On October 2, 1866 Mark Twain invented stand up comedy, or as he called it "platform speaking." He did not enjoy "mounting the platform" but by 1895 the famous author of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn was in debt from bas …

260 Manila with Craig Campbell

April 24th, 2018


Craig Campbell is a beautiful lunatic and a comedy legend.

He is from Calgary, Canada but has been living in London for the past 20 years and …

259 Hong Kong Dragon Balls

April 18th, 2018


Ashna and I are fresh back from spending a week in Hong Kong.

In this episode we give the history of the opium wars and the origins of the dragon boat festival. We also talk about the highlights of our visit and the …

258 The Sultan of Singapore

April 11th, 2018


This episode was recorded in Singapore.

The first time I came to Singapore I hated it because it is so clean and orderly. Now I love it because it is so clean and orderly and that there are no homeless people or street …

257 Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure

April 4th, 2018


I have been dreaming of going on a motorcycle adventure into North Vietnam since the last time I was in Hanoi and heard of the concept.

This was only my fourth time ever driving a motorcycle and I think it will be hard …

256 Oversleeping for History

March 27th, 2018


I unfortunately missed the March in Las Vegas so I decided to interview two people instead.

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255 RIP Uncle Bob

March 21st, 2018


Uncle Bob is dead.

Getting the news of his death has left me feeling ashamed because I was mean and cruel to him. I had not spoken to Bob in 7 years because I was angry at him for being mean and cruel to my dad. Hate …

254 Book Roulette

March 15th, 2018


Praise be to the written word!

In my living room I have the walls lined with book shelves holding over 2,000 books. This is my life time collecting …

253 The Shape of Love

March 8th, 2018


This is a warm blast of love deep in the heart of winter!

In this episode Ashna and I talk about the coldest winter we ever experienced. The nasty …

251 Heroes Never Die with Lucie Pohl

February 27th, 2018


I first met Lucie Pohl at the Edinburgh Arts Festival where we were both performing at the same venue. I may not have won the top prize at Edinburgh that year but my friendship with Lucie has been more valuable to me …

251 Robespierre's End (III)

February 20th, 2018


This is part 3 of my French Revolution episodes celebrating the Stanley Loomis book Paris In The Terror. Have you ever wondered how people with …

250 The Terrors of Danton (II)

February 14th, 2018

Get yourself a bowl of popcorn and pour some red wine for this epic episode of the French Revolution and the life of Danton and his eventual …

249 The Assassination Of Marat (I)

February 6th, 2018


In this episode you will learn about the unsung hero of the French Revolution and all time bad ass woman Charlotte Corday. I just finished the …

248 Time Flies

February 2nd, 2018


I am fresh back from Paris! In this episode Ashna and I talk about my quick trip to Paris, the amazing experience I had while performing at Theatre L'Oeuvre and how

when I return there on October 15 I want to film it as …

247 Movie Talk

January 19th, 2018


Hooray for Hollywood!

Forget that the world is falling apart and that our democracy has been sold to the highest bidder. In this episode Ashna and I …

246 Charlie Chaplin

January 13th, 2018


"In the creation of comedy, it is paradoxical that tragedy stimulates the spirit of ridicule; because ridicule, I suppose, is an attitude of …

245 Stuck in Switzerland

December 12th, 2017


I had the best day in my life at the Charlie Chaplin's museum just two days ago. But now I am stuck in Switzerland because of weather conditions. I got all the time to record this episode so I give you all my …

244 Freezing In Paris

December 1st, 2017


Bonjour Y'all!
It’s winter here so I am freezing but I'm thrilled to be back sauntering along the boulevards and I have lots of fun facts to share …

243 Genghis Tom

November 9th, 2017


I am proud to say now that my eyes do know the glory that is Mongolia.
This past weekend I performed in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and I now …

242 Tokyo Rhodes

November 2nd, 2017


I am reporting to you from Tokyo, Japan. Enjoy my observations on this trend setting capital and learn amazing facts about Japan and knowledge nuggets about the secret code of the Samurai. Enrich your life with wisdom …

241 MeToo

October 25th, 2017


Yes, #metoo. We both. Hear our stories and how it affected and changed us forever. Massage requests, butt squeezes, shame, blame, enablers & abusers. We go right into the Weinstein affaire and Tom's own #metoo …

240 Las Vegas Strong with Brad Garrett

October 18th, 2017


I'm back in Las Vegas right after the worst mass shooting in US history.

I sit down with Brad Garrett, the man who taught me to love Vegas and we talk about how this city responded, bounced back and showed the best that …

239 Fantasyland

October 4th, 2017


This episode was recorded in room #4 at the Mill Valley Inn. All important information about America's past and future are answered under the canopy of the ancient redwood trees. Ashna and I talk about the Kurt Anderson …

238 Status Anxiety

September 22nd, 2017


This episode is a roller coaster of emotions for me because I just received bad news an hour before recording that I am still processing. Not every …

237 Steve Hughes

September 13th, 2017


Steve Hughes is a comedy legend. He has sliced and diced up some of the best stages that the world comedy circuit has to offer. I've worked with Steve many times, I was even working with him on the night that I met …

236 Mickey D

September 6th, 2017


Mickey D is the only comedian I know of who has climbed Mount Everest.

I met Mickey while doing the Edinburgh festival several years ago and he personifies everything that I love about Australians. He is brash, ballsy, …

235 Wil Anderson

August 29th, 2017


Hello from the other side of the planet!

This episode of Smart Camp comes to you from Sydney where I talk with charming Australian comedy superstar Wil Anderson. I first met Wil at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2000. …

234 Playboy Laughs with Patty Farmer

August 23rd, 2017


Patty Farmer is an entertainment historian who has authored the new book 'Playboy Laughs' chronicling the history involving Playboy magazine and …

233 War Peace

August 16th, 2017


Ashna and I are fresh back from Europe (Paris, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Norway) and we are full of stories to share! This episode is all …

232 Rembrandt with Nina Siegal

July 17th, 2017


I kick off this visit to Amsterdam by celebrating my obsession with the artist Rembrandt! In this episode I talk with noted Rembrandt author Nina Siegal about all things Rembrandt. Why did Rembrandt paint so many self …

231 Paris, C'est La Vie

July 12th, 2017


Bonjour mon amis! In this episode Ashna and I come to Paris for me to do a show and we stretch it out into a week long visit with summer in full …

230 Kliph Nesteroff

July 3rd, 2017


For the comedy nerd in all of us I am proud to present to you this lengthy chat I had with Kliph Nesteroff about the history of stand up comedy.

Last year Kliph published the excellent book 'The Comedians.' I loved this …

229 Woman Is The New Church

June 28th, 2017


How should you act when a neighbor is harassing and trying to intimidate you?
Learn the outcome of the ongoing saga we have had with our downstairs …

228 Cheer up!

June 24th, 2017

What are the limits of freedom of speech? Who went to far with freedom of speech Kathy or Bill Maher? Take a ride out of the doldrums and depression …

227 T. Sean Shannon

June 13th, 2017


Emmy winner T. Sean Shannon has written for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show & In Living Color. He is one of my oldest & best friends in …

226 Viva Las Vegas

May 16th, 2017


Our lives are are collection of stories and memories. I tell the story of smoking pot with Jack Nicholson at a Rolling Stones concert and how people …

225 Wanna Buy A Puppy?

May 11th, 2017


In this episode we talk about how I surprised the squirrel on my balcony.

Trump firing Comey, late night shows and if American satire works. How the 1937 book 'Invertebrate Spain' applies to what is happening in America …

224 Yosemite Mom

May 4th, 2017


My mom is visiting me this week and I took her to Yosemite National Park to recreate one of the best mother and son memories we have together.

In this episode my mom Sara Rhodes sits in with us and tells the story of …

223 Stylish Seneca

April 26th, 2017

How should you react when hate is shot in your direction?

In this episode we talk how Ashna received a hate filled Facebook from an old white coward …

222 Cosmic Vinyl

April 20th, 2017


What kind of music does Tom like? On this episode a selection of his vinyl > My amazing wife Ashna has booked an acting job portraying the historic powerhouse and badass woman Sojourner Truth. She is in the next room …

221 Sexus

April 13th, 2017


What's the most annoying sound to wake up to?

220 Pepsi Will Kill You

April 6th, 2017


Will hate and violence be the new marketing trend? 

219 A Better Drug

March 28th, 2017


What drug can make you genuinely happy? Why does Tom have an unhealthy relation with AA?  How does Ashna overcome her biggest fears? This episode is all about addiction. Learn how Tom gets a big insight not yet revealed …

218 Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen

March 22nd, 2017


Find out how Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen changed our lives. Ashna and I talk about our latest obsession watching interracial movies on Netflix and the Black Mirror episodes by Charlie Brooker. Tom reads the greatest …

217 Springing Forward

March 15th, 2017


Hear about the one time Tom swam naked where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood in Greece, Tom being called a racist in Calgary, Rotterdam riots, Kurt …

216 Interracial Assumptions

March 10th, 2017


Learn about the funny situations we get in being an interracial couple and we experience deep levels of fear after watching the movie Get Out.

215 Manipulating the Masses

March 1st, 2017


Should artist be defined by their personal mistakes? We talk Oscar blunders, Russia manipulating the masses, Tom continues talking about his book …

214 Libtard Resistance

February 24th, 2017


Ashna and I talk about me turning 50, Putin's chess match with the world, the gullibility of the masses, best movies, the upcoming Academy Awards and …

Ramy Youssef

September 27th, 2016


Ramy Youssef is one of the bright young stars burning it up in the comedy world right now. I worked with him last year and he is one of my favorite young comedians right now. If you are looking for a lovable young …

Jimmy Tingle

September 20th, 2016


Jimmy Tingle is a political comedy beast! One of the finest examples of the quality comedy that has come out of Boston and he is also a recent …

James Thiep

September 13th, 2016


James Thiep was a former child soldier in Sudan, Africa. Now he is a standup comedian in the United States. Learn about his epic journey.

Steve Wozniak

September 8th, 2016


Not since Gutenberg's printing press has one human being's inventions improved the quality of life for people as much as Apple co-founder and principle creator Steve Wozniak. 


I met Steve last month when he came to …

Kim Dotcom

August 30th, 2016


Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur, currently residing in New Zealand. He is the founder of Megaupload and its associated websites, as well as Megaupload's successor site, Mega. 

What makes Kim …

Barry Crimmins

August 5th, 2016


Truth seeking Freedom fighter comedy legend Barry Crimmins explains all you need to know about making the world a better place on TRRSC!

Joey Diaz

July 25th, 2016


Joey Diaz & I bring head crunching thunder to this week's Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp!

Ralphie May

July 19th, 2016


Me and Ralphie May talk about the currents events of the day.

United We Stand

July 16th, 2016


In this episode Ashna and I talk about the fan letters we have received from around the world recently, the improv class we have been taking at the …

Geoff Tate

July 5th, 2016


"I've spent the past 20 years of my life trying to make old white men uncomfortable."

- Geoff Tate 


Greg Fitzsimmons

June 29th, 2016


Greg Fitzsimmons and I solve all of the worlds problems. Let your healing begin here and now. My apologies for any slight audio issues that occur in …

Feraz Ozel

June 21st, 2016


Feraz Ozel is a superstar waiting to happen. He is the all American boy you would want quarterbacking your team, the pilot flying your plane or the …

Marc Maron

June 15th, 2016


Marc Maron and I have been friends since 1992 when we were both living in San Francisco in that city's golden era of comedy. In this conversation we …

Bobby Lee

June 9th, 2016


Bobby Lee is one of the most honest and true to the bone human beings you will ever meet in show business. Just a taste of the valuable advice he has to give is this: 

"When you go to audition in front of the network …

Mike Tyson!

June 3rd, 2016


Mike Tyson does not appear in this episode. Special guest commentary by the one and only Ryan Hicks. 

John Fugelsang

May 17th, 2016


John Fugelsang combines intelligence and compassion in everything he does. 

His comedy is sharp with a world view awareness and as a human being he did me the greatest favor when anger was consuming my thoughts several …

Pete Dominick

May 10th, 2016


Pete Dominick is a comedian and political talk show host on Sirius XM satellite radio.

"The person who you disagree with politically might be the …

Ronny Chieng

May 3rd, 2016


I worked with Ronny Chieng in Sydney five years ago. Today he is a correspondent of The Daily Show. I sat down with him for a chat. Recorded in New York.

His Purple Majesty

April 26th, 2016


On April 21st Prince died which felt like losing a family member because he has been  such a profound influence in my life. I was lucky enough to have seen him in concert 4 times. The most special time I saw him was in …

Barry Katz

April 20th, 2016


Barry Katz has dedicated his life to stand up comedy and like anyone who has done so he has experienced many highs and lows. His life's journey has been an epic tale and throughout it all he has remained one of the most …

Gene Sullivan

April 7th, 2016


Gene Sullivan has a life story so incredible it should be made into a movie. His father was the renowned San Francisco Examiner sports writer …

Samba Schutte

April 1st, 2016


Samba Schutte reminds me of myself because he left his home country to follow his heart. I met him when we did shows together many years ago in …

Arbi el Ayachi reports from Belgium

March 26th, 2016


Our man Arbi El Ayachi reports from Belgium on the tragic events that happened in Brussels this past week and what it is like to do comedy there now with everyone tense and upset and not knowing what will happen next. …

Booty Power

March 23rd, 2016


In this episode Ashna and I talk about my first trip to Africa, giant tortoises of Seychelles, the worst sunburn of my life, Alan de Botton's book The News, why humans have the need to constantly check on the news, more …

Danny Lobell

March 15th, 2016


Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp is here! Pick a book with Danny Lobell. This episode is all about meeting your heroes and getting to hang out with them. Danny shares stories of him hanging out with Jackie Mason, George …

Smart Camp: Voltaire

March 9th, 2016


Voltaire lived from 1694-1778 and he is considered the father of the enlightenment.

Learn more about the man who said "God is a comedian playing to …

Post Oscars Chat

March 1st, 2016


Post Oscars Chat with Ashna

Alex Hooper

February 23rd, 2016


Alex Hooper comes from a renowned theater family in Baltimore but today he is burning up the comedy scene in Los Angeles. He has the best prescriptions for treating humans with respect and getting the most out of life …

Gina Yashere

February 16th, 2016


Gina and I talk before doing the Kuala Lumpur gala show in Malaysia. We talk about the differences between the comedy scene in Asia, London, New York and Los Angeles. About racism in today's society and how to stay true …

Josh Sneed

February 11th, 2016


I sit down with my old friend and comedian Josh Sneed. We talk about his Last Comic Standing performance just minutes after his dad passed away …

A Criminal History Of Mankind

February 3rd, 2016


Book Talk! I found this gem of a book at Eureka Books in Eureka, California.
A Criminal History Of Mankind by Colin Wilson is a broad overview of …

Winter Stories

January 27th, 2016


Winter Stories with Tom & Ashna. Cozy up and hear our winter travel stories. Send your winter photo to @_TomRhodes. See the dirty road photo @AshnaRodjan


Rick Bronson

January 24th, 2016


Rick Bronson is first and foremost a stand up comedian. Beyond that he is a TV presenter, comedy club owner and super mensch. He has been on of my greatest supporters in the business and someone I enjoy speaking with …

Movie Talk: The Revenant‏

January 19th, 2016



Fresh back from the movie theater, Ian Edwards and I sit down to talk about The Revenant right after it had played infant of our eyeballs. Hear …

Steve Byrne

January 13th, 2016



Steve Byrne is one of the best human beings I've met in show business and his very presence combats some of the evil turds that permeate this business. That is why it is my pleasure to present to you now the one and …

Happy Sweet 16!

January 2nd, 2016


Greetings for the New Year!
I just spent the holidays getting loved up by my Mom and now I am in San Antonio, Texas performing for the weekend. As …

Judah Friedlander

December 15th, 2015


Judah Friedlander is the world champion! He is also an old friend of mine and he has a brand new book called If The Raindrops United. He is also an …

Doug Stanhope

December 10th, 2015


Tom travels to the remote outlaw hideaway of Bisbee, Arizona for a late night-booze fueled talk with his old friend Doug Stanhope in the premiere …

Tamer Kattan

December 8th, 2015


Tamer Kattan is the answer to world peace. His mother is Jewish and his father is a Muslim Egyptian. We talk about everything what is happening in the world right now. 

My First Comedy Notebook

December 1st, 2015


I am in Florida moving my stuff I kept in my mom's attic. I found my first notebook full of jokes when I was 17 years old. After packing 20  packages …

Je Suis Arbi el Ayachi

November 24th, 2015


I consider this my best interview yet. Find out what it feels like to be a Belgian muslim at this moment and what exactly is going on in Belgium right now. Arbi el Ayachi is a Belgian, Moroccan, Muslim and a great …

Je Suis Paris

November 18th, 2015


"Every religion needs to control their chumps. It's a war on happiness'. In this episode I talk everything Paris. Paris is in my heart. Je suis Paris.

Henry Phillips

November 10th, 2015


Henry Phillips is a one man comedy hit making factory.

He established himself many years ago as a purveyor of original hilarious songs and tours …

Matt Davis 2

November 3rd, 2015



While doing the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival Matt Davis and I sat down to talk about doing comedy all over the world. Matt was inspired by my years of living the nomadic life of a comedian with no home …

Obscure Vinyl

October 28th, 2015


My Vinyl record collection has been in storage for 10 years and now I am unleashing savory slices for you of the strangest and most wonderful obscure …

Chicago Reflections

October 20th, 2015


In this episode I reflect on my many years coming to Chicago and how much this city has meant to me personally. From my years of partying in late night blues joints to the healthy living of briskly walking along Lake …

Exotic Nebraska

October 14th, 2015


After doing a weekend at the Omaha Funnybone I slipped down to Lincoln to do a gig at the historic Zoo bar. A few hours before my last show in …

Jeffrey Gurian

October 6th, 2015


I first met Jeffrey Gurian at the HBO Aspen comedy festival in 1995. Back then I was chasing the devil's flame in New York with Mitch Helberg 1998-1999, Jeffrey was there many times hanging out with us after shows and …

Bas Rutten

September 28th, 2015


Bas Rutten is a living legend in the fight world.

He is in the UFC Hall Of Fame and is the perennial host of Inside MMA. He is one of the most intensely exciting pugilists ever to step into any ring and his charm as …

The Sheperds

September 22nd, 2015


Friendship is one of the masterpieces of nature and I have never had two truer friends than Lou Angelwolf and Kevin Rogers. We all met as young …

Ian Edwards

September 15th, 2015


Ian Edwards is one of my favorite comedians because of the supreme intelligence he brings to his well thought out ideas. He inspires  me every time I see him perform and that is why it is my pleasure to present to you …

Mishka Shubaly

September 9th, 2015


I first met Mishka Shubaly at Doug Stanhope's desert party ten years ago.

Since then he has gone on to become one of the best selling authors on Amazon and kindle for the heart felt outpouring of honest words that he …

Ryan Hicks

September 1st, 2015


One of the bright new young stars of the comedy world is the nephew of Bill Hicks. I could not have enjoyed more watching him perform and talking …

Stefan Pop

August 8th, 2015


Stefan Pop is one of the bright new stars of the Dutch comedy scene. He also books the international acts for Toomler, the best comedy club in the Netherlands.

In this conversation we talk about the Malaysian airliner …

Kevin McDonald

July 31st, 2015


Hooray for humanity! From the legendary Kids In The Halls comedy sketch group it is my pleasure to present to you the one and only comedic genius of Kevin McDonald!
End Song:  The Cure  Love Cats
Recorded in Winnipeg, …

Gilbert King

July 21st, 2015


Pulitzer prize winning author Gilbert King is a library of congress of civil rights knowledge and in this episode he brings an avalanche of powerful …

Ron White

July 12th, 2015


Ron White is one of my favorite comedians and it is for very personal reasons that I am his fan. I started out on the Southern circuits of the United States just as Ron White did and I knew about him years before the …

Hooray For America!

July 3rd, 2015


In celebration of America's birthday I have talked to people I consider to be great Americans talking about the rapid changes happening in the United States today.

It is my pleasure to present to you now comedian Scott …

Sam Coleman

June 19th, 2015


Sam Coleman is currently the editor of Esquire magazine for Malaysia. I met him when I lived in Amsterdam where he was at that time the editor of …

Tony Chou

June 10th, 2015


This episode was recorded in Beijing. Tony Chou is a Beijing based comedian who does comedy in both Mandarin Chinese and English. If that alone was not enough to qualify him as a Beijing badass he is also an on air …

John Cooper Clarke 4

May 29th, 2015


This episode was recorded on the road


Driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the one and only legendary Dr. John Cooper Clarke.


Audio cameo: Some Cunt Used The N Word - John Cooper Clarke  

Song: Cocksucker …

John Cooper Clarke 3

May 21st, 2015


This episode was recorded On The Road

Driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles I continue my chat with legendary punk rock poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke!   Audio Cameo: Alan Ginsberg Reading Howl Audio Cameo: Robert De Niro …

John Cooper Clarke 2

May 15th, 2015



On the road with John Cooper Clarke from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

End song: The Girl On Death Row - Duane Eddy/ Lee Hazlewood


Book Review: Dillinger's Wild Ride by Elliott J. Gorn

May 5th, 2015


Rhodesies Smartcamp Book Review: Dillinger's Wild Ride by Elliott J. Gorn (book review)

Endsong: Billy Grammer - The Ballad Of John Dillinger 1968 

Mom's Movie Review Club

April 27th, 2015


As a member of the Screen Actors Guild I get viewing copies of each film that is nominated for Academy Awards every Oscar season. It is one of the perks I most enjoy about being a member of SAG. However, because of my …

John Rhodes 2

April 17th, 2015


John Rhodes is my big brother and although we disagree on everything politically I love him very much and he is one of the greatest heroes I have …

Coach Howard Mabie

April 8th, 2015


Howard Mabie was my Varsity baseball coach at Oviedo high school and he was one of the most influential people I had during my young life.
Coach Mabie …

Nick Doody

April 3rd, 2015


I first met Nick Doody in Meribel, France when we were both performing at the Altitude festival together. Since then I have worked with him many times in London and Edinburgh. He is a striver and an achiever because he …

Karl Spain

March 27th, 2015


Karl Spain is one of the most naturally funny human beings I have met in all my years as a stand up comedian. If you are unfamiliar with his presence on this earth than his wit and charm of this conversation will make …

Eleanor Tiernan 2

March 18th, 2015


I have been a fan of Eleanor Tiernan since I first worked with her in Dublin many years ago. Since then I have worked with her in London, Chicago and Edinburgh and my strong feelings about her brilliant comedy only gets …

Jesse Joyce

March 12th, 2015


Jesse Joyce is a supreme bad ass when it comes to writing, creating and producing head crunching comedy thunder. I first met Jesse when we both performed on Dave Attell's Comedy Underground show for Comedy Central. …

Andy Andrist

March 6th, 2015


When I think of Andy Andrist I am reminded of a Bob Dylan quote "Never give anyone a hard time because you don't know what they have been through or what burden they may be carrying."


I met Andy at one of Doug …

Ophira Eisenberg

February 25th, 2015


Ophira Eisenberg is one of the most lovable human beings and powerful performers I have ever met in all my years in entertainment.


She is the darling …

Rich Leiby

February 18th, 2015


Richard Leiby is one of the most respected journalists in the United States. He was one of the first reporters to write about Scientology in the …

Paul Provenza

February 9th, 2015


Paul Provenza is a true Renaissance man of comedy.

Having gain worldwide critical success for his film the Aristocrats, the history of the world's …

Brent Weinbach

February 7th, 2015


Brent Weinbach is one of the most inventive and absurdly hilarious young comedians I can recommend to people at the moment. 


I first met Brent many years ago when he was starting out in San Francisco. He is always …

Steve Wozniak

January 29th, 2015


Not since Gutenberg's printing press has one human being's inventions improved the quality of life for people as much as Apple co-founder and principle creator Steve Wozniak. 


I met Steve last month when he came to my …

John Cooper Clarke

January 20th, 2015


John Cooper Clarke is quite possibly the coolest human being walking the earth and performing on it's stages today. He is the English language's …

Louis Katz

January 16th, 2015


This episode was recorded in Venice Beach, CA


I met Louis Katz in December 2013 when we were both filming Dave Attell's Comedy Underground for Comedy Central in New York City. 

I was impressed with his punching power and …

Paul Ogata

January 6th, 2015


If comedy were boxing I would rank Paul Ogata in the top ten of the all around, pound for pound, heavy hitters. 


I first bonded Paul when we did …

Robert Hawkins

December 20th, 2014


Robert Hawkins is not only one of the funniest human beings alive he is also one of my dearest best friends. Robert is of those rarest creatures in that he is almost as funny off stage as he is onstage. I first meet …

Todd Barry

December 12th, 2014


The day we recorded this, it was brutally cold rain with heavy winds outside.


Todd Barry is a perennial force of continuous head busting comedy for …

Sananda Maitreya

December 6th, 2014



You are about to experience the creative power of Sananda Maitreya!


The man has been a hero of mine since he first burst onto the scene because I had read that he grew up in Florida and then went on to become an …

Kevin Meaney

November 24th, 2014


Kevin Meaney is one of my favorites because I will never forget watching him on television with my Dad and he made us both laugh out loud together. …

Pete Johansson

November 21st, 2014


Pete Johansson is someone I always love to run into because when I see him it always results in intelligent lofty conversation. He has never been one …

Rich Hall

November 12th, 2014


Rich Hall is to comedy what Johnny Cash is to country music.


The man is a living legend, having won Emmys for his writing for David Lettermen, was on SNL and Not Necessarily The News, he invented his own language with …

Sander Borst

November 7th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Amsterdam.

Sander Borst is the quintessential Dutch bad ass. He is one of my oldest friends in Amsterdam. I met him when …

Reginald D. Hunter

November 4th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Galway, Ireland

I met Reginald D. Hunter many years ago in Manchester while hanging out with a group of comedians. It was before he became the comedy superstar that he is today. I liked him …

Amazing Johnathan

October 29th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Las Vegas.

I want to pay tribute to the Amazing Johnathan before he drops dead.

We all avoid the thought of death and superstitiously try to avoid the topic but that dirty whore will strike …

Eddie Pepitone

October 17th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

Eddie Pepitone is the darling of the underground comedy scene of Los Angeles. For an older man without a …

Mark Farrelly

October 13th, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

Let it be known to the the universe that Tom Rhodes Radio gives Mark Farrelly's one man show 'Quentin Crisp' a 5 star review.

This show invites libation imbibement and encourages you …

Rhys Nicholson

October 10th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rhys Nicholson is a star waiting to happen. He is visually captivating with his flaming orange …

Jo Caulfield

October 6th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland


In my opinion Jo Caulfield has the sexiest speaking voice in all of the English speaking comedy …

Lynn Ruth Miller

September 29th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh.

Lynn Ruth Miller is an inspiring risk taker who is attacking life as if she were someone 20 years old. …

Margaret Cho

September 25th, 2014


This episode was recorded in San Francisco.

I first met Margaret Cho when I moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s and because we both developed and came up together she is a friend that I am always cheering for and …

Aisha Tyler

September 17th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

Aisha Tyler is an iconic woman who has conquered the stages of stand up comedy, the world of network television and the New York Times bestsellers list of book authors.

I met …

Karen Koren

September 17th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Karen Koren is the queen mother of the Edinburgh Fringe festival. She has produced countless shows for the festival for over 30 years and it the operator of the Gilded …

Tommy Sheppard

September 12th, 2014


In comedy there are certain wise men you meet on your journey that are priceless to talk with because they possess the glow of knowledge you hope to gain when you one day pass from warrior to wise man.

Tommy Sheppard …

Zoe Lyons

September 7th, 2014


★★★★★  Tom Rhodes Radio Review for Zoe Lyons in ‘Mustard Cutter’

Zoe Lyons is one of the best performers that I saw at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I love her style, her energy, her pacing and her material. …

Glenn Wool

September 3rd, 2014


Glenn Wool is one of the finest comedy exports Canada has ever produced. His comedy is philosophical, heartfelt and endearing. He is also one of the …

Hannah Gadsby

August 27th, 2014


★★★★★  Tom Rhodes Radio Review for Hannah Gadsby in ‘The Exhibitionist’

Hannah Gadsby is one of the brightest shining lights on the world wide comedy circuit.

An innately gifted story teller whose tales of awkward …

Lucie Pohl

August 20th, 2014


Lucie Pohl

★★★★★  Tom Rhodes Radio Review for Lucie Pohl in ‘Hi, Hitler!’

Tom Rhodes Radio give the show 'Hi, Hitler' by Lucie Pohl a 5 star review! This show is so fast paced, character driven and funny that I saw it …

Scott Capurro

August 17th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland.

When I moved to San Francisco in 1991 openly gay comedians did not play at the regular clubs in …

Andrew Maxwell

August 13th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland

Andrew Maxwell is the kind of guy who you would want on your side in a debating hall, on the …

Yisrael Campbell

August 11th, 2014


 ★★★★★  Tom Rhodes Radio Review for Yisrael Campbell in ‘Circumcise me’

Greetings from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! 

At a later date I will talk about my personal history with this festival but for now I want to …

Lucas Molandes, Ramin Nazer Sara Reihani

July 29th, 2014


A few weeks ago I performed at Helium in Portland and Lucas Molandes was my feature act. Lucas is from Austin, Texas. Austin is a spiritual center of …

Nevada Rhodes

July 21st, 2014


This episode was recorded in Seoul, Korea

Nevada Rhodes not only has the best last name ever he is a one man volcano bursting with fabulosity. He is …

Jonathan Atherton Part 2

July 14th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Kuala Lumpur.

Jonathan Atherton built the comedy scene in Singapore and now he just opened the first full time comedy …

MinhHa Pham

July 3rd, 2014


MinhHa Pham is a comedy superstar waiting to happen. She just needs a few more years of experience and developing material. Her love of comedy is pure and she is from the most unlikely breeding ground for comedians of …

Jason John Whitehead

June 27th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

I first met Jason John Whitehead about ten years ago at The Comedy Store in Sydney. Then I worked with him in Jakarta and Bali. He is from Nova Scotia, Canada, started being a …

Ritch Shydner

June 13th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Burbank, California.

Ritch Shydner is a comedian I always looked up to an admired while I was growing up, having watched him on Johnny Carson, David Lettermen and his HBO special.

I had known …

Duncan Trussell

May 30th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

I have only been friends with Duncan Trussell for a few years but he has already skyrocketed to the top of my list of people that I love hanging out with. We never talk about …

Ted Alexandro

May 21st, 2014


This episode was recorded in Minneapolis.

In the future if we are lucky every comedian will be more like Ted Alexandro.

Not only funny but …

Jackie Kashian

May 10th, 2014


Jackie Kashian is a powerhouse comedian by any way you measure it.

She has a strong sense of humor and slices up topics of mundane living and her own personal rage with ease. Her autobiographical humor has been seen on …

Maz Jobrani

May 2nd, 2014


This episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

You may know Maz Jobrani as one of the founding members of The Axis Of Evil Comedy Tour. He has been referred to as the Persian Elvis. He has appeared in countless film and …

Joseph Wilson

April 17th, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

I first met Joseph Wilson when I performed at the Comedy Cafe in London in 2013.

We hit if off instantly and unbeknownst to me he became a avid listener of my podcast. I found out …

Don Ward

April 11th, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

Very often in interviews I have said that getting in with London was the key to me getting in with all of these world wide comedy circuits, specifically me getting in with the …

Natalia Tena

April 2nd, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

Within the first 5 minutes I met Natalia Tena she was cracking me up and I was teaching her the basic steps of the tango.

I think she is a feminist icon badass woman. She is an …

Virginia Gilbert

March 27th, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

Virginia Gilbert is an award winning author and filmmaker. 
She is currently premiering her new film 'A long way from home' which she wrote and directed at film festivals all over the …

Stephen K Amos

March 20th, 2014


This episode was recorded in London.

There have only been a few of my comedy super star friends who when I asked them to appear on my podcast declined and then there is the opposite example of Stephen K Amos who when I …

Eve Jackson

March 13th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Paris, France.


I first met Eve Jackson in June 2012 when I appeared as a guest on her TV program called 'The Culture …

Sebastian Marx

March 6th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Paris.

I met Sebastian Marx the last time I played in Paris. He has the young hot new scene  putting on stand up comedy nights in English and in French. 

When I met him I came to see him …

Sand van Roy

February 27th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Paris.


I first met Sand Van Roy after my show in Paris in June 2012. Speaking with her I was tickled to find out that she was a huge comedy fan and that he all time favorite comedian is …

Peter Klashorst

February 19th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Amsterdam.


I first met Peter Klashorst ten years ago when he appeared as a guest on my Amsterdam late night talk show. …

Zihni Özdil

February 13th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Rotterdam.


It always tickles me to meet intelligent people who attend my shows and are fans of mine. Last month after my show in Rotterdam I met Zihni Özdil and I was so struck by his …

Greg Shapiro

February 7th, 2014


This episode was recorded at the American hotel in Amsterdam.

Greg Shapiro is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in show business. He is originally from Chicago where he got his earliest improv training and he …

Bob Maclaren

January 30th, 2014


This episode was recorded in Amsterdam.

It is ass biting cold outside and miserable rain is expected. I am currently on a theater tour performing …

Jack Boulware

January 23rd, 2014


This episode was recorded in San Francisco.

Jack Boulware has been one of my best friends in life since I lived in San Francisco in the early 1990s. …

Greg Behrendt

January 15th, 2014


This episode was recorded in San Francisco.

Greg Behrendt in my mind is the quintessential San Franciscan.

I met Greg when I first moved to San Francisco in 1991 and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met in the …

Drew Hastings

January 10th, 2014


I have known and respected Drew Hastings for over 20 years.

His jokes have always possessed an intelligent cynicism that hit me right in the heart of what I find funny. This conversation was recorded two years ago.

Lizz Winstead

December 18th, 2013


This episode was recorded in Brooklyn, New York.

Having co-created the Daily Show and co-founded Air America it is a solid fact that Lizz Winstead …

Jim Gaffigan

December 11th, 2013


This episode was recorded in New York City.

I was in New York last week to film the new Dave Attell series for Comedy Central. At the moment it is …

Jerry Rocha

December 4th, 2013


This episode was recorded several years ago in Atlanta, Georgia.

It happens periodically that I will work with a young comedian that I love as a person and performer. When Jerry Rocha featured for me at the Atlanta …

Cathy Sorbo

November 27th, 2013


This episode was recorded in Seattle, Washington. I have known Cathy Sorbo for over 20 years. She is not only a brilliant stand up comedian but she also keeps inventing these supremely hilarious songs. She decided to …

Drew Michael

November 21st, 2013


Recorded in Chicago at Zanies on a Saturday night last September between breaks in 3 shows. Drew Michael was my feature act for the week and I loved what he was doing on stage. He's young, good looking, mildly angst …

Des Bishop

November 14th, 2013


This episode was recorded in Beijing, China.

I first met Des Bishop many years ago in London when we both performed on a show together. He has had a very unique life story and an amazing career trajectory. 

Des is …

Bill Burr

November 6th, 2013


Sometimes with my podcast I like to imagine it as if I were teaching a university course on stand up comedy. That is why it was an absolute joy for …

Ari Shaffir

October 31st, 2013


The more I get to know Ari Shaffir the more I like him. He is one of the most pleasant human beings walking this earth. Every time I see him he puts a smile on my face. I have never seen him with a dark cloud of …

Carl LaBove

October 24th, 2013


I was a fan of Carl LaBove before I ever even met him. When I was 17 I went to see Sam Kinison in Orlando and Carl LaBove was the opening act. Carl blew me away that night with his ferocious comedy cyclone, Kinison was …

Rick Shapiro

October 17th, 2013


I first saw Rick Shapiro perform when I lived in New York City 1998 - 1999. He wasn't playing in comedy clubs then he had a regular Wednesday night …

Sananda Maitreya

October 10th, 2013


I believe this episode is among the very best that I have yet been a part of because of the time, love and preparation that went into making it.

Sananda Maitreya was once known by a former name that I will not speak …

Dara Faizi

October 4th, 2013


This episode is a heartbreaker. I was shocked and saddened to learn that Dara Faizi died on September 30, 2013 at the tender young age of 25.

I became friends with Dara when he was first starting out as a comedian in …

Jim Breuer

September 26th, 2013


I've known Jim Breuer since we were both starting out in Florida back at Ron Bennington's Comedy Scene in Clearwater. He has always been bringing head crunching thunder as a comedian since I first saw him. He went on to …

Special Episode: In Rome with Scooteroma

September 21st, 2013


For the past 3 years in a row my wife and I have rented an apartment in Rome.

This year we did something different, we acted like we lived there. Instead of exhausting days visiting the monuments we look it easy, …

Faye Woodruff

September 15th, 2013


When I started out on the road I worked the southern circuits of the United States. I have performed in every town that ends in ville or boro.   I did a horrendous gig in Mobile, Alabama many years ago and the best …

Kuah Jenhan

September 6th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Malaysia!

Kuah Jenhan is the darling of the Malaysian comedy scene. His jokes are clean and clever and he is admired for turning over fresh new material frequently. I worked with him on my first …

Hasan Minhaj

September 3rd, 2013


Hasan Minhaj is politically aware and socially conscious in his comedy and in his life. He doesn't take any shit when it comes to offensive …

Stephen Grant

August 29th, 2013


I worked with Stephan Grant earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur. 
He has a lightning quick wit and powers out jokes on a wide range of topics. He writes for many television shows and comedy TV stars in the UK. If you see …

Carlos Valencia

August 26th, 2013


This episode was recorded in Madison, Wisconsin.
Many times as a comedian I will work with a younger comedian who I believe has true talent and a bright future. I had met Carlos Valencia through Doug Stanhope several …

Jonathan Atherton

August 17th, 2013


In my eyes Jonathan Atherton will always remain a great man because he turned my beliefs around on the city of Singapore. I went there once and never …

Eleanor Tiernan

August 13th, 2013


It's no secret that I love Ireland and I have worked with some wildly funny comedians there. One of them that I like the most is Eleanor Tiernan.

I've watched her develop into an amazing performer over the years and if …

Harith Iskander

August 9th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Malaysia! What are Moslim people making jokes about? What makes Malaysian stand up more progressive than American stand up? Tom gets to sit down with Malaysia's most famous and veteran comedian …

Rory Zacher Kelly La Banco

August 5th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Chicago! Let me introduce you to the most interesting couple I know! Rory Zacher & Kelly La Banco two fresh faced kids …

Gina Yashere

July 30th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Los Angeles!

Several years ago I worked with Gina Yashere in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. I loved her as a person and was extremely impressed with her as a comedian. He stories are hard …

Brian Posehn

July 22nd, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Los Angeles! Brian Posehn has been my friend for over 20 years. He has gone on to have an amazing career, writing for HBO's Mr. Show, acting in NBC's Just Shoot Me and Comedy Central's The Sarah …

Brendhan Lovegrove

July 19th, 2013


Tom Rhodes is in New Zealand! Tom chats with New Zealand's comedy legend Brendhan Lovegrove.  Brendhan and I met 15 years ago in London while filming a television show together. Working together again in the years that …

Jimmy Shubert

July 15th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Los Angeles!

Jimmy Shubert is a comedian I have loved and respected for years. He has always been a strong performer with hard hitting jokes. I've known him for many years and I enjoy him because …

Chris Martin

July 12th, 2013


Tom Rhodes is in New Zealand! 

After doing the New Zealand Comedy Festival in Auckland for 2 weeks I did a best of the fest tour with a small group of comedians that went all over the country. This was an epic adventure …

Brendon Walsh

July 9th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Austin, Texas! Lovable lunatic and comedy juggernaut Brendon Walsh and I got together at the Moon Tower Comedy Festival in …

Jesse Griffin aka Wilson Dixon

July 6th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in New Zealand! After doing the NZ comedy Festival in Auckland I did a 2 week best of the fest tour going all over the country. With a small group of comedians we shared planes, van rides, and stages …

Andy Kindler

June 25th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in Los Angeles! I got to sit down with Andy Kindler who revealed why he took marshal arts lessons to defend himself from people he had made fun of.

Markus Birdman

June 20th, 2013


Markus Birdman explains how his near death experience made him a better comedian and how he admires his Vicor Father's performing style.

Laurie Kilmartin

June 18th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio is in LA! Brilliant comedy writer Laurie Kilmartin explains how she turns her personal turmoil into comedy gold in this new episode. …

Steve Hughes 2

June 13th, 2013


Steve Hughes and Tom Rhodes talk about everything pertinent on a rainy Saturday in Auckland during the New Zealand International comedy festival. May 2013. 

Moshe Kasher

June 11th, 2013


Tom & Moshe discuss comedy, travel, religion, and their respective tastes in pornography. 

Tom Gleeson

June 8th, 2013


Tom Rhodes Radio presents the funny Tom Gleeson! Recorded in Auckland New Zealand 2013.


Sources on this episode: 

Clips taken from

Tom Gleeson Storm in a Tea Cup #5

Tom Gleeson | …

Greg Fleet

May 27th, 2013


Tom chats with Australian actor & comedian, Greg Fleet. 

Joey Waldon

May 20th, 2013


Joey Waldon keeps it eternally silly & colorful on the new Tom Rhodes Radio.


May 13th, 2013


Tom chats with veteran actor & comedian Godfrey at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX.  

Ari Shaffir Marc Maron

May 2nd, 2013


Tom sat down with Ari Shaffir at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. Then Marc Maron showed up and did what he does best - made it all about him. 

Steve Hughes

April 22nd, 2013


Heavy Metal Comedian Steve Hughes crushes political thoughts and conspiracy theories with Tom in Sydney, Australia.

Doug Stanhope 3

April 12th, 2013


Doug and Tom drink late into the night in this last part of their conversation recorded in Bisbee, AZ March 2013. Videos available @

Doug Stanhope 2

April 3rd, 2013


Tom returns to Bisbee, Arizona to chat with Doug Stanhope about guns, tragedy, death, and the joy of controversy.

Brad Garrett

March 26th, 2013


Tom chats with one of his favorite people in comedy, Brad Garrett, at his glorious Las Vegas comedy club. 

Rick Overton

March 19th, 2013


Tom chats with a living museum of stand-up comedy, the still relevant and still hilarious, Rick Overton. 

Jake Johannsen

March 12th, 2013


Tom chats with long-time friend and one of Letterman's favorite comedians, the great Jake Johannsen. 

Greg Proops

March 5th, 2013


Greg Proops proves that he is indeed the smartest man in the world. He's also one of Tom's oldest friends in comedy and brought him to London for his …

Noel Faulkner

February 28th, 2013


Tom sits down with Noel Faulkner, the Irish owner of London's legendary Comedy Cafe. He's a truly fascinating human being. 

Tommy Tiernan

February 6th, 2013


Tom travels to Galway to chat with his friend, legendary Irish comedian, Tommy Tiernan. 

Adam Fields

January 21st, 2013


Tom enjoys a chat with Amsterdam based British comic Adam Fields upstairs at the Comedy Theater in de Nes. 

Bill Bailey

January 14th, 2013


Brilliant English comedian/actor/musician Bill Bailey joins Tom for a chat in Indonesia at the Jakarta Fringe Festival. 

Jamie DeWolf

January 7th, 2013


Jamie DeWolf reveals all of Scientology's secrets and tells how being L. Ron Hubbard's great grandson fuels his performance art.

Brother John Rhodes

December 28th, 2012


Tom's brother tells the world to stop being such a pussy. 

Steve Hicks (Part 2)

December 16th, 2012


In honor of Bill Hicks' birthday, December 16, his brother Steve shares extra loving family stories about the comedy legend.

Steve Hicks (Part 1)

December 12th, 2012


Steve explains why Bill Hicks is to some people what Jesus is to Christians. And what it was like to be the big brother of Comedy Jesus.

Christina Pazsitzky

November 27th, 2012


Christina Pazsitzky reveals the most viscious Hungarian insults and explains why telling shit jokes makes her feel truly alive.

Arj Barker

October 26th, 2012


Tom chats with global comedy star Arj Barker at a Denny's in Orlando, Florida.

John Fox

October 12th, 2012


The late legendary Comedian John Fox talks about his friendships with Johnny Carson and Rodney Dangerfield. He also shares his happiest moments in his long comedy career and why Wrigley field is paradise on earth.

Ron Shock

September 21st, 2012


In one of his final interviews, Ron Shock shares some of his best life stories with Tom just before his passing. 

Ryan Stout

September 10th, 2012


Tom chats with one of his favorite young comics, Ryan Stout. He turns 30 this month and already has a ton of hosting credits, a killer album, and plays the best American clubs. Please enjoy this fantastic man. 

Brian Scolaro

August 31st, 2012


The irresistibly funny and lovable Brian Scolaro joins Tom for a lovely chat about his life on stage and on screen. 

W. Kamau Bell

August 23rd, 2012


I got to sit down with my long-time San Francisco pal, W. Kamau Bell, star of the new show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" on FX. He's a lovely human and I hope you enjoy this conversation. 

Lee Camp

August 9th, 2012


Lee Camp is one of today's most important political comedians. I caught up with him in Los Angeles after we went to a taping for Russel Brand's new …

Russell Peters

June 21st, 2012


Tom catches up with international superstar Russell Peters while they perform together in Amsterdam for a Showtime special. They share their experiences of traveling the world to perform stand-up comedy for people of …

Dana Gould

May 31st, 2012


Tom sits down with his long time San Francisco pal Dana Gould at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. They talk about his legendary career in …

Jeff Foxworthy

May 5th, 2012


Tom chats with legendary comedian Jeff Foxworthy on stage at the world famous Punchline in Atlanta. They talk about the early days of driving to gigs together and growing as comedians in the south. They also discuss …

Matt Davis

April 19th, 2012


Tom sits down with one of the South's most talented and promising rising stars of comedy, Matt Davis. They discuss the joys and horrors of southern audiences and succeeding in the often brutal circuit. 

Jim Short

March 19th, 2012


Listen to the brilliant Jim Short share stories about his time with Mitch Hedberg and Bill Hicks. 

Stephen Tobolowsky

February 16th, 2012


Tom chats with one of America's greatest actors, Stephen Tobolowsky, who gives Tom some interesting insights on their time shooting Mr. Rhodes.  

Laura Rhodes

December 28th, 2011


This is a very special episode with my darling little sister, Laura Beth Rhodes Goldstien, 1973-2011.
She was a joy to all who knew her.

Bert Haas

December 2nd, 2011


Tom chats with legendary purveor of HaHa, the great Bert Haas of Chicago's greatest comedy club, Zanies. 

Patti Vasquez

August 31st, 2011


Tom chats with Chicago comedy giant, Patti Vasquez. They talk about the Chicago scene, ethnicity, and the joys and trials of family. 

Check out her site

Lou Angelwolf

August 25th, 2011


Tom sits down with his best friend - host and comedian Lou Angelwolf. They reminisce on starting out in Florida with comics like Brian Regan and Ron …

The Unoffendables with John Fugelsang, Jimmy Shubert, Billy Gardell

July 11th, 2011


In this long-lost pilot episode of Tom Rhodes Radio, Tom is joined by his good friends Lou Angelwolf and Dana Gibson in Los Angeles. Together they …

Tom Rhodes (The Musician) Part 2

June 1st, 2011


Tom continues his conversation with musician Tom Rhodes. 

Tom Rhodes (The Musician)

May 13th, 2011


Tom travels to Wilmington, North Carolina to talk to Tom Rhodes, the musician. 

Shazia Mirza and Dave Fulton

April 25th, 2011


Tom travels to London to do shows and talk with his comedian friends Shazia Mirza and Dave Fulton.

Ed Byrne and Adam Bloom

April 25th, 2011


Tom travels to London to do shows and talk with his comedian friends Ed Byrne and Adam Bloom.

Brian Regan

March 17th, 2011


Tom visits his good friend Brian Regan in Las Vegas.

Brendon Burns

March 17th, 2011


Tom talks with Australian comedian Brendon Burns from his flat in London about cracking the London scene and the Edinburgh fringe festival.

Uncle Bob

March 16th, 2011


Tom travels to the green rolling mountains of Vermont to visit his uncle Bob and talk about life, comedy and the family sense of humor.

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