Guest Bio: Ari Shaffir is a stand-up comedian and also hosts the podcasts Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank and Punch Drunk Sports. Check out the second season of his show This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central.
Topics Discussed: Ari’s eye surgery; eye pokes in MMA; Game of Thrones TV show; Plato had sex with boys; Chase bank stops check over terrorist-sounding dog name “Dash”; customer support/service jobs; people who can’t use a cell phone; Joe saying “Hey Siri” will cause listeners’ iPhones to activate Siri; Ari wore a yamaka so he didn’t have to explain to people he wasn’t religious anymore; Michael Shermer; gluten-free; going sugar-free; Joe talks about his diet; Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ; best BBQ in the USA; long lines at BBQ restaurants; Louie Mueller Barbecue; six-year-old placed in handcuffs after stealing candy; Ari stole his cousin’s comb; Joe stole a candy bar and got caught; Joe dated an educated girl in high school who would steal clothes; Winona Ryder got caught stealing; Ari steals stuff in airports frequently; Hersey’s chocolate with almonds and Jif peanut butter; peanut butter and jelly mixed together in the jar; Ari slapping things out of peoples’ hands; Louis CK slapped pizza out of Jim Norton’s hands; why are comics mean to each other; comics shouldn’t tell other comics when they break up with a girlfriend; putting your fingers in someone’s mouth; human bites are dangerous because of bacteria; Komodo dragon bites; Komodo dragon hunts a water buffalo video; Komodo dragon attacked Sharon Stone’s husband; crocodiles; crocodile monitor; Andy Sirkis; The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies; Jurassic World movie; Ex Machina movie; Duncan Trussell would fall in love with a robot; falling in love; more Ex Machina talk; creating artificial life; The Room movie; billboard advertisements; Donald Trump; Trump says things to get attention; who is the real Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton won’t release transcripts of her $225,000 speeches; Trump paid the Clintons to come to his wedding; no one can buy Trump and he can manipulate people; Ari wants Bernie Sanders to win; Trump talks shit about Megyn Kelly; Megyn Kelly says Jesus and Santa Claus are white video; (Ari goes to the bathroom); presidential candidates should have a podcast; Hillary Clinton’s speeches; Joe talks about Stone Temple Pilots playing Dana White’s birthday; Scott Weiland; Alice in Chains; Asian girls; artists pulling their music from music streaming services like Pandora or Spotify; how much artists are getting paid from music streaming; Upright Citizens Brigade doesn’t pay any of its performers; how Spotify pays artists; Louis from Unbox Therapy won’t use iTunes; websites that require your email address; ewallets; Apple Pay and Google Wallet; Disney MagicBands; Spotify wants Joe to put his podcast on the service; Amazon Prime and Instant Video; Netflix shows; Joe’s bit about George W. Bush; people comparing presidents to Hitler; comedians saying things are “from hell” or “on steroids”; what presidential speeches used to be like; Bill Clinton playing saxaphone on The Arsenio Hall Show; importance of showmanship; Bernie Sanders on tax reform; Inside Job documentary; Hillary Clinton email controversy; the government is a dying system and needs to be restructured; government spending; Obama’s drone strikes kill innocent people; Ruslan Provodnikov; Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch fight; Nate trains with Andre Ward and Joe Schilling; Josh Thomson finished Nate Diaz; what should happen to Conor’s featherweight championship; Jose Aldo; (Ari goes to the bathroom again); why Conor wants a rematch; the MMA game doesn’t give a fuck who you are; no one goes undefeated in MMA; Jon Jones; why 12-6 elbows are banned; fake Diaz brothers and MMA fighters call in to Ari’s Punch Drunk Sports podcast; who could beat Conor McGregor now; how a Jose Aldo rematch would go; Anderson Silva; past Anderson Silva fights; Anderson’s skills; knees and kicks to a grounded opponent; Muay Thai; Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin fight video; Anderson’s front-kick KO of Vitor Belfort; Lyoto Machida’s front-kick KO of Randy Couture; New York legalizes MMA; Frankie Edgar; Conor should give up his title; Frankie Edgar should fight Jose Aldo; Nate vs. Conor rematch; money fights are what’s important for fighters; referees interfere too much; Tim Sylvia vs. Frank Mir fight where Frank broke Tim’s arm; Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture fight; Tim Sylvia vs. Ray Mercer fight video; Ray Mercer vs. Tommy Morrison fight video; This is Not Happening; Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino fighting at UFC 198; Ronda Rousey making movies and ignoring fighting; comics preparing for a special; best time to see a comic do stand-up; taking a vacation from stand-up; preparing to shoot a special; Joe’s return to The Comedy Store; popularity of comedy today; the internet and podcasts changed the comedy game; Marc Maron; Brian Holtzman.
My Thoughts: Jumps around from talking about food, movies, technology, Komodo dragons, and the music industry before shifting towards lots of political and presidential talk. Thankfully Ari steers the conversation towards UFC/fight talk and stand-up comedy for the remainder of the podcast.
Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #778 available for streaming via YouTube.
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