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The Last Laugh

The Daily Beast

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The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

The Daily Beast

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Welcome to ‘The Last Laugh,’ the podcast where comedians get real. Every Tuesday, The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein will interview some of the biggest names in comedy—as well as the new voices crashing the party—about what it’s like to be a comedian in this current cultural and political moment.

Latest Episodes

W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

EStand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. With its fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 19th, the show gives Bell a chance to talk to people from every corner of the country about issues like guns, race and religion. He tells us how he learned to listen to people on the opposite end of the political spectrum, why he would never go on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, why he doesn’t mind performing for “woke” college students and a lot more. Twitter: @wkamaubell and @mattwilstein | Instagram @wkamaubell and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Buy ‘The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell’ on Amazon. This episode was originally published on May 7th, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43 MIN4 d ago
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W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

E‘The Last Laugh’ host Matt Wilstein joined his Daily Beast colleagues Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on their podcast ‘The New Abnormal’ to interview Ben Stiller about Donald Trump’s ‘Zoolander’ obsession, playing Michael Cohen on SNL, Twitter rediscovering ‘Tropic Thunder’ and a lot more. Twitter: @RedHourBen and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @benstiller and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19 MIN6 d ago
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Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

EStand-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 ‘Making Podcast Great Again,’ shares the story of his sudden rise to internet fame on today’s bonus episode. He demonstrates how he nails Trump’s unique stream-of-consciousness style, looks back at the Louis C.K. impression that first brought him viral success and shares his mixed feelings about “sharing the spotlight” with the internet’s other favorite Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper. Twitter: @JLCauvin and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MIN1 w ago
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Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

EIn 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. 23 years later, he’s still going strong. In this rare longform conversation, Smigel talks about how he pulls off his epic confrontations of politicians like Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. He also opens up about his time writing for Conan O’Brien, ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and SNL, where he created ‘TV Funhouse’ and ‘The Ambiguously Gay Duo’—an animated sketch he readily admits would not work in 2020. Robert explains why his eventual exit from SNL was “not pretty” and weighs in on Alec Baldwin’s “easy” satirical take on Donald Trump. Watch Triumph’s ‘Quarantine Squares’ game show on YouTube. Twitter: @TriumphICDHQ and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @triumphicdhq and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for pr...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

EChelsea 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 that shifted her priorities away from celebrity culture and towards progressive politics. She also opens up about what she learned about systemic racism by making her 2019 Netflix documentary ‘Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea,’ previews her upcoming stand-up special on HBO Max and reveals why she still thinks the president might be suffering from syphilis-induced dementia. Twitter: @chelseahandler and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @chelseahandler and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Order ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me’ on Amazon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40 MIN2 w ago
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Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

EComedian Eric Andre is best known for pulling outrageous pranks on Adult Swin’s ‘The Eric Andre Show,’ which is finally returning for its long-awaited fifth season soon. But first, Eric is about to drop his debut hour-long stand-up special on Netflix, called ‘Legalize Everything,’ on June 23rd. In this episode, we talk about how the absurdity and hypocrisy of the police have been a running theme throughout his work, including in his upcoming prank movie ‘Bad Trip’ co-starring Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery, which will also premiere on Netflix later this year. Plus. Eric shares his uncensored thoughts on Joe Biden, Bill Cosby, Michael Richards and a lot more. Twitter: @ericandre and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ericfuckingandre and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45 MIN3 w ago
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Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

Michaela Watkins Makes Everything Better

EMichaela 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, hosting a “Zoom shiva” for director Lynn Shelton, sex scenes from a “female lens” on ‘Casual,’ her rocky one season as a cast member on SNL and a lot more. Michaela also previews her role as a Marcia Clark-esque prosecutor on the upcoming third season of ‘Search Party.’ Twitter: @michaelaWat and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @michaelawat and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48 MINJUN 9
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Michaela Watkins Makes Everything Better

Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’

ERicky 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 ended up creating a show about grief and shares his strong opinions about political correctness in comedy, free speech and cancel culture. Plus, Ricky looks back at his most controversial Golden Globes jokes and reveals what it was like to work with the late David Bowie on ‘Extras,’ Larry David on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and a lot more. Twitter: @rickygervais and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @rickygervais and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47 MINJUN 3
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Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’

Nick Offerman Gets Emotional

ERon 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 podcast “In Bed with Nick and Megan” with his wife Megan Mullally to tearing up at the end of the “Parks and Recreation” reunion special. Offerman also breaks down his most intense performance to date on ‘Devs,’ looks back on his earliest TV roles on ‘ER’ and ‘24,’ shares how his priorities have shifted on the cusp of turning 50 and a lot more. Twitter: @Nick_Offerman and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @nickofferman and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49 MINMAY 26
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Nick Offerman Gets Emotional

Patton Oswalt Sounds Off

EComedian 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 come emotionally since the sudden death of his former wife, ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ author Michelle McNamara. The comedian, who turned 50 last year, also shares his unvarnished thoughts on the futility of making Trump jokes, why he thinks Fox News is the “height of evil” for pushing the country to reopen during a pandemic, and the fate he believes the Golden State Killer deserves. Then he looks back on highlights from his career, including his acting debut as a video store clerk on ‘Seinfeld,’ his late-night stand-up debut on ‘Conan,’ his epic ‘Star Wars’ filibuster on ‘Parks and Rec’ and a lot more. Twitter: @pattonoswalt and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @pattonoswalt and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to...

44 MINMAY 19
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Patton Oswalt Sounds Off

Latest Episodes

W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

EStand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN since before Donald Trump was elected. With its fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 19th, the show gives Bell a chance to talk to people from every corner of the country about issues like guns, race and religion. He tells us how he learned to listen to people on the opposite end of the political spectrum, why he would never go on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, why he doesn’t mind performing for “woke” college students and a lot more. Twitter: @wkamaubell and @mattwilstein | Instagram @wkamaubell and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Buy ‘The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell’ on Amazon. This episode was originally published on May 7th, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43 MIN4 d ago
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W. Kamau Bell Fights Back

Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

E‘The Last Laugh’ host Matt Wilstein joined his Daily Beast colleagues Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on their podcast ‘The New Abnormal’ to interview Ben Stiller about Donald Trump’s ‘Zoolander’ obsession, playing Michael Cohen on SNL, Twitter rediscovering ‘Tropic Thunder’ and a lot more. Twitter: @RedHourBen and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @benstiller and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19 MIN6 d ago
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Ben Stiller on ‘The New Abnormal’

Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

EStand-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 ‘Making Podcast Great Again,’ shares the story of his sudden rise to internet fame on today’s bonus episode. He demonstrates how he nails Trump’s unique stream-of-consciousness style, looks back at the Louis C.K. impression that first brought him viral success and shares his mixed feelings about “sharing the spotlight” with the internet’s other favorite Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper. Twitter: @JLCauvin and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MIN1 w ago
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Trump Impersonator J-L Cauvin

Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

EIn 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. 23 years later, he’s still going strong. In this rare longform conversation, Smigel talks about how he pulls off his epic confrontations of politicians like Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. He also opens up about his time writing for Conan O’Brien, ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and SNL, where he created ‘TV Funhouse’ and ‘The Ambiguously Gay Duo’—an animated sketch he readily admits would not work in 2020. Robert explains why his eventual exit from SNL was “not pretty” and weighs in on Alec Baldwin’s “easy” satirical take on Donald Trump. Watch Triumph’s ‘Quarantine Squares’ game show on YouTube. Twitter: @TriumphICDHQ and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @triumphicdhq and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for pr...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Robert Smigel Triumphs Again!

Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

EChelsea 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 that shifted her priorities away from celebrity culture and towards progressive politics. She also opens up about what she learned about systemic racism by making her 2019 Netflix documentary ‘Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea,’ previews her upcoming stand-up special on HBO Max and reveals why she still thinks the president might be suffering from syphilis-induced dementia. Twitter: @chelseahandler and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @chelseahandler and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Order ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me’ on Amazon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40 MIN2 w ago
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Chelsea Handler Faces Her White Privilege

Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

EComedian Eric Andre is best known for pulling outrageous pranks on Adult Swin’s ‘The Eric Andre Show,’ which is finally returning for its long-awaited fifth season soon. But first, Eric is about to drop his debut hour-long stand-up special on Netflix, called ‘Legalize Everything,’ on June 23rd. In this episode, we talk about how the absurdity and hypocrisy of the police have been a running theme throughout his work, including in his upcoming prank movie ‘Bad Trip’ co-starring Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery, which will also premiere on Netflix later this year. Plus. Eric shares his uncensored thoughts on Joe Biden, Bill Cosby, Michael Richards and a lot more. Twitter: @ericandre and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @ericfuckingandre and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45 MIN3 w ago
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Eric Andre Talks Pranking While Black

Michaela Watkins Makes Everything Better

EMichaela 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, hosting a “Zoom shiva” for director Lynn Shelton, sex scenes from a “female lens” on ‘Casual,’ her rocky one season as a cast member on SNL and a lot more. Michaela also previews her role as a Marcia Clark-esque prosecutor on the upcoming third season of ‘Search Party.’ Twitter: @michaelaWat and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @michaelawat and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48 MINJUN 9
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Michaela Watkins Makes Everything Better

Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’

ERicky 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 ended up creating a show about grief and shares his strong opinions about political correctness in comedy, free speech and cancel culture. Plus, Ricky looks back at his most controversial Golden Globes jokes and reveals what it was like to work with the late David Bowie on ‘Extras,’ Larry David on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and a lot more. Twitter: @rickygervais and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @rickygervais and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47 MINJUN 3
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Ricky Gervais Refuses to ‘Shut Up’

Nick Offerman Gets Emotional

ERon 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 podcast “In Bed with Nick and Megan” with his wife Megan Mullally to tearing up at the end of the “Parks and Recreation” reunion special. Offerman also breaks down his most intense performance to date on ‘Devs,’ looks back on his earliest TV roles on ‘ER’ and ‘24,’ shares how his priorities have shifted on the cusp of turning 50 and a lot more. Twitter: @Nick_Offerman and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @nickofferman and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49 MINMAY 26
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Nick Offerman Gets Emotional

Patton Oswalt Sounds Off

EComedian 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 come emotionally since the sudden death of his former wife, ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ author Michelle McNamara. The comedian, who turned 50 last year, also shares his unvarnished thoughts on the futility of making Trump jokes, why he thinks Fox News is the “height of evil” for pushing the country to reopen during a pandemic, and the fate he believes the Golden State Killer deserves. Then he looks back on highlights from his career, including his acting debut as a video store clerk on ‘Seinfeld,’ his late-night stand-up debut on ‘Conan,’ his epic ‘Star Wars’ filibuster on ‘Parks and Rec’ and a lot more. Twitter: @pattonoswalt and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @pattonoswalt and @lastlaughpod Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast. Go to...

44 MINMAY 19
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Patton Oswalt Sounds Off
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