“The Podcast You Absolutely Have To Listen To” is a new series where we talk about the podcasts on the internet you should be checking out. If you’re living on planet Earth, you already know about the most famous ones– like WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla Show, The Nerdist, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Comedy Bang Bang. But there are literally thousands more and we’re combing through them for you, to let you know which ones you should check out first.
This week, “Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank”.
Openly Jewish with a subtly crass sense of humor, Ari Shaffir is quickly growing to be one of the top touring comedians in North America. Brought to the masses by prodding hot topics such as racism (The Amazing Racist videos), Shaffir is a model for any young comedian trying to make it as a headliner. Whether you’re looking to hear a new comedian or you want to learn the inner workings in the business of being funny, you absolutely need to listen to Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. The podcast is a weekly update from Ari and includes interviews with special guest comedians you may or may not have heard of before. A recent great Skeptic Tank find — Josh Meyrowitz, a comedian with Asbergers — is now on my list of comedians to watch, for example.
The discussions on Skeptic Tank can flow in and out of comedy. Sometimes the conversations can get intimate and even go to uncomfortable places. Shaffir has no problem talking to guests with terrible experiences such as rape (ep. #124), cutting (#122), miscarriage (#118) and even Ari’s own father recollecting his own personal experience during the Holocaust (episode entitled #22 Holocaust (Nat Shaffir, released April 8, 2013). Skeptic Tank not only lets the guest tell their story, but Shaffir always makes the point to highlight their coping mechanisms. A wide net of problems and disorders are on display here and listeners struggling with similar issues may find an odd sort of therapeutic outlet.
If you can stomach the human condition and really enjoy finding the funny in uncomfortable situations, Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank must be added to your weekly downloads.
Ari Shaffir has a real talent for finding interesting guests and exploring different comedic avenues. If you can stomach the human condition and really enjoy finding the funny in uncomfortable situations, Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank must be added to your weekly downloads. While you may not agree with some of Ari’s opinions, you’ll quickly commend him for his honesty. Shaffir is a master at finding the weird and pinpointing great talking points with his guests. You can tell that Shaffir loves to dive head first into the taboo. My question is, are you willing to take the dive with him?