Internet Tendency’s Favorite Podcasts

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McSweeney’s Internet Tendency ( has been the humor wing of McSweeney’s, an independent book publisher based in San Francisco. Over the course of its 19 years, the Tendency has been a gateway for many comedy writers who have gone on to award-winning careers in film and television. Many have also delved into the world of podcasts. Here are a few of our favorite shows hosted by M.I.T. alumnae.

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  • 53:03

    Hot dogs and ice cream stores

    60: John Warner Describes the Ruckus

    VB&B’s focus is primarily academia, but it usually gets sidetracked by the hosts’ irreverent stream of consciousness. This episode’s guest is John Warner, one of the two long-time editors of – oh the irony – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

  • 1:04:41

    Maggots and other dead things

    5 – Christopher Escaped the Septic Tank

    Ripped straight from the virtual pages of our website, You Got Jobbed is the podcast version of the Tendency’s longest-running columns “Interviews With People Who Have Unusual Interesting Jobs” by Suzanne Yeagley. The subject of this interview is Christopher Brune Horan, who collected garbage as a youth – but that just touches the surface of what turns out to be an engaging interview about growing up and sexual identity.

  • 38:11

    Moving on while falling apart

    1: Peter Sagal Opens Up

    Long-time Tendency contributor John Moe’s thoughtful, funny podcast about the intersection of depression and comedy. This first episode with Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me host Peter Segal is a good place to start.

  • Black sits down with Frank Rich, former NYT columnist and current executive producer of Veep. Lots of great insight into the inner workings of one of the funniest political satires of all time.

  • 1:31:44

    An hour with the writer/director

    Episode 17: Paul Feig

    A comedy smorgasbord hosted by Sacks, another legendary Tendency contributor. Features everything from sketches to gags to stories to interviews with funny people, like this episode with writer/director Paul Feig of Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids fame.

  • The darkness of his final years

    Episode 51: Orson on Wonderland

    From McSweeney’s and KCRW comes The Organist, an experimental arts and culture program hosted by Andrew Leland, former managing editor of The Believer. This episode is a fascinating profile of Robert Kensinger, Orson Welles’s former personal assistant.

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