improv4humans with Matt Besser – Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. Rolling Stone recommends.
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improv4humans list of music guests
- Ben Lee
- Drag The River
- Hallelujah The Hills
- Joey Cape
- Austin Lucas
- Chris Farren
- Cory Branan
- David Bazan
- Open Mike Eagle
- Allison Weiss
- Dave Hause
- Ryan Bingham
- The White Buffalo
- Frank Turner
- Dan Deacon
- Robbie Fulks
- The Milk Carton Kids
- Murder by Death
- Langhorne Slim
- Jenny Owen Youngs
- Al Scorch
- Michael Dean Damron
- Adam Faucett
- The Mowgli’s
- Lydia Loveless
- Jeff Rosenstock
- Radical Face
- Colleen Green
- The Staves
- Laura Stevenson
- The Family Crest
- San Fermin
- The Smith Street Band
- Noah Gundersen
- Mishka Shubaly
- St. Lenox
- Pedro The Lion
- Sarah Shook
- Speedy Ortiz
- 88 Fingers Louie
- Money Mark
- Garrett Dale
- Ordinary Elephant
- Jason Hawk Harris
- Slaughter Beach, Dog
- Jake Troth
- The Get Up Kids
- Charlie Mtn
- Micah Schnabel
- Brent Best
- Counterfeit Madison
- Jason Kutchma
- Jim Bryson
- John Snodgrass
- Carolyn Mark
- Apes of the State
- Brendan Kelly
- Pete Yorn
- Joe Pug
- Manchester Orchestra
- Hayes Carll
- Lilly Hiatt
- Fat Mike
- ME REX
- Rianne Downey
- Steve Earle
- Craig Finn
improv4humans list of CONCEPT episodes
These Fat Crackers trilogy – Jon Gabrus, Betsy Sodaro, Eugene Cordero, Stephanie Allynne, Colton Dunn, and Charlie Sanders explore narrative improv following the same characters who live in the same apartment building on today’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! We’ll follow these roommates as they prepare a breakfast of champions, gaze upon a 3 panel choose your own adventure mural, and try to break into the elevator that hasn’t been used since the years of Prohibition.
Whiplash – Matt finds Armen Weitzman hanging around the Earwolf studio and decides to have him sit in an alternate chair along with Stephanie Allynne, Mookie Blaiklock, Paul Rust, and Neil Campbell. Will Armen flounder to initiate with a strong premise? Or will Armen prove to Matt once and for all that he can improvise with these improv4humans regulars?
An I4H Christmas Carol – On Christmas Eve, Matt is visited by the ghost of Armen Weitzman who helps guide him on a journey to the past, present, and future in hopes that he will become kindlier toward his fellow humons Jon Gabrus, Amanda Sitko, Engineer Brett Morris, talent booker Ele Woods, and improv4humans listeners. Will Matt be able to change?
Mattman vs .SupArmen – Following the events of Batman v. Superman, the two heroes meet up at a local diner to discuss just what exactly went down after their fateful duel. Among the super-topics discussed are what makes someone a vigilante, who gets to lead the Justice League, and the mystery of Kryptonian reproduction.
Sing A Long Experiments – a special sing-a-long episode! Matt leads classic songs by Journey, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd and more, while they perform scenes based off of the timeless lyrics.
An Armen Brown Christmas – Christmas time is here, and its up to Charlie Brown (Armen Weitzman) to save the holidays by directing the annual Christmas Podcast for Mike Mitchell, Amanda Sitko, Mookie Blaiklock, Matt Besser, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Will Charlie find the tolerance to keep Christmas cheerful? Does Pig-Pen harbor alt-right tendencies? Will Santa bring Sally the dildo she asks for?
The Mopes Trilogy – Eugene Cordero, Jessica McKenna, Jon Gabrus, Dan Lippert, and Zach Reino join Matt Besser for part one of a new improvisational saga! Join wealthy twin heirs Jess and Jon along with personal assistant Gene as they attempt to inherit billionaire Sanford Micheal’s fortune by performing fifty jobs in fifty weeks. Will they succeed in their tasks as orca sperm harvesters? Can they recall all Fifteen Commandments of working in a fondue restaurant? What happens when an entire GPS factory assembly line goes on break?
Hard Knocks – It’s Monday morning, the final day of cuts for the 53-man roster for improv4humans. It’s an agonizing ordeal for humans, and it’s come down to Coach Besser’s final cut.
Screw It, We’re Just Gonna Talk About How Twist And Shout is The Worst Beatles Song – Welcome to the very first episode of Matt Besser’s new podcast, Screw It, We’re Just Gonna Talk About How Twist And Shout Is The Worst Beatles Song. Matt is joined this week by engineer Brett Morris, rock and roll doctor David Fricke of Rolling Stone, and Beatles guitarist John Lennon as they call up notable Beatles podcaster Will Hines to help Will understand why Twist and Shout is not just the worst Beatles song, but also the worst song of all time.
No Jurassic Improv – Matt Besser is joined by famed scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm, one of the early detractors of genetically recreating and re-engineering dinosaurs. Nearly killed at Jurassic Park many times, Dr. Malcolm is with us today to discuss dinosaurs, improv, and why the two don’t mix.
Marijuana Advice – Professor Rich Fulcher joins Matt Besser for the pilot episode of the new podcast, Marijuana Advice. They take listener calls about all things marijuana, from what the future of the cannabis industry looks like to the dangers of driving high to the best weed for an amazing sexual experience. Plus, they give tips on the best way to combat paranoia as well as how to get your pot brownies to kick in faster.
The Ten – Earwolf has a new improv show, and all of the performers are YouTube stars! Matt Besser gets to know a slew of multi-platform influencers, internet celebrities and content creators as they iron out all their beefs and feuds through the art of rap. Will the New 10 bring the talent they need to make their show a hit?
The Purge: Earwolf – This is not a test. This is your emergency podcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government & Scripps. Weapons of class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted. Government officials and Scripps officers of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire, and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning until 7 a.m., when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May Squarespace be with you all.
Endgame – Matt Besser recounts the tragedy of Thanos erasing half the universe and all of his improv4humans support team including the helicopter delivering his money due from Stitcher Premium. He interviews people on the street about where they were and what they were doing when their loved ones turned to dust. He also scores an exclusive interview with THOR the God of Thunder!
I4H: Game of Thrones – Valar Morghulis, humons of Westeros! We take you behind the scenes of the latest episode of Game of Thrones to answer all of your burning questions: does Bran Stark have an unfair advantage when it comes to trivia? Just what kind of coffee does Daenerys Targaryen drink? Is Lord Varys hiding a secret penis? And which dragon aspires to a future in the theatre?
I4H: Game of Thrones Reunion – Welcome to the Game of Thrones reunion aftershow, hosted by the eminent Andy Cohen! All your favorite characters come face to face for the first time since the finale to look back on the conclusion to Westeros’s hottest reality TV series. Shocking revelations are brought forth, unexpected reappearances are made, and old scores are settled in this special episode you won’t want to miss. Plus, listeners call in with their questions about politics, dream jobs, and more as the cast looks forward to the future. Valar Dohaeris, humons!
A Dog’s Journey Homeward – Sassy the Cat, Chance the Mutt, and Shadow the Collie are living the good life with their boy and his parents in Malibu. But when the boy gets taken to his grandmother’s house in Eagle Rock, the three animals promise to find him and protect him at any cost. Thus begins an inspiring, heartwarming, and sometimes disturbing adventure through Los Angeles you’ll never forget. This is A Dog’s Journey Homeward.
Rambo’s 24 Hour Rule – Matt Besser is joined by legendary Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Kenny Stevenson) to answer listener questions about personal hygiene, throat ripping, celebrity crushes, Halloween costume plans, politics, intermittent fasting, and much more. Plus, Matt throws out danger scenarios for Rambo to expertly assess.
Case Closed: Flat Earth – On this week’s improv4humans, Matt Besser welcomes Mark Sargent, star of the Netflix flat earth documentary “Behind the Curve,” along with infinite-plane theorist Phil Graham, former physics teacher Sean Peters, and coin theorist Chuck Crenshaw to explore the different factions and theories relating to the idea of a Flat Earth. They debate everything from the truth about Antarctica to the power of phone numbers and more, agreeing on only one thing: the Earth is NOT a globe.
Joker Can’t Improvise – Viral sensation Arthur Fleck aka Joker (Kenny Stevenson) joins Matt Besser to talk about the Gotham comedy scene and to workshop some of his material. Plus, Joker and Matt perform two-man scenes based off questions from listener call-ins.
The New Kingston-Mitchell Trio – Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna score a 2-on-1 private audition for The Kingston-Mitchell Trio with Tommy Little, one of the legendary folk group’s original members. What starts off as an audition quickly turns into a collaboration and a lyrical dissection of The Kingston-Mitchell Trio’s most iconic hits. Can Zach & Jess prove their melodic capabilities and be inducted into the new trio?
Fauci Ouchie and Other Covid Symptoms – On a special COVID-19 edition of improv4humans, Matt Besser is once again joined by Professor Rich Fulcher along with child development specialist Janna Johansson (Dannah Phirman) and health expert Bob Ducca (Seth Morris) to discuss homeschooling philosophies, coping with unexpected symptoms, the future of handshaking, and more.
Scooby-Doo Gang: Where Are They Now? – On a special improv4humans, Matt Besser is joined by Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo of Mystery Inc. (Mookie Blaiklock, Lisa Gilroy, Vic Michaelis, Kenny Stevenson) for a look behind the scenes of the famed crime-solving team. In this exclusive interview, we’ll hear the story behind the Mystery Machine’s name, how Scooby was trained to solve capers, and personal recollections of the gang’s most iconic team-ups and most notorious villains.
Anti-Mask Smash Mouth Penis – On a special improv4humans, Matt Besser is joined by a panel of regular folks (Chad Carter, Sean Conroy, Lisa Gilroy) and Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell (Kenny Stevenson) – all of whom are pro-truth and anti-mask. They’ll break down which medical conditions prevent mask usage, debate the risks of government ‘chin recognition’, and review footage of those brave souls filmed in public refusing to back down and mask up.
Retired Pope Democratic Convention Watch Party – On this special improv4humans, retired Pope Benedict XVI and Donald Trump provide live commentary on the third night of the Democratic National Convention.
The Vow – Mookie Blaiklock aka LilMookieB joins Matt Besser to discuss of his podcast YOU ARE WORTHY. LilMookieB shares thoughts upon therapy, empathy, and why comedy is no longer of his focus, as more important being the spreading of love and positivity upon the world. Plus, Matt welcomes his former masterclass student Background (Eva Anderson) to share of her advancements in feelings and emotions since leaving the profession. In the words of Cobra Kai: strike first, strike hard, no mercy.
Exorcism at Walter Reed – During his treatment for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) exhibits strange, disturbing symptoms. A local priest (John Gemberling) stops by to draw out a demonic influence from the increasingly unhinged commander-in-chief.
The Undecided Voters – On a special improv4humans, Matt Besser talks to panel of undecided voters Dan, Lance, and Jean. We’ll hear undecided takes on everything from voting by phone and the Supreme Court to Kanye West and fantasy football. Make sure to cast your ballot, humons!
Tim Allen & The Freedom Shooters – On a special post-election improv4humans, Matt Besser is joined by Todd and Marlene Stickovich from Holland, Michigan to hear why they’re still confident that Donald Trump will be declared the winner of the presidency. Plus, celebrity guest Tim Allen (Kenny Stevenson) joins in to share his takes on socialism, the state of comedy, and more.
Peanuts Holiday Interrogation Special – On a special improv4humans, Lucy van Pelt (Danielle Schneider) is interrogated after Charlie Brown winds up in the hospital and a suspicious string of holiday incidents occur pointing in her direction.
Rudolph the Red Nose Freak – On a special holiday i4h, join Rudolph, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, Donner, Mrs. Donner, Charlie in the Box, Water Gun Who Shoots Jelly, and all your other favorite classic characters as they embark on an adventure to fight misogyny, bullying, and fracking in order to save Christmas from being stopped by COVID-19.
Valentine’s Day Special: Family Feud Feud – On a special Valentine Day, join Matt Besser and Danielle Schneider as they call up former UCB Family Feud producer James Mannion to help resolve their disputes about the Family Feud format, strange survey responses, Steve Harvey, and more.
BesserVision – In the months after the events of SiriusXM: Endgame when “the snap” caused fifty percent of all Earwolf podcasts to disappear, Matt Besser is living in an idyllic radio landscape of his own making alternating between the original days of radio broadcasts; shock jock zoo radio; and most notably the legendary DJ known as Wolfman Jack. As Matt enters new decades encountering different radio tropes, Brett the Sound Engineer and former Earwolf producer, Dana Wickens begin to suspect that things are not as they seem.
JoJo Siwa vs. The Beatles – Will Hines and 7-year old Sidney Besser join Matt Besser on a special debate-style improv4humans to settle once and for all who is the greatest musical act of all time: legendary rock band The Beatles, or rising Tik Tok pop sensation JoJo Siwa? Will and Sidney make their respective arguments on merch, meaningful song lyrics, best dance song, and the worst Beatle song of all time, before the final verdict is revealed.
The New Celebrity Dating Game – Welcome to the New Celebrity Dating Game with your host, Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk! This episode, we’re joined by actress Anna Faris as she picks a lucky suitor from a hidden panel of three contestants based on a variety of questions. Featuring Lisa Gilroy as Anna Faris, Christine Bullen as Ellen DeGeneres, Kenny Stevenson as Nicolas Cage, and Mike Hanford as John Lennon.
Space Jam 2 Extended Cut – On a special improv4humans, Matt Besser shares an exclusive deleted scene from Space Jam 2, featuring a pre-game pep talk with LeBron, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Snagglepuss, Scooby Doo, Lisa Simpson, Bill Walton, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang.
Recall Election Special – On a special improv4humans, Matt Besser chats with candidates in the California recall election Tony Baron, Minx Jackson, and Deepak Chopra. They’ll lay out their positions on the controversial dinner at The French Laundry, California’s raging wildfires, who ought to take over as Jeopardy host, and more.
It’s The Great Squid Game, Charlie Brown! – The Peanuts gang play games for their survival at a very deadly Halloween party while Linus clings to his belief of salvation by the Great Pumpkin.
Neil Young & Friends Thanksgiving Special – Join Neil Young as he sits down for a special Thanksgiving roundtable with Leonard Cohen, Stu Hoffman of the Village People, and Sesame Street’s Robbie to celebrate the holiday with good food, cheer, and songs from the heart.
Valentine’s Day Special – Matt Besser and Danielle Schneider celebrate Valentine’s Day by renewing and updating their marriage vows in the presence of their eight year old daughter, Sidney. Updated vows include Girls Scout cookie priorities, Shazam compliments, dad jokes, eliminating 12’s from multiplication tables, comedy genetics, and “I Believe I Can Fly” vs. “One Shining Moment”.
The Beatles Get Back Reunion – It’s the reunion show you’ve been waiting for – join host Andy Cohen and Beatles expert Brett Morris as they gather John, Paul, George, and Ringo back together once again to discuss the highs, lows, and controversies in the ‘Get Back’ documentary. Hear the behind-the-scenes scoop on their wardrobes, drug usage, what really happened at George’s house, the truth behind their yellow drinks, and a tribute to the legendary rooftop concert; plus, an exclusive jam session from the Fab Four themselves.
Is It Cake: BANNED EPISODE – With Netflix in the news, Matt Besser shares exclusive never before heard audio from the reality hit Is It Cake?. Finalists Anthony Sebatian (Chad Carter), Elizabeth Dormitory (Lisa Gilroy) and Jill Lynette (Vic Michaelis) duke it out for the top prize hosted by special guests Jason and/or Brett Oppenheim of Selling Sunset.
July 4th Neil Young COVID Hootenanny! – It’s a Neil Young COVID Hootenanny on this week’s improv4humans LIVE from SXSW! Neil Young welcomes special guests Meat Loaf, Joni Mitchell, Dr. Fauci, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow to perform updated versions of their greatest hits and to answer the audience’s burning questions. Featuring John Gemberling, Danielle Schneider, Eddie Pepitone, Nick Thune, and Jessica Michelle Singleton.
Bjork’s Podcast: Sonic Symbolism – On this episode of Sonic Symbolism, Björk welcomes her dear friends Jennifer Tilly, Nicolas Cage, and Thorval the Ice Troll to revisit old memories and to discuss the tracks from her 1995 album Post.
*all concept episodes in the Stitcher archives with subscription. Also the ten episode series from me and sound engineer genius Brett Morris including the series: “Estates of Perfection”, “My Dead Wife, the Robot Car”, and “Stolen Idea: the Punk Rock Musical”.
free greatest hit MUSIC episodes…
Best of Music Vol. 1 – features musicians David Bazan, Ben Lee, Hallelujah the Hills, Chris Farren, Austin Lucas, Joey Cape, Drag the River, and Cory Branan
Best of Music Vol. 2 – features music from Ryan Bingham, Allison Weiss, Murder by Death, Waxahatchee, The White Buffalo, The Milk Carton Kids, Dawes, Robbie Fulks, Frank Turner, Dave Hause and Dan Deacon.
Best of Music Vol. 3 – features music from Austin Lucas, Langhorne Slim, Jenny Owen Youngs, Michael Dean Damron, The Mowgli’s, Lydia Loveless, Jeff Rosenstock, Radical Face, The Staves, and Lucero.
Best of Music Vol. 4 – featuring music from The Family Crest, Laura Stevenson, Cory Branan, Worriers, Austin Lucas, San Fermin, The Smith Street Band, and K.Flay
Best of Music Vol. 5 – featuring music from Noah Gundersen, Colleen Green, Michael Dean Damron, St. Lenox, Ben Lee, Pedro The Lion, Sarah Shook, The Milk Carton Kids, Murder By Death, and Hop Along
some of my favorite episodes are on Stitcher Premium if you subscribe…
Like one of our narrative experiments called MOPES starring Eugene Cordero, Jon Gabrus, & Jess McKenna
or the very meta the WHIPLASH episode with Armen