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Ari Shaffir joins our hosts to answer every question they have about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The guys also discuss Norm Macdonald, Hannah Gadsby and every other hot topic in comedy at the moment. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc. For all of Turner’s tour dates go to www.TurnerSparks.com For all episodes a ...…
 
Stuck in the Middle is back! Things have changed a little bit up in here. Andy gives us the lowdown on southern China’s super typhoon, and the diplomatic row that came out of a hotel incident in Stockholm. Today’s track is Come And Get Your Love by Redbone. Thanks for listening
 
Kaplan tells Turner all of the stories and traditions of Rosh Hashanah this week before the guys make their Jewish New Year’s Resolutions and officially endorse their first candidate as the spokesmen for the Alt Middle. All this plus hate mail, intern applications and a new enemy of the party. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available a ...…
 
Our hosts celebrate episode 100 by welcoming back former pod guests Joe Schaefer (@CloseSchaef), Andrea Jones-Rooy (@jonesrooy), Gary Sparks and more to help them determine who of the two is more Lost In America after 100 weeks. All this plus the guys finally reveal the official Alt-Middle Platform. This episode is brought to you by Ense, avail ...…
 
Journalist Sandra Harwitt joins the guys to talk about her career covering tennis around the world for the New York Times, ESPN, The USA Today and most of America’s major news outlets. She tells Turner and Kap about her lifelong friendship with Serena Williams and the hilarious experiences she had while covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. All t ...…
 
The guys get back to their roots this week with a two-man pod. The guys tell all of the behind the scenes insanity that went down when a kid of the pod heckled Turner at a comedy show in Queens last week and also the madness that was the Ense launch party in Manhattan. All this plus the guys have a familiar face drop by for the news. This episo ...…
 
CNET Senior Reporter Ben Rubin joins the guys today to talk about his adventures covering technology in places like Israel’s West Bank and the slums of Athens, Greece. Also Kaplan is flagged as suspicious by his kid’s summer camp counselors. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.ENSE.nyc. Turner Sparks will be at the Punch Li ...…
 
Author Audrey Murray joins the guys to talk about her new book “Open Mic Night in Moscow” and why she decided to take a rolling suitcase instead of a backpack for her one year journey through Eastern Europe and Central Asia. They also discuss how weird it is that Turner is friends with both her and her ex boyfriend who is a major character in t ...…
 
Algerian born French comedian Wary Nichen joins the guys today to talk about his career as a comedian in French and English. Wary talks about the differences in audiences from language to language and the guys help him figure out why a joke is offensive to audiences in English but not French. All this plus Turner reviews his trip to Panama City ...…
 
Our hosts are live from Stand Up NY Comedy Club in Manhattan with Donnie Does (@DonnieDoesWorld) from Barstool Sports, DC Benny (@DCBenny), Eman El-Husseini (@Emanifique) and Monroe Martin (@MonroeMartinIII). This action-packed live show is brought to you by Ense (www.Ense.nyc) and Ming River Baijiu, which you can find at www.MingRiver.com…
 
Scottish Comedian Roddy MacInnes joins the guys to talk to them about his homeland of Scotland, his life as a comedian in New York City and the comedy scenes in both places. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc All this plus Turner and Kap have a LIVE Lost In America Podcast TONIGHT (July 11, 8pm) at Stand Up NY com ...…
 
Comedian Peter Wong came to the United States illegally as a one year old when his parents decided to overstay their tourist visa. Now he is an adult comedian, and also officially classified as a DACA DREAMer, or a Dreamer, or a DACA member, or however you say it. This week Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) ask Peter every questio ...…
 
Amy Hawthorne spent her life in the early 2000’s living and working in Budapest, Hungary. She talks to Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) about learning the language, dating and playing on an ultimate frisbee team. Amy is now the talent coordinator at one of the best comedy clubs in America, the New York Comedy Club (@NewYorkComedy ...…
 
Andrea Razali calls in from Singapore to tell out hosts about her unique experience witnessing the Trump/ Kim Summit in Singapore first hand. Andrea is a make up artist based in Singapore and walks us through her full day doing make up for a German television station at the Singapore Summit last week. This episode is brought to you by Ense, ava ...…
 
Comedian Kevin Gootee is the host of “Comics Watching Comics” on Amazon TV, but nine years ago he was a dude got laid off from his corporate job and used his severance package to travel Europe. This week Kevin walks Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) through his couple months in Europe plus recounts his more recent trip to Octob ...…
 
Singaporean comedian Fakkah Fuzz joins Turner and Kap today in studio to talk about being selected as one of the first comedians ever to record a Netflix Comedy special in Asia. The guys also discuss Turner’s weekend of comedy in Singapore and the popularity of Canadian pizza in the far east. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at ...…
 
Turner Sparks calls Kaplan from Singapore to report back on his week judging and headlining the China International Comedy Festival. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc Turner will be headlining the Merry Lion Comedy Club in Singapore on June 1-2. Tickets are available at www.themerrylion.sg/ For all episodes of th ...…
 
Comedian Alli Breen joins the guys to talk about her world travels from Europe to Asia and back again. Alli appeared regularly on The Greg Gutfeld Show and Red Eye with Tom Shillue and performs stand up comedy all over the world. This episode and all episodes can be found at www.LostInAmericaPod.com Turner Sparks is currently touring in Shangha ...…
 
Donnell Rawlings aka Ashy Larry joins our hosts to talk about being a US Military policeman in Korea long before Chappelle’s Show. To kick off the show Joe Schaefer (@closeschaef) calls in so he and Turner and review their Chinese language show at The Comedy Cellar last week. Slam packed pod people! This episode is brought to you by Ense, avail ...…
 
Wil Sylvince joins the guys to talk about his recent trips to Pakistan and Australia for comedy, but the pod really heats up when he turns into Kaplan’s life coach. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.NYC. All episodes available at www.LostInAmericaPod.com Go see Turner Sparks perform on May 18 at the Philly Comedy Clu ...…
 
Johnny Taylor and Anousha Hutton on the surface are a wacky American/ British couple basking in the joy of new love while navigating the cultural idiosyncrasies of dating one another. Once Kap and Turner dig below the surface they find a professional comedian and a professional medium/ psychic who are living such an unusually supernatural life ...…
 
Steve Simeone joins Turner our hosts during his trip to New York to talk about his comedy tours in China, Canada and the USO tours he does in the Middle East. Plus, Pod Lawyer Blue Shirt Esq. joins to gloat about his recent landmark victory for the Lost In America pod. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc. When shop ...…
 
Economist writer Roseann Lake joins the guys to talk about her new book “Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower”. Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) find out why Chinese women aren’t getting married at a culturally acceptable age and then the guys workshop solutions to the problem. All th ...…
 
Comedian Abby Washuta joins the guys to talk about the years she spent living on a military base in Germany. Abby shares her opinions on the military wife culture, German social norms and grocery shopping in Germany. Also Blue Shirt Esq. calls in to update Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) on their current situation involving an u ...…
 
Usama Siddiquee returns to the show to tell our hosts about his recent comedy tour of India. Usama went to Mumbai and Delhi and also performed at a friend’s wedding in Hyderabad. We go deep into Indian culture here folks! This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc. This episode is brought to you by Sudio Headphones. Use t ...…
 
Turner Sparks checks in with Kaplan from the west coast to recount his trip to Tijuana, Mexico for a fancy Mexican wedding. This plus the guys read listener hate mail and Kaplan updates us on his daughter’s new Ken doll. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.NYC. This episode is also brought to you by Amazon. Before shop ...…
 
We did a live podcast and the audio is good! Our hosts go live from Stand Up NY with Des Bishop (@DesBishop), Francis Ellis (@Francisbarstool), Sherrod Small (@Sherrod_Small) and Anthony DeVito (@AnthonyDeVito_). The guys talks topics like Black Panther in China, living homeless in Hawaii, and performing comedy in Chinese when you don’t speak C ...…
 
Petey Rancel is a New York City comedian working his way up the NYC comedy circuit, but in a previously life he was the son of a South Florida cocaine dealer who joined the US Marines in 2003 to escape a tough upbringing. Petey tells Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) about his childhood in Key West, his time in Japan, his days in ...…
 
Pod boss Iqram Magdon-Ismail is on today to talk about life before he became American, before he founded Venmo and before he founded Ense. Iqram talks about his childhood in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Virginia, and his Dad Enses in to answer a burning question. This podcast is brought to you by Ense, available here: ense.nyc/ This podcast is also bro ...…
 
DC Benny joins the show to talk about his life coming up in comedy as one of the only white guys performing at the black clubs in New York City in the 1990’s. Before that, Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) call pod lawyer Blue Shirt Esq. to help them figure how to take legal action against the fake Lost In America pod. This episod ...…
 
Comedian Misha Han returns for our annual Chinese New Year episode! Plus, this year we bring Ye Ye in to answer every question about the Year of the Dog that Misha can’t, which turns out to be every question. All this plus Turner (@TurnerBSparks) calls Kap(@KapInAmerica) from Shanghai to check in on Kap’s PTA meeting. This episode is brought to ...…
 
This week Turner Sparks calls Kaplan from Thailand to talk about Carl’s Jr in Bangkok, Expat Town and the general lack of zoning laws in Thailand’s capital. Also, Kap recounts his day as the volunteer chaperone for Teddy Kaplan’s field trip to see an improv group. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available at www.Ense.nyc.…
 
Adam Valen Levinson, author of The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah is on the podcast today with a cautionary tale of becoming addicted to traveling to increasingly dangerous countries that don’t like Jews. It turns out, they don’t all think Jews are so bad and our preconceived notions of places like Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia aren’t 100% accurate. Al ...…
 
Comedian Paul Johnson spent two years in Germany on a Mormon mission way back in his youth. No longer a Mormon, Paul tells the Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) all the details of the mission and why he has no regrets. Also, for the intro to the show Turner is in Hong Kong and calls Kap for their first successful ...…
 
Playwright Jeremy Kareken is a true modern day renaissance man. He has had his plays produced all over the world, he wrote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in his 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, he recently got mixed up with the Cuban Libertarian Party and for the last 17 years he has worked on “Inside the Actors Studio” with James ...…
 
The J-Train, comedian Jared Freid joins the guys to talk about his trip in 2016 to do comedy in China as well as his new dating advice podcast “U Up?” on Itunes. Jared also hosts the popular J-Train Podcast on Itunes and tours the country doing comedy. This episode is brought to you by Ense, available here: ense.nyc/. Turner Sparks is currently ...…
 
Our hosts look back at the year that was for Lost In America. The guys hand out awards including “Best Rant”, “Best Billion Dollar Idea”, “Best Hot Take” and of course “Best American Loser of the Year”. Thank you to all of the listeners in 2017, everyone who has helped this podcast grow by 10 times this year and of course Ense! Ense is an App, ...…
 
The Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng joins our hosts to talk about his childhood between Malaysia/ Singapore and the US, his comedy life in Australia and his current job on The Daily Show. They go deep into the pros and cons of expat life in Asia and Ronny tells the guys why he doesn’t like Australians who live in Hong Kong. Turner has a s ...…
 
Argentinian comedian Adrian Minkowicz hangs out with the guys to talk football aka soccer in his home country, his path from lawyer in Buenos Aires to comedian in New York and his tango dancing past. Before that, Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) begin the show by recapping the live pod one last time and trying to figure ...…
 
This is it! Our hosts are finally releasing their live podcast, recorded at the legendary Stand Up NY comedy club on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with guests Ronny Chieng (@RonnyChieng) and Michael Kosta (@MichaelKosta) from The Daily Show. Plus podcaster/ entrepreneur/ author James Altucher (@JAltucher) sits in for the news! This episode i ...…
 
Comedian Jocelyn Chia tells the guys all about her life growing up in Singapore from her early education in caning laws all the way to her dating experiences as a teenager. Jocelyn moved to the US for college, became a lawyer and then gave it all up to be a full-time comedian. Turner (@TurnerBSparks) and Kap (@KapInAmerica) get the full-story p ...…
 
Brian Goldberg, founder of one of New York’s most popular new eateries “Mr Bing”, sits down with our hosts to talk about his wild life. Brian tells the guys about his early-life adventures as the founding member of the Israeli Luge Federation and later his odyssey through Asia which culminated in him bringing jianbing, China’s most popular stre ...…
 
Comedian Eman El-Husseini joins our hosts to talk about her life being born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, raised in Montreal, Canada and eventually moving to New York City. Along the way she came out as a comedian, then came out as gay and finally married a Jew. Kap and Turner get the full story. Tickets to the Lost In America live show on ...…
 
Comedian Ruben Paul talks today about his life growing up as the only Haitian-American kid in Carson, California. Everything he experienced was colored by his Haitian upbringing from dating, to eating school lunches to playing high school football. Before that, Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Hollywood Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) are still stuck ...…
 
Powerhouse comedian Jimmy Shubert performs a hostile takeover of the podcast this week sounding off on topics like the US election, abortion laws in America and country club memberships. Once that’s taken care of, the guys settle into a discussion about Jimmy’s extensive experience performing for the US troops in the Middle East and South Ameri ...…
 
Comedian Anthony DeVito joins Turner Sparks our hosts to talk about the year he spent as a bartender in Paris from 2007 – 2008. Also, something happens between DeVito and Turner in the middle of the hour which has never previously happened on the pod. Enjoy! To use the Amazon link and contribute to the show so Turner and Kap don’t quit comedy a ...…
 
Comedian Joe Schaefer joins out hosts to give an honest look into his life one year into comedy in New York. Turner and Joe discuss what it’s like to be popular in Asia and viral on the internet while still working their way up in New York’s comedy scene. Joe and Turner star in the newest viral video from MamaHuHu here: www.youtube.com/watch?v= ...…
 
Comedian Joe Gerics returns to launch his political campaign for Town Council in Trumbull, Connecticut. Technically he launched it a month or two ago, but it’s never official until it’s on this show. Before that Turner Sparks (twitter.com/TurnerBSparks) and Kaplan (twitter.com/KapInAmerica) talk about Indigenous People’s Day and answer an Ense ...…
 
Professional drummer Justin Kruger (@JKonTheDrums) is on the pod today to talk about his years spent on the road playing music with controversial lounge singer Tony Clifton, the character closely associated with comedians Andy Kaufman and Bob Zmuda. Before all of that Turner Sparks (@TurnerBSparks) and Michael Kaplan (@KapInAmerica) announce th ...…
 
Our hosts have screenwriter Michael H. Weber (@ThisIsWeber) to talk about his two films, count them TWO films, both coming out soon. Our Souls at Night starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and The Disaster Artist directed by James Franco starring Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. Before all of that, Turner and Kap have an angry listener Ense into ...…
 
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