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What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
In The Universe Speaks in Numbers award-winning science writer Graham Farmelo is in conversation with some of the great names in modern physics and mathematics. Among the interviewees are Michael Atiyah, Ruth Britto, Lance Dixon, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Juan Maldacena, Michela Massimi, Roger Penrose, Martin Rees, Simon Schaffer and Edward Witten. To read more see Graham's book The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.
 
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Joel Kim Booster (Urgent Care podcast, History of Swear Words on Netflix) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's status as the bad boy of the Culver City Plunge, the cat-centric side quests in the new Final Fantasy remake, how it feels when your therapist gets a ring light, and the dubious, fever-dreamlike filmography of Burt Reynolds.…
 
Alison Becker (Parks and Rec) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the dramatic and high-pressure video requests Alison has gotten since she joined Cameo, a quiz game from Jordan to see who can guess the going rate of a variety of celebrities on Cameo, and a vital deliberation of the 2021 Power Slogan that we'll no doubt need to help us get t…
 
Blaine Capatch (Nerd Poker Podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Boba Fett's real voice, a shocking manger scene that Jordan saw on one of his bullshit walks, and how the current toy landscape for kids is basically a surveillance state. Plus, Blaine lets us in on his go-to singing hologram to reference in bits.…
 
David Hayter (Warrior Nun on Netflix, voice of King Shark on The Flash and Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid) joins Jordan and Jesse to fill out our King Shark Voiceover Actor Hat Trick! They talk about the extreme toll that playing King Shark takes on David's voice, how a gorgeous spinning back kick landed David in some trouble at a Yakuza bar in Ja…
 
Jonah Ray (Let Me Watch Your Movie with You podcast, MST3K on Netflix) joins Jesse and Jordan for this lightly cursed episode to talk about why horror movies are actually comforting these days, the magical appeal of Huell Howser and what might happen if he was meeting Pokemon, and the power of buffalo sauce to transform any food. Jonah has a new po…
 
Tawny Newsome (Space Force, Yo! Is This Racist? podcast, Material Flats album) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of what it's like living in the Mojave Desert, the hard pivots marketing teams have had to pull off during the pandemic, and how Tawny's dad trusts Dr. Faucci, but still wants to beat him up. Plus, Tawny recorded an album during th…
 
It’s here! Expect many tears, intense nostalgia, beautiful letters from our listeners and a big ole dose of DJ CJ to celebrate the last four glorious years of The High Low. Book tickets to the last ever High Low live show, streaming next week and raising money for Blood Cancer UK https://www.fane.co.uk/high-low Recommendations: Michaela Coel on Gro…
 
Broadcasting legend Tom Scharpling (The Best Show, Double Threat ) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Jordan has developed a taste for three dollar pear, Tom's targeted ads on Instagram for donut shops and Halloween masks, and Tom's piping hot take of how C-3PO is a worse Star Wars character than even Jar Jar Binks.…
 
We are so thrilled to have the one and only Graham Norton on today's episode, talking all about his new novel, Home Stretch, his favourite celebrities to interview on his chat show, and the weird wonderfulness that is Eurovision. Graham is The High Low's last ever author special - because the High Low will be coming to a close next week, after 4 jo…
 
Cody Ziglar (She-Hulk on D+, The Dark Weeb podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the lesser-known sodas from the south like Cheer Wine, the titillating hashtag Jordan saw being used on the Antiques Roadshow, and the jarring ebb and flow of action in Attack on Titan, an anime that features naked crank-less giants eating people. Plus, w…
 
Brace yourself: Emily in Paris is back for a second series. More importantly: the Christmas ads have dropped! We discuss some of them, and why a great Christmas ad doesn't actually.... have to have anything to do with Christmas. Also today, we discuss Maggi Hambling's controversial nude statue of founding feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Rupert Everet…
 
What a week to be alive! We discuss some of the many ridiculous things that have happened, mainly on the television, during this last monumental week, plus the riveting revelating that Dr Fauci of the Coronavirus task force in the US, had a celebrity zoom to help stop the spread of misinformation during the pandemic. Plus, swans in love and what we…
 
Brea Grant (12 Hour Shift movie, Mary graphic novel) and Mallory O'Meara (The Lady From the Black Lagoon book) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how everyone spent the most powerful Halloween of all time, how Elvira will not sign autographs unless she is in character, and the drive-in porno theater in Brea's hometown. Plus, Jesse helps ever…
 
Are you familiar with No Nut November? Move over Movember, there's a slightly queasy new internet challenge in town. Also today, we discuss whether a burger is a sandwich, the concerning omission from the Sean Connery obituaries, and the new YouTube record-breaker. And we have an author special today with Otegha Uwagba, who came on to discuss her n…
 
Blaire Erskine (Twitter / Video / Superstar ) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's exhilarating run through the resurrected Target Husk, the lawless Christian nightclub for teens Blaire used to go to growing up, and the genderbending papal protest organization called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence that one of Jesse's childhood m…
 
From a naturally green puppy called Pistachio, to a charming and surprising memoir by Matthew McConaughey, this week is your usual mixed bag -- including discussion of the government's abhorrent decision to stop funding free school meals for vulnerable children outside of term time (see a petition you can sign and charities you can donate to, below…
 
Alicia Tobin (Retail Nightmares podcast, "So You're A Little Sad, So What?" book) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the intolerable soundtracks at retail jobs that play on a loop and haunt you for decades, the notoriously awful customer that spawned Alicia's Retail Nightmares podcast, and the Scandinavian gummy store by Jordan's house that…
 
Today we discuss a love story in Venice, the new "wellness" trend of cow hugging, Matt Hancock's personal app (???) and listeners tell us what they think makes "a good deed". And some things we've been loving, including the feel good Love Life on Netflix. Plus! An exclusive, filthy extract from Joan and Jericha's new book, out on the 29th October. …
 
David Rees and Jon Kimball (Election Profit Makers podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the tamest political scandal of all time, Jesse's big missed opportunity on LinkedIn, and the Big League Chew swallow club that David and John had in 8th grade. Plus, Jordan makes his long-awaited debut on Instagram and only has eyes for John Dicke…
 
We continue our conversation about sharing grief in the aftermath of a still birth or miscarriage, with a special contribution from the grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE. We also discuss penguin and seahorse reproduction, a delicious piece of Hollywood gossip involving Cary Grant and Clark Gable, and - mais bien sûr - we plunge into Emily and …
 
Freddie Wong (Story Break podcast, RocketJump) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the government-sanctioned glory holes in Vancouver, James Cameron's deal with the devil at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and Freddie's run as a professional Guitar Hero champion.By Freddie Wong, Jordan Morris, Brian Fernandes, Jesse Thorn
 
We discuss Chrissy Teigen's social media posts about the death of her baby Jack, and the judgement around public grief. Also today, we dissect a list of words and phrases facing expiration (40% of under 30s don't know what "getting sozzled" means) and the fascinating docu-drama, The Social Dilemma. Plus, Pandora falls in love with a film called Roc…
 
Maddy Myers (Triple Click podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the backlash to Peter Dinklage's voiceover work in the Destiny video game, the obstacles in the way of Jesse doing cosplay, brick trading, and how hard it is to play a video game and be engaging on a live stream. Check out Triple Click, MaximumFun's own video game podcast…
 
This year has seen even our closest friendships turn into long-distance ones; what is the impact - and the thought spirals - of your A-list friends becoming peripheral specks in your vision? We discuss, with a funny and thought-provoking piece by Katie Heaney for The Cut. Also today, we natter about how to mend a broken heart, and the evolving natu…
 
Steve Agee (The Suicide Squad 2, Superstore) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of what it was like being King Shark in the new Suicide Squad movie, Jesse's disappointing experience at a Harlem Globetrotters game in the past, and Jordan's brief run-in with Joan Osborne in his youth. The Bubble graphic novel is available for pre-order! Check wi…
 
Doll's Polls is back, with a strange fact about what heterosexual women most look for, in a man. A handsome face? A tight tush? Nope -- quite frankly, you'll never guess. We also discuss a beautiful ode from a coupled-up woman to her single friends, Matt Haig's new book about finding hope in the lives you could have lived, and a couple of our favou…
 
Nick Wiger (How Did This Get Played podcast, Doughboys podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the many different types of sexy Waluigi on the internet, Zelda Breath of the Wild blood moons, and the Pokemon ruse that Jesse is running on his son. Plus, Nick wrote on Earth to Ned with Jordan! Check it out on Disney+! And check out the pre…
 
In today's episode we discuss news of the telly: decade-defining reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is ending after 20 seasons; US soap The Bold & The Beautiful are using dummies in their snogging scenes; and most depressingly and shamefully, Ofcom have received 22,000 (15,600 at the time of record) complaints over dance troupe Diversit…
 
Eliza Skinner (Earth to Ned on Disney+, Regarding My Lovers comedy special) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the pet sharks Eliza got from Walmart in college, how Jesse cooked an egg on his front porch this weekend, and the magical puppet moments that happened on the Jim Henson puppet talk show Eliza and Jordan worked on together. Check o…
 
We reminisce over garage music (without being entirely sure what officially defines a garage track), discuss the dicey new Dettol ad that's got everyone's knickers in a twist and why we both felt ashamed when we read Gwyneth Paltrow's recent piece about the trauma of her 'conscious uncoupling', ten years ago. Plus, the sensitive and moving BBC dram…
 
Rob Kutner (The Daily Show, Conan, and his new show Gander) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse’s new unlikely love for pluots, how Rob’s son’s Minecraft skills might be his ticket to a Lambo, and Jordan’s ethics quandary around joining a Punk Rock Dad Facebook Group. Plus, Rob has a new topical comedy show with big funny names in it, …
 
We back! And it's the old mixed bag of content: from grubby gussets to bathroom-heavy mansions in WeHo, via a revisitation of our noughties book shelves. Links below, you know what to do. Shop thehighlowshow@gmail.com Tweet @thehighlowshow Shop thehighlowshop.com - 100% profits go to charity (Freedom Charity and Black Minds Matter) Links Watching/ …
 
Dave Schilling (Full Court Chat podcast, The New Yorker) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Los Angeles's newest billboard lawyer Sweet James (and his sex dungeon), how the main job of a WWE writer is to get fired, and some groundbreaking ideas for filling the stands at crowdless sporting events. Plus, Jordan has a Hunk Update. Read Dave's …
 
Michelle Biloon (Permanent Hat comedy special) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Michelle's job as a ride operator at Camp Snoopy theme park in the Mall of America, how Gritty is the scrapple of mascots, and a new brilliant business idea to pair a grownup corn dog truck with the likeness of Walton Goggins. Listen to Michelle's new comedy s…
 
Janet Varney (The JV Club podcast) for a discussion of Janet's favorite Arizona regional attraction – Biosphere 2, Jordan's plan to use his cat to spice up Zoom calls, and Jesse's thirty-minute quarantine entertainment window. Plus, we're joined by an actual elected official listener – Mayor Will Cauthen from Cramerton, North Carolina who tells us …
 
Justin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the other meaning of CBT (cock and ball torture), Justin's favorite quarantine drinks (White Claw + Vodka = Clawdka), and Jordan's new kitchen accent to help spice up his quarantine cooking (a portable island he can set stuff on). It's the Max Fun Drive! We ar…
 
It’s our last episode of the season - and boy, do we have a bumper episode for you. In this week’s show we discuss what Twitter’s failure to suspend Wiley says about our failure to combat anti-semitism (and what you can do to help), the graphic and glorious podcast of the year, Brown Girls Do It Too, Kiley Reid’s incisive and compulsively readable …
 
Elliott Kalan (The Flop House podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Elliott’s childhood friend who had two tv’s next to each other, Jordan's shame around emptying his car trash, and the astonishing woman Jesse saw at his favorite Arco in Bakersfield. It's MaxFunDrive time! Thanks to all who support the show!…
 
We dig further into the cultural conversation around parenting, courtesy of masses of feedback from our listeners on last week's ep and a thoughtful piece on same-sex parenting. Also today: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's short story, Dolly's favourite new dating columnist, a novel that delves into the foibles as much as the grand themes of old age, and wh…
 
Nick Adams (Black-ish, Bojack Horseman) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about Nick's quarantine binge-watch of classic NBC Fall Lineup promos, the back ally deal Jesse pulled off to feed his kids' Pokemon card fervor, and Jordan's struggle being introduced to friends' kids as an adult who knows about video games. It's the first week of the 2020 Max …
 
Today we discuss how motherhood and child-free women are culturally discussed and pitted against one another, referencing podcasts, a journalistic series and Emma Gannon's new novel, Olive, along the way. We also answer an Ask The High Low from a woman whose partner wants children, but she's worried about how pregnancy, birth and motherhood may aff…
 
Alison Rosen (Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of why Alison's ideal celebrity neighbor is Mandy Patinkin, Jesse's Big Kid Movie Night getting ruined by Tron, and Jordan's top three animal butts. Plus, Jesse remembers his dad. Read Jesse's Dad's lovely obituary in the SF Chronicle here.…
 
The pubs have opened; but why is the beauty sector still in lockdown? Also today, we discuss the slew of videos of children interrupting their parents during a pandemic, a new book about love and loneliness in 1950s suburbia, and a deep-dive into Nora Ephron. And Dolly interviews the brilliant former doctor, comic and writer, Adam Kay, about a new …
 
Wishing you were at Glastonbury? Get stuck into Zing Tseng's piece, instead. Ruby Tandoh reads us an excerpt of her beautiful piece on quitting, and we discuss why quitting is not just a physical act - but a state of mind. Also today: a Doll's Polls on first date turn-offs (verdict: most of them are unavoidable), a hilarious analysis by Diyora Shad…
 
Chris Fairbanks (Rescue Cactus Stand Up Special) and Sarah Claspell (Everything is Rent podcast, Asian AF Comedy ) join Jordan for a discussion of Jordan's evolving relationship with Lord of the Rings, the turnip "stalk" market in Sarah's quarantine obsession Animal Crossing, and the ghost portal Chris opened in his apartment. Watch Chris's new sta…
 
Baron Vaughn (Call & Response with Open Mike Eagle, The Great Debate on Syfy) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the wild delivery-only pop up restaurants in Jordan's neighborhood, Baron's impressive rendition of Fagin from Oliver! the musical, and the ways we might be able to get a street named after the show. Plus, Baron tells us about hi…
 
Mmmm get that yeasty pong. Today we recall the wisdom of Zadie Smith, chat more about the jaw-dropping drama that is Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You, discuss Naoise Dolan's piece on how autism has shaped her work and recommend Munroe Bergdorf's Table Manners interview. We also drop a lot of not entirely irrelevant but mostly random animal facts -…
 
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