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Improv comedy based on meaty stories and topics with Josh Simpson, Jake Jabbour and special guests.

Cody Kopp (Selfie, UCB) & Londale Theus Jr. (Future Man, Comedy Bang! Bang!) were once teammates on the UCB Harold team Rococo, but today they are getting meaty with Josh and Jake. Londale tells the true story of how his Division 1 college basketball career came to an early end. Cody talks about the time he performed stand up at his grandmother's eulogy in front of a church filled with strange...
Lauren Palmigiano (Funny or Die, The Single Life) & Scott Rodgers (The Dramatics: A Comedy, Swords!) used to play with Josh on the "legendary" Harold team Flap Jackson, but now they are guests on The MEAT. Scott is fresh off an intense month of eloping, having a daughter and losing a cousin. Lauren, or LP tells the tale of a time her mom thought she was on cocaine. These true stories lead to i...
Wayland McQueen and Clay Larsen return to the show to talk about their teenage years! Josh, Jake, Clay and Wayland are collectively called Puddy and they host a show called Shapeshift Improv on the first Thursday of the month at The Clubhouse in Los Angeles. First they talk about Josh's struggles being the only single one in the group. Then Clay tells a story about a time he asked out his crush ...
This week Mark David Christenson and Connie Shin, the hosts of I Will Watch Anything Once, come on The MEAT to tell their most exciting chair stories! It's the chair episode! First we talk about the shooting in Las Vegas and the twisted ways of the NRA. Then Dave tells a story about a time a lawn chair messed up a very important high school outing at the drive in. Connie talks about her original c...
Greg Gallant (Son of Zorn & UCB's Queen George) and Rachael Mason (So This is the Place, UCB Teacher's Lounge) join The MEAT on the anniversary of 9/11 to share memories from that day. Rachael then tells a story about how her SOHO loft was lightly haunted which spurns ghost stories from everyone. Greg tells the story of his housing burning down as a kid, and lo and behold Rachael ALSO had her ...
This week we have indie darlings Boss Jr. on the show! Jake Dunnington tells the the origin story of the name Boss Jr. involving a kid named "Randy" he knew in high school. Matt Rath and Naomi Villa talk about how they met and eventually got together in the midst of Matt's whirlwind relationship with a lawyer coincidentally named "Randy." These true stories inspire improvised scenes about churchgo...
Adam Frucci (Splitsider, Old Yorkers) and Lydia Hensler (Grandma's Ashes, Asssscat) make Josh and Jake pine for better times! In this episode Adam talks about an experience on mushrooms that forced him to commit ego death and Lydia talks about some good advice she gave to a woman of the night. These lead to scenes about masturbatory grieving, a ribald restaurant, a future Noid Droid, and more!...
Chuck Maa (SeventhGrade, Ke3lazn420, The Dial-Up Show) And Lamar Woods (New Girl, White Women, Your Token Friend) stop by to get wild at Spring Break and go to Dave and Busters for more than pizza! Chuck talks about his education background and defending his home from a robber, and Lamar talks about his religious background and dropping acid while camping. We go to Spain for Sprite, ask Batman abo...
Joan Ford (Killing It, Nerdist) and Drew Spears (Tween Fest, Cardinal Redbird) for an episode filled with petty crimes and ponzi schemes. First, the whole crew discuss Jake and Josh's train trip across the United States. They talk about encountering Trump supporters and Drew discusses a strange encounter he had with a Shaq fan. Then we get into the MEAT when Drew talks about a time he nearly got i...
We're back in the smokehouse with Santina Muha (Comedy Bang! Bang!, UCB Show) and Johnny Meeks (Sentimenal Lady, Boondoggle)! Johnny talks about his mishaps with sleepwalking and Santina shares her trip to Italy. We also talk mild confrontations, and of course, Hooters! These lead to improvised scenes about free pizza, sleep rudeness, Hawaiian Day at work, and lots more goofiness!...
Lauren Adams (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Onassis) and Abra Tabak ( GRANDMA'S ASHES: WE WON'T TELL, ASSSSCAT 3000) join Josh and Jake in NYC for the 19th annual Del Close Marathon recorded in conjunction with the UCB Podcast Network! Abra tells a story about an international hiking emergency and Lauren talks about the quiet train. These true stories inspire scenes about pregnant at Adele, James Bo...
Amanda Sitko (Brockmire, UCB) joins the MEAT boys along with Philly natives Frank Farrell (The Prince & PHIT) & Annie Paradis (The Slam, Good Good Comedy). Annie tells a story about how she catfished a local lifeguard before catfishing was even a thing. Frank talks about a time he broke bad news to his girlfriend at his graduation and brought everything to a screeching halt. These true sto...
Chinese Menu Comedy hosts Mikael Johnson (WIT, ShawnMikael(s)) and Eva Lewis (WIT, Press Play) and The MEAT for a live episode in Washington D.C. Eva talks about being involved in a love triangle that produced some fashionable benefits and Mikael talks about getting caught doing the thing we all do. This leads to scenes about radio doctors, impromptu rom-coms for Steven Spielberg, and Josh's pursu...
Charna Halpern founded the Improv Olympic theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles, she worked directly with Del Close and mentored many of the most successful comedians working today. Josh and Jake went to Chicago and sat down with Charna for a very special conversation about the history of the Improv Olympic Theater in Chicago, her days working with Del Close, Chris Farley's formative years, what it was like to mentor people like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay and Brian Stack, and a whole lot more. Charna also talks about the future of improv comedy, the fun and family she's found through impr...
Susan Messing (The Annoyance, Messing with a Friend) and Emily Fightmaster (Second City, The Annoyance) join Josh and Jake for a night at the Annoyance Theater. They start off with a discussion about the methods taught at the UCB Theater and The Annoyance theaters. Josh gets called a bitch with skinny thighs.Then Emily tells a true story about a time she took "good speed" in Europe and had a ...
Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report) along with Michael Brunlieb and Thomas Kelly from the very popular team Sand join Josh and Jake for a live performance at the Improv Olympic mainstage in Chicago. Peter talks about owning a home, and fixing the many mistakes left to him by the previous owner. Mike and Thomas talk about what it was like being in China for the 2016 election (and the Cubs World Series...
Chris Trew (Founder of The New Movement Theater) & Emily Slazer (Virginia's Harem) join Jake and Josh for a live episode recorded in front of a live audience at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. Chris talks about how his comedy website combined with the events of Columbine nearly got him expelled from high school. Emily talks about hitting her prime as a 6-year-old plywood horse racer o...
On the road again, The MEAT stops at the Bexar Stages in San Antonio, TX to play with the theatre's founders and performers Dan Grimm (Kismet) and Tina Jackson (Kismet, Big Little Comedy)! Dan talks about being raised cowboy and the lessons you learn from horses you respect, and Tina chills us with a tale of haunted house that went under...water. These true stories inspire scenes about eating what...
Carlos LaRotta (Movie Riot, Fuck This Week) & Yamina Khouane (Fuck This Week) join us for a live episode at the Coldtowne Theatre in Austin, TX! Carlos tells a story about an impromptu camping trip and being repeatedly saved by his strong friend.  Yamina talks about a Disney birthday party that was just a little too magical. These true stories inspire scenes about the fears of bachelor party ...
Live at the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, The Meat makes their first stop on #meattraintour17 to play with the Torch's own Jose Gonzalez and Jacque Arend. Jacque tells a story about a DUI and her short stay in Tent City and Jose Gonzalez tells us about a brush with death and a miraculous recovery. These true stories inspire scenes about Toy Story cops, Tent City riots, suspicious trout ties, ketchup c...
Ian Roberts (UCB 4, Key & Peele, Teachers) & Heather Anne Campbell (SNL, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Corporate) kick off the MEAT TRAIN tour 2017 with a live show at the UCB Sunset Theater in Los Angeles! Ian tells a story about the time a man with a gun was running amok in his shitty apartment building in Milwaukee. Heather talks about some of her many horrific incidents with animals. These ...
Nina Concepcion (The Good-ish Girl, UCB's Zoo Zoo) and Kristen Studard (Kristen Does Her Best, UCB's Zoo Zoo) join The MEAT for a very dads and grads themed episode. Nina tells the story of the time she arrive in LA with a dream, $1000 and an apartment in Aguora Hills. Kristen talks about growing up with a dad who made a bar bet that won him a goat who saw a dismal end. Josh also talks about his G...
Ellie Kovara (102 in Dog Years, UCB's Zoo Zoo) & Brennan Lee Mulligan (Strong Female Protagonist, UCB's Teacher's Lounge) join The MEAT to talk about experiences that made them rethink their lives. Brennan shares a story about an inexplicable, perhaps divine experience he had in a Catholic church. Ellie talks about how a messy nightmare at the airport may have actually helped her heal and beco...
Edgar Momplaisir (Buzzfeed, UCB's DiCaprio) and Jacquis Neal (Some Kinda Monster, Dramedy) host their own podcast called Against The Grain, but today they're getting meaty with Josh and Jake. Edgar tells a story about the time he ate a weed treat before getting on a plane, and Jacquis talks about the time he got lost on a cruise ship. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about the latest U...
Joel Spence (Big Little Lies, Boondoggle) and Julia Meltzer (Modern Family, Honey podcast) join the Meat for what can only be described as Mother's Day Meatstravaganza. Joel tells the true story of being involved in many car accidents and bird attacks. Julia talks about losing her brother and her sketch team full of tragic stories. These stories inspire improv about biker dads, a very Protestant a...
Seth Morris (Love, Veep) and Mary Sasson (Step 13, UCB's Winslow) have both encountered some very shady people in their lives. Mary tells a story about the time a crazy neighbor stalked and harassed her into living in a motel for 6 months. Seth tells a tale about the time he might have met a jewel thief in Santa Cruz. Seth and Josh also relive a crazy trip they took to Washington DC together to (s...
Wayland McQueen and Greg Nix host a brand new baseball podcast called Ducksnort, but today they get meaty with Josh and Jake. Greg tells the story about the time he got busted with weed driving through Kansas, Wayland talks about going to baseball games with his dad and getting a very rare autograph. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about horny electricians, misplaced items throughout ...
Chad Carter (The Daily Show, The Detour) and Jessica Seay-Klatt (UCB's Old Flame, This is Trevor) join Josh and Jake for a very rare edition of The MEAT. First, Josh and Chad talk about a pitch meeting they did in Buzz Aldrin's apartment when they both worked at Funny or Die. Then Jessica tells a tale of a time the police nearly caught her skinny dipping. Chad brings it home with a true story...
Joe Hartzler (DRIB, Funny or Die) and Allen Loeb (Somewhere in Palm Springs, UCB) played together on teams like Flap Jackson and Them Do This many years ago, and now they're reunited on The MEAT. Allen tells a story about the time he was nearly recruited / scammed into being a male model in New York City. Joe talks about how a foul ball nearly ruined a church picnic and more importantly, his ...
The hosts of the I'm Too Effing High podcast, James Mastraieni and Dhruv Uday Singh, join The MEAT for a very special crossover episode! Dhruv tells a story about going to Jamaica and being offered every sinful thing you can imagine. The James tells an incredible story about fugitives, threesomes and life and death decisions. These stories lead to improvised scenes about ding dongs that ding-...
Colin McGurk (Varmint, Taught in Cold Blood) and Ruha Taslimi (THE SCORE, Trish) tell stories about life on both coasts. Ruha talks about her experience managing bands, slicing her finger and having psychic abilities. Colin talks about his time working at The Soho House and running into the likes of James Franco and Prince. These stories lead to improvised scenes about mental breakdowns in a ...
Jessica Elaina Eason and Josh Brekhus are on the show to talk about their various experiences in the world of crime. Josh talks about the time he was (falsely) accused of masturbating in a Taco Bell bathroom, and Jessica shares a story about a time she was held up at gun point in a pilates studio in New York City. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about a man called "Scared Rabbit"...
The newly engaged couple Heather Woodward (The Elite Daily Show, UCB's Rococo) and David Kantrowitz (@midnight, Improv Artvice) join Jake and Josh to share their engagement story and get meaty. David talks about the time he spent with his caped roommate at Animation Camp. Heather tells a harrowing story about encountering a wolf in Alaska. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about one dad...
Jill Donnelly (Veep, New Girl) and Greg Tuculescu (Bridesmaids, I Love You, Man) are UCBNY transplants and teammates with Josh on the UCBLA team Assembly. Jill tells a story about being the rebellious teen in a community theater program and Greg tells the confusing tale of the time he was sideswiped by an elderly driver. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about nasty New Yorkers, a vanis...
Majeed Nami (White Women, Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Carl Tart (White Women, MADtv) join The MEAT to discuss aging and improv etiquette. Majeed tells a story about the time he met with a Christian production company in Oklahoma, Carl talks about his neighbor Richard who lived in a garage and dressed well. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about "teacher dick", a very long prayer, the most ...
Dave Theune (Blunt Talk, Fresh Off the Boat) and Victoria Longwell (UCB's Dicaprio, The Flowers of Fantastico) join the show for our last of four episodes with real life couples! Dave tells a story about a recent romantic getaway to Solvang, Victoria shares a story about a time an ex used her story in a newspaper and the whole gang talks about sad songs. These true stories inspire absolutely made ...
Jennie Pierson (Powerless, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) & Amanda Sitko (Brockmire, Mother Mary) came up with Josh at the UCB and have been best friends for 17 years. Amanda tells stories from her crazy Hollywood apartment complex involving robbery, kidnappings and jailbirds. Jennie talks about a hard hitting interview she recently did for her elementary school newspaper. These true storie...
Toni Charline (The UCB Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Drew Difonzo Marks (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The UCB Show) join The MEAT for a very special Valentines Day episode. Toni tells the story of the time Drew took her to a sex show in Amsterdam and Drew tells a story about a time he hooked up with a girl and dropped her off at church afterwards. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about a tired ...
Devin Field (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Workaholics) and Rose O'Shea (The Elite Daily Show, Legitimate Goddamn Theater) are real life Valentines and wonderful storytellers. Rose tells the story of Fatty Arbuckle and Hollywood's biggest silent film era scandal, and Devin talks about a time he and his brother dated the same girl. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about cool guys at Hooters, boob...
Rene Gube (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Ground Floor) and Jacob Womack (Key & Peele, Lane Woods Finds Love) come on the program for a mini Hip Hop Penguin Reunion. Rene talks about reexamining his childhood now that he's expecting a baby, Jacob talks about a phase in his life when he got really into BMX bikes and the movie "Rad". These true stories inspire improvised scenes about the love lives of bir...
Emily Durrett (Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Dragons) and Ali Ghandour (The Guest Book, The Dragons) share true stories about living with a broken wrist for weeks and getting caught scalping tickets at a Skrillex concert. These stories inspire improvised scenes about war heroes tripping over chairs, unbelievable butthole accidents, Ken Jeong's crime sprees, dubstep wedding dances and more!...
Olivia Snow Norman (Blunt Talk, Awkward.) and Talia Tabin (Parks and Recreation, The Concessionaires Must Die) join the show along with Olivia's new dog, Gertie. Olivia tells a story about her disastrous last attempt at competitive downhill skiiing. Talia tells a tale about her worst experience babysitting. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about panic rooms filled with cats, broken bab...
Hannah Garces (Fresh Hell, The Best Friends Club) & Elizabeth Guest (Guest Appearances, Fresh Hell) join Josh and Jake to kick 2016 straight out the door and talk about their resolutions for 2017. Elizabeth tells a true story about getting broken up with over Skype, Hannah talks about panic attacks and life after college. These stories inspire improvised scenes about lawyers in swimsuits, dog-...
Josh and Jake present the second of two very special episodes featuring some of the funniest scenes and stories from The MEAT in 2016. Featuring the talents of Mike Mitchell, Betsy Sodaro, Timm Sharpe, Jacob Wysocki, Hillary Anne Matthews, Maddox, Deborah Tarica, Ronnie Adrian, Rebecca Drysdale, Heather Campbell, Billy Merritt, Alex Berg, Will Hines, Jen Krueger, Casey Feigh, Suzi Barrett, Cissy F...
Josh and Jake present the first of two very special episodes featuring some of the funniest scenes and stories from 2016. Featuring Mary Holland, Nicole Byer, Allan McLeod, Beth Appel, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mary Sasson, Dan Lippert, Joel Jensen, Matt Rath, Naomi Villa, Kale Hills, Marcy Jarreau, Jace Armstrong, Ally Beardsley & Paul Welsh! This episode is dedicated to Gian Molina, a fantastic...
Anne Lane (UCB's Outside Dog, The Groundlings) and Matt Newell (UCB's Outside Dog, Adam Ruins Everything) join Josh and Jake for our Holiday Special! Anne talks about the worst New Years Eve of her life, and Matt shares a story about the time he witnessed the birth of a sibling in his living room. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about the real story of Christmas starring Bruce Willis,...