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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,...
Zeke Nicholson (Take My Wife, Lopez, The Good Place) and Haley Hepworth (Character's Welcome, Haley Hepworth is Missing) tell true stories about college makeouts gone wrong and wild nights working at a Hollywood bowling alley frequented by Ludacris, Adam Levine and Zach Braff. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about a woman with a labrador brain, a guy who gets off to basketball follies...
Hollywood power couple Matt Rath (Boss Jr., Krazy Cangaroos) & Naomi Villa (Boss Jr., DIRT) join Josh and Jake to tell stories about being the boss, experiencing loss at a young age, and going to a very confusing and disappointing Chance the Rapper concert. This leads to improvised scenes about valet thieves, the worst Taco Tuesday of all time, a new "shitty" drug and more!...
Ego Nwodim (JFL New Faces, Rococo) and Jessica Seay-Klatt (Bombardier, This is Trevor) tell true stories about mansplaining, roughing it in an African village and regrettable road rage incidents. These stories inspire improvised scenes about woodshop injury courtroom credibility, incredible encounters with wildlife on the golf course, Weirdo Radio and more!...
Sydney Steinberg (DiCaprio, The New Deal) and Gregory Adam Wallace (QUEEN GEORGE, The Execution of a Serious Asshole) tell true stories about Thanksgiving, disowning family, and totalling trucks. This leads to improvised scenes about making holidays way more efficient, the oldest father / daughter pranksters ever, motorboating Ronda Rousey, puppet funerals and more!...
Jamie Gaul (UCB's Cardinal Redbird, Grey's Anatomy) and Andrew Hansen (UCB's Cardinal Redbird, UCB Sketch Team Sugar) join Josh and Jake to recap the surprising 2016 Presidential Election. The group discusses the implications of the election, how to talk to your conservative family and friends, and the general gloom hanging over the city of Los Angeles. This all inspires improvised scenes about oo...
The all time winningest UCBLA Cagematch Champions Heather Campbell (Whose Line is it Anyways, @Midnight) and Rebecca Drysdale (Key & Peele, Transparent) tell true stories about paranormal encounters and trippy adventures in Amsterdam. Since this episode is coming out on election day, we also get into that a little bit. All of this leads to scenes about the Burbank Mayoral debate, a very distra...
Jace Armstrong (DIRT, Tween Fest) and Ally Beardsley (Boom Chicago, Mister Town City) tell true stories about a drunken night in Italy and coming to grips with your sexuality in a Christian college. These stories inspire improvised scenes about free vacations, the benefits of being married, and Jesus Christ's brief stint in the band Slipknot. We also touch on the song "Daddy's Car" which was put t...
Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole, Girl Code) and Marcy Jarreau (UCB's Search History, Relationship Goals) tell true stories about rescuing dogs and living with ghosts! These stories inspire improvised scenes about office hookups, ghouls who follow the rules, the spreading of stupid and more!...
Nick Mandernach (JV, Legitimate Goddamn Theater) and Marina Mastros (Count Gumdrop, MAX) tell true stories about near death experiences in Guatemala and awkward encounters with high school band teachers. These stories inspire improvised scenes about Facebook of the future, Mozart's beatboxing, buttholes filled with water and more!...
Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe, The Alphabet of Manliness) & Deborah Tarica (UCB's Assembly, The Hotwives of Orlando) tell true stories about getting sent to Disneyland prison and traveling alone to Paris. These stories inspire improvised scenes about an incapable cop, an incredible "movie-catcher machine", mass kissings and more! Josh and Jake also introduce a new segment called Mo...
Hillary Anne Matthews (Single by 30, New Girl) shares a tale about getting busted at a high school underwear party and Jacob Wysocki (*Loosely Exactly Nicole, Pitch Perfect) tells a story about a brush with death at David Hasselhoff's house (for real). These true stories inspire improvised scenes about a life-coaching cop, Jacob's "cousin Ryan", the Hoff's many refrigerators and more!...
Timm Sharp (Blunt Talk, Enlightened) and Ronnie Adrian (Comedy Bang! Bang!, White Women) tell stories about getting an epileptic dog and getting robbed. These true stories inspire improvised scenes about a Bachelor who can't make an exit, a dog named named Crunchtime, Jake's Vegas adventures and more!...