My guest is culture journalist Scott Timberg. He's a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and author of the perspicacious book, Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class. We talk about the Great Recession's detrimental effect on the creative economy, the "middlebrow consensus," and, of course, Donald Trump. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheMisreadCity

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Jokes about the Kathy Griffin "controversy," The Evergreen State College situation, and Tucker Carlson!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:22pm PDT

I talk about the first days of the Trump presidency: the holocaust statement, his taxes and that it still sucks to have to look at him.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:55pm PDT

I had the privilege of interviewing a dude who used to perform open-mic comedy and has since become an avid Donald Trump supporter. It was recorded live at the Tally Ho comedy show that I host with Venu Mattraw and Ahmad Radheyyan at My Father's Place at 9 PM every Saturday.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

The third edition Halloween edition of Doing the Dishes! I review the new season of Black Mirror, and interview a champion. This episode is sponsored by Halloween.

If you haven't listened to the first two:



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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:30am PDT

I'm taking the athletes to task who are grandstanding in the wake of Donald Trump's "locker room talk." This episode contains some very gross and disturbing stuff, so please be warned.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:06am PDT

This episode took place after the spectacular, September 24th edition of Tally Ho, the comedy show that Ahmad Radheyyan, Venu Mattraw and I run at My Father's Place every Saturday at 9 PM. This episode contains the three of us AND two other very funny people: Avalon Leonetti and Tony C. You get to hear Ahmad's Nardwuar impression! Incessantly!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:18pm PDT

An audio essay about staying in an Airbnb in Mount Shasta, CA.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:25pm PDT

Everything that you could want to know (OR WOULD WANT TO LAUGH AT!) about the 2016 presidential election. Enjoy!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:49pm PDT

This episode is about AND CONTAINS funny ideas.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:35pm PDT

This is a short audio essay about how I think that religion will become cool again!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:09pm PDT

I wrote an audio essay about Cards Against Humanity. And, no, they don't sponsor my podcast.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:59pm PDT

If you're someone who likes comedy, American history or the history of old show business, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, by Kliph Nesteroff, is the book for you. Hell, it's a book for anybody. It's THAT GREAT! Not only did I have the pleasure of reading the book, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kliph! This interview provides some great tidbits about Dick Gregory, Larry David, Mel Brooks and many other greats (and not so greats). Also, you can check out Kliph's amazing blog, which has been championed by Marc Maron, at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:54pm PDT

This is a short essay I wrote about the clothing store, American Apparel.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT

By now, everyone has listened to Marc Maron's interview with Lorne Michaels. If you haven't, you should! It's great! Coincidentally, before that WTF episode was announced, I was putting the finishing touches on a spec script of Marc Maron's IFC show, Maron, that dealt with his fraught relationship with Saturday Night Live. You can read it here:

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT

I ranked the the top twenty best television episode titles of all-time!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18pm PDT

It's Halloween! And I don't know how I did it, but I booked an interview with the actor who played Jigsaw in the SAW franchise, Tobin Bell! We chat about his legendary turn as Jigsaw, his appearance in SEINFELD and he gives some details on an upcoming project.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

My guest is the online editor of Bitch Media and host of the Popaganda podcast, Sarah Mirk! We chat about her journalism career, dystopian fiction and we debate whether or not Atheism is cool. Also in this episode, I outline my plan to catfish Mark Wahlberg.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:30am PDT

My guest is Mike Sacks! He's the author of two of my favorite books, And Here's the Kicker and Poking a Dead Frog. Both of the books contain interviews he conducted with some of the all-time comedy writing greats like Mel Brooks, David Sedaris, Jack Handey and Adam Mckay, just to name a few. He's also a published humorist, having written Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, and he's on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

The greatest comedian of all-time, Ahmad Radheyyan, is on the show and we drop the world premiere of the new Doing the Dishes segment, "A Minute with Ahmad." Also, I announce that I will, indeed, be ghost-writing your NaNoWriMo's, for 50 cents a page. If you are interested in me writing your novel, please e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

WTF with Keith Richards

How can I put out a podcast this week when Marc Maron released one of the all-time great podcasts? He interviewed Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and I'm going to give my review of it: IT WAS TREMENDOUS!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:50am PDT

This episode is just me talking about Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Lachey and (you guessed it) Hitler. Also, I give my take on Subway.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:14pm PDT

I am joined by the head writer of THE HARD TIMES, host of EDGELAND, and stand-up comedian, Bill Conway. Not only has THE HARD TIMES been mentioned by the AV Club and Brooklyn Vegan, its articles have been shared and liked by YOU on Facebook and Twitter! In our chat, Bill tells me what is and what isn't punk, and we talk about the time he interviewed Matt Besser, founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade. You can find THE HARD TIMES at and EDGELAND at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

This is my interview with the rapper, KizMet! We talk about homophobia in hip-hop, Fat Joe, and stand-up comedy, which is a topic that I am a LEADING EXPERT on. Check out KizMet's music at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

My guest is Marjorie Sturm, the director of the new, fascinating documentary, The Cult of JT Leroy. The film (which might be one of my all-time favorite documentaries) won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. For more information on the film, check out its website:

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:30am PDT

IT'S THE PODCASTING EVENT OF THE YEAR: I will decide my new Twitter Handle ON. THE. AIR.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:44pm PDT

The show adds a laugh track and I list the things that suck in the world.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

On this episode I'm supposed to interview the comedian Steve Hofstetter! Spencer Higginson of McShirehampton's House drops a line.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

This episode features a conversation about podcasts with the host of the podcast North of Failing, Dylan Jenkins! You can find his show at or on iTunes!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:23pm PDT

The podcast's first purely sound collage episode. Give it a listen!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:04pm PDT

I discuss the ACTUAL importance of free speech, and wonder why Kenny Kramer (aka "The Real Kramer") hasn't capitalized off of "Modern Seinfeld" @SeinfeldToday

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

My guest is the host of THE BEST SHOW, Tom Scharpling. We talk about ESPN, the return of THE BEST SHOW and Anthony Bourdain's fascination with Nickelback. Tom's show can be heard live on Tuesday night's from 9pm to midnight EST. For more information, go to

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:23pm PDT

It's Christmas Eve and I'm here to help everyone who's still shopping! I share some last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

The Christmas theme music was composed by Spencer Higginson.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:57pm PDT

I interview the writer and humorist, Dennis Perrin. He's written for Splitsider, Politically Incorrect and Family Feud host, Ray Combs. We talk about his career and the highly influential biography he wrote, Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:54pm PDT

I'm joined by my old friend and the creator of McShirehamton's House, Spencer Higginson! We talk about the exciting stuff he's been up to in the past year. You can find all of his hilarious videos on his Youtube channel, and you can like his Facebook page

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:28pm PDT

This episode is sort of an open diary. I reveal some of my diary entries, my most revealing thoughts and my befuddlement in regards to atheletes making military metaphors.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:57pm PDT

I urge people to not spend ANY money and give them an idea of what they should do FOR FREE!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:32pm PDT

This is my ode to the history and legacy of broadcasting

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT

I talk about the concept of schools with comedians Sam Austin and Jake Silberman!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT

The episode's subject is baseball and the interview subject is Rob Neyer, writer for and author of Feeding the Green Monster. Also, I try to get in contact with a former MLB player!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:12pm PDT

The podcast is back! I try to figure out what the song of the summer was, brag about the hot "follow back" I just got on Twitter and talk a little bit about Charles Manson!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:39pm PDT

My guest today is RAMSEY ESS! He's a UCB improviser, freelance writer for late night television and writer of the "From the Archives" series on Splitsider. We talk about the history of comedy, writing topical jokes and datedness. You can check out his work on his website

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:46pm PDT

I chat with Portland stand-up comedian Nick Walker! We talk about Dick Gregory, cults and that time an audience member called me a "faggot" during my stand-up set! Also, Doing the Dishes has its first walk-on guest!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:21pm PDT

This episode features my duet with musician, Will Raisl. We also talk about his upcoming album!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:42pm PDT

My guest on the show today is Maze Koroma from the Portland hip-hop collective, Renaissance Coalition. You can find his music, as well as the rest of the group's music and videos, at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:25pm PDT

My guest is musician Briana Marela! You get to hear her reaction to the Macklemore scandal! You can find her music at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:46pm PDT

I sing the song "Some Nights" by fun. in its entirety!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:57pm PDT

My potential sidekick and I talk about CORN and SCIENCE! Also, I am looking for a new audio editor for the podcast. E-mail me at raffertydoesthedishes@gmail if you are interested.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:22pm PDT

I interview the legendary band, Poon!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:31pm PDT

I don't know what this episode is about, but it's awesome! But maybe it stinks if the Dunning-Kruger claims that when you think you're great, you're actually incompetent. Then this episode sucks. It really, really sucks.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:42pm PDT

Today's topic is MUSIC! My guest is the front man of generifus, Spencer Sult! I don't know about your ears but that's music to mine! Check out his new album One and Done at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:23pm PDT

Things a little slippery on Doing the Dishes as I try to teach the audience how to write a bad joke.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:57pm PDT

I want to write a think piece.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:02pm PDT

I talk about stores with my friend, the hilarious stand-up comedian Brendan Kelley. If you want to be a part of the show or want to give feedback e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:41pm PDT


I admit my biggest fears and biggest desires. Also, this episode contains a sample of my world-famous crowd work from my also world-famous standup comedy. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

Doing the Dishes does a little business! E-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:41pm PDT

This is the LIGHTER episode of Doing the Dishes. If you want to be a part of the show or give feedback, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:16am PDT

Things get personal on this episode. Also, I make an announcement about the show. If you want to be a part of the show or give feedback, e-mail me at or on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:31am PDT


It's the NEW episode! Cultural commentator, George Breath, explains why our society holds new things in such high esteem. If you want to be a part of the show or want to give feedback, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:46am PDT

Doing the Dishes celebrates Christmas with Santa Claus!!! Contact or @RiffLaff on Twitter

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT

CHRISTMAS EVE comes early on Doing the Dishes with Rafferty Thompson! I celebrate the day with my favorite comedian (and one of my favorite people) Ian Krauss! If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:59am PDT

Winter is here! There's snow days, TV watching and turtlenecks! Also, I review a seasonal beer in the segment, "A Cold One, While Heat's Away." If you want to be a part of the show or give feed back, e-mail me at or on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:46pm PDT

Being thoroughly productive and efficient is incompletely detailed in this episode. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at or on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:32am PDT

Doing the Dishes celebrates Thanksgiving with the immensely hilarious Hannah Boone! Also, artisan pie-maker Andrew Fischel comes on the show to tell us how to bake the perfect Thanksgiving pie. If you want to be a part of the show or want to give feedback, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:31am PDT

In the second part of the episode about talking, I administer a test on four people to see if they're introverts or extroverts. If you want to be a part of the show or just want to give feedback, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT

I talk about talking. I also talk to stand-up comedian Yogi Paliwal about his podcast The Origin of Words with Yogi Paliwal. If you want to be a part of the second installment of this episode, e-mail me at or find me on Twitter @RiffLaff

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:38am PDT

Doing the Dishes may be a comedy podcast but today's subject is MISCELLANEOUS. I also present some of the podcast's lost sketches. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

It's Halloween on Doing the Dishes! The episode is complete with Trick 'r Treating nightmares and the "House of Cards" Halloween Special. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:55am PDT


This episode paints a picture of art and it's sponsored by the Art Institute of Waco! If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:30am PDT

This episode snuggles up with WARMTH in all of its various forms: the sun, the feeling you get from listening to this podcast and Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:33am PDT

I talk about radio on the podcast. Also, the dude who made the logo and music for my show, Barrbie, talks about his new album entitled EP 1, plays some tunes and talks about Garrison Keillor. His EP will be available on October 16th and you can download it for free at Today's episode is sponsored by iLoveRadio!!!!!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:31am PDT

A listener of the program tries to guess what the theme of this episode is as I talk about Yakov Smirnoff, reading and homophobia at a Seattle Mariners' game.  Also, I speak to stand-up comedian, improviser and nice person, Gabe Smith!!! If you want to be a part of the show or give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:50am PDT

I talk about advertising with stand-up comedian Devin Foreal, analyze Yakov Smirnoff's show in Branson and consult Milton Berle for some jokes. If you want to be a part of the show or want just want to give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Doing the Dishes goes negative! I talk about the "Stand-Up Economist", film critic Risco Treets talks about one of his least favorite movies and comedian and writer Ahmad Radheyyan helps me analyze the role of negativity in our lives. This episode is sponsored by the new online forum Negative Space. If you want to be a part of the show or just want to give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:28am PDT

This episode alerts your attention to alarms. I talk about Syria, the Jersey Shore and present the game show "Is This Alarming?"

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:28am PDT

Today's episode was recorded live via Skype!!!! The callers and myself list things that make us cringe and make us smile. If you want to be a part of the show or just give feedback, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT

Today's episode explores cursing in all of its various forms. Comedian Jason Traeger helps me sort through the world of bad language, I reveal what the scariest Christmas song is and ponder whether or not curses are real. If you want to be a part of the show or want to give feedback, email me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:33am PDT

On this episode, I delve into the mysterious realms of the world. Like, what happened to Eddie Van Halen and why does a fan of this podcast want to write me "fake hate mail?" If you would like to be a part of future episodes or just want to contact me, e-mail me at

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:39am PDT

Comedian, Zach Mandeville is back on the program. Scott Silver previews his new dishwashing podcast and I initiate the Comcast challenge!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Doing the Dishes got picked up Public Podcasting International!  In this episode, I unearth the origins of "Christmas in July" and then list things that make dumb people feel smart with comedian and smart person, Zach Mandeville.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:57am PDT

I talk about summer, what this summer's jam will be and read selections from my private joke file. I also talk about how the Grand Canyon is overrated.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:37am PDT

I talk about silence!!! I try to get on a podcast network, Mathias Bartlett interview music critic Phil Filter to discover the brilliance of John Cage's 4'33" and I eat a banana live on the air! Today's episode is sponsored by the upcoming film Sense of Humor and Duty.  If you want to be a part of the show or just want to give feedback, send us an email to

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:29am PDT

I'm taking a one-week hiatus from Doing the Dishes and we'll be back next week with bigger and better episodes!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's the preview of next week's episode

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

This episode is about TERROR! Also, I interview professional dishwasher Scott Silver.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:35am PDT

I talk about smoke in all of it's various forms! Also, film critic Risco Treets discusses the topic of smoking in films and his recent controversies.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

I talk about public tranportation without making any "make sure to get your ticket" jokes because that would be awful.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

I talk about food with comedian and chef Joe Hieronymous. Also, film critic Risco Treets lists his top five favorite food films.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:04pm PDT

Today on the program, I talk about names. My name is Rafferty Thompson and I speak with Carley Martin and Jake Waluconis about how they decided to name their child! Also, Risco Treets reviews the 1980's classic "Heathers"!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

For the first episode of Doing the Dishes, Rafferty Thompson examines Satanism with the help of mediamaker Mathias Bartlett and filmmaker Nik Nerburn. We roast the Devil, talk about Nik’s film “Paul” and film critic Risco Treets reviews “Rosemary’s Baby”.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT