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

Direct download: scott_timberg.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

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

Direct download: 420_politics_podcast_5.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:22pm PST

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.

Direct download: 420_politics_podcast_4.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:55pm PST

In this podcast, I take on Trump, his cabinet picks and the Meryl Streep controversy.

Direct download: 420_politics_podcast_3.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm PST

Here's a stand-up bit that I did about the anti-Trump Protests happening in Portland and across the country. It was recorded at my weekly comedy show, Tally Ho, that I host with Ahmad Radheyyan and Venu Mattraw.

Direct download: anti-trump_protests.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm PST

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.

Direct download: 420_elections_podcast_2.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am PST

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:



Direct download: halloween_3.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:30am PST

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.

Direct download: locker_room_talk.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:06am PST

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!

Direct download: tally_ho_post-show.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:18pm PST

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

Direct download: Into_Thin_Airbnb.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:25pm PST

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

Direct download: 420_elections_podcast.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:49pm PST

This episode is about AND CONTAINS funny ideas.

Direct download: funny_ideas.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:35pm PST

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

Direct download: religion.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:09pm PST

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

Direct download: cards_against_humanity.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:59pm PST

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

Direct download: Kliph_Nesteroff.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:54pm PST

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

Direct download: american_apparel.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:03pm PST

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:

Direct download: ZOOM0538.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

As everyone who is a comedy podcast fan (or in my case, "obsessive") has heard, Marc Maron interviewed Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. Before the episode was announced, I had written a spec script of Marc Maron's television show, Maron, that dealt with Marc's fraught, and well-documented, relationship with SNL. What you are about to read, is that very script. I hope that you enjoy it. Also, I hope that you provide feedback, if you have any.


Maron: “The Podcast”


by Rafferty Thompson



SOPHIE: Pete, I still can’t believe that you just got hired to be on Saturday Night Live!


PETE: I know! It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t have done it without you, baby.


SOPHIE: You’re so sweet! Well, before you’re on SNL, you’re going to be on Marc Maron’s podcast. You’ve got that interview with him later today.


PETE: Yeah, I hope that he doesn’t just ask me if I’m “good,” you know, at the end of our talk. I’d really like for him to tell me I’m “good” sometime during our talk. I want him to feel like I’ve gotten what I deserved.


SOPHIE: Aren’t you scared that he’s going to dig up some dirt from your past? All of his most famous episodes involve his guest admitting to some scandal.


PETE: I’m not scared! Sophie, you’re the one that should be scared: you’ve got that audition for that horror movie today. You’re actually required to be scared!


(both heartily laugh)


PETE: But seriously, I don’t have anything to be worried about. I’ve gotten to where I am because of hard work. I never took any shortcuts or cheated my way into anything.


SOPHIE: But where you’ve gotten might be a problem. Marc Maron might be jealous of you. Everyone knows that he was almost hired on SNL. He’s had six hundred episodes of his podcast and on four hundred of them he’s mentioned his meeting with Lorne Michaels. The odds are that not only will he be talking to you about it, but that he will be talking about it right now!


PETE: Sophie... all of that is between Lorne and Marc. Its got nothing to do with me.


SOPHIE: Yes, but I just hope that it continues to have nothing to do with you.


PETE: Sophie, are you listening to yourself? You’re stressing me out before my big interview. (starts to nervously chuckle) When Marc asks me about the pain in my life, I’ll probably mention this conversation we’re having!


SOPHIE: I’m sorry… I’m sure that it’ll be a great episode.


PETE: Well, let’s hope it’s not too great!


(Pete’s car parks in front of Marc Maron’s house. He walks up to the door)


PETE: (dumbfounded, to himself) Why does Marc have a sign in his yard that says “Beware of Dogs”? I thought that he was cat guy…


(Pete walks up to the door and knocks. A few seconds go by before the door opens, just a crack, because the chain lock on the door is fastened)


MARC: (through the slight opening in the door and behind the locked chain) Who are you?


(Pete chuckles)


MARC: Is this some Mormon Missionary thing?


PETE: (chuckling more softly, nervously) You’re kidding... right?


MARC: So you’re a Jehovah’s Witness?


PETE: I’m Pete Simon... you’re supposed to interview me today...


MARC: Pete Simon? That doesn’t ring any bells.


PETE: I’m not ringing any bells because I knocked, right?


MARC: I’m supposed to interview you? You’re clearly not a comedian with that joke.


PETE: I’m the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live...


MARC: I remember when I used to tell myself that...


PETE: There must be some sort of mix-up. Maybe I should go...


MARC: Yeah.


(Marc closes the door. Pete turns around to walk away. The door opens all of the way)


MARC: Pete, I’m just busting your balls! That’s what comics do: mess with each other. You are a comic, right?


PETE: Yeah, of course. (laughs) Man, you really had me going.


MARC: Yeah, I literally had you going. You were about to leave!


(both of them laugh)


MARC: Lets head to the garage.


(they walk around the side of the house)


MARC: Congrats on SNL. You know that I was almost on SNL, right?


PETE: Yeah, of course.


(cut to Marc and Pete sitting in the garage with headphones on)


MARC: So, when you started out in comedy, who were your guys?


PETE: I mean, Louis CK, Todd Barry, Conan. Basically everyone you’ve interviewed.


MARC: Even Gallagher?


PETE: Oh, yeah, he’ll be really influential in my decision to storm out of here.


(both laugh)


MARC: What’d your old man do for a living?


PETE: My dad liked to call myself a “newspaper distributor.”


MARC: “Newspaper distributor”? What, so he was a paperboy?


PETE: As I like to say onstage, “’Newspaper Distributor’ is just a more adult way of calling yourself a drug dealer!”


(Pete chuckles, Marc cackles)


PETE: But, yeah, my dad was, and still is, a paperboy, basically.


MARC: Does he ride a bike?!?


PETE: (while laughing) Yeah, with a little basket full of papers!


(both laugh)


PETE: But, no, he drives a car to do all of his “newspaper distribution.”


MARC: Oh. So, I know that you joke about it in your act, but did you ever really think that your dad dealt drugs?


PETE: Uhhh... I mean... he worked really weird, late hours, and made A LOT more money than I assumed delivering newspapers would bring in, but... uhhh... yeah, my brother and I would tell everybody at family reunions that our dad sold drugs.


MARC: And how did that make him feel?


PETE: He hated it and probably hates that I’m talking about it right now.


(Pete chuckles and Marc cackles)


MARC: (recapping the conversation) So, your dad throws newspapers, you get into comedy while you’re in college... what was it like when you told your folks- errr... delivered the news...


(Pete chuckles and Marc cackles)


MARC: ... that you were hired to be on Saturday Night Live?


PETE: It was... it was pretty special. I mean, for all of that goofin’ around, goofin’ off-


MARC: Starting rumors about your dad dealing drugs...


(Pete laughs and Marc cackles)


PETE: Yeah! So, for all of that... it was pretty great to deliver such great news.


MARC: Well, congrats on SNL. You know that I was almost on SNL, right?


PETE: (a little confused) Yeah, of course.


MARC: But, yeah, I had the opportunity of interviewing with Lorne Michaels. I know my listeners have heard this story before-


PETE: Yeah, I heard this from you BEFORE WE STARTED RECORDING!


(Pete laughs loudly, but tapers off nervously because Marc is coldly staring at him)


MARC: (coldly) That’s really fucking funny.


(Pete is intensely uncomfortable)


MARC: You should get Lorne Michaels to come on my podcast.


PETE: Yeah, I’ll give him a call.


MARC: Do it.


PETE: (smilingly) I will.


(Pete chuckles before a moment of silence)


MARC: Why aren’t you doing it?


PETE: You mean, call him right now?!?


MARC: (yelling) YES!


PETE: But we’re doing a podcast...


MARC: Well, there won’t BE A PODCAST unless you get Lorne Michaels to appear on my show!


PETE: What?


MARC: Make... the... call.


PETE: Uhh... umm... okay.


(Pete fumbles in his pocket, goes to the wrong pocket, and finally gets his phone out)


PETE: Hey, Shelly? (silence) This is Pete Simon. Is Lorne in? (silence) He’s in a meeting? Okay. (silence) Leave a message? Uhh... (Pete looks at Marc) Tell Lorne that Marc Maron wants to talk to him. (quick silence) No, yeah, this is Pete Simon... I just... called to tell him that Marc Maron wants to talk to him. (silence) Okay. Thanks. Bye.


(Pete puts his phone back in his pocket)


PETE: I’m not getting through to Lorne.


MARC: Apparently I’m not getting through to you! Get Lorne on my podcast! And THEN you can be on my podcast!


PETE: I don’t want to be on your podcast! I’m out of here!


(Pete starts to walk out of the garage)


MARC: Okay, Gallagher!


(Pete opens the garage door, walks out and slams the door)


(Pete and Sophie are sitting on the couch again)


SOPHIE: I can’t believe that he’d try to manipulate you into trying to book an interview with your boss! This is exactly what I was worried about!


PETE: Seriously! Maron was acting like a villain in a Mel Gibson movie or something.


SOPHIE: Well, it probably wouldn’t look good for Mel Gibson to have the bad guy in his movie be a Jew.


(both laugh)


PETE: Well, Mel Gibson already did that in The Passion of the Christ. With a lot of Jews, actually, as the enemy.


SOPHIE: So, you’re saying that what’d be worse than Mel Gibson being anti-Semitic, would be if Mel Gibson were repeating himself.


PETE: Sure!


(both laugh)


PETE: Sophie, thank you for making me feel way better. I really don’t know what I’d do without you.


SOPHIE: So, to quote Marc Maron, “we’re good?”


PETE: Of course.


(Pete and Sophie, smile, lean to kiss, until they’re interrupted by Pete’s phone ringing)


SOPHIE: Who’s calling you?


PETE: (shocked) It’s Marc Maron.


SOPHIE: What could he possibly want?


(Pete takes the call)


SOPHIE: Don’t answer it!


PETE: This is Pete Simon speaking.


MARC: It’s Maron.


PETE: (sarcastically) Oh, hey, Marc Maron, let me get Lorne on the line, he’s sitting right next to me. Actually, you know what? I’ll put you on speakerphone.


SOPHIE: (whispering) Wait, should I do a Lorne Michaels impersonation?


MARC: I just wanted to apologize. I’m sorry for how I acted and... I’m sorry for what I did.


PETE: Yeah! That was not cool.


MARC: I know, I know. It’s just... you know, I once had an interview with Lorne Michaels-


PETE: Yeah, Marc! I know! Everyone knows! You need to get over it!


MARC: I do. I didn’t think that I was that guy anymore, but I think that I’m bitter... still!


PETE: Sure seems like it.


MARC: Yeah.


PETE: (sarcastically) So, we good, Marc?


MARC: Well, I hope so. And I hope that you would want to come back to the garage for a do-over.


PETE: Are you kidding me?


MARC: No, I’m not. I let my stupid jealousy get the better of me and I’d like to start over.


PETE: And why should I give you another chance?


MARC: To be honest, you shouldn’t. I did something messed up to you, but I’d like to have you in the garage and talk it out.


(silence on both ends)


PETE: Alright, I’ll do it.


SOPHIE and MARC (at the same time): Really?


PETE: Yeah, really. You think I’m going to pass up the opportunity to be on such a monumental episode of you podcast as this would be?!?


MARC: (cackles) That’s what I like to hear. So, Pete, we good?


PETE: Yeah, Marc. We’re good.


(both hang up)


SOPHIE: Are you kidding me? Why would you allow him another chance after what he did to you?


PETE: Sophie, it’ll be fine. Marc’s not that bad. I’d probably be as bitter as he is if I didn’t get SNL. But, thankfully, I am on SNL. And, I have you.


SOPHIE: Probably not for long.



(both laugh and kiss)


(Marc and Pete are in the garage)


MARC: So, I’d just like to apologize for how awful I was to you.


PETE: It’s okay. All water under the bridge.


MARC: How are you so stable and forgiving? Do you have a wife? A girlfriend? Both?


PETE: (laughs) I have a girlfriend.


MARC: (excitedly) How long have you guys been together?


PETE: Four years, actually.


MARC: Do you love her?


PETE: Yeah! She’s my world.


MARC: Do you ever want to see her alive again?


PETE: (scared) What?


MARC: I said, do you ever want to see your girlfriend alive again?




MARC: My producer has a gun to your girlfriend’s head.


PETE: What?!? You’re joking! You’re just busting my balls, right?


MARC: You want proof? How about we take a listen to the live stream of the podcast my producer is making with your girlfriend.


(Maron hits a key on his laptop, bringing up audio)


SOPHIE: Honey! Just do what he says!


PETE: Sophie!


MARC: Now, here’s what you can do to save your girlfriend’s life: I’m going to ask you if it’s true that you have a history of stealing jokes from other comedians and you’re going to say that it’s true.


PETE: But that’s a lie! I wouldn’t throw my comedy career in the trash by saying something like that!


MARC: Jeez, choosing Saturday Night Live over your girlfriend’s life. And I thought that I was the selfish one.


SOPHIE: Baby, please! Just admit to it! For me!


PETE: But I can’t!


MARC: On the count of “F,” my producer is going to shoot the love of your life.


SOPHIE: (screams) Please! Just do whatever he wants!






(Sophie screams)




(on the audio feed, a gun cocks and Sophie bellows even louder)




PETE: No! Stop it! I’ll do it!


MARC: Brendan, put the gun down.


BRENDAN THE PRODUCER (from the audio feed): Okay, boss.


PETE: (crying) I’ll say whatever you want me to say.


MARC: Okay.


(Marc opens a drawer, pulls out a fat script and throws it on the desk in front of Pete)


MARC: Lets take it from the top.


(scene ends. Pete comes rushing into the home he shares with Sophie. They’re both crying)


PETE: Sophie! Are you okay?!?


SOPHIE: Of course not!


PETE: Everything is going to be fine, so long as we have each other.


SOPHIE: It was so awful! I can't BELIEVE what I just went through!


PETE: I know. It makes me sick to my stomach.


SOPHIE: Why would anybody put someone through all of that?!?


PETE: I know! He’s a monster! I can’t believe that he’d take you hostage and force me to confess to something that I never did!




SOPHIE: What? Hostage?!? You’re sounding like that horror movie I didn’t get the part for.


PETE: Wait, what horror movie?


SOPHIE: That I auditioned for! That I didn’t get the part for! That I’m crying because of! That you never asked, “hey, how did that audition go?” You realize that’s why I’m crying, right?!?


PETE: What?


SOPHIE: It was bad enough putting up with that horrible script, having to scream, (mock screaming) “Just admit to it!” and “Just do whatever he wants!”. But I also had to deal with that God awful casting director... (pauses, trying to remember his name) Brendan... something. He kept making me record screams for him, over and over. And now I have to put up with your garbage?!?


PETE: But... I thought Maron-


SOPHIE: You’re so obsessed with Marc Maron! All week you’ve been talking about him and talking to him!


PETE: But he was going to kill you...


SOPHIE: What are you talking about?!? You know what? I’m done with this! I’m leaving! Hope you had a great episode of whatever that podcast is called!


(Sophie walks out and slams the door behind her)


PETE: (dejected) What... the... fuck?


(a newscast fades in)


NEWSCASTER: So, those are some of the headlines from around the world. Now, we’re going to focus on a bit of comedy. Or should I say, “a stolen bit of comedy?” Newly hired Saturday Night Live castmember, Pete Simon, admitted on the podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, that he’s stolen material from other comedians. Now, Pete Simon is the newly fired castmember of SNL. Lets take a listen to an excerpt from the podcast where Pete Simon confessed to stealing jokes.


(clip from podcast)


MARC: So, I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the rumors that have circulated among comedians. Is it true that you’ve stolen jokes from other comics?


PETE: Uhhh... yeah. It’s true.


MARC: Why’d you do it?


PETE: Because I’m not funny.


MARC: Who are some of the comedians that you stole from?


PETE: Well, that’s the thing: I mainly stole from you.


MARC: From me?!? Why would you steal from me?


PETE: Because, Marc, you’re the funniest comedian of all-time. You’re the envy of anyone who has ever picked up a microphone, let alone anybody who has ever tried to make someone laugh.




MARC: And, to think, that I couldn’t get on SNL, but you could... WITH MY MATERIAL!


PETE: Yeah, I got what you deserved.


MARC: Well, you’ll get what you deserve soon enough.


(back to Newscaster)


NEWSCASTER: Comedians and comedy fans aren’t the only ones praising Marc Maron’s interview skills. Captain Tomlinson of the Los Angeles Police Department has said that Marc Maron would make a great detective...


(clip of LAPD captain talking)


CAPTAIN TOMLINSON: If Mr. Maron’s podcasting skills are any indication of his great potential as an interrogator, then I think that he would make a stellar addition to the LAPD. I have so much faith in him, actually, based upon his interviews with Pete Simon, Carlos Mencia, and to a lesser extent, Parker Posey, that I have made Marc Maron an active-duty detective, effective immediately. In fact, earlier today, I gave him his gun and badge.


(back to Newscaster)


NEWSCASTER: In regards to his dismissal of Pete Simon, Creator and Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels, put out the following statement. “In light of the recent news, we here at Saturday Night Live feel that severing ties with Pete Simon is what is best for the continued integrity of our show. I can state unequivocally that before today, I had never heard of the accusations of comedic plagiarism leveled against Pete Simon, nor had I ever heard of Marc Maron.”


(a gun shot is fired and a TV explodes)


MARC: I’ll get you, Lorne Michaels. Someday, I’ll get you... on the podcast...

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

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

Direct download: 20_best_tv_ep_titles.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18pm PST

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.

Direct download: halloween_2.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:00am PST

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.

Direct download: Sarah_Mirk.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:30am PST

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.

Direct download: Mike_Sacks_episode.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00am PST

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

Direct download: Doing_The_Dishes_with_Rafferty_Thompson_October_1_2015.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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!

Direct download: Doing_The_Dishes_With_Rafferty_Thompson_9_25_15.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:50am PST

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

Direct download: sick.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:14pm PST

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

Direct download: Bill_Conway_of_THE_HARD_TIMES.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00am PST

If Subway has "sandwich artists," I believe that Jersey Mike's has "sandwich performance artists." Here are my favorite conversations with Jersey Mike's employees:


1) Jersey Mike's employee: Do you work in this strip mall?

Rafferty: No, I work like a mile away from here.


JM: That sucks.


2) JM: You got anything special going on today?!?

R: No, just work.

JM: You're just like me. I hate the rain.


3) (Jersey Mike's employee puts a slice of cheese on a sandwich after I said, "no cheese.")

R: Hey, I uhhh... said, "no cheese."

JM: This one isn't for you! What are you, like super lactose intolerant?

R: Uhhh... yeah.

JM: (holding up his gloved hands) Will you get sick if my gloves touch cheese and then your sandwich?!?

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 6:15pm PST

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

Direct download: Kizmet.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:00am PST





I am looking for someone to be the regular editor of my podcast, Doing the Dishes with Rafferty Thompson. The show is a comedy podcast based in Portland, OR and it was listed by the Willamette Week as one of the "Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing."



A background in audio editing and production

3-5 hours a week of audio editing

Ability to handle hearing my lisp on headphones


Monetary compensation will be negotiated


If you're interested, please email me at

Category:Classifieds -- posted at: 6:29pm PST

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:

Direct download: marjorie_sturm.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:30am PST

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

Direct download: twitter_handle.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:44pm PST

"How will 'Mad Men' end?!?"


With my favorite show, Mad Men, ending soon, people have been asking me, "How do you think Mad Men is going to end?!? Do you think Don's going to die? Haven't you ever noticed that in the intro there's a dude falling off of a building?!?"

I honestly don't care about TV fan theories, nor do I understand their creation. Making an elaborate supposition about where a television show will go seems like a lose-lose situation. What happens when you're wrong? You'll probably look like a fool and have definitely wasted your time. And if you're right? If someone tells you a joke and you know what the punchline is going to be by just hearing the set-up, that's an awful joke. So if you're fan theory is correct, you'll have only entertained yourself, because the show clearly didn't entertain you. Thus, all TV fan theories are a waste of time.

So let's just sit back, have a drink, smoke some cigarettes, take an energy serum, watch the end of Mad Men, and leave the worrying about being right or wrong about outcomes to the fools who made March Madness brackets. And don't dress up to watch the show like William Shatner-impersonator, Kevin Pollak.

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 2:30pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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

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

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Doing the Dishes with Rafferty Thompson was listed as one of the "Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing" by the Willamette Week. To check out the write-up and the five other wonderful podcasts listed, click here!

Category:Fanfaronade -- posted at: 1:35pm PST

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 PST

This is my ode to the history and legacy of broadcasting

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

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

Direct download: School.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:11pm PST

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!

Direct download: baseball.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:12pm PST

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 PST

I found out that there were people rejected from being in the Manson Family.* Which begs the questions: how low do you have to sink to A) try to join the Manson Family AND B) get rejected from the Manson Family?  What we do know is that Charles Manson tried to console rejects by telling them that Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team.



Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 12:27pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

Hey, I came up with a new character for my comedy act and was wondering if you could help me identify who the character is.

Please watch!

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 1:48pm PST

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 PST


1. Read a book, magazine or newspaper


2. Think about something pleasant that happened during the day


3. Set up cheap mouse traps around the house


4. Have that 8th and “final” drink


5. Tell yourself that you’re itchy[1]


6. Dial 911 and hang up

[1] Telling yourself out loud is optional and preferred.

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 2:04pm PST

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 PST

There remains much debate as to whether or not a joke writer should punctuate the end of a joke with an exclamation point. Though some feel a punchline will be driven home with an exclamation point, others feel that exclamation points should be driven off of a cliff:

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

How long do you think F. Scott Fitzgerald debated with himself over whether or not he should end that quotation with an exclamation point? You're telling me that F. Scott Fitzgerald didn't laugh after he came up with that quote? And how many people have said "Eff Scott Fitzgerald!" and laughed at his or her own joke?!?


Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 2:57pm PST

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

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

Quite a few of the movies hitting theaters recently have been inspired by the Bible (Noah, Son of God, Heaven is For Real and 3 Days To Kill), and in anticipation for Easter, Netflix has added some faith-based films.  In capitalizing off of Easter, Netflix appears to be taking its cues (or queues) from the candy industry.  It’s hard to know which of these biblically inspired movies is worth a peak and which are as worthless as a Peep.

That is why I am here to recommend the controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, directed by Martin Scorsese. Based upon the also controversial novel of the same name, the film depicts Jesus Christ (played by Willem Dafoe, who would later reprise the role in Born on the Fourth of July) questioning his faith, rejecting his duty as messiah and engaging in sexual acts. 

The film’s screenwriter is Paul Schrader, who is most famous for writing another Scorsese film, Taxi Driver. This explains why after coming down from the cross and choosing not to be crucified, Jesus takes Mary Magdalene to a pornographic film.

Though I’m not religious, I felt blessed after receiving my tax return. I’m not sure how much I got back because I haven’t opened the envelope. “How do you know that you got a tax return then?” you ask. Because my taxes came back with a “Return to Sender” stamp, obviously!

The reason I’m preaching about this film is that even though some Christians see this film as sacrilegious and blasphemous for portraying Jesus as human, it is probably the most relatable telling of Christ’s life.  As we see Jesus doubt his place in the universe, we see our own self-doubt.  Who hasn’t felt small in the face of conquering something bigger than us, even though we feel it is our life’s mission?  What’s the point of being created in God’s image (I’ve been told that I look like a “weird-looking Willem Dafoe”) if we’re imperfect?  In the Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus’ passion becomes ours.



Category:Risco Treets -- posted at: 12:58pm PST

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 PST

I interview the legendary band, Poon!

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

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.

Direct download: i_dont_know.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:42pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

I want to write a think piece.

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

Which of these sentences is the lamest?

    A) I'm "in the zone."

    B) I'm in "the zone."

    C) I'm in the "zone."

    D) Olive the above.

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 11:22pm PST

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

Direct download: store.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:41pm PST


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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST


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 PST

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

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

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 PST

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

Direct download: winter.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:46pm PST

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

Direct download: productive.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:32am PST

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

Direct download: thanksgiving.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:31am PST

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

Direct download: tp2.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:53pm PST

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 PST

Here are some questions I'd like to ask older generations of Americans:

1. Where were you when JFK was assassinated?

2. What was the political atmosphere like after the March on Washington?

3. It didn't even seem just a little lame when Chubby Checker released "Let's Twist Again"?

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 5:25pm PST

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 PST

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 PST


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!

Direct download: Art.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:30am PST

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

Direct download: Warmth.m4a
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:33am PST

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 PST

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 PST

As the theme of the last episode of my podcast dealt with advertising, I tweeted a link to the episode with a hashtag that read, "#Advertising". People I didn't know on Twitter- whose bios described their fascination with online marketing- began to favorite my tweet and follow me. All because I made a dumb meta joke about how I was advertising something about advertising. 

My worst fear is that I'll annoy people with shameless plugs on the Internet, then slip into a coma and someone will make a shameless pull of the plug.

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 1:59am PST

1. Accidentally putting your own poop in a bag.

2. Constantly mentioning that you have a dog when you're yelled at for petting people.

3. Realizing that a dog's face is mostly nose.

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 12:16pm PST

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

Direct download: advertising.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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

Direct download: live.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:29pm PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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

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