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 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.

Direct download: Mike_Sacks_episode.mp3
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

Direct download: Doing_The_Dishes_with_Rafferty_Thompson_October_1_2015.mp3
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!

Direct download: Doing_The_Dishes_With_Rafferty_Thompson_9_25_15.mp3
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.

Direct download: sick.m4a
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

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

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 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

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





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 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:

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