Hear a highlight from an extra special episode of Hold On with Eugene Mirman, featuring comedy legend Jim Gaffigan sharing his experiences playing a pretty monumental gig: the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The headliner on that show? None other than Pope Francis.
In each episode of the Audible Comedy series Hold On, host Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers, The Flight of the Concords) pauses the funny stories of comedians and performers to get the skinny behind the story.
[Contains explicit content] A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected in a way that causes the listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Emo Philips is a master of the paraprosdokian and a comedic genius, immediately recognizable for his pageboy haircut and wandering falsetto (or his iconic role in UHF).
Jim Gaffigan is a very successful comedian and that means he gets to perform in interesting places for interesting people. On this extra special episode of Hold On, host Eugene Mirman brings Jim into the studio to tell a live story on the spot. The story in question? The time Jim did stand-up comedy as an opening act for Pope Francis in Philadelphia, at an event attended by hundreds of thousands of people.
[Contains explicit content] “Queen of Mean” Lisa Lampanelli has an innate ability to put people in their place with her barbed wit, but behind that sharp comedic talent there’s a lot of heart. You can hear some of that heart – and some of those barbs – in Lisa’s story about a wonderful, memorable man she dated and the health concern that drove her away. Where do comedians go when they want to answer questions about stories they’ve told? They come right here, to Hold On.
"Even kinda horrible insult comics are human...."
[Contains explicit content] Sample a special episode of Hold On with Eugene Mirman featuring comedian, author, and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia. Mike and Eugene sat down to discuss a disastrous celebrity golf tournament where Mike's stand-up comedy didn't play too well.
[Contains explicit content] In this excerpt of Hold On, a show where host Eugene Mirman pauses the stories of comedians and performers to get the skinny behind the story, Eugene talks to Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) about the culture clashes he experienced leaving Pakistan as a teenager. To hear the full episode, check out the Hold On with Eugene Mirman series channel.
The most unusual thing about comedian Moshe Kasher's mom is not that she's deaf. It's that she subscribes to some very liberal views in regard to sex. This, naturally, had a big impact on Moshe's childhood, as he detailed in his story from a Don't Tell My Mother show in Los Angeles.
"One of the more boring episodes of this series"
[Contains explicit content] Moving from Pakistan to America meant bridging two very different cultures. Those differences were brought into stark contrast for comedian Kumail Nanjiani on the day he married his American wife in a Muslim ceremony for his Pakistani family. Kumail's wedding was notable for a number of reasons and on this episode of Hold On, Eugene Mirman digs into the backstory to uncover more about Pakistan, a difficult Muslim priest, and a major event that wasn't mentioned in the original story!
Host Eugene Mirman sits down with comedian and writer Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom) to discuss all of the details behind the story she told at a RISK! show in New York. Her featured story deals with one of the funniest conversations anyone could have at a funeral. Learn more about the unusual Benincasa family trade and discover which glam rocker's family actually owns a funeral home, all in this hilarious, question-filled episode of Hold On.
For most teenagers, prom is a big deal with a lot of build-up. Asking someone to the big dance comes with enough hurdles as it is, so Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) was convinced that his strict Indian father and his family's cultural quirks would ruin any shot he might have at finding someone to slow dance with on prom night. On this episode of Hold On, host Eugene Mirman takes Hasan back to high school to find out if he managed to score his dream date for the big night.
Here's a taste of an amazing episode of Hold On with Eugene Mirman featuring the greatest music artist of all time in perpetuity: Weird Al Yankovic. Eugene sat down in the studio with Weird Al to get to the bottom of one of history's greatest mysteries: why is everybody's favorite parody songsmith no longer bespectacled?
Once the story gets going, the questions start flying. Learn about the good times and the bad times that can result from taking recreational drugs as Steve explains the how and why of his hilarious true tale that he originally shared at a Don't Tell My Mother show in Los Angeles.
Josh Gondelman, standup comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, sits down with Eugene Mirman to go behind the scenes of a story about a post-show dalliance gone awry.
[Contains explicit content] In this excerpt of Hold On, a show where host Eugene Mirman pauses the stories of comedians and performers to get the skinny behind the story, Eugene talks to Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) about a one night stand that goes a little bit awry. To hear the full episode, check out the Hold On with Eugene Mirman series channel.
[Contains explicit content] An appreciation for quality tunes is not something anyone is born with; babies have poor taste in music. No, the love of great bands like Led Zeppelin is developed and discovered as one grows into adulthood. Comedian John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live , The Comeback Kid on Netflix) tells a story about finding music and learning hard truths, as he takes Eugene Mirman back to a pivotal summer of his youth.
[Contains explicit content] Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show) is a comedic genius and musical mastermind, but he’s not a rude dude. Stopping a person telling a story is a rude dude thing to do...unless they're a guest on an episode of Hold On and you happen to be a master story-disrupter, like Eugene Mirman. In this excellent episode of his storytelling series, Eugene cuts into Reggie's thrilling tale of mushrooms and bathrooms to politely prod for more detail.
[Contains explicit content] In this excerpt of Hold On, a show where host Eugene Mirman pauses the stories of comedians and performers to get the skinny behind the story, Lisa Lampanelli meets a larger than life, colorful character who she falls in love with. To hear the full episode, check out the Hold On with Eugene Mirman series channel.
Moving back in with your parents is rarely a sign that your life is going in the right direction. On this episode of Hold On, host Eugene Mirman sits down with comedian Matt Braunger to hear a funny, but cautionary tale about a pivotal time in Matt's life. Hear why he was forced to live with his folks and what it meant for his relationship with them and his stand-up comedy career.
[Contains explicit content] In this choice excerpt from Hold On, a show where host Eugene Mirman pauses the stories of comedians and performers to get the skinny behind the story, Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) takes us back to high school. The quest for a prom date is on! To hear the full episode, check out the Hold On with Eugene Mirman series channel.