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Ep 49 – Justin Martindale is Here to Help with Your Herpes (but Not Your Revenge)!

May 6, 2021

Justin Martindale is a strong-jawed “Store guy” like myself (half of this is true for me). We’re both Comedy Store performers here in LA, we’re both tall guys, but only Justin is cool, and gay. He’s recently returned from a somewhat rough gig performing in the deserts of Palm Springs so we’ve caught him at a particularly hilarious time. Justin has always cracked me up, always been a cool dude, and always had a both a good sardonic side and a good heart (to me, the best kind of combination). Whew! That’s a long sentence (but necessary). This was a fun one. Also, the calls this week are NUTS.

THE CALLS:

1) A guy with real dating trouble has found a lady he really likes! The problem: She has herpes. What to do?

2) A man’s wife has asked for divorce. He asks: What’s the best way to take revenge? (!!)

3) Justin wants to know what to do about his “shitting” dog, and how he should approach his position of authority at a new job. Help! Thanks, like, and subscribe. You’re helping people with herpes when you do!Call Matt and ask a question 323-763-0228

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This Might Help w/Matt Braunger

Ep 48 – Amy MIller (the Killer) is Here with Killer Help!

April 29, 2021

Comedian Amy Miller won the Funniest Person in Portland Tournament two years in a row, so of course, I love her. She’s also a great friend who’s known not to bullshit. Her honesty, cutting wit, and openness have made her one of the best comics out there. She grew up in a religious family, isn’t too religious anymore, but still has that age-old fear of God. Hence her hit podcast “Who’s Your God?” where she and Steve Hernandez (a former megachurch pastor turned stand-up) ask folks about their beliefs. Plus, she wore an amazing dad rock shirt in my honor while we recorded. What a perfect guest! 

THE CALLS: 

1) A nice lady wants to quit her job, but has no prospects. Tips? 

2) Alicia is working from home tomorrow. What should she wear???!! 

3) Chris Jones (a name so common he was able to give it, first AND last) has a younger brother who is so afraid of needles he won’t get the vaccine. WHAT TO DO? Thanks, Mightys! Tell your friends!

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This Might Help w/Matt Braunger

Ep 47 – Tim Baltz is Here to Help, Character Actor Style!

April 22, 2021

Recorded from ON LOCATION on Tim’s hotel he’s staying in before shooting The Righteous Gemstones! You might have seen Tim on that show, Shrink, or any of the other things he’s been quietly hilariously in. But don’t let any of that normal person stuff fool you, he’s also a really nice guy. Tim sat down with me to talk comedy, improv, the Old Chicago scene, and what it’s like to be high on anxiety every day from showbiz crap. Tim’s done even more than I knew, and he’s worked with some amazing performers. Plus, like a said, real sweet dude. 

THE CALLS: 

1) A caller wants to know what it’s like to work on his current big show

2) A nice lady with a particular set of skills wants to know how to get the word out, and 

3) A male caller has a VERY WEIRD REQUEST for Tim on behalf of his ex. It was very fun to watch his face as we listened to it. 

Thanks, Mightys!

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Ep 46 – Isaac Fitgerald is a Party Monk Here to Help!

April 15, 2021

Isaac Fitzgerald is a writer of essays, adult books, and even children’s books! Kyle Kinane gave me his book “How to be a Pirate” for my daughter Rose and she loves it. He’s also a story teller, a lovely guy, and a world-class drinking buddy. Like a lot of my episodes, we spend a good amount of time catching up on each other and talking about our new perspectives. We also talked writing, and all-around creation/dicking around. Whether you’re into writing or just having fun (and that’s all of you), you’ll love this episode.

THE CALLS:

1) A lady asks, “How are you and Isaac finding joy and hope in these strange times?” !!!

2) A nice young man wants to move away somewhere more fun than where he lives, but then he’ll be away from his dad who is in bad health. What’s the best option?

3) A fella has moved in with his girlfriend, but she demands he go to bed when she does every night. Help! Listen, like, subscribe, and for God’s sake buy a book!

Thanks, Mightys!

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Ep 45 – Roy Wood Jr. Helps You by Helping You Help Yourself!

April 8, 2021

Roy Wood Jr. is one of those comedians that every comedian is a fan of, and he agrees with me that all of us only see each other in the airport. Now a correspondent and writer on The Daily Show, Roy was one of those people who did the hardest gigs coming up, and it shows. He shares some of those stories on here, stuff I’d never heard, as well as trying to help the callers. Warning: Two parts of this podcast had me almost crying laughing. All I’ll say is: 1) Ron White, and 2) Blackface. 

THE CALLS: 

1) A guy loves his girlfriend, but her dog hates him. What to do?

 2) A fan of Roy’s asks if he has any potty training tips 

3) A caller asks, “What’s the best way to make a good impression on a work Zoom?” Listen and learn. Thanks, Mightys!

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Ep 44 – Arlo Weierhauser Returns to Help (kind of)!

April 1, 2021

I know, I know, we’ve had Arlo on already, but I love them so much, especially now that their curmudgeonly charm is in full bloom. The pandemic has been rough on all of us, and this podcast has let me check in on “Coach” twice! Cool fact: They were the last person I had a restaurant meal with!! And it was a special meal. I told them I was having a kid, and they’d chosen their non-binary name. Very cool! If you like listening to two old friends who are past giving a shit about norms, you’ll love this episode. THE CALLS: 1) A nice lesbian needs dating advice. Can Arlo help? Because I certainly can’t. 2) A caller has one for Dana (he missed last week). Can Arlo help with THAT? 3) A DARK ONE (you have to listen, I won’t describe it—sorry). Thanks, Mightys!

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Ep 43 – Dana Gould is Here to Help, and so is Dr. Zaius!

March 25, 2021

This is the one you’ve been waiting/asking for, even if you haven’t. Dana Gould was a guy I looked up to when I was coming up as a young comic, and now that I’m old, we’re actual, real-life friends. He’s done it all, seen it all, and still hasn’t lost his love of the art form. He’s also not very jaded, which is refreshing for a person who’s been doing stand-up since their teens. A Girl Dad three times over, it was fun talking to Dana now that I’m a new dad. Also, Halloween forever.

THE CALLS:

1) A trucker has a girlfriend who will not get off the phone with him. How can he politely get her to give him some HIM time?

2) SALLY RETURNS! If you don’t know Sally, check out “Advice from a Dipshit.” eps. Spoiler: She’s great.

3) Max, a director and editor from New Jersey, moved in with his parents after a breakup and is working a day job. How long is it okay to “lick his wounds?” Listen to our answers, they’re right! We even did a speed round of comments sent to me via social media. DOES HE GIVE ADVICE AS DR. ZAIUS? Well, yes.

Enjoy, Mightys!

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Ep 42 – One for the Mightys! Help!

March 18, 2021

Hello Mightys, it’s me, your leader. Longtime listeners know a Mighty is a fan of the show, so if you’re not one, now you know. I thought I’d take this episode to say thanks, listen to the calls, and see if there’s anything you’d change/like to hear more of/etc. It’s a fun ep, as a few of the calls were meant for my maniac brother Eric Andre (we got a lot of calls for him), so I got to dig into some sweet, sweet insanity. The fun thing for me was to go FULLY REAL even when the calls were a joke. Or were they? Listen, compare, and enjoy. Thanks, Mightys. You are the wind beneath my bananas.

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Ep 41 – Eric Andre is Crazy to Help!

March 11, 2021

Eric has a certain reputation, some of it earned (he likes drugs, he’s adventurous, he’s wildly creative/kind of fearless), and some of it not (he’s crazy). I’ve known Eric for at least 13 years and he’s one of the smartest guys I know. He also cares about what counts (friends, good times, being a good person) and not about what doesn’t (money, being famous, etc). We got deep on this episode, talking about our past, drugs, relationships, and of course, how we’re dealing with this epidemic. THE CALLS: Look, they’re so insane, you just have to listen. Eric has….. a certain kind of fan. Thanks, Mightys!

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Ep 40 – David Koechner, The Champ, is here to help!

March 4, 2021

You know him as Champ Kind from Anchorman, Todd Packer on The Office, Bill on The Goldbergs, or a hundred other things. Me, I know him as a Chicago improv legend and one of the kindest dudes ever. From helping me and other friends of mine along the way through this minefield of a business to letting me and my then-girlfriend (now wife) use his dressing room at SNL and introducing me to Will Farrell, David is there for people. He also has five kids, so he’s got a lot of perspective to share. This was a fun one.

THE CALLS:

1) A graphic designer who can’t sell his work is about to start an internship that will leave him no free time. It’s also unpaid, so he can’t take his new girlfriend out. Ideas?

2) A comic actor who idolizes David asks for showbiz advice. Also, how can he get a Funco doll of him as Champ Kind?

3) A man is convinced a neighbor took his EZPass out of his open convertible. Confront him or just order a new one?

4) We do a speed round of questions posted to my IG stories. How could you not listen to this episode?? Thanks, Mightys. You are the wind beneath my (hot) wings.

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