How Did We Get Weird with Vanessa Bayer and Jonah Bayer

How Did We Get Weird with Vanessa Bayer and Jonah Bayer

Before sibling duo Vanessa Bayer and Jonah Bayer took the comedy, music and general world by storm, they were just some lil weirdo kids. Joined by exciting guests who also started out this way, they reminisce about everything from toys to trends on How Did We Get Weird?  Unless you’re a monster, you’ll want to listen to this nostalgia-filled, hilarious and surprisingly sweet podcast where they discuss how those formative years that shaped them into who they are today.

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November 29, 2021 70 min

You know Tom Scharpling as the host of The Best Show and author of the bestselling book, It Never Ends: A Memoir with Nice Memories!, but he's also a friend of both of the Bayers. On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the origins of The Original Todd, Vanessa's onstage roasting of Jonah's bands and our favorite personal experiences with Papa Roach. We also reminisce about Reggie bars, the family sitcom Dinosaurs an...

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You know Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! and her solo career, but we bet you don't know about her childhood obsession with action figures. This week Laura stopped by the podcast to discuss her decades-long relationship with G.I.Joes and the detailed storylines she would build around them. We also discuss getting cappuccinos at Lilith Fair, band reunions ranging from Genesis to the Black Crowes, and Vanessa and Laura's exp...

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On this week's episode, Vanessa and Jonah discuss all things birthdays with their good friend the wildly talented Taran Killam. Why you ask? BECAUSE IT'S VANESSA'S BIRTHDAY! They talk about the best birthdays, slumber parties, Taran's uncanny ability to summarize Breaking Bad, and who's behind the incredibly cool theme music and sound effects on the podcast. Plus some crucial updates and show feedback from forme...

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November 8, 2021 64 min

Friend of the pod Bowen Yang stopped by this week to discuss his childhood obsession with Pokeman's less popular but more badass peer, Digimon. Along the way Jonah pitches Bowen on a potentially lucrative business deal, Vanessa sings some of your favorite commercial jingles and we debate the return of Oreo Cakesters. We also discuss the pros and cons of curated subscription services, discuss Bowen's brief tenure as a fashio...

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November 1, 2021 62 min

The one and only Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live) stopped by the podcast this week to discuss his first concert experience: Seeing DEVO at Radio City Music Hall on October 31st, 1981, right down the street from where Fear were destroying the SNL set at 30 Rock. In this largely music-themed episode, we also discuss Fred's love of all things goth, playing drums alongside his heroes like The Clash and his personal co...

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October 25, 2021 73 min

In this episode, Jonah and Vanessa welcome the electrifying actor/comedian Matt Rogers (Las Culturistas, Haute Dog). They discuss the 1995 fantasy adventure film Jumanji and have their own fantasy adventure debating its logistics. Plus, they talk wacky family members, iced tea versus soda as a childhood status symbol, favorite pizza chains and dare to ask who can afford to buy an American Girl Doll in this day in age?!

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In this episode, Jonah and Vanessa welcome the hilarious and talented Langston Kerman, who you might know as an actor, writer, comedian and host of "My Momma Told Me." They discuss their nostalgic childhood journeys of getting to school: From watching incredible bus fights to Jonah peeling into the highschool parking lot blasting what Vanessa calls "the yelling guys." They also talk about Langton's love for AND1...

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You know Claudia O'Doherty from her roles on Love and Inside Amy Schumer, but did you also know she shares an unhealthy habit of late-night online shopping with Vanessa? On this episode of the HDWGW, Claudia looks back on her childhood in Australia and reminisces about a popular commercial for lamb where Naomi Watts turns down a date with Tom Cruise. Crazier yet, Claudia would star in a commercial with Naomi Watts years later, ...

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October 4, 2021 61 min

You may know Bobby Moynihan as Vanessa's former castmate on SNL or Uno Pizzeria's most famous bartender, but before all that he was a big fan of Saturday Morning Cartoons. On this incredibly educational episode of How Did We Get Weird?, we discuss the origins of He-Man, She-Ra and the Masters Of The Universe franchise. We also reminisce about Bobby's many creative projects, Jonah’s love of Sodalicious fruit snacks and h...

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September 27, 2021 74 min

In this seminal episode, Jonah and Vanessa sit down with the incomparable Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live) to discuss his love for Lean Pockets and other cultural touchstones from the past. They also delve into the infamous lore that Jonah and Vanessa's dad is, in fact, the first person to ever be named "Todd." Spoiler alert: Vanessa is a great wedding guest and she just might come to your party if you invite her.

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September 27, 2021 50 min

Years ago, Jonah and Vanessa watched the 2001 Jack Black/Gwyneth Paltrow romantic comedy "Shallow Hal" together and Vanessa was so high that she reversed the plot of the film. For this special and incredibly important podcast episode, Jonah and Vanessa have rewatched the film in a more lucid state and they are ready to delve into it's complex plotlines. What did they think of the film the second time around? Spoiler ale...

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