SmartLess

SmartLess

New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access when you join Amazon Music or 1-week early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers "SmartLess" with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.

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May 23, 2022 77 min

We go into some deep shoppe-talk with the hilarious and ultra-talented Ben Stiller. We cover all the necessary nuances, like applying makeup in front of your children, proper neck tattoos, and motivation behind a numb ear. Plus, Ben officially commits to giving Sean his Oscar Levant portrait.

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You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey. On Wondery’s new weekly series, join co-hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi as they unpack epic stories of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health, and wellne...

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May 16, 2022 64 min

As John Mulaney always says: “sugar goes into this body.” This week’s guest gets deep about his former tag crew, hypnotism, and proper swaddle technique. Plus Sean pitches a new compost idea


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May 9, 2022 65 min

Will invites another Canadian treasure this week: Mr. Mike Myers. 18 seconds of pleasure and a lifetime of responsibility, 2% water and 98% ham, and a thousand-pound bull made entirely outta’ butter. Bienvenu á SmartLess.


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May 2, 2022 74 min

Avid fly fisherman Liam Neeson brings his very particular set of skills (and his Stanley thermos) to the show this week. To Sean’s dismay, we don’t talk about Star Wars. However, of his over 100 film roles, we discuss Alfred Kinsey, Oskar Schindler… and Jesus. And the time he made Jason’s mom cry for a week.

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April 25, 2022 52 min

Welcome to a large-scale diorama at the Museum of Natural SmartLess. This week Bill Maher teaches us about the finer details in life, like bottle service, gambling, and hosting 30 years of television. Please exit through the gift shop.

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April 18, 2022 61 min

Sean’s old college buddy Craig Robinson hops aboard the SmartLess catamaran as we sail into a sea of laughs and journey through history. From Craig’s early days teaching K-8 while practicing stand-up on his students, to calling Sean’s Mom’s house for commercial audition advice, it’s a Hollywood education on the half-shell. Slurp!

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April 11, 2022 75 min

We’re an island of misfit toys with big-brained Michael Lewis (author of books such as Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine). Michael teaches us how different objects drift at sea, Jason pitches him a book idea, Sean learns the importance of the left tackle, and Will reveals something, um, very private. Welcome to SmartLess.

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April 5, 2022 4 min

Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program. Kiritsis has tied a shotgun to his banker’s neck in grim fashion, but through Heckman's radio show he gradually becomes a media sensation and unexpected anti-hero during a nail...

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April 4, 2022 56 min

The guys go full-Yamaha this week with avid golfer, Jon Hamm. It’s mad, man.

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March 28, 2022 67 min

On this diamond of an episode, ace comedian David Spade shuffles on in. Our hearts are captured as we get royally flushed, and you bet your bottom dollar that Sean reveals his alternate identity as the Seafood King. At the end of the day, let’s just get one thing straight: with us jokers, it’s all fun and gaming here at SmartLess.

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March 21, 2022 66 min

This week’s smart-plate special: Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood from that tiny band Radiohead. Bon appétit.

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March 14, 2022 62 min

We roll up our sleeves and get down to business with none other than Cate Blanchett. She reveals her aspirations to make cheese, Sean fans-out on Lord of the Rings, Will explains his rich history in lowered expectations, and Jason explores his elasticity challenges. Pass the honey butter; it’s SmartLess.

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March 7, 2022 73 min

Italian candy expert, amateur filmmaker (and recipient of 11 Academy Awards) Paul Thomas Anderson joins us this week to dig into the businesstry and take a bite outta’ life. Motto panukeiku! Hai?

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February 28, 2022 51 min

Wrap yourself in cashmere and come sit by the fire with Mr. Charlie Day, who joins us this week to give career advice and acting tips. Jason learns about ‘voluntary additional school,’ Sean wails on the slide-whistle, and Will teases us with intimate details about his relationship with Forte. Welcome to SmartLess.

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February 21, 2022 44 min

The universe served up Ms. Courteney Cox this week for an education on steak sauce recipes, upgrading your home decor, and the secret to the bachelor’s gravy. And yes, Will finally puts a name on Courteney’s new punk band.

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February 14, 2022 62 min

A song comprised of quotes from this episode:


Midnight shifts, foiling 3 feet off the water

The waves are X amount of feet high

This is breakfast

You’re a beast, Irish earthling

A cape that said Security

I don’t think you know how much I like you

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February 7, 2022 47 min

Jump into a bouncy castle full of hyenas and long-stemmed wine glasses with this week’s guest, Adam McKay. It’s SmartLess. It’s a podcast.

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January 31, 2022 53 min

Welcome to another episode of JackLess: PJ teaches us how to be brave, Jason gets a new operating system, Will shamelessly promotes, and Sean finally tells us about Tiger In The Grass. Heeeeere’s Johnny! (Knoxville).


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January 24, 2022 49 min

It’s time for a Canadian strip-search this week: we have Michael Moore on the pod. And when it comes to this episode description, clearly less is Moore.

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