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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August 15, 2022 64 min

Talk about great hair… it’s Shawn Levy comin’ through from a Hungarian hotel to educate us on cinematic heft and settle-down hands. We try to quit him, but we can’t, because as Shawn L. would say: “when the tan fades, I’m concerned.” Bienvenue à MoinsIntelligent.


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When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fi...

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August 8, 2022 74 min

Grab your joystick and a handful of kindling; Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire join us from New Orleans to jam a bit and talk nimble futures. In the words of Win: "this isn't weird at all, this is super normal."


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August 1, 2022 67 min

The incredibly talented actor/producer Kerry Washington joins us this week to give us a safer-sex education. Sean becomes our next Barbara Walters, Will makes a promise he’ll never break, while Jason confirms the level of college education in the group… and we’re just a few credits shy, folks. That’s why it’s called SmartLess. Kanpai!


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July 25, 2022 65 min

Master of puppets, Mr. Jordan Peele surprises us this week on the pod. We of course cover the ‘illusion’ of le cinéma, the ‘spectacle’ of Hollywood, and a bit of Nope and Yep, for good measure. And we’re just so proud of Will for rocking it at Wordl yet again. So come Get Out with Us this week, gang, for another wet and wild episode of SmartLess.


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July 18, 2022 72 min

James a.k.a. “Jimmy” Burrows (co-creator of Cheers and prolific television director of shows such as Taxi, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, the list goes on and on…) surprises us this week to share endless stories from his early career through numerous hit TV shows. So drop some ice in the White Zin and settle-in for another crisp new episode of SmartLess.


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July 11, 2022 74 min

Thomas Jacob Black, a.k.a. “Jack Black” reveals himself from behind a piece of toilet paper for this week’s rich and buttery (yet subtle and nutty) episode of the podcast currently known as SmartLess. We ask the doctor if we can sing, we pitch to Uber, and we send David a muffin basket. Happy 4th, fam!


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July 6, 2022 3 min

Introducing Queen of Hearts: a new kind of blind dating game show, hosted by Jujubee (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent). The Queen of our hearts guides singles through a series of sexy games and challenges to see if they can find their one true love...for now. Sure to make you laugh, follow Queen of Hearts wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in ...

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July 4, 2022 74 min

We come to you from the ranch, where we do some trim tabbing and advanced pretending with Jeff Bridges, a.k.a. “Uncle Jeff.” So grab your shades and throw on a robe… it’s SmartLess, dude.


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June 27, 2022 52 min

Our lovely surprise guest Jenny Slate joins from a supply closet to give us the 5-day weather outlook, the difference between drop and dropper, texts about ‘the patriarchy,’ and so much more. Come ruin your minds with us, here at Chateau SmartLess.


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June 20, 2022 64 min

We are surprised and delighted this week by door-to-door salesman, Chris Pratt. We discuss the emotional rollercoaster of golf, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… anyway, welcome to SmartLess.


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June 13, 2022 61 min

Grab your Pepcid AC; it’s time for a spicy-hot Episode 100 of SmartLess. Come laugh and cry with us, as we wet the reed and snap with both hands for our special guest, Mr. Bradley Cooper. Shabbat shalom and good yontif.


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Our Surprise Guest(s) this week are the dynamic duo: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “The Hall & Oates of film & television” make us a few table-side Caesar salads and tell us their true Hollywood stories. After all, the ladies love a coupl’a cartoonists doodling away in the studio.


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May 30, 2022 51 min

Go fig… it’s Kristen Wiig! Born in the Amazon basin, and having never used electricity prior to the age of 18 (when she began her journey as a world-class ballet dancer), Kristen turns things on, and leaves them on (to power her laptop for this humble podcast, of course). Welcome to SmartWiig; now go fill your pool with Skittles.


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May 23, 2022 67 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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May 16, 2022 56 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 53 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 63 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 41 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 52 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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