The JV Club with Janet Varney

The JV Club with Janet Varney

Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven't really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity.


December 8, 2022 68 min

This week JV welcomes her new and awesome friend from the Coming Out With Lauren and Nicole Pod, Lauren Flans! This conversation is delicious, candid, silly and great, because Lauren is all of those things! So grab your bag of sour candy and your Joni Mitchell albums and settle in for a cozy, giggly chat.

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How would you respond if your well-intentioned mom told you a psychic predicted a future she might not approve of? Find out how Subhah Agarwal (“Dog Show”) handled it, along with stories -- teen and otherwise -- from the suburbs of Chicago to her current NY/LA existence. And speaking of existence… will Subhah get a chance to find out that “… there is no spoon…”? Find out, M.A.S.H.-style!


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November 24, 2022 77 min

Give Thanks that human person (who might also be part magical creature) Erika Ishii (Critical Role, Apex Legends) exists, and what a bonus that she’s this week’s guest on The JV Club! This conversation confirms that she is brilliant, delightful, humble and candid, and will live a splendid life scooting around London on a Vespa, if M.A.S.H. has anything to say about it!

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November 17, 2022 62 min

All the way from a sojourn Colombia (the country!), the fabulous Ashley Ray (Stitcher’s TV I Say) acquaints JV with her hometown’s roots, and how its history led her to some of her own life adventures. It almost compares with the EPIC alternate-universe M.A.S.H. life in store for her… complete with two of the best things in the world: pasta, and Reggie Watts! 

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November 10, 2022 68 min

That’s right! It’s Claire Fallon, the other half of the beloved reality dating show-themed podcast, Love to See It. Claire and JV reminisce about their New York and Los Angeles overlap at The Huffington Post, bond over happy-sad bands they both love, and find out if Claire Can Has Cheeseburger!

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November 3, 2022 58 min

It’s the terrific Emma Gray, one half of the beloved reality dating show-themed podcast, Love to See It! Emma and Janet talk field hockey, the enduring appeal of Darcy, and exploring the nature of womanhood by way of a rambling story from JV about dog attacks. Plus! Mouth-scrapeless sour candy? Yes please!!

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October 27, 2022 68 min

Is it easy to go from the bustling streets of Jakarta to the country roads of Archer City with a little Dallas in between? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to find out what “wall bangs” are, how to con your way into an internship on a popular talk show, and maybe even learn a little Indonesian… all courtesy of Angela Kinsey from NBC’s The Office.

This conversation was originally published in 2012

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October 20, 2022 57 min

The great Danielle Perez (Actor! Comedian! Writer!) joins JV to talk school musicals, standup styles, and the scientific (kinda) factors that go into establishing who those elusive top tier popular kids are, and why! Plus — the sweet sweet world of television comedy classic “Living Single!”

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October 13, 2022 66 min

A big JV Club welcome to New Jersey native and current Baltimore resident, comedian Blaire Postman, who pinballs conversation topics with JV like a champ, including chatting about doing in musicals with a back brace, the misery of too many footnotes, and the lightbulb moment of an ADHD diagnosis, among other things! 

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October 6, 2022 58 min

Oh my oh my oh my! What a joy to have podcast legend Lulu Miller (Radiolab, Invisibilia and the amazing new TERRESTRIALS!) as our guest this week. Lulu and JV climb into the special secret hideout of their conversation to talk childhood and adulthood wonder and awe, making stuff with your hands, and the ingredients for great metaphorical and real-life salsa.

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September 29, 2022 63 min

With the triumphant blare of a high school band trumpet and a twirl of a flag, this week we welcome comedian Mo Welch (Come Out, Come out pod, Blair comic strip) for a chat with JV covering Mo’s teen years in Illinois, discovering improv and standup, and a M.A.S.H. collaboration with a certain pro basketballer that we’re dying to see made real

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September 22, 2022 61 min

This week brings you the inimitable multi-talented writer & more, Laura Krafft ("The Colbert Report," "The Harper House”), whose family tree and sibling dynamics make for perfect JV Club material. Plus! Some of JV’s favorite “movies you’d jump into” unexpected choices in the history of the podcast! 

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September 15, 2022 97 min

It doesn’t take an armchair detective to understand what drew JV and the charming Kerri Doherty (The Goldbergs; Out On The Lanai podcast) to each other, but it DID take an awesome investigator to make their worlds collide. Now the two new friends discuss Girls who are Golden, Truth and Justice, and how Goonies never say die.

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September 8, 2022 68 min

This will be one of our shorter episode descriptions, and here’s why: you simply MUST listen to this episode with Rose Abdoo ("Gilmore Girls!" “Hacks!" “Reboot!" More more more!), because you will be missing too much joy otherwise. Truly!

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September 1, 2022 65 min

Pour this bit of sunshine into your ears (which sounds weirder than we meant it to) with the dear and inspiring Cricket Leigh (MAI in AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER!), whose own stories of teenage insecurity mixed with bravery and ambition make for a classic episode for what The JV Club is all about! 

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August 25, 2022 68 min

Get a gorgeous mountain range in view and savor that green chile omelette with Migizi Pensoneau (“Reservation Dogs”), who takes us from Minnesota to New Mexico to Connecticut to… well, just get ready to travel. And bring your love of 80’s/90’s absurdist comedies with you! Plus: more love for "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and the scrumptiously watchable “Barkskins!"

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August 18, 2022 76 min

This week asks the hard-hitting question: why? WHY can’t Janet stop saying “Shaker” when she means “Quaker?” Her dreamy Boy of Summer Abe Forman-Greenwald (Netflix’s "Big Mouth”) endeavors to figure it out, while also sharing tales of small-town Pennsylvania  youth and the gift of sitting in silence, even when someone’s making you do it! 

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August 11, 2022 76 min

Stop the presses! Remember when we said we’d collected the entire Hey Riddle Riddle crew? NOT SO FAST! This week brings you delightful Boy of Summer, Arne Parrott, the talent behind the truly delicious various and sundry themes/songs/la-la-las to one of JV’s favorite podcasts. So put on your Ren Faire best and a wad of crabcake… it’s ON!

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August 4, 2022 67 min

Grab your lobster roll and your trash juice for this week’s Boy of Summer, the wonderful Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst, Utopia)! JV and Dez talk contemporary adventures: losing your sense of taste and smell and finding it again through the wonder of an avocado; they talk past adventures: sports! Theatre! Da Bears!; and of course, they talk about their happy days playing often-miserable characters on You’re The Worst.

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July 28, 2022 57 min

This week brings you novelist, podcaster and Boy of Summer Toby Ball (Crimewriters OnStrange Arrivals), whose addition to The JV Club completes the Crimewriters On collection! In this episode you’ll not only learn about Toby’s teens and twenties, you’ll also hear him rescue JV from her own politics-and-media existential quagmire! So grab your favorite album and treat yourself to some ice cream as summer rolls on...

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