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Akau Jambo: A Coup in Sudan, Sort Of I 254

Dec 2 • 56:27

The Sudanese Military took over the country and put the Prime Minister on house arrest last month. This past week they let him out of house arrest and made him Prime Minister again, but the PM's supporters aren't happy. What happened? South Sudanese comedian Akau Jambo is here to sort it all out for us, and answer questions like "What's it like to live under Sharia Law?", ...

Mohanad Elshieky: Escaping Libya After Gaddafi I 253

Nov 23 • 01:02:38

Libyan Comedian Mohanad Elshieky tells us the fascinating story of how he went from being a child in Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, to a political radio host in Benghazi during Gaddafi's fall, to a man being hunted for the jokes he made on the radio and finally to a political refugee granted asylum in the United States of America. Mohanad has appeared on CONAN and currently tour...

Chino Liao: Manny Pacquiao Might Be The Philippines' Next President, and That's Not the Craziest Option I 252

Nov 19 • 57:06

Senator/ Boxer Manny Pacquiao is running for the President of The Philippines against a team of Sara Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Junior aka Bong Bong Marcos. If those names sound familiar it's because Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers in world history, Sara Duterte is the daughter of current President/ madman Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is the son of f...

Danny Boy-Rivera: More Death at Spain's Running of the Bulls I 251

Nov 10 • 58:38

Spanish comedian Danny Boy-Rivera joins us from his home in Madrid to answer every question we have on Spain's Running of The Bulls. How did it start? Why is it legal? Should we (Kaplan and Turner) do it?...

Sang Don Park: Living Next to North Korea I 250

Oct 21 • 01:03:48

With North Korea firing off test-missiles again this week, South Korean comedian Sang Don Park joins the show to tell us what it's like to live so close to a dictator that is constantly threatening to blow up your country. Does everyone sleep in bomb shelters? Do they have nuke drills at school? We ask it all. Oh also, Sang served for two years as a beatboxers in the Kor...

Misha Kalhin Escapes Belarus I 249

Oct 13 • 01:04:26

Under dire stress, two months ago Belarusian comedian Misha Kalhin fled his homeland of Belarus and relocated to Kiev, Ukraine. He is now safe, happy and here to tell the story of how he and his family escaped Belarus' ruthless dictatorship and oppressive government and made it to freedom in Kiev. Follow Misha Kalhin at

Gabi Rivera: El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Official Currency I 248

Oct 6 • 01:04:28

On September 7, 2021 El Salvador made Bitcoin its official currency. Yeah, wild, we know. Today Gabi Rivera, a Salvadoran comedian based in San Salvador, joins us to tell us what it's been like to live in a bitcoin world for the past month. How do people get it? What if it drops suddenly? How will grandma's figure it out? She has all, ok some of the answers. Check out Gabi...

Pete Stegemeyer: Why Did The Afghan Military Fall So Quickly? I 247

Sep 30 • 01:12:57

Pete Stegemeyer is a New York City comedian/ author and a former US Military member who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan working alongside the Afghan Military. On today's podcast he uses his personal experiences to answer the question "Why did the Afghan Military fall so quickly?". Preorder Pete's new book "Heist" here: https://www.simonand…emeyer/9781951511067. ...

Graham Kay: Will Canada's Trudeau Lose Next Week's Election? I 246

Sep 15 • 01:00:19

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an election last month, two years ahead of schedule, because he was ahead in the polls and you can do stuff like that in Canada. Now with the election one week away there is a good chance he will lose to the conservative Erin O'Toole, thus ending his reign two years early, and by his own doing....

Sonja Pikart: Who Will Be Germany's Next Chancellor? I 245

Sep 7 • 59:52

German comedian Sonja Pikart joins us from her home in Vienna, Austria to explain why all three major candidates in Germany's upcoming election are tragically flawed. From a painfully boring center-left dude, to the Green Party candidate who is a known plagiarist, to the heir apparent to Angela Merkel who laughs at tragedies on TV, nobody is looking good. Find out more abo...

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