Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank #260: The Michael Jackson of Helping Sick Children (with Steve Simeone)

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Steve Simeone and I had some dinner, watched a college basketball game, and talked about all the time he spends over at Children’s Hospital. He’s been going over there all the time for over a year now. He hangs out with the sick kids and just kind of plays with them. And he does it all the time. It’s a really nice story. We also get into a little bit about the late great Gary Handling and the surprising amount he meant to all of us at the Comedy Store

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To give blood in the Los Angeles area: 323-361-2441


If you want to donate time or money, here are 3 places Simeone says are all great causes.

St Jude is helping treat and cure childhood cancer   StJude.org

Regular Hero is a group dedicated to helping people help others. They come up with creative ways to show you how you probably already have the power to help.    RegularHero.org

Be The Match is the group that’s trying to get as many bone marrow people tested as possible. It’s an easy-in, easy-out way to do it. And if you match with someone down the road, you will for sure save a person’s life who would die if you hadn’t gotten tested.     BeTheMatch.org

Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles is where Steve Volunteers     CHLA.org

Here’s a video of someone else volunteering her time there. You will cry.

It started a trend of kids in children’s hospitals all over doing their own version of the song.

Again, you will cry. Why aren’t we all helping? Why am I not helping? It’s time I help.


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The Music

Ghostface Killa (feat Trife Da God and Solomon Childs) – Grew Up Hard

Social Distortion – Sick Boy (great lo-fi video from the 90s)

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Gary Shandling’s Show Theme Song


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Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank #259: Existence is Futile (with Duncan Trussell)

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Duncan Trussell invited me up to his compound in the mountains to explain to me what existentialism means. It’s a heady conversation that I barely remember thanks to marijuana, but it was really interesting at the time. And it starts with a rational breakdown of the story of the Jewish holiday, Purim, in the intro.

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The Music
Paul Simon – Duncan
Elliot Smith – Ballad of Big Nothing
Kurt Metzger – White Precious
Pink Floyd – Time
The Beatles – Sexy Sadie


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