Ep. 75: Jake Browne – Comedian, Host, Journalist, Entrepreneur

Jake Browne is one of my new favorite people. We met for the first time a mere two weeks ago, and chatted for the podcast seven days ago. Yet, I adore him. Why is that?

I’m inspired by people working on cool stuff and people I can have stimulating conversations with (this is not your first time here, yes), and Jake Browne checks both boxes. I should he mention he does so WITH AUTHORITY.

First, his live comedy game show Uncalled Four is something I adore in concept, and can’t wait to experience in person. If you haven’t checked out their website, you need to. And once you’ve done that, head over to their Kickstarter page and pick up their unlicensed, unauthorized expansion to Cards Against Humanity. It’ll ship by December, perfect for awkwarding up your holidays with jokes about John Elway’s football-shaped cock, and other festive fun. We end up spending a good chunk of time at the back end of this episode talking about offensive comedy, exorcising our worst impulses in a safe space as a culture, and the importance of comedy as relief valve in an increasingly uptight society.

Second, his podcast Whiskey & Cigarettes continues to destroy. It’s no wonder it continues to win Westword Readers’ Choice awards. We discuss how non-sequitir questions are better than rote recitations of a comedians’ resume, and how the Whiskey & Cigs crew got their podcast off the ground. It’s an amusing story.

Third, he writes about weed for The Cannabist. A great deal of this episode focuses on weed, weed culture, weed policy, and the like. If that doesn’t sound like it’s your bag, now’s a good time to check out because although I’m not an active weed enthusiast, I’m fascinated by its evolving place in society and all the ways it touches (and will continue to touch) our lives.

Fourth, he’s one of the co-founders of Hemp Box. Sadly, we spend basically zero time discussing this. Go to their website and check it out.

All in all, this is as jam-packed an hour+ as you’re going to stuff into your ears. It’s funny, it’s informative, and I hope it’s as much a joy to listen to as it was to produce for you.

Download it on iTunes (all 75 episodes are now available there!), stream it on Stitcher, or listen at the Jon of All Trades homepage. And be sure to check out Jake Browne on Twitter.

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