I was hesitant to listen to this podcast because despite listening to many podcasts hosted by comedians where they talk about comedians a lot, watching almost every episode of the former NBC sitcom Outsourced for some reason, and seeing what adds up to countless months of that E-trade baby, I had no idea who Pete Holmes was, except I vaguely remembered that he might have been on an episode of the Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser hosted podcast You Had To Be There with Paul Scheer – the name of the podcast isn’t You Had To Be There with Paul Scheer, he was just also a guest on that episode which did in fact have Pete Holmes on it, however from now on if someone doesn’t get something I’m talking about and they were there I’m just going to say, “Oh, well you had to be there with Paul Scheer.”
In case you still don’t know who Pete Holmes is – Standup comedian, writer on the former network sitcom Outsourced, and voice of the E-trade baby who is slightly less creepy than the Ally McBeal dancing baby – Pete Holmes is the host of the You Made It Weird podcast on the Nerdist Network – which with other podcasts like Making It with Riki Lindhome, The Todd Glass Show, Nerdist Writer’s Panel and of course The Nerdist, is quickly making a run at becoming my favorite podcast network.
The concept of the podcast is that he has on a guest, often a comedian friend of his, and he discusses weird facts about them. In the first episode he talks to Kumail Nanjiani about being a young married comedian and their differing thoughts on wanting to have sex with crowd members after performances – which Kumail did before he met his wife. I’m more in the Pete Holmes corner with this. I don’t think I’d have much of a desire to have sex with a random crowd member after a show and also I’d be more worried that she’d want me to be a dancing monkey for her – make her laugh the whole time. And it wouldn’t do much for my self esteem when none of the laughs I got on stage were anywhere near as big as the laugh I got from her when I pull my pants down – although the mere fact that I assume that would happen kind of implies my self esteem can’t get much lower. Luckily I don’t have to worry about that situation, because I’m not a comedian, and also women don’t want to sleep with me. Oh lucky me.
In the second, third and fourth episode – and also the first – Pete Holmes makes it weird by discussing religion with T.J. Miller, Demetri Martin and Dave Coulier respectively – it’s also brought up with Kumail Nanjiani who was born in Pakistan – all of which are various forms of Atheists – including Kumail – which makes for good conversation because I don’t think Pete Holmes has made it super clear, but he was raised with religion and he seems to have a belief in God but not a super religious one. He asks them a good question for Atheists which is if your plane is going down do you pray for God to save you?
I think it’s in our nature to do whatever we can to survive, and when a plane is going down the only thing in our minds that can save us is the concept of God – Unless you’re Dave Coulier and flying your own plane in which case when he lands safely after I rough flight he doesn’t say thank God, but rather thank you Dave for being a good pilot. Here’s the thing, I don’t think anyone who is dying in a plane going down kind of situation is saying, “Please God, I know I’ve made my mistakes but I’m a good person, please forgive me and I promise to be better, just please I beg of you let me go to Heaven.” Instead they’re saying, “Please God, I know I’ve made my mistakes but I’m a good person, please forgive me and I promise to be better, just please I beg of you don’t let me die.” The difference is that people don’t want God, and they don’t want religion in the situation. They don’t want to die, so their natural reaction is to think of anything that could possibly save them. Even super religious people who have no doubt that there is a God and Heaven don’t want to die. They don’t live their lives like they’ll have eternal happiness once they die. They don’t donate all their money and possessions to those less fortunate and live attheir bare minimum knowing they’ll be rewarded with eternal happiness. They live like most of the rest of us, like this time is supposed to be enjoyed, and special, and they want to be happy now because later isn’t a given.
Anyway, I’ve enjoyed every episode of You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, especially the fifth episode with the very funny and beautiful – and once had a one night stand with a real cowboy – Chelsea Peretti, and the third episode with Demetri Martin which is filled with an hour and a half of interesting and funny conversation. So if you like podcasts, or comedy, or just interesting conversation that can be applied to the way you live your life then give this podcast a listen. If you’re unfamiliar with podcasts or Pete Holmes I think the Dave Coulier episode would be a good starting point.