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Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.
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Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza

2019-06-2402:01:4730

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Legion, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is an American actress, comedian and producer. Aubrey sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss her desire to disrupt the norm, her experience in same-sex education and her journey after a love that got away. She talks about the unsavory elements of working at a video store and Dax convinces her she is great on talk shows. The two talk about their medical histories, her draw to improv and Monica and Dax go to Detroit for the fact check.
Dr. Alex Katehakis Ph.D., MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S is the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles and the author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex While in Recovery from Sex Addiction, Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment and co-author of Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence. Dr. Alex sits down in the attic to discuss the role shame plays in sexual dysfunction, the indicators of love addiction and the practice of tantric intimacy. She talks about the multiple factors that lead to disassociation and Dax believes dolphins are very sexual. The two discuss the different types of relationships young people are engaging in and they talk about the impact of pornography on developing minds.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

2019-06-1701:51:4573

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Veep) is an American actress, comedian, producer and queen of the Armchair Expert’s heart. Julia sits down in the attic to discuss her childhood, her intense fear of horror films and her naivety surrounding Seinfeld’s popularity.  Julia talks about her attraction to cynical people and Dax hopes to become Julia’s stepdad and husband. The two chat about the trap of raising children in Los Angeles and Julia remarks on the ways having breast cancer rightsized all her priorities.
Armchair Expert Live from Santa Fe at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. April 20th, 2019.
Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin

2019-06-1001:34:1850

Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs, Arrested Development) is an American comedian, actor, producer, director, and writer. Jeff sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the pursuit of being humble, utilizing respect as a parenting philosophy and his unconventional process in creating stand up. Jeff talks about the torment of unrequited love and Dax asks about his partnership with Larry David. The two discuss the trap of negativity and Jeff dissects the way he uses food to regulate emotions.
Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author best known for her books Eat Pray Love, Committed and Big Magic. Elizabeth sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up on a Christmas tree farm, her highest moment during the Eat Pray Love process and she talks about a tragic moment that led to a deep realization. Elizabeth recalls getting her first short story published and Dax dissects his young attraction to rogue writers. The two discuss methods of female empowerment and Elizabeth talks about her positive relationship with fear.
Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

2019-06-0301:27:43149

Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Saturday Night Live, Step Brothers) is an American actor, comedian, producer and writer. Will sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the impetus for Anchorman, his reverence for being on a team and his love for Sweden. Will gives the backstory of when he dressed as security at a Lakers game and Dax questions Will about the ways in which he contradicts comedic stereotypes. The two talk about childhood moments that led to careers in comedy, Will discusses his compulsion to put himself in stressful situations and Dax admits to occasionally getting angry at Will’s creative genius.
Erin Lee Carr is an American documentary film director, writer, and producer. She sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss her journey to sobriety, her interest in complicated humans and growing up with parents who are addicts. Dax asks about Erin’s relationship with her father and Erin talks about creating boundaries in her filmmaking. The two talk about process-oriented work, her need to speak for those who are silenced and how AA meetings taught her how to listen.
Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani

2019-05-2701:30:2356

Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley, Adventure Time) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor, podcast host, and writer. Kumail sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his path to overcoming undiagnosed anger, he talks about the moment he realized his childhood cuteness had disappeared and he gives the backstory to why he stumbled in his SNL monologue. Dax wonders what it’s like to be married to a relationship therapist and Kumail talks about his journey to gain 20 lbs of muscle in 5 months. The two debate whether feeling excluded is universal, Kumail talks about his complicated relationship with Pakistan and he teaches Dax the difference between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic hamburgers.
Samin Nosrat is an American chef and food writer. She is a regular food columnist for the New York Times magazine and has a docuseries on Netflix called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Samin visits the attic to discuss how community is tied to food, her first experience at Chez Panisse where she eventually worked and her realization that mistakes lead to growth. Dax describes some of his favorite at home recipes and Samin talks about how she cried in every episode of her documentary series. The two talk about food systems, the importance of asking for help and Samin wishes Americans had more words for “restaurant”.
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Carole V

are we going to acknowledge that Tarantino is an abusive person and people should stop idolizing him?

Jun 26th
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Morgan D. Jensen

never immediately jerked off after an Arm chair expert until now. Triple AAA , 5 star, Super preemo

Jun 26th
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M Carter

dead ringer is the jeremy irons movie

Jun 26th
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Robert Meyers

chips was way funnier then I thought it was gonna be. I am new to podcasts and this is my first one to listen to, I haven't ventured off of it. love it. dax is hilarious.

Jun 25th
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MoH

always loved her

Jun 25th
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Psychic Ninja

MoH same!

Jun 25th
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Keith Poage

Love the interview with Aubrey Plaza. Got some insight as to certain personality aspects. However, it seemed like there was some a bunch of little "edit" points during the podcast.

Jun 25th
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Bethany Fregans

I need to go to Sweden lol

Jun 25th
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Robert Huppie

she sounds super stuck up

Jun 25th
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Lyndsay Beech

Monica! my mouth "sheds" from my toothpaste, too!!! no one ever knows what I'm talking about when I say that, so this is such a weirdly comforting thing to hear!!! lol love you guys!

Jun 25th
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Boomer Wadaska

the audio editing is so bizarre in this episode I thought I was having a stroke listening to it

Jun 24th
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s.r8z

Boomer Wadaska Most episodes are like this. It's especially evident on this one.

Jun 25th
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Holdy Flappy Folds

Boomer Wadaska same here. there is sooo much editing this episode and whoever does it is really bad at it. constantly hearing edits in the middle of breaths and syllables being cut off. really distracting and annoying.

Jun 25th
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Jessica Crites

Love Chelsea and this episode!

Jun 24th
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Dylan Bradley

Begins at 2:20

Jun 24th
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Nil

Love to hear more of SNL people, specially that group of wiig and hader and armisen 🙏💞 plzzz

Jun 23rd
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Lola Lopez

this episode was amazing. one of my favorites! thank you for the wisdom!!

Jun 21st
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Len Teceno

3:21

Jun 21st
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Laxmi Woodham

In regards to the dolphins in the fact check: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/372606/ Also heard this on NPR, possibly Radiolab...?

Jun 21st
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Victoria Bert

You are wrong about the GOT ending. Many many people know what they would have like to have seen.

Jun 20th
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Helen Becerra

3:30

Jun 20th
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Tim Bell

How about anarchistic?

Jun 20th
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Madeline Snedker

how do I watch her films in the UK?! cant find them anywhere

Jun 20th
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