Dive into ‘SmartLess’ with these great episodes

Comedy January 25, 2023

The trio of Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett are on a journey to become smart-less no more. With a slew of heavy hitting guests, “SmartLess” has been dominating the podcast charts since its release. The beloved podcast provides a sneak-peak into the lives of celebrities and gifts us a glorious hour of hilarity every week. Whether guests are an old friend or about to become a new friend, the trio is absolutely obsessed with every single guest they have on the show.

Check out this compiled list of some of the best episodes of “SmartLess,” featuring some of the great actors and comedians who know how to bring the heat:

Paul McCartney

Listen to Paul McCartney on ‘SmartLess’

The legendary Paul McCartney joined an episode in 2020 to talk about The Beatles, his latest album, and beyond.

David Spade

Listen to David Spade on ‘SmartLess’

David Spade has the trio in stitches (us, too) for this entire episode. There’s a shocking amount of talk about seafood and goo-shacks, genuine discussions about David’s career path, Grown Ups, and talks about his relatively new podcast “Fly on the Wall” with Dana Carvey all about their memories from SNL.

LeBron James

Listen to LeBron James on ‘SmartLess’

This episode is a must-listen for any sports fan.

President Joe Biden

Listen to President Joe Biden on ‘SmartLess’

The 46th President of the United States joined the “SmartLess” gang in November 2022. It’s great to hear President Biden speak in this kind of fun podcast setting.

Tina Fey

Listen to Tina Fey on ‘SmartLess’

Are there enough words to describe Tina Fey? The actor, writer, director, producer, and unbreakable Mean Girl is on the podcast to promote her new show Girls5eva and talk about how she got to where she is today. Listen to how Fey ended up on Saturday Night Live, the creation of her iconic shows and movies, and how her daughter became her parole officer.

Amy Sedaris

Listen to Amy Sedaris on ‘SmartLess’

Amy Sedaris is a dear friend of the podcast. She stopped by to share her favorite old cooking shows, golf autobiographies, and an upcoming imaginary houseware store.

Michael Lewis

Listen to Michael Lewis on ‘SmartLess’

Fans cannot get enough of Michael Lewis’ interview on “SmartLess.” As the host of the phenomenal podcast “Against the Rules with Michael Lewis” and author of three books that eventually became the films The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short, he manages to bring his gift for storytelling to this podcast. Lewis talks about grief, his early career as a Wall Street bonds salesman, his endless curiosity, and everything he has learned from that that curiosity. It’s an incredible episode unlike any other in the “SmartLess” archive.

Anderson Cooper

Listen to Anderson Cooper on ‘SmartLess’

Anderson Cooper and the hosts “go floor-to-floor via fireman’s pole, sharing war stories and discussing underwear logistics.”

Ryan Reynolds

Listen to Ryan Reynolds on ‘SmartLess’

Listen to Blake Lively’s husband gush about her after he catches Bateman, Hayes, Arnett on his humble, Canadian beginnings before finding fame on Two Guys and a Girl. The trio discuss Ryan Reynolds lengthy superhero catalogue as well as his numerous business escapades with Aviation American Gin, Mint Mobile, and even a Welsh football club. Reynolds easily charmed his way into becoming everyone’s favorite “SmartLess” guest, and we can only hope he comes back for a follow-up soon.

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood

Listen to Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood on ‘SmartLess’

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood joined the podcast in 2022 to chat about music and everything in between.

Chelsea Handler

Listen to Chelsea Handler on ‘SmartLess’

Chelsea Handler is bringing listeners through a wonderful world of pinky rings, $2,000 cab rides, and first dates that require nasal swabs on this episode of “SmartLess.”

Jennifer Aniston

Listen to Jennifer Aniston on ‘SmartLess’

Jennifer Aniston explains why actors should never announce their retirement, why she didn’t do Leprechaun 2, and what makes her such a great party host. The “SmartLess” men try to push her into more directorial roles (something she has excelled in before) and discuss some of her favorite projects she’s ever worked on. Yes, Friends is one of them. But so is the film Murder Mystery, which hopefully has a sequel underway.  

George Clooney

Listen to George Clooney on ‘SmartLess’

Clooney isn’t known for being too open about his life, but he’s willing to share on “SmartLess.” The actor and philanthropist gives you an inside look at his life like you won’t hear anywhere else.

Jimmy Fallon

Listen to Jimmy Fallon on ‘SmartLess’

The Late Night Show host stopped by an episode to take over Lorne’s office at SNL, riff on his new show (about jellies), and taught the hosts to use a backpack guitar on the treadmill. 

Will Ferrell

Listen to Will Ferrell on ‘SmartLess’

Will Ferrell joins the trio and threatens every single one of their jobs with just how funny he is. Apparently, after watching his father, a musician, go through the ups and downs of the entertainment industry, Ferrell was determined that his future contained a stable job that required he carry a briefcase into an office. Thank goodness exposure to SNL as a kid pushed him into the industry.

Adam Sandler

Listen to Adam Sandler on ‘SmartLess’

After being hired as a writer on SNL, Adam Sandler quickly rose up to be a featured player on the show, and the rest is history. While hearing about all of his legendary films is surely entertaining, he dives deep into what it’s like to be an actor in the volatile entertainment industry.

Ricky Gervais

Listen to Ricky Gervais on ‘SmartLess’

Ricky Gervais is simultaneously one of the funniest and the most serious men on the planet. Known for being an original cast member of The Office as well as his scathing remarks as the host of the Golden Globes, the über-talented comedian and actor drops jokes and truth-bombs all over this episode.

Conan O’Brien

Listen to Conan O’Brien on ‘SmartLess’

Conan shows off why he is one of the greatest late-night talk show hosts, comedians, and entertainers of all time on his episode with “SmartLess.” He talks about being one of the last and only late-night hosts to interview Richard Nixon, skiing with Stephen Colbert, and why his family does not watch him on television. Maybe they listen to his podcast?

Dave Grohl

Listen to Dave Grohl on ‘SmartLess’

Dave Grohl rolled in for a grungy episode covering music, living on corn dogs, a tattoo, and much more.


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