If misery loves company, then Matt Bellassai is the king of the party. Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios presents the comedic podcast, “Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai.” Hosted by self-proclaimed “professional whiner and award-winning drunk,” Matt Bellassai, he’s joined by co-host Bari. In weekly episodes, Matt and Bari rant and rave about culture, politics, and their personal lives. It’s a summary of everything they “love to hate.” If complaining makes you live longer, this podcast brownie-points Matt and Bari’s lifespan exponentially.
Guests such as actors, writers, comedians, podcasters, and more appear on each episode to up the ante with complaining. The show celebrates the worst news of the week by listing a roundup. In a recent update, Matt encouraged listeners not to release their goldfish pets into public bodies of water. This PSA was in reference to Twin Cities, Minnesota’s officials reporting a goldfish population increase in its lakes. Goldfish found measured up to 1.5 feet and weighed in at 4 pounds. That’s nearly the size of a football! Matt reminded everyone that it’s detrimental to the ecosystem to introduce non-native species into an environment.
In July 2021, the show released its own radio station on Audacy called “Unhappy Hour’s Scream-A-Long Songs.” The station features curated playlists of Matt and Bari’s cathartic and favorite karaoke jams.
Season 2 features drag superstar Peppermint, Bachelor alum Nick Viall, comedienne Margaret Cho, author and astrologer Chani Nicholas, and actor Henry Golding – just to name a few.
In honor of summer, Matt explored picnic culture and riffed on how much he hates eating on the ground. Jinkx Monsoon, Season 5 winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, loved complaining on this episode with Matt. They chatted about their least favorite foods. Jinkx hates eating eggs, but cooks them often for others and eats pastries that contain them.
From themed episodes to live shows, season 2 has a lot in store. Listeners are invited to call the show’s rant hotline, (601) 600-RANT (7268), and episodes based on listeners’ ranting voicemails are selected for episodes.
Matt previously starred on Buzzfeed’s series, “Whine About It.” He’s also written a collection of essays, Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations. Tune in to kvetch with Matt’s weekly episodes.