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Lovett or Leave It

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Every Saturday, former Obama speechwriter and self-described "comedian" Jon Lovett is joined live on stage by a killer lineup of comics, journalists, politicians, and celebrities - who may or may not know why they're there - to break down the biggest and dumbest stories in politics and culture. And now because there’s too much news for just one show, join Jon and friends (i.e. beloved producers who have to be there) every Tuesday for a rundown of the latest headlines to help get you through another flawless week in our perfect society. Plus for those who like to watch (*wink*), you can catch all the funniest moments and gayest chaos on the Lovett or Leave It YouTube channel. So check us out there, and listen to Lovett or Leave It wherever you get your podcasts.

389 Episodes

What a Weekday: We Got An Embezzlement Stew Going On feat. Louis Virtel

Louis Virtel joins us for some fava beans and a nice Limoncello La Croix for today’s What A Weekday! This week, Donald Trump’s Hannibal Lecter speak leaves a funny taste in our mouth. Robert and Nadine Menendez are couple goals. The Taylor Swift concert baby has better seats than we do, and we end the show the way we always do: with 1,500 spiders and scorpions. Grab your tickets for Lovett or Leave It’s weekly live show in Los Angeles. Special guest hosts include: Andy Richter, Larry Wilmore, Matt Rogers, Ian Karmel, Langston Kerman and Guy Branum. Dates & Tickets: https://crooked.com/events/

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Parasite for Sore Eyes feat. Andy Richter

Andy Richter fills Lovett’s shoes and then some as Lovett or Leave It’s guest host of the week! Yamaneika Saunders and Jared Goldstein stop by to help out an old white man. Herman J. Pamper (Andy Daly) helps Andy get to the bottom of the MAGA diaper rumors, and you are NOT going to like what they find down there. And we end the evening with a spin of the Rant Wheel! Head to votesaveamerica.com/2024 to volunteer and save democracy! Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2024

What a Weekday: Noem More Dead Dogs feat. Maria Bamford

The incredible Maria Bamford joins us this Tuesday for What A Weekday! This week, Kevin Spacey wants YOU to vote for RFK Jr. We get into the sultry financial details of Trump’s hush money trial. Boeing tries to lasso the moon, and Kristi Noem has a ruff time defending her thoughts on dog murder. Grab your tickets for Lovett or Leave It’s weekly live show in Los Angeles. Special guest hosts include: Andy Richter, Larry Wilmore, Matt Rogers, Ian Karmel, Langston Kerman and Guy Branum. Dates & Tickets: https://crooked.com/events/

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Cops in the Halls, Bees in the Walls

Lovett Or Leave It is ready to take life by the horns this Taurus season. Rose Abdoo looks back on a life of cattle calls. Jena Friedman recommends Republicans and comedians all cut the bull. Two Gay Matts figure out if they’re on the same side of the fence, and we spin the Rant Wheel ’til the cows come home. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

What a Weekday: Cricket's Revenge

Just like Biden, What a Weekday comes out swinging. The president roasts Trump on the campaign trail. Kristi Noem ends up in the dog house. It’s both the heat and the humidity in the Arizona GOP, and Galena the cat survives Amazon to fight another day.

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Mike Johnson, Campus Police (Live from DC!)

Live from our nation’s perfect capital, Al Franken stops by to look at the latest batch of lying liars. Mehdi Hasan doesn’t pull punches or eat sushi. Sam Jay and Josh Gondelman crown a new Freak of the Week, and we ask our guests the question, “Would you smash or would you passover?” Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

Texas Hold Me (Live from Austin!)

Congress passes Ukraine aid and Trump passes… time in Court. We’re back in Austin for this year’s Moontower comedy festival. Lovett tries to convince the Sklar Brothers to open up a fresh can of worms. Joyelle Nicole Johnson wouldn’t trust Greg Abbott farther than she can throw him. Tim Miller weighs in on which Trump lackeys are all hat and no cattle. Zach Zucker keeps his saddled oiled for the men of the Wild West, and we bring it on home with a do-si-do around the Texas Rant Wheel. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Trump’s Totally Impartial Jury

We’re live and brooding from the Tortured Podcasts Department. This week, Acapulco’s Jaime Camil pages through his motorcycle diaries. Sam Taggart and Nikki Glaser start a gay-to-straight translation service, and we throw the ol’ Rant Wheel on the turntable, roll up the rug, and blast our favorite screeds and tirades. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2024

What a Weekday: No Sleep Till Manhattan

Donald Trump gets a courtroom visit from the Sandman. President Biden forgives (more student loans) while American voters forget (what the hell it was like living under Trump). And Grimes’s Coachella set has us desperately seeking Skrillex. Please, save us, Skrillex. We beg of you. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Ye Olde Abortion Ban

Lovett or Leave It dims the lights and slips into something more comfortable for a late show at LA's Lyric Hyperion! Paula Poundstone joins for What A Week to help us process a hideous abortion ban and a gay bug fungus. Hari Kondabolu stops by to put the petty in pet peeves, and James III shares his appreciation for cinematic masterpiece Bad Boys II in a round of Ok, Stop. And we could keep going! We're not even sleepy! Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 13 April 2024

What a Weekday: 2 Canceled 2 Debt

It’s the day after the eclipse, and boy, are our retinas tired! The world’s biggest liar is at it again, this time pretending he wouldn’t sign a national abortion ban with the thickest Sharpie he owns. President Biden finds a kinky new way to forgive student debt, the Rock finds the loudest possible way to say nothing, and all of us find out together how much $30 million weighs.

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

They/Them Is Risen

Astronomers warn not to stare directly at Lovett or Leave It, or you’ll burn out your retinas. This week, Brendan Scannell and Kara Klenk shine a light on women, and whether we can trust them. Dewayne Perkins and Katrina Davis look at the brighter side of horror, and the sun sets on our deepest, darkest grudges. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2024

The Bible (Trump’s Version)

Good Friday? More like Great Saturday! This week, Lovett or Leave It welcomes the eggcellent Busy Philipps, who rolls back the stone on the secrets of womanhood. Congressional candidate Will Rollins hops to it for the people of Palm Springs. And Gianmarco Soresi stops by to crack some yolks about the Great White Way. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2024

What a Weekday: Trump on the Cross/Nasdaq

Lovett or Leave It was disappointed not to be chosen as RFK Jr.’s running mate today, but don’t worry, we’ll still be voting for him come November. Meanwhile, Ronna McDaniel’s gets the best of both worlds: being on TV and everyone hating you. Donald Trump compares himself to Jesus, and not just because of those washboard abs. Rudy Giuliani screams across the void from his nightmare world, and producer Kendra has us doing quad axels with her knowledge of, and love for, the world’s most slippery spins.

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

Tower to the People

Lovett or Leave It is back and this time, it’s personal. Minnie Driver answers our most massive questions. Jenny Yang unearths nightmarish 90s artifacts. Rabbi Sharon Brous talks about empathy, isolation, and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. D’Arcy Carden dares you to answer the question, “Was she in this?” And the gang convenes once more to figure out what to do with the additional hour of sunlight that just fell in our laps. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2024

What a Weekday: Kate Spotted, Trump Broke

Lovett or Leave It says it’s time for your blood bath! Scrub-a-dub-dub. This week, Donald Trump is Bond… Unable to Pay His Bond. The Supreme Court ponders whether they want to make social media even worse ahead of the next election and/or pandemic. Kate Middleton is still at large, and Tom Cruise is looking oh so small on top of that big, beautiful Hollywood sign.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

The Unbearable Lightness of Boeing

We’re here to shamrock your world with a brand-new episode of Lovett or Leave It. Chelsea Peretti has us Dublin over with laughter. Emily Heller needs a lucky charm to win our version of Jeopardy, and we bring it all home with a round of Patron Saints, for the love of all things holy. Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2024

What a Weekday: Biden Strikes Back

Who's with Hur? No one, as Congress interrogates DOJ's report on Biden's record keeping and age. Biden swaps insults with Trump. Trump swaps compliments with Victor Orbán . J. Robert Oppenheimer celebrates his seven Oscars in hell. And Kate Middleton’s gone missing and the only person who can find her is… well, not us, that’s for sure. That’s for damn sure.

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

State of Deez Nuts

Fear is the mind killer, but Lovett is the kind thriller, in this week’s episode. The State of our Union is strong, and so are Max Silvestri and Ron Funches who stop by to put the “dad” in dad jokes. Kid Fury and Marcella Arguello bring the heat on some hot topics, and Lovett and his guests stand tall as they defend Panda Express, average-sized femmes, and life being over at 40. "Subscribe for Lovett or Leave It pre-sale access, starts next week: crooked.com/friends"

Transcribed - Published: 9 March 2024

What a Weekday: Super Tuesday Edition

A very merry Super Tuesday to you and yours! Donald Trump compares a black person to MLK because why not. Haley wins a primary! Good for her. And the Supreme Court can't help but fight its way through a unanimous ruling.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

2 Marianne 2 Williamson

Lovett wishes a very happy, very infrequent birthday to all you Leap Day babies out there. Andrea Jin, Jiavani, and Cara Connors use this extra 24 hours to solve some of life’s pettiest grievances. City Councilwoman Nithya Raman discusses what it takes for a progressive candidate to get progressive policies passed in today’s political climate. And we end our show with a leap of faith, though not necessarily in our ability to read and understand expiration dates.

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2024

What a Weekday: Biden’s Big Scoop

Nikki Haley can’t win and won’t quit after SC. Donald Trump goes wide at CPAC. A key Republican witness is completely full of it. And those new MLB pants are exciting pitchers and catchers everywhere.

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

Commander Biden's Secret Menu

We’re back from studying spiders in the Amazon to bring you a fantastic new show, straight from L.A.’s Dynasty Typewriter. Ashley Nicole Black sees if she can escape the tangle of Madame Web. Nish Kumar and Lovett sit down for a cuppa British politics and reality TV. Comedian Brad Williams gives us the long and the short of it, and we gather around to self-consciously share all the things we hate to love.

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2024

Jon Lovett and Tim Miller on Losing Primaries (Inside 2024 - Extended Preview)

Lean into the long President’s Day weekend with this extended preview of Inside 2024, our subscriber-exclusive pod where we bring together campaign and political experts from the Crooked family to share behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the campaign trail. In this episode, Jon Lovett and Tim Miller unpack their tear-stained, scotch-soaked memories of primary defeats past including notable losses for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush among others. Find out what liquor got Jeb cracking wise and how to spot a secretly gay (or simply pro-gay) Republican by just how much their heart isn’t in it. Producer Caroline Reston moderates. Take a listen and enjoy the conversation!

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

Grandpa Loves Us 2024

We stopped brainstorming new Taylor Swift conspiracies long enough to bring you a brand-new Lovett or Leave It! Natasha Leggero shares her ingenious childrearing strategy: stop after one. Rob Haze and Kevin Avery warm up the crowd with news both funny and frightening. Sam Pancake goes behind the scenes from The West Wing to The Penis Files, and we bid farewell to beloved chaos agent Producer Brian who is off to pursue his passion: electing RFK, Jr. the next President of the United States.

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2024

What a Weekday: A rough weekend for Biden, NATO, and the Gaylors

RFK Jr. apologizes for existing. Donald Trump snaps at the end of Vladimir Putin’s leash. President Biden takes his penny farthing on a damage-control press tour following the Hur report, while Taylor and Travis win the Super Bowl. Or whatever happened, we just tuned in for Usher.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

GOP 2024: Nobody Wins

Trump loses his immunity case and Haley loses to "none of the above." Marianne ends her presidential campaign to "spend more time in her dimension." And Biden is cleared by DOJ for mishandling classified documents, which we're calling a win! Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joins for some optimistic news on climate change (and his bone structure). Ify Nwadiwe shares his most beloved Moments In Black Nerd History. Andrew Farmer joins for Gay News. And Lovett and his guests send out a round of Valentine’s. Maybe one of them… is for you. It’s probably not, but look, we won’t know if you pretend. No one will. That’s the beauty of the podcast experience!

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2024

What a Weekday: Border Deal from Both Sides Now

And the Grammy for Most Podcast goes to What A Weekday! Trump commands his raggedy, moth-eaten puppet army to reject a bipartisan border deal. Live from New York, it’s a Republican joshin' around! And Apple is finally here to hide as much or as little of the world as you'd like.

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

Look What You Made the Deep State Do

Get the chip in your brain ready for a great episode! Laci Mosley gives us the blow-by-blow of the Nicki Minaj vs Megan Thee Stallion feud. Dulce Sloan gets us ready for Valentine’s Day with some helpful dating tips. Politicians are doing zingers and Will Miles joins to rate a few, and Lovett and his guests share a few unsung moments in Black History. Well, maybe all these moments have been sung before, but who doesn’t need someone to sing about them every once in a while?

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2024

What a Weekday: Trump Lost and Earhart Found

Biden and go toe-to-toe, and Trump is leaning allllllll the way forward on his. E. Jean Carroll adds $83 million to her rainy day fund. Nikki Haley clowns the Clown Prince, and we're joined by a surprise celebrity guest… why, it’s Amelia Earhart’s bones!

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

Lock Her Up (Haley's Version)

The burgers are good and the news is bad on this week's Lovett or Leave It. Kel Mitchell joins us to rank food and thrill Producer Kendra. Melora Hardin interrogates the audience with a round of Was I In This? Jermaine Fowler and Natalie Rotter-Laitman put their heads together to solve our Mysteries of the Week. And Lovett and his guests acknowledge the unacknowledged in the first annual Snubbies.

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2024

What a Weekday: Tim Scott Bends the Knee Twice

We pull up a chair to Nikki Haley's last stand and Meatball Ron’s last supper. Tim Scott proposes marriage, though he’s saving that first dance for Donald Trump, and insults fly from birdbrain to birdbrain ahead of tonight’s no-doubt-thrilling New Hampshire primary.

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

What Do You Know About Comedy, Rob Reiner?

Lovett or Leave It makes its glorious return to Dynasty Typewriter in beautiful Los Angeles, California. Rob Reiner grades the monologue and shares his thoughts on everything from Christian nationalism to polyamory. Lindsay Adams and Marcy Jarreau circle the wagons for a good old fashioned Loser Round-Up, and Lovett and his guests each take home the perfect souvenir, a Lifetime Achievement Award, courtesy of the Lovett Or Leave It Academy.

Transcribed - Published: 20 January 2024

What a Weekday: Iowa and the Emmys

Put your frostbitten hands together for another What a Weekday! Lovett sprinkles a layer of salt on the frigid Republican Iowa caucus, while the Emmys leave the Golden Globes out in the cold.

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

New Year, New UTI

Lovett or Leave It is here to keep you warm on these long, cold January nights with a brand-new episode, live from The Lodge Room in Los Angeles. Bianca del Rio roasts the salty and the sweet, while Brian Bahe and Madison Shepard keep things balmy with a heated debate. Zach Zucker takes the temperature on our most blistering bozos, and Lovett and his guests huddle around a scorching new round of Hot Takes that’ll keep you toasty all winter long.

Transcribed - Published: 13 January 2024

What a Weekday: Insurrection (at the Golden Globes)

New Year, New Weekday! Republicans celebrate their holiest of holidays, January 6, while Biden goes to Valley Forge to launch the 2024 campaign. Jo Koy brought his A-game to the Golden Globes and A-listers gave him an F, while Boeing offers an exciting new perk for their frequent flyers: the howling void.

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

Lovett or Leave It: What a Year

The snow is falling softy as the smoke drifts gently skyward from the chimney. Oh! What’s that sound? The patter of footsteps on the roof. St. Nick, perhaps? Yes, he's there. But it's also the entire Lovett or Leave It team, here to put a best-of episode under the Christmas tree that is your podcast feed. Kendra, Brian, Malcolm, Halle, Lazarus, Zuri, and Dunphy are here to spread some holiday cheer, so put on your footie pajamas, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy. Ho, ho, ho! Etc, etc, etc!

Transcribed - Published: 23 December 2023

Live, Laugh, Impeach

It’s the last Lovett or Leave It of the year, and like a celebrity on Ozempic, we've got nothing left to lose. Golden Globe nominees Greta Lee and David Oyelowo pay homage to the greatest minds of our generation: the listeners of this podcast. Kathy Griffin helps Lovett finally claw his way onto the D-List. Atsuko Okatsuka decides which 2023 trends we're ready to let go in 2024, and Lovett joins his guests in making 2024 predictions that we're predicting you’ll love.

Transcribed - Published: 16 December 2023

What a Weekday: College Presidents v. Crude Traps

It’s the last What a Weekday of the year and boy are our hearts tired. Vivek gets caught with his pants down. Texas, Ohio, and Missouri make life hell for women who need abortions. College presidents get housed. And Crooked's Ramzy Masri joins to talk about his family's experience in the West Bank and his experience as a Palestinian American as the war between Israel and Hamas has unfolded.

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

Dictator Says What?

The sun might set at 3:30pm right now, but Lovett or Leave It keeps the lights on all night long over at the Sirius Garage in Los Angeles, California. Benny Safdie stops by to Curse out Lovett. McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon give 2023 a long, lingering, lesbian look back. Zainab Johnson has twelve siblings, but only one can be the winner, and the Rant Wheel has these bottoms spinning like a top over tell-all books, swimsuits, and gift guides for the sapphic set.

Transcribed - Published: 9 December 2023

What a Weekday: Trump’s Legal Troubles and McDonald’s New McDoubles

As Trump loses in court (several times), he also heads to Iowa to preview his second term agenda. And if that hasn’t cost you your appetite, McDonalds looks at the Big Mac and says “we can do better, it can be wetter.” And we’re probably lovin’ it, ok?

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

Santos Sashays Away (Live from Boulder!)

The Errors Tour ends with our biggest error yet: Colorado in December. But it’s toasty by the fire, and by “fire” we mean the heated local debate about the reintroduction of wolves. David Gborie hears tell of Celestial Seasonings’ ancient war against prairie dogs. Congresswoman Yadira Caraveo joins to talk about her race against anti-abortion extremists. We tried to find the happiest audience member in what’s said to be the happiest city but just found more weirdos. Plus some hot rants and warm notes on a chilly night. Boulder? I actually know ‘er really well!

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Dry Heat and Open Carry (Live from Phoenix!)

Lovett or Leave It's in Phoenix and Kissinger's in Hell as the last leg of the Errors Tour begins. Jared Goldstein joins to bring you Gay News from coast to coast. Jaynie Parrish of Arizona Native Vote discusses everything at stake in the Grand Canyon state. The audience fishes some weird facts from the ice-cold bottom of Kari Lake, and we all win the first annual Kyrsten Sinema Pageant, before we rant about the worst in the best of the Southwest.

Transcribed - Published: 2 December 2023

What a Weekday: Trump Attacks Obamacare, Santos Attacks Everyone

Lovett or Leave It shocks you out of your Thanksgiving break with a brand-new What a Weekday! Trump’s vows to replace Obamacare. George Santos headlines for Felons Galore. Elon Musk travels to Israel for some reason.

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

George Santos Reality Show Countdown

Lovett or Leave It wants to stuff you… with a delicious pre-Thanksgiving episode! Vice President Kamala Harris (Allison Reese) is ready to pardon a turkey, but the rest of us aren’t getting off so easy. Lizzy Cooperman and Victoria Vincent lay out a potluck of non-political news topics for your weird family members to nibble on, and the Gratitude Wheel invites you to slice off a piece of appreciation, whether it’s for time off, our wonderful coworkers, or, of course, Matt Dallas from Kyle XY, who seems to be thriving on his farm with his husband and kids.

Transcribed - Published: 18 November 2023

What a Weekday: McCarthy throws hands and Scott drops out

It’s fisticuffs for the frisky sluts in Congress! This week, Markwayne brings the mark-pain while Ex-Speaker Kevin hits and runs. Tim Scott finds love and gives up on the White House. Donald Trump calls everyone reading this description “vermin,” and Lovett asks the most important question of all: where was Foghorn Leghorn on January 6?

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

Pot, Porn, and Planned Parenthood

And we're back in Los Angeles to get high off some big election wins. A newly single Brad Turbo (Matt Rogers) returns to solve male loneliness after his girlfriend leaves him for a certain South Carolina Senator. Casey Wilson gets baked (off), while River Butcher tries to distinguish Biden from BID3N. And it finally dips below 70 in LA, so we pour ourselves a steaming cup of Hot Takes.

Transcribed - Published: 11 November 2023

What a Weekday: Trump's Testimony, Biden's Polling, and Mike Johnson's Accountability Partner

By his hand, it’s another What A Weekday! Mike Johnson’s new app brings plenty of Big Brother for the whole family. Donald Trump throws a temper tantrum in front of Papa Engoron. President Biden pulls in black sheep poll numbers, and Lovett dreams of his future husband, Pedro Pascal. We've got a seat at the table for you anytime, Pedro! Our lines are open.

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2023

Don Jr. Does a Line of Questioning (Live from Seattle!)

It’s a heaping helping of tossed salad, scrambled eggs, and civil fraud here in Seattle. We give her 24 hours, Rep. Pramila Jayapal gives us the world. Lovett doesn’t really get Seattle, so the audience uses Fraiser to help explain its appeal. Madeleine Smithberg talks Letterman, Stewart, Carson and French Onion Dip. And we do rapid fire rants, high notes, and a check in with the Batman to Seattle’s Gotham: The Green Jacket Lady. Thank you, Moore Theatre!

Transcribed - Published: 6 November 2023

DeSantis on His Heels (Live from Portland!)

Lovett or Leave It heard Portland, Oregon wants to keep it weird, and boy, did we take it to heart. Comedian Shain Brendan and author Lydia Kiesling gasp at the mystifying gaffes of the GOP presidential campaign. Comedian Imani Denae and drag queen Silhouette thrill at the city’s strangest sights and sounds. Lovett tries to find the biggest wackadoodle in our heater audience, and the Rant Wheel dazzles with the eerie complaints of our local guests, from Portland driving to heteronormativity to rustic potatoes. See you next tour, freaks!

Transcribed - Published: 4 November 2023

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