Our Bicentennial All-Icebreaker Episode

Illustration by Josh Kramer
Illustration by Josh Kramer

To celebrate the release of our 200th podcast, here’s our bicentennial All-Icebreaker show. Dozens of jokes culled from the last two years’ worth of DPDs, as told by such luminaries as James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Alison Pill, the band Fun., and many more. Some are funny, most are not. But there are definitely a lot of them.


The Jokes & Their Tellers:

“Expensive Lawyer” – Noah Baumbach

“Hedgehogs” – Stephen Merchant

“The Eyeless Fish” – SF rocker Forrest Day

“An Evolutionary Joke” – Andrew Niccol

“Neutron Walks Into A Bar” – author Marisa Silver

“Grasshopper” – “Real Time” writer and “Wait Wait” regular Adam Felber

“Crickethead” – crime novelist Robert Crais

“String Bigot” – Tony Hawk

“Tense Mummy” – Peter Silberman of The Antlers

“Some Kinda Joke” – sports historian Tim Wendel

“Bad & Worse News” – Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”

“Flat Diet” – Dave Barry

“C.D.O.” – James Franco

“A Parking Prayer” – Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn

“Nun vs. Vampire” – singer Cate Le Bon

“Brown and Sticky” – composer Craig Marks

“Pop-sicle” – Lionel Boyce of Odd Future

“Banana Run” – documentarian Morgan Spurlock

“Competitive Condiments” – Caroline Polachek & Patrick Wemberly of Chairlift

“Zen Dog” – author & Jeopardy! record-breaker Ken Jennings

“Ineffective Fishing” – Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon

“Super Poetry” – Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal

“With the Band” – Andrew Dost of fun.

“Come In” – Michael Benjamin Lerner, aka Telekinesis

“Trampoline Tunings” – John Cale

“Plugging In” – Andrew Dost of fun.

“Pizza Folk” – folk singer Todd Snider

“Nostalgic Lightbulbs” – folk singers Michael Merenda & Ruth Ungar

“Cosmos of Nothingness” – Keshni Kashyap, author of “Tina’s Mouth”

“Looking Around” – Islands

“No Buisness” – Adam Spiegelman, host of the cult film podcast Proudly Resents

“Housecalls” – novelist Seth Greenland

“Publicist Souls” – David Alan Grier

“KGB Who” – Leigh Bardugo, author of “The Grisha Trilogy”

“Kitten Pop” – Jorge Elbrecht & Iddo Arad of Violens

“Snail Vistior” – Bryan Cranston

“Pirate Movie” – Nathaniel Rich, author of “Odds Against Tomorrow”

“More Cowbell” – Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle

“Sad Cow” – Rainn Wilson

“Even Sadder Cow” – Alison Pill

“Headlines” – Nick White & Neely Jenkins of Tilly and the Wall

“To Catch a Squirrel” – Beck

“Chicken Ambition” – “Vader’s Little Princess” cartoonist Jeffrey Brown

“Things Go Better” – Rodney Ascher, director of “Room 237”

“Teak Up” – Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum

“Well, in Cambridge…” – artist Wayne White

“There Goes the Neighborhood” – Sherman Alexie

“Baby Ant” – Jake Shimabukuro, “the Jimi Hendrix of ukelele”

“Wedding Ham” – Steve James, director of “Hoop Dreams”

“Hippo Tips” – “Looper” writer/director Rian Johnson

“Desert Survival” – Axel Sojberg & Joakim Nilsson of Graveyard)

“Two Flies” – Ryan Quincy

“Confirmation Bias” – author and documentarian Jon Ronson

“Those People” – Ruben Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“Out of the Pool” – Dwell magazine editor Aaron Britt, aka The Pocket Square

“You Don’t Speak Swedish?” – author and Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson

Icebreaker illustration by Josh Kramer, Cartoon Picayune