Alex Schmidt

Alex Schmidt

Alex Schmidt is a comedy writer, podcaster, and 4-Time ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion. He’s written sketch & digital comedy for The New Yorker, The Onion, CollegeHumor, The American Bystander, Funny Or Die, BBC America, and more fine institutions. He hosted “The Cracked Podcast” and “Kurt Vonneguys”, and guests on stuff too. Alex is currently hosting and making “Secretly Incredibly Fascinating“. For more info and for fun gifs, visit ALEXSCHMIDTY.COM.

Host Information

The Cracked Podcast

The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)

Guest Appearances

Bastions of Light

Fake The Nation #189February 27, 2020

Alex Schmidt and Jody Avirgan join Negin to discuss Tuesday's Debate drama, global reactions to the coronavirus, and what role corporations should have regarding climate change. They also examine their relationships with darkness, which isn't as dark as it sounds.


Caddyshack (w/ Alex Schmidt)

The Canon #159June 17, 2018

Alex Schmidt of The Cracked Podcast joins Amy to discuss the 1980 comedy film “Caddyshack.” They’ll discuss Danny Noonan’s character arc, the pedigree of Chevy Chase, and how the film forged the foundations of modern American comedy. Plus, we’ll hear about old…


International Shenanigans

Fake The Nation #95May 3, 2018

Comedians Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife) and Alex Schmidt (Cracked) join Negin to chat about the Iran nuclear deal and the leaked Mueller questions for Trump. Plus, they talk about the proposal to break up California into three separate states and end…


Love Doctors

Fake The Nation #72November 23, 2017

This Thanksgiving, Negin pushes politics to the side of her plate and welcomes a medley of guests to debate big questions about love and relationships. Should you stay friends with your ex? Why are there so many unmarried Americans? How do you…


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

John Hughes month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1986, John Hughes was on a roll that had suddenly transformed him from a screenwriter of adult-oriented comedies to the king of teen angst movies. He kept that train rolling with Ferris Bueller’s Day…


Do You Do Costume?

Who Charted? #361November 1, 2017

Writer, comedian, and host of The Cracked Podcast Alex Schmidt joins Who Charted this week to bid adieu to Checkpoint: Pumpkin! Alex and the gang share stories of costumes and parties past while they count down Billboard’s Top 5 Halloween Songs. Later,…



John Carpenter month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1978, a young independent filmmaker named John Carpenter was approached to direct a movie called The Babysitter Murders, about a group of teenage girls being stalked by a killer. A title change and a…


Me Too (w/ Alex Schmidt)

Yo, Is This Racist? #946October 18, 2017

Cracked host Alex Schmidt joins Andrew to discuss stories of Hollywood assault, supporting victims of abuse, and much more. As always, leave us a message about anything you think is racist at (323)389-RACE.


Make Taxation Sexy Again

Fake The Nation #65October 5, 2017

Josie Long (Short Cuts) and Alex Schmidt (Cracked) join Negin in the Earwolf LA studios to talk about who wins and who loses in the GOP’s proposed tax plan. Plus, with far-right candidate Roy Moore’s Senate primary win last week in Alabama,…


Episode 043: Tomorrow Never Dies with Alex Schmidt 

James Bonding #43September 26, 2017

Tomorrow Never Dies again! Will Matt finally agree with Matt or will Matt convince Matt that Matt is right? Cracked's Alex Schmidt drops by to help us settle the debate.



Christopher Nolan month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 2014, Matthew McConaughey took to the stars to save his family from a life of eating exclusively corn-based meals. The result was Interstellar, a film that’s simultaneously Christopher Nolan’s homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and…


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

In the early 1980s, Steven Spielberg embarked on a mission to tell the story of his parents’ divorce through the lens of a wrinkly alien puppet with skeletal crab fingers and the voice of an old lady dying of emphysema. After being…


A Farewell To Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien

Serious Talk. It's Jack's last episode. After 11 years at Cracked, our intrepid editor-in-chief and podcast host extraordinaire Jack O'Brien is hanging up the cleats to tackle new projects, end world hunger and find the Zodiac killer. But that doesn't mean this…


14 Simple Changes That Would Revolutionize the World

The world is full of systems and orders that we never really question because they've seemingly exited forever. And we're not talking about overthrowing the government or anything, we just mean basic things like how we take out our trash, when we…


Humanity's Greatest Moments Brought to You By Drugs & Booze

Even though drugs and alcohol have been a social lubricant since before we could write anything down, we like to think of history as this boring, stuffy museum exhibit where kings and queens drank iced tea, ate flavorless biscuits and had sex…


Why Every Billionaire Is Becoming A Doomsday Prepper

The Cracked Podcast #177April 24, 2017

Sometime around when Donald Trump started winning state primaries a year ago, the national mood went from, "Damn Daniel," to "oh fuck we're actually going to die in a rain of nuclear hellfire." That happens when a sitting US President attacks an…


How Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos Are Playing You

The Cracked Podcast #170March 13, 2017

It's become your daily morning ritual. Wake up. Open Twitter. And here come's your fix. It's something like, "Trump Surrogate Says Jews in the Holocaust Didn't Have it So Bad!" and you're off to the races. How could he!? Do they know…


Accidents That Created The Best Art Of The 20th Century

The Cracked Podcast #161January 16, 2017

It's easy to think every piece of great art or unforgettable pop-culture is the result of effortless genius and precise intentionality. It separates the gods who create from us lay-people who like to eat cheese and can barely decide what to watch…


2016 Year In Review In Review

The Cracked Podcast #157December 19, 2016

2016 is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year that took away Bowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the Zika virus is finally drawing to a close.  So, to give this b*tch a proper viking…


Dispelling Every Space Myth You Learned In 7th Grade Science

The Cracked Podcast #153November 21, 2016

Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey's thesis (from behind a bookshelf inside a black hole) that love is the most powerful force in the universe isn't the most scientifically accurate thing Hollywood has offered us lately. It should come as no surprise…

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