improv4humans music episodes
Ben Lee & the Seeing-Eye Lizards – Tune in for a special improv4humans with musical guest, Ben Lee, and the best improvisers in the universe Sean Conroy, Eugene Cordero, and Danielle Schneider.In this episode, pregnant with baby references, Ben Lee plays some great short songs that the improvisers use as inspiration for scenes.You’ll learn how to score points on a first date and the T.S.A. will teach you how to protect America. Of course by the time you listen to this episode, it will probably be out of date, still tune in to hear Ben Lee talk about his song writing process, and Eugene Cordero’s single, “Welcome to the Booty Party”.
Squeakin’ in Church with Drag the River – Tim Meadows, Seth Morris, Jon Gabrus, and the band, Drag The River, join Matt Besser for a special musically inspired episode of improv4humans. Using Drag the River’s songs as inspiration, these four humans get into the greatest crazy-off of all time with a woman named Turkey Leg, sharesome great stories about how stupid people look doing coke, and see how far some will go for a real doll.
Hallelujah the Hills – Lauren Lapkus, Mike Still, and Jeff Hiller are here along with special musical guest Hallelujah the Hills for a magical musical episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! For the first time ever, the entire band Hallelujah the Hills have set themselves up in the studio to play some songs from their latest album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? to inspire some improvised scenes. Tune in to hear what its like for an automated phone attendant to become sentient, what lengths a person will take to win an argument, and what your favorite band is really saying if you listen closely to the lyrics.
Fleeces & Jesus with Chris Farren – Colton Dunn, Pamela Murphy, and Alex Fernie are here along with special musical guest Chris Farren of Fake Problems for a musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Chris treats us by playing some songs which serve as inspiration for improvised scenes about a member of a band who only sits back & gets high, giving that special someone a gift that really benefits yourself, a store that specializes in Fleeces & Jesus, and much more!
Joey Cape’s One Week Records – The great Joey Cape of the seminal punk rock band Lagwagon joins Seth Morris, Joel Spence, and Eugene Cordero for a musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Accompanied by his experimental band (Chris Cresswell on guitar/vocals, Brian Wahlstrom on piano, and Serina Chang on the cello), Joey plays some songs which serve as inspiration for improvised scenes about a group of friends giving one of their buddies an end a friendship agreement, a musician who explicitly titles & writes songs with the name of a person they really know, a band that rocks the boat wherever they go, and much more!
Austin Lucas and the Fact Off – Special musical guest Austin Lucas as well as Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River joins Sean Conroy, John Gemberling, and Gil Ozeri for a Game of Thrones fact off in a musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Austin & Jon will play some songs that will inspire scenes about a grandfather who shares stories regarding the greatest generation, a wishy washy shoulder angel, and much more!
Cory Branan and the Google Goggles – Special musical guests Cory Branan & Taylor Locke joins Jon Gabrus, Will Hines, and Drew Spears to create the next gen Google Goggles in a musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Cory & Taylor play songs that inspire scenes about feeling out of place in a skate rink, what happens when a girl who used to date bad boys starts dating an improv nerd, living arcade machines, and much more!
Open Mike Eagle LIVE Xmas Special at UCB Sunset – Horatio Sanz, John Gemberling, and Matt Walsh welcome Open Mike Eagle to perform a song from his latest album Dark Comedy on this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser LIVE from the new UCB Sunset theatre! They’ll also explore how ecstasy etchings become reality, bands who cannot be categorized, and what can go wrong while on a exotic zoo tour.
John-Allison Weiss’ Secret Sad Dance Party – Singer-songwriter John-Allison Weiss joins Tim Meadows, Lauren Lapkus, and Eugene Cordero in their secret sad dance party in musical episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Allison plays songs that inspire scenes about how the way people eat is the exact way they are in relationships, a day in the life of DJ Mofo, and a husband who finds everything he says funny.
LIVE from SXSW 2015 with Austin Lucas – Matt Walsh, Horatio Sanz, and Shannon O’Neill commend you for finding this weeks improv4humans with Matt Besser recorded LIVE from SXSW on your favorite podcast app. Get ready to learn about the only beast noise app that youll ever want to own, why a car prank can get you in a situation you dont want to be in, and the origins of being a hype-man. Plus, Austin Lucas performs Splinters as inspiration for some more improvised scenes.
Dave Hause Flip Flop Dip Dop – Singer-songwriter Dave Hause joins Joe Wengert, Brian Huskey, Mary Holland, and Matt Besser for a musical episode of improv4humans! Well hear Dave play some songs that will inspire scenes about the reality of being a Nobel poet laureate, an 80s late night talk show host dealing with his fleeting fame in a bar, and having a fetish for taking care of people.
Waxahatchee and the Beige River – Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee joins Seth Morris, Pamela Murphy, Jeff Hiller, and Matt Besser for a musical episode of improv4humans! Well hear Katie play some songs that will inspire scenes about whether you should hang out with the person you just broke up with, using too many pauses while speaking as a way of seduction, and mentioning your hometown in the lyrics of a song.
Ryan Bingham and the Candy Colored Dreams – Oscar winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham joins Mary Holland, Jon Gabrus, Eugene Cordero, and Matt Besser for a musical episode of improv4humans! Hear Ryan play some songs from his catalog that will inspire scenes about thinking twice before fighting with someone because you never know the tough things they are going through, trying to hear the moonlight on a nice quiet night, and a deadly pop song.
The White Buffalo and the Bickering Duo – Singer-songwriter Jake Smith of The White Buffalo joins Eugene Cordero, Stephanie Allynne, and Seth Morris on another musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! The White Buffalo will perform songs live in-studio from his new album Love & The Death of Damnation that will inspire scenes about entitled millennials taking positions in the Supreme Court, wanting more production value for the Birds and the Bees talk, and a popular duo of singers who are famous for bickering in their songs.
Frank Turner and the Popular Poets – English singer-songwriter Frank Turner joins Jon Gabrus, Mookie Blaiklock, Charlie Sanders, and Ben Rodgers for a stacked musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Frank Turner performs songs from his latest album “Positive Songs for Negative People” live in-studio that will inspire scenes about a personal poem about a relationship going mainstream, being cursed by an ex after a break-up, and artists meeting face to face with a terrible anonymous negative reviewer.
Dan Deacon and the Mighty Mighty Bosses – American composer Dan Deacon joins Seth Morris, Lauren Lapkus, and Jon Gabrus for a very special musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Dan performs songs from his latest album “Gliss Riffer” live in-studio that will inspire scenes about finding a tiny person inside a reverberating man, nerds and jocks becoming friends after the nerds beat a high school principal in a game of chess, and two couples one-upping each other at Make-Out Point.
Robbie Fulks in Rocky Road Pie Town – Chicago based singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks joins Mary Holland, John Gemberling, and Horatio Sanz for a very special musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Robbie performs songs live in-studio that will inspire scenes about marrying musicians in order to form a band, letting that special someone see what you could do to them in your mind, and a catfishing story taking place in Rocky Road Pie Town.
Dawes in You’ve Been Invited to an Invite – Taylor Goldsmith, Griffin Goldsmith, and Wylie Gelber are together known as American folk-rock band Dawes and this week they join Danielle Schneider, Mike Mitchell, Mike Hanford, and Joe Wengert for a very special musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Dawes performs songs live in-studio that will inspire scenes about living in a Mountain Town, Kanye West becoming close friends with a wedding invitation planner, and someone who fetishizes the name “Lily.”
The Milk Carton Kids: The Musical Element – Singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan together are The Milk Carton Kids and this week they join Mary Holland, Matt Newell, and Seth Morris for another musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! The Milk Carton Kids play us some select tracks off of their many albums that will inspire scenes about a new dog who learns how to fit in, heaven being much like life on Earth, and the incredible lengths a group of kids go to find out what kind of jean shorts a lady in their neighborhood is wearing.
The Jug-Galos with Murder by Death – Indie-rock band Murder by Death joins improvisers John Gemberling, Gil Ozeri and Mookie Blaiklock for a special music episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser. Their songs inspire scenes about a man who confesses how he really feels about his friends during his fever dreams and two toddlers who escape their crazy fathers to start a life of their own in New York City. Also, a traveling jug band struggles with their newly purchased haunted car that once killed several deer.
Wolf Boy with Langhorne Slim – Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim joins Matt Besser, Jon Gabrus, Drew Tarver and Dan Lippert for a music episode of improv4humans. Langhorne’s songs inspire scenes about an actor without sports knowledge who auditions for a Gatorade commercial and a boy with a faulty birth who remains attached to his mother’s vagina for life. Later, a stock broker hesitates to conform to his bloodthirsty co-workers.
Skin Cockroaches with Jenny Owen Youngs – Singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs performs on an improv4humans with Matt Besser music episode, featuring Tim Meadows, Eugene Cordero and Katie Dippold. Her songs inspire scenes about a detailed plan on stealing vinyl from a music store and dealing with a bad case of skin cockroaches. Also, we learn the real story behind Banksy.
Al Scorch with Bear Foot: Live From UCB Sunset – Banjo player Al Scorch joins Charlie Sanders, Horatio Sanz and Seth Morris for a live episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser at UCB Sunset. Al’s songs inspire scenes about a Coast Guardsman who struggles down the badass totem pole. A Crap on YouTube video helps create a scene about a feminist ladybug that transitions into a man bug. Plus, a comedian’s career shows signs of improvement when he finds his perfect audience.
Michael Dean Damron with The Musical Toilet – Southern rock musician Michael Dean Damron joins Will Hines, Mike Hanford, Anthony Atamanuik, Craig Rowin and Matt Besser for a music episode of improv4humans. Michael’s songs inspire scenes about a man who wants to take a woman’s foot in marriage and a boy who pitches a musical toilet to his toys. Plus, restaurant employees get excited over a customer who finally says the name of their food combo.
Austin Lucas, Fernando, and Adam Faucett with The Wish Academy – Musical guests Austin Lucas, Fernando, and Adam Faucett return along with John Gemberling, Billy Merritt, and Brian Huskey to improv4humans with Matt Besser. Austin brings some talented musicians with him to play songs that inspire songs about a band that cannot emote and a record label that pays its artists in compliments. Later, we visit a future where nobody touches anything and meet a couple of parents that take wishes too seriously.
The Mowgli’s with The New Future: Live from UCB Sunset – Sean Conroy, Betsy Sodaro, Jon Gabrus, and special musical guest The Mowgli’s join Matt Besser for a live edition of improv4humans. They champion the rights of water, sustain serious injuries after minor falls, and find out who has it the worst on a subway ride. Plus, The Mowgli’s perform some of their favorite songs which inspire scenes about a vague band manager and a drug dealer who peddles love.
Lydia Loveless and the Mortgage Muse – Musical guest Lydia Loveless joins Pamela Murphy, Dan Lippert, Tim Meadows, and Matt Besser for a musical edition of improv4humans! Songs about dating an artist and moving on inspire scenes about an unsatisfactory muse and a therapist that uses his own relationship to help his patients. Later, they share some secrets with the Alley Ghost and try to return some Maggot Meat before feeling as many emotions as possible about a boyfriend.
Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Farren, and the Fart Candle – Musical guests Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren join Chad Carter, Betsy Sodaro, Craig Rowin, and Matt Besser for a saga of mirth and song! Jeff and Chris perform songs that inspire scenes about completely misreading a break-up, being very determined to poop in public, and the needy husband of a surgeon. Plus, a local candleshop cashes in, and a restaurant patron gets his go at running the place.
Radical Face and the Pillowcase Full O’ Beans – Special musical guest Radical Face (Ben Cooper, Josh Lee) joins Dan Lippert, Jon Gabrus, and Stephanie Allynne along with Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans. Ben and Josh serenade the improvisers with tunes that inspire scenes about schoolkids that refuse to be buddies, the search for a time-traveling daughter, and the least badass dude in a bar. Later, a dead uncle tries to sell cars at a seance, and Stephanie has a hard time bringing her dog back to life.
Colleen Green and the Split Split High Five – Special musical guest Colleen Green joins Mary Holland, Kevin Dorff, Horatio Sanz, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans. Colleen’s songs inspire scenes about impressing your disco friends, a child only capable of older references, and having a tough time in calendar class. Later, we find out what really goes on at a mayonnaise factory and why throwing your money away is the most punk rock thing to do.
The Staves and the Telekinetic Dunk – Special musical guests The Staves join John Gemberling, Eugene Cordero, Shaun Diston, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans. The Staves play songs that inspire scenes about a prison tattoo with terrible side effects, misunderstanding the concept of an Xbox, and a band that compliments every city but the one they’re playing in. Plus, John has a hard time getting his name spelled correctly at Starbucks, and telekinetic children push the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
Lucero and the Immortal Secret Monkey – Musical guest Lucero joins Mookie Blaiklock, Gil Ozeri, Chad Carter, and Matt Besser for this weeks improv4humans! Lucero performs a selection of songs that inspire scenes about a family taking up too much of the prayer quota, the stress of short-distance relationships, and hiking the entire Appalachian trail to break up with your boyfriend. Plus, a magician freaks out the local children, and a new inductee into hell manages to annoy Satan himself.
Laura Stevenson and The Baskin’ Robinns – Musical guest Laura Stevenson joins improvisers Joe Wengert, Mary Holland, and Craig Rowin for this week’s improv4humans! Laura plays a selection of songs that inspire scenes about coffee-focused wedding vows, a four-dollar milk scam, and a headache that demands compensation. Plus, a couple gets steamy while watching old war footage, and we find out why you should never compare your new girlfriend to a sailboat.
Austin Lucas and the Blader On a Cleanse – Musical friend Austin Lucas returns to improv4humans this week along with Brian Huskey, Jessica McKenna, Seth Morris, and Stephanie Allynne. Austin plays a few of his favorite songs which inspire scenes about a punk rock birthday party for a six year old, the importance of smoking in Europe, and a musician whose success hinges on his sickness. Plus, children get interviewed about their dreams, and a rumor about wings finds its way around the workplace.
The Family Crest and the Love Shareholders – The Family Crest joins improvisers Jon Gabrus, Mary Holland, and Drew Spears for this weeks episode of improv4humans! The Family Crest plays a few of their favorite hits which inspire scenes about forgetting the army band, family troubles resulting from global warming, and the problem with hogging the mirror at the clothing store. Later, we meet a group of activists who put in the minimum effort possible and a traffic conductor gives preference to cars full of love.
Cory Branan and the Magnet Dog Pack – Cory Branan returns along with Will Hines, Sean Conroy, Mary Holland, and Seth Morris for a musical improv4humans! Cory plays songs off his new album Adios that inspire scenes about toilet paper slogans, goofy high school sports nicknames, and an overly affectionate doctor. Plus, we find out what happens when Grandpa brings his second head to Thanksgiving dinner.
San Fermin and the Cobbler Role Play – Musical guest San Fermin joins improvisers Matt Newell, Drew Spears, and Mike McLendon for this weeks improv4humans! San Fermin plays songs off their new album that inspire scenes about using bait on a first date, staging heavy-handed plays about breakups, and a couple of teens sent to prank ISIS. Plus, they go after a puppet crime lord and pause during sex to think about really good peach cobbler.
The Smith Street Band and the Incredible Shrinking Feet – Musical guest The Smith Street Band joins improvisers Drew Tarver, Betsy Sodaro, and Dan Lippert for this week’s improv4humans! They perform songs that lead to scenes about bringing a girlfriend to band practice, the worst fake laugh in the world, and a romantic evening on a freezing rooftop. Plus, a rock star has trouble explaining lyrics in an interview, and schoolchildren identify with animals for deeply existential reasons.
Worriers and the Cynical Begrudgings Cards – Special musical guest Worriers join Mary Holland, Eugene Cordero, Brian Huskey and Matt Besser for this weeks improv4humans! Worriers play a selection of songs that inspire scenes about a vegan who sells animal-shaped jewelry, a party host who wont leave the coat closet, and a cynical greeting card company. Plus, a teacher uses sarcasm to teach math and a father fondly reminisces about his kids worst summer ever.
K.Flay and the Sexy Talk Cafe – Musical guest and Grammy nominee K.Flay joins improvisers Eugene Cordero, Paul F. Tompkins, Seth Morris & Matt Besser for this weeks improv4humans! K.Flay performs songs off her latest album Every Where Is Some Where that inspire scenes about a cafe where people tell their sex stories, a gargoyle who cant turn to stone, and a BDSM sub who cant be pleasured by jerks. Plus, girls night gets ruined by a tag-along boyfriend and a narrator gets sent into homes to accompany one of the first TV shows.
Noah Gundersen and the Long Lost Prom Queen – Musical guest Noah Gundersen joins Eugene Cordero, Toni Charline, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Noah plays songs off his latest album White Noise that inspire scenes about how often Jesus washes his beard, hiring a stripper based on musical taste, and a relationship mystic with dubious aims. Plus, a prom queen gets recognized later in life and a nerdy kid must audition for a sports team.
Michael Dean Damron, Mishka Shubaly, and the Turkey Tussle – Michael Dean Damron returns to improv4humans along with fellow musician Mishka Shubaly and improvisers Joel Spence, Lou Wilson, and Matt Besser! Michael and Mishka perform songs that inspire scenes about Jesus’s most annoying fan, a couple so polite they ruined their sex life, and a wildly vulgar audition. Plus, a teacher shuts down the life dreams of his students and a nephew uses his newfound size to intimidate his uncle.
St. Lenox and the Pool With Lips – Musical guest St. Lenox joins improvisers Paul F. Tompkins, Seth Morris, and Janet Varney for this week’s improv4humans! St. Lenox plays a selection of songs that inspire scenes about a jingle karaoke bar, the ghosts of deceased authors, and law students with big dreams. Plus, they’ll visit a highly advanced kindergarten before following Janet through her high school reunion.
Ben Lee and the Pregnant Rhododendrons – Special musical guest Ben Lee returns along with improvisers Danielle Schneider, Rose O’Shea, Jacob Wysocki, and Devin Field for this week’s improv4humans! Ben plays songs from his musical “ B Is for Beer ” that inspire scenes about a campaign to make beer more drinkable, the Dalai Lama’s messy personal life, and a plant-based romance. Later, we’ll meet a couple that everyone is betting on as well as a rock star defending her title to the death.
Pedro the Lion and the Atlantaquarium – Musical guest David Bazan of Pedro the Lion returns along with improvisers Horatio Sanz, Brian Huskey, and Jon Gabrus! David plays a selection of songs that inspire scenes about an apology for a mysterious drunken behavior, an anger management group that only makes patients angrier, and a cab driver who mishears his destination. Plus, a key witness sneaks suspicious boasts into his testimony and a mistress demands secrecy for unexpected reasons.
Sarah Shook and The Karaoke Ref – Musical guest Sarah Shook joins improvisers Billy Merritt, Laci Mosley, Aman Adumer, and Matt Besser for a special improv4humans! Sarah performs songs that inspire scenes about having your friend’s back during a knife fight, inappropriate expressions of grief, and instructions for how to smoke while having sex. Plus, karaoke singers riff on Dwight Yoakam and a pet owner tries to return his lemon of a dog.
The Milk Carton Kids and the Adult Epiphany – Singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan aka The Milk Carton Kids return along with improvisers Mary Holland, Seth Morris, and Horatio Sanz for a special musical improv4humans! The Milk Carton Kids bring the whole band to play songs from their newest album “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do,” inspiring scenes about learning to love in a weird way, a man who is depressed because he’s been masturbating wrong his whole life, and a teen that desperately wants to have an adult epiphany. Plus, they test out creepy pickup lines and a father deals with his addiction to mustache rides.
Murder by Death & Jason Ghosts #JasonJasFin – Special musical guest Murder by Death returns to improv4humans along with improvisers Brian Huskey, Betsy Sodaro, and Eugene Cordero! Murder by Death plays songs off their latest album “The Other Shore” that inspire scenes about which holidays astronauts can come out of cryosleep for, a guitar-shaped spacecraft, and an artist whose work gets drastically misinterpreted. Plus, a sleep study deals with troublesome patients, and a homesick space colonist can’t find anything good to say about his new planet.
Speedy Ortiz and the Lemonade Report – Musical guest Speedy Ortiz joins improvisers James Mannion, Vic Michaelis, and Matt Apodaca for a special improv4humans! Speedy Ortiz plays songs off their latest album “Twerp Verse” which inspire scenes about Satan discovering a human more evil than he is, a softball team that shows up to a restaurant right before closing time, and a library that replaces all its books with lemonade. Later, we’ll meet a man who doesn’t want any romance out of his dates and a tour guide for the home of a sports legend’s sibling.
Don’t Stop or We’ll Die – Paul Rust and Michael Cassady are pop music sensation Don’t Stop or We’ll Die! They join Mookie Blaiklock and Matt Besser this week for a special improv4humans. Paul and Michael share sample tracks of their new album that inspire scenes about a first-time prank show producer, Michael Jackson’s struggle to write a song about love, and a disastrous dinner schedule mix-up. Plus, a groom takes precautions for his wedding boner, a disgraced spokesman steals people’s screams, and a parent tries to answer tough questions about Santa.
Austin Lucas and the Nashville Sads – Special guest Austin Lucas joins Peter Hulne, Charlie Sanders, and Horatio Sanz for a musical improv4humans! Austin performs songs off his latest album Immortal Americans that inspire spectacular improvised scenes about a man who would die for anyone, a traveling band that gets trapped in their search for a meal, a punk who meets his match in a conservative town, and a doctor who can’t handle knife wounds.
88 Fingers Louie and The Book Of Craig – Musical guest 88 Fingers Louie joins improvisers Dan Lippert, Jon Mackey, Ryan Rosenberg, Betsy Sodaro, Adam McCabe, and Matt Besser! 88 Fingers Louie plays songs that inspire scenes about a gameshow for selling out, the sexual act all men are too afraid to ask for, and apologizing to turn the tables on a bully. Plus, we’ll find out who still eats boogers at a school reunion, what really happened to Van Gogh’s ear, and which dish at the Last Supper was Jesus’s favorite.
Garrett Dale and the ChillLAX Tent – Musical guest Garrett Dale of Red City Radio joins Eugene Cordero, Seth Morris, Brian Huskey, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Garrett plays songs that inspire scenes about dropping your weed into a gross carpet, taking 911 calls with your eyes closed, and keeping unwanted songs off the party playlist. Plus, a coffee exec seeks a breakthrough in the shower, a chill-out tent gets mistaken for a food stand, and a house full of dogs gets in the way of a new job.
Ordinary Elephant and the Musicians In Cars Drinking Tea – Special musical guest Ordinary Elephant joins improvisers Eugene Cordero, Paul F. Tompkins, Vic Michaelis, and Matt Besser! Ordinary Elephant plays a selection of songs which inspire scenes about the importance of cleaning your own fish, cheating on a vision test, taking away the keys to grandpa’s Cadillac, a man with a musical tea kettle, and more.
Jason Hawk Harris and the Badass Jesus – Musical guest Jason Hawk Harris joins improvisers Matt Apodaca, Kale Hills, Jake Sprague, Kathy Yamamoto, Malin von Euler-Hogan and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jason performs songs that inspire scenes about being warned by your doctor to stay away from the light, adopting a pet that shares your musical tastes, and getting annoyed at the bones in your coffee. Plus, kids brag about their deadbeat dads and the Council of Nicaea amps up the badass parts of the Bible.
Slaughter Beach, Dog and the Next Great Acolyte – Jake Ewald of Slaughter Beach, Dog joins improvisers Mano Agapion, James Mannion, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jake plays tunes that inspire scenes about describing a song without hitting any of the notes, digging up bones in order to be cool, and napping in a dollar bin. Later, they’ll order candy from a restaurant and go on the hunt for the next great acolyte.
Jake Troth and the Hot Milk – Musical guest Jake Troth joins improvisers Joe Wengert, Will Hines, Toni Charline, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jake performs an acoustic set of songs that inspires scenes about an ice hotel, an optimistic ship captain, navigating the friend zone, couples’ songs, and more.
The Get Up Kids Shaqtin’ Dead – Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids joins improvisers Dan Lippert, Sean Conroy, and Danielle Schneider for a musical improv4humans! Matt performs songs that inspire scenes about a writer reporting on the family Thanksgiving, pushing past the apology part of an affair, and a father and son looking for music about playing catch. Plus, celebrities get misidentified on the street, an astronaut deals with a difficult conversationalist, and parents take on the myth of dangerous street crossings.
Charlie Mtn. and the Small Crimes – Musical guest John-Allison “A.W.” Weiss of Charlie Mtn. joins improvisers Dan Lippert, Joel Spence, and James Mannion for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! John-Allison plays songs off their new album that inspire scenes about letting go of a smashed up Tesla, interrupting Grandpa’s birthday speech, and a bloody shopping list. Later, the chief of a small crimes department goes on the hunt for a stolen wallet.
Micah Schnabel Speaks To The Jury – Singer-songwriter Micah Schnabel joins improvisers Brian Huskey, Eugene Cordero, and Dan Lippert on this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Micah plays songs that inspire scenes about speaking directly to the jury, car dealership mascots, gigging at a firing range, and more.
Brent Best and the Escape From Society – Musical guest Brent Best of Slobberbone joins improvisers John Gemberling and Tim Meadows for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Brent performs songs that inspire scenes about religious vandalism, a crisis over milk and eggs, deathbed misgivings, and much more.
Counterfeit Madison and the Canary in the Coal Mine – Sharon Udoh aka Counterfeit Madison joins improvisers Charlie Sanders, Vic Michaelis, and Matt Besser for a special music edition of improv4humans! Counterfeit Madison performs songs that inspire scenes about borrowing a canary for a coal mine, dating a stadium full of people, deciding whether to twist or shout, and more.
Jason Kutchma is a Shaggy-Eared Villain – Musical guest Jason Kutchma joins improvisers Sean Conroy, Horatio Sanz, and Andy Daly for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Jason performs songs that inspire scenes about a descendant of Shakespeare, the afterlife info desk, asking a neighbor to turn their crickets down, a drunk barbershop quartet, and more.
Jim Bryson and the TikTok All-Stars Tour – Musical guest Jim Bryson joins improvisers Seth Morris and Brian Huskey for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Jim performs songs that inspire scenes about a hometown with an awful name, new laws in a supermarket, skipping a funeral to go to Arby’s, and more.
Save Our Stages LIVE with Jon Snodgrass – Musical guest Jon Snodgrass joins improvisers Seth Morris, Betsy Sodaro, John Gemberling, Dan Lippert and Matt Besser for a special #SaveOurStages livestream episode of improv4humans to support the National Independent Venue Association! Jon performs songs that inspire scenes about the lamest person during an earthquake, a death detective, Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, and much more.
Save Our Stages LIVE Pt. 2 with Austin Lucas – Musical guest Austin Lucas joins improvisers Horatio Sanz, Eugene Cordero, and Will Hines for part two of the special #SaveOurStages livestream supporting the National Independent Venue Association! Austin plays songs that inspire scenes about confusing personality choices, doctors with fatalistic attitudes, and finding happiness in bridge-building.
Save Our Stages LIVE Pt. 3 with Carolyn Mark – Musical guest Carolyn Mark joins improvisers Joel Spence, Lisa Gilroy, and Vic Michaelis for part three of our special #SaveOurStages livestream supporting the National Independent Venue Association! Carolyn plays songs that inspire scenes about an exciting new mistress, a comedian with serious crowd work, and more.
Calexico & the Competitive Flower Arranging – Joey Burns of indie-rock band Calexico joins improvisers Charlie Sanders and Brian Huskey for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Joey plays songs that inspire scenes about the upside of smog, convicts faking cramps, competitive flower arranging, succeeding as a psychic, and more!
Brendan Kelly and the Gravedancers – Musical guest Brendan Kelly joins improvisers Katie Dippold, Brian Huskey, and Seth Morris for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Brendan performs songs that inspire scenes about getting your affairs in order, dancing on graves, a band that won’t leave the basement, and more!
Pete Yorn and the First Absorbent Ball Gag – Musical guest Pete Yorn joins Seth Morris and Brian Huskey for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Pete performs songs to inspire scenes about the dangers of being told to calm down, getting back to restaurants post-pandemic, a lifelong My Fair Lady bet, planning a piñata fest, and more!
St. Lenox and the God Lobby – Musical guest St. Lenox joins improvisers Toni Charline and Eugene Cordero for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! St. Lenox performs songs that inspire scenes about discovering the afterlife at a party, a eulogy for a specimen, cooking at Bed Bath & Beyond, breakup dessert, and much more.
Joe Pug and the Dad Defense – Musical guest Joe Pug joins improvisers Andy Daly, Vic Michaelis, and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Joe performs songs that inspire scenes about a used car’s glow-up, Willy Wonka’s nightmare tunnel, a controversial candle shop, and more!
Manchester Orchestra and the Tour Bus First-Timers – Musical guest Manchester Orchestra joins improvisers Seth Morris, Dan Lippert, and Talia Tabin for this week’s improv4humans! Manchester Orchestra performs songs that inspire scenes about a note from a backstage fan, a first-time tour bus, the perks of cave living, a romantic gesture that draws blood, and more!
Hayes Carll and the Little Rocks – Musical guest Hayes Carll joins improvisers Mookie Blaiklock, Ronnie Adrian, and Neil Flynn for this week’s improv4humans! Hayes performs songs that inspire scenes about God buying weed, a dad with lots of lessons, writing songs about every unsung city, including your cassettes in your wedding vows, and more!
Lilly Hiatt and the Esther Terrestrial – Musical guest Lilly Hiatt joins improvisers Dan Lippert, Toni Charline, Charlie Sanders, and Brian Huskey for a special improv4humans recorded at the SiriusXM Garage! Lilly and her band perform songs that inspire scenes about keeping an old jacket with a person in it, stealing bikes in Amsterdam, a music interpretation artist with strong opinions, and more!
Ceschi and Willie Nelson’s Circle of Time – Musical guest Ceschi joins improvisers Hillary Matthews and Ali Ghandour for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Ceschi performs songs that inspire scenes about giving away weed at the Texarkana border, looking for a good lawyering suit, breaking glass at a pool party, and more!
Fat Mike on Planet Fatness – Legendary musician and NOFX frontman Fat Mike joins improvisers Betsy Sodaro and Dan Lippert for this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! Fat Mike performs deep-cut songs that inspire scenes about getting harassed at the gym, checker vs. mahjong, complex DUI questions, smuggling drugs in a real casual way, and more!
ME REX on improv4humans LIVE from SXSW 2022 – Myles McCabe of ME REX joins Danielle Schneider and Matt Besser for a special LIVE improv4humans from SXSW 2022! Myles performs songs that inspire scenes about a one-woman karaoke show, a never-ending party, and Tom Petty stuck in a treehouse. Plus, cheating the streaming algorithm, a dead relative gets buried in a Pet Semetary, and a restaurant that exclusively serves names.
Rianne Downey on improv4humans LIVE from SXSW 2022 – Scottish singer-songwriter Rianne Downey joins John Gemberling, Danielle Schneider, and Matt Besser for a LIVE improv4humans from SXSW! Rianne performs songs that inspire scenes about threats of the devil at your door, singing too loudly at a concert, losing a grudge list, insincere awwww-ing, and much more!
Steve Earle Plays JERRY JEFF WALKER – Legendary musician Steve Earle joins Brian Huskey, Joel Spence and Matt Besser for a special improv4humans! Steve performs songs off his new tribute album to Jerry Jeff Walker that inspire scenes about writing a song for a salesman, buying up a ghost town, bringing up dead dogs out of nowhere, returning a smashed guitar, and more!
Telethon Finds Grandpa’s Beer Treasure – Musical guest Telethon joins Ronnie Adrian, Dan Lippert, and Matt Besser for a special improv4humans! Telethon performs songs that inspire scenes about acquiring eggs for a parade, showing up late to a romantic dinner, grandpa’s beer stories, a baby deciding its own future, and more!
Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle – Jason Lytle of indie rock band Grandaddy joins Brian Huskey and Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! Jason performs songs that inspire scenes about optimistic airline pilots, Ozzy’s overcrowded entourage, faking happiness with an app, and more.
National Park Radio – Indie-folk duo National Park Radio joins improvisers Sean Conroy and Mookie Blaiklock on this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser! National Park Radio performs songs that inspire scenes about location-locked love, outdoor proposals, a rookie hangman, and more!
Craig Finn & the Whisper Club – Musical guest Craig Finn of The Hold Steady joins improvisers Brian Huskey, Danielle Schneider, and Seth Morris for this week’s improv4humans in the SXM Garage! Craig performs songs that inspire scenes about a well-organized drug dealer, marketing a dumpling shop, a whisper club, and more!
James McMurtry – The incredible James McMurtry joins Katie Dippold, Seth Morris, and Matt Besser for a special live music episode of improv4humans! James performs songs that inspire scenes about a distracted therapist, a parent with unique methods of encouragement, waiting until the end of deer season to clean blood off the truck, an underground rock and roll school, and more!
Charlotte Cornfield – Singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield joins improvisers Vic Michaelis and Joel Spence for this week’s improv4humans! Charlotte performs songs that inspire scenes about being heard by a maitre d, a stolen mug in a workplace, and a dead grandma showing up in headshots. Plus, showing off a snake in a bag, becoming emphatic for an open mic, and more!