David Rees

David Rees is a humorist and cultural critic whose career has moved between various disciplines. He first became known as a cartoonist whose best-known work combines bland clip art with outrageous “trash talk” to incongruous effect. He moved on to his Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service and publishing a related book. More recently he has been a presenter for Going Deep with David Rees.

Guest Appearances

August 16, 2022

Where are all the TV shows this week? Ashley Ray turns to Dicktown sleuths (and co-creators) John Hodgman and David Rees to solve the mystery of the missing shows from the various streaming platforms and get into some TV shows about sailing boats, baseball players and the people living in your walls. The three dive to the bottom of where Dicktown comes from and where it’s going, covering community, generational connectedness and small town stories. Watch both seasons of Dicktown, streaming now on Hulu.

Everything We Watched This Week!

Resident Alien

A League of Their Own



Below Deck

The Anarchists

The Bear

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Ted Lasso


The Rockford Files

Reservation Dogs

Next Week’s Homework

101 Places to Party Before You Die


Abbott Elementary

League of Their Own


The Con

The Most Hated Man on the Internet

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July 5, 2020

Humorists John Hodgman and David Rees join Scott to talk about their new animated show “Dick Town” as part of Cake on FXX, the Arrowverse, and Neil Young trivia. Then, edutainer Jill Noll the magic doll stops by to edutain listeners about magic. Plus, the first artificial intelligence guest P.A.I.G.E. makes its podcast debut.

January 29, 2018

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes the audience under the roof of the Bell House in Brooklyn to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special return guest is humorist David Rees! David chats about which 3 celebrities he would recruit to his post-apocalyptic survival team and why, his time in a barbershop group, and his 3 second only in New York story. Then, they are joined by improvisers Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, and Little Janet Varney, to improvise a story set at a Yngwie Malmstein Concert. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

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January 4, 2016

Paul F. Tompkins wishes all of you here and in heaven a Happy New Year and a grand return to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is humorist David Rees of Going Deep with David Rees! They chat about the best gift David’s ever given, the extreme cuteness of David’s baby brother, and David’s strange high school secret. Paul is then joined by Shulie Cowen, Jean Villepique, and Chris Tallman to improvise a story set in a Pet Store, Post Robbery. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

LIVE episodes of SPONTANEANATION return to Largo on The Coronet on Saturday, February 6, 2016! Get your tickets now: bit.ly/SPONT0216