Ted Leo

Ted Leo is an indie rocker and frontman for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. He frequently contributes to The Best Show on WFMU hosted by Tom Scharpling. Tom recently directed Ted’s video for “Bottled in Cork” which featured Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, and other podcasting favorites.

Guest Appearances

March 12, 2019

Rock icon Ted Leo and Hollywood Handbook’s Hayes Davenport join the final Supergroup of the season to write an unearthly song inspired by a conspiracy theory.

May 15, 2017

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes adult men and women back to Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter Ted Leo! They chat about when was the last time Ted cried out of happiness, a story about a determined tortoise, and going from having a fear of animals as a kid to now living with a cat. Paul is then joined by Colleen Smith, Craig Cackowski, and Jordan Black, to improvise a story set in Life Drawing Class. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

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May 12, 2016

lt’s a star-studded extravaganza as Eugene Mirman, Cole Escola, Amy Sedaris, Jodi Lennon, Jon Glaser, and Ted Leo join Sarah & Susan for a special LIVE Crybabies recorded at The Bell House in New York City! Our guests share their favorite tearjerkers: The Mountain Goats, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, The Elephant Man, John Malkovich, Brokeback Mountain, Mask, “Cavatina” from The Deer Hunter, along with special character performances by Cole Escola and Jon Glaser, and a moving musical finale by Ted Leo. This is Crybabies at its weepy best.

December 15, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s the year end holiday episode of Comedy Bean Bag with music from The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and guests galore! Director of the Underworld series, Len Wiseman is back for the CBB festivities that will include visits from some spooky ghosts, a naughty elf, and much more. Merry Christmas bros!


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January 30, 2014

Ted Leo joins Jake to chat about his early musical influences, his time with the punk rock band Chisel, and forming The Both with Aimee Mann. He also gives a musician’s commentary for the music video “Bottled Cork,” plays an unreleased record live in the studio, and shares his thoughts on Teddy Bear the Porcupine. Don’t forget to check out all the videos from this episode are over at youtube.com/TheFogelnestFiles! On Thursday, February 6th, Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, New York will screen a 35mm print of Ladies and Gentleman: The Fabulous Stains featuring an introduction and Q&A by with Jake and Natasha Lyonne! Go to www.nitehawkcinema.com for tickets. Also, there will be a LIVE episode of THE FOGELNEST FILES with special guest CHRIS GETHARD on Friday, February 7th at Stage Werx as part of SF Sketchfest! Go to www.sfsketchfest.com for tickets.

February 20, 2013

The magnificent Ted Leo joins Har Mar today to talk about recording with Aimee Mann, drunk wrestling, and competitive yoga. They also chat about the insanity of touring alone, the brilliance of Phil Collins, and Ted shares a road story of a grueling gig in Columbia, South Carolina. Plus, the guys pitch a time traveling show that might change the future for the worse during Let’s Create A Show and have a tough time ruining Quit Your Dayjob’s “Look! A Dollar” while playing a game of Let Me Ruin Your Favorite Song.