Two New York comedians take the stage. Josh Gondelman, writer-producer of Desus & Mero and "the nicest guy in comedy," explains why he gives strangers pep talks on Twitter. Then, cabaret comic Catherine Cohen makes comedy into fashion as they go head-to-head in trivia games about sports and mattresses.
Two of country music's finest join forces at the Polk Theater in Nashville for a night of games inspired by Music City. Trace Adkins shares the chance encounter that launched his career, while songwriter Carlene Carter explains how it felt to grow up in music and to carry on the family legacy.
Taylor Schilling explains why after seven seasons on Orange Is the New Black, she's going to clown school, and exploring Juggalo culture in her latest film Family. Then, she plays a game about things you can do instead of binge watching TV.
DeWanda Wise, the star of She's Gotta Have It and the new Twilight Zone reboot, recalls how a high school teacher pushed her into acting as a way to stay out of detention. Then, actor Taye Diggs reflects on a long and varied career acting in film and Broadway, and writing children's books — plus his return to TV on All American. Then they go head-to-head in a game of This, That, or the Other.
John Foley started climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder at a young age, first as a fast food server and eventually as an e-commerce executive. Still, at 40, he couldn't climb out of bed fast enough to make it to his favorite spin class. John couldn't understand why there wasn't a way to bring the intensity and motivation of a boutique fitness class into the home. Having never worked in the exercise industry, he teamed up with a few friends to create a high-tech stationary bicycle called the Peloton Bike. Today, Peloton has sold close to half a million bikes, with a valuation as high as 4 billion dollars. Recorded live in New York City.
At age 22, Whitney Wolfe helped launch Tinder, one of the world's most popular dating apps. But a few years later, she left Tinder and filed a lawsuit against the company alleging sexual harassment. The ensuing attention from the media – and cyberbullying from strangers – prompted her to launch Bumble, a dating app where women make the first move. Today, the Bumble app has been downloaded close to 30 million times. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," we check back with Michael Dixon, whose business Mobile Vinyl Recorders uses portable record lathes to cut vinyl at parties, weddings, and music festivals. (Original broadcast date: October 16, 2017)