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SmartLess

A weekly Comedy, Education and Society podcast featuring Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett
 56 people rated this podcast
SmartLess

Wondery | Amazon Music | SmartLess LLC

SmartLess

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SmartLess

Wondery | Amazon Music | SmartLess LLC

SmartLess

A weekly Comedy, Education and Society podcast featuring Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett
 56 people rated this podcast
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Sean Patrick Hayes is an actor, comedian, singer, and producer. He is known for his role on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and earned six Golden Globe nominations. Hayes hosts Wondery's hit podcast SmartLess alongside Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.

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Will Arnett is a prominent Canadian actor, comedian, and producer, celebrated for his unique deep voice and exceptional comedic talent. Born in Toronto, Arnett achieved fame with his role as the charismatic yet clueless Gob Bluth in the acclaimed TV series "Arrested Development" (2003-2019), earning widespread recognition and an Emmy nomination. He is well-known for voicing Batman in the "Lego Movie" franchise and starring in the animated series "BoJack Horseman" (2014-2020), where his portrayal of the titular character received critical acclaim. Arnett's film credits include "Blades of Glory" (2007), "Hot Rod" (2007), and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (2014). Additionally, he co-created and hosts the popular Netflix series "Murderville" (2022), which blends comedy with improvisational murder mysteries. Arnett's career is marked by his distinctive humor and memorable voice performances, continually evolving with diverse and engaging projects. Arnett hosts Wondery’s hit podcast SmartLess alongside Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes.

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Jason Bateman is an esteemed actor, director, and producer, recognized for his adeptness in both comedy and drama. Born in Rye, New York, Bateman began his career as a teen actor in the 1980s with notable roles on "Little House on the Prairie" and "Silver Spoons." He achieved widespread acclaim as Michael Bluth in the iconic TV series "Arrested Development" (2003-2019), earning a Golden Globe for his performance. Bateman's filmography includes successful films such as "Juno" (2007), "Horrible Bosses" (2011), and "Game Night" (2018). His directorial skills were showcased in the critically acclaimed Netflix series "Ozark" (2017-2022), where he also starred as Marty Byrde. Bateman earned multiple Emmy nominations for acting and directing in the series, and won an Emmy in 2019 for directing the Ozark episode "Reparations.” Bateman's career continues to thrive, demonstrating his continuous impact on the industry through various projects. Bateman hosts Wondery’s hit podcast SmartLess alongside Will Arnett and Sean Hayes.

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Bennett Barbakow is the director, composer, and producer of SmartLess Podcast.

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Stacey Abrams is a prominent American politician, lawyer, author, and voting rights activist. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017. Abrams gained national recognition during her 2018 campaign for Governor of Georgia, where she narrowly lost but was praised for her efforts to address voter suppression. Following the election, she founded Fair Fight Action, an organization dedicated to advocating for free and fair elections. Abrams is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written both political works and fiction under the pen name Selena Montgomery. Her impactful work in politics and dedication to civil rights have made her a significant figure in American public life.

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Andy Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. He is a member of the comedy music group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing SNL Digital Shorts. He has starred in several films including Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That's My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Hotel Transylvania, and many more.

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Robert Downey Jr. is an esteemed actor and producer known for his remarkable talent and transformative career. Born in Manhattan, New York, Downey Jr. began acting at a young age and gained early acclaim with roles in "Less Than Zero" (1987) and "Chaplin" (1992), the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination. He overcame personal challenges to achieve a major career comeback with his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-2019), becoming one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors. Downey Jr.'s filmography includes diverse roles in "Sherlock Holmes" (2009), "Tropic Thunder" (2008), and "Dolittle" (2020). He continues to explore new projects, including producing and starring in the series "The Sympathizer" (2023).

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Seth Rogen is a multifaceted actor, writer, producer, and director known for his work in comedy films and television. He co-wrote and starred in successful films such as "Superbad," "Pineapple Express," and "This Is the End." Rogen has also ventured into production with notable projects like "The Boys" and "Preacher." His contributions to the entertainment industry have earned him significant acclaim and influence.

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Peyton Manning is a legendary former NFL quarterback known for his exceptional career and leadership on the field. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Manning played 18 seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Indianapolis Colts and later with the Denver Broncos. He won two Super Bowls, was named Super Bowl MVP, and earned five NFL MVP awards. Since retiring, he has been involved in various media and business ventures, including hosting "Peyton's Places" on ESPN+. Manning continues to be a prominent figure in sports and entertainment.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a multifaceted public figure, known for his accomplishments as a bodybuilder, actor, and politician. He was born in Thal, Austria. Arnold Schwarzenegger rose to fame as a champion bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Olympia title seven times. Schwarzenegger achieved global stardom with iconic roles in films such as "The Terminator" series (1984-2019), "Predator" (1987), and "Total Recall" (1990). In 2003, he transitioned to politics, serving as the Governor of California until 2011. During his tenure, he focused on environmental issues and economic reforms. Schwarzenegger continues to be an influential advocate for fitness, renewable energy, and climate change. He recently returned to acting, starring in the Netflix series "FUBAR" (2023).

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Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress, and producer. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received wider recognition for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2012. Gomez has also starred in the films Another Cinderella Story (2008), Princess Protection Program (2009), Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009), Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Getaway (2013) and The Fundamentals of Caring (2016).

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Jennifer Garner is a beloved actress and producer known for her versatile performances and engaging presence. Born in Houston, Texas, Garner gained fame for her role as Sydney Bristow in the television series "Alias" (2001-2006), earning a Golden Globe Award. Her film work includes notable roles in "13 Going on 30" (2004), "Juno" (2007), and "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013). Garner is also a dedicated advocate for children's education and health, working with organizations like Save the Children. She continues to work in film and television, known for her talent, philanthropy, and down-to-earth personality.

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Brendan Fraser is a versatile American-Canadian actor known for his roles in both dramatic and comedic films. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Fraser gained fame in the 1990s with films such as "Encino Man" (1992) and "George of the Jungle" (1997). He solidified his star status with the adventure film "The Mummy" (1999) and its sequels. Fraser has also been acclaimed for his dramatic roles, including "Gods and Monsters" (1998) and "The Quiet American" (2002). After a period away from the spotlight, Fraser has made a notable return with roles in television series like "Doom Patrol" (2019-2023), the critically acclaimed film "The Whale" (2022), and showstopper “Killers of the Flower Moon” (2023).

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Joe Biden is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States since 2021. He served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

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Michael Stipe is an iconic American singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Formed in 1980, R.E.M. became a pioneering force in the genre, with Stipe's distinctive voice and enigmatic lyrics contributing to the band's unique sound. Key albums include "Murmur" (1983), "Out of Time" (1991), and "Automatic for the People" (1992), with hits like "Losing My Religion" and "Everybody Hurts." Beyond his musical career, Stipe has been active in visual arts, film production, and activism, particularly in environmental and LGBTQ+ rights. With his profound impact on music and culture, Michael Stipe is celebrated as a visionary artist and influential voice in modern rock.

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Reese Witherspoon is an acclaimed actress, producer, and entrepreneur known for her versatile performances in both film and television. She gained widespread recognition for her role in "Legally Blonde" and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line." Witherspoon has also produced several successful projects through her production company, Hello Sunshine, including "Big Little Lies," "The Morning Show," and "Little Fires Everywhere." Her work has earned her multiple awards, and she is celebrated for her contributions to the entertainment industry both in front of and behind the camera.

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Jennifer Aniston is a highly acclaimed actress and producer best known for her iconic role as Rachel Green on the television sitcom "Friends," which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Her career spans film and television, with notable performances in movies such as "Marley & Me," "The Break-Up," "Horrible Bosses," and "Cake," which garnered her critical acclaim. Aniston is also a successful producer with her production company Echo Films, producing both films and television series. Beyond her acting career, she is recognized for her philanthropic efforts, supporting various charities and causes, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Stand Up to Cancer.

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Steven John Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. He is well known for his portrayal of gaffe-prone boss Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, on which he also worked as an occasional producer, writer and director.

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Jessica Ulrika Meir is a NASA astronaut, marine biologist, and physiologist.

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Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

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