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Double podded up on a Tuesday?! We're back with part two of our James Beard Award winning slap featuring Bon Appetit's Alex Delany. Alex and the boys are picking up right where they left off with the three main subjects of the pod and more, covering the importance of putting together a high-low first date, what Alex is eating on death row and how else a gourmet jawnz enthusiast likes to spend his money. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a quick discuss of the future perhaps?
The whole gang's eatin this week, courtesy of the boys' five-star gourmet slapperoni featuring Bon Appetit's Drinks Editor, Alex Delany. Alex hits the stu to talk about what the best pizza in New York REALLY is, how he's navigated the world of both jawnz and food, and even does a taste test of one of his favorite cocktails with the Core 4 live on air. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys discuss what's another first in FU history –– an episode so good, it's being served in two courses.
Well, we got another one for the FU history books, gang. Brendan B. Brown of Wheatus, writer and performer of this very podcast's national anthem “Teenage Dirtbag”, hits the stu to talk about playing for thousands of fans all over the world, being covered by your favorite artists, and what it takes to write a global smash hit record born out of Satanic violence. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys address an unfortunate encounter that almost derailed this joyous and momentous occasion.
The Season 10 hits just keep on slapping this week with FU's first ever rapper guest, Gashi aka the trap Phil Collins. Gashi graces the studio to talk about earning literal street cred from Kanye, his ground level involvement in pushing A$AP Rocky's Babushka Boi agenda, working his way from being homeless to making hits, and even shares some of his finest sextape work with the Fail Gang.
It's the Season 10 premiere and Jimmy and Larry are kicking things off with one of our longest episodes ever featuring massive Fail Gang member and the founder of Bare Knuckles, Jacob Keller. Jacob hits the stu to talk about being the og hypebeast YouTuber, getting his ass absolutely torched on “Fashion Bros!”, digging in the crates for the most fire vintage, tossing fits and where he finds his inspiration as a designer. Get fucking busy cause the people's champ is finally here, baby!
It's the season finale and the boys are going out with a fucking banger featuring none other than the queen of LA, SOSUPERSAM. Sam hits the stu to talk about her time as a back-up dancer to the stars, being an independent artist in 2019, and why she throws food during her legendary DJ sets. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Jame and Larry do a live taste test of a very special FU-inspired beer.
James and Lawrence are back with skateboarding and streetwear legend Jimmy Gorecki. Jimmy drove to the stu all the way from LA to talk about working for Pharrell during his days skating for Ice Cream, making the move to LA despite the city's absolutely trash style, and how he's setting trends with JSP and Standard Issue. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Jimmy recaps his overseas travels.
The boys are back with a slapperoni for the ages featuring founder of the only barbershop that matters, Rob McMillen. Rob hits the stu to talk about the best barbershop etiquette, cutting Pete Campbell's hair while he was on Mad Men, and starting one of the best barbershops in New York City. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, James and Lawrence have a real heart to heart with Chuckles about his role on the pod.
Lady and gentlemen, we're breaking FU records this week––the boys are joined by the wellness queen herself, Emily Oberg, for the third time. Emily hits the stu to talk about why she's an anti-vaxxer, what it's like being in an LA-to-Paris long distance relationship, and how she's pivoted from being a media personality to becoming a full on art director. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys share some spicy notes about the podcast that should have been but never was, the Seam “Anything but Fashion” show with Jake Woolf.
Season 9 continues and you already know Jim and Lar are back with another slapperoni featuring High Snobiety's fashion editor-at-large and stylist, Corey Stokes. Corey joins FU to talk dressing your favorite celebs, behind-the-scenes of the high-powered fashion world, and getting fits off full time. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys get to the bottom of Chuck's pivot into sobriety.
This week, Jimmy and Larry are joined by Barstool Sports' resident Chicks in the Office, Ria Ciuffo and Francesca Mariano. The Chicks join the boys to talk about dealing with swagless homies in the office, preaching YouTube gossip to teens on SnapChat, and how they became new media superstars. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys play a sick and twisted game by spoiling an upcoming FU extended universe crossover pod because some men just want to watch the world burn.
This week, Jimmy and Larry are joined by the Sultan of Supreme himself, Eric Whiteback. “Eric” hits the stu to talk about whether he'd fuck a Supreme fleshlight, what being a religious dude in the grimy streetwear world is like, and the ludicrous amount of money he's spent on amassing one of the largest Supreme collections in the world. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys catch up with the Pod Princess herself, this week's guest producer and Fail Gang favorite, Jourdyn Berry.
This week, James and Lawrence are joined by esteemed menswear designer and lifestyle icon, founder of Casablanca, Charaf Tajer. Charaf joins the boys to talk Parisian style, casting your favorite rappers and how to live a sophisticated life of true luxury. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a real time peek at how the FU IG caption sausage is made.
Jimmy and Larry are back with an episode for jawnz enthusiasts everywhere featuring creator of the #outfitgrid, Dennis Todisco. Dennis hits the stu to talk about what makes a winning outfit, how he survived years of being surrounded by trash fits in San Francisco, and what it's like being the father of one of the biggest jawnz enthusiast communities online. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a post-honeymoon Larry gives us his take on Chuckles' performance as guest host last week.
Season finale, motherfuckers! James and Lawrence extend an olive branch to a major player in the FU extended universe, Seam's Jake Woolf. Woolfie joins the boys to talk about being a sober wolf pack of one, accuse FU of Jonah Hill stolen valor, and how he navigates the swagless tech world as a fashion king. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys do a quick recap of the short but unprecedentedly excellent run that was season 8.
The FU squad is joined by Genius' Chief Content Officer Brendan Frederick for an uncut slapioli of an episode. BFred hits the stu to claim Soulja Boy's debut as one of the greatest works of art in the history of mankind, reveal his weirdly intimate relationship with Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and how he's fuckin up the whole content game and shifting the goddamn paradigm at Genius. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys interview this week's guest producer and FU's token female listener Jourdyn Berry, who dishes the Barstool dirt.
This week, FU is joined by the only DIY artist that matters, Nicole McLaughlin. Nicole makes a rare public appearance at the stu to talk about deconstructing all your favorite jawnz, designing the Vetements x Reebok collab, how she navigates the freelance landscape as a designer in demand and sexism in streetwear. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Lawrence reveals the back-channel horse-trading that got him the IG verification he's been thirsting after for so long and the boys discuss how this Jon Moy pod could actually come together.
The boys are back this week and keeping it gritty with NYC legend and Concepts' General Manager, Bahr Brown. Bahr hits the stu for one of the spiciest Fit Checks in history, talks about how he got to owning 1200 pairs of sneakers, what the best (and worst) shoes of all time are, and how he stays on the bleeding edge of culture. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys discuss FU's current scheduling mayhem.
Well, it's throwback Thursday in the FU stu this week. Jimmy and Larry are back in the pocket and the whole band is absolutely jamming. That's right, it's a Boyz Only™️ raw, uncut gem full of brazy banter just like the good ol' days. We're talking the cresting of camp collars, the turnover of tie-dye, the misses in music, and the smoshes on screen.
She's back, folks! The East Coast Media Elite Queen herself, Naomi Fry, staff writer at The New Yorker, returns to the FU stu to talk about the infinite possibilities that come with being high, being followed by your favorite celebs on social media and how her life has changed since coming on the pod nearly one year ago. You asked for it. You got it. The Return of the OG Fuccmom is upon us. The Fairy Podmother has arrived. Let's. Fucking. Go.
Season 8 rolls on with the shocking return of the Bravo Boyz, featuring none other than Summer House's alpha king Kyle Cooke. The Rosé Ruler hits the stu to talk about starting an alcoholic beverage empire, having his entire life (including three hour boners) broadcast on TV, and spilling the twisted tea on what cast members are absolute snakes. Then, on Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys lob out potential options for the upcoming FU corporate retreat.
This one's for the gd mf rafters, folks. The boys kick off FU's gritty reboot with the legendary Dro Grindstein of Def Jam. Dro hits the brand new, state of the art Barstool trap to drop endless gems, from where hip-hop is headed next to working with certified A-listers, like Eminem, Nate Dogg and Action Bronson. Then in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys critique their new digs.
Buckle the fuck up, Fail Gang! It's our 100th episode and you already know we're bringing you another Bertified FU Blassic™ with one of our biggest capital F Fashion guests yet, Our Legacy's Jockum Hallin aka the Yoker. Jockum hits the stu all the way from Sweden to talk about the art of the understated drip, what it's like running one of FU's favorite brands, and kitting out celebs like Jay-Z and Drake. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys celebrate the milestone that is putting out 100 episodes of this bullshit that we all love so much.
We're kicking off Season 8 with the crossover ep of the century, featuring none other than Cum Town's Adam Friedland. Adam joins the boys to talk about beefing with Chelsea Clinton on Twitter, getting cucked by a DJ, and how he didn't propose to his fiancée. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Lawrence goes off on Jimmy and Chuckles for going to the Eric Emmanuel Easter Brunch event that he wasn't invited to.
The boys are slamming the door on Season 7 with a finale for the rafters featuring Patia of Patia's Fantasy World, aka your favorite memer's favorite memer. Patia joins the gang to deliver one of the wildest FUs to date, exposing racist meme accounts, reminiscing on getting paid to pee into dudes' mouths, and breaking down why everyone she sleeps with owns a skateboard. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys take a victory lap, recapping the absolute, unadulterated slapper that was Season 7. See you next year! Just kidding. We're contractually obligated to bring you Season 8 next Thursday.
Yee-AND WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH-haw! Horny Jimmy and Married Larry have survived the #TheTexasWedding and are kicking off their most robust ep yet with a full-fledged recap of the event of the season. Then, we've got an absolute slaperoni of an interview with friend of the pod, wedding invitee, and Bonobos editorial director, John Jannuzzi. J-Uzi hits the stu to talk about slanging slacks, building a cookie empire, getting buff af and what Failing Upwards Creative Agency LLC can do for you. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys finally end the charade and declare their true love and respect for the Stool and Stars because, well, yeah, they fucked the fuck up and need to save as much face as possible.
Jimmy Horny and Marry Larry are back for another all-time episode featuring the only independent sneaker designer that matters, John Geiger. The Geigz regales the boys with tales of growing up with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, collabing with a strip club, and why Nike will never work with him. Plus put ur yeeyee juice in the mf air to toast Lawrence as we go full cowboy on his bitchass and do some live podding straight from the texas wedding (unbeknownst to the man of the hour).
Folks, we've got the jawnz ep of the goddamn millennium this week featuring none other than “The Reluctant Anthropologist” himself, Mordechai Rubenstein. Mister Mort joins the gang to talk about Canal Street bootleg politics, being ahead of just about every trend, flicking up NYC's best and brightest fits and more. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Larry addresses all the Texas Wedding™ talk in his final days as an unmarried man.
Jimmy and Larry are back this week with that raw, uncut, pure East Coast Media Elite™️ shit with Futurism's Chief Content Officer Foster Kamer. Foster hits the stu to talk about manning a media empire, matching with celebs on Raya, and why he doesn't fuck with Mad Men. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys talk about FU's newfound Big Cat energy.
We finally got him, ladies and gentlemen. The pander ep of the goddamn millennium is upon us. This week, FU is joined by Pardon My Take's Dan “Big Cat” Katz. Big Cat hits the stu for a marathon sesh with the boys to talk The Art of the Deal™️, pitch his best ideas to take the pod nuclear, experience the Odell Beckham Jr. trade live on air and more. You don't wanna miss this because Dan said he's never coming back on. Like ever. Seriously.
You asked and we answered, baby. The whole FU crew is in the stu this week answering questions from the Fail Gang. Find out what James is wearing to Larry's wedding, just how they became world-renowned jawnz enthusiasts, and who Chuck would cast as the boys in the hypothetical FU Zoovie nobody wants to watch. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys tease next week's BIG guest.
The boys are kicking things off this week with a spicy recap of last week's collaborative zoovie with Saturdays NYC, followed by an interview with long overdue guest, Senior Editor of Complex, Frazier Tharpe. Frazier joins the gang to talk about bricking his fits from coast to coast, why Netflix is evil, and even sheds some light on the TV show he's writing. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, it's Call To Action City and a sloppy tease for next week's hotly-anticipated AMA pod.
We say this a lot, but this time, the boys are finally fucking back! James and Lawrence return to the Barstool Stu with former colleague, esteemed East Coast Media Elite, Donnie Kwak, the East Coast Bureau Chief at the Ringer. Donnie joins the boys to talk about what it was like bringing Desus and Mero together, loving Romantic Comedies, and what it's like to be an Asian-American in pop culture today. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys share some details about their Happy Hour with Saturdays NYC.
It's another FU Creative Agency LLC original baby! This week, the boys are bringing you Fuck With/Not Fuck With (Working Title): The Zoovie™, a compilation ep of our guests' favorite things, featuring prestige personas Rachel Tashjian, Sam Lerner, Brock Korsan, Hank Lockwood, Sam Hine, Jon Caramanica, and Caleb Pressley.
We finally got him, folks! James and Lawrence are back in the booth doing what god intended them to do, featuring noted friend of the pod and one of NYC's best new designers, Eric Emanuel. Eric hits the stu to talk buying Warhols with collab checks, loving basketball shorts while not knowing shit about sports, and what it was like designing one of the year's most coveted sneakers with Adidas. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys send out some Fail Gang feelers for potentially FU's first-ever live show.
CALL IT! The boys are back this week with another FU Hotline™ special, featuring last minute special replacement third mic all-star and fan favorite, Barstool Outdoors' very own, YP. From talking about how many times they bust every morning, to which way they wipe their butts, we're answering BIG questions only straight from the Fail Gang's 10 million beautiful minds.
Jimmy and Larry never miss. Season 7 stays surgical with a 4 mic masterpiece, featuring No Losses aka Young Costanza and Topshelf Tyson. YC and Topshelf join the boys to talk Milly Rocking innocent bystanders to death, going viral on the timeline, soundtracking the night of your goddamn life and more. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a moving tribute to a silent, but crucial member of the Fail Gang who is no longer with us. Rest In peace, Carolyn, you dead bitch. We love you. You will live on in our hearts and minds forever. Salute.
Jimmy and Larry are keeping the fire burning with another slapchop this week featuring the Catfish guy, Nev Schulman. Nev joins the boys to talk about why he doesn't wear underwear, foreskin appreciation, what it's like being a professional cockblock and Catfish truthers. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to home, welcome to couple's counseling with Mr. and Mrs. Chuckles.
Season 7's finally here, baby! The boys are kicking things off with an absolute slapper featuring Union LA's esteemed owner, the one and only Chris Gibbs. Chris joins the gang to talk about what it's like being the only person that dresses well in LA, being the only fan of house music who's never been to a rave, and creating the best sneaker of 2018. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys talk about what life is like at Barstool in a post-bagioli world.
This week on the season 6 finale of FU, James and Lawrence are welcoming back local Paterson legend, friend of the pod and Fail Gang deep cut favorite, Complex's Angel Diaz. Angel returns to the stu to talk about the perils of gentrification, white people food, and pulling up to the club with your own bottle of coquito. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, Lawrence fills everyone in on the demise of the greatest Twitter account of all time, Four Pins. See you next year.
James and Lawrence are back for the most out of pocket FU After Dark™️ yet, featuring their old pal and the least east coast, least media, least elite guest ever to grace the pod, Nick Grant. Nick joins the boys to talk about being the only black guy living in Iowa, how he sharted after dunking on Gilbert Arenas, and what it was like being an og #menswear head. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys eagerly await the now instant blassic FU Holiday zooooooovie that has already happened because this podcast was recorded last Friday.
James and Lawrence are back with another Hollywood blassic featuring comedian and actor Adam Pally. Pally joins the gang to talk about his illustrious history of getting canceled, researching weed carriers, spending over a million dollars on jawnz, and his starring role on one of FU's favorite sitcoms ever, Happy Endings. Plus, it's the glorious return of the Pump Boyz™️. Finally, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys preview the upcoming FU holiday zoovie at Kinfolk.
James and Lawrence are back with another zoovie featuring Hollywood's own Dan Levy, head writer and executive producer on ABC's The Goldbergs. Dan joins the boys to talk about the biggest assholes in show biz, hosting his own MTV dating show, guest starring on The Office, and the possibility of FU becoming the next hit sitcom. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys convince guest producer Liam from the 508 to make a PMT x FU crossover episode happen.
James and Lawrence are making sure all 9.6 million members of the Fail Gang are eating this Thanksgiving with a fuckin slapper featuring our most goth guest yet: the author, east coast media elite and Twitter famous Darcie Wilder. Darcie joins the boys to talk about the lifestyle choice of being ambiguously employed, using Twitter as a dating app, and the joys of listening to Good Charlotte. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the OG Core Four (s/o Producer Jay) share what they're thankful for.
James and Lawrence are back for round 2 with alt-comedy king, Brandon Wardell. Brandon joins the boys to talk about how his life has changed in the year since his last FU appearance, from pivoting to being a fit pic thot, to getting tricked into having a threesome, to getting John Mayer to start wearing windbreakers. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys do a flash interview with this week's guest producer, the Barstool audio godfather, Mikey Pods.
James is in LA so of course you know we had to call it with another episode featuring the FU Hotline™, answering BIG questions only from the best and brightest members of the 9.6 million strong Fail Gang. The boys reveal how much money they make, give out Chuck's phone number, get a surprise call from Lawrence's fiancée and check back in on James' porn diet. Then, tune in to Captain's Log/Letters to Home for the rare Fit Check: Boyz Edition.
Buckle the fuck up for one of our rowdiest episodes of all time: IT'S FU AFTER DARK. James and Lawrence are joined by the least famous Hollywood actor to ever come on the pod: Sam Lerner, aka Geoff Schwartz from The Goldbergs. Lerner joins the boys to talk about how the Fail Gang is infiltrating Hollywood, losing awards to Sir Ian McKellen, and swinging big networking dick at a Bat Mitzvah. Then, in a very sauced-up Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the crew discuss the only podcast merch that matters, the FU capsule collection. COP UP!
James and Lawrence are keeping the hot streak alive with another 2 hour slapper featuring Minya Oh, aka Miss Info. To kick the ep off, the boys fire off a quick rapid fire jawnz-inspired round of Fuck With/Not Fuck With (Working Title): Boyz Edition™. Then, Miss Info gives the crew the 411 on what it was like being a female minority in the budding hip-hop media scene, what it's like being sneaker resell royalty, and pioneering the gold-tooth drip. Finally, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boyz give the Fail Gang their penultimate bagioli update.
Season six coming in hot with an ear-slap just like you knew tf it would be my g! Fresh off the Jonah ep, James and Lawrence are flying high with another absolute banger featuring Complex Networks' CEO Rich Antoniello. Their former employer joins the boys for over two hours of head shots and boss talk, including how to make serious coin in streetwear, truffle-hunting in Italy, and why Fashion Bros was WAY ahead of its time. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys salute all of the true warriors behind the only subreddit that matters, r/failingupwards.
James and Lawrence are back for Pander Szn with what arguably might be the most ridiculous pod in FU history featuring Barstool's own Ben “Young Pageviews” Friedman. YP joins the gang to talk about the importance of virile, free-range chinchillas, shitting his pants outside Dover Street Market, and his beef with Chance the Rapper. The boys are also kicking things off with their 69th bagioli update and, finally, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a just the tip tease of the episode all 8 million members of the Fail Gang have been patiently waiting for.
James and Lawrence are back with another all-timer featuring New York's coolest creative consultant, Chris Black. Back by popular demand, the people's champ returns to the only podcast that matters to talk to the decline of western civilization, hanging out at the Fantasy Factory, shooting his shot with Lily Allen and more. We're also leading things off with a Fuck With/Do Not Fuck With (Working Title): Boyz Edition™️ and in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the gang discusses their role, or lack thereof, in the latest round of Barstool backlash.
James and Lawrence are continuing their hot streak with another blassic ep, pulling back the east coast media elite curtain on the biggest movie screening of the last decade: the Mid90s NYC premiere. Then, a few lucky fail gang members call in to get roasted. It's the triumphant return of The FU Hotline™️, featuring everything from soaking with Meryl Streep to ballin' on a broke baby budget. Finally, in Captain's Log, the gang discusses their upcoming State of the Pod summit with Barstool's CEO, the Nard Dog herself. Will this be the end of FU? Fingers crossed.
PANDER GANG IN THIS BITCH! The boys are back after a restful bye week. You're welcome. We're addressing all rumors, controversies and speculations to clear the air for all 8 million members of the Fail Gang. Then, James and Lawrence are joined by Barstool Sports' own Caleb Pressley to talk inter-office politics, shooting a porno, partying with El Pres and how Failing Upwards can, once and for all, secure the goddamn motherfucking bagioloi. Finally, in Captain's Log/Letters To Home, the gang talks about attending the prestigious "Mid90s" screening for all the homies that weren't invited.
CALL IT! James and Lawrence are back with downtown localite Waz Dope for an episode that might be the craziest switch-up in pod history. Waz joins the boys to talk about how he became the FU muse, the time he got his salad tossed in Paris, and how many Aperoli Spritziolis™ he would order on the perfect date. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the Chef reluctantly regales the tale behind the night that led to his first-ever soak sesh.
James and Lawrence are keeping things fresh this week with an all new segment: The FU Hotline™. The boys respond to a highly-curated batch of voicemail questions and topics, including the appropriate soak sesh length, the oral history of emoji joggers, what designers should creative direct their funerals and more. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the gang reveals how they blew their paltry ass pod checks and debate plans for the next FU corporate retreat.
The boys are back with another spicy ep for all you red-blooded jawnz enthusiasts, featuring GQ's own Sam Hine. Sam joins the gang to talk about twin dicks, running errands for Anna Wintour, chasing down Lil Uzi Vert and the only podcast beef that matters. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, James regales the gang about his most recent excursion as a certified Pump Boy™ at the TomTom grand opening in LA. We're also kicking things off with a big FU reveal, featuring a new way for the eight million members of the Fail Gang to be a part of the show: Welcome to The FU Hotline™, bitch! Hit our line (828) 539-1869, smash that mf call button and leave a voicemail, baby.
We're back with another gd mf Bertified Blassik™ featuring Complex's Speedy Morman. Speedy joins the boys for another slap of an interview to talk about teachers with plump dumpers, the joys of soaking, and the eternal appeal of Crocs. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys tell the gang about some upcoming FU sponsored content and the art of securing the bag.
The boys are shaking things up this week with the first ever bicoastal Failing Upwards™ original, Fit Check: The Movie. Chef Shyammy's cooked up an episode of some of FU's biggest and best Fit Check moments featuring Jon Caramanica, Ben Roazen, Chris Wallace, Rachel Tashjian, and John Feitelberg.
The Failing Upwards Difference™ has never been felt harder than in this MONSTER episode with Barstool's very own, Francis Ellis. Francis joins the boys to get schooled on the gender spectrum, talk growing up ginger, and almost gets through thirty seconds of his best comedy bit before being interrupted. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys welcome James back into the workforce and tease some HUGE moves the gang might be making. And we'd be remiss not to mention that there's some Kimmel talk to kick things off because nobody likes talking about themselves more than James and Lawrence.
THIS THE POD THAT GOT THE BLOCK HOT –– keep the win tally going because James and Lawrence are back with another home-fuckin-run on this week's episode, featuring The New Yorker's hippest fuccmom, Naomi Fry. Naomi joins the boys to tell the fail gang all about being on the staff of the country's (if not the world's) most elite publication, being the first mom to cop the sickest jawnz, and to spill tea on all your favorite celebs. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys salute the Fail Gang for all of the recent clout. Keep that same energy. SUPPORT THE HOMIES!
The boys are fucking back with what might be the best episode of the season, featuring the latest cover star of Footwear News Magazine, Russ Bengtson. Russ joins the boys to talk about his 1000+ sneaker collection, the potential assassination of DJT, the unattainable joy of watching The Office for the first time, and yelling at clouds. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys talk all things Jonah Hill Day 2K18. FAIL GANG, PULL UP
James and Lawrence are back stumbling out the Season 5 gate with another episode that's clinging on for dear life. After 6 guests bailed on the boys, Pardon My Take superproducer Hank Lockwood came thru at the 25th hour to save the day to talk failing his way up the Barstool ranks, getting dick pics from coworkers, and convincing Jonah Hill that they're homies. Then, in Captain's Log, the squadron realize they're both growing up with James settling old scores at his 10 year college reunion and Lawrence diving balls deep into the corniest wedding ritual possible.
FAIL GAING REJOICE. James and Lawrence are back with the goddamn motherfucking heat for the season 5 premiere of FU, featuring not one, but TWO guests: Pitchfork's Alex Frank and Complex's David Amaya. The boys dive balls deep into the nitty gritty details about what it was like to hear “Thriller” in the middle of Wyoming and uncover everything about the most important event Jackson Hole has ever seen aka the Ye listening party. Then, for the first Captain's Log/Letters to home of the season, the boys shed some light on the next best event of the year: JONAH HILL DAY 2K18.
On the Season 4 finale, James and Lawrence are back with another home run for the Bravo Boys, featuring Below Deck Med stars Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and Chef Adam Glick. The yachties hit the stu to talk about blacked out guests sliding around in their own feces, unsettled beef from last season, wall-banging hookups with clients, and working for millionaires who have a taste for hookers. Then, in our final Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys explain two-day hangovers and inevitable baldness to the young, naive groms.
James and Lawrence are back shamelessly pandering to the Stoolies with a bop of an ep that features Barstool's very own John Feitelberg. Feits joins the boys to talk copping Mexican grandfather hats, earning his stripes by blacking out and butt chugging molly in frat house basements, and why skullfucking is the move. Then, in Captain's Log, the boys talk to the grom squad about the vacation days they foolishly wasted.
After a much-needed hiatus, James and Lawrence dive balls deep into Kanye konspiracies and crack open—nay, SOLVE!—the case of MAGA Ye. Then, because this is the most intellectual pod in the goddamn motherfuckin game, the boys are joined by thrice-published author Lucas Mann to talk about his new book Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV. The warrior-poet bookworm regales the Fail Gang on why Vanderpump is the perfect TV show, getting topped by Lawrence for Four Pins, and why James is an entertaining but sloppy(-toppy) wedding guest. In a bonus interview that cements our status as the most diverse podcast in the whole fucking GALAXY, Producer Jay makes his triumphant yet flaccid return, waxing poetic on how he spends his life now that he's flush with cash and adult responsibilities. Spoiler alert: nothing's really changed.
James and Lawrence are back this week and are taking the pod to the fuckin galaxy for FU's sportiest episode yet. The jawnz-lovin' dark horse of NASCAR Landon Cassill rolled through Barstool HQ (along with a very not-so-special guest, Jake Woolf) to talk about his go-kart come up, how to circumcise dudes from Alabama, encounters with throttle-thirsty racer chasers, and his thoughts on the actions of (alleged) murderer Tony Stewart. Then, the boys end the episode with Captain's Log/Letters to Home, with what might be FU's biggest reveal to date: the return of Producer Jay?
James and Lawrence are back doing it in full effect for the Bravo Boyz with a enormous banger of an ep. Million Dollar Listing and Sell It Like Serhant's very own Ryan Serhant joins the fail gang to lay it all on the table (a table that he'll mothafuckin sell to you)—from being a broke boi hand model to becoming a bonafide real estate magnate gentrifying the entire tri-state area. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, James and Lawrence talk about what they're up to for the next few weeks while the squad gets a much-needed break from recording, even though a segment on Kanye going full MAGA would've been fire.
James and Lawrence are back with another intellectual pod for that ass. The New York Times' Style Reporter Matthew Schneier joins the fail gang for two hours of brainy banter. Matthew speaks on his creative process at the Times, gives foundational style advice, and finds out James was his high school stalker. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys address the recent criticism of The Whiz Kid, Producer Shyam.
James and Lawrence are pivoting back to extremely intellectual podding. New York Times best selling author Mary H.K. Choi joins the fail gang for the most robust interview yet. Mary dives deep on modern day fuccbois, exposes the secret world of teenagers, and talks about her critically-acclaimed new book, “Emergency Contact.” Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys share what it's like being international jet setters.
James and Lawrence speculate Jonah Hill's potential awareness of the Fail Gang after some interesting developments on Instagram. Then, Fashionista editor-in-chief Alyssa Vingan Klein reunites with the boys after intimidating them into having her back. Alyssa remembers almost losing her life at an Off-White fashion show and breaks down the treacherous politics of working in fashion. Plus, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, a spirited debate on whether or not to add another episode of the pod each week.
James and Lawrence are back in business with the bossiest episode in FU history. The boys bless the Fail Gang with the tastiest new tunes and primo TV in another self-“Fuck With/Not Fuck With (Working Title)”. Then, Bartstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini joins the fail gang to get down to brass tacks. Erika names who's coming for her throne and takes us behind the Barstool curtain, complete with an on air firing. Finally, Captain's Log/Letters to Home devolves immediately into unadulterated body-shaming, putting into jeopardy FU's claim as the most tolerant podcast in the world.
Lawrence and James are back with what folks are calling the freshest episode in FU history. The boys sit down with Don C, designer of JustDon, noted Jordan Brand collaborator, and Kanye West's day one. The boys ask Don C how to blow a bag at Wendy's, that time Kanye almost lost Shia LaBeouf's hat, and Don C's upcoming Air Jordan. Then, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys share a behind-the-scenes look at how to best navigate a press junket at Twitter HQ.
James and Lawrence discuss James' recent freelance gigs and the ultimate finesse of working from home. Then the host of First We Feast's “Hot Ones” Sean Evans returns to FU after gaining over 70,000 Instagram followers since his first appearance. That saucy little bitch Sean talks to the boys about his routine as a professional hot wing eater, the current state of his obliterated asshole, and shares behind the scenes stories from some of the most viral episodes of Hot Ones. Plus, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the gang realizes the whole pod squad might just be a black hole of drug consumption.
Lawrence and James finally settle their most sizzling hot beef and get to the bottom of who actually scored higher on the SAT. Then, Hypebeast's Ben “Broazay” Roazen joins the fail gang to discuss his 17 years in Russia, how the streetwear sausage is made, and why he won't just shut up and blog about sneakers in Trump's America. Plus, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys finally recap their big call with Barstool and enlist the fail gang for some much needed support.
James and Lawrence discuss the art of the vacation thirst trap after James' doinked out trip to Jamaica. Then, Highsnobiety's Editorial Director Jian Deleon joins the Fail Gang to discuss getting free gear, his annual jawn budget, his career as a slam poet, and more. Plus, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys reiterate their love and appreciation for stoolies.
Lawrence and James host their first ever guest ad read with FU alum Angel Diaz. The boys finally give a proper introduction to new producer Shyam and ask how he's going to take the pod to the next level. Then, Keith Abrams joins the fail gang to talk about life as the owner of Kinfolk, his history of beating up Nazis in Portland, and the time he used a Zima bottle as a weapon in Alaska. Plus, in Captain's Log/Letters to Home, the boys discuss their upcoming conference call with Barstool Sports' CEO Erika Nardini.
James and Lawrence turn Fuck With/Not Fuck With (working title) on the new Supreme collection, the biggest new chunes, and fire television programming. Then, Complex writer and Coquito legend Angel Diaz joins the fail gang for a vaped out giggle fest. Angel talks about his new Ralph Lauren documentary ‘Horse Power,' his extensive history of beef with some of the biggest rappers in the game, and the most wild conspiracy theories. Plus, Captains Log/Letters to Home addresses a potential pod beef on the horizon.
The time has come you guys. This is Producer Jay's final episode. To start off this weeks episode, James and Lawrence give Jay an exit interview and give him a chance to reflect on his time as the producer, and even air his grievances. It was a bittersweet moment for the whole squad, Jay will definitely be missed. But fuck it, he had to secure that bag YOU FEEL ME?! YERRRRRR... Then, the guys interview music entrepreneur Brock Korsan. Brock talks about his come up in the industry managing artists and producers, helping with marketing and street teams for early streetwear brands, his opinions on the music game currently, and more. Then in Captain's Log/Letters To Home Jay passes the torch on to the new producer! Be nice to him guys. He's a good kid, he's gonna do great. WELP... THIS IS IT. MY LAST SUMMARY. Yeah, I'm typing this summary in the first person, this my last episode I can do whatever the hell I want. IT'S BEEN, REAL GUYS. I'M REALLY GONNA MISS THIS WACKY FAMILY CALLED FAILING UPWARDS. Be sure to follow me on twitter @_JelaniCarter. I'm gonna be making my own podcasts soon so stay tuned for that, I'm trying to get more plays than Lawrence and James lol. Aiight, that's all I got. FAIL GANG FOREVER. PEACE. -Producer Jay
YERRRRRRRRRRRRROn this weeks episode of the podcast, James reveals that he didn't take the job in LA, so the pod lives on! He provides the Fail Gang with tips and tricks on how to navigate life while in between jobs, and what his current life is like now that he's funemployed. Then Lawrence and James interview the talented and unapologetic Senior Director of Universal Music Group's newly minted imprint, Urban Legends, Lauren Nostro. They immediately get into all the details of her and James' infamous(?) hookup at Kinfolk, what it's like being the self-proclaimed Princess of Buffalo, New York, her thoughts on the Grammys, Italian-American pride, life living in Los Angeles compared to NYC, mumble rap, and a lot more. Then in "Captain's Log/Letters To Home" the FU Squad start their farewell tour for the Chocolate Gawd himself, Producer Jay. That is right, Jay has secured the bag at a new job, so, unfortunately, his time at Failing Upwards is coming to an end. So if you think you can fill his 9.5 sized shoes, send all serious inquiries to email@example.com, the guys would appreciate it.SEE Y'ALL FOR THE LAST TIME NEXT WEEK YOU GODDAMN MOUTH BREATHERS.
In this weeks episode, James and Lawrence discuss James' fate as the future of the pod hangs on by a thread. Will James quit his job at [bleep] and move to Los Angeles or will he stay here with the boys and take the L? Find out.... next week we think, we're not exactly sure. Then the guys interview amazingly talented photographer, Andi Elloway. They talk about the differences between living in New York vs. LA, working with Edison Chen and the team over at Honeyee, the best way to take fit pics, and much more. Actually come to think of it, that's pretty much all they talk about. Huh.... guess we summed up the episode pretty well. Still listen though because in Captain's Log/Letters To Home we reveal OUR NEWEST RECRUIT: KYLE DUNKSUPERCALIFRAGILISTICESPIALADOCIOUS. Seriously, his last name is really that complicated, but boy can that boy get some fire meme's off so show the Young Gawd some love. HOPE YOU'RE STILL ENJOYING SEASON FOUR YOU DAMN SHOOBIES.
Lawrence and James turn "Fuck With Not Fuck With" (Working title) on themselves this week, and then reluctantly ask Jay and Chuck as well. Then, Senior Editor of GQ Style Noah "Narc Dad" Johnson returns to FU to talk about getting Yelawolf hooked on meth, James eventually fucking Noah's dad, and what it's like to get your titties sucked by a baby. Then on "Captain's Log/Letters To Home" THE INTERNS FINALLY GET PAID BABYYYYYYYYYY. YERRRRRRRRR. Well technically the whole crew got paid, but everybody has jobs already except Producer Jay, so he was the only one that was actually excited. This summary is brought to you by the newly wealthy but still incompetent Intern Chuck, because James and Lawrence dropped the ball. Fire mixtape cover though, we will give him that. HOPE YOU'RE ENJOYING SEASON FOUR YOU SHMUCKS, TWO BANGERS IN A ROW.
James and Lawrence start off the new season by giving themselves, as well as Jay and Chuck, resolutions to consider in 2018. Then they have a chat with Senior Deputy Editor at Bleacher Report, Maurice Peebles. They talk about his humble beginnings growing up in South Jersey and writing about Philly sports, how interesting it was being one of the first (and at the time, only African-American) hires at Barstool Sports, investing in Bryptoburrency, and other cool things too. Then in Captain's Log, Lawrence and James give Producer Jay and Intern Chuck a stellar review of the "Failing Upwards Holiday Clip Show Extravaganza". Welcome to Season Four you scumbags.
(Yo I'm gonna keep it G with y'all real quick, this is Producer Jay writing the summary. The guys usually shoot me an email or text on what the title and description is gonna be for all the episodes, but I guess they forgot. I honestly have no idea what I'm doing lol. Definitely give this episode a listen though, Maurice was an awesome guest. I'm glad we started off the new season with a banger. Well... fuck. I don't know what else to write.... FAIL GANG IN THIS BITCH, YEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.)
Producer Jay and Intern Chuck fail upwards into guest hosting duties after Lawrence and James abandon the Fail Gang for for the holidays. The boys introduce the best moments of the first three seasons, a mashup of every time they got shit on, and a compilation of every moment Lawrence and James ask a brand to sponsor the pod. Plus, Captains Log/Letters to Home gets spicy when Chuck claims Jay was late to record.
James and Lawrence take a look back at the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of 2017. Then, their former boss and current ex-pat freelancer Steve Dool joins the pod to talk celebrity stalkers, the drunken debauchery of British people, and coming out of the closet as a grown ass man. Plus, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" confirms without a shadow of a doubt that the boys were indeed back in town, plus previews how Producer Jay and Intern Chuck are going to completely let down the Fail Gang for the holidays.
James and Lawrence break down the ways they've schemed on getting rich quick, including the recent cryptocurrency boom and selling condoms to children. Then, former jock/model and cerebral writer Chirs Wallace joins FU to talk being BFFs with Rick Owens, fashion's pervert problem, and finding out his dad is gay. Plus, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" previews a few holiday treats for the Fail Gang.
James and Lawrence fall apart at the seams as Failing Upwards' weekly schedule destroys their friendship and professional partnership. Then, New York Times pop music critic, Critical Shopper, and friend of the pod, Jon Caramanica, joins FU to talk sleeping in the studio with Kanye, riding in Cam'ron's pink Range Rover, and being addicted to shopping. Plus, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" asks the Fail Gang to weigh in on some big questions regarding the future of the pod.
James and Lawrence dive dong-first into the thorny bush of long distance relationships, with real-time input from Intern Chuck fresh off his boo'd up holiday staycation. Then, WSJ men's style writer and friend of the pod Jacob Gallagher joins FU to discuss octogenarian internet trolls, swaggy trends for the Fail Gang, and cryptojawnz. Plus, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" initiates Ghost Protocol as the FU squad fails their way up in the Barstool universe yet again.
James and Lawrence discuss what it's like to interview half-naked Victoria's Secret Angels and debut the brand new, self-explanatory segment “Dick Talk." Then, friend of the pod Emily Oberg stops by to talk fuccboi losers, how much influencers get paid, and why being mean is fun. Finally, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" gets particularly tense and the return of the most electric ad reads in the business.
James and Lawrence break down the illicit swag economy where coastal media elites flip free Yeezys and $7,000 TVs. Then, comedian Brandon Wardell joins FU to talk Louis CK's sexual assault scandal, being Twitter famous vs IRL famous, and the curse of going viral. Plus "Captain's Log/Letters To Home" asks why so many Barstool employees are trying to end our lives.
James and Lawrence guess why Intern Chuck is missing and introduce his replacement. They also recap everything that went down at ComplexCon aka the Fuccboi Super Bowl. Then, Garage Magazine Fashion Features Editor Rachel Tashjian joins the pod to discuss shitty men, wine, art, and celebs making out. Plus, “Captain's Log/Letters To Home" is held hostage and the most electric ad reads of all time. Thanks to our sponsors: Mugsy Jeans - Get $10 off using code FU. We're also including a pack of Big League Chew with each Stoolie's order Burrow Couches - Burrow makes luxury couches for real life. Time to try the Burrow couch yourself! Use promo code FAIL at burrow.com to get $50 off your order. Vincero Watches - Do yourself a favor and head over to the Vincerocollective.com/failing to purchase one of these bad boys. They're offering Failing Upwards listeners 15-percent off for a limited time with the promo code: FAILINGTaylrd Clothing - Go to TAYLRDclothing.com/failing for 20% off
James and Lawrence explore the Hypebeast party cover-up where attendees were nearly blinded and burned, and Travis Scott is crowned “Fuccboi of the Week” thanks to a paralyzed fan. Then, GQ style writer and longtime friend of the pod, Jake Woolf, joins FU to discuss bodying internet trolls, toppling the bourgeoise, texting fit pics to John Mayer, and finally inspires some real, actual fashion talk for once. Plus, “60 Seconds of Thirst” and “Captain's Log/Letters To Home.”
James and Lawrence discuss all the rapper violence that's poppin' off, but only so they can reminisce about their own personal frat battles and drug-fueled Canadian royal rumbles in a new segment called "Glory Hole." Then, Chief Content Officer of Complex Networks and bonafide clout god Noah Callahan-Bever joins the pod to detail how terrible James and Lawrence were as his employees, a never-before-told Kanye West breastfeeding story, and why ComplexCon is a can't miss event. Plus, "Captain's Log/Letters to Home" gets luxe as fuck as the FU gang pulls off the bank heist of the goddamn century.
James and Lawrence act like posers while discussing Palace's latest venture, John Mayer flexes crazy as the latest “Legend of the Week,” and “Teachable Moments” makes it's glorious return thanks to polar opposite love lives (marriage vs butthole sexts). Then, Flynn McGarry aka “The Justin Bieber of Cooking" joins the pod to talk feeding Jonah Hill, partying with the FU crew, chef beef and more. Plus, Intern Chuck completely ruins “60 Seconds of Thirst” and “Captain's Log/Letters To Home” gets real as fuck thanks to Barstool's latest clusterfuck of controversies.
James and Lawrence try to figure out how the fuck Supreme is worth $1 billion. Then, Chris Black aka Done To Death Projects joins the pod to discuss why drugs are fire, how to flourish as a professional freelance scammer, protocol on making small talk with Shia LaBeouf, and walks us through how to hate absolutely everything. Plus, a strangely prepared and professional “60 Seconds of Thirst” and the most explosive financial scandal in Failing Upwards history.
James and Lawrence ponder whether anime (and anime porn) is cool now and debut their new segment “Teachable Moments” to help the #FailGang navigate strip clubs and getting your first tattoo. Then, Barstool Sports founder and FU's new boss Dave Portnoy joins the pod to break down living in NYC, pizza sex, his favorite drugs, and more. Plus, “60 Seconds of Thirst” and “Captain's Log/Letters To Home.”
James and Lawrence dismiss this week's major hypebeast headlines and debut their new segment "Fuccboi of the Week." Then, GQ Style editor-in-chief Will Welch joins for a discussion covering fake hippies, a young, up-and-coming Rick Ross, and answers the #FailGang's most pressing style inquiries. The whole time, everyone is full turbo off extra strong cinnamon Nicorette.