Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Two friends from college trap an unsuspecting guest in a nightmare recording box somewhere in Los Angeles. Everyone has a lovely time.
That’s about it. A simple formula that leads to some major happiness.
And they’ve had missteps, of course. They’ve unknowingly offended some people, they’ve been insensitive, they’ve mistakenly said that certain baseball players are retired. But they’re kind enough to apologize for it or leave it in the past rather than drag it out.
And they’re also not afraid to go to some deeper places. One episode (I believe it was “Bone Manor” with Maria Thayer,) included more than a half hour examining the fears and dreams of the boys as creators (I think Maria gets a word in as well). We learn a lot about career disappointments, uncomfortable encounters, creative exploits gone well and the joys of becoming an adult.
And there’s always a dick joke. Always.
It’s also a show that cares a lot about its listeners. There are momentous occasions, when listeners call in when something great happens to them that they just need to share with someone. These guys helped raise $3000 so a Canadian Pentathlete could afford a new laser gun for the olympics! And then they all went to the Olympics together! And the follow up interview (in Ep 244, “Hashtag Friend Zone with Jason Mantzoukas”) is super fascinating!
I once read a review of this show that summed it up perfectly. Now, I can’t find the review, so I’ll sum up the review: JJGO is the sound of two men growing up. The silly, profane sound of growing up. It makes me want to keep trying to create. It makes me want to go hang out with my friends. God help us all, it kind of makes me want a baby someday.
Oh, you better run. Put some JJGo on your iPod first. Olympians train that way, you know.