Critics’ Corner: Smartless



Lila Caminiti, Features Editor, Senior

In quarantine, it’s easy to fall into a binge-watching session on Netflix or Hulu. However, there are many fun alternatives to TV-watching, one of which is listening to hilarious podcasts, such as SmartLess. SmartLess is a recently released podcast hosted by Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes, in which they host surprise guests ranging from Melissa McCarthy to Neil Degrasse Tyson. SmartLess is not only laugh-out loud funny, but also extremely interesting and thought-provoking.

The dynamic between Arnett, Bateman and Hayes is one of the best, if not the best, aspect of SmartLess, as each host brings their own hilarious anecdotes and scathing wit. They spend a large portion of the show making jokes at each other’s expense, which creates a friendly and casual atmosphere. 

Although the trio’s comedy plays a large role in the podcast, the podcast is not all laughs. In fact, they often discuss social and political issues, as well as personal topics. For instance, when movie star Robert Downey, Jr. was interviewed, the group bounced back and forth between cracking jokes and discussing Downey’s past struggles with addiction. In doing this, the hosts were able to make an interview with quite heavy subject matter entertaining in the ways that were both emotional and entertaining.

Another fantastic aspect of Smartless is the compelling guest appearances. Although a relatively new podcast, Smartless has already had a host of fantastic guest appearances that have included people like actor Seth Rogen and Vice President Kamala Harris. There’s something for everyone. For example, if you’re a fan of comedy, you might enjoy the Will Ferrell episode. If you’re more into science, check out physicist David Sinclair’s interview. However, don’t limit yourself to just one genre – one of the best aspects of Smartless is their diverse range of interviewees!

Overall, I would recommend Smartless to just about anyone. With a wide variety of topics and guests, it has something for everyone.