Smartless, a popular podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, has been entertaining listeners since its launch in July 2020. In this episode, the hosts discuss their Smartless Tour, during which they recorded 10 episodes live in front of thousands of fans across the United States. These episodes are now available on Wondery Plus, where listeners can access them four weeks early and ad-free before they are released on other podcast platforms.
The hosts start the episode by reminiscing about their recording session in Chicago and their pre-show antics. Sean Hayes, who grew up in Chicago, shares some childhood stories, including a memorable one about his mother, who had her eye removed due to cancer when he was just two years old. Despite the serious nature of her illness, Sean's family found humor in the situation and made light of it to cope. The hosts also discuss a gift presentation from Sean's sister, which turns out to be a surprise appearance by Sean's mother's eye.
Last year, Sean, Jason, and the speaker went on a Smartless Tour where they recorded ten episodes live in front of thousands of their biggest fans from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Currently, there are more live episodes from their tour on Wondery Plus that listeners can access. These episodes can be listened to four weeks early and AD-free on Wondery Plus. After that, they can be heard for free wherever the listener gets their podcasts.
During the tour, the hosts made announcements and interacted with the audience. They asked the audience to turn off their cell phones and refrain from flash photography. They also shared personal stories, including the speaker's childhood experiences growing up in Chicago.
The hosts engaged in banter with each other, with Sean playfully attempting to speak in an accent and Jason joking about his discomfort after eating a beef sandwich and chocolate cake shake before the show. The speaker shared a touching story about his mother and her dark sense of humor, including her experience with cancer and having one of her eyes taken out.
Overall, the Smartless Tour provided a unique opportunity for fans to see the hosts in person and hear them record episodes live. The hosts engaged with the audience and shared personal stories, making the experience memorable for all involved.
Live Episodes Availability
Smartless went on tour last year, recording 10 episodes live in front of thousands of fans from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. These live episodes are now available on Wondery Plus, and can be listened to four weeks early and ad-free. After the four week period, they will be available for free on any podcast platform.
Listeners can find Wondery Plus on the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. The live episodes offer a unique experience for fans of the podcast, allowing them to hear the hosts in front of a live audience and providing a different dynamic than the regular episodes.
Recording Session in Chicago
During the Smartless Tour, Sean, Jason, and the speaker recorded 10 live episodes in front of thousands of fans across the United States. Some of these episodes were recorded in Chicago, where Sean is originally from. The speaker welcomed the audience and reminded them to turn off their cell phones and refrain from using flash photography.
Before the show, Sean suggested that they try the famous beef sandwiches and chocolate cake shake from Portillos, which caused some discomfort for Jason, who had been eating salads for the past few years. Nonetheless, the speaker shared some childhood stories from growing up in Chicago, including a humorous anecdote about his mother's glass eye.
The speaker's mother had lost an eye to cancer when he was two years old, and as she grew older, she had to constantly resize the eye to fit her face. The speaker's family would often joke about the situation, and his mother even had a tiny plunger suction cup to clean the eye.
During the recording session in Chicago, the speaker also shared a masturbation story and brought out his mother's glass eye, which was a surprise for the audience. The speaker's mother had passed away, and he had purchased the house they grew up in, along with two neighboring houses, to build a new home for her.
Overall, the recording session in Chicago was filled with humor and personal anecdotes, making it a memorable episode for fans of Smartless.
Before the live recording of the Smartless tour, Sean, Jason, and the speaker engaged in some pre-show antics. The speaker, who is from Chicago, shared some stories from their childhood, including one about their mother's dark sense of humor regarding her eye patch. The group also joked about the effects of eating beef sandwiches and chocolate cake shakes before the show. They reminded the audience to turn off their cell phones and refrain from flash photography. Sean attempted to speak with a Chicago accent but was not successful. The speaker also shared a masturbation story, which they promised to tell later in the show. Overall, the atmosphere was lighthearted and humorous, with the group enjoying themselves and engaging with the audience.
Sean's Childhood Stories
Sean, one of the hosts of Smartless, grew up in Chicago and has many stories to share about his childhood. One story that sums up his mother's dark sense of humor is when she had to keep resizing her eye after having it removed due to cancer. As she grew older, her face grew but the eye stayed tiny, so she had to keep resizing it to prevent it from falling out. Sean and his family would make fun of it, and his mother would join in with her own jokes.
Sean also shared a heartwarming story about how he bought the house his family grew up in and the two houses next to it, tore them all down, and built a new house for his mother. When his mother saw the new house for the first time, she was overwhelmed with emotion and cried tears of joy. However, she also made a joke about not picking out the couch herself.
In addition to these stories, Sean also hinted at a masturbation story that he wanted to share but did not go into detail. Overall, Sean's childhood stories showcase his family's sense of humor and the love they have for each other.
Sean's Mom's Story
Sean's mom had a great sense of humor and was the greatest mom ever. She had a dark sense of humor and could make fun of anything, including her cancer. At two years old, she had to have one of her eyes taken out due to cancer. As she grew older, she had to keep resizing the eye to fit her face. If she did not keep up with the resizing, the eye would fall out. Sean's mom raised all five of her children by herself after Sean's dad left when he was five. Sean wanted to do something special for his mom, so he bought the house they grew up in, the one next to it, and the one on the other side. He then knocked all three down and built his mom a brand new house. When she walked in for the big reveal, she cried her eye out and was so grateful for everything. She even joked that she didn't know if she would have picked out the couch herself. Sean's mom passed away, but her memory lives on through her sense of humor and the stories her family tells.
During the live Smartless tour, the hosts gave away gifts to their fans. These gifts were presented in a fun and engaging way to make the experience memorable for everyone. Before the show started, the hosts reminded the audience to turn off their cell phones and refrain from taking flash photography. They also encouraged the audience to take a seat and enjoy the show.
As the hosts took the stage, they welcomed the audience and expressed their gratitude for their presence. They shared personal stories and engaged with the audience, making them feel like a part of the show. The hosts also joked around and made light of the situation, creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
During the show, the hosts surprised the audience with gifts. These gifts were presented in a unique way, adding to the excitement of the show. The hosts made sure to engage with the audience while presenting the gifts, making the experience even more memorable.
Overall, the gift presentation during the Smartless tour was a fun and engaging experience for the audience. The hosts made sure to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while presenting the gifts, making the audience feel appreciated and valued.
Remembering Sean's Mom
Sean shared a heartwarming story about his mother during a live recording of Smartless in Chicago. He described his mother as having a dark sense of humor and being the greatest mom ever. When Sean was two years old, his mother had cancer and had one of her eyes taken out. Growing up, she had to keep resizing the eye to fit properly. She had to resize the eye as she grew older and had five kids to raise by herself. Sean wanted to give back to his mother when he became successful and bought the house that they grew up in, along with the two houses next to it. He knocked all three down and built his mother a new house. When he revealed the house to his mother, she cried her eye out and was overwhelmed with gratitude. Sean's mother had a unique sense of humor and always found a way to make light of difficult situations. Despite her passing, Sean's mother will always be remembered for the impact she had on his life and the lives of those around her.
The Smartless tour, which featured Sean, Jason, and the speaker, was a huge success. They recorded 10 episodes live in front of thousands of their biggest fans from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. The live episodes from the tour are now available on Wondery Plus, which allows listeners to access them four weeks early and ad-free. After this period, they can listen to them for free wherever they get their podcast.
The speaker expressed gratitude to the fans who attended the live shows and those who listened to the podcast. They shared some personal stories from their childhood, including how their mother had cancer and had to have one of her eyes taken out. Despite the challenges they faced, the speaker's family found humor in their situation and made fun of it.
Overall, the Smartless tour was a memorable experience for the hosts and their fans. The speaker's personal anecdotes added a touch of humor and relatability to the show. The availability of the live episodes on Wondery Plus ensures that fans can continue to enjoy the tour long after it's over.