Shattering the image of podcasters recording shows in a basement or garage, WNYC Studio’s newest show will feel more like a late-night television talk show than a podcast. Recorded in front of a live audience, Adulting will mix comedy with the big questions surrounding the permits of adulthood.
Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos will host the show, addressing everything from raising kids, splitting the check at dinner, doing taxes, asking for a promotion, breaking up with a friend, navigating relationships, paying the mortgage, and less weighty topics including whether it is okay to eat cereal three times a day or how much is too much to spend on a pillow.
"This show is group therapy on Groupon,” says Carlos. “When we get rolling and sharing the ups and downs of adult life and how we are all muddling through, I don't feel alone. I feel connected to everyone in the room. But that could also be the Bloody Marys talking."
Buteau, a comedian who has had stand-up specials on Netflix and Comedy Central, also has a podcast past. She produced and hosted the talk show Late Night Whenever podcast for WNYC Studios. Carlos is an actor who starred in the MTV series “I Just Want My Pants Back” and worked on the Comedy Central series “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” He most recently was a story editor for HBO’s “Divorce.”
“It’s been a thrill to work with Michelle Buteau again, who is such a force, and to get to know the incredibly talented Jordan Carlos,” said Paula Szuchman, Vice President of On-Demand Content at WNYC Studios. “Listening to them together makes me forget all my troubles, and realize I’m not the only one struggling with grown-up things like keeping plants alive.”
New episodes of Adulting will be released weekly through September 3. Guests lined up for the first season include comedians Phoebe Robinson, Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan and Danielle Brooks.