If I Were You (podcast)

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If I Were You
If I Were You cover.jpg
If I Were You's cover art
Presentation
Hosting Jake Hurwitz
Amir Blumenfeld
Genre Comedy
Advice
Language English
Updates Biweekly (Monday and Thursday)
Length 30–65 minutes
Publication
Debut May 13, 2013
Provider iTunes
SoundCloud
Website http://ifiwereyoushow.com/

If I Were You is a comedy advice podcast created and hosted by American comedians Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, known for their involvement with CollegeHumor and their web series Jake and Amir. First released on May 13, 2013, new episodes are posted every Monday and involve the hosts attempting to give humorous advice to readers who have submitted their problems.

The show has appeared on the iTunes podcast charts in multiple countries, reaching number 3 in the United States.[1]

Content[edit]

Each episode of If I Were You begins and ends with a different theme tune created by a listener. The format of the show consists of hosts Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld reading out questions—or, in later episodes, playing audio questions—emailed to them by listeners with problems; usually three or four questions every week. They assign the listener a pseudonym (often humorous or that of a popular fictional character) and discuss the problem, often brainstorming ideas and improvising humorous situations, before reaching and summarizing a conclusion of what the person should do.

The show has featured several guest stars, including CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen,[2] actress and Jake and Amir star Allison Williams,[3] co-workers Streeter Seidell,[4] Emily Axford, and Pat Cassels, The Pete Holmes Show host Pete Holmes, Jake's mom Laura Hurwitz, and his brother Micah Hurwitz, all of whom were present for entire episodes (with Seidell and Williams guest-starring in two different episodes), as well as cancer sufferer Ethan Trex[5] and Amir's (at the time) girlfriend Laura,[6] who were only in parts of an episode.

Reception[edit]

The podcast reached number 1 on the British,[7] Canadian[8] and Australian[9] iTunes charts, as well as peaking at #3 in the United States[1] and #17 in Germany.[10]

The Guardian's Miranda Sawyer called If I Were You "a typical example of a comedy podcast" and "amiable enough", but said it contained "far too much laughing", commenting that "If I wanted stream-of-consciousness waffle with the occasional funny line, I'd listen to [my small children]."[11]

Episodes[edit]

Episodes are posted every Monday to SoundCloud and Tumblr,[12] but are often available earlier on iTunes.[13] The second episode was posted early, on the Friday after the first episode.[14]

# Title Length (minutes:seconds) Release date
1 "Starbucks" 30:26 May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
This episode includes advice on asking out your barista at Starbucks, and other sticky situations...
2 "Bounce" 30:22 May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
In today's episode we discuss long distance relationships, working out, and most importantly, cats.
3 "Noodles" 30:35 May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
In this episode we discuss cool kids, smelly food, and whether or not we should edit our terrible mistakes. (Spoiler alert: We don't.)
4 "Cheeseburger" 29:54 May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)
In this episode we discuss happiness, breaking up, and what heaven is like.
5 "Seize the Cheese" 33:25 June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
In this episode we discuss cool dads, nerdy friends, and foul balls.
6 "Tattoos (with Ricky Van Veen)" 34:03 June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
CollegeHumor co-founder (and our boss) Ricky Van Veen stops by to talk tattoos, middle names, and how to tell if you've found your soulmate.
7 "YouTube" 35:52 June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)
In this episode we discuss being a teenager, ducks, and whether or not you should YouTube that shit.
8 "Tinder" 38:32 June 24, 2013 (2013-06-24)
In this episode we discuss how to break the ice and the meaning of art. Then our friend Ethan stops by to talk about talking about cancer.
9 "Communism (with Streeter Seidell)" 37:19 July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01)
In this episode, CollegeHumor's editor-in-chief and our friend Streeter stops by to talk about communism, friendship, and the lack of meaning in our bleak existence.
10 "Grandma" 38:50 July 8, 2013 (2013-07-08)
In this episode we discuss retroactively cheating on your wife, secretly moving out on your grandmother, and why apologies are actually the best way to start a relationship.
11 "Zero to D (with Allison Williams)" 40:51 July 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)
In this episode, "Girls" star Allison Williams joins us to discuss sexting, shaving, and dead dogs.
12 "Kick Ass Dad" 29:24 July 22, 2013 (2013-07-22)
In this episode, we discuss strong dads, brain surgery, and how to be a better person. This episode is also made available as a video.[15]
13 "The Necklace" 36:26 July 29, 2013 (2013-07-29)
In this episode we discuss high school athletics, difficult graduation decisions, and how to clean jewelry.
14 "Sexting" 38:37 August 5, 2013 (2013-08-05)
In this episode we discuss sexting, cheating, and nearly getting arrested in Iceland.
15 "Trust" 45:45 August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
In this episode we discuss jealousy, trust, and the pros and cons of hooking up with your neighbor.
16 "Drunk" 42:58 August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
In this episode we get a little tipsy... then discuss homophobia, long distance friendship, and Jake's family vacation.
17 "Batman vs. Porn" 37:51 August 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)
In this episode we discuss handjobs, Burning Man, and nursing baby birds back to health.
18 "Snapchat" 42:24 September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02)
In this episode we discuss STDs, drinking tolerance, and the infamous "friend-zone."
19 "Roller Coaster of Love" 41:05 September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
In this episode we discuss motion sickness, booty calls, and anal sex. (Not in that order.)
20 "Honesty" 44:16 September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)
In this episode we discuss Burning Man, the merits of lying, and the truth about herpes.
21 "The Weiner Game" 42:47 September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)
In this episode we discuss blackmail, breaking the ice, and believing in yourself. The big three.
22 "Threesome" 49:14 September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)
In this episode we discuss war, religion, and sexuality. You know, light topics.
23 "Scientific Study" 43:29 September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
In this episode we talk about imaginary girlfriends, real boyfriends, and the results of Jake’s STD test.
24 "Braces" 51:00 September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)
In this episode we discuss whether or not it’s okay to hide your flaws, steal money, or hit a woman.
25 "Waxing (with Emily Axford)" 48:52 September 30, 2013 (2013-09-30)
CollegeHumor’s Emily Axford joins us to discuss friendship with benefits and the pain of grooming yourself.
26 "The Richest Man" 48:43 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)
In this episode we discuss periods, police and… Shakespeare?
27 "The Easter Bunny" 50:07 October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)
In this episode we discuss MILFs, GIFLs, and ugly ducklings.
28 "Sex Is Sex (with Pete Holmes, live at ComicCon)" 57:07 October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14)
Comedian Pete Holmes joins us at NYComicCon for our first LIVE podcast recording. We discuss losing your virginity, getting a pet, and chasing your dreams.
29 "Dicks And Nipples" 52:25 October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)
In this episode we discuss how to tell if somebody likes you, and how many sexual partners is too many. Also Tinder.
30 "Haehh! (with Patrick Cassels)" 53:34 October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
CollegeHumor’s Pat Cassels joins us this week to discuss Captain Kirk, counting calories, and couples costumes.
31 "Texting Casanova" 51:38 October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)
In this episode we discuss texting, pornography, and ugly feet.
32 "Jake’s Mom (with Laura Hurwitz)" 53:59 October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28)
In this episode, Jake’s mom joins us to discuss text messages, ex-girlfriends, and if Jake was always like that.
33 "Tinder Talk" 54:56 October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)
In this episode Amir finally signs up for Tinder, then we discuss people’s Tinder related dilemmas. Tinder.
34 "Dibs" 48:15 November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04)
In this episode we discuss how to text a crush, how to make a move, and a new app idea.
35 "Merkin (with Allison Williams)" 65:43 November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)
Star of HBO’s “Girls” Allison Williams joins us to discuss manscaping, poking, and pornography.
36 "Snail Trail (Live at Littlefield!)" 59:53 November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11)
In this episode we discuss suspicious hair, suspicious lovers, and suspicious smells.
37 "The Friend Zone" 51:18 November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)
In this episode we discuss coincidences, confidences, and why the infamous "friend zone" doesn't actually exist.
38 "Jealousy" 49:25 November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)
In this episode we discuss envy, threesome [sic], and vibrators. In that order.
39 "Facebook Official (with Streeter Seidell)" 56:07 November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)
In this episode we discuss masturbation, pornography, and Amir’s driving skills. Or lack thereof.
40 "Sugar Daddy" 50:57 November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25)
In this episode we discuss prostitution, first dates, and bad gift ideas.
41 "Aunt" 51:18 November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
In this episode we discuss embarrassing relatives, emotional cheating, and teenage love. Happy Thanksgiving!
42 "Paranoid" 42:18 December 2, 2013 (2013-12-02)
In this episode we discuss fiancés, fugliness, and foreskins.
43 "Guys Suck" 46:59 December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)
In this episode we discuss Christmas gifts, female roommates, and why guys are the worst.
44 "Awkward" 45:57 December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)
In this episode we discuss study buddies, masturbating, and how to act normal.
45 "Gotye" 47:24 December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
In this bonus Thursday episode we discuss best friends, worst gifts, and the art of being rejected.
46 "Christmas Gift" 41:40 December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)
In this episode we discuss second chances, sexy clothes, and the perfect gift.
47 "Cheating" 44:48 December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
In this episode we disagree on whether or not drinking is a valid excuse to be a terrible person, and also buying gifts for porn stars.
48 "Best of 2013" 53:20 December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)
In this episode we replay our favorite answers and theme songs from our first 47 episodes.
49 "Jewish (with Micah Hurwitz)" 44:38 December 30, 2013 (2013-12-30)
Jake's little brother joins us to discuss religion, ex-boyfriends, and breaking Jake's nose.
50 "Swinging" 46:16 January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06)
In this episode we discuss rejection, trust, and how to sleep with your friends girlfriend.
51 "Stay Friends" 47:50 January 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)
In this episode we discuss religion, chivalry, and the oedipal complex.
52 "Steroids (with Ben Schwartz)" 45:54 January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)
Comedian and friend Ben Schwartz joins us to discuss social anxiety, family obligations, and how to write without writing.
53 "Shot Through The Heart (with Ben Schwartz)" 46:01 January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16)
Our buddy Ben Schwartz returns for another episode of discussing, advising, and of course, singing.
54 "Rap Love" 46:58 January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)
In this episode we discuss hip-hop, haters, and taking somebody back.
55 "Wet Dream" 46:11 January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)
In this episode we discuss cowardly males, condo mishaps, and Kik Messages.
56 "Business Ideas" 42:55 January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27)
In this episode we discuss climbing and grandmas. Then we make a Super Bowl bet.
57 "Confidence" 43:58 January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)
In this episode we discuss how to win a fight, how to accept a gift, and how to estimate the size of a penis.
58 "Immune To Sex (Live At UCB Theatre in LA!)" 52:52 February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)
In this episode we discuss sexting, Flappy Bird, and respecting your elders -- recorded live at UCB Theatre in Los Angeles!
59 "Preach" 46:31 February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)
In this BONUS THURSDAY episode we discuss whether or not books make for good gifts, and also anal sex.
60 "Butthole (with Thomas Middleditch)" 59:51 February 10, 2014 (2014-02-10)
In this episode actor/comedian/friend/lover Thomas Middleditch joins us to discuss jealousy, intelligence, and buttholes.
61 "Polyamory (with Josh Ruben)" 48:09 February 13, 2014 (2014-02-13)
Comedian/Actor/Friend Josh Ruben joins us for this BONUS Thursday episode to discuss moving out, marriage, and trendy restaurants.
62 "Phone Thief" 45:48 February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)
In this episode we discuss cafeteria crushes, Counting Crows, and terrible teachers.
63 "Porn Browser" 40:50 February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24)
In this episode we discuss clothing, computers, and colonics.
64 "Cat Noises (with Rose McIver)" 57:56 February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)
Friend/Neighbor/Actor Rose McIver joins us to discuss flowers, bigotry, and prostitution.
65 "Nice Guys Finish Last" 44:11 March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
In this episode we discuss ghosts, sneezing, and and Seal.
66 "Hoodwinked (with Jeff Rosenberg And Rose McIver)" 47:15 March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)
Our friends Jeff "Rosie" Rosenberg and Rose "Rosie" McIver join us to discuss stealing, scamming, and sleepy sex.
67 "Howdy (with Dave Rosenberg)" 52:09 March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)
Our dear friend Dave Rosenberg, the master blaster, joins us to discuss wet snuggling, overprotective parents, and near death experiences.
68 "Hemorrhoids" 49:55 March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17)
In this episode we discuss boobs, watches, and anal discomfort.
69 "Mom" 42:02 March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)
In this episode we discuss dimes, mothers, and Dave Rosenberg.
70 "One Word Texts" 44:07 March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)
In this episode we discuss text messages, breaking up, and great ideas.
71 "Sim Cheating (with Thomas Middleditch)" 56:30 April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)
Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch joins us to discuss mustaches, break-ups, and virtual world problems.
72 "Gifts" 48:07 April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)
In this episode we discuss how to pleasure women physically, and men emotionally.
73 "Horoscope" 40:17 April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21)
In this episode we discuss nicknames, sex buddies, and how to hit a woman.
74 "Ladies Night" 45:29 April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28)
In this episode we discuss crushes, pronunciation, and calling out the wrong person’s name in bed.
75 "Harry Potter (with David Rosenberg)" 45:52 May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05)
Our boy Dave Rosenberg joins us to discuss breaking up, strip clubs, and tattoos.
76 "Bowl Cut (with Streeter Seidell)" 52:58 May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08)
Our buddy Streeter joins us to discuss bisexual boyfriends and globetrotting girlfriends.
77 "Mother’s Day/Butt Plugs" 49:52 May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
In this episode we discuss moms, ukeleles, and stinky situations.
78 "Steroids (with Rick Fox and Kyle Fox)" 51:28 May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)
Three time NBA Champion Rick Fox and his son join us to discuss performance enhancing drugs, condoms, and canine theft.
79 "Persistence" 48:13 May 22, 2014 (2014-05-22)
In this episode we discuss the trials and tribulations of being attractive, and joining a new podcast network.
80 "Ultimatum" 41:35 May 26, 2014 (2014-05-26)
In this episode we discuss marijuana, tattoos, and nude pics...
81 "Hot Pizza" 44:05 June 2, 2014 (2014-06-02)
In this episode we discuss whether you should sleep with somebody your friends have already slept with, and also pornography…
82 "Baby Dick (Live at the Hollywood Improv!)" 57:30 June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
In this episode we discuss nicknames, premature ejaculation, and slam poetry.
83 "Meredith" 40:08 June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16)
In this episode we discuss shaving, dying, and orgasms. While singing.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld – 'If I Were You': American iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld (June 10, 2013). "Tattoos (with Ricky Van Veen)". If I Were You (Podcast). Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld (July 15, 2013). "Zero to D (with Allison Williams)". If I Were You (Podcast). Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld (July 1, 2013). "Communism". If I Were You (Podcast). Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld (June 24, 2013). "Tinder". If I Were You (Podcast). Event occurs at 16:59. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld (May 20, 2013). "Noodles". If I Were You (Podcast). Event occurs at 23:00. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld – 'If I Were You': British iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld – 'If I Were You': Canadian iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld – 'If I Were You': Australian iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld – 'If I Were You': German iTunes Chart Performance". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Sawyer, Miranda. "Rewind radio: If I Were You; TED Radio Hour; Stuff You Should Know; Stuff Mom Never Told You; Desert Island Discs – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "If I Were You Show". If I Were You. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "If I Were You". iTunes. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Episode 2: Bounce". If I Were You. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Episode 12: Kick Ass Dad". If I Were You. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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