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Famous Dead People
Famous Dead People
Hosted by Jarret Berenstein.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what happened to Amelia Earhart straight from Amelia Earhart herself, then Famous Dead People is the show for you!

Veteran comedian Jarret Berenstein resurrects famous dead people every week to interview on his show. You’ll be amazed at how much you don’t know about all your favorite dead celebrities and historical figures. Secrets will be revealed, stories will be set straight, and history will be rewritten, all courtesy of the city’s best comedians.


Listen every Monday at 3:00 pm
Category: Comedy, Talk


About Jarret Berenstein

Jarret Berenstein is a writer, comedian, and film producer based in New York City. His standup can be seen regularly on the Fox TV show Laughs, and he performs improv weekly at The Magnet Theater as part of the team Junior Varsity. He won a Best Solo Show award at the LA Comedy Festival as well as a TimeOut NY Crtics’ Pick, and a Best of New York from CBS Local News. He was also a featured performer at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the United Solo Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.


External Website: jarretberenstein.com

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Complete archive can be found at famousdeadpeople.podomatic.com

  • Ep 57 - Mark Twain & Saddam Hussein
    by Jarret Berenstein on January 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Matt Nedostup & Sulaiman Beg) Had I realized that their names rhymed (Twain and Hussein), I never would have put these two in the room together. Alas, the milk has been spilt, so please enjoy this particularly delightful episode. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 56 - Johnny Cash & Hammurabi
    by Jarret Berenstein on January 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Brian Patchett & Lex Morales) If there's one thing we learned from this episode it's that a man has gotta have a code. Whether you enforce that code on entire populations has a lot to do with whether you are an ancient king or not. Enjoy! jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 55 - Macho Man Randy Savage & Melvil Dewey
    by Jarret Berenstein on January 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Will Jacobs and Charlie Nicholson) Snap into this episode, guys. Snap into it because it is about organization, and living as macho a life as possible. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 54 - Gene Roddenberry & Leon Trotsky
    by Jarret Berenstein on December 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedian Kevin Cobbs & Shawn Wickens) One of my new favorite eps! Find the secret motivations one of the most influential communists leaders and the producer of the original star trek series. It's one for the books! jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 53 - Benedict Arnold & Bobby Fischer
    by Jarret Berenstein on December 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Pat May & Alan Fessenden) "War is a game of chess, not checkers," said someone probably, and so we bring you this episode featuring one of the greatest chess masters of all time and THE eponymous American traitor. Can you figure out which is which? It's easy. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 52 - Ronald Reagan & Marquis de Sade
    by Jarret Berenstein on December 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Austin Sanders & Jon Bander) A very unapologetic Marquis and a former president who was very vocal about the old pleasure dungeons he used to hang out in. This one is for the books! jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 51 - Ginger Rogers & Tomas de Torquemada
    by Jarret Berenstein on December 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Megan Gray & Chris Ferry) An interview with the original bad girl of Hollywood and a surprisingly sympathetic habitual torturer! Secrets are revealed, people. Get into it. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 50 - Hugh Hefner & Luciano Pavarotti
    by Jarret Berenstein on November 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians John Trowbridge & Douglas Widick) Join us as we celebrate the 50th episode by doing the same thing as every other ep! I was joined the studio today by two very controversial figures. Pavarotti was obviously a tax evader, and I forget what Hugh did that got people upset, but don't worry, it's in the interview. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 49 - Edgar Allan Poe & Harpo Marx
    by Jarret Berenstein on November 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Paul Valenti & Joe Miles) Somehow, at the end of this episode, Edgar was wearing Harpo's pants. It'll make sense when you listen. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 48 - Leonardo da Vinci & Ted Williams
    by Jarret Berenstein on November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Rebecca Robles & Brian Patchett) You know what they say about orgies: three people is too few, and there's no such thing as too many! I think that's the lesson from this week's episode with Leonardo and Ted, but I could be remembering incorrectly. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 47 - Christopher Columbus & Eleanor Roosevelt
    by Jarret Berenstein on November 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    (ft comedians Alan Fessenden & Patricio Machuca)The theme of this episode is powerful women, ie Eleanor, and the Queen that Columbus had to get money from for his dumb trip to the Bahamas (aka his Bahama mama). Dope women is dope, no matter what country or century. Ya heard? jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 46 - Charles Darwin & Alexander the Great
    by Jarret Berenstein on November 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Pat May & David Etkin) Is it fair to only call one guest "great" just because it's the name that history gave them? Darwin was a little sticky about this, but we got past it. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 45 -Friedrich Nietzsche & J.R.R. Tolkien
    by Jarret Berenstein on October 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Peter McNerney & Will Jacobs) The line between genius and moron has never been so fiercely debated! This was a spicy one, baby. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 44 - Che Guevara & Leonard Cohen
    by Jarret Berenstein on October 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Megan Gray & Austin Sanders) Everybody knows that the dice are loaded, everybody knows that the United Fruit Company paid American politicians to stage a coup in Guatemala! (I think those are the lyrics, right?) jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 43 - Leonidas & Marcel Duchamp
    by Jarret Berenstein on October 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Brian Frange & Todd Fasen) I'm noticing a worrying trend of booking dead people who end up either trying to or vowing to kill me on the air. No more warrior kings or 20th century artists from now on! Jk, they were great. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 42 - Blackbeard & Alfred Kinsey
    by Jarret Berenstein on October 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Branson Reese and Kevin Cobbs) There may or may not have been a little spark in the air between Blackbeard and me. Either that or Kinsey just really likes watching people bone. You be the judge! jarretberenstein.com @justajrret Listen →

  • Ep 41 - Charlton Heston & Mary Queen of Scots
    by Jarret Berenstein on September 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Chris Ferry & Meghan O'Neill) Everybody is confused by the history of European royalty, even Charlton Heston and Mary Queen of Scots! Enjoy the ep and don't...lose your HEAD! (spoiler alert) jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 40 - John Wilkes Booth & Plato
    by Jarret Berenstein on September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians John Trowbridge & Eric Yearwood) The father of western philosophy and the handsomest man in 19th century America! Which one was which? You'll have to listen to find out! jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 39 - Neil Armstrong & Walt Disney
    by Jarret Berenstein on September 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Pat May & Evan Altshuler) You'd think Neil Armstrong would be tired of talking about space, but on the contrary he was annoyed we didn't get to it more, much to Disney's consternation. Jarret had fun regardless. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

  • Ep 38 - Marlon Brando & Louis Pasteur
    by Jarret Berenstein on September 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    (ft comedians Douglas Widick & Lex Morales) If I had to pick two dudes who I did not expect to be as obsessed with farts and boobs as they were, it would be Louis Pasteur and Marlon Brando, who joined Jarret in the studio this week. jarretberenstein.com @justjarret Listen →

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