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Don't Panic with Anthony Atamanuik


Staying alive in the most ridiculous situations keeps comedian Anthony Atamanuik up at night. If you’re attacked by a swarm of killer bees, do you lay on the ground and play dead? Climb up a tree? Jump into the nearest body of water with a little straw poking out as a breathing apparatus? We could find ourselves caught in a million wild situations, and if you don’t know what to do, you might not make it out alive!

On Don’t Panic, Wondery’s new weekly comedy show, super-worrier Anthony Atamanuik brings to life our most irrational fears and anxieties with some of the funniest people on the planet, from how to escape from a submerged vehicle to how to avoid sinking in quicksand. Along the way, guests will also share what keeps them doomscrolling on their phones, and learn what to do in every worst-case scenario that couldn’t possibly happen in real life. Or could it?

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People who lie awake in bed wondering how to survive a zombie attack are not alone. So does Anthony Atamanuik, host of Don't Panic with Anthony Atamanuik. On the podcast, Anthony shares his strategy for getting to sleep. In each episode, the standup comic discusses solutions to the topics of his dread.

Podcast listeners learn what to do if someone buries them alive or if a bear attacks. Anyone wanting to get free after a kidnapping can get great advice here. Anthony goes on wild journeys with fellow comedians through the worst situations one can imagine.

Besides hosting the Don't Panic comedy podcast, Anthony writes, acts, and performs stand-up. Many people may recognize him from his Donald Trump impersonations. Anthony jokes he makes his ancestors proud as the child of a long line of worriers. He says his panic is a family trait, and he makes the most of it by having fun with fear.

In the first episode, comedian Paul Scheer discusses a terrifying topic. What should someone do if their car gets submerged in water with them in it? The episode begins with an improvised skit. Two friends drive in a car, deciding whether to stop for snacks. The cliffs loom below as they chat. The car swerves and falls into the cold waters of the Pacific. The sound of bubbles gets louder. The podcast's rollicking theme song asks, "Whatcha gonna do?" Lucky for listeners, Anthony and Paul tell them what they would do in this emergency. Afterward, they share advice from the experts. At the end of the episode, they return to the scene and act out their survival.

Don't Panic with Anthony Atamanuik also offers advice for escaping killer bees and surviving bank robberies. Anthony reminds listeners to stay calm in an emergency. Getting informed is the best way to ensure survival. At least, he hopes this is true. New episodes of the podcast appear every week.

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