Naked Lunch

Phil Rosenthal, David Wild, and Straw Hut Media

Don't you love a great lunch and conversation with an interesting friend? You know, the kind that you talk about for years to come. Phil Rosenthal, creator, and host of Netflix's "Somebody Feed Phil," already knows how to find fascinating people, foods, and cultures. While he always likes eating lunch, he's even more enthusiastic about a lunch that includes a conversation with smart people who share their stories.

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Our Editor's Take

The Naked Lunch podcast follows Phil Rosenthal and David Wild as they discuss almost anything. The Somebody Feed Phil star and Rolling Stone journalist have been friends for years. Now, they open their conversations to listeners in this friendly and funny podcast.

Phil and David invite various types of guests onto the podcast and also do solo episodes. Since Phil has a background as both a TV producer and actor, He has a lot of famous friends. Guests include actors, musicians, comedians, and writers. Phil and David speak to guests such as Andy Richter, Conan O'Brien, and Justine O'Brien. Ray Romano, star of Phil's TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, also guests. They discuss their career successes and challenges. Often, they keep the conversation casual and unrestricted.

The podcast's name is the same as a famous William S. Burroughs book. But the Naked Lunch title has a different origin. It comes from the idea that the conversation is "naked." Yet the hosts and guests are not. This means Phil and David have a relaxed way of interacting with guests. They let the conversation flow in a natural way without any fixed agenda or questions. The result is an open and refreshing conversation. Each episode sounds like old friends reconnecting over lunch.

In other podcast episodes, Phil and David open up discussion to their listeners. Listeners call the duo and ask questions without expecting serious answers. They offer relationship advice and speak about music and food. Phil reminisces about filming Somebody Feed Phil and offers restaurant recommendations. David, meanwhile, opens up on his career as a culture writer and critic.

Phil and David treat both their celebrity and call-in guests with the same carefree curiosity. Their conversations are amusing and relaxed. The hosts are approachable and welcoming. Naked Lunch is a pleasant conversation between friends that never seems too forced.

The podcast releases new episodes weekly. Episodes are around one hour long.

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