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Ep. 30 Robbie “the Fire” Bernstein Discusses Stand-Up Comedy, Dealing With AOC, and the Coming Economic Crash

Bob brings on Robbie “the Fire” Bernstein, host of Run Your Mouth and junior host to Dave Smith on the popular libertarian podcast Part of the Problem. Bob and Robbie discuss the NYC stand-up comedy scene, and give a tutorial on jokes using some examples. Bob asks Robbie whether the mocking campaign against AOC might backfire, and then Robbie turns the tables by asking Bob about the coming economic crash.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Podcast Potpourri on 04/30/2019 at 1:52 PM

    […] In the latest Bob Murphy Show, I talk with Robbie “the Fire” Bernstein about stand-up comedy, AOC, and the coming […]

  2. LP on 04/30/2019 at 6:00 PM

    The failure of Robbie’s taliban joke is that he doesn’t make the setup funny enough. Contrast it to George Carlin’s bit from one of the earlier BMS episodes, where there was a great deal of setup required, but he starts cracking jokes during the setup stage, to get the audience to buy in to the later parts.

    • Dustin Tyler Reed on 05/02/2019 at 2:33 PM

      Regarding your discussion about gold and silver…and this may be a dumb question, but:

      Why don’t libertarians talk about other metals and resources such as copper or iron? Copper and iron have practical and industrial uses. So why not invest in that?

  3. Eric on 04/30/2019 at 6:10 PM

    I love The Fire, great episode!

    The Aristocrats movie was actually created and directed by Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller. They’re also libertarians (although not super “hard core” libertarians).

  4. Doug on 05/10/2019 at 4:44 AM

    In case it’s of interest: Hang on Sloopy got tangled up with the Ohio State University marching band in the late sixties and they’ve been playing it ever since. Every alumni knows the song and were no doubt singing along with you.

    • Robert Murphy on 05/12/2019 at 12:18 AM

      Ah, thanks! Here it is, for those curious.

  5. guest on 05/26/2019 at 6:13 AM

    Fun Fact: F. A. Hayek does stand up, now, too:

    7 Minutes in Purgatory – Adam Lustick

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