Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend

Review of ARIYNBF in The A.V. Club

Written by Alison | August 11th, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Comments

The Onion’s A.V. Club reviewed Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend and I couldn’t be happier. I am truly humbled, and by that I mean I’m very full of myself. Here’s the review:


Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend
Dick Cavett is fond of quoting Jack Paar’s comment about how the ideal talk-show appearance should be a genuine conversation rather than a scripted and controlled Q&A. Cavett embodied that advice on his television talk show, and the cream of the current crop of podcasters share Paar and Cavett’s commitment to advancing the lost art of conversation. Among them is Alison Rosen, the newsgirl on the wildly popular podcast The Adam Carolla Show and the host of her own Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend on Carolla’s podcasting network.

Pete Holmes was the first guest on Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend and Rosen has appeared as a guest on You Made It Weird, which is fitting, since the podcasts have a lot in common. Rosen and Holmes both combine big personalities with genuine curiosity about both their guests and the world around them. On Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, Rosen exposes her neuroses, anxieties, and insecurities in a way that never overshadows her guests. The latest episode features Greg Proops, a popular presence in podcasting as both a host and a guest, but Rosen gleans some new insights from the familiar face and effete voice. Proops is loose and lively as he discusses how he’s able to not just function but thrive while being essentially high all the time, shares the rare stoner anecdotes of genuine interest to people other than those involved, and examines the ego-threatening perils of reading comments on the Internet. In the best Cavett/Paar tradition, this is a true meeting of complementary minds. [NR]

–The A.V. Club

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  • I on the other hand think this is a very classy move, stay classy San Diego!

  • ka1iban

    Alison, I love you.  You are great. Oversharing of personal details.  I like everything about you. Also, I do not like this thing about you.

    Judging by the comments here, your fan base is entirely comprised of serial-killer internet robots.

  • Chris

    I am 70.  That's right -- seventy.  I have gotten along great with women all my life by observing one rule -- treat them like guys.  Respect them first and then give them some shit.  Now i listen to ARIMNBF and find out that I have been fucking up for all this time.  I am overcome by how complicated and nuanced women are.  Thanks Allison for for this information far too late for me to use it.  I'm going to continue to respect them -- and then give them some shit.  Like your show otherwise.  I'd lose the "zip it cunt" on the AC show, however.


  • Rufus

    I was very pleased to read this review at the AV Club.  I am less pleased to see it rather self-servingly re-posted here.  I understand the instinct to do this, but it nevertheless hardly seems like a classy move.  Still, congratulations.  Your podcast is great.

  • Some Guy

    Is it possibly to publicly accuse someone of being classless without sounding classless?  

  • Sanchezjerami

    Glad to hear your podcast is gaining a respectable following with the critics and the common folk alike...! Im a genuine fan and have not missed a single episode since the 'inaugural' one with Pete Holmes (Actually it was your podcast who introduced me to You Made It Weird). I am a podcast lover just in general...! The ability for people to open up a dialogue and discuss things in a honest space without the persona of somebody talking AT you in a calculated and heavily guarded way is what i long for the most...! I have gained some valuable life lessons from the podcast medium just by listening to individuals being honest and an open book in front of each other...! I love how you are able to have your sharp wit intact and engage in conversations that vary from absurdly silly and funny to honest reflection and introspection...!!! I do admire your podcast in particular for those lucky charms...!!! ...Anyways i feel like i've been getting redundant and i could possibly go on but i'll spare you...! By the way i know for a fact you're name is getting out there and growing based on the fact that i am definitely NOT in you're ''demographic'' and i still dig it...!!! All the best...!!!

  • I concur 

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