On August 14, 2012, Dave Wiskus and I finally released the first episode of Unprofessional, the greatest podcast the world had ever known.
Dave and I hadn’t met in person before we started working on the show. We recorded more unreleased pilots than any other podcasters have ever created. We called the show Completely Inappropriate at first, and eventually landed on Unprofessional as the perfect name to match the conceit we eventually landed on: talking to interesting people about anything other than their work.
We got to know each other by working on the show together. That was fun.
Unprofessional has had a profound effect on my life, in numerous ways: I got to spend time chatting with friends for our listeners’ enjoyment, and I also got to talk to various heroes of mine, folks I’d never have met otherwise: Jonathan Coulton, John Flansburgh, John Hodgman, Josh Malina, Susan Orlean, and more. I also spent time talking to Governor Jesse Ventura, but let’s let that go for the time being. (Oh, and it led to my new career.)
And honestly, as much as I’ve loved talking to the celebrities—and I really have loved talking to the celebrities—I’ve gotten even more enjoyment from talking to some great friends on the show. I could name names, but they know who they are. Especially you. Yes, you. (Not you.)
They say that all good things must come to an end, but that’s because “they” are a bunch of big liars. Unprofessional is too good to end, too big to fail, and too legit to quit. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve given Unprofessional everything I could, and that the best thing I can do for the show’s future is give it room to evolve, to prevent it from becoming stale.
But you’re in luck: Dave will be continuing Unprofessional on his own, with a rotating cast of guests. The good news—or bad news, if you prefer a good story—is that there’s no drama here; there’s no secret intrigue behind-the-scenes; this isn’t one of those podcast changes. I’ve simply realized that my own run on Unprofessional has peaked. I’m eager to see where Dave takes the show on its next chapter.
We’ll have a new episode live later today (Christmas Eve), and one more very special Lex + Dave episode before the end of 2013. But stay tuned for an all-new Unprofessional under Dave’s careful direction in 2014.
If you can’t imagine the idea of not hearing me on a weekly podcast, you’re in luck: You can check out Not Playing with Lex and Dan, a newer show I cohost with my friend Dan Moren, wherein we watch movies that everyone else has seen—but that we haven’t. And I may have another podcast surprise up my sleeves early in 2014, too. (Spoiler alert: I do.)
Thanks to all of Unprofessional listeners, and good luck to my good friend Dave Wiskus with the new version of the show. And now, let’s pause this blog post for a word from our fine, fine sponsors.