Dax Shepard finds creative fulfillment with new podcast

FILE - In this March 11, 2017 file photo, Dax Shepard poses for a portrait -in West Hollywood, Calif. Shepard hosts a podcast called "Armchair Expert." (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dax Shepard acts, writes and directs but his latest creative venture is fulfilling him in ways he didn’t expect. He’s begun recording podcasts called “Armchair Expert” in a guest house attic on property he owns with his wife, Kristen Bell. New episodes drop Mondays.

Shepard said his experience as a guest on other podcasts including “WTF with Marc Maron,” ”The Nerdist” and “Off Camera with Sam Jones” sparked the idea of starting his own.

“I just really enjoyed being able to talk for an hour or two hours and not be confined to an 8-minute produced segment on a talk show,” he said. “We were able to veer off into much more profound or personal topics. And you felt like you had the time to give some context to your opinions.”

Shepard’s first episode was with Bell on a day when they were bickering. (They’re a popular Hollywood pair, appearing in commercials together.) He’s since added conversations with other celebs including Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel and has branched out to experts of their fields, like a clinical psychologist who can talk about parenting strategies.

He describes that particular interview as his “most stimulating” so far and aims to speak with more “intellectuals, experts, doctors and psychologists.” His wish-list for guests is “never-ending” and the multi-hyphenate performer Donald Glover is ranked No. 1.

“Armchair Expert” also has a sidekick and co-producer named Monica Padman. She fact-checks him at the end of every episode.

“I’m a white male and it’s important for me to get checked regularly from a female perspective and a person of color’s perspective. It’s very helpful to me to hear how I might have my own personal blinders on and I regularly do,” laughed Shepard.

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