“[Scrabble] sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes.”

“Scrabble’s not really a word game. It’s a math game with word tools.”
- Matt Graham, comedian and Scrabble expert, on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show

Matt Graham is a man with an interesting resume. On the comedy side he’s written for SNL and Conan (on which he also appeared several times as a standup). On the Scrabble side he’s placed second in the Scrabble World Championships, been featured in the Scrabble book Word Freak, and was a central character in the Scrabble documentary Word Wars. This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show we discuss the strategy of high-level Scrabble, Matt’s vintage board game collection, and tips for Scrabble enthusaists who have yet to memorize all the 2-letter words.

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Matt’s one man show, This Too Shall Suck, is currently running in New York. Get tickets at!


“We put into your brain that it was okay to let your imagination run wild. It’s okay to be silly. It’s okay to be weird.”

- Pee-Wee’s Playhouse puppet/set designer Wayne White on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, explaining what messages he implanted in kids’ brains.

Even if you’ve never heard Wayne White’s name, you’ve almost definitely enjoyed his work. Wayne was a designer on shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Beakman’s World, as well as music videos like Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight Tonight. Wayne has since developed a second career in the fine arts world and is the subject of the wonderful new documentary Beauty is Embarrassing.

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show you will hear from both Wayne and the film’s director, Neil Berkley. We discuss the influence of Pee-Wee, what shows are continuing it’s legacy today, and what it’s like to be the star of a documentary.

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Beauty is Embarrassing is in theaters but you can watch it right now (which I recommend!) at, iTunes, or - and this is a cool one - Vimeo’s brand new rental program.