Shepard finds creative fulfillment

NEW YORK — 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.

Shepard’s first episode was with Bell on a day when they were bickering.

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.”

In his podcast, Shepard frequently refers to his own addiction to drugs and alcohol (he’s now in recovery) and says “to create some equanimity, it’s required of me to share something that’s very vulnerable” to get others to feel they can do the same. He says he’s especially interested in people’s struggles and setbacks and what they’ve learned.

“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.

They’re also taking the “Armchair” on the road with episodes recorded before an audience. Tickets will be available for upcoming Texas dates.

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