Black Thought (The Roots) Talks with Wyatt Cenac on the Talkhouse Podcast

The Roots' lead MC and the star of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas sit down for a hilarious chat at On Air Fest in Brooklyn.

UPDATE: This podcast was a 2021 Webby Winner for “Best Live Podcast Recording!”

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, we feature a very special conversation recorded live at On Air Fest in Brooklyn earlier this month between The Roots’ lead MC Black Thought (aka Tarik Trotter) and comedian Wyatt Cenac. The two friends have a hilarious, highly entertaining talk about everything from beard grooming and the need for adult playgrounds, to their initial forays into showbiz (Tarik went to school with Questlove, Boyz II Men and Beanie Sigel!), to Wyatt’s disastrous gig hosting a CMJ hip-hop show and the awful time Tarik forgot the lyrics to the Jay-Z song he was performing – as part of a tribute to Hov himself! For more filmmakers and musicians in conversation, visit Talkhouse at and subscribe to the Talkhouse Podcast to stay in the loop about future episodes.

Today’s show was recorded by Sam Bair at On Air Fest; our co-producer Mark Yoshizumi masterminded the remote recording of the intro.

The Talkhouse Podcast theme song was composed and performed by The Range.

(Photo Credit: Keenan Kush)

Wyatt Cenac is a comedy person. He tells jokes for money. Or free drinks. If he’s lucky, money and free drinks. He’s usually not that lucky. (Image Eric Liebowitz/HBO)