About the Show

On this week's show, comedian and actor Kristen Schaal is a mom with a powerful fanny pack, and we finally find out the name of America's horse in the desert. Plus, music from the Portland-based band Typhoon and the story of the magic shark who named them.


Typhoon – ‘Young Fathers’

Fanny Pack Mom


This episode of Wits is sponsored by Nilan Johnson Lewis.

The Guests

Kristen Schaal


Kristen Schaal is unforgettable as stalker fan Mel from HBO's Flight of the Conchords and as Hazel Wassername on NBC's 30 Rock. Kristen currently voices the character Louise on FOX TV's Bob's Burgers and the character Mabel on Disney Channel's Gravity Falls. She and her husband are co-authors of the humor book, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex.



With a sonic palette that adds horns, strings, xylophone, accordion, and percussion to the classic indie rock foundation, Portland, Oregon based Typhoon, have been crafting expansive, emotional anthems since 2005. Paste Magazine raves that "Typhoon is an indie rock geek’s dream: a dynamic 11-piece with a seemingly unending reservoir of energy…Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new critical darlings." In 2013, the band released their fourth album, White Lighter.