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Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos

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Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos provides real life advice with a heaping portion of hilarity topped with a dollop of truth. Their conversations with comics, experts and celebs answer listeners' most complex questions like: "How much should you pay for a pillow?”, "How should I treat my one-night stand?" or "When is it time to tell my DJ boyfriend to give up on their career?"

Jordan and Michelle are longtime best friends and comedians based in New York. You can find them doing Adulting live shows at The Bell House in Brooklyn or touring and performing standup all over the country. Past guests include Sarah Cooper, Roy Wood Jr., Joel Kim Booster, Tone Bell and more! Cue the airhorns!

Adulting is part of the Exactly Right podcast network that provides a platform for bold, creative voices to bring to life provocative, entertaining and relatable stories for audiences everywhere. The Exactly Right roster of podcasts covers a variety of topics including true crime, comedic interviews, science, pop culture and more. Podcasts on the network include My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, That's Messed Up: An SVU Podcast, This Podcast Will Kill You, Bananas and more.

85 Episodes
This week Michelle and Jordan are honored to be in conversation with costume designer, co-founder / co-conspirator of Black Trans Liberation, and Adulting kindred spirit, Qween Jean. Jordan “No Regrets Carlos” tells the tale of younger Jordan capturing the attention of a Hollywood bombshell, beyond college parties and her first taste of Alize, Michelle shares why Miami will always be in her heart, and through memories of childhood and the writings of James Baldwin, Qween Jean discusses the journey to living her truth—so you can live yours! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It’s an Adulting Homecoming at the Bell House when Jordan and Michelle bring it in with four-time Grammy-winning rapper / NYT best-selling author / co-founder of The Roots (THAT PART!), Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. Jordan walks back in time to the fateful night he met his man crush in a bar (DENZEL!!!), in the midst of mistaken identity Michelle exemplifies going high with humor and class while seated in economy, and Tariq arrives, "Irk List" in hand, 1.) to hilariously go off on the surprising things that yuk his yum (shoelaces???), and 2.) to sound off on any and all things adulting including navigating jealousy in oneself and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Live from Brooklyn’s Bell House, Michelle and Jordan welcome Ted Lasso writer, actor, and podcast host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me, Dylan Marron. Jordan reflects on his adulting journey from BC (before Costco) to his present 40s form (doomsday pantry as the new stunting and flossing), Michelle shows her earliest receipts for preparedness when she details her intense, age 5 morning routine, and Dylan, married for 8 years now(!!!), explains why productive fights are essential to maintaining a healthy relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Michelle and Jordan welcome a bucket list guest to the Bell House stage—the icon, the symbol, the legend, Grammy-awarded singer-songwriter, Norah Jones [AIRHORN!!!]. Jordan shares a harrowing story that sparks a family debate over the diff between a pet and a pest, Michelle recounts the dramatic transformation of her eccentric roommates cat from white to pink fur—an NYC tale (or is it tail?) as old as time, and Norah speaks candidly about developing intuition as an artist, powering through stage mishaps, and one hilarious meet-cute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Live at the Bell House BK, Jordan and Michelle welcome internet sensation and host of the super viral "Recess Therapy," Julian Shapiro-Barnum (hold for applause!). Michelle’s toddler turns the tables when he R-E-A-D-S her during bedtime stories, Jordan perfectly times his edible kicking in to deliver his thesis on country music’s BLACK origins (FACTS Y’ALL - BIG FACTS!), and fresh from a break up with serial monogamy itself, Julian opens the floor for questions--he’s an open kids book, y’all!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Live from Brooklyn, Michelle and Jordan bow down to Black Hollywood Royalty, mother / daughter ICONS of the stage / screen, Jillian Hervey of "Lion Babe" and THE Vanessa Williams. Jordan delivers a convincing reason for NOT working with male trainers (i.e., unconfirmed whereabouts on Jan. 6), Michelle tells a cautionary tale for the front row seats at her future shows (the moral of the story—know your dosage!), Jillian shares how motherhood banished her inner critic and led to new heights as an artist, and Vanessa looks back on the powerful and the hilarious moments from her career—not to mention that long lost cassette of Prince demos (you gotta hear this!!!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sound ALL the air horns!!! Jordan + Michelle are back and LIVE AF at Brooklyn’s Bell House, and this week they welcome to the stage actor / comedian / friend of the pod, Sydnee Washington. Michelle receives a full-on flower shower when she arrives fresh with not one but SEVEN NAACP nominations, Jordan shares hilarious / unsettling moments from a recent trip to Charleston (it was giving "Get Out," but those shrimp and grits tho!), and Sydnee revisits her twenties (literally last week!) to pluck a few gems of wisdom and realness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michelle and Jordan hit ALL the corners this week with author, activist, journalist, and media strategist, Raquel Willis. All is illuminated when Jordan (literal adult) reveals an early childhood hero, Michelle discusses the nuances of making requests of the service industry (it hits a little different at home!), and Raquel shares what it’s like to date as a visible and accomplished Black transgender woman (so many sweaty stans and chasers!!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Jordan and Michelle bring out their bedazzled tambourines for triple threat (actor, director, producer!!!), Tasha Smith! Michelle arrives fresh from the billing panic room after waking up to no internet (autopay has entered the chat), Jordan comforts Michelle by singing his sonorous house cleaning spiritual, and Tasha shares why acknowledging all she's overcome motivates her to create JOY and LOVE—watch your step, she's dropping bars! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michelle and Jordan head to Holland to get personal and just a little “private” when they are joined by Dutch singer / songwriter / artist without borders / baker of exquisite breads / friend, Nicole Bus! Jordan is inadvertently unmasked as a Karaoke King while giving Michelle her flowers for hosting yet another epic house party, Michelle advises a listener to check their wants and needs before honoring unfamiliar requests in the bedroom (read: butt stuff), and in sharing her inspired writing process, Nicole walks us through her life as an artist in Amsterdam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It’s a family affair this week as Jordan and Michelle warmly welcome esteemed executive producer / pizza machine / showrunner for "Survival of the Thickest," Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Jordan passionately reviews parenting scenes from a Berkshires restaurant (are they ok?!), Michelle emphasizes that caretaking skills are not exclusive to parenting, and though showrunning can easily run your life, Danielle courageously pushes back with vulnerability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Michelle and Jordan bring it in with writer, actor, OG podcast host, a BOSS / also THEIR BOSS, Georgia Hardstark! While bonding over “vintage” grandma names, Jordan transports Michelle and Georgia to the fifth dimension when he chimes in from his own family tree with names that could ONLY come from the Mississippi Delta, Michelle’s twin toddlers test her anti-goop parenting style when “F” bombs are dropped and feelings are hurt (compassion, joy, and structure FTW, y’all!), and in the everlasting debate of shoes on / off households, Georgia weighs in, as one does when they have a WikiFeet! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jordan and Michelle serve up Adulting BTS when they pull back the curtain for writer / actor / comedian / Buckeye / international field hockey phenom, Beth Stelling. Michelle's fond memories spur an introduction to pickleball (or is it tickleball?!), new research suggests life expectancy in America has shifted—Jordan shares the good news (men are down 6 years!), and Beth (real talk) reveals what it took to film her comedy special PLUS lessons learned since! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michelle and Jordan take Black the night with comedian / actress / organ donor to the stars / selective history buff, and good friend, Sasheer Zamata. Jordan's kids have started doing an impression of him (which has daddy putting his phone away), Sasheer shares what makes New Orleans her go-to destination to refresh (Voodoo), and Michelle prompts a moment of reflection when she asks, what WON'T you do for money? (Bad answers only, y'all!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week Jordan and Michelle are joined by FOP (friend of the pod) comedian / actor / auth-uh / podcast host / beloved surrogate sibling, the multi-talented Dan Ahdoot. Dan’s arrival prompts Jordan to shed his middle-child identity and lean into his other side (big brother feat. therapist cosplay), Dan shares his thoughts on radical honesty vs. finessed white lies (hear him out!!!), and Michelle takes a deep breath and asks: What is my toxic trait? The answer, tho!!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Michelle and Jordan welcome author / afro-futurist / pleasure activist / potentially Jordan's long-lost cuz, adrienne maree brown. Jordan gets into the 10 going on 49 of it all (his daughter's current Wednesday Addams phase), Michelle goes back to the origin of her party-host-super-powers, and adrienne shares tips for safely seeking sexual pleasure in group settings. BYO-Astroglide!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Adulting is giving heavy seen, felt, AND heard energy when Jordan and Michelle welcome comedy / acting / writing triple threat, Ms. Pat. Jordan accepts affirmations after courageously sharing his childhood journey from outie to innie, Michelle gives a refresher on karaoke night etiquette, and real talk—Ms. Pat speaks on what 31 years of marriage teaches and takes (honesty and therapists!!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Adulting levels up in the game of self-care / self-compash aka self-compassion when Jordan and Michelle invite comedian / actress / poet / foot MASS-age aficionado, champion of drawing hot baths, and friend of the pod, Catherine Cohen. Michelle walks us through the layers of grief that follow being fired…by her toddler son, Jordan unlocks secrets of the glove compartment and melts Michelle’s reality, and Catherine explains how to extend southern hospitality as guest rather than host—bet you didn’t know she’s also a Texan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week Michelle and Jordan bring it all the way home with writer, actor, host, Tony nominee, near and dear ground-breaker, Amber Ruffin. AIRHORN!!! Jordan reveals how he, a tired dad, transforms into the Black member of Steely Dan for parent teacher conferences, Michelle breaks down the pros and cons of relocating to Amsterdam, aka the ultimate safe space... sorta…and Amber shares tales from the writer's room—it's giving Montessori school meets Mad Men.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Jordan and Michelle pull up a boudoir chair for comedian/actress/activist/friend maker of old-timey stamps and indefatigable painter of walls, Franchesca Ramsey. Jordan relives the brief moment he was transported out of his body while in the bedroom, Michelle dons her myth-buster hat to advise a listener that textbook flirting is no match for chemistry, and Franchesca shares tried and true tips for crafting thoughtful thank you cards and classy clap backs. It’s giving full-on Wes Anderson and we are here for it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (21)

Marta Wiliams


Feb 5th

Sara B

Haha! Shout-out to Jordan for being rich having a 2007 Toyota Matrix paid off! Same here but in California! ♥️

Dec 16th
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Catherine Bailey

Sooooo sad that the company didn't renew this podcast for a second season! I loved it so much!!! Totally got me through really long drives and kept me actually LOLing the whole way. BRING BACK MY BROWN TITTIES!!!!

Dec 1st

Nupur D'souza

When's the next season coming out??

Oct 19th

adriana de la cruz

the best

Aug 20th

Kristin Chong

'She's got bangs and brown titties.' Lol

Aug 17th

Kristin Chong

Was surprised I liked this. Hilarious and witty. Is it obvious I'm a millennial.

Aug 17th

lexi Mar

love this podcast!!!

Aug 6th
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Danika Renaud

Listening to the podcast every morning - living in Canada but looking forward to going to assist the show live😍

Jul 27th

Alysha Bailey

my all time favourite podcast!!

Jul 18th
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best podcast ever .. 10/10

Jul 3rd

Mike x

love it.

Jun 24th

Caitlin Smith

I loved "Late Night Whenever", this is also super fun

Jun 4th

Martin Hudzinski

5 minutes in I was tired of the noise and said nothing on topic,

May 30th
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Matt Ellmer

Love it! Keep them coming

May 26th
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