It’s no secret that we live in turbulent times. Our country is divided; and hatred and negativity surround us every day. We’re all looking for ways to get together and understand each other better, and the podcast world is no different.
Take this week Podcast You Should Know, The Drake and Jimmy Jew Show. The presenters of the show couldn’t be more different – Drake Peterson is a liberal, gay musician and Jimmy Jude is a MAGA biker – but they unite to deliver laughter, insights, and interviews with everyone from porn stars to politicians.
Drake and Jimmy recently interviewed James Garretson, the jet-skier businessman who became an FBI informant and was instrumental in the conviction of Joe Exotic. On the episode that you absolutely have to listen to Tiger King Fans, James revealed what was going on Joe ExoticBedroom, Tiger King Season 2, his relationship with Joe, and the real story behind the expired Walmart meat.
We had the chance to speak to Drake and Jimmy about how they got together, highlights from the podcast, and what the future holds for this unlikely duo.
How did you two get together?
Drake: Before I started working in podcasting, I made my living as a touring musician with my band Iration. In summer 2016 we were on tour with Slightly Stoopid and J. Boog. We were in Tahoe preparing for a show when we saw my now co-host Jimmy Jew walking around backstage (it turned out he was friends with J. Boog). Back then, he had a popular meme account on Instagram. Much of its content has been quite controversial and very properly leaned at times, but what you will find on this page is always a good laugh. So we invited Jimmy onto our tour bus and had a real fangirl moment.
After that night, I started inviting Jimmy Jew to more shows as we went through NorCal over the years. In 2018, one of our mutual friends – and now managers – Nick loved the jokes and arguments Jimmy and I had when we were together and kept asking us to start a podcast. We had no idea what we were doing, but with the help of Nick and our current producer, Chris McKone, we were able to pick up a pilot, start our show and book great guests.
How would you describe your podcast to a first-time listener?
Drake: The Drake and Jimmy Jew Show is what this world really needs right now. In the past four years we have been more divided than ever. Jimmy and I are an example of two people who couldn’t be more different, and yet we’re best friends. Jimmy can usually be found on a motorcycle or boat filled with women, Trump flags, and cocktails.
I’m the opposite – a liberal, gay SoCal native. As you can imagine, this leads to heated arguments between us (sometimes even with guests), but at the end of the day we always get together. In order for the world to move on, we must first listen to each other. So why not be fun when we do?
How do you choose which stories to report or talk about?
We tend to look for people who have something to say or teach us. Many podcasts are ego-caressing conversations that can be a snore festival. We get people in and ask them what our listeners really want to know. In each episode, we share listener questions and answer them as part of our episode format. There is no script, there are no limits and that’s why our interviews make the stories.
What do you like to talk about?
Jimmy Jude: Music and politics.
Drake: Gossip and music.
What was your favorite episode?
Drake: Sublime with Rome live on a drive-n show from the COVID era.
Jimmy Jude: Cali Roots Music Festival where we interviewed incredible reggae artists like The Green, Hirie, Citizen Cope, Common Kings and Collie Budz.
Who was your favorite podcast guest?
Drake: James Garretson out Tiger King
Jimmy Jude: Soulex and Cowboy Cerrone
Who is your dream as a guest?
Jimmy Jude: Donald Trump.
Drake: The Kardashians.
How has this podcast changed you?
This show taught us acceptance. It really helped us understand that it’s okay to have different opinions. You do not need to be ashamed of your views and should not shame other people of theirs. Yes, a Trump supporter and a Biden supporter can really be friends!
What other podcasts do you listen to?
What do you think the future holds for the show?
We are currently preparing to shoot a reality show based on our podcast. If that all works out, you’ll see us on screen soon. Until then, we’ll just keep doing what we do – grow organically, break some rules, be a little rough and wild while having a hell of a good time.
Listen to the Drake and Jimmy Jew Show wherever you get your podcasts and on drakeandjimmyjew.com. You can also watch the show on Twitter and Instagram.