Bonanas for Bonanza

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Bonanas for Bonanza
Hosted by
  • Andy Daly
  • Maria Bamford
  • Matt Gourley
Length1–2 hours
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes8
(plus 1 bonus episode)
Original releaseApril 27, 2020 (2020-04-27) – August 3, 2020 (2020-08-03)
ProviderEarwolf Logo.png Search Bonanas for Bonanza on Amazon.

Bonanas for Bonanza is a satirical podcast starring Andy Daly, Matt Gourley, and Maria Bamford. The premise is that cowboy poet Dalton Wilcox (Daly) -- who also slays vampires, werewolves, and other monsters -- hosts a 431-episode podcast reviewing every episode of the 1960s-70s TV Western Bonanza. His regular co-hosts are country musician Mutt Taylor (Gourley) and "multi-level Biblical marketing" entrepreneur Amy Sleeverson (Bamford), who are joined by different guests in each episode (including Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Jason Mantzoukas).[1] Much of the podcast is devoted to banter among the hosts, who only eventually get around to discussing that week's episode of Bonanza. The series is distributed by Earwolf.

The show originated in 2018 as an episode of The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project, in which Daly created a number of podcasts hosted by fictional characters.[2] The second episode of Bonanas for Bonanza was a live episode released in December 2018.[3] The official podcast thus began with episode #3, in April 2020, as part of a season of eight episodes (plus a trailer and a bonus Q&A episode).

Bonanas for Bonanza received immediate acclaim. In The A.V. Club, William Hughes called the podcast "the highlight of my pop culture year," describing Bamford as "transcendent."[4] In a rundown of comedy podcasts, Pop Times wrote, "Bonanas for Bonanza might be the funniest podcast streaming right now," and added that "Bamford's Amy Sleeverson -- a Bible-thumping home and garden guru -- is the show's shining star."[5] In IndieWire, Steve Greene added, "If Andy Daly had made Dalton Wilcox either the country’s foremost cowboy poet or a nocturnal force of vengeance against all kinds of mythical creatures, he’d have crafted a character for the ages. That he manages to move effortlessly between those two and keep them both quintessentially Wilcox is the backbone of some of his best work."[6] Vulture summed it up by saying, "Shit just got surreal."[7]


  1. "Bonanas for Bonanza". Earwolf. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  2. Wydysh, Trey (September 10, 2018). "Podcast Obsessed: The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project – Bonanas For Bonanza". The Geekiverse. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  3. "Bonanas For Bonanza Episode 2 Live at Peecast". Stitcher. December 21, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  4. Hughes, William (July 11, 2020). "The pop culture that's entertained us the most in 2020 so far". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  5. "The Best Comedy Podcasts To Listen To In 2020". Pop Times. July 16, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  6. Greene, Steve (July 13, 2018). IndieWire Retrieved September 19, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Hershon, Marc (April 30, 2020). "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Dalton Wilcox Recaps Bonanza". Vulture. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

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