Who WAS Johnny Carson? Guest host Mike Pesca will talk to Henry Bushkin about just that. He was Carson’s longtime lawyer and fixer. Carson even once called Bushkin his best friend. And Johnny didn’t make friends easily. Then later, we revisit Jesse Thorn’s conversation with a woman who was part of an entirely different television phenomenon - Friends. Lisa Kudrow will talk about playing the “dumb” one on Friends, but also her real life career in brain science. Plus, Jim DeRogatis talks about how the arty punk band Wire proved that you don’t need mega-talent, just some really good ideas. And our friends at the film site The Dissolve will tell you which of the dozens of movies out now are actually worth watching. Lastly, Mike talks about why he’s cheering Keith Olbermann’s return to sports. Show notes
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Set your DVRs: Michael Ian Black will premiere his new one-hour special Very Famous on Comedy Central tomorrow, Saturday August 6th, at 11pm/10c. If the anticipation is too much for you, check out the network's teaser clips.
Can you believe that our beloved MaxFunCon pals Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy have been producing their terrific Rifftrax films and commentaries for more than five years? To celebrate, on August 17th the trio will be skewering the flick "Jack the Giant Killer" and broadcasting the performance live to movie theaters around the country. Go here to find more info on the big event and locate a participating theater near you.