Paul Bacon is the author of "Bad Cop," a memoir of his time in the New York Police Department. After September 11th, Bacon felt a calling to community service, but he was too old for his first choice, the fire department. He signed up for police academy instead, but he quickly found that he was ill-suited to the job.
Lloyd Kaufman is the madman (some might say mad genius) behind Troma, the independent film company that commands one of the most passionate cults in cinema. His films include The Toxic Avenger and most recently, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. His new book on directing is "Make Your Own Damn Movie." A musical version of The Toxic Avenger recently opened on Broadway.
Eleni Mandell is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, whose new album is Artificial Fire. She talks with us about growing up in Southern California, and the moment she discovered that "all music doesn't sound like Barry Manilow." She went from idolizing the LA alt-rock band X to working with members of the band.
Jane Lynch is an actress who got her big break as part of Christopher Guest's comic ensemble in the film Best in Show. Since then, she's turned in brilliantly funny performances in films like The 40 Year Old Virgin and Role Models. She's currently featured in the Starz series Party Down, and she stars in the upcoming Fox sitcom Glee. We talk about getting her big break twenty years into her career, why she's never been quite famous enough to come out, Ellen Degeneres-style and much more.
Terry O'Reilly is an adman. He's the founder of Pirate Toronto, a leading audio advertising firm, and has been a judge of radio advertising at the Clio and Cannes advertising awards. When he's not marketing, he's talking about marketing on his CBC radio show, The Age of Persuasion, which looks at the history and practice of advertising. We talk with Terry about why ads matter, what we should understand about ads and whether ads, ultimately, are a net good in our society.
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Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are the hosts of On the Media, a media criticism show produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio. Their show takes as its mandate the world of media, which they define broadly to include everything from newspapers to standup comedy. Gladstone and Garfield ask tough questions of media moguls, media makers and government officials every week, and seek to fill in holes in our mediated understanding of the world. They're funny, too.
Adam Scott is an actor who stars as a failed actor in the new Starz series Party Down. He was one of the stars of HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," and played the evil brother in the Will Ferrel / John C. Reilly film "Stepbrothers." We talk with him about playing unctuous characters, growing up in TSOYA's home town of Santa Cruz, and more.
As a 16-year-old, Martin Starr made an indelible impression on television viewers as the sweet, awkward Bill Haverchuck on Freaks & Geeks. Ten years later, he's blossomed into a successful adult actor. He was featured in Knocked Up and Good Dick, among other films, and currently has prominent parts in the Starz series Party Down and the wonderful new film Adventureland. Both roles call on his unique sense of humor, surprising shades of darkness, and his almost palpable sense of decency. We talk with Martin about how he's grown from a teenager overwhelmed by Hollywood to an adult with his own voice.
Dana Gould is a comedian who's widely credited as one of the fathers of "alternative" comedy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped bring comedy out of the funk of the "Evening at the Improv" scene and into the thriving world of alternative culture. He was also a writer and producer on the Simpsons for six years, among his other writing credits.
His new special, Let Me Put My Thoughts In You, is now available on CD and DVD.
John Mulaney has taken the standup comedy world by storm over the past few years, and at the age of 26, he's just starting to reach the top of his profession. His first standup comedy special, Comedy Central Presents John Mulaney, premiers Friday, April 3rd on Comedy Central. His first standup comedy CD, "The Top Part," is in stores now. He also wrote for the Demetri Martin's "Important Things," and is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live.
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