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Inside Pop Ep. 103 - Best TV of 2017

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Inside Pop

The time has come…we’ve watched countless hours of television and have narrowed them down to our top 10 favorite TV shows of the year! And to kick things up a notch- we’re sharing the scenes from the exceptional shows that inspired us, made us laugh out loud, brought us to tears and made our hearts flutter. From network to cable to streaming platforms, horror to comedy to sci-fi, this year has given us unique story lines, captivating visuals and incredible characters.

We also take time to mention the TV shows we wish we checked out and the ones we regret watching.

Check out our 10 Best TV of 2017 below along with links to some of the scenes we discuss in this episode.

SEAN’S TOP 10

10. Broad City

9. Godless

8. Twin Peaks

7. black-ish

6. Master of None

5. The Exorcist

Scene from ‘Help Me’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3McZvFnHs
4. The Handmaid’s Tale

3. Queen Sugar

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Ralph Angel” scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6L9Z1yoy0
2. Fargo

Winnie and Gloria Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fVX_70aVUo
1. Sense8

Prison Break scene:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmGJ5mO8ngY
AMITA’S TOP 10
10. Will & Grace

9. This is Us

8. Fargo

Tree Stump Bloodbath:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4qgTpslsCA
7. Game of Thrones

Cuthroat Stark Sisters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWxzRm9uf1s
6. Insecure

5. Better Caul Saul

Chuck’s Monologue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RtOgIgDrvk
4. Big Little Lies

3. Queen Sugar

2. Master of None

1. The Handmaid’s Tale

Let us know which shows made it to the top of your list!

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#145 - Best version of "A Christmas Carol"

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It's that time of year for bad pieces of beef, young Santa ghosts, and crotchety old men getting their life lessons delivered via time travel! With so many versions of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" out there, which should you watch? Mark and Hal break the chains they forged in life to bring you the answer!
See Mark and Hal LIVE in San Francisco on Sunday, January 14th with guests Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher! Get tickets here.

Go Fact Yourself - Live! Featuring Monique Powell and Dave Holmes

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Date: 
01/07/2018 - 17:00 - 18:30
City: 
Los Angeles, CA
Venue Name: 
Angel City Brewery

216 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
angelcitybrewery.com

Come out for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun.

Host: J. Keith van Straaten!

Co-host: Helen Hong!

Guests: Monique Powell and Dave Holmes!

Go Fact Yourself features hilarious guests, intelligent questions, and renowned experts. Join us for a live taping of this show at Angel City Brewery!

Tickets are FREE, but you need to RSVP here!

Still Buffering: How to Caffeine

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Still Buffering

Finals and exams and holiday shopping are all happening at once, so we all need a little bit of an energy boost, so why not down a few Red Bulls and Surges? Caffeine becomes a part of nearly everyone's life during the stressful teen years, so let's talk about it! Also, we created our first hit track for the Still Buffering album, stay tuned.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Christmas Pudding

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Show: 
Shmanners

This week is all about CHRISTMAS PUDDING! The history, the etiquette and the recipe! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

CIPYD 121: Tom Clark and the Curly Coated Retriever

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Guests: 
Tom Clark

Happy howlidays!

It's officially December, and we're getting excited. We have some dog updates from Allegra's neighborhood, plus some very significant humans that Tug met this week. Renee has a Mutt Minute on the Curly Coated Retriever, and Allegra welcomes the holiday season with her favorite topic: holiday dogsasters from our listeners. Plus, we have guest Tom Clark, a comedian and Bulldog lover who has a new special coming out December 8th. Grab a Christmas canine and tune in!

Order Tom's stand up special here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/outraged/id1293032567

EP10: B.Slade on Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" (Recorded live!)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
B.Slade

The album: Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M, 1989)

This episode is the edited version of our special live launch party we held on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles, as part of the Voyager Institute. We were joined by Grammy-nominated soul artist B.Slade, a self-described "Rhythm Nation-pedia" who, indeed, brought incredible insight and knowledge to our discussion of this seminal Jackson LP. How many people can name every single dancer in Janet's "Miss You Much" video? Exactly.

It was a delightful conversation and having the live audience was great. It was our first time taping in front of an audience but hopefully won't be our last. Thanks to all those who came out and to those who couldn't, we're happy you finally get to listen to this.

 

More on Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation 1814:

More on B.Slade:

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Rhythm Nation unless indicated otherwise):

  • Intro from "Rhythm Nation"
  • "Interlude: T.V."
  • B.Slade: Alright 2016
  • "Knowledge"
  • "Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness"
  • "You Need Me" (b-side of the "Miss You Much" single)
  • "Miss You Much"
  • "Alright"
  • Beyonce: "Freedom"
  • "Rhythm Nation"
  • "Miss You Much"
  • "Love Will Never Do"
  • "Someday Is Tonight"
  • "Living In a World They Didn't Make"
  • DeBarge: "Love Me In a Special Way"
  • The Carpenters: "Close To You"

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 509: Hand to Hand to Mouth with David Gborie

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Guests: 
David Gborie

Comedian and podcaster David Gborie joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's new nickname as coined by his son Oscar, Jordan's holiday party outfit, and David's foray into spam and other potted meats. Plus, Holiday Patrick Warburton makes an appearance and Jesse gets invited to fancy movie premiere.

Action item: what's the best way to cook Spam?

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: J.K. Simmons & Solomon Georgio

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
J.K. Simmons
Guests: 
Solomon Georgio

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

J.K. Simmons on his career, musical theater and what it’s like to be made into an action figure

J.K. Simmons never imagined he would work in film or television. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in music. Many years later he put that degree to use for the Broadway musical revival of “Guys and Dolls” with his portrayal of Benny Southstreet.

His mainstream breakthrough performance didn’t occur until 1997. For six seasons, he played a neo-nazi named Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama “Oz.” The groundbreaking program was the first hour-long drama produced by HBO. It was also one of the most graphic and violent shows on television at the time. In 2015, J.K. Simmons starred alongside Miles Teller in the movie “Whiplash,” directed by Damien Chazelle. His performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a ruthless, sadistic jazz instructor.

He's also known for his portrayal of John Jonah Jameson, the editor of the Daily Bugle in the Spiderman. Simmons’ portrayal is bombastic, unrelentless, and one of the best sources of comic relief in that series. It’s a performance that’s not many degrees away from the rage he channeled in “Oz,” but is done with a sort of charm that only J.K. could pull off.

J.K. Simmons stars in the new drama The Bachelors. In it, Simmons plays a math teacher named Bill Palet. Bill just lost his wife, and he's trying to move past it. One day Bill wakes up, and decides it’s time for a big change. Bill and his son, Wes, move out to California where Bill takes a job at a private school. Jesse talks with J.K. Simmons about the new film, musical theater, and of course, the John Jonah Jameson action figure (with Desk Pounding Action™).

Click here to listen J.K. Simmons' interview on YouTube!

Photo: Jesse Thorn

Solomon Georgio on his debut comedy album: Homonegro Superior

Solomon Georgio made his television debut on CONAN in 2015. Since then he has appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, Viceland's Flophouse and Last Call with Carson Daly. His writing credits include contributions to “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Spongebob Squarepants” on Nickelodeon.

He’s from Seattle, via Fresno, via St. Louis, Via Sudan and then Ethiopia, where his parents are from. These days he lives in Los Angeles. Sometimes his stand-up is vulnerable and sincere, talking about childhood trauma. But then he'll strike a pose and make an outrageous joke about his perfect thigh gap and like magic - you believe him. It’s that kind of charisma that gives him a unique presence on stage.

Earlier this year he got his own half-hour Comedy Central special. On the same day he released his debut record - Homonegro Superior, one of our favorites this year. Jesse talks with Solomon about his new comedy album, what it was like to come out to his parents as gay and what it was like to come out as a stand-up comedian.

Click here to listen Solomon Georgio's interview on YouTube!

The Outshot: ”Child of the Ghetto” by G. Dep

Finally, for this week's Outshot: Jesse talks about “Child of the Ghetto” by Ghetto Dependent. The record came out in 2001 via Bad Boy Records. One highlight is the track “Everyday,” which relays some of the most realistic portrayals of being broke.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 507 - Charlie Demers

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Guests: 
Charlie Demers

Comedian and author Charlie Demers returns to talk pretend weddings, trampolines, and the Barenaked Ladies.

Download episode 507 here. (right-click)

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