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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Kumail Nanjiani & Willie Colon

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Kumail Nanjiani on Identity, Comedy, and Working with Mike Judge

When Kumail Nanjiani was a boy growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, he absorbed a lot of American culture. He loved Ghostbusters and Gremlins. He read MAD Magazine. And he knew that someday, he'd move to the U.S. What he never imagined is that he'd become a comedian.

His first exposure to stand up comedy was a Jerry Seinfeld HBO special, and a few short years later, Kumail was on stage himself. He's performed with The Second City, at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, and on numerous late night shows.

He also co-hosts a stand up showcase, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and stars in HBO's Silicon Valley.

Kumail talks to us about growing up Pakistani, choosing a distinctly American way of life, and creating comedy about things you love, rather than things you hate.

Kumail's Comedy Central stand up special, Beta Male, is available on CD+DVD and by direct download.

This cut of our interview includes the following segments:
Kumail Studies The Cheesecake Factory for "Portlandia"
Kumail on Mike Judge and the Butthead Voice

This interview originally aired in August 2013.

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Willie Colón: From Jam Sessions in the Bronx to International Salsa Superstar

When Willie Colón was a kid in the South Bronx, he and some his friends from the neighborhood would take their instruments and jam outside in the summers. His neighbors weren't too pleased, but they probably didn't know they had a budding talent in their midst. Willie went on to secure a record deal in his teens and then become a hugely influential musician and bandleader. His music is salsa: a blend of the Caribbean, Africa, South America and his native New York City.

His discography has now sold over thirty million records, and he's collaborated with legendary figures like Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades.

Willie joins us to talk about his early success, how he envisions salsa, and his work with Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz.

Willie is out on tour frequently; catch up with him on Twitter to find out where he'll be next.

This interview originally aired in April 2014.

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The Outshot: Michael Palin

Jesse explains why Michael Palin is everything good about British colonialism.

This segment originally aired in October 2013.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 371 - Kevin Banner

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Guests: 
Kevin Banner

Kevin Banner returns to talk train rage, theme parties, and Winnipeg convenience stores.

Download episode 371 here. (right-click)

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Louis Peitzman/Jake Regal

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Louis Peitzman
Guests: 
Jake Regal

Hello Babies! Thank you for joining us once again! This week, Lisa says a tearful goodbye to a dear friend. Spoiler: It's Kim Kardashian. The geniuses discuss their plans for fun in the sun this summer! We're joined this week by Buzzfeed senior editor Louis Peitzman as we learn about the creepiness that is Reborn Dolls in our Wiki of the Week segment! Don't worry, Emily definitely goes in to her theories on alien reproduction and Louis leads us once again down the deep, dark path of Rumpology. Louis also tells us all about his love of horror movies, horrifying in-grown toe nails and his addiction to Simpsons Tapped Out. We're also joined by etiquette expert Jacob Jasmine who instructs us on certain concepts that we should let go of! We're throwing a party and you're invited!

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Louis Peitzman

Jake Regal

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 374: Birthday Ape with Bill Corbett

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Guests: 
Bill Corbett

Comedian and writer Bill Corbett joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's experience in a new Fatburger with a bar, the new Rifftrax live events, and prestige TV.

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MBMBaM 249: Toyota Bigraft

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Can any of us really be sure that we've ever actually been on a boat? Really do a deep dive into your own nautical memories, and realize the horrifying truth. Boats are a lie.

Suggested talking points: Blartwatch 2, Silent Lawnmowers, Fishgetter X, Montana Law, Cloud Peen, Cafe Arbando's, Dune Butt, House Reviews

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Pop Rocket: Episode 16 Wikileaks, Montage of Heck & Grey’s Anatomy

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Karen, Wynter, Margaret and Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

How damaged was Ben Affleck by the revelation he tried to keep his slave-owner heritage quiet? And did Wikileaks go too far in sharing such personal details about Sony’s Amy Pascal?

With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and special guest, Karen Tongson.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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One Bad Mother Episode 102: I See London I See France, I See Mama Naked!, plus guest Al Watts

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Al Watts

Biz and Theresa talk about whether and for how long it's ok to be naked in front of our kids and vice-versa. And, as if that's not awkward enough, we also discuss names for all those body parts that are out there in the open! Plus, Biz solves part of the “poop in the tub” problem, Theresa's genius moment and failure are both thrilling and urine-related, and we talk to Al Watts, President of the National At-Home Dad Network.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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EP. 121 "Bonerita" ft. Amy Miller

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Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Amy Miller

Amy Miller (@amymiller) joins the ladies to discuss donuts, pizza, sugar, Portland, hair color and more! Produced by David Janove, intern Kailey Godoy, theme song by Zach Ames.

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Ep. 13. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Four

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As you might have guessed from the title of the past few episodes, our heroes' journey isn't going to be an especially calm one. Because of all the murder, I mean. Taako mourns the dead. Merle finally plays his part. Magnus does one of the absolute coolest punches ever.

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TS182:Group Dinners, Marco Rubio, Google Image Bias, w/ Guest Jake Weisman

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Throwing Shade

Erin goes on a tear after being trapped in an expensive group dinner while on a budget and Bryan brags about his Sunday chicken (again!). Plus, discussions on Marco Rubio's "progressive" outlook on LGBT rights and Google Image Search's gender bias problem. Also, what about wicker furniture? Our friend and guest Jake Weisman has all the answers. 

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