Lisa Hanawalt enjoys exploring the strange ins and outs of her world using words and illustrations. Her penchant for drawing anthropomorphized animals to represent characters, including herself, reveals a childlike playfulness, even while exploring adult themes.
Her illustrations and writing have appeared in numerous print and online publications including McSweeney’s, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. In 2010, she earned the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic for her work on her first comic series, I Want You.
Her work can also be seen on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, where Hanawalt serves as production designer and producer. She can also be heard on the Maximum Fun podcast, Baby Geniuses, which she co-hosts with Emily Heller.
Lisa Hanawalt sat down with Jesse to talk about her work on BoJack Horseman, her latest book of stories and illustrations and her fascination with Martha Stewart’s horse.
Lisa Hanawalt’s latest book is Hot Dog Taste Test
Wyatt Cenac is a stand-up comedian and writer who is best known as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On the program, Cenac’s segments often explored issues of politics and society from a black perspective and with a sharp satirical bite.
Cenac served as a writer and voice actor on King of the Hill as well as making appearances on other television shows including Inside Amy Schumer, BoJack Horseman and Maron.
Wyatt Cenac joined Jesse to talk about his new stand-up show, Night Train and the importance of providing a space for alternative voices in comedy.
Night Train is available now on Seeso.com.
Jesse talk about the mystique and the power of baseball’s knuckleball.
Sometimes, folks go above and beyond what is asked of them. Listener Jamie McCormick, in addition to submitting her theories as to when the first Dracula spoke the first "Bleh!", also generously provided a list of more recent cultural references to that odd vampire parody sound. This was a tremendously kind gesture given that it will (probably) have no impact on whether she wins the coveted prize.
McCormick noted that "Bleh!" was chanted repeatedly by a vampire character in the "Pink Plasma" episode of "The Pink Panther" (episode 78, from 1975); spouted by Count Drakeula in the "Ducky Horror Picture Show" episode of Duck Tales (episode 32 from 1988); and uttered nearly continuously by Count Blah, a friend of Greg the Bunny.
I’ve included all of them here to bring some animated levity to your otherwise-predictably-gory Halloween viewing.
"Blehs!" start around 3:16.
First “bleh!” around 4:17.
Editor's note: Language NSFW, despite featuring a bunny.
On a related cartoon note, Anna Brawley wrote in to say that she thought there was an old Bugs Bunny short with the same plot as “Pink Plasma” that was made in the 1940s; but I think she is referring to “Transylvania 6-5000” which does feature Bugs getting chased by Dracula, but which was actually made in 1963. It isn’t the winner, and it isn’t big on “bleh!”, but you should absolutely watch it anyway. It’s truly a classic.
Our pal Andrew W.K. voices his animated alter ego in this imaginary meeting with toddler superhero Bob the Builder.
If you are looking for a way to infuse your holiday weekend with surreal images of a fuschia-toned prince named Gumball who serenades you (and your xylophone-playing cat) with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, then I have got what you need:
That's a clip from this weekend's episode of "Adventure Time" (Sept. 5 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network).
I think everything's going to be okay now.
An enthusiastic fan has put together this awesome clip montage of Andy Daly on The Life & Times of Tim. Andy is one of the funniest people in the world, and Tim is an under-appreciated show. Enjoy!
This Sunday at midnight, Adult Swim will air a 15-minute Venture Bros. musical mockumentary called From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy. Hardcore fans who need an immediate fix can download the Shallow Gravy EP Jacket now.
"Move This to the Top of Your Queue" is our new feature that tells you about wonderful shows or movies that have just appeared on (or will soon disappear from) your favorite online streaming services.
Where to find it: Netflix streaming added all 52 episodes last month; there are five episodes from Season 3 on Hulu; and a set of 15 episodes are available for free at Adult Swim.
Ah, summer. When kids are free. Released from the constraints of school, they finally have the time to be ignored by their parents and abused by their soccer coach all day long. If they get lucky, however, there are also days when they can hang with their friends, let loose their imaginations, and, perhaps, create a series of short but alarmingly sophisticated cinematic dramas that comment (albeit somewhat obliquely) on their most challenging life experiences.
The 1999-2004 classic Home Movies follows eight-year-old aspiring filmmaker Brendan Small (voiced by . . . Brendan Small) and his friends Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (H. Jon Benjamin) as they take the challenges of being a kid and channel them into short but ambitious films. Typical episodes revolve around whatever movie idea Brendan has cooked up that week. And we’re not talking about the type simple movies you'd expect from children this age. Plots range from a rock opera about Franz Kafka to sci-fi epics about spacemen fighting the super villain team of evil George Washington, Picasso and Annie Oakley. Frequently, these films mirror the children's more stressful "real life" experiences - and these kids are going through quite a bit; but one of the show's greatest comedic pleasures is watching how the children face those challenges with a level of maturity that far exceeds that of the adults who purportedly care for them.
Brendan lives with his recently divorced mom, Paula (initially Paula Poundstone, then Janine Ditullo), with whom he has a relationship that skews closer to friends than mother and son. And then there’s Coach McGuirk (H. Jon Benjamin again): an overweight, often drunk, galoot of a man who attempts to coach Brendan and Melissa’s soccer team while giving them outrageously terrible advice.
I love the show, but haven't seen enough of it to consider myself a connoisseur. So I've brought in our resident Home Movies expert, Dan Sai, to help show us around the series.After the jump, you can find his top five reasons why you should set aside part of your sunny summer for Home Movies. (And yes, it includes loads of delicious clips!)
It's always nice to hear from listeners about the work they do while they listen to our shows. Michael Rianda left a comment on one of our donor videos that he spent all of last year working on this short film (his third year project in animation school at CalArts) and listening to JJGo.
The film is really lovely, charming, funny and a little inspiring. Thanks, Michael!
After a great pledge drive, I thought I'd share this bit of content with everyone - until now, it was only available on our DVD. These are the animated cutscenes from Jordan, Jesse, Game!, written and directed by Dan Henrick with special guests Andy Daly and John Hodgman.
This short film, which is very NSFW, was the genesis of HBO's "The Life and Times of Tim."
WHAT A COINCIDENCE!
I'M INTERVIEWING THE CREATOR OF SAID PROGRAM ON MY LIVE SHOW SATURDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO?