Welcome to the Boobie Bonanza aka Minority Korner, where James and Nnekay might just have figured out their new tag line? Do you like? James breaks down his trip to Virginia, the expected and the unexpected and came back with a souvenir... a farmer's tan! The duo discusses potentially doing a radio play and from there we get into... James's Korner. James' discusses his ongoing struggles with anxiety and decides to unpack what he's going through and shares some of the tools he's been using to help him cope. He discusses The Anxiety Podcast, Deep Breathing, and Juggling? Using The Artist Way, James has been and encourages listeners to participate in a Reading Deprivation Exercise and general unplugging to reconnect with their bodies. Also don't forget to Play! In Nnekay's Korner, she's been hearing a bunch of negative news especially surrounding black women and black people in unexpected careers including, John Ridley's omission of black women in his most recent miniseries, how ABC almost didn't want to cast a black woman in the lead of Scandal, and the neglect of praise for great black architect Paul Revere Williams. So to combat these stories, Nnekay has decided to introduce the audience to four amazing Black Women Mathematicians. In Quizlet Korner, James' goes completely off the grid and gives Nnekay questions that pertain too but aren't limited too: Plantations, Betsy Devos, Raven Simone, and Scientology. Phew! Enjoy Everyone!!!
Maria Bamford is a stand-up whose comedy is equal parts confessional and surreal. Using events from her own life, including her struggles with mental illness, she finds comedy in the painful and absurd, infusing both with an infectious joy that has endeared her to fans around the world.
You might know Maria from her roles on shows like Arrested Development, Comedy Bang Bang, Maron and Louie. She found wider national fame during the 2009-2010 holiday shopping season when she appeared as a super-enthusiastic shopper in a series of Target commercials.
Maria sat down with Jesse to talk about her own experiences as a patient of various Los Angeles mental health facilities, finding love and how wanting to work less proved to be a good career move.
Wanda Sykes is a comedian and an actor with an incredible force of personality. Her distinctive voice both as a writer and a performer has earned her success on stage, television and film. She’s been nominated for seven Prime-Time Emmy Award including a win for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for her work on The Chris Rock Show.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm star joined Jesse to talk about transitioning from a career with the NSA to stand-up comedy, coming out “accidentally” during a rally against California’s Proposition 8 and why she believes that Bob Hope may have been a super spy.
Jesse was especially excited to talk with Wanda about one of his favorite characters in film, Biggie Shorty from the Louis C.K. directed, Chris Rock produced blaxploitation parody, Pootie Tang (or as we had to refer to it on NPR, “shmooty shmang”).
Wanda Sykes is beginning her tour this month which includes recording dates for her next comedy special.
Sykes is performing two shows at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 21st. The shows will be filmed for her Epix special out later this year. It's called What Happened…Ms. Sykes? Find out more at WandaSykes.com.