Jesse Thorn

Hasan Minhaj & Margaret Wappler

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Hasan Minhaj
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

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Hasan Minhaj talks Homecoming King, “The American Dream” Tax, and Air Jordans

Hasan Minhaj is a Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and is currently touring with his one man show Homecoming King. A native of the Sacramento area, his comedy is characterized by a mix of political and satirical comedy.
This week, he and Jesse sit down to discuss his one man show, stand up comedy in other countries, and the current political climate in the United States. Plus, Hasan knows a lot about sneakers.
Hasan is currently on tour with his show Homecoming King.

Margaret Wappler on Neon Green, Taking care of Her Father, and Sci-Fi Cliches

Margaret Wappler is journalist, columnist, pop culture critic, short story writer, podcast host , teacher, and now a novelist.
Margaret and Jesse talk about her new novel Neon Green, how she took care of her ill father as a teenager, the writing process, and the 1990’s.
You can find Margaret’s book here.

The Outshot: Randy Moss’ Face as Trent Dilfer Criticizes Kaepernick’s NFL Protest

This week, Jesse talks about non-people of color still not getting the plight of people of color’s everyday reality.

Bullseye: John Mulaney, Nick Kroll & Airto Moreira

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Bullseye
Guests: 
John Mulaney
Guests: 
Nick Kroll
Guests: 
Airto Moreira

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney talk Oh, Hello, the failure of “Mulaney” and Alan Alda

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are well seasoned comedians who have made a name for themselves in many different forms of media. The two met at Georgetown University where they became friends and began creating sketch characters together.
Mulaney was a writer on Saturday Night Live for 6 seasons, where he helped developed many of the shows most recognizable characters. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian, leading to the release of three stand-up specials. He created, wrote, and starred in a semi-autobiographical sitcom called Mulaney which ran on the Fox network.
Kroll is best known for his work on FXX’s The League where he plays the character Rodney Ruxin. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, which led to his work as a writer on Chappelle’s Show and Human Giant. He created and starred in Kroll Show, which ran on Comedy Central for two years.
Jesse sits down with Mulaney and Kroll to discuss their new broadway play, Oh, Hello, the downfall of Mulaney, and how they created their favorite alter ego’s, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.
Mulaney and Kroll star as George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon respectively in their new show on Broadway called, Oh, Hello.

Photo: Jesse Thorn

Arito Moreira talks percussion, Jazz Fusion, and Miles Davis

Airto Moreira is a Brazilian born Jazz percussionist and drummer. He has worked as a professional musician since the age of 13, moving to New York in the late 1960’s where he helped develop the “Jazz Fusion” genre of music.
He sits down with Jesse to talk about Brazilian percussion methods, his move to America, and his experience playing with Miles Davis and other great Jazz legends.

The Outshot: Desiigner’s “Tiimmy Turner”

Jesse talks about Brooklyn based rapper Desiigner’s newest single “Tiimmy Turner.” The track combines melody, rapping, and auto-tune to create a very unique Southern Trap record.

Bullseye: John C. Reilly & Shamir [r]

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Bullseye
Guests: 
John C. Reilly
Guests: 
Shamir

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John C. Reilly: "Freedom and Anarchy" On Set, and Honesty in Acting

John C. Reilly has shown off his talent for comedy in movies like Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. He's also played a number of dramatic roles in movies like Magnolia and Gangs of New York, and was nominated for an Oscar for playing the cuckolded husband in the movie version of Chicago.

For the past few years, Reilly has also produced and starred in a bizarre show called Check it Out with Dr Steve Brule. So why does a movie star have a faux cable-access show that runs in the middle of the night on adult swim?

John C. Reilly tells Jesse why he chose to take on the goofy, open-hearted and blustery Dr. Steve Brule with comedy duo Tim and Eric, his summer of fun working on the set of Boogie Nights, and what he thinks his duties are as an actor.

Check it Out with Dr Steve Brule is currently airing on Adult Swim. Reilly's new movie The Lobster is in theatres now.

Shamir: Adding Light to Darkness With His Music

Shamir is a musician who is really hard to pin down. His countertenor voice adds a distinctive flair to his infectious, sometimes poignant dance music but it’s a quality that’s also led to confrontations with classmates who were unaware of his Taekwondo training.

With his debut LP, Ratchet, Shamir drew inspiration from his life in Las Vegas. Shamir's Vegas had nothing to do with The Strip and instead was dominated by tumbleweeds and the distinctive odor of a hog farm.

As Shamir describes it, “I kind of decided to make my music more danceable and lighthearted to take away from the heaviness of the lyrics. Because why not, why does your music also have to be heavy if your lyrics are?”

Shamir tells Jesse about constructing a creative identity in a city known for producing more entertainers than artists; how his love for country music inspired him; and how his mother’s proclivity for earth magic isn't quite his thing.

Shamir's latest album is called Ratchet. He's currently on tour in the US and Canada. You can find more on his website.

The Outshot: The Limey

Jesse recommends Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, a revenge movie that’s really about the way we all fight with our own past.

Bullseye: Joe Bataan & Ali Wong

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Joe Bataan
Guests: 
Ali Wong

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Joe Bataan Talks about Juvenile Delinquency, Boogaloo and Creating an Early Hip-Hop Hit

Long before he was busy in the sound studio making music, Joe Bataan was a young man getting into trouble on the streets of East Harlem. But after a stint in juvenile detention, he left his life as a gang leader behind and became a band leader instead. Joe Bataan and the Latin Swingers helped bring Boogaloo music into the mainstream.

As well as releasing popular songs in the genre including Gypsy Woman, Bataan also helped to create and coin the term SalsaSoul. Later in his career, he wrote and performed an early hip-hop hit, Rap-O Clap-O. Bataan is featured in a new documentary, We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo.

Bataan sat down with Jesse to talk about his life as a juvenile delinquent in the streets of New York, how he dealt with the backlash against his musical innovations and how he came to create one of the earliest hits in hip-hop.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ali Wong Talks Marriage and Money and What It’s Like Performing Thru Her Pregnancy

There are many comedians who use their family life as inspiration for their comedy, but Ali Wong took it a step further when she recorded her latest comedy special while seven and a half months pregnant.

Wong’s comedy is rooted in her willingness to be incredibly frank and honest about her personal life including her relationships, her Asian heritage and the challenges of pregnancy while working as a writer on the hit television show, Fresh Off the Boat.

Ali Wong joined Jesse to talk about being a breadwinner, performing while pregnant and how it feels to talk about painful and personal things like miscarriage in front of a comedy audience.

Ali Wong’s new comedy special, Baby Cobra is available now on Netflix.

The Outshot: Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book

While many rappers are content to explore the harshness of street life in their lyrics, Chance The Rapper is a performer who isn’t afraid to explore the soft and warm memories of childhood. In his new album, Coloring Book, Chance combines beautiful melodies with an open and warm heart.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: DJ Quik

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Bullseye
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DJ Quik
Guests: 
Michael Ian Black

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DJ Quik Talks About Bollywood Samples, Life Imitating Art, and Hairstyles

DJ Quik is one of the most prolific figures in West Coast hip hop. He's a great rapper, but first and foremost, he's always considered himself a producer. He's produced some of the most inventive samples and beats of the genre. And even though he geeks out about latest and greatest studio equipment, he's always used whatever it takes to capture the sound he wants -- even if it means recording a music sample with a VCR.

Quik first made a name for himself in the hip hop scene in the late 80's and early 90's, handing out homemade mix tapes and deejaying around Los Angeles. He's since released ten albums, and produced records for everyone from Tupac, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit to Tony! Toni! Toné!.

He'll talk about why a leaked record and a couple of guns made him realize he needed a new circle of friends, why he never wants to stop making pretty beats for his records and his inspiration for his awesome, awesome hairstyles over the years.

DJ Quik's new EP is calledRosecrans. It's available now.

Michael Ian Black Talks About Children’s Halloween Costumes - Recorded Live at MaxFunCon East 2012

Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian and author perhaps best known from his work with the sketch comedy troupe The State, or from his subsequent collaborations with State-mates both on television (Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues) and film (Wet Hot American Summer). His disarmingly charming smarm made him a perfect fit for the talking-head format of VH1, but it also makes him a terrific author, as evidenced in latest book Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird).

Michael Ian Black performed live at MaxFunCon East in 2012.

The Outshot: Skymaul 2

Have you ever picked up and actually flipped through one of those in-flight catalogs? Well, the sketch comedy group Kasper Hauser takes all of the grotesque and excessive product offerings of Skymall, and brings them to another level in Skymaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 105 - Thief

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow
Guests: 
Baron Vaughn
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

This week, comedian Baron Vaughn and MaxFun impresario Jesse Thorn join Rhea Butcher to swap Comic Con news and anecdotes. Plus, a review of Thief!

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @jessethorn, and you can hear him on Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go. Baron's on Twitter @barvonblaq, and you can see him on Grace and Frankie on Netflix and hear his movie podcast Maltin on Movies on Wolfpop.

We're off next week, but we'll be back on July 30th with a review of Terminator Genisys, which is in theaters now!

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

Pop Rocket: Episode 26 UnReal, Vince Staples and Jumping the Shark

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Wynter, Margaret and Oliver
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn guests on an episode in which we decide which celebs will narrate our autobiographies, call out the elements of pop culture we think have jumped the shark and discover which member of the team is secretly into pool porn.

With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Jesse Thorn.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
Oliver Wang - No Sleep by Janet Jackson
Margaret Wappler - Go by The Chemical Brothers Feat. Q-Tip
Jesse Thorn - Let Your Hair Down by The Temptations

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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

Pop Rocket: Episode 023 Women’s World Cup & #ThatGamingCism

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Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops by for a #ThatCism update focussing on the lack of diversity in computer games characters. Plus the team share their favorite movies, TV shows or songs about their hometowns.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Ascension Millenium by Corey Feldman
Oliver Wang - Nate by Vince Staples
Margaret Wappler - Swimming Pool by Emmy the Great

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…

Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming's race problem by Tauriq Moosa
On The Witcher 3, Race, and Historicity by Austin Walker

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 11 Kendrick Lamar, #ThatCism & MaxFunDrive

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Wynter and Guy
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Julian Burrell

Jesse Thorn drops by to explore American racism in his beloved signature segment, #ThatCism. Plus, Guy’s got an actual Jam!

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Jesse Thorn and special guest Julian Burrell.

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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

Pop Rocket: Episode 005 Super Bowl, Ghostbusters and #ThatCism

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Wynter and Guy
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn
Guests: 
Guy Branum

The team unpack last weekend’s Super Bowl, argue the merits of original, animated and re-booted Ghostbusting and call out a sports themed batch of #ThatCism.

With Wynter Mitchell, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum.

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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

Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler will be back next week.

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