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Who Shot Ya? Episode 46: Skyscraper, The Rock, and a Commemoration of Poetic Justice with Morgan Rhodes

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Show: 
Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Drea Clark
Guests: 
Morgan Rhodes

Skyscraper

We are Alonso-less this week! But no fear, we more than make up for it with our stellar array of guests. We've got the return of Drea "The Dope Rhyme Slaya" Clark. Plus, a first time guest, music supervisor and Heat Rocks host, Morgan Rhodes. The crew is discussing the new Rock film Skyscraper. Several parallels are made between this new "building related action film" and Die Hard. They evaluate the career and acting capabilities of The Rock himself. Plus, Morgan commemorates Poetic Justice on the 25th anniversary of its release. And as always, staff picks. Make sure to listen closely, because the "El Mero-Mero de Navidad" may make a cameo in this episode.

In news, a lost Stanley Kubrick script is found, Jude Law addresses Dumbledore's sexuality, and Bruce Willis says Die Hard is NOT a Christmas movie.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Die Hard with a Vengeance
April - Innocence
Morgan - 1). Paris Blues 2). Love Jones
Drea - 1). Blindspotting 2). Pain and Gain

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with Dave Holmes

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, Morgan Rhodes, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 37: The Matrix with Vera Miao

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Vera Miao

The Matrix

This week we're joined by writer and director Vera Miao. You may know her best from her acting roles on 'Eastsiders', 'NCIS', and 'State of Affairs'. But since then she's switched her focus to writing and directing. Her most recent work was as creator and showrunner of the 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' horror anthology series, of which she wrote every episode and directed the two installments 'Ma' and 'Singularity.' She's on Switchblade Sisters this week to talk about the Wachowskis' classic, The Matrix. Vera reveals what she finds most inspiring about the film; from the non-linear story to the diverse casting. She discusses why she loves genre films and how they are the perfect vehicle for promoting a message in a film. Plus, she talks about the things she would never say to an actor when directing. This is a truly fascinating conversation that goes in depth on philosophy, art, and the process of putting together a visual story.

You can watch Vera's episodes of 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' on go90 now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Matrix

With April Wolfe with Vera Miao,

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 45: Top 5 Directorial Debuts, Oakland, and 'Sorry to Bother You'

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Durald
Guests: 
April Wolfe

Sorry to Bother You

We're going guest-less this episode as the 'Who Shot Ya?' trio hold down the fort on their own. This week we're covering the movie of the summer, Sorry to Bother You. In the discussion of the film the crew covers the rise of Oakland in cinema, Boots Riley's unique vision, and the powerful political message of the film. Alonso makes a case for a double feature with Sorry to Bother You and The First Purge. Plus, the crew puts together the ultimate Top Five list of directorial debuts. And as always, staff picks.

In news, Thanos apparently killed half of the animals, the cast and crew walk off the 'Roe v. Wade' film, and James Gunn says a good movie can't be ruined by spoilers.

TOP FIVE DIRECTORIAL DEBUTS (In no particular order):
1). Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
2). Kasi Lemmons - Eve's Bayou
3). Spike Lee - She's Gotta Have It
4). Joan Micklin Silver - Hester Street
5). Rose Troche - Go Fish

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Nights of Cabiria
April - Eighth Grade
Alonso - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Skyscraper with Morgan Rhodes and Drea Clark

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 36: Birth with Kate Berlant

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Kate Berlant

Birth

We are joined by the wonderful comedian, writer, and actor Kate Berlant. She's on the show to talk about the underappreciated Jonathan Glazer film, Birth. April and Kate dive right into this truly unique movie about a woman who's dead husband may have come back as a 10 year old boy. They make the case for this being Nicole Kidman's best performance as the role is so perfectly catered to her. They discuss the inspired vision of Jonathan Glazer and how he was the only one who could make this film. The two talk about Kate's role in Sorry to Bother You and her short film series 555. Kate elaborates on what goes into writing comedy and the kinds of white people she makes fun of. Plus, she explains why she feels compelled to make silly faces as a form of protest.

You can watch 555 on Vimeo now.

Check out Kate in Sorry to Bother You

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Birth

With April Wolfe with Kate Berlant,

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 35: Jurassic Park with The Writers of 'Lost in Space' - Vivian Lee, Kari Drake and Katherine Collins

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Vivian Lee
Guests: 
Kari Drake
Guests: 
Katherine Collins

Jurassic Park

We've got a full house this week as the writers for Netflix's 'Lost In Space' are in the studio. We've got Vivian Lee, Kari Drake and Katherine Collins on to discuss Steven Spielberg's classic, Jurassic Park. The three of them touch upon what it's like having to write a sci-fi/action show for the whole family, and how they use Jurassic Park as inspiration. They elaborate on what it's like writing for a big budget action-adventure with a ton of special effects. They give us an inside look into the writers room for 'Lost in Space' and how the group comes up with solutions and ideas. Plus, they discuss what makes Jurassic Park a more intimate film than people realize. And don't worry - the sexy Robot is thoroughly discussed.

You can watch Season 1 of Lost in Space on Netflix now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Jurassic Park

With April Wolfe with Vivian Lee, Kari Drake, and Katherine Collins

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 44: 4th of July Spectacular: Musicals, Old News and '1776' with All Things Cozy's Matt Piwowarczyk

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Matt Piwowarczyk

1776

It's our 4th of July episode! So naturally the gang is discussing the 1972 musical - 1776. We are joined by musical "expert" Matt Piwowarczyk of the All Things Cozy podcast. The 'Who Shot Ya?' crew dissects their favorite musicals. And they get to the bottom of why Ricky hates them so much. Our news segment goes way back into the archives for some "relevant" news items. PLUS, Drea Clark interviews director Aaron Katz about his newest film Gemini.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Matt - Psycho Beach Party
April - West Side Story
Alonso - Such Good Friends

Come to our LIVE SHOW on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter. We'll be discussing Attack The Block with special guest star Tre'vell Anderson. Buy tickets here!

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Sorry to Bother You

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Matt Piwowarczyk and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Clinton and Cristela Alonzo

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Bullseye
Guests: 
George Clinton
Guests: 
Cristela Alonzo

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Photo: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

P-Funk's George Clinton: From Doo Wop to Funk, and Saving His Musical Career

This week, we'll revisit a couple of our favorite interviews from Bullseye past. First up, the legendary George Clinton. He's the musician, producer and mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic. He started his career singing doo wop, later found himself writing songs for Motown, and finally wound up creating a wholly unique sound and visual experience with Parliament-Funkadelic. They made hits like "One Nation Under A Groove" and "Flashlight" and their performances were as funky as their tunes.

In recent years, Clinton has found himself entangled in a series of legal battles over the copyrights of his songs. While fighting in the courts, George found himself fighting for his health as well. The doctor of the Funk gave himself his own prognosis: if he was going to continue a musical career and regain agency in his business affairs, he had to clean up his act, and he has.

The pioneer of funk joins us this week to talk about the evolution of his sound, getting wild onstage, and putting forward momentum back into his working and personal life.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are still touring and recording. You can track him down on his official website.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in March of 2014


Photo: Tommaso Boddi / Stringer

Cristela Alonzo has a new stand-up special on Netflix, Lower Classy

Cristela Alonzo is a veteran stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and producer. She's also something of a pioneer. You might remember her from the ABC sitcom Cristela, where she was the first Latina to create, write, produce, and star in her own show.

She talks to Jesse about her formative years growing up in South Texas with an undocumented parent. Hiding from police and immigration raids were daily realities in her small border town. Her family was also desperately poor--she recalls squatting in an abandoned diner.

Down the road, Cristela discovered she had a talent for weaving those tough experiences into comedy gold. That gift is on full display in her Netflix standup special, Lower Classy, as she takes on difficult topics including racial stereotypes, immigration, poverty, and parenting, all with her trademark smile and laugh. Cristela recalls the long journey that led to the special, and how being a comedian is, for her, about more than simply making people laugh.

Cristela Alonzo's stand-up special, Lower Classy, is available to stream on Netflix now. You can also hear her on Maximum Fun's new scripted podcast "Bubble," in which she plays an evil corporate executive.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in February of 2017

The Outshot: "Wells for Boys"

In this week's Outshot, Jesse shares a Saturday Night Live sketch that spoke to him in a particularly magical way. Behold, Wells for Boys:

This segment originally aired in February of 2017

Check out this segment on YouTube!

Who Shot Ya? Episode 43: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with Jordan Morris

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Who Shot Ya?
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Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This week we are graced by podcast royalty - Maximum Fun's own Jordan Morris. He's on the program to talk about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The gang reviews the film and in the process discusses what makes the original Jurassic Park work so well. You may be surprised to find that one of our beloved hosts is not a big fan of the original! Jordan gets the opportunity to discuss his new scripted podcast project Bubble. Plus, they discuss the future as presented in movies. The gang decides which movie future they would like to live in, which one scares them, and which one is a little too close to reality for their comfort.

In news, Netflix releases 'A Great Day In Hollywood', Elizabeth Olsen found out about the end of Infinity War on the way to set, and some fans want to remake Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Thing
Jordan - L7: Pretend We're Dead
April - Leave No Trace
Alonso - Three Identical Strangers

Come to our LIVE SHOW on July 5th at the Dynasty Typewriter. We'll be discussing Attack The Block with special guest star Tre'vell Anderson. Buy tickets here!

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing 1776 with Matt Piwowarczyk

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Jordan Morris and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 34: Children of Men with The Last Man on Earth's Cleopatra Coleman

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Cleopatra Coleman

Children of Men

This week we've got the multi-talented actor, writer, producer Cleopatra Coleman. You may know her best from her role as Erica on the beloved 'The Last Man on Earth' with Will Forte. But she's on the show this week to talk about Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece, Children of Men. Cleopatra discusses the direct influence this film had on her new movie, the apocalyptic thriller that she wrote and produced, Hover. They discuss what the future looks like in both of these films and how the advertising and technology affect the lives of the characters. Cleopatra opens up about writing her first feature and the relationship she had with the film's director. She also reveals that she actually auditioned for a role in Children of Men. Plus, April discusses what went into the famous one take finale shot of the film and how it all went wrong.

You can watch Hover in select theaters now. It will be available on VOD on July 3.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Children of Men

With April Wolfe with Cleopatra Coleman

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Episode 27 - Rob 5000 written by Caroline Williams

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Guests: 
Ayden Mayeri as Brenda
Guests: 
Yael Grobglas as Dani
Guests: 
Jason Ritter as Rob 5000
Guests: 
Carlos Alazraqui as Ivan/Acting Teacher
Guests: 
Justin Kirk as Richard
Guests: 
John Gemberling as Todd/Sloppy Guy/Handsome Dude/Just a Torso
Guests: 
Liz Cackowski as Connie/The Lady/Linda
Guests: 
Carrie Wampler as Jen/Linda’s Refrigerator/Angry Woman
Guests: 
Phil Lamarr as Silver Fox/Hiro/Sexy Voice
Guests: 
Lauren Holt as Kath

This month’s pilot is a special one written by Caroline Williams! It’s called Rob 5000 and it’s about two girls who buy a robot boyfriend and the chaos that ensues. Also in this episode, Andrew interviews Caroline Williams (Arrested Development) regarding, Rob 5000. You'll also listen to a live table read of it performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  
  
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