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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Armando Iannucci and Billy Bragg

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Bullseye
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Guests: 
Armando Iannucci
Guests: 
Billy Bragg

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Veep Creator Armando Iannucci on Poking Fun at Politics

What does the career trajectory of a lifelong political junkie look like? There are the obvious choices, like a major in Political Science, law school...maybe even a career in politics. But Armando Iannucci took a different path – one that led him to Oxford, an incomplete PhD, and work writing and producing comedy, like his acclaimed political satire The Thick of It and the feature film In the Loop.

Iannucci created a new take on American politics in the HBO comedy Veep. Now in its second season, the show follows a fictional Vice President (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) with lofty ambitions but little actual power. Veep showcases the comedy inherent in the struggle for the political upper hand, the constant panic and exhaustion. Seemingly small gaffes quickly escalate into ridiculous catastrophes. The show's dialogue is marked by careful attention to absurd politi-speak and some especially creative cursing.

Iannucci joins us to talk about the difference between UK and US politics, why he sympathizes with our elected officials, and conducting swearing research in Washington, D.C.

Ianucci's new film The Death of Stalin comes out later this year.


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The Song That Changed My Life, with Billy Bragg: Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin

Billy Bragg performs politically-minded folk music with a punk rock edge, songs with a tone and attitude somewhere between Woody Guthrie and the Sex Pistols. But what led to him developing his voice as an artist?

As Bragg explains, one of the most pivotal moments in his life happened during his lunch break at a record store. He put on a record that changed his life: Bob Dylan's folk anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Tapping Into Frustration for Seinfeld and Veep

Most of us first knew Julia Louis-Dreyfus from her Emmy-winning role as Elaine on Seinfeld. Elaine flailed, fought, and danced her way into our hearts as the friend to "losers" Jerry, George and Kramer. But Louis-Dreyfus first arrived in entertainment fresh off her college comedy sketch group, as a repertory player in the Dick Ebersol-helmed cast of Saturday Night Live.

After Seinfeld, she went on to anchor several sitcoms, including The New Adventures of Old Christine, with delightful guest appearances on shows like Arrested Development and 30 Rock. Her career has now taken her to a different cast of skewed characters on HBO's Veep.

On Veep, Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States. Though the vice-presidency is a prestigious position, Meyer's day-to-day work is less than impressive. Her staff members claw at each other for power and prestige. She suffers awkward encounters with the media and consistent snubs from the President (a running gag on the show is Selina's off-hand question, "Did the President call?" The answer is usually no).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins us to talk about the similarities she's discovered between show business and politics, the boys' club that was SNL in the 80s, and a certain terrible dance that still haunts her to this day.

Veep airs on HBO on Sundays at 10:30/9:30 PM central.

The Outshot: Jay-Z's "Threat"

Rap isn't poetry – it's its own thing. But, like poets, many of the best rappers imbue their lyrics with layers and layers of meaning. Need proof? Jesse suggests a close listen to Jay-Z's "Threat."

#110 - The Boat Files: Best Coen Brothers Film with Jeffrey Cranor

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Jeffrey Cranor

In the last 30+ years the Coen Brothers have left their mark on the filmmaking world, creating unforgettable characters and telling interesting stories. But which of their films reigns supreme? Mark and Hal call in their buddy Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires) to help make the call.

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn Holiday Special with Andy Richter, Jane Lynch, Pop Rocket, and MBMBAM

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Andy Richter
Guests: 
Jane Lynch
Guests: 
Griffin McElroy
Guests: 
Travis McElroy
Guests: 
Justin McElroy
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

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Andy Richter on the dealing with the holidays, his favorite holiday movies, and his new SeeSo special, Home for the Holiday’s

Andy Richter probably best known for being Conan's O'Brien's sidekick, buth he's been a comedian for almost 30 years. You've probably seen him in Madagascar, Arrested Development, or maybe you watched his Emmy nominated TV series: Andy Richter Controls the Universe.
Now, he sits down with Jesse to talk about his new SeeSo comedy special Andy Richter's Home for the Holidays

Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell on their favorite holiday films

Journalist and novelist Margaret Wappler and digital strategist Wynter Mitchell are hosts on Bullseye’s sister show, Pop Rocket.
This week, they sit down with Jesse to talk about their favorite Christmas films. Some of them will surprise you.
You can find every episode of Pop Rocket and more information about the show here.

Justin, Travis, and Griffin Mcelroy answer some holiday questions

The brothers from the Maximum Fun produced advice show and podcast, My Brother, My Brother and Me field some questions from listeners, and give some holiday advice.

Jane Lynch on her new Christmas album, hating the holidays, and coming out in a post-Ellen America

Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Jane Lynch is best known for her hilarious portrayal of Sue Sylvester on ABC’s Glee, and if you've seen a Christopher Guest movie, odds are her's was the funniest character - no small feat. Recently, she's teamed up with Kate Flannery and Tim Davis on A Swingin' Little Christmas, a big-bad era inspired Christmas album.
This week, she sits down with Jesse to talk about that album, her arms-length relationship with Christmas, and what it was like for her to come out as gay after comedians like Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell paved the way.

Pop Rocket Episode 96: Super Dumb Comedies

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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branun
Guests: 
Whynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

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

This week, the gang tries to get rid of some of the election anxiety surrounding this week by discussing their favorite dumb comedies. They discuss everything from Judd Apatow to the demise of Adam Sandler, whether physical comedy can be smart, and why so many comedies are tied to “The College Experience”. Guy proposes a theory to explain why Troop Beverly Hills has a longer shelf life than Down And Out In Beverly Hills and Wynter talks about why she loves Mike Judge.

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

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Unsatisfied
Oliver Wang - Somebody Kill Me Please
Wynter Mitchell - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Guy Branum - Daddy Lessons

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.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.

#89 - Best Indiana Jones Film

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Fortune and glory, kid. That's what Mark and Hal are after. And in this case, the only way they can get it is to determine the best Indiana Jones film. So hold on to your potatoes, People of the World, because we're in search of the answer that belongs in a museum. You see, listeners, there is no question you possess which we cannot take away. Via answering it.

See Hal in Headcan(n)on this Thursday, November 10th. Get tickets here.

Be sure to get your tickets to the last Thrilling Adventure Hour for a long time - it'll be Saturday, December 17th at the Ace Hotel. Get tickets here.

Join Mark and Hal on the 2017 JoCo Cruise, featuring more amazing guests than we can legally list on one podcast description. Cabins are still available - book yours here.

Pop Rocket 84: Summer Blockbusters with Devin Faraci and Riley Silverman

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Riley Silverman, Oliver, Devin Faraci, and Wynter
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Devin Faraci
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

Oliver takes over hosting duties today and is joined by Wynter and special guests, comedian (and writer for MaxFun podcast International Waters!) Riley Silverman and Editor in Chief of Birth.Movies.Death, Devin Faraci. This week, the gang talks about this summer’s blockbusters with a focus on DC and Marvel movies! Is Suicide Squad a beautiful trainwreck or just a trainwreck-y trainwreck? Why does Marvel seem to be killing it at the box office and with critics while DC struggles to do either? Who in the world wanted another Independence Day movie? All that, plus, Oliver finds a new weird Olympic sport to obsess over, Wynter brings in some more KCRW-esque Jams, Riley has a few words to say on Rio de Janiero, and Devin still holds hope for one final potential summer blockbuster.

NOTE: Mild Harry Potter spoilers from 03:35-07:01 YOU’VE BEEN WARNED, NERDS!

Hey, you! Margaret Wappler’s book is out now! Treat yourself tonight and get Neon Green HERE or at your local independent bookstore. Check her website for tour dates.

With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell and special guests Riley Silverman and Devin Faraci.

That’s My Jam:

Riley Silverman - Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend
Oliver Wang - Buddy Fo – Watermelon Man
Wynter Mitchell - Mateo Senolia - Baldwin
Devin Faraci - G.L.O.S.S. – Give Violence a Chance

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.

Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Nick Hornby & Luis Guzmán

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Nick Hornby on 'Funny Girl', Creativity and Ambition

Nick Hornby became famous as a literary writer for men. His first three books were about guys, fans specifically, Fever Pitch was a memoir about Hornby’s love of soccer; High Fidelity was about a record store owner, struggling with love. About A Boy was about a sort of boyish man tending to a mannish boy.

Hornby has since written several other books and screenplays, including Oscar nominees An Education and Brooklyn.

His recent novel, Funny Girl, is about a working class young woman in the 1960s who leaves her small town in search of a career on television, and her success on a BBC sitcom.

Nick Hornby sat down with Jesse to talk about why he set his novel in the mid-60s (and why its protagonist is a woman), personal ambition and creativity, and what it's like to be a Hollywood dinner guest.

Funny Girl is available now in paperback.

The interview originally aired in March 2015.


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Luis Guzmán on 'The Part'

Luis Guzmán is a veteran character actor. But back in the early 1990s, he was still working as a social worker on the Lower East Side, and acting was more of a side gig. Then he got a role that put him on the map -- the thuggish sidekick Pachanga in the 1993 movie Carlito's Way.

As Guzmán tells it, everything crystallized with that role.

You can currently see Luis Guzmán in the role of Jesse Sallander on the CBS hospital drama, Code Black. On the show, he plays the role of the trauma unit’s senior nurse, affectionately referred to as “Momma”.

The interview originally aired in March 2015.

The Outshot: Devil in a Blue Dress

Jesse explains why Easy Rawlins, of Devil in A Blue Dress, is a different breed of private detective.

#59 - Practical vs Digital Effects with Tommy Haake

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Tommy Haake

Almost every movie made has some form of special effects in them. In modern filmmaking, digital effects have become commonplace - but are we missing out on the more practically driven effects of older films. Mark and Hal sit down with effects wizard Tommy Haake to talk about the history of effects, the blending of techniques, and settle once and for all which kind of effects are better!

#43 - Best Christmas Movie

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One of the most beloved traditions of the Christmas season is gathering around to watch Christmas movies. With so many great movies out there, it can be confusing and difficult to know which is the very best. Fortunately, Mark and Hal are here to do the heavy lifting!

Topics include:

- Oliver Sholom

- Gotcha Podcasting

- A very John Waters Christmas

Get tickets NOW for the 1/10/16 live recording of our Star Wars vs Star Trek episode at San Francisco Sketchfest, with special guest Adam Savage and opening act Carter Parton Rogers!

Pop Rocket 49: Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

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Wynter, Margaret, Guy & Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

The team sits down to share their thoughts on Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq which uses the premise of women withholding sex from their men to stop a gang war. They also touch on their favorite Spike Lee films.

With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org(http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com)

Favorite Jams

Wynter Mitchell Someone Great by LCD Soundsystem

Oliver Wang Oh Girl by The Chi-Lites

Margaret Wappler Mr. Telephone Man by Erykah Badu

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

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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