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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 79 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In observance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Week on Wham Bam Pow, this episode features no fewer than two unintentional pizza puns. Plus, Ricky dishes about one of the early movies that made him, and we decide when a reboot just isn't right.

Next week, we will be watching The Grandmaster, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chris Rock, John Cleese & Scott Aukerman

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Chris Rock Explains His Commitment to Stand Up

Chris Rock has never strayed for too long from stand up comedy. He started performing stand up in his late teens, then he was handpicked by Eddie Murphy to be in Beverly Hills Cop II. Rock then spent a few years on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and eventually turned to stand up yet again in the mid 1990s.

You probably remember what happened next. Rock released a series of stand up specials, earning him several Emmys and cementing his status as one of the industry's best comics.

It was Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing that inspired him to work behind the camera, as a movie director. Rock directed two movies in the 2000s, Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. His latest is a comedy called Top Five. Rock stars as Andre Allen, a famous comic who wants to be taken seriously as an actor. Andre can't get audiences to embrace his dramatic turn in a movie about the Haitian slave rebellion -- they just want him to be funny.

Rock will talk about why he's making movies instead of touring stand up clubs, why he isn't worried about becoming "old Bob Hope", and the real reason he's afraid of losing his fame.

Top Five is in theaters this week.

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I Wish I'd Made That: Scott Aukerman on Twin Peaks

Artists are always influenced by the work of others. And sometimes, something an artist sees is SO good, so PERFECT that they wish they had made it themselves.

This happens so often to the people we talk to, that we made a segment about it. It’s called I Wish I’d Made That.

Today you’re going to hear from the Comedy Bang Bang host Scott Aukerman. One of his early jobs was as a writer for the comedy program Mr. Show.

So why does this comedy aficionado wish he'd made the dark, surrealistic murder-mystery show Twin Peaks? He'll explain.

Twin Peaks is currently available on Blu-ray and Netflix, and will be returning to air sometime in 2016 on Showtime.

You can hear more from Aukerman on the TV show and podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!. Season three of the show is wrapping up on IFC.

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John Cleese on His Early Life and the Road to Comedy

John Cleese is one of the most influential figures of comedy. He's best known as one the creative forces behind the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. But before that, he was almost a lawyer.

Cleese went to Cambridge, studied law, and was about to accept a job with a big firm when another opportunity came up. This one was perhaps slightly less distinguished, but infinitely more appealing to Cleese. The BBC was impressed by his work with his college comedy revue, The Footlights, and offered him a job writing and producing comedy.

In his new memoir So, Anyway… Cleese discusses his journey, from his childhood in prep school, to his early days of sketch comedy at Cambridge, to the co-founding of the Pythons.

Cleese will talk about being one of the "scientific" minds of the Pythons, writing and re-writing with his comedy partner Graham Chapman, and how he felt about the recent Monty Python reunion.

Cleese's new book, So, Anyway… is available now.

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The Outshot: Transparent

Why does Jesse like Transparent? Well, it's the rare television show that has people acting like... real people.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 78 - Batman Returns

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This week, we delve deeper into the Bat-iverse with Batman Returns, featuring the inimitable (but underused) Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Plus, we have an extra long catch-up session where everyone shares some recent celeb elbow-rubbing experiences.

Next week, we will be watching the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 77 - Batman

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This week, we chat about Batman and take a step back to appreciate Tim Burton before the CGI saturated Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Plus, Ricky drops a Sam Shepard reference on us and lets us know what's poppin', and the crew anticipates this week's biggest trailers.

Next week, we will be watching Batman Returns, which is currently on Netflix Watch Instant.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 76 - Interstellar

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This week, we settle in with Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar and try to figure out what it all means. Plus, Ricky gets a haircut, and we unwittingly brainstorm the next great stoner comedy.

Next week, we will be watching Batman, which is currently on Netflix Watch Instant.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 75 - The Rocketeer

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This week, we unpack our Disney Adventures Magazines and Consumer Reports for Kids and take a look at the 1991 superhero flick The Rocketeer. Plus, are we asking too much of our actors when we expect them to cross genres?

Next week, we will be watching Interstellar, which is currently in theaters.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 74 - Birdman

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This week, we stretch the definitions of action and sci-fi a bit to examine Birdman, the genre-busting film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero actor. Plus, what makes a good Sarah Connor?

Cameron's album is available RIGHT NOW on iTunes -- be sure to pick it up!

Next week, we will be watching The Rocketeer, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 73 - Galaxy Quest

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This week, we all agree to never give up, never surrender, and always watch Galaxy Quest! Plus, we get caught up with all of the Hollywood happenings and recite all of the Star Trek movies.

Cameron's album is available RIGHT NOW on iTunes -- be sure to pick it up!

Next week, we will be watching Birdman, which is currently available in theaters.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 72 - Killing Them Softly

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Happy MaxFunWeek! Ricky is joined by two hilarious guest panelists, Marcella Arguello and Sarah Morisano to review the 2012, Brad Pitt-packed crime film, Killing Them Softly. Plus, in honor of MaxFunWeek, we are joined by Dan McCoy! Dan is a writer for The Daily Show and co-host of our sister podcast, The Flop House, and he shares a seasonally appropriate movie that made him.

Follow our guests on Twitter! Sarah is @thesarahbellum, Marcella is @marcellacomedy, and Dan is @dancmccoy. You can find The Flop House on Maximum Fun or wherever you get your podcasts.

Cameron's album is available RIGHT NOW on iTunes -- be sure to pick it up!

Next week, we will be watching Galaxy Quest, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 71 - The Machine

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This week, the band is back together once again to review the shoestring budget, sci-fi flick The Machine; Rhea looks back at a movie that made her; and Cameron admits she doesn't get David Lynch (there's a pretty reasonable explanation for that).

Ricky recommends you visit harveyfriends.com and help out if you can.

Cameron's album is available RIGHT NOW on iTunes -- be sure to pick it up!

Next week, we will be watching Killing Them Softly, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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

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