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A few years ago, Paul Feig was enjoying a relatively successful career as a TV director. His ode to adolescence, Freaks and Geeks, had a short run but was critically acclaimed. He went on to direct pivotal episodes of The Office, take a turn on Mad Men, and make the rounds on 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Arrested Development, too.
But Feig's work in film was a little rockier. His first two studio films struggled to find audiences, and he was serving time in "movie jail", the unofficial lockdown for directors who helm flops. But he got a third chance, directing a talented cast of women in Bridesmaids. And that time, it hit.
His new film, The Heat, pairs Melissa McCarthy with Sandra Bullock in the traditional buddy cop genre.
Feig talks to us about how his childhood magic hobby led to a career in comedy, why he prefers directing women to men, and the undue box office pressure on films starring women.
The Heat is in theaters nationwide on June 28.
The New Yorker’s television critic, Emily Nussbaum, joins us to talk about TV you should be watching. She recommends the upcoming Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black, from Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit Showtime dramedy Weeds. Kohan's new show follows the life of a middle-class woman sent to prison when her drug smuggling past catches up to her. Nussbaum also recommends the Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, hosted by Schumer and filled with exaggerated takes on some of her favorite topics: sex, porn, relationships, and how to take a compliment.
Orange Is The New Black's 13 episode season premieres on Netflix on July 11.
Inside Amy Schumer airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. The show was just picked up for a second season.
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Comedian Ophira Eisenberg is happily married and she's got a pretty steady day job, for a comic (she's the host of NPR’s quiz show Ask Me Another). But her life wasn't always so settled. Eisenberg’s new memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, tells us how she got there -- by accident. She made a choice early on that dating was supposed to be fun, not a desperate and frenzied search to find "the one".
She describes the best way to make the transition to living in New York City (just don't tell anyone back home!), what to say when your date asks you if you want to see "something special", and her newly optimistic philosophy on marriage.
Screw Everyone is available now.
Do you need to be a chef to be able to cook for yourself? The answer is no, and the proof is in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything.
This is The Sound of Young America Holiday Special 2006. Get a taste of the Maximum Fun holiday spirit with this podcast!
Mike Birbiglia talks to Jesse about his hilarious blog "My Secret Public Journal," and about his hilarious new year's resolutions. Birbiglia is a regular contributor on This American Life. His new book, Sleepwalk with Me, is out now.
Then, sketch comedy group Kasper Hauser talks to Jesse about Sky Maul, a book they published parodying the Sky Mall catalogs found in planes.
Maximum Fun favorite Paul Feig joins Jesse to talk about working with child actors in his holiday film Unaccompanied Minors and in his past work on Freaks and Geeks. Feig has also worked on Arrested Development, Bored to Death, and Mad Men. Also, be sure to check out Jesse's interview with Feig on Put This On.
The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.
Today's theme: Back from Jury Duty!
The College Years is back from jury duty! Well, at least Jesse was around this episode's original broadcast date. Still, oh happy day. Listen in as Jesse welcomes many talented gentlemen during this episode. First up, Olde English pays the show a visit. At the time of the interview, the sketch group were still in Bard college but already performing at legitimate venues and credible festivals! Funny back then and still hilarious now, check out their work.
Following that, Jesse speaks with director, actor, and writer Paul Feig. As a director, he's done work on your favorite programmes, including Arrested Development, Bored to Death, and Mad Men. As an actor, you may remember him from the classice film, Heavyweights (note: Heavyweights is awesome). And as a demigod, you better know him from Freaks and Geeks. If you're interested in a good read, check out Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.