Aparna Nancherla

Pop Rocket Ep. 203 Bravo’s Dirty John & Our True Crime Obsession w/ Sarah Kessler

Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, Sarah Kessler
Pop Rocket
Karen Tongson
Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
Sarah Kessler

We're getting down into the down and dirty story Dirty John, the new Bravo show based on the LA Times and Wondery podcast of the same name. Joining us in the discussion this week is media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler who happens to also be married to our very own Karen Tongson. Dirty John is the true crime story about Debra Newell, a successful Orange County businesswoman who seemed to have everything going for her except when it came to love. In her middle age, she began online dating and met this guy who her two daughters found extremely shady. Obviously, throughout the course of the limited series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, she and we find out why.

We take a deep dive into what it is that titillates and draws us into the dark and disturbing world of true crime. The panel takes a look at podcasts like Teacher's Pet, Serial and Bear Brook, among others, as well as shows such as Making a Murderer, Lifetime’s A Woman Scorned and the sensational, made-for-tv accounts of the most notorious serial killers. What does true crime tell us about women and what does it tell women to watch out for? Find out!

True Crime Podcasts Discussed:
Bear Brook
Teacher's Pet
Atlanta Monster
Star 80
Fall of a Titan: The Steve McNair Story
In the Dark
Crime & Scandal: Chris Watts

True Crime Film & TV Titles Discussed
A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story
A Deliberate Stranger

All Abouts

Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh is all about the interpersonal dynamics at play at H.W. Bush’s funeral.

Sarah Kessler is all about My Brilliant Friend on HBO based on the bestselling series by Elena Ferrante.

Karen Tongson is all about a recent stand-up set she saw of Aparna Nancherla.

That's My Jam

Sarah Kessler - Stereolab - Outer Accelerator

Wynter - Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm

Karen Tongson - Juliana Hatfield - A Little More Love

With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Sarah Rebecca Kessler.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.

Episode 31 - Mr. Joyce's Opus written by Brian Gallivan

Mike Kosinski as Chuck Joyce
Kirby Howell Baptiste as Julia McGill
Lauren Lapkus as Gifted Sara
Ginger Gonzaga as Leslie
Aparna Nancherla as Krystal
Mamie Gummer as Adriana
Janina Gavankar as Felicia
Elizabeth Ho as Vanessa
Sam Richardson as Mr. Meadows
Gary Anthony Williams as Principal Flood

Our dead pilot this month was written by Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings). It’s called Mr. Joyce’s Opus and it centers around Chuck Joyce, a Catholic school teacher, who throws out his curriculum to connect with his students despite the fact that they’re all horrible little monsters.

Andrew interviews Brian regarding his career, the development process for this pilot, and how he handles network notes calls. You’ll also listen to a live table read of Mr. Joyce’s Opus, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.  
Come to our next live show at The USC Comedy Festival on November 4th at 4pm. Because we love our fans sooooo much, this show is completely free! We’re reading a pilot called American Alien written by Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore, Splitting Up Together).

Reserve seats here: https://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=39953

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Episode 30 - Talk Nerdy to Me written by Morgan Murphy

Lauren Lapkus as Harper
Glenn Howerton as Robbie Kearse
Aparna Nancherla as Jessie
Kirby Howell Baptiste as Maddie
Sam Richardson as Walsh
Scott MacArthur as Nick
Elizabeth Ho as Ruth
Janina Gavankar as Assistant/Hector
Gary Anthony Williams as Voice/Anthony

We have a great pilot this month. It’s called Talk Nerdy to Me and it’s written by Morgan Murphy (2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live). The log line for this one is a squad of four dorky but brilliant women sharing a house in Venice, CA deal with VR porn, leaky rowboats, people urinating while rollerblading, and other facts of life in Silicon Beach. In this episode, Andrew interviews Morgan regarding her dead pilot and you’ll also listen to a live table read of Talk Nerdy to Me, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors!

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes and information about our live shows, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram @deadpilotspod, on twitter @deadpilotspod, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com.

Bubble Episode 7: Shareables


The gang visits a new locale. Also, a flashback.

You can check out the script of this episode here.

Want to support Bubble? Visit https://maximumfun.org/bubble to help pay for it.



Alison Becker - Morgan
Eliza Skinner - Annie
Mike Mitchell - Mitch
Cristela Alonzo - Bonnie
Keith Powell - Van
Tavi Gevinson - Narrator


John Ross Bowie, David Gborie, Brea Grant, Adam Lisagor, Aparna Nancherla.


Created by Jordan Morris. Executive Produced by Jordan Morris, Nick Adams, and Jesse Thorn.

"Shareables" written by Dan Kennedy

Produced by Julia Smith. Directed by Eric Martin. Editing and sound design by Ben Walker. Script Supervision by Shana Daloria. Engineered by Casey O'Brien.

Original Music by Annie Hart and Jonathan Coulton

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 529: Ace in Your Hole with Aparna Nancherla

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Actress and comedian Aparna Nancherla joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's big birthday lunch with potentially too much pie, Jordan's desire to live in another city for a short time for a showbiz job, and whether or not The Rock's ability to make a prestige film is hampered by the fact that he looks like a cartoon strong man.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman of 'Corporate' and Graphic Novelist Mimi Pond

Matt Ingebretson
Jake Weisman
Mimi Pond

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson on their new Comedy Central show 'Corporate'

Technically, the new Comedy Central show Corporate is a workplace comedy. But it's so much darker, weirder and universal than that. The show follows the lives of Jake and Matt, two junior executives in training at Hampton Deville. Every character on the show is a little depressed and angry about working for a soul-sucking giant multinational corporation. Matt and Jake have just enough power and money to keep working there, but not enough to make any real impact in the company. Corporate goes beyond your standard office comedy and dives into deeper themes like the capitalism, art, suicide, and even the meaninglessness of life. Corporate has a great supporting cast including Lance Reddick, Anne Dudek, Aparna Nancherla, and Baron Vaughn. Deadpan humor and satire is tough, but Corporate really nails it.

Jesse sat down with co-creators and stars of Corporate Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson to talk about getting the shows tone right, what it was like pitching the show to a corporation, and why they cast Lance Reddick, who played Cedric Daniels on The Wire to play the CEO of Hampton Deville. Plus, they talk about how magic mushrooms helped them write some of the episodes -- you don't wanna miss that!

Click here to listen to this interview on YouTube!

Photo: Jagrap via Flickr Creative Commons

The Craziest Day Of My Entire Career: Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in the National Lampoon, the LA Times, and the New York Times. For almost a decade she had a regular full page comic in Seventeen Magazine. She's also a television writer. Mimi wrote one of the most iconic episodes of the Simpsons ever made: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." In that episode, Homer doesn't get a Christmas bonus from Mr.Burns and Homer gets a job at the mall as Santa to pay for holiday expenses. The episode introduced us to the Simpson's family dog, Santa's Little Helper. That episode also introduced the world to the Simpsons -- it was the first episode of The Simpsons to air on television. Mimi's also written for Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Designing Women.

Before all that, Mimi worked at a handful of diners in the 70's as a waitress. She's written two graphic novels loosely based on her time as a server. The first was "Over Easy" in 2014 and the most recent is "The Customer is Always Wrong." We asked her to tell us about the craziest day of her career, and she had a lot to say about one particular dinner shift when the head cook disappeared.

Mimi Pond's book "The Customer is Always Wrong" is out now.

Click here to listen to this segment on YouTube!

The Outshot: 'Understanding Comics'

Finally, for this week's Outshot: "Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud. It's a graphic novel about understanding comic books that assumes you know nothing about comics. If you've never picked up a comic book before this is a good place to start.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

CIPYD 69: Aparna Nancherla and Dogue de Bordeaux

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Hello sweet friends!

We're so happy and grateful to be here! We've got a fresh new episode hot and ready to go! In Dogs We Met This Week Renee tells us about her trip to Rosie's Dog Beach! We've got a Mutt Minute on the Dogue de Bordeaux, these are some big buddies! The super talented and hilarious Aparna Nancherla joins us to talk about dogs in New York and together we try to figure out where people keep their big dogs. We've got some special Dog News involving the ever-wonderful David Tennant! And of course, we've got a Facebook Thread of the Week!

Thanks for tuning in!

Here are some links to things we mentioned in the episode:
Aparna's new album!
Pivot Produce!

International Waters: Episode 76 Distant Father's Day

Aparna, Dave & Jonathan
Aparna Nancherla
Jonathan Van Ness
Phill Jupitus
Shappi Khorsandi

Aparna Nancherla, Jonathan Van Ness, Phill Jupitus and Shappi Khorsandi join host, Dave Holmes to quiz about Daleks, soccer, "meatlegging" and musicals.

Aparna Nancherla wants to plug her new comedy album, Just Putting It Out There and recommends Jaqueline Novak's book How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows.

Jonathan Van Ness wants to plug his Funny or Die series Gay of Thrones and his own MaxFun podcast Getting Curious. Jonathan recommends The Great British Baking Show which runs on PBS and Netflix.

Phill Jupitus is playing Bottom in The Theatre Royal Bath's upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and re-joins the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang later this summer. Phill recommends the Essays of E. B. White and The Great British Sewing Bee.

Shappi Khorsandi wants to plug her new novel Nina is Not OK. You can find Shappi's live gig dates here. Shappi recommends the work of British comic novelist, Sue Townsend. A good place to start is The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave's new book Party of One is available for pre-sale now.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Riley Silverman. Recorded at GuiltFreePost in London by John Purcell Shackleton and at MaxFunHQ in Los Angeles. Produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: David Cross, Tavi Gevinson & Pharoahe Monch

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David Cross
Tavi Gevinson
Aparna Nancherla
Pharoahe Monch

Thanks to everyone who came out to our World Tour of Several American Cities! Here's our show recorded in front of a live audience in Brooklyn, New York at the Bell House.

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David Cross on His New Sketch Comedy in 'W/Bob & David', Stand Up Comedy, and Living in NYC

David Cross co-created Mr. Show, one of the most beloved and influential sketch comedy shows, with his comedy partner and collaborator Bob Odenkirk.

Twenty years after the premiere of that program, Cross and Odenkirk recently released a new sketch show on Netflix, W/Bob & David.

Cross joins us to talk about the evolution of his stand up, the decision to create a new show with Odenkirk, and a certain club tour.

W/Bob & David is available now for streaming on Netflix. Cross also created and stars in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which returns for a third season on IFC January 7th.

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Photo credit: Robyn Von Swank

Comedy: Aparna Nancherla

NYC-based comic and writer Aparna Nancherla has appeared on Conan, @midnight and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. She currently performs stand up and also writes for Late Night with Seth Meyers.

You can find out more about Aparna (including where to see/hear her!) at www.aparnacomedy.com.

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Photo credit: Petra Collins

Tavi Gevinson on Acting, Dealing with Negativity Online, and Editing 'Rookie'

Tavi Gevinson found an audience online when she was still a pre-teen blogging about fashion. Now 19, she's gone to found an online magazine for teenage girls called Rookie, and to act on Broadway, in films and on TV.

A new collection of writings from Rookie is collected in Rookie: Yearbook 4. It's available in bookstores and online now.

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Music: Pharoahe Monch and DJ Boogie Blind with 'Time2', 'Broken Again' and a Special Performance of 'Simon Says'

We were joined for an amazing live set from legendary rapper Pharoahe Monch and DJ Boogie Blind.

Pharoahe Monch's latest full-length is called PTSD. To buy his albums or see where he's performing next, find him at www.pharoahe.com. You can check out DJ Boogie Blind on Twitter @BoogieBlind.

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