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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bill Hader

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Bill Hader

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Season 2 of Barry premiers March 31

You know Bill Hader from his time on Saturday Night Live. He was kind of an impressions guy - he did a mean Vincent Price. His most famous character was Stefon, from the Weekend Update sketches. He left the show in 2013 and went on to perform in movies like Trainwreck, Inside Out and the smash hit Sausage Party. Along with Fred Armisen, he also starred in the IFC show, Documentary Now!.

His latest project is an HBO TV show called Barry, which enters its second season later this month. Hader stars as the show's title character, Barry Berkman. Barry's an ex-marine, turned low rent hitman in Ohio, turned aspiring actor in Los Angeles. Bill tells Jesse about working as a production assistant when he first came out to Los Angeles, the influence his parents had on his taste in film, and the struggle he had to project his voice.

This interview originally aired in April of 2018.

Episode 32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi

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Guests: 
Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney
Guests: 
Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess
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Brad Neely as Charles Whitney
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Mamie Gummer as Molly
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Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford
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Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec
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Elizabeth Ho as Rhea
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Roberta Valderrama as Margarita
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Mike Kosinski as Oscar/Cody
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Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter
Guests: 
Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor
Guests: 
Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice

Our dead pilot this month is The Prince by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman). When Dave Whitney, a ruthless corporate fixer in Texas, is passed over for a promotion in his family's oil business, he decides to take the whole company down. Mehar describes it as "What if Karl Rove worked for Greenpeace?"

We had a great cast for this one including Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney, Brad Neely as Charles Whitney, Mamie Gummer as Molly, Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford, Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice, Roberta Valderrama as Margarita, Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec, Elizabeth Ho as Rhea,  Mike Kosinski as Oscar, Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter, Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor, Mike Kosinski as Cody, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. After the table read, listen to Andrew's interview with Mehar regarding his dead pilot!

Come to our next live show at SF Sketchfest on January 20th at 4pm!

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MKEP 151: CC Me! CC Me! (Fighting Back Against The Memo, Transgender Rights, Megyn Kelly, Blackface, Halloween)

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Minority Korner

This week Nnekay and James are fighting back against the awful memo that was passed around to major agencies in our government about the definition of gender. Before we get to the main event, James and Nnekay wonder... is Halloween still fun? Speaking of Halloween, Megyn Kelly has some questions about costumes as well, specifically Blackface. Let's just say she's WRONG in her opinions. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are getting cancelled, which makes James wonder if Disney has something up it's sleeves- James also elaborates on his newest obsession: DocuDramas! James kicks of the first korner by explaining what this memo is all about, and how it can impact the lives of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people. James also gives tips on how we can fight back against this hateful ass memo and what we can uplift and support each other. Nnekay takes the baton by giving more tips on self preservation for POC transgender and gender non conforming people. She also gives a trusty dusty list of books that celebrate and lift up the voices of those apart of the community. Also did James manage to get yelled at by George Takei? I think you know the answer.

See James perform at the Broadway Comedy Club, Sat Oct 27th @6pm!

Make your reservation for VIP Tickets: 212-252-2369

Read more at http://minoritykorner.com/#krQ6VYtTuzCPbpM7.99

Links!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-adminis...

https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/Ally-Guide-...

https://www.queerty.com/antigay-gubernatorial-candidates-campaign-no-com...

https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/23/stop-trump-lgbtq-american...

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQOERH8aGSrxjvByLGgcV31YsHC-g_olRC5h...

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/practical-poc-tips-fighting-trump-ad...

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/10/23/toward-creating-a-trans-l...

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

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Guests: 
Mike Kosinski as Chuck Joyce
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Kirby Howell Baptiste as Julia McGill
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Lauren Lapkus as Gifted Sara
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Ginger Gonzaga as Leslie
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Aparna Nancherla as Krystal
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Mamie Gummer as Adriana
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Janina Gavankar as Felicia
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Elizabeth Ho as Vanessa
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Sam Richardson as Mr. Meadows
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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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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Gethard

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Sarah Jessica Parker
Guests: 
Chris Gethard

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Sarah Jessica Parker on her HBO shows Divorce and Sex and the City

Sarah Jessica Parker began her career on Broadway, then quickly moved on to acting in classic films throughout the 80's and 90's like Footloose and LA Story. She's probably best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on HBO's Sex And The City, which ended in 2004. Her latest role is also for HBO - a comedic drama called Divorce.

Sarah Jessica tells Jesse about the hardest part about acting in Sex And The City, how she finds distance between herself and the characters she plays on screen, and the glory of Thomas Haden Church's mustache.

Check out HBO's Divorce here.

Click here to listen to Sarah Jessica Parker's interview on YouTube.

This interview originally aired in 2016.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Chris Gethard on mental health and the importance of failure

Chris Gethard hosted the The Chris Gethard Show for 6 years. It aired first on New York City public access, then later on the Fusion network. You might've also seen him on Broad City or Don't Think Twice, the Mike Birbiglia movie that came out in 2016.

Chris is also a standup. His HBO special produced with Judd Apatow is called Career Suicide. It's kind of a one-man show where he covers difficult issues like alcoholism, depression, and death.

Chris tells Jesse why he's looking forward to taking a break from talking about mental health issues.

Check out Career Suicide here.

This interview originally aired in 2017.


The Outshot: Paul Simon's Graceland

Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland is the perfect record for middle age.

MKEP148: Vote and Read For Your LIFE! (Midterms or Bust, Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael More, Children's Books on Consent, Jane Fonda, Insecure)

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Minority Korner

Insecure just ended it's season and the duo can barely believe it. Give that show more episodes, dammit! James watched the HBO documentary on Jane Fonda and was reminded why he loved her so much. Such an amazing life! Nnekay could relate since she watched the recent Quincy Jones Documentary. It's wonderful to honor our heroes while they are alive. Nnekay found a new video game called Supreme Courtship... about dating justices... which is as problematic as you would think it is. In the Korners- James is Getting us pumped for this November with ALL the facts on why it is truly important and necessary to make sure we all get out there and VOTE. He breaks down the Michael Moore Film 11/9 and how this could be the possible end to our democracy. Nnekay has a another great book list for you- this time on how to teach your children about consent and help curb toxic masculinity. Let's get to it!!!

https://kotaku.com/video-game-about-dating-supreme-court-justices-has-a-...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/09/five-ways-republicans-...

https://www.shondaland.com/act/a14765925/helping-with-2018-midterm-elect...

https://www-popsugar-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.popsugar.com/news/Ho...

http://time.com/5389711/black-women-voters-2018-midterms/

Learning voter registration guides in yoru city: https://vote.gov/

https://www.rockthevote.org/action-center/host-your-own-event/

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

http://www.booksforlittles.com/toxic-masculinity/

https://www.amazon.com/Tough-Guys-Have-Feelings-Too/dp/1909263664/ref=as...

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Cowboys-Kate-Hoefler/dp/0544148924/ref=as_li...

https://www.amazon.com/Like-When/dp/0152056491/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&q...

https://www.amazon.com/Elwood-Bigfoot-Wanted-Birdie-Friends/dp/145490879...

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Robot-Ben-Hatke/dp/1626720800/ref=as_li_ss...

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MKEP144: Respect For Anita (Anita Hill, Colin Kaepernick, Nike, Whitney Houston)

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Minority Korner

Reeling from the outrage about Kaepernick's feature in Nike's new campaign, the duo discusses... is Nike doing good or is it more complicated than that?! Also they are dissecting Whitney Houston's documentary, the tragedy that she went through and why we gotta give her more respect. The main korner for the show is Anita Hill, the precursor to the #metoo movement, James breaks down everything we might not know or have forgotten about her story and everything she went through during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. Also- who's a better actor Whitney Houston or Halle Berry?

Links!
https://www.theroot.com/anita-hill-on-the-weinstein-scandal-this-type-of...

https://www.theroot.com/what-has-been-the-impact-of-anita-hill-1790866460

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/the-case-for-impeaching-cla...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/anita-hill-and-her-199...

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Pop Rocket Ep. 182: HBO's Sharp Objects and The Wappler Test

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Margaret, Guy, Karen
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. It’s based on the Gillian Flynn Novel of the same name and is about a woman, Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, who returns to her childhood home to combat her personal demons and look into a number of unsolved murders.

Margaret is all about Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers biopic that’s guaranteed to conjure up feelings of love and kindness even in this divisive time. Karen is all about the second season of the Netflix series GLOW, especially the eighth episode, which may be the show’s crowning achievement. Guy is all about the video game Fobia on Steam, which finally gave him the type of gaming that he can embrace.

The group will give their thoughts on the HBO series Sharp Objects, including why Amy Adams works so well playing a real person. They also discuss what makes the HBO television production model work so well, and why that might change in the future. Plus, they’ll introduce some new elements to the podcast: The Wappler Test and the Pop Rocket seal of approval.

The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret - Kiira - Messy.

Karen - Swingout Sister - Breakout.

Guy - Pitbull - Free Free Free.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram.

Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The Wire Special with Andre Royo, Wendell Pierce, and Jonathan Abrams

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Andre Royo
Guests: 
Wendell Pierce
Guests: 
Jonathan Abrams

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Let's celebrate one of the best shows ever: The Wire!

This week, we're doing something a little different on Bullseye. It's been 10 years since HBO's brilliant crime drama "The Wire" ended its run. We're dedicating the entire episode to the groundbreaking show. "The Wire" wasn't just another cop show -- it was an investigation of contemporary America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. "The Wire" is just kind of setup like a novel -- its got its own idiom, its own pacing. And even ten years later the show is still incredibly relevant and riveting to watch.

We'll revisit an interview from 2008, which features two greats from the ensemble cast of "The Wire." Wendell Pierce (Detective Bunk Moreland) and Andre Royo (Bubbles) talked with Jesse about their time as actors on "The Wire." They discuss what it was like to authentically portray life in poor Baltimore neighborhoods, and how the show helped them launch their careers in an industry where the roles they often auditioned for were so polarizing.

Plus, we'll hear from author Jonathan Abrams. Jonathan is an award-winning writer for The Bleacher Report and he's written for Grantland, The LA Times, The New York Times and more. He became obsessed with HBO's "The Wire" when a friend kept bugging him to watch it. He finally gave it a shot during the show's 4th season that aired in 2006.

He just wrote "All the Piece Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire." It's an oral history of the show as told by the actors, writers, directors, and other people involved in its creation. He'll tell us about the painstaking efforts the show creator, David Simon; took to make sure the show got Baltimore right.

You can check out and share Wendell Pierce and Andre Royo's interview from the archives on YouTube here. And listen to Jonathan Abrams segment here!

This episode of Bullseye will include some light spoilers about "The Wire." If you haven't seen it by now… what are you waiting for! You've been warned.

Ep 9 Go Fact Yourself with Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch

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(L to R) Allan Havey, Pete Holmes, J. Keith Van Straaten, Annabelle Gurwitch, Helen Hong, Rodney Allen Rippy
Guests: 
Pete Holmes & Annabelle Gurwitch
Guests: 
Pete Holmes
Guests: 
Annabelle Gurwitch
Guests: 
Allan Havey

This episode is SO MUCH FUN! Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch grace Go Fact Yourself with their wit, joy and, yes, abject frustration. And we learn fun facts about the performers. For example, Pete Holmes reveals that The New Yorker rejected his avocado cartoon, and calls into question the magazine’s editorial judgment. J. Keith reminds Annabelle Gurwitch that they both appeared in a pilot together that was so unmemorable...he had to tell her what it was.

J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong sink to new lows with questions like, “What’s the difference between a treaty and an accord?”, and “What’s the difference between arbitration and mediation?” It’s madness!

In the end, we’ll find out which of our guests can be crowned the winner. Pete Holmes’ areas of expertise are Vegan Nutrition, Judd Apatow Movies, and Mad Men. Annabelle Gurwitch claims to know about Joni Mitchell's Blue, Commercials from the 1970s, and Secessionist Painters in Vienna. You know, painters like Gustav Klimt and Rudolf von Alt. Spoiler alert: Gurwitch does not get a chance to demonstrate her expertise of that subject.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Annabelle Gurwitch, New York Times bestselling author whose new book Wherever You Go, There They Are is available for purchase
Pete Holmes, of HBO’s Crashing, just picked up for a third season

With guest experts:
Allan Havey, actor and comedian
Rodney Allen Rippy, actor and former fast food pitch man

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell

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