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The JV Club Ep. 311: Erika De La Cruz

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Erika De La Cruz

This week’s inspiring guest Erika De La Cruz (creator of the TV & Personal Development Conference Passion 2 Paycheck) goes deep with JV about controversial tildes, NoCal and SoCal surprises, Lords and Rings, and the heartbreak and unexpected gifts of losing your home at nineteen.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The JV Club Ep. 310: Carrie Poppy

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Carrie Poppy

Calling all giant-cross-necklace owners and cross-legged sitters! If you’ve been waiting for a very niche episode of The JV Club made just for you, this episode with the wonderful (Host of the podcasts "Oh No Ross & Carrie" and "Hidden Mickeys") is it.

Everyone else: never fear! There’s also plenty of whale-watching-out-for, summer camp revelations, and everyone’s favorite, pig dressage.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The JV Club Ep. 309: Vera Sola

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Vera Sola

Get ready to cut some alarm wires, escape your apartment and sneak on over for some teenage tales of literature devouring, lakeside sulking, and blue hair dying with musician Vera Sola, and find out who King Solomon was (no, not that King Solomon) and the mysterious fate that befell him.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The JV Club Ep. 306: Sonita Henry

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Sonita Henry
Guests: 
Janet Varney

JV’s old chum Sonita Henry (who's been seen in shows like Luther and Krypton) pops over from across the pond to indulge JV’s interest in regional accents, Guyanese cooking, and Sonita’s adorable boyish alter ego Giuseppi.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The JV Club Ep. 304: Carly Jibson

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Carly Jibson
Guests: 
Janet Varney

The very funny, very candid and very present Carly Jibson talks Broadway grinds, Tinder surprises and something wonderful called “Poopy Chicken,” all the while reminding us it’s possible to be vulnerable at the same time you’re being a complete badass.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 11: WOW - Women of Wrestling w/ Selina Majors

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Guests: 
Selina Majors
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Selina Majors. She’s been a wrestler since the 80’s for promotions like AWA and WCW. These days, she spends her time with WOW - Women of Wrestling, where she continues to perform and train the next generation of wrestlers.

Amid laughs and tears, Majors will discuss why she’s still passionate about wrestling after all these years, who she’s had a hand in training and why she’s so excited to share WOW with a new audience.

WOW - Women of Wrestling debuts on AXS TV on January 18th.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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The JV Club Ep. 303: Alicia Witt

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Alicia Witt
Guests: 
Janet Varney

It’s a foamy almond milk latte of an episode with the delightful Alicia Witt, who talks Nashville, Bill Shakes, and the simple elegance of a tv show title when it’s as self-explanatory as “That’s Incredible!”

Alicia Witt's EP 1500 Days is available now.

The JV Club Episode 302 - Breeda Wool

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Breeda Wool
Guests: 
Janet Varney

Janet Varney indulges her most recent lady crush with this week’s guest, the immensely talented Breeda Wool. She's known for her role in the Audience Network TV series Mr. Mercedes.

Breeda tells Janet about how her precociousness combined with life in a sleepy college town created a perfect storm of pre-teen wildness. Plus! Homemade clothes, campfire witches, and breast-exposing ballgowns!

Inside Pop Ep. 140 - Inside the World of a TV Casting Director: A Conversation with Evan Majors (Rhythm + Flow, The Real World)

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Show: 
Inside Pop
Guests: 
Evan Majors

Have you ever wondered what minds were behind the casting of your favorite unscripted TV shows and how they found the personalities who've grown to feel like family?

In this episode, we chat with Casting Director Evan Majors to find out his approach to finding talent worthy of TV screens and pop culture obsessions. He shares how he approaches meeting and interviewing talent, the need for more representation in film and TV and a little insider info on his latest project, the recently announced Hip Hop reality competition show, Rhythm + Flow for Netflix featuring Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. as judges. He also reveals the one casting video he'd love to get his hands on.

Then, in this week's Big Sell, Amita gives her review of Sean's suggestion- an article about Stan Lee after his passing- and then sells Sean on an honest conversation between Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Emma Roberts about equal pay and representation in front of and behind the camera.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Billy Eichner and Ali Wong

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Billy Eichner
Guests: 
Ali Wong

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Billy Eichner and the Pop Culture Maniac That is Billy on the Street

[R] This week, we'll revisit our conversation with comedian Billy Eichner. He's probably best known for roaming the streets of New York with a camera crew, roping unsuspecting pedestrians into playing his game show, "Billy on the Street." While Cash Cab paved the way for street-ambush game shows, Eichner's approach has a unique twist.

The correct answers are often subjective (as in the game "Dead or Boring") and his game show persona is hyper-energetic and over-the-top. He's ready to swoon with a contestant who shares his love of Meryl Streep, or yell and stalk angrily away from a contestant who doesn't.

Eichner tells us about his screaming encounters with Madonna, the influence of Pee-wee Herman on his on-screen persona, and the role that game show laws played in the development of his show. (It turns out that "game show compliance lawyer" is a real job.)

New episodes of "Billy on the Street" are available online on Funny or Die. You can also see him on "American Horror Story," "Difficult People," and so much more.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ali Wong talks marriage and money and what it’s like performing through her pregnancy

There are many comedians who use their family life as inspiration for their comedy, but Ali Wong took it a step further when she recorded the 2016 comedy special "Baby Cobra" while seven and a half months pregnant.

Wong’s comedy is rooted in her willingness to be incredibly frank and honest about her personal life including her relationships, her Asian heritage and the challenges of pregnancy while working as a writer on the hit television show, "Fresh Off the Boat."

When Ali Wong joined Jesse a couple years ago she talked about being a breadwinner, performing while pregnant and how it feels to talk about painful and personal things like miscarriage in front of a comedy audience.

Ali Wong has another new comedy special: "Hard Knock Wife." She did the entire special pregnant, again. It's available to stream now on Netflix.

The Outshot: João Gilberto

On the Outshot, Jesse features João Gilberto, a musician who stripped away the heat and intensity of samba to create a cool, minimalist genre: bossa nova.

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