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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Wallace Shawn

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Wallace Shawn on acting and his latest book, 'Night Thoughts'

Who comes to mind when you think of a character actor? There's a lot of good ones, sure ... but there's no one quite like the great Wallace Shawn.

On screen he's had over 180 credits! You've seen him in films like Clueless. He played Cher's teacher Mr. Wendell Hall. He had the guts to give her an "C" on her debate speech. As if!

In My Dinner with Andre, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory play fictional version of themselves. They spend two hours catching up. They're both dramaturgs and have very different world views. Gregory has a very nihilistic view of life in the early 1980's. Wallace might be a bit more of an optimist.

And it would be truly inconceivable if we didn't mention The Princess Bride. In that classic film, Wallace played the villian, Vizzini, his distinct voice shouting "inconceivable" nearly every time he was on screen.

He's also had regular roles on Gossip Girl and Crossing Jordan. Plus, a ton more really great and memorable work. Maybe you've seen him in Manhattan or Radio Days. Perhaps you heard his voice work in A Goofy Movie or The Incredibles.

Wallace is also an Obie award-winning playwright and the author of several books. When he joined us back in 2017, he had just written Night Thoughts, an extended collection of essays touching on topics like politics, morality, and privilege. Plus, he'll talk frankly about how the movie business has changed since he started acting some 40 years ago. You can hear him as the voice of T-Rex in Toy Story 4 later this month.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Carol Kane

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Carol Kane on Her Childhood, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Auditioning

Carol Kane is a veteran actress who began her career in 1971. She landed some pretty heavy roles - one of her first films was in Mike Nichols's drama Carnal Knowledge. Later on, she'd work on other classics like Annie Hall and Dog Day Afternoon. She was even nominated for a best actress Oscar for her part in the 1975 film Hester Street.

She eventually found her home doing comedy, something she never expected she would do growing up. She appeared on Taxi as Simpka, the wife of Andy Kaufman's character on the show. She was in the Muppet Movie, The Princess Bride, Scrooged, and so many others. Her most recent project was Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where she plays Lilian, Kimmy's landlord.

She and Jesse talk about her childhood, and the special school she went to that allowed actors time to audition.

The final six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt were released this month on Netflix and are available to stream now.

This interview originally aired in 2017.

Click here to listen to Carol Kane's interview on YouTube.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 10 - Bad Boys and The Dread Pirate Roberts

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This week, Rhea and Ricky face off in a competitive Pitch It, and only one walks away with a wheelbarrow full of imaginary money! Plus, Cameron shares the movie that made her, and we take a look at the 1995 buddy cop flick Bad Boys. Whatcha gonna do?

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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