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Pop Rocket: Episode 33 Women of Comedy & @FATJEW with Louis Virtel

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Special guest, Louis Virtel
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Louis Virtel

Louis Virtel joins the team to talk about emotional pick-me-ups, Soundcloud takedowns and the comedy world's reaction to an alleged internet plagiarist being signed by a major agency.

With Wynter Mitchell, Louis Virtel.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - We Want Eazy by Eazy-E
Oliver Wang - Come Back to Your Lover by Falling Stones
Louis Virtel - Running Back to You by Vanessa Williams
Guy Branum - The Sewers of Paris podcast by Matt Baume

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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

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MBMBaM 265: The Ballad of Tit Liquid

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We'll be the first ones to admit that the title of this episode is pretty unpleasing to the senses. But you need to listen to it, because it's also our most franchisable episode to date, and you don't want to get left behind.

Suggested talking points: Fiddler on the Ground, Three Badges Deep, Foot Kiss, Pretend Better, Multiverse Spoilers

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: 'Playing House' & Hari Kondabolu

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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of Playing House: Improv in the Writers' Room, Showing Real Friendships on TV, and 'Girl Porn'

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play best friends on TV, and if their on-screen chemistry seems real, it is. They met doing improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and have been writing partners ever since. They co-created and star in Playing House, a sitcom about female friendship that's more reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel than it is Carrie Bradshaw's gang.

Playing House follows Emma and Maggie, two women who have been friends forever. Maggie stayed in their hometown, got married, and is expecting a baby. Emma has been professionally ambitious, closing business deals in Shanghai, and hasn't been back to visit for what must be years.

Parham and St. Clair join us to talk about the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes, the designer home "girl porn" that provides contrast to their characters' weirdness, and their real-life friendship.

Playing House airs on the USA network Tuesday nights at 10/9c. It's now in its second season.

This interview originally aired April 29, 2014.

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Canonball with Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell: King Crimson’s 'In The Court of the Crimson King'

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Canonball.

No one says The Rolling Stones don’t belong in the pop music canon. But what about Genesis? Or Yes? What about the prog rockers? The music wasn’t down and dirty, and the songs weren’t pop-radio short. Sometimes they were downright long. But prog has always had its loyalists.

This week Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell, the editors of the prog rock anthology Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales), explain why the King Crimson album In The Court of the Crimson King is a classic, and how it laid the foundation for a whole genre. They’ll explain how these classically trained musicians mixed flutes, horns, blues riffs, and synthesizers to create this face melting album.

Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales) is now available in paperback.

This segment originally aired June 10, 2014.

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Hari Kondabolu: 'Waiting for 2042' and Stand Up Comedy with Required Reading

Hari Kondabolu is a stand up comedian. You might have seen him on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He's also performed stand up on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Hari didn't think he would be a comedian. He thought that he was going to law school. Then somewhere between taking an Americorps Job organizing immigrants in Seattle and taking the LSAT, things changed direction. He transitioned into stand-up comedy.

Hari talks to us about the unique profile of his fans, how he fits into the "alternative" comedy scene, and how he actually got into a discussion about the racism of Apu from The Simpsons with Hank Azaria -- the real voice of Apu.

His debut album, Waiting for 2042, is available through BandCamp and iTunes.

This interview originally aired July 22, 2014.

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The Outshot: The Everyday Wonder of 'American Splendor'

Jesse explains why Harvey Pekar makes putting one foot in front of the other feel like something special.

This segment originally aired July 22, 2014.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 387 - Christine Bortolin

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Christine Bortolin

Christine Bortolin returns to talk about buildings with names, sweat techniques, and cartoonish glue.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 390: Headache in a Bottle with Nick Wiger and Vanessa Ramos

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Nick Wiger
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Vanessa Ramos

Nick Wiger and Vanessa Ramos join Jordan for a discussion of local TV commericals, extreme opinions on the internet, and first alcholic drinks. Plus, Jordan brings in a Fiesta Box of malt beverages for everyone to taste and rate.

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Ep. 21. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Four

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Having straight-up embarrassed themselves in their first encounter with The Raven, our heroes look for alternative methods of defeating her. Merle channels a Train God. Magnus makes a fishy deal. Taako receives some bathroom aid.

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TS198:Wolves,Stonewall,Kymora Johnson,w/ Guest Charles Rogers

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Throwing Shade

Did you know that ants love meat and Hollywood hates minorities? This week Cruella Deville takes form as the National Travel Basketball Association, which is refusing to let girls play, and Bryan and Erin are pissed. Plus, Bryan discusses how the new movie Stonewall under-represents key gay figures in the Stonewall Riots. Hello, a woman punched a cop! All that and an interview with Charles Rogers…let the haters begin!

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Pop Rocket: Episode 32 Romcom Summit with Linda Holmes

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Wynter, Guy, Margaret & Linda
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes (from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) stops by to talk about the most exciting upcoming TV shows and to get serious about romantic comedy.

Plus, music to fight to, #periodsarenotaninsult and Wynter’s met all of her teenage crushes.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Linda Holmes.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - On the Bound by Fiona Apple
Margaret Wappler - Ugly Cherries by PWR BTTM
Guy Branum - Desi Girl from Dostana
Linda Holmes - Why Can’t You Behave from Kiss Me Kate

Each week we add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 222: Eminent Toe-main

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Amy brings the case against her girlfriend Alexa. They made a bet. If Amy won, Alexa had to refrain from wearing a certain pair of shoes in public for three days. Amy believes that Alexa broke the terms of their agreement by wearing the shoes in their yard. Alexa says she stuck to the rules. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Addison Fox named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Addison!

If you want to be part of a nicer place on the internet, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse @JesseThorn.

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EVIDENCE

Submitted by Amy

Exhibit A: "The Offending Footwear"

Exhibit B: "View of the Street From the Picnic Table"

Exhibit C: "View of the Yard From the Sidewalk"

Exhibit D: "View of the Yard From the Street"

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Keegan-Michael Key
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Tituss Burgess

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Keegan-Michael Key on Race and Comedy and Why 'Key & Peele' Is Coming to an End

Keegan-Michael Key’s comedy is inexorably tied with his experiences straddling cultural and racial lines as a young man in the Midwest, and he became a keen observer of his surroundings as a child.

His work with his partner Jordan Peele on the Comedy Central show Key & Peele has earned Key Emmy nominations in five categories including Outstanding Variety sketch series, Writing for a Variety Series, Writing for a Variety Special, Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program, and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Key & Peele's final season is airing now.

Key sits down with Jesse to talk about the differences of approaching comedy from stand up or improv backgrounds, why it’s so easy to immerse himself in distinctive characters like the substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, and why Key & Peele's fifth season will be its last.

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Tituss Burgess on Being 'Titus Andromedon' on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Following Your Instincts

Tituss Burgess is an actor who has pursued the truth within himself and his performances. Whether it's been in a church choir or on the Broadway stage, Burgess is ready to give it his all.

His successful audition for a small recurring role on 30 Rock put him on Tina Fey's radar, and he's since been cast as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Burgess's performance on the show has earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available for streaming on Netflix.

Burgess joins us to discuss his early days growing up in Georgia, inhabiting the character of Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and how he contended with a broken microphone while performing live at the Tony Awards.

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The Outshot: Fletch

Jesse explores the top-notch bluffing going on in this week's recommendation, the 1985 Chevy Chase movie Fletch.

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