We're ramping up to our 300th Episode Extravaganza in the only way we know how: By releasing this episode late, and spending a whooooole lot of it talking about Randy Quaid and Mario Lopez.
Suggested talking points: An Embarrassment of Quaids, Hyper C.O.P.S., Mario Lopez Facts, Car Songs, Satin Bags, Wrestle Babies
Ellie Kemper was introduced to the popular consciousness through her role as Erin Hannon on the NBC sitcom, The Office. Her portrayal of the office receptionist was popular with both fans and critics and showcased her talent and skills as a comedic actress. These talents have also been showcased on the big screen in films including Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street.
Now, she plays the title character in the Netflix Original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Despite the show’s dark premise which involves her character being abducted by a cult leader and sequestered in a bunker, the show plays it all for laughs as her character tries to rebuild her life in New York City. Her years of isolation leave her ignorant of many social touchstones, but she pushes through with an enthusiasm and tenacity that is both endearing and hilarious.
Ellie Kemper joined Jesse to talk about her early experiences of living and working in New York, mining material from her time at Princeton and her self-consciousness about privilege.
The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available this Friday on Netflix.
For almost 80 years, Batman has changed and evolved to mean something to different generations of fans. Whether his characterization was that of the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader or the campy character of sixties television, Batman has become a lasting icon of popular culture.
In his new book, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, author Glen Weldon moves beyond the chronological history of the character. He explores how fans of the various iterations of the character on radio, film, television and the comics have made the character a reflection of their own self-identity, be they straight or gay, cool or geek.
Glen sits down with Jesse to talk about why Batman fans both hate and love the 60s television series, why the character of Robin is so important to Batman’s mythology and how the character also serves as a symbol of gay culture.
Glen Weldon’s book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture is available in bookstores everywhere.
Jesse fondly remembers Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.
Comedian Erica Sigurdson returns to talk comedy in Asia, TV ratings, and whisky tasting.
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Actress Gillian Jacobs joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of websites that make them nervous, the vaping congressman, modern t-shirt canons, and male pregnancy art on the internet.
Heads up! There are some discussions about miscarriage in this episode, so please be forewarned if that's a trigger for you. Or, maybe NAPTIME is a worse trigger?! We wouldn't blame you if that's the case. Naps or the lack thereof can be a real son-of-a-somethin' and despite a cumulative four kids and nearly twelve years of parenting between us, Biz and Theresa don't necessarily have the answer to the question, "How do I get my kid to take a nap?" Luckily, we get a visit from Julia Aziz. Her book, Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery Through Birth and Motherhood, is a wonderful reminder that we don't have to have all the answers all the time.
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans
It's going down. Our heroes have a thrilling showdown with three of their most deadly, most dead foes -- but will they fare as well in Round Two as they did the first time around? Taako defies gravity. Magnus adds to his collection. Merle learns the basics of the Cleric class.
Yee-haw y'all! This week, Erin and Bryan really stick it to the South and not in the genital way. Erin discusses Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas who strongly and ridiculously opposed a bill for women scientists. Then Bryan looks at the tent revival discrimination in the Bible belt as bigoted laws pass in Mississippi and North Carolina. It's been a week, y'all.
Ty files suit against her partner Zach. Zach is obsessed with earning and using airline points and miles. Ty also likes to travel, but she wants to give up the crazy schemes and choose their vacation destinations and itineraries the "normal" way. Who's right? Who's wrong?
Thanks to David Stephens for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.
That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - FML (Feat. The Weeknd) TLOP by Kanye West
Oliver Wang - Bye Baby by Nas
Margaret Wappler - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette
Guy Branum - I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.
Jonathan sits down with Dr. Lina Nih to talk about what causes strokes, how to detect a possible stroke, and what medical researchers are doing to better treat stroke victims.
More information: Segura Lab
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