Amy Sedaris and Paul Reiser

13th November 2017

Two legends this week: first up, Amy Sedaris. Amy’s made a career playing characters – and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended – people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better – take Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy or Mimi Kanasis on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that’s a transition out of her normal comfort zone. Also discussed: rabbits, monkfish, and girl scout badges!
Then, the great Paul Reiser the legendary standup and actor. He’s also the creator of a brand new TV series, it’s called There’s Johnny and it’s premiering this week on Hulu. It takes place in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times.

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Amy Sedaris on her new show: At Home with Amy Sedaris
Amy Sedaris made a career playing characters – and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended – people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder the better. There’s Jerri Blank from Strangers with Candy – a middle aged high school student with an overbite, weird highlights and a penchant for mom jeans. Or Mimi Kanasis, the crazed, kinda plastic-y socialite on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that’s a transition out of her normal comfort zone.

Also discussed: rabbits (she has one), monkfish (they smell bad when their dead), and Girl Scout badges (she has them all!)

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Paul Reiser on dramatizing the Tonight Show’s golden days.
Paul Reiser is, of course, a longtime standup. Alongside Helen Hunt, he starred in the hit sitcom Mad About You. And he’s been acting a lot lately, too – he’s great in Amazon’s Red Oaks, Stranger Things, he was in Whiplash too. He’s also the creator of a brand new TV series, it’s called There’s Johnny and it’s premiering this week on Hulu.

It’s set in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times, how the show came together and what it was like following up a hit show like Mad About You.

The Outshot: Who Needs Donuts?
Finally, for this week’s Outshot: Who needs “Who Needs Donuts?” You need “Who Needs Donuts?”

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