Halloween Special! Elvira’s Cassandra Peterson, Andy Daly, and More!

23rd October 2017

Good October to you, boys and ghouls! It’s a very special Halloween Spooktacular edition of Bullseye!
First we have Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She’ll talk with Jesse about where her iconic character came from, her childhood growing up in the midwest and what it’s like to have a pinball game bearing your likeness.
Then, a very special visit from comedian Andy Daly (Review, Reno 911, Silicon Valley), with the song that changed his life: the Monster Mash!
Plus spooky and ooky movie recommendations from the team at Maximum Fun’s Who Shot Ya podcast, and Jesse recommends a Halloween song that’s so good… it’ll give you chills! Mwahahahaha!
After that: Griffin Dunne! He’s an actor. You might’ve seen him on the new Amazon series I Love Dick, or as the lead in the Scorsese classic After Hours. He’s also a director, and his latest film focuses on the writer Joan Didion, who happens to be his aunt. He talks with Jesse about the decision to make the film, her legacy in the world of journalism and how he mustered up the courage to ask her some pretty tough questions.

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Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson on her career and Halloween influence as Elvira
Her name is Cassandra Peterson, better you probably know her better as Elvira – Mistress of the Dark – probably the most famous Halloween character ever since Dracula. She’s rocked the giant wig, the tailored black dress and glossy black nail polish for 36 years now.

Elvira’s has appeared on countless TV shows, hosted her own, starred in two movies. Since 1983, she’s appeared live on stage at Knott’s Berry Farm for a special nightly Halloween performance. This year marks her last ever performance there.

Where’d it all start? Back in 1981. Peterson had just been hired to host the spooky B-Movie TV show Movie Macabre. In those late night episodes, sprawled out on a red velvet couch and wearing all black, Cassandra Peterson became Elvira.

Cassandra joins Jesse to talk about her career as Elvira and the character’s impact on her fans.

You can keep up to date with Cassandra Peterson on her website.

Listen to Jesse’s interview with Elvira!

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Andy Daly on “The Song that Changed my Life”
Every now and then we find a guest with a story about a song they love. We call it “The Song that Changed my Life.” This week, we’ve got Andy Daly with a special Halloween treat: he’s going to talk about the Monster Mash, by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.

Andy Daly is a comedian and actor. You’ve seen him on Mad TV, Eastbound and Down, he plays the terrible doctor on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

And for three years he starred on the Comedy Central show Review, where he played a critic willing to review pretty much anything life has to offer. Even if it’s something as simple as eating a bunch of pancakes.

Check out more of Andy Daly’s work on Andydaly.com

Listen to Jesse’s interview with Andy Daly!

Film critic April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde on Halloween movies
There’s more to the Halloween spirit than getting scared. And movies help you with that! What’s Thanksgiving without Planes Trains and Automobiles? Christmas without Charlie Brown? 4th of July without… Born on the 4th of July?

This week, for a Halloween special, to talk about Halloween movies both spooky and ooky are two resident film experts at Maximum Fun and expert panelists from the new Maximum Fun movie podcast Who Shot Ya. April Wolfe is a film critic who’s written for LA Weekly, The Atlantic, NPR, Vice and more. She’s joined by Alonso Duralde, film critic the Wrap.

Listen to Jesse’s Halloween film panel with April and Alonso!

The Outshot: “I Put a Spell on You”
In this week’s Outshot, Jesse points out how Nina Simone’s rendition of Jay Hawkin’s “I Put a Spell on You” is better than the original.

Listen to Jesse’s Outshot on “I Put a Spell on You”

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  • Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson
  • Andy Daly
  • April Wolfe
  • Alonso Duralde

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