Chris Gethard, Lawrence Weschler, AV Club TV Picks, and MBMBaM!

Episode 18

8th May 2012

This week on Bullseye, AV Club culture critics Claire Zulkey and Erik Adams pick some of their all-time favorite television, and we revisit some of our favorite interviews of 2012. Comedian Chris Gethard channels his neuroses through his humor and recounts his magical meeting with P. Diddy. Lawrence Weschler journeys into the dead-eyed robotics of the Uncanny Valley. All that plus advice from the MBMBaM brothers, and comedic take on the American Civil War.

Episode notes


The AV Club

This week’s culture picks come care of the The AV Club‘s Claire Zulkey and Erik Adams, who dig deep to select some of their all-time favorite TV series. Claire recommends the pop culture infused British sitcom Spaced, which launched the careers of its stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well as director Edgar Wright. Erik meanwhile suggests you go back and revisit David Lynch’s eerily atmospheric foray into television mystery, Twin Peaks, assuming you’ve already seen it. If not, both Spaced and Twin Peaks are now available to own on DVD, as well as for online streaming via Netflix Instant.

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Comedian and author Chris Gethard

This week on the show we revisit some of our favorite interviews of 2012. Comedian Chris Gethard talks about booking megastar P. Diddy at a tiny theater in New York, using both mania and depression to shape his comedy, and confronting Internet trolls in person. His most recent book is called A Bad Idea I’m About to Do. (Originally aired the week of January 10th, 2012)

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Pop Culture Advice with My Brother, My Brother and Me

Brothers by all accounts, and experts by some – Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy of My Brother, My Brother and Me offer offer solutions to listeners’ pressing pop culture problems. This week the brothers wonder whether parents should introduce Justin Bieber, Star Wars, and Ke$ha to their children. (Originally aired the week of January 10th, 2012)

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Entering the Uncanny Valley, with writer Lawrence Weschler

Jesse talks with a master of creative nonfiction, Lawrence Weschler, about the dangers of humans’ bias toward narrative, and why the CGI faces in movies never look quite right. Weschler’s newest book is Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative. (Originally aired the week of January 10th, 2012)

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The Outshot: @FakeCivilWar

And The Outshot: The Civil War, reimagined in 140-character bursts. Jesse talks about one of his favorite Twitter accounts, @FakeCivilWar. (Originally aired the week of January 10th, 2012)

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BONUS AUDIO from this week! Lawrence Weschler talks to Jesse about the incredible and unusual Museum of Jurassic Technology in LA.

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  • Chris Gethard
  • Lawrence Weschler
  • Erik Adams
  • Claire Zulkey
  • The McElroy Brothers

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