Daniel Handler, The Sklar Brothers, Nico Muhly, and the AV Club

Episode 22

5th June 2012

Daniel Handler delves into his memories of young love to pen the novel “Why We Broke Up” — the twist? He writes the girl’s side of the story. The Sklar Brothers talk about their new comedy album – from performing as identical twins to broadening their sports-nerd base. Plus Jesse suggests the Canadian TV show The Newsroom and American composer Nico Muhly shares the song that changed his life.

Episode notes

Culture Picks: AV Club All-Time Favorites

Our pop culture luminaries from The AV Club return for another round of recommendations. Sitting in the hot seat this week are Genevieve Koski and Josh Modell, as they select their all-time favorite records. Josh can’t resist the lure of Fiona Apple‘s 1999 album When The Pawn…. Genevieve, meanwhile, opts for a relative modern selection: it’s Dessa‘s lyrically resonant 2010 release A Badly Broken Code.

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Author Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler delved into his memories of young love and high school frustrations to pen the novel Why We Broke Up — the twist? He writes the girl’s side of the story. The story is illustrated by a collection of items collected during the relationship; the paintings are provided by New Yorker illustrator Maira Kalman. Daniel Handler is also known by his alter ego, Lemony Snicket, who authored A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Originally aired February 14, 2012)

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Nico Muhly: The Song That Changed My Life

Nico Muhly is a classical composer who’s worked with a wide range of musicians, from high-profile composer Philip Glass, to Icelandic snger-songwriter Bjork to indie rockers Grizzly Bear. His opera Two Boys is set to debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2013-14 season. He talks to us about the song that changed his life — Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. (Originally aired February 14, 2012)

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Comedians The Sklar Brothers

Randy and Jason Sklar, known collectively as The Sklar Brothers, are comedians and actors perhaps best known for their ESPN Classic show Cheap Seats. They’re currently hosting a new TV series called United Stats of America, Tuesday nights on the History Channel. Their latest stand up album is Hendersons and Daughters and you can hear them each week as the hosts of the comedy podcast Sklarbro Country.

They sat down with us earlier this year to reflect on forming identities as stand up comedians (and twins), broadening sports comedy for the average Joe, envisioning the writing process for Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and more. (Originally aired February 14, 2012)

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The Outshot: The Newsroom

Americans enjoyed a wave of cringe-inducing awkward comedy in Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. This week Jesse recommends one of their precedents, the Canadian series The Newsroom. (Originally aired February 14, 2012)

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  • Daniel Handler
  • Randy Sklar
  • Jason Sklar
  • Nico Muhly

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