Carl Reiner and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy

2nd October 2017

This week’s Bullseye takes you inside the home of the one and only Carl Reiner. A true legend in comedy, Reiner’s been in the game since World War Two. Alongside Sid Caesar, he performed on the pioneering Your Show of Shows. Reiner also created the Dick Van Dyke Show, wrote Steve Martin’s The Jerk and much more. Now, at 95, he’s published his 18th book: it’s called “Too Busy to Die.” Indeed!
Then, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. If you don’t know them by name, you’ve seen their work: the two co-founded Rodarte, one of the most innovative and in-demand clothing labels out there. The Mulleavy sisters aren’t content to stay put in fashion, though. They just wrote and directed Woodshock, a heady, awe-inspiring film starring Kirsten Dunst.

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Carl Reiner on His Time in The Army, His Relationship with Mel Brooks, And on His Memoir
Comedy legend Carl Reiner has been doing comedy since World War II. He’s the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Carl also co-wrote and directed one of Steve Martin’s most successful shows, The Jerk. And as expected, his best friend is no one other than Mel Brooks. Get this: they watch Wheel of Fortune when they hang out.

Carl is also a prolific writer with nearly 20 book titles to his name. Still writing at the age of 95, he recently released a memoir, Too Busy to Die, about his journey to who he is today.

Carl invited Jesse to his home to talk about his time in the army and his memoir.

You can find Carl Reiner’s memoir on Random Content.

And you can check out Carl’s screen credits on IMDb.

Click here to listen to Carl Reiner’s interview on YouTube!

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The Mulleavy Sisters on Their Fashion Company, Rodarte, and Their New Venture into Filmmaking
Kate and Laura Mulleavy are fashion designers who grew up in Northern California and graduated from UC Berkeley. Kate and Laura blew up after they designed just ten pieces in their parent’s kitchen. They made the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, and they got a face to face meeting with Anna Wintour.

In 2005 they founded Rodarte, their clothing brand. Acclaim has followed since. Kate and Laura won the CFDA award for womenswear designers of the year. And they even helped design costumes for the movie Black Swan.

Now, Kate and Laura have directed their first-ever movie, Woodshock, starring Kirsten Dunst.

The sisters join Jesse to talk about directing a movie and running a fashion company.

You can keep up with Kate and Laura’s fashion company on their website.

Click here to listen to Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s interview!

 

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The Outshot: Dead Prez’s Hip-Hop
In this week’s Outshot, Jesse talks about how Dead Prez created the most urgent sound hip-hop ever produced.

Click here to listen to Jesse’s Outshot on Dead Prez’s hit song, “Hip-Hop”/!

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  • Carl Reiner
  • Kate Mulleavy
  • Laura Mulleavy

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