***Warning – this episode contains major spoilers***
This week, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler are joined by Bay Area comedian and two-time Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery. He was head writer on Totally Biased w/ Kamau Bell, staff writer on Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver and writer on The Jim Jeffries Show. The gang is deep diving into Boots Riley’s new movie Sorry to Bother You. Guy, Kevin and Margaret discover that, like Sorry to Bother You‘s Cassius Green, they all worked as telemarketers. Plus Guy reveals the film’s best actor and Kevin tells us about the time he asked Boots for help on a short film.
Margaret is all about Bhad Bhabie- a troubled Florida teen turned rapper based off of a performance on Dr. Phil where she was a guest with her mom. There’s this really smart analysis of the Bhad Bhabie phenomenon in the NY Times by Jamie Lauren Keiles who breaks down what she means for the entertainment industry.
Kevin is all about not being about Drake’s latest song and the dance challenge it spawned that’s sweeping the nation: In My Feelings. The challenge even got Will Smith dancing on a bridge.
Guy is all about the hard-working, talented, and badass Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh, who has had to work twice as hard to get half as far in entertainment. She’s finally getting her due as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy in the category of lead actress for Killing Eve.
With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, and Kevin Avery.
That’s My Jam:
Margaret – The Coup – 5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O.
Kevin- Justin Timberlake – Higher Higher.
Guy – Years & Years – All For You.
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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
In this episode...
- Guy Branum
- Margaret Wappler
- Kevin Avery
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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