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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Wanda Sykes

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Wanda Sykes

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Wanda Sykes on her career in comedy.

Wanda Sykes is a legend in the comedy world. Her ability to tackle pop culture and the political spectrum with equal parts agility and wit has earned her many accolades. She's also had several scene-stealing roles as an actor in shows like "Black-ish," "Broad City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She's been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy awards and she won an Emmy for her writing on "The Chris Rock Show."

Wanda is set to star in a live tribute to Norman Lear's "All in the Family" later this month on ABC where she'll be performing alongside Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Will Ferrell and so many others in a one-night only special. You can watch it live on May 22.

She also continues to perform comedy across the country. Click here for information about tour dates and to purchase tickets.

This interview originally aired in May of 2016.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Laurie Metcalf

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Laurie Metcalf

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Laurie Metcalf on her Academy Award nominated role in 'Lady Bird'

Laurie Metcalf is a veteran actor. In the late 1970s, while she was in college, she and a few of her classmates started putting on plays at a Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois. Those classmates included people like Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and Tracy Letts.

The theater, called Steppenwolf, became one of the most acclaimed theatre companies in the US. Maybe you were lucky enough to see Laurie in the Off-Broadway rendition of Balm in Gilead back in the 80s - she won a bunch of awards for her part in it.

You almost definitely know Laurie from TV's Roseanne. For 9 years she played Jackie, Roseanne's sister on the show. She's now starring in The Conners, the ABC produced spinoff of the show.

In 2017, she was nominated for her first Academy Award for her starring role opposite Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, the fascinating, beautiful coming of age film directed by Greta Gerwig.

The movie centers around the title character, Lady Bird McPherson, a high school senior living in Sacramento, California. She's played by Ronan. Lady Bird dreams of leaving Sacramento, moving to the east coast, going... wherever writers live, she says.

These days, Laurie's been working a lot on Broadway. She's been nominated for a bunch of Tony's and won 2017's Best Actress award for her role in A Doll's House Part II. In a profile earlier this month the New York Times called her "The First Lady of American Theater."

This interview originally aired in February of 2018

Episode 36 - Pearl written by Andrew Reich

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Guests: 
Julia Duffy as Pearl
Guests: 
Tony Hale as Billy
Guests: 
Alice Wetterlund as Olivia
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Kurt
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsuka as Sara
Guests: 
Tawny Newsome as Shelby/Waitress/Quinn
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Arlene
Guests: 
Kevin Pollak as Len
Guests: 
Guy Branum as Doctor Hudson/Radio Announcer/Student #2
Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster as Henry/Student #1
Guests: 
Carla Cackowski as Deedee
Guests: 
Lucy Davis as Joy
Guests: 
Will Choi as Travis/Cicerone

HAPPY MAX FUN DRIVE!! This month's episode was recorded live at SF Sketchfest 2019! It’s Andrew's all-time favorite of his own dead pilots. Inspired by his own mother, "Pearl" tells the story of a woman who receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and decides to use the time she has remaining to orchestrate the lives of her loved ones to her liking. Before the read, you'll hear Ben’s interview with Andrew where he discusses the process of developing this very personal story into a network sitcom. Enjoy!

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Thank you so much to all of our current and new supporters! You're the reason we love doing this show and we're so happy that you guys love the pod so much.

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Episode 35 - The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan

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Guests: 
Noel Wells as Annabel
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Jud
Guests: 
Britt Lower as Hallie
Guests: 
Tiya Sircar as Lauren Lewis
Guests: 
Mo Collins as Marilyn
Guests: 
David Walton as Dr. Raz
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Russel
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Bart
Guests: 
Krista Morin as Freya/Woman/Erica/MRI Technician

This month’s episode is called The Recent Calls of Annabel Phipps written by Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie). It's an unconventional romantic comedy where Girl meets Boy, Boy very much doesn’t notice. Girl meets bus, Boy notices… sort of.  Billy developed this project for Fox with Fresh Off The Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan. 

Stay tuned after the table read for Andrew’s interview with Billy. Billy discusses his early transition from New York playwright to LA comedy writer, the development process of Annabel Phipps, and soooo much more. Enjoy!

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The Turnaround with Dick Cavett

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Show: 
The Turnaround
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn
Guests: 
Dick Cavett

In this special, bonus episode of The Turnaround, Jesse speaks to the legendary Dick Cavett, whose eponymous The Dick Cavett Show debuted nearly fifty years ago. Throughout his storied career, Cavett distinguished himself as the consummate interviewer, and has played host to the most interesting and compelling figures of his era--Salvador Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Betty Davis, Groucho Marx, Angela Davis, Katharine Hepburn and more.

Cavett shares what it was like to interview a murderer, how he responded to an expletive-laden piece of hate mail he received and the difficult challenge of maintaining a conversation on camera while dealing with myriad distractions off camera. Before Cavett launched his show, he received a call from Jack Paar, who gave him this piece of advice: “Don’t do interviews...make it a conversation.”
On Friday, January 12th, The San Francisco Sketchfest will pay tribute to Dick Cavett at the Marine’s Memorial Theater. John Hodgman, Lance Bangs and Dave Hill will join Cavett on stage to commemorate his show’s 50th anniversary. Tickets are still available.

Be sure to visit CBS Decades to watch The Dick Cavett Show.

The Turnaround is a production of Maximum Fun in partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review. Visit their website to learn more about their "mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society," and to read edited transcripts of our other Turnaround episodes.

Hosted and created by Jesse Thorn
Produced by Kara Hart and Nick Liao
Thanks to producer Jennifer Marmor for the Dick Cavett special episode
Senior Producer: Laura Swisher
Managing Director: Bikram Chatterji
Music for The Turnaround provided by
Mobius Van ChocStraw.
Special thanks to Kyle Pope and his team at CJR, Darrel Frost, and Emilie Erskine.

Episode 13 - My Cousin Thor written by Ira Ungerleider

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Guests: 
Hayes MacArthur as Thor
Guests: 
Tony Cavalero as Knud/Stavros
Guests: 
Kyle Bornheimer as David
Guests: 
Anna Camp as Taylor
Guests: 
Ted Cohen as Chase
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo as Isabella/Doreen
Guests: 
Valerie Azlynn as Inger
Guests: 
Ira Ungerleider with stage directions

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Andrew Reich interviews Ira Ungerleider (Angie Tribeca, Friends) regarding his dead pilot, My Cousin Thor. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of My Cousin Thor performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

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Episode 11 - Rollerworld written by Samantha McIntyre

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Guests: 
Jane Levy as Shane
Guests: 
Allison Tolman as Krista
Guests: 
Adam Scott as Cory
Guests: 
Mae Whitman as Janie
Guests: 
Hank Chen as David Lee
Guests: 
Zach Knighton as Jason
Guests: 
Casey Wilson as Lady #1
Guests: 
June Diane Raphael as Lady #2
Guests: 
Nicole Byer as Lady #3
Guests: 
Jack McGee as Grandpa William
Guests: 
Steve Agee as Wizard/The Desk Sergeant

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored to Death) regarding her dead pilot, Rollerworld. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Rollerworld performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

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We're also having a night of musical pilots at Largo on The Coronet on June 23rd! Don't miss it!

We're reading pilots from Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan (Can't Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats) and Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory, Selfie)!

Ticket link: http://www.largo-la.com/event/1489666-

Episode 8 – The Housewives written by Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael

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Guests: 
June Diane Raphael as Edie
Guests: 
Casey WIlson as Louise
Guests: 
Steve Agee as Tommy
Guests: 
Zachary Knighton as Johnny
Guests: 
Adam Scott as Henry
Guests: 
Laurie Metcalf as Flo
Guests: 
Jack McGee as Pink
Guests: 
Mae Whitman as Woman #1
Guests: 
Jane Levy as Woman #2
Guests: 
Nicole Byer as May/Sadie
Guests: 
Hank Chen as Sammy
Guests: 
Jerry O'Connell as Jerry
Guests: 
Paul Scheer as Sal/Mr. Johnston
Guests: 
Sarah Baker as Woman's Voice/Dotsi Ann/Harriet
Guests: 
Eddie Frierson as Announcer/Stage Directions

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, Bride Wars) & Casey Wilson (Gone Girl, Happy Endings) regarding their dead pilot, The Housewives. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of The Housewives performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like:

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Episode 7 – Big written by Mike Royce & Kevin Biegel

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Guests: 
Jason Ritter as Will
Guests: 
Janet Varney as Phoebe
Guests: 
Frankie Shaw as Norma
Guests: 
Steve Agee as Kyle
Guests: 
Natalie Morales as Tricia
Guests: 
Bruce McCulloch as Dr. Paul
Guests: 
Khary Payton as Zoltar's caretaker/Narrator/Trevor
Guests: 
Jenny Wade as Teary Mom/Manager/Story Manager
Guests: 
Mark McConville as Voice Over/Bus Driver/Kid
Guests: 
Felicia Day as Voice on Phone/Mom in Crowd
Guests: 
Mike Royce with Stage Directions

IT'S OUR PLEDGE DRIVE EPISODE!! In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond, Men of a Certain Age, One Day at a Time) and Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs) regarding their dead pilot, Big, an adaptation of the 1988 motion picture starring Tom Hanks. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Big performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

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Don't forget to become a member of Maximum Fun to listen to our bonus content Weekend Dracula written by Steve Agee and the ATX Festival recording of Big written by Mike Royce & Kevin Biegel. Becoming a Max Fun member gives you access to bonus content from all Maximum Fun podcasts. Become a member at Maximum Fun

Episode 6 – Galaxy Fighters written by Victor Fresco

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Guests: 
Ed Weeks
Guests: 
Humphrey Ker
Guests: 
Josh Zuckerman
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski
Guests: 
Cedric Yarbrough
Guests: 
Chris Tallman
Guests: 
Danielle Nicolet
Guests: 
Janet Varney
Guests: 
Mark McConville
Guests: 
Gary Anthony Williams
Guests: 
Jamie Denbo
Guests: 
John Ross Bowie
Guests: 
Kerry Kenney-Silver
Guests: 
Alison Rich

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Andrew Reich interviews Victor Fresco (Santa Clarita Diet, Better Off Ted, Andy Richter Controls the Universe) regarding his dead pilot, Galaxy Fighters. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Galaxy Fighters performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like:

Ed Weeks as Chancellor Gartold Brock, Humphrey Ker as Lieutenant Thalamus Reed, Josh Zuckerman as Matt Farlin, Craig Cackowski as Charlie, Cedric Yarbrough as Troy, Chris Tallman as Ginmopa, Danielle Nicolet as Jenna/Beautiful Woman #1, Janet Varney as Fruit Girl, Mark McConville as Soldier, Gary Anthony Williams as Weatherman, Jamie Denbo as Sexy Female Voice, John Ross Bowie as Policeman, Kerry Kenney-Silver as Beautiful Woman #2, Alison Rich as Beautiful Woman #3, and Andrew Reich reading stage directions.

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