Adam McKay

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Adam McKay

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Adam McKay On His Academy Award Nominated Movie Vice and The Joke That Inspired Him To Take Up A Career In Comedy

Adam McKay has had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy first as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live. He studied at Second City, too, and then he worked in movies.

He collaborated with Will Ferrell to make some stone cold comedy classics: Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights. Lately, though, his work has been more serious, topical, and political.

A few years back, he wrote and directed The Big Short, which deconstructed and explained the 2008 financial crisis. He helped create the HBO show Succession - a drama about a family that owns a colossal American media empire.

Now there's Vice, his latest movie, which is the story of former Vice President Dick Cheney. It's playing in theaters now and is up for eight Academy Awards.

The common thread with McKay's work is that it's never boring, never forced. He'll take an extremely dumb joke and frame it in a way that's so clever and compelling that you just lose it. He'll find a way to explain credit default swaps that are so entertaining and engrossing that you forget you're learning about credit default swaps.

In this conversation, Adam tells Jesse how he manages to keep his films fresh, funny and weird, and also shares some of the more reckless tales in improv comedy from his time in Chicago.

Click here to listen to Adam McKay's interview on YouTube.

Pop Rocket Ep 210 - The State of Adam McKay & Terry Crews Gets a Vote for PRSOA

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Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, and Guy Branum,
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Pop Rocket

Will Terry Crews receive the second-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval? Why wasn't Margaret on this week's show? Is Adam McKay a craftsman or an artist? These questions and more will be answered on this week's Pop Rocket!

Plus, in the wake of the PRSOA "Bloom backlash", the voting process has been amended. Tune in to find out how, and when there will be another nomination period.

That's My Jam

Wynter: Summer Walker - Girls Need Love

Karen: James Ingram - Just Once

Guy: RuPaul (feat. Myah Marie) - Adrenaline

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.

Episode 22 - Red State Blue State written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy

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David Koechner as Billy
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Busy Philipps as Janie
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Baron Vaughn as Evan
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Michaela Watkins as Wendy
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Marcus Scribner as Oliver
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Mikey Madison as Courtney
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Craig Cackowski as Teddy
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Sujata Day as Customer/Student/Elderly Woman
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Joel Spence as Dr. Howard Lean
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Andrew Reich with Stage Directions

In this episode, Ben Blacker interviews Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) regarding the dead pilot he wrote with Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home) called, Red State Blue State. You'll also listen to a live table read of Red State Blue State, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

LIVE SHOW ALERT! Come to our next one on 3/11! We’ll be reading dead pilots by:

Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed; He's Just Not That Into You)
Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Ride Along; The Invitation)
Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime; Totally Married; Totally Mommy)

Location:
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-pilots-society-tickets-42799302867?aff...

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Episode 18 - Robot Daughter written by Greg White

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Kiernan Shipka as Robbie
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Jim Beaver as Ned
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Tony Cavalero as Brian Kressler
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Maria Blasucci as Shirley
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Milana Vayntrub as Tiffany #1/Rhonda
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Amy Aniobi as Tiffany #2/Girl in Class
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Victoria Park as Tiffany #3/Voice on PA System/Random Partygoer
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Ahmed Best as Hobo/Gang Member #2/Football Player #1/Hardass Boss/Cop
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Joel Spence as Gang Member #1/Football Player #2/Cute Boy/Homeland Security Agent
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Andrew Reich with stage directions

In this episode, Andrew Reich interviews Greg White (Brickleberry) regarding his dead pilot, Robot Daughter. You'll also listen to live table read of Robot Daughter, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

For more Dead Pilot Society episodes, please subscribe to the podcast! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram , on Twitter, and visit our website at deadpilotssociety.com

Come to our next live show on 11/12 starring Patton Oswalt Tony Hale, Constance Wu, Michaela Watkins, and David Koechner in scripts by Rob Schrab and Adam McKay & Chris Henchy. Ticket link: http://www.largo-la.com/event/1551266-dead-pilots-society-starring-los-a...

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