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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Julio Torres on 'My Favorite Shapes,' 'SNL,' and 'Los Espookys'

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Julio Torres

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Julio Torres on his stand-up special 'My Favorite Shapes', 'Los Espookys' and working on SNL

Julio Torres has created some of our favorite sketches for Saturday Night Live in recent memory.

His sketches on the show are a little different than standard SNL fare. It's not the in your face humor about politics or the need for cowbell. But a little dreamy and magical.

There was the time Lin-Manuel Miranda portrayed a man named Diego who calls his mother from a phone booth in the middle of a corn field. In 2017, Ryan Gosling hosted, and Julio wrote a sketch about a man who's haunted by the Papyrus font used by the film Avatar. There's tons of great stuff. Of course, he also co-wrote one of our all time favorites – Wells for Boys.

Julio grew up in El Salvador, and spent his entire childhood there. He thought he'd end up as an architect, just like his mom. But even in El Salvador, he grew up on TV shows from the US. He was raised on the classic stuff – The Simpsons, I Dream of Jeanie, and Ally McBeal. He always kind of knew comedy was in his future.

Julio recently released his first comedy special on HBO. It's a little sideways from what you’d expect from a comedy special. Julio talks about ... his favorite shapes.

It's a bit surreal to watch. He shares his favorite shapes with the audience. The shapes are on display on a custom conveyor belt. There's a lot of glitter. That might understatement, everything is covered in the stuff. The shapes have lived lives you'd never quite expect. But really, the shapes help us learn more about Julio.

Julio is also one of the creators of the new HBO show, Los Espookys. In the show, a group of friends who turn their love of horror films into a business. They provide events for people who want to be scared. Think the gig economy for spooky events.

We're big fans of Julio Torres, and we're thrilled to share this conversation with you. He'll chat about his journey from El Salvador to working at SNL. Plus, a behind the scenes look at My Favorite Shapes and Los Espookys.

Episode 40 - Small Town Love written by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife)

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Busy Phillips as Annette
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Shannon Woodward as Fanny
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Asif Ali as Curtis
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Rob Huebel as John
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Paul Adelstein as George
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Parvesh Cheena as Mr. Karr
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Nicole Sullivan as Reality Woman/Ruthie
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Liz Jenkins as Beth
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Ali Ghandour as Pimply Teen Manager
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Greg Santos as Rude Customer
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Syd Steinberg as Waiter/Bartender/Store Manager

Our pilot this time is Small Town Love by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife, Booksmart). Small Town Love is about a sparring mother and daughter in rural Michigan who are forced to lean on each other when they become pregnant at the same time. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Sarah and Emily to hear about how the first script they wrote together, Booksmart, took eleven years to reach the screen; what Emily learned from working with David Mamet; why they made the transition from film to TV; and how you can tell when an idea will actually make a good TV show. Enjoy!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Game of Thrones' John Bradley

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Game of Thrones' John Bradley on what it was like playing Samwell Tarly for eight seasons.

John Bradley was around 22 when he got the part that changed his life. He'd just graduated from theater school in Manchester, England. He'd done a little theater work, but never anything on camera before. He had just learned how to hit his mark and where to look when reading his lines.

So he got called in for an audition, literally his first ever. It was for a new show HBO was producing called Game of Thrones.

He got the part.

John played Samwell Tarly, John Snow's close friend, for eight years. The two characters meet when they both join the Night's Watch and the journey Samwell takes on the show is really unique.

In the beginning, it's clear that Sam isn't cut out for the Night's Watch. He isn't a natural warrior. He's heavyset. Kind of soft. He's smart, but he doesn't have a keen sense of realpolitik or manipulation. He's nice, maybe a little goofy.

And on any other show, you can pretty much guess his character's trajectory: maybe he stays a bumbling comic sidekick. Maybe he gets killed off tragically. Or maybe, somehow, he finds the warrior inside him and learns to fight just as well as the Hound or Ser Davos.

On Game of Thrones, none of that happens. The things he was bullied for: his kindness, his empathy, his bookishness… they turn out to be assets, not liabilities. He finds work as a maester and gains access to all of his word's knowledge at the Citadel. Sam plays a vital part in the battle against the dead… he's even the first to kill a White Walker!

And by the show's last episode, when all the great houses meet to figure out the future of Westeros... Sam finally has the respect of his peers.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Timothy Simons of HBO's Veep

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Timothy Simons

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Timothy Simons on playing Veep's Jonah Ryan for 7 seasons

One of the most iconic things about HBO's Veep was the way the characters insulted one another. Each insult was delivered with laser-like precision to get at each character's insecurities. Perhaps no character on the show received more of these zingers than Jonah Ryan. He was an unlikable White House aide who went on to become one of New Hampshire's least popular members of Congress.

Veep starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer. A narcissistic politician who, despite constantly sabotaging herself, manages to ascend to the Oval Office.

Only to lose it almost as quickly.

Jonah, Simons' character, starts the show as a lowly staffer in the West Wing. By the final season, he's a presidential candidate facing off against Selina. It's a wild and funny ride.

Simons talks with Bullseye about his unique, fascinating journey to Veep. He dreamed of being a film and TV actor since he started out in Chicago. He and his wife had only been married a short time before they dropped everything and left the Windy City for Los Angeles. At the time it was a big risk. He didn't have a gig lined up. He had never even been to California. The first time he saw LA was on his drive in from the long haul.

It was a tough transition, but soon after he landed the part as Jonah. When he went into audition he did not look the part at all. The casting directors were looking for someone short, bearded and kind of chubby. Simons, who's slender and tall, gave the writers something different to work with. But it worked.

Simons explains why thick skin doesn't always protect you from fictional insults. Plus, how being a dad has impacted his acting career and knowledge of elementary school handball.

Inside Pop Ep. 151 - Game of Thrones: The Bells, Tribeca Film Festival premiere of ‘Only’

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Inside Pop
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Takashi Doscher

Fan anticipation is at a fever pitch as Game of Thrones races towards its final episode. This week we review the show's penultimate episode, "The Bells" which may go down as one of the series' most divisive episodes. We breakdown why so many fans of the show were disappointed and also highlight what worked well.

Then we present a one-on-one interview with Takashi Doscher, the writer and director of the film Only which premiered this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. as a couple fighting to survive in a world in which Pinto's character may be the only woman left alive. Takashi and Sean discuss the inspiration of this apocalyptic romance, the six year journey from screenplay to its premiere and the experience of showing one's film at one of the word's most prestigious film festivals.

Plus Sean review's Amita's Big Sell about pop plagiarism and then sells her a very Special new show on Netflix.

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Inside Pop Ep. 150 - Game Of Thrones: The Long Night, Avengers: Endgame, Tribeca Film Festival

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It's official- good things happen in April and this past weekend was proof positive with two of the most anticipated pop culture events of the year- the Game of Thrones epic white walker showdown and Avengers: Endgame. Somehow, we handled (survived) all of the epic pop culture offerings this weekend and have thoughts, questions and predictions! (Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, but NOT Avengers)

We start off with our reactions to the epic third episode of Game of Thrones and one of the most surprising and satisfying Stark moves of the entire series! We chat about the suspense, horror and action filled 87 minute journey that took us on a fire and icy ride through Winterfell. Plus, we pour some out for those who didn't make it and try to predict what will happen next.

Then, Sean tries to discuss Avengers: Endgame without spoiling anything for Amita. We discuss what it was like to avoid spoilers all weekend and how it may have been easier than expected.

Plus, Sean attended a few screenings at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and gives his take on the new Wu-Tang Clan doc series, Of Mics and Men and a new Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer film called Luce.

And in the Big Sell, Amita reviews the 2019 playlist from our podcast friends JoJCast and sells Sean on an interesting essay from Vulture about pop plagiarism.

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Inside Pop Ep. 149 - Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere, Guava Island

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The wait is over and the end is also near. The season premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones has arrived and we have oh so many thoughts! [Do we need to say there are spoilers ahead? Cause there are.]

We dissect the record-breaking premiere episode - the call backs to the very first episode, our favorite lines, which moments gave us joy and also which ones left us asking questions. We also share some bold predictions for the rest of the season including who we think will claim the Iron Throne. And of course we discuss the dragon riding scene. (Whether you love it or hate it you will definitely want to check out the dragon ride mashup Amita references here).

Plus, we review Guava Island, the tropical fable starring Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino and Rihanna which leads us to discuss the risks of setting high expectations for our favorite artists.

Then, Sean gives his rating and review of last episode's Big Sell- the Kore Conversation between Queer Eye's Tan France and The Good Place's Manny Jacinto about Asian representation in pop culture and shares his Big Sell for this week- a 2019 Spotify playlist from our friends and fellow podcasters JoJCast featuring their favorite tracks so far this year.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bill Hader

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Season 2 of Barry premiers March 31

You know Bill Hader from his time on Saturday Night Live. He was kind of an impressions guy - he did a mean Vincent Price. His most famous character was Stefon, from the Weekend Update sketches. He left the show in 2013 and went on to perform in movies like Trainwreck, Inside Out and the smash hit Sausage Party. Along with Fred Armisen, he also starred in the IFC show, Documentary Now!.

His latest project is an HBO TV show called Barry, which enters its second season later this month. Hader stars as the show's title character, Barry Berkman. Barry's an ex-marine, turned low rent hitman in Ohio, turned aspiring actor in Los Angeles. Bill tells Jesse about working as a production assistant when he first came out to Los Angeles, the influence his parents had on his taste in film, and the struggle he had to project his voice.

This interview originally aired in April of 2018.

Episode 32 - The Prince written by Mehar Sethi

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Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney
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Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess
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Brad Neely as Charles Whitney
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Mamie Gummer as Molly
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Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford
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Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec
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Elizabeth Ho as Rhea
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Roberta Valderrama as Margarita
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Mike Kosinski as Oscar/Cody
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Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter
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Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor
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Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice

Our dead pilot this month is The Prince by Mehar Sethi (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bojack Horseman). When Dave Whitney, a ruthless corporate fixer in Texas, is passed over for a promotion in his family's oil business, he decides to take the whole company down. Mehar describes it as "What if Karl Rove worked for Greenpeace?"

We had a great cast for this one including Glenn Howerton as Dave Whitney, Brad Neely as Charles Whitney, Mamie Gummer as Molly, Scott MacArthur as State Senator/Roger/Redneck Store Clerk/Bobby/Gifford, Lizzie Peet as Aunt Alice, Roberta Valderrama as Margarita, Ginger Gonzaga as Zodiac Waitress/Assistant/Housewife/Local/Hostess, Gary Anthony Williams as Carl Fisher/Rival Oil Exec, Elizabeth Ho as Rhea,  Mike Kosinski as Oscar, Tay Strathairn as Liam Lenox/Steakhouse Waiter, Sunkrish Bala as Ravi Daptik/Rival Oil Exec/Colleague/City Official/Actor, Mike Kosinski as Cody, and Andrew Reich with stage directions. After the table read, listen to Andrew's interview with Mehar regarding his dead pilot!

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MKEP 151: CC Me! CC Me! (Fighting Back Against The Memo, Transgender Rights, Megyn Kelly, Blackface, Halloween)

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This week Nnekay and James are fighting back against the awful memo that was passed around to major agencies in our government about the definition of gender. Before we get to the main event, James and Nnekay wonder... is Halloween still fun? Speaking of Halloween, Megyn Kelly has some questions about costumes as well, specifically Blackface. Let's just say she's WRONG in her opinions. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are getting cancelled, which makes James wonder if Disney has something up it's sleeves- James also elaborates on his newest obsession: DocuDramas! James kicks of the first korner by explaining what this memo is all about, and how it can impact the lives of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people. James also gives tips on how we can fight back against this hateful ass memo and what we can uplift and support each other. Nnekay takes the baton by giving more tips on self preservation for POC transgender and gender non conforming people. She also gives a trusty dusty list of books that celebrate and lift up the voices of those apart of the community. Also did James manage to get yelled at by George Takei? I think you know the answer.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-adminis...

https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/Ally-Guide-...

https://www.queerty.com/antigay-gubernatorial-candidates-campaign-no-com...

https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/23/stop-trump-lgbtq-american...

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQOERH8aGSrxjvByLGgcV31YsHC-g_olRC5h...

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/practical-poc-tips-fighting-trump-ad...

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/10/23/toward-creating-a-trans-l...

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