John Waters

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: John Waters

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Bullseye
Guests: 
John Waters

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

John Waters on his legacy in film, Little Richard, his mustache, and more

John Waters is a director who hasn't made a movie in over a decade, and he doesn't really plan to make any more. He's directed some classics like Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and probably most notably Hairspray.

Even though he's not making movies anymore, he keeps busy. He's an actor – he played director William Castle in FX's Feud, Pete Peters in Seed of Chucky and he even had a cameo in one of those Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.

He's done a ton of live performances, released a few compilation albums and he's written seven books. When he joined us in studio he talked about his book Make Trouble. The book was based off a commencement speech he gave at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.

Jesse talks with him about Little Richard, trigger warnings, and how the film industry tried (and failed) to make the King of Trash compromise his work. Plus, he'll tell us about the fabulous Commes de Garcon shirt he wore to the recording.

His latest is his memoir, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. It's out now. You can also find the recent Criterion Collection re-release of Multiple Maniacs, one of John's first ever movies on DVD.

Episode 92: 'Always Be My Maybe' with Guest Host Ify Nwadiwe and comedian Atsuko Okasutka

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ify Nwadiwe
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsu

Always Be My Maybe

This week’s episode is ROMCASTIC! Ify Nwadiwe returns as guest host and we’ve ALSO got comedian slash actress slash host of Let's Go Atsuko!, Atsuko Okatsu, to talk Always Be My Maybe! Plus, the panel decides which Asian characters from the big screen they’d want--or not--in their friend posse. Will Short Round make the cut?

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Ify - Shin Godzilla
Atsuko - Paddington 2

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, Ify Nwadiwe, Atsuko Okatsuka

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

This Week Live

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Here is a quick list of cities and venues where you can catch some face time with your favorite MaxFun performers during the coming week. Click on the name of the venue for ticket info.

From time to time, of course, there are shows which are likely to be so popular that I wouldn't recommend waiting until the week of the performance to buy tickets. I'll list one or two of those separately each week. Buy now:

John Waters, Filmmaker and Author: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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John Waters

The filmmaker, actor, artist, and writer, John Waters, needs no introduction. He joins Jesse on TSOYA to discuss his latest work, Role Models. Composed of essays on individuals beloved by John Waters, Role Models brims with charm and insight, just like the author himself.

Podcast: The College Years: Christmas in September

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Guests: 
Davy Rothbart
Guests: 
Christopher Moore
Guests: 
John Waters
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Christmas in September


It's The College Years' holiday special! Oh happy day. Jesse welcomes a plethora of talented gentlemen on the show for this very special occasion, the first being Davy Rothbart. Davey Rothbart is the editor of Found Magazine, home to the greatest collection of "love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles." Check out the the Found Magazine book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World.

Next, Jesse and Jordan give a little bit of sage advice to Jesse's younger brother, John Thorn. Sage but sobering advice.

Following that, Jesse speaks with author Christopher Moore. They talk about Christopher's Christmas themed book, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Do yourself a favor and read his work.

After that, listen for a good cause, namely Mustaches for Kids. I think the name speaks for itself but just in case, "Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to do good and have fun by growing Mustaches for children’s charities." Naturally.


Speaking of distinguished mustaches, John Waters joins Jesse to share some of his favorite Christmas tunes. If you like his films, most surely you will enjoy his musical tastes. Check out A John Waters Christmas.

Lastly but certainly not least, Patton Oswalt graces the show with his comedy. Added bonus: listen in as Jesse recreates one of Patton's fondest memories.

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