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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Joel Kim Booster

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster

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Joel Kim Booster on comedy and acting

Joel Kim Booster is an actor, comedian and writer who has risen in the comedy scene in the last decade. His humor is satirical with a bold confidence that knows when vulnerability is preferred. Joel draws a lot of that vulnerability from his own upbringing. He's Korean-American. He was adopted and raised by a white family in suburban Illinois. His upbringing was conservative and very, very religious.

Growing up home-schooled until the age of 16, Booster would say he lead a pretty sheltered life until young adulthood. It helped, at times, to shield him from some of the more insidious forms of bigotry that could befall a Korean-American gay kid living in a predominately white and abundantly evangelical Christian Midwestern town.

Joel's written for Billy on the Street, Problematic with Moshe Kasher and Netflix's Big Mouth. And as a standup, he's appeared on Conan, Comedy Central's @Midnight and more. These days he's starring alongside Kal Penn in the brand new upcoming NBC sitcom Sunnyside.

Joel talks to Bullseye about his experience growing up in an evangelical household, life lessons through the lens of The Backstreet Boys and how doing stand-up allowed him to find his own lane in comedy. And then challenge it! Plus, he talks about how a changing comedy scene is making room at the table for Asian comics like new Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang.

Put the kids to bed and pick up Joel's album Model Minority here. It's really good.

You can catch him on Sunnyside later this month on NBC.

This interview originally aired in September of 2018.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jay Leno

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Bullseye
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Jay Leno

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Jay Leno on the late night wars, and spending decades on The Tonight Show, and Jay Leno's Garage

We're joined by one of the biggest TV hosts in the history of TV hosts: Jay Leno! He'll chat about his career that spans almost 45 years.

He's been spending his time in what could be his retirement working on his TV show for CNBC called Jay Leno's Garage. The show is in its fifth season. It's a lot of fun, especially if you're really into weird , old-school cars. He's still a disarming interview, still charming and still quick on his feet.

By his own admission, Jay says he never got much love from critics. He got cast, more or less, as the villain in the late night battles with Letterman and Conan. He'll open up about those late night wars in this in-depth interview.

Jay also reflects on his childhood and how that's influenced his comedy. From sleeping in alleys on the streets of New York, to hosting The Tonight Show for decades. It's truly a remarkable story, and we hope you'll join us.

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

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

We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It'll be at the WGAW HQ 2nd floor event space on 3rd street and Fairfax!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!!

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Episode 39 - Lenny's Doing Great and His Family's Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community)

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Guests: 
Jack McGee as Lenny Murphy
Guests: 
Parvesh Cheena as Reno
Guests: 
Busy Phillips as Gloria
Guests: 
Drew Tarver as Evan Murphy
Guests: 
Rob Huebel as Marc
Guests: 
Sabrina Jalees as Sabrina
Guests: 
Nicole Sullivan as Joanna
Guests: 
Liz Jenkins as Regina
Guests: 
Greg Santos as Teddy/Waiter/Student/Officiant
Guests: 
Sydney Steinberg as Customer/Waitress
Guests: 
Ali Ghandour as Insane Looking Man/Police Captain

This week’s episode is called Lenny’s Doing Great and His Family’s Terrific written by Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (New Girl, Community). The log-line for this one one goes something like: a young man who’s been helicopter-parented within an inch of his life reconnects with his selfish, absentee grandfather—in the process bringing an estranged family back together in ways no one wanted, but everyone needed. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Alex and Matt for a fun conversation about their real grandfathers whom inspired this pilot, how they got their first gig on American Dad, their keys to writing together as a team, and so much more! Enjoy!

We're having another live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th, at 2pm! It'll be at the WGA West Theater!! Ticket link and information to come soon but mark your calendars!!

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Episode 38 - Sexy Justice written by Johanna Stein

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Guests: 
Tiya Sircar as Didi Cates
Guests: 
Amanda Lund as Jennifer Von Knoblach
Guests: 
David Walton as Father Jim
Guests: 
Ian Gomez as Captain Gomez
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Father O’Reilly/Officer Cappizzi/Store Clerk/Man
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Gentle Willy/Officer Manning/Radio
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Chicky Jackson
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Manly Nun/Punk/Ice Cream Truck Driver

Our pilot this month is called Sexy Justice and it’s written by Johanna Stein. Johanna has written on many TV shows including Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh and so many more! She’s also the author of the novel How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane. Sexy Justice is a 1/2 hour cop show comedy featuring a pair of sizzlingly sexy female undercover cops on the streets of Los Angeles in its prime: the early 80’s. Think “Cagney & Lacey” meets “Charlie’s Angels”, and put through an “Archer” blender on high speed. Stay tuned for Andrew’s interview with Johanna where she talks about the development of Sexy Justice, her experience writing on children’s shows, and the world of animation. Enjoy!

We have a LIVE SHOW on Saturday, June 8th at 5pm at The Hollywood Improv! We'll be reading pilots from Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern (Booksmart, Trophy Wife), Alex Cuthbertson & Matt Fusfeld (Community, New Girl) and probably more! Our cast is going to be incredible for this one so you don't want to miss it!!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Mike O'Brien

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Mike O'Brien

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Mike O'Brien on the latest season of NBC's 'A.P. Bio'

Mike O'Brien was a staff writer on Saturday Night Live for seven seasons. He worked on the show around the same time as some stellar alum: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig. In 2014, Mike was a featured player on SNL alongside Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong.

His latest work can be seen on NBC's A.P. Bio. Mike is creator, writer and showrunner of the series. The show stars Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt and legendary SNL writer Paula Pell.

If you haven't seen the show, here's the premise: Jack portrayed by Glenn Howerton used to teach philosophy at Harvard. Now he doesn't. To make ends meet he gets a job teaching A.P. Biology at a high school in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. He's a grumpy guy who thinks if the world were a fair place, he'd be getting a MacArthur Genius Grant or whatever. He's a jerk. He knows it. He doesn't care.

Maybe you're thinking you've seen this kind of show before. The teacher returns home. Then he grows as a person, becomes lovable and relatable. But A.P. Bio isn't that show. If our scrooge protagonist learns and grows, well, there isn't a show. And that's what makes it so funny – it takes a sitcom trope you're familiar with, but refuses to play by the rules.

Mike joins us to talk about the latest season of A.P. Bio. He grew up in Toledo, and explains some of the baffling questions the writers room had about his hometown. Plus, working with Paula Pell – and why sometimes it's better to leave the camera rolling on her improvising than spending hours perfecting jokes in the writers room.

Episode 37 - Yogurt World written by Colleen McGuinness

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Guests: 
Britt Lower as Audrey Mills
Guests: 
Danny Pudi as Chris
Guests: 
David Walton as Seph
Guests: 
Ethan Peck as Guy #1/Chuck/Tough Guy
Guests: 
Amanda Lund as Lisa Hewitt
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Hot Girl
Guests: 
Brad Morris as Bucky Simmons
Guests: 
Andy Ridings as Vet/Guy #2/Newscaster/7-11 Employee

This month's episode is from the great Colleen McGuinness! Colleen has written on 30 Rock, Friends From College, and Forever.  Her pilot is called Yogurt World. It centers around a woman who works in a frozen yogurt shop whose life is going nowhere, until she discovers that she is telekinetic. Listen to Andrew’s interview with Colleen about developing Yogurt World with Matt Damon, attempting to make a comedy version of “Carrie”, her experiences writing on 30 Rock including some inside scoop on creating that show’s finale, and so many more golden nuggets of insight for writers! Enjoy!

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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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Episode 34 - Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster

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Guests: 
Joel Kim Booster as Joel
Guests: 
Keiko Agena as Sarah Kim
Guests: 
Guy Branum as Guy
Guests: 
Tawny Newsome as Sonia
Guests: 
Lucy Davis as Esther Kim
Guests: 
Alice Wetterlund as Nancy
Guests: 
Atsuko Okatsuka as Marcy 
Guests: 
Carla Cackowski as Janet
Guests: 
Craig Cackowski as Gay Cop/Driver
Guests: 
Will Choi as Mark/Finance Bro/Drug User/Chip Hearts
Guests: 
Irene Tu as Ruthie

Our dead pilot this month is Birthright written by Joel Kim Booster (Comedy Central, Conan). We recorded this one live from SF Sketchfest! Birthright is based in part on Joel’s real life. This outrageous and raw pilot centers on Joel Miller. Adopted by white, Midwestern evangelical parents, Joel "knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian". When he has a falling out with his adoptive parents, he goes in search of his birth mother. He assumes she is in Korea, but finds that the truth is way more interesting...

Before the table read, listen to Ben interview Joel about what he learned during his many rounds of development on this pilot for both Fox and Comedy Central. 
  
Come catch our live show at Dynasty Typewriter on February 10th at 2pm. We'll be reading scripts from Billy Finnegan (Grace & Frankie), Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock) and Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)!

Our cast so far includes Noel Wells (Master of None), Nichole Bloom (Superstore), David Walton (New Girl), Mo Collins ( F is For Family), Brad Morris ( Seeking A Friend For The End of The World), Ian Gomez (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and more!!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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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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Minority Korner

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.

See James perform at the Broadway Comedy Club, Sat Oct 27th @6pm!

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Links!

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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