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Ep. 48: Go Fact Yourself with Jenny Jaffe & Jim Rash

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Dr. David Kersey, J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Rash, Helen Hong, Jenny Jaffe
Guests: 
Jenny Jaffe & Jim Rash
Guests: 
Dr. David Kersey & Jonathan Lynn

Mysteries will be solved and species saved on this episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Jenny Jaffe is a comedy writer who grew up with an obsession for 90’s Nickelodeon animated shows. Her career has now come full circle: she’s landed a gig to writing for the upcoming version of "Rugrats!" She’ll tell us about that and some of her other obsessions that haven’t been a part of her work.. yet.

Jenny will take on actor/writer Jim Rash. Jim is a pretty accomplished guy. He’s known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on NBC’s "Community." He’s also won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants. But in spite of his success, he’s still not above searching for some quality advice on Instagram… even if he has trouble following it. You can hear Jim now as the voice of Gyro Gearloose on the new version "DuckTales."

This week’s trivia topics include moisturizing, basket weaving and cuddly critters.

This episode is sponsored by Fake Radio: America’s premier old-time-radio comedy troupe. To find out more about their show and how to attend their live performances, visit fakeradio.net/gofactyourself.

What’s the Difference: It puts the lotion in the basket

What’s the difference between lotion and ointment?

What’s the difference between rattan and wicker?

Areas of Expertise

Jenny Jaffe: 90’s Disney movies, anxiety disorders and phobias, and pandas

Jim Rash: Sid and Marty Krofft shows, The movie Clue, and giving advice to others that he doesn’t take.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong


Jim Rash and Jenny Jaffe

Jenny Jaffe
Jim Rash

With guest experts:


Dr. David Kersey and Jenny Jaffe

Dr. David Kersey, professor of veterinary sciences and giant panda reproduction expert.

Jonathan Lynn, director of the film Clue.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!

Ep. 46: Go Fact Yourself with Quinn Cummings & Greg Behrendt

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Dean Torrence, J. Keith van Straaten, Greg Behrendt, Helen Hong, Quinn Cummings, Mike Hollingsworth
Guests: 
Quinn Cummings & Greg Behrendt
Guests: 
Mike Hollingsworth & Dean Torrence

Whether you’re in the mood to surf some waves or binge some TV, this episode of Go Fact Yourself is for you!

As an actor, Quinn Cummings saw success at an early age. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film The Goodbye Girl. It was a great experience, but one that put a bit of a strain on her relationship with her mother… and her hair. She’ll explain. Quinn can be heard on the podcast "Quinn Cummings Gives Bad Advice".

Like Quinn, Greg Behrendt also has experience giving others advice, especially with relationships. He’s written several books about love, including He’s Just Not That Into You and serves as a private life coach. What exactly are his qualifications? Just a 30-year comedy career, multiple books on the New York Times bestseller list and the fact that he survived cancer (twice).

The guests will compete to answer trivia questions about surf music, animated Netflix shows and their respective expertise on cats and dogs.

This episode is sponsored by Spencer Marks’ new science-fiction novel Living History. Go to livinghistorynovel.com and enter the promo code "HELEN" to purchase the book for a discount and to have it personally autographed.

What’s the Difference: wasted

What’s the difference between liquor and liqueur?

What’s the difference between trash and garbage?

Areas of Expertise

Quinn Cummings: High fashion, the Netflix series "Bojack Horseman" and domestic cats.

Greg Behrendt: Surf music, dog shows and Dots candy

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Quinn Cummings
Greg Behrendt

With guest experts:


Quinn Cummings and Mike Hollingsworth

Mike Hollingsworth, Emmy-nominated producer and supervising director of "Bojack Horseman."


Dean Torrence and Greg Behrendt

Dean Torrence, one half of the surf-music duo Jan and Dean.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan theater at The Center For Inquiry in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!

Switchblade Sisters Episode 93: 'Rebecca' with 'The Wind' Director Emma Tammi

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Guests: 
Emma Tammi

Rebecca

This week, the wonderful Katie Walsh returns to chat with director Emma Tammi. Emma is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, whose most recent documentary films include Election Day and Fair Chair. She made her narrative feature directorial debut with the Western horror movie The Wind, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and was released in April by IFC Midnight.

The movie that Emma has chosen to discuss shares a number of similarities to her own lonely-haunted-woman film - Alfred Hitchcock's sole Best Picture winner, Rebecca. She and Katie discuss all of the masterful aspects of the movie - the mood, the set, the acting, the lighting. Emma shares how many of these attributes inspired her decisions on The Wind. Plus, Katie reveals some hilariously volatile memos between producer David O. Selznick and Alfred Hitchcock. And Emma talks about her all-time favorite Hitchcock films, and what makes him such a genius.

You can stream The Wind now.

And if you haven't seen Rebecca yet, run - DON'T WALK! - to see it.

With Katie Walsh and Emma Tammi.

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters on Twitter or Facebook.

Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org.

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

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Allison Jones

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Guests: 
Allison Jones

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Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images

"You’re Always Striving For Something": Chiwetel Ejiofor on 'Z for Zachariah', His Heritage and Getting 'Mamet-ed'

Chiwetel Ejiofor possesses a charisma on the screen that makes his characters both large and small to demand your attention. Whether he’s playing Othello, a drag queen in Kinky Boots or a free man forced into slavery in 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor not only inhabits his characters but expresses their humanity in a sincere and honest fashion.

In his new movie, Z for Zachariah, Ejiofor plays one of only a handful of survivors of the apocalypse. He finds his way to an untouched valley, and struggles to find his place in this new world.

Ejiofor joins us to talk the cultural constructs of our everyday lives (and how they apply in a post-apocalyptic world), his Nigerian heritage, why being Oscar-nominated doesn't feel like the end-all, be-all of acting and what happened when he got into the jiu jitsu ring(!) with legendary playwright and director David Mamet.

Z for Zachariah is in theaters and available on VOD now.

The Difference Between Who "Is" Funny and "Can Be" Funny: Allison Jones on Casting Comedy

If you're a comedy fan, chances are you love at least one of the following shows or films. Parks and Recreation? The Office? Freaks and Geeks? Arrested Development? Curb Your Enthusiasm? Almost any Judd Apatow movie? Bridesmaids?

There's a person behind the scenes who helped put some of your favorite comedy actors on camera, and her name is Allison Jones. She's the go-to casting director for Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, and helped shape the face of comedy TV and film as we know it. She even discovered the awkward high school kid who would become McLovin.

She specializes in finding the kind of actor who "is funny" rather than ones who "can be funny" -- she'll explain the difference and why it matters.
Jones joins us to talk about her most memorable auditions (going way back to Family Ties), the challenges in casting funny women, and her own formative comedy experiences.

The Outshot: Jimmy Witherspoon

Jesse explains what jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon can add to the discussion around race in America.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 2 - Oscar-Baiting, Hellboy, and Doug Jones

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow
Guests: 
Doug Jones

We have a sweet, sweet guest on our second episode of Wham Bam Pow: Mr. DOUG JONES! Cameron chats with Doug & almost faints from joy, we discuss extreme Oscar baiting, Ricky reveals his vision for a future DIE HARD sequel, and we review Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's festival of movie monster make-up.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @RheaButcher, and Ricky is @RickyCarmona.

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