Penelope Spheeris

Ep. 36: Go Fact Yourself with Allie Goertz & Jason Stuart

Penelope Spheeris, Allie Goertz, J. Keith van Straaten, Jason Stuart, Helen Hong, Mikal Vollmer
Allie Goertz & Jason Stuart
Penelope Spheeris & Mikal Vollmer

This episode of Go Fact Yourself is part of a balanced breakfast of trivia and comedy!

Allie Goertz is a writer who hosts the fellow Max Fun podcast "Everything’s Coming up Simpsons". As if that didn’t give her enough funny things to surround herself with, she’s also the first woman editor for MAD Magazine! She’ll explain why even the silliest MAD content requires a lot of hard work.

Allie faces off against Jason Stuart! He’s a comedian and actor. He’s appeared in a number of films like Birth of a Nation stars in the new TV series "Smothered." He’s always been openly gay in his showbiz career. But these days he says he’s, "only gay on the weekends." He’ll explain.

Our guests will discuss breakfast, math and seminal "Saturday Night Live" films.

What’s the Difference: Make it Count

What’s the difference between a number and a numeral?

What’s the difference between arithmetic and mathematics?

Areas of Expertise

Jason Stuart: LGBTQ History, Barbra Streisand, and breakfast cereal.

Allie Goertz: The Beatles movies, the film Wayne’s World and giving advice.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Allie Goertz
Jason Stuart

With guest experts:

Penelope Spheeris and Allie Goertz

Penelope Spheeris, director of films such as The Decline of Western Civilization parts 1, 2 and 3 and Wayne’s World.

Jason Stuart and Mikal Vollmer

Mikal Vollmer, cereal box collector, lecturer and historian and creator of the online zine about breakfast cereal Free Inside.

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.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 81: A Monster Mash! The Gang Discusses 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' and Underappreciated Monster Movies with Mallory O'Meara

Who Shot Ya?
Mallory O'Meara

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

They did the mash. They did the "Monster Mash." You all requested an all female episode of 'Who Shot Ya?' centered around a conversation on monsters, and we delivered! April Wolfe takes over hosting duties and chats it up with our friend, Drea Clark, and 'Reading Glasses' host, Mallory O'Meara. The crew discusses the 2014 vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Plus, they unearth all their favorite underappreciated monster movies. Mallory talks about her new book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. And as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, CEO Kevin Tsujihara leaves Warner Bros, James Gunn returns as Guardians of the Galaxy director, and Penelope Spheeris tells Hollywood to "blow me."

Staff Picks:

April - I Walked with a Zombie
Drea - Pan's Labyrinth
Mallory - When Animals Dream

With April Wolfe, Drea Clark, and Mallory O'Meara

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Penelope Spheeris & Bhi Bhiman

Penelope Spheeris
Bhi Bhiman

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Penelope Spheeris Unveils the Worlds of Punk, Hair Metal in 'The Decline of Western Civilization'

Penelope Spheeris says that she loved punk rock when she first heard it in the 1970s because "the chaos was attractive and familiar to me." She directed, filmed and organized that chaos, spending time with LA punk bands Black Flag, the Germs, and X among others, for her movie The Decline of Western Civilization. She strived to show everything -- the good and bad -- and let the audience decide how they felt about the people on-screen.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years focused on the over-the-top lifestyles and big dreams of hair metal bands in the late 1980s. And the third film in Spheeris' Decline series went deep into the world of gutter punks in the 1990s.

After many years of VHS-to-DVD bootlegging, the Decline films are now available together for the first time in a box set on Blu-Ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, with a collection of bonus materials and commentaries produced by Spheeris and her daughter, Anna Fox.

Spheeris talks to us about the chaos in her own upbringing, the worlds of punk and metal as depicted in her documentaries, and directing a little feature film called Wayne's World.

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Bhi Bhiman on Slyly Subverting the Folk Rocker Stereotype

The Sri Lankan-American singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman encounters some challenges when he goes on-stage. As he tells it, " I have a couple of things going against me. I’m South Asian looking, I’m playing acoustic guitar and singing and as a general rule people just don’t want to see that. But I have to work up hill against that."

Bhiman's newest album Rhythm & Reason is loosely themed around the immigrant experience, but it's not as earnest as that sounds. He's got a Randy Newman thing going on, too.

Bhiman talks to us about not fitting people's expectations of a folk singer with a guitar, his inspirations for the new album, and why he's got love for the Newm.

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The Outshot: Falling in Love with Catastrophe

"What does romance mean when you're a fully formed adult human being?" Jesse explains why he's sold on the new romantic comedy Catastrophe.

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