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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Adam McKay

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Bullseye
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Adam McKay


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Adam McKay On His Academy Award Nominated Movie Vice and The Joke That Inspired Him To Take Up A Career In Comedy

Adam McKay has had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy first as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live. He studied at Second City, too, and then he worked in movies.

He collaborated with Will Ferrell to make some stone cold comedy classics: Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights. Lately, though, his work has been more serious, topical, and political.

A few years back, he wrote and directed The Big Short, which deconstructed and explained the 2008 financial crisis. He helped create the HBO show Succession - a drama about a family that owns a colossal American media empire.

Now there's Vice, his latest movie, which is the story of former Vice President Dick Cheney. It's playing in theaters now and is up for eight Academy Awards.

The common thread with McKay's work is that it's never boring, never forced. He'll take an extremely dumb joke and frame it in a way that's so clever and compelling that you just lose it. He'll find a way to explain credit default swaps that are so entertaining and engrossing that you forget you're learning about credit default swaps.

In this conversation, Adam tells Jesse how he manages to keep his films fresh, funny and weird, and also shares some of the more reckless tales in improv comedy from his time in Chicago.

Click here to listen to Adam McKay's interview on YouTube.

Pop Rocket Ep 210 - The State of Adam McKay & Terry Crews Gets a Vote for PRSOA

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Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, and Guy Branum,
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Pop Rocket

Will Terry Crews receive the second-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval? Why wasn't Margaret on this week's show? Is Adam McKay a craftsman or an artist? These questions and more will be answered on this week's Pop Rocket!

Plus, in the wake of the PRSOA "Bloom backlash", the voting process has been amended. Tune in to find out how, and when there will be another nomination period.

That's My Jam

Wynter: Summer Walker - Girls Need Love

Karen: James Ingram - Just Once

Guy: RuPaul (feat. Myah Marie) - Adrenaline

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 72: Film Floppers and 'Destroyer' with Graham Elwood

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Who Shot Ya?
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Graham Elwood

Destroyer

A brand spanking new 'Who Shot Ya?' right out of the package! This week the crew is discussing the new Karyn Kusama/ Nicole Kidman joint, Destroyer. They're joined by fellow film nerd, comedian Graham Elwood of the 'Comedy Film Nerds' podcast. The gang questions Nicole Kidman's hair choices in the film and compares her character to other great LA gumshoes of the cinematic past. Plus they discuss the movies they have flip-flopped on since originally viewing, either for good or bad, in a segment they're calling Film Floppers. And as always, they've got those tasty staff picks.

In news, Coming to America 2 is in the works, and Cardi B has some thoughts on Bird Box.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - 42 to 1
Alonso - Fyre Fraud
Graham - Hell or High Water
April - Out of the Past

With Graham Elwood, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

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

Tights and Fights Ep. 20: Back in black excellence

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Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin and Mike Eagle
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Hal Lublin
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Danielle Radford
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Mike Eagle

In a move that’s been over a year in the making, The New Day has official become the longest reigning WWE World Tag Team Champions in history.

There’s been ups and downs throughout their tenure, but the team will explain why their record breaking night on Monday restored a lot of their love for the RAW’s flagship team… and who they hope eventually beats them.

And wrestling intersects with the real world more than almost any form of entertainment. But is there a that needs to exist between drawing inspiration for a storyline and exploiting real-world events?

Plus, a look at all the matches that are coming up at the RAW-exclusive December PPV Roadblock: End of The Line: Redemption: Age of Extinction: The Force Awakens.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s explanation for the recent Black Excellence photo.

Mike put over Vice’s recent look into the backstage business of WWE.

Hal put over The magic that is Jack Gallagher.

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