Will Ferrell

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Paula Pell

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Paula Pell

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Paula Pell on 'Wine Country' and working at 'SNL' for almost two decades

So many of the sketches Paula Pell has written for Saturday Night Live are stone-cold classics. There's the Culps, Ana Gasteyer and Will Ferrell's bizarre pop music duo. The Spartan Cheerleaders. The Tony Bennett Show. Remember when Justin Timberlake brought us on down to Omeletteville? We have Paula Pell to thank for a lot of wonderful and hilarious work on SNL.

Pell spent 18 years behind the scenes as a writer on the show. She's truly an SNL MVP. After her time on SNL she wrote for 30 Rock, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes. She's had roles on Parks and Recreation, Big Mouth, and, most recently, the NBC show AP Bio. She plays Helen, the goofy high school administrator who eats tomato sauce and hair.

Pell joins us to talk about her latest project: Wine Country. She co-stars alongside SNL alums Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch. It’s a story about a group of women reconnecting over a birthday weekend in Napa. The group became life-long friends during their stint working at a Chicago pizzeria. People moved. Got married. Grew apart. This movie deals with preserving those friendships despite life getting in the way. It's based in part from a real wine trip the stars took for Dratch's 50th birthday.

Pell also pulls back the curtain and discusses some of her more controversial work on SNL. Plus: why, when she was a writer on SNL, she was so much more comfortable as a writer than a performer.

Sincerely, one of the funniest people we've ever had on the show. Don't sleep on this one!

A quick warning about this interview you're about to hear: there's some talk about sex in it. Nothing super graphic or descriptive, but we wanted to give you a heads up.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Wanda Sykes

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Wanda Sykes

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Wanda Sykes on her career in comedy.

Wanda Sykes is a legend in the comedy world. Her ability to tackle pop culture and the political spectrum with equal parts agility and wit has earned her many accolades. She's also had several scene-stealing roles as an actor in shows like "Black-ish," "Broad City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She's been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy awards and she won an Emmy for her writing on "The Chris Rock Show."

Wanda is set to star in a live tribute to Norman Lear's "All in the Family" later this month on ABC where she'll be performing alongside Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Will Ferrell and so many others in a one-night only special. You can watch it live on May 22.

She also continues to perform comedy across the country. Click here for information about tour dates and to purchase tickets.

This interview originally aired in May of 2016.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Adam McKay

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Adam McKay


Photo: Jesse Thorn

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

| 0 comments
Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, and Guy Branum,
Show: 
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.

If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram.

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

MK152: VOTE! Cause Things are Spooky AF! (Birthright citizenship, Jair Bolsonaro, Stacey Abrams, W. Kamau Bell, Rep. John Lewis)

| 0 comments
mk
Show: 
Minority Korner

Halloween might be over, but is this a spook ass episode! But first! We're talking about James' new flirtation with fame! Stacey Abram and her monumental race in Georgia, her celeb supporters and how The View is helping her spread the news about voter suppression. We're also talking about how Kanye might be leaving politics behind... PHEW! In the Korners Nnekay is talking about Trump and his bullshit, this week it's his threat of removing Birthright Citizenship, the 14th Amendment plays into this, what can, and what can't happen. James breaks down the new spread of fascism in Brazil with the election of Jair Bolsonaro- who is blatantly sexist, homophobic, racist, and in favor of dictatorships... that's just the tip of the iceberg. Shutter... Don't forget to vote on the 6th, everyone!!!

Links!

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/can-trump-really-end-birthright-citi...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/trump-birthright-citizens...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-medi...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-trump-matteo-...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brazil-election-jair-bolsonaro-fasc...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-lewis-mike-pompeo-bolsonaro-br...

Twitter: @minoritykorner
Email: minoritykorner@gmail.com
Like Us On Facebook: Minority Korner

Scot Armstrong, Co-Writer of The Hangover Part II and Old School: Interview on The Sound of Young America

| 0 comments
Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Scot Armstrong

Scot Armstrong is a screenwriter and improv comedian who has co-written some of the most popular comedies of the past decade, including Old School, Road Trip, and Starsky and Hutch among others. His newest writing project was tackling a sequel to the hugely successful movie The Hangover with long-time collaborator Todd Phillips.

Scot talks about how to write the narrative to a comedy film (and especially, fitting together the puzzle-form of a movie like The Hangover Part II) and writing for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Scot Armstrong, is one of the most successful comedy screenwriters in America. He's written or co-written films, including but not limited to Old School, Semi-Pro, Starsky & Hutch, most recently The Hangover Part II. He's also contributed to including, but not limited to, Elf and Bad Santa.

Scot, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

SCOT ARMSTRONG: Hi. Glad to be here.

Click here for a full transcript of this interview.

Syndicate content