Category: Journalists

Barry Crimmins & Jimmy Pardo

Comics Rhonda Hansome and Tom Ryan plus Professor Corey Brettschneider.
Today’s show covers Boston’s comedy scene, the Catholic Church, Matt Drudge, and Trump’s Travel Ban.

Barry Crimmins is one of American history’s greatest political satirists. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait directed a documentary about Barry, it’s called Call Me Lucky and you can download it on all the streaming services. Louis CK just directed Barry’s new standup special it’s called Barry Crimmins: Whatever Threatens You and you can stream it over at www.LouieCK.net.

Jimmy Pardo is the host of the wildly popular podcast Never Not Funny. In addition to his comedy CDs Uno, Pompous Clown and Sprezzatura, in 2007 Pardo appeared on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray. He last hosted the game show Race to Escape on the Science Channel.

Rhonda Handsome is an outstanding comedian BackStage Bistro Award winner and she has appeared on a few hit shows: Louie, Saturday Night Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall, Evening at the Improv, Showtime at the Apollo, and The Joan Rivers Show as her movie reviewer. She’s also opened for Anita Baker, Diana Ross & Aretha Franklin.

Tom Ryan has two Late Show with David Letterman appearances and currently opens for Larry the Cable Guy and Brian Regan in the U.S., and has twenty years of standup comedy experience under his belt. In addition to being the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, Aretha Franklin and BB King, Larry the Cable Guy, Brian Regan and many more, Tom Ryan performs for corporate events and is a regular at all the top comedy clubs in the country.

Tom’s no stranger to television either having appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central, NBC’s Late Friday and Showtime’s Comedy Club Network. He now resides in New York City and recently released his first comedy CD entitled Downtime Enthusiast.

Corey Brettschneider is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he teaches courses in political theory and public law. He’s also Professor, by courtesy, of Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Professor Brettschneider works at the intersection of constitutional law and democratic theory. He has also been a visiting professor at law schools, including The University of Chicago, Fordham and Harvard.

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BBC’s Louis Theroux

BBC Documentarian Louis Theroux’s new film is entitled My Scientology Movie. Entertainment Weekly calls it one of the best documentaries of 2017. Plus, Kelly Carlin, Dan Pasternack, Professor Corey Brettschneider and Film Critic Michael Snyder.

Louis Theroux is one of the world’s great documentarians who, for the BBC, has explored survivalists, black nationalists, white supremacists and porn stars. His new documentary My Scientology Movie is breathtaking; he joins us from London. Kelly Carlin is back, her new book a Carlin Home Companion is now out in paperback. Dan Pasternack writes for Splitsider and McSweeney’s, and is one of the world’s leading experts on comedy. As program director for IFC Dan is responsible for Portlandia, Maron and Comedy Bang Bang. Law Professor Corey Brettschneider stops by for David’s weekly lesson in the constitution, and film Critic Michael Snyder tells us what movies and TV shows you should be seeing.

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Merrill Markoe

Comedy Writer and Author Merrill Markoe is prominently featured on CNN’s critically acclaimed new history of comedy. She is a multiple Emmy award winning comedy writer who was instrumental in the creation of David Letterman’s landmark series on NBC. Merrill is also the author of several bestselling books including Cool Calm and Contentious, Nose Down Eyes Up, Walking In Circles Before Lying Down and What Dogs Have Taught Me. Howie Klein is the founder and treasurer of the Blue America PAC which raises money for progressive candidates and writes the Down With The Tyranny Blog.

On our show Merrill talks dogs, dogs and more dogs. And Trump, gall bladders, mothers, and dogs. Howie talks special elections coming up and whose head will soon be on a stick outside the White House.

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Chuck Klosterman & Kevin Avery

Also Frank Conniff, Professor Corey Brettschneider, and Comedian Erik Bransteen.

Author Chuck Klosterman tells us why Chuck Berry will one day become synonymous with Rock. Kevin Avery describes the worst bomb in comedy history. Frank Conniff on his cats. Professor Corey Brettschneider on Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s recent pick for the Supreme Court. Comic Erik Bransteen on surviving Trump.

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Keith and The Girls 12th Anniversary

Also Comic Judy Gold and Novelist Jerry Stahl. It’s another powerhouse episode. Keith and The Girl started their podcast on March 7, 2005. For 12 years, five days a week, they have delivered one of the funniest and most authentic shows in podcast history. Subscribe to their podcast immediately! Judy Gold hosts Kill Me Now her weekly podcast. Jerry Stahl is the author of Permanent Midnight, and has just finished up a six-part series for Vice A Tour From Hell about his recent 14-day holocaust bus tour.

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Oscars 2017, Dogs, Sex, Trump, and San Francisco 

GOP Strategist Mike Murphy on how we ended up with Trump, Comedy Writer Kevin Kataoka recalls his family’s brush with a dark side of American history, Professor Lisa Wade author of American Hookup talks about sex on campus, Author Amy Sutherland author of Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Home, and Film Critic Michael Snyder talks Oscars 2017.

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