Hello and welcome to episode 90! We have guest Brandie Posey, comedian, writer, producer and cohost of Lady to Lady. Plus, Renee reports on Springer Spaniels, and Legs has some stupid, weird, and occasionally ingenious dog stories from our Facebook group.
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What does the career trajectory of a lifelong political junkie look like? There are the obvious choices, like a major in Political Science, law school...maybe even a career in politics. But Armando Iannucci took a different path – one that led him to Oxford, an incomplete PhD, and work writing and producing comedy, like his acclaimed political satire The Thick of It and the feature film In the Loop.
Iannucci created a new take on American politics in the HBO comedy Veep. Now in its second season, the show follows a fictional Vice President (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) with lofty ambitions but little actual power. Veep showcases the comedy inherent in the struggle for the political upper hand, the constant panic and exhaustion. Seemingly small gaffes quickly escalate into ridiculous catastrophes. The show's dialogue is marked by careful attention to absurd politi-speak and some especially creative cursing.
Iannucci joins us to talk about the difference between UK and US politics, why he sympathizes with our elected officials, and conducting swearing research in Washington, D.C.
Ianucci's new film The Death of Stalin comes out later this year.
Billy Bragg performs politically-minded folk music with a punk rock edge, songs with a tone and attitude somewhere between Woody Guthrie and the Sex Pistols. But what led to him developing his voice as an artist?
As Bragg explains, one of the most pivotal moments in his life happened during his lunch break at a record store. He put on a record that changed his life: Bob Dylan's folk anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin'".
Most of us first knew Julia Louis-Dreyfus from her Emmy-winning role as Elaine on Seinfeld. Elaine flailed, fought, and danced her way into our hearts as the friend to "losers" Jerry, George and Kramer. But Louis-Dreyfus first arrived in entertainment fresh off her college comedy sketch group, as a repertory player in the Dick Ebersol-helmed cast of Saturday Night Live.
After Seinfeld, she went on to anchor several sitcoms, including The New Adventures of Old Christine, with delightful guest appearances on shows like Arrested Development and 30 Rock. Her career has now taken her to a different cast of skewed characters on HBO's Veep.
On Veep, Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States. Though the vice-presidency is a prestigious position, Meyer's day-to-day work is less than impressive. Her staff members claw at each other for power and prestige. She suffers awkward encounters with the media and consistent snubs from the President (a running gag on the show is Selina's off-hand question, "Did the President call?" The answer is usually no).
Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins us to talk about the similarities she's discovered between show business and politics, the boys' club that was SNL in the 80s, and a certain terrible dance that still haunts her to this day.
Veep airs on HBO on Sundays at 10:30/9:30 PM central.
Holy shit, what a trash fire. We're sorry we made anyone watch this. Because, like, DAMN. Every minute of this thing was worst than the previous minute, and this bad boy started out with a pretty rough first minute, so. WOOF.
Comedian Amanda Brooke Perrin returns to talk tall actresses, dog surgery, and donut promises.
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This week, we're celebrating a momentous birthday by full-force launching a Razor Scooter into the hungry mouth of a volcano. We're also talking about how good shrimp scampi is for nearly 55 uninterrupted minutes.
Suggested talking points: 30 Over 30, Morning Meditation, Shakesports, Plant Murder, Scampi Friends, Nacho Fries, Coffee Fidelity, Fast Food Pirates
In a rare guest-less episode, Jesse tries to sell Jordan on the virtues of flannel-lined chinos, Jordan brings another NSFW question to the table from Reddit, and the guys get real about buffets.
Lisa is back from India and is relieved to be back home in calm and empty, relatively traffic-free Los Angeles. Emily’s grandmother recently passed and she recalls some nice stories. On Chunch Chat, we get a drone’s eye view of Martha’s property. Check out the roofs on those basket houses! On Wiki of the Week, we read the WIkipedia page for “Zozobra,” a giant marionette effigy that is built and burned during the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Very proto-Burning Man! We welcome Moshe Kasher (who’s new show premiers on Comedy Central tomorrow night!), to teach us about Burning Man, which he has attended eighteen times. On Expert Hour, we are joined by LIBSTIC representative Spooner Oldham, who clears up some commonly held misconceptions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
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When an important diplomat and his mother hitch a ride to a peace negotiation, her hostility toward Counselor Troi is palpable. But when the diplomat uses Troi's mind as his mental toilet, leaving the seat up is the least of her concerns. What attracts Craigslist roommates? How big is Worf's knife block? How much white-out did the line producer have? It's the episode that's "Apparently..."-level bad.
We discuss the movie made up entirely of video game cutscenes, Assassin’s Creed. Meanwhile Elliott does the classic “apple bit,” we hear another one of Stu’s goofs and bloops, and Dan’s sick voice is all gravely and such.
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Hello Internet! Welcome Friend to another episode of Shmanners made for you by Travis and Teresa! Sit right down Comrade and enjoy an hour all about NAMES AND HONORIFICS! We discuss the origins of Mr. & Mrs. and how we see them changing in the future and how non-gendered honorifics are gaining popularity in the present! We talk about changing one's name after marriage! We talk about trying to give yourself a college nickname! We also answer your questions! How to correct someone who mispronounces your name! How to ask someone for their name when they've already told you once! And a whole lot more! Exclamation point! Enjoy and be sure to share!