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Pop Rocket Episode 124: 2017 Summer Blockbusters with Alonso Duralde

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

This week, Karen takes over as host as the gang discusses summer blockbusters. They are joined by film critic and writer Alonso Duralde to discuss which summer films they're most excited for, which ones they aren't, and which ones just shouldn't have been made. Margaret tells us what she expects from the perfect summer blockbuster. We find out what the logistics are for a hit film's international release, and the gang takes on the DC versus Marvel movie debate. Plus the panel discusses summer releases that don't have explosions and muscles but rather heart and wit.

We are treated to some awesome recommendations from the gang, from season two of Master of None (watch out for a few tiny spoilers!) to a biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine. And as always, the gang tells us what their jam of the week is.

Don't forget to check out Alonso's writing at The Wrap magazine or his super smart and hilarious movie criticism podcast Linoleum Knife. You can also follow him on Twitter if you want (you definitely want to!).

With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde.

Jams:
Karen: Wave Hello, Say Goodbye - Soft Cell
Margaret: 2 Good 2 Be True - Nite Jewel
Wyter: Believe in It - Michael McDonald
Alonso: Here Is My Butt - Saturday Night Live

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

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

Other Links:
Yacht Rock
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Best Comedy of 2012 Special

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Bullseye

It was a great year in comedy, so selecting the best of the best and compiling it into an hour-long special was a tall order. We have done just that, however, and we're kicking a new year off with a bang and The Best Comedy of 2012, as curated by the Bullseye staff.

You'll hear selections from the following, all of which are available for purchase now:

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Top Comedians Acting Out Star Wars Lines for Charity

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Another example of using comedy for good today: Lucasfilms has collaborated with Stand Up to Cancer to make this Star Wars themed video tribute featuring Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, and Emma Stone acting out lines from (the best movies of) the Star Wars series. Stand Up to Cancer funds a variety of innovative and collaborative research projects that are working towards a cure.

Good nerdy fun and all for a good cause.

Alumni Newsletter: September 6, 2011

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Blast Processing!

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A terrific interview with Scott Aukerman that addresses podcasting, writing, comedy groupies and the theme song for "MacGruber".

Aziz Ansari is making a series of "Watch The Throne" comics on his aptly-named Tumblr "Aziz Is Bored".

An aurally fascinating piece about Radiolab that demonstrates how the show explores complex topics through the attempted re-creation of unrecordable sounds. Includes links to their efforts to mimic a sleeping cat's brain, confused neurons and, of course, the Big Bang.

And finally,"Antique Trader" tells us how the intrepid Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club (the CC & GTCC for short) found thousands of vintage casino chips buried in a pile of sand behind a convenience store in Carson City.

The Alumni Newsletter: November 17, 2010

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  • Reggie Watts, who performed at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2009, performed on Conan last night (11/16).

  • We can look forward to Aziz Ansari and new addition to the cast Adam Scott on "Parks and Recreation" on its newly announced return to NBC's schedule on January 20th at 9:30pm, following The Office.

  • Bestselling author George Saunders gives some words of advice to creative writers and those considering MFA programs.

  • And finally, a fun video from St. Vincent for her song Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood featuring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen.

Tidbits from Past Guests: October 29, 2010

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