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Podcast serving quick hits & deep cuts on LGBT pop iconography & NYC culture. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Fortune Feimster, Roxane Gay, Fran Drescher, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, Jenifer Lewis, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, Michael Musto & more!
 
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Jess is joined by prolific film & TV director JAMIE BABBIT! Jamie is best known for writing/directing the cult classic BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER w/ Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall. Over the past two decades she has directed HBO's GIRLS, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, GILMORE GIRLS, THE L WORD, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING and more. We…
 
In the final installment of our L Word trilogy, Jess is joined by L Word historians Ash Silver (renowned YouTuber) and Chris Lintner (@thelwordonline). Chris shares her story of getting confronted by Ilene Chaiken in Vancouver for putting pieces of the scripts online in 2006 and Ash reveals how she ingratiated herself to Showtime in present day, wi…
 
Jess is joined by The L Word Generation Q showrunner, Marja Lewis Ryan! We discuss how Marja got the job, her connection to Abbi Jacobson coming out, if the writers have seen The L Word (OG), Jennifer Beals' influence on Bette Porter and Marja's very first meeting with JB, Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig. We probe for answers to fan frustrations aro…
 
Jess is joined by THE L WORD creator and show-runner Ilene Chaiken! Ilene discusses running Aaron Spelling's production company, her real-life version of The Planet, the head of Showtime wanting to cast Leisha Hailey as Shane, Jennifer Beals choosing Laurel Holloman as Tina, and Mia Kirshner's brilliant improv as Jenny. Also discussed: Ilene's orig…
 
Jess is joined by comedian Jared Freid (co-host of Betches' modern dating pod U Up?) to discuss relationship "soft launches" and breakups on Instagram, dating app profile makeovers, Jared's journey with late night eating addiction, being heckled over his headshot and being spotted in Deuxmoi. Plus, why fast-moving celebrity r-ships like Pete Davids…
 
Jess is joined by WALTER AFANASIEFF, the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer responsible for co-writing and producing the majority of MARIAH CAREY's ‘90s hits, including “Anytime You Need a Friend,” “My All,” “Hero,” “One Sweet Day,” and of course “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Afanasieff walks us through the creation of the modern Christmas…
 
Jess is joined by The Real World Seattle's IRENE MCGEE, infamous for the season which she battled Lyme disease and was slapped in the face by cast member Stephen Williams. Irene discusses cast member David Burns' relationship with the show's casting director Kira and everything surrounding Stephen chucking her childhood teddy bear in the cold Seatt…
 
Jess is joined by Flipping Out interior designer Megan Weaver! Megan chats about her fateful meet-cute with Jeff Lewis in a restaurant bathroom which led to filming 7 seasons of Bravo's Flipping Out and her current gig as co-host on RadioAndy SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live. We discuss her experience on Teddi Mellencamp’s "All In" weight loss program, w…
 
Wow Bethenny, Wow. Jess is joined by Ryan Bailey, (So Bad It’s Good), for an epic deep dive on Bethenny Ever After (avail on Peacock). We review episodes including Bethenny’s 40th Birthday Breakdown, Lost at Sea with Dr. Amador and the series finale. Plus, observations of her #2 Julie, food blogger Nick & try to psychoanalyze what exactly was going…
 
Jess is joined by the filmmakers behind The Lesbian Bar Project (Erica Rose & Elina Street), a new TV docu-series inspired by the decline in women's queer spaces in the US (from 200 in the 1980s to under 25 today). The Lesbian Bar Project has evolved from a short film into a full-fledged TV series exec. produced by Lea DeLaria -- now airing on the …
 
Jess is joined by 5x Emmy-nominee SUDI GREEN for her work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! Sudi joined the writing staff of SNL at age 24, after becoming best friends with fellow NYU & UCB alumni Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers. Sudi discusses getting the SNL call, the highs and lows, her biggest f-up's on the job and the cultural shift of openly gay cast member…
 
Jess is joined by legendary drag performer Peaches Christ to analyze the legacy of the cult classic SHOWGIRLS and to answer the questions of why and how did this “masterpiece of sh*t” get made. Peaches Christ has been producing full-blown Showgirls drag theatrical extravaganzas in San Francisco for 20 years. Peaches also sheds insider light on Eliz…
 
Jess is joined by stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster! We chat about her time on CHELSEA LATELY, spending Thanksgiving with Jennifer Aniston at Chelsea Handler's house, auditioning for SNL 2x, Jeff Lewis pressuring Fortune to sell her house and meeting her wife at Chicago Pride. Plus, Tina Fey producing a show about her life, the nonsensical innerwo…
 
Jess is joined by Bruce Bozzi to answer the age-old question of who is Bruce Bozzi, and how does he fit into the Bravo zeitgeist? We chat about why he and best friend Andy Cohen never dated, his friendships with Madonna and Bethenny Frankel, Madonna's instagram and his wish to become the first gay Househusband / Housewife of Beverly Hills. We also …
 
Jess is joined by writer/comedian Carolyn Bergier for an honest review and conversation around both Billy Eichner's "Bros" and Joel Kim Booster's "Fire Island." We review the movies, dissect the Twitter discourse, analyze the marketing and theorize why "Bros" failed at the box office. Jess attended an event with Billy Eichner and Harvey Fierstein t…
 
Jess is joined by Rich Juzwiak, senior writer at Jezebel, Slate advice columnist and co-host of Pot Psychology. Rich takes us inside the culture at GAWKER, the epicenter for Manhattan media news and gossip where he was a senior writer from 2012-2016. Gawker began as small blog founded in 2002, which grew into a full-fledged media company, before go…
 
Jess is joined by queer indie cinema queen, Guinevere Turner! Guinevere Turner wrote and starred in the breakout '90s film GO FISH which launched her career at the Sundance Film Festival. While at Sundance, she met CLERKS filmmaker Kevin Smith who based his film CHASING AMY on his friendship with Guinevere. She later went on to write the iconic Chr…
 
Jess is joined by Tony Trius & Stefan Mreczko, hosts of MLVC: The Madonna Podcast, to chat about their favorite unreleased Madonna tracks across her different eras (80s, 90s, 00s). We also touch down on the gayness of the A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN TV series, status of the Madonna biopic, Tony's recent move to San Francisco, Stefan's work as our AND JUS…
 
Jess is joined by the powerhouse Mother of Black Hollywood, the one and only Jenifer Lewis! Jenifer discusses living with DRAG RACE's Shangela (aka DJ Pierce) for 10 years, working with Bette Midler as a Harlette at the height of Bette's career, Whitney Houston and putting a con artist behind bars. Plus, appearing as the first Black person on FRIEN…
 
Jess is joined by comedian, actor and Broadway star MARIO CANTONE! We go deep on his friendships with Michael Patrick King & Sarah Jessica Parker, critic & fan reaction to AND JUST LIKE THAT, not reading the script for SEX AND THE CITY 3, Willie Garson's death and the original plans for Stanford & Anthony's storyline. Plus, his impressions of Liza …
 
Jess is joined by your fave Queer as Folk & L Word Historians, Damian Bellino & Anne Rodeman (You Might Know Her From), for a truly unhinged episode centered on the new Queer as Folk (Peacock). We review the QAF reimagining and discuss Kim Cattrall living out Miranda's storyline on And Just Like That, singing "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret and QAF …
 
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti (Astrology with Andy) to explore the unparalleled career and influence of pop songwriter-producer Max Martin. While pop stars come and go, Max Martin is the constant in the modern music era. We go through his many reinventions and flexibility with genre from the Britney, Backstreet Boys, NSync early days to his popif…
 
Jess is joined by empath & intuitive Jamie Stein for a review of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season 2. We go inside Dorinda Medley's house of horrors to explore the pathology behind Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Brandi Glanville, Taylor Armstrong, Phaedra Parks, Eva Marcelle, Jill Zarin and of course the mistress of torture, Dorinda. Plus, …
 
Jess is joined by ROXANE GAY, best selling author (Bad Feminist & Hunger) and cultural commentator for a wild culture catchup. We discuss Roxane's desire to write for THE L WORD GEN Q, how she would have handled the Miranda/Che Diaz storyline on AND JUST LIKE THAT and her work as a writer/producer on the new QUEER AS FOLK. Plus, how Roxane’s wife c…
 
Jess is joined by Edward Russell, host of “Inside the Groove,” to dissect the stories behind a plethora of Madonna songs via the use of multi-tracks, demos, isolated vocals and interviews. We reveal the stories behind “Erotica,” “Deeper & Deeper,” “Vogue,” “Music,” “Don’t Tell Me,” “Hung Up” and "Live to Tell." Plus, discussion around unreleased so…
 
Jess is joined by Damian Bellino & Anne Rodeman (You Might Know Her From), to discourse on the films that defined our young gay cultural experience. Movies discussed include: The Broken Hearts Club, Gia, Fame, American Psycho, Set It Off, The Talented Mr. Ripley, But I'm A Cheerleader, Carol, Fried Green Tomatoes and a LOT more. Plus a major deep d…
 
Jess is joined by legendary Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto! Musto discusses the origin of outing, psychology of blind items, how an unknown Madonna prevented him from sound-checking with his band in 1982, Gaga's Oscar campaign for House of Gucci and the trouble he got into after Andy Warhol's funeral. He also dishes on Malcolm Forbes,…
 
Jess is joined by Fire Island scene stealer and leading man of Las Culturistas, Long Island's own Matt Rogers! Jess and Matt discuss growing up on LI, the death-trap amusement park Action Park and Cherry Grove vs The Pines. Matt gives behind the scenes tea on Fire Island, ie: improv’d scenes, filming on/off island and alternate titles for the film.…
 
Jess is joined by Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) and Jamie Stein (empath/intuitive AND former Assoc. Editor on four seasons of The Real World), for the final act of our NoLa Homecoming trilogy! Jess, Ryan & Jamie come together to analyze the production & editing and discuss picks for next Homecoming city. We take a psycho-spiritual look at Julie’s …
 
Jess is joined by the flashy girl from Flushing... FRAN DRESCHER! Fran chats about her best friendship with Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie using The Nanny's opening credit animation for her talk show, The Nanny's campy gay sensibility, working with Trump on his guest role and why Barbra Streisand never appeared. Plus, Fran's relationship with her gay ex-hu…
 
Jess is joined by Danny Roberts (Real World: New Orleans instant MTV icon) for his second appearance! This time Danny spills all the behind the scenes Homecoming tea, including: the orchestration of Paul's return, the fact that Julie's agent was her mother, Julie's narcissism, Danny on Matt’s Catholic dogma and the production behind what really hap…
 
Jess is a joined by a career fitness professional to go inside the culture of his former cycling studio employer, while Jess shares her personal experience with SoulCycle. We go deep on: lack of certifications required to teach spin, the “training programs” at different studios, instructors abusing drugs, sexual accusations from riders and the “God…
 
Jess is joined by the OG of RHONY, Jill Zarin (and daughter Ally!), for a Mother's Day Special in which Jill doles out advice, Secrets of a Jewish Mother-style. First we get into Jill's reaction to the RHONY split and upcoming Housewives Berkshires Girls Trip. Then, Jill & Ally answer questions related to dating, relationships and friendships inclu…
 
Jess is joined by Gary Janetti, best known for writing/producing Will & Grace, Family Guy and being married to Brad Goreski! Gary discusses meeting a 23 year-old Brad Goreski while on vacation in Mykonos and turning it into a 20+ year relationship, writing Will & Grace, working on Britney & Madonna's guest appearances and the sexual ambiguity of Fa…
 
Jess is joined by Real World: New Orleans' breakout fave, Melissa Beck! Melissa chats about her journey through the MTV machine from auditioning, filming for five months (OG show), paid just $5,000 total. Post-MTV, Melissa discusses trying to make it in comedy and getting cast on Girls Behaving Badly alongside an unknown Chelsea Handler. Plus, the …
 
Jess is joined by Zack Peter for a deep dive into the waters of Bethenny’s one season talk show. We review her episodes with Kim Richards, Ramona stealing the dress, Luann, Tracy Anderson, Andy Cohen as well as bizarre yet fascinating segments with audience members. We also discuss B's manic podcast, the time Jess called into Bethenny's SiriusXM sh…
 
Jess is joined by JUDY GOLD, Emmy-winning writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and NYC stand-up fixture over the last two decades. Judy chats about Joan Rivers, Janeane Garofalo and Rosie’s talk show vs. Ellen. Plus, Madonna using Judy's son as a stand-in for baby Lourdes Leon, meeting her partner via a Time Out New York dating ad, reality …
 
Jess is joined by RHONY's Leah McSweeney (aka LeahMob)!! Leah chats about everything including growing up in Chelsea club-kid culture, sex with girls in high school, her love (and concern) for Britney, Madonna & Courtney Love at the VMAs, experiences in rehab, psych wards and dating a married couple. We also discuss Bethenny quitting RHONY right be…
 
Wow, RHONY, Wow. Jess is joined by writer/comedians (and co-hosts of the pod Dyking Out), Melody Kamali & Carolyn Bergier, to react to the breaking news of RHONY being split into two shows. We discuss why the new RHONY should be built around style icon Jenna Lyons, plus the Carole Radziwill / Samantha Ronson connection. We also discuss Carolyn & Me…
 
Jess is joined by queer comedy icon MARGARET CHO! We chat about Margaret’s incredibly prolific career, including her stand-up specials and iconic TV appearances (30 Rock, Sex and the City). Margaret goes deep about her experience starring in a sitcom based on her life where the network (ABC) fed her diet pills and zero-fat cookies in an effort to c…
 
Jess is joined by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE character queen CHERI OTERI! Cheri recounts being discovered at The Groundlings, alongside Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and fellow SNL hopefuls Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and (gasp) Jennifer Coolidge. Highlights include — origins of her Barbara Walters impression and the cutthroat pressure between cast & writers …
 
Jess is joined by the king of all culture vultures, EVAN ROSS KATZ, on the heels of his first book dedicated to the cultural impact of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. We dive into why KIM CATTRALL blocked (and later unblocked) Evan on Twitter, SJP inviting him to the premiere of AND JUST LIKE THAT... and recently admitting she hasn’t watched an episode s…
 
ISAAC MIZRAHI returns for his second appearance! Jess and Isaac discuss why he never attempted drag, his friendship w/ RUPAUL and the idea of him being a permanent judge on DRAG RACE. Isaac also confirms the truth behind the legendary MADONNA - SANDRA BERNHARD - INGRID CASARES break-up, gives his AND JUST LIKE THAT review and discusses the repercus…
 
Jess is joined by the star of SiriusXM's BEVELATIONS and Fashion Queens, BEVY SMITH! Bevy Smith is a quintessential Harlem girl and life-long New Yorker. Bevy discusses how she reinvented her successful corporate career to TV host at age 38, how ANDY COHEN changed her life, turning down Bravo’s TIM GUNN’S Guide to Style, her fashion pilot w/ BETHEN…
 
Housewives empath & intuitive Jamie Stein returns to burn through a plethora of Bravo Hot Topics. We go deep on Lindsay Hubbard & Carl Radke’s healing, Kyle Cooke’s relationship to alcohol and the outlook of his marriage to Amanda Batula. We also touch on Lisa Barlow’s unbridled rage toward Meredith Marks, why RHOSLC is self-combusting, why Teresa …
 
Jess is joined by Emmy-winning exec. producer and writer on ALL SIX SEASONS of SEX AND THE CITY, Jenny Bicks! Jenny reveals how Samantha’s cancer storyline was based on her own experience beating breast cancer and how Steve is based on her husband, as well as her own personal contributions to Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte. We discuss the episodes s…
 
Did you know our friend Stefan from MLVC (the Madonna podcast) spent the summer working as a background actor for And Just Like That!? Well, Stefan is here and ready to SPILL on... the scenes he filmed, experiencing Che Diaz in the wild, Cynthia Nixon’s wig, the erasure of Chris Noth/Big’s flashback scenes, 14-hour days, being directed by Michael P…
 
Jess welcomes TWO of the stars of the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer as Folk: Peter Paige & Scott Lowell (aka: Emmett Honeycutt & Ted Schmidt)!! We discuss the infamous Larry King interview where they were grilled on their sexuality, how QAF changed the way sex & sexuality was depicted on cable, why The L Word was able to break into the mains…
 
Ever wonder how a professional interior designer would feel about the furniture, lighting and other questionable choices of our Housewives? Jess welcomes Dale Saylor, NYC interior designer and owner of Hollymount Design, for expert critiques on the many homes of Bethenny, Bluestone Manor, Gizelle Bryant’s house of horrors, Carole’s apartment reno, …
 
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns for her third appearance! For the first time, Jackie discusses her ambien-induced car accident that led to her arrest at gunpoint by the LAPD. Jackie reveals how the incident ended her career in Hollywood and led to her weight gain and her ultimate move from LA. Jackie also talks Sex and the City, how s…
 
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