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Podcasting icons Julie Klausner (Difficult People) and Tom Scharpling (The Best Show) team up for a fun show where they have fun and you have fun and everybody has fun. Each week, Tom and Julie careen through the best and worst of pop culture, giving the business to blockhead celebrities, rescuing shoddy podcasts, exploring obscure American subcultures, watching clips from the classics (The Munsters, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, etc), and hanging out with amazing guests, all in the name of keepi ...
 
Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
 
Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
 
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Hollywood Handbook

Sean Clements & Hayes Davenport

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Hollywood Handbook is an insider's guide to achieving your showbiz dreams from two A-List it-boys who are living theirs. Hayes and Sean provide an exclusive VIP backstage pass into Tinseltown politics, answer questions from unsuccessful listeners, and bring in famous guests to discuss their craft and how they became what they are (famous).
 
Before sibling duo Vanessa Bayer and Jonah Bayer took the comedy, music and general world by storm, they were just some lil weirdo kids. Joined by exciting guests who also started out this way, they reminisce about everything from toys to trends on How Did We Get Weird? Unless you’re a monster, you’ll want to listen to this nostalgia-filled, hilarious and surprisingly sweet podcast where they discuss how those formative years that shaped them into who they are today.
 
When we brought comedian and laundry enthusiast Brett Davis to "talk suds with his buds" on our network, we could never have expected the seemingly affable host and innocuous topic (laundry) to result in this. Regrettably, we are contractually obligated to present The Podcast For Laundry, and apologize to the many guests dragged into Brett's endless downward spiral. Listener discretion is advised.
 
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The great Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Monster) joins Tom and Julie to determine the Top 10 Greatest Monsters of All Time! Godzilla, The Babadook, Monster energy drink, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster... Which monsters will make the list and which will get snubbed? Plus Brett recounts a childhood memory about a legendary bike jump called "the Pit." And Joe…
 
It's a new year in more ways than one for the What Difference Does It Make podcast, as we go "back to the future" and begin our look at the songs KROQ in Los Angeles played in the year 1985. In this episode, we look at 6.7 songs. We start at the bottom, with song #106.7, and for the first time since we started this look back at each year of the 80s…
 
The Righteous Gemstones just kicked off its second season on HBO, and that's good news. It's a comedy about the Gemstones, a family of pastors and owners of a massive megachurch with hundreds of thousands of followers. The show centers around Dr. Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), the patriarch, who's been preaching on TV for decades; he's played by John…
 
Jon Gabrus (Action Boyz, High & Mighty) and the ‘boys dive cloaca first into some chicken talk before a review of Thighstop. Plus, another edition of A Single Item Must Be Banished. Check out the video at twitch.tv/doughboyspodcast Sources for this week's intro: https://www.threescompany.com/about/ https://www.etonline.com/suzanne-somers-reflects-o…
 
Alfred Molina started his acting career almost 40 years ago. First on British TV and a couple of movies later on. Since then he's gotten over 150 roles. He's responsible for a bunch of other unforgettable scenes, in films like Boogie Nights, Chocolat and Magnolia. He played Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man 2 and has now reprised the role for Spider-Man: N…
 
In this episode, our incredibly talented friend Bridget Everett stops by the pod fresh off the premiere of her new HBO show “Somebody Somewhere” and a feature in The New Yorker. Together we question why anyone ever thought dodgeball was a good idea for kids and reminisce on the glory of being a tall kid playing tetherball. We also dig deeper than e…
 
We’ve climbed up in our childhood treehouse and we’re not coming down! Sarah Violet Bliss (Search Party) joins us to talk about “Sweetie” - Jane Campion’s off-kilter meditation on suburbia and sibling rivalry. Revelations within the episode include the fact that David was part of the “Neighbours Society” at Uni (a group of students in favor of airi…
 
1985 was a year filled with incredible highs: LIVE AID!, The Breakfast Club, Eddie Murphy, and some soul-crushing lows: New Coke, the Super Bowl halftime show, the film Gymkata. It's all worth revisiting, so join us as we celebrate some of the most unforgettable moments in pop culture from 1985. Get a month of Amazon Music for free courtesy of your…
 
Just before Christmas this past year, the writer Joan Didion died. She was 87. Didion rose to fame for her journalism – she immersed herself in stories. In the late 60s, she broke through with Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In her career she covered a bunch of different topics – counter culture, war, immigration. She also wrote a handful of novels, a…
 
Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times, Unclear and Present Danger) joins the 'boys to discuss Disney+ and homemade pies before a review of QDOBA. Plus, a cereal mascot edition of Slop Quiz during Snack or Wack. Sources for this week's intro: https://laist.com/news/the-big-burrito-battle-la-or-sf https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/california/a…
 
WE'RE BACK WITH ANOTHER TUESDAY NIGHT EDITION OF THE BEST SHOW! Phones ring on the topic: UNDENIABLE TRUTHS! Tom gets another call from secret legend, MIKE IN BAYBRIDGE! A Best Show Staff Meeting is held featuring Tom, Mike, Jason, Pat, Gary The Squirrel AND MORE! Also, is the GOMP back?! Only one way to find out! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!…
 
Glynn Turman is a brilliant actor who's lived an extraordinary life. His first big role was at 12, in the original Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun alongside Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett Jr. He's played mayor Clarence Royce on The Wire and Doctor Senator on the most recent season of Fargo. Just the other week he portrayed Mo…
 
We could not be more thrilled to have our friend and comedy icon Amy Schumer on the podcast this week! We discuss the international adventures Amy had with Vanessa and Jonah on the Trainwreck European press tour, her musical connections ranging from Taking Back Sunday to Madonna, and what a dream it would have been to belong to The Baby-Sitters Clu…
 
Double Threat returns for the Double Deuce with a rundown of 2022 New Year's Resolutions for the podcast as mandated by their network. Including - More Trending Topics! Make a 900 Number! Record a One Hit Wonder! Plus an update on the latest TeePublic email, the giant topiary chicken, and Brett's Lemon Delights. Also James Corden vehicular manslaug…
 
We’re kicking off our Jane Campion miniseries with her feature-length debut, auspiciously titled “Two Friends” - perhaps she has a competitive advantage? The backwards-structured script (the OG temporal pincer movement) leads the crew to reflect on their own adolescence…did you know David was already six feet tall at the age of twelve? And Ben was …
 
Welcome to our greatest hits episode! First time to What Difference Does It Make? This is the perfect start to discovering our 80s music podcast. We look back at the highlights from 2021, as we talk with some of our favorite music artists and other creators. New episodes every Friday! Get a free month of Amazon Music courtesy of What Difference Doe…
 
Winston Duke was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Brooklyn when he was nine. He studied acting at Yale and went on to work mainly in TV during his early twenties. He did not break into movies until he was thirty. That first movie role was M'Baku in 2018's Black Panther. He followed that up with an appearance in Avengers Infinity War, then w…
 
Jessica McKenna (Off Book) joins the 'boys to discuss Abercrombie & Fitch, the swing revival, and celebrity sightings before a review of Lemonade. Plus, a Coca-Cola edition of Jingle All The Whey. Sources for this week's intro: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/what-is-history-lemonade.htm https://steampunkjournal.org/2020/05/01/a-brief-history-of-…
 
Living legend John Cameron Mitchell joins us on the latest episode. He's directed the movies Shortbus and Rabbit Hole, acted on shows like Shrill and Girls. But he's probably best known for his iconic work is the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It's a story about queerness, about identity, about the threads rock and punk music shares with other…
 
In addition to playing drums for Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and Bob Mould today's guest Jon Wurster is one of the funniest people on the planet as evidenced by his work with former HDWGW guest Tom Scharpling on The Best Show. On this episode we discuss first instruments, why unearned confidence is such good comedy fodder and what it's like to p…
 
Happy New Year! We’re going back to the Matrix - which we last covered in 2016 (!!) - and we’re feeling pretty good about it! Seraph was a login screen, sure…but is “Tiffany” a .TIFF? Is Agent Smith just a virus? Are we taking crazy pills for liking this movie so much? Jack in and let’s fly, Blankies. Opening clip is from Howl's Moving Castle with …
 
Odds are, you know Sarah Snook for her role on Succession, the latest Zeitgeist-y TV drama on HBO. Sarah plays Siobhan Roy. But to her friends and family, it's just "Shiv." Succession follows the Roy family. They own a giant conservative media conglomerate called Waystar Royco; the family's patriarch, Shiv's father Logan Roy, is aging and can't run…
 
Unlocked and free for all! JUNE 2013. A lifelong friendship forever frays over a bite of a hot dog. But what really happened that night in New York? Evan Susser and Emma Erdbrink share the findings of their comprehensive Doughvestigation with the Doughboys. To get more Doughboys Double go to patreon.com/doughboys See omnystudio.com/listener for pri…
 
AND HERE WE GO! The inaugural edition of BEST SHOW BOOK CLUB! In this episode, Tom Scharpling, Jason Gore, Michael Lisk and Pat Byrne speak with the authors of "NÖTHING BUT A GOOD TIME," Tom Beaujour & Richard Bienstock. They are joined by Best Show listener, Joe Dana! It's a great conversation about 80's hard rock/hair metal and the bands that wer…
 
Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty much one of the biggest actors around. In 2010, he got the title part on the BBC's modern day Sherlock Holmes reboot, just called Sherlock. He plays Dr. Strange in the Marvel movies, including the brand new Spider Man: No Way Home. He is also in the brand new western called The Power of the Dog, which is playing in th…
 
Another holiday classic filled with some great 80s music! We discuss our new year's traditions, new year's resolutions, the history behind toasts and of course, all our favorite music we play to usher in the new year. Get three FREE months of Amazon Music courtesy of your 80s music aficionados at What Difference Does It Make getamazonmusic.com/wddi…
 
What Difference Does It Make, the 80s music podcast, talks Christmas music. There are a couple favorites centered around skiing and Holly tells us how she wooed her future husband with some skiing lessons. We also discuss a couple old school Christmas rap classics. Get three FREE months of Amazon Music courtesy of your 80s music aficionados at What…
 
Unlocked and free for all! It's the 2020 Doughboys Holiday Special! When terrorists take over the Snackatomi corporation it's up to Wiger to save his estranged podcast partner before it's too late. Written by Mike Mitchell Starring Nick Wiger, Lamar Woods, Mike Mitchell, Evan Susser, Jason Mantzoukas, Emma Erdbrink, Yusong Liu, Robert Persinger, Jo…
 
It's that time of year again! Our annual end of year best of stand-up comedy showcase is here! The whole team here at Maximum Fun combed through dozens and dozens of albums to bring you some of the best. In a year that was extraordinarily difficult for stand-up comedy, that meant that some comedians got creative. We have albums recorded before the …
 
Tom and Julie and Producer Brett celebrate Christmas 2021 by opening presents from listeners and from each other! Including a commercial for a Connecticut pawnshop, the Dilberito, a couple Cameos from major celebrities, the Boss at MSG, the spectacular highlight reel of a certain former Atlanta Hawk, and a special song! Also Tom and Julie dictate a…
 
In addition to having a very cool first name, Jonah Ray Rodrigues is a hilarious writer, comedian, actor and the current host of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Jonah and Vanessa caught up with Jonah Ray Rodrigues to discuss what it was like growing up in Hawaii, his adolescent insecurities and the psychic connection between Steven Seagal and punk ro…
 
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