Podcast Of The Week: Jack Handey On Bullseye

Jack Handey declined his first appearance request on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn because he was worried he might sell too many books. Not because he didn’t want the revenue so much. Mostly because he and his wife have been hand boxing and mailing them, and it just wasn't a good time for a flurry of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Jack Handey On Bullseye

Maria Bamford On Questioning Employer Ethics

Imagine you’re a recognizable celebrity with a gig promoting an even more recognizable brand.  At first, your image of the brand and excitement to do their ads is running as high as the size of the paychecks. Your family has spent at least the better part of your lifetime loyally shopping at their stores. Nobody … Continue reading Maria Bamford On Questioning Employer Ethics

Podcast Of The Week: Maria Bamford Is Back (New Book + Conan)

Maria Bamford’s You Are A Comedy Special was my top non-business business book of 2020.  Her new book, Sure I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere is out now so she’s doing some book promo spots. Her interview on Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend didn’t disappoint. This … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Maria Bamford Is Back (New Book + Conan)

Podcast Of The Week: Pee Wee On The Dating Show (And Conan’s Eulogy)

Was he weird? Yes. Kind of a genius? Absolutely. I’ve previously discussed Paul Reubens’ mastery in “Pee Wee And Establishing Range.” I know this clip isn’t a podcast. I also know the audio isn’t great. But in the tradition of weird genius and crossover absurdity, here’s Pee Wee making an appearance on The Dating Show … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Pee Wee On The Dating Show (And Conan’s Eulogy)

When Joan Rivers Met GWAR

Calling anyone who makes something they feel personally invested in. Not just for an anonymous corporate overlord. Something you put a little piece of your best effects into, at the soul level.  Musicians, artists, writers - craftspeople of all types. Athletes and business people count too.  Anyone who has spent an insane amount of time … Continue reading When Joan Rivers Met GWAR

How To Be Cool In Front of Christopher Nolan (Via Marc Maron)

You know those people you super-admire? That the minute you’re in front of, you find yourself doing, or saying, or looking something stupid?  Marc Maron’s a Christopher Nolan fan. He likes his movies. He likes “his vibes.”  And Cillian Murphy got to tell him how he couldn’t believe how cool he played it in front … Continue reading How To Be Cool In Front of Christopher Nolan (Via Marc Maron)

Long Live The Clowns (A Sense Of Humor Is Just Common Sense Dancing)

Everything is still funny. Even if people are acting like nothing is funny anymore. They’re wrong, it is, and I intend to laugh about it.   A Clive James quote (via Tom Papa’s excellent We’re All In This Together, with an extra bit from Quote Investigator, emphasis added): Common sense and a sense of humour are … Continue reading Long Live The Clowns (A Sense Of Humor Is Just Common Sense Dancing)

Podcast Of The Week: What Happens When You Reply To A Scam Email?

My unsolicited and scammy feeling emails, texts, and phone calls are off the charts again lately. Sometimes, in my lower moments, I want to respond. But what would happen? As my buddy Kevin Alexander showed me, there’s a Ted Talk for everything. So here you go. James Veitch did it so we don’t have to. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: What Happens When You Reply To A Scam Email?