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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn


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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 ...Show More
Mike Leigh

1:02:44 | Apr 8th

This week, Jesse talks with the director Mike Leigh. He isn't that well known. He's never made a blockbuster. He's been nominated for seven Academy Awards and hasn't won any. He doesn't work with super famous actors, either. He likes it that way. His...Show More
End of year best comedy special

1:29:09 | Dec 26th, 2016

Wrap up 2016 with a much needed laugh - it's Bullseye's proudest annual tradition - the End of Year Best Comedy Special. You'll hear some of the year's best standup: Maria Bamford, W. Kamau Bell, Cameron Esposito, and much more.
The Egyptian Lover, hip-hop pioneer

26:51 | Aug 16th

We'll chat with the one and only Egyptian Lover. Born Greg Broussard – he's a DJ, a producer, a rapper sometimes, too. He came up with Uncle Jamm's Army, a hip-hop crew that featured promoter and DJ Rodger Clayton, Ice-T, and has shared the bill with...Show More
Eugene Levy from "Schitt's Creek," "American Pie" and more

33:41 | Aug 13th

Eugene Levy is hands down one of the funniest people in history. The Canadian-born actor and funnyman got his start in the world of improv when he joined Chicago's Second City. His first big break was on the Canadian sketch show SCTV, where he played...Show More
Eugene Levy from "Schitt's Creek," "American Pie" and more

33:43 | Aug 13th

Eugene Levy is hands down one of the funniest people in history. The Canadian-born actor and funnyman got his start in the world of improv when he joined Chicago's Second City. His first big break was on the Canadian sketch show SCTV, where he played...Show More
Psychedelic bedroom pop musician Cuco

13:27 | Aug 9th

The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we're joined by the musician Cuco. He got his start making music in his...Show More
Jeff Goldblum

46:46 | Aug 6th

There's no one else on the planet quite like Jeff Goldblum. He came onto the scene over four decades ago with the role of "Freak #1" in the 1974 revenge fantasy Death Wish. Since then, he's appeared in countless films, television and theater producti...Show More
Lesley Manville from 'Mum,' 'Another Year,' and more

38:27 | Aug 2nd

British actor Lesley Manville is truly a master of her craft. You might know her work with the brilliant director Mike Leigh. She starred in some of his best movies like Secrets & Lies, All or Nothing and Another Year. She's had a long and successful...Show More
E-40, Bay Area rap legend

30:28 | Jul 30th

When it comes to hip-hop from the Bay Area, E-40 is quite possibly the greatest of all time. His distinctiveness has kept him relevant for three decades now, from mob music in the 1990's to hyphy slaps in the aughts to new music today. E-40 joins us ...Show More
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner

27:55 | Jul 26th

Baseball week at Bullseye continues with filmmaker Aviva Kempner. She'll talk to us about her documentary The Spy Behind Home Plate. The film follows the life of catcher-turned-World War II spy Moe Berg, quite possibly the smartest man to play baseba...Show More
Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik, authors of 'The MVP Machine'

32:00 | Jul 23rd

It's baseball week here at Bullseye and best-selling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik are stepping up to the plate. They're the writers behind the book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players...Show More
Chuck Klosterman

14:24 | Jul 21st

Chuck Klosterman has written tomes of the written word for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian, and plenty more. In 2014, he joined us to talk about I Wear the Black Hat, which examined villainy through pop culture figures like Batma...Show More
Author and journalist Jeff Chang

35:25 | Jul 19th

Jeff Chang is a journalist and music critic with an emphasis on hip-hop music and culture. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Spin, and many more. Jeff Chang returns to Bullseye to...Show More
Comic and actor J.B. Smoove

34:34 | Jul 16th

*A heads up to listeners, this episode contains many censored expletives throughout the interview.* J.B. Smoove is without a doubt one of the funniest people we've ever had on Bullseye. He got his start in television as one of the stars of Def Comedy...Show More
Ahmed Gallab from the band Sinkane

28:24 | Jul 12th

Bullseye guest host Shereen Marisol Meraji, host of NPR's Code Switch, talks with the musician Ahmed Gallab. You might know Ahmed as the man behind the band Sinkane. Ahmed and Shereen discuss his latest album, growing up in the U.S. as the son of imm...Show More
Tales of the City's Garcia

29:27 | Jul 9th

Guest Host Shereen Marisol Meraji, host of NPR's Code Switch, chats with actor Garcia. Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez on 'Tales of the City' on Netflix, a part-remake part-sequel to the TV miniseries you might remember from the 90's. Garcia and Shereen ...Show More
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle

32:37 | Jul 5th

Pitcher Sean Doolittle is the closer for the Washington Nationals, and no, it's not The Closer you're thinking about. Sean's been called one of the most interesting players in baseball. He'll talk about his unorthodox path to the major leagues, start...Show More
Edie Falco

27:26 | Jul 2nd

This week, we're revisiting our conversation with Emmy-award winning actress Edie Falco. She's best known for her roles in The Sopranos, Oz and Nurse Jackie. When she spoke to us in 2018, she had just starred in the movie Outside In. Edie talks to Je...Show More
Linda Holmes, pop culture critic and author of 'Evvie Drake Starts Over'

40:06 | Jun 28th

Linda Holmes is a pop culture critic and host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. She just released her debut novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over. It's about love and loss and the choices we make that sometimes require us to start from scratch. Linda joins t...Show More
Joe Talbot, director of 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

31:50 | Jun 25th

Joe Talbot is the director of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. It's a beautiful film about a guy named Jimmie and his desire to reclaim a San Francisco house built by his grandfather, many moons before tech booms rolled in and massive amounts of ...Show More
Filmmaker and actor Sara Driver

25:43 | Jun 21st

Director Sara Driver refined her craft during New York's indie filmmaker boom in the late 1970s-1990s. Her directorial debut came in 1981 with You are Not I, a film about a young woman who escapes a mental institution during the chaos of a pileup. We...Show More
H. Jon Benjamin

30:40 | Jun 18th

H. Jon Benjamin is the voice behind some of television's most beloved animated characters. He's the voice of titular character "Bob" in Fox's heartwarming sitcom Bob's Burgers. He also plays Sterling Archer in FX's Archer, which just premiered its 10...Show More
Wallace Shawn

29:56 | Jun 14th

Who comes to mind when you think of a character actor? Sure, there are a lot of good ones, but there's no one quite like the great Wallace Shawn. On screen, he's had over 180 credits! You've seen him in films like Clueless, The Princess Bride and My...Show More
Filmmaker and writer John Waters

28:37 | Jun 11th

We're revisiting our conversation with John Waters! You might know him as the director and writer of classics like Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Cry-Baby, but even though he hasn't made a movie lately, he keeps pretty busy. He's done a ton of live pe...Show More
Comedian Kulap Vilaysack on her 'Origin Story'

36:55 | Jun 6th

Kulap Vilaysack is an actor, comedian, showrunner, and director. She just directed her first feature length film, Origin Story, about her family's journey to the U.S. and finding her biological father in Laos. It's a film about dealing with family se...Show More
Game of Thrones' John Bradley

42:11 | Jun 4th

We're back with John Bradley who played Samwell Tarly on a tiny little show called Game of Thrones for eight seasons. The HBO program recently had its series finale which was the network's most-watched program of all time! John talks about performing...Show More
Kathe Kollwitz, a founding member of feminist art collective The Guerilla Girls

39:23 | May 31st

Jesse Thorn talks to a founding member of the art collective The Guerilla Girls. Kathe Kollwitz reflects on the origins of the group and what the group represents today.
Veep's Timothy Simons looks back on seven years of Jonah Ryan

43:44 | May 28th

Actor Timothy Simons joins us to talk about the final season of HBO's Veep.
The Last Poets

39:20 | May 24th

The spoken word collective The Last Poets join us to discuss their latest album and their legacy as the godfathers of hip hop.
Tuca & Bertie Creator Lisa Hanawalt

43:56 | May 21st

Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt joins us to talk about her new animated series Tuca & Bertie on Netflix. The show is breathtakingly drawn and totally surreal!
The Tick creator Ben Edlund

42:42 | May 17th

Writing compelling and grounded superhero stories is hard to pull off. "The Tick" creator Ben Edlund joins us to talk about the character he has lived with for 30 years.
Saturday Night Live's Paula Pell

36:04 | May 14th

Jesse's interview with Paula Pell, one of the greatest writers to have ever worked on Saturday Night Live.
David Crosby

32:00 | May 10th

Jesse talks with David Crosby - singer/songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and CSNY.
Wanda Sykes

35:33 | May 7th

This week, a favorite from the archives: Jesse's conversation with world-class comedian Wanda Sykes. She's a legend in the comedy world and her ability to tackle pop culture and the political spectrum with equal agility has earned her many accolades....Show More
Cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty on "MacDoodle Street" and more

34:41 | May 3rd

We're thrilled to share our conversation with cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty. We're huge fans of his children's book – "Who Needs Donuts?" Mark's wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of a kid in a cowboy suit who's bored with his family. He hit...Show More
A.P. Bio creator Mike O'Brien

36:18 | Apr 30th

Jesse talks with Mike O'Brien, creator of the NBC sitcom "A.P. Bio"
Open Mike Eagle

26:11 | Apr 26th

This week: the great Open Mike Eagle! He's a rapper and TV host: Alongside Baron Vaughn, Mike co-stars in a new Comedy Central show called "The New Negroes". It's sort of a variety show - combining live stand up with original music videos Mike made...Show More
Laurie Metcalf

34:53 | Apr 23rd

Jesse talks with one of the greats: Laurie Metcalf. You definitely know Laurie from from Roseanne. For 9 years she played Jackie, on the hit TV show. She's now starring in The Conners, the new Spinoff. She's also an Academy Award nominee for her work...Show More
Was 1999 the Best Movie Year Ever?

51:23 | Apr 19th

Brian Raftery writes for GQ, Wired and Rolling Stone, among others. He just wrote a really interesting book. He called it "Best Movie Year Ever" and in the book's 300 pages, Brian makes the case that one of the most interesting and memorable years in...Show More
Avantdale Bowling Club

49:11 | Apr 16th

What follows is one of our favorite interviews we've recorded this year. Seriously. It's with an artist you probably haven't heard of. His name's Tom Scott. He's from New Zealand. He's been a rapper there for about 10 years now, he's one of the bigge...Show More
Apollo 11 Director Todd Douglas Miller

28:24 | Apr 5th

Todd Douglas Miller directed Apollo 11, the new documentary. It compiles thousands of hours of footage from the moon landing into one brilliant, compelling narrative feature. There's no narration. No interviews. All images and voices from the mission...Show More

38:05 | Apr 2nd

It's a strange thing, to be famous, right? Like, really really famous. Famous like Khalid, the singer. He's sold millions of albums. Hundreds of millions of plays on streaming apps. Odds are, there are people right now listening to his music within t...Show More
Pavement's Stephen Malkmus on the song that changed his life

08:56 | Mar 28th

Every now and then, we bring you a special segment called The Song that Changed My Life - it's a chance for musicians we love to dish on the song that made them who they are today. This time: Stephen Malkmus, the former frontman of Pavement. The band...Show More
PEN15's Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle

39:40 | Mar 26th

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle created an star in the brilliant new show PEN15, on Hulu. It's show about middle school. Or, I guess this is more accurate: it's about middle school you might have actually experienced. It's set in the year 2000 and it ca...Show More
Norsemen creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen

28:42 | Mar 22nd

A heads up, first: There's some talk about sexual assault in this conversation. Nothing graphic, just some discussion of the use of it in comedy, in the abstract. If you're sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we'd give you a heads up. It'...Show More
John Turturro

35:54 | Mar 19th

John Turturro's an acting legend. Lots of directors have actors they like to work with. Turturro's a favorite of both Spike Lee and the Coen Brothers. Starting from "Do The Right Thing," he's appeared in nine of Spike's films, four from the Coens. He...Show More
Comic and Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.

25:48 | Mar 15th

Another favorite from the Bullseye archives this week. This time: Roy Wood Jr.! He's a comedian. You've probably seen him as a correspondent on "The Daily Show." He's done comedy pretty much his entire life, but he majored in broadcast journalism and...Show More
Bill Hader on Barry, Saturday Night Live and more

33:15 | Mar 12th

We're replying some favorites from the Bullseye archives this week! Today, we're excited to bring you Bill Hader. You know him from his time on Saturday Night Live. He was kind of an impressions guy - he did a mean Vincent Price. His most famous char...Show More
Jena Friedman, comedian & host of Adult Swim's Soft Focus

30:50 | Mar 8th

WARNING: This episode contains some discussion of difficult topics. We cover sexual assault, miscarriage, violence against women and more. If you're sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we'd give you a heads up. Our guest is Jena Friedman. ...Show More
Actor Stephen Root on Barry, Office Space and more

32:15 | Mar 5th

Has Stphen Root, the actor, had a million parts? It's not a million, right? Ok. It's 236. Still: wow! Root is is the kind of character actor that can take even the most basic, dreary TV show or movie and light it up. One or two scenes with Stephen in...Show More
Bonus: Katie Nguyen & Roseblood Live!

20:19 | Mar 3rd

Two very special bonus tidbits for you this week - live comedy and music from Bullseye's recent show at the Listen Up Festival in Portland Oregon. You'll hear comedy from the great Katie Nguyen - who's performed at festivals all over the place and ha...Show More
Simpsons writer, Fast food reviewer Bill Oakley

25:42 | Mar 1st

Aurora Borealis! In your kitchen! May I see it? It's a very special Bullseye with Bill Oakley, the veteran TV writer. He worked on Futurama, Portlandia, and some of the greatest Simpsons episode of all time. Including... you guessed it! Steamed hams!...Show More
Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker & Filmmaker Lance Bangs

27:38 | Feb 26th

Bullseye is a show about the creative process. And how artists' lives affect the work they make: their loved ones, friends and family, too. But what about when two artists - two genuine creative geniuses - are married to each other? Corin Tucker, the...Show More
Oscar nominated filmmaker Nicole Holofcener

35:10 | Feb 22nd

Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, one of our favorites, is up for an Academy-Award nomination. It's for the adapted screenplay. and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film "Can You Ever Forgive Me?." We'll revisit o...Show More
Director Debra Granik of "Leave No Trace" and "Winter's Bone"

30:29 | Feb 19th

Happy Tuesday! This time, we're listening back to our 2018 conversation with filmmaker Debra Granik. In 2010, she wrote and directed "Winter's Bone," the acclaimed drama that launched Jennifer Lawrence's career and was nominated for a Best Picture Os...Show More
Artist Barbara Kruger

30:32 | Feb 15th

Dream interview alert! Today: Jesse talks with Barbara Kruger. Kruger is a fascinating and profoundly influential artist. She works in big, bold text usually in white font over ribbons of red. The text is usually superimposed over black and white ph...Show More
Composer and Producer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Childish Gambino)

09:14 | Feb 14th

Every now and then we like bring you a segment we call to the Song That Changed My Life. It's a chance to find out what makes some of our favorite musicians the person they are today. Stepping up this time: Ludwig Göransson. Maybe you don't know him ...Show More
Adam McKay on Vice, Second City and more

34:01 | Feb 12th

Adam McKay has had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy first as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live. He studied at Second City, too, so throw that in there. Then, movies: He collaborate...Show More
Killer Mike on his new show Trigger Warning, Run the Jewels and more

29:45 | Feb 8th

Ladies and germs... Killer Mike! It's been more than a decade since Killer Mike joined us on Bullseye. These days, he's busier than ever. Along with El-P, he's one-half of Grammy nominated duo Run the Jewels. Together they've put out three great albu...Show More
John David Washington of "BlacKkKlansman" and "Ballers"

33:04 | Feb 5th

Jesse talks with John David Washington, star of the critically acclaimed film BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee. Before John David Washington was an actor, he was lacing up the pads every week for a career in professional football. He traveled th...Show More
Tituss Burgess of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

24:25 | Feb 1st

Jesse talks with Tituss Burgess, actor from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "30 Rock" and more. On UKS, Tituss plays a struggling, needy and desperate Broadway actor. He's transparently conniving and manipulative, but he's also sweet, charming and super...Show More
Carol Kane from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

34:45 | Jan 29th

Jesse talks with legendary character actress Carol Kane about the last season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and her 45-year career in the biz. Carol started acting in 1971 and pretty quickly landed big roles. One of her first films was in the Mike N...Show More
Jez Butterworth

31:45 | Jan 25th

Jez Butterworth is a veteran of both stage and screen, he's written about a dozen films along with his seven plays. You can see the wisdom that only experience can bring in action during "The Ferryman," his latest play that's now on Broadway. A young...Show More
Tony Shalhoub of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and more

27:57 | Jan 22nd

If you're in Hollywood, the stereotype goes that you're either a character actor or a *star*. A character actor shows up in a couple scenes for about five minutes, and, even in that small moment, they make the film. Tony Shalhoub has done that plenty...Show More
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz

33:10 | Jan 18th

A warning about this episode, which originally aired in 2017: the second half of this interview contains some honest and frank talk about sexual assault. Stephanie Beatriz stars in Brooklyn Nine Nine as Detective Rosa Diaz - easily the toughest cop i...Show More
Elvis Costello

30:19 | Jan 15th

We've got a favorite from the Bullseye archives to kick off the week: Elvis Costello. Costello grew up surrounded by music. His mother ran the record section of Selfridges, and his father was an accomplished working musician. As Costello describes in...Show More
Karyn Kusama, Director of "Destroyer"

32:43 | Jan 11th

Jesse talks to Karyn Kusama, one of the most unique voices in film right now. She just directed the new film "Destroyer," it's a dark crime drama, told in mostly flashbacks. Karyn discusses why it's important to portray complex female characters in f...Show More
Chris and Bridey Elliott on "Clara's Ghost"

32:12 | Jan 8th

Chris and Bridey Elliott are father and daughter. Chris is, of course, Chris Elliott. The guy who starred in Cabin Boy and Something About Mary. Who's currently a regular on the TV show Schitt's Creek. Tons more. Bridey, his daughter, wrote and direc...Show More
Hasan Minhaj & Sharon Horgan

1:11:09 | Dec 31st, 2018

Happy near year! Two favorites from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Hasan Minhaj, from 2016. He'll talk about his work as a standup and as a correspondent on the Daily Show. Plus: what it was like growing up Muslim after September 11th, an...Show More
End of year stand-up comedy special 2018!

1:25:54 | Dec 25th, 2018

The Bullseye team has taken on the terrible task of finding the best of the best comedy albums and bringing them to you in a nice little end of year package. Our list includes industry veterans, newcomers and lesser know talents you are going to love...Show More
Bullseye Holiday Specatcular! Monkees, McElroys and more!

1:19:38 | Dec 17th, 2018

Get ready for a bonanza of holiday cheer from Bullseye this week! Micky Dolenz of The Monkees taking about the band's new album "Christmas Party." The group recorded it with a cavalcade of hit-makers like Rivers Cuomo, Peter Buck of REM and more. You...Show More
Jason Mitchell & Karina Longworth

1:03:02 | Dec 10th, 2018

We're kicking things off with the brilliant and lively Jason Mitchell this week! Jason's an actor - a really great one. He's been in a lot of acclaimed movies and TV shows. In the acclaimed 2017 movie "Mudbound" he played a world war two veteran retu...Show More
Remembering Ricky Jay

1:16:43 | Dec 4th, 2018

Ricky Jay died last month. He was 72. Ricky was a writer. And an actor. And a magician. One of the greatest sleight of hand performers ever, actually. He could throw a playing card almost 200 ft at 90mph. He could pierce a watermelon with the Jack of...Show More
Billy Eichner & Ali Wong

1:05:50 | Nov 26th, 2018

This week we're pulling two favorites out of the Bullseye archives. First on the docket: Billy Eichner! He's an actor and comic and host of the hit comedy game show Billy on the Street - where he and a camera crew accost random New Yorkers with quest...Show More
Tim Blake Nelson & Mary Randolph Carter

1:04:55 | Nov 19th, 2018

Tim Blake Nelson is a master of his craft: a character actor with over 80 credits to his name. Roles in films as diverse as The Incredible Hulk, Minority Report and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen Brothers classic. You remember him: Tim played D...Show More
Maura Tierney & Michael Kupperman

1:08:18 | Nov 13th, 2018

First up this week: Maura Tierney! You know her from her time on the hit drama ER - she played Abby. She's currently on the Showtime series The Affair, as well. And, here's a personal favorite of ours: She also starred on the sitcom Newsradio as Lisa...Show More
Kamasi Washington & Simon Rich

1:07:38 | Nov 5th, 2018

This week, we're dedicating almost an entire episode to one of our favorite musicians: Kamasi Washington! Kamasi is a saxophonist and composer. In the studio, he's played sax and arranged for hitmakers like Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Adams, Snoop Dogg - an...Show More
Steven Yeun & Sawbones

1:06:02 | Oct 29th, 2018

First up this week: Steven Yeun! Fans of The Walking Dead know and love Steven for his time on the show as the beloved Glenn Rhee. Lately, though, he's taken on some even more thrilling roles. Last year, he starred in the Netflix hit Okja. Earlier th...Show More
Eric Idle & Blood Orange's Dev Hynes

1:00:35 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Two brilliant Brits on this week's Bullseye! First up this week, a conversation with comedy pioneer and Monty Python founding member Eric Idle! Eric's entered a reflective moment in his career now that Monty Python turned 50. He's written a memoir ab...Show More
Susan Orlean & Gregory Porter

1:02:39 | Oct 15th, 2018

First up this week, a guest we're always thrilled to welcome: Susan Orlean! One of the greatest writers around. You might know her from Saturday Night, Rin Tin Tin or the Orchid Thief - the book that was turned into the Academy Award nominated film A...Show More
Sarah Jessica Parker & Chris Gethard

1:07:44 | Oct 8th, 2018

Two favorites from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Sarah Jessica Parker, from 2016. A fascinating, probing interview that covers her time on Divorce, Sex and the City, LA Story, even Square Pegs, her first ever starring TV role! Then, Chri...Show More
Tenacious D & José James

1:08:46 | Oct 1st, 2018

So, y'all: Tenacious D. Tenacious D! We spend 40 minutes with Tenacious D this week. We talk with Jack Black and Kyle Glass about the band's early days in clubs and making quick cameos in films. We talk about their new animated series - Post Apocalyp...Show More
Swamp Dogg & Joel Kim Booster

1:02:36 | Sep 24th, 2018

It's a rare honor for a guest to be on Bullseye three times, but Swamp Dogg deserves it. He's a psychedelic soul singer with a career that's now spanned six decades. He's been singing soul and R&B since he was 12. Back then he was Little Jerry Willia...Show More
Nicole Holofcener & Lodge 49

1:05:44 | Sep 18th, 2018

This week, we're thrilled to welcome Nicole Holofcener back on the show - probably one of the most underrated filmmakers around. Her movies are quiet, sort of understated. The protagonists are complex, flawed people, usually women. She's worked with ...Show More
Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser

1:01:36 | Sep 10th, 2018

We're replaying two recent favorites this week: first up, Amy Sedaris! Amy's made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - t...Show More
Boz Scaggs and Maeve Higgins

58:33 | Sep 4th, 2018

This week: Boz Scaggs. The one and only! The hitmaker behind "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown" and so much more talks with Jesse about his more than five decade career in music. Lately, like a lot of rockers his age, his work has steered more towards the ...Show More
Guy Branum & Emily Lordi

1:05:08 | Aug 27th, 2018

A favorite from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Comedian, writer, and podcast host Guy Branum recently wrote a book called "My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture." It's a collection of personal essays. Kind of a combi...Show More
W Kamau Bell & Mike Pesca

1:05:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

This week, we've got another Emmy-nominated guest - W.Kamau Bell! He's known for his stand-up comedy. But he might be even more beloved for the television shows he's hosted. "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," was kind of a hybrid between a politic...Show More
Megan Mullally & Tracee Ellis Ross

1:14:36 | Aug 13th, 2018

It's Emmy season! Bullseye brings you two talented, fascinating Emmy nominees this week. First up: Megan Mullally! One of the best in the game. Like, maybe you're a fan of Parks and Recreation. She played Tammy, the ex-wife of Ron Swanson. She's a ki...Show More
Jonathan Gold & Beth Ditto

1:05:44 | Aug 6th, 2018

This week, we'll remember Jonathan Gold by revisiting our conversation with him. Jonathan's work in food criticism was legendary. In 2007, his work earned him a Pulitzer. To this date, he's still the only food critic to ever earn that honor. When he ...Show More
Randy Newman

1:00:54 | Jul 30th, 2018

"Who is your dream interview?" you might ask Jesse Thorn, or another public radio host. And for Bullseye, here is your answer: Randy Newman! Randy's career spans over half a century. He's written music for films (duh), but has also revealed himself...Show More
Debra Granik & Johan Miranda

1:05:53 | Jul 23rd, 2018

This week, we want to introduce you to a new comic: Johan Miranda. He lives in Los Angeles, was raised in San Francisco. When he was three years old, he and his parents traveled to the US on a tourist visa - and they haven't left since. Johan is one...Show More
Bo Burnham and Won't You Be My Neighbor's Morgan Neville

1:11:02 | Jul 16th, 2018

This week, we've got April Wolfe holding things down in the host chair. April is a film critic and panelist on the Maximum Fun podcast Who Shot Ya. She also hosts her own show here at MaxFun - it's called Switchblade Sisters. Every week on Switchblad...Show More
Heat Rocks Special! Jay Smooth, Meshell Ndegeocello, & Vernon Reid

1:14:05 | Jul 9th, 2018

We're doing something a little different this week: you're about to hear three of our favorite interviews from Heat Rocks, one of our sister shows here at company Maximum Fun. Heat Rocks is a music podcast about passion. It's hosted by Oliver Wang, a...Show More
Bonus! Bubble's Jordan Morris & Nick Adams

1:02:53 | Jul 5th, 2018

Hey all! Just popping in to give you a special treat this Thursday. You've probably heard about it already, but Maximum Fun - the company that makes Bullseye, Judge John Hodgman and more - just produced its very first scripted series. It's called "Bu...Show More
George Clinton & Cristela Alonzo

1:03:23 | Jul 2nd, 2018

We're listening to some of our favorite interviews from Bullseyes past this week, and we've got a couple doozies. First up: the living legend, the master of funk music, Dr. Funkenstein himself: George Clinton, from 2014. The impact he's had on modern...Show More
Boots Riley

1:05:49 | Jun 25th, 2018

So much of Bullseye is about what we think is great in culture today. And, for our money, one of the most compelling creative forces around is a guy named Boots Riley. For the first few decades in his career, Boots fronted the Coup. The Coup are a ca...Show More
Alia Shawkat & Mackenzie Crook

1:06:41 | Jun 18th, 2018

Alia Shawkat came by the Bullseye studios and holy moly, what a brilliant, funny human being! You know her as Maeby Fünke from TV's Arrested Development, which just dropped its fifth season. She also leads the TBS series Search Party these days. But ...Show More
Pamela Adlon & James Acaster

1:04:57 | Jun 12th, 2018

The talents of Pamela Adlon are many. First, she's an incredible voice actress who's worked on literally dozens of shows. You probably know her best as Bobby from King of the Hill, though, where she was brilliant. Then there's her work on live action...Show More
Metta World Peace & Cut Chemist

1:09:31 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week, we've got a real treat for you: Metta World Peace! Even for a former NBA All Star and Champion, Metta has a big personality. When he played he had a reputation for hard defense and an unmatched intensity on the court. When it worked, it ma...Show More
H. Jon Benjamin & Sara Driver

59:04 | May 29th, 2018

Fans of Bob's Burgers, Archer, Home Movies and Dr. Katz, rejoice! Jesse's talking with the incomparable H. Jon Benjamin this week. With lead roles in some of the most popular comedies of all time, it's hard to call Jon a failure. But he doesn't reall...Show More
Geena Davis & Jack Handey

1:10:58 | May 21st, 2018

For over a decade, actress Geena Davis has been spearheading an institute that gathers the numbers on gender balance on-screen. On this week's episode, she shares her fascinating take on what they do with all their findings plus, some heartwarming st...Show More
Robert Smigel & Gillian Jacobs

1:01:50 | May 15th, 2018

This week, writer and director Robert Smigel breaks down what really happened when he was showrunning "The Dana Carvey" show. Plus, he'll talk about so much more including his time on SNL, and his new movie "The Week Of" on Netflix. And probably his ...Show More
Neko Case & Thao Nguyen

1:09:09 | May 7th, 2018

This week, two great musician interviews from the Bullseye archives. First up: Neko Case. It's hard to think of a singer/songwriter more beloved in the alt country / indie rock world Case inhabits. Her work - about half a dozen solo albums and a long...Show More
Roy Wood Jr. & Peter Serafinowicz

59:29 | May 1st, 2018

This week, we're talking with two *very* funny people. First: Roy Wood Jr. Roy's a correspondent on the Daily Show these days, but the road he took to get there is fascinating. Roy produced, wrote and hosted on a grab bag of different radio shows, fi...Show More
Special: The Wire!

1:13:06 | Apr 24th, 2018

Don't sleep on this one. It's a celebration of one of the best shows ever: The Wire! First, you'll hear a vintage Bullseye interview (recorded live to tape in the apartment back in '08) with two of the show's most beloved stars: Wendell Pierce, who...Show More
Edie Falco and Hunter Pence

55:24 | Apr 16th, 2018

Emmy Award winning actress Edie Falco and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence are our guests on this week's show. Edie Falco is a brilliant, charming person. She's best known for her roles in "The Sopranos" and "Nurse Jackie." These days, sh...Show More
Eugene Levy, Kay Cannon & Alexander Payne

1:09:11 | Apr 9th, 2018

Comedy nerds, rejoice! This week Jesse talks with Eugene Levy - the SCTV vet, co-creator of great Christopher Guest movies and American Pie star. Levy just wrapped up season 4 of his terrific CBC series Schitt's Creek. He talks about working with his...Show More
Andrew W.K. & Bill Hader

1:12:37 | Apr 2nd, 2018

This week, two Max Fun favs. First up: Andrew W.K.! He just released a new album: You're Not Alone. It's his first in almost a decade. You're Not Alone has that same classic Andrew W.K. of inspirational party rock - sometimes delivered in song, somet...Show More
Padma Lakshmi & Laurie Kilmartin

1:11:40 | Mar 26th, 2018

Two more classics from the Bullseye archives, y'all. First: pack your knives and listen up! Padma Lakshmi, host of TV's Top Chef, stops for a chat. She literally wrote an Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs - like, literally that's the title of the book...Show More
Forest Whitaker & Armando Iannucci

1:09:22 | Mar 19th, 2018

This week, some heavy hitters! First, Forest Whitaker. He's of course the star of *countless* great movies. He's got this knack for taking huge figures from history and portraying them complex, fascinating, sometimes really fragile people. He played ...Show More
Rachel Bloom & One Day at a Time

1:07:15 | Mar 12th, 2018

This week we're bringing you two of our favorite interviews from the Bullseye vault. First, Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the hit CW musical romantic comedy. She talks about the show's roots, overcoming social anxiety and wha...Show More
David Oyelowo & Heather Graham

1:00:29 | Mar 5th, 2018

Two great actors on this week's show! First up: David Oyelowo. He cut his teeth at the Royal Shakespeare company in London. Had smaller parts on British TV and in movies like The Help and Jack Reacher. He broke though when he starred as Martin Luther...Show More
The Breeders' Kim Deal & Raoul Peck

1:02:41 | Feb 27th, 2018

First up, a Bullseye fav: Jesse chats with Kim Deal of The Breeders about their new album "All Nerve," which drops this week. Also discussed: the Pixies' breakup, best Italian restaurants for live music in Dayton, Ohio, advancements in personal ampli...Show More
Laurie Metcalf, Kristen Anderson Lopez & Robert Lopez

1:12:16 | Feb 20th, 2018

It's an Academy Awards spectacular! First: Jesse talks with the amazing Laurie Metcalf. She's up for the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the great Lady Bird. It's her first ever nomination! Laurie's a sincere actor's actor. She was a fo...Show More
David Wain & Belle and Sebastian

1:09:29 | Feb 13th, 2018

First up, a favorite here around the Bullseye office: David Wain! He's a comedy legend, an actor, too. And he just directed the new Netflix film "A Futile and Stupid Gesture." He and Jesse talk about Doug Kenney, the movie's subject, whose work chang...Show More
"Corporate" & Mimi Pond

1:04:46 | Feb 5th, 2018

First up: Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman. They created and star in the brand new Comedy Central show "Corporate." Look. Technically, Corporate is a workplace comedy. But it's so much darker, weirder and universal than that. The show follows the ...Show More
The Big Sick, Allison Janney & Michel Gondry

1:01:05 | Jan 29th, 2018

One Bullseye episode. *Four* Oscar nominees! First up: Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. They co-wrote "The Big Sick" and you probably heard about it already - the Academy just nominated it for Best Original Screenplay. They're two fascinating, since...Show More
Another Period & The Egyptian Lover

1:05:22 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Have you heard of Another Period? It's a series on Comedy Central with a brilliant, simple premise: it's a reality show set in the gilded age - like the Keeping up with the Kardashians meets Downton Abbey. It's really fun to watch - over the top, sub...Show More
Rian Johnson & The Go! Team

1:05:15 | Jan 16th, 2018

Buckle up, y'all, we've got a dynamite lineup! First off: Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is discussed in extensive detail (don't say we didn't warn you). Besides directing a film in one of the biggest franchises...Show More
Errol Morris & Tune-Yards

1:09:39 | Jan 9th, 2018

Fresh New Year, fresh new Bullseye! This week, legendary director Errol Morris. He's the kind of filmmaker that gets shown in film school all the time. He's contributed that much to the field of documentary making. Morris has a way of painting portra...Show More
Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham

1:03:35 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Two Bullseye favorites from the archives this week. First: Terry Crews. A linebacker from Flint Michigan, Terry was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1996, he played his last season ever for the Eagles. Then he took u...Show More
End of Year Comedy Special!

1:23:49 | Dec 26th, 2017

Look, you're an NPR listener. So we probably don't need to tell you this, but it's been an intense year. 2017 was a lot of terrible and thrilling and amazing things, but it was also a banner year for stand up comedy. So this year, the Bullseye team ...Show More
The Bullseye Holiday Spectacular!

1:04:53 | Dec 18th, 2017

Light up the menorah, trim the tree, take a walk out in the cool/cold/wet/whatever weather and take it all in: it's the Bullseye holiday spectacular! We've got Andy Richter, Conan O'Brien's faithful and hilarious sidekick. He says now that he's a fat...Show More
Judd Apatow & Romesh Ranganathan

1:08:04 | Dec 12th, 2017

Judd Apatow is one of the busiest and most notable behind the scenes guys alive today. Name 10 huge critically acclaimed comedy hits off the top your head - Judd's probably worked on half of them: The Larry Sanders Show, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Funn...Show More
JK Simmons & Solomon Georgio

1:10:45 | Dec 4th, 2017

You know JK Simmons, right? He won an Academy Award for his role in the 2015 movie Whiplash. He's that Insurance guy in those ads. He played J Jonah Jameson in the Spiderman movies. Dude puts in work - there are 183 credits on his IMDB page right now...Show More
Margaret Cho & Lisa Hanawalt

1:07:33 | Nov 27th, 2017

We've got a couple of our favorite recent Bullseye interviews this week, first up: Margaret Cho, from last year. She's made a career of searing and revealing comedy. Lately she's been performing on the street to raise money for the homeless, marrying...Show More
Greta Gerwig & Pixar's Lee Unkrich

1:05:33 | Nov 21st, 2017

First up this week, the one and only Greta Gerwig! You probably know her as an actor - she starred in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and a bunch of other indies. She's also been in Oscar contenders like Jackie and 20th Century Women. Now, she's written a...Show More
Bonus! Heat Rocks: Anil Dash on Prince's 1999

47:27 | Nov 18th, 2017

Hey Bullseye fans! We have a special bonus treat for y'all today. We're gonna give you a look at Heat Rocks, the brand new music podcast here at Maximum Fun. It's an interview show that dissects classic, canonical urban and soul albums and the people...Show More
Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser

1:01:44 | Nov 13th, 2017

Two legends this week: first up, Amy Sedaris. Amy's made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - take Jerri Blank on Strang...Show More
John Hodgman & Tig Notaro

1:06:21 | Nov 6th, 2017

Look, you probably know who John Hodgman is already. He's been on the Daily Show, This American Life, Adventure Time, way more stuff. Here at Maximum Fun he's the judge on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast. John's also written four books. His latest is ...Show More
Stephanie Beatriz & Griffin Dunne

1:07:13 | Oct 30th, 2017

For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. She plays Detective Rosa Diaz, easily the toughest cop in the precinct - she's brave, she's serious, she rides a motorcycle. Now, she stars in a new film - a dram...Show More
Halloween Special with Elvira, Andy Daly & more!

1:06:47 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Good October to you, boys and ghouls! It's a very special Halloween Spooktacular edition of Bullseye! First we have Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She'll talk with Jesse about where her iconic character came from...Show More
Gilbert Gottfried and Maggie Betts

1:03:16 | Oct 16th, 2017

You know Gilbert Gottfried, right? That comedian with the crazy loud voice who tells gross, sometimes kind of tasteless jokes. He was the voice of the Aflac duck at one point, too. There's really two Gilbert Gottfrieds, though - there's that guy, and...Show More
Amy Ryan & Shea Serrano

1:01:56 | Oct 10th, 2017

First up: Amy Ryan. You've seen her as Beadie Russel on The Wire, in The Office, Gone Baby Gone, a bunch more. She's starring in the new movie Abundant Acreage Available too. She'll talk with us about all that stuff, plus, how she convinced her famil...Show More
Carl Reiner & Kate and Laura Mulleavy

1:04:51 | Oct 2nd, 2017

This week's Bullseye takes you inside the home of the one and only Carl Reiner. A true legend in comedy - Reiner's been in the game since World War Two. Alongside Sid Caesar, he performed on the pioneering Your Show of Shows. He's best friends with M...Show More
Open Mike Eagle & Paula Poundstone

59:55 | Sep 25th, 2017

A dynamite pairing this week! First, Rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about growing up in Chicago, his slow and steady rise to success and his undying love for professional wrestling. Then, Paula Poundstone. You know her as a legendary standup, as a voic...Show More
Judy Greer & Ice-T

1:10:51 | Sep 18th, 2017

Two Bullseye classics this week. First up: Judy Greer. You've seen her as Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development, as Cheryl Tunt on Archer, in Jurassic World, a bunch more. She's one of the most successful co-stars in Hollywood. It stands to reason. S...Show More
The Pointer Sisters & Bootsy Collins

1:13:35 | Sep 11th, 2017

Two Bullseye classics this week! First up: Jesse's 2014 conversation with The Pointer Sisters, one of the biggest R&B groups ever, about their rise to stardom and struggles to stay together as a family. Then, his 2011 interview with funk bass legend ...Show More
Tim Gunn & Jonathan Coulton

1:03:27 | Sep 5th, 2017

Tim Gunn of Project Runway and more talks fashion, surviving trauma and more. Even some hot couture takes on the American political landscape! Then, singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton talks about his latest work - a dystopian concept album and compan...Show More
Wallace Shawn, Nick Lowe & Jay Baruchel

1:14:41 | Aug 28th, 2017

Joining us this week is actor Wallace Shawn, whose many film credits include roles in The Princess Bride, the Toy Story films, and My Dinner with Andre. An accomplished playwright and author, Wallace talks to Jesse about his recent book, a long essay...Show More
Ellie Kemper & Flying Lotus

1:04:28 | Aug 21st, 2017

This week, two of our favorite Bullseye guests. First up: Ellie Kemper, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you haven't seen it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has a pretty unusual premise. A woman emerges from a mid-western bunker. She's been held capt...Show More
Alfred Molina & Louie Anderson

1:04:43 | Aug 14th, 2017

This week, two Emmy nominated heavy hitters. First up: Alfred Molina. Talk about auspicious starts: Alfred Molina's first American film role was as the "Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the whip" guy in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sinc...Show More
Ani DiFranco & Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen

1:03:56 | Aug 8th, 2017

This week Jesse talks with the great singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco about her new album Binary, and how it's changed her writing process. What you might not know is that she also jammed with Prince. Also, a conversation with actor Aidan Gillen, who y...Show More
Lily Tomlin & Rick Moranis

1:34:51 | Aug 1st, 2017

[r] This week, two of Bullseye's greatest hits. First up: Rick Moranis. At one point, he was a movie star: Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and then - he quit. We'll talk about why he doesn't regret leaving show busine...Show More
Dolly Parton & Steve Coogan

1:18:59 | Jul 25th, 2017

[r] This week, we've got two of Bullseye's greatest hits: First up, the one and only Dolly Parton! The legend of stage and song talks with Jesse about her impoverished childhood, how she's dealt with fame over the years and the songs that can still m...Show More
Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon & Terrace Martin

1:05:52 | Jul 17th, 2017

"The Big Sick" has been out in theaters for a while, and already it's getting a lot of buzz. Critics rated it 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon are married and co-wrote the movie, which tells the true sto...Show More
Bonus: Tavi Gevinson

57:24 | Jul 14th, 2017

We've got a special bonus Bullseye for you this week! Tavi Gevinson, editor of Rookie Magazine, actress, podcast host and much more. Jesse interview Tavi in front of a live audience at this year's MaxFunCon.
Vince Staples & The Trailer Park Boys

1:01:26 | Jul 10th, 2017

[r] This week, we're bringing you a couple of Jesse's favorite past interviews. First up: Vince Staples! The Long Beach rapper is a legend nowadays, with his two critically acclaimed records Summertime '06 and Big Fish Theory. Vince came into the Bul...Show More
Beth Ditto & Ernest Dickerson

1:07:07 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Hey y'all! This week, we have Beth Ditto joining us. The former lead singer with Gossip, talks about growing up gay and punk rock in Searcy, Arkansas, and paying a dollar for her first kiss with a girl in a lesbian kissing booth called Homo-A-Gogo in...Show More
A$AP Ferg & Dr. Katz

1:08:42 | Jun 26th, 2017

What an episode this week! We have New York's very own A$AP Ferg in the house. He and Jesse talk about his love for Madonna, how going to an arts high school changed his life and how being a part of a collective like A$AP Mob can make calling yoursel...Show More
Katie Couric, Marc Maron & Audie Cornish

1:11:42 | Jun 20th, 2017

This week, we're giving you a sneak peek into The Turnaround, Jesse's new podcast. The Turnaround brings you interviews with some of the best interviewers out there. You'll hear why Marc Maron can't stand letting strangers in house. We've got Audie C...Show More
Big Boi & Catherine O'Hara

1:11:22 | Jun 12th, 2017

[r] Big Boi's sold more than 50 millions records as a solo artist and as half of Outkast, maybe the greatest hip hop group of all time. With their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Big Boi and Andre 3000 introduced one of rap's most distinc...Show More
Kathryn Hahn & Jason Zinoman

1:06:25 | Jun 6th, 2017

This week, Jesse talks with Kathryn Hahn. She's starring in the new Amazon series I Love Dick, which also features Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne. The show was created by Jill Soloway, a writer Hahn's been working with a lot lately - she's also in Tra...Show More
Carol Kane

1:09:01 | May 29th, 2017

This week, Jesse sits down with actor Carol Kane. They talk about her career that spans 45 years and her newest project - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which is now in its 3rd season on Netflix. We hear some live comedy from Chris Fairbanks and Jesse ...Show More
Terry Crews & Amber Tamblyn

1:02:25 | May 22nd, 2017

As a linebacker from Flint Michigan, Terry Crews was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1996, he played his last season ever for the Eagles. Then, he took up acting - he starred alongside Ice Cube in the Friday After Ne...Show More
John Waters & Andy Kindler

1:03:03 | May 15th, 2017

We got John Waters in the studio (he wore a beautiful Commes de Garcon shirt, btw). John has a new book out, it's a transcript of a commencement speech he gave to RISD students in 2015. Jesse talks with him about Little Richard, trigger warnings, and...Show More
Moshe Kasher, Felicia Day & Brother Ali

1:06:07 | May 8th, 2017

This week, Jesse talks with standup and author Moshe Kasher about his new TV show: Problematic. Like a lot of shows nowadays it's got a comedian taking on issues of the day, interviews with newsmakers, plenty of snarky jokes. But instead of John Oliv...Show More
Chris Gethard, George Saunders, & DJ Jazzy Jeff

1:10:58 | May 1st, 2017

Jesse talks about life and death with George Saunders, the brilliant author of the new novel Lincoln in the Bardo. But first, Chris Gethard comes by. He hosts Fusion's The Chris Gethard show and stars in Career Suicide, a one-man show debuting this w...Show More
Werner Herzog & Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum

1:07:37 | Apr 24th, 2017

This week's Bullseye has a lot of heavy stuff. First up: Phil Elverum. Elverum's career dates back over 20 years, first as the Microphones and later Mt. Eerie. He's produced ambitious, beautiful records that mix genres like folk, noise, death metal, ...Show More
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Armando Iannucci and Billy Bragg

1:23:45 | Apr 17th, 2017

[r] First things first: the one, the only Julia Louis-Dreyfus! After a run of 9 years on Seinfeld, one of the greatest TV comedies of all time, she's now entering her sixth season as Selina Meyer on the hit HBO show Veep. Plus, Armando Iannucci, Veep...Show More
Guy Branum

1:05:18 | Apr 10th, 2017

Guy Branum, comic and beloved host of MaxFun's own Pop Rocket is on TV now! He's hosting the brand new TV series Talk Show the Game Show on TruTV. Guy talks with Jesse about growing up gay in a rural California town, working on TV and the pleasure of...Show More
Baseball Special with Tabitha Soren & Sean Doolittle

1:19:20 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Guess what! With opening day this week, Bullseye is bringing you its first ever Baseball special! Jesse talks with Oakland A's relief pitcher Sean Doolittle about recovering from injuries, getting called up to the majors and the weird path it took hi...Show More
My Brother, My Brother and Me & Gina Prince-Bythewood

1:03:43 | Mar 27th, 2017

This week, NPR's Linda Holmes sits in for Jesse Thorn. We kick things off with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. The three brothers have a brand new TV show called My Brother, My Brother and Me based on their podcast of the same name. Then, Gina Pr...Show More
Paul Shaffer, Javaka Steptoe & Louis Theroux

1:06:59 | Mar 20th, 2017

Jesse talks with Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's former bandleader and the co-writer of the disco smash "It's Raining Men." They'll talk about his work on SNL and his role in co-founding the Blue Brothers. Plus, how weird it feels when a thing like ...Show More
Sam Richardson & Syd of The Internet

1:04:05 | Mar 14th, 2017

This week, comic Wyatt Cenac sits in for Jesse Thorn, and it's a hell of a lineup: Sam Richardson of HBO's Veep stops by to talk about his new Comedy Central show Detroiters. Plus, Syd tha Kyd of the bands The Internet and Odd Future has her first ev...Show More
Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous

1:07:50 | Mar 6th, 2017

[r] Jesse sits down for an in-depth conversation with Danny McBride. McBride co-created and stars in the hit HBO series Eastbound and Down and the newer Vice Principals, which is getting picked up for a second season later this year. McBride says tha...Show More
Desus & Mero, Walter Murch

1:05:44 | Feb 28th, 2017

Guest host Ray Suarez talks with Desus Nice and The Kid Mero - the Twitter legends and hosts of the Bodega Boys podcast have a new show on Viceland. Plus, we go deep into the world of science and film editing with legendary movie sound man Walter Mur...Show More
Michael K Williams & Zach Galifianakis

1:02:21 | Feb 20th, 2017

[r] Zach Galifianakis talks about fame, unlikable characters and his FX series, Baskets, now in its second season. Michael K. Williams reminisces on his dance career, playing Omar on The Wire and his starring role in the TV drama Hap and Leonard. Plu...Show More
Pete Holmes & Mike Mills

1:11:25 | Feb 14th, 2017

Jesse talks with with Pete Holmes - the star of the new HBO show Crashing. Then, Mike Mills, writer and director of the Oscar nominated 20th Century Women.
Cristela Alonzo & Stretch Armstrong

1:07:01 | Feb 6th, 2017

Jesse talks with Cristela Alonzo. She starred in the ABC show Cristela, and now she's got a great new stand up special on Netflix called Lower Classy. Plus, Stretch Armstrong, co-host of the legendary hip hop radio show Stretch and Bobbito, which gav...Show More
One Day at a Time & Todd Mayfield

1:07:09 | Jan 31st, 2017

Writers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce talk about how the two teamed up with Norman Lear to make a brand new reboot of Lear's classic sitcom One Day at a Time. Plus, Todd Mayfield, Curtis Mayfield's son shares a new book about his father.
Laurie Kilmartin and Throwing Shade

1:15:37 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Laurie Kilmartin is a standup, she also writes for Conan O'Brien. On her new special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, she talks about the loss of her father in a totally honest, touching, and funny way. Plus, comedians Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi on their...Show More
Corin Tucker & Tom Arnold

58:33 | Jan 17th, 2017

[r] Jesse sits down with guitarist and singer Corin Tucker to talk about Sleater-Kinney, anxiety dreams, and having to work a second job while on tour. He'll also talk to to the veteran comic and actor Tom Arnold. Arnold will tell Thorn about working...Show More
Bullseye's Judge John Hodgman Special

59:28 | Jan 10th, 2017

This week, we are delighted to bring you a special presentation of The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Today, you'll hear two Judge John Hodgman cases. Our first case is Grand Theft Risotto. Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribe...Show More
Bill Withers & Joe Randazzo

57:58 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Jesse Thorn sits down with legendary musician Bill Withers to talk about growing up in West Virginia, working in the music industry and why he wouldn't dance onstage. Plus comedian and writer Joe Randazzo joins Jesse to discuss his book Funny on Purp...Show More
Holiday Special with Jane Lynch and Andy Richter

1:09:40 | Dec 19th, 2016

On a brand new Bullseye Holiday special, Jesse talks with Andy Richter about how to love Christmas after getting burned by it. Plus, actress Jane Lynch stops by to share her new album of swingin' Christmas music.
Pedro Almodovar and Sleigh Bells

58:14 | Dec 12th, 2016

Jesse talks to Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish filmmaker about Julieta, his newest film. Plus, Alexis Krauss from the band Sleigh Bells on the song that changed her life and the hypnotic, enchanting power of old paintings of cows.
John Cale & TJ and Dave

1:03:40 | Dec 6th, 2016

Jesse talks with John Cale, the musician and producer, about his time in the Velvet Underground, producing artists like the Stooges and Patti Smith, and his latest record. Plus, comic improv legends TJ and Dave and new music from the band Split Singl...Show More
Sarah Jessica Parker & Dwayne Kennedy

1:00:33 | Nov 28th, 2016

Jesse talks with Sarah Jessica Parker about her long, dynamic career, including her star roles in Sex and the City and the new HBO series Divorce. Plus, comedy from the legendary Dwayne Kennedy and music from the one singer we should all turn to when...Show More
Padma Lakshmi & Colin Quinn

1:10:27 | Nov 21st, 2016

Jesse talks to Colin Quinn about his time on Saturday Night Live and his new Netflix special, New York Story. Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, model and author takes us deep into the world of spices and herbs. Plus, standup comedy from Sara Schaefer ...Show More
Jemaine Clement & Jonathan Ames

1:00:41 | Nov 15th, 2016

Comedian Jemaine Clement tells Jesse about growing up in New Zealand, being mixed race, and his time as a member of Flight of the Conchords, the hit HBO comedy duo. Then, TV writer and novelist Jonathan Ames joins the show. Ames is the mind behind th...Show More
Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader & David Crosby

57:29 | Nov 8th, 2016

Actor Willem Dafoe and writer / director Paul Schrader tell Jesse about their new movie, the gritty and wild Dog Eat Dog. Then, Jesse talks with the legendary singer songwriter David Crosby, of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He'll talk about ...Show More
Patton Oswalt & Fresh Off The Boat

57:29 | Nov 1st, 2016

Comedian Patton Oswalt tells Jesse about the years he spent almost completely indoors - pitching failed sketches in writers rooms, going to the movies, and standing on stage every night. Later, Randall Park and Nahnatchka Khan, from ABC's Fresh Off t...Show More
Norman Lear & Riz Ahmed

1:30:42 | Oct 24th, 2016

Norman Lear, the Godfather of American sitcom, tells Jesse why he decided to make All In The Family and how he drew stories from his own life and those of his writers to bring real issues to TV comedy shows. Later, the star of HBO's The Night Of and ...Show More
Armando Iannucci & Sharon Horgan

58:57 | Oct 17th, 2016

Interviews with Veep creator Armando Iannucci and the writer behind Sarah Jessica Parker's new HBO show, Sharon Horgan. Plus stand-up comedy from Josie Long and live music from Romare. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival.
Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Jeff Garlin

58:38 | Oct 10th, 2016

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler met at a comedy night in Chicago five years ago. Rhea was new to comedy and still had a day job. Cameron had been a working comedian for almost a decade. They hit it off, fell in love, moved to LA, got married and ...Show More
Kaitlin Olson and Jeff Chang

59:05 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Kaitlin Olson plays Sweet Dee on the long-running sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Dee is the only female member of "The Gang", a bunch of depraved, self-centered pals who run a bar. The Gang is constantly looking for ways to get rich quick,...Show More
Danny Fields & Judith Light

59:20 | Sep 26th, 2016

Danny Fields is a music manager and publicist who was instrumental in signing and promoting some of the biggest names in Punk Rock history. This week, he and Jesse discuss his decision to leave the ivy league tract, his time in Andy Warhol's Factory,...Show More
Hasan Minhaj and Margaret Wappler

1:03:21 | Sep 19th, 2016

This week, Jesse sits down with Hasan Minhaj, comedian and Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. They discuss stand up comedy in other countries, the current political climate in the United States, and his one man show Homecoming ...Show More
Spike Lee & High Maintenance

58:13 | Sep 12th, 2016

Jesse sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. He tells us about how addiction is made explicit in his movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, how he really feels about Larry Bird and about his own very serious addiction.... to Air Jordans. Jesse also t...Show More
Felicity Huffman & Anthony Michael Hall

1:04:05 | Sep 5th, 2016

While actor Felicity Huffman is probably best known for her tenure as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, she has played many beloved characters throughout her career as an actor. From Dana Whitaker in Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night to Bree in Transa...Show More
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney & Airto Moreira

1:04:29 | Aug 29th, 2016

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are well seasoned comedians who have made a name for themselves in many different forms of media. Jesse sits down with Mulaney and Kroll to discuss their new broadway play, Oh, Hello, the downfall of Mulaney, and how they...Show More
Sarah Paulson & Shuggie Otis

1:03:25 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Actress Sarah Paulson is best known for playing numerous characters on American Horror Story and Marcia Clark on The People v. O.J Simpson. Sarah sits down with Jesse to talk about working on The People v. O.J., her first big acting job, and dealing ...Show More
Lynda Barry & Pop Culture Happy Hour

1:04:36 | Aug 15th, 2016

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin. What does that mean? Well, she encourages st...Show More
Nikki Glaser and Dave Holmes

1:09:07 | Aug 9th, 2016

Nikki Glaser is a comedian and host of the Comedy Central series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. Nikki sits down with Jesse to talk about developing her Comedy Central show with her boyfriend, even when they were in the middle of a breakup. Dave Holmes ...Show More
Chuck Klosterman & W. Kamau Bell

1:04:16 | Aug 1st, 2016

Chuck Klosterman has written countless articles for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian and more. His new book, But What if We're Wrong, examines how the present will be perceived it as the past. What exactly will be thought of as im...Show More
Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess

1:03:46 | Jul 26th, 2016

[r] Keegan-Michael Key talks to Jesse Thorn about creating characters for his sketch show Key and Peele. Plus, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, tells about the time he performed live at the Tony Awards with a malfunctioning microphone.
Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous

1:06:19 | Jul 19th, 2016

Danny McBride is comedic writer and actor who started his career starring in the cult classic comedy, The Foot Fist Way. Although the film went to Sundance and was a modest success, McBride went back to North Virginia to work as a substitute teacher....Show More
Aparna Nancherla & Clams Casino

1:01:41 | Jul 12th, 2016

Though most people find it difficult to find anything funny about depression and anxiety, comedian Aparna Nancherla. has used her own struggles with mood disorders to inspire her comedy. A rising star in the comedy world, Nancherla bravely reveals he...Show More
Mary Roach & William Bell

1:09:38 | Jul 5th, 2016

Though she didn't earn a degree in the sciences, author Mary Roach has a knack for writing about them with insight and wit. Whether she's describing what happens to the body after death or the many aspects of human sexuality, Roach makes her topics a...Show More
Lisa Hanawalt & Wyatt Cenac

1:12:41 | Jun 28th, 2016

Jesse Thorn sits down with comic book author and the designer of Netflix's Bojack Horseman, Lisa Hanawalt. He also talks to comic Wyatt Cenac about his upcoming stand up series, Night Train.
Rachel Bloom & Esperanza Spalding

1:04:06 | Jun 21st, 2016

This week Jesse interviews Rachel Bloom,the star and co-creator the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Also, Esperanza Spalding tells us about the song that changed her life.
John C. Reilly & Shamir

1:14:19 | Jun 13th, 2016

[r] Jesse Thorn talks with John C. Reilly about Reilly's open-hearted and blustery comic creation, Dr. Steve Brule. Reilly shares stories from the summer of fun he had working on the movie Boogie Nights, and outlines the duties of an actor. Check it ...Show More
Rashida Jones, Ramiro Gomez & Lawrence Weschler

1:03:48 | Jun 7th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to Rashida Jones, from Parks and Recreation, The Office and Angie Tribeca - which just returned for its second season. Later Lawrence Weschler and Ramiro Gomez stop by the Bullseye studio to discuss their new art book, Domestic Scen...Show More
Joe Bataan & Ali Wong

1:11:08 | May 30th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to comedian and Fresh Off the Boat writer Ali Wong, who recorded her new comedy special Baby Cobra, while seven and a half months pregnant. He also sits down with Boogaloo legend Joe Bataan to talk about breaking into the music indu...Show More
DJ Quik

58:07 | May 24th, 2016

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to DJ Quik - one of the most prolific figures in West Coast hip hop. They'll talk about why a leaked record and a couple of guns made Quik realize he needed a new circle of friends, why he never wants to stop making pretty beats...Show More
Maria Bamford & Wanda Sykes

1:16:17 | May 17th, 2016

Maria Bamford sits down with Jesse to talk about her own experiences as a patient of various Los Angeles mental health facilities, finding love and marriage and how wanting to work less proved to be a good career move. Her new show, Lady Dynamite wil...Show More
Margaret Cho & Whit Stillman

1:13:43 | May 10th, 2016

Margaret Cho sits down with Jesse to talk about beginning her career during the 90s comedy boom in San Francisco, growing up in a Korean immigrant family, and how the community around her family's gay bookstore continues to touch and inspire her life...Show More
Geena Davis & Louis CK

1:26:46 | May 2nd, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks with GeenaDavis about her acting career, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and how taking up archery changed her life. Plus multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian, Louis CK discusses self-funding anddistributing his new sho...Show More
Mike Judge & Sharon Horgan

1:15:21 | Apr 26th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to Mike Judge, the comedy writer behind shows like Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, King of the Hill and Silicon Valley. Later he speaks with Sharon Horgan, whose show Catastrophe just returned for its second season.
Nick Hornby & Luis Guzmán

57:34 | Apr 19th, 2016

Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby made his name with books like High Fidelity and About A Boy. His latest novel, Funny Girl is about a British actress starring in a 1960s sitcom. Hornby talks with Jesse about old TV comedy, personal ambition and si...Show More
Ellie Kemper & Glen Weldon

57:50 | Apr 12th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to Ellie Kemper, star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and discusses Batman with Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon. Plus, Jesse on how A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg has reverberated through his life.
Thao Nguyen & Lance Bangs

1:15:33 | Apr 5th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to musician Thao Nguyen from the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and to the filmmaker Lance Bangs. Plus Jesse thinks it's time you gave the band Black Sabbath another listen.
Bob Odenkirk & Rickey Vincent

57:36 | Mar 29th, 2016

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to the comedian, writer, director and actor, Bob Odenkirk, plus the historian, author and DJ Rickey Vincent tells us why Parliament's Mothership Connection ended an era - and then started a new one.
Dick Van Dyke

57:37 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to Dick Van Dyke, legendary star of stage and screen, memoirist and now bodybuilder. Plus pop culture critic and writer Margaret Wappler argues that Bjork's album Post deserves a place in the popular canon.
Zach Galifianakis & Michael K. Williams

1:27:03 | Mar 15th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis about his new TV show Baskets, and to Michael K. Williams from Boardwalk Empire and The Wire and who can currently be seen in the new show, Hap and Leonard. Plus Jesse remembers the poignancy ...Show More
Ricky Jay & Bruce Boyer

1:08:46 | Mar 8th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to the magician, sleight-of-hand artist and historian Ricky Jay, about his new book Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living. Later he sits down with the menswear writer G. Bruce Boyer. Boyer's new book is True Style: The Hist...Show More
Gillian Jacobs & Jonathan Gold

57:47 | Mar 1st, 2016

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to Gillian Jacobs about her time starring in Community and to the restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold.
Jason Sudeikis, Paul F. Tompkins & Sarah Vowell

1:16:15 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to actor Jason Sudeikis and comedian Paul F Tompkins. Plus Sarah Vowell shares the piece of work she wishes she'd made and Jesse talks about a twenty year old SNL sketch that changed his life.
Dwayne Kennedy & Noel Fielding

58:37 | Feb 16th, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to comedians' comedian, Dwayne Kennedy and our producer Julia Smith sits down with acclaimed British comic Noel Fielding. Plus Jesse considers the unwarranted backlash to Beyonce's new song and video, Formation.
Todd Glass & Raffi

57:07 | Feb 9th, 2016

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to comedian Todd Glass, about his memoir The Todd Glass Situation and with the beloved children's performer, Raffi. Plus author Ariel Schrag talks about the novel, September Girls and Jesse remembers the album of songs that Van ...Show More
Ray Suarez & Dan Deacon

1:08:34 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Jesse Thorn talks to journalist, Ray Suarez and musician Dan Deacon, plus stand-up comedy from Phoebe Robinson. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in NPR's Studio One in Washington DC.
Roger Angell & Aya Cash

1:13:15 | Jan 26th, 2016

Jesse talks to Aya Cash from the TV comedy show You're the Worst and to New Yorker writer and editor, Roger Angell.
Joel Hodgson & Dr Robert Hicks

1:03:51 | Jan 19th, 2016

Jesse sits down with creator of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Joel Hodgson and is experimented upon by director of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum, Dr Robert Hicks. Plus stand-up from Hari Kondabolu and music from Spraynard. This show was recorded in fr...Show More
Kaitlin Olson & Jeff Chang

57:51 | Jan 12th, 2016

Kaitlin Olson plays Sweet Dee on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. She'll talk about morally broken comedy characters and whether it's a good idea to fall in love with the creator of your TV show. Later Jesse talks to Jeff Chang. About 10 years ago ...Show More
Neko Case & Herb Alpert

1:12:06 | Jan 5th, 2016

Jesse talks with singer-songwriter, Neko Case and to bandleader and record label founder, Herb Alpert.
Best Comedy of 2015 Special

1:13:48 | Dec 29th, 2015

Our selection of the greatest comedy albums from the last year with stand-up from veterans, newcomers and even a set recorded live in the woods at MaxFunCon. Featuring: Kyle Kinane, Emily Heller, Ron Funches, Sara Schaefer, Hampton Yount, Karen Kilg...Show More
Barney Frank & Mission of Burma

1:12:19 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Former congressman Barney Frank and punk band, Mission of Burma, plus comedy from Lamont Price. Recorded in front of a live audience at Oberon in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rob Halford & Ronnie Spector

58:30 | Dec 15th, 2015

Bullseye Holiday Special with Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Ronnie Spector from the Ronnettes.
David Cross, Tavi Gevinson & Pharoahe Monch

1:09:49 | Dec 8th, 2015

Interviews with David Cross of Mr. Show and W/Bob & David and Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Magazine, plus comedy from Aparna Nancherla and music from Pharoahe Monch and DJ Boogie Blind. This show was recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.
John Cleese & Dee Dee Penny

58:44 | Dec 1st, 2015

[r] Jesse Thorn talks with John Cleese of Monty Python and Dum Dum Girls founder Dee Dee Penny.
Live with William H. Macy, Brian Huskey & Matt Walsh

1:15:38 | Nov 24th, 2015

Jesse Thorn talks to William H Macy, Brian Huskey and Matt Walsh, plus comedy from Baron Vaughn and music from Chicano Batman. Recorded live at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Allison Janney & Ishmael Butler

57:34 | Nov 17th, 2015

[r] Actor Allison Janney and musician Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces join Jesse Thorn to talk about their work. Plus director Michel Gondry on the song that changed his life.
Ethan Hawke & Michaela Watkins

1:14:35 | Nov 10th, 2015

Jesse sits down with the actor and novelist Ethan Hawke to talk about playing a divorced dad on-screen, and being one in real life. Hawke's experiences with parenting inspired his new book Rules For a Knight. Then Jesse talks with actress Michaela Wa...Show More
Margaret Atwood and Matt Braunger

58:30 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Comedian Matt Braunger sits down with Jesse Thorn to talk about class clowning as a kid, why it's important to try and fail and... his teenage rap career. Plus, Guy Branum interviews Canadian author Margaret Atwood about sex in novels, her childhood ...Show More
Elvis Costello & Elizabeth Banks

1:04:10 | Oct 27th, 2015

Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello shares his musical influences, which include his father, an accomplished singer and performer. Plus Elizabeth Banks talks about deciding to work on the biopic Love and Mercy, about Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.
Brad Bird & Ernie Isley

1:09:34 | Oct 20th, 2015

Jesse Thorn talks to director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, Brad Bird, and to Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers.
Tig Notaro & John Darnielle

1:03:56 | Oct 13th, 2015

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to comedian, Tig Notaro about the worst few months of her life and how stand up helped her get through them. Later he sits down with musician and author John Darnielle, to talk about his band the Mountain Goats and new novel, Wo...Show More
Constance Wu & Ron Nyswaner

1:06:58 | Oct 6th, 2015

Guest host Guy Branum talks to Constance Wu from Fresh Off the Boat and to the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter behind Philadelphia and the new movie Freeheld, Ron Nyswaner.
Russell Simmons & Carl Wilson

58:54 | Sep 29th, 2015

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to co-founder of Def Jam Records, Russell Simmons about the early days of hip-hop and discovering meditation. He also sits down with music journalist Carl Wilson to talk about why Celine Dion is one of the most loved and also mo...Show More
Bill Withers & Joe Randazzo

1:10:40 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Jesse Thorn talks to the singer/songwriter Bill Withers, of Lean on Me and Just the Two of Us fame, about making it in the music business and then retiring from performance. Plus comedy writer Joe Randazzo shares his secrets to an "unpredictable care...Show More
Jesse Eisenberg & Brian Regan

1:10:26 | Sep 15th, 2015

Jesse talks to Academy Award-nominated actor and now also short fiction writer, Jesse Eisenberg about acting and writing. Eisenberg also reveals his insecurities as an artist. Plus, stand up comedian Brian Regan talks about the process of honing joke...Show More
Andy Daly & Jean Grae

59:45 | Sep 8th, 2015

[r] Jesse talks to comedian Andy Daly about his Comedy Central show Review and to rapper Jean Grae. Plus the greatest bootleg tape of all time - and it's not music.
Chiwetel Ejiofor & Allison Jones

1:13:00 | Sep 1st, 2015

Star of 12 Years a Slave and the new movie Z for Zachiarah, Chiwetel Ejiofor talks to Jesse about dealing with creative ambition and getting into a Jiu Jitsu ring with David Mamet. Later, casting director Allison Jones talks about finding talented ne...Show More
Jemaine Clement & Jonathan Ames

1:11:43 | Aug 25th, 2015

Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords joins Jesse Thorn to talk about his new movie People Places Things and why he’s still trying to make it on TV in his home country, New Zealand. Plus writer Jonathan Ames stops by to discuss his new TV show...Show More
'Playing House' Creators & Hari Kondabolu

0:00 | Aug 18th, 2015

[r] Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, creators of the TV show Playing House, talk about their real-life friendship and the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes. Plus comedian Hari Kondablou on how he fits into the "alternative" c...Show More
'Playing House' Creators & Hari Kondabolu

59:18 | Aug 18th, 2015

[r] Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, creators of the TV show Playing House, talk about  their real-life friendship and the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes. Plus comedian Hari Kondablou on how he fits into the "alternative" ...Show More
Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess

1:12:23 | Aug 11th, 2015

Keegan-Michael Key pulls the curtain back on writing and performing for Key & Peele. Then, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells about growing up in Georgia and why Titus Andromedon is such a special character on TV (he'll also talk abo...Show More
Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess

0:00 | Aug 11th, 2015

Keegan-Michael Key pulls the curtain back on writing and performing for Key & Peele. Then, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells about growing up in Georgia and why Titus Andromedon is such a special character on TV (he'll also talk abo...Show More
Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain & Michael Showalter

1:03:41 | Aug 4th, 2015

Comedians David Wain and Michael Showalter join Jesse to talk about their new series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. Plus 30 Rock’s Toofer, Keith Powell on the 1976 satire Network and Jesse recommends the new season of Andy Daly’s comedy ...Show More
Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain & Michael Showalter

0:00 | Aug 4th, 2015

Comedians David Wain and Michael Showalter join Jesse to talk about their new series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. Plus 30 Rock's Toofer, Keith Powell on the 1976 satire Network and Jesse recommends the new season of Andy Daly's comedy ...Show More
What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

1:12:54 | Jul 28th, 2015

Director Liz Garbus joins Jesse to talk about her new Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? Later Oliver Wang talks to Jesse about his new book: Legions Of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

0:00 | Jul 28th, 2015

Director Liz Garbus joins Jesse to talk about her new Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? Later Oliver Wang talks to Jesse about his new book: Legions Of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Shamir & Pete Rock

1:10:37 | Jul 21st, 2015

Jesse talks to singer-songwriter Shamir about high school, musical genres and his new album Ratchet, plus hip-hop producer Pete Rock discusses his best loved collaborations and how he breathes new life into classic records by sampling.
Shamir & Pete Rock

0:00 | Jul 21st, 2015

Jesse talks to singer-songwriter Shamir about high school, musical genres and his new album Ratchet, plus hip-hop producer Pete Rock discusses his best loved collaborations and how he breathes new life into classic records by sampling.
Judy Greer & Ishmael Butler

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2015

[r] Actress Judy Greer joins Jesse Thorn to talk about her roles in Archer and Arrested Development. Her book I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star charts life as a talented and prolific performer who's figured out you get to b...Show More