Bullseye With Jesse Thorn
Holiday Special 201412/16/14
The Bullseye Holiday Special returns for 2014! Music expert Mitchell Kezin talks about his new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks! It dives into the world of alternative and underground Christmas music. Bill Corbett (the veteran writer and performer...
Chris Rock and John Cleese
Two comedy giants this week. First, Jesse talks to Chris Rock about what it was like to become one of the worlds best stand-up comics in the 1990s. Rocks got a new movie out. Its called Top Five. Then, Jesse sits down with Monty Python member John...
Jesse sits down with a cult comedy icon to talk about why Mr. Show influenced an entire generation of new comedians. Bob Odenkirks new book of humor fiction is called A Load of Hooey. Hes also got a new stand-up comedy album out. Its called Amateur...
[r] Mavis Staples is one of the greatest singers of our time -- a gospel, soul, and RB vocalist known for her deep, rich voice. She began as the lead singer of The Staple Singers, a family gospel group formed by Pops Staples and several of his...
Paul Reubens, Aasif Mandvi and Kimbra
Paul Reubens created Pee-wee Herman. Jesse sits down with Reubens to talk about growing up in a circus town, Reubens early appearances on The Gong Show, and the plans for a new Pee-wee Herman movie. Jesse also talks with Aasif Mandvi. A longtime...
Judge John Hodgman Special
We break format this week to bring you the Judge John Hodgman Special. Maybe you know John Hodgman from his appearances on The Daily Show, or as the PC from the Mac vs. PC ads. But did you know he's also a fake judge on the internet? On his podcast...
Sergio Mendes and The Pogues’ James Fearnley
For a time, Mendes was probably the most famous Brazilian musician in the world. Mendes will talk to Jesse about why bossa nova has such a universal appeal. Jesse will also talk to James Fearnley. He plays accordion for The Pogues. Fearnley will talk...
Elvis Mitchell and Bob Edwards
[r] Hear interviews with two of the best interviewers in the world. First up is Elvis Mitchell. He hosts KCRWs The Treatment. He and Jesse will talk about their mutual love for the movie Pootie Tang. Hell also explain why he was arrested on the...
Live with Dan Harmon and Rob Corddry
This episode was taped live in the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Dan Harmon joins talks about why he was fired and then re-hired from his sitcom Community, and reveals what might be in store for the future of the show. Actor Rob...
DJ Quik was a house producer for Death Row Records and helped develop the G-funk sound. A lot of times those records were dramatic narratives about gangbanging. Hell talk about how that drama spilled into real-life and about how he had to remove...
tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus and John Darnielle
Merrill Garbus layers vocals with drum loops and ukulele as the creator of tUnE yArDs. Shell talk about why she turned away from classical music as a kid, and youll hear some songs from her new album. Its called Nikki Nack. Then Jesse talks to John...
Ed Helms, Tig Notaro and Nick Frost
Ed Helms talks about the advice he received from Stephen Colbert when he first started on The Daily Show. He also talks about why hes behind a new bluegrass festival in Los Angeles. Now, hes behind a Los Angeles bluegrass festival. But first, Tig...
Anna Faris and Otis Brown III
Anna Faris break may have come with Scary Movie, but shes had a long career since then. Shell talk to Jesse about her roles on The House Bunny and her current starring role on the CBS sitcom Mom. Later, Jesse talks to the jazz drummer Otis Brown III....
Maria Bamford and George Saunders
[r] The writer George Saunders talks about his early creative challenges, the slight constant pressure of capitalism, and Tenth of December, his new book of short stories. Maria Bamford explains why she filmed her new comedy special in front of an...
Todd Glass and Raffi
Todd Glass has been a comic for 30 years but hes only been out of the closet for about two. Hell talk to Jesse about why he waited until his late 40s to come out. Todd Glass has a new book out -- its called The Todd Glass Situation. Then later, Jesse...
Chuck Klostermans newest collection of essays is called I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains. What does it mean to be a modern villain? Why is society so hung up on anti-heroes? For that matter, how would we react if Batman were a real thing?...
George Takei and Damian Abraham
George Takei will talk about how he went from a prisoner at a Japanese-American internment camp, to the guy playing Sulu on Star Trek, to a leading marriage equality activist. Then Jesse will talk to Damian Abraham. Hes in the band F***ed Up. Hell...
Jodorowsky’s Dune and Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny
In the mid-70s Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to bring Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel to the screen. The ambitious space opera would have pre-dated Star Wars, but Jodorowsky's version of Dune was never filmed. The documentarys director...
Ishmael Butler, Allison Janney, Michel Gondry
Ishmael Butler talks to Jesse about the birth and death of Digable Planets and the new record from Shabazz Palaces. Then Allison Janney talks about her Emmy-nominated work on Masters of Sex and Mom. Plus, Michel Gondry talks about the song that...
Elizabeth Gilbert and Daryl Hall
[r] Elizabeth Gilberts latest novel is called The Signature of All Things. It traces the life of a woman living in the 19th century as a botanist. But its actually a really fun adventure story. Shell talk about it, and about the unexpected reaction to...
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