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Sup Doc is the #1 Podcast about Documentaries! This lively show features comedy, commentary & recaps with classic and not-so-classic documentaries! On each episode comedians Paco Romane and George Chen give actual analysis while hilariously discussing the documentary with their wide array of amazing guests, plus games and film clips. These hosts hit the right tone of funny and thoughtful. Sup Doc has been described as "a fun way to pore over docs" by Vulture, a "great idea" by Boing Boing and the The A.V. Club gushed Sup Doc podcast is "enlightening". Join the conversation every other Monday even if you haven’t seen the documentary, as we go beyond the conventional podcast recap format. Documentaries, games, comedy and analysis! We are on Patreon http://patreon.com/supdocpodcast and paypal.me/supdocpodcast

Sup Doc is the #1 Podcast about Documentaries! This lively show features comedy, commentary & recaps with classic and not-so-classic documentaries! On each episode comedians Paco Romane and George Chen give actual analysis while hilariously discussing the documentary with their wide array of amazing guests, plus games and film clips. These hosts hit the right tone of funny and thoughtful. Sup Doc has been described as "a fun way to pore over docs" by Vulture, a "great idea" by Boing Boing and the The A.V. Club gushed Sup Doc podcast is "enlightening". Join the conversation every other Monday even if you haven’t seen the documentary, as we go beyond the conventional podcast recap format. Documentaries, games, comedy and analysis! We are on Patreon http://patreon.com/supdocpodcast and paypal.me/supdocpodcast

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San Francisco, CA

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Sup Doc is the #1 Podcast about Documentaries! This lively show features comedy, commentary & recaps with classic and not-so-classic documentaries! On each episode comedians Paco Romane and George Chen give actual analysis while hilariously discussing the documentary with their wide array of amazing guests, plus games and film clips. These hosts hit the right tone of funny and thoughtful. Sup Doc has been described as "a fun way to pore over docs" by Vulture, a "great idea" by Boing Boing and the The A.V. Club gushed Sup Doc podcast is "enlightening". Join the conversation every other Monday even if you haven’t seen the documentary, as we go beyond the conventional podcast recap format. Documentaries, games, comedy and analysis! We are on Patreon http://patreon.com/supdocpodcast and paypal.me/supdocpodcast

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English


Episodes

158 - THE VOW finale w Johnny Pemberton

10/26/2020
Today we wrap up the docuseries THE VOW on HBO, the story of the whistleblowers who left the cult group NXIVM, started by “the smartest man in the world” Keith Raniere. We are again joined by the very funny comedian Johnny Pemberton, who loves cult-leader stories. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room, The Square) and Karim Amer (The Square, The Great Hack), this film relies on insiders revealing their own stories along with hours of archival footage. Get to know players like Frank...

Duration:01:14:20

157 - JACO w Chaki Sklar & Bret Berg

10/12/2020
It's JAC-tober! On episode 157 we recap the 2014 documentary Jaco currently streaming on Hulu. Jaco, the doc, is about the brief, brilliant and brutal musical career of the legendary electric bass player Jaco Pastorius a self-taught musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive footage plus interviews unveil the story of Jaco's life, his music, his demise, and the lasting impressions of artistic genius. Our guests are two great musicians and bass players, Chaki...

Duration:00:57:56

156 - THE VOW w Johnny Pemberton

9/28/2020
Today we cover the docuseries THE VOW on HBO, the story of the whistleblowers who left the cult group NXIVM, started by “the smartest man in the world” Keith Raniere. After a decade as a leader in NXIVM, Sarah Edmondson finds herself blindfolded and branded as part of an inner ring of women called DOS. Grooming women and controlling their weight Sarah is blackmailed with "collateral" and is desperate to take back her life. Along with Mark Vicente, their spouses, and actress Catherine...

Duration:01:05:01

155 - CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS w Curtis Cook

9/14/2020
Today we recap an all-time classic, Capturing The Friedmans, and get into a lively debate about how this documentary stacks up in today’s world. Was director Andrew Jarecki irresponsible in how he handled the footage and information he had? Was there a bias towards helping Jesse? Will our guest Curtis Cook and Paco ever see eye-to-eye on this doc? Listen to find out! The true crime documentary Capturing The Friedmans was directed by Andrew Jarecki. Released in 2003, this was Jarecki’s first...

Duration:01:21:46

154 - ROBIN'S WISH director Tylor Norwood

8/31/2020
Paco and George are pleased to have on today’s guest Tylor Norwood the director of Robin’s Wish. This documentary centers around the final years of Robin Williams and the confusion around why this comedy icon killed himself in 2014. After his death, the media narrative skewed the facts surrounding why Williams died. It wasn’t until a coroner’s report that the complexity of his situation was better understood: he had a severe case of Lewy Body Syndrome. Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider...

Duration:00:57:58

153 - THE GO-GO'S w Dakin Hardwick

8/17/2020
Today Paco and George are joined by Dakin Hardwick to recap the new Showtime documentary The Go Go’s. Notably the first all-femme band to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and snag a #1 US album. Directed by Allison Ellwood, this straightforward music documentary looks at the LA group's rise, reign and breakup, along with youthful ambition, firings, drugs, rehab, money squabbles, breakup, and inevitable reunions. Dakin Hardwick is the one of the founders of Spinning...

Duration:01:18:30

152 - CIRCUS OF BOOKS director Rachel Mason

8/3/2020
Paco and George are excited to have Rachel Mason, the director of Circus of Books, as their guest on the podcast. Rachel’s parents, Barry and Karen, ran a gay bookstore and porn distribution company out of Los Angeles for over three decades, all while maintaining their tight-knit family, battling the FBI, and living through the AIDS crisis. Her film is surprising, funny, and heartfelt. It also has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is streaming on Netflix. Rachel Mason is an artist,...

Duration:01:03:20

151 - A GENUINE FORGER w Scott Simpson

7/20/2020
We look at the 2016 documentary A Genuine Forger (Un Vrai Faussaire) directed by Jean-Luc Leon. Available on Amazon Prime. Our guest is comedian and podcaster Scott Simpson. This doc profiles Guy Ribes, one of the world's most notorious art forgers. For over three decades Ribes scored major deals selling works by Picasso, Matisse, and other legends, with a twist: He painted the works himself. Fake heirs, ruthless dealers, and more - it's all here in this documentary. We also talk about the...

Duration:01:04:00

150 - MARWENCOL

7/13/2020
Episode 150! We’re commemorating by taking a look back at one of our favorite documentaries, the 2010 Jeff Malmstein documentary Marwencol. After recovering from a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Mark Hogancamp builds a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard and creates photographic stories of its intrigues. This is a story about hate crimes, art therapy, and time-traveling witches! Marwencol has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes while its biopic adaptation starring Steve...

Duration:00:44:40

149 - ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

7/6/2020
Paco and George recap the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil directed by Sacha Gervasi, who was a teenage Anvil fan and roadie in the '80s. This doc is tragic brilliant and hilarious and is as close to the real life Spinal Tap as possible (and even involves a player named Robb Reiner). Canadian heavy-metal band Anvil delivered an influential 1982 album that inspired the likes of Anthrax and Metallica. Then they dropped off the map and spent decades of toiling in obscurity. The doc...

Duration:00:47:58

148 - GRIZZLY MAN

6/29/2020
Paco and George look back at one of our favorite docs, Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell's own video footage, this is a remarkable examination of the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a pack of wild grizzly bears in Alaska. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Treadwell believed he had bridged the gap between human and beast. When one of the bears he loved tragically turns on him, the footage he shot serves as a window...

Duration:00:42:08

147 - ROGER AND ME

6/22/2020
Hosts Paco and George review the 1989 Michael Moore debut Roger & Me. Foundational to modern American documentary, this is a biting, vital, and angry film that is sadly still relevant today. Michael Moore demands answers when General Motors suddenly closes the doors of all its auto plants in the Flint, Michigan, the city where he grew up. With over 30,000 people out of work, Flint is economically devastated, and Moore aims to track down GM CEO Roger Smith to make him answer for his actions....

Duration:00:53:28

146 - JEFFREY EPSTEIN: FILTHY RICH w Haley Hoffmeister

6/8/2020
This episode we watched Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich a four-part Netflix docuseries directed by Lisa Bryant. Based on James Patterson’s 2016 book, Filthy Rich takes a look at the stories of Epstein’s abuse survivors, so - Trigger Warning! Our guest is Haley Hoffmeister an actor and comic from Eugene, Oregon currently living in Los Angeles. She can be seen on Amazon Prime’s “My First Comedy Special.” She also has a very funny TEDX talk entitled “Being a Woman is Not That Hard”. Follow Haley...

Duration:01:05:22

145 - FAT: A DOCUMENTARY w Priyanka Wali

5/25/2020
To conclude our Munchie May series on food documentaries we watched FAT: A Documentary by Peter Curtis Pardini (2019). Trainer-to-the-stars Vinnie Tortorich exposes the history behind widespread myths regarding healthy eating, fat, and weight loss. Is the American Obesity epidemic a product of culture, government intervention, corporate greed, or lack of will? And helping us pick through the layers is our medical and comedic guest, Dr. Priyanka Wali, who schools George and Paco on the...

Duration:01:08:33

144 - CITY OF GOLD director Laura Gabbert

5/18/2020
We roll on with our fifth anniversary and Munchie May, our food documentary theme month. Our guest is the director of one of our favorite ever food documentaries, City of Gold. Filmmaker Laura Gabbert joins the show to talk about the film and the legacy of the late Jonathan Gold. Jonathan Gold was the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic who came up through The LA Weekly, music journalism, and being a cellist in noise bands. City of Gold chronicles his career, life as a family man, and his...

Duration:01:00:18

143 - GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS w Richard Parks III

5/11/2020
This is our Munchie May series on food documentaries. We watched Les Blank’s 1980 classic film Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers. Blank celebrates the virtues of garlic from Berkeley's Chez Panisse to the Gilroy Garlic festival. It’s a short but thorough look at the cultural stereotypes and medicinal qualities of the stinking rose, down the supply chain of farm workers. You can watch the film on the Criterion Channel. This doc was picked by our guest, Richard Parks the Third, a James Beard...

Duration:01:05:34

142 - NOMA: MY PERFECT STORM w Derek Sheen

5/4/2020
May 2020 is the five-year anniversary of Sup Doc. To celebrate we’re talking food documentaries all month long for Munchie May, our brand new theme series. We talk to comedian Derek Sheen about his pick, NOMA: MY PERFECT STORM (Pierre Deschamps 2015). For three years running, Noma in Copenhagen was voted the "Best restaurant in the world." This puts an immense amount of pressure on René Redzepi, the driven chef who has up-ended the food world and put Nordic cuisine on the map. He has an...

Duration:01:20:44

141 - KID ICARUS director Mike Ott

4/27/2020
What were you doing in 2007? Mike Ott was starting his first teaching job as a film professor at a community college in Southern California. There he meets a bafflingly confident 18 year old Leigh Harkrider, who thinks his student film, “Enslavence” is going to send him to stardom. What feels like a fictional sitcom is filled with unforgettable characters and youthful hubris, but there is some redemption for Leigh. Kid Icarus is like a spiritual sequel to American Movie for the MySpace...

Duration:00:33:53

139 - THE TIGER KING AND I

4/20/2020
In this TIGER KING aftershow, Joel McHale talks with Jeff, Saff, Erik and more to get their reactions to the series, their portrayals and their new fame. Did we need this 8th episode? Did Joel McHale need this? Paco and George are joined by super-producer and Oklahoma native Will Scovill. Plus doc pitches, what we've been watching, and next episode info on Kid Icarus (George interviews director Mike Ott) *Infant Jesus of Prague, OK *Three Amigos controversy from Paco *Flo and Kay savant...

Duration:00:49:04

140 - OTHER MUSIC directors Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller

4/13/2020
George Chen spoke with directors Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller about their 2019 film, Other Music. Other Music was a record store in New York for twenty years and a played a central role in the life of the city’s music scene. The store closed in 2016 and this documentary captures the last month and a half of the store’s activity, with former employees, fans, and musicians all showing up to pay their respects. There are interviews and guest appearances from Martin Gore of Depeche Mode,...

Duration:01:15:42