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Truth is greater than fiction. On 'Sup Doc comedians Paco Romane and George Chen interview interesting people with strong opinions about their favorite documentaries.

Truth is greater than fiction. On 'Sup Doc comedians Paco Romane and George Chen interview interesting people with strong opinions about their favorite documentaries.
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Truth is greater than fiction. On 'Sup Doc comedians Paco Romane and George Chen interview interesting people with strong opinions about their favorite documentaries.





Was Mr. Rogers the GOAT or the lamb? Paco and George go guest-free on this dive into the life of OG content creator Fred Rogers via Morgan Neville's 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? How would Mr. Rogers address family separation policy or eating at a restaurant with Sarah Huckabee Sanders? How do Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey compare as faux Rogers? We don't know the answers, but we have the audacity to ask! Set your egg timer! Follow us on: Twitter: @supdocpodcast Instagram:...


93 LIVE: FREAKS AND GEEKS THE DOCUMENTARY w director Brent Hodge, comedians Kelly Anneken and David Klein

This was a live panel Friday June 8th during the 17th Annual San Francisco Docfest at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Freaks and Geeks - The Documentary, is currently airing on A&E. We spoke with director Brent Hodge and SF comedians Kelly Anneken and David Klein. Freaks and Geeks The Documentary is a loving portrayal of Paul Feig’s creation and all the stars that came out of it. Freaks and Geeks heralded a new generation in comedy with actors like Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, Linda...


92 EVIL GENIUS with comedian Chad Opitz

On episode 92 host Paco Romane chats with the lovely and talented Chad Opitz about Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist! Evil Genius is a 2018 true crime docuseries about the murder of Brian Wells, a high-profile 2003 incident often referred to as the "collar bomb" or "pizza bomber" case. It was released on Netflix as a four-part series on May 11, 2018. Evil Genius is one of those docs that keeps you saying “no way” and wanting to binge watch the entire...



We're recapping the cult classic documentary KING OF KONG with comedian and actor Matt Champagne. KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS is the 2007 documentary that introduced the world to the video game rivalry between Billy Mitchell and everyone else. Directed by Seth Gordon, the film follows a down-on-his-luck family man, Steve Wiebe, who’s only solace from unemployment is the 80s arcade game Donkey Kong. On the path to victory there’s palace intrigue with record keepers, questionable...


90 ANDRE THE GIANT w Danielle Radford

On today’s episode we learned all about the fascinating world of wrestling with our guest, comedian Danielle Radford. Danielle has a podcast all about the world of wrestling called Tights and Fights on the Maximum Fun network. So, it made a lot of sense to talk to her about the 2018 doc Andre The Giant based on the life of professional wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff. The film features professional wrestlers and media personalities such as Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Arnold...


89 CENTRAL PARK FIVE w Kaseem Bentley and Lauren Stanton

Closing out our True Crime Month of Mayhem. Paco and George recap CENTRAL PARK FIVE with Kaseem Bentley and Lauren Stanton. We get into Trump, false accusations, and American injustice. Special thanks to The Comedy Store and Mike Schmidt for engineering and recording time. Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon examine a 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman. After they had spent from six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed...


88 CROPSEY w Andy Sell

Our True Crime month of Mayhem rolls on. Today it's the 2009 film Cropsey by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio and our guest is Andy Sell. Staten Island’s tight knit community was the site of a series of child disappearances throughout the 70s and 80s. The police found one suspect, but could this one man account for the bogeyman legend of Cropsey? Was he working alone, or was he the wrong man altogether? Cropsey is like a horror movie come to terrifying life. Andy Sell is a comedian,...


87 WEST OF MEMPHIS w Gavin Michael Booth

It's MAYHEM again, our month-long coverage of True Crime documentaries. Part 1 of our True Crime series starts off with West of Memphis (2012 Amy Berg). We recap this follow-up to the Paradise Lost series with horror filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. Gavin is shooting a new feature film "Last Call" this summer, and make sure to check out his newly released music videos for artist SYML titled "Body" and "The War"! Canadian born director Gavin Michael Booth’s film, music video and commercial...



It’s the return of legendary comedian Wayne Federman! Not only is Wayne a comedian but also a co-producer on The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling the two-part biography directed by Judd Apatow and recently released by HBO. A long time friend of Shandling’s, Wayne played Larry’s brother Stan on the ground-breaking series The Larry Sanders Show. We also find out he was a part of the storied Sunday Basketball game that Shandling hosted at his home. Wayne's credits include Transparent,...


85 WILD WILD COUNTRY w Richard Parks III

We implore you, have you seen the six-part Netflix docu-series WILD WILD COUNTRY yet? If not, what are you waiting for? When the Rajneesh movement and their leader the Bhagwan came to rural Oregon in the 1980s was it just a clash of cultures (worldly orange-clad hippies vs. conservative townspeople) or a mafia-style hostile takeover? The directors Maclain and Chapman Way have crafted a twisting drama with unearthed videotape of the Rajneeshpuram saga, plus new interviews with many key...


84 AMERICAN MOVIE w Drew Platt

Host Paco Romane sat down with comedian, writer and cook Drew Platt. Not only is Drew a great comedian, he is equally adept in the kitchen. Drew made some delicious Wiener schnitzel. We ate and drank some tasty brews and watched American Movie. One of the greatest docs ever made and one of Paco's favorites. Paco and Drew also discuss comedy, small towns, the entertainment biz and so much more! American Movie is a very funny, sometimes sad documentary directed by Chris Smith about Mark...


83 MAN ON WIRE w Alex Hooper

Our guest is comedian Alex Hooper here to talk about the Academy Award winning documentary Man On Wire. Man On Wire is a 2008 documentary directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit‘s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center. The film is crafted like a heist film, presenting rare footage of the preparations and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments and present-day interviews with the participants. Alex has a strong...


82 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH w writer Tony DuShane

Today we sat down with writer Tony DuShane. Tony is the author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, published by Soft Skull Press and now a feature film directed by Eric Stoltz. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Rumpus, and The Believer. He was a music columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle and wrote hundreds of articles covering books, film, and music. He also teaches novel writing at UCLA Extension. Tony wanted to discuss the 2014 experimental...


81 CITY OF GOLD w Karl Hess

This episode is sponsored by Hoppin Hot Sauce! On today's episode, George talks Los Angeles and food adventures with comedian and foodie Karl Hess. George eulogizes Genova Deli and berates Bakesale Betty, and Karl evangelizes LA. Check out Karl's food podcast, Yelling About Pâté. Jonathan Gold is an American food critic who currently writes for the Los Angeles Times and has previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet. He is also a regular on KCRW's Good Food radio program. Gold often...


80 I AM SAM KINISON director Adrian Buitenhuis

At the peak of his career in the late ‘80s, Sam Kinison was selling out Madison Square Garden and appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. Kinison was raised to become an evangelical preacher, wasn’t any good at it, and turned to comedy to find his voice. With a legendary appetite for drugs and women, His rise to fame has become legend and a cautionary tale for up and coming comedians. On today’s episode we spoke with the Director of I AM SAM KINISON, Adrian Buitenhuis. We learn about his...


79 KUMARE w Krista Fatka

Our guest is comedian Krista Fatka. Krista recently won first place in The Sacramento Comedy Competition and along with Paco Romane produces The Charm Offensive at the San Francisco Punch Line. With over a decade of performance experience in circus and theater, she’s as comfortable on stage as she is in a room full of clowns. Which is to say, pretty comfy. Krista's choice of doc was Vikram Gandhi’s 2012 KUMARE. Gandhi, a lapsed Hindu, conducts an experiment posing as a guru named Kumare....


78 JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND w Molly Sanchez

Host Paco Romane sits down with comedian/writer Molly Sanchez to talk, dissect and deconstruct the doc Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Paco and Molly also get into comedy, movies, writing and much more! Using 100 hours of footage from the set of "Man on the Moon," filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey's transformation into legendary performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman. Molly Sanchez is a writer, comedian and lover of burritos everywhere. As a standup she has performed at the...


2017 Recap: Requiem For A Streaming Service

Paco and George run down some highlights of the show in 2017 (recorded before the recent Morgan Spurlock news) Dirty John , My Favorite Murder Mayhem True Crime month Rocktober Music month SNL Rap History sketch Wayne Federman on Crumb YACHT on Tickled / Triforium / Claire Evans on her investigative journalism for Motherboard Our live Sketchfest show on Memorial Day 2000 Patreon supporters Succotash podcast Tell a friend about the show and give us an iTunes review! Sherbie on...


76 SEX AND BROADCASTING director Tim K Smith

A podcast about a documentary about radio? Only on this show! George spoke with the director of Sex and Broadcasting, Tim K Smith in Los Angeles. Sex and Broadcasting is a 2014 documentary about New Jersey’s longstanding freeform radio station WFMU, and its struggles to stay afloat. Along the way we encounter Tom Scharpling’s Best Show, The Minutemen, Jack Kevorkian, Irwin Chusid, the recession, the Free Music Archive, pragmatic utopias, ant invasions, The Hound, and the singular Ken...


75 20 FEET FROM STARDOM w Solomon Georgio

Solomon Georgio joins the show to talk about 20 Feet From Stardom, the Academy Award Winning 2013 documentary about the lives of backup singers. We also talk about Seattle, living in fear of Phil Spector, favorite karaoke spots, Fresno, and open mic weirdos. Solomon Georgio flawlessly intertwines biting social commentary with stories of his life as an openly gay African immigrant. Solomon had his television debut on CONAN, followed up with appearances on The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail,...