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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.




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,...


74 WE JAM ECONO w Nick Stargu

To know Nick Stargu (or DJ Real) is to love him! Nick is a friend of the show (he appeared in character on our LIVE Sketchfest episode 2 years ago) and is a very talented comedian and musician. Nick brought to us We Jam Econo the revealing doc that looks back at the history of the influential 1980s punk band the Minutemen. We also get into music, tech, Nick's formation of the DJ Real act, Paco's bands, George's jam with Mike Watt, Andy Kaufman and more! We Jam Econo: The Story of the...



ROCKTOBER winds to an end with a huge guest and doc combo! Paco and George sat down with the brilliant writer and comedian Dana Gould. They talked about the 2004 Metallica doc Some Kind of Monster which Dana rightfully described as "the best documentary ever made about marriage". They also get into a discussion about therapy, his favorite jokes from The Simpsons, JFK,divorce, stage worthy jokes, father figures, Brian Wilson, John Lennon, and so much more! Dana Gould was a long-running...



ROCKTOBER continues! George Chen sat down with musician Ed Balloon to discuss the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution (2016). They discuss Russell Simmons' socks, living in Nigeria, The Get Down, Wild Style, Boston's music scene, and much more. Ed's latest EP Flourish just came out on Deathbomb Arc. While Ed Balloon has never shied away from soul bearing with his streamlined and catchy music, with each new release he brings more socially-focused content to the minimal sound his fans...



ROCKTOBER continues with TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT. George visits director Tyler Hubby at his Echo Park home. Tyler spent over twenty years following Tony Conrad and decided to put it all into one documentary encompassing Conrad's life and art, as if there were a distinction between the two. We also talk about punk rock and mental illness, Tony Labat, getting multiple angles for beer, Faust, Bad Brains, Tony as Tupac, Crispin Glover, and mashing up different video...


70 STOP MAKING SENSE w Tawny Newsome

ROCKTOBER all month long we cover music documentaries here at Sup Doc. George and Paco visit with actress/improviser/musician Tawny Newsome to discuss her experience cosplaying STOP MAKING SENSE-era Talking Heads for Documentary Now and in a cover band. We talk about Second City, her projects with Jon Langford (Mekons, Skull Orchard), the WOOZ of Vacaville, and recording with the legendary Muscle Shoals Swampers! Stop Making Sense (1984) is the concert film of the last Talking Heads...


Bonus Interview: THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON editor Tyler Hubby

George talked to Tyler Hubby about the work he did with Jeff Feuerzeig on The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which coincides with our Episode 69 with Kip Uhlhorn and Daniel's current tour (where his backing band changes from city to city and includes Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Doug Martsch of Built To Spill). Listen to this in addition to Episode 69 for some rounded out information. Since we recorded these interviews, The New York Times also reported on the recent death of Johnston's father...


69 THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON w Kip Uhlhorn (Cloudland Canyon)

Sup Doc kicks off the jams w ROCKTOBER a month long line-up of music docs and great guests. We hit the stage with The Devil and Daniel Johnston with our guest, musician Kip Uhlhorn! The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a 2005 documentary film about the noted American musician Daniel Johnston. It chronicles Johnston's life from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his experiences with bipolar disorder, and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession. The film was directed by...


What's Sup: Rocktober Spawned A Gremlin

Paco and George discuss all the important stuff in life plus our ROCKTOBER MONTH of shows! We have many great episodes planned on music documentaries all month long, and we kick Rocktober off with The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Next Week's guests are Kip Ulhorn and the film's editor Tyler Hubby. We also get into The Who, other docs we're watching and even some biopics like Snowden and The Founder that we both kind of hated and we also talk about George's recipe to Tuna Salad which leads...


68 MAN VS SNAKE w David Huntsberger

We're joined this week by comedian and podcaster David Huntsberger, who just got back from doing a show in Edinburgh. David wanted to talk about Man Vs Snake, the inspirational and outrageous true story of one man's quest for the highest video game score ever. Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler is a 2016 documentary film directed by Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy. David Huntsberger is an American comedian, known as co-host of the Professor Blastoff podcast and host of the...


NEXT WEEK 9/18: 68 MAN VS SNAKE with comedian David Huntsberger (Prof Blastoff, Reactor TV)

September 18th we drop episode 68 of Sup Doc! Hosts Paco Romane and George Chen chat with comedian David Huntsberger (Prof Blastoff, Reactor) and we explore the world of competitive gaming with the documenatary MAN VS SNAKE - The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler currently on Netflix...So grab some dip, open those Cheetos and pour yourself a cup of Mountain Dew cause we're getting our game on! Again this episode airs Monday Sept 18...And also please show your support of Sup Doc by donating...


67 MY BEST FIEND w Bucky Sinister

In celebration of Werner Herzog's 75th birthday Paco and George welcome (long time friend) the very talented writer/comedian Bucky Sinister to Sup Doc. Bucky was very excited to talk about one of his favorite docs My Best Fiend. My Best Fiend (German: Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski, literally My Dearest Foe - Klaus Kinski) is a 1999 German documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog, about his tumultuous yet productive relationship with German actor Klaus Kinski. It was...


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