QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The Phoenix is a glossy magazine devoted to the ileostomy lifestyle. Who knew? And you go through The Phoenix and it’s like GQ, all these sexy people and they’re at the beach and they’re at a barbecue and they’re playing tennis and they’re dancing; but presumably, underneath their clothing is a fucking bag of shit.” —Andy Borowitz, The Moth
“Why don’t people make love anymore?”
“Because of AIDS.” —Julie Klausner and Rachel Shukert, How Was Your Week?
“I originally wanted to have you on as my first guest, but then I thought you didn’t suffer from depression or mental illness—what was I thinking?” —Paul Gilmartin, Never Not Funny
“The thing just never ended. It was like the Shoah of horns.” —Mike Pesca on the Buffalo Sabres’ goal horn, Hang Up And Listen
Comedy Death-Ray Radio #102: Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger
Extra Hot Great: Dames Get Boned
Hang Up And Listen: The Swedish Hockey Twins Edition
The Moth: Andy Borowitz: An Unexpected Twist
The Nerdist #82: Jimmy Fallon
Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Which We Ponder Villainy And London Separately
Sklarbro Country #39: Bill Burr and Chris Cox
Sound Opinions #282: Drive-By Truckers
WTF With Marc Maron: #169: Greg Fleet and Simon Munnery
The Adam Carolla Show
If you’re backed up on podcasts, this week’s Adam Carolla Show is consistent but skippable. In order of descending interest: Former call-in cohort Dr. Drew and Carolla take listener calls and debate how to raise non-entitled kids, the ethical considerations of fathering children when you’re old, whether gay parents can truly offer the same parenting experience as straight ones, and how to talk your wife into anal again if she didn’t like it the first time. When Carolla, Bald Bryan, and Alison Rosen hold down the fort without a guest, Ace tells a detailed story about his publishers essentially talking him out of making a sequel—for them, at least—to his wildly successful audio book. Glee’s Mike O’Malley, who plays Chris Colfer’s dad, gives Carolla a chance to voice his ongoing concerns that his son will be gay. They discuss the double standards of having a gay son vs. gay daughter, and Ace concludes, “The no-cock option is always good for a dad. Dads fear the cock.” Marina Orlova of Russian dating site anastasiadate.com and etymology site hotforwords.com recounts coming to America as a nanny and building her Internet presence later. David Koechner (Anchorman, The Office) barely makes an impression; more interesting is a brief debate between Ace and regular color man Larry Miller regarding whether successful people like LeBron James and Donald Trump are truly dim bulbs (albeit talented ones), or merely inarticulate.
The B.S. Report With Bill Simmons
Simmons stuck to all sports this week in his two podcasts, first welcoming in Jonah Keri of, among other publications, ESPN and the New York Times. The pair discuss the NHL playoffs (mainly the Boston-Montreal match-up), the NBA playoffs, and the current MLB season. But most interesting is Keri’s commentary on the nature of cycling talent, particularly in the MLB and NBA, which also happens to be the topic of his recent book. Less interesting is the second podcast of the week, featuring NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who both talk about the NFL draft and the NFL’s current labor situation. It’s nothing that hasn’t been discussed elsewhere in the sports-media universe: Lombardi continues the annoying pattern of pundits questioning Cam Newton’s “character” issues while being an apologist for Ryan Mallett, and Schefter, though offering some good perspective, treads on well-worn territory of the NFL lockout situation.
Culture Gabfest #136: “Why All These Stupid Altruistic Urges?” Edition
The Gabfest trio begins this week by gathering around the panning piñata that is the new Atlas Shrugged film adaptation. “We’re a free culture, but there are some people who want to elevate that fact to a quasi-authoritarian ideal,” Stephen Metcalf says as the conversation turns a little more serious. But do skip ahead to the final third of the episode, in which historian Adam Goodheart talks about writing about the Civil War for the New York Times’ Disunion blog and his new book, 1861.
Doug Loves Movies: Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, and Samm Levine
Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, a.k.a. Schmoes Know, know movies. Doug Benson loves movies. Samm Levine knows the Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide app, so Benson keeps him around when he needs someone else to run The Leonard Maltin Game. (Not really, but it’s a funny bone of faux-contention between the two in the episode’s early goings.) It all leads to the most movie-centric episode of DLM in a long time, where the Schmoes, Benson, and Levine discuss such subjects of great import as the movies inside Quentin Tarantino’s head, Natalie Portman’s ass, and a bearded Levine’s resemblance to the star of the unrealized Marvel franchise “Lil’ Wolverine.”
Firewall & Iceberg #70: Steve Carell leaves The Office; The Voice & more
Hitftix.com’s Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall cover all the bases this week, talking about TV, art, business, and commerce. To commemorate Steve Carell’s departure from The Office, they review his seven-year run on the tentpole NBC sitcom. Other topics include talent-contest shows The Voice (“Idol… with a different set of judges”) and the faltering American Idol, followed by Archer, Survivor, and the instantly axed Paul Reiser Show. Responding to listener mail, Fienberg and Sepinwall discuss quick cancellations, shows that nail (or miss) local flavor, and what it takes to fix a floundering series.
How Was Your Week? #7: “The Pottery Scene From GREASE”
What’s Rachel Dratch been up to lately? Taking care of a new baby, writing a book (no title or release date yet), and disappearing down a pop-culture rabbit hole with Julie Klausner, who asks questions about SNL but veers off into the Real Housewives franchise and the art of the celebrity autobiography. Dratch sounds down-to-earth and possibly a little tired, maybe due to the book-writing and small human in her life. Klausner also revisits comments on the JC Penney website, which is funnier than it sounds. The episode also includes Klausner’s review of the quickly closed Kathleen Turner play High (“The worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life”) and an in-depth discussion of the movie Tootsie with writer and playwright Rachel Shukert.
Jordan, Jesse, Go! #172: Face/Off
More “go” than “go!” this week, the guys are a little more downbeat than usual thanks to a no-show guest, recovery from the Midwest tour, and Jesse turning 30. Much of the episode is dedicated to Thorn’s birthday, which has him philosophical and a tad morose in a way that those over 30 may find either charming or irritating. The two grumps complain about rich kids and people who have terrible taste in culture before Thorn provides some fascinating glimpses into his family, which is more interesting than yours, but probably not in a way that would make you jealous.
Judge John Hodgman #21 You Say Tomato, I Say Justice
Faced with the issue of the “proper” way to pronounce words like “often,” “Boise,” and “shibboleth,” Judge Hodgman offers a lesson in linguistics that could be torn from the pages of The Areas Of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require. Hodgman wisely identifies an arrogance in how the elite throw around labels like “uneasy half-literate” or “working class dum-dum” to disparage those who pronounce the “t” in “often,” but don’t understand the malleability of language.
The Nerdist: #81: Whotopia!
The good news: There are no spoilers in this bonus Nerdist episode recorded at a live Q&A following a screening of the first two episodes of the new season of Dr. Who. The bad news: There’s little here that will be interesting to non-fans, though Who-vians should find plenty to slobber over in Hardwick’s discussion with writer/producer Steven Moffat, Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillian (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), director Toby Haynes, and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.
Never Not Funny #822: Paul Gilmartin
Around an hour into their conversation, after admitting to investing $35,000 in Internet domain names and another $35,000 on a cellar of vintage wine, guest Paul Gilmartin asks, “Why do anything halfway when you can do it to the point of embarrassing yourself?” It’s a moment to which any completist can relate, and one that well summarizes Gilmartin and Jimmy Pardo’s leavened view of their past mistakes and deep-seated issues. As sufferer of depression and host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, Gilmartin is adept at playing both doctor and patient, roles that he and Pardo alternate between while one-upping each other with evidence to their own insanity. This may sound like a downer, but even the deepest Never Not Funny still brings the funny, especially with a host that admits, “I’m the guy that tosses a golf club in anger, and is laughing about it before it lands.”
Savage Lovecast #236
Forget Fox News: Savage Love may be the most fair and balanced broadcast there is. At the top of this week’s podcast, Savage takes aim at the GOP members who he perceives as not only anti-choice but also anti-abortion and science. Yet he also chides a caller who’s on the fence about whether to commit to his single-mom girlfriend (“If you love this woman, love her child”), and he even throws monogamous couples a bone when he advises a lesbian in an unsatisfying open relationship. (Monogamous partners have less confusion when it comes to these types of discussions.) The episode also includes some very practical advice for dating a hot crazy person: Fuck him/her one last time and then move on.
The Sound Of Young America: Peter Sagal, Colt Cabana & More
Taped live in Chicago at Second City, this episode of TSOYA finds Jesse Thorn chatting with comic/wrestler Colt Cabana and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal, with comedy from Cameron Esposito and musical interludes by Robbie Fulks. The whole setup, from Fulks’ folky music to the numerous public-radio anecdotes, makes this feel like Prairie Home Companion—just with an audience that only laughs when things are actually funny.
This American Life #306: Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
This episode originally aired in 2006, but if you haven’t heard it, it’s definitely worth the download. Glass takes a look at good plans gone awry—a cop who accidentally locks himself in the back of a squad car, a Riverdance touring company that stakes its future on the lottery, and a freelance writer who entrusts his taxes to an unstable accountant. It’s one of those awesome episodes that deals with foolishness and folly, and, with the exception of the last five minutes, it delivers.
WTF With Marc Maron: #168: Live At SXSW
It’s a podcast gang-bang as Marc Maron takes on all comers at a guest-packed live WTF broadcast from South by Southwest. With so many guests on the roster— Shane Mauss, Ben Garant, Brett Gelman, Kurt Braunohler, Jena Friedman, Nick Yousseff, and Doug Benson—Maron isn’t able to go too deep with anyone, but the show remains lively and engaging, if more than a little overstuffed.