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How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner

In which Julie Klausner asks guests how their week was, and also we learn stuff and have fun.
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Apr 5, 2013

Ahoy! This week's show is the LIVING END.

First, NICOLE J. GEORGES is here to talk to us about the story behind her graphic novel, CALLING DR. LAURA. This is a sad and funny tale about family, lies, love, and loss. It fascinates and I recommend listening to it. You will learn things!

Then, MARC SPITZ joins Julie to chat about his new memoir, POSEUR, as well as his impression of living in NYC since he was a teen, the kind of "Drugs and Daddy" book he did NOT want to write, the challenges of keeping your bitterness in the professional sphere only, and what his deal is with Richard Hell.

Also, some thoughts about EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and its bizarre ideas about women in pastel-hued environments, an avian revelation about the Real Housewives of Miami, some exciting foreshadowing in regards to tonight's HWYW Live, what Helena Bonham Carter would order at brunch, and an inevitable, No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency-fueled insight.

Plus, a hair angel named Kyle! A brunchmate named Siggy Flicker! Kim Richards's enigmatic shit pillow! And the unacceptable darkness of INK MASTERS.

Mar 29, 2013

Heeeeeere's Julie!

It's ROOM 237 week on How Was Your Week, as this episode is all about THE SHINING and the kooky theorists that form the backbone of the aforementioned documentary.

Julie spends the hour or so talking to ROOM 237 director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk about why THE SHINING might be about, among other things: the faking of the moon landing, the Holocaust, the massacre of Native American people, and how phalluses can lurk anywhere and everywhere, including in letterboxes.

Plus, how Whole Foods is an enemy to Passover, the challenges of dressing and feeding oneself, a dumb thing to say to cat-chatting Construction Workers, Tilda Swinton's box-napping, Optitex memories, and a salute to Richard Jeni.

Mar 22, 2013

This week's episode of How Was Your Week comes in like a lamb and out like a lady. First, UCB comedian and writer/performer CHAD CARTER joins Julie to talk about gene therapy, dog brains, and whether all massage is erotic.

Then, author, writer and generally funny and wonderful guy TED TRAVELSTEAD is here to promote his new book, THE PETRAEUS FILES, , and tell us what it was like pretending to be a hostage-taker for criminology students, how he deals with his OCD, and why "pimp stuff" isn't cute anymore.

Plus: What the Cannibal Cop likely does and doesn't know about from pop culture right now, what SMASH has become, the hierarchy of frozen yogurt, what is most chilling about a particular British Humanzee, and a very stupid and pointless anecdote about Fancy Feast.


Mar 15, 2013

This week's episode of HWYW features two bodacious blondes and a lot of talk about the Cannibal Cop's recent conviction. First, CAROL SUE GERSHMAN, authoress of HERE COMES AMAZING YOU and THE JEWISH LADY, THE BLACK MAN AND THE ROAD TRIP is here to talk to Julie about becoming a writer later in life, what a sexy thing to do to your partner might involve, the time she went to South America for plastic surgery and then was like, "no thanks," and the night she quit drinking after she upset her cousin at a Passover Seder.

Then, CLAUDIA LONOW, creator of the new series HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) talks to Julie about her show biz family, her experience as a child actor on KNOTS LANDING, the joke she wrote for Sarah Silverman, and what it was like being in LA during the comedians' strike before she became a successful showrunner, which she is! This is a fascinating interview with a fascinating woman!

Also, exactly how old the Pixies makes one feel, a confession about exercise videos and their chosen accompaniment, a story about going to the vet, and AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT MY FUCKING HAIR AND HOW GREAT IT LOOKS EVEN THOUGH I DID SOME CRAZY SHIT TO IT. Whatever. What harm does it do in these troubling times? Precisely none.

Enjoy this show!

Mar 8, 2013

This week's episode of How Was Your Week is a dazzling jewel nestled in the bosom of a neverending winter. First, DAVID WAIN is here to talk to us about magic tricks, Cheryl Ladd, the tuba, and why Anjelica Huston might be the Original Suicide Girl.

Then, AMERICA FERRERA joins Julie to chat about her adorable dog, her relationship with Sonia Sotomayor, her experiences on stage, and Ruby Foo's sushi.

Also: Udon noodles are traded in for regular-width noodles, the baby cured of HIV is inevitably cut down to size, catalogs and Glenn Hetrick's website are pondered to point of dangerous excess, and an important realization about clowns comes to its grease paint-streaked surface.

A terrific and important phase of our journey together. Take the step.

Mar 1, 2013

This week's post-Oscars episode of HOW WAS YOUR WEEK begins with a sad thing and ends on a high note. First, DC PIERSON joins Julie to discuss the types of people one will meet in high school Drama Club, what one does in Los Angeles to pass the time, and whether Donald is a normal name. 

Then, theatre director and handsome man ALEX TIMBERS talks to Julie about why history is a funny topic to explore in theatre, what it's like working with David Bryne, why Germany was a perfect place to launch ROCKY: The Musical, and the time he sort of faked his friend's death.

Also: Catherine Zeta Jones and her skin tagging-vocal abilities, a sad story about making Udon Hallway Noodles saltier, some new revelations about Glenn Hetrick, and an announcement for the April 5th HOW WAS YOUR WEEK LIVE with Siggy Flicker and Max Silvestri! Buy tickets now, friend.

Feb 22, 2013

Howdy, Captain!

This week's podcast is a special episode, HOW WAS YOUR EXORCIST, and in it, we discuss America's most Catholic gross-out film, The Exorcist. Joining Julie to talk about Regan and her afflictions are TED LEO and JESSE MURRAY, both of whom grew up playing with Ouija boards, interacting with priests, and fearing the crapola out of the shit in this movie.

Join us as we delve into the text of THE EXORCIST and figure out:

>Where the hell is Regan's dad?

>How does one keep track of all of these priests?

>How gay is Father Dyer?

>Why does Ted Leo love Detective Kinderman so much?

>Is William Friedkin like an exhausting uncle?

>Was that mother-daughter relationship EVER normal?

>Is D.C. a devilish place in general?

>What is CRASH COURSE about?

>Should we all read LEGION, as Ted wants us to do?

>Was James Earl Jones dressed up like the girl from the Blind Melon videos in the film sequel?

>Who would Ellen Burstyn's character be if she was an actress from real life current times?

>Is this the ultimate MANSPLAINING movie? (Yes)

Grab your holy water and your heart medications and join us in this nightmarish journey!

Feb 15, 2013

Hi-ho! This week's episode of HWYW starts off with a new Jenny McCarthy rant, then seamlessly segues into two great interviews. First up, it's fellow Scarsdale native PETER GROSZ, who joins Julie to discuss how great it is to hear from your rep that your friend has "buzz" or "heat," why the Cannibal Cop story was poorly timed, what Sonic has on its menu, and how weird it is that our parents are friends.

Then, actor CRAIG BIERKO is here to tell us about auditioning for THE MUSIC MAN, loving The Monkees, keeping company with his dog, Boo, and why Matthew Perry is a tough act to follow.

Plus: a Carmen Electra metaphor that will make you go "hmmm"! An observation about the new Best Week Ever! A new disturbing memoir recommendation! A sad story about a party in my apartment building! And a disgusting realization about Crocs and their Croc-holes.

A delicious Valentine's Candy Heart of a show!

Feb 8, 2013

This week's episode of How Was Your Week is a celebration of friendship, anger and genius. First, Julie introduces you to DAVID OZANICH, a brilliant playwright and dear friend who tragically passed away this week, way too soon. In an interview recorded two years ago, David talks to Julie about his favorite roles of the fabulous Karen Black, and it's wonderful to hear his voice in the present tense.

Then, hilarious cartoonist MICHAEL KUPPERMAN is here to chat with Julie about their post-9/11 friendship, his landscaping shenanigans, a cartoon about Humpty Dumpty, and an encounter with Peter Tork.

Also: A call to cancel SMASH! A tirade against CATFISH: THE TV SHOW and Jenny McCarthy! A plea for understanding in the realm of errant rage in the face of grief! And whether THE SHINING would have been better if Karen Black were in it instead of Shelley Duvall.

Thank you for dealing with my emotions this week. I hope this show brings you some joy and insight. Life is short, love your friends like it's your job.

Jan 31, 2013

OH HAPPY DAY! It's our 100th Episode!

This week, we're letting down YOUR hair with the hundredth ever episode of HOW WAS YOUR WEEK. First, TOM SCHARPLING is here to talk to Julie about the landmark occasion, that gross pig in the Geico commercial,, and the only sausage you can find in the Miramax section of your grocery freezer.

Then, JESSE THORN is here to interview Julie about the show and its ins and outs! It's a heady, pleasant chat that touches on the show's origins and delves into the emotional journey only ethnic people can chart, why it is straight guys don't get Bravo, and the theraputic benefits of broadcasting.

Also, thanks are doled out like so many cups of pre-school juiceboxes! And introspection is experienced. Happy Hundredth, gang! Onward and Upward.

Jan 25, 2013

Ahoy! The 99th episode of How Was Your Week features comedienne and adorable relative of Chris and Abby Elliott, BRIDEY ELLIOTT! She is extremely charming and funny in her own right, and we are delighted that she stopped by to discuss the time Ryan Gosling checked out her heiney, what she tells people her favorite TV show is, how she sleeps when her sister is in town, and what a sewing teacher told her to do when she toppled a coatrack.

Then, actor and playwright COLMAN DOMINGO is here to tell us about booking a part in LINCOLN, what it was like working with Don Johnson on Nash Bridges (it was not so great!), and what his experience was when he collaborated with Julie on BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW together.

Also, Julie has a hunch about what the new season of SMASH will specifically be, recaps the latest episode of FACE OFF, contemplates folk art as a metaphor, and offers cat magazine decorating tips for a new office of one's own.

Plus: an artful cover of the Intervention song! A new theory about The View! Some thought about DC and its wonks! And the debut of a new character called Annoying Woman At A Restaurant. A 99th episode fit to be paired with 99 bottles of beer you should imbibe while listening to it, after taking them down from the wall and passing them around!

Jan 18, 2013

This week's episode of How Was Your Week features RICHARD KIND and ISSA RAE. That's a lineup you can write home to your mother about--and put some perfume on the envelope while you're at it!

First of all, the great character actor RICHARD KIND is here to talk to Julie about which roles Jewish people recognize him from and which roles kids recognize him from; how Sondheim took a suggestion of his, and why it's frustrating doing THE PRODUCERS in front of tourists.

Then, the fabulous ISSA RAE joins Julie to discuss how her character in AWKWARD BLACK GIRL has changed, how her life got better after she cut her hair, and what it is about quirky comedy that isn't stereotypically black.

Plus: A confession about burrito bowls, some talk about what Jodie Foster probably thought her Golden Globes dress looked like, a recap of the television show Face Off, and a couple of observations about the motion picture Mrs. Doubtfire.

Listen to this show! What a show!

Jan 11, 2013

Let's get right to it: This week's HWYW episode is legendary. CARRIE BROWNSTEIN is here to discuss PORTLANDIA, her dogs' defective sense of time, how many times she cried during BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, and the time she hung out with Mick Jagger while he wore sweats and watched cricket.

Plus! The fabulous DANIELLE HENDERSON joins us to tell us about the origin of her website and book, FEMINIST RYAN GOSLING, her horror movie-loving grandma, and why she's a little wary about DJANGO UNCHAINED.

And! The underrated benefits of grudge-holding! The Al Roker Situation, and how we must never forget it! Hope Springs, and how it was snubbed! And a humiliating story about drinking a glass of milk.

Jan 4, 2013

Happy New Year! This week's episode of HWYW is smart, fun and sexually attractive. First, NOAH GARFINKEL joins Julie to swap horror stories about Rent-A-Wreck, discuss using a crazy person voice to beckon a dog, and share an upsetting way to parody a Big Bopper song.

Then, STARLEE KINE swings by to chat about movies she claims are her favorites that she hasn't seen recently enough to remember, whether a big vocabulary can give you new ideas, and what a Cryptogram is.

Plus, Kubrick Talk! An upsetting Acu-Massage Encounter! Jimmy Jazz does something really stupid! The Plot of Eating Raoul! And a new Ricky Gervais speculation for 2013 that will cause you to hide your loved ones.

A Big Deal 2013 Thing!

Dec 28, 2012

Happy New Year, almost! This week's episode of How Was Your Week is completely wonderful. There is only one guest on the show, because that is all you and I need. The great and powerful HUNTER BELL joins us to talk about his creative process when crafting works such as [TITLE OF SHOW], NOW. HERE. THIS. and SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, the puppet-lined path he could have taken in his career, and which Rattlesnake-themed garbage shows are on his DVR.

Also, fleeting Julie-reviews of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LES MIZ, THE GUILT TRIP, ZERO DARK THIRTY and a million other movies I saw over Christmas break, plus a quick preview of coming attractions around and concerning THE EXORCIST, about which there will be a special extrasode, because that shit needs some discussion. Plus: a confession about Yummie Tummie shirts and how they affect my silly body! A suggestion for paranoid people that might help them turn their frowns upside downs! And an astute hypothesis about Linda Blair's "Regan" character. A marvelous final show to bury along with 2012 in its sweet-ass casket.

Dec 21, 2012

This week's Christmas edition of How Was Your Week is our Jewish-est yet! First, JACKIE HOFFMAN joins us to discuss the medications she is on, the crazy things her mother has said out loud, and her new show, A CHANUKAH CHAROL, which you should go and see.

Then, BILL PERSKY, author of MY LIFE IS A SITUATION COMEDY talks to Julie about the time Carl Reiner threw a guy's shoe out the window, what happens when you take an upper and a downer at the same time before pitching A special to Goldie Hawn, what it's like being the guy at the party who used to write for THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and other exciting things that have happened to him during his career in television.

Also, Julie deconstructs the Olivia Newton-John/ John Travolta cover of BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE until your blood turns to red ice! A story about being spit on! And things about Ricky Gervais, and the devil being real. Merry Christmas and enjoy the show!

Dec 14, 2012

Seasons greetings! This episode's HWYW is better than Christmas. MICHAEL IAN BLACK is here to talk to us about his new book, his relationship with hard liquor, how stupid words are, and the time he used delicious, delicious LSD.

Also, WILL HINES discusses with Julie the DVD commentary track from THE EXORCIST, Spy magazine, the hubris of Michael Stipe, and what ROSEMARY'S BABY has in common with RUSHMORE.

Plus: Roger Daltry's wig and Billy Joel's chin girth, the Jewishness of sleepaway camp, the 2012 celebrity death that stings the most, a fun thing for one gay guy to say about another gay guy whom he finds attractive, and a slightly tipsy recap of a holiday party attended in the RECENT PAST.

Ho-ho-enjoy it!

Dec 7, 2012

Hi guys. This episode is a good 'un! First up, BETH HOYT (My Damn Channel Live) is here to tell us about Toaster Strudel and what it tastes like, why she connects in a sexually powerful way to Channing Tatum, and all about this one video of her hands that a creep made.

Then, KYLE DUNNIGAN, an extremely funny stand-up comic, joins us to share an embarrassing story about becoming excited at an inappropriate time and the follow-up costume party that made it all somehow worse.

Also, dogs can drive now! The New York Post is guilty of murder! Diving for Tootsie Rolls! The sadness of Ellen and her talk show! And how Rock Star Dads are different than you and me.

A beautiful show for you this holiday season. Enjoy it, RIGHT THIS VERY INSTANT!

Nov 30, 2012

Ahoy! This week's episode of HWYW stars the one and only SIGGY FLICKER! Can you believe she's here? Well, she is! After a lifetime of HWYW chatter and hype over DATING EXPERT SIGGY FLICKER, we finally got her on the show. And her personality is so big; her very SIGGY FLICKERNESS too towering, that we couldn't fit another guest on the show. We would have been fools to even try!

Anyway, yes. DATING EXPERT SIGGY FLICKER is here to tell us about her life story, growing up in Israel, what women can learn from her and why she doesn't respect Patti "made out of snakes" Stanger's methods when it comes to matchmaking.

There is also talk of Siggy's beautiful name and how fellow children mangled it! Why she doesn't THINK she gives the best advice! And what Siggy really likes to do when she goes into her favorite restaurant.

Plus, Kathie Lee Gifford's friend and the good cause her jewelry goes toward, the problem with holiday gift guides, my new love affair with The Real Housewives of Miami, what Animal Practice was about, and an embarrassing story involving Joy Behar and guinea pigs.

Nov 23, 2012

The blackest of Black Fridays to you! This week's episode of HOW WAS YOUR WEEK kicks off with a talk with the very funny DAVID REES (How To Sharpen Pencils, Get Your War On) about his career path from cartoonist to artisanal pencil sharpening, and how the census and his divorce played a part in that unique journey.

Then, Tony-winner and fabulous actress LAURA BENANTI (Gypsy, Go On) is here to tell us about why she thinks cats are face-eaters, the time she got wasted with Patti LuPone and woke up in the shower, and what it's like to have a womanly face.

Also, humidifiers and why/how they frustrate! Stuffing's status as a fine holiday food! The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and its wan offerings! And a treatise about boy-puss. A fine, non-turkey of a show!

Nov 16, 2012

Gobble Gobble! Go away, turkey! It's not your time yet.

This week's episode of How Was Your Week is jim jam-pick packed! TIM HEIDECKER is here to talk about his role in the new film The Comedy, and the time he went to a taping of Russell Brand's BRAND X television show and almost got kicked out by Brand himself.

Then, LISA HANAWALT and EMILY HELLER, the hosts of the podcast Baby Geniuses, are here to tell Julie about Lisa's affinity for birds, the time a roommate froze a possum in Emily's freezer, and why MRS. DOUBTFIRE stands up to repeat viewings.

Plus: some choice sentences from Stephen King's THE SHINING! How the Petraeus thing is like HOMELAND, but skeevier! A new section of the show called Kompliment Korner, and how Anne Hathaway's giant pretty face fits into it! And some pressing questions about Henry Rollins.

A fantastic show not worthy for the stupid drunk loud idiots in my courtyard who woke me up the other night.

Nov 9, 2012

Happy Post-Election Day! This week's episode of HOW WAS YOUR WEEK features talented designer, pop culture icon & all around wonderful and handsome gentleman TODD OLDHAM, who talks to Julie about Grey Gardens, Amy Sedaris, La-Z-Boys, House of Style, John Waters, animal rights, kindred spirits, and what it was like to work in fashion before the whole thing changed.

Then, NIKKI GLASER discusses her partnership with Sara Schaefer, with whom she hosts the podcast YOU HAD TO BE THERE, then tells a harrowing story about an ex who made up a "funny rap" about her bad breath and how she reacted to the pain. This is a therapeutic conversation you are fortunate to be privy to! Enjoy it, then live your best life.

Plus: a special about animal friendships that uses an iconic theme song in a thrilling manner, then chokes you up until you can't breathe! A condemnation of Savannah Guthrie and her makeup choices! Phaedra's new spin-off vocation! A question posed about Megyn Kelly which must not be answered! What NOT to watch on the elliptical! And how to procrastinate in an unproductive way, so your eyes still burn from computer rays and your body feels like an angry tree.

A diverse and dynamic show for your ears and your soul. Who needs chicken soup????

Nov 2, 2012

Greetings from Hurricaneville, USA! Here is a special episode of How Was Your Week exclusively about Hurricane Sandy, a horrible disaster that has fucked up so much shit.

So you know: Julie walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, past makeshift soup lines and through apocalyptic Chinatown, and up ten flights of stairs, just to retrieve podcasting equipment. This doesn't make her a hero! It makes her a PODCASTER. Hooray for this. Give to the Red Cross. ANYWAY.

This show features two guests in physical and emotional proximity to Julie, both of whom speak about the storm at length, and what their experience with Sandy has taught them. First up, CHRIS 'SPOONY' SPOONER is here to talk about volunteering at the Armory, feeding his work fish, naming his machete, experiencing survivor's guilt, catching the most recent episode of Boredwalk Empirezzzz before the lights went out, and how you can help.

Then, JACK FAGAN, who is Julie's boyfriend, talks about the ordeals of the past week, watching Julie inhale ravioli from a can, missing Halloween, enjoying a hot shower, sharing a cab with strangers, being wary of Radio Shack things, drinking earlier than usual, having a fight half an hour into the lights being out, and freaking out over the possibility of having to use a payphone.

Plus: What makes Chris Christie cry consistently, who Roz Chast is and where her legs went, what NOT to post on Facebook during a crisis, why you mustn't go to a second location with a Japanese businessman, and the stealth show tunes that Ben Folds writes. 

A very special episode during a horrible time in NYC history. I hope you love it.

Oct 26, 2012

This SPECIAL SPOOKY HALLOWEEN episode of How Was Your Week Live --HOW WAS YOUR SHRIEK-- was recorded live on October 17th at The Bell House in terrifying New York City!


Regret not being there live to see a surprise--and spooky--appearance by GENE SIMMONS, kind of! Marvel at the Halloween Costume Contest, which admittedly might not translate well to audio! Enjoy Ted & Julie's SPOOKY SONG-OFF! And gird your loins for CATS fan fiction and Tawny Kitaen's geniunely horrifying Twitter feed.

Plus--the lyrics to FRANKENSTEIN, finally! Spangles The Cat! The five things that scare Gabe! What slutty thing John Lithgow once said to Kristen on the set of 3RD ROCK! A man named Cheryl Morgan! And Gary Tha Squirrel's favorite candies. Oh, would you were there. Here are photos!

What a show! What a memory-maker! Best Halloween Ever!

The Guests:

Kristen Johnston
Tom Scharpling
Jon Wurster
Gabe Liedman
Gary Tha Squirrel

The Band:

Teddy Leo
Chris Wilson
James Canty

The Dream Team:

Marianne Ways (Live Show Producer)
Jess Coppa (Makeup, Wigs, Costumes)
Jack Ferry (Director, WHISKEY & WHITTLING SHORT)
Melissa Schneider (Producer, WHISKEY & WHITTLING SHORT)
Brooklyn Brainery (Location, WHISKEY & WHITTLING SHORT)
Alex Scordelis (Writer)
Chris Spooner (Podcast Producer, Graphic Designer)
Jack Fagan (Consultant; Muse)
David Hart (GIFs)
Alex Gaylon (Sound Recording)
Mindy Tucker (Photos)
Merge Records (Giftbags for the Costume Contest)

Thanks to the Bell House for hosting us!

Oct 19, 2012

Here's your October Surprise! A fantastic episode of How Was Your Week.

This week's show features MIKE BIRBIGLIA, here to discuss the process of adapting his one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me, into his new film-- in theatres now! We also talk about why he goes by "Matt" in the movie, the feedback he got being shirtless on-camera, and how Ira Glass's constant rejection of his pitches helped make him a better storyteller.

Then, San Francisco's drag practitioner of the Halloween arts PEACHES CHRIST talks to us about Meryl Streep in "Death Becomes Her," how he created his spooky drag persona, his relationship with Elvira, and working with Sharon Needles in "Silence of the Trans."

Plus: How one dog reacted to Annie's understudy, Pauley Perrette's latest dastardly deed, Bleeding from the face at Duane Reade, whether Sally Jessy should have tweeted the debate, and how to react to a vase of roses if you are a legend.

Also! What Tura Satana orders at brunch! How a Google Alert can ruin your day! Getting aliens out of your throat the hard way! And an annoying thing to say during a Barbra Streisand concert to a stranger.

A spooky and fun show for the ages!

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