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In which Julie Klausner asks guests how their week was, and also we learn stuff and have fun.
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Oct 12, 2012

This week's episode of How Was Your Week digs deep, hits rock, then gets out the Sheetrock drill!

First, FRANK CONNIFF is here to talk about Turner Classic Movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000, the title of that new movie where Helen Hunt plays a sexual surrogate, and the scariest part of The Wizard of Oz.

Then, one of Julie's biggest crushes of all time, ANDREW McCARTHY joins her to discuss his new book, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for The Courage To Settle Down. Enjoy this chat about the Amazon and its elixirs, the curse of being known as a Brat Packer no matter what you accomplish, how to be alone when you're away, and what one does when traveling when one is not a food person.

Plus: an overheard remark from a subway putz in regards to what a book is NOT about, how Queen Latifah ruined everything, Tweeting Purina, and what the guy who plays FDR in Annie: The Musical is in store for.

Plus: Mannequin fur coat feelings, what a campaign platform in 1964 might include, and having no idea what the hell Homeland is about.

A show awash in nostalgia and amorous thrills!

Oct 5, 2012

Spooky tidings, gents and misses! This week's episode of How Was Your Week has two fantastic lady guests, and a lady host too. Don't make a big deal out of it. First off, Jessica Grose (Slate, Jezebel) is here to tell us about her new novel, Sad Desk Salad and to discuss a few nutty posts from lady blogs she reads and enjoys.

Then, writer/director/performer/documentarian and friend Jodi Lennon joins us to talk about her new devious habit, what her cats are like, making new friends, and how great NY1 is.

Also: what meeting Coco was like and how cream cheese should be, where Seth McFarlane is right now and where he actually thinks he is, what to expect from your parents when you tell them you're a prostitute, facts about Tuxedo Cats that are ridiculous, and why you should never act next to Michael Shannon.

Plus: Skorts! Spangles! And SHOPLIFTING? An October Surprise of a show. BOO!

Sep 28, 2012

Well, hi! This week's episode of How Was Your Week features author, radio host, documentary filmmaker and wonderful, brilliant British person JON RONSON. And this is great news because he is the best! Listen and enjoy as Julie and Jon discuss some of the new mental disorders that will be included in the new edition of the DSM, which Kubrick film is Jon's favorite, the plot of Mr. Death, why conspiracy theorists always have to annoyingly embelish the unbelievable, and what precisely The Bilderberg Group is.

Also--gnats and the disruptive horror they inflict in our night lives, Honey Boo Boo and what the Emmys can learn from her family, the bizarre piñata-related email friends may or may not have signed Julie up for, the time it rained chicken bones, and a new, cross-eyed fuzz-mush has stolen America's heart.

Plus! Why you should be buying canned instead of boxed soup! An exciting announcement about the next How Was Your Week Live on Oct 17th! Live-snarking, and its consequences! And a new affectation is born, and it tastes like Maker's Mark!

Bottoms up! This show is as sweet as an Old-Fashioned and as modern as a Sex on the Beach.

Sep 21, 2012

This week's episode of HWYW is very exciting and glamorous!

First of all, FRAN DRESCHER is here! This is incredibly amazing because Fran Drescher is a huge star whom everybody loves! Fran talks to Julie about her audition for This is Spinal Tap, her "Trash Cancer" project, reading 50 Shades of Grey, speaking at the DNC, marrying three gay couples, and why she doesn't really like to shop.

Then, Gawker's ADRIAN CHEN is here to tell us about why a lady named Chen got sent a bunch of boxes after Adrien pissed off 4Chan & Reddit, what the Horse_ebooks guy's deal is, the erotic illustrator whose work is all over Wikipedia, Swag Babies, and Foreign Social Networks.

Note: This conversation is, on occasion, sexually explicit. Warn or shoo the kiddies!

Also, the difference between Italian and Spanish dogs! Ottavia Bourdain's classy Twitter retort! A funny name for a baby! The physical equivalent of a whisper! And Patti Stanger proves once more she is made out of snakes.

HWYW is the podcast in red when everybody else is wearing tan!

Sep 14, 2012

Happy Shmashion Week! This week brings a new installation of the HWYW book club, and you are very excited about it. Because you believe reading is fun-damental!

Our one and only guest on this episode of How Was Your Week is David Sirota, author of the incredible book Back To Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything. It is a marvelous read, and David and Julie discuss the following interesting things together:

>Why Ronald Reagan is ine-fucking-scapable
>What "The Huxtable Effect" is, and how it relates to our handsome president
>How The Army got a makeover
>Rambo 2, The Big Chill, Back to the Future and other HUGELY IMPORTANT 80s films  that say so much more than you think they do about the ideology of their time
>What you used to not be able to advertise to kids and how that changed what we know as TV
>Why the 1950s came back in the 1980s, and what Vietnam had to do with it

Also, Julie has one complaint about Spanx, continues to battle guh-nats, sees Poltergeist for the first time and has some pretty important questions about whether Zelda Rubenstein was lying or sexy.

Plus! A new Twitter account that confusingly promotes not harming oneself! Something only Andre Leon Talley can see! And some creepy ideas about Dr. Oz. A fascinating and terrific episode for you right now. Enjoy it!

Sep 7, 2012

Hello! Would you like to sit here? Great! That's your table, then.

The new episode of How Was Your Week is brimming with quality goodness. First, Wayne White and Neil Berkeley, the subject and director of the new documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, are here to talk about Wayne's career as an artist who helped shape the visual direction of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which rock star Chicky Baby was based on, why Randy scared the shit out of people, and how to work through a creative block.

Then, W. Kamau Bell, host of the FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, is here to talk about how his mom embarrassed him as a kid, his evolving love affair with the Obamas, what Chris Rock sounds like when he's angry, and whether he's ever seen a Tyler Perry movie.

Also, Julie's apartment is riddled with guh-nats! What it's like to see JAWS for the first time! Fashion's Night Out and its horrible consequences! And an abundant use of the C-word. This is an edgy and interesting podcast program!

Aug 31, 2012

Happy Labor Day! Even you, Jerry Lewis.

This episode of How Was Your Week is edu-taining and enter-cational! First off, comedian KURT METZGER is here to talk to Julie about approaching Prince, how news people differentiate the Amish, what he believes to be the scariest scene in "The Shining," and whether Rogaine works.

Then, Gawker editor, Internet superstar and general goddamn delight MAX READ joins us to discuss a few online subcultures that desperately need your attention, including ASMR people! Otherkin! Wikipedia authoresses! The Illuminati! And those who are soul-bonded to dead grunge artists. This conversation will shake your core and change your worldview, and at the very least, the ASMR "whispering" stuff will straight-up give you the creeps!

Also: Dad Broth! The ongoing digit-related saga of Honey Boo Boo! Paul Ryan's place in the Jonathan Franzen-verse! The world's dumbest idea for a tattoo! And a tender recollection of a perfectly-timed text from Julie's friend Nate during one dark night.

A show for you and yours. Enjoy it!

Aug 24, 2012

Oh, Heavenly Dog! This week's episode features two terrific comics and is otherwise delightful and fantastic. First of all, the hilarious ANDY KINDLER is here to make Julie cry off her eye makeup with laughter. Learn what Andy's mom said about Joe Paterno, what Andy said in Montreal this year that ruffled comedy feathers, and how Todd Solondz's last name is pronounced.

Then, ADIRA AMRAM, curly-tressed musical comedic dyamo is here to tell us what it was like growing up on a farm, selling cheese, gravitating toward leotards, and naming a cat something very special.

Also, Billy Bush's stupid vacation story, the dumb lady who brought her kid to yoga, a spooky story about a haunted hotel, and Allison Pill's herky jerky acting choices on THE NEWSROOM.

Plus--Hitler! Sausalito! The Jets! Scientology! And the pros of being A Plain Girl. What a wonderful show for you and me...and baby makes three!

Aug 17, 2012

It's a clip show-palooza this week, also known as an outtakes or "lost footage" episode! The 76th episode of How Was Your Week features all-new content from Julie, and things that you loved from past episodes as well as things you never heard from these wonderful guests! Therefore enjoy....

-PATTON OSWALT, who has things to say about THE GRADUATE!
-CAROLE RADZIWILL, who tells us about Sonja Morgan's Little Edie impression!
-EDDIE PEPITONE, who shares his ideas about a blue collar guy's acid trip!
-NATE HARRIS, who reminisces with Julie about the time they watched a video about female ejaculation together!
-SARA SCHAEFER, who has a disturbing story about an encounter with an actor whose work only children enjoy!
-and DAVE CULLEN, who has pearls of wisdom to dispense about Columbine and beyond.

Also in this episode, Julie discusses an ambiguous and unusual experience she had on the subway with a guy who may have been a pick-up artist, shares a story about an upsetting thing she learned about a self-help author way too late into her book, threatens with something gross, ponders "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and the politically incorrect thing all TLC stars have in common, and reviews Hope Springs.

A fun episode for fans of the show both new and old!

Aug 11, 2012

Here is a special minisode Spoony and I put together after hearing the news that David Rakoff died last night, far too young.

It's a brief introduction and the full-length interview he and I did in September. Losing David is a huge tragedy. I hope this long-form piece gives some comfort, or at least more time with him.

Note: the photo credit of David as Hotchkiss the butler from WASP COVE, the play I wrote with Rachel Shukert, is by Kent William Albin.

Goodbye, David. I already miss you so much.



Aug 10, 2012

Ahoy! And a robust August to you. This week brings the return of the HOW WAS YOUR WEEK BOOK CLUB! Woo-hoo! YEAH! Books!!!!!!!

The one and only guest on the show is Alex Stone, the author of Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind. Strap on your nerd helmet, fasten its padded chin-strap, and get ready to learn...

  • Why people STILL play Three Card Monte
  • What the term "in-attentional blindness" means and how it applies to getting your watch stolen
  • The difference between magic and comedy
  • And why there aren't a lot of lady magicians.

Plus, Julie posits a disturbing hypothetical about Mr. Rogers, ponders Stephen King extensively, asks after Billy Joel, discloses an embarrassing decision she made in a movie theater recently, condemns ventriloquist dummies, and recaps Puppetry of the Penis, which may or may not have been a dream we all had.

Also: why it's sometimes tougher to trick children than adults, who Julie has decided the blind Kenny Rogers of magic is, Jack Black's performance in "Robert" Linklater's BERNIE and what a "Hype" is, in the magic lingo world.There's a lot going on in this week's episode.

This is a fascinating show for your face.

Aug 3, 2012

Hello, friend-os! This episode of How Was Your Week is a humdinger. Returning delight GABE LIEDMAN is here to regale us with stories about working at Barney's and which celebs were jerks to him, whether hunks are more funny than sexy, the possibility that he has too many teeth, and what Primal Fear is about. Gabe is delicious. He could talk about nothing for an hour and you would be thrilled.

Then, ALISON RICH is here to have a conversation...about a show called THE CONVERSATION! Hahaha! Do you see that thing I just did? Anyway, Alison Rich, with whom Gabe and Julie recently wrote on Billy on the Street and who is in a web series called INCOGNITO, watches a show on Lifetime called The Conversation so you and I needn't. But after this chat, you might want to! It features bare-footed talks with smart and interesting ladies like Sarah Silverman, Melissa McCarthy, Glenda Bailey, and...Olivia Wilde?!?!?!

Plus, Julie recalls an experience with an unpleasant pie vendor in Brooklyn, realizes something intimate and spicy about Kenneth Branagh, ponders specific instances of "ball-bags" and "pissy pants," explains Kristen Stewart's appeal and what she expects to be Robert Pattinson's weakness, recommends a new documentary, and reassures everybody that, because that Vince Vaughn is at the wheel of a 70's reboot, everything will be okay.

A fun and fabulous show for you and your ears.

Jul 27, 2012

The new episode of How Was Your Week begins with gratitude and progresses, ideally, with generosity! Consider it a gift, because we are so appreciative that the #TipSpoony campaign was such a success. Thank you, seriously, so much.

First on the show is British comedian and star of Grandma's House SIMON AMSTELL, who's in New York doing his one-person show, Numb, and has things to tell us about cats, Peru, apples, thoughts and feelings. Also, he went on The View this week and has stories about what that was like! Simon is brilliant and you must see his show if you can.

Our second guest is BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, who is simply wonderful. He has lots to say about his new film, God Bless America, what his mom used to say about homely people in church, what it was like having a dad who did magic tricks, what the Merchant Ivory guys had to say about making a film look more expensive, whether Save the Cat's theory of making characters suffer is a bit much, and how he would rewrite Shakes the Clown if he were to make it today.

Also: how to turn into a cat, why hookers have to work harder now, how Hoop Dreams could have been better, whether I'm more like a tomato or the stuff in a oven that can only be cleaned with dangerous poisons, how money matters can be like surprise obesity, and the difference between Ruby and Rudy, both of which are, apparently, movies.

This is a great show, and we made it just for you. 

Jul 20, 2012

Oh, hi! How are you doing? Okay!

This week's episode of How Was Your Week features two fascinating and intelligent guests, plus a long ramble from Julie at the top of the show about the tautological and downright Jeff Foxworthian lyrics of the opening number from CATS: The Musical. Where are you going? There's more!

First, Steve Kandell, the Editor-in-Chief of SPIN Magazine is here to tell a great story about the time Bono blessed his unborn child. Then, Tig Notaro joins Julie to talk about her recent terrifying hospital visit, Butterflies and whether they bite, and the extreme highs and lows she's experienced in the last few months alone.

Also--Jason Alexander's impassioned pleas, a warning to take pro-biotics all the damn time. what C-Diff is, the last line of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," why bacon needs to pack it in, what pretension really means, dogs wearing bandannas, and a sad story about Tig's loss and resilience.

And finally, in a bid to stay economically viable and (as of now) ad and network-free, we're asking for PayPal donations to klausnerama (at) gmail (dot) com, if you are so inclined. It's called "Tip Spoony," and all the cash will go to me and Chris Spooner, so we can continue to give you Class-A entertainment week to week. Plea over! Anyway.

This is an important and thought/feeling-provoking show! I hope you love it.

Jul 13, 2012

This week's episode was recorded live on June 27th at The Bell House in beautiful New York City! Isn't that exciting? It is very exciting.

Join Julie as she interviews MARTHA PLIMPTON, JIM GAFFIGAN and KATIE NOTOPOULOS live on stage, while TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS watch! Enjoy a special, unannounced guest appearance by MIKE DAISEY, who joined us for a mid-show recap and consequent retraction! Regret not being there live to see the dance stylings of VIDS, who were incredible! And marvel in cherished, quintessential HWYW Live moments, like when Martha couldn't concentrate because she was distracted by the man in the giant cat mascot costume sitting to her left! When Ted Leo had to defend his affinity for the son on SMASH! When Jim Gaffigan disclosed the reason for his affinity for sea mammals! And when Katie Notopoulous introduced us all to her good pal, Mr. Eggs.

Plus--S. Epatha Merkerson has some interesting ways to use the hashtag feature on Twitter, Martha explains why she can not longer pull off the catowner look, Jim and Julie ponder dolphins and sunscreen, Katie and Ted dive into their mutual fascination about the furry community, and songs from RENT are sung, as is a balls-out medley that featured accordant choreography and a gigantic dancing cat. Oh, would you were there. Here are photos!

What a show! What a memory-maker!

The Guests:

Jim Gaffigan
Martha Plimpton
Katie Notopolous
Mike Daisey
Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad

The Band:

Teddy Leo
Danny Leo
Chris Wilson
James Canty


Dickie DiBella
Daiva Deupree
Phillip Taratula
Joanna Simmons

Jimmy Jazz:

Chris Sullivan

The Dream Team:

Alex Scordelis (Writer)
Marianne Ways (Live Show Producer)
Chris Spooner (Podcast Producer, Graphic Designer)
Jack Fagan (Consultant; Muse)
Rob Hatch Miller & Puloma Basu (Filmmakers)
Alex Gaylon (Sound Recording)
Mindy Tucker (Photos)

Thanks to the Bell House for hosting us!

Jul 6, 2012

Happy Belated Independence Day! The new How Was Your Week is blazing with freedom, fireworks and perfectly-cooked weiners. 

First off, we're delighted to host the third Real Housewife of New York City on the show and the first Princess! CAROLE RADZIWILL is here to discuss what it was like meeting her late husband's aunt, Jackie O, for the first time, how she ended up as a Real Housewife, and why the term "open relationship" doesn't apply to her and Russ from Aerosmith.

And then, KEVIN ALLISON is here to talk about his evolution from sketch performer with The State to storyteller, shares a disturbing story from his Cincinnati kindergarten days, reveals his Sun-In addiction, and tells us in detail about the time he almost prostituted himself.

Also, Julie has a story about going to a male strip club with Katie Notopoulos, how things tend to generally be all about the people who say them out loud, The God Particle and the Period Rock, and the tale of a sexy Cat Ophthalmologist with legs for days.

A show that will make you swell with patriotism and rock back and forth with general delight!

Jun 29, 2012

Hello, Summerinos! How's your summer going?

On this week's show, the marvelous ROB SHEFFIELD is here to discuss the three Rod Stewart-based stages of a man's life, his experience seeing Neil Diamond two nights in a row, and the magnificent Dollyness of Dollywood.

Then, MICHAEL MCMILLIAN, who plays Steve Newlin on True Blood, joins Julie to talk about how E.T. changed his life, what glamoring is exactly, and shares an awesome and terrifying ghost story that will curl your toes and straighten your lashes!

Also--Julie reviews the new Fiona Apple album and discusses what it really means to eat your feelings! Britny Fox liberates women of their confining shirts! Pencil erasers are considered as substitute chocolate chips! And Julie learns something about Star Wars that she would have preferred not to know.

A spooky, heartfelt, heartening and interesting show, all at once!

Jun 22, 2012

Is it hot enough for ya? The podcast, that is!

Happy Summer Solstice! This week's episode of How Was Your Week begins with a review of Rock of Ages, and segues into an important realization about Hannibal Lecter. There is also talk of a ghost hunter's caffeine addiction, a gynecologist's affection for a Comedy Central show, and how to integrate a hot summer color into your life, EVEN IF YOU ARE AFRAID. 

And the guests! The guests are sublime. First, JESSI KLEIN joins Julie to talk about body image stuff, Maine, Adam Carolla, her beloved guinea pig and her fantastic idea for a Paul McCartney-ish song called "Maybe I'm Disgusting."

Then, TAVI GEVINSON (Rookie) is here to talk about young people and inspiration, John Waters, her favorite character on Girls, and the part of musicals where old ladies lift up their skirts and do a little dance!

Plus: How the name Tavi is more predictive, personality-wise than Emily, who Julianne Hough is, the excess of peach eyeshadow in the 1990s, the, when to mention attachment parenting at a party, and what "The Andy Cohen edit" of a movie entails. A fun and fancy show!

Jun 15, 2012

Hi everybody! Happy Father's Day, almost! And happy Bunheads Premiere Week. This week, Julie is not ready to talk about Bunheads, then talks about Bunheads. She also welcomes two fantastic guests!

First, Eric Drysdale, a comedian, friend and television writer (Colbert Report, Daily Show) joins Julie to talk about Canadian things, 3-D photography, his first job, and other things that float his boat. He also does us all the TREMENDOUS favor of recapping the Queen musical for us! This is an unmissable summary. 

Then, Adam Pally, the charming, funny and handsome gentleman best-known for playing Max on Happy Endings (the gay one), is here to pick apart his Wikipedia page and tell us what is true and what is false. He also has stories about David Duchovny and Mischa Barton, and reminiscences about improv class with Julie! And what's more, he sports a red beard and has sired an adorable infant. Are you on board yet?

Also! Julie ponders the depressing phrase that is "One for Dark Horse, please," explains who Kelly Bishop is and finds out what Supermanning can be, Diet Mountain Dew is tasted, The Belz is Belzified, and other things are considered and celebrated as well.

Enjoy this show, featuring three fine Jews, if you include Julie, which of course you must do!

Jun 12, 2012

Welcome to the second-annual How Were Your Tonys!

On this special extrasode, Julie recaps the 2012 Tony Awards for you, bemoaning the lack of magic on Sunday's broadcast even with Ben Vereen present. Then, she gets confused about cruises and why they are now being televised, celebrates Candace Bergen's brave commitment to wearing absolutely everything, reads a tweet from a man named @Falsettoland, pleads for Nina Arianda to gain 500 pounds, envies the amazing penis-vagina sex Hugh Jackman and his female wife must have all the time and ponders Jessica Chastain in a deep way.

Then, the fabulous Ana Gasteyer is here to talk with Julie and Seth Rudetsky about their favorite moments from this year's show. Learn things from two theater people who have theater-y insights into theater's biggest night!

Plus: The commerce of intimacy! Leslie Uggams! Raul Esparza's grudge-singing! Ellen Barkin's face and forehead! Patti's perfect pitch! How Amanda Seyfried's name is pronounced! And so much more conversation about this year's award show. An important talk!

Jun 8, 2012

Lights, Camera, Podcast!

This episode of How Was Your Week is mostly about movies. Take your seats and pop your corn! First up, KURT LODER (MTV, is here to share a list of his favorite films that nobody else has really seen, including The Saddest Music in the World, The Midnight Meat Train, and The Fountain. You may know Kurt from MTV, but his film criticism is top-notch. Buy his book, The Good, the Bad and the Godawful: 21st Century Movie Reviews, here!

Then, NATHAN RABIN (My Year of Flops, The AV Club) joins Julie to talk in depth about two terrible Beatles movies: Paul McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring The Bee Gees. An important conversation about how great the Beatles are and how insane these movies turned out to be, mostly for reasons having to do with folly, hubris, and Tracy Ullman.

Also: A treatise on Crispin Glover and fresh-pressed vegetable juice! A jazz musician's cat-related toilet project! Fiona Apple's long sweater and Francis Ford Coppola's nipples! Fancy chickens and why you shouldn't fight with theater ushers! And a hunch that Soon-Yi Previn watched the last season of Entourage.

Plus: A call for redheaded ladies coming to the June 27th How Was Your Week Live who want makeovers, Colin Firth naked, what Paul McCartney's movie self dreams about, what Kurt Loder does and doesn't like about Quentin Tarantino, and when to listen to the White Album.

Enjoy this!

Jun 1, 2012

Ahoy! The new episode of How Was Your Week is a trifle in the dessert-y sense, not in the trivial way!

First, SNL writer and Twitter superstar Paula Pell is here to discuss the nudist vacations she has taken, ways to avoid summer chafe, how to prank your friend at lunch, and the logistical challenge of procuring sizzurps.

Then, bitter Buddha and national treasure Eddie Pepitone joins Julie to talk about performing to prison audiences, trying to stay vegan, the apocalypse, avoiding dark documentaries, and how to go off one meds.

Also! Gary Sinise's awesome band and how it relates to Men in Black 3, why tomatoes are sometimes marvelous, the world's worst YOLO-themed twitter, why, according to a very well-realized internet article, "People hate Jews," and the continuing ballad of Jimmy Jazz, object of slow burning infatuation.

A boisterous and life-affirming show. Download it yesterday, with the assist of time travel and initiative!

May 25, 2012

Hello! This episode's How Was Your Week is wonderful.

First of all, PATTON OSWALT, one of our favorite guests and friends, is back! This is always a treat. This week, Patton is here to discuss his Webbys hosting gig and how Internet Commenters have evolved from standard trolldom into conversational tangent-bringers, the importance of being comfortable with silences, and then--BAM! BOOM!--discusses two great Robin Williams movies at length: THE BIRDCAGE and WORLD'S GREATEST DAD.

Then, RETTA, who plays Donna on Parks & Recreation and is a hilarious standup, is here to talk to Julie about sexting, GIRLS, 9/11, French Guys, and why we are both worried about Ellis not returning to SMASH.

Also! Julie takes a trip to the Genius Bar and survives to tell the tale, her cat explores the "Say it with Urine" style of communication that is so very popular in that particular community, Anthony Bourdain says some crazy shit, Becky Ann Baker is awarded a well-deserved honor, and library water fountains are reconsidered in the bottled water age.

Hooray for this show!

May 18, 2012

Oh, hello! On this week's episode of How Was Your Week, Choire Sicha is here! He is one of the editors of The Awl and the author of an upcoming book you must read, plus a very good-looking person with stunning eyes who also happens to loves cats. Choire joins Julie to talk about his life story and how he ended up a gay married person after working and living in different places and doing different things and generally living an interesting life!

Then, comedian, actor, writer and DEAR FRIEND Curtis Gwinn joins Julie to talk extensively about Carl Jung, ventriloquists, horror movies, and what lessons we can learn from The Purple Rose of Cairo. It is a good talk that contains many tributaries that flow into the darker corners.

Also, Julie has a triumphant proclamation to make about Jimmy Jazz, Marilu Henner tweets the ultimate Marilu Henner thing on Mothers' Day, Michael Caine does or does not get trapped in an attic, Dark Shadows is appreciated as a modern-day Touchtone joint, and what not to say to a redhead when she tries something on at your store.

Plus: How not to be mean on the internet! Why to be concerned when Julie resorts to bed for a turkey burger and Kubrick movie marathon! Anne Heche's fillers are explored! And what would happen if Johnny Depp and Daniel Tosh played strip poker together.

A meeting of the minds and souls. And a fine show to boot!

***Please note: In this week's show, Julie mis-attributes Shipoopi as being from The Pajama Game. She is incorrect and regrets saying so: it is from The Music Man.

May 17, 2012

Fade in on a show...with a focus on Smash...

HEY GUYS! It's the first episode ever of How Was Your Smash!

On this special Extra-Sode (it's not a minisode because, bitch, it's LONG), Julie talks at length to three guests about the best television of all time, Smash! First up it's Nate Harris, and he shares his five and a half favorite moments from the show after chatting before and after the season finale about whether the show is too straight, why the term and the concept of hate-watching must be destroyed, and what the best thing to say is when somebody gives you a massive sum of money.

Then, Smash season one writer Jason Grote is here to discuss the show alongside with Vulture Smash recapper Rachel Shukert! Learn what Julia was meant to be eating in bed instead of peanut butter! How the show could have made more sense if Katherine McPhee had played Katherine McPhee instead of Karen Cartwright! And why Derek will never not be likeable.

Also! Julie asks some How Was Your Week friends/ Smash fans what their favorite moments from season one were and therefore, there are cameos in this episode from Morgan Murphy! Jackée Harry! Retta! Scott Brown! Holly Schlesinger! My Gentleman friend, Jack! And Billy Eichner.

Finally, the Smash Twitter accounts are finally discussed. An easter egg! To say nothing of the Joan Didion anecdote that takes place at Anjelica Huston's house. I know! Yikes.

Let this podcast be your star.

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