Fri, 30 December 2011
Ding Dong! Who is it? The last episode of the year! Why, come in, won't you? Thank you, I/it will!
On this installation of How Was Your Week, musician, songwriter, former Soul Coughing-frontman and author MIKE DOUGHTY is here to discuss his new memoir, THE BOOK OF DRUGS. Also covered in this very excellent interview: what happened when drugs no longer worked versus how great it was when they did, Mike's contempt for his former bandmates, the myth of rock-bottom when it comes to addiction, and what the horrible term "corn-cobbing" means.
Also, Julie recaps a particularly odd and disturbing episode of DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES, digests rich foods on-air, and bemoans the GOOP app.
Plus! Mariah Carey's work ethic! Anthony Weiner's devilish wish! Candle-eating dogs! And some exciting details about the February 2nd announcement we've teased you about in the past.
A show that's surely "WINNING," in that it leaves 2011 behind with style and grace. Enjoy it!
Fri, 23 December 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week, the hilarious KURT BRAUNOHLER joins Julie to tell her a wonderful and insane story that explains exactly why he is bound for Hades, and covers the topics of ventriloquist dummies, duct tape belts, and the glut of pre-9/11 prank shows.
Then, Gossip Girl authoress CECILY VON ZIEGESAR talks about what influenced her as a teenager, the dirty joke in the first book about Serena's you-know-what-hole, and how great she is at baking pies.
Also, Julie is at a spa, and complains about portions! The scariest part of The Wizard of Oz! The timeless last line in Men in Black! Lea Michele's punchability! Who Tim Tebow is! And more JC Penney Facebook Page updates!
Plus, Kurt has a story about the time he dressed up as a tumescent gorilla that will curl your hair, then relax it into a gentle wave.
This is a fantastic show.
Fri, 16 December 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week, rock legend and wonderful friend TED LEO comes over to play acoustic versions of his songs, and then, as a bonus, covers Concrete Blonde AND does a special unplugged version of the How Was Your Week theme song!
Then, in the shortest-ever interview on the show, Real Housewife of New York City and Wine, Jewelry and Skin Care Entrepreneur RAMONA SINGER tells Julie what her favorite Christmas carol is, explains why she never learned to act "socially correct," and unveils her new business endeavor--a new brand of Italian Red Wine.
Also, Julie inducts a new member into the Redhead Hall of Fame, compliments Mario Lopez on figuring out how to hashtag his tweets, reads Spoony's final recap of Bored-walk Empirezzzzzz, and grapples with being fruit-drink drunk at the Patti Lupone/Mandy Patinkin show.
Plus: The pros and cons of decorating Christmas Trees! The quandary of end-of-the-year lists! And how ridiculous kangaroos are.
A magical show during a magical time of the year!
Fri, 9 December 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week, the hilarious and adorable KRISTEN SCHAAL joins Julie to discuss the best and worst Christmas gifts she's ever received, her hatred of high-heeled shoes, and the hazards of tweeting about our president after drinking a martini.
Then, the gorgeous comic actress ARI GRAYNOR talks about her new film, The Sitter, what it's like to be typecast as "the girl who receives oral sex in the first scene of things," getting brutal notes from Woody Allen, and how Barbra Streisand makes an entrance on set.
Also, Julie relays a disconcerting, perhaps too-long story about an idiot in a dog park who didn't understand what Basset Hounds are really about, reveals the size of Spanx she wears, explains why she's fun to have at a party, and joyfully relays Spoony's Boardwalk Empire recaps for your pleasure.
A delightful show packed to its hilt with holiday spirit!
Fri, 2 December 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week, the marvelous NICK KROLL joins Julie to discuss their memories of growing up together and attending the same Hebrew Day School, his experience of rehearsing a dance number with Jeff Goldblum, and the unique artistic burden of fitting in with your peers.
Then, the scrumptious GABE LIEDMAN contemplates some of his favorite topics under the umbrella of "The Dark Arts," including his fascination with the Stone Phillips interview with Jeffrey Dahmer & Dahmer's poor parents, whether or not he finds clowns scary, and the role of Goblins in today's Vampire and Ghost-centric times.
Also, Julie figures out what the most disturbing part of Darrell Hammond's book actually is, salivates over the new, edgy Munsters remake, questions the veracity of Patti Stanger's Yom Kippur anecdote, and reads some of Bruce Vilanch's t-shirt slogans out loud, for your pleasure.
A truly enchanting and delectable show!
Fri, 25 November 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week? storyteller MIKE DAISEY joins Julie to discuss his hatred of Powerpoint, why nostalgia is dangerous, the intimacy we have with our cell phones and his new show, "The Agony of The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."
Then, "Happy Endings" writer and humorous/delightful Jewish person GIL OZERI talks about his problems with the Quentin Tarantino film Inglorious Basterds. Other Hebraic tropes are discussed as well!
Also, Julie contemplates Thanksgiving and its attendant fixings including but not limited to The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Twilight versus The Muppets, boiled foods versus savory bland November stuffing things, and what is visually sacred about The Monkees, still.
Plus: Facebook Weirdos! Men and Their Ideas! How this country rewards (one of) its dancing veterans! And the villiany of Hannah Storm.
A special note: I forgot to read Ben Brantley's review of Hugh Jackman's show, even after I promised I would. I'm sorry. Please read it here instead, and use my voice in your head while you do. --J
Fri, 18 November 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week?, gorgeous Real Housewife of New York City, the straw that stirs the drink herself, SONJA TREMONT MORGAN talks to Julie about her time in Europe, her Toaster Oven secrets, SNAPPED on Oxygen, and the secret of hosting a great party.
Then, Julie talks to Richard Lawson (Gawker, The Atlantic Wire) in depth about THE FIRST WIVES CLUB. It's an important cinematic conversation that includes coverage of the following hot topics:
What a modern-day Upper East Side Crisis Center would be like
Plus! Puppeteers being weirdos! Book burning versus circle drumming! Men for all Seasons! Kim Richards's connection to Jessica Lange! Darrell Hammond's book! Anthony Bourdain's pool nudity! Sonja's Streisand appreciation! And a tender memory of Andy Rooney eating Thanksgiving dinner.
A show that has a taste for luxury, and luxury has a taste for it!
Fri, 11 November 2011
This week's episode is the first-ever one recorded live at The Bell House in beautiful New York City! Isn't that exciting? It is very exciting.
Plus--Fred covers a Beatles classic, Paul speaks judgementally of Hugh Jackman's casual garb, Billy and Julie cast the all-black cast of the new Steel Magnolias on Lifetime, and a musical tribute to Seal.
Also--we find out which late night TV icon co-wrote "It's Raining Men"! Teddy Leo comes out on the record against mustaches! Which band Julie considers "The Funky Doors"! And why Paul F. Tompkins's mother believes he is friends with a famous satirist. The first of what will hopefully be many terrific live podcast recordings!
The Dream Team:
Fri, 4 November 2011
On this week’s episode of How Was Your Week?, cult superstar and iconic actor MINK STOLE joins Julie to discuss what she wouldn't do for John Waters, her attitude toward Christmas, and her role in the new LaMama production of the Tennessee Williams play, NOW THE CATS WITH JEWELLED CLAWS. Then, stand-up comic, SNL writer and real piece of work JOHN MULANEY talks about his Jon Lovitz fandom, his theory about ghosts, and his grade school affectations.
Plus! The unavoidable descent of winter darkness! Kris Jenner's neck! Paul Anka yelling! And the deplorable absence of civilities in modern society.
A hilarious and wonderful show.
Fri, 28 October 2011
On this week's episode of How Was Your Week?, the gorgeous firestarter SARAH SILVERMAN talks to Julie about her nude scene in Sarah Polley's new film, Garry Shandling's superb career advice, and how Jewish women's bodies are like the starchy foods we enjoy.
Then, Julie talks to Mike Albo about "The Junket," which is a new Kindle Single he wrote about his experience being fired as a freelancer with the New York Times. Also, Supermarket Sweep is mentioned. You miss that show!
Plus! Anderson Cooper goes to Costco! A dog runs off with somebody's half-face on that show that makes Julie sleepy! Memorializing Chaz Bono on DWTS! And Mario Lopez's Twitter Shame Spiral!
A hard-hitting and terrific show.