Fri, 28 December 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.
Fri, 21 December 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!
Fri, 14 December 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.
Fri, 7 December 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!
Fri, 30 November 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.
Fri, 23 November 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!
Fri, 16 November 2012
Gobble Gobble! Go away, turkey! It's not your time yet.
Fri, 9 November 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????
Fri, 2 November 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.
Fri, 26 October 2012
Kristen Johnston, Scharpling & Wurster, Gabe Liedman, Gary Tha Squirrel "How Was Your Shriek Live" Episode 86
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!
Join GHOULIE as she interviews KRISTEN "CORN MAZE" JOHNSTON, "GORY" GABE LIEDMAN, "SCARY" SCHARPLING & WURSTER AND "SCARY" THA SQUIRREL live on stage, while "TERRIFYING" TED LEO watches!
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!
The Dream Team:
Marianne Ways (Live Show Producer)
Thanks to the Bell House for hosting us!