Tue, 12 June 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!
Fri, 8 June 2012
Lights, Camera, Podcast!
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.
Fri, 1 June 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!
Fri, 25 May 2012
Hello! This episode's How Was Your Week is wonderful.
Fri, 18 May 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!
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.
Thu, 17 May 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.
Fri, 11 May 2012
Oh boy, oh boy! This episode of How Was Your Week is so good, it will curl your pretty lashes.
First and foremost, Julie went with Billy Eichner to see Rita Wilson perform at Joe's Pub last night, and there is an extensive recap at the top of the show of that blessed and sacred evening of song and magic. Nora Ephron and Wendi Deng were both in the audience? I mean. I can't.
And then, there are the guests. The guests! And what guests! In time for Mothers' Day, the charming and attractive SARA SCHAEFER (You Had To Be There) is here to tell a touching, funny and insane story about the time her mom invited a homeless man to live with her family for 6 months. Learn about chicken strips, Christmas Eve and Rwanda through the prism of a man named Harold.
Then, wonderful gentleman writer WILL LEITCH (New York Magazine, Gawker, Deadspin) joins Julie for the latest installation of How Was Your Week Movie Club. This week, we discuss the sublime Fargo. Subtopics of our fun, fascinating chat include:
>Whether Tarantino's '90s blood legacy holds up with the woodchipper gag (and it IS a gag, right?)
Also, more details are revealed about Jimmy Jazz, including some extremely intimate details about his intimacy parts! Julie accepts her Comedy Awards defeat graciously, then goes on to renew her vow to crush absolutely everybody on her way to where she--and we--need to be! Sean Bean is discovered and considered for who he is and not who he could be! And Julie watches, then recaps, Duck Dynasty and Tanked, because there is nothing better than never leaving the house.
A show that is so wonderful, even Rita Wilson would stop singing "Angel in the Morning" to complement it!
Fri, 4 May 2012
Ahoy! The new episode of How Was Your Week is a bonanza of learning, laughter, folks & fun.
First, Broadway composer (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), songwriter and musician DAVID YAZBEK is here to discuss his stint as a writer on Late Night with David Letterman, how the scores of films influence his musical adaptations, and why he doesn't think of Patti LuPone as a diva. She's just Patti!
Then, standup comic and general delight DAMIEN LEMON (The Guy Code, Hip Hop Squares) is here to talk about his worst-ever job and the degrading hat he had to wear whist working it, the whitest event he ever got to spy on, and why he refuses to acknowledge that Kim and Kanye are a thing.
Also: Julie is very excited to share a hot new R&B track with you in its sublime and insane entirety! Donny Deutsch weighs in on the Octomom's upcoming masturbation tape and some ancient blackface history because he was asked to weigh in by the Today Show, who should be ashamed! Details about the mysterious foster cat are gradually revealed! Mario Lopez's latest shame spiral is predicted, and actualizes! And a final plea for Comedy Award votes before Sunday's ceremony.
This is a show for the ages! Not for the aging. Sorry, grandma!
Fri, 27 April 2012
The new episode of How Was Your Week stars two wonderful ladies. First, singer/songwriter/actor/chanteuse NELLIE McKAY is here to sing us a beautiful song, talk about her dog, reveal what she really wanted to play on her first Letterman appearance, and otherwise enchant us from our heads to our tails.
Then, Jezebel Deputy Editor DODAI STEWART speaks candidly about her obsession with game shows, ponders Lena Dunham, expresses her availabilty--GENTLEMEN--- and discloses her scandalous Hanna Barbara crush.
Also! Julie is still recovering from the Bollywood number from this week's Smash AND the revelation that Simon Van Campen spontaneously jizzed his britches when his sons were born. The ramifications of Taylor Swift playing Joni Mitchell factor into time travel! And also there is a lot of talk about Shirley McClaine.
Plus--the specificity of Dodai's hate-strewn inbox! Nellie's ideas about apples, and what they have in common with quaaludes! How "Gotye" is pronounced! And what women generally do NOT do after they have sex with a corpse, despite what we learned from "Weekend At Bernie's."
Holy cowbell--a great show!
Note: Ben Bynum plays guitar on "Rio de Lua"--"Moon River."
Fri, 20 April 2012
Four-Twenty, Dudes! Right? Wrong! Never call people "dudes" unless you're addressing a convention of lookalikes of Sean Penn's character in that one movie. Yes, Dead Man Walking! Anyhoo.
This week's show features THREE incredible guests. First, Julie speaks to the Hottest Slut of All Time Ever, Michael K, the editor of Dlisted.com, about his job as a phone sex operator, the good things Perez Hilton donated to society when he was just starting out, the backlash he gets from blog readers, and the last time he threw up.
Then, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the stars and creators of NBC's Best Friends Forever, are here to discuss how infuriating it is that Julie doesn't know from Anne of Green Gables, the terrors of working in sunny Filipinotown, the problem behind the premise of Beaches, and how much cashmere Nancy Meyers wears to direct her movies.
Plus--Mario Lopez's Army is sent into battle, Diane Keaton cracks the Twitter code, why Julie doesn't want you-know-who Love-Cobain contacting her, and how "slut" is the best compliment.
Also, Julie feels like Shirley McClaine for an exciting, cat-related reason! The lyrics to the Frasier theme song are explained, finally! The term "Rowdy Cop" is used! The new Chuck E. Cheese policy is illuminated! And a disgusting Chevy Chase anecdote is revealed.