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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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Jul 29, 2011 0

On this super-sized episode of How Was Your Week?, actor, author and general delight JOHN ROSS BOWIE joins Julie to discuss the movie HEATHERS, and the terrific book he wrote about it. Grab some corn nuts and pull up to this delicious conversation!

Then, comedian, rock star and bon vivant DAVE HILL hosts Julie at his sexy bachelor pad and takes a Tiger Beat quiz originally intended for Usher. It turns out those two have a lot more in common than you previously knew!

Plus! "The McNamara Joke" in HEATHERS, what Telly Monster's "game" is, Miranda July's new movie trailer, Jaycee Duggard's depressing birthday gift, the sexual politics of tip-touching, and how HEATHERS proved that girls are like chess and boys are like checkers. 

Also! Much more! I won't go into it here, there's no time. Listen to it at once!

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Dave Hill, John Ross Bowie
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Music by Ted Leo

Jul 22, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, the wonderful MARIA BAMFORD sits down with Julie to take the "Inside The Actors Studio" questionnaire, but not before she discusses her exercise class, her pugs, her neighborhood, and the concept of listening.

Also, Julie presents the REDHEAD HALL OF FAME and lists her favorite carrot-topped celebrities. Is Laura Prepon on the list?? She is not on the list. Also, she's a blonde now.

Plus! The heat in NYC measured in terms of MURDER! The latest, Paltrow-perpetuated atrocity that affects Jews! Kickstarter etiquette! That one guy at the coffee shop! The year of the Dragon Woman! Emma Stone's fashion "don't!" And what Maria is doing to contribute to her community (it's bench and hat-related). Enjoy this episode! It is very special.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guest: Maria Bamford
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Music by Ted Leo

Jul 15, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, TrueCrimeDiary.com's MICHELLE MCNAMARA comes by to discuss the Zodiac Killer, the Jon Benet case, Casey Anthony's alibi, and more mayhem-ripe and murder-rich unsolved crimes!

Then, comedian and Twitter superstar ROB DELANEY talks to Julie about how they met and what they have in common, before launching into an scandalous list of his five "shame crushes." Are you on the list??????

Also: Julie overhears some pretty important conversations at ridiculous hotels in Los Angeles, congratulates Matt LeBlanc on his Emmy nod, and pitches a new title for that show on TLC about ladies who can't stop eating cornstarch.

Plus! Life before "Toddlers and Tiaras"! What The Green River Killer has in common with a border collie! Exactly why the phrase "Officer Rashad" causes Rob Delaney to palpitate! And what part in "Camelot" Julie thinks is a good role to play. A dark and stormy summer episode! Dig into it like a juicy beach read, y'all.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Rob Delaney, Michelle McNamara
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Music by Ted Leo

Jul 8, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, the great TOM SCHARPLING joins Julie for a rollicking conversation about Big Momma's House 3, George Lopez, how Chris Christie would look with a mustache, and Tom's favorite Catwoman. 

Also: Julie reads Amazon reviews of Keanu Reeves's new, insane-sounding picture poetry book, contemplates the recent explosion of monkey news, and boldly criticizes Joel Grey's performance in Anything Goes.

Plus! Tom reveals who would play the role of "the guest" in his Inside The Actors' Studio spec! Fran Lebowitz vs. Fran Drescher! The top ten "Strong Female Characters" from Intervention! Why Florida doesn't deserve sea cows! And the return of the great "Did or didn't Celebrity Apprentice producers add flush/ & farting sounds over footage of Meat Loaf" debate! An epic show.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guest: Tom Scharpling
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier; Photo of Tom by John Dalton
Music by Ted Leo

Jul 1, 2011 0

Happy Birthday, America! We got you a new podcast. On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Michael Rapaport discusses the new Tribe Called Quest documentary he directed-- Beats, Rhymes & Life. Also, the funny and wonderful Larry Murphy (Bob's Burgers, Ugly Americans) stops by to tell us a story about Ernie, the dog featured in this week's episode artwork.

Also: Larry's impression of Jon Benjamin, the Phife vs. Q-Tip kerfuffle, the real consequences of making gay marriage legal in NYC, which member of Tribe is most like Keith Richards, how Intervention is like Happy Days, Countess Luann's new music video, and Larry King's dark, twisted, bagel-related intentions.

Plus! Michael's dad and his disco radio past! The hypnotic appeal of a show about dress shopping! Larry's misconception of the Weimeraner breed! And the one-word Game of Thrones spoiler that ruined Spoony's day. A patriotic episode! 

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Michael Rapaport, Larry Murphy
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier; Photo of Ernie and Brendon's Sister by Brendon Small
Music by Ted Leo

Jun 24, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Two SNL ladies join Julie, which is exciting! Ana Gasteyer stops by to discuss her cabaret show, "Elegant Songs From a Handsome Woman" and gets deep into her SNL memories, plus, gives advice to our second fabulous guest, VANESSA BAYER, who discusses four of her favorite 90's movies: So, I Married An Axe Murderer, Singles, Reality Bites and Empire Records.

Also: Ana talks about what she did for her SNL audition, and how her Cokie Roberts impression probably sealed the deal (not what she actually said), and the difference between comedy people and theater people; Vanessa aces a '90s movie quiz and offers a theory as to why Nancy Travis's character 1) wore that Kimono-looking thing at the end of Axe Murderer and 2) had a different hairstyle in every scene.

Plus: Who told Ana to take classes at the Groundlings, what she loves about Nora Dunn, why Vanessa defends Empire Records to this day, how SNL is like a Science Fiction orb, whether Reality Bites is maybe a little dated, and how many covers of "There She Goes" are actually included in that Mike Myers movie (one billion).

Also! Julie discusses three of her most embarrassing moments, recommends a terrible beach read, yields a murderous offer for free nuts, answers questions from listeners about beauty pageants and sublets, and impersonates her seat mate at Stephen Sondheim's Company. There's also some nonsense about artichokes, which we should all probably ignore.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Ana Gasteyer, Vanessa Bayer
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Music by Ted Leo
Theme Song and Incidental Music

Jun 17, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, IRA GLASS (This American Life) and his wife ANAHEED ALANI (Rookie; The Talent Show) play a rousing installation of The Newlywed Game with Julie!

Then: more about Christie Brinkley at the Tonys and how exactly she was heroic that night, whether one can trust penguins, and which emotion is most like Chet from Weird Science.

Plus: What Ira would do if he didn't do radio, what Anaheed and her mother have in common, Ira's "dad shoes," Anaheed's impression of Norm MacDonald doing an impression of Adam Carolla, and how Diane Keaton could be helpful in Syria.

Also! Julie foolishly battles inbox trolls! Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! Reverse Planking! How Woodstock is like your cool friend's wife! And much more. An epic and intimate show!

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Ira Glass, Anaheed Alani
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Jun 14, 2011 0

This is exciting! On this special BONUS minisode (it's short for "miniature episode," friends), Julie discusses the 2011 Tony Awards with New York Magazine theater critic SCOTT BROWN. This conversation simply could not wait until Friday's show! Mostly because nobody would care about it then as much, but also because it is too explosive!

Hear! Why would Bono & The Edge have chosen that particular "Spiderman" song? What is it about Stephen Colbert singing and dancing that makes our heart strings get all plucky and stucky? What was going on with Christie Brinkley? What Broadway song would Scott Brown put on his "gym mix"? Where was Patti Lupone? What was Josh Gad doing when his name was announced? Was Rob Ashford robbed? Of what? Why was Whoopi Goldberg dressed like that? Who was sitting next to Al Pacino and his handsome headband? Are all of us Ghetto Klowns?

Also: Tyne Daly vs. Tovah Feldshuh, The unbearable Judith Lightness of being, Frances McDormand's punk rockness, Mark Rylance being Mark Rylance, and a BRAND NEW MUSICAL THEME WRITTEN BY TED LEO WITH NO NOTICE AT ALL!

This is heroic stuff.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guest: Scott Brown
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Special Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Jun 10, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, MICHELLE COLLINS (Best Week Ever) talks to Julie about her favorite renditions of the National Anthem-- from Jennifer Hudson's post-tragedy triumph to Demi Lovato's musical insult to America. Then, comedy's EUGENE MIRMAN (Bob's Burgers) talks to Julie about his open letter to Time Warner Cable, his time in Special Ed, and how it feels to be one of the few people Anthony Weiner follows on Twitter.

Also: whom the Mexican Coen Brothers would cast in every "película" they'd theoretically make, why old timey dogs look different than the dogs of today, the consequences of expressing yourself on the internet, Lou Reed vs. David Bryne, Hampshire College and its peculiar requirements, balls, fuck tubs, the KGB, and the advantage of the gibberish method versus the lip sync, when you forget the words to a song.


Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Eugene Mirman, Michelle Collins
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Jun 3, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to the fabulous JULIEANNE SMOLINKSKI (AKA Boobs Radley) on the "Smolinski Seven"--the elite 7 swarthy celebrities she'd like to bed. Then, author, comedy professor and Vanity Fair editor MIKE SACKS stops by to discuss four comedy clichés he is done with forever. A fun and education-rich show!

Also: Julie reviews Woody Allen's new movie, ranks the best fifteen animals of all time, shares her favorite Marcia Gay Harden anecdote, complains about steampunk and the never-ending trend of prostitute-strangling, and apologizes for being under the weather, THEN BARRELS THROUGH HER LESS-THAN-OPTIMUM-STATE-OF-MIND to give YOU the most for your entertainment dollar!

Plus: The sexual appeal of Uncas, the penultimate Mohican! What the Night Stalker likes about cable! The two things little kids always say in animated movies! Why it is that grannies rap so goddamn much! Birds, and what they can and can't teach us about becoming women! And much, much more.


Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Julieanne Smolinski, Mike Sacks
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

May 27, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to the fabulous Jackée about exactly how scandalous it is to buy a coconut cake before noon, her star turn on 227, why she can't stand Bill Maher, what kind of plastic surgery she'd get (it's intimate), and which famous men she'd like to make love to.

Also, Julie ponders the worse of two evils--Bono versus Sting. Plus! The pettability of working dogs, Oprah's last show, Diane Keaton's quirkiness, the subtlety of the "Don't Stand So Close to Me" video, Glenn Close's appeal, the defintion of a Trophy Cougar, and the time  Jackée tried to sleep with Rodney Dangerfield.            

Host: Julie Klausner
Guest: Jackée
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Photo Collage by Julie Klausner
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo



May 20, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to the legendary SALLY KELLERMAN about the naked acting tips she learned for her shower scene in M*A*S*H, how she fell in love with Rodney Dangerfield for her role in Back To School, her first voice-over gig, and why she does an Aerosmith cover on her new record. Also, comedy genius PAUL SCHEER stops by to discuss three of his cultural blind spots---movies, TV shows or books that he claims to know about in conversations with eggheads, but that he's never actually partaken of. Who can blame him? Only a monster would have the audacity.


Plus: Paul on his annoying college roommate, "Geoff"! Sally on how she met her husband! A naked Gary Burghoff! An incompetent, occasionally Spanish-spouting masseuse! And why comedians best be careful before they scoff at magicians. A LEGENDARY EPISODE.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Sally Kellerman, Paul Scheer
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

May 14, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to stand-up comedienne JEN KIRKMAN about the time she met Cher! Then, ANDREA ROSEN and JOHN GEMBERLING--a couple who are in love with each other--discuss how they met, their unborn child, and then, sort of, play The Newlywed Game.
Plus: Much talk of Chaz Bono's gender reassignment surgery/ hairless cats, a celebration of Parade magazine, the hypnotic appeal of the post-9/11 MJ/Liz Taylor/ Marlon Brando road trip, Jackson Galaxy's web of lies, and Julie makes a very intimate confession about a Tears for Fears song.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Jen Kirkman, Andrea Rosen, John Gemberling
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

May 6, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to comedian/Onion editor BARATUNDE THURSTON, who talks about his viral video, in which he reacts to Barack Obama producing his birth certificate for the satisfaction of Donald Trump. Then, Musical Theater superstar/ Sirius XM radio host SETH RUDETSKY joins Julie to discuss the disaster movies and variety specials that made the 1970's so great.

Plus: Aretha Franklin's version of "a mean salad," Jenny McCarthy's invisible counter-rally, Fake Jan Brady, Bi-Polar Lite, Georgia the Country, the Tony nominations, Class with The Countess, and Harry Potter's Broadway turn. This show will cause you to learn something! Possibly many things.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Seth Rudetsky, Baratunde Thurston
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Apr 29, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to comedian JOE MANDE, who discusses his Kindle-hating dog, Blanche, his history of pets, and his father's dog-training business. Then, rock star NEKO CASE sits down to eat peeps and muffins with Julie, and the two of them talk about art school, walruses, Neko's crush on Michael Palin, and the myth of "Backstage Johnnies."

Plus: Carol Channing's definition of "Movie Night," Greeks versus Jews, Kate Middleton's nose, how to compete with yourself instead of other women, the three different kinds of jellybeans, civil war monuments, iguanas versus cats, and what it means to be a redhead.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Neko Case, Joe Mande
Produced by Chris Spooner
Original Artwork by Marcia Neumeier/ Collage by Julie Klausner
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Apr 23, 2011 0

On this Rachel-packed episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie talks to former SNL castmember RACHEL DRATCH, who talks about her new book, her baby, and RuPaul's Drag Race. Also, playwright and author RACHEL SHUKERT talks to Julie about the movie TOOTSIE, which is the best movie. 

Plus: What happens when you laugh during an SNL sketch, a dramatic reading from Mackenzie Phillips's autobiography, why Jessica Lange's "wallpaper" monologue from TOOTSIE is so important, how to pronounce "ibid," more JC Penney Facebook Page fun, and whether or not Christina Aguilera eats tacos.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Rachel Dratch, Rachel Shukert
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Apr 15, 2011 0

On this super-sized episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie sits down with comedy genius Patton Oswalt to discuss his book, ZOMBIE SPACESHIP WASTELAND, and the importance of cult movies when you’re growing up in the suburbs. Then, BOB’S BURGERS writer Holly Schlesinger invites Julie over to see what’s on her TiVo, which includes the episode of PRIVATE PRACTICE in which French Stewart played a mentally-challenged person!

Plus! Patton on why some nerds aren’t afraid of girls, the “Hulk Running” scene from Albert Brooks’s MODERN ROMANCE, and the problem with room comics in indie spaces—and vice versa.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Patton Oswalt, Holly Schlesinger
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Apr 7, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie sits down with the one and only JOAN RIVERS (!!!) to discuss her Passover plans, evaluate the impact of last year's documentary on her life, and play Fuck/Marry/Kill with other Center Squares from HOLLYWOOD SQUARES.

Plus: Elizabeth Taylor versus other women, Joan's accidental Ed Sullivan Show booking, dogs, Peter Cook, Dustin Hoffman, what Joan is reading now, and what her week looks like.

Host: Julie Klausner
Guest: Joan Rivers
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Apr 2, 2011 1

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie returns her Zappos, attacks Anthony Bourdain's erroneous squirrel joke premises, and looks up Terrence Howard on IMDB. Plus, dice versus dragons, the "skanks" dilemma, and Italian lemonade.

Plus: Ronna & Beverly (Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo) on their five favorite Holocaust films, and James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers) on his favorite character actors, and the time he auditioned for the Coen Brothers. This episode is not to be missed!

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Ronna & Beverly (Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo), James Urbaniak
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Mar 26, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie orders four new pairs of shoes, solicits questions from her listeners, and commemorates the passing of a show business legend. Also discussed: How to be sad when it's sunny outside, Malin Ackerman as Linda Lovelace, and the taste of warm food.
Plus: Comedian Billy Eichner's three least favorite celebrities and Twitter superstar Megan Amram tells us candidly about how her week went and her job at the Disney Channel. This episode is terrific!
Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Billy Eichner, Megan Amram
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Mar 19, 2011 0

On this episode of How Was Your Week?, Julie grapples with nature's original villain, then gets too drunk to go to the California Pizza Kitchen. Also discussed: Bill Maher versus Anthony Bourdain (everybody loses), Shelley Duvall's PTSD, and the horror of reading tweets about things that aren't for you.

Plus: Jesse Murray's five favorite '80s movies set in NYC and a candid look behind the scenes of Top Chef Masters from Anthony Atamanuik. A great show!

Host: Julie Klausner
Guests: Jesse Murray, Anthony Atamanuik
Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

Mar 8, 2011 0

The first-ever episode of How Was Your Week? features an interview with authoress/ provacateur Natasha Vargas-Cooper, a rundown of the Best Picture nominees from Julie's parents, an unfavorable review of The King's Speech, and lots of caring and sharing.

Produced by Chris Spooner
Artwork by Marcia Neumeier
Theme Song and Incidental Music by Ted Leo

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