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.
Fri, 13 April 2012
Pardon our shoulder-brush, but this episode is just so great.
>Whether or not a dog can actually act
Then, Jon "@fart" Hendren is here to talk about the time he bullied the guy from Smashmouth into eating a whole lot of eggs, why he hates Garfield the cat, what this one Eminem-obsessed guy kept searching for on AOL one time, and whether babies can or should eat cough drops.
Also! The looming spetcre that is the Three Stooges movie, and how it might affect your weekend according to what gender you are; the unacceptable "BOING!" sound effect in this one insanely bad Genesis song; constantly auditioning waiters and how they do not know what words mean sometimes; and how to start a Twitter feud with Leah Remini.
One of the best episodes we've done so far, which is saying something."Something!" #LOL
Fri, 6 April 2012
Happy Easter and Passover!
This week’s episode of HWYW features Dr. Leo Spaceman himself! That's right: the wonderful CHRIS PARNELL, who is so funny and charming and just generally marvelous in one billion different ways, talks to Julie about how weird schnapps is, what he's like at a party, his SNL audition, and the origins of Merv the Perv.
Then, JON DALY, who is so deeply hilarious it will make your body tissue ache, pays Julie a visit in the form of SAPPITY TAPPITY THE DRUNKEN ENGLISH ROLLERBLADING PINE TREE. Enjoy this insane conversation between Julie and a very important comedy character and relish each factoid Sappity shares about his devotion to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, his speculation on what Whoopi looks like during a moment of exquisite intimacy, the importance of setting aside time for podcasts, and a very exciting theatrical endeavor he's collaborating on with Richard Foreman.
Also! Julie opts for oil AND cream on her hypothetical commercial pie; introduces, then celebrates, Kip the purse-taking dog; connects Nickelodeon's tradition of sliming female celebrities to the WAM fetish; discusses Petey, a cat who looks like a particular figure from history; and admonishes straight girls for trying to shock their peers by publicly proclaiming their affections for a particular dwarf.
Plus: Sappity's totally funny Vegas prank he pulled one time with The Peppers! Chris Parnell's fond reminiscence of the time Maya Rudolph showed him her breasts! That time January Jones wore a fat suit and inhaled her TV daughter's sundae like it was a placenta! And a sad disclosure of personal events that I hope doesn't make you too depressed to listen to.
A show that's fit to make Good Friday great!
Fri, 30 March 2012
Ahoy! So, this is a big deal.
This week's episode of HWYW features RuPaul's Drag Race Superstar Contestant and "post-Warhol mannequin with the look of a cover model and the soul of a shoe" SHARON NEEDLES, who talks to Julie about her friendship with Chad Michaels, the first horror movie she ever saw, which of the queens on this season's show hasn't seen Paris is Burning, and how incredible Elvira's breasts look in person. Can you deal? You likely cannot. Then, Buzzfeed editor WHITNEY JEFFERSON is here to discuss her five favorite Willard Scott monents from his Smuckers/ birthday greetings gig on The Today Show. Clowns and Jane Fonda are also discussed!
Also! Julie praises George the heroic basset hound and his paw-mashing phone skills; Sharon and Julie do dueling Cher impressions; Whitney Jefferson accepts a compliment about her beautiful eyes; and the real conflict on SMASH is pondered--the battle between Debra Messing's scarves and Meryl Streep's daughter's braids.
Plus! Al Roker's frigid penis! Sharon Needles' Gaga shout-out! Camille Grammer and Madonna's post-divorce art! And a plea for your vote in this important election.
A groundbreaking and artistically explosive show!
Fri, 23 March 2012
On the first HWYW episode of spring, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, humorist, author and brilliant expert on many important things including musical theater, MO ROCCA is here to discuss what you should and shouldn't say to celebrities that are famous for one thing, why Gypsy is the best musical, what kind of woman Mo looks like when he's in drag, and what Jerry Herman score he listened to on his Discman when he was jogging in Tokyo.
Then, DAVE CULLEN, author of the book Columbine, is here to talk to Julie about what we've established is one of the greatest non-fiction books published in a long time. It is an important conversation about a riveting book that will hopefully be more fascinating to you than it will just merely give you nightmares.
Plus, Julie expresses:
-Relief that a second season of Smash will exist
Also! The adorability of Siamese children versus Thai ones! What not to say to Richard Klein! A contest having to do with the March 29th live show in LA! And the enormity and scope of Jonah Hill's torso.
A compelling and occasionally intense show, after what was not a great week, at least for me. I hope you love it!
Fri, 16 March 2012
On this episode of HWYW, music legend RICKIE LEE JONES talks to Julie about the messages girls can get from billboards, the barbed blessing of working with a producer whose opinion you trust, and her horse, Cinderella. What a treat to chat with Ms. Jones! This is a huge deal.
Then, author KAMBRI CREWS is here to discuss her fascinating new memoir, BURN DOWN THE GROUND. Kambri is the daughter of two deaf adults, and her dad is currently incarcerated in a Texas prison. It goes without saying that Kambri has a story to tell that is absolutely unique, compelling and heartfelt. A must-listen interview about a must-read book!
I also have to mention that there's a pretty incredible connection between Kambri and Rickie because Kambri, as she mentions in her interview, used to work at Chuck E. Cheese. And of course, I was therefore tempted to title this episode "Chuck E. Cheese's in Love." I would appreciate you praising my restraint.
Plus, Julie devises a theory about Stephen King's writing process, summarizes the "Cat Food Lady" episode of MY STRANGE ADDICTION, pitches the Vern-cast, comtemplates the process of putting tights over recently lotioned legs and compares it to putting wax over cheese, and happily closes the coffin on "Slut-shaming culture," sending it off with a rather disgusting anecdote about the jerk who hosts SOUNDCHECK.
Also, the seductive quality of a certain volume of the encyclopedia! Yet another stupid thing to say about a stranger's dog! And an exciting announcement about our LA show with Patton Oswalt, Katie Notopoulos & Ted Leo and his all-star band on March 29th!
A show that is neither to be missed nor to be underestimated!
Fri, 9 March 2012
It's been a year of How Was Your Week! Can you believe it? Remember a year ago when the podcast began? That's when I was carrying you!
On this One Year Anniversary episode of HWYW, Barney's creative ambassador, author, humorist, bon-vivant and general full-on f'ing icon SIMON DOONAN joins Julie to discuss his new book, Gay Men Don't Get Fat, the influence of celebrity culture on style, how marvelous sweeping generalizations are, and numerous important facts about Raquel Welch, not least of which is that she and Camille Paglia are good friends (!!!)
Then, author and Monkees historian ERIC LEFCOWITZ sits down with Julie, the week after Davy Jones passed away, to talk about his memories of Davy, the rivalries in the group, the mad beauty of HEAD, and what happened after the band got together for Headquarters. Warning: this is a pretty intense conversation between two hardcore Monkees nerds. If it's Greek to you, consider buying Eric's book first!
Plus, Julie expresses concern about Pat Kiernan's eye not being on the prize, bemoans Jesus's husky understudy, teaches her cat how to use a scratching post with her own stupid fingernails, and reminds a certain enemy of the show that things are usually about Uggie.
A podcast that is so much better than the "paper"-themed one year anniversary gift that is customary. Nobody wants your dead trees, grandma!