Tue, 12 December 2017
Kevin Pollak With a Kevin Spacey Story That's Never Been Made Public and Golden Globe Nominated The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kevin Pollak is a comedian, actor, director, writer and producer and has been part of some of the biggest film and television projects of the last 30 years.
(6 minutes in) On The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Kevin was a favorite of Johnny’s and he tells us how he never had to do a stand-up monologue on the show (a miraculous fact within the standup comedy world). Pollak explains how he was able to go directly to panel on the legendary couch alongside Carson on his very first appearance because of a seat of the pants strategy that paid off.
(37 minutes in) Kevin also tells a never before told story about actor Kevin Spacey.
(54 minutes in) There is a story from the movie set of The Whole 9 Yards involving per diem payments and Michael Clarke Duncan that is a piece of insanity.
He also takes us inside the Golden Globe nominated and critically hailed series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in which Kevin is a series regular.
J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark for the conversation with Kevin Pollak.
Fri, 1 December 2017
Larry Merchant has spent his professional life writing, commenting and analyzing some of the biggest events in sports.
The world of boxing made Larry Merchant a household name for the way in which his fight analysis pulled no punches (pun sorta' intended) and neither did his post-fight interviews.
Larry joins at 0:17 into the show.
Mark Thompson, J.Elvis Weinstein and Lisa Foxx ask Larry about his life around the ring and about his controversial interview with Floyd Mayweather.
Larry talks about Ali, Foreman, Frazier and a history around the sport.
Mark asks point blank whether Larry thinks boxing is, at times, fixed.
The show starts with THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure.
Mark talks with Michael about the acquisition of Time Inc by a company controlled by the billionaire Koch brothers. The two also discuss Al Franken and Roy Moore and the way Congress handles matters of sexual harassment.
Fri, 24 November 2017
Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein and More from Entertainment Journalist Sam Rubin...Then, Annual Holiday Visit From Pit Bull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton
Entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin has connections that run deep in both Hollywood and in the TV news business out of New York.
With the news about Charlie Rose and his firing from CBS, Sam comes in and breaks down what is going on and the likely repercussions.
Half way through the conversation, a HUGE bombshell is dropped about a key Hollywood figure and the loss of his job.
Then, our annual visit around the holidays from THE PITBULL OF COMEDY, BOBBY SLAYTON.
Bobby reminds Mark of his Woody Allen dinner and gives Mark a hard time about being a vegan.
Fri, 15 September 2017
Comedy Ninja-- From Parks and Rec, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond and More: Producer/Writer: Mike Scully
Comedy Producer and Writer, Mike Scully, has created a ton of TV comedy.
He's jumped in to run some of the biggest sitcoms in television history and taken them to new levels. How he got started and how he got over being intimidated in one of the most formidable of writers' rooms.
Mike Scully produced the Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, Parks and Rec and most recently, The Carmichael Show.
Mike shares a bit of his world and his view on the future of television comedy (with the arrival of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) and the growing streaming empire.
Mark talks about where Mike and he first met and seems surprised that Mike even remembers it.
J.Elvis gets some love from Mike after Scully realizes who he is.
Tue, 29 August 2017
Trump's First Pardon.. Then, From Seinfeld to Johnny Carson, A Most Unusual Show Business Journey with Comedian Bruce Smirnoff
Michael Shure joins by phone with The Fast 15, covering the Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon and the promise of lower prices and Mark and Michael touch on deadly hurricane, Harvey (First 18 mins)
Then, comedian Bruce Smirnoff talks us through a few of the stops on his unusual journey through a show business career that has brought him in contact with some of the biggest names in classic modern comedy and television.
Sat, 19 August 2017
The show begins with THE FAST 15 with regular contributor, Michael Shure. The big political news concerns Steve Bannon leaving the White House team.
Then, Mark and Michael talk Charlottesville, Nazis, Alt-Right and Civil War statues. Finally it’s THE ECLIPSE (Mark is going to Kansas City to see it).
Glen Campbell memories from, Carl Gottlieb, a comedy writer on Glen’s first prime time show…then Carl answers some questions the group has about writing THE JERK which Carl did in collaboration with Steve Martin.
Then, our new pal, Adam, is on his way to getting a liver transplant. Mark, Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein talk with Adam.
Fri, 21 July 2017
Michael Wood Jr. says reforming the police force is simple. Of course, his view of simple and yours might diverge.
Michael is part of a movement that is responding to a broken law enforcement model that has led to innocent civilian deaths and cops who are often afraid to patrol.
He walks us through his experience and perspective on how to bring on change.
More information on Michael Wood Jr.’s movement to reform policing: http://civilianledpolicing.org/
J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with Michael.
We start with THE FAST 15 during which Michael Shure spends the 15 minutes reflecting on OJ Simpson's parole, Senator John McCain and getting a urine test for a new job.
That leads to urine test stories and questions.
Comedian/writer Laura House joins us for the very start of the show..We love Laura.
Sat, 17 June 2017
The show starts with Mark and an LAPD tale ripped from the headlines.
Then, political analyst Michael Shure stops by for THE FAST 15 with some extra time spent on stories of illegal gaming and even an Angela Merkel sighting.
Then writer, comedian and performer, Laura House ( Laurahouse.com ) sits in with Mark as they speak with a radio reporter turned podcaster, Jo Kwon (from KFI radio in L.A.)
The crew talks about pot (the focus of this season of Jo's podcast) and Jo's podcast generally which is called, Jo Kwon Reporting.
Finally, a former NFL cheerleader who is now a leading primatologist and expert on Madagascar, Mireya Mayor, stops in with husband , Phil Fairclough, who produces wildlife shows for television and film. It's just a brief visit but enough to get a picture of the vanishing magical habitat that is Madagascar and why it's a tough fight to save it.
Tue, 30 May 2017
Actress Dana Delany on the Magic and Craziness of Hollywood... Plus, The President Gets Back From His Foreign Trip
Dana Delany rocketed to fame on China Beach, landed on People Magazine's Most Beautiful People issue TWICE, both in 1991 and 2011 (and she comments on how ridiculous that whole thing is on some level).
Dana has starred in some of the highest profile movie and television projects of the last 25 years.
Promoting those projects, the randomness of events associated with decisions on what projects to take on and and be part of is something Dana talks about.
The group talks about Dana's trip to Vietnam during the time she's starring in China Beach, a television show about the Vietnam war. And Mark mentions that he's just returned from a trip there but the group makes fun of him and his trip.
We get to the insane, hormonal shoot that was TOMBSTONE. Plus, she also gets into the film EXIT TO EDEN directed by Garry Marshall in which she starred.
The episode begins with THE FAST 15: POLITICS AND MORE with Michael Shure, who has just returned from 2 weeks covering Washington in Washington DC.
Shure isn't bothered by Trump pushing his way past other NATO leaders for a photo opp. He IS bothered by Jared Kushner's back channel attempt to communicate with the Russians BEFORE the incoming administration is in power and Jared's lying on the disclosure form about his Russian meetings at Trump Tower. Finally, Michael makes a pitch for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
Heather Ankeny and Josh Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Dana Delany.
Mon, 22 May 2017
Tyler Cowen is a noted economist and professor at George Mason University in Washington. He has published many books on economics and our culture.
His latest is:
The Complacent Class: The Self Defeating Quest for the American Dream
His book breaks down this moment in time in economic terms.
We are not as inventive, entrepreneurial, versatile, daring or even productive as past generations. But within this cultural and economic moment in time there ARE members of society who take chances and make positive economic change happen.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for this conversation.
Before that, Mark walks us through an Apple lawsuit, Elon Musk's day and a fact about millennials.
You can buy Tyler Cowens books by clicking here.