Mon, 10 September 2018
Two voices of progressive comedy: Ron Placone and Graham Elwood.
Both on Jimmy Dore's show and also on the Progressive Comedy Tour they get out their viewpoint without the intense harshness that's become commonplace in today's politically charged conversations and performances.
It's not all politics. Mark asks Graham about his one night marriage to a stripper in Las Vegas and, in a moment with less levity, Graham also talks about his home being foreclosed upon as a result of predatory banking practices.
How do the different crowds nationwide react to the comedy and today's political situation is among what's covered in this episode.
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00-2:05 Mark welcome
2:05-56:05 Mark speaks with Graham Elwood and Ron Placone
Tue, 31 July 2018
Former Editor-In-Chief at Rotten Tomatoes, Matt Atchity, presided over the website as it became a go-to destination for people deciding what films and television offerings they were going to watch.
Matt joins Mark Thompson and comic/documentary film director, J Elvis Weinstein on this episode.
Matt explains the power of "Certified Fresh", the limited power of the superhero and tentpole films and studios generally.
Finally, Matt talks about The Young Turks and his goals for TYT.
Matt is one of the hosts of WHAT THE FLICK (which reviews movies and TV) on the TYT network.
Before Matt, Michael Shure returns from Israel and looks at the political aspirations of Jim Jordan as Jordan attempts to succeed Paul Ryan as House Speaker. One problem Jordan may have is the trail of controversy that's shadowing him.
Mark also asks Michael about the Endangered Species Act and why it's rollback is a priority for Trump and Interior Sec'y Zinke. Michael explains the politics.
00-3:16 Mark welcome, summary
3:16-26:06 Michael Shure on politics
26:06-1:21:14 Matt Atchity, J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson
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Thu, 31 May 2018
Roseanne Gets "Erased" --Sam Rubin comments...Then Our Resident Gamblers, Michael Shure and Mark Thompson, Don't Support The Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Sports Gambling
It was an epic week for the most powerful star on television. In one instant Roseanne Barr destroyed her current show, past show and her standing in show business along with the livelihoods of scores of staffers.
Award winning entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin, from the #1 morning news show in L.A., talks about Roseanne's epic fall.
Then, Michael Shure had a prediction that looks increasingly accurate.
Plus, Mark and Michael weigh in on the Supreme Court decisions that will legalize sports gambling by state (neither supports it) and a crucial decision against workers' rights to organize.
:00 -:05 Mark with opening remarks
:05-20:40 Sam Rubin joins Mark to talk Roseanne
20:40-48:00 Michael Shure joins Mark Trump-Broidy prediction, legalizing sports wagering and more.
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Tue, 27 March 2018
THE DOG RESCUER: MARC CHING..INSIDE THE DARK WORLD OF THE ASIAN DOG MEAT MARKET... Also, The Scientology TV Channel, Activism and Gun Laws..Does It Make a Difference, Remembering Sam Simon
The show starts with an intro and Mark addressing a Stitcher glitch. (00-4:05)
Then, THE FAST 15 and Michael Shure commenting on everything from John Bolton joining the Trump cabinet to the Iran Nuclear Deal to the worldwide gun rallies and the Scientology television network. (4:30-22:06)
Then Mark is joined by Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein to talk with playwright Marc Acito. He talks about his latest production, the George Takei inspired musical, Allegiance. (22:22-34:10)
A brief conversation with Chris DeRose (Last Chance For Animals) follows, remembering our friend, Sam Simon on the anniversary of his death this month. Sam was the co-creator of THE SIMPSONS and a prolific humanitarian. The two share memories and two funny audio clips. (34:50-43:00) Last Chance For Animals is at www.lcanimal.org
Finally, Marc Ching.. Marc has made the infiltrating of the Asian dog meat market and rescuing animals from these torturous situations a life's work. He's taken that work here to the USA where the IT'S LEGAL TO EAT DOGS AND CATS.
Marc tells us how he got in to this world and what the prospects are for the future. His organization is ANIMAL HELP AND WELLNESS https://animalhopeandwellness.org/marc-ching/
Marc is the last interview in the show.(43:00-1:30:00)
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Fri, 2 March 2018
An Animal Activist at 15, Nathan Runkle Grows Up to Found Mercy For Animals.. Also, Kushner, Money, Guns and a Bizarre Race for U.S. Senate
At 15, Nathan Runkle became an animal activist ...But what he built with that activism is Mercy For Animals, one of the leading animal rights organization that exposes and fights the brutal and inhumane conditions in factory farms and animal agriculture. You can find out more information at mercyforanimals.org
His story is chronicled in the book Mercy For Animals: One Man's Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals.
Nathan Runkle joins Mark Thompson and sitting in are comedians Laura House @imlaurahouse and J. Elvis Weinstein @jelvisweinstein
The show starts with Mark and some thoughts on Jared Kushner and selling access from the White House inner circle. (00-:05)
Then Michael Shure joins and discusses the NRA and why this national gun conversation is potentially different from others (:05-:22)
Finally, Nathan joins for the rest of the show (:22-1:13)
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Mon, 12 February 2018
When Damien Mander completed his service as a Special Operations diver and sniper, he looked for another chapter in his life, a way to make his life purposeful.
That search ended with a plan to help protect a part of the planet that he saw being destroyed by greed—poachers, looking to cash in by slaughtering the most endangered animals on earth--from rhinos to tigers.
To support Damien's efforts to stop wildlife poaching, go to the International Anti-Poaching Organization website: https://www.iapf.org/
The show begins with THE FAST 15 which is supplemented by a conversation Michael Shure and Mark have about guns, the NRA and America.
Wed, 20 December 2017
It's our Super Sized Holiday Episode! Oscar Nominated Jennifer Tilly Brings a Bottle of Wine..Let the Games Begin
Oscar nominated actress, Jennifer Tilly, is a favorite. She always brings honesty and fun.
This time she brings a bottle of win too and the magic gets started right away.
It's an almost 2 hour visit with Jennifer.
The show starts with politics and more with Michael Shure: THE FAST 15.
Michael discusses the tax bill, the new senate seat, the death of net neutrality and the sliding scale of sexual harassment.
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.