September 8, 2023
John Levenstein and Mary Kobayashi hit the picket line to find out what writers remember about the 1988 strike. Spoiler: not much. So, we fill in the blanks with interviews with Brian Walton, the executive director of the Writers’ Guild in 1988, and Ken Ziffren, the lawyer who helped broker the settlement.
February 14, 2019
Featuring Mary Kobayashi, Tim Heidecker, Jon Daly, Sara Watkins, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Gabrus, Steve Dildarian, Jay Kogen, and an interview with HBO & Annapurna Pictures’ Sue Naegle. Recorded live at UCB Franklin in Los Angeles, 1/24/19.
January 6, 2019
EP. 10 — 10: John’s First Boss
As the party winds to a close, John meets up with his first boss Michael Nesmith to talk about the Monkees, Television Parts, and the afterlife–and to find out if Nesmith tinkered with a video game to gain an unfair edge in a competition with John in 1985. Jack Handey refuses to take sides even though he was there, while Nick Kroll shares an old Deep Thoughts-related injustice. Sara Watkins talks about the invitation from her that led to Nesmith playing music again after a long hiatus. And John gets sloppy as he and editor and co-host Mary Kobayashi reminisce about the season…and take a risk.
December 31, 2018
EP. 9 — 9: Showbiz Stories!
Guests share their most star-studded anecdotes. With Abraham Higginbotham, Paul F. Tompkins, Karen Kilgariff, Joe Wengert, Jonathan Krisel, Eva Anderson, Courtney Lilly, Tim Heidecker, Pam Brady and Michael Nesmith.