Day: April 14, 2014

My Pod Week: Week ending 4/13/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! THE GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB (Wonder Boys) *LIVE* When we arrived at The Cinefamily, on Fairfax just south of Melrose in Los Angeles, I was quite hungover. The strong wind and cool temps felt nice. It felt like Berkeley. We met a few friends and had a brief chat out in front. The seats are comfortable, the...

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Conan O’Brien’s 50 celebrity cameos to open the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Conan O’Brien hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards live on MTV on Sunday night, which means a lot to you if you’re a teen-ager and/or can DVR Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Silicon Valley, Veep, and maybe even The Good Wife and pay attention to the MTV Movie Awards on Twitter without also falling prey to so many spoiler alerts. Spoiler Alert: Conan opened the MTV Movie Awards with 50 celebrity cameos. Apparently that’s a record or something? Congrats on that. Roll the...

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RIP Otto Petersen, ventriloquist of Otto & George (1960-2014)

Otto Petersen, whose foul-mouthed ventriloquist dummy George made his act “Otto & George” a popular friend of the Opie & Anthony radio program, reportedly died in his sleep. He was 53. The sad news was reported this morning on SiriusXM’s The Opie & Anthony Show. Petersen almost died last year, going into a coma for a week after a case of bacterial meningitis. As he told O&A afterward, he’d mistakenly taken illegal painkillers to treat an inner ear infection — he’d suffered ear aches often as a child, but nothing recently until then. “I was never sick before. It...

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SNL #39.18 RECAP: Host Seth Rogen, musical guest Ed Sheeran

Sometimes it feels as if Saturday Night Live‘s dirty little secrets aren’t secret any longer. If they ever were. And I’m not talking about the infamous cocaine-fueled writing sessions of the original cast and staff of the late 1970s, either. No. The dirtier secret of SNL is that 39 seasons later, it has become as much of a promotional PR machine for its guest stars as any other show on the late-night circuit. If not more strategically subtle, because a celebrity cameo on SNL is not advertised beforehand, but boldly thrust into our boob tubes live that Saturday night....

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