Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Episode 260: “My Dad Wrote a Porno”

Jamie Morton was working behind the scenes of British television when his father emailed him a link under the name Rocky Flintstone, a link that revealed an erotic novel actually written by Morton’s father. A horribly written novel at that. And more where that came from. Morton and his good friends James Cooper and Alice Levine decided to read and gab about this book, chapter by chapter, in a podcast called My Dad Wrote A Porno. The podcast has spawned more than 160 million downloads, global tours, celebrity fans the likes of Elijah Wood, Dame Emma Thompson, Daisy Ridley...

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Hasan Minhaj will host a TV special for the Peabody Awards on FX

Fresh off of his second Peabody Award, comedian Hasan Minhaj now will preside over a TV special for the prestigious organization on FX later this summer. Stories of the Year will bring together other Peabody-winning writers and producers to talk about today’s vital social issues. It will “showcase award-winning content at a critical time in public discourse and further social conversation in meaningful ways,” according to Peabody Awards executive director Jeffrey Jones, who announced the special during the awards ceremony on...

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Review: Brendan Schaub, “You’d Be Surprised” on Showtime

Brendan Schaub, a former UFC fighter who has turned to podcasting and now stand-up comedy, released his first comedy special over the weekend on Showtime. All of this talking has presumably softened the rough edges of this heavyweight fighter.Although You’d Be Surprised aims to let audiences know he’s always been a bit of a softy.In the first half-hour, Schaub accomplishes this through self-deprecation, mocking his own fashion sense and his weekly haircut habit. He wears tight jeans and prefers renting a convertible Mini Cooper to a monster truck. He doesn’t see himself joining pals Callen and Rogan on their hunting trips....

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#RIP Sammy Shore, co-founder of The Comedy Store, at 92

Sammy Shore, the stand-up comedian who founded The Comedy Store in West Hollywood with his wife Mitzi in 1972 before giving her complete ownership in their divorce two years later, has died. Shore was 92. He was surrounded by his current wife and family in his home in Las Vegas at the time of his death. Here’s the obit straight from the Store: Sammy and his writing partner, Rudy Deluca, founded the world-famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles on April 7, 1972. It would become the premier stand-up comedy club in the world.Sammy’s almost 70-year career as a stand-up...

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Review: “My Dad Wrote a Porno” on HBO

The marketplace always has left room for junk art. Whether it’s the B movie, pulp fiction or velvet Elvis paintings, we’ve maintained a soft spot for kitsch culture, for works that speak to us on a visceral level, no matter their quality. The Internet and social media has upped the ante, elevating otherwise awful works of art into the mainstream. The Room. Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” So it’s no wonder that “My Dad Wrote A Porno” became a hit podcast, with more than 160 million downloads, a world tour, and now an HBO special, which premiered last weekend. I can...

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