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Adam Scott is pretty well known for his work in comedy. He played the calzone-obsessed accountant turned political consultant Ben Wyatt on Parks And Recreation. On the cult-hit Party Down he played the failed actor turned cater-waiter Henry. In Step Brothers, the scheming, evil and hilarious Derek. But on Severance,...
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Chloë Sevigny is known for a lot of things in showbiz – but she is perhaps best known for being cool. She has an impeccable fashion sense and makes waves in that world. She got her start as a model. Then, Chloë appeared in music videos for bands like Sonic Youth and The Lemonheads. Then as an actor in arthouse movies – her debut was in Larry Clark's pioneering movie Kids.
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For the first chapter of his career, Nick Kroll's comedy centered around big, outsized characters – the more preposterous the better. He created the sketch comedy series Kroll Show, and he starred on the FX show The League. Nick also co-created the Broadway show Oh, Hello with comedian John...
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On the latest episode of Bullseye, more Succession intrigue! This time around we're joined by Brian Cox who portrays Logan Roy on the show. Brian Cox has hundreds of credits acting with a career spanning decades. He's a legend on stage and on screen. He's had award-winning performances with the...
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Alana Haim has been leading two very distinct careers lately. First, there's her music - Alana is one third of the Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed rock group Haim. And then there's her acting. A few years ago, Alana got a call from director Paul Thomas Anderson. He had a part...
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G Perico is a gangster rapper from Los Angeles. That puts him firmly in a tradition stretching from Ice T and the DOC in the 80s through Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg in the 90s and on to hitmakers like The Game and YG in the 21st century. He is a master stylist. His nasal voice cuts up heavy beats and his lyrics are by turns playful and brutal, often both in one song.
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Episode #350: Jesse Thorn

What was podcasting like before the iPhone? Jesse Thorn knows. After college radio, Thorn, host of public radio’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, broadcast his podcast The Sound of Young America from his home, eventually building his own podcast network, Maximum Fun, which includes Stop Podcasting Yourself; Judge John Hodgman; My Brother, My Brother and Me; and dozens more. Thorn sat down with me to talk about those early years and the struggles that came with it, the power of building your own community, adapting podcasts for TV and streaming, and even some fun stories about the role Thorn played in the launch of Marc Maron’s podcast as well as working with a then-unknown Jonathan Van Ness. If you like this conversation, please consider subscribing to my Substack called Piffany at Piffany.Substack.com so you can read bonus commentary on this episode as well as more comedy news and insights. Thanks in advance, and now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!
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Adam McKay on the joke that inspired him to do comedy, Second City and working with material that's more topical and political. Adam McKay has had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy. First as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live – he was on the show between 1995 and 2001. He studied at Second City, too.
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Riz Ahmed is a man of many talents. As an actor, he's earned accolades for the British independent movies where he started his career in the mid-2000s. He's excelled in Hollywood blockbusters like "Nightcrawler" and "Rogue One," and on television in roles like the HBO miniseries "The Night Of." Most recently, he picked up his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the drama "Sound of Metal," making him both the first Muslim and the first Pakistani actor ever nominated for that award.
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Terrace Martin on Jazz, Hip-Hop, and working with Kendrick Lamar. Terrace Martin grew up in a jazz household and got his start as a saxophonist. Born in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District, he found a love for hip-hop early on, too. The kids growing up around him were freestyling and playing in backyard shows.
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Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris on the creative process. Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has a very unique style of storytelling. His films usually focus in on the retrospective, giving his subjects the opportunity to reflect on past traumas, past glories and past versions of themselves. He helped revolutionize the industry with the use of techniques and flourishes previously frowned upon in traditional documentary filmmaking such as the reenactment.
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Holly Hunter on her long career in film, and the new TV show Mr. Mayor. Holly Hunter's had unforgettable roles in some of the best movies of the last 30 years. She's been nominated for several Academy Awards for her roles in films like Thirteen, The Firm, and Broadcast News.
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