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.
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.
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.
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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Ted Danson didn't grow up having ambitions of becoming the next great actor. Which seems a bit hard to believe given his incredible talent and the illustrious career he's crafted over the last 40 years. With movie star good looks and roles on hit shows like Cheers, Damages, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Good Place, Ted seems like he was destined to be on stage and screen. But the way he tells it, he went on his first audition only because he was on a date that he didn't want to end. Luckily for us, once he made it on stage there was no turning back.
Fran Lebowitz has lived in New York City pretty much her entire life. Her written work often provided American social commentary through her unique lens as a New Yorker. Some of her most notable written works include Metropolitan Life, Social Studies and The Fran Lebowitz Reader. While her writing is...