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Rumpus Radio Episode 13 with Michael Showalter
Funny man Michael Showalter sits down with Rumpus Radio host Stephen Elliott and co-host Nato Green. Michael Showalter is one of the founding members of the comedy troupe Stella and The State. He also co-wrote and co-produced the cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer. To top it all off he’s just released a book, Mr. Funny Pants.
We talk about that a lot, about writing, and what makes something funny, and why would anyone want to be a comedian.
In our twelfth episode of Rumpus Radio we interview Derek Cianfrance, the director of Blue Valentine. It’s well known that we consider Blue Valentine the best film of 2010.
We talk about the process of getting a movie made, working ten years on a script only to throw the script away and encouraging his actors, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, to improvise.
Rumpus Radio Episode 11 with Marc Maron
In our eleventh episode of Rumpus Radio we have an in-depth interview with Marc Maron. We go deep into the roots of alternative comedy and how Marc transitioned from unable to book a show to one of the most popular and successful podcasts, a star of the new medium.
And The Rumpus gives Maron some advice on how to live.
Rumpus Radio Episode 10, Kyle Kinane 12/15/10
In this episode of Rumpus Radio Stephen Elliott, Isaac Fitzgerald, and Nato Green sit down with comedian Kyle Kinane to talk about Bare Naked Ladies, white power, and when is a comedian selling out.
How come people go to see comedy without ever hearing of the comedian, yet nobody goes a music club to see music they’ve never of.
Comedian W. Kamau Bell, co-hosted by Nato Green with special guest Hari Kondabolu (yeah, that guy). We talk about Martin Luther King. W. Kamau Bell poses that question: Late at night, on a street corner, who can a 6’4″ black man ask for directions?
Steve Almond, one of our favorite authors and frequent contributor to The Rumpus, stopped by the Rumpus Radio suite/apartment to talk about publishing, politics, media and community. Comedian Nato Green co-hosts along with Rumpus managing editor Isaac Fitzgerald. You can download the episode stevealmond.mp3, or listen in iTunes.
We talk with San Francisco hip hop artist K. Flay about touring with all male bands, the difference between posse and entourage, and the etymology of the word ho. Also, we try to finally answer the question, will K. Flay go for coffee with Rumpus managing editor Isaac Fitzgerald? Co-hosted by Nato Green. Edited by Marley Magaziner. Listen in iTunes. Direct download.
Antonia Crane is a writer, activist, and a sex worker living in Los Angeles. She edits the Sex Worker Recession series here on The Rumpus. We talk about sex in memoirs, what makes good personal writing, and the time she took me home from the airport handcuffed and hooded beneath a blanket in the back seat of her car. Listen in iTunes. Direct download.
In this episode Josh Mohr stops by again for a few minutes and then I go talk to Alex Mar, director of the documentary American Mystic. I’ve known Alex for six years and I’m most amazed by how she seems to do whatever she wants. She was an intern at FSG, a writer for Salon, the editor of Rolling Stone online, a producer at MTV, and recently she raised like a million dollars to make this film. In other words, nothing about Alex adds up. Listen in iTunes. Direct download.
Nick Flynn, author of The Ticking Is The Bomb and Another Bullshit Night In Suck City and the poetry collections Some Ether and Blind Huber. In a pre-interview conversation with Joshua Mohr, author of Termite Parade, we discuss Nick’s problems, and luck, with women. The actual interview starts around the seven minute mark where Nick Flynn discusses at length the problems with America’s torture policies. 47 minutes. Listen in iTunes. Direct download: Episode_Four.mp3
Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls.
Before Jillian arrives we have a surprise visit from author Po Bronson and we ask Po if it’s sexist to talk about how good looking Jillian is; are we required to focus on the book’s literary merit?
An interview with Andrew Leland, managing editor of The Believer. This was supposed to include an interview with Daphne Gottlieb as well, but that didn’t work out. Also, the sound quality on this one isn’t great. Still, this is one of our favorites!
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