Veep Premieres in April on HBO

OMG.  SO excited.  Not only do I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I love the director of this new series, Armando Iannucci.

From HuffPo:

In “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Her character quickly learns the job isn’t exactly what she thought it would be.

The show also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Iannucci was the co-writer and director of In the Loop, one of my favorite films and a great piece of political satire, and he wrote and directed The Thick of It, a fantastic tv show satirizing British politics.

In the Loop:

 

The Thick of It:

Iannucci is a genius.

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WTF with Marc Maron

I started listening to WTF with Marc Maron when I was at work.  I was a little worried about the language, but since I sat by myself in the office, I figured it was fine. Uh oh, turns out my laughing was the problem.  The show (podcast) is fantastic.

Marc Maron, in his own words:

“I have a hard time describing what I do or what I am up there on stage. I’ve been called: neurotic, a story teller, heady, cerebral, angry, brilliant, bad, a problem, a cultural critic, a satirist, fucking funny, an important voice, etc…

So, that being said, I am first and foremost a standup comic. I have appeared on TV, in film, on the staff, in print, on the radio, but all I ever wanted to be, and what I am now, is a stand up comic. I’ve appeared on just about every show that allows standup comics.”

He interviews everyone in the industry.  From Ira Glass (love him) to Aubrey Plaza (love her) to Jason Sudekis (love him too).  Those are just some recent examples. He is a little manic, a little crazy, a little angry, very thoughtful.  He is not afraid to ask questions that are personal and he definitely talks about his own personal issues.  The podcast usually features some of Maron’s stand-up at the beginning and then becomes an interview.  It is not like hahaha the whole time, sometimes it is somewhat serious too.

Yesterday I read on HuffPo that Todd Glass came out on Maron’s show.

Episode 245 – Todd Glass

Todd Glass is a great comic (similarly manic and angry like Marc Maron) who I came across on Last Comic Standing.

Listening to the podcast, I was struck by how honest, powerful, and brave it was.  I’m so glad that more and more people are taking a stand against the hate that GLBTQ teens/people face. It amazes me that our country acts like prohibiting people from getting married/having equal rights is a legitimate option.  Bullshit.

The episode focuses a lot about on what it means to be honest, with yourself and with others..  Whether people knew or guessed or whatever, Todd Glass felt that it was important to just be honest about his life. Todd Glass said he was motivated by the recent suicides of teens across the county. Anyway, it is just sooooo honest and real.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Be a bully for the right cause.”

 

Update: Just found an article on GOOD about making podcasts that references WTF with Marc Maron

Mindy Kaling is my Lady Hero

So, about a month ago there was a “sponsored” post on Jezebel advertising Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and it had an excerpt (on friendship) read by Ms. Kaling herself.  I cannot find this post anymore 😦

But, I found a different passage (on exercise), to post. Thanks trusty Youtube!

Also, Mindy Kaling has been touring the press and offering up some insider Office info and some back story on how she ended up in showbiz.

From Mindy’s NPR interview:

If you want some insight into Kaling’s own hobbies, you may want to follow her voluminous and wildly entertaining Twitter feed, or visit her website, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, where traces of the Kelly Kapoor persona are prominent.

Can’t wait to get my copy!!!!