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“The Daily Show” co-creator Madeleine Smithberg

“The Daily Show” co-creator, Madeleine Smithberg talks about her amazing career in TV. From  Late Night With David Letterman to life after co-creating and running “The Daily Show.”

Madeleine give a lot of insight to the creative part of TV as well the harsh business practices. Talks about Jon Stewart changing the work atmosphere at “The Daily Show,” how she got David Spade to stop doing fat actress jokes and why Bloomberg TV rejected a very funny Julie Klasner.

She tells amazing stories about starting in live Italian TV, her one try at Reality to harsh and ridiculous network notes, to what she thinks of “The Daily Show’s” new host. Plus insights on her latest project “This Week in Black Twitter.”

Fans of TV and comedy will love her from a true insider.

We talked at her home in Valley with her son in the other room playing video games and her dog protecting us from lawn mowers and people taking out the trash.

In Madeleine’s living are her trophies for her years of work. A Peabody, an Emmy and a wax bust of David Letterman.

Madeleine Smithberg earned Peabody and Emmy Awards, and two other Emmy nominations, for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which she co-created and ran as executive producer for seven years. During her tenure, she was directly responsible for the hiring/casting of performers such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry, Mo Rocca, Lewis Black, among others. She served as producer/show-runner for The Daily Show forerunner, The Jon Stewart Show, on MTV and later in syndication. She also brought her skills as executive producer and writer of The WB comedy/variety show Steve Harvey’s Big Time. She spent six years as a talent coordinator, then producer, for NBC’s original ’t Sleep! Hosted by T.J. Holmes.  

If you want more, here’s another interview with Madeleine. 

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Chuck Sklar – Star of Louis C.K.’s movie

fourLouis C.K. released his 1998 art film “Tomorrow Night.” I talk to the star of the film, Chuck Sklar.

Chuck talks about sitting in a bowl of ice cream for the role and working with a then unknown JB Smooth. Plus, what’s like to write jokes for Conan, Chris Rock, Bill Maher and George Lopez.
Emmy Award winner Chuck Sklar is  also a great stand up  and wrote for “Everybody Hates Chris” and Co-created “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.”
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The Shadoe Stevens Interview -“TRAXX”

The Shadoe Stevens Interview -“TRAXX”

You recognize his voice, but you recognize his gun? Shadoe Stevens talks about the making of the cult classic “Traxx.” It’s a movie that you watch and ask, “Were the filmmakers on drugs?” According to Shadoe, they weren’t on drugs, just drunk. (The show doesn’t confirm that. We don’t know. We weren’t there.) But it sure looks it. We learn how a local pitch man can land a three picture deal. Also the shady birth of the LA radio station KROQ. Shadoe talks about  his fascinating career and must-see terrible film.
Related links:

Buy Traxx

The Proudly Resents Review of Traxx

Shadoe’s website

Blackout Television

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Neil Breen’s “I Am Here…. Now” w/ @AdamFelber

Neil Breen’s “I Am Here…. Now” w/ @AdamFelber

Neil Breen’s (“Pass Thru”) second film is actually called “I Am Here….Now” (trailer below). It’s fantastic from the moment you notice the error in the title. In the title! This is a crazy movie. It opens with Jesu
not Jesus coming from outer space in a paper weight (yep) to stop corruption and literally lay with a prostitute. Also this movie has an environmental message. This is one of the crazier movies we’ve reviewed on this show. Judith Benezra (TV’s Chuck) and Adam Felber (Radio’s NPR) guest review and HATE this movie. I loved every second.

13419257_10154385623687518_2485105605831335868_nWatch the movie below.

Here’s the plot from the Neil Breen movie on IMDB –

“Disappointed by its creation, the almighty being that created Man arrives on Earth in a human form and interacts with various troubled, wicked and sinful people on his journey to Vegas.”

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Steven Seagal Chews Up Scenery and Pizza

Steven Seagal Chews Up Scenery and Pizza

Steven Seagal is “The Glimmer Man.” Keenen Ivory Wayans is the poor guy stuck as his partner. Emmy winner Chris Regan (“Shatner Rules”) and Local Emmy loser Paul Sullivan (Sullybaseball.com) were forced to watch this movie. They are back with a full report. I walked out of this movie when it came out. And I saw it on a plane. Hello. But listener and former guest Bucky Sinister suggested the film. I’m a man of my word… but shit man… what did I ever do to you? Seriously. Jeez.

“The Gravy Man” was one of Seagal’s last chances at getting back in the movie game. His last chance to play a cop, before actually being one.

But buddy cop films are not as easy as they seem. Stalone makes throwing out cool lines look effortless and Eddie Murphy can make any temper tantrum look funny. But it doesn’t mean any Tom, Dick and Henry Jaglom can just jump in squad car.

There’s the good, the bad the ugly. “The Glimmer Man” is the bad.
Here are the past reviews of the good and the ugly. You figure out which is which.
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(I know I promise Chris Gore and Logan’s Run. But Chris told me he couldn’t promote it until January, so I’m going to hold it for a couple of weeks. I have some great shows in the can, including guests like Wayne Federman, Sharon Houston, Nicko, and the guys from “Story Worthy.” I’m going to record “Hard Ticket to Hawaii” with Nicko this week and try to turn it around for next week.)
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Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” With @AdamFelber

Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” With @AdamFelber

Take the #1 comedian, a super hot actress, every movie cliche, fat jokes, ball biting penguins and then over-cooked (no pun intended).  Adam Felber (NPR) and actress Judith Benezra  join host Adam Spiegelman finding the unintentional funniest scenes.

This film is about sex, so there’s frank talk about sex. Basically, if you are a teenager, hide this from your parents. If you are a parent and you are driving with the kids in the car with this on, turn it off. It’s about to get real awkward, real quick.

Listen on itunes or the web. subscribe. Eat something. take a nap.

Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat

Bonus! USA Network is premiering this movie on June 9th. To celebrate (& capitalize) I’m re-releasing the classic episode we did on the movie. The sound quality ain’t perfect, how dare you! Listen here or subscribe on Itunes!

Vince Vaughn does his best Vince Vaughn in this place holder between films. Writer Bob Powers and actor Joe Mortimer join host Adam Spiegelman as they celebrate every misstep: Does Jon Favereau over think masturbating more than “Iron Man 2?” Is it a fat joke or a black joke? And why do bellhops just walk into your room in fancy resorts?

Leave a comment. What did you think of the film? Do you pull your shirt up before you…you know what?