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Todd Yasui: Behind the scenes of late night TV

Big time TV producer, Todd Yasui is the guest today. Todd was the Executive Producer of “Late Late Show” with Kilborne and Ferguson. He was also my boss on “The Queen Latifah Show.” It’s amazing to learn that he got his first job by cold calling the infamous Helen Kushnick of the “The Tonight Show.” Todd gets into detail about his the early chaotic days of that show. It’s the truth behind “The Late Shift.” (Ok, the book was pretty close.)

Todd is very open and frank. if you love backstage showbiz stories, this is the show for you. Todd also talks about fighting with Steven Segal and we discuss our experience dealing with Bill Cosby as the allegations began.

Check out Bonus Yasui! Todd tells us his 3 must see cult movies.

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“Samurai Cop” – Matt Hannon Tells All

“Samurai Cop” cop star, Matt Hannon,  sat at my dining room table for a candid, fascinating interview.

Find out some of the shooting secrets to some of the great scenes. Why was Matt wearing a woman’s wig in parts of the film? Was Matt dead? And for how long?

Matt opens up about his two real life felony convictions. Between shooting “Samurai Cop” and the eventual sequel Matt went to prison twice. He’s open up to what happened.

Listen to our review of the film from back in the day!

What’s with the dialogue? And why did Matt break my dining room chair? Don’t lean back on a wooden chair, dude!

Matt also talks about being Sylvester Stallone’s body guard, and opens up about his life of crime.SamuraiStills5

Give to the Kickstarter for “Samurai Cop 2!”

Thanks to Greg and Cinema Epoch.

Matt talks about being jealous of Sylvester Stallone. Mat was Stallone’s body-guard, but he dreamed of being the star. He finally got the chance.

No one ever thought this film would see the light of day.. and it almost didn’t. Matt tells us the unusual story of the movie’s discovery.

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Jay Leno’s Buddy Cop Film

Jay Leno’s Buddy Cop Film

colliision course“Collision Course” (1989) was an attempt to capitalize on the matinée idol, Jay Leno and teen heart-throb, Pat Morita. Jim Wise (writer “Mad TV,” “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”) recaps with me this cop movie disaster.

Jim also talks about the Denzel Washington copflop Ricochet.”

Plot of Collision Course: A Japanese investigator (Morita) and a Detroit cop (Leno) team up to track down a stolen prototype turbocharger.

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Sean Conroy Monkeys w/ “Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes”

Sean Conroy Monkeys w/ “Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes”

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-Apes1Sean Conroy (“The Long Shot Podcast,” writer “Mr. Pickles”) and I talk about the #1 movie of the weekend, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” It’s filled with spoilers and mispronunciation. Listen to me call “apes,” “monkeys.”

We talk about the incredible CGI, thimgrese interesting plot and the old school sexism.

Sean and I know each other from our stand up days in the go-go 90’s. Please vote on the over under on when Sean Conroy will buy my first child a gift. The over/under is two years.

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PRP-apeHere’s some history of the “Planet of the Apes” with @ThatChrisGore.

 

“Cheerleader Ninjas”

“Cheerleader Ninjas”

“Cheerleader Ninjas” is a spoof film that falls short. Playwright Robert Matsushita crosses over from his podcast to talk about this clunker.

It’s a spoof movie with a couple of legit laughs. But it’s all over the place.

A couple of people (Art Wheeler mostly) accidentally watched “Cheerleader Ninjas” instead of “Ninja Cheerleaders.” So this is a make up show.

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The Lloyd Kaufman Interview

The Lloyd Kaufman Interview

lloyd_toxie8Interview with Troma honcho Lloyd Kaufman. He’s directed and produced some classic cult films like “Toxic Avenger” and “Terror Firmir.” Lloyd discusses the state of independent films today and 40 years of survival despite a “media blackout.”   Also– How to crush a head on film. Hint: Don’t use a watermelon. Never a watermelon.
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“Christmas with the Kranks”

“Christmas with the Kranks”

Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star in “Christmas with the Kranks.” It’s my brother’s favorite good/bad holiday film. Mike tells me all the time. I hear it all the time! Finally watched it. It’s a film about a couple who decide to not do Christmas, which is apparently illegal in their small white block.

 

 

Mike and I recap this Christmas crap with ho ho holiday cheer.Special guest: My niece Molly! She runs around and is just being cute.

 

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 5 Worst Christmas Movies, ever

Check out the recap of “The Christmas Shoes.” It’s the VHS Rob Lowe doesn’t want you to see.

“Dead Heat” W/ Katharine Heller & Myq Kaplan

“Dead Heat” W/ Katharine Heller & Myq Kaplan

dead-heat-zombie-comedyUn-dead cops solve their their own murders. Podcasters/comedians Myq Kaplan (Hang Out With Me)  and Katharine Heller (Tell the Bartender) recap “Dead Heat.”  Old man/host Adam Spiegelman (Proudly Resents) explains who the stars Joe Piscopo and Treat Williams are.
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The Toxic Avenger star spills his guts

The Toxic Avenger star spills his guts

Robert Pritchard star of The Toxic Avenger and  Class of Nuke’em High gives us behind the scenes stories about the making of the classic Troma films. Plus his cameo in the remake of “Return to Nuke’em High.”

Then a BONUS – More from Keith & The Girl. I tell the story of the time I went to Michael Jackson’s estate for Joe Jackson’s birthday.

Listen to an interview with the stars of Return to Nuke’m High.

Listen to an interview with the director Lloyd Kaufman

Keith & The Girl’s  first appearance on the podcast


 

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“Munchie” w/ MST3K”S Frank Conniff & Mark Malkoff

“Munchie” w/ MST3K”S Frank Conniff & Mark Malkoff

Comedians Mark Malkoff and Frank Conniff (MST3K) join me to review “Munchie.” ‘s first film and one of ‘s last. Bad puppets, old one liners, the hot foot and  – this film has it all… without the quality.

We discuss this terrible film, classic failed NBC shows, my time with a comedy legend and all of Frank’s plugs.

Listen to Frank talk about “Valley of the Dolls” and “Birdemic.”

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