Paul Gilmartin, host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, and Marc Maron are two very disturbed individuals that have made quite illustrious careers utilizing their neuroses. Put the two of them together on WTF with Marc Maron and you’ve got a conversation that, at times, was at the height of self-loathing. Subjects that were touched upon include: alcoholism, suicide attempts, psychotherapy, and depression. They also talked a little about comedy. It was HILARIOUS.
There was a common thread amongst the improv scenes today on Improv4Humans, which was semen and the consumption, nay, guzzling of said bodily fluid. Chad Carter, Katie Dipold and Gil Ozeri were guests and as always, Matt Besser took improv story suggestions from Twitter. There were a couple of scenes that went nowhere, but on the whole, this episode was great. It made me want to look further into my family history.
I was most excited to hear The Nerdist’s Writer’s Panel today because of Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad. And as I hoped, he provided a treasure trove of wisdom about writing and directing. The panel also included Julie Plec (developer of Vampire Diaries), Josh Friedman (developer of Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives; Will and Grace). They all had a lot of interesting things to say; Vince Gilligan fessed that he doesn’t have Twitter or Facebook in order to avoid comments from his fans. And then a couple writers on the panel admitted that they hate writing. Listen to the ep to find out who.
Superego had a huge group of guests with Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Chris Tallman, Jeff Davis, Susan Burke, Emily Maya Mills, Lizzy Cooperman, James Bladon, and Amanda Lund. Patton Oswalt as Richard Dawson on Family Feud was really the highlight of the show. Even though his impression is not quite the likeness of the game show host, he painted a super funny picture of what it would be like if Family Feud had a bunch of dullards on it. Paul F. Tompkins played a few of those numskull contestants like Vanessta and Dotchard.
For many years, I was devoted to The Paul F. Tompkins show at Largo and also when he came to San Francisco. Now that I live far away from his staged comedy, I appreciate every moment with him on the Pod F. Tompkast. His openings are off the cuff and a lesson in how people used to speak in an older day. He’ll then go into his impressions on “The Great Undiscovered Project”. Today’s ep featured Werner Herzog, Cake Boss, and Arianna Huffington. Then he’ll play a recording from The Paul F. Tompkins show; this one was titled “Lice Capades”, featuring Judy Greer (recorded live at San Francisco SketchFest). As always, he has a phone conversation with his bestie, Jen Kirkman and today, “Community’s” Gillian Jacobs visited The Internet.