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Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! KEEP IT has it all. Each week, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. New episodes drop every Wednesday.


“Pride Save America” (with Adam Rippon and Leiomy)
Jul 1 • 104 min
Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss what Pride looks like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, Hulu removing a Golden Girls episode for alleged blackface, pop music’s disco revival, Kanye’s GAP collab, the socially distant BET…
“Sic Cancel Tyrannis” (with Sam Lansky)
Jun 24 • 107 min
Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss k-pop fans taking down Trump, Chris D’Elia and Ansel Elgort’s sexual misconduct allegations, Tina Fey pulling 30 Rock’s blackface episodes, Megan Amram’s anti-Asian tweets, the queer defiance of Joel Schumacher’s films, and…
“Empires & Records” (with Drew Dixon)
Jun 17 • 88 min
Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss the SCOTUS’ monumental ruling on LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination, The Academy’s new efforts for inclusion, Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up response to George Floyd’s murder, conservatives stanning Gone the Wind, and more. Plus,…
“Places in the Art” (with Kimberly Drew)
Jun 10 • 94 min
Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss how We’re Here and Legendary center queer narratives, the hollowness of exposing Republican hypocrisy, Vanderpump Rules’ racism scandals, North Carolina Republicans attempts to kill a bill banning conversion therapy, and calls…
“Law and Disorder” (with Bowen Yang)
Jun 3 • 93 min
Protests erupt in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer. #BlackoutTuesday spirals from purposeful activism to performative allyship. Justice evades Breonna Taylor and David McAtee in Louisville. Ivanka Trump pretends to care…
“Sex and the Insecurity” (with Issa Rae and Kristin Davis)
May 27 • 90 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira and Louis discuss Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat’s dramatic weeks on social media, the addictive new season of Selling Sunset, and Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s song of the summer entry. Plus, Kristin Davis joins to…
“The Graduwhat” (with Daveed Diggs)
May 20 • 91 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss digital commencement speeches, reflect on their own graduations, and offer advice for the Class of 2020. Also discussed: Entertainment Weekly’s puzzling Pride cover, and Nancy Pelosi’s fat…
“Roman Unloaded” (with Simone Missick)
May 13 • 84 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Alison Roman’s critiques of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s healing Instagram live, Michelle Obama’s documentary, reactions to Adele’s weight loss, and the…
“Les Noirs” (with André Holland)
May 6 • 87 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss the 1955 Best Actress winners, Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood revisionist history, Mindy Kaling’s new series Never Have I Ever, Pulitzer Prize winners we’re excited for, The Daily Beast’s…
“#poorAF” (with Michael Arceneaux)
Apr 29 • 90 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Sondheim’s 90th birthday concert, JK Simmons as a sex symbol, why Miles Teller deserves an Oscar, #blackAF, Making the Cut’s winner, and more! Hot Takes returns with Ira declaring Angel a…
“Me and My Bolt Cutters” (with Alison Pill)
Apr 22 • 79 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Aida, and Louis fetch their bolt cutters and discuss Fiona Apple’s new album, Mrs. America, Netflix’s new dating series Too Hot to Handle, and the Michael Jordan doc The Last Dance. Plus, Alison Pill joins to…
“Gunn Crazy” (with Tim Gunn)
Apr 15 • 94 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss Usher and The Weeknd’s respective influences on R&B, SNL and other shows recording from home, and more. Plus, Tim Gunn joins to talk his new fashion series Making the Cut.
“Full Barrymore Jacket” (with Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni)
Apr 8 • 89 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss voter suppression in Wisconsin, the Sherry Pie scandal on Drag Race, and the respect Alfre Woodard deserves. In this week’s Hot Takes segment, Louis thinks Emma Stone is the least…
“Queenpin” (with Alan Yang & Betty Gilpin)
Apr 1 • 98 min
In this week’s Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss how hot young Dennis Quaid was, Tippi Hendrin’s acting, the never ending madness of Tiger King. Betty Gilpin joins to discuss being a gay icon, acting, and Tennessee Williams. Alan Yang…
“Fun with Quarantine and Jane” (with Jane Fonda & Jeremy O. Harris)
Mar 25 • 81 min
Ira, Aida, and Louis bring you Keep It directly from their homes this week as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Activist, actress, and legend Jane Fonda joins to discuss how we can still protest the Trump administration’s bailout of corporations and…
“Go the Social Distance”
Mar 18 • 68 min
In the first episode of Keep It: Social Distancing Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss how they’ve coped with not leaving their homes. Plus, the movie industry grinds to a halt, listeners share what culture they’ve consumed, Fiona Apple’s revealing New…
“Grey’s Mortuary” (with Tamron Hall)
Mar 11 • 95 min
Grey’s Anatomy writes off another main character in a bonkers way, prompting a convo about other historically wild television write-offs. Hulu’s new doc Hillary revisits Hillary Clinton’s role in our current political climate. Aaron Schock earns little…
“Turn the Pete Around” (with Annie Murphy)
Mar 4 • 82 min
Pete Buttigieg ends his historic presidential campaign. Lady Gaga returns to her pop roots with “Stupid Love.” Coronavirus hysteria is a reminder to wash your goddamn hands. Plus, Annie Murphy joins to discuss the end of Schitt’s Creek and the series’…
“To Knives, With Love” (with Rian Johnson)
Feb 26 • 91 min
Love Is Blind might be Netflix’s most insane reality show yet, Harvey Weinstein gets convicted, Donald Trump hates Parasite, Mike Bloomberg whines about his vandalized campaign offices, and Los Angeles City Council candidate Nithya Raman joins to discuss…
“Requiem for a Meme” (with Heather Graham)
Feb 19 • 80 min
Bloomberg backs up his money truck and gets Instagram meme accounts to shill for him. Love a Island faces criticism in the wake of host Caroline Flack’s death. Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” divides Bond theme fans. McMillions is everyone’s latest…
“Bong Hive” (with Peter Paige)
Feb 12 • 87 min
Parasite is triumphant at an otherwise predictable Oscars. Jessica Simpson’s memoir invites a re-examination of her career. Gayle King is under attack from Kobe fans. Plus, Peter Paige joins to discuss the legacy of Queer as Folk and creating queer…
“IowaTF” (with Skylar Astin)
Feb 5 • 99 min
The Iowa caucus descends into chaos. J Lo and Shakira’s Super Bowl staggering halftime show is met with controversy. Taylor Swift’s documentary Miss Americana creates more questions than answers. Plus, Skylar Astin joins to talk Co-Star, Spring Awakening…
“American Hustler” (with Kasi Lemmons)
Jan 29 • 100 min
Ira, Louis, and Aida are joined by Julissa Arce to discuss the controversy surrounding Jeanine Cummins’ novel American Dirt. Kobe Bryant’s death ignites a complicated discussion about a flawed icon. Billie Eilish sweeps a scandal-ridden Grammys. Plus,…
“Endorsement Becomes Her” (with Lakeith Stanfield)
Jan 22 • 70 min
The NYT editorial board turns their Presidential endorsement into a game show. The SAG Awards leaves social media thirsty for a Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston reunion. Plus, our knives are so out and our gems are so uncut that Lakeith Stanfield joins to…
“A J. Lo Down Dirty Shame” (with Sera Gamble)
Jan 15 • 87 min
J. Lo is snubbed for an Oscar, so we’re canceling the entire ceremony. Meghan and Harry flee from the Royal Family. New reality series The Circle is insane, addictive, and surprisingly endearing. Gwyneth Paltrow launches a vagina candle. Silence of the…
“Ricky and the Bash” (D’Arcy Carden)
Jan 8 • 81 min
Ricky Gervais returns for a fifth (and he swears final) time to host the Golden Globes. Judge Judy makes Mike Bloomberg her first ever Presidential endorsement. Gwyneth Paltrow brings her Goop brand to Netflix. Tyler Perry wants you to know he writes all…
“(Zodiac) Sign of the Times” (with Chani Nicholas)
Dec 25, 2019 • 85 min
Ira, Louis, and Aida recount their favorites films, television, music, and books of the decade. Plus, astrologer Chani Nicholas joins to read everyone’s charts and to discuss why astrology is having an “internet moment” right now.
“Protest of a Hallmark on Fire” (with Tre’vell Anderson)
Dec 18, 2019 • 73 min
Hallmark caves to homophobic pressure and removes a same-sex kissing ad, only to reverse their decision. The Hollywood Critics Association names Kristen Stewart actress of the decade. Tre’vell Anderson joins to discuss LGBTQ media’s future as Out and the…
“All the Golden Globes’ Men” (with Alex Wolff)
Dec 11, 2019 • 70 min
Once again, the Golden Globes fail to nominate any women in the Best Director category; among other snubs. Controversy surrounds Clint Eastwood’s new film, Richard Jewell, for how it portrays journalist Kathy Scruggs. Marriage Story sparks social media…
“Baby It’s Knives Outside” (with Sophia Bush)
Dec 4, 2019 • 76 min
Ira and Aida join the Knives Out hive. Gabrielle Union is fired from America’s Got Talent after speaking out about racism behind the scenes. Dakota Johnson and Ellen DeGeneres have an extremely awkward interview. Plus, Ira and Louis talk to Sophia Bush…
“OK, Pilgrim” (with Lizzy Caplan)
Nov 27, 2019 • 62 min
Ira, Aida, and Louis answer listener questions and deliver a few holiday keep its. Plus, Lizzy Caplan joins to talk about the legacy of Mean Girls and her love of horror films.
“Shudder Island” (with JoJo)
Nov 20, 2019 • 75 min
#MeToo hits the latest season of Survivor. Disney+ has some disclaimers for some of its racist film content. The impeachment proceedings aren’t riveting enough for the media. Plus, singer Jojo joins to discuss her past music industry woes and the freedom…
“There Will Be Boos” (with Hunter Harris)
Nov 13, 2019 • 78 min
Drake is booed at Camp Flog Gnaw because he’s not Frank Ocean. Billionaires really don’t like Elizabeth Warren. Don Jr. brings his girlfriend on his dismal book tour. T.I. is creepily obsessed with his daughter’s virginity. Louis demands justice for Vanna…
“Catch and Keep It” (with Ronan Farrow)
Nov 6, 2019 • 85 min
Apple TV+ debuts and its flagship series, The Morning Show, is slammed by critics. Martin Scorsese pens a NYT op-ed elaborating on why he dislikes Marvel movies. Plus, Ronan Farrow joins to discuss his latest book Catch and Kill and what’s next for…
“The Passion of the West”
Oct 30, 2019 • 68 min
Kanye West denounces secular music and releases his gospel album Jesus is King, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss create new fan uproar after a brutally honest Q&A, Harvey Weinstein attempts a comeback, and more. Plus to celebrate…
“The One Hundredth” (with Shea Serrano)
Oct 23, 2019 • 85 min
Keep It celebrates 100 episodes by adding a new co-host Aida Osman, Ira’s top ten list of White Excellence, and returning guest Shea Serrano joins to talk about our favorite movies.
“Facebook/Off” (with Megan Hilty)
Oct 16, 2019 • 84 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Angelina Burnett, who returns to the pod to discuss CNN’s LGTBQ+ Equality Town Hall, Mark Zuckerberg taking on Elizabeth Warren, and more. Plus, Megan Hilty joins to discuss her new film Patsy and Loretta (which…
“See, When You Do Jokery…” (with Joe Manganiello)
Oct 9, 2019 • 89 min
Ira, Louis, and guest co-host Matt Rogers discuss the controversy surrounding JOKER and how the film stands in comic book movie canon, Ellen’s backlash for befriending George W. Bush, and Pitchfork’s 200 Best Songs of the 2010s list. Plus, Joe Manganiello…
“Gimme Moore” (with Jia Tolentino)
Oct 2, 2019 • 97 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Wynter Mitchell to discuss Demi Moore’s revealing new memoir Inside Out, a disrespectful review of Debbie Harry’s memoir, and more! Plus, Louis has a Keep It is himself and New Yorker columnist Jia Tolentino joins…
“An Inconvenient Truth Hurts” (with Tarell Alvin McCraney)
Sep 25, 2019 • 93 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Alyssa Mastromonaco to dive into the highs and lows of the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Greta Thunberg leaving conservatives bothered, Lenny Kravitz’s stolen sunglasses, Mandy Moore’s triumphant return to…
“Cancel Me If You Can” (with Ezra Koenig)
Sep 18, 2019 • 99 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Grace Parra to discuss Shane Gillis’ firing from SNL and Andrew Yang hitching himself to the racist comedian, Felicity Huffman’s sentencing, how Keke Palmer became a meme, NBC’s Saved by the Bell reboot, and more.…
“The Ira and Louis Variety Hour! Vol. 2” (with Chelsea Handler)
Sep 11, 2019 • 85 min
Ira and Louis launch Jennifer Lopez’s Oscar campaign for Hustlers and discuss Scarlett Johansson’s defense of Woody Allen, pay disparity on the Crazy Rich Asians writing team, Kevin Hart’s messy conversation with Lil Nas X, America’s White Claw shortage,…
“Bop to the Top or Bottom” (with Randall Park)
Sep 4, 2019 • 90 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Shar Jossell to discuss Troye Sivan’s invasive interview about his sex life, Dave Chappelle’s controversial new comedy special, why Kirsten Dunst deserves more respect, Lana Del Rey’s new album, and more. Plus,…
“Neither What, Neither Who” (with Robin Thede)
Aug 28, 2019 • 114 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Rheeqrheeq Chainey to discuss the VMAS, Taylor Swift’s new album LOVER, and Karamo Brown’s new friendship with Sean Spicer. Plus, Robin Thede joins to talk about HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and the black gaze…
“Chicken Sandwich for the Soul” (with Jackie Tohn)
Aug 21, 2019 • 74 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Aida Osman to stan Normani and discuss Chick-fil-A and Popeyes’ chicken sandwich war, Jay-Z teaming up with the NFL, #BoycottMulan, and more. Plus, Jackie Tohn joins to talk about the new season of GLOW in Netflix…
“Mama Said Equinox, You Out” (with Angelica Ross)
Aug 14, 2019 • 84 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Aida Osman to discuss Missy Elliott’s upcoming MTV Video Vanguard award, boycotting Equinox and Soul Cycle, the recently canceled movie ‘The Hunt,’ Priyanka Chopra’s Beautycon showdown, and more! Plus, Angelica…
“Kamala on a Hot Tin Roof” (with Kathleen Turner)
Aug 7, 2019 • 89 min
Ira and Louis are joined by return guest co-host Rheeqrheeq Chainey to honor Toni Morrison, discuss Marianne Williamson fandom, attacks on Kamala Harris, male egos on the set of Hobbs & Shaw. Plus, Kathleen Turner joins to discuss her iconic roles on…
“Fantasy Hollywoodland” (with Margaret Cho)
Jul 31, 2019 • 93 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Jill Gutowitz to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Lil Nas X’s breaking the Billboard charts, Andy Cohen’s messy interview with Tituss Burgess, shirtless joggers, and where lesbians hang…
“Jailhouse Rocky” (with Angela Bassett)
Jul 24, 2019 • 102 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Fran Tirado (Food 4 Thot, The Outcast) to discuss the Cats trailer, the non-story about Taylor Swift fans attacking Kamala Harris, Kim and Kanye asking Trump to free A$AP from a Swedish prison, the Big Little Lies…
“A Scarlett Johansson Grows in Brooklyn” (with Justin Simien)
Jul 17, 2019 • 72 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Brooke Thomas (The Young Turks) to discuss Emmy nominations, Scarlett Johansson’s comments about political correctness in casting, and Andrea Arnold’s apparent erasure from Big Little Lies. Plus, Justin Simien…
“Bend It Like Rapinoe” (with Adam Scott)
Jul 10, 2019 • 89 min
Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Rae Sanni to discuss Megan Rapinoe taking on Trump and equal pay, the alleged uproar over Disney’s The Little Mermaid casting, Vanity Fair letting Jeffrey Epstein off the hook in 2003, and more! Plus, Adam Scott…
“Tommy, You’re a Firework” (with Tommy Vietor)
Jul 3, 2019 • 79 min
Tommy Vietor returns to Keep It to discuss Julia Roberts, make the case for fireworks, and yes, the Tommy’s Cakes debacle.
“Kara BEEN Brown!” (with Whitney Cummings)
Jun 26, 2019 • 101 min
Tyler Perry makes a powerful statement at the BET Awards, Whoopi Goldberg is accused of victim blaming, #MeToo finally hits Max Landis, E. Jean Carroll’s Trump accusations fall on deaf media ears, and in Kara’s final episode she has one last “keep it” for…
“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Taylor Swift” (with Lauren Morelli)
Jun 19, 2019 • 86 min
Taylor Swift leaps into Pride month with her new single, “You Need to Calm Down.” Parkland student Kyle Kashuv gets his Harvard offer rescinded after his past racist behavior is exposed. Jessica Biel might be an anti-vaxxer. Madonna’s latest album divides…
“Grey’s Animosity” (with Regina Hall)
Jun 12, 2019 • 94 min
Ellen Pompeo speaks out about toxicity on the Grey’s Anatomy set. The Tony Awards prompt questions about whether to digitize Broadway shows. 2020 Democrat candidates have some rather left field campaign songs. Plus, Regina Hall joins to talk about what…
“Material Gays” (with Jacob Tobia and Tichina Arnold)
Jun 5, 2019 • 91 min
Ira, Louis, and Kara are joined by author Jacob Tobia to discuss the commercialization of Pride month and their new book, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. Plus, Democratic candidates need to stop going on The Breakfast Club, Trump’s depressing U.K. visit,…
“Catch Me If You Cannes” (with Kyle Buchanan)
May 29, 2019 • 84 min
Quentin Tarantino stirs up controversy at Cannes, so NYT film columnist Kyle Buchanan joins to break down the festival. Plus, Harvey Weinstein settles for less than his crimes deserve, Booksmart’s low box office has people blaming Disney and streaming…
“Kelly Ripa to Shreds” (with Tanya Saracho)
May 22, 2019 • 91 min
Ira, Louis, and Rae Sanni dive into the petty feud Kelly Ripa started with The Bachelor franchise, whether or not Democratic candidates should go on FOX News, and that polarizing Game of Thrones finale. Plus, a new segment called Keep It Up and Tanya…
“$10,000 Pyramid Scheme” (LIVE in LA, featuring Leslie Grossman)
May 17, 2019 • 81 min
Live from The Regent in Los Angeles, Ira, Kara, and Louis dive into Beto’s campaign relaunch, Kylie Jenner’s sketchy skin care line, Boston accents, the new Judy Garland Biopic, and why Ira stans Rita Ora. Plus, actress Leslie Grossman joins to spill Met…
“The Mystery Files of Constance Wu” (with Diablo Cody)
May 15, 2019 • 85 min
Constance Wu experiences “fucking hell,” or as Hollywood calls it, TV Upfronts. Beauty vloggers drama implodes in extremely long YouTube videos. Game of Thrones and Veep leave viewers with mixed emotions. Plus, Diablo Cody joins to discuss Georgia’s new…
“Camp, Rocked” (with Jonathan Levine)
May 8, 2019 • 67 min
The Met Gala returns with another theme destined to confuse celebrities — Camp: Notes on Fashion. Louis CK learns the meaning of consent when it comes to recording his live shows. Daenerys goes for a Starbucks run. Billy McFarland goes from fake festival…
“The Royal Tea” (with Olivia Wilde)
May 1, 2019 • 77 min
Prince William’s alleged affair sounds more boring than scandalous. Several celebrities are teaming up to take down critics. Taylor Swift is back with a new brand. Plus, remembering John Singleton and special guest Olivia Wilde joins to talk about her…
“Homecoming to America” (with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson)
Apr 24, 2019 • 75 min
Kara, Louis, and Kelley Carter (filling in for Ira) dive in Beyoncé’s staggering new Netflix documentary “Homecoming.” George Zimmerman wants to find love but Tinder and Bumble don’t give a shit. Plus, guest Jenn Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great,…
“To (The Presidential Medal of) Freedom!!!!” (with Shea Serrano)
Apr 17, 2019 • 76 min
Shea Serrano’s long-awaited appearance on Keep It is just in time for Tiger Woods’ comeback. Plus, the tepid Democrat response to attacks on Rep. Omar, the majority of reporting on the WGA is bad, Bret Easton Ellis still sucks, and the British press needs…
“Women on The View with a Nervous Breakdown” (with Matt Rogers)
Apr 10, 2019 • 94 min
Ira, Louis, and Jen Yamato (filling in for Kara) dive into ‘Ladies Who Punch,’ the juicy tell-all about The View, with guest Matt Rogers (from the Las Culturistas podcast). Plus, Hollywood sex cults, the outing of the Prince of Brunei, Avengers movie…
“No Country for Black Men” (with Damon Young)
Apr 3, 2019 • 81 min
Ira, Kara, and Rae (filling in for Louis) dive into the controversy surrounding Lil Nas X’s removal from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts, Chris Rock’s Jussie Smollett jokes and Omari Hardwick’s behavior at the NAACP Image Awards, George Clooney’s…
Keep It Brief: “Riding in Cars with Seal” (with Cautious Clay)
Mar 29, 2019 • 19 min
Musician Cautious Clay joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to talk about self care as a musician, riding in a car with Seal, and more! Plus, an urgent plea for a sequel to the 2010 Angelina Jolie movie Salt.
“Heard It Through the Applevine” (with Billy Eichner)
Mar 27, 2019 • 84 min
Chicago prosecutors drops all charges against Jussie Smollett. Apple sort of debuts their new streaming service. Writers Guild board member Angelina Burnett joins to break down the ongoing WGA drama with the Association of Talent Agents. Plus, Billy…
Keep It Brief: “Slaughterhouse-Netflix” (with Yassir Lester)
Mar 22, 2019 • 27 min
Comedian and writer Yassir Lester joins to talk about Netflix axing One Day at a Time and his own history of being on canceled TV shows.
“I Theranos What You Did Last Summer” (with Busy Philipps)
Mar 20, 2019 • 88 min
HBO’s Elizabeth Holmes documentary, The Inventor, digs into her Theranos scam. James Gunn gets re-hired on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Beto O’Rourke can’t stop standing on tables. Plus, Busy Philipps joins to talk about the college bribing scandal and more!
Keep It Brief: “The Bribe Has Spoken” (with Holland Taylor)
Mar 15, 2019 • 45 min
The college bribing scandal continues to unfold. Beto O’Rourke enters the crowded 2020 race. Plus, Ira sits down with actress Holland Taylor to discuss roles for women in Hollywood, Legally Blonde 3, and her new film Gloria Bell
“SAT Notes On a Scandal” (with Mandy Moore)
Mar 13, 2019 • 73 min
Special guest Mandy Moore joins to talk about her music and acting career! Plus, Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin are in embroiled in a college bribing scandal, Pete Davidson pulls a Sinead O’Connor on SNL, Showtime axes SMILF due to creator Frankie…
Keep It Brief: “The King and R.” (with Brit Bennett)
Mar 8, 2019 • 35 min
Gayle King sits down with a volatile R. Kelly. Plus, Kara talks to Brit Bennett about her best-selling novel The Mothers.
“Never Say Neverland Again” (with Leo Kalyan)
Mar 6, 2019 • 61 min
HBO’s Finding Neverland documentary raises some tough questions about the cult of Michael Jackson. Steven Spielberg takes aim at Netflix’s future Oscar noms. Jada Pinkett Smith enters the Jordyn Woods fray. Plus, singer Leo Kalyan joins and more!
Keep It Brief: “The Real Housewives of Los Feliz” (with Casey Wilson)
Mar 1, 2019 • 44 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis talk to Casey Wilson (Showtime’s Black Monday and the Bitch Sesh podcast) about why smart people love Bravo reality TV shows. Plus, Ira and Louis parse the criticism Ariana Grande has received for headlining Manchester Pride and Adam…
“Green of the Damned” (with Alyssa Mastromonaco)
Feb 27, 2019 • 81 min
Yeah, we know. Green Book won the Oscar. Ira, Louis, and guest co-host Rheeqrheeq Chainey dive into the highs and lows of the Oscars and why we might have to unstan Rami Malek. The Jussie Smollett case continues to be baffling and horribly reported. Plus,…
Keep It Brief: “Kim BEEN Basinger!”
Feb 22, 2019 • 26 min
Ira and Louis discuss some the Oscars’ biggest snubs and what they’re looking forward to during Sunday’s ceremony.
“Charmless School” (with Desus and Mero)
Feb 20, 2019 • 70 min
Kara calls Ira and Louis from Paris to discuss Cardi’s continued success, Steve Harvey’s unfortunate televised fight with Mo’Nique, and Ryan Adams’ #MeToo reckoning. Plus, special guests Desus and Mero!
“The Dick Stays in the Picture” (with Erin Ryan)
Feb 13, 2019 • 66 min
The Grammys are surprisingly good, in spite of its producer feuding with Ariana Grande. Jeff Bezos pens an op-ed about his stolen dick pic. Ellen Page calls out Chris Pratt’s church. Plus, Erin Gloria Ryan joins, Ira is dying from a cold, and Tawny…
“A Moonwalk to Remember”
Feb 6, 2019 • 69 min
Andrew Ti (co-host of Yo, Is This Racist?) fills in for Ira as Black History Month gets off to a rough start with an insane Liam Neeson interview, Governor Ralph Northam attempting to moonwalk out of a blackface scandal, and Jussie Smollet is targeted by…
“Bohemian Rhapsodon’t” (with Raja Kumari)
Jan 30, 2019 • 73 min
Bryan Singer’s history of abuse allegations resurfaces in The Atlantic. Rent Live is less than live thanks to an actor’s injury. BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and other media companies face mass layoffs. Plus, the internet is thirsty for Ted Bundy, the Mooch still…
“We Didn’t Start the Fyre” (with Jane Marie)
Jan 23, 2019 • 82 min
Hulu and Netflix go to war with dueling Fyre Fest documentaries. Cardi B takes on conservative pundits. Green Book gets closer to becoming the next Crash. Travis Scott and Colin Kaepernick square off over the Super Bowl. Plus, Emmy Award-winning…
“Guess Who’s Ruining Dinner” (with Nina Parker)
Jan 16, 2019 • 76 min
Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and other artists distance themselves from past R. Kelly collaborations. Bryan Cranston faces criticism for playing a disabled character in The Upside. Tulsi Gabbard, former homophobe, and Anthony Scaramucci, five-second White…
“There could be 101 Dalmatians in the room…” (Dan Levy)
Jan 9, 2019 • 80 min
Glenn Close snatches Best Actress from Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes. Kevin Hart’s non-apology tour continues on The Ellen Show. R. Kelly’s time may finally be up. Marie Kondo scams America. Plus, Dan Levy from Schitt’s Creek joins Ira, Kara, and Louis!
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Keep It”
Dec 26, 2018 • 61 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis answer your mailbag questions for the final episode of the year. Plus, Ira talks to Barry Jenkins about black filmmaking and his new film, If Beale Street Could Talk.
“F**k it! Let’s Do Keep It Live!” (LIVE in LA featuring Tommy Vietor)
Dec 19, 2018 • 81 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis run down all the shit they forgot happened in 2018 and revisit the good and bad of #MeToo a year later. Plus, our favorite things of the year and #1 Keep It fan Tommy Vietor tests his knowledge of the show live on stage at The…
“Crimes of the Hart” (with D’Arcy Carden)
Dec 12, 2018 • 72 min
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as hosts have everyone looking forward to the Golden Globes, while Kevin Hart’s Oscar hosting gig implodes after a series of unearthed homophobic tweets. Plus, Cardi B dumps Offset, Beyoncé performs at a wedding in India, and…
“The Priyanka Always Marries Twice” (with Franklin Leonard)
Dec 5, 2018 • 69 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis are back in LA together to talk about Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ two over the top weddings, Jameela Jamil’s detox tea crusade, and why it’s perfectly fine for the victims of his presidency to speak ill of George H.W. Bush. Plus,…
“The Ira and Louis Variety Hour!” (with MNEK)
Nov 28, 2018 • 72 min
Kara is out of town, so Ira calls in from London (where he’s hunting down an interview with Meghan Markle) to talk to Louis about Amanda Bynes’ comeback, Lena Dunham continuing to be Lena Dunham, rumors about Shawn Mendes’ sexuality, and the transphobic…
You’ve Got Mailbag
Nov 21, 2018 • 45 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis answer your questions sent to them via Twitter and e-mail. Plus, a special Thanksgiving round of Keep It!
“G O(prah) T V” (with Jeremy O. Harris)
Nov 14, 2018 • 86 min
Ira’s back in New York, so he’s joined by Aminatou Sow (Call Your Girlfriend podcast) and Hannah Giorgis (The Atlantic) to discuss Pete Davidson bringing Dan Crenshaw on SNL, Victoria Secret’s lack of inclusivity, and the woes of travel in the social…
“Rebel Without a Clue” (with Abbi Jacobson)
Nov 7, 2018 • 87 min
Rebel Wilson pulls a Sam Smith and claims she’s the first plus-sized woman to star in a rom com (she’s not). Ariana Grande drops the next great breakup anthem. Pete Davidson’s SNL bit causes controversy. People magazine finally gets the memo that Idris…
“The Mystery Files of Cardi B” (with Ike Barinholtz)
Oct 31, 2018 • 77 min
Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s feud escalates as the rappers trade receipts on Instagram and their never-ending radio show, respectively. Megyn Kelly is ousted from NBC. Paramount pulls their Heathers reboot once again after a mass shooting. Caitlyn Jenner is…
“The Queer World” (with Karamo Brown)
Oct 24, 2018 • 68 min
Ira sits down with Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown to discuss the hit Netflix series, his politics, Karen Pence, and a burning question about The Real World Philadelphia. Plus, Amy Schumer wants Maroon 5 to take a knee, Sarah Silverman talks about Louis CK’s…
“The Baldwin Of Our Discontent” (with Phoebe Robinson )
Oct 17, 2018 • 66 min
Alec Baldwin thinks black people love him, Lana Del Rey wants Azealia Banks to pull up, Ariana Grande dumped Pete Davidson so they aren’t making it to the altar, Claire Foy deserves better than First Man, Elizabeth Warren takes an ill-advised DNA test,…
“A Swift is Born” (with Big Freedia)
Oct 10, 2018 • 63 min
Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to talk Taylor Swift coming out as a Democrat and why voting matters. Plus, Lady Gaga’s “A Star is Born” press tour rages on, Aziz Ansari thinks the internet is too woke, Bette Midler needs to…
“As Good Place As It Gets” (with Kristen Bell )
Oct 3, 2018 • 63 min
The Good Place’s Kristen Bell is the first of Kara’s Top White Women list to join the panel! Plus, Cardi B turns herself in to the NYPD and turns heads with an impromptu photo shoot, Kanye West continues campaigning for Trump, Lindsay Lohan tries…
“Maroon Five-Oh?” (with Natasha Rothwell)
Sep 26, 2018 • 67 min
Ira, lone Maroon 5 fan, defends them performing at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime. Jesse Williams sparks controversy using a Nike meme to promote his Emmett Till film. Spotify wants to use your DNA to make playlists. The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 is…
“Emmy Was Kim Cattrall’s Name in the 1987 Movie Mannequin”
Sep 19, 2018 • 58 min
It’s our Emmys episode! Ira, Kara, and Louis dissect television’s biggest night and also that fight between Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett. Plus, Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen’s creepy relationship gets a New York Magazine puff piece, Sean Penn should shut…
“A Binderella Story” (with Jenny Han)
Sep 12, 2018 • 67 min
Cardi B and Nicki Minaj stir up drama at New York Fashion Week. The US Open doesn’t deserve Serena Williams. Les Moonves is out at CBS. Olivia Munn is abandoned by her ‘Predator’ castmates. The media lays the blame for Mac Miller’s death on Ariana Grande.…
“Lovett or Keep It” (with Jon Lovett)
Sep 5, 2018 • 66 min
Jon Lovett joins Ira, Kara, and Louis as they try to figure out why Steve Bannon was invited to the New Yorker Festival. Plus, Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike and continued boogeyman of conservatives, Eminem’s latest album is stuck in his…
“Louis CKeep It” (with Andrew Ti)
Aug 29, 2018 • 64 min
Louis C.K. makes his unwanted comeback. John McCain’s death brings a reexamination of his problematic political career. The French Open disrespects Serena Williams. Kara shares her list of Top Ten White Women. Plus, Andrew Ti (of the podcast Yo! Is This…
“Harriet Tubman Killed the Queen Radio Star” (with Michael Arcenaux)
Aug 22, 2018 • 71 min
Nicki Minaj has a meltdown when her new album, QUEEN, debuts at #2 behind Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. Madonna causes a commotion at the MTV Video Music Awards. Asia Argento is embroiled in her own #MeToo scandal. Boots Riley isn’t down with Spike Lee’s…
“National Treasure: Omarosa’s Book of Secrets” (with Tommy Vietor)
Aug 15, 2018 • 69 min
Tommy Vietor joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to talk about Omarosa’s messy book tour. The Oscars get desperate for viewers. Insatiable, Jack Whitehall, and Ruby Rose are the latest to face social media backlash. Azealia Banks is trapped in Elon Musk’s home.…
“Crazy Racist Trumps” (with Jon M. Chu)
Aug 8, 2018 • 58 min
Donald and Melania Trump go to war over LeBron James. Beyoncé takes control of Vogue. Succession gets thinkpieced to death. Zodiac killer Ted Cruz defends Alex Jones. Plus, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to discuss what…
“Can’t Fight the Moonves” (with Marti Noxon)
Aug 1, 2018 • 58 min
Ronan Farrow’s latest piece takes aim at Les Moonves, but CBS’ board keeps his job intact. Jake Tapper is pressed about the Obamas enjoying a Beyoncé concert. MoviePass is on its last leg. Meghan Markle’s father needs to keep Princess Diana’s name out his…
“Under the James Gunn”
Jul 25, 2018 • 65 min
Ira is joined by Doreen St. Félix (New Yorker) and Aminatou Sow (Call Your Girlfriend) to dive into James Gunn and the summer of white people losing their jobs, Chance the Rapper buying Chicagoist, and the new Whitney Houston documentary. Plus, the NY…
“The Bad News Baron Cohen” (with Jordan Horowitz)
Jul 18, 2018 • 54 min
Sacha Baron Cohen returns with his exhausting brand of comedy. Nicki Minaj. WWE reinstates self-described racist Hulk Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame. Andy Cohen needs his Instagram taken away. Plus, producer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land, Fast Color, and…
“Scarlett Johansson Threw the First Brick at Stonewall” (with Guy Branum)
Jul 11, 2018 • 50 min
Amber Tamblyn tries to claim Maxine Waters’ time. Robin Wright gets rid of her Kevin Spacey dead weight. Costco courts vegans. Trump turns SCOTUS into a game show. Plus, Guy Branum joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to figure out why Scarlett Johansson would…
“Pod Save Sports” (with Samantha Irby)
Jul 4, 2018 • 57 min
LeBron James moves to the Lakers, Serena Williams scores at Wimbledon, and the World Cup rages on so Ira, Kara, and Louis talk about… sports. Plus, author Samantha Irby joins the panel to discuss Hannah Gadsby’s stand-up special Nanette and Drake’s latest…
“Red Henemy of the State” (with Gaby Dunn)
Jun 27, 2018 • 58 min
Colonel Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her army of followers take on a chicken restaurant. Jimmy Fallon ignites a dumb feud with Donald Trump. The Academy adds a record-breaking amount of members. Roseanne and Kanye won’t go away. Plus, Gaby Dunn joins the…
“Night at the Musée” (with Erin Ryan)
Jun 20, 2018 • 54 min
Beyoncé and Jay-Z take over the Louvre and drop the surprise album Everything is Love. Chris Hardwick is singled out in a new #MeToo scandal. Quentin Tarantino’s apology tour ends abruptly when he hires Emile Hirsch for a new film. Nas’ new album is…
“Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Black People” (Live at Bonnaroo!)
Jun 13, 2018 • 45 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis are joined by comedian Joel Kim Booster to reflect on Sex and the City’s 20th anniversary and the future of queer comedy. Plus, Kim Kardashian can’t solve Trump’s racism, Stacey Dash somehow got votes in a race she dropped out of, and…
“The One With Kathy Griffin” (with Kathy Griffin)
Jun 6, 2018 • 43 min
Kathy Griffin joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to defend Samantha Bee. Kim Kardashian meets with Trump. Kanye releases an album he could’ve kept. Serena Williams isn’t thinking about Maria Sharapova and neither should you. FOX News manufactures a story to fuel…
“They Cancel Roseannes, Don’t They?” (with Bryan Fuller)
May 30, 2018 • 50 min
ABC somehow just realizes Roseanne is racist and cancels her show. Kim Kardashian tries and fails to defend Kanye. Arrested Development’s return is soured by its press tour. Plus, Bryan Fuller (creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) joins us…
“Do the Royal Thing” (with Veena Sud)
May 23, 2018 • 49 min
The Royal Wedding turns out to be kind of fantastic, but calling it “woke” is a bit much. Janet Jackson blesses the Billboard Music Awards with her presence. Ira and Louis bravely attend Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour. Kara has beef with Twitter. Plus,…
“Meghan Getting Married” (with Franchesca Ramsey)
May 16, 2018 • 57 min
FOX sacrifices Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Tim Allen. Rita Ora’s alleged bisexual anthem “Girls” causes controversy. David Letterman can’t figure out why he’s never had women writers. Azealia Banks goes after Cardi B. Plus, Ira has beef with Tinder and…
“Is This Your America?”
May 9, 2018 • 47 min
Melania Trump launches her grammatically heinous “Be Best” campaign. Rihanna continues her Met Gala reign. Jeffrey Tambor’s comeback includes a vile Hollywood Reporter profile. Plus, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” inspires a rousing conversation…
“Under His Smokey Eye” (with Zachary Quinto)
May 2, 2018 • 57 min
Michelle Wolf roasts media hypocrisy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Time’s Up joins the #MuteRKelly movement. Tom Brokaw’s friends insist he’s not guilty of sexual misconduct. John Legend tries to teach freshman U.S. History to Kanye West.…
“Kanye Don’t Impress Me Much”
Apr 25, 2018 • 52 min
Kanye West joins the alt-right, while Shania Twain shows love for Donald Trump. Male celebrities taken down by #MeToo plot their comebacks. Kara warns racist internet trolls not to come for Crazy Rich Asians. James Comey needs to do less. The Real…
“HBeyCU” (with Justin Simien)
Apr 18, 2018 • 43 min
Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer. Adidas uses Colin Kaepernick’s name to scam free press. Taylor Swift ruins disco music. Rihanna tries to make body glitter happen again. Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People, joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to praise…
“Bemoaning Lisa” (with Kay Cannon)
Apr 11, 2018 • 48 min
The Simpsons uses Lisa Simpson as a mouthpiece to defend racism. Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler come under fire for using homophobic jokes to attack conservatives. Cardi B makes America great. Kay Cannon, director of ‘Blockers,’ joins Ira, Kara, and…
“Roseannie, are you OK?” (with Ana Marie Cox)
Apr 4, 2018 • 63 min
Stacey Dash’s congressional bid comes to a halt. Grindr gets caught sharing users’ HIV statuses. Advertisers bail Laura Ingraham’s show like the Titanic. Roseanne is back on the airwaves and Trump couldn’t be more excited. Plus, Ana Marie Cox joins Ira to…
“Biteyoncé” (with Bambadjan Bamba)
Mar 28, 2018 • 47 min
Tiffany Haddish reveals that someone BIT Beyoncé at a party last year, so Ira, Kara and Louis put on their detective hats. Taylor Swift finally gets political. Killer Mike gets played by the NRA. BET has no idea what journalism is. Nate Parker plots a…
“DJTea” (with Shangela)
Mar 21, 2018 • 56 min
Cynthia Nixon inspires Mirandas everywhere by running for governor of New York. Rihanna takes on Snapchat. Donald Trump Jr. ALLEGEDLY had an affair with former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day. Kara debuts a new segment…
“24K Tragic” (LIVE at SXSW featuring Tegan and Sara)
Mar 14, 2018 • 58 min
Ira, Kara, and Louis travel to Austin, Texas for their first live show. Bruno Mars is accused of cultural appropriation. Rachel Dolezal scams a Netflix documentary. Katy Perry latches onto gay culture. Louis takes on a fan in a game of Oscars trivia.…
“Inclusion Ride or Die”
Mar 7, 2018 • 58 min
It turns out Oscar voters really like fish f**king. Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel dive into the 2018 Oscars and discuss The Shape of Water winning Best Picture, Ryan Seacrest’s cursed red carpet, what the hell an “inclusion rider” is, and…
“The Dash Menagerie” (with April Reign)
Feb 28, 2018 • 64 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss whether or not the Oscars have changed after Moonlight’s win. Stacey Dash returns from obscurity to announce she’s running for Congress. Omarosa exits the Big Brother house but she’s got more tricks up…
“Wakanda Forever” (with Tre’Vell Anderson)
Feb 21, 2018 • 61 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss the cinematic event Black Panther. Janelle Monaé serves black excellence. Fergie showed us the only thing worse than kneeling during the National Anthem. Omarosa still hasn’t run out of stale White…
“Sex and the Petty” (with Ashley Blaine Featherson)
Feb 14, 2018 • 60 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel are in awe of the official Obama portraits. Kim Cattrall comes for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wig. Omarosa teases chapters from her White House memoir on Celebrity Big Brother. Mike Pence gets in a Twitter fight…
“Bye Bye Bye” (with Rhea Butcher)
Feb 7, 2018 • 64 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel put the final nail in Justin Timberlake’s pop sarcophagus as they discuss his latest album, Man of the Woods, and his Super Bowl performance. Trump boasts about no football players kneeling during the game.…
“Woody Allen’s Lonely Actors Club” (with Hollis Wong-Wear)
Jan 31, 2018 • 50 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel attempt to find something interesting to say about the Grammys. Alec Baldwin and Diane Keaton start a Woody Allen fan club. Omarosa leaves one 24/7 reality show for another. No one cares about the State of the…
“Mo’Nique Money, Mo’Nique Problems”
Jan 24, 2018 • 45 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel parse the 2018 Oscar Nominations. Mo’nique puts Netflix on blast for what she sees as racial and gender bias. The Razzies are still around for some reason. Megyn Kelly tries and fails to start a feud with Jane…
“When life hands you Don Lemons…” (with Rostam)
Jan 17, 2018 • 45 min
Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel discuss the women who regret working with Woody Allen and the men who continue to remain silent. Don Lemon gets turnt in 2018. Catherine Deneuve is, as the French say, annulé. New sexual assault allegations…
“Leave Oprah alone!”
Jan 10, 2018 • 45 min
Ira Madison III launches Keep It! with a discussion of the Golden Globes, Time’s Up, why Woody Allen has remained unscathed during the #MeToo movement, Tessa Thompson’s unnecessary apology to Lena Dunham, and social media’s fervor for Oprah to run in…
“Keep It!” Trailer
Dec 12, 2017 • 1 min
Keep It! with Ira Madison III launches soon!