Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

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Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney’s, which called it “the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world.” (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)


Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro League Baseball Museum
Aug 11 • 57 min
This week, we’re talking baseball! Jesse talks with Bob Kendrick, the President of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He’s here to talk about the importance of Black Americans in shaping modern American baseball, the talent and legacy of the…
Remembering Carl Reiner
Aug 7 • 27 min
Today, we’re looking back on the life of the great Carl Reiner. He died earlier this Summer. Carl’s career in comedy spanned seven decades. He got his start during World War II. Carl did it all – he went on to perform on stage, radio, TV and movies.…
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino
Aug 4 • 43 min
This week, we’re re-listening to Jesse’s interview with the great Amy Sherman Palladino. She’s the creator of the hit television show “The Gilmore Girls” as well as the critically-acclaimed series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Her signature writing style…
Julia Sweeney on “SNL,” “Work in Progress,” “Shrill”
Jul 31 • 33 min
Maximum Fun’s Carrie Poppy (Oh No, Ross and Carrie!) interviews comic actor and writer Julia Sweeney!
Director Kelly Reichardt on her new film, First Cow
Jul 28 • 31 min
Today’s guest is a revered film director: Kelly Reichardt! Kelly’s new film, First Cow, is the story of a loner cook who befriends a Chinese immigrant while traveling across 1820’s Oregon and the cow whose milk they hatch a plan to steal. Kelly joins us…
Katori Hall, playwright and creator of “P-Valley”
Jul 24 • 48 min
FANTI podcast hosts Jarrett Hill and Tre’vell Anderson are taking over Bullseye this week! Next up, Tre’vell’s interview with Katori Hall. She’s an award-winning playwright. Her most acclaimed work is perhaps The Mountaintop. It imagines Martin Luther…
Norm Lewis on “Da 5 Bloods,” Broadway and more!
Jul 21 • 35 min
FANTI Podcast hosts Jarrett Hill and Tre’vell Anderson are taking over Bullseye this week! First up, we have Jarrett’s interview with Norm Lewis. The Broadway veteran and Tony-award winning actor has appeared in hit shows like Scandal and was the first…
Sarah Snook on playing Shiv in HBO’s “Succession”
Jul 17 • 29 min
Linda Holmes, the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, talks with Sarah Snook about portraying Siobhan “Shiv” Roy on HBO’s Succession.
Matt Berry on “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Toast of London” and more
Jul 14 • 43 min
Actor-comedian extraordinaire Matt Berry is our guest this week! Matt currently stars on the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, a show about a group of vampires living in current-day Staten Island. Matt joins us to talk about playing a vampire, where he…
Hardcore Punk band Trash Talk
Jul 10 • 27 min
Trash Talk got their start playing DIY venues in Northern California more than a decade ago. They’ve since gone on to play their energetic, cutting version of hardcore punk in front of crowds at music festivals like Coachella and Camp Flog Gnaw. The music…
Rose Byrne on “Irresistible,” “Bridesmaids” and more
Jul 7 • 25 min
Rose Bryne chooses interesting characters. She was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of “Ellen Parsons”— a ruthless lawyer on the critically-acclaimed law drama “Damages.” There’s also her role as Helen Harris III in 2011’s…
Mary Randolph Carter on “The Joy of Junk”
Jul 3 • 28 min
Today we’re replaying our conversation with the great Mary Randolph Carter. “Carter,” as she’s known, is the best-selling author of several books on the subject of “junk.” Her latest is called “The Joy of Junk: Go Right Ahead, Fall In Love With The…
Lin-Manuel Miranda on “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Hamilton” and more
Jun 30 • 39 min
We’ll revisit our conversation with the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda! He’s probably best known as the star and creator of the biggest musical in the last 20 years – Hamilton. The award-winning, massively influential musical about the founding father…
Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang
Jun 26 • 36 min
We talk with Gene Luen Yang about his new books: “Superman Smashes the Klan” an “Dragon Hoops”
Rob McElhenney: Always Sunny, Mythic Quest, more!
Jun 23 • 36 min
Guest host Jordan Morris chats with actor, director Rob McElhenney about his career. Rob’s the creator and star of what will soon be the longest running American sitcom of all time— It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s a show about five friends who are…
Indigo Girls
Jun 19 • 32 min
This week, guest host Linda Holmes chat with the Indigo Girls about their new record “Look Long.”
Giancarlo Esposito: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Do The Right Thing
Jun 16 • 44 min
We’re joined by guest host Linda Holmes for a very special interview with Giancarlo Esposito. Giancarlo plays Gus Fring, the brilliant villain on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He also played Buggin’ Out in Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee’s masterpiece.…
Daveed Diggs: Hamilton, Clipping, Blindspotting and more
Jun 9 • 61 min
This week, we’re taking a look back at our interview with multi-talented performer Daveed Diggs. He’s an actor of stage and screen appearing in projects including Zootopia and Black-ish. In 2018, he co-wrote, produced and starred in Blindspotting…
Doug Jones: The Craziest Day of My Career
Jun 5 • 13 min
The Craziest Day of My Entire Career is a segment where we talk with some of our favorite people about some unbelievable stories. This time we’re joined by actor Doug Jones.
Elisabeth Moss
Jun 2 • 47 min
You know Elisabeth Moss for her roles on Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. Or maybe you’re a West Wing fan and waited with baited breath to see if Zoey and Charlie would end up together. Her new film Shirley is a semi-biographical tale based on the life…
Remembering Coyle and Sharpe, groundbreaking comedy duo
May 26 • 71 min
Looking back on the work of Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe. Two brilliant comedians, decades ahead of their time.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
May 19 • 50 min
Hey! It’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock - the legendary co-creating and writing team behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, two of the funniest TV shows ever! Tina and Robert join us to talk about their new Netflix special, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:…
Adult Swim’s ‘Three Busy Debras’
May 15 • 35 min
We’ll chat with the creative minds behind Adult Swim’s “Three Busy Debras” — Sandy Honig, Mitra Jouhari and Alyssa Stonoha.
Comedian Eugene Mirman
May 12 • 35 min
We’re joined by comedian Eugene Mirman! The comedian and writer has opened for comedy duo Flight of the Conchords and played Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated. He is also the voice of “Gene Belcher” on the popular Fox animated series Bob’s…
Comedian Nikki Glaser
May 8 • 40 min
This week, we’re joined by the great Nikki Glaser! Nikki has been a star in the standup community for years, but she’s probably best known for her performances on Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roasts where her devastating one-liners really get to shine. She…
Christoph Waltz
May 5 • 34 min
We’re joined by the great Christoph Waltz! We’ll talk about his breakout role in Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino’s bonkers World War II action thriller. At the time, Waltz was a relative newcomer to American films. His role as Colonel Hans Landa…
Remembering Bill Withers
Apr 28 • 60 min
Bill Withers died last month. He was 81. For Bullseye this week, we look back at our two interviews with the soul singer responsible for such classics as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Grandma’s Hands.” We look back at the life of the man, the…
Cartoonist Ben Katchor
Apr 24 • 30 min
Cartoonist Ben Katchor is probably best known for his comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, a comic about small businessman who roams the city capturing pictures of a fading ideal of New York. His newest work is called The Dairy Restaurant.…
Ed Helms
Apr 21 • 32 min
It’s Ed Helms, everyone! Helms got his start as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Then he was on the Office. Then, a little old movie called The Hangover. Ed Helms joins to chat about how all those projects changed his life. Plus: his…
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons
Apr 17 • 33 min
We’re joined by the always sharply-dressed Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top! He’s been the lead guitarist and singer of the band for over fifty years with classic songs like “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” While the band’s current tour dates have been…
Alan Yang on Tigertail, Master of None and more
Apr 14 • 48 min
Director and writer Alan Yang is probably best known for co-creatoring the hit Netflix series “Master of None” and his impressive comedy writing credits on shows like Parks and Recreation. But his newest endeavor, Tigertail – a film he wrote and directed…
Producer and DJ Cut Chemist on the song that changed his life
Apr 10 • 10 min
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. We’re joined by DJ and master of the turntable Cut Chemist. Born Lucas McFadden, Cut Chemist…
NBA All-Star Metta World Peace
Apr 7 • 46 min
Missing basketball? Today, we’re looking back on our conversation with NBA All-Star Metta World Peace! His larger than life personality often precedes him and has made him one of the most polarizing players in the history of the game. The Queensbridge,…
Comedian Tom Papa
Apr 3 • 40 min
Comedian Tom Papa wants you to focus on the small victories. The little triumphs in everyday life that add up to winning the war against cynicism. His new Netflix special, You’re Doing Great! sums up his philosophy perfectly. So you’re not killing it like…
Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor
Mar 31 • 29 min
Maybe you’re stuck at home, like the rest us. Maybe you’re looking for something to binge, like the rest of us. May we suggest Brooklyn Nine-Nine? You’ve seen the premise of the police procedural on network television countless times. The cops are good at…
Boots Riley: The Coup, Sorry to Bother You, and more
Mar 24 • 55 min
We revisit our conversation with the writer-director and rapper Boots Riley. He’s a founding member of the legendary hip hop group The Coup. The band’s sound is politically-charged with a laid-back funk and has that classic Bay area cadence. His rhymes…
David Simon
Mar 20 • 32 min
TV writer and producer David Simon is our guest this week. Simon is the force behind some of television’s most compelling and critically acclaimed series such as The Wire, Treme and The Deuce. He joins us to talk about his new HBO series, The Plot Against…
Jason Segel
Mar 17 • 41 min
Jason Segel on life after “How I Met Your Mother” and his latest show “Dispatches from Elsewhere” on AMC
Annette Bening
Mar 13 • 39 min
We’re joined by the talented and captivating Annette Bening! She stars alongside Bill Nighy in the new film “Hope Gap.” In it, she plays a woman dealing with the wreckage after being blindsided by the sudden end of her thirty year marriage. She’ll talk to…
Will Forte
Mar 10 • 39 min
At long last: Will Forte! The actor, writer, comedian joins us to talk about his new film, Extra Ordinary. In it, Will plays Christian Winter, a washed up American one-hit-wonder living in Ireland who makes a deal with the literal devil for another shot…
Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter
Mar 6 • 30 min
We revisit our conversation with Gregory Porter. He’s a Grammy winning jazz singer, the pride of Bakersfield California and, until his junior year of college, he was an aspiring football player. When he joined us in 2018, he had recently recorded an album…
Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mar 3 • 36 min
We revisit our magical conversation with Academy Award winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. They’re the husband and wife writing team behind 2013’s modern classic “Let it Go” from the animated film Frozen and “Remember Me” from…
Cartoonist Lynda Barry, MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow
Feb 28 • 34 min
Lynda Barry is a legend of alternative comics. She’s also one of the latest recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. She’s written over a dozen books. These days, she’s been busy teaching. She’s an associate professor at the University of…
Maria Bamford
Feb 25 • 38 min
Comedian Maria Bamford is back! We are thrilled as always to welcome her for another conversation with Bullseye. The stand-up, writer and actor joins us to talk about her two newest projects: the hour-long comedy special, Weakness Is The Brand and talk…
Zach Woods, from ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘Avenue 5’ and more
Feb 21 • 40 min
It’s Zach Woods! You may know him best from NBC’s The Office where he played the truly dreadful Gabe for three seasons. You’ve also seen his work as Jared Dunn on the HBO series Silicon Valley. He currently stars alongside Hugh Laurie on the TV show…
Ben Schwartz on playing Sonic the Hedgehog, Jean-Ralphio, and more
Feb 18 • 36 min
Parks and Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio! Star Wars’ BB-8! And, now the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog! We’re joined by Ben Schwartz. Ben’s big break came in 2010 with a small recurring role on Parks and Recreation. Jean-Ralphio was a character who only showed up…
Huey Lewis on the song that changed his life
Feb 14 • 12 min
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we’re joined by a true legend – Huey Lewis. In an era dominated by new wave,…
Steve Buscemi
Feb 11 • 50 min
Steve Buscemi! The best ever. Steve joins us to talk about the latest season of his hit TBS show Miracle Workers, now in its second season. The anthology series steps back into the Dark Ages for season 2 with Steve playing a peasant with a name we can’t…
Remembering Jim Lehrer
Feb 7 • 24 min
We’re replaying Jesse’s 2010 interview with Jim Lehrer, who died last month at 85. He was a giant in the world of journalism – particularly in the world of public broadcasting. Jim hosted PBS’ NewsHour. He was an anchor in public broadcasting for well…
Randy Newman: legendary songwriter, Oscar nominee, more
Feb 4 • 53 min
We’re revisiting our conversation with the great Randy Newman. He’s just been nominated for two Academy Awards, one for the score he composed for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, and another for the original song he composed for Toy Story 4. It’s called “I…
Joe Pera of “Joe Pera Talks With You”
Jan 31 • 36 min
Joe is the creator and star of Adult Swim’s Joe Pera Talks with You, one of our favorite new shows TV. In it, Joe plays a version of himself living in small-town Michigan as a middle-school choir teacher. The show is like nothing else you’ve seen on…
Director Greta Gerwig on ‘Little Women’
Jan 28 • 35 min
The brilliant Greta Gerwig joins us for the third time! We’ll welcome back Greta to talk about her latest film. It’s an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. It’s up for six Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best…
Bonus: Remembering Monty Python’s Terry Jones
Jan 25 • 30 min
This past week, we lost a talented comic genius: Terry Jones. He was one of the founding members of the legendary British sketch comedy group Monty Python. He co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and directed both Monty Python’s Life of Brian and…
Susan Orlean, author of “The Library Book”
Jan 24 • 26 min
We’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from over two decades worth of Bullseye episodes. In 2018, we caught up with journalist and author Susan Orlean. Susan’s an accomplished author who’s written for The New Yorker for thirty years. Her…
Tony Shalhoub
Jan 21 • 32 min
In our 2019 interview with actor Tony Shalhoub, Jesse talks with the star of Monk, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and more.
Choreographer Twyla Tharp talks dancing, aging, stirs the pot
Jan 17 • 35 min
Twyla Tharp has moved her whole life. She dances - she’s danced and choreographed professionally for 55 years now. She exercises. And now, she has a book. “Keep it Moving” is a manifesto on living your life with purpose and vigor, which Tharp has in…
Rob Huebel, Star of Medical Police
Jan 14 • 34 min
Rob Huebel joins us to talk about his new series Medical Police - the spin-off of his old show Children’s Hospital, which ran for seven seasons on Adult Swim. He’s a talented comic actor who has appeared on MTV’s Human Giant and on Amazon’s…
In Fabric’s Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Jan 10 • 34 min
In Fabric’s Marianne Jean-Baptiste joins us to talk about her role in Peter Strickland’s bizarre thriller. Plus more we hear about her experiences in her past work.
Tanya Tucker: Country legend, Grammy nominee
Jan 7 • 34 min
Tanya Tucker is an award-winning country star who has been making music since she was just a kid! She rose to fame in the 70s with hits like “Love’s the Answer” and her debut single “Delta Dawn.” Her latest album is titled “While I’m Livin” and it’s her…
Remembering cartoonist Gahan Wilson
Jan 3 • 28 min
We lost an incredibly talented cartoonist last year, Gahan Wilson. For more than 50 years, his twisted single-panel cartoons have appeared in magazines like Playboy and The New Yorker. His work always had this really distinct tone. Wilson’s take on the…
Remembering Caroll Spinney, the voice and spirit of Big Bird
Dec 31, 2019 • 30 min
We’re taking a moment to look back at a past Bullseye guests we lost this year, Caroll Spinney. He was Big Bird’s puppeteer for 50 years, but he was so much more than the literal man inside the costume. Caroll was the voice and spirit of the iconic…
End of Year Stand-Up Comedy Special 2019!
Dec 24, 2019 • 72 min
It’s our favorite time of the year: the end of it! We’re celebrating 2019 with excerpts from some of the best stand up comedy records of 2019. You’ll hear material from Roy Wood Jr, Pete Holmes, Cristela Alonzo, Sara Schaefer, so many more. Enjoy, and…
Holiday Special! Feat. the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, McElroy Brothers and more!
Dec 17, 2019 • 63 min
Get ready for a bonanza of holiday cheer! This week, we’re listening back on the Bullseye holiday special from last year. Micky Dolenz of The Monkees talks about the band’s album Christmas Party. The group recorded it with a cavalcade of hit-makers like…
“The Kingmaker” filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on interviewing Imelda Marcos
Dec 13, 2019 • 35 min
Imelda Marcos is one of the most notorious figures in recent history, and she’s the subject of Lauren Greenfield’s new documentary The Kingmaker. It’s an intimate profile of the former Philippine first lady as well as a critique on plutocracy. Lauren…
Rebecca Sugar
Dec 10, 2019 • 39 min
Hey! It’s the brilliant animator, writer and songwriter Rebecca Sugar! Creator of the wildly popular Steven Universe. She’s earned six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the series and is the first non-binary woman to independently create a series for…
Kathryn Hahn
Dec 6, 2019 • 31 min
Join us as we dig in the archives and revisit our conversation with Kathryn Hahn. You’ve seen her in comedy films like Step Brothers, the Anchorman movies, and many more. These days you can catch her on HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher. But when Hahn joined us a…
Watchmen’s Tim Blake Nelson
Dec 3, 2019 • 31 min
Dig into the archives with us as we revisit our conversation with the great actor Tim Blake Nelson! Currently, he’s starring in the brand new, critically acclaimed HBO show Watchmen. On Bullseye, he talks to us about growing up in Tulsa (where Watchmen is…
Chef Alice Waters
Nov 29, 2019 • 33 min
Alice Waters is a chef, an activist and a best-selling author. She is the founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, a restaurant that sources ingredients from local farmers and producers and is widely credited with being the genesis of today’s sustainable food…
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Nov 26, 2019 • 40 min
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the star and creator of the biggest musical this century has seen: Hamilton. These days, he’s got another show on Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme. It’s an improvised hip-hop performance where the performers get their prompts from…
Tim Heidecker: The Craziest Day of My Career
Nov 22, 2019 • 12 min
The Craziest Day Of My Entire Career is a segment where we let some of our favorite people tell us the wildest stories from their long and storied time in showbiz. This time it’s Tim Heidecker, a comedian, actor and creator of intricate worlds in which he…
Rosie Perez
Nov 19, 2019 • 54 min
Rosie Perez is one of the most fascinating people we’ve had on Bullseye. A native of Bushwick, Brooklyn, she’s performed on stage and screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 1993’s Fearless, had iconic parts in White Men Can’t Jump…
Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally
Nov 15, 2019 • 40 min
Megan Mullally is a comedy legend known for playing eccentric characters. She got her big break playing perhaps her most over-the-top persona, the martini-toting socialite Karen Walker on the groundbreaking show Will and Grace. Mullally won an Emmy for…
Forest Whitaker
Nov 12, 2019 • 27 min
Forest Whitaker has got this knack for taking huge figures from history and portraying them as complex, fascinating, sometimes really fragile people. You’ve seen him as the star of countless great movies for over thirty years now. He has won plenty of…
Antonio Banderas
Nov 8, 2019 • 46 min
Antonio Banderas joins us to talk about his latest project with Pedro Almodóvar — Pain and Glory, a touching and beautiful confessional about living with chronic pain. Banderas plays a director who much like Almodóvar is crippled by his maladies. The film…
“The Lighthouse” Director Robert Eggers
Nov 5, 2019 • 35 min
Robert Eggers is a filmmaker who’s made a name for himself making beautiful horror films that linger with you. Long after you’ve left the theater. His 2015 film The Witch premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to near-universal acclaim. His latest…
Soprano Renée Fleming
Nov 1, 2019 • 42 min
Known as “America’s Diva,” Renée Fleming has performed in venues all over the world, singing in acclaimed productions of operas composed by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Dvorak and more. She’s tackled the world of opera, jazz, country and just about every other…
Comedian Josh Gondelman
Oct 29, 2019 • 38 min
We’re joined by comedian and admitted “Nice Guy” Josh Gondelman. Josh is a Peabody and Emmy award winning writer for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He’s currently senior staff writer and producer for Showtime’s popular new show Desus &…
NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez
Oct 25, 2019 • 34 min
He’s one of the greatest tight ends in history, but it wasn’t always easy. Growing up, Tony Gonzalez was bullied constantly. His first year in the NFL was so tough he almost called it quits. And throughout his career, he never really felt like he could…
Satirist and director Chris Morris on “The Day Shall Come”
Oct 22, 2019 • 43 min
Lately, Chris Morris has been basing a lot of his absurdist comedy on real life world events. His new film, The Day Shall Come, is kind of a farce about terrorism and the FBI’s efforts to fight it. The film tells a complex and often bizarre story that is…
The Righteous Gemstones’ Edi Patterson
Oct 18, 2019 • 37 min
Edi Petterson is an actress and comedian. She’s a veteran of the Groundlings sketch group and we can not stress this to you enough: she is super funny. She currently co stars alongside Danny McBride, John Goodman, Walton Goggins and Adam Devine on HBO’s…
John Leguizamo
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
John Leguizamo is a super-famous actor who’s been in well over 100 movies and TV shows. He’s also a writer whose created and starred in a handful of powerful, hilarious one-man shows over his career. His latest, A Latin History for Morons, is now on tour…
Clipping’s Daveed Diggs: noise rap, Hamilton & Sesame Street
Oct 8, 2019 • 63 min
Let’s start taking bets for the next person to EGOT: that is, the next person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Our money is on Daveed Diggs. He’s already got a Grammy and a Tony for his fantastic work on the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. So,…
Taylor McFerrin
Oct 4, 2019 • 41 min
Taylor McFerrin is a gifted musician who got his start as a beatboxer, making beats and producing tracks for others. He’s also made music as a keyboardist, a DJ and a composer. The son of vocalist Bobby McFerrin (yes, the “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” singer),…
Peter Sarsgaard
Oct 1, 2019 • 40 min
Peter Sarsgaard is an enigmatic actor who has appeared in over 60 different roles in films like An Education, The Magnificent Seven and Green Lantern. He got his start in film back in 1995 when he appeared in Dead Man Walking. From there he has obtained…
Tobacco
Sep 27, 2019 • 36 min
Tobacco is the nom de guerre of electronic musician and composer Tom Fec. Tom also founded the music collective Black Moth Super Rainbow. In both projects, the music he makes is rich and layered, but kind of dirty and unsettling, sometimes, too. He works…
Freddie Gibbs
Sep 24, 2019 • 52 min
Critically acclaimed rapper Freddie Gibbs joins Bullseye to talk about his music career. He was born and raised in Gary Indiana - the birthplace of the Jackson 5. Gibbs grew up seeing his neighborhood change for the worse in a lot of ways. People were in…
Comedian and writer Joel Kim Booster
Sep 20, 2019 • 27 min
Joel Kim Booster is a writer and comedian. He’s written for “Billy on the Street,” “Problematic with Moshe Kasher” and Netflix’s “Big Mouth.” And as a standup, he’s appeared on Conan, Comedy Central’s “@Midnight” and more. These days he’s starring…
Dev Hynes of Blood Orange
Sep 17, 2019 • 28 min
Dev Hynes, the recording artist behind Blood Orange, joins Bullseye to talk about his music career. Being born in a place called Essex, approximately 30 miles outside London, was kind of the ideal place for a future critically acclaimed songwriter. Close…
Comedian Matt Braunger
Sep 13, 2019 • 12 min
The Craziest Day of my Entire Career is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite people about some truly unbelievable stories. This time around, we’re joined by the great comedian and podcaster Matt Braunger.
Jay Leno
Sep 10, 2019 • 57 min
Stop what you’re doing … it’s Jay Leno! He opens up about the late night wars in this in-depth interview.
Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch
Sep 6, 2019 • 28 min
Since their debut, Belle and Sebastian records have made it on literally hundreds of top ten lists.Their second album, 1996’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” is routinely called one of the best albums of the 90s. Founder, Stuart Murdoch joins Bullseye to…
David Oyelowo, from ‘Don’t Let Go,’ ‘Selma,’ and more
Sep 3, 2019 • 32 min
David Oyelowo is an incredibly versatile actor. Classically-trained, he got his start at the Royal Shakespeare company in London. From there, he took parts on British TV and in movies like The Help and Jack Reacher. But, his breakthrough role was his work…
I Wish I’d Made That: Nick Offerman
Aug 30, 2019 • 14 min
Artists, musicians, and filmmakers are often inspired by what they see or hear. Sometimes that thing is so great, they tell us they wish they made it themselves. It happens so often we made a segment about it called I Wish I’d Made That. Nick Offerman…
Julio Torres on ‘My Favorite Shapes,’ ‘SNL,’ and ‘Los Espookys’
Aug 27, 2019 • 44 min
Julio Torres has created some of our favorite sketches for Saturday Night Live in recent memory. His sketches on the show are a little different than standard SNL fare. It’s not the in-your-face humor about politics or the need for cowbell, but it’s a…
Justin Simien, creator of “Dear White People”
Aug 23, 2019 • 35 min
Justin Simien is a writer and director to watch out for in the next decade, but maybe you should pay attention to his work this decade, too. His breakthrough film, “Dear White People,” came onto the scene and made space for black voices, unapologetically.…
Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’
Aug 20, 2019 • 45 min
Amy Sherman-Palladino has worked on some of the most unique programs to be ever greenlit for the TV screen. You’ve seen her work on Gilmore Girls. For three seasons, she was a writer on Roseanne, and wrote some really iconic episodes. Her latest work can…
The Egyptian Lover, hip-hop pioneer
Aug 16, 2019 • 26 min
We’ll chat with the one and only Egyptian Lover. Born Greg Broussard – he’s a DJ, a producer, a rapper sometimes, too. He came up with Uncle Jamm’s Army, a hip-hop crew that featured promoter and DJ Rodger Clayton, Ice-T, and has shared the bill with acts…
Eugene Levy from “Schitt’s Creek,” “American Pie” and more
Aug 13, 2019 • 33 min
Eugene Levy is hands down one of the funniest people in history. The Canadian-born actor and funnyman got his start in the world of improv when he joined Chicago’s Second City. His first big break was on the Canadian sketch show SCTV, where he played a…
Psychedelic bedroom pop musician Cuco
Aug 9, 2019 • 13 min
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we’re joined by the musician Cuco. He got his start making music in his…
Jeff Goldblum
Aug 6, 2019 • 46 min
There’s no one else on the planet quite like Jeff Goldblum. He came onto the scene over four decades ago with the role of “Freak #1” in the 1974 revenge fantasy Death Wish. Since then, he’s appeared in countless films, television and theater productions…
Lesley Manville from ‘Mum,’ ‘Another Year,’ and more
Aug 2, 2019 • 38 min
British actor Lesley Manville is truly a master of her craft. You might know her work with the brilliant director Mike Leigh. She starred in some of his best movies like Secrets & Lies, All or Nothing and Another Year. She’s had a long and successful…
E-40, Bay Area rap legend
Jul 30, 2019 • 30 min
When it comes to hip-hop from the Bay Area, E-40 is quite possibly the greatest of all time. His distinctiveness has kept him relevant for three decades now, from mob music in the 1990’s to hyphy slaps in the aughts to new music today. E-40 joins us to…
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner
Jul 26, 2019 • 27 min
Baseball week at Bullseye continues with filmmaker Aviva Kempner. She’ll talk to us about her documentary The Spy Behind Home Plate. The film follows the life of catcher-turned-World War II spy Moe Berg, quite possibly the smartest man to play baseball.…
Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik, authors of ‘The MVP Machine’
Jul 23, 2019 • 32 min
It’s baseball week here at Bullseye and best-selling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik are stepping up to the plate. They’re the writers behind the book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. The…
Chuck Klosterman
Jul 21, 2019 • 14 min
Chuck Klosterman has written tomes of the written word for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian, and plenty more. In 2014, he joined us to talk about I Wear the Black Hat, which examined villainy through pop culture figures like Batman,…
Author and journalist Jeff Chang
Jul 19, 2019 • 35 min
Jeff Chang is a journalist and music critic with an emphasis on hip-hop music and culture. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Spin, and many more. Jeff Chang returns to Bullseye to talk…
Comic and actor J.B. Smoove
Jul 16, 2019 • 34 min
*A heads up to listeners, this episode contains many censored expletives throughout the interview.* J.B. Smoove is without a doubt one of the funniest people we’ve ever had on Bullseye. He got his start in television as one of the stars of Def Comedy Jam…
Ahmed Gallab from the band Sinkane
Jul 12, 2019 • 28 min
Bullseye guest host Shereen Marisol Meraji, host of NPR’s Code Switch, talks with the musician Ahmed Gallab. You might know Ahmed as the man behind the band Sinkane. Ahmed and Shereen discuss his latest album, growing up in the U.S. as the son of…
Tales of the City’s Garcia
Jul 9, 2019 • 29 min
Guest Host Shereen Marisol Meraji, host of NPR’s Code Switch, chats with actor Garcia. Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez on ‘Tales of the City’ on Netflix, a part-remake part-sequel to the TV miniseries you might remember from the 90’s. Garcia and Shereen…
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle
Jul 5, 2019 • 32 min
Pitcher Sean Doolittle is the closer for the Washington Nationals, and no, it’s not The Closer you’re thinking about. Sean’s been called one of the most interesting players in baseball. He’ll talk about his unorthodox path to the major leagues, starting…
Edie Falco
Jul 2, 2019 • 27 min
This week, we’re revisiting our conversation with Emmy-award winning actress Edie Falco. She’s best known for her roles in The Sopranos, Oz and Nurse Jackie. When she spoke to us in 2018, she had just starred in the movie Outside In. Edie talks to Jesse…
Linda Holmes, pop culture critic and author of ‘Evvie Drake Starts Over’
Jun 28, 2019 • 40 min
Linda Holmes is a pop culture critic and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. She just released her debut novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over. It’s about love and loss and the choices we make that sometimes require us to start from scratch. Linda joins the…
Joe Talbot, director of ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’
Jun 25, 2019 • 31 min
Joe Talbot is the director of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. It’s a beautiful film about a guy named Jimmie and his desire to reclaim a San Francisco house built by his grandfather, many moons before tech booms rolled in and massive amounts of money…
Filmmaker and actor Sara Driver
Jun 21, 2019 • 25 min
Director Sara Driver refined her craft during New York’s indie filmmaker boom in the late 1970s-1990s. Her directorial debut came in 1981 with You are Not I, a film about a young woman who escapes a mental institution during the chaos of a pileup. We…
H. Jon Benjamin
Jun 18, 2019 • 30 min
H. Jon Benjamin is the voice behind some of television’s most beloved animated characters. He’s the voice of titular character “Bob” in Fox’s heartwarming sitcom Bob’s Burgers. He also plays Sterling Archer in FX’s Archer, which just premiered its 10th…
Wallace Shawn
Jun 14, 2019 • 29 min
Who comes to mind when you think of a character actor? Sure, there are a lot of good ones, but there’s no one quite like the great Wallace Shawn. On screen, he’s had over 180 credits! You’ve seen him in films like Clueless, The Princess Bride and My…
Filmmaker and writer John Waters
Jun 11, 2019 • 28 min
We’re revisiting our conversation with John Waters! You might know him as the director and writer of classics like Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Cry-Baby, but even though he hasn’t made a movie lately, he keeps pretty busy. He’s done a ton of live…
Comedian Kulap Vilaysack on her ‘Origin Story’
Jun 6, 2019 • 36 min
Kulap Vilaysack is an actor, comedian, showrunner, and director. She just directed her first feature length film, Origin Story, about her family’s journey to the U.S. and finding her biological father in Laos. It’s a film about dealing with family…
Game of Thrones’ John Bradley
Jun 4, 2019 • 42 min
We’re back with John Bradley who played Samwell Tarly on a tiny little show called Game of Thrones for eight seasons. The HBO program recently had its series finale which was the network’s most-watched program of all time! John talks about performing on…
Kathe Kollwitz, a founding member of feminist art collective The Guerilla Girls
May 31, 2019 • 39 min
Jesse Thorn talks to a founding member of the art collective The Guerilla Girls. Kathe Kollwitz reflects on the origins of the group and what the group represents today.
Veep’s Timothy Simons looks back on seven years of Jonah Ryan
May 28, 2019 • 43 min
Actor Timothy Simons joins us to talk about the final season of HBO’s Veep.
The Last Poets
May 24, 2019 • 39 min
The spoken word collective The Last Poets join us to discuss their latest album and their legacy as the godfathers of hip hop.
Tuca & Bertie Creator Lisa Hanawalt
May 21, 2019 • 43 min
Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt joins us to talk about her new animated series Tuca & Bertie on Netflix. The show is breathtakingly drawn and totally surreal!
The Tick creator Ben Edlund
May 17, 2019 • 42 min
Writing compelling and grounded superhero stories is hard to pull off. “The Tick” creator Ben Edlund joins us to talk about the character he has lived with for 30 years.
Saturday Night Live’s Paula Pell
May 14, 2019 • 36 min
Jesse’s interview with Paula Pell, one of the greatest writers to have ever worked on Saturday Night Live.
David Crosby
May 10, 2019 • 32 min
Jesse talks with David Crosby - singer/songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and CSNY.
Wanda Sykes
May 7, 2019 • 35 min
This week, a favorite from the archives: Jesse’s conversation with world-class comedian Wanda Sykes. She’s a legend in the comedy world and her ability to tackle pop culture and the political spectrum with equal agility has earned her many accolades.…
Cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty on “MacDoodle Street” and more
May 3, 2019 • 34 min
We’re thrilled to share our conversation with cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty. We’re huge fans of his children’s book – “Who Needs Donuts?” Mark’s wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of a kid in a cowboy suit who’s bored with his family. He hitches…
A.P. Bio creator Mike O’Brien
Apr 30, 2019 • 36 min
Jesse talks with Mike O’Brien, creator of the NBC sitcom “A.P. Bio”
Open Mike Eagle
Apr 26, 2019 • 26 min
This week: the great Open Mike Eagle! He’s a rapper and TV host: Alongside Baron Vaughn, Mike co-stars in a new Comedy Central show called “The New Negroes”. It’s sort of a variety show - combining live stand up with original music videos Mike made with…
Laurie Metcalf
Apr 23, 2019 • 34 min
Jesse talks with one of the greats: Laurie Metcalf. You definitely know Laurie from from Roseanne. For 9 years she played Jackie, on the hit TV show. She’s now starring in The Conners, the new Spinoff. She’s also an Academy Award nominee for her work…
Was 1999 the Best Movie Year Ever?
Apr 19, 2019 • 51 min
Brian Raftery writes for GQ, Wired and Rolling Stone, among others. He just wrote a really interesting book. He called it “Best Movie Year Ever” and in the book’s 300 pages, Brian makes the case that one of the most interesting and memorable years in…
Avantdale Bowling Club
Apr 16, 2019 • 49 min
What follows is one of our favorite interviews we’ve recorded this year. Seriously. It’s with an artist you probably haven’t heard of. His name’s Tom Scott. He’s from New Zealand. He’s been a rapper there for about 10 years now, he’s one of the biggest…
Mike Leigh
Apr 8, 2019 • 62 min
This week, Jesse talks with the director Mike Leigh. He isn’t that well known. He’s never made a blockbuster. He’s been nominated for seven Academy Awards and hasn’t won any. He doesn’t work with super famous actors, either. He likes it that way. His…
Apollo 11 Director Todd Douglas Miller
Apr 5, 2019 • 28 min
Todd Douglas Miller directed Apollo 11, the new documentary. It compiles thousands of hours of footage from the moon landing into one brilliant, compelling narrative feature. There’s no narration. No interviews. All images and voices from the mission and…
Khalid
Apr 2, 2019 • 38 min
It’s a strange thing, to be famous, right? Like, really really famous. Famous like Khalid, the singer. He’s sold millions of albums. Hundreds of millions of plays on streaming apps. Odds are, there are people right now listening to his music within ten…
Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus on the song that changed his life
Mar 28, 2019 • 8 min
Every now and then, we bring you a special segment called The Song that Changed My Life - it’s a chance for musicians we love to dish on the song that made them who they are today. This time: Stephen Malkmus, the former frontman of Pavement. The band’s…
PEN15’s Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle
Mar 26, 2019 • 39 min
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle created an star in the brilliant new show PEN15, on Hulu. It’s show about middle school. Or, I guess this is more accurate: it’s about middle school you might have actually experienced. It’s set in the year 2000 and it…
Norsemen creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen
Mar 22, 2019 • 28 min
A heads up, first: There’s some talk about sexual assault in this conversation. Nothing graphic, just some discussion of the use of it in comedy, in the abstract. If you’re sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we’d give you a heads up. It’s with…
John Turturro
Mar 19, 2019 • 35 min
John Turturro’s an acting legend. Lots of directors have actors they like to work with. Turturro’s a favorite of both Spike Lee and the Coen Brothers. Starting from “Do The Right Thing,” he’s appeared in nine of Spike’s films, four from the Coens. He can…
Comic and Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.
Mar 15, 2019 • 25 min
Another favorite from the Bullseye archives this week. This time: Roy Wood Jr.! He’s a comedian. You’ve probably seen him as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” He’s done comedy pretty much his entire life, but he majored in broadcast journalism and for…
Bill Hader on Barry, Saturday Night Live and more
Mar 12, 2019 • 33 min
We’re replying some favorites from the Bullseye archives this week! Today, we’re excited to bring you Bill Hader. You know him from his time on Saturday Night Live. He was kind of an impressions guy - he did a mean Vincent Price. His most famous character…
Jena Friedman, comedian & host of Adult Swim’s Soft Focus
Mar 8, 2019 • 30 min
WARNING: This episode contains some discussion of difficult topics. We cover sexual assault, miscarriage, violence against women and more. If you’re sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we’d give you a heads up. Our guest is Jena Friedman. She’s…
Actor Stephen Root on Barry, Office Space and more
Mar 5, 2019 • 32 min
Has Stphen Root, the actor, had a million parts? It’s not a million, right? Ok. It’s 236. Still: wow! Root is is the kind of character actor that can take even the most basic, dreary TV show or movie and light it up. One or two scenes with Stephen in it,…
Bonus: Katie Nguyen & Roseblood Live!
Mar 3, 2019 • 20 min
Two very special bonus tidbits for you this week - live comedy and music from Bullseye’s recent show at the Listen Up Festival in Portland Oregon. You’ll hear comedy from the great Katie Nguyen - who’s performed at festivals all over the place and has…
Simpsons writer, Fast food reviewer Bill Oakley
Mar 1, 2019 • 25 min
Aurora Borealis! In your kitchen! May I see it? It’s a very special Bullseye with Bill Oakley, the veteran TV writer. He worked on Futurama, Portlandia, and some of the greatest Simpsons episode of all time. Including… you guessed it! Steamed hams! The…
Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker & Filmmaker Lance Bangs
Feb 26, 2019 • 27 min
Bullseye is a show about the creative process. And how artists’ lives affect the work they make: their loved ones, friends and family, too. But what about when two artists - two genuine creative geniuses - are married to each other? Corin Tucker, the…
Oscar nominated filmmaker Nicole Holofcener
Feb 22, 2019 • 35 min
Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, one of our favorites, is up for an Academy-Award nomination. It’s for the adapted screenplay. and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?.” We’ll revisit our…
Director Debra Granik of “Leave No Trace” and “Winter’s Bone”
Feb 19, 2019 • 30 min
Happy Tuesday! This time, we’re listening back to our 2018 conversation with filmmaker Debra Granik. In 2010, she wrote and directed “Winter’s Bone,” the acclaimed drama that launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.…
Artist Barbara Kruger
Feb 15, 2019 • 30 min
Dream interview alert! Today: Jesse talks with Barbara Kruger. Kruger is a fascinating and profoundly influential artist. She works in big, bold text usually in white font over ribbons of red. The text is usually superimposed over black and white photos,…
Composer and Producer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Childish Gambino)
Feb 14, 2019 • 9 min
Every now and then we like bring you a segment we call to the Song That Changed My Life. It’s a chance to find out what makes some of our favorite musicians the person they are today. Stepping up this time: Ludwig Göransson. Maybe you don’t know him by…
Adam McKay on Vice, Second City and more
Feb 12, 2019 • 34 min
Adam McKay has had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy first as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live. He studied at Second City, too, so throw that in there. Then, movies: He collaborated…
Killer Mike on his new show Trigger Warning, Run the Jewels and more
Feb 8, 2019 • 29 min
Ladies and germs… Killer Mike! It’s been more than a decade since Killer Mike joined us on Bullseye. These days, he’s busier than ever. Along with El-P, he’s one-half of Grammy nominated duo Run the Jewels. Together they’ve put out three great albums –…
John David Washington of “BlacKkKlansman” and “Ballers”
Feb 5, 2019 • 33 min
Jesse talks with John David Washington, star of the critically acclaimed film BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee. Before John David Washington was an actor, he was lacing up the pads every week for a career in professional football. He traveled the…
Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Feb 1, 2019 • 24 min
Jesse talks with Tituss Burgess, actor from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock” and more. On UKS, Tituss plays a struggling, needy and desperate Broadway actor. He’s transparently conniving and manipulative, but he’s also sweet, charming and super…
Carol Kane from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Jan 29, 2019 • 34 min
Jesse talks with legendary character actress Carol Kane about the last season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and her 45-year career in the biz. Carol started acting in 1971 and pretty quickly landed big roles. One of her first films was in the Mike…
Jez Butterworth
Jan 25, 2019 • 31 min
Jez Butterworth is a veteran of both stage and screen, he’s written about a dozen films along with his seven plays. You can see the wisdom that only experience can bring in action during “The Ferryman,” his latest play that’s now on Broadway. A younger…
Tony Shalhoub of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and more
Jan 22, 2019 • 27 min
If you’re in Hollywood, the stereotype goes that you’re either a character actor or a *star*. A character actor shows up in a couple scenes for about five minutes, and, even in that small moment, they make the film. Tony Shalhoub has done that plenty of…
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz
Jan 18, 2019 • 33 min
A warning about this episode, which originally aired in 2017: the second half of this interview contains some honest and frank talk about sexual assault. Stephanie Beatriz stars in Brooklyn Nine Nine as Detective Rosa Diaz - easily the toughest cop in the…
Elvis Costello
Jan 15, 2019 • 30 min
We’ve got a favorite from the Bullseye archives to kick off the week: Elvis Costello. Costello grew up surrounded by music. His mother ran the record section of Selfridges, and his father was an accomplished working musician. As Costello describes in his…
Karyn Kusama, Director of “Destroyer”
Jan 11, 2019 • 32 min
Jesse talks to Karyn Kusama, one of the most unique voices in film right now. She just directed the new film “Destroyer,” it’s a dark crime drama, told in mostly flashbacks. Karyn discusses why it’s important to portray complex female characters in film…
Chris and Bridey Elliott on “Clara’s Ghost”
Jan 8, 2019 • 32 min
Chris and Bridey Elliott are father and daughter. Chris is, of course, Chris Elliott. The guy who starred in Cabin Boy and Something About Mary. Who’s currently a regular on the TV show Schitt’s Creek. Tons more. Bridey, his daughter, wrote and directed a…
Hasan Minhaj & Sharon Horgan
Dec 31, 2018 • 71 min
Happy near year! Two favorites from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Hasan Minhaj, from 2016. He’ll talk about his work as a standup and as a correspondent on the Daily Show. Plus: what it was like growing up Muslim after September 11th, and his…
End of year stand-up comedy special 2018!
Dec 24, 2018 • 85 min
The Bullseye team has taken on the terrible task of finding the best of the best comedy albums and bringing them to you in a nice little end of year package. Our list includes industry veterans, newcomers and lesser know talents you are going to love.…
Bullseye Holiday Specatcular! Monkees, McElroys and more!
Dec 17, 2018 • 79 min
Get ready for a bonanza of holiday cheer from Bullseye this week! Micky Dolenz of The Monkees taking about the band’s new album “Christmas Party.” The group recorded it with a cavalcade of hit-makers like Rivers Cuomo, Peter Buck of REM and more. You’ll…
Jason Mitchell & Karina Longworth
Dec 10, 2018 • 63 min
We’re kicking things off with the brilliant and lively Jason Mitchell this week! Jason’s an actor - a really great one. He’s been in a lot of acclaimed movies and TV shows. In the acclaimed 2017 movie “Mudbound” he played a world war two veteran returning…
Remembering Ricky Jay
Dec 3, 2018 • 76 min
Ricky Jay died last month. He was 72. Ricky was a writer. And an actor. And a magician. One of the greatest sleight of hand performers ever, actually. He could throw a playing card almost 200 ft at 90mph. He could pierce a watermelon with the Jack of…
Billy Eichner & Ali Wong
Nov 26, 2018 • 65 min
This week we’re pulling two favorites out of the Bullseye archives. First on the docket: Billy Eichner! He’s an actor and comic and host of the hit comedy game show Billy on the Street - where he and a camera crew accost random New Yorkers with questions…
Tim Blake Nelson & Mary Randolph Carter
Nov 19, 2018 • 64 min
Tim Blake Nelson is a master of his craft: a character actor with over 80 credits to his name. Roles in films as diverse as The Incredible Hulk, Minority Report and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen Brothers classic. You remember him: Tim played Delmar…
Maura Tierney & Michael Kupperman
Nov 13, 2018 • 68 min
First up this week: Maura Tierney! You know her from her time on the hit drama ER - she played Abby. She’s currently on the Showtime series The Affair, as well. And, here’s a personal favorite of ours: She also starred on the sitcom Newsradio as Lisa, the…
Kamasi Washington & Simon Rich
Nov 5, 2018 • 67 min
This week, we’re dedicating almost an entire episode to one of our favorite musicians: Kamasi Washington! Kamasi is a saxophonist and composer. In the studio, he’s played sax and arranged for hitmakers like Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Adams, Snoop Dogg - and…
Steven Yeun & Sawbones
Oct 29, 2018 • 66 min
First up this week: Steven Yeun! Fans of The Walking Dead know and love Steven for his time on the show as the beloved Glenn Rhee. Lately, though, he’s taken on some even more thrilling roles. Last year, he starred in the Netflix hit Okja. Earlier this…
Eric Idle & Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes
Oct 22, 2018 • 60 min
Two brilliant Brits on this week’s Bullseye! First up this week, a conversation with comedy pioneer and Monty Python founding member Eric Idle! Eric’s entered a reflective moment in his career now that Monty Python turned 50. He’s written a memoir about…
Susan Orlean & Gregory Porter
Oct 15, 2018 • 62 min
First up this week, a guest we’re always thrilled to welcome: Susan Orlean! One of the greatest writers around. You might know her from Saturday Night, Rin Tin Tin or the Orchid Thief - the book that was turned into the Academy Award nominated film…
Sarah Jessica Parker & Chris Gethard
Oct 8, 2018 • 67 min
Two favorites from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Sarah Jessica Parker, from 2016. A fascinating, probing interview that covers her time on Divorce, Sex and the City, LA Story, even Square Pegs, her first ever starring TV role! Then, Chris…
Tenacious D & José James
Oct 1, 2018 • 68 min
So, y’all: Tenacious D. Tenacious D! We spend 40 minutes with Tenacious D this week. We talk with Jack Black and Kyle Glass about the band’s early days in clubs and making quick cameos in films. We talk about their new animated series - Post Apocalypto -…
Swamp Dogg & Joel Kim Booster
Sep 24, 2018 • 62 min
It’s a rare honor for a guest to be on Bullseye three times, but Swamp Dogg deserves it. He’s a psychedelic soul singer with a career that’s now spanned six decades. He’s been singing soul and R&B since he was 12. Back then he was Little Jerry Williams…
Nicole Holofcener & Lodge 49
Sep 18, 2018 • 65 min
This week, we’re thrilled to welcome Nicole Holofcener back on the show - probably one of the most underrated filmmakers around. Her movies are quiet, sort of understated. The protagonists are complex, flawed people, usually women. She’s worked with some…
Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser
Sep 10, 2018 • 61 min
We’re replaying two recent favorites this week: first up, Amy Sedaris! Amy’s made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - take…
Boz Scaggs and Maeve Higgins
Sep 4, 2018 • 58 min
This week: Boz Scaggs. The one and only! The hitmaker behind “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” and so much more talks with Jesse about his more than five decade career in music. Lately, like a lot of rockers his age, his work has steered more towards the…
Guy Branum & Emily Lordi
Aug 27, 2018 • 65 min
A favorite from the Bullseye archives this week. First up: Comedian, writer, and podcast host Guy Branum recently wrote a book called “My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture.” It’s a collection of personal essays. Kind of a combination…
W Kamau Bell & Mike Pesca
Aug 20, 2018 • 65 min
This week, we’ve got another Emmy-nominated guest - W.Kamau Bell! He’s known for his stand-up comedy. But he might be even more beloved for the television shows he’s hosted. “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” was kind of a hybrid between a political…
Megan Mullally & Tracee Ellis Ross
Aug 13, 2018 • 74 min
It’s Emmy season! Bullseye brings you two talented, fascinating Emmy nominees this week. First up: Megan Mullally! One of the best in the game. Like, maybe you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation. She played Tammy, the ex-wife of Ron Swanson. She’s a kind of…
Jonathan Gold & Beth Ditto
Aug 6, 2018 • 65 min
This week, we’ll remember Jonathan Gold by revisiting our conversation with him. Jonathan’s work in food criticism was legendary. In 2007, his work earned him a Pulitzer. To this date, he’s still the only food critic to ever earn that honor. When he…
Randy Newman
Jul 30, 2018 • 60 min
“Who is your dream interview?” you might ask Jesse Thorn, or another public radio host. And for Bullseye, here is your answer: Randy Newman! Randy’s career spans over half a century. He’s written music for films (duh), but has also revealed himself to be…
Debra Granik & Johan Miranda
Jul 23, 2018 • 65 min
This week, we want to introduce you to a new comic: Johan Miranda. He lives in Los Angeles, was raised in San Francisco. When he was three years old, he and his parents traveled to the US on a tourist visa - and they haven’t left since. Johan is one of…
Bo Burnham and Won’t You Be My Neighbor’s Morgan Neville
Jul 16, 2018 • 71 min
This week, we’ve got April Wolfe holding things down in the host chair. April is a film critic and panelist on the Maximum Fun podcast Who Shot Ya. She also hosts her own show here at MaxFun - it’s called Switchblade Sisters. Every week on Switchblade…
Heat Rocks Special! Jay Smooth, Meshell Ndegeocello, & Vernon Reid
Jul 9, 2018 • 74 min
We’re doing something a little different this week: you’re about to hear three of our favorite interviews from Heat Rocks, one of our sister shows here at company Maximum Fun. Heat Rocks is a music podcast about passion. It’s hosted by Oliver Wang, a…
Bonus! Bubble’s Jordan Morris & Nick Adams
Jul 5, 2018 • 62 min
Hey all! Just popping in to give you a special treat this Thursday. You’ve probably heard about it already, but Maximum Fun - the company that makes Bullseye, Judge John Hodgman and more - just produced its very first scripted series. It’s called…
George Clinton & Cristela Alonzo
Jul 2, 2018 • 63 min
We’re listening to some of our favorite interviews from Bullseyes past this week, and we’ve got a couple doozies. First up: the living legend, the master of funk music, Dr. Funkenstein himself: George Clinton, from 2014. The impact he’s had on modern…
Boots Riley
Jun 25, 2018 • 65 min
So much of Bullseye is about what we think is great in culture today. And, for our money, one of the most compelling creative forces around is a guy named Boots Riley. For the first few decades in his career, Boots fronted the Coup. The Coup are a catchy,…
Alia Shawkat & Mackenzie Crook
Jun 18, 2018 • 66 min
Alia Shawkat came by the Bullseye studios and holy moly, what a brilliant, funny human being! You know her as Maeby Fünke from TV’s Arrested Development, which just dropped its fifth season. She also leads the TBS series Search Party these days. But Alia…
Pamela Adlon & James Acaster
Jun 12, 2018 • 64 min
The talents of Pamela Adlon are many. First, she’s an incredible voice actress who’s worked on literally dozens of shows. You probably know her best as Bobby from King of the Hill, though, where she was brilliant. Then there’s her work on live action TV -…
Metta World Peace & Cut Chemist
Jun 4, 2018 • 69 min
This week, we’ve got a real treat for you: Metta World Peace! Even for a former NBA All Star and Champion, Metta has a big personality. When he played he had a reputation for hard defense and an unmatched intensity on the court. When it worked, it made…
H. Jon Benjamin & Sara Driver
May 29, 2018 • 59 min
Fans of Bob’s Burgers, Archer, Home Movies and Dr. Katz, rejoice! Jesse’s talking with the incomparable H. Jon Benjamin this week. With lead roles in some of the most popular comedies of all time, it’s hard to call Jon a failure. But he doesn’t really…
Geena Davis & Jack Handey
May 21, 2018 • 70 min
For over a decade, actress Geena Davis has been spearheading an institute that gathers the numbers on gender balance on-screen. On this week’s episode, she shares her fascinating take on what they do with all their findings plus, some heartwarming stories…
Robert Smigel & Gillian Jacobs
May 14, 2018 • 61 min
This week, writer and director Robert Smigel breaks down what really happened when he was showrunning “The Dana Carvey” show. Plus, he’ll talk about so much more including his time on SNL, and his new movie “The Week Of” on Netflix. And probably his best…
Neko Case & Thao Nguyen
May 7, 2018 • 69 min
This week, two great musician interviews from the Bullseye archives. First up: Neko Case. It’s hard to think of a singer/songwriter more beloved in the alt country / indie rock world Case inhabits. Her work - about half a dozen solo albums and a long list…
Roy Wood Jr. & Peter Serafinowicz
Apr 30, 2018 • 59 min
This week, we’re talking with two *very* funny people. First: Roy Wood Jr. Roy’s a correspondent on the Daily Show these days, but the road he took to get there is fascinating. Roy produced, wrote and hosted on a grab bag of different radio shows, first…
Special: The Wire!
Apr 23, 2018 • 73 min
Don’t sleep on this one. It’s a celebration of one of the best shows ever: The Wire! First, you’ll hear a vintage Bullseye interview (recorded live to tape in the apartment back in ‘08) with two of the show’s most beloved stars: Wendell Pierce, who played…
Edie Falco and Hunter Pence
Apr 16, 2018 • 55 min
Emmy Award winning actress Edie Falco and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence are our guests on this week’s show. Edie Falco is a brilliant, charming person. She’s best known for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie.” These days, she’s…
Eugene Levy, Kay Cannon & Alexander Payne
Apr 9, 2018 • 69 min
Comedy nerds, rejoice! This week Jesse talks with Eugene Levy - the SCTV vet, co-creator of great Christopher Guest movies and American Pie star. Levy just wrapped up season 4 of his terrific CBC series Schitt’s Creek. He talks about working with his son,…
Andrew W.K. & Bill Hader
Apr 2, 2018 • 72 min
This week, two Max Fun favs. First up: Andrew W.K.! He just released a new album: You’re Not Alone. It’s his first in almost a decade. You’re Not Alone has that same classic Andrew W.K. of inspirational party rock - sometimes delivered in song, sometimes…
Padma Lakshmi & Laurie Kilmartin
Mar 26, 2018 • 71 min
Two more classics from the Bullseye archives, y’all. First: pack your knives and listen up! Padma Lakshmi, host of TV’s Top Chef, stops for a chat. She literally wrote an Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs - like, literally that’s the title of the book.…
Forest Whitaker & Armando Iannucci
Mar 19, 2018 • 69 min
This week, some heavy hitters! First, Forest Whitaker. He’s of course the star of *countless* great movies. He’s got this knack for taking huge figures from history and portraying them complex, fascinating, sometimes really fragile people. He played…
Rachel Bloom & One Day at a Time
Mar 12, 2018 • 67 min
This week we’re bringing you two of our favorite interviews from the Bullseye vault. First, Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the hit CW musical romantic comedy. She talks about the show’s roots, overcoming social anxiety and what…
David Oyelowo & Heather Graham
Mar 5, 2018 • 60 min
Two great actors on this week’s show! First up: David Oyelowo. He cut his teeth at the Royal Shakespeare company in London. Had smaller parts on British TV and in movies like The Help and Jack Reacher. He broke though when he starred as Martin Luther King…
The Breeders’ Kim Deal & Raoul Peck
Feb 26, 2018 • 62 min
First up, a Bullseye fav: Jesse chats with Kim Deal of The Breeders about their new album “All Nerve,” which drops this week. Also discussed: the Pixies’ breakup, best Italian restaurants for live music in Dayton, Ohio, advancements in personal…
Laurie Metcalf, Kristen Anderson Lopez & Robert Lopez
Feb 20, 2018 • 72 min
It’s an Academy Awards spectacular! First: Jesse talks with the amazing Laurie Metcalf. She’s up for the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the great Lady Bird. It’s her first ever nomination! Laurie’s a sincere actor’s actor. She was a…
David Wain & Belle and Sebastian
Feb 12, 2018 • 69 min
First up, a favorite here around the Bullseye office: David Wain! He’s a comedy legend, an actor, too. And he just directed the new Netflix film “A Futile and Stupid Gesture.” He and Jesse talk about Doug Kenney, the movie’s subject, whose work changed…
“Corporate” & Mimi Pond
Feb 5, 2018 • 64 min
First up: Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman. They created and star in the brand new Comedy Central show “Corporate.” Look. Technically, Corporate is a workplace comedy. But it’s so much darker, weirder and universal than that. The show follows the lives…
The Big Sick, Allison Janney & Michel Gondry
Jan 29, 2018 • 61 min
One Bullseye episode. *Four* Oscar nominees! First up: Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. They co-wrote “The Big Sick” and you probably heard about it already - the Academy just nominated it for Best Original Screenplay. They’re two fascinating, sincere…
Another Period & The Egyptian Lover
Jan 22, 2018 • 65 min
Have you heard of Another Period? It’s a series on Comedy Central with a brilliant, simple premise: it’s a reality show set in the gilded age - like the Keeping up with the Kardashians meets Downton Abbey. It’s really fun to watch - over the top,…
Rian Johnson & The Go! Team
Jan 16, 2018 • 65 min
Buckle up, y’all, we’ve got a dynamite lineup! First off: Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is discussed in extensive detail (don’t say we didn’t warn you). Besides directing a film in one of the biggest franchises in…
Errol Morris & Tune-Yards
Jan 8, 2018 • 69 min
Fresh New Year, fresh new Bullseye! This week, legendary director Errol Morris. He’s the kind of filmmaker that gets shown in film school all the time. He’s contributed that much to the field of documentary making. Morris has a way of painting portraits…
Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham
Jan 2, 2018 • 63 min
Two Bullseye favorites from the archives this week. First: Terry Crews. A linebacker from Flint Michigan, Terry was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1996, he played his last season ever for the Eagles. Then he took up…
End of Year Comedy Special!
Dec 26, 2017 • 83 min
Look, you’re an NPR listener. So we probably don’t need to tell you this, but it’s been an intense year. 2017 was a lot of terrible and thrilling and amazing things, but it was also a banner year for stand up comedy. So this year, the Bullseye team put…
The Bullseye Holiday Spectacular!
Dec 18, 2017 • 64 min
Light up the menorah, trim the tree, take a walk out in the cool/cold/wet/whatever weather and take it all in: it’s the Bullseye holiday spectacular! We’ve got Andy Richter, Conan O’Brien’s faithful and hilarious sidekick. He says now that he’s a father,…
Judd Apatow & Romesh Ranganathan
Dec 11, 2017 • 68 min
Judd Apatow is one of the busiest and most notable behind the scenes guys alive today. Name 10 huge critically acclaimed comedy hits off the top your head - Judd’s probably worked on half of them: The Larry Sanders Show, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Funny…
JK Simmons & Solomon Georgio
Dec 4, 2017 • 70 min
You know JK Simmons, right? He won an Academy Award for his role in the 2015 movie Whiplash. He’s that Insurance guy in those ads. He played J Jonah Jameson in the Spiderman movies. Dude puts in work - there are 183 credits on his IMDB page right now and…
Margaret Cho & Lisa Hanawalt
Nov 27, 2017 • 67 min
We’ve got a couple of our favorite recent Bullseye interviews this week, first up: Margaret Cho, from last year. She’s made a career of searing and revealing comedy. Lately she’s been performing on the street to raise money for the homeless, marrying…
Greta Gerwig & Pixar’s Lee Unkrich
Nov 20, 2017 • 65 min
First up this week, the one and only Greta Gerwig! You probably know her as an actor - she starred in Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and a bunch of other indies. She’s also been in Oscar contenders like Jackie and 20th Century Women. Now, she’s written and…
Bonus! Heat Rocks: Anil Dash on Prince’s 1999
Nov 17, 2017 • 47 min
Hey Bullseye fans! We have a special bonus treat for y’all today. We’re gonna give you a look at Heat Rocks, the brand new music podcast here at Maximum Fun. It’s an interview show that dissects classic, canonical urban and soul albums and the people who…
Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser
Nov 13, 2017 • 61 min
Two legends this week: first up, Amy Sedaris. Amy’s made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - take Jerri Blank on Strangers…
John Hodgman & Tig Notaro
Nov 6, 2017 • 66 min
Look, you probably know who John Hodgman is already. He’s been on the Daily Show, This American Life, Adventure Time, way more stuff. Here at Maximum Fun he’s the judge on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast. John’s also written four books. His latest is…
Stephanie Beatriz & Griffin Dunne
Oct 30, 2017 • 67 min
For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. She plays Detective Rosa Diaz, easily the toughest cop in the precinct - she’s brave, she’s serious, she rides a motorcycle. Now, she stars in a new film - a drama…
Halloween Special with Elvira, Andy Daly & more!
Oct 23, 2017 • 66 min
Good October to you, boys and ghouls! It’s a very special Halloween Spooktacular edition of Bullseye! First we have Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She’ll talk with Jesse about where her iconic character came from, her…
Gilbert Gottfried and Maggie Betts
Oct 16, 2017 • 63 min
You know Gilbert Gottfried, right? That comedian with the crazy loud voice who tells gross, sometimes kind of tasteless jokes. He was the voice of the Aflac duck at one point, too. There’s really two Gilbert Gottfrieds, though - there’s that guy, and…
Amy Ryan & Shea Serrano
Oct 10, 2017 • 61 min
First up: Amy Ryan. You’ve seen her as Beadie Russel on The Wire, in The Office, Gone Baby Gone, a bunch more. She’s starring in the new movie Abundant Acreage Available too. She’ll talk with us about all that stuff, plus, how she convinced her family it…
Carl Reiner & Kate and Laura Mulleavy
Oct 2, 2017 • 64 min
This week’s Bullseye takes you inside the home of the one and only Carl Reiner. A true legend in comedy - Reiner’s been in the game since World War Two. Alongside Sid Caesar, he performed on the pioneering Your Show of Shows. He’s best friends with Mel…
Open Mike Eagle & Paula Poundstone
Sep 25, 2017 • 59 min
A dynamite pairing this week! First, Rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about growing up in Chicago, his slow and steady rise to success and his undying love for professional wrestling. Then, Paula Poundstone. You know her as a legendary standup, as a voice…
Judy Greer & Ice-T
Sep 18, 2017 • 70 min
Two Bullseye classics this week. First up: Judy Greer. You’ve seen her as Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development, as Cheryl Tunt on Archer, in Jurassic World, a bunch more. She’s one of the most successful co-stars in Hollywood. It stands to reason. She’s…
The Pointer Sisters & Bootsy Collins
Sep 11, 2017 • 73 min
Two Bullseye classics this week! First up: Jesse’s 2014 conversation with The Pointer Sisters, one of the biggest R&B groups ever, about their rise to stardom and struggles to stay together as a family. Then, his 2011 interview with funk bass legend…
Tim Gunn & Jonathan Coulton
Sep 5, 2017 • 63 min
Tim Gunn of Project Runway and more talks fashion, surviving trauma and more. Even some hot couture takes on the American political landscape! Then, singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton talks about his latest work - a dystopian concept album and companion…
Wallace Shawn, Nick Lowe & Jay Baruchel
Aug 28, 2017 • 74 min
Joining us this week is actor Wallace Shawn, whose many film credits include roles in The Princess Bride, the Toy Story films, and My Dinner with Andre. An accomplished playwright and author, Wallace talks to Jesse about his recent book, a long essay…
Ellie Kemper & Flying Lotus
Aug 21, 2017 • 64 min
This week, two of our favorite Bullseye guests. First up: Ellie Kemper, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you haven’t seen it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has a pretty unusual premise. A woman emerges from a mid-western bunker. She’s been held captive…
Alfred Molina & Louie Anderson
Aug 14, 2017 • 64 min
This week, two Emmy nominated heavy hitters. First up: Alfred Molina. Talk about auspicious starts: Alfred Molina’s first American film role was as the “Throw me the idol, I’ll throw you the whip” guy in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since…
Ani DiFranco & Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen
Aug 7, 2017 • 63 min
This week Jesse talks with the great singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco about her new album Binary, and how it’s changed her writing process. What you might not know is that she also jammed with Prince. Also, a conversation with actor Aidan Gillen, who you…
Lily Tomlin & Rick Moranis
Jul 31, 2017 • 94 min
[r] This week, two of Bullseye’s greatest hits. First up: Rick Moranis. At one point, he was a movie star: Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and then - he quit. We’ll talk about why he doesn’t regret leaving show business to…
Dolly Parton & Steve Coogan
Jul 24, 2017 • 78 min
[r] This week, we’ve got two of Bullseye’s greatest hits: First up, the one and only Dolly Parton! The legend of stage and song talks with Jesse about her impoverished childhood, how she’s dealt with fame over the years and the songs that can still make…
Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon & Terrace Martin
Jul 17, 2017 • 65 min
“The Big Sick” has been out in theaters for a while, and already it’s getting a lot of buzz. Critics rated it 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon are married and co-wrote the movie, which tells the true story of…
Bonus: Tavi Gevinson
Jul 14, 2017 • 57 min
We’ve got a special bonus Bullseye for you this week! Tavi Gevinson, editor of Rookie Magazine, actress, podcast host and much more. Jesse interview Tavi in front of a live audience at this year’s MaxFunCon.
Vince Staples & The Trailer Park Boys
Jul 10, 2017 • 61 min
[r] This week, we’re bringing you a couple of Jesse’s favorite past interviews. First up: Vince Staples! The Long Beach rapper is a legend nowadays, with his two critically acclaimed records Summertime ‘06 and Big Fish Theory. Vince came into the Bullseye…
Beth Ditto & Ernest Dickerson
Jul 3, 2017 • 67 min
Hey y’all! This week, we have Beth Ditto joining us. The former lead singer with Gossip, talks about growing up gay and punk rock in Searcy, Arkansas, and paying a dollar for her first kiss with a girl in a lesbian kissing booth called Homo-A-Gogo in…
A$AP Ferg & Dr. Katz
Jun 26, 2017 • 68 min
What an episode this week! We have New York’s very own A$AP Ferg in the house. He and Jesse talk about his love for Madonna, how going to an arts high school changed his life and how being a part of a collective like A$AP Mob can make calling yourself a…
Katie Couric, Marc Maron & Audie Cornish
Jun 19, 2017 • 71 min
This week, we’re giving you a sneak peek into The Turnaround, Jesse’s new podcast. The Turnaround brings you interviews with some of the best interviewers out there. You’ll hear why Marc Maron can’t stand letting strangers in house. We’ve got Audie…
Big Boi & Catherine O’Hara
Jun 12, 2017 • 71 min
[r] Big Boi’s sold more than 50 millions records as a solo artist and as half of Outkast, maybe the greatest hip hop group of all time. With their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Big Boi and Andre 3000 introduced one of rap’s most distinctive…
Kathryn Hahn & Jason Zinoman
Jun 5, 2017 • 66 min
This week, Jesse talks with Kathryn Hahn. She’s starring in the new Amazon series I Love Dick, which also features Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne. The show was created by Jill Soloway, a writer Hahn’s been working with a lot lately - she’s also in…
Carol Kane
May 29, 2017 • 69 min
This week, Jesse sits down with actor Carol Kane. They talk about her career that spans 45 years and her newest project - “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which is now in its 3rd season on Netflix. We hear some live comedy from Chris Fairbanks and Jesse tells…
Terry Crews & Amber Tamblyn
May 22, 2017 • 62 min
As a linebacker from Flint Michigan, Terry Crews was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1996, he played his last season ever for the Eagles. Then, he took up acting - he starred alongside Ice Cube in the Friday After Next,…
John Waters & Andy Kindler
May 15, 2017 • 63 min
We got John Waters in the studio (he wore a beautiful Commes de Garcon shirt, btw). John has a new book out, it’s a transcript of a commencement speech he gave to RISD students in 2015. Jesse talks with him about Little Richard, trigger warnings, and how…
Moshe Kasher, Felicia Day & Brother Ali
May 8, 2017 • 66 min
This week, Jesse talks with standup and author Moshe Kasher about his new TV show: Problematic. Like a lot of shows nowadays it’s got a comedian taking on issues of the day, interviews with newsmakers, plenty of snarky jokes. But instead of John Oliver…
Chris Gethard, George Saunders, & DJ Jazzy Jeff
May 1, 2017 • 70 min
Jesse talks about life and death with George Saunders, the brilliant author of the new novel Lincoln in the Bardo. But first, Chris Gethard comes by. He hosts Fusion’s The Chris Gethard show and stars in Career Suicide, a one-man show debuting this week…
Werner Herzog & Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum
Apr 24, 2017 • 67 min
This week’s Bullseye has a lot of heavy stuff. First up: Phil Elverum. Elverum’s career dates back over 20 years, first as the Microphones and later Mt. Eerie. He’s produced ambitious, beautiful records that mix genres like folk, noise, death metal,…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Armando Iannucci and Billy Bragg
Apr 17, 2017 • 83 min
[r] First things first: the one, the only Julia Louis-Dreyfus! After a run of 9 years on Seinfeld, one of the greatest TV comedies of all time, she’s now entering her sixth season as Selina Meyer on the hit HBO show Veep. Plus, Armando Iannucci, Veep’s…
Guy Branum
Apr 10, 2017 • 65 min
Guy Branum, comic and beloved host of MaxFun’s own Pop Rocket is on TV now! He’s hosting the brand new TV series Talk Show the Game Show on TruTV. Guy talks with Jesse about growing up gay in a rural California town, working on TV and the pleasure of…
Baseball Special with Tabitha Soren & Sean Doolittle
Apr 3, 2017 • 79 min
Guess what! With opening day this week, Bullseye is bringing you its first ever Baseball special! Jesse talks with Oakland A’s relief pitcher Sean Doolittle about recovering from injuries, getting called up to the majors and the weird path it took him on:…
My Brother, My Brother and Me & Gina Prince-Bythewood
Mar 27, 2017 • 63 min
This week, NPR’s Linda Holmes sits in for Jesse Thorn. We kick things off with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. The three brothers have a brand new TV show called My Brother, My Brother and Me based on their podcast of the same name. Then, Gina…
Paul Shaffer, Javaka Steptoe & Louis Theroux
Mar 20, 2017 • 66 min
Jesse talks with Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s former bandleader and the co-writer of the disco smash “It’s Raining Men.” They’ll talk about his work on SNL and his role in co-founding the Blue Brothers. Plus, how weird it feels when a thing like the…
Sam Richardson & Syd of The Internet
Mar 13, 2017 • 64 min
This week, comic Wyatt Cenac sits in for Jesse Thorn, and it’s a hell of a lineup: Sam Richardson of HBO’s Veep stops by to talk about his new Comedy Central show Detroiters. Plus, Syd tha Kyd of the bands The Internet and Odd Future has her first ever…
Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous
Mar 6, 2017 • 67 min
[r] Jesse sits down for an in-depth conversation with Danny McBride. McBride co-created and stars in the hit HBO series Eastbound and Down and the newer Vice Principals, which is getting picked up for a second season later this year. McBride says that if…
Desus & Mero, Walter Murch
Feb 27, 2017 • 65 min
Guest host Ray Suarez talks with Desus Nice and The Kid Mero - the Twitter legends and hosts of the Bodega Boys podcast have a new show on Viceland. Plus, we go deep into the world of science and film editing with legendary movie sound man Walter Murch!
Michael K Williams & Zach Galifianakis
Feb 20, 2017 • 62 min
[r] Zach Galifianakis talks about fame, unlikable characters and his FX series, Baskets, now in its second season. Michael K. Williams reminisces on his dance career, playing Omar on The Wire and his starring role in the TV drama Hap and Leonard. Plus,…
Pete Holmes & Mike Mills
Feb 13, 2017 • 71 min
Jesse talks with with Pete Holmes - the star of the new HBO show Crashing. Then, Mike Mills, writer and director of the Oscar nominated 20th Century Women.
Cristela Alonzo & Stretch Armstrong
Feb 6, 2017 • 67 min
Jesse talks with Cristela Alonzo. She starred in the ABC show Cristela, and now she’s got a great new stand up special on Netflix called Lower Classy. Plus, Stretch Armstrong, co-host of the legendary hip hop radio show Stretch and Bobbito, which gave…
One Day at a Time & Todd Mayfield
Jan 30, 2017 • 67 min
Writers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce talk about how the two teamed up with Norman Lear to make a brand new reboot of Lear’s classic sitcom One Day at a Time. Plus, Todd Mayfield, Curtis Mayfield’s son shares a new book about his father.
Laurie Kilmartin and Throwing Shade
Jan 23, 2017 • 75 min
Laurie Kilmartin is a standup, she also writes for Conan O’Brien. On her new special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, she talks about the loss of her father in a totally honest, touching, and funny way. Plus, comedians Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi on their new…
Corin Tucker & Tom Arnold
Jan 17, 2017 • 58 min
[r] Jesse sits down with guitarist and singer Corin Tucker to talk about Sleater-Kinney, anxiety dreams, and having to work a second job while on tour. He’ll also talk to to the veteran comic and actor Tom Arnold. Arnold will tell Thorn about working with…
Bullseye’s Judge John Hodgman Special
Jan 10, 2017 • 59 min
This week, we are delighted to bring you a special presentation of The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Today, you’ll hear two Judge John Hodgman cases. Our first case is Grand Theft Risotto. Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth…
Bill Withers & Joe Randazzo
Jan 3, 2017 • 57 min
Jesse Thorn sits down with legendary musician Bill Withers to talk about growing up in West Virginia, working in the music industry and why he wouldn’t dance onstage. Plus comedian and writer Joe Randazzo joins Jesse to discuss his book Funny on Purpose:…
End of year best comedy special
Dec 26, 2016 • 89 min
Wrap up 2016 with a much needed laugh - it’s Bullseye’s proudest annual tradition - the End of Year Best Comedy Special. You’ll hear some of the year’s best standup: Maria Bamford, W. Kamau Bell, Cameron Esposito, and much more.
Holiday Special with Jane Lynch and Andy Richter
Dec 19, 2016 • 69 min
On a brand new Bullseye Holiday special, Jesse talks with Andy Richter about how to love Christmas after getting burned by it. Plus, actress Jane Lynch stops by to share her new album of swingin’ Christmas music.
Pedro Almodovar and Sleigh Bells
Dec 12, 2016 • 58 min
Jesse talks to Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish filmmaker about Julieta, his newest film. Plus, Alexis Krauss from the band Sleigh Bells on the song that changed her life and the hypnotic, enchanting power of old paintings of cows.
John Cale & TJ and Dave
Dec 6, 2016 • 63 min
Jesse talks with John Cale, the musician and producer, about his time in the Velvet Underground, producing artists like the Stooges and Patti Smith, and his latest record. Plus, comic improv legends TJ and Dave and new music from the band Split Single.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Dwayne Kennedy
Nov 28, 2016 • 60 min
Jesse talks with Sarah Jessica Parker about her long, dynamic career, including her star roles in Sex and the City and the new HBO series Divorce. Plus, comedy from the legendary Dwayne Kennedy and music from the one singer we should all turn to when…
Padma Lakshmi & Colin Quinn
Nov 21, 2016 • 70 min
Jesse talks to Colin Quinn about his time on Saturday Night Live and his new Netflix special, New York Story. Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, model and author takes us deep into the world of spices and herbs. Plus, standup comedy from Sara Schaefer and…
Jemaine Clement & Jonathan Ames
Nov 14, 2016 • 60 min
Comedian Jemaine Clement tells Jesse about growing up in New Zealand, being mixed race, and his time as a member of Flight of the Conchords, the hit HBO comedy duo. Then, TV writer and novelist Jonathan Ames joins the show. Ames is the mind behind the new…
Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader & David Crosby
Nov 7, 2016 • 57 min
Actor Willem Dafoe and writer / director Paul Schrader tell Jesse about their new movie, the gritty and wild Dog Eat Dog. Then, Jesse talks with the legendary singer songwriter David Crosby, of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He’ll talk about…
Patton Oswalt & Fresh Off The Boat
Oct 31, 2016 • 57 min
Comedian Patton Oswalt tells Jesse about the years he spent almost completely indoors - pitching failed sketches in writers rooms, going to the movies, and standing on stage every night. Later, Randall Park and Nahnatchka Khan, from ABC’s Fresh Off the…
Norman Lear & Riz Ahmed
Oct 24, 2016 • 90 min
Norman Lear, the Godfather of American sitcom, tells Jesse why he decided to make All In The Family and how he drew stories from his own life and those of his writers to bring real issues to TV comedy shows. Later, the star of HBO’s The Night Of and the…
Armando Iannucci & Sharon Horgan
Oct 17, 2016 • 58 min
Interviews with Veep creator Armando Iannucci and the writer behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO show, Sharon Horgan. Plus stand-up comedy from Josie Long and live music from Romare. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival.
Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Jeff Garlin
Oct 10, 2016 • 58 min
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler met at a comedy night in Chicago five years ago. Rhea was new to comedy and still had a day job. Cameron had been a working comedian for almost a decade. They hit it off, fell in love, moved to LA, got married and started…
Kaitlin Olson and Jeff Chang
Oct 3, 2016 • 59 min
Kaitlin Olson plays Sweet Dee on the long-running sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Dee is the only female member of “The Gang”, a bunch of depraved, self-centered pals who run a bar. The Gang is constantly looking for ways to get rich quick,…
Danny Fields & Judith Light
Sep 26, 2016 • 59 min
Danny Fields is a music manager and publicist who was instrumental in signing and promoting some of the biggest names in Punk Rock history. This week, he and Jesse discuss his decision to leave the ivy league tract, his time in Andy Warhol’s Factory, and…
Hasan Minhaj and Margaret Wappler
Sep 19, 2016 • 63 min
This week, Jesse sits down with Hasan Minhaj, comedian and Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. They discuss stand up comedy in other countries, the current political climate in the United States, and his one man show Homecoming King.…
Spike Lee & High Maintenance
Sep 12, 2016 • 58 min
Jesse sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. He tells us about how addiction is made explicit in his movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, how he really feels about Larry Bird and about his own very serious addiction…. to Air Jordans. Jesse also talks to…
Felicity Huffman & Anthony Michael Hall
Sep 5, 2016 • 64 min
While actor Felicity Huffman is probably best known for her tenure as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, she has played many beloved characters throughout her career as an actor. From Dana Whitaker in Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night to Bree in…
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney & Airto Moreira
Aug 29, 2016 • 64 min
John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are well seasoned comedians who have made a name for themselves in many different forms of media. Jesse sits down with Mulaney and Kroll to discuss their new broadway play, Oh, Hello, the downfall of Mulaney, and how they…
Sarah Paulson & Shuggie Otis
Aug 22, 2016 • 63 min
Actress Sarah Paulson is best known for playing numerous characters on American Horror Story and Marcia Clark on The People v. O.J Simpson. Sarah sits down with Jesse to talk about working on The People v. O.J., her first big acting job, and dealing with…
Lynda Barry & Pop Culture Happy Hour
Aug 15, 2016 • 64 min
Lynda Barry is a self-identified “freak”, a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she’s also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin. What does that mean? Well, she encourages…
Nikki Glaser and Dave Holmes
Aug 8, 2016 • 69 min
Nikki Glaser is a comedian and host of the Comedy Central series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. Nikki sits down with Jesse to talk about developing her Comedy Central show with her boyfriend, even when they were in the middle of a breakup. Dave Holmes is a…
Chuck Klosterman & W. Kamau Bell
Aug 1, 2016 • 64 min
Chuck Klosterman has written countless articles for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian and more. His new book, But What if We’re Wrong, examines how the present will be perceived it as the past. What exactly will be thought of as…
Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess
Jul 25, 2016 • 63 min
[r] Keegan-Michael Key talks to Jesse Thorn about creating characters for his sketch show Key and Peele. Plus, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, tells about the time he performed live at the Tony Awards with a malfunctioning microphone.
Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous
Jul 18, 2016 • 66 min
Danny McBride is comedic writer and actor who started his career starring in the cult classic comedy, The Foot Fist Way. Although the film went to Sundance and was a modest success, McBride went back to North Virginia to work as a substitute teacher.…
Aparna Nancherla & Clams Casino
Jul 11, 2016 • 61 min
Though most people find it difficult to find anything funny about depression and anxiety, comedian Aparna Nancherla. has used her own struggles with mood disorders to inspire her comedy. A rising star in the comedy world, Nancherla bravely reveals her…