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.)


Rebecca Sugar
Dec 10 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 43 min
Actor Timothy Simons joins us to talk about the final season of HBO’s Veep.
The Last Poets
May 24 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 32 min
Jesse talks with David Crosby - singer/songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and CSNY.
Wanda Sykes
May 7 • 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 • 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 • 36 min
Jesse talks with Mike O’Brien, creator of the NBC sitcom “A.P. Bio”
Open Mike Eagle
Apr 26 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…