Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Episode 175 - Holidays, DesignerCon, and Hiatus



Happy Holidays, Everybody! This episode is being recorded and released on Christmas Eve and will be the final episode of 2019.

Our annual Christmas and New Year episodes were unfortunately not able to be recorded this year. A lot of changes have happened over the past few years and this year we sadly couldn't put it together. But that doesn't mean I don't have plenty to talk about. 

At the end of November I spent the weekend in Anaheim at DesignerCon 2019. This was our first time visiting DesignerCon and it quickly became one of our favorite conventions and will be one that we will definitely return to. Make sure to visit our Instagram for all of the pictures and coverage from the convention. 

During the episode I cover my time at DesignerCon, as well as talk about my plans during the holiday break as my wife and I stayed at home in Los Angeles for the holidays, new projects slated for 2020, as well as the upcoming hiatus. It feels funny to announce a hiatus when I have kind of been on one not having an episode in a month, but I wanted to make sure that all of you understood the break I'm talking to recharge and prep for the podcast and new productions in the new year. 

The hiatus is planned to end at the end of January when I will return with new episodes going into the Oscars and the Sundance Film Festival. Stay tuned for those announcements. 

Thank you so much for all of your support this year. It means the world to me that you have stuck around and so many new listeners have joined even with all of the changes throughout the year. I hope you are having a safe and Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year. 

See you in 2020!  

Enjoy the episode. 


Monday, December 9, 2019

2020 Golden Globe Nominations!

The nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced this morning, and Netflix appears to have ruled the morning.

The streaming giant scooped up 34 nominations to kick off the major award show season. As usual I will have my predictions of the winners in January, but here is the complete list of all of this years nominees. Let us know your thoughts!

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“1917” (Universal)
Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“The Two Popes” (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Knives Out” (Lionsgate)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Rocketman” (Paramount)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Frozen 2” (Disney)
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)
“The Lion King” (Disney)
“Missing Link” (United Artists Releasing)
“Toy Story 4” (Disney)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“The Farewell” (A24)
“Les Misérables” (Amazon)
“Pain and Glory” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Parasite” (Neon)
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
Annette Bening (“The Report”)
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)
Thomas Newman (“1917”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)

Best Television Series – Drama
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
“Succession” (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“Fleabag” (Amazon)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“The Politician” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Catch-22″ (Hulu)
“Chernobyl” (HBO)
“Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
“Unbelievable” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

The 77th Annual Gloden Globes take place January 5, 2020 LIVE from the Beveryly Hilton. This years show will once again be hosted by Ricky Gervais. Don't miss it!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Episode 174 - Samba Schutte



On today's episode I have actor and comedian, Samba Schutte!

Samba Schutte

Samba is best known for his current work on NBC's new show "Sunnyside", as well as the newly released video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I had never met Samba going into this episode, but I was really enjoying his work on "Sunnyside" and invited him on the show. It was such a delight getting to know Samba and hearing his incredible story.

Watch "Sunnyside" every Thursday on NBC.com, the NBC app, and Hulu

On the episode we talked about growing up in Ehtiopia, moving to the Netherlands and starting his comedy career, being a corespondant on the Dutch version The Daily Show, moving to Los Angeles and the struggles he faced as an immigrant, trying to build his career while getting his green card, palm reading, the "Sunnyside" audition process, and so much more.

Tim and Samba after the episode

Thank you to Samba Schutte for taking the time to come on the show. I didn't know what to expcet while we recorded and hearing Samba's story was both humbling and inspiring. Make sure to watch "Sunnyside" every Thurday on the NBC app, NBC.com, and Hulu. Pick up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order today as well! 

Thanks, Samba!

Enjoy the episode!


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Episode 173 - 31 Days of Horror 2019 & LA Comic Con



Happy Halloween! Today's episode of the podcast is a recap of this year's 31 Days of Horror, as well as my time at LA Comic Con and more.

There was so many incredible locations on this year's 31 Days of Horror. Some of my favorites this year were: The Queen Mary, Rockhaven Sanitarium, The Oman House, The Harris House, and Brand Park, just to name a few. All of the videos are available through my instagram @timdrake42 or @onthemicpodcast Thank you for following along and sending messages and comments throughout the month. A lot of work goes into these simple videos and it's great to get feedback that you're enjoying them. 

LA Comic Con was also an incredible time this year. There were so many great panels with the cast of The Office, Elijah Wood's Spectrevision, Rhett and Link, and a special Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Panel. There was also an awesome Jay and Silent Bob & Clerks pop up that Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes stopped by in costume to chat and take pictures. It was such a great time with them! 

The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot love continued through the weekend as well as I had the opportunity to attend Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes handprint ceremony at the Chinese Theater. This was the first ceremony I've had the opportunity to attend and I was thrilled that it was for two people that have had a huge influence on me. 

Thank you for follow along with 31 Days of Horror all month. Thank you to LA Comic Con for having me back for another year as well. All new episodes next week. 

Have a safe Halloween!

Enjoy the episode!


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Los Angeles Comic Con this weekend!

LA Comic Con 2019 kicks off tomorrow at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

We will be at the convention all weekend talking to guests and convention attendees while recording the podcast. If you see us on the floor, come say hi! We will have some On the Mic Podcast buttons with us, so come find us and get a button. 

See you at LA Comic Con!

Tickets still available below

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Episode 172 - Tony Thaxton



On today's episode I have drummer and podcaster, Tony Thaxton!

Tony Thaxton

Tony is the drummer for one of my all-time favorite bands, Motion City Soundtrack, as well as the band Don't Stop or We'll Die. Tony also hosts one of my new favorite podcasts, "Bizzare Albums", as well as the "Feliz Navipod" podcast, and is the on-air Producer from Andrea Savage's new podcast "Andrea Savage - Grown Up Woman #Buttholes", and Alison Rosen's podcast, "Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend".

Tony drumming for Motion City Soundtrack

I talked to Tony about growing up in Virginia, how he started playing drums, his musical inspirations, joining Motion City Soundtrack, breaking his arm before recording, getting into podcasting, Bizzare Albums, producing podcasts, and so much more!

Subscribe to Bizzare Albums below!

Subscribe to Andrea Savage: A Grown-Up Woman #Buttholes below!

A huge Thanks to Tony for taking the time out of his incredibly busy schedule to come on the podcast. Look for Tony on tour with Motion City Soundtrack this January and make sure to subscribe to Bizzare Albums and Andrea Savage - Grown Up Woman #Buttholes. Follow Tony on all of the links below.

Tim and Tony following the episode. 

Thanks, Tony! 

Enjoy the episode. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Episode 171 - Pete Holmes (2014 Re-Release) & 31 Days of Horror Preview



Today's episode is a little different from our usual episode as it's a re-release of an old 2014 episode with comedian, Pete Holmes.

Normally I wouldn't be a fan of re-releasing an old episode. But with some of the new changes going on with the podcast, going forward I am only going to be keeping the most recent 50 episodes available for download. This chat with Pete was a great talk and he gave some great advice in the episode that I didn't want new listeners to miss out on. I clearly had no idea what I was doing on this episode and the podcast has come a long way, but Pete's advice, lessons learned in comedy, and chat about Late Night TV is worth the listen.

Tim and Pete at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013

Pete originally came on the podcast in 2014 as Episode 15 to promote his TBS late night show, "The Pete Holmes Show".  Of course since this episode Pete has gone on to make the incredible HBO series "Crashing", and recently released his book, "Comedy Sex God". Pete is also the host of the long running comedy podcast, "You Made It Weird", and has several comedy specials available through HBO and Comedy Central. Hopefully we will have Pete back on the podcast in a future episode.

Before we get to Pete, I also talked about 31 Days of Horror that started TODAY and some of the locations I'll be going to this month. I'm excited to be doing 31 Days of Horror again and I can't wait for you guys to see the new 1 minute videos. 

Enjoy this re-release! 

All-new episode next week. 


Monday, September 30, 2019

Team Coco House Tour starts this weekend!

The Team Coco House 10 city tour kicks off this weekend!

The Team Coco House is one of our favorite parts of SDCC and we are so excited to see this as a tour for an entire weekend. 

My hometown of Salt Lake City is getting an incredible weekend with one of my favorite comics and former Team Coco writer, Deon Cole. Make sure all of you Utah listeners get over to WiseGuys Comedy this weekend and support Deon and Team Coco. 

For everybody here in Los Angeles, we have an INSANE lineup all weekend at The Improv on Melrose. There are still a few tickets left, but most shows are already sold out. Check out the lineup and see what tickets are still available. 

Make sure to get tickets for the Team Coco house if you're one of the 10 lucky cities. Ticket link below.

See you this weekend, Team Coco House!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Episode 170 - David Charles Returns!



On today's episode I have one of my longtime friends, musician David Charles back on the podcast!

Dave playing guitar with Neon Trees

Dave was previously on the podcast on Episode 1! When I was trying to decide if I should start a podcast, I knew Dave would be the perfect person to talk to as he had been touring with Neon Trees as their tour guitarist and we had a history in music together. All these years later Dave is finally back on the show. Even though we just live a few streets away from each other, we rarely get to catch up and usually only run into each other at comedy shows or when I see Dave waiting to cross the street (listen to the episode for context).

Tim and Dave after the episode

Dave and I talked about what we've been up to, the awkward social pressure of having adult friends, the people we see around our neighborhood, Dave's plain clothes, the word "thrums", The Simpsons, Norm MacDonald impressions, and a lot of other nonsense.

A huge Thanks to Dave for coming by and hanging out on the podcast. Make sure you follow Dave on all of the links below, download his solo albums, and look for him on tour with Neon Trees! 

Thanks, Dave!

Enjoy the episode. 


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Episode 169 - Let's Do Some Good



Today's episode of the podcast is another solo episode! This week wasn't planned to be a solo episode, but after a few guests had to reschedule this week, I decided to improvise.

As I mentioned in the first solo episode, one of my biggest issues when I started the podcast years ago was a lack of consistency. This was something I wanted to change and vowed I would. So in the wake of my frustration of not having a guest, I decided to take a deep breath and not let it ruin my week. 

If you listen to The Good Place: The Podcast, at the end of every episode Mark Evan Jackson asks each guest "What's Good?". The guest can answer anything here that brings them joy. It could be a charity, their family, ice cream, really anything that brings them joy. As I sat here frustrated I found me asking myself, "What's Good?". This inspired me to record an episode to talk about how all of us can try and do better and do good.

Listen to The Good Place: The Podcast

There's so many terrible things going on the world. While putting our head in the sand and pretending like they don't exist isn't the answer, what we can do is try and do good for ourselves, for our neighbors, and for our community.

A Purposeful Rescue is an animal rescue that I love and support

The Kitten Lady is another great animal rescuer to follow and support online

I talked about my own personal goals to get better and evolve as a human, some of the charities that I support and love, methods I use to put my head in a better place, self care, great pages I follow, and just how to be a better person.

A great book from Lin-Manuel Miranda to check out

This feels like some crazy Tony Robbins bullshit, but it's not. This was just what was on my mind this week was how we can get over the let downs life hands us and to just get better and do good. 

I hope this episode is something that can make you simple and inspire you to do some good. 

Let's all keep getting better. 

Go do some good. 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

HBO releases a new Watchmen trailer!

Ever since this new Watchman series was announced by HBO I have been waiting in eager anticipation for it's release. 

We've seen a few looks at the series so far, but the newest trailer has me on the edge of my seat! There are many critics of the past Watchmen film (honestly I quite enjoyed the film) but from the looks of it, I think this new series is going to make everybody a fan. 

Take a look at the new trailer below!

The new Watchmen series debuts October 20th on HBO. Enjoy!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Supernatural and Hot Topic team up for final "Supernatural Day" shirt

14 years ago today, the world was introduced to Sam and Dean Winchester as Supernatural premiered on the CW. As we get ready to say goodbye to a show we love, we still have one more Supernatural Day to celebrtae today. 

In collaboration with Hot Topic, Supernatural is releasing one final Supernatural Day shirt to send the series off with a bang. The shirts go on sale TODAY, and I have a feeling they will go fast. Check it out!

100% of the proceeds of this years shirt will go to the Random Acts Charity, which was specifialy selected by Jared, Jensen, and Misha. The mamjority of the funds are projected to go towards relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian and fund acts of kindness for those in need. 

Get out there and pick up the final Supernatural Day shirt TODAY at your local Hot Topic or on HotTopic.com. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nickelodeon releases first "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" reboot trailer

The hit 90's Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid Of The Dark is coming back to the small screen with a new terrifying reboot!

While this reboot will only give us three hour-long episodes, this new trailer gives us a lot to be excited about. We're hoping the trailer lives up to the expecatation and we can get a lot more than three episodes of this rebooted series. Take a look at the trailer!

The new Are You Afraid Of The Dark series will release on Nickelodeon on October 11 with new episodes through October 25th. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Funko announces Disney & Pixar NYCC 2019 Exclusives

Funko continued to unviel their 2019 New York Comic Con exclusives with several Disney and Pixar Pop! figures. 

My personal favorites are the Mickey on the Matterhorn and the UP 2-pack with Kevin and the house. Check out the four exclusives announced today! Which one are you hoping to get?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Green Day releases new single, announces new album, and 2020 tour

Green Day made a surprise appearance on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ this morning to release their new single "Father of All...", new album, as well as announce their 2020 Hella Mega Tour! 

Green Day will be supported by Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and The Interrupters! This tour announcement brings so much joy to my black little punk rock heart. Green Day's new album is expected February of 2020 and is available for Pre-Order now!

On top of Green Day's new single release, both Fall Out Boy and Weezer released new singles as well! To celebrate the tour announcement, all three bands decided to surprise Los Angeles with a show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go tonight! Tickets went fast, but it will be quite the show in such a small venue. 

I'll be attending the San Diego date of the tour, but it you're planning on traveling to see this tour, let me discourage you against San Digeo as it falls during San Diego Comic-Con. I would be attending the Los Angeles date, but since I'll already be in San Diego for SDCC, that will be my date.

We absolutely cannot wait for this tour and can't wait to see these four bands together. 
See you in the pit!  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Halloween Time Kicks Off At Disneyland!

As summer winds down and the kids go back to school, that can only mean one thing, Halloween Time is upon us! If you're a big fan of Halloween as you know we are here at On the Mic, then you know that Disneyland is the place to be for Halloween!

The Halloween Time festivities at the park officially kicked off on Friday September 6th and run through October 31st. There are so many fun things to see and do during this special time at the park. Some of my favorite features are the giant Mickey pumpkin as you enter the gates to main street, Oogie Boogie's welcoming you to California Adventure, and of course the giant Jack Skellington the welcomes you to the Haunted Mansion. Anybody who listens to the show knows how much we love Jack Skellington here. 

There are so many great festivities going on throughout the park for everybody, not to mention some incredible special merchandise for this time of year.

We are incredibly excited to be heading back down to Disneyland in a couple of weeks to enjoy all of the Halloween Time festivities. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for live updates. What are you excited to see at the park?

Check out Attractions Magazine's preview of Halloween Time at Disneyland in the video below!

See you at the park! 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Episode 168 - D23 and Long Beach Comic Con



On today's episode I recap the news and experiences we had at D23 and Long Beach Comic Con!

There's no guest on this episode as I wanted to take the time to share some of the big news from D23 and talk about our experiences at Long Beach Comic Con. We recieved so much news at D23, primarily focused on a lot of the Disney+ programming. There was a lot of news from Star Wars, Marvel, The Muppets, and of course The Simpsons.

Hanging out with R2D2 at Long Beach Comic Con

Roads? Where we're going we don't need... roads. 

It was great to return to Long Beach Comic Con this year. It seemed to be a little quieter this year with the lack of some past vendors and guests, but I attributed that to the stiff competition in the convention circuit this past weekend. Nonetheless, we still have a great time. One of the stand out vendors that we've looked at before was Unwrapped Art. We've had some of their work on the instagram and you'll hear all about them in this episode.

Thank you for having me, Long Beach Comic Con!

There's a lot of great things happening in entertainment right now. So many great new shows in the works, great comics, new films, and great art! Thank you for having us back Long Beach! And don't forget to get signed up for Disney+ as it launches November 12th. 

Enjoy the episode! 


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Funko Announces first round of NYCC Exclusives!

New York Comic Con is less than a month away, which means it's time for Funko exclusive announcements!

There are so many great exclusives coming to NYCC this year! I'm really bummed that we won't be attending NYCC this year, but I have my fingers crossed that most of these will be shared Pops!

Some of my personal favorites are the Iron Man w/ Infinity Guantlet, Marty McFly (Darth Vader), Stan Lee Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course Blunt Man and Chronic!

See all of the announcements (so far) below! We will try and keep this list updated the best we can.