Friday, August 30, 2019

Episode 167 - Luke Null



On today's episode I have comedian, writer, and musician, Luke Null!

Luke is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live as he was part of the Season 43 cast. Luke also just released his first comedy album called, "Guitar Comic", which I cannot suggest enough. Luke and I had never met before, but was somebody I was a fan of that I wanted to learn more about it. I decided to reach out to him and was thrilled that he was willing to come on the show.

Luke on SNL

I talked to Luke about growing up in Ohio, finding his path to comedy, moving to Chicago, his path to SNL, being part of the "one and done" SNL group, his new album "Guitar Comic", and so much more!

Pick up "Guitar Comics" now! Links below. 

Luke performing songs from "Guitar Comic"

A huge Thanks to Luke Null for taking the time to come on the podcast and talk about his career. As I've mentioned in the podcast, "Guitar Comic" is an incredibly hilarious album and one that you absolutely need to listen to. You can also see some of Luke's SNL sketches below. Also make sure to follow Luke and listen to "Guitar Comic" on the links below. 

Cut for Time: Wedding Toast

Late for Class


Thanks, Luke!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Joker final trailer released

Warner Brothers released the final trailer for the upcoming film The Joker, and we cannot wait!

When this film was first announced I was a skeptic of it. The guy from The Hangover directing a Joker movie? I didn't know if it was going to come together. Not to mention I'm not the biggest fan of Joaquin Phoenix. However, these past few trailers have looked fantastic! With the film slated for an October 4th release, take a look at the final trailer.

See you at the theater! 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer

As D23 comes to a close the new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been released!!

There is so much to take in while watching this trailer. Watch the trailer below and tell us your thoughts!

Rey's double lightsaber! C3PO's red eyes! Darkside Rey?! Ah! We can't wait! December 20th can't get here soon enough! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Simpsons at D23

The Simpsons officially made their Disney debut this weekend as they had their first panel as part of D23. The Simpsons panel is regularly one of our biggest highlights of SDCC, and D23 was no exception. 

Ahead of this year's D23 we had already learned that The Simpsons would be part of Disney+, where every episode of The Simpsons will be available to stream. Even though I already own every season on DVD (that's been released), having every episode stream on Disney+ is enough for me to sign up!

The Simpsons panel kicked off with Yeardley Smith returning to the moderating role she had at SDCC, with a fairly similar members on the panel. Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike B. Anderson, Matt Selman, and Nancy Cartwright joined Yeardley on the stage. 

This panel was a treat as it appeared to me that many of the D23 attendees were getting their first look at The Simpsons panel that we've been use to for years at SDCC. One thing that was a nice change of pace was creator Matt Groening talking about family trips to Disneyland and the profound influence Disney had on him, notably how Donald Duck gags influenced The Simpsons couch gag routine. 

Bart paddle fans handed out to the panel attendees
(Picture courtesy of

I know many long time fans of The Simpsons like myself were nervous about how the merger with Disney could impact some of The Simpsons regualr jokes made at Disney's expense. As we saw at SDCC, they aren't holding back, and at D23 they made sure fans knew they would stay true to form. They also showed a great montage of some of the many jokes made at Disney's expense over the years. 

One of the final touching moments of The Simpsons panel was the tribute to Russi Taylor, who not only voiced Minnie Mouse, but a number of Simpson's characters such as Martin, Uter, and Sherri & Terri. In his usual panel fashion, Matt Groening gave away some art, a Minnie Mouse drawing in memory of Russi Taylor. 

Matt Groening's Minnie Mouse drawing

Experiencing two Simpsons panels in the past month has me incredibly excited for this upcoming season of The Simpsons, as well as the launch of Disney+. While there's a ton of great programming coming to the streaming service, I can tell you I for one will have The Simpsons on repeat. 

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker D23 Poster Revealed

The Star Wars news at D23 has been incredible this year! From new streaming shows, to the cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker making an appearance, we also got our first look at the new poster for The Rise of Skywalker today!  I am absolutely obsessed with it!

December 20th can't come soon enough!! 

Disney announces a new short form series for The Muppets on Disney+

It's been almost 4 years since The Muppets ABC show came to a end, but they are set to make their comeback once again! Today Disney announced yet another great addition to their Disney+ lineup with a new short form series for The Muppets!

The Muppets are coming to Disney+

The new Muppets show is set to debut in 2020 as an "unscripted" show called Muppets Now. Kermit the Frog took to Twitter to share the news with all of the fans.

Any of you that listen to the show know how big of a Muppets fan I am and I was so bummed when the ABC show came to an end after one season. I could not possibly be more excited for a new Muppets show. There's a number of reasons I'm looking forward to 2020, but this just makes me even more excited!

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Mandalorian Trailer is here!

D23 kicked off today in Anaheim with a lot of aniticpation towards more Disney+ announcements coming to the streaming service (see our Marvel post) but one show stole the show with the release of the new trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars show, The Mandalorian!

As described on the Star Wars YouTube: After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

This show looks absolutely incredible! November 12th can't get here soon enough. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Episode 166 - Janet Quinonez



On today's episode I have comedian and writer, Janet Quinonez!

Janet Quinonez

Janet and I first crossed paths during my time at Metldown as she and her husband were regulars at shows. I knew Janet had a popular comedy show here in Los Angeles called Drunkalogue, and knew that she would be a great guest to talk comedy and building her career.

September 11th 2019 Drunkalogue lineup

I talked with Janet about getting her start in radio, living in Texas and moving to LA, deciding to make the career change from the corporate world to TV writing, going through UCLA's TV writing program, studying at UCB, working for NBC, how Drunkalogue came about, and so much more. 

A huge Thanks to Janet for taking the time to join me on the podcast this week. Make sure to follow her on the links below and go see Drunkalogue here in Los Angeles at The Clubhouse. The next show is September 11. Come hang out with me at the show and see Janet as well. 

Thanks, Janet!

Enjoy the episode. 



Marvel announces three new Disney+ shows at D23

D23 is off to a hot start with Marvel announcing three new shows for Disney+ today! Moonkight, She Hulk, and Ms. Marvel! 

All three of these shows have been rumored for several years, and it's exciting to see them finally confirmed. Many of us have thought Ms. Marvel would be a film in the MCU, and it doesn't seem like that is out of the question just yet. Kevin Feige announced that we would get to know Ms. Marvel first with her own series before seeing her on the big screen. 

After so many announcements last month at SDCC and these new additions, which upcoming Marvel show are you looking forward to the most? 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Jennifer Fox returns to Produce 2019 Governor Awards

As we role towards the 2019 Oscar season the award show Production has started to take place as Jennifer Fox has been announced as the returning Producer for the 2019 Governor Awards. Read The Academy's Official Press Release below.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar®-nominated producer Jennifer Fox will return to produce the 11th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President David Rubin announced today. 

Honorary Awards will be presented to director David Lynch, actor Wes Studi and director Lina Wertmüller, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actress Geena Davis on Sunday, October 27, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®

“This year’s Governors Awards recipients are emblematic of thediversity, global scope, and bold artistry the Academy seeks to represent and celebrate. We are so fortunate to have Jennifer Fox returning to create a tribute to four artists who’ve made such a lasting cultural impact," said Rubin.

“It is an honor to be asked to come back and produce the Governors Awards," said Fox. “David Lynch, Lina Wertmüller, Wes Studi, and Geena Davis are groundbreakers and I’m looking forward to celebrating their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Fox has produced or executive produced some of the most iconic films of the last 15 years, including Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut, “Michael Clayton,” which earned seven Oscar nominations. She began her film industry career in development and production at Universal Pictures, where she worked on several films, including “Erin Brockovich.” Fox spent the next six years producing with Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney’s production company, Section Eight, where she worked on such acclaimed titles as “Syriana,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Informant” and “AScanner Darkly.” Her other film credits include “Duplicity,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” for which she received a BAFTA nomination, “Nightcrawler” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Fox’s latest film with frequent collaborator Dan Gilroy, “Velvet Buzzsaw,” opened earlier this year and her upcoming film, “The Report,” opens this fall. 

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

The 11th Annual Governors Awards is proudly supported by Rolex, the Exclusive Watch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Episode 165 - Alex Kack aka Green Shirt Guy plus Emmys FYC



On today's episode I have viral sensation Alex Kack, aka Green Shirt Guy! 

Alex became a viral sensation this past week after he was caught on camera laughing at the response of some protesters at a Tuscon City Council meeting. After talking with Alex I also took the time on this episode to talk about two of the recent Emmy FYC events that Netflix invited us to for "Russian Doll" and "When They See Us". 

Watch the video that made Alex a viral sensation

I talked with Alex about what it's like to become a viral sensation and know that he will live forever on the internet as a meme and gif, peoples misconceptions about Sanctuary Cities, his activism work with Sanctuary Tucson, how people can get involved, and so much more. I also talked about listening to Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne talk about "Russian Doll" at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and the importance of Ava DuVernay's show "When They See Us". 

The Official "Russian Dol"l Trailer

The Official Trailer for "When They See Us"

A huge thanks to Alex Kack for taking the time to come on the podcast. Another thanks to Netflix for inviting us to attend the Emmy FYC events for "Russian Doll" and "When They See Us". See Alex's viral video and trailers for both shows above and follow Alex on the links below. 

Thanks for listening!

Enjoy the episode!



Friday, August 9, 2019

Episode 164 - Matt Knudsen



On today's episode I have actor and comedian, Matt Knudsen!

Matt and I have been Facebook friends for a few years, but it took us a bit of talking to actually remember how we met. Matt is an incredible actor and comedian who has been seen on CONAN, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Kominksy Method, and The Big Bang Theory, just to name a few.

Matt performing stand up on Conan

I talked with Matt about moving to Los Angeles and starting comedy, the weird first comedy show he was part of, his stand up debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, figuring out how to get acting jobs, working on shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Kominsky Method, being part of the last few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, and so much more.

Matt's network TV debut that we talked about on the episode on
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

A huge Thanks to Matt for taking the time to make the journey from the west side of Los Angeles all the way to my corner of East Hollywood. Make sure to follow him on all of the links below and check out the few clips that I've provided on the site as well. 

Thanks, Matt!

Enjoy the episode. 




Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Funko announces Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary Pop Figures!

Get your wallets ready, Funko collectors! Yesterday Funko announced a new line of Disney themed Pops! focused around the fan favorite Haunted Mansion ride! The Haunted Mansion is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year and Funko has rolled out the red carpet in celebration. Check out their video below to see all of the new figures coming this fall.

My personal favorite is the 10" Ezra Target Exclusive!

Ezra Target Exclusive

I know Target Exclusives can sometimes be a little difficult to come by, but this 10" Funko is one that I have to have in my collection. 

What are some of your favorite new Haunted Mansion Pops!?

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Episode 163 - The One With Me



Today's episode of the podcast is a change of pace from our normal episode. There's no guest today, no co-host today, it's just me.

Hey, it's an episode with just ME. 

Leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con episode, I didn't release an episode for 2 months. I wasn't taking an hiatus or anything of that nature, episodes just simply didn't happen. I went through a lot during those two months. A lot of self discovery, and a lot of loss in someways. During that time I found my way to Ron Funches new podcast "Gettin' Better", which ultimately inspired to record this particular episode. 

I decided to take the time in this episode to talk about changes coming to the podcast, as well as a lot of personal changes. I've always lacked consistency with this podcast, which is critical to a podcasts success. While I restructure some of the show, I will now be releasing episodes EVERY FRIDAY. I also talk about my battle with depression, understanding how to get through it, weight loss and weight gain, battling food addiction and understanding addiction, Little One's health scare, how I'm getting better, and so much more. 

I was honestly scared to record this episode alone. I didn't know if I would be able to have a conversation essentially with myself and the sound foam and microphone in front of me. It proved to be very cathartic. I hope this is something that all of you can enjoy as I strive to bring you the best episodes and content that I can. Thank you for sticking with this show for so long. It means the world to me. If you're new to the show, WELCOME! I look forward to meeting you and hopefully being able to entertain you and help get you through your day. Follow me on the links below and let's chat!

Thank you for listening. 

Enjoy the episode!