15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 38 - David Sedaris
Because we're thinking we may have a few new listeners this week, and because our year anniversary just passed, here's an intro to the podcast, and pitch, but *not* for money! The name of this show pretty much says it, except that episodes aren't 15-minutes long - they range from five minutes to over an hour - from “Mini” anecdotes to in-depth conversations with everyone from a recent high-school grad in Western Massachusetts, to an arborist in the Bay Area, to the likes of the famous, semi-famous, formerly famous, those who'd rather be just about anything than famous and those just now climbing the “Wall of Fame,” - guests have included George Saunders, Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, John Hodgman, Brooke Gladstone, and David Sedaris. Some episodes are lighthearted, some more serious, focusing on the perils of the Fame Culture we now exist in, some a mix of the two - as organic conversation as we can muster, on a topic that can be entertaining, uncomfortable, enthralling. Email: email@example.com. Facebook instagram/twitter: @15minsjamieb. Ed Patenaude is our interpid engineer. Design by Anja Schutz Oh, and here's a site that's needed updating for about half a decade with some info about Jamie Berger. Thanks/welcome! Oh, this week's guest? He's a bestselling writer, humorist, trash collector. What we didn’t talk about: - sex - drugs - alcohol - suicide - trash collecting Some of what we did talk about: - moms - embarrassment at success - a dirty joke about pizza - dread of going on TV - the graciousness of Whoopi Goldberg ENJOY!!!
Eugene Mirman (re-edit/reboot) - Episode 75
Back in 2016, aka a zillion horror-movie lifetimes ago, my friend Eugene and I had a late-night conversation about fame, comedy, having a newborn baby boy, and much much more. I re-edited it to put it back out here on the occasion of the streaming release of the wonderful documentary "It Started as a Joke," which follows the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival along with the parallel story of Eugene and his wife Katie's battle with her cancer. That may sound like a rough juxtaposition, but it's extremely well done. You'll laugh, you'll cry - see it, it's not like you don't have any free time right now.http://prettygoodfriends.com/it-started-as-a-jokeBest to all in these strange, tough times.-j
Beth Lisick (reboot) - Episode 74
Re-edit reboot of my 2017 two-episode conversation with Beth Lisick on the occasion of the publication of her great new and first novel, "Edie on the Green Screen." Congratulations, Beth!The episode starts with a serious #metoo conversation before moving on to lighter topics. So if you're needing light in these heavy times, after the intro, jump ahead about a half an hour.Best to you all, I wish you the best lives you can possibly live right now!-jamie
Michael Ian Black - re-edit/reboot of episodes 50 & 51
Back in 2017, I spoke to actor/writer/comedian Michael Ian Black for this show. At the time, I broke our conversation up into two episodes, each preceded by a long rant by me about the political and social injustices of the day. Well, it's the end of the year, and I'm exhausted by injustice, and decided to re-edit the conversation into a single, more entertaining whole. I think you'll enjoy it. We talk about fame of course, and about our mothers, about toe fungus, his feud with Marc Maron, the list goes on. Listening back, I found this, on how what's better than being a lead, the famous one, on a TV series, is being somewhere around 5-7 on the call list:"“If I knew that I would have an acting job for the next five years on a network show, where I didn’t even really have to think, it was just showing up, doing some scenes, having a free lunch and collecting a fat paycheck, I would like to do that for the next five years with the full knowledge that at the end of the five years I’d have enough money in the bank to write a novel, devote myself to the podcast, five years of being number 5-7 on the call sheet. There’s a sweet spot there that’s just ideal. I don’t want to be in every scene, I don’t want to solve the crime.”***I wish us all better times, and a free and fair election, in 2020.-Jamie B.