15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 32 - Hearty White (Conversation 2, Part 2)
Episode 32 - Hearty White (see also episodes 8 and 31!) Here are the pretty much the same notes as our last episode (part 1 of this conversation), with one addition - here's a link to "super cenetnarian" Lillian Cox, who comes up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Cox *** Here’s the second of ***two*** new episodes with WFMU radio talker Hearty White (one longish conversation split in two. If you haven't listened to our first conversation back in Episode 8, DO! It might not be for you, but it is, it will be VERY much for you - I wish I could be right there with you to see how excited you'll be to meet him! Every week, (Thursdays at 7pm on WFMU or on the internet any time like the rest of us), listening to Hearty's show, Miracle Nutrition, I learn so much about artmaking and radio and comedy and improvisation and ego and kindness and all kinds of wonderful pop-culture and scientific and philosophical arcana from this man every time I listen to him. Back in episode 8, Hearty’s willingness to explain the magic of his show and the fine line and decisions involved in being "Hearty" as opposed to his non-radio human are endlessly fascinating, to me anyway, and I'm sure will be to many of you as well! Just a a couple things Hearty and I shot the shit about in this episode: Charo Foley Dora Hall, Solo Cup Heiress historysdumpster.blogspot.com/2012/08/do…-hall.html Jane Fonda Borges and I On having/wanting an audience - “close friends don’t listen regularly” because they get to see you in real life Victor Borge (of course) Ageism The Green Child Xavier Cugat My Dinner with Andre The Sorites (“Heap”) Paradox John Berger (Way’s of Seeing and Why we Look at Animals) www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/01/why…about-looking/ www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk (Ways of Seeing) Meadowlark Lemon and the Harlem Globetrotters, how distant a cartoon version oneself can be from oneself Scatman Caruthers Cartoon Michael Jackson’s pink snake Selling one’s old embarrassing work - “If you keep saying no they just keep throwing [more] money at you.” Ricky Gervais, “Extras” . . . and the original “Office” Confidence Improvisation - “I’ll just let you hear me writing it.” Houdini and “pulling stuff out of your ass” re imrprovisation, “overriding self-doubt and self consciousness and letting it flow.” Point being, improvised work doesn’t come out of thin air, you’ve got it up in you there to pull out. Monologue vs. Conversation “I would write everything but I never get around to it, so I’ll just let you hear me writing it.” On the value of being “semi-interesting” and discursive as opposed to polished and tight on the radio. On making “Adult Swim” shorts and doing take after take and losing spontaneity, losing what makes Hearty White work work. www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5DjPQtuvi8 (adult swim clip) Psychics Deception Ricky Jay Which lead to Cameron Episode Ted Turner *** Ed Patenaude is our engineer, tootin' the horn and keeping the 15minutes Train rollin'! Find us at 15minutesjamieberger or here on soundcloud or in itunes or on facebook or on twitter/instagram (@15minsjamieb) or ***Patreon*** (help us help you! www.patreon.com/15minutesjamieberger or just about anywhere pods are cast - thanks!
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.
Episode 2 - Tim Lockfeld
My dear friend and former San Francisco Public Library colleague, skater, certified arborist, actor, adventure traveller, and raconteur, on how he brought punk and skateboarding together; the splendors and hazards of trimming Sharon Stone's trees; and other gems. A perfect example of the hardest-to-lure guest: the decidedly non-famous person who wants to come on a podcast and dig into the topic.It's still one of my favorites, back from when I didn't know what I was doing at all but sometimes it worked.Enjoy!-Jamie
That First Hodgman Episode from back in aught-16
If you listened to Episode 72, with John Hodgman, or even if you didn't (you should), here's Episode 1, as promised, with same. Warning: there's a lot of ambient, though not unpleasant, noise (of a busy bar) in the interview, and then rather low sound quality for the Judge John Hodgman meetup, which ostensibly wasn't being recorded for the podcast, but which I wanted to include here for the true JJH Stans out there jonesin' for a deep cut. Image is a pic from the poster for the event at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls, MA, back in 2015 (yes I dithered an entire nother year before launching the show - don't do that!), designed by Anja Schutz.