15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 28 - Shonali Bhowmik
Shonali Bhowmik https://shonalibhowmik.com/ does a LOT: She’s the leader of the indie rock band Tigers and Monkeys (http://tigersandmonkeys.com) for which she is the songwriter, singer, and guitar player. She was one of the leaders of Atlanta’s Ultrababyfat which was featured on tour with David Cross in the DVD “Let America Laugh.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_America_Laugh In the past, her bands have shared the stage with PJ Harvey, Ted Leo, Pavement, The Shins, and Sleater Kinney. Based in NYC for the past several years, Shonali cohosts the Podcast We Don’t Even Know (http://wedontevenknow.libsyn.com/) with her friend Christian Felix, which they record monthly in front of a live audience at Hifi in the East Village. Guests - as on this here show - range from the supercool unfamous to more recognizable names such as Jeneane Garafalo, Ambery Tamblyn, Starlee Kine, David Cross, Amy Ryan, Todd Barry, Jena Friedman . . . . She has a comedy web series called “Shayla Hates Celebrities” https://shaylahatescelebrities.com/ She’s also a corporate lawyer by day, which also comes up. She’s also met Barack Obama a few times - no big deal - she tells us about the first. I neglected to ask Shonali about whether she’s had any success in keeping her New Year’s resolution to get more sleep. Considering all she does, I doubt it. Also, I also butcher my wife Anja’s meeting-Howard-Stern story herein. Topics: music, Maron, Terry Gross, Gene Simmons excitement at his Kiss credit card, Trump, David Cross, podcasting, wanting attention from friends and strangers, the list goes on! P.S. It was photographer Nat Finkelstein who Andy Warhol supposedy stole his famed (15 minutes of) fame quote from. (Listen and you'll know why I'm mentioning this here). P.S. Two great songs are also included, for the same low price of FREE, unless you’d like to CONTRIBUTE via Patreon or Paypal - which, if you enjoy this show and want it to continue, you should do, if you can, by clicking: http://www.15minutesjamieberger.com/news/2016/10/24/two-ways-to-chip-in Join our email list for monthly updates? http://www.15minutesjamieberger.com/news/2017/1/23/join-the-monthly-tiny-15-minutes-letter-email-list Follow us on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/15minutesjamieberger/ Or instagram or Twitter? @15minsjamieb Find ALL 28 EPISODES! Here (or on iTunes or Stitcher or . . . .) http://15minutesjamieberger.com LAST, if you have iTunes, even if you don’t listen to us there, please please please rate and review us on there. It’s not worth explaining why, but it’s really important. THANKS!!!!
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.