15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 15 - Eugene Mirman
Episode 15 - Eugene Mirman Hello listeners! We made it to 15! Serendipitously, this article (http://www.recorder.com/15-Minutes-4996757) in the local press came out today about the show. Are we famous yet?! At this mini milestone, I’d like to send out huge thanks to my guests so far for their trust and earnest, eager, fun participation, so here we go. THANKS: John Hodgman, Case Hudson, Mark Berger, Annie Duke, Tim Lockfeld, Lois Parkison, Monte Belmonte, Hearty White, Matthew Latkiewicz, Soren Mason-Temple & Dave Rothstein, Daniel Oppenheimer, Andi Zeisler, Penny Lane, and Sara Jaffe, thank you thank you thank you . . . you get the idea. Thank you. (You can find all those episodes at http://15minutesjamieberger.com . Also and of course, thanks so much to all you listeners for joining us on this little exploration. And to Ed Patenaude, for always making me sound as pretty as is achieveable. And to Christian Cundari, for our theme music. Please, if you haven’t already, rate and/or review 15 Minutes on the Great Satan - sorry, I mean iTunes - or wherever you listen to podcasts - it’s more important than you can imagine, unless you have a podcast of your own, then you know how important it is. *** You may know Eugene Mirman from his comedy albums or Comedy Central Specials, from his roles on series such as Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, Startalk, and most recently and ongoing-ly, Bob’s Burgers. You may even know him as “Berny Foy,” the bad guy in the the 1999 “Firestarter” episode of Third Watch. I don’t actually know Eugene from that one, but I’m sure gonna try to find it! OR, as I said back in episode 1, about Mr. Hodgman, you may not know him at all, and if so I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Eugene via this conversation and a couple of cuts thrown in from Monumental 9-volume latest release on Sub Pop Records, “I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome).” Those of you who know me know that my Sub Pop ( http://subpop.com ) hoodie (which I stole from Eugene) is one of my prized possessions, not only because great artists like Eugene Mirman and Death Vessel and so many more have been on there, but that Sub Pop has been rocking my world since way back when I used to eagerly await the arrival at Sounds Records of the next Sub Pop Cassette Compilation to arrive back in the 1980s. So it’s a huge honor to be able to thank to Sub Pop for permission to use a couple of Eugene’s tracks! Go Shop for Eugene’s albums and so many more beautiful noises on Sub Pop’s Megamart (www.megamart.subpop.com). We talked earlier this month of September 2016 at his home in an undisclosed location in Eastern Massachusetts. Tune in! for upcoming episodes with graphic novelist Jessica Abel, NPR producer/reporter Tina Antolini, in a couple of months, writer George Saunders but I’m so excited I’m going to mention it right now. And much much more! Find us wherever podcasts are found or at 15minutejamieberger.com where you can also find out how to find us on twitter, instagram @15minsjamieb and on facebook. Thank you so much for listening!
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.