15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 13 - Andi Zeisler
Andi Zeisler cofounded Bitch Magazine in 1996, It has grown into Bitch Media, a feminism-meets-pop-culture independent media conglomerate. Her book, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement is a detailed history of feminism in media and culture, and a takedown of the easy and breezy way celebrities and fan culture and products are taking on the term “feminist,” even to the extent that boys all over are wearing “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirts for street cred with the ladies. Z argues that while there is good to this, it’s also just . . . too easy, too ignorant of history, a capitalist co-optation of a century-plus old social and political movement into what she and others are calling “marketplace feminism.” Her article, “The Bitch America Needs,” in support of Hillary Clinton for President, appeared in the New York Times last Saturday, 9/10/16. If you want to hear her discuss the naming of the magazine, or the word “bitch” in general, there’s plenty on youtube. It didn’t come up in our discussion. Vanity insists that I tell you I was getting over a nasty summer headcold at the time. We talked, Skype to celphone, in August. *** Rate us! Review us! Please please please! The site is: http://15minutesjamieberger.com The instagrams and tweeters are: @15minsjamieb The fame hotline is 872-215-6467 Huge thanks as ever to Ed Patenaude as always for making me sound pretty, even with a cold.
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.