Beginnings

On today's episode, I talk to musician Jack Stansbury. Jack's family dates back to the founding of America, and Jack grew up on the not-so-mean streets of Baltimore. Since 2013, he's been releasing music under the name Princess Reason, and recently he formed a full band with his friends Mike Allison and Morgan Spaner under the moniker. Their latest release, the Your Divorce EP is a wonderful take on Pavement-era indie rock, but with their own spark of originality, and it's one of my favorite things that's been released this year.

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On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Tommy Blacha. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tommy came to TV writing through the Chicago comedy scene. Besides his writing for the WWE, if there's been a weird comedy in the last two decade, chances are Tommy's had something to do with it. He wrote for Conan, where he created PimpBot5000, and has also written for The Eric Andre Show, Pretend Time, Human Giant, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Da Ali G Show, Late Night with Zach, TV Funhouse, and SNL. He's been a voice actor on China, IL and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and with Brendan Small, co-created the Adult Swim hit Metalocalypse! Currently, Tommy is executive producing and writing on the new Comedy Central show Moonbeam City.

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On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Jane Espenson. Originally from Ames, Iowa, Jane turned to TV writing after going to school to study computer science and linguistics. And if you can namecheck a beloved hourlong dramedy with a sci-fi bend, chances are Jane had a hand in writing it. These include a five year stint on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, as well as writing for Angel, Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Torchwood, Dollhouse, Firefly, Game of Thrones, as well as Dinosaurs, The O.C., The Batman, and Andy Barker, P.I. She is currently a writer and co-executive producer on the ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time.


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On today's episode, taped live at UCB Sunset on August 3rd, 2015, I'm joined by five of my favorite comedians and musicians: stand-up and actors Ron Funches and Andy Kindler, actor and improvisor John Gemberling, and musicians Open Mike Eagle and Nick Thorburn. Ron can currently be seen on the NBC sitcom Undateable, Andy is on the IFC show Maron, and beyond that, both are some of the best stand-ups out there. John was on the recently canceled NBC show Marry Me, but also plays Abbi's roommate's boyfriend Bevers on the Comedy Central hit Broad City. Mike Eagle is a rapper loosely affiliated with the Hellfyre Club collective/label and his EP A Special Episode Of was released earlier this year. Finally, Nick Thorburn is a member of and the driving force behind the indie rock band Islands, and has also released two solo albums as Nick Diamonds, the second of which City of Quartz was released this year.

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