As a tiny kid with a huge smile, Mara Wilson starred in films like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Matilda." Now 29, she's traded acting for writing in outlets like McSweeney's. And her latest work is a memoir called, "Where Am I Now." She shares an excerpt that sheds light on what it's like to grow up obsessed with death.
Nicole Byer's new scripted comedy show, "Loosely Exactly Nicole," premiered this week on MTV, but she goes off-script to tell us about her relationship with a younger man and the things they taught each other -- about racial sensitivity, personal responsibility, and potty humor. And OK, yes, that younger man was a baby, but that doesn't mean that those lessons weren't heartfelt.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of the upcoming Amazon Original Series, "Fleabag" -- based on her play of the same name -- shares a tale from her days in the theatre, when her writing and acting talents weren't the only thing on display.
In July, author Nicole Dennis-Benn stopped by to share an excerpt from her debut novel "Here Comes The Sun," which explored themes of identity, sexuality, and what people risk by being out in Jamaica. While she was in our studio, the author shared another riveting tale from the book.
Comedian Josh Gondelman is up for an Emmy for his writing on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." His new comedy album, "Physical Whisper," is out now. Listen to a tale from the album in the audio above about how he knew his girlfriend was the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
Lately, there's been a flowering of fiction from Caribbean writers. Jamaican-born Marlon James won last year's Man Booker prize. Now he's one of a chorus of voices singing the praises of his countrywoman Nicole Dennis-Benn, and her debut novel, "Here Comes The Sun."
For four years, comedian Wyatt Cenac served up timely satire as a Daily Show "Correspondent." He's now hatched his own show,"Night Train," a surreal showcase for stand-up comedians and artists. Earlier this year, Wyatt put out an album of his own stand-up material. It's called "Furry Dumb Fighter," and touches on difficult topics that feel especially relevant right now. Hear an excerpt from the album, in which Wyatt recounts the time he was accused of stealing his own car. Really.
Aparna Nancherla has written and appeared on comedy shows from "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to "Inside Amy Schumer." She's performed improv and stand-up for years, and Variety just named her one of their Ten Comics to Watch. However, one area of performance remains a thorn in her side. Listen to her tale.
In the 1970s, John Doe, along with partners-in-crime Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, formed X... which became one of the most important bands of the exploding L.A. punk scene. He writes about the era in "Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk" -- a collection also featuring chapters by Cervenka, Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), and others. Today we overhear John tell about some of the era's highs, lows... and infernos.