Guest of Honor


Flying Lotus Champions the Artistry in His Nightmarish ‘Kuso’

Flying Lotus is an artist who has been blowing people's minds in multiple mediums since his music debut in 2006. Now, he's moving to the big screen with his debut film called, "Kuso." He chats with Rico about his cinematic influences, what the critics missing out on by focusing on the cruder elements of the film… and championship tag.


Alison Brie Gets Slammed to the Mat on ‘GLOW’

Actor Alison Brie played Pete Campbell's long-suffering wife Trudy on the hit drama "Mad Men," and straight-laced Annie Edison on the cult sitcom "Community." But this month, she takes on a very different starring role in the Netflix series "GLOW." Find out why the actor cried after nabbing the lead role, why having women in charge changed the tone of the set, and more.


Damon Lindelof Finds Freedom in Limitations and Ponders the Paradoxes of Fandom

Damon Lindelof co-created the ABC series "Lost," which is widely considered one of the greatest TV shows ever. He also wrote installments of the "Alien" and "Star Trek" movie franchises. But most recently, he co-created HBO's "The Leftovers" Listen as Rico reminds him of their shared TV past and Damon reflects on what it's like to try to write a show with passionate fans.


Paul Feig on Portraying Female Friendships and Fine-Tuning Gross-Out Comedy

Paul Feig is beloved for creating and producing the cult-favorite tv show "Freaks and Geeks," but these days, Paul's probably best known for "Bridesmaids," "The Heat," and "Spy." Listen as he shares some insight with Brendan on testing the limits of raunchiness and why Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer impression works so well.


Kathryn Hahn Takes on A Fearless and Messy Role in ‘I Love Dick’

Kathryn Hahn had standout character roles on TV shows like "Parks and Recreation" and movies like "Anchorman." And she's has won major acclaim for bringing some of filmmaker Jill Soloway's best characters to life. Now, Soloway has given her the lead again in her new series "I Love Dick." Learn what drew her to the self-sabotaging character, why she loves working with Soloway, and more.


John Ridley’s Lens on the L.A. Riots: ‘We wanted to make it as personal as humanly possible’

After winning an Oscar for writing the film "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley created the award-winning series "American Crime" and the new Showtime miniseries "Guerrilla." He's also releasing a documentary coinciding with the 25 anniversary of the L.A. riots called, "Let It Fall." He and Brendan discuss the director's own experience during the riots, the creative choices behind constructing the documentary's narrative, and more.


Thomas Middleditch Shows Off His Nerd Range

Improviser, actor, and all-around funny fellow Thomas Middleditch earned an Emmy nomination for playing Richard Hendricks, the hero of the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley." The show launches its fourth season on April 23. Listen as actor chats with Rico about the commercialization of nerd culture, the startup investment tips he's picked up from working on the tech comedy series, and more.


The Many Voices of Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria has had a huge career with character roles in films like “The Birdcage,” and many more. But he's probably best known as the voice behind a slew of character on “The Simpsons.” His latest TV project is "Brockmire,” a comedy about a disgraced, old-school baseball announcer attempting a comeback after a public meltdown goes viral. Using about three different voices, the actor talks about what influenced his hard-drinking sports announcer character in "Brockmire," reveals the awkward interactions he's had as a famous voice actor, and more.


Katie Couric on Annoying Nicknames and Getting Her Start in Radio

World-renowned journalist Katie Couric is best known from her years as a news anchor for every major TV network and as a former correspondent for "60 Minutes." These days she is Yahoo's global news anchor and she hosts her own interview podcast. The award-winning journalist talks with guest co-host Lauren Ober about stepping away from the camera and into the podcast realm, how her Sarah Palin interview possibly scared off a few potential interview subjects, and more.


Danny Boyle Reflects on 20 Years of ‘Trainspotting’

Back in 1994, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge made the hit indie thriller "Shallow Grave." Then followed it up with a high-energy adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel "Trainspotting." His latest film is a "Trainspotting" sequel and the award-winning director talks with Rico about revisiting the characters after two decades, the unanticipated cultural impact of the first film, and more.