Over the last 20 years, Jim Gaffigan has become one of America's most-watched stand-up comics, with self-deprecating observations about raising five kids with his wife, and especially about his love of food. In fact, a couple years back, he published the best-selling book called, "Food: A Love Story." These days he’s out on tour and his TV Land sitcom, "The Jim Gaffigan Show," which he writes and produces with his wife Jeannie, is now in the midst of its second season. The comedian explains why the "Jim" you see on stage and on screen is a little dumber than his real-life counterpart, before delving into our listeners' hamburger hardships.
You may've seen Shiri Appleby in "Charlie Wilson's War" opposite Tom Hanks, or in her recurring role on HBO's "Girls," or starring in the series "Roswell." These days, she's known for her dark star turn as the character Rachel, in the Peabody-winning Lifetime series "UnREAL." The actor and director chats with us about what it’s like to be part of a fictional show about a non-fiction show, which sometimes borders on fiction… got it?
Rashida Jones has acted in some of the most respected comedy shows of the last decade, including "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation." These days you can see her on the TBS series "Angie Tribeca." The second season just came out. She bears wisdom to Brendan for "overdogs" and explains why the slapstick style of comedy in "Angie Tribeca" and "Airplane" could be making a comeback.
Jessica Williams co-hosts the new podcast "2 Dope Queens." But it's in her role as senior correspondent for "The Daily Show" that she's become America's favorite fake-news reporter. Jessica aims her arsenal of quick wit and righteous indignation at everything from politics and race to Beyonce. She tells us about forging her own career path, her brief brush with child stardom, and why the Kardashians might be providing the best drama on TV.
Nahnatchka Khan is the showrunner of the ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat," which is currently in its second season. The show has won kudos for its smart, subversive take on first and second generation American-immigrant experiences. She celebrates her own immigrant dad and his funny bone.
What's an ALL-TV Episode without a nod to TV theme songs? Rico, Brendan and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Ellie Kemper shared their favorites, but we wanted to hear from you. Well, we asked and you answered... and called!
Ellie Kemper got her start on traditional TV, playing the optimistic receptionist in the sitcom "The Office." She also made a splash as Kristen Wiig's miserable newlywed pal in the blockbuster comedy "Bridesmaids." But these days she stars in the streaming Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The actor shares insight on taking cues from Tina Fey, what she doesn't get about method acting and why she believes comedy isn't just for Ivy League grads.
Before we heard a few of our listeners' theme song picks, we asked the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star to share her favorite song. Rico and Brendan weigh in with their own picks too!
For the last three years, Tatiana Maslany has starred as not one, not two, but nine-and-counting characters on the much-acclaimed BBC America series "Orphan Black" -- for which she earned an Emmy nomination. Tatiana gives us some insight on playing a small army of clones, reveals the bad hip-hop she's been listening to, and advises our listeners on what to do if they look just like Moby.
After Lena told her tale of how a general business meeting turned into an amazing love story, we heard the sound of sixteen hundred people falling for the actor, writer and producer in the form of uproarious applause. Learn how "A Different World" sparked Waithe’s drive to become a TV writer and how she hopes to inspire little girls to know the world is bigger than their own backyard.