Episode 318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

This week: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief – and magic… Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, Paul McCartney, and his “Hollywood Vampires” crew, then slays us with sensible etiquette advice … Carly Rae Jepsen DJs our party (you’ll really, really like her soundtrack)…. We shed light on the daguerreotype, then watch a cocktail develop… And Rico samples “Grass Jelly,” a white-hot topping for ice-cold desserts.

Julie Klausner - 'Cheese Factory'


The "Difficult People" writer and star stops by to give us a cheesy joke that's really grate! (Sorry.)

Botox for Blowouts?

Small Talk

Lizzie O'Leary, host of Marketplace Weekend, fills us in on the "Blowtox" trend, in which people get Botox injections into their scalps as a way to stop sweating in order to maintain their perfectly quaffed blowouts.

The Daguerreotype's Moment in the Sun

A History Lesson With Booze ®

In the 1830s, French artist-chemist-inventor Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre developed the Daguerreotype, a major advancement toward modern photography.

Carly Rae Jepsen Goes From Dinner to Dance Party


Carly Rae Jepsen is out with her third album, "E·MO·TION." It's fun, '80s-pop-inspired, earworm-heavy, and the critics dig it. The Canadian singer serves up a soundtrack for a night feasting on homemade lasagna, grooving on the dance floor, and mending broken hearts.

Salman Rushdie on His Real World Approach to Crafting Tall Tales

Guest of Honor

Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of the world's great writers. His blend of magic realism and historical fiction have garnered him the Booker Prize, a British knighthood and -- for his novel "The Satanic Verses" -- a notorious fatwa that sent him into exile. The author digs into his latest work, "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights," discusses the awkward process of going "full literary frontal," and his unexpected Yankee pride.

Alice Cooper Waxes Nostalgic on his Legendary Life


In the 1970s and '80s, Alice Cooper pioneered what came to be called shock rock, lacing his live shows with real pythons, fake electrocutions, and all manner of horror movie imagery. Now he's releasing an album next week with the new Hollywood Vampires, and he regales Rico and Brendan with tales of his friendships with some of the greatest figures in old Hollywood and rock 'n' roll. (He also stuck around to dole out a little etiquette advice too!)

Alice Cooper Takes a Stand on Makeup and Mulligans


The rock legend returns for our etiquette segment to tell our audience the one thing we all need to wear when travelling, when a serpentine fashion accessory is just too much, and what pairs best with sweet, sweet, stage blood.

Grass Jelly: It's Not the Jell-O You Know

Main Course

LA Weekly writer Jim Thurman gives Rico the rundown on grass jelly, the Southeast Asian gelatin dessert that, despite its name, is not made of grass.

Los Colognes - 'Golden Dragon Hut'

One For The Road

Los Colognes are a six-piece blues band from Nashville with a soft spot for Dire Straits. Don't take our word for it, take a listen to "Golden Dragon Hut," off their new album "Dos."