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Isaac Oliver

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Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, Isaac Oliver, Punam Patel and Bryan Safi

Couples Therapy

It's episode 200! And to celebrate, we've invited our favorite friends of the show/friends IRL to drop by and answer one advice question each! We've got Aparna Nancherla of The Great North and Corporate; Jo Firestone, head writer for Ziwe and the woman behind the brilliant Peacock special Good Timing; Isaac Oliver, writer for GLOW and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Punam Patel of Special and I Love That for You; and of course Ask Ronna/Attitudes/9-1-1's Bryan Safi! It truly is A CAVALCADE OF STARS! If you'd like to ask advice questions, call 323-524-7839 and leave a VM or just DM us on IG or Twitter! Also, support the show on Patreon or with a t-shirt (or a Jewboo shirt) and watch us every once in a while on Twitch or check out clips on YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


26 Apr 2022

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Isaac Oliver's Five O'Clock Farro

The Amateur Gourmet Podcast

Time Out New York once said of Isaac Oliver: "If David Sedaris and Fran Lebowitz had a baby who wrote about subways, theater patrons, and b*s, he might be a lot like Isaac Oliver." The author of the hilarious book of essays, Intimacy Idiot, artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub, and television writer (High Maintenance, GLOW) joins us this week and boy is he in need of some serious lunch therapy. Find out why Isaac eats lunch at 5 o'clock, how he likes to be bossed around by Ottolenghi recipes ("he's got me up to my elbows in harissa!"), why his parents helped him choose a porn to watch on Christmas (!), his relationship to Baltimore crabs, and why he's terrified of cooking for others. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit amateurgourmet.substack.com/subscribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 3mins

26 Apr 2021

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17. Turning in a Slide Deck (with Isaac Oliver)

Small Triumph Big Speech

Sarah turned in a slide deck. Isaac Oliver delivers a big speech to celebrate her. Make a donation at smalltriumphbigspeech.com


4 Dec 2020

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Whitney Houston's Olympian Singing (w/ Isaac Oliver)

Diva Worship

Hi Divas! This week, Allen chats with author and screenwriter Isaac Oliver (@mrisaacoliver) to discuss possibly the greatest singer of our time: Whitney Houston. We open the interview with Allen gushing about Isaac's time writing for HBO's High Maintenance and Netflix's GLOW. Then Isaac reminisces about making carpet angels in his childhood bedroom while listening to "I Will Alway Love You" on repeat. It's the perfect pop ballad. We then get right into the meat of it all by discussing Robyn Crawford erasure and Whitney's probably fluid sexuality. Isaac then shares Whitney's most divatastic performances: "Why Does It Hurt So Bad?" at the MTV Movie awards, "IWALY" at Divas Live, and her mash up of "I Loves You Porgy/ And I am Telling You/ I Have Nothing." Not to mention her iconic Star Spangled Banner. We also discuss the dichotomy of The Bodyguard: terrible movie, but incredible soundtrack... well, Side A, at least. We will never have another like her. The conversation then dives into her relationship with Bobby Brown, and her complicated monetary relationships with her family. She had everyone on payroll! Isaac believes she was a divine being who should have been protected, and let's face it, we all agree. Finally we close out the interview with Isaac professing his care and thanking Whitney for all she did. He'd also love to give her some Brené Brown books. Come worship with us!


25 Aug 2020

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#20 Isaac Oliver on growing up with gay-friendly parents & dating in New York City

I'm Coming Out

Isaac is an author, playwright and stage comic. His debut book ‘Intimacy Idiot’ was released in 2015 to widespread acclaim. The book details all the hilarious encounters Isaac has had with men, whilst dating in the Big Apple. New York magazine have described him as a ‘monstrous new talent’ and the book featured on a number of ‘best of’ lists that year. I read it during the earlier stages of lockdown & it provided me with some much needed light relief in these very strange & bleak times. He has also written for HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Glow’, which is currently on Netflix so make sure to check it out. Our transatlantic call took place a few weeks ago and we chatted about; what inspired him to write a book on dating, why his religious parents were so accepting & open-minded, his production of ‘Batman v Catwoman on Skates’ as a child, how his parents accidentally discovered he was gay, his perrenial crush on Ryan Phillippe, the gay scene in New York, writing erotic poetry as a teenager about Brad Renfro, why he doesn’t believe there’s an endless supply of 'fish in the sea' and lots of other things. Please follow me on social media if you want to leave feedback on this or any of the other interviews and for updates on future episodes. I can be found @imcomingoutpod on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Hope you enjoy the episode :)


13 Aug 2020

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Isaac Oliver

Couples Therapy

We just love our old friend Isaac Oliver a ton, so it was wonderful to catch up with him this week on the pod, and not just on Marco Polo like usual. If you don't know Isaac, he wrote on the Netflix series Glow and on HBO's High Maintenance, is a regular performer at Joe's Pub and you just HAVE to read his book Intimacy Idiot! In this ep, Isaac tells us the secret of a successful relaysh, and we answer YOUR questions! And you can always find the show on Twitter @NaomiandAndy and on Instagram @couplestherapypod and check out our live show streaming on Twitch every Wednesday at 2pm PST!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 2mins

14 Jul 2020

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HBO’s High Maintenance: Ben Sinclair, Katja Blichfeld and Russell Gregory with Isaac Oliver

92NY Talks

High Maintenance, the critically acclaimed series that made the leap from web series to TV in 2012 and now in its fourth season, was recently hailed as one of 2019’s “Best Shows of 2019” by The New Yorker. Created by Katja Blichfeld (Emmy®-winning casting director of 30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Maniac, Home Again), the series centers around The Guy, a marijuana dealer who traverses the city on his bicycle, to connect a variety of distinctly authentic, empathetic, and insightful stories about the New York community, including his own. Join Sinclair, Blichfeld, and their fellow executive producer Russell Gregory, along with a behind-the-scenes discussion about this highly loving and original show.

1hr 7mins

20 Apr 2020

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Episode #246: Isaac Oliver

The Soundtrack Series

Isaac Oliver is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir (in other words--one of NPR's Best Books of 2015) Intimacy Idiot. So who better to talk to about music in our dating lives--when it's our best friend, when it's our armor, when it's the sorceress that summons the object of our desire. (And when it's the thing that makes us say ridiculous stuff like that.)


10 May 2016

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Episode 83: Isaac Oliver

The Sharon Spell Show

OMG, you scared me!  Isaac Oliver (Intimacy Idiot) is in the guest star chair this week and you REALLY should have warned me before touching me.  Sharon discusses her upcoming surgery with Isaac, before the two segue seamlessly into tales of online dating app usage.  "The Half-Kiss" is then analyzed in detail.  And we finish with Isaac telling of his experiences while recording his audiobook.  Beets and meatsuits and peen!  We've got it all this episode.


20 Jul 2015

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Ep 31: Live at HiFi w/ Isaac Oliver & Morgan Parker

The Catapult

Recorded live at HiFi, Isaac Oliver and Morgan Parker read new work as part of the Catapult-curated edition of the HiFi Reading Series. Morgan's book, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, is out now. Isaac's book, Intimacy Idiot, comes out June 2nd. CatapultReads.com // @CatapultReads // The Trebuchet


18 May 2015