Rank #1: "Kanye Don't Impress Me Much"
Kanye West joins the alt-right, while Shania Twain shows love for Donald Trump. Male celebrities taken down by #MeToo plot their comebacks. Kara warns racist internet trolls not to come for Crazy Rich Asians. James Comey needs to do less. The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs a very special episode about racism. Plus, Ira and Kara lament the end of Scandal and Louis has had it with royal babies.
Apr 25 2018
Rank #2: "Under His Smokey Eye" (with Zachary Quinto)
Michelle Wolf roasts media hypocrisy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Time's Up joins the #MuteRKelly movement. Tom Brokaw's friends insist he's not guilty of sexual misconduct. John Legend tries to teach freshman U.S. History to Kanye West. Plus, Ira talks to Zachary Quinto about starring in the Broadway revival of 1968 queer play The Boys in the Band.
May 02 2018
Rank #3: “SAT Notes On a Scandal” (with Mandy Moore)
Special guest Mandy Moore joins to talk about her music and acting career! Plus, Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin are in embroiled in a college bribing scandal, Pete Davidson pulls a Sinead O’Connor on SNL, Showtime axes SMILF due to creator Frankie Shaw’s alleged misconduct on set, and more!
Mar 13 2019
Rank #4: "There could be 101 Dalmatians in the room..." (Dan Levy)
Glenn Close snatches Best Actress from Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes. Kevin Hart’s non-apology tour continues on The Ellen Show. R. Kelly’s time may finally be up. Marie Kondo scams America. Plus, Dan Levy from Schitt’s Creek joins Ira, Kara, and Louis!
Jan 09 2019
Rank #5: “Catch and Keep It” (with Ronan Farrow)
Apple TV+ debuts and its flagship series, The Morning Show, is slammed by critics. Martin Scorsese pens a NYT op-ed elaborating on why he dislikes Marvel movies. Plus, Ronan Farrow joins to discuss his latest book Catch and Kill and what’s next for Hollywood after his explosive reporting.
Nov 06 2019
Rank #6: “The Royal Tea” (with Olivia Wilde)
Prince William’s alleged affair sounds more boring than scandalous. Several celebrities are teaming up to take down critics. Taylor Swift is back with a new brand. Plus, remembering John Singleton and special guest Olivia Wilde joins to talk about her directorial debut Booksmart, The O.C., and more!
May 01 2019
Rank #7: "Harriet Tubman Killed the Queen Radio Star" (with Michael Arcenaux)
Nicki Minaj has a meltdown when her new album, QUEEN, debuts at #2 behind Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD. Madonna causes a commotion at the MTV Video Music Awards. Asia Argento is embroiled in her own #MeToo scandal. Boots Riley isn't down with Spike Lee's latest joint. Plus, author Michael Arcenaux (I Can't Date Jesus) joins the panel and an Aretha Franklin shade quiz!
Aug 22 2018
Rank #8: "Guess Who’s Ruining Dinner" (with Nina Parker)
Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and other artists distance themselves from past R. Kelly collaborations. Bryan Cranston faces criticism for playing a disabled character in The Upside. Tulsi Gabbard, former homophobe, and Anthony Scaramucci, five-second White House employee, try to rebrand. Plus, Trump’s fast food dinner from hell and Nina Parker (from E!’s Nightly Pop) joins! Show References: Vulture: "Will Kevin Hart's Scandal Bring Down the Upside?" https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/will-kevin-harts-scandal-bring-down-the-upside.html
Jan 16 2019
Rank #9: "We Didn’t Start the Fyre" (with Jane Marie)
Hulu and Netflix go to war with dueling Fyre Fest documentaries. Cardi B takes on conservative pundits. Green Book gets closer to becoming the next Crash. Travis Scott and Colin Kaepernick square off over the Super Bowl. Plus, Emmy Award-winning journalist and podcast producer Jane Marie joins!
Jan 23 2019
Rank #10: "The Passion of the West"
Kanye West denounces secular music and releases his gospel album Jesus is King, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss create new fan uproar after a brutally honest Q&A, Harvey Weinstein attempts a comeback, and more. Plus to celebrate Halloween, Ira, Louis, and Aida share their favorite horror movies.
Oct 30 2019
Rank #11: "I Theranos What You Did Last Summer" (with Busy Philipps)
HBO's Elizabeth Holmes documentary, The Inventor, digs into her Theranos scam. James Gunn gets re-hired on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Beto O'Rourke can't stop standing on tables. Plus, Busy Philipps joins to talk about the college bribing scandal and more!
Mar 20 2019
Rank #12: "Heard It Through the Applevine" (with Billy Eichner)
Chicago prosecutors drops all charges against Jussie Smollett. Apple sort of debuts their new streaming service. Writers Guild board member Angelina Burnett joins to break down the ongoing WGA drama with the Association of Talent Agents. Plus, Billy Eichner talks rom coms, The Lion King, and more!
Mar 27 2019
Rank #13: “The Dick Stays in the Picture” (with Erin Ryan)
The Grammys are surprisingly good, in spite of its producer feuding with Ariana Grande. Jeff Bezos pens an op-ed about his stolen dick pic. Ellen Page calls out Chris Pratt’s church. Plus, Erin Gloria Ryan joins, Ira is dying from a cold, and Tawny Newsome (co-host of Yo, Is This Racist?) guest co-hosts!
Feb 13 2019
Rank #14: “(Zodiac) Sign of the Times” (with Chani Nicholas)
Ira, Louis, and Aida recount their favorites films, television, music, and books of the decade. Plus, astrologer Chani Nicholas joins to read everyone’s charts and to discuss why astrology is having an “internet moment” right now.
Dec 25 2019
Rank #15: "Lovett or Keep It" (with Jon Lovett)
Jon Lovett joins Ira, Kara, and Louis as they try to figure out why Steve Bannon was invited to the New Yorker Festival. Plus, Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike and continued boogeyman of conservatives, Eminem’s latest album is stuck in his homophobic past, Aretha Franklin’s funeral gets messy, and a game of “OK, Stop!” with the A Star is Born trailer!
Sep 05 2018
Rank #16: “Never Say Neverland Again” (with Leo Kalyan)
HBO’s Finding Neverland documentary raises some tough questions about the cult of Michael Jackson. Steven Spielberg takes aim at Netflix’s future Oscar noms. Jada Pinkett Smith enters the Jordyn Woods fray. Plus, singer Leo Kalyan joins and more!
Mar 06 2019
Rank #17: "Bohemian Rhapsodon’t" (with Raja Kumari)
Bryan Singer’s history of abuse allegations resurfaces in The Atlantic. Rent Live is less than live thanks to an actor’s injury. BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and other media companies face mass layoffs. Plus, the internet is thirsty for Ted Bundy, the Mooch still sucks, and songwriter and rapper Raja Kumari joins!
Jan 30 2019
Rank #18: "A Binderella Story" (with Jenny Han)
Cardi B and Nicki Minaj stir up drama at New York Fashion Week. The US Open doesn’t deserve Serena Williams. Les Moonves is out at CBS. Olivia Munn is abandoned by her ‘Predator’ castmates. The media lays the blame for Mac Miller’s death on Ariana Grande. Plus, author Jenny Han joins to talk All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!
Sep 12 2018
Rank #19: "HBeyCU" (with Justin Simien)
Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer. Adidas uses Colin Kaepernick's name to scam free press. Taylor Swift ruins disco music. Rihanna tries to make body glitter happen again. Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People, joins Ira, Kara, and Louis to praise Beychella. Plus, Ira has an axe to grind with Rita Ora.
Apr 18 2018
Rank #20: "Crimes of the Hart" (with D'Arcy Carden)
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as hosts have everyone looking forward to the Golden Globes, while Kevin Hart’s Oscar hosting gig implodes after a series of unearthed homophobic tweets. Plus, Cardi B dumps Offset, Beyoncé performs at a wedding in India, and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) joins the panel! Show references: Hollywood Reporter: "Why Oscar Host Has Become the Least Wanted Job in Hollywood" (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-oscar-host-is-worst-job-town-1165880) Vulture: "D'Arcy Carden on the Art of Imitating Her 'Good Place' Co-Stars" (https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/the-good-place-season-3-darcy-carden-janet.html)
Dec 12 2018