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Keep It!

Movies! Music! Celebrities embarrassing themselves! KEEP IT has it all. Each week, Ira Madison III and Louis Virtel are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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"$10,000 Pyramid Scheme" (LIVE in LA, featuring Leslie Grossman)

Live from The Regent in Los Angeles, Ira, Kara, and Louis dive into Beto's campaign relaunch, Kylie Jenner's sketchy skin care line, Boston accents, the new Judy Garland Biopic, and why Ira stans Rita Ora. Plus, actress Leslie Grossman joins to spill Met Gala secrets, play a new game called $10,000 Pyramid Scheme, and more!

1hr 20mins

17 May 2019

Rank #1

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"A Scarlett Johansson Grows in Brooklyn" (with Justin Simien)

Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Brooke Thomas (The Young Turks) to discuss Emmy nominations, Scarlett Johansson’s comments about political correctness in casting, and Andrea Arnold’s apparent erasure from Big Little Lies. Plus, Justin Simien (creator of Dear White People) returns to talk season 3 of the Netflix series, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Tyler Perry, and Beto O’Rourke’s slave-owning ancestors.

1hr 11mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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"Rock ‘N Vote” (with Brit Bennett)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss The Rock campaigning for Biden, Mark Burnett’s responsibility for Trump’s Presidency, Tory Lanez’s continued exploitation of Megan thee Stallion, Eddie Redmayne’s support of JK Rowling, and more. Plus, Brit Bennett joins to discuss her NYT best-selling novel The Vanishing Half.

1hr 35mins

30 Sep 2020

Rank #3

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"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.


25 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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“Chicken Sandwich for the Soul” (with Jackie Tohn)

Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Aida Osman to stan Normani and discuss Chick-fil-A and Popeyes’ chicken sandwich war, Jay-Z teaming up with the NFL, #BoycottMulan, and more. Plus, Jackie Tohn joins to talk about the new season of GLOW in Netflix and her past on American Idol.

1hr 14mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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“Baby It’s Knives Outside” (with Sophia Bush)

Ira and Aida join the Knives Out hive. Gabrielle Union is fired from America’s Got Talent after speaking out about racism behind the scenes. Dakota Johnson and Ellen DeGeneres have an extremely awkward interview. Plus, Ira and Louis talk to Sophia Bush about her new podcast Work in Progress and how to fix toxic work environments in Hollywood.

1hr 15mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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“Protest of a Hallmark on Fire” (with Tre'vell Anderson)

Hallmark caves to homophobic pressure and removes a same-sex kissing ad, only to reverse their decision. The Hollywood Critics Association names Kristen Stewart actress of the decade. Tre’vell Anderson joins to discuss LGBTQ media’s future as Out and the Advocate’s editors exit their positions. Plus, Kumail Nanjiani has a new body and Mariah Carey’s iconic holiday single finally hits #1.

1hr 12mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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"Driving Miss Disney" (with Kat Dennings)

Ira, Louis, and Aida revisit Larry King interviews and discuss the drama surrounding Olivia Rodrigo's debut single "Drivers License," Biden's star-studded inauguration, the LA Times' report on "vaccine chasers," Joan Didion's sparse interview in Time, DaniLeigh's light skin anthem "Yellow Bone," Sarah Huckabee Sanders' bid for governor of Arkansas, and more. Plus, Kat Dennings joins to discuss sitcom acting, WandaVision, and the secrecy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

1hr 35mins

27 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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“Gimme Moore” (with Jia Tolentino)

Ira and Louis are joined by guest co-host Wynter Mitchell to discuss Demi Moore’s revealing new memoir Inside Out, a disrespectful review of Debbie Harry’s memoir, and more! Plus, Louis has a Keep It is himself and New Yorker columnist Jia Tolentino joins to discuss her new book Trick Mirror and why we fall in love with the stories we do.

1hr 36mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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"Hamilstan Wars” (with Marcia Gay Harden)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Hamilton, Kanye’s 2020 run, Halle Berry’s apology for accepting a trans role, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’ quarantine romance, and more. Marcia Gay Harden joins to discuss her toughest roles and her latest period piece Barkskins.

1hr 23mins

8 Jul 2020

Rank #10

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“Evermore Girls” (with Andrew Rannells)

Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Taylor Swift’s Folklore sequel Evermore, FKA Twigs’ revelation of her abusive relationship with Shia LaBeouf, Lizzo’s juice cleanse backlash, Shawn Mendes’ less than revealing documentary, the #FreeBritney movement, and more. Plus, Andrew Rannells joins to discuss The Prom and working with icons Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

1hr 35mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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"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.


2 May 2018

Rank #12

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"Queenpin" (with Alan Yang & Betty Gilpin)

In this week's Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss how hot young Dennis Quaid was, Tippi Hendrin's acting, the never ending madness of Tiger King. Betty Gilpin joins to discuss being a gay icon, acting, and Tennessee Williams. Alan Yang joins to discuss Mandopop, Joan Chen, and his feature film debut Tigertail. Plus, in our first Hot Takes segment Aida defends choosing Solange over Beyonce (if she had to).

1hr 37mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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“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.

1hr 25mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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"Sic Cancel Tyrannis” (with Sam Lansky)

Ira, Aida, and Louis discuss k-pop fans taking down Trump, Chris D’Elia and Ansel Elgort’s sexual misconduct allegations, Tina Fey pulling 30 Rock’s blackface episodes, Megan Amram’s anti-Asian tweets, the queer defiance of Joel Schumacher’s films, and more. Sam Lansky joins to discuss gay dating, LA mysticism, and his new book Broken People. Plus, listeners share their queer Hot Takes on Julius Caesar, parades, and The Parent Trap.

1hr 46mins

24 Jun 2020

Rank #15

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“Roman Unloaded” (with Simone Missick)

In this week's Keep It: Home Edition, Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss Alison Roman’s critiques of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s healing Instagram live, Michelle Obama’s documentary, reactions to Adele’s weight loss, and the fleeting concept of summer. Plus, Simone Missick joins to discuss her new series All Rise and how to shoot an episode of television on Zoom.

1hr 24mins

13 May 2020

Rank #16

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"To Knives, With Love" (with Rian Johnson)

Love Is Blind might be Netflix's most insane reality show yet, Harvey Weinstein gets convicted, Donald Trump hates Parasite, Mike Bloomberg whines about his vandalized campaign offices, and Los Angeles City Council candidate Nithya Raman joins to discuss the city's homelessness and housing crises. Plus, Ira's knives have never been more out... Rian Johnson joins to talk about his love of genre films and how to survive social media as a creator. 

1hr 30mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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“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!

1hr 13mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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“Shudder Island” (with JoJo)

#MeToo hits the latest season of Survivor. Disney+ has some disclaimers for some of its racist film content. The impeachment proceedings aren’t riveting enough for the media. Plus, singer Jojo joins to discuss her past music industry woes and the freedom of releasing new music.

1hr 15mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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"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!

1hr 20mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #20