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Let's Talk About Me, Baby

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Actor/Musician/Rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project, Barbershop:The Next Cut) sits down with some of his more famous friends and relatives to discuss himself, his growth as a human being and what it takes to succeed in life and on stage. This is a tale about Identity. The rights are for sale.

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Actor/Musician/Rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project, Barbershop:The Next Cut) sits down with some of his more famous friends and relatives to discuss himself, his growth as a human being and what it takes to succeed in life and on stage. This is a tale about Identity. The rights are for sale.

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Let’s talk about me me me me

By JS_trumpet - Jul 06 2019
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Great interviews. Please bring it back UTK.

Love!

By Schangry - Aug 31 2017
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Great conversations--I just discovered this podcast and am loving it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
3
0
0
1

Let’s talk about me me me me

By JS_trumpet - Jul 06 2019
Read more
Great interviews. Please bring it back UTK.

Love!

By Schangry - Aug 31 2017
Read more
Great conversations--I just discovered this podcast and am loving it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Let's Talk About Me, Baby

Latest release on Apr 23, 2019

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Actor/Musician/Rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project, Barbershop:The Next Cut) sits down with some of his more famous friends and relatives to discuss himself, his growth as a human being and what it takes to succeed in life and on stage. This is a tale about Identity. The rights are for sale.

Rank #1: EP 26: Daveed Diggs AKA "Ingenuitive and Fluent in Friendship"

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It just be raining Hamilton stars lately on the podcast! This week Tony and Grammy award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, The Get Down, Blackish, Clipping) invites UTK over to his secret Air BnB in LA to share his discussions with Baz Luhrman regarding hip-hop authenticity while shooting the 'Get Down', how he met UTK, his fear of free styling, how to make earnest hip hop that still rattles the speakers, his new venture at the Public Theater (Bars: curated by Rafael Casal) and of course, the mega smash that is Hamilton. OH! And lots of raps, too. Two buddies and a crummy mic. Let le dopeness commence. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Aug 24 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: EP 36: Brittany Snow AKA "Pitch Perfect Priorities"

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The Pitch Perfect reunion tour continues! Old Friend Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect 1&2, John Tucker Must Die, Hairspray) inexplicably allows Utkarsh into her home to reminisce about their experience shooting Pitch Perfect, taking time off from acting to find herself, walking through the fear of failure about singing on screen, and takes a deep dive into her organization Love is Louder. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!

Nov 02 2016

47mins

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Rank #3: EP 48: Dr. Indu Ambudkar AKA "MomKarsh"

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What a treat. Dr. Indu Ambudkar of the National Institute of Dental Research (National Institutes of Health) also known as "MomKarsh" stops by Headgum HQ on her 63rd Birthday to chat with Utkarsh about her upbringing in India, her feelings of being an outsider as a youth, growing up in a convent school and how a chance encounter with a school dean started her on a path towards a PHD in biochemistry. They then discuss how she met and married Dr. Suresh Ambudkar aka "DadKarsh" and their wild journey to America where they had a knuckle-headed child. Dr. Ambudkar discusses the challenges of raising a child in a different country than her own, as well the exhausting life that is being a working mother. Finally, she imparts some wisdom to young people (especially women) listening on the right mindset to keep when chasing dreams and attacking life. She's a mom, she's a world-renowned scientist, she's a badass. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Feb 23 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #4: Episode 45: Joe Mangienello AKA "Taming The Mind"

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WHAT AN EPISODE!! Joe Mangienello (Pee Wee's Big Holiday, True Blood, Sabotage, Smurfs 3, The Batman) inexplicably allows Utkarsh into his home. The two discuss the line Joe toes between being a giant nerd and a sex symbol, what experiences from his youth drove him to build up his body, the challenges they both face in "Hollywood" as far as stereotypes are concerned, before Joe takes a DEEP dive into how he quiets, controls and conquers the fearful mind in order to achieve physical and spiritual success. Then , in one of most open and honest moments in LTM history, Joe candidly relates to Utkarsh's story of missing out on being in Hamilton with a story of his own and ultimately how he found and drew strength from past failures. An awesome, open and thoughtful conversation between two new friends. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Feb 01 2017

59mins

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Rank #5: EP 30: Hasan Minhaj AKA "Homecoming King"

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Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, Homecoming King) stops by Utkarsh's apartment to discuss his one-man show "Homecoming King", bringing South Asian American stories to the mainstream and the responsibilities that come it, how things work at The Daily Show, and Hasan talks about his brave, bold and incredibly powerful speech to Congress at the 2015 Radio and Television Correspondent's Dinner in the wake of the tragedy in Orlando. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Sep 21 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: EPISODE 50: Randall Park AKA "Does This Dude Need An Accent?"

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WOAH! We've done 50 of these!! A what a phenomenal guest to help Utkarsh celebrate his 50th episode. TV and Film star Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat, The Interview, Veep, Office Christmas Party) stops by Utkarsh's pad to chat about the challenge, as a Korean-American, of playing Taiwanese-Chinese Immigrant Luis Huang on Fresh Off The Boat, what possessed him to take on the role of President Kim in "The Interview" and how he has approached roles as an Asian-American male in Hollywood. Let's put it this way--It's not easy to turn down playing a gas station clerk when you're broke. An insightful, open and honest conversation with one of (if not) the most successful Asian-American male actors in Hollywood. Also Utkarsh totally forgets not to curse. Like completely. So watch the kids. Other than that--What a freaking treat. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!!

Apr 19 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: EP 39: Raja Kumari AKA "The Come Up"

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Grammy-Nominated Epic Records recording artist/dancer RAJA KUMARI has written with and for artists like Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Timbaland, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and Fallout Boy. Now she branches out on a solo career with her new EP, "The Come Up". Melding Hip-Hop and Classical Indian styles, Raja explores a new musical genre with a ferocious grace that is a sight to behold. Utkarsh and Raja take a deep dive on growing up Indian in America, sharing their opposite experiences of being both ashamed and proud of their cultures as children. Raja then talks about her musical collaborations with Iggy Azalea and Gwen Stefani, and Kobe Bryant walking out to her song in his final game. Then Utkarsh deep dives with Raja on how EXACTLY she has built the successful career(spoiler alert: amazing story about Timbaland coming atcha) in the music industry that she has. An open, honest conversation about culture, creativity, bravery and discipline. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! find "The Come Up EP" here : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-come-up-ep/id1179775339

Nov 30 2016

45mins

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Rank #8: EP 47: Jas Waters

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Jas Waters (VH1's The Breaks, The James Davis Show) sits down with Utkarsh to tell her amazing story. Utkarsh had a bunch of talking points that immediately went out the window as soon this conversation began. WHAT A TALE! A childhood love of film and story, a supportive and encouraging father and a chance encounter with Eric Lasalle on the set of E.R. began a life-long journey through the world of television and film. The result? A dream continuing to come true and a work ethic born out of basically telling fear to go F itself. Then in closing the two discuss their own opinions and feelings on what their respective responsibilities are as people of color-both from very different backgrounds-in the industry.

Feb 15 2017

58mins

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Rank #9: EP 25: Hari Kondabolu "Mainstream American Comicbook Hero"

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What an Episode! Stand-Up Comedian Hari Kondabolu sits down with Utkarsh at his apartment for an impromptu chat about his new comedy album "Mainstream American Comic"(#1 Comedy Album on iTunes), facing the challenges of invisibility as a SouthAsian American entertainer, turning anger into comedy and his new documentary about Apu. Also how they met and all that good ish you love. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Aug 17 2016

48mins

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Rank #10: EP 32: Shockwave AKA "BeatBox 101"

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READY FOR SOME FREESTYLE RAPS? LET'S GO!! Live and Direct from New York City Human Beatboxer/Vocal Percussionist Chris Sullivan AKA Shockwave (Freestyle Love Supreme, The Electric Company) stops by Utkarsh's hotel before their SOLD OUT SHOW with Freestyle Love Supreme at Gramercy Theater to chat about his beatboxing philosophy, the loss of his father at a young age, the importance of listening on stage and sprinkles in some in-depth knowledge of UTK along the way. THIS EPISODE IS UNBEARABLY DOPE. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Oct 05 2016

49mins

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Rank #11: EP 27: Dr. Suresh V. Ambudkar AKA "DadKarsh"

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This is a one of a kind episode. Utkarsh's Father, Dr. Suresh V. Ambudkar stops by Headgum HQ to chat with his son about how he made his way from India to America, what it was like raising a child in a new country, how he feels about hip-hop, his advice for young leaders, and plenty of other anecdotes that he's picked up from both his life as a scientist and his life as a family man. Enjoy A wholly unique conversation between a disciplined Father and his delinquent Son. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!!

Aug 31 2016

57mins

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Rank #12: EP 42: Pej Vahdat AKA "How to Pretend to be your Own Agent"

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Pej Vahdat (Bones, Shameless, Sneaky Pete) stops by Utkarsh's apartment for the FIRST LTM of 2017! And what a start to the year it is! Did you know you can pretend to be your own agent and actually get work? Pej apparently did at a very young age. He dives into his fake persona as his own agent, his pro tennis career, his feelings about his first paid gig as a terrorist on United Flight 93. What is his answer to fear? Listen and find out-cause it's freaking EPIC. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Jan 11 2017

47mins

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Rank #13: EP 29: Billy Scafuri aka "The Power of Yes"

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Get ready for a tear-jerker. Longtime co-host Billy Scafuri (Harvard Sailing Team, The No Joke Podcast) says a loving goodbye to the LTM podcast. Utkarsh and Billy start from Day 1 and take us through their new friendship and what they've learned from making art together. Then Billy takes a deep dive on his creative journey and drops some serious knowledge about re-discovering his love for writing and maintaining a sense of integrity in this business of "show". DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Sep 14 2016

59mins

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Rank #14: Episode 23: Charlie B. Wilder aka Captain Planet aka Chuck Wild aka "The Nordic Tour"

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DJ/Super-Producer Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet drops by Headgum HQ to chat with Utkarsh and Billy about the early days of The Beatards, throwing Mixtape Riot parties in NYC, writing their signature song on a plane to Norway, and what it takes to bring the best out of the artists he works with, including Utkarsh. 2 unreleased tracks included! DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Jul 27 2016

59mins

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Rank #15: EP 28: Sunkrish Bala AKA "The Language of Confidence"

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WHAT A DAY! We thought this Special Episode was lost in the cyber wind but it has been found, polished and is ready for public consumption! SUNKRISH BALA (Castle, The Walking Dead, Chee and T) has a list of IMDB credits a mile long. Seriously, this maestro has been on every single show ever made in the last 10 years. He stops by Headgum HQ to chat with Utkarsh and Billy Scafuri (No Joke Podcast) about the concept of confidence in the work environment. From auditioning, getting the job, behaving in the workplace and beyond. A great insight into the mind of a working actor. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Sep 07 2016

49mins

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Rank #16: EP 33: Usman Ally AKA "The Rebuild"

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Usman Ally (Netlix' A Series of Unfortunate Events, Veep, 2015 Obie Award Winner) stops by Utkarsh's apartment to chat about his experience as a Pakistani-African-American in this country. Utkarsh takes the opportunity to apologize to Usman for their past negativity surrounding a theater production. This conversation opens up a beautiful dialogue about South-Asian unity in the arts and how much goes on behind the scenes of the business that no one ever hears about. Truly a great real-time example of getting honest, squashing beef, and starting The Rebuild. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Oct 12 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #17: Episode 31: Desmin Borges AKA "You're the Worst"

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Phenomenal actor and new dad Desmin Borges (You're The Worst, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) stops by the studio to talk about his food obsession, having a healthy attitude towards self indulgence, how food affects his dreams, Utkarsh describes a food nightmare he had which turned into an idea for a new movie franchise, the challenges of expressing yourself on social media, social responsibility, and how he met Utkarsh and his experience within the theater community. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!

Sep 28 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: EP 41: Parvesh Cheena AKA "What Would Bill Murray Do?"

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Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced) works ALL the time. He does not stop. And he's a sweetheart who seamlessly moves through all social circles with grace and joy. Parvesh stops by Headgum HQ to sit down with Utkarsh to talk about over-complimenting in Hollywood, the different ways in which they process great performances and Utkarsh's come up in NYC theater. Then Utkarsh asks Parvesh how he feels about being on the NBC sitcom 'OutSourced' and whether or not it set Indian people back in Hollywood. Then finally Utkarsh asks Parvesh about how and when he came out to his family and how being gay has affected both his career and personal life in hollywood. A joyfully honest discussion about theater life, sexuality and society. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Dec 14 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: EP 43: Travon Free AKA "All Of This is Icing"

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Emmy Award Winning writer Travon Free (The Daily Show, The Ringer, The James Davis Show) allows Utkarsh into his home to talk the struggles of being a person of color on dating apps, his struggles with confidence in his career, his difficult upbringing growing up in Compton, and they discuss both the film Moonlight and his podcast "The Room Where It's Happening: A Hamilton Fan Podcast". An EPIC deep dive into one of the brightest minds in television right now. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Jan 18 2017

59mins

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Rank #20: EP 44: Bill "King" Sherman AKA "One Oscar Away From an EGOT"

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Bill Sherman (Musical Director for "Sesame Street", Musical Director/Producer "In The Heights", Producer "Hamilton: Cast Album", Freestyle Love Supreme" invites Utkarsh into his home/hotel room to discuss the early days of Freestyle Love Supreme, how his mom can't pronounce Utkarsh's name, how he produces different artists, what he loves about making music, his first time being starstruck and the boys get deep on raising kids in the business post divorce. The kind of good old-fashioned sit down between old friends that the LTM family has grown to love. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! this episode brought to you by Blue Apron. Thanks, Blue Apron!

Jan 25 2017

56mins

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RAFAEL CASAL-GETTING TO THE OCEAN FLOOR

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HOLY ISH THE POD IS BACK! Rafael Casal is the definition of a multi-hyphenate. Educator, Musician, Actor, Writer, Producer, Rapper, Editor, Bowler. His 2018 film BLINDSPOTTING put The Bay on its back and took the industry by storm. He also happens to live with Utkarsh. The two sit down for a long overdue chat to discuss Rafa's creative process, history, how the two met and untold stories of Blindspotting. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Apr 23 2019

1hr 52mins

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EP 54: Work Ethic

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Utkarsh is sans guest in this candid, off the cuff reflection on wrapping his first season on Showtime's White Famous and a whirlwind summer. UTK dives into each of his co-stars personalities and strengths and lets us know what he learned from each one. Also, it might be time to shed the self-imposed weight of carrying the South-Asian community on his shoulders. It's been a long time since we got to get real. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! this episode brought to you by the good folks at Blue Apron. White Famous premieres on Showtime October 15th.

Sep 06 2017

43mins

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EP 53: HAMILTON IN LA! with Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Hamilton premieres in LA today and what better way to celebrate than to re-visit UTK's EPIC conversation with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda last November 2016...one week after our presidential election. Lin chats with Utkarsh about how they met, how he maintains integrity in his everyday life and the two let us into an interesting window in time-post-election-before anyone knew what our 45th president had in store for us. Now more than ever we hope this conversation resonates with artists and activists alike. WE GET THE JOB DONE. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Aug 16 2017

1hr 41mins

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EP 52: Justin Chon AKA "Finding Your Story"

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This week actor/writer/director Justin Chon (Twilight Saga, 21 and Over, Gook) invites Utkarsh into his home to talk about his new film 'Gook' which won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The two take a deep dive into the past to discuss the beginning of their friendship not the set of Pitch Perfect-which in fact started with a lot of Grade A BEEF. They explain how they mended their relationship and then move on to discuss how difficult it is to create and finish your own work. Justin opens up about the trials and tribulations he experienced while making 'Gook', how he faced his fears and kept going, and what drives him to create original work. The podcast ends with a touching story about Justin and his father-who plays an integral role in the film-and what working with his father taught Justin about the American Dream and what it means to him. Ya'll gon cry. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

May 03 2017

55mins

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Episode 51: Patricia Guggenheim AKA "Teaching Funny"

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What an episode! Comedian/Writer/Actor Patricia Guggenheim (Mary&Jane, Hashtaggers, Barely Famous) has spent years honing the craft of comedy at The Groundlings Theater, a school which has fostered the talents of no-names like Will Ferrel, Melissa McCarthy, Phil Hartman, Kathy Griffin and so many more super-dope folks. As a main company member, Patty has performed hundreds if not millions of times and brings that unique perspective and experience to this week's episode. Utkarsh and Patty break down the process of joining an improv school, what creative exercises she uses to help nurture her students' creativity and what it's like to be a woman in the male-dominated field of comedy. And finally she answers an age-old question--Can You Teach Funny? DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! this episode sponsored by the good folks at Blue Apron (thank you for helping Utkarsh get off the Top Ramen diet)

Apr 26 2017

1hr 1min

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EPISODE 50: Randall Park AKA "Does This Dude Need An Accent?"

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WOAH! We've done 50 of these!! A what a phenomenal guest to help Utkarsh celebrate his 50th episode. TV and Film star Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat, The Interview, Veep, Office Christmas Party) stops by Utkarsh's pad to chat about the challenge, as a Korean-American, of playing Taiwanese-Chinese Immigrant Luis Huang on Fresh Off The Boat, what possessed him to take on the role of President Kim in "The Interview" and how he has approached roles as an Asian-American male in Hollywood. Let's put it this way--It's not easy to turn down playing a gas station clerk when you're broke. An insightful, open and honest conversation with one of (if not) the most successful Asian-American male actors in Hollywood. Also Utkarsh totally forgets not to curse. Like completely. So watch the kids. Other than that--What a freaking treat. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!!

Apr 19 2017

1hr 2mins

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Episode 49: Malcolm Barrett AKA "Scott Blackula"

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The pod is back, baby! This week Malcolm Barrett, star of NBC's Timeless sits down with Utkarsh to chat about his new role as a hero on television, the responsibility he feels towards telling stories about diversity, growing up in Brooklyn, existing and thriving outside of the box, how he came to discover poetry and hip hop and how he balances art and commerce in his life. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Apr 12 2017

48mins

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EP 48: Dr. Indu Ambudkar AKA "MomKarsh"

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What a treat. Dr. Indu Ambudkar of the National Institute of Dental Research (National Institutes of Health) also known as "MomKarsh" stops by Headgum HQ on her 63rd Birthday to chat with Utkarsh about her upbringing in India, her feelings of being an outsider as a youth, growing up in a convent school and how a chance encounter with a school dean started her on a path towards a PHD in biochemistry. They then discuss how she met and married Dr. Suresh Ambudkar aka "DadKarsh" and their wild journey to America where they had a knuckle-headed child. Dr. Ambudkar discusses the challenges of raising a child in a different country than her own, as well the exhausting life that is being a working mother. Finally, she imparts some wisdom to young people (especially women) listening on the right mindset to keep when chasing dreams and attacking life. She's a mom, she's a world-renowned scientist, she's a badass. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Feb 23 2017

1hr 19mins

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EP 47: Jas Waters

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Jas Waters (VH1's The Breaks, The James Davis Show) sits down with Utkarsh to tell her amazing story. Utkarsh had a bunch of talking points that immediately went out the window as soon this conversation began. WHAT A TALE! A childhood love of film and story, a supportive and encouraging father and a chance encounter with Eric Lasalle on the set of E.R. began a life-long journey through the world of television and film. The result? A dream continuing to come true and a work ethic born out of basically telling fear to go F itself. Then in closing the two discuss their own opinions and feelings on what their respective responsibilities are as people of color-both from very different backgrounds-in the industry.

Feb 15 2017

58mins

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EP 46: Margot Bingham AKA "Curly Hair on the Red Carpet"

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Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire, She's Gotta Have It, The Family, Barbershop:The Next Cut) sits down with Utkarsh to discuss how she deals with feelings of exclusion in Hollywood, how being an interracial woman is perceived in Hollywood vs. Real Life, her time touring with Jason Mraz, her short but potent stint as a fitness/bikini model and finally the two discuss the fear of overstepping bounds when speaking out in the current political climate. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Feb 08 2017

54mins

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Episode 45: Joe Mangienello AKA "Taming The Mind"

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WHAT AN EPISODE!! Joe Mangienello (Pee Wee's Big Holiday, True Blood, Sabotage, Smurfs 3, The Batman) inexplicably allows Utkarsh into his home. The two discuss the line Joe toes between being a giant nerd and a sex symbol, what experiences from his youth drove him to build up his body, the challenges they both face in "Hollywood" as far as stereotypes are concerned, before Joe takes a DEEP dive into how he quiets, controls and conquers the fearful mind in order to achieve physical and spiritual success. Then , in one of most open and honest moments in LTM history, Joe candidly relates to Utkarsh's story of missing out on being in Hamilton with a story of his own and ultimately how he found and drew strength from past failures. An awesome, open and thoughtful conversation between two new friends. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Feb 01 2017

59mins

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EP 44: Bill "King" Sherman AKA "One Oscar Away From an EGOT"

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Bill Sherman (Musical Director for "Sesame Street", Musical Director/Producer "In The Heights", Producer "Hamilton: Cast Album", Freestyle Love Supreme" invites Utkarsh into his home/hotel room to discuss the early days of Freestyle Love Supreme, how his mom can't pronounce Utkarsh's name, how he produces different artists, what he loves about making music, his first time being starstruck and the boys get deep on raising kids in the business post divorce. The kind of good old-fashioned sit down between old friends that the LTM family has grown to love. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! this episode brought to you by Blue Apron. Thanks, Blue Apron!

Jan 25 2017

56mins

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EP 43: Travon Free AKA "All Of This is Icing"

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Emmy Award Winning writer Travon Free (The Daily Show, The Ringer, The James Davis Show) allows Utkarsh into his home to talk the struggles of being a person of color on dating apps, his struggles with confidence in his career, his difficult upbringing growing up in Compton, and they discuss both the film Moonlight and his podcast "The Room Where It's Happening: A Hamilton Fan Podcast". An EPIC deep dive into one of the brightest minds in television right now. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Jan 18 2017

59mins

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EP 42: Pej Vahdat AKA "How to Pretend to be your Own Agent"

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Pej Vahdat (Bones, Shameless, Sneaky Pete) stops by Utkarsh's apartment for the FIRST LTM of 2017! And what a start to the year it is! Did you know you can pretend to be your own agent and actually get work? Pej apparently did at a very young age. He dives into his fake persona as his own agent, his pro tennis career, his feelings about his first paid gig as a terrorist on United Flight 93. What is his answer to fear? Listen and find out-cause it's freaking EPIC. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Jan 11 2017

47mins

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EP 41: Parvesh Cheena AKA "What Would Bill Murray Do?"

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Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced) works ALL the time. He does not stop. And he's a sweetheart who seamlessly moves through all social circles with grace and joy. Parvesh stops by Headgum HQ to sit down with Utkarsh to talk about over-complimenting in Hollywood, the different ways in which they process great performances and Utkarsh's come up in NYC theater. Then Utkarsh asks Parvesh how he feels about being on the NBC sitcom 'OutSourced' and whether or not it set Indian people back in Hollywood. Then finally Utkarsh asks Parvesh about how and when he came out to his family and how being gay has affected both his career and personal life in hollywood. A joyfully honest discussion about theater life, sexuality and society. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Dec 14 2016

1hr 4mins

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EP 40: Megalyn Echikunwoke AKA "We Stand with..."

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Megalyn Echikunwoke (Vixen, Arrow, House of Lies, The Steve Harvey Show) allows Utkarsh into her beautiful home for a chat. They bond over the challenges of having a difficult name and how they navigate other people's ignorance. Utkarsh then shares his recent struggles with making and releasing his new song "We Go High" which Megalyn was a part of and the two break down how they deal with failure and un-met expectations in their lives and careers. Finally, Megalyn grew up on a Navajo reservation, an experience which influenced her decision to make the trip to North Dakota and join The Sioux tribe in their protest of the Dakota Pipeline at Standing Rock. She describes that experience and beautifully breaks down the challenges of both mind and body a disenfranchised people face. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!!

Dec 07 2016

57mins

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EP 39: Raja Kumari AKA "The Come Up"

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Grammy-Nominated Epic Records recording artist/dancer RAJA KUMARI has written with and for artists like Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Timbaland, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and Fallout Boy. Now she branches out on a solo career with her new EP, "The Come Up". Melding Hip-Hop and Classical Indian styles, Raja explores a new musical genre with a ferocious grace that is a sight to behold. Utkarsh and Raja take a deep dive on growing up Indian in America, sharing their opposite experiences of being both ashamed and proud of their cultures as children. Raja then talks about her musical collaborations with Iggy Azalea and Gwen Stefani, and Kobe Bryant walking out to her song in his final game. Then Utkarsh deep dives with Raja on how EXACTLY she has built the successful career(spoiler alert: amazing story about Timbaland coming atcha) in the music industry that she has. An open, honest conversation about culture, creativity, bravery and discipline. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!! find "The Come Up EP" here : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-come-up-ep/id1179775339

Nov 30 2016

45mins

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EP 38: Lin-Manuel Miranda AKA "Spit the Truth till we Chip the Tooth"

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WEPA! Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, The Sopranos, Do No Harm, Sex and The City 2, Freestyle Love Supreme) was in Los Angeles doing press for his new film, Moana, and graciously spent some time with his buddy Utkarsh. Before saying hello to the newest President he says goodbye to the First President aka Christopher Jackson as he leaves Hamilton and tells a few never-before-heard stories about their friendship. The guys then discuss how they met for the first time and get into a super nerdy break down about their different approaches towards freestyle rap. The boys then talk about the early days of Hamilton and how that opportunity came and went for Utkarsh. Lin then dives into his philosophy on how and why he treats every single person who comes backstage as an equal and more importantly, HOW he does it! Where does he get the energy? Utkarsh expresses the fear he faces in his work and asks Lin how he faces fear in his own. Finally they touch upon the state of the nation, the new president, and how artists can activate and create in this new and uncertain time. And then Utkarsh shares some good news before they turn the mic off and stay up for 3 more hours rapping until Lin realizes he has severely cracked a molar. THIS EPISODE IS LEGITIMATELY EPIC!!! DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE. cause-you know-it has its eyes on you.

Nov 16 2016

1hr 32mins

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EP 37: Manish Dayal AKA "The Southasian Leading Man"

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Recorded Pre-Election, in a just as complex but not nearly as insane time, Manish Dayal (Hundred Foot Journey, Halt and Catch Fire, 90210) swings by Headgum studios to chat about working together Off-Broadway in the play Rafta Rafta (EW top 10 of 2008), and how he feels to be one of the few romantic leading males of South-Asian descent in Hollywood. He discusses the types of roles he wants to play, the type of roles he gets to play, and how is flawless good looks have hindered his career. An Eloquent, thoughtful and hilarious conversation. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!!!

Nov 09 2016

49mins

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EP 36: Brittany Snow AKA "Pitch Perfect Priorities"

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The Pitch Perfect reunion tour continues! Old Friend Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect 1&2, John Tucker Must Die, Hairspray) inexplicably allows Utkarsh into her home to reminisce about their experience shooting Pitch Perfect, taking time off from acting to find herself, walking through the fear of failure about singing on screen, and takes a deep dive into her organization Love is Louder. DO NOT MISS HISTORY BEING MADE!

Nov 02 2016

47mins

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Let’s talk about me me me me

By JS_trumpet - Jul 06 2019
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Great interviews. Please bring it back UTK.

Love!

By Schangry - Aug 31 2017
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Great conversations--I just discovered this podcast and am loving it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️