Rank #1: #43 - Sarah Tiana
Sarah Tiana is a very funny comedian who had a huge 2015; multiple appearances on @midnight on Comedy Central, a great gig on a CMT show, opening for arena acts like Brad Paisley and Aretha Franklin while still going up in clubs across the country constantly, plus gaining a reputation as a great joke writer and Roast Mistress. Girl's on a roll, yo.
It was not an overnight process. Coming from a small town in Northern Georgia Sarah wasn't even thinking about being a comic when she made a move to L.A. in her 20s and started the long, laborious process of standing up in front of strangers on a crappy stage and telling jokes.
This is one of those great stories of discovery, tenacity and what it means to be fearless when all the odds seem against you. And notice how I didn't qualify Sarah as a "female" comedian...we talk about the bias of being a woman in a male-dominated form, and how she used that to her advantage.
Sarah in the MonkeyCage rockin' the Waffle House gear...
We also take a quick tour of her hometown Calhoun, Georgia, talk Waffle House gear, accents and breakdown the mechanics of a really great insult that won't get you punched in the face.
Check out where Sarah is performing near you on her website, sarahtiana.com
Feb 05 2016
Rank #2: #60 - Paul Feig returns!
Director Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat, Ghostbusters) joins Larry Morgan in the MonkeyCage to talk about his new film "A Simple Favor" (opening Friday, 9/14) as well as his always-fashionable look, why directing a thriller was a natural step for him, why the casting director is the unsung hero of cinema, why "The Blues Brothers" is a Perfect Movie (Paul's words...no kidding) and much more!
Sep 11 2018
Rank #3: SnarkMonkey Review - Rogue One: A Snark Wars Story
It's become an annual holiday tradition - the gathering of friends, family & Snarkers to geek out on the latest addition to the Star Wars canon. A stellar group of manboys relaunch the group SnarkCast for a round table discussion (it's actually more oblong-ish) of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I'm joined by writer/producer Trey Callaway (CSI: New York and the forthcoming Fox series A.P.B.), entertainment reporter Mark S. Allen (Extra Butter on ABC-TV), musician/actor Alexander Morgan (album For The King available on iTunes/Spotify) and actor Jason E. Kelley (Murder In The First and every other commercial on TV).
Part 1 of the podcast is SPOILER FREE - Part 2 definitely contains SPOILERS (we give you plenty of warning to pause, but come back to it and see how your opinion lines up with ours) - and in Part 3 we talk about the things that got our monkey going in 2016 and what we look forward to pop culture-wise in 2017.
The Snark Is Back, monkeys! And so much more to come in the new year.
Follow Trey Callaway on Twitter @TreyCallaway and watch A.P.B. on FOX-TV, premiering February 6th! (trailer below)
Follow Jason E. Kelley on Twitter @jkelley72 and he's got something cool coming up, he just can't tell us about it yet.
Dec 18 2016
Rank #4: #44 - Phil Hendrie
Phil Hendrie is a brilliant maniac who has carved out a very unique space in the world of entertainment - for years as a terrestrial broadcaster and now a podcaster - creating an entire universe of characters that all come from one brain and out one mouth hole. (He's a pretty accomplished voice and on-screen actor, too.)
Part Jonathan Winters, part Robin Williams, part insane person, Phil Hendrie took a childhood passion for local radio which became a transient career and then became...well, something totally different.
Big comedy, subtle commentary and true humanity shine forth in Phil's work which is unlike anything else being created these days. Take a listen to how this wonderful world was borne as well as Phil (and my) take on the past, present and future of traditional radio and how technology is opening the way for this to be a Wild West of Creativity.
Phil's smart, really funny, tells a great story...it's all good. Enjoy! -LM
Feb 26 2016
Rank #5: SnarkReview - Ant-Man and the Wasp
Larry Morgan is joined by fellow nerds Trey Callaway, Michael Ambers and Chris "The McGahan" McGahan for another cool summer dip back into the Marvel Universe. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" made a sweet $76 mil in its opening weekend...but is it good? Better than the first one? And what is its place in the MCU as a whole? And will Ant-Man show up in the next Avengers movie? And will Michael Pena get his own spin-off! MILD SPOILERS contained in this rollicking romp of a review.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #6: SnarkMonkey Review - Black Panther: Snarkanda Forever!!!
Now that the hit movie Marvel's Black Panther has been in theaters for a week - and breaking all sorts of box office records - is it really living up to the hype? This group of snarky nerds let you know, as writer/producer Trey Callaway, actor/writer/etc. Jason E. Kelley, producer/writer Michael Ambers, and actor/comic enthusiast Chris McGahan join SnarkMaster General Larry Morgan in the MonkeyCage to break it down. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in comments below, on Twitter @TheSnarkMonkey, or on the SnarkMonkey Facebook page...
Feb 23 2018
Rank #7: SnarkReview - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
In what may be the most adorable SnarkMonkey episode yet, the whole Morgan family (Larry, Charla & Alex) saw M:I6 together...and reviewed it together! So how's Tom Cruise holding up? Is it the best of the series? Is it one of the best action movies ever? Can you follow this crazy plot? You may not care what we think, but listen anyway because...well...adorable.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #8: #59 - Terri Nunn and Berlin
Terri Nunn and Berlin will play this weekend (7/27-28) at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown L.A. as part of the 80s Weekend #6 lineup! Terri just recently reuntied with original Berlin band members David Diamond and John Crawford and they join me backstage from a few months ago before a private K-Earth 101 show. They talk about the feeling of playing together after all these years, reminisce about a big show they played with The Police in '83 and how SnarkMonkey MAY have influenced the name of their new album....????
Jul 26 2018
Rank #9: #55 - Kari Wahlgren
Who does Fooly Cooly's Haruko, Final Fantasy XII's Ashe, Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Letta, Rick and Morty's Jessica, and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!'s Nova have in common? Also Kagami in Lucky Star, Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Saber in Fate/Zero, Suzy in Phineas and Ferb, Chloe in The Fairly OddParents...well, this could go on for a while. It's THIS lady!
Kari Wahlgren is (or should be) well-known as the voice of every female character you've ever loved in anime, video games and animated series ever. It's an Over The Rainbow kind of story (Kansas to Hollywood...follow my analogy here) after establishing herself onstage in regional theater in her home state. But it started even earlier when she somehow had an innate knowledge of how voice acting worked, that there were actual people behind these imaginary characters, and fulfilled her destiny as a constantly-working professional voice actor (as well as on-screen on occasion.)
Kari is funny, candid, often inappropriately sarcastic (her dark streak DOES make an appearance) and gives some inspirational and practical insight into what is a very specific, odd, and often rewarding aspect of the entertainment biz. She also debuts the "Kari Fart." Enjoy! -LM
Jul 29 2016
Rank #10: SnarkReview - Ocean's 8
The all-star, (primarily) all-female cast of "Ocean's 8" won the box office over the weekend, so interest was high -- but was it any good? We let you know, with a rare appearance by non-male reviewer in the MonkeyCage; joining Larry Morgan is his lovely wife Charla to give her thoughts!
Jun 11 2018
Rank #11: SnarkMonkey #57 - Karen Mason / "Love Never Dies"
Karen Mason is a star of on-and-off Broadway, a recording artist and cabaret performer of renown, and currently can be seen as Madame Giry in the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies"...the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera."
Karen does the big pitch on why we need that sequel...why I should see it...and we delve into the history of a creative "freak" who knew early on that singing and performing in front of an audience was where she was meant to be. Plus we're joined by guest Lara Scott who has seen the show and shares her thoughts.
"Love Never Dies" is currently at the Pantages theater in Los Angeles (through April 22, 2018) and moves to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (April 24-May 5) and will continue touring the country; get more info and tickets here and learn more about Karen and her latest collection of music "It's About Time" at karenmason.com
Apr 20 2018
Rank #12: #63 - Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.
Larry Morgan is joined by co-Snark-host, writer/producer Trey Callaway as they visit the home of singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. We are both huge fans of this man's body of work, from the legendary and influential power pop band Jellyfish to his projects with Imperial Drag, his contributions to many other artists and solo work, including his latest EP "Glamping."
Oct 31 2018
Rank #13: SnarkMonkey Review - Avengers: Infinity Snark
SNARKVENGERS ASSEMBLE! The biggest movie in the world is getting the full-on nerd post-mortem, and we are no different. Join Monkey-in-Chief Larry Morgan along with Jason E. Kelley, Eric Schwartz and Chris "The McGahan" McGahan as give the film our rating, the need-to-pee test, The Good, The Not-So-Good, and some wild speculation about what the hell is gonna happen in the NEXT chapter. Agree? Disagree? Have better/different theories? Let us know in comments here, on Twitter @TheSnarkMonkey or on the SnarkMonkey Facebook page.
***SPOILERS!!!*** at about the 20 minute mark.
Apr 30 2018
Rank #14: SnarkReview - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Larry Morgan and writer/producer/showrunner Trey Callaway team up like the Han & Chewie of podcasting to break down "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Plus...Trey gets to do some belated "Avengers: Infinity War" bashing in a Bonus Super Snarky Segment.
May 31 2018
Rank #15: #64 - Sharon Lawrence
You know Emmy-nominated Sharon Lawrence from...oh, let's say "NYPD Blue", "Shameless", "Grey's Anatomy", a thousand other movies and tv shows, and maybe the recent original Lifetime movie "Poinsettias for Christmas." She was recently honored by the Cancer Support Community of Los Angeles with a Gilda Award for her support of breast cancer awareness and research.
She's lovely, funny, delightful, and can really belt out a Pat Benatar tune.
Watch the Lifetime movie "Poinsettias for Christmas" on demand now at MyLifetime.
Dec 12 2018
Rank #16: SnarkMonkey #56 - No Small Children
SnarkMonkey returns with a very cool, rockin' ep with the band No Small Children! If you happened to stay through to the end credits of this past summer's Ghostbusters reboot (see previous Snarkisode with director Paul Feig) you heard a cover of the original Ray Parker, Jr. theme covered by these three ladies. As is says on their website - "rockin' chicks by night, school teachers by day." Yep...they actually do teach at the same school in Southern California, but the seeds of the trio were planted during recess and...well...just listen.
Lisa, Nicola & Joanie will be using their summer break to travel around the country and play their particular brand of pop-y, punk-ish, energized rock while, mostly likely, wearing matching dresses. It's what they do.
Super-inspiring and super-fun, enjoy NO SMALL CHILDREN! -LM
Get more info about NSC and where they'll be playing on their website - follow them on Facebook or Twitter @NoSmallChildren - and check out the latest single "Radio" as well as some of their videos below...
Apr 21 2017
Rank #17: SnarkMonkey #58 - Richard Blade
Richard Blade (KROQ, SiriusXM) comes in the Monkey Cage to talk about how Dick Shepherd, from a quaint coastal town in England, became the radio/TV/film personality we know today. We talk musical influences, European adventures, and his favorite movies all time (and get ready for a pretty in-depth dissertation on the 1964 epic "Zulu" and the Battle of Rorke's Drift. Richard's book "World In My Eyes" is available now on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Get more info at richardblade.com, follow him on Twitter @richardblade 1a
May 17 2018
Rank #18: #62 - Writer Seth M. Sherwood/Hell Fest
We welcome Seth Sherwood ("Leatherface") back as one of the writers of the new movie "Hell Fest" (in theaters NOW) and we take a deep dive into the evolution and success of the horror film and his crusade to put the FUN back in the genre. We talk about Seth's vision for the film, break down the ups and downs of fandom, and get geeky about "Star Wars" for a minute.
Follow Seth on Twitter @SethMSherwood
Sep 27 2018
Rank #19: #61 - Jennifer Cochis/Director, LA Film Festival
The LA Film Festival kicks off THIS WEEK (Sept. 20-28) and we snag the delightful Jennifer Cochis, the director of the fest, to come in the MonkeyCage to give us some insight into what to expect. The lineup this year sounds amazing, and of particular interest to K-Earth listeners, opening night features the music doc "Echo in the Canyon" about the Laurel Canyon music scene borne in the 60s and its impact on musicians to this day.
For info on the full lineup, as well as pass and single event/screening ticket purchaes go to filmindependent.org. Support independent film! Support your local
Sep 19 2018
Rank #20: #54 - Paul Feig
Photo credit: Larry Horricks
Director Paul Feig has been battling the internet naysayers for months, ever since his reboot of Ghostbusters was announced. That reaction was fueled even further when his all-female cast was revealed and it has continued through the release of the film's trailers right up to its release weekend.
In our candid conversation we touch on how he has handled this outpouring of negativity, why he was hesitant to take on the project in the first place, and what convinced him he was the one to ultimately try a fresh, new take.
But, we also delve into his past - before the initial success of Freaks & Geeks and well before his worldwide hits Bridesmaids, The Heat & Spy - and try to glean where he honed his chops and why he was tagged by Hollywood as the go-to guy to direct women in comedy.
Paul Feig pointing at Larry Morgan's bow tie...hilarity ensues...
Part of that journey is reminiscing a bit about the heady days of USC's 80s-era film school environment with host Larry Morgan (hey...that's ME, writing about myself in the third person! Cool...)
Meanwhile the internet troll collective may have to slink back into their mom's basements and shut the hell up as the new-era GB is garnering largely positive reviews (as of this writing a 76% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes) and looks to make a pretty decent impact on the weekend box office.
Listen before you judge...then go see it anyway, ya big dummy...and enjoy this very special, big-time Hollywood edition of SnarkMonkey.
You can follow Paul on Twitter @paulfeig
Here's some collateral 'stuff' we reference in our conversation about Cinema 466 at USC...
Jul 14 2016