Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay & Mad Men
Comedian Jeffrey Jay joins the team to talk about Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview and why it’s the single most important trans event we’ve seen. Plus we hear which what person’s involvement guarantees that each of our panel will see a film. Hosted by Guy Branum with Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
3 May 2015
#172: In Praise of the Pope of Washington
This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler discuss the finale of the Shonda Rhimes led show, Scandal. The ABC series wrapped up last week and it stirred up all sorts of thoughts from the team on the female anti-heroes on television. Karen is all about the upcoming Pixar short Bao, which she says is an important addition to Asian representation in popular media (which, let’s face it, is limited). Margaret is all about a recent article about parents raising their children as “Theybies”. Guy is all about the new film I Feel Pretty, a comedy that, while not without a slightly problematic message, shines through with plenty of laughs from Amy Schumer. The panel will their discuss what they think of Scandal; everything from the finale, how closely they’ve watched the show since it started and where Olivia Pope fits in with the pantheon of women anti-heroes on TV. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Karen Tongson - Joe Jackson - Steppin’ Out. Margaret Wappler - Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano. Guy Branum - Kacey Musgraves - High Horse. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
25 Apr 2018
Emmy's and Pop Culture Comebacks
The gang is here to talk about the 2016 Emmy’s and prominent pop culture come-backs! Why does Veep get so much love? Do we even care about the Emmy’s anymore? Why can Drew Barrymore make a comeback but not Lindsay? All of these questions, and more are answered on this week’s Pop Rocket! With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
21 Sep 2016
FX's Feud with Karen Kilgariff and April Wolfe
This week, Guy and Margaret are joined by the host of My Favorite Murder, Karen Kilgariff, as well as LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe to talk FX's Feud, the Ryan Murphy miniseries Guy describes as "the most important story in the gay canon". Also, GUY BRANUM KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN GAME OF THRONES SEASON SEVEN!!! Like, for real. No joke. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Kilgariff, and April Wolfe. That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Elliott Smith - Say Yes Karen Kilgariff - Rihanna - Desperado April Wolfe - Orties - Putes Que Toutes Les Poutes Guy Branum - Nicki Minaj - No Frauds Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
15 Mar 2017
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Throwing Shade Switcheroo
Throwing Shade's Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson take over Pop Rocket as part of MaxFun's #GreatSwitcheroo. With Bryan Safi, Erin Gibson, Drew Droege and Jessica Jardine. Every week we start the show by taking a question from a listener about our own pop culture tastes. This week: What piece of culture (movie, song, TV show) do you most find yourself introducing new people to? Bryan Safi - Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast. Especially the series of episodes about Charles Manson's Hollywood. Erin Gibson - Brock O'Hurn on Instagram Drew Droege - The documentary Finders Keeper Jessica Jardine - The Russ Meyer / Roger Ebert movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Thanks to Jamie Tyler in the Pop Rocket Facebook group for that question. That’s My Jam: Bryan Safi - Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli performing He's Got the Whole World In His Hands Erin Gibson - Strange Things Happen Everyday by Sister Rosetta Tharpe Drew Droege - Let's All Chant by The Michael Zager Band Jessica Jardine - How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris and The Disciples Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
6 Oct 2015
Ladies Loving Ladies
Guy, Wynter, and Karen are joined by comedian and actress Tara Jepsen to examine Hollywood’s depiction of lady love on the big screen, and TV. The panel delves into what gets them all hot and bothered, and what just gets them bothered. Plus, Tara throws down for her sapphic sister Rachel Maddow, Guy discusses the wonder that is Throwing Shade the TV show, Wynter reports back from SXSW, and Karen is all about drunk Asians on Fresh Off the Boat. But there’s more!, Pop Rocket debuts our newest segment, 4 Questions, with our first guest Lisa Loeb! It's a jam-packed show, Rocketeers! It's MaxFunDrive folks! If you enjoy listening to Pop Rocket, why don't you join the Maximum Fun family and become a donor. We'd really appreciate it. But there’s more! Pop Rocket debuts our newest segment, 4 Questions, with our first guest Lisa Loeb! Everyone should check out her new album Feel What U Feel. It's a jam-packed show, Rocketeers! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and guest Tara Jepsen That's My Jam: Tara Jepsen - Herb Alpert - Spanish Flea Karen Tongson - Maria Katindig Dykes - Triste Wynter Mitchell - Drake - Teenage Fever Guy Branum - Las Culturistas Podcast Lisa Loeb feat. Craig Robinson - Feel What U Feel Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
22 Mar 2017
Pop Rocket #171: SHHHHHHHHHHH...a quiet place
This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell are joined by Riley Silverman. She’s the lead writer of the Max Fun podcast, International Waters. They discuss A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s horror film about a family trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world where monsters kill anything that makes a sound. Karen is all about the video for Janelle Monáe’s new music video for the track PYNK, which she says may have established her as a force in queer performance and art. Guy and Wynter are all about Beyonce’s Coachella performance, which may have single-handedly made the music festival relevant again. Riley is all about the movie Wynter Mitchell and Riley Silverman. That’s My Jam: Riley Silverman - Jeremy Jordan - She Used to be Mine Karen Tongson - Windy - The Association Margaret Wappler - Nat King Cole - Nature Boy Wynter Mitchell - Prince - Purple Music Guy Branum - Mel Tormé - Stardust Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
18 Apr 2018
The Handmaid's Tale
This week we have an all ladies episode of Pop Rocket! Karen is hosting, and the gang is talking about the new Hulu series of Margaret Atwood's 1985 classic novel The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret tells us about the differences between the series and the book. They explore whether or not Offred's internal dialogue works when portrayed as voice over, and whether the racial make-up of the show was intentional. Does the music work, and does the show reflect anything from our current political climate? Margaret's all about is relishing in the dismantling of Fox News by the hands of its key contributors and Wynter talks about Netflix's Dear White People. Plus, the panel shares some light, vintage jams to help cleanse our palates after a particularly heavy discussion. Reacd Margaret's interview with Margaret Atwood for the Los Angeles Times and don't forget to listen to Guy's interview with Atwood on Bullseye from 2015. Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Wynter Mitchell Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Other Links: The Smarthmouth Podcast You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
3 May 2017
Searching for the Song of the Summer with Chris Molanphy
It’s finally going to happen, people. Many songs enter, but only one jam can be crowned the Song of the Summer. Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter bring their picks and some suggestions from the Facebook group and discuss what really makes a summer jam. Writer and analyst Chris Molanphy comes in with hard data to see what is objectively the Song of the Summer. Sia, Calvin Harris, DNCE, Lizzo, and so many more are brought into the fight. Who wins? The answer may shock you. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and guest, Chris Molanphy Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
31 Aug 2016
The team talk about real and fictional divorces in TV and film. Plus Crowds on Demand, Glen Weldon's new book The Caped Crusade, #AWP16 and Hamburger Helper's April Fool's Mixtape. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - FML (Feat. The Weeknd) TLOP by Kanye West Oliver Wang - Bye Baby by Nas Margaret Wappler - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette Guy Branum - I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
5 Apr 2016
The End of Girls with Las Culturistas
This week, the Pop Rocket panel has some extra help to talk about the 5 years and 6 seasons of Girls that ended this past Sunday from the New York based comedy duo Las Culturistas. As you can imagine, the gang has a lot to say during this post mortem. They talk about whether we got closure from the final episode, and whether Lena should have just stopped at the penultimate episode. Did the producers of Girls do enough to deal with the lack of racial diversity on the show over the 5 years? What role did nudity and sex play on show, and why was it so refreshing? Was Elijah used as a trophy and crutch or seen as a peer by Hannah? And did we think that this was a genuinely funny show? All of these questions will be answered, plus Bowen and Wynter are all about new video games, and Matt can't stop listening to the new Gaga. In lieu of jams this week, we get a master class in the signature segment on the Las Culturistas podcast, "I Don't Think So Honey"-- things get rowdy. We also want to thank everyone who donated during the MaxFun Drive this year, and give a particular shoutout to those who donated on our shows behalf. Tweet at us if you made a donation to us and didn't receive your voicemail from Karen Tongson. If you will be in the Los Angeles area this Friday, April 21st, make sure to check out Matt and Bowen's improv group Pop Roulette at UCB Sunset at 10:30 p.m. Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Bowen Yang, and Matt Rogers Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
19 Apr 2017
Pop Rocket Ep - 208 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Once again we’re firing on all cylinders this week! It’s an ultra-packed show covering everything from The Masked Singer, Surviving R. Kelly, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and the need to move beyond moralistic posturing in critiquing comedy. The panel get into a lively discussion of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix show. One panelist loves it, one panelist thinks it’s “sinister”, and a panelist named Guy is so obsessed with one of the families featured on the show he couldn’t stop talking about them. All Abouts Margaret shares her thoughts on the heartbreaking and disturbing six-part series Surviving R. Kelly Guy is all about the 1998 film The Opposite of Sex, and explains how Terry Gross’ recent conversation with Kevin Hart made him appreciate it more. Wynter is all about the M.I.A. documentary. And Karen loves the new reality singing competition show The Masked Singer.
19 Jan 2019
Who You Gonna Call?
The Pop Rocket gang (well, most of them) went to go see the new Ghostbusters this weekend and are here to tell you all about it! Is Leslie Jones the next big movie star? How amazing is Kate McKinnon? Where was Rick Moranis in this whole thing? Plus, Margaret puts on her tin foil hat and discusses her theory about Kimye and Taylor's latest feud. Oliver talks about his latest DJ gig, Guy explains why Ghostbusters is getting so much criticism from certain internet communities, and Wynter closes with a Bustin' remix. Hey! Margaret's new book, Neon Green, is out now! She's going on a book tour soon! Check HERE to see if she's coming around to your town. You could also buy her book HERE. The search for the Song of the Summer still rages on, folks. Look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submissions. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Oliver Wang Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
20 Jul 2016
Looking, American Sniper and #Cism
HBO’s Looking has been billed as the gay, male, Sex and the City or Girls. We ask why TV can’t do gay right. Plus MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops in for his new signature segment. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
21 Jan 2015
This week, we have the gang back together plus celebrity journalist and novelist Abby Stern to talk the evolution and the current disintegration of celebrity journalism. We get a historical outline of celebrity journalism, from Hedda Hopper and Louis B. Mayer to TMZ and Instagram influencers. The gang explores the symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the press, and how that has evolved over time. We find out where each of our panelists' "do not report" line is when covering celebrities, and which era they think is best for celebrity journalism. We get a postmortem from Wynter regarding Phaedra's dramatic exit from Real Housewives of Atlanta and the jealousy of the French people that Margaret feels after their latest election. Karen tells us about why she loves May sweeps and Guy gives us a reason to stop being mad at Susan Sarandon. Abby's brand new book According To A Source, which will be released May 23rd, can be pre-ordered now! With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Abby Stern. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Phaedra's Fall From Grace Guardian article on the French media not reporting on the Macron leaks Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
10 May 2017
Sexy Sexy Sex Sex
For our final show of #MaxFunDrive 2016 we decided to pander and devote an entire show to sex. So we're asking what pop culture turns us on? What films, TV, books or music first made us burn with desire? And what are our favorite sex scenes? With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Know Me From by Stormzy Oliver Wang - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone Margaret Wappler - Brazil by Declan McKenna Guy Branum - Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
24 Mar 2016
2017 Summer Blockbusters with Alonso Duralde
This week, Karen takes over as host as the gang discusses Summer Blockbusters. They are joined by film critic and writer Alonso Duralde to discuss which summer films they're most excited for, which ones they aren't, and which ones just shouldn't have been made. Margaret tells us what she expects from the perfect Summer blockbuster. We find out what the logistics are for a hit film's international release, and the gang takes on the DC versus Marvel movie debate. Plus the panel discusses summer releases that don't have explosions and muscles but rather heart and wit. We are treated to some awesome recommendations from the gang, from season two of Master of None (watch out for a few tiny spoilers!) to a biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine. And as always, the gang tells us what their jam of the week is. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Yacht Rock Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
17 May 2017
Ep 218 - Jordan Peele’s Us
Pop Rocket’s come early this week! Alonso Duralde guest hosts for this, our second week of the MaxFunDrive. The deadline for supporting this show is fast upon us, so if you haven’t yet become a new or upgrading member, do it now! Go to our donation page. You can donate while listening to this special Thursday edition of the show. This episode has something for everyone--sapphic sisters, metal heads, Hallmark Channel enthusiasts and, of course, horror buffs. One note of caution: There are spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen Us, and you want to see it before learning about any of its twists and turns, you should skip the discussion. If you HAVE seen it, brace yourself for the in-depth discussion. Does this movie live up to its hype? Is the symbolism in the movie effective? Why does Wynter think she has to watch it again? These questions, and more, will be answered. All Abouts Margaret is all about Amanda Deibert's defense of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, in response to a negative article in Jezebel Karen is all about Scary Spice Mel B's confession that she hooked up with Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell Alonso is all about Hallmark hiring the hosts of the Hallmark podcast The Bubbly Sesh Wynter is all about the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt That's My Jam Margaret: James Blake - Power On Karen: Mel C. and Northern Star (feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) - Never Be the Same Again Alonso: XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole Wynter: Lil Nas X - Old Town Road
28 Mar 2019
Aziz Ansari's Master of None.
The team talks about the content they listen or watch during difficult times; plus they share their thoughts on Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy series Master of None. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - That's Life by Shirley Bassey Oliver Wang - Go Back Home by Allen Touissant Margaret Wappler - John Lennon's Imagine by Davide Martelo Guy Branum - Marseillaise by Edith Piaf Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
18 Nov 2015
Debut Novels and Documentaries with Jade Chang, Jesse Thorn, and April Wolfe
Margaret takes over hosting duties this week in a special supersized episode of Pop Rocket! She's joined by author Jade Chang, LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe, and host of Pop Rocket’s sister show Bullseye, Jesse Thorn to talk about documentaries! Plus, Margaret talks to Jade about her new book, The Wangs vs. The World. Jesse talks about the Golden State Warriors, April has a few words to say on The Handmaiden, and Margaret reviews the Anthony Weiner documentary. With Margaret Wappler and guests, Jesse Thorn, Jade Chang, and April Wolfe Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
5 Oct 2016