203 episodes

Podcast serving quick hits & deep cuts on LGBT pop iconography & NYC culture. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Fortune Feimster, Roxane Gay, Fran Drescher, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, Jenifer Lewis, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, Michael Musto & more!

Hot Takes & Deep Dives Jess Rothschild

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 700 Ratings

Podcast serving quick hits & deep cuts on LGBT pop iconography & NYC culture. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Fortune Feimster, Roxane Gay, Fran Drescher, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, Jenifer Lewis, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, Michael Musto & more!

    The L Word Writer/Director Rose Troche — Guinevere Turner, Go Fish, Jennifer Beals

    The L Word Writer/Director Rose Troche — Guinevere Turner, Go Fish, Jennifer Beals

    Jess is joined by ROSE TROCHE — co-writer & director of the seminal indie film GO FISH — as well as writer, director & exec. producer of THE L WORD. L WORD topics: directing the Pilot, Dinah Shore & Pride episodes, sex scenes, writing for Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) and Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner) + the truth behind Dana’s (Erin Daniels) death. Plus: Rose’s 30-year friendship with GO FISH & L WORD writer/actress GUINEVERE TURNER, directing SIX FEET UNDER, KRISTEN STEWART’s film debut, GEN Q & more! 

    IG: @jessxnyc

    HOT TAKES L WORD CANON:

    Guinevere Turner Ilene Chaiken Elizabeth Ziff Marja Lewis Ryan Scripts, Set Visits, Behind the Scenes

    • 1 hr 1 min
    T. KYLE — Behind the Scenes of WWHL, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Fallon

    T. KYLE — Behind the Scenes of WWHL, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Fallon

    Jess is joined by digital producer, remixer and co-host of Legends Only | It’s Britney, Bitch! — T. KYLE! Topics include T. Kyle’s work on DRAG RACE, his career at WWHL and the difficult environment at THE TONIGHT SHOW. Plus, his Countess Luann “Keep on Serving C*nt” remix, being hand-picked to produce the scrapped WENDY WILLIAMS podcast, Crazy Horse Paris, Fire Island tales, VMAs making artists miserable and more! 

    IG @jessxnyc | @t.kyle

    Check out Jess' docu-pod series FINDING FIRE ISLAND about the history, mystique and lore of Cherry Grove & The Pines

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Queer as Folk w/ Peter Paige (Emmett) & Scott Lowell (Ted)!

    Queer as Folk w/ Peter Paige (Emmett) & Scott Lowell (Ted)!

    Jess welcomes TWO of the stars of the groundbreaking Showtime series QUEER AS FOLK --  PETER PAIGE (Emmett Honeycutt) & SCOTT LOWELL (Ted Schmidt)! Topics include: the infamous Larry King interview, how QAF changed the way sex & sexuality was depicted on cable, why THE L WORD was able to break into the mainstream zeitgeist in a way QAF was unable to, the BRIAN KINNEY / GALE HAROLD enigma, BILLY PORTER up for the role of Emmett, Peter Paige nearly cast as Jack on WILL & GRACE and more! 

    IG: @jessxnyc

    Check out Jess' docu-pod series FINDING FIRE ISLAND about the history, mystique and lore of Cherry Grove & The Pines

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Kim Stolz — America’s Next Top Model, NYC Gay Bar Owner & MTV VJ

    Kim Stolz — America’s Next Top Model, NYC Gay Bar Owner & MTV VJ

    Jess catches up with the first openly gay contestant on AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, fellow New Yorker KIM STOLZ. Kim Stolz was one of the most recognizable faces in the NYC gay scene in the mid-‘00s after starring in Cycle 5 of the Tyra Banks series. Kim then became an MTV News host alongside JOHN NORRIS & KURT LODER where she interviewed an unknown TAYLOR SWIFT. Kim Stolz later opened the lesbian bar "The Dalloway" w/ reality star Amanda Leigh Dunn (THE REAL L WORD, HIGH SOCIETY) and shares some Vanderpump Rules-esque stories about running The Dalloway.

    IG @jessxnyc | @kimmystolz

    Check out Jess' docu-pod series FINDING FIRE ISLAND about the history, mystique and lore of Cherry Grove & The Pines

    • 45 min
    Madonna Truth or Dare w/ Reality Producers Chris DeRosa & Dominick Pupa

    Madonna Truth or Dare w/ Reality Producers Chris DeRosa & Dominick Pupa

    Jess is joined by reality TV producers and co-hosts of “Fixing Famous People” — Chris DeRosa and Dominick Pupa! Together, we analyze the seminal documentary MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE through the lens of our three generations and reality TV production. Topics: The follow-up film feat. the Blond Ambition dancers STRIKE A POSE, 1998 VH1 special MADONNA RISING, BRITNEY “Me Against the Music” and the return of the Like a Virgin red bed. Plus, Chris & Dominick take on Madonna as a Fixing Famous People client and more! 

    IG: @jessxnyc | @thechrisderosa | @dominickpupa

    Check out Jess' docu-pod series FINDING FIRE ISLAND about the history, mystique and lore of Cherry Grove & The Pines

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ryan Raftery IS Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Andy Cohen, Kris Jenner & more

    Ryan Raftery IS Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Andy Cohen, Kris Jenner & more

    Jess is joined by the “Shakespeare of pop culture satire” per the New York Times - RYAN RAFTERY! We discuss his upcoming run at Joe’s Pub in which he does his one-man twisted musical embodiments of MARTHA STEWART, ANNA WINTOUR & KRIS JENNER. We discuss the psychological through-line between all three women (relevancy) as well as his darker material focused on men - ANDY COHEN, CALVIN KLEIN and ANDY WARHOL. Plus, musings on SANDRA BERNHARD, FEUD: TRUMAN CAPOTE / THE SWANS and more! 

    Tix to Ryan Raftery: Titans of Media Trilogy

    IG: @jessxnyc | @ryanraftery

    Check out Jess' docu-pod series FINDING FIRE ISLAND about the history, mystique and lore of Cherry Grove & The Pines

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
700 Ratings

700 Ratings

jface0 ,

Fantastic interviewer

The interview with Peppermint was so satisfying after seeing her on The Traitors.
Jess is always so well informed and builds trust with the guests quickly to produce extremely compelling interviews always!

Uconn WD ,

Misleading

I’ve been a fan of this podcast for years, even when she was with that annoying weasel who only wanted to hear himself talk. She is one of the best interviewers in the game, and you can tell she cares a lot about the subjects and guests. Unfortunately, for the last year or so I’ve noticed she has been re-releasing old episodes as new and not announcing it and I think that’s a bit misleading. I’m only writing this review because I highly enjoy her context and I would like her to focus on new content.

dedeferre ,

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What an amazing show today’s was! Thanks for delivering enthusiasm facts and fun about different generations of Madonna’s fandom! I woke up this am wondering what the show was going to be about! I peed in my pants a lil of excitement when I found out what it was 😅! Thank you; Jess!

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