Podcast dedicated to 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, Jenifer Lewis, Judy Gold, Mario Cantone, Michael Musto & more!
Bethenny Ever After (w/ Ryan Bailey) + Interview w/ Bethenny's Therapist Dr. Amador on Jason Hoppy & more
Wow Bethenny, Wow. Jess is joined by Ryan Bailey, (So Bad It’s Good), for an epic deep dive on Bethenny Ever After (avail on Peacock). We review episodes including Bethenny’s 40th Birthday Breakdown, Lost at Sea with Dr. Amador and the series finale. Plus, observations of her #2 Julie, food blogger Nick & try to psychoanalyze what exactly was going on with Jason Hoppy behind the scenes.
[39:00] THEN, Jess welcomes Dr. Amador, Bethenny Frankel’s therapist on her spinoffs + RHONY season 7. We go deep on the infamous “Lost at Sea” episode in which Dr. Amador took Bethenny & Jason on a sailing trip to Nantucket in which he lost GPS signal and they were stranded at sea for 30 hours. Dr. Amador shares his observations of Jason Hoppy and why he was not surprised at his behavior during the divorce. We also chat about the authenticity of “reality TV therapy” and Dr. Amador sheds light on Bethenny's addiction (or habit) to being seen.
IG: @jessxnyc | @sobaditsgoodwithryanbailey
Lesbian Bar Project & Celesbian Hot Goss (w/ Erica Rose & Elina Street)
Jess is joined by the filmmakers behind The Lesbian Bar Project (Erica Rose & Elina Street), a new TV docu-series inspired by the decline in women's queer spaces in the US (from 200 in the 1980s to under 25 today). The Lesbian Bar Project has evolved from a short film into a full-fledged TV series exec. produced by Lea DeLaria -- now airing on the Roku channel! -- showcasing the stories of queer bar owners and the spaces they have created. We go deep on how "gay bars" aren't just "bars" - but performance spaces and restaurants, discuss iconic NYC establishments (Cubbyhole, Henrietta Hudson & Stonewall), as well as gay bar culture of the '70s & '80s. We then move on to fave celesbian sightings around town, including some L Word gossip, Sarah Paulson, Cherry Jones and...Ricki Lake?
Find The Lesbian Bar Project series on the Roku Channel!
IG: @jessxnyc | @lesbianbarproject
Sudi Green on Surviving SNL, Bowen Yang & Matt Rogers, NYU Culture
Jess is joined by 5x Emmy-nominee SUDI GREEN for her work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! Sudi joined the writing staff of SNL at age 24, after becoming best friends with fellow NYU & UCB alumni Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers. Sudi discusses getting the SNL call, the highs and lows, her biggest f-up's on the job and the cultural shift of openly gay cast members. We also discuss NYU culture, writing the second season of I LOVE THAT FOR YOU, how 30 min comedies are actually dramas & a lot more!
IG: @jessxnyc | @hottakesdeepdives
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Showgirls, Midnight Movies & Cult Classics (w/ Peaches Christ)
Jess is joined by legendary drag performer Peaches Christ to analyze the legacy of the cult classic SHOWGIRLS and to answer the questions of why and how did this “masterpiece of sh*t” get made. Peaches Christ has been producing full-blown Showgirls drag theatrical extravaganzas in San Francisco for 20 years. Peaches also sheds insider light on Elizabeth Berkley’s Showgirls journey herself and also discusses camp classics DEATH BECOMES HER & HOCUS POCUS.
IG @jessxnyc | @peacheschrist
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Fortune Feimster on Chelsea Lately, Jennifer Aniston, The L Word + Jenna Lyons RHONY
Jess is joined by stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster! We chat about her time on CHELSEA LATELY, spending Thanksgiving with Jennifer Aniston at Chelsea Handler's house, auditioning for SNL 2x, Jeff Lewis pressuring Fortune to sell her house and meeting her wife at Chicago Pride. Plus, Tina Fey producing a show about her life, the nonsensical innerworkings of showbiz and naturally, THE L WORD. At the top of the episode, Jess addresses the manifestation of Jenna Lyons’ RHONY casting.
IG: @jessxnyc | @fortunefeimster
Bruce Bozzi on RHOBH, Andy Cohen, Madonna, Bethenny, Carrie Fisher & more
Jess is joined by Bruce Bozzi to answer the age-old question of who is Bruce Bozzi, and how does he fit into the Bravo zeitgeist? We chat about why he and best friend Andy Cohen never dated, his friendships with Madonna and Bethenny Frankel, Madonna's instagram and his wish to become the first gay Househusband / Housewife of Beverly Hills. We also discuss being the step-father to actress Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher and his husband, Bryan Lourd - managing director & co-chairman of CAA and lot more!
IG: @jessxnyc | @brucebozzi
Jess and her friends helping to get Jenna Lyons into the RHONY consciousness and manifest her casting… iconic behavior.
I love Jess’ voice so much. Recent shows with Fortune Feimster and the brilliant Gawker exposé were stand outs. Thanks for bringing such a voice to the trans community as well.
I love Jess’s dynamic with all her guests and interview subjects. Hyper intelligent, informed and exudes such a good energy. This is meaningful work exposing different sides of reality tv & different sub industries inside entertainment like comedy world, television production, and music production- songwriting . ⭐️🥰