25 episodes

An insightful, but but not too serious look at the Marx Brothers films and careers from three guys who've spent way too much time thinking about them. Hosted by Matthew Coniam ("The Annotated Marx Brothers", "That's Me, Groucho!"), Noah Diamond ("Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is") and Bob Gassel (he'll write a book someday). Featuring guest appearances by Marx authors, experts and notable fans. Inspired by The Marx Brothers Council Facebook group, new episodes post monthly.

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The Marx Brothers Council Podcast Matthew Coniam, Bob Gassel & Noah Diamond

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An insightful, but but not too serious look at the Marx Brothers films and careers from three guys who've spent way too much time thinking about them. Hosted by Matthew Coniam ("The Annotated Marx Brothers", "That's Me, Groucho!"), Noah Diamond ("Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is") and Bob Gassel (he'll write a book someday). Featuring guest appearances by Marx authors, experts and notable fans. Inspired by The Marx Brothers Council Facebook group, new episodes post monthly.

Check out our blog: https://www.marxbrotherscouncilpodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @MarxBrosPodcast

Join the lively discussion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1389369721281242

...or contact us directly at: marxbrotherscouncilpodcast@gmail.com

    21 “No Snow and No Ice”

    21 “No Snow and No Ice”

    After avoiding its 90th anniversary, Matthew pushes Noah and Bob into the pool for a deep dive into The Cocoanuts. Why did contemporary critics consider it their best? Why does Margaret Dumont get more laughs than Zeppo? Who the hell is Penelope? Noah connects a Groucho line to Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bob brings up Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Matthew is certain one shot was cut for a 1984 British TV broadcast. It’s appointment podcasting!

    • 1 hr 58 min
    20 "The Biggest Place in Town"

    20 "The Biggest Place in Town"

    A deep dive into Groucho’s first solo effort, 1947’s “Copacabana”, which can be considered both a success and a failure…as well as neither. Surprisingly, for one of your hosts, this was a first time viewing, so Bob comes up with observations that most of you had decades ago. We explore the fascinating teaming of Groucho with Carmen Miranda, and romances that are undefined and unresolved. The Barry Manilow jokes and song excerpts are kept to a minimum, so don’t be afraid.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    19 “Two of the Four of the Three Musketeers”

    19 “Two of the Four of the Three Musketeers”

    This month we take it easy and discuss only half of the team, Groucho and Chico. We listen to and deep dive into all their great scenes together….as well as the one from "At The Circus". You'll learn why perhaps their most famous encounter isn’t really a Marx scene at all. We also introduce a new feature where we reveal our latest and greatest Marx Brothers revelations.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    18 “Marx Brothers: Unsolved”

    18 “Marx Brothers: Unsolved”

    Marx Brothers scholar Stewart Tryster returns as we try to explain curious moments in the Marxes' films and career. Who was that in the dark in "Animal Crackers"? Did pressure from Italians result in the pigeons being cut from “A Day at the Races”? What edible substance made up Harpo’s “A Night in Casablanca” hair? We speculate, jump to conclusions, and ignore facts that go against our theories…so you know you’re getting the most solid info anywhere.

    • 2 hr 2 min
    BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 2 - Erin Fleming

    BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 2 - Erin Fleming

    The second in our exclusive series of vintage interviews from the archives of Marx Brotherhood founder, Jay Hopkins. From 1979, Jay talks with the infamous Erin Fleming, Groucho’s secretary, personal manager, and companion in his final years. Erin details day to day life with Groucho, as well as the celebrities, shows and events she seemed to crave. She’s opinionated, charming and infuriating. A unique and revealing look at the complex woman who was the center of a storm of controversy.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    17 “Hail and Farewell” (NOT our final episode)

    17 “Hail and Farewell” (NOT our final episode)

    This month we take a deep dive into the misunderstood “Room Service”, perhaps not the best Marx film, but the one with the most interesting backstory…as well as the most frustrating compromises. Matthew enlightens us on how it almost became more of an authentic Marx vehicle, and how it almost became less of one. Bob is surprised by his reaction to the film, while Noah leads post-graduate courses on New York theater, and the word “frowsy”. Special guest stars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

Billfish1 ,

Love it

Fascinating, amusing, catchy, you can dance to it. Everything I learn increases my enjoyment.

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My favorite podcast

Great clean production, smart honest fun chats, the best podcast in the world.

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Someday I intend to listen

Wonderful podcast that I eagerly anticipate every month. Thoughtful, entertaining discussion and analysis of the brothers and their films (and other work) and lives. Three knowledgable guys, each of whom brings their perspective, personality, and accent to the podcast. Most of all, they are fans like the rest of us. So get into your sidecar and leave the guy on the motorcycle behind; subscribe today.

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