Secrets will be spilled, names will be named, feelings won't be spared as intrepid interviewer Andrew Goldman sits down with cultural icons who have seen it all.
James Ellroy: grumpy novelist walks off, returns, stays grumpy
Somehow, Andrew made it through 26 episodes of the pod without one single guest telling him to f**k off or referring to him as a “c********r.” Thanks to novelist James Ellroy, this long national pod-mare is over! The celebrated 74 year-old author of The Black Dahlia came on to promote his new Audible Originals series, “James Ellroy’s Hollywood Deathtrip,” but was not at all interested in discussing his life as a pervert and womanizer, a reputation borne not of tabloid gossip or rumor, but rather exhaustively copped to in his two very dirty memoirs, 1996’s My Dark Places and 2010’s The Hilliker Curse. Whoops! Noted. Come for the swear words and dramatic walk off, stay for the return and the host/guest fragile, edgy détente. Discussed: his father’s alleged “18 incher,” his “Hitler-esque” moustache and John Wayne’s purported life as a crossdresser.
Ron White: Hammered no more, pooping a tooth, Will Smith is a joke
Andrew Goldman is totally, embarrassingly unprepared for what this week’s guest, comedian Ron White, discloses at the top of the interview. Spoiler ahead. Since appearing in The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, the Texas-born comedian has become one of the highest paid comedians in the world with an act that has consisted of him recounting his exploits as a hard-partying “amok-running m**********r.” Andrew is shocked to learn that Ron quit drinking 14 months ago. So, how does a performer so associated with drinking that he never appears onstage without a tumbler full of booze navigate life and work without the hard stuff? Though Ron is one of the funniest people alive, it’s an affecting hour about aging, addiction, love, divorce, and the perils of fame. Also, stick around for a lot of poop talk. Plus, Andrew makes amends for failing Ron when they first met eight years ago. Discussed:
Ron’s amazing Dr. Phil story:
Where to find the best tequila Andrew has ever tasted, Number Juan Extra Anejo:
Dates for Ron’s farewell tour:
Rex Reed: Oscar Haters Special; Melissa McCarthy should thank ME!
Agree with Observer critic Rex Reed that 2022 is “the worst year in history for Oscars”? If so, have we got an eyebrow-singeing hour for you. Not only does the 83 year-old icon give the business to Best Picture nominees The Power of the Dog (“I fell asleep several times”) Licorice Pizza (“one of the worst movies ever made”) and Belfast (“I couldn't understand more than every third word”), Reed reignites feuds with both the living and the dead. Why Reed believes Melissa McCarthy owes him a big thank you for calling her a “tractor-sized” “female hippo” in a 2013 review. Why John Lennon was “very square.” How Lauren Bacall was “mean as a snake.” As for King of Pop Michael Jackson? “No talent!” Our episode guarantee: No listener will emerge unoffended. PLUS: a torrent of Haterade for Barbra Streisand and Warren Beatty--as well as a defense of “friend” Woody Allen. Fasten your seatbelts! Mentioned in episode:
Earbuds Podcast Collective includes The Originals on a Best Of list.
The Originals recommends: The Industry With Dan Delgado.
Bad Timing Special: Stories of Betty White, Alec Baldwin, Norm Macdonald
Through absolutely no fault of this episode’s guests, Andrew shares three interviews that now sound a little odd, a little untimely, maybe even a little creepy owing to the fact that they were all recorded before the deaths of Betty White, Norm McDonald and Halyna Hutchins (the cinematographer killed after the accidental discharge of Alec Baldwin’s prop gun on the indie western, Rust). First up, Joel Thurm, author of the upcoming memoir, Sex, Drugs & Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director, shares his memories of working at NBC on The Golden Girls and reveals how Betty White’s fellow castmates really felt about the comedy legend, who died in January at 99. Next, Legendary Hollywood producer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High, The Untouchables) Art Linson remembers his near death experience producing 1997's The Edge with a very grumpy and very bearded Alec Baldwin. Finally, actor and writer Fred Stoller shares tales of bullying, petty theft and tennis involving his (mostly) friend, the late Norm Macdonald. Mentioned and recommended: Joel Thurm’s Sex Drugs & Pilot Season (available spring 2022) Art Linson’s What Just Happened
Fred Stoller’s Maybe We’ll Have You Back
Andrew Goldman’s The Desk
Peter Bogdanovich: The Essential Interview
In light of Peter Bogdanovich’s January 6 death, “The Originals” releases a never-before-heard 2019 interview in which the Oscar-nominated director narrates his own story. Candid, shocking, and often hilarious, Bogdanovich shares tales of the rapturous reception to The Last Picture Show, the sex that changed his life, the Cybill affair that ended his marriage, the mistakes that bedeviled his career, his affection for Singapore’s hookers, and why he wasn’t broken up when Billy Wilder died. Also, discussed: the shocking 1980 murder of Dorothy Stratten—and how he ended up marrying the sister he met at 11. A mind-blowing hour with a legend.
Jon Cryer: It's Duckie-tacular 2021! Sheen 2024?
A top-to-bottom reassessment of 1986 classic Pretty In Pink with Duckie himself, Jon Cryer. Which team was Duckie playing for? Was Duckie a stalker? Why did Molly Ringwald end up with Blane, “a major appliance” when he was obviously such a dud? Why were co-stars Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy so lame on set to the Duck-ster? Plus, a ten-year retrospective on the testosterone (or was it oxy?) meltdown of Cryer’s Two And A Half Men costar Charlie Sheen, peddler of disembodies vagina pics, and possibly the 47th POTUS. PLUS: Trump v Sheen tale of the tape, No, Jon’s not Matthew Broderick, not-really getting his cherry popped by Demi Moore, and all the HUGE similarities Cryer has with Pete Davidson. AND—an unfortunate Goldman/Cryer duet en español.
“The Originals” Hosted by an Original
Andrew Goldman may be the best interviewer alive. He’s a great audience for this storyteller guests, but also manages to slip in surprising and insightful questions when you least expect it.
This the best podcast I have ever heard.So exciting when I see that there is a new one.
Love it but want more!
I really love this podcast. The interviews are always so thorough and entertaining. I just wish there was a new episode every week or would happily pay extra on Patreon for more episodes per month.