108 episodes

Walken 101 is a podcast where filmmaker Kenny Johnson and actor Brandon Hardesty watch and dissect Christopher Walken's performance in every film/TV show he's ever appeared in.

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Walken 101 is a podcast where filmmaker Kenny Johnson and actor Brandon Hardesty watch and dissect Christopher Walken's performance in every film/TV show he's ever appeared in.

    #108 - Guiding Light (1954-1956)

    #108 - Guiding Light (1954-1956)

    In a very special Skype-session podcast, Brandon and Kenny discuss Brandon's wacky journey seeking out footage of Ronnie Walken potentially playing a recurring character in the old soap opera, "Guiding Light" from 1954 to 1956. They also read from an interview conducted with Christopher Walken's mother, which gives a window into Walken's life in show business with his brother Glenn.

    • 45 min
    #107 - Balls of Fury (2007)

    #107 - Balls of Fury (2007)

    After Kenny and Brandon discuss parenting techniques, feelings, and (maybe) correctly pronounce Alex Haitz's name as they pay tribute to the loyal Ronnies, they discuss Christopher Walken's role as Feng, the comical antagonist who runs a deadly ping-pong tournament in the 2007 comedy 'Balls of Fury', a performance they theorize marked the end of the "Wacky Period" of Walken's acting career. Afterwards, Brandon reads from a ranked list of Bond villains done by Esquire Magazine asking Kenny where he thought Walken's character Max Zorin in 'A View to a Kill' might be on the list, and Brandon shares some exciting news about a potential discovery of Walken's earliest acting role on a soap opera in the mid-1950s which, to this day, has never been publicly released.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #106 - Hairspray (2007)

    #106 - Hairspray (2007)

    After Brandon obsesses over getting his son to sleep an appropriate amount of time, he puts him in a baby carrier and talks quieter into the microphone as he and Kenny discuss their somewhat enjoyable experience watching the 2007 musical comedy 'Hairspray', an adaptation of the Broadway musical which, in turn, is inspired by the original John Waters film. Topics include: John Travolta's inaccurate and confusing Baltimore accent, Christopher Walken's charm as Wilbur Turnblad, the main character's eccentric father, and they close the show out by looking back and citing the Walken films they've enjoyed the most.

    • 59 min
    #105 - Man of the Year (2006)

    #105 - Man of the Year (2006)

    On this holiday edition of Walken 101, Kenny and Brandon talk about Walken's role as a talent manager-turned-political campaign manager in the Robin Williams comedy/thriller 'Man of the Year'. Other topics include theorizing how Walken would take on the duties of Santa Claus, his supposed run for President in 2008, and Kenny's bachelor party woes.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #104 - Fade to Black (2006)

    #104 - Fade to Black (2006)

    After getting sidetracked discussing the 'Star Wars' franchise and the concept of "tier lists" at great length, Brandon and Kenny touch on Walken's supporting role as Pete Brewester, a scheming politician and close friend of a fictionalized version of Orson Welles in the 2006 mystery 'Fade to Black'. Other topics include Walken's place in the 'Star Wars ' universe, a potential tier list of Walken performances/characters/movies, and Brandon's 4-month-old son making noise.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #103 - Click (2006)

    #103 - Click (2006)

    After reminiscing about Adam Sandler's comedy albums, reading shoutouts from the Ronnies, and Brandon talking about life as a father, Kenny and Brandon discuss Christopher Walken's performance as Morty, a.k.a. The Angel of Death, in the Adam Sandler comedy 'Click'.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

Eschwenke ,

An exploration of schadenfreude

Be amused as two guys embark on a mission to watch everything Walken. Little do they know what misery awaits them in the cesspool of mediocrity and nihilism that compromises the bulk of the actor’s career.

MichaelScottReider ,

GREAT!!!!

This podcast is great! I love Kenny's dry humor and Brandon's insight. Plus the banter is comedy gold. Cannot wait to hear you reach Click and Joe Dirt.

RickyBillyBobby ,

Thoroughly addictive

Started late, got caught up rather fast and now the wait for new episodes is excruciating. If only they put them out more often but not at the expense of quality. Now I'm just rambling. Keep up the excellent work, Kenny and Brandon.

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