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It's a book club, but funny! Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Join Michael's weekly book club as he reads aloud from a classic and asks people like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage kids to weigh in with their perspectives. Season 1: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. The book is bleak, but Michael does a lot of accent work. Season 2: Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more ...
 
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Learning Lots

Brie Larson, Jessie Ennis

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Learning Lots with Brie Larson & Jessie Ennis is a podcast aimed at holding stimulating conversations around pop-culture, trending topics, and some of life's deepest questions. Each episode takes listeners through various segments and will feature celebrities, friends, and experts you know and love.
 
A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with ...
 
Speed dating! Song writing! Day trading! Mind reading! All mini-adventures you’ll take with Topher Grace and a different celebrity guest each week. Topher and executive producer Sim Sarna tackle everything from taking a lie detector test to having a seance to learning how to beatbox…and each time their guest has absolutely no idea what’s in store for them!
 
Every author has a story beyond the one that they put down on paper. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes between the lines with today's most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, what confounds them, and what they were thinking when they wrote the books we’re talking about. Subscribe to discover intriguing new conversations every week.
 
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First, CALIFORNIA TOUR NEWS— Berkeley Repertory Theatre residency goes on sale this week! Also, this week we re-air one of our all time favorite episodes. Mike is a huge admirer of Sarah Silverman and in this episode Sarah brings jokes, stories, and answers to tough questions like, “Why do so many of our comedian friends die young?” Sarah’s also sh…
 
It's the first truly Georgian episode of Obscure and things are not going well. The air is thick, the Haunted Mansion is in chaos, and Michael's copy of Frankenstein has gone missing. An inauspicious start for this new chapter of life. For the first time we cannot say Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. But if you crave more Obscur…
 
pur·pose / noun / the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Writer, actor, model and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward talks with Brie and Jessie about purpose and how to find it within yourself. Later on, we check in with you, our listeners, to hear what helps you tune out the noise. Follow Learning Lots on Instagram, Twi…
 
As the Jill Schwartz Memorial Library gets packed away, Victor contemplates his future married life with his sister/cousin and vows to protect her at all costs. As always, Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. There's bonus content at patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy N…
 
Fresh off his Emmy win (with stage companion Conan O’Brien) Stephen Colbert joins Mike for a discussion of comedy, anxiety, and why he’ll never run for Senate. He explains that the reason he loves improv is that there’s nothing like failing with someone else and laughing about it with your scene partner, and he explains why Bill O’Reilly was never …
 
So much bloviating you won't believe it! So much grasping at thematic straws! So much gnashing of teeth! Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. There's so much more at patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
lis·ten / verb / give one's attention to a sound. Author, television host and former CIA officer Amaryllis Fox talks with Brie and Jessie about listening, and the importance of listening to our enemies. They're also joined by Instagram-birder Joshua Bellamy who discusses birdwatching and what separates one birdsong from another. Follow Learning Lot…
 
Mike welcomes his comedy idol and former boss Conan O’Brien whose hit podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” prompted Mike to demand that they actually be friends and that Conan come on Mike’s podcast. What results is a magical discussion of Conan’s early political aspirations, why the class clown never becomes a professional clown, and the contagi…
 
Michael Ian Black continues reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein once again contemplates all his sordid choices and throws another damn pity party, and Michael makes it clear that he will not be participating in his wife's tag sale. For bonus content & book club chat go to https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Poli…
 
Atsuko Okatsuka makes comedy videos featuring her grandmother & her husband, which Mike is convinced should be a feature film. The two comedians discuss Atsuko’s move from Japan at age 10, her grandmother’s run-in with a praying mantis, and why Mike might end up making a cameo in Atsuko’s feature film singing “Amazing Grace.” Earnestly. https://dow…
 
Victor languishes in gaol after being charged with the murder of Henry Clerval, and Michael languishes in the wilds of Connecticut feeling unsettled after a trip to The Haunted Mansion. Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Calif…
 
can·na·bis / noun / a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fibre and as a drug. Comedian, actress, television host and activist Chelsea Handler talks with Brie and Jessie about weed and the dark history of American cannabis law. Follow Learning Lots on Instagram, Twitter, & L…
 
Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo co-created the smash comedy hit Reservation Dogs for FX about four Indigenous teenagers growing up on a reservation in Oklahoma. Sterlin tells Mike about the time he accidentally taped over someone's wedding video while applying to the Sundance Film Lab. He also discusses Native representation in film & how his new series ma…
 
Ruminating on trucks and the trucking life as Victah Frankenstein finds himself imprisoned for a SHOCKING crime. Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. There's more at https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
The last time Phoebe Robinson and Mike hung out, they were waiting to be picked up by an Uber on the side of a highway after their tour bus broke down. In this episode, they discuss Phoebe’s third book, "Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes,” the eternal question "to prenup or not to prenup," and why Mike was qualified to be a token w…
 
Michael always liked Buck Henry, who he briefly mentions in this episode. He just seemed like a dry, funny guy who didn't take himself too seriously, as evidenced by his performance in, "The Player," in which he pitches "The Graduate 2." There's really no reason for us to be discussing Buck Henry at any length in the description but why not have a …
 
re·gret / verb / feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that one has done or failed to do). Melissa McCarthy [Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly, Saturday Night Live] talks with Brie and Jessie about regret, the things we regret and why. Later on we check in with you, our listeners, to hear about your regrets. Follow Learning Lots on Instagram…
 
Mike welcomes the great Natasha Lyonne, co-creator and star of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll. Natasha opens up about her own process as well as the best advice she’s received. Natasha holds Mike’s feet the fire about his new material—so he scraps his prepared jokes for some personal stories he wasn’t planning to tell. This episode is like pla…
 
As a Senator for New York on September 11th, 2001, Hillary witnessed the devastation at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Afterwards, she was deeply involved in the response and recovery efforts. For her, every anniversary of 9/11 is an opportunity to commemorate the victims, survivors, first responders, and th…
 
This whole season is about creation...its possibilities and limits. There's no more appropriate Frankensteinian holiday than Father's Day. Obviously mothers do a lot more creating than fathers, but Mary's book focuses on big M and little M men, and so we acknowledge them today. Frankenstein reading continues. https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack…
 
Mike welcomes back one of our most beloved guests, Pete Holmes, to celebrate the paperback release of The New One. Pete has a lot to say about hardcovers, hardbodies, and how his father asks him questions just he so can answer them himself. Mike calls this "an expert's edition" of Working It Out because the slow round and the new material all swirl…
 
As we mark twenty years since the devastating events of September 11, 2001—and honor the fallen, the survivors, and their families—Hillary checks in with a few people who were directly impacted, and whom she's had the honor of getting to know over the years. Please join us for this special episode of You and Me Both, available on Friday, September …
 
In which Michael, your humble host, ruminates on ex nihilo creation and also the band Kiss. And he get annoyed all over again at the book. Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell…
 
press·sure / noun / the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson discusses pressure and how to handle it with Brie and Jessie. They’re also joined by sport and performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais. Follow Learning Lots on Instagram, Twitter, & Linktree Follow Bri…
 
Randall Park has brought his one of a kind comedic approach to Trainwreck, Fresh Off the Boat, Veep, and the Marvel Universe. Randall reveals how he and Ali Wong scored the Keanu Reeves cameo for their film "Always Be My Maybe." Mike shares a dark version of the children’s joke “Why was 6 afraid of 7?” and Randall explains why collecting turtle fig…
 
Mike met Jim Gaffigan in 1997 when he cold-called Jim’s landline. They went out for, of course, pizza and Jim gave him advice that Mike has not only used but also shares with others. The two comics discuss the insanity of charging large pizza prices for mediums size gourmet pies, deciding not to curse on stage, and what happens when a non-political…
 
Things kick off with an explosion and end with a bang. Actually, Michael doesn't remember how they end, but they definitely start with an explosion. The Big Buddy and his trusty sidekick arrive in England for, apparently, no reason, and then decide to try the haggis up north. Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. https://www.patreon.…
 
puz·zle / noun / a game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge. Magician, wordsmith and puzzle creator David Kwong talks with Brie and Jessie about puzzles, crosswords and magic, and puts them to the test with an original Learning Lots puzzle! Follow Learning Lots on Instagram, Twitter, & Linktree Follow Brie Larson on Instagram &…
 
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