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Comedy Ninja– From Parks and Rec, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond and More: Producer/Writer: Mike Scully

Comedy Producer and Writer, Mike Scully, has created a ton of TV comedy.

He’s jumped in to run some of the biggest sitcoms in television history and taken them to new levels.

Mike has produced the Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, Parks and Rec and most recently, The Carmichael Show.

We talk about how he got started and how he got over being intimidated in one of the most formidable of writers’ rooms at The Simpsons.

Mike takes us into his world, including his view of the future of television comedy (with the arrival of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) and the growing streaming empire.

Mark talks about where Mike and he first met and seems surprised that Mike even remembers it.

Surprise moment is when J.Elvis Weinstein gets some love from Mike after Scully realizes who he is.

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Deep Sea Treasure Hunting with the Legendary Cousteau Family ALSO Harvey Flooding and Rewriting Columbus History

The show kicks off with THE FAST 15 (in this case, about 22 mins) with Michael Shure talking politics from Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the failure of the EPA to get help to flooded superfund sites to Mark and Michael talking about the effort to get rid of the “Columbus” in Columbus Day and then a Russia investigation update.

The two talk about a piece of video of a Houston man playing the piano during the flood and there’s a link to it below.

The Cousteau’s talk about their latest adventure which is all about finding treasure on the ocean floor.

Mark asks about what it was like growing up “a Cousteau” and we find out about some accomplishments that Jacques Cousteau was involved in beyond bringing the ocean to our living rooms.

Here’s a link to the Cousteau show, CARIBBEAN PIRATE TREASURE.

Here’s the video of the flooded Houston home where the man is playing his piano in waste deep water.


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Trump’s First Pardon.. Then, From Seinfeld to Johnny Carson, A Most Unusual Show Business Journey with Comedian Bruce Smirnoff

Michael Shure joins by phone with The Fast 15, covering the Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon and the promise of lower prices and Mark and Michael touch on deadly hurricane, Harvey (First 18 mins)

Then, comedian Bruce Smirnoff talks us through a few of the stops on his unusual journey through a show business career that has brought him in contact with some of the biggest names in classic modern comedy and television.

Here’s a link to the Bruce Smirnoff Facebook page


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Bannon Gets Jerked & Secrets of The Jerk (movie) from Steve Martin’s Co-Writer

The show begins with THE FAST 15 (politics and more) with regular contributor, Michael Shure. Mark and Michael talk Steve Bannon leaving the White House team.

Then, the two talk Charlottesville, Nazis, Alt-Right and Civil War statues.  Finally, a mention of THE ECLIPSE (Mark is going to Kansas City to see it).

Then, Glen Campbell memories from, Carl Gottlieb, a comedy writer on Glen’s first prime time show…AND Carl answers some questions the group has about writing THE JERK which Carl did in collaboration with Steve Martin.

Then, our new pal, Adam, is on his way to getting a liver transplant. Mark, Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein talk with Adam.

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If filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich were just a successful Hollywood director/writer and actor, it’d be impressive enough.  His list of accomplishments, published work as an author, hit films, and awards already make him worthy of considerable esteem.

But Peter Bogdanovich is clearly more than even that.  His stories reflect a rich life surrounded by creativity and the art of theater and filmmaking.  

And beyond that, he is a living link to a classic era in Hollywood.  An era of great filmmakers like John Ford, Howard Hawkes, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.  

As a young aspiring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich in his 20s arriving in Hollywood Peter was befriended by all these men and Bogdanovich even goes on to make a documentary about John Ford and write books about Orson Welles.

He talks about his beginnings, working for Roger Corman and then vaulting to Hollywood household name status after he directs The Last Picture Show which he co-wrote with Larry McMurtry.

The film gets 8 Academy Award nominations wins two Academy Awards, the BAFTA award for best writing and on that film Peter Bogdanovich falls in love with a 21 year old Cybil Shepherd who he goes on to marry.  That creates personal complications for him at a time of great professional success and he discusses that.

On the professional side, from Steve McQueen to Barbara Streisand, much of Hollywood is wanting to work with him after The Last Picture Show.

He goes on to next direct What’s Up Doc? starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. And the comedy is a smash hit.

He follows that with another smash hit called, Paper Moon, a depression era comedy starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.  Peter explains how and why Tatum was cast.  The 10 year old Tatum goes on to get the Oscar for her performance.

His relationship with the stunning leading ladies of two of his films captured headlines and created personal issues…marriages and divorces.

But the most tragic romantic involvement of Peter Bogdanovich’s life had to be with actress Dorothy Stratten.  After her brutal murder, Peter entered a dark period and withdrew from making movies for a time.  He discusses this along with his eventual marriage to Dorothy’s younger sister, Louise.

Peter talks about writing a book on Dorothy and the entire episode.

He also talks bout his recent work as a filmmaker and directing an award winning documentary on Tom Petty.

We wish Peter could have stayed longer with us.  It was a pleasure and an honor to have him in. 

Writer/comedian Laura House and documentary producer/director and comic J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for this conversation with Peter Bogdanovich.

Here are links to Peter’s books and movies.

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