John Levenstein's Retirement Party
By Earwolf & John Levenstein
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Come celebrate the career of writer, actor, and producer John Levenstein ("Arrested Development," "Silicon Valley"), as he strives do a lot of good on his way out the door. At "John Levenstein's Retirement Party," Levenstein draws from his career in show business to share personal stories from the writers' room, offer advice, rehash old decisions, settle feuds, and tell friends he loves them. Along with his co-host, actress and writer Mary Kobayashi, reflect on nostalgic moments with guests like Karen Kilgariff ("My Favorite Murder"), Nick Kroll ("Kroll Show"), Jill Soloway ("Transparent") and David Harbour ("Stranger Things").
||Explicit6. Arrested Memories||Craig Bierko talks about starring in the Mitch Hurwitz pilot that wasn't Arrested Development. Connor Ratliff reveals himself as Middleman on the early Arrested Development message boards. Barbie Adler, Brad Copeland, Abraham Higginbotham and Courtney Lilly reunite to reminisce about season one in the writers' room, and get a surprise call from Will Arnett.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. John's Mother Joins The Party||Kate Berlant and John Early do dramatic readings of network notes from the 90s. John’s mother and her best friend recount the old-school sexism they endured as a screenwriter and actress in the 60s and 70s. And we begin our quest to find a TV writing job for Megan Koester.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Kroll Talk||Nick Kroll joins the party to break down Big Mouth and Kroll Show and warn David Harbour (Stranger Things) about the hazards of working with John. John and Mary track down Fred Armisen to determine if his Big Mouth character is the same as his impression of John. And Joe Wengert (Kroll Show, Big Mouth) talks about starting out doing improv in New York.||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3. John's Double Life||John talks to Pam Brady (South Park, Lady Dynamite) about writing with her on The John Larroquette Show in 1995, when he was also going to grad school to become a therapist. John's best friend from grad school talks about what a terrible therapist he would have been. Pam's best friend Theresa Mulligan (Lady Dynamite, Baskets) drops by to surprise her. And creators of The Middle -- Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline -- join the party to mark the series finale (and convince Mary to remove John's "Lipstick Jungle" credit from the podcast's opening titles).||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Alt Comedy Snobbery||Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder) dishes about the snobby alt comedy scene of the 90s, Paul F. Tompkins backs up her account, and we call director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Baskets) to get him to go on record saying nice things about Karen and Nick Kroll, while getting heckled by Tim Heidecker.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. The Stump||To kick off John's retirement party, Jay Kogen (The Simpsons, Frasier) talks about The Stump, his social media site for comedy writers that John joined in the late 90s. Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Becky Thyre (Mad TV) trace how The Stump evolved into the stage show Sit n’ Spin. And veteran Sit n’ Spinners Claudia Lonow (Rude Awakenings), Maggie Rowe (Arrested Development), Jonathan Schmock (Ferris Bueller) and Ben Wexler (Scrubs) join the party to track down the audience member who threw up when John was on stage at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2003. With retirement toasts from Kate Berlant and John Early.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComing Soon: John Levenstein's Retirement Party||Join writer, actor, and producer John Levenstein ("Arrested Development," "Silicon Valley") as he reflects on his career in show business. He'll share personal stories from the writers' room, offer advice, rehash old decisions, settle feuds, and tell friends he loves them. John and his co-host -- actress and writer Mary Kobayashi -- reconnect with friends like Karen Kilgariff ("My Favorite Murder"), Nick Kroll ("Kroll Show") and Jill Soloway ("Transparent"). John Levenstein's Retirement Party premieres everywhere November 5th||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|