Today’s Guests: Joshua Malina, actor (Scandal, The West Wing, Sports Night, podcast host of “The West Wing Weekly”), Rob Kutner (creator of Runaway Brains, monologue writer, Conan).
Runaway Brains, a new original audio series written by Conan monologue writer Rob Kutner, is now available on Howl.Fm. It is essentially a buddy comedy that follows the misadventures of Jeopardy game show champion Ken Jennings – played by Ken Jennings – and his rival, IBM supercomputer Watson – played by Weird Al Yankovic.
Joshua Malina podcast excerpt: “As I age, I’m constantly trying to counter it it with changes to my appearance. Between seasons, I’m always emailing (Scandal showrunner) Shonda Rhimes. Between seasons one and two, I send her pictures of me with glasses and said, ‘C’mon, how about glasses?’ Now, as I lose my hair, I want to push her toward shorter hair for my character. The less hair I have, the less obvious it will be that I’m losing my hair. There may be a logic flaw there. I think the short haircut works for the attorney general; but I might be out of a job.”
While on the run, the pair encounters Freemasons, the International Gay Lizard Conspiracy, and visits Area 51 and a TED Talk.
Key interview moments:
• 4:25 “Runaway Brains” creator Rob Kutner explains that he sought to introduce more “narrative scripted fiction into the podcast world” by writing a buddy comedy radio sitcom that features Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings (played by Ken Jennings) and the IBM supercomputer Watson (played by Weird Al Yankovic);
• 16:25 Kutner explains his choice of Yankovic for the role;
• 27:27 Scandal star Joshua Malina — who guests in the third episode of Runaway Brains — talks about what might be ahead for his attorney general character in the show’s sixth season — or does he?;
• 31:10 Malina talks about what drew him to co-host a podcast about one of his earlier series, The West Wing, and whether that show’s creator, Aaron Sorkin, might soon be a guest.
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