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You see comedian Jo Koy on “Chelsea Lately” all the time but go see him in a theater show where there are thousands of people there just to see him. I spoke to Jo in late March just before his Comedy Central special, “Jo Koy: Lights Out,” premiered on April 1st. It was a real pleasure to talk to him. I suggest you check out the unedited DVD version of unrated version of “Lights Out” with extras and material that never made it to TV.

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Here we are with a new episode of the Channel Zero podcast.

Writer, standup comedian, and performer John Mulaney has been writing for “Saturday Night Live” for years and Tina Fey name-checked him in her best-seller, Bossypants. He’s a prolific creator and his newest special, an hour of standup on Comedy Central called “New In Town,” aired at the end of January and was released a week later on DVD/iTunes. I talked with John a week before the premiere about how he put the show together as well as how some of the bits originated. He’s a very funny guy so I hope you look for it to be repeated on Comedy Central or check out the DVD. The guy’s brilliant and I hope to see more of him this year.

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Why am I highly recommending Marc Maron’s WTFpod episode with Michael Ian Black when it isn’t particularly “funny”? First of all, there are plenty of podcasts that involve comedians that don’t have funny episodes. There are plenty of moments of laughter in this episode of WTFpod so it can’t be said that humor found no purchase with these two gentlemen, after all, they are two of the funniest people on earth. I recommend this episode because despite all the backhanded compliments and pointed ribbing, it was fascinating to hear two people with a long history hear each other out on what may have contributed to their rocky past.

I like both of these guys very much and have had the pleasure of speaking them on a few occasions. Most recently, I talked to Michael Ian Black for the Channel Zero podcast. Have a listen here:

And this Spring I got to speak with Marc Maron who was very kind to me despite the intimidating prospect of interviewing someone I consider to be one of the best interviewers in the world:

Both of these guys are incredible performers so I also highly recommend that you pick up their most recent recordings, Marc Maron’s This Has To Be Funny and Michael Ian Black’s Very Famous. Find out more about Marc Maron’s tour schedule and other info at his website, as well as all of Michael Ian Black’s pertinents at his website.

Paul Scheer, currently playing André on FX’s “The League,” and the creator of, and star of Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV” talked to us earlier this summer about “NTSF” and what makes Adult Swim so great. We also touched on Paul’s podcast, How Did This Get Made, “The League,” and lots of other cool stuff. He’s a super nice guy in addition to being a comedy genius. Please check out his podcast, follow him on Twitter, and watch “NTSF” on Adult Swim’s website.

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Comedian, voice actor, chameleon genius, Maria Bamford generously gave us an hour of her time to talk bout comedy, her work on the fantastic animated series “Adventure Time,” and how she approaches creating her amazing characters. You’ve seen her on The Comedians of Comedy documentary as well as “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and countless spots on late night TV like “The Tonight Show,” and very recently “Conan” – I was so very lucky to speak with this amazing artist. Be sure to check out Maria’s website for her tour dates and her CDs, I highly recommend Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, and follow her on Twitter at @MariaBamfoo.

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We talked to actor, writer, comedian, creator Michael Ian Black (@MichaelIanBlack). You know him from “The State,” “Stella,” “Ed,” “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” and Wet Hot American Summer. countless movies. He was also a part of Joshua Malina’s web series “Backwash” with whom he started the YouTube channel #SadSadConversation. We talk about how SadSadConversation came about as well as how he prepared the material for his excellent new comedy album, Very Famous.

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Josh Malina as Will Bailey in "The West Wing"

We talked to actor/writer/producer/creator Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina). You know him from “Sports Night,” “West Wing,” “In Plain Sight,” and countless movies and TV appearances. He also created the web series “Backwash” and he started the YouTube channel #SadSadConversation. We talk about how SadSadConversation came about as well as Josh’s amazing work in front of the camera. You will see Josh in the upcoming ABC series “Scandal.” This recording was done in June of this year by phone.

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Brilliant comic and consummate interviewer Marc Maron is host of the @WTFpod

Check out episode #27 of the Channel Zero podcast below.

We talked to comedian Marc Maron, creator of the WTFpod, a consummate interviewer and a passionate funny man. This recording was done in late May of this year at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

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Below were the nominees I submitted for the 2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) awards:

2011 TCA Awards Nominees
Individual Achievement in Drama
1. Michelle Forbes, “The Killing” (AMC)
2. Margo Martindale, “Justified” (FX)
Individual Achievement in Comedy
1. Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
2. Jimmy Fallon, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
1. Gasland (HBO)
2. Restrepo (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
1.”Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel)
2.”Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
1.”Adventure Time” (Cartooon Network)
2. “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)
Outstanding New Program
1. “Louie” (FX)
2. “Terriers” (FX)
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
1. “Give It Up for Greg Giraldo” (Comedy Central)
2. “Carlos” (Sundance)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama
1. “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
2. “Men of a Certain Age” (TNT)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
1. “Louie” (FX)
2. “Raising Hope” (Fox)
Career Achievement Award
1. Cloris Leachman
2. Dick Cavett
Heritage Award
1. “The Larry Sanders Show”
2. “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Program of the Year
1. “Louie” (FX)
2. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Compare this list to the final list of nominees:

Individual Achievement in Drama

  1. Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire,” HBO)
  2. Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
  3. Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
  4. Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
  5. Margo Martindale (“Justified”, FX)
  6. Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy

  1. Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
  2. Louis C.K. (“Louis,” FX)
  3. Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
  4. Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
  5. Danny Pudi (“Community,” NBC)
  6. Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show,” Comedy Central)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  1. “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” (HBO)
  2. “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)
  3. “60 Minutes” (CBS)
  4. “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
  5. “30 for 30” (ESPN)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

  1. “Amazing Race” (CBS)
  2. “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
  3. “Survivor” (CBS)
  4. “The Voice” (NBC)
  5. “Top Chef: All Stars” (Bravo)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

  1. “A Children’s Garden of Poetry” (HBO)
  2. “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
  3. “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon)
  4. “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (The Hub)
  5. “Sesame Street” (PBS)
  6. “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

  1. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  2. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  3. “Terriers” (FX)
  4. “The Killing” (AMC)
  5. “Walking Dead” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

  1. “Cineme Verite” (HBO)
  2. “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
  3. “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
  4. “Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)
  5. “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  1. “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
  2. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  3. “Justified” (FX)
  4. “Mad Men” (AMC)
  5. “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  1. “Community” (NBC)
  2. “Louie” (FX)
  3. “Modern Family” (ABC)
  4. “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
  5. “Raising Hope” (FOX)

Career Achievement Award

  1. Steven Bochco
  2. Dick Ebersol
  3. Cloris Leachman
  4. David Letterman
  5. William Shatner
  6. Oprah Winfrey

Heritage Award

  1. “All in the Family”
  2. “Freaks and Geeks”
  3. “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
  4. “Twin Peaks”

Program of the Year

  1. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  2. “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
  3. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  4. “Justified” (FX)
  5. “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Later this week I will post my choices for the winners as well as what I think the TCA will choose.

We talked to Comedy Central’s “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli, who turned out to be very nice. Among other things, we learned that Lampanelli has a Broadway show in the works. Tom also talks about a bunch of French stuff including the Tour de France and how NBC Sports is already screwing it up; the new Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”; and his most recent trip to France.

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