Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger
Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.
Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.
He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.
Stories by Mike Roe
From old franchises like "The Muppets" (now updated to include marijuana jokes) to... a bunch of shows trying to copy other shows or using nostalgia.
"Part of the reason why I left 'Comedy Bang Bang,' was the hours. It was like 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it was just crazy."
The L.A. County Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The top item on the to-do list: raise $475 million dollars to remake the campus.
The former MTV news anchor is now an accomplished photographer with a long-in-the-making exhibit about the dreams of young baseball players.
The Jack Black/James Marsden movie almost fell apart at the last minute, but "The D Train" — and its big twist — became a Sundance sensation. We talked to the co-writer/directors.
The band says their music is obviously California-influenced, because that's who they are — but they don't want to just be what people say they should be.
Marvel has yet to give Scarlett Johansson a "Black Widow" movie — she poked fun at this on this week's "SNL" — and now a leaked email shows Marvel's CEO shooting down female superheroes.
While fans calling for the powers-that-be to #RelocateRevolution to another network or streaming service, they're half getting their wish — a definitive end to the story.
Rand was an early character on the show, but Whitney was written out after eight episodes. One of her most famous appearances on the show was fighting off an evil Kirk.
"If you're going to have music there, you should have it and you have something that says something," says Brian Tyler. He's done that on "Age of Ultron," "Furious 7" and many more.
The "Book of Mormon" and "Frozen" actor plays a version of himself on FX's "The Comedians," whose failures are heightened, with negative traits multiplied.
Streaming outlets are making a play to be the new TV networks. The latest big deal: "Seinfeld," which some outlets are pegging at around $180 million over five years.
"It ends with Kurt saying 'I got out of class, and kids were there to make fun of me, and I couldn't handle the ridicule, so I went to the train tracks to kill myself.'"
The frontrunners in the dramatic arena are "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Hand to God." Meanwhile, Hollywood stars trying Broadway mostly came up short.
Tompkins has his own TV show and podcast, performs live shows, appears as a guest on numerous other podcasts and writes and performs on several other TV shows.