Bullseye

Bullseye is equal parts funny and fascinating. Whether you're already plugged in to the culture map, or looking for a signpost, Bullseye keeps you on target.

Recent Episodes

[r] Caroll Spinney, Dave LaMattina & Vince Staples

Jesse Thorn meets the subject and director of the new documentary I Am Big Bird, Carol Spinney and Dave LaMattina. Later he sits down with rapper Vince Staples to discuss the Southern California communities Staples grew up in and why, unlike some rappers, he doesn’t think street life is anything to brag about.

[r] Big Boi & Catherine O'Hara

[r] Actress Catherine O’Hara talks about her start with the Second City’s SCTV, blockbuster success with Beetlejuice and Home Alone, and her perfect encapsulation of comic absurdity in Christopher Guest films like Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind. But first, Jesse talks to Big Boi -- one half of OutKast. The hip hop duo swung back and forth across the spectrum of popular music -- zigging with cult favorites like “ATliens” and zagging with top 40 hits like “The Way You Move”. Plus, Jesse talks about the magical thing that a man built inside his rented garage.

Sam Elliott & Kay Cannon

Guest host Erin Gibson sits down with veteran character actor Sam Elliott to hear about his new movie I'll See You In My Dreams. Plus Jesse Thorn talks with former 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon about her film Pitch Perfect 2.

James Burrows & Future Islands

Jesse sits down with Emmy-winning sitcom guru James Burrows, who co-created Cheers and has directed a whole heap of pilots for hugely successful sitcoms including Taxi, Friends, Will & Grace and The Big Bang Theory. He'll talk about working with Andy Kaufman (and Andy's alter-ego Tony Clifton) and the distinct challenges of directing sitcoms. Later, Samuel Herring of synth-pop band Future Islands shares the song that changed his life and Jesse pays tribute to the revolutionary afrobeat of Fela Kuti.

Kumail Nanjiani & Willie Colón

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to stand-up comedian, Kumail Nanjiani about moving to the US from Pakistan and working on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Later he explores salsa with the influential Nuyorican bandleader Willie Colón and argues that Michael Palin’s travel shows are a rare, positive hangover of British colonialism.

Paul Feig & Combat Jack

Jesse Thorn sits down with writer and director Paul Feig. Feig discusses his new TV show Other Space and explains why he was drawn to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female squad. Jesse also talks to Reggie Osse, AKA Combat Jack. For years, Osse worked as a music industry lawyer, he now hosts the Combat Jack Show - one of the biggest podcasts in the Hip Hop world. Plus Jesse describes the menace and irresistible abandon of Rick James in his OutShot.