On today's show:
When Life Gets Surreal
(Starts at 7:45)
Amazon finally released its first original adult animated series last week. "Undone" follows a 28-year-old woman as she struggles through a traumatic brain injury that is either the catalyst of hallucinatory mental illness or the key that unlocks supernatural abilities. The character nor the audience can be quite certain. From the minds behind "BoJack Horseman," "Undone" uses rotoscope animation based on live-action performances to create an aesthetic that is both realistic and surreal. John Horn talks with creators and writers, Raphael Bob-Waksburg and Kate Purdy.
A Comedian Gets Hired, Then Fired — And Comedians React
(Starts at :45)
Mike Pesca, host of the Slate podcast, The Gist, talks with John about Saturday Night Live's ill-fated casting of comedian Shane Gillis: "On Monday night, Pesca kicked off The Gist’s Comedy Week with a live show at the Bell House in Brooklyn, including a roundtable discussion of the state of comedy featuring standup comedians Hari Kondabolu, Marina Franklin, and Khalid Rahmaan. Inevitably, the discussion turned to Shane Gillis, the comedian who was hired by Saturday Night Live last week, then fired on Monday after recordings of him using anti-Asian racial slurs on his podcast circulated online."
Cue The Mariachis
If you were going to make a playlist about life in Southern California, mariachi music would definitely make the cut. For many people, that classic blend of violins, guitars and trumpets — while singers belt out songs in Spanish — can become a family soundtrack of sorts. Now, a new play that just opened at South Coast Rep reveals why. It’s called “American Mariachi.” Frame contributor Marcos Nájera has our story.