• Director

Ep 76 SEX AND BROADCASTING with director Tim K Smith

A podcast about a documentary about radio? Only on this show! George spoke with the director of Sex and Broadcasting, Tim K Smith in Los Angeles. Sex and Broadcasting is a 2014 documentary about New Jersey’s longstanding freeform radio station WFMU, and its struggles to stay afloat. Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 75 20 FEET FROM STARDOM with comedian Solomon Georgio

On today’s episode hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sat down with comedian/writer Solomon Georgio. Solomon has written for Adam Ruins Everything & Spongebob SquarePants. His TV credits include CONAN, The Meltdown, This Is Not Happening, Viceland's Flophouse, and Last Call with Carson Daly. He’s also got a new Comedy Central special called Homonégro Superior.  Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 74 WE JAM ECONO with comedian Nick Stargu

To know Nick Stargu (or DJ Real) is to love him! Nick is a friend of the show (he appeared on our LIVE Sketchfest episode 2 years ago) and is a very talented comedian and musician. Nick brought to us We Jam Econo the revealing doc that looks back at the history of the influential 1980s punk band the Minutemen. Read More
  • Press

Sup Doc Featured on Splitsider!

The cool comedy news website Splitsider featured us in their comedy podcast roundup with a sweet write up about Ep 73 Some Kind Of Monster with comedian Dana Gould! The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding,... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 73 SOME KIND OF MONSTER with legendary comedian Dana Gould

On Ep 73 rounding out our Rocktober music doc series, Paco and George sat down with the brilliant writer and comedian Dana Gould. They talked about the 2004 Metallica doc Some Kind of Monster which Dana rightfully described as "the best documentary ever made about marriage". They also get into a discussion about therapy, his favorite jokes from The Simpsons, JFK, divorce, stage worthy jokes, father figures, Brian Wilson, John Lennon, and so much more!  Read More
  • Musician

Ep 72 HIP-HOP EVOLUTION with musician Ed Balloon

Host George Chen sat down with Boston-based musician Ed Balloon to discuss the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. We learn about Ed's start in music, The Get Down, Russell Simmons' socks, Nigeria, and much more. Ed's latest EP Flourish just came out on Deathbomb Arc. Read More
  • Director

Ep 71 TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT with director Tyler Hubby

ROCKTOBER continues with TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT. George visits director Tyler Hubby at his Echo Park home. Tyler spent over twenty years following Tony Conrad and decided to put it all into one documentary encompassing Conrad’s life and art, as if there were a distinction between the two. We also talk about punk rock and mental illness, Tony Labat, getting multiple angles for beer, Faust, Bad Brains, Tony as Tupac, Crispin Glover, water polo, and mashing up different video formats. Read More
  • Rocktober

Rocktober! Month long music doc series!

ROCKTOBER! We talk music docs with great guests! Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast with comedians Paco Romane and George Chen Ep 69 – The Devil and Daniel Johnston with musician/composer Kip Uhlhorn (Bonus interview... Read More
  • Actor

Ep 70 STOP MAKING SENSE with actor/musician Tawny Newsome

George and Paco visit with actress/improviser/musician Tawny Newsome to discuss her experience cosplaying STOP MAKING SENSE-era Talking Heads for Documentary Now and in a Talking Heads cover band. We talk about Second City, her projects with Jon Langford (Mekons, Skull Orchard), the WOOZ of Vacaville, and recording with the legendary Muscle Shoals Swampers! Read More
  • Musician

Ep 69 DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON with musician Kip Uhlhorn

Sup Doc kicks off the jams with ROCKTOBER, a month long line-up of music docs and great guests. We hit the stage with The Devil and Daniel Johnston with our guest, musician Kip Uhlhorn! (With a guest appearance from Jack). The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a 2005 documentary film about the noted American musician Daniel Johnston. It chronicles Johnston's life from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his experiences with bipolar disorder, and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession. The film was directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, edited by Tyler Hubby, and produced by Henry S. Rosenthal. Read More
  • Sup Doc

What’s Sup October is Rocktober!

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast What’s Sup: Rocktober Spawned A Gremlin On 0ur newest What’s Sup Paco and George meet to discuss all the important stuff in life plus our ROCKTOBER MONTH of shows!... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 68 MAN VS SNAKE with comedian David Huntsberger

On Ep68 we talk with comedian David Huntsberger about Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler the inspirational and outrageous true story of one man's quest for the highest video game score ever. Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler is a 2016 documentary film directed by Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy. The film premiered on September 27, 2015 at Fantastic Fest Film Festival, followed by a Canadian premiere on April 17, 2016 and a worldwide release on June 24 of the same year. The film follows players as they try to accumulate a billion points on the 1982 arcade game, Nibbler, a feat first achieved by Tim McVey in 1984. Read More

Roger Ebert’s book on Herzog

News for Herzog and Ebert fans! Chaz Ebert announced the publication of a book collecting the legendary film critic’s essays on Herzog films and transcripts of interviews. The two men had massive respect for each... Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup: Tape Up Your Cameras

What’s Sup – Documentary news and chatter, Tape Up Your Cameras edition. Next week’s show Monday Sept 4th (Labor Day) we celebrate Werner Herzog‘s birthday with Bucky Sinister! The comedian/poet/novelist drops by to discuss his... Read More

Joan Didion documentary forthcoming on Netflix

Joan Didion never shied away from making herself the center of her stories, but news about a forthcoming documentary on her very private life in her own words has the internet slavering. The 82-year-old author... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 66 FATHERLESS with comedian/actor Baron Vaughn

On Ep 66 Paco and George met up with the talented and hilarious  Baron Vaughn to discuss the documentary Baron made called Fatherless. In America, one in four children grow-up in homes led by single mothers. This was the case for actor/comedian/writer Baron Vaughn (‘Grace and Frankie’) who, with the support of his mother, chose not to let a statistic define him and set out on a quest to search for the father he never knew. Baron’s journey and the revelations about his upbringing are chronicled with a flair for both the comedic and heartfelt in the new doc. Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 65 BEST OF ENEMIES with comedian Allen Strickland Williams

On episode 65 we sat down with comedian Allen Strickland Williams to discuss and dissect BEST OF ENEMIES and the relationship between two colossal minds and ideological opposites William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vida. Their series of riveting, nationally televised debates ushered in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup: Idiot Cookbook

Paco and George go over upcoming episodes with Allen Strickland Williams (Best Of Enemies: Buckley Vs. Vidal 2015) and Baron Vaughn‘s documentary Fatherless. Other topics discussed: Knoxville scene report and Paco’s LOST WEEKEND. FYF /... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 64 MUSCLE SHOALS with comedian Howard Kremer

On episode 64 of Sup Doc hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sit down with the very talented comedian/musician Howard Kremer. They talk about the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals celebrating Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The signature “Muscle Shoals sound” developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Howard and the boys also discuss Public Enemy, Hip Hop Evolution, docs vs biopics, high school band names, and Jello Biafra. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup: Jaw Bless

Every other Monday we check in with our listeners with an even less formal talk between George and Paco catching everyone up on Doc news, comedy shows, and our upcoming episode. Speaking of which: Next week July 24th the King of Summah Howard Kremer joins us to talk about the documentary MUSCLE SHOALS (2013, dir. Greg Camalier) Read More

George’s debut comedy record Word Origami

George’s first comedy EP, Word Origami, is now available on iTunes, streaming sites, and as a download for Sup Doc Patreon supporters! He had a nice interview on KQED Arts with Kevin Jones last week.... Read More
  • Producer

Ep 63 DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II with Bret Berg

Hosts Paco Romane and George Chen are joined by Alamo Drafthouse LA programmer Bret Berg to discuss The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988, Penelope Spheres). As a programmer for Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming Los Angeles location, Bret produces and hosts Alamo’s preliminary pop-up screenings in town. Read More

What’s Sup The Decline of Podcasting

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast What’s Sup The Decline of Podcasting Paco and George let you know about the episodes they’ve banked with LA guests, next week’s Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 62 LO AND BEHOLD with comedian Kristina Wong

Paco and George sit down with comedian/artist Kristina Wong to discuss LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD (2016). Along the way we learn about Kristina's practice, rapping in Uganda, trolling Trump on twitter, and our relationship to technology. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup Prog Of War

Paco and George discuss Marfa, TX, Get Me Roger Stone, Gong, Cary Grant, Kodi, Showtime shows, Long Strange Trip, Adam West, conspiracy culture, Prog Rock and more. Will Scovill appears as the Voice of God. Read More
  • Musician

Ep 60 D Tour with musician Pat Spurgeon (part 2)

Part 2 of our talk about D Tour (2009), George interviews drummer Pat Spurgeon, the subject of the documentary. We learn about Pat's early life as a musician moving from Bloomington to the Bay Area, waiting for organ transplants, and dealing with the medical system while touring in Rogue Wave. Though D Tour has the shape of a music documentary, it's about dealing with healthcare, mortality, and humor. Read More

Ep 58 TOWER with animation team Steph Swope, Craig Staggs

On Ep 58 Paco, George and producer Will sit down with the Craig Staggs and Steph Swope (Minnow Mountain) the animation director and producer of the 2016 documentary Tower. Tower is a 2016 animated documentary film directed by Keith Maitland about the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas at Austin. Read More
  • Podcaster

Ep 57 THIN BLUE LINE with Vince Mancini

We talk with comedian/podcaster (Film Drunk) Vince Mancini about The Thin Blue Line, a 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Adams' case was reviewed and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film's release. The Thin Blue Line has been lauded since its release, and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest documentaries ever made. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup Stops Making Sense

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast What’s Sup Stops Making Sense The entire month of May we cover True Crime documentaries in our MAYHEM series. This week we celebrate the life and work of Jonathan... Read More
  • Mayhem

May is MAYHEM Month – All TRUE CRIME docs

Sup Doc: A Documentary Film Podcast May is MAYHEM Month on Sup Doc! On each episode our guests talk about their favorite True Crime documentary the entire Month of May! Episode 56 comedian Allison Mick talks... Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup: May is Mayhem Month

Sup Doc: A Documentary Film Podcast What’s Sup: May Is Mayhem Month The entire month of May we cover True Crime documentaries in our MAYHEM series. We kick it off with Interview with a Serial Killer and... Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 55 CRUMB with comedian Wayne Federman

Paco and George were thrilled to have the comedy legend Wayne Federman over to talk about his favorite documentary CRUMB. Crumb is Terry Zwigoff's (Ghost World) first film about his longtime friend and bandmate, godfather of underground comics Robert Crumb. This doc soon expands its scope to the Crumb Brothers (Maxon and Charles) and ends up going many unexpected directions. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup: The J.T. Splits

Paco, George, and Will discuss next week's episode with Wayne Federman on CRUMB, our upcoming interview with Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave, D-Tour), ongoing Laura Albert drama, G.L.O.W., City of Gold, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and skateboarding docs. Read More
  • What's Sup

What’s Sup March 27, 2017

What's Sup are quick episodes where hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sit down with their producer Will Scovill to talk about what's happening in the world on documentaries, follow up’s, what's going on in their lives and what's coming up next on Sup Doc! Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 53 SIRIUS with comedian Ryan Singer

The very funny and informative Ryan Singer joined us to talk about Sirius, one of the most successful crowdfunded documentaries in history. The film explores an ongoing grassroots movement to get the U.S. government to reveal what it reportedly knows about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the availability of advanced alternative energy technologies that could greatly benefit everyone on Earth. Read More
  • Press

Sup Doc Picked As A Top 10 Podcast!

If you love documentaries you cannot miss these Podcasts For documentary lovers and filmmakers there is a rich list of Podcasts with different profiles and spoken in hundreds of languages. Guidedoc has selected for you... Read More

What’s Sup March 13, 2017

Sup Doc is trying out a new format in addition to letting you know about next week's episode (Episode 53 SIRIUS with Ryan Singer - coming out March 20th).Will Scovill (Producer for Sup Doc) joins Paco and George as we discuss Adam Curtis, The Tickle King, Serena Williams, Gimme Danger, Bright Lights, Netflix, and our new sponsor GuideDoc (GuideDoc has an app for your phone to watch docs! Go to this link and enter your email for a chance to WIN a free month! Read More
  • Musician

Ep 52 TICKLED with YACHT

This Week on Sup Doc, Paco and George talk with Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt from the band YACHT about one of 2016’s craziest documentaries, TICKLED! We also talk about feminist histories of the Internet, Halt and Catch Fire, cats, hidden Netflix test videos, sibling vs uncle torture. New Zealand journalists David Farrier and Dylan Reeve descend down a rabbit hole of an internet mystery that keeps adding stranger and stranger twists, and the drama has only heightened since the film’s release. Jona and Claire were excited to talk about Tickling, internet subculture and their many, many other projects (like their live score for ALIEN on March 9th at LACMA https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bring-the-noise-alien-with-new-live-music-by-yacht-tickets-32000728039). TICKLED can now be viewed on HBO and on HBOGO. http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/tickled Read More

Sup Doc Sponsor: GuideDoc

Sup Doc Podcast Welcomes New Sponsor GuideDoc joins Sup Doc! GuideDoc: Curated Docs. Discover and watch the world’s best hand-picked and award-winning docs from around the globe. New must-see documentaries each week! We show films with the capacity of turning anyone into a lover of the genre. Documentaries featuring shine light on hot topics or telling little but compelling stories, festival trotters or hidden gems, we have them all! At GuideDoc we are a team of documentary lovers that take very seriously the selection process of our films in order to amaze our spectators, avid consumers of the genre and with no time to waste. Our only rule is to have ground-breaking documentaries made by professionals storytellers. Read More

Listener Survey

Hey gang, It's been nearly TWO YEARS since we launched the show (started in May 2015). In all this time, we've been trying to figure out what you guys like and for the first time we thought "Let's ask them!" So below is a survey about your podcast consumption habits, your documentary watching habits, what you feel like Sup Doc is nailing and where we can improve. Should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete, it'll really help us out in terms of getting you the content you want! Thanks! Read More
  • Comedian

Ep 51 KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE with comedian Henry Phillips

On Episode 51 Sup Doc hosts George Chen and Paco Romane talk with comedian and musician Henry Phillips about his favorite doc THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE! Released in 2002, The Kid Stays in the Picture uses Evans' narration interspersed mostly with photographs from Evans' life as well as brief film footage from films such as Love Story, The Sun Also Rises, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, and The Godfather just to name a few...what makes this doc so great is Evans himself and how he changed Hollywood. Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on ‘Comedy Central Presents’, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, as well as satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. Read More

Rocktober! Month long music doc series!

ROCKTOBER! We talk music docs with great guests! Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast with comedians Paco Romane and George Chen Ep 69 – The Devil and Daniel Johnston with musician/composer Kip Uhlhorn (Bonus interview…

What’s Sup October is Rocktober!

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast What’s Sup: Rocktober Spawned A Gremlin On 0ur newest What’s Sup Paco and George meet to discuss all the important stuff in life plus our ROCKTOBER MONTH of shows!…

Roger Ebert’s book on Herzog

News for Herzog and Ebert fans! Chaz Ebert announced the publication of a book collecting the legendary film critic’s essays on Herzog films and transcripts of interviews. The two men had massive respect for each…

What’s Sup: Tape Up Your Cameras

What’s Sup – Documentary news and chatter, Tape Up Your Cameras edition. Next week’s show Monday Sept 4th (Labor Day) we celebrate Werner Herzog‘s birthday with Bucky Sinister! The comedian/poet/novelist drops by to discuss his…

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