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Ep 90 Andre The Giant with comedian Danielle Redford

Sup Doc Podcast: 2 Doc Nerds Recapping Reality

Sup Doc Ep 90 Andre The Giant with comedian Danielle Radford

On episode 90 hosts Paco Romane and George Chen grapple with the subject of wrestling and the HBO documentary Andre the Giant with the very knowledgeable and hilarious Danielle Radford

Did you know a kayfabe (KEI-feib) refers to the portrayal of events within wrestling as real?  We’ve been Kayfabe’ing our listeners for years now. Danielle has a podcast all about the world of wrestling called Tights and Fights on the Maximum Fun network. 

So, it made a lot of sense to talk to her about the 2018 doc Andre The Giant based on the life of professional wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff. The film features professional wrestlers and media personalities such as Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Billy Crystal, as well as family members discussing André’s life and gigantism.

André the Giant is a 2018 TV documentary film based on the life of French professional wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff (better known as André the Giant). The documentary covers André’s life with gigantismThe film features professional wrestlers and media personalities such as Vince McMahonHulk HoganPat PattersonTim WhiteRic FlairDave MeltzerArnold SchwarzeneggerBilly Crystal as well as family members discussing André’s life.

The film was executively produced by Janine Marmot and Bill Simmons, who had been interested in creating a documentary on André previously. The documentary was slated as focusing on his “upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and his forays in the entertainment world.

Ep 89 CENTRAL PARK FIVE with Kaseem Bentley and Lauren Stanton

Part 3 of our True Crime month of MAYhem

We conclude our MAYhem Month of True Crime docs! The Central Park Five doc looks at the wrongful convictions of 5 innocent teens. Did you know Donald J Trump took out a full page ads about the Central Park Five? “Muggers and murderers,” he wrote, “should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.” Though he didn’t refer to the teenagers by name, it was clear to anyone in NYC that he was referring to them.

Paco and George recap CENTRAL PARK FIVE with Kaseem Bentley and Lauren Stanton. We get into Trump, false accusations, and American injustice. Special thanks to The Comedy Store and Mike Schmidt for engineering and recording time.

The Central Park jogger case involved the violent assaultrape, and sodomy of Trisha Meili, a female jogger, in New York City‘s Central Park, on April 19, 1989. The attack left her in a coma for 12 days. Meili was a 28-year-old investment banker at the time, weighing under 100 pounds. The New York Times described the attack as “one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s.”

Sarah Burns, the daughter of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, worked for a summer as a paralegal in the office of one of the lawyers handling a lawsuit on behalf of those convicted in the case. The documentary was inspired by her undergraduate thesis, which was on the topic of racism in the media coverage of the event.

The documentary provides background, interviews, expert analysis, and details of associated facts related to the case and the conviction of five suspects. It presents analysis to suggest that the police should have connected Matias Reyes, who eventually confessed to the crime, to the case at the time that it happened. DNA evidence identified him as the sole contributor of the semen found in and on the rape victim.

The five convicted juveniles sued New York City in 2003, nine years prior to the release of the documentary, for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. Ken Burns said he hoped the film would push the city to settle the case against it. The city settled the case for $41 million in 2014, after Bill de Blasio became mayor. As of December 2014, the five men were pursuing an additional $52 million in damages from New York State in the New York Court of Claims.

Kaseem Bentley‘s no-holds-barred style commands your attention even when the check is dropping. Currently he doesn’t have an agent, manager, or a million Twitter followers, but club bookers still take a chance on him. Kaseem has appeared on Viceland, NBC SeeSo, KQED, and Rooftop Comedy, and was named one of SF Weekly’s Comics To Watch.

Lauren Stanton is a Los Angeles based writer, podcast-crasher & dog mom. Enjoys long snacks on the beach and also, please don’t touch my hair.

MAYhem Month on Sup Doc! 3 Great True Crime Docs the last 3 Mondays in May

Sup Doc A Documentary Podcast: Ep 87 WEST OF MEMPHIS with filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth

Part 1 of our Mayhem True Crime series starts off with West of Memphis. We recap this follow up to the Paradise Lost series with horror filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. Gavin is shooting a new feature film this summer and make sure to check out his newly released music videos for artist SYML titled “Body” and “The War“!

Canadian born director Gavin Michael Booth’s film, music video and commercial work has been featured around the globe in theatres, on television and online. His work includes collaborations with Third Eye Blind, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Blumhouse, Royal Bank of Canada and more. Currently, LA based, Gavin is available for projects in the U.S. & Canada.

I have followed the West Memphis 3 case since the ’90s and feel this is the decisive documentary on the subject – Gavin Booth

As with the Paradise Lost film and its two sequelsWest of Memphis follows the events of the West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin) were arrested for the murders of three 8-year old children.

The West Memphis Three were subsequently convicted of murder and remained in prison for more than 18 years. West of Memphis focuses on Terry Hobbs, stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of the victims of the 1993 crime, as a potential suspect.  There is physical evidence linking Hobbs to the crime, a history of violent behavior and his lack of an alibi for the time the murders were committed, as well as damaging statements made by his ex-wife, former neighbors, and most recently his own nephew, who claims Hobbs confessed to him. The film reveals that inexplicably Terry Hobbs was not interviewed by police at the time of the murders.

Since the 1996 release of the HBO Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky documentary, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, supporters protested the innocence of the West Memphis Three. Much like the Paradise Lost films, West of Memphis chronicles the history of the imprisoned men all the way up to the eventual release through interviews conducted with lawyers, judges, journalists, family members, witnesses, and the West Memphis Three themselves. With the January 2012 HBO premiere of the third Paradise Lost film, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, there were two documentary films on the subject within a year.

West of Memphis premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012, at the Deauville American Film Festival on September 2, 2012, and at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012

Mayhem Month 2018

Three Great True Crime Docs in May

Our annual Mayhem Month returns! We present 3 great True Crime docs with our great guests: Gavin Booth, Andy Sell, Kaseem Bentley, and Lauren Stanton

Ep 87: West Of Memphis with horror filmmaker Gavin Booth – Monday May 14th

Ep 88: Cropsey with comedian Andy Sell – Monday May 21st

Ep 89: Central Park Five with comedian Kaseem Bentley and Lauren Stanton – Monday May 28th

And if you want to dig into some past True Crime episodes, check out last year’s Mayhem series

Ep 56 Interview With A Serial Killer with comedian Allison Mick

Ep 57 Thin Blue Line with Vince Mancini

Ep 58 Tower with Craig Staggs and Steph Swope 

and check out these other true crime back episodes:

Ep 35 OJ:Made In America with Greg Edwards and Harmon Leon

Ep 23 Making A Murderer with Red Scott

Ep 3 The Imposter with Beth Lisick

Ep 86 THE ZEN DIARIES OF GARRY SHANDLING with comedian Wayne Federman

Sup Doc Podcast – Doc Nerds having funny conversations with interesting guests about their favorite docs

Sup Doc: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling with comedian Wayne Federman

Wayne Federman with hosts Paco Romane and George Chen

It’s the return of Wayne Federman! Our first repeat solo interview guest. George and Paco met up with Wayne at his new house in Los Angeles to discuss the new HBO doc The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Wayne was a co-producer on the film and was a close friend of Garry’s. Wayne reflected on his time playing in Garry’s now infamous Sunday basketball games, his time acting with Garry on The Larry Sanders Show, his first time meeting Judd Apatow when they were both young comedians plus Wayne’s International Film Festival, musical comedians, and much much more.

“It’s a show about people trying to get love, and shit gets in the way.” 

That’s how the late Garry Shandling described his groundbreaking sitcom The Larry Sanders Show, an inside-showbiz series about the office culture surrounding a talk show. But the line also sums up the life of Garry Shandling as described by his friend, collaborator, and showbiz pupil Judd Apatow in his two-part documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, premiering Monday night on HBO.

Apatow’s long (four-and-a-half hour!) tribute to the TV pioneer is the best, most focused thing he’s done since Freaks and Geeks. Zen Diaries is an intimate documentary about the man and his work, drawn from an extraordinary array of personal material, including home movies of Shandling’s childhood and adolescence in Arizona, photographs from every phase of his life, lengthy scenes and behind-the-scenes clips from The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and excerpts from the handwritten diaries he kept from the late 1970s until his death in 2016. The diary entries have a personality all their own. As pictured in tight closeups, one or two phrases at a time, they’re art objects in themselves, as if somebody recorded a lifetime’s worth of muttered comments into bathroom mirrors and transcribed them in cursive.

Shandling, for those less familiar with his work, was part of a wave of 1970s, Los Angeles-based comics who made stand-up more lifelike and less shticky. He created Showtime’s It’s Garry Shandling’s Show(another all-time great) and Larry Sanders, which has been credited with inspiring dozens of other sitcoms, including both versions of The Office. He was the first person to be named permanent guest host of The Tonight Show, then one of the most prestigious gigs in television. His C.V. is impressive enough, but where The Zen Diaries really excels is in its understanding of his psychology. – Vulture

Wayne Federman is an American comedian, actor, author, writer, comedy historian, and musician. He is noted for numerous stand-up comedy appearances in clubs, theaters, and on television; a biography of “Pistol” Pete Maravich; and supporting comedic acting roles in The X-Files, The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Crashing, Legally Blonde, 50 First Dates, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Step Brothers. He was the head monologue writer for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in its first season.

Ep 85 WILD WILD COUNTRY with journalist Richard Parks III

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast with great guests, interesting docs and some horrible impressions

We implore you, have you seen the six-part Netflix docu-series WILD WILD COUNTRY yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

When the Rajneesh movement and their leader the Bhagwan came to rural Oregon in the 1980s was it just a clash of cultures (worldly orange-clad hippies vs. conservative townspeople) or a mafia-style hostile takeover? The directors Maclain and Chapman Way (The Battered Bastards of Baseball) have crafted a twisting drama with unearthed videotape of the Rajneeshpuram saga, plus new interviews with many key players.

Our guest is journalist-podcaster/multi-hyphenate Los Angeles native, Richard Parks III. Richard has written for Lucky Peach, the New York Times, and McSweeney’s. He has created a radio drama with Wayne Coyne, the short doc Music Man Murray, a documentary about Biosphere2, and contributed to Snap Judgement and KCRW’s Lost Notes.

While most of you reading this may not know the name Bhagwan Rajneesh, those who were around to watch the news in the early 1980s can tell you that he was a massive story around the country. That’s because Rajneesh and his followers spent $125 million back in 1981 to build Rajneeshpuram in in the Oregon desert, a 64,000-acre “utopia,” complete with a hospital, schools, restaurants, a shopping mall, and their own airport. What happened there and in the surrounding area is so far-fetched that you won’t believe it’s all true.

As you can see in the trailer (below), one of the great things about the doc is the way the filmmakers weave footage from the actual events in alongside new interviews with the people involved.

Ep 84 AMERICAN MOVIE with comedian Drew Platt

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Sup Doc Podcast: American Movie with comedian Drew Platt

On Episode 84 of Sup Doc host Paco Romane sat down with comedian, writer and cook Drew Platt. Not only is Drew a great comedian, he is equally adept in the kitchen. Drew made some delicious Wiener schnitzel. They ate and drank some tasty brews and watched American Movie. One of the greatest docs ever made and one of Paco’s favorites. Paco and Drew also discuss comedy, small towns, the entertainment biz and so much more! You won’t want to miss this one!

(American Movie Review) If you’ve ever wanted to make a movie, see “American Movie,” a documentary about someone who wants to make a movie more than you do. Mark Borchardt may want to make a movie more than anyone else in the world. He is a 30-year-old, odd-job man from Menomonee Falls, Wis., who has been making movies since he was a teenager and dreams of an epic about his life, which will be
titled “Northwestern,” and be about “rust and decay.” I admire his spirit, and I even admire certain shots in the only Borchardt film I have seen, “Coven.” I saw it at the 1999 Sundance film festival–not because it was invited there, but because after the midnight premiere of “American Movie,” there wasn’t a person in the theater who didn’t want to stay and see Mark’s 35-minute horror film, which we see him making during the course of the documentary.

“American Movie” is a very funny, sometimes very sad documentary directed by Chris Smith and produced by Sarah Price, about Mark’s life, his friends, hisfamily, his films and his dreams. From one point of view, Mark is a loser, a man who has spent his adult life making unreleased and sometimes unfinished movies with titles such as “The More the Scarier III.” He plunders the bank account of his elderly Uncle Bill for funds to continue, he uses his friends and hapless local amateur actors as his cast, he enlists his mother as his cinematographer, and his composer and best friend is a guy named Mike Schank who, after one drug trip too many, seems like the twin of Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob.

Borchardt’s life is a daily cliffhanger involving poverty, desperation, discouragement and diehard ambition. He’s behind on his child support payments, he drinks too much, he can’t even convince his ancient Uncle Bill that he has a future as a moviemaker. Bill lives in a trailer surrounded by piles of magazines that he possibly subscribed to under the impression he would win the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. He brightens slightly when Mark shows him the portrait of an actress. “She wants to be in your movie, Bill!” Bill studies the photo: “Oh, my gorsh!”  Some of the scenes could work in a screwball comedy. One involves an actor being thrown headfirst through a kitchen cabinet. To capture the moment, Mark recruits his long-suffering Swedish-American mother, Monica, to operate the camera, even though she complains she has shopping to do. He gets on the floor behind his actor, who finds out belatedly that Mark’s special-effects strategy is simply to ram his head through the door. The first time, the actor’s head bounces off. Mark prepares for take two. One reason to see “Coven” is to appreciate that shot knowing what we know now.He has inspired the loyalty of his friends and crew members, and his girlfriend observes that if he accomplishes 25 percent of what he hopes to do, “that’ll be more than most people do.”

DREW PLATT IS A STANDUP COMIC FROM SOUTH MISSISSIPPI WHO STARTED DOING COMEDY IN NEW ORLEANS. AFTER DOING SEVERAL FESTIVALS IN THE SOUTH INCLUDING SXSW AND FUN, FUN, FUN FEST HE MOVED TO SAN FRANCISCO WHERE HE’S PERFORMED AT SOME OF THE COUNTRIES BEST COMEDY CLUBS, INCLUDING THE PUNCH LINE, COBB’S COMEDY CLUB, THE COMEDY STORE & THE LAUGH FACTORY. DREW CURRENTLY LIVES IN LOS ANGELES, AND HAS OPENED FOR COMEDIANS SUCH AS LOUIS C.K., MICHELLE WOLF, MICHAEL IAN BLACK, DAVID ALAN GRIER AND MANY MORE.
HE’S VERY EXCITED TO BE RECORDING HIS DEBUT ALBUM WITH BLONDE MEDICINE THIS SUMMER.

Ep 83 MAN ON WIRE with comedian Alex Hooper

On Ep 83 we sat down with comedian Alex Hooper to talk about the Academy award-winning documentary Man On Wire. Alex has a strong connection to this doc because he recently started slacklining and as we discover there is more than a casual connection between walking on a wire without a net and performing comedy! Alex’s new comedy album Hugs. Drugs. Pugs is currently available on AST Records!

Man on Wire is a 2008 British-American biographical documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit‘s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center. It is based on Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds, released in paperback with the title Man on Wire. The title of the film is taken from the police report that led to the arrest (and later release) of Petit, whose performance had lasted for almost one hour. The film is crafted like a heist film, presenting rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments (with Paul McGill as the young Petit) and present-day interviews with the participants, including Barry Greenhouse, an insurance executive who served as the inside man.

“Most of the movie involves figuring out how Philippe and his team will get into the towers to rig the line. The commitment to detail is incredible. I love that they are doing something illegal, but it doesn’t hurt anyone or anything. There isn’t a specific moment as this is most of the film but the pure desire to get it done is more impressive to me than the actual walk.”

-Alex Hooper

Man on Wire competed in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary. In February 2009, the film won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Sup Doc LIVE! “THE UNITED STATES OF DETROIT” with comedian Karinda Dobbins and director Tyler Norwood

Join us for what will be a great night of watching “The United States of Detroit” and after the screening join us for a a panel discussion with comedian (Detroit Native) Karinda Dobbins and the director Tylor Norwood. We’re very excited to moderate this panel for a LIVE Sup Doc recording at the amazing The New Parkway Theater in Oakland.

This is what a comeback looks like: grassroots efforts led by the inspiring people of Detroit, MI.

Detroiters today fight for survival and growth in a city with an uncertain future, and work tirelessly to improve their communities in spite of the lack of resources. Like many cities in the US, the legacy of broken infrastructure has made Detroit an unstable metro area, yet these characters find ways to succeed and thrive by activating the power of their community and make progress in the struggle to take back their neighborhoods from the forces of economic decline and mismanagement.

Get TICKETS HERE!

When: Showing on Tuesday April 17 2018
Time: 7:00 PM (screening first then panel discussion)
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Trailer – The United States of Detroit from Tylor Norwood on Vimeo.

Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.

To date, she has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.

Ep 82 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH with writer Tony Dushane

Sup Doc A Documentary Podcast celebrating the good, bad and ugly of all things docs with insightful interviews, unscripted humor, games and the occasional horrible impressions.

On Episode 82 Paco and George welcome guest and author Tony Dushane to talk about 20,000 Days On Earth the film that examines a day in the life of music icon Nick Cave. We get into music, religion, creativity and even writing tips from Tony, who teaches novel writing at UCLA Extension.

Tony DuShane is the author and screenwriter of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, published by Soft Skull Press and directed by Eric Stoltz.

His journalism and essays has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Penthouse, The Rumpus, The Believer, and other media outlets. He was a music columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle and wrote 100s of articles covering books, film, and music for the newspaper between 2006 – 2015. His radio show and podcast Drinks with Tony ran from 2002 – 2015 and included many guests including Steve Buscemi, Nick Cave, Richard Hell, Chelsea Handler, Miranda July, and more.

20,000 Days on Earth is a 2014 British musical documentary drama film co-written and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Nick Cave also co-wrote the script with Forsyth and Pollard. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 20 January 2014. It won two Awards at the festival.

After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Drafthouse Films acquired distribution rights of the film. The film released on 17 September 2014 in United States.

Ep 81 CITY OF GOLD with comedian Karl Hess

Sup Doc Podcast: Documentaries. Comedy and God Knows What Else

City Of Gold with comedian Karl Hess

This episode is sponsored by Hoppin Hot Sauce!

On today’s episode, George talks Los Angeles and food adventures with comedian and foodie Karl Hess.

(We also have Bonus conversation on Patreon by Karl and George about specific LA restaurants, living in Spain, comedy, and working catering.)

Jonathan Gold is an American food critic who currently writes for the Los Angeles Times and has previously written for LA Weekly and Gourmet. He is also a regular on KCRW’s Good Food radio program. Gold often chooses small, ethnic restaurants for his reviews, although he covers all types of cuisine. CITY OF GOLD also explores the rigor, knowledge and compassion that makes Jonathan’s style of criticism stand apart. Jonathan Gold maps Los Angeles through his Odyssey-like quests for new food experiences so that we too can discover and understand our city.

Featured in the film are Roy Choi, David Chang and Peter Meehan (of Lucky Peach and Ugly Delicious), and Ludo Lefebvre, as well as the chefs and owners behind some of Gold’s favorites: Jitlada (Southern Thai), Guelaguetza (Oaxacan), Meals by Genet (Ethiopian), and Chengdu Taste (Sichuan).

Karl Hess is a person & stand-up comedian, writer, host and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He is the only person ever to do all of those things. He also enjoys tacos and leisure.

Karl has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, SXSW, San Francisco Sketchfest, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta at which he was a finalist, HellYes Fest in Austin & New Orleans, the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver and numerous others whose inclusion might render this biographical blurb unwieldy and verbose, which, let’s be honest, nobody here has time for. He has been featured on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest..”, FUSE, AXS TV, numerous national commercials, written for MTV, contributed to VICE, is a host of The Elite Daily Show on the go90 network, and he plays regularly at the top shows in LA, as well as all across this great nation.

Karl is also co-host of the comedy food podcast Yelling About Pâté along with Executive Chef Joel Miller. Rolling Stone called Yelling About Pâté “your new favorite show,” and The A.V. Club hailed it as “a great listen.”

Jonathan Gold and George

George makes Jonathan Gold sign his Human Hands LP

Ep 80 I AM SAM KINISON with director Adrian Buitenhuis

Sup Doc Podcast A Documentary Film/Comedy Podcast

On today’s episode we spoke with the Director of I AM SAM KINISON, Adrian Buitenhuis. We learn about his start in documentary filmmaking, and why the legacy of Sam Kinison is worth revisiting decades after his cultural peak  and his untimely death.

I AM SAM KINISON is available on iTunes and The Paramount Network, the recent rebrand of Spike TV.

I Am Sam Kinison is a feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic who repurposed his pulpit-honed chops to the brazen rock ‘n roll world of MTV-era comedy. Following a steep trajectory to fame, excess, despair and near-redemption, Sam meets a sudden and early death when struck by a drunk driver in 1992. Using extensive clips from his comedy specials that cover some of his favorite topics including marriage, women, homosexuality, God, religion and world hunger Sam tells much of his story himself in a barrage of comedic feints and blows, shrieking and misanthropic riffing. Added perspective is provided by a dynamic cast of friends, family, fellow comics and celebrity party-mates, augmented by animated sequences that illustrate and add color to energetic and often hilarious interviews. Key interviews include the inspired storytelling of Jay Leno, Bill Burr, Ted Nugent, Charlie Sheen, Joe Rogan, Corey Feldman, Bob Saget, Tommy Chong, Ron Jeremy, and others.

Starting with a childhood head injury, Sam’s story plots a course of failure, from his time as a Pentecostal preacher, culminating in a humiliating marriage. Finally stepping onto a comedy club stage in Houston, he finds his voice and true calling but it takes years of struggle before mainstream audiences are ready to hear his message. Yet with all the unbridled profligacy of his eventual fame and fortune, Sam never loses his faith in God and his raucous story is replete with biblical themes fueled by sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. I Am Sam Kinison shocks, shticks and screams its way through a life and a wild career that shattered the status quo and changed comedy forever.

Samuel Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to charismatic preachers, and punctuated by his trademark scream.

Adrian Buitenhuis‘s ability to engage with people and convey their personal stories has created an intimate body of documentary work that continues to grow. Adrian has directed and produced documentaries for Sony Pictures, CBS and Vice Media among others. Since joining forces with Network Entertainment, he has directed documentaries on Pablo Escobar & Suge Knight as part of the seven-part series, Facing, for National Geographic. I Am Heath Ledger is the first of two feature-length documentaries he is directing in the I AM series this year.

Ep 79 KUMARE with comedian Krista Fatka

Sup Doc A Documentary Podcast with comedians Paco Romane and George Chen

We sat down with comedian Krista Fatka. Krista recently won first place in The Sacramento Comedy Competition and along with Paco Romane produces The Charm Offensive at the San Francisco Punch Line. With over a decade of performance experience in circus and theater, she’s as comfortable on stage as she is in a room full of clowns. Which is to say, pretty comfy.

Krista wanted to discuss Vikram Gandhi’s 2012 documentary KUMARE. Gandhi, a lapsed Hindu, conducts an experiment posing as a guru named Kumare. Kumare/Gandhi attracts a number of followers in Arizona and is surprised to find they are getting genuine benefits from his deception. The question is when and how he’ll reveal the truth behind Kumare?

To record the documentary, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, by adopting a fake Indian accent and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers.

Kumaré premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), where it received the festival’s Feature Film Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Gandhi came up with the idea of a fictional guru while recording another documentary film about yogis and their followers.

We discuss a lot in this episode: comparing this film to prank-based non-fiction like Nathan For You and Borat, Cafe Gratitude, past scams we’ve been victim to, and spiritual seeking for cynics.

Ep 78 Jim and Andy The Great Beyond with comedian Molly Sanchez

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast with funny interviews, games and discourse

On Ep 78 host Paco Romane sits down with comedian/writer Molly Sanchez to talk, dissect and deconstruct the doc Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.
Due to technical difficulties host George Chen couldn’t attend so Paco and Molly talk hella smack about George but also get into comedy, movies, writing and much more! Using 100 hours of footage from the set of “Man on the Moon,” filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey’s transformation into legendary performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.

Molly Sanchez is a writer, comedian and lover of burritos everywhere. As a standup she has performed at the San Francisco Punchline, Cobbs Comedy Club, The Comedy Store LA, and various hives of scum and villainy around the world. She’s been featured in The She Devil Comedy Fest in New York, The She Devil Fest in Toronto and once Margaret Cho said her dress was pretty. Her improv “career” started at San Francisco State with Improv Nation and now proudly continues with Group Text. Molly also hosts the one season only TV show podcast “Failure To Launch“.

Show Notes:
After Mash: Potter, Mulcahy and Klinger reunite after the Korean War on the staff at a Missouri hospital.

First episode date: September 26, 1983

Final episode date: May 31, 1985

No. of episodes: 31 (1 unaired in America)

Molly on Twitter: @SeriousMolly

Bonus Content – Netflix and ASMR with the band YACHT

We have bonus content on our Patreon page!

In this bonus content hosts Paco Romane and George Chen talked with the amazing band YACHT (Claire Evans, Jona Bechtolt) about secret Netflix test videos, ASMR You can hear this great chat and others for as low as $1 a month! We also have great Sup Doc swag for all of our patreon supporters as well!

You can hear the full episode 52 (minus the bonus content) here!

Bonus Content – Halloween, Reagan and Tickle King with Wayne Federman

We have bonus content on our Patreon page!

In this bonus content hosts Paco Romane and George Chen talked with the legendary comedian Wayne Federman about Halloween, Ronald Reagan’s SAG career, and the Tickled follow-up doc The Tickle King! You can hear this great chat and others for as low as $1 a month! We also have great Sup Doc swag for all of our patreon supporters as well!

Bonus Content – The Supernatural and UFO’s with Ryan Singer

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In this bonus content, hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sat down with comedian Ryan Singer. They talk about UFO’s, The Supernatural, JFK and Atacama. You can listen to this bonus content and others for as low as $1 a month donation! Plus you get awesome swag as well!

Bonus Content – Jazz and Record Shopping with Adam Mansbach

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Listen to host Paco Romane and guest Adam Mansbach talk about records, record collecting and jazz! Adam is the author of the best-selling book Go The F**k To Sleep and the biopic Barry currently on Netflix. You can hear this great talk and get great Sup Doc swag for as low as $1 monthly donation!

Listen to the full interview here!

2017 Recap: Requiem For A Streaming Service

Sup Doc A Documentary Film Podcast

Sherbie and his Pawcast

Hosts Paco Romane and George Chen recap some highlights of the show in 2017. We have a lot of documentaries, guests, theme month and live shows to talk discuss! Ah memories! We recorded this before the recent Morgan Spurlock news.