Don't Be Alone with Jay Kogen

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Don’t Be Alone with Jay Kogen is a comedy/advice podcast trying to fight the isolation of modern life. Each episode, Award winning TV writer/comedian/philosopher Jay Kogen has a conversation with a friend about how to solve the problems on Jay’s mind. These friends happen to be famous comics, musicians, actors, artists, writers, and sometimes even his family. It’s an entertaining, fun, and thoughtful show meant to bond us through humor, experience, and empathy.

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Bryan Cranston Details Why His Life Is So Much Better Than Jay's
4d ago
Bryan Cranston Details Why His Life Is So Much Better Than Jay's
Bryan talks about commiting to craft and giving up on whether you get the gig. We compare notes about growing up in the valley without adult supervision, writing, why celebrities feel better with other celebrities, the difference between Tequila and Mezcal, having kids in the arts, getting your heart broken in 5th grade, the lessons of struggling, and only doing what you are passionate about. Also we chat about the fact that, sometimes, you have to play a character just to get through real life.Bio: Bryan Cranston is an Academy Award nominee, and an Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Tony, and Olivier Award winner. He most recently starred on the second season of Showtime’s hit drama series, Your Honor, which he also executive produced. On the big screen, Cranston re-teamed with Wes Anderson and starred in his ensemble feature, Asteroid City - which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and was released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures globally. Additionally, Cranston stars in Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle which will be released by Apple TV+ on February 2. Cranston made his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way and produced the HBO film adaptation through his production company, Moonshot Entertainment. In 2018, Cranston starred as the iconic Howard Beale in Ivo van Hove’s Network on London’s West End and on Broadway. Cranston is best known for his portrayal of two very different characters - Hal on the sit-com Malcolm in the Middle, and Walter White on the drama series, Breaking Bad. Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life in Parts, where he revisits the many parts he’s played on and off camera. In 2019, Cranston and his Breaking Bad co-star, Aaron Paul, released an artisanal Mezcal, “Dos Hombres”, which has grown to become the 5th bestselling mezcal in the United States.
Stephen Root Tells Jay Why He’ll Never Fit In
Jan 30 2024
Stephen Root Tells Jay Why He’ll Never Fit In
Stephen Root is a genius actor who brought humanity to the character of the outsider. Jay and Stephen share the feeling of being on the outside and how that makes being an artist more insightful but being a guy at a party more of a drag. Stephen talks about the art of acting and auditioning and what it’s like to finally be able to tell the producers “no” when it’s not something he wants to do. Jay, on the other hand, talks about whoring himself out for just about anything which explains why he’s on a podcast in the first place.Bio: Yeah, Stephen Root will be in the business about 47 years this year. He started out in 1976 doing a lot of theater, touring, New York off Broadway, finally Broadway stuff, then some movies and stuff, commercials, what have you. He will probably be remembered for the first half of his career for a couple of Mike Judge projects, Office Space, and King of the HIll. In the second half he did lots of television, some movies and a lot of animation. Probably best remembered in that half for the movie Get Out, and a lot of HBO shows, the last of which was Barry, with Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. That was good, we think. He can be seen recently in the sci-fi show epic called Beacon 23 for MGM plus. Good luck finding that. Still working occasionally he does lots of animation projects, and again some TV and movie stuff. I think that’s it, it’s all we can remember anyway, as Harry Nilsson says, nobody cares about the railroads anymore.From Straw Hut Media
Phil Rosenthal Tells Why Jay Doesn’t Deserve Good Things
Dec 26 2023
Phil Rosenthal Tells Why Jay Doesn’t Deserve Good Things
The great writer/actor/food & travel show host, Phil Rosenthal talks Jay down from feeling bad about undeserved success. Phil claims dumb luck is part of the game. They also talk about good times, Jack Benny, spoiled kids, great show-running, enjoying life, being able to connect with people no matter what.Bio:Phil Rosenthal is the award-winning creator, executive producer, and host of “Somebody Feel Phil,” as well as a New York Times Best Selling Author. “Somebody Feed Phil” – one of Netflix’s most popular food and travel shows. Rosenthal has expanded his love of humor, food, and human connection by launching his first podcast “Naked Lunch,” co-hosted with his friend and longtime ROLLING STONE journalist David Wild. Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the comedy series “Down the Shore” and “Coach.” In 1995, Rosenthal created the hit CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” which premiered the following year. Rosenthal launched Somebody Feed the People, an initiative of the Rosenthal Family Foundation that supports organizations making an impact and building community through food, addressing food access and insecurity, supporting chefs and restaurant workers, creating employment pathways, and strengthening the health of our food systems. Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.From Straw Hut Media
Richard Kind Explains Why He’s Allowed To Say Anything He Wants and Jay Isn’t
Dec 12 2023
Richard Kind Explains Why He’s Allowed To Say Anything He Wants and Jay Isn’t
Character actor extraordinaire, Richard Kind, talks about having the authenticity and self confidence to speak his mind and get away with it. He says having a healthy ego and approaching the world with joy give him permission to say just about anything. And how that confidence goes into his landing acting jobs and parenting his children. We also talk about the loss of Matthew Perry and the horror of eating dinner by yourself. Bio: Richard Kind, a Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee for the Broadway hit The Big Knife, is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Kind starred as Sam Meyers in Red Oaks, and as Arthur in the Coen Brothers, A Serious Man. He appeared in the Best Picture Academy Award-winning Argo. Additional film credits include The Visitor and The Station Agent, among many others, as well as voicing characters in A Bug’s Life and Cars. In television, besides his infamous roles on Spin City, Mad About You, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Kind starred in the acclaimed HBO drama series Luck and Gotham. On stage, Kind has starred in the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Candide, and Bounce, among others. Kind started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger. Then moved on to Second City and the rest… is history.From Straw Hut Media