Any Time with Vin Forte

Any Time with Vin Forte Podcast

'Any Time with Vin Forte' is an interview-based pop-culture podcast hosted by Vin Forte and brought to you by DAPS.TV. Every other week, Vin brings you an extended interview with everyone from actors, writers, musicians, video game programmers, and everyone in between.

Episode 68: "You Can't Rush Yourself" [Guest: Gaby Dunn]
Gaby Dunn is a writer, actress, author, and podcaster who you may know from her web series 'Just Between Us' with Allison Raskin or her successful podcast 'Bad With Money' which debuted the first episode of it's third season this week. This episode Gaby returns to the podcast to discuss shopping addictions and bad spending habits, learning not to be too reactionary, the evolution of the content creator scene over the past 8 years, how you should try not to rush through life when you are younger, writing a h...

Episode 67: "Done is Better Than Good" [Guest: Nina Bargiel]
Nina Bargiel is a TV writer and transmedia producer who has worked on projects for your kids & teenagers for the past 18 years (Lizzy McGuire, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Valemont). This episode we discuss the struggles of getting into any kind of writing profession, how transmedia benefits a show or project, the ten year anniversary of the Writers Guild of America strike, the lasting impact of awkward comedy, the false perception of pit bulls, and much more! Subscribe to 'Any Time' on iTunes and ...

Episode 66: "Being Part of the Community" [Guests: Ron Hill & Nick Purpura]
JHU Comics has been a staple of the NYC comic book scene for over 30+ years. But like many small businesses, increasing rent prices and rapid gentrification have pushed them out of their current location. Fortunately, they have been able to find a new home on short notice, but it needs around $30,000 in repairs & moving expenses to get up and running. Owners Ron Hill & Nick Purpura have turned to GoFundMe to help mitigate these costs and have been greeted with open arms by the comic book community past and ...


Episode 65: "Doing the Cake Dance" [Guest: Steve Whalen]
Steve Whalen is a comedian who has some great insight into the current NYC comedy scene and has been featured on shows like Difficult People, Crashing, High Maintenance, and can be seen every week on The Special Without Brett Davis. This episode we discuss breaking into the Screen Actors Guild, getting punched on the set of Law & Order, influential comedies that deserve more awareness, Tiger electronics, working on different movie sets, and more! Follow Steve at www.stevewhalenmrjokes.com  Full episode reca...

Episode 64: "Cartoon Buffoons" [Guest: Mady G]
Mady G is a comic artist and illustrator. They also co-host a podcast with me on Youtube called 'Cartoon Buffoons' all about animation. This episode, I'm choosing to highlight and promote one of our recent conversations about the 90s Cartoon Network showcase classics "CN Groovies" and "What-A-Cartoon"! Mady G on Twitter: @MadyGComics Me on Twitter: @MightyVin   Next episode: March 2nd!...

Episode 63: "None Of Us Are Smooth At All" [Guest: Mary Houlihan]
Comedian Mary Houlihan joins me this episode for a wide-ranging discussion including talking about her interview with Martin Shkreli, Mr. Rogers, the original 151 Pokemon, re-evaluating old problematic media, the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, high school teachers that moonlight as wrestlers, the pure joy of King of the Hill, old cookbook food, and more!   Next episode: February 16th!...


Episode 62: "History Will Write Itself" [Guest: Todd Glass]
Todd Glass is a comedian who has a Netflix Special premiering January 23rd and hosts The Todd Glass Show on the Nerdist network. This episode, Todd and I pick up right where we left off the last time he was on and get into a substantive conversation about various social issues related to comedy, putting things in proper context, discussing which hills people decide to die on over, understanding the type of audience you cultivate, people who prop up strawman arguments, the joy in being able to admit when you...

Episode 61: "Pot Pies and Ovaltine" [Guest: Joe Rumrill]
Joe Rumrill is a comedian who has his hand in many different cookie jars around the NYC comedy scene. Listen as we kick off 2018 with a loose, fun conversation about golden age animation, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sunday comic strips, comedy, Sesame Street & The Muppets, what the kids today are into, the uncanniness of the Spongebob musical, and much more!  Joe Rumrill on Twitter: @2tonbug Me on Twitter: @mightyvin Full episodes: www.daps.tv Music by: www.soundcloud.com/udachi   Next episode: Janu...

Episode 60: "2017 Holiday Special" [Guests: Stuart Ashen, Paul Gannon, Eli Silverman]
It's the 2017 Holiday Special! This year the theme is a very cheap and British Christmas as past guests Stuart Ashen (Youtuber, Author) and Paul & Eli from CheapShow Podcast come together for a roundtable conversation about the holidays, fast food, Christmas Number Ones, Holiday Crackers, Black Friday, and generally all-things festive! Big thanks to Steve Horsley (@Horsenburger on Twitter) for the teletext episode artwork! & Matt Wilson (mattwilsonmusic.bandcamp.com) for this year's holiday cover of the the...


Episode 59: "Cannoli Driven Nightlife Dancing" [Guest: Brian Bonz]
Brian Bonz is a singer/songwriter who has toured around the world as a solo artist as well as a part of Kevin Devine's backing band. He also, along with Filmmaker Mike Rizzo, are launching a new web series based off their cult comedy music project 'Bobo Touch.' Brian is also currently starring the the short sci-fi film 'Pumpkin,' which is currently seeking distribution. This episode we discuss the idea of bands touring vs saturating a single city, the generational shift between what constitutes success as a...

Episode 58: "Why You Gotta Ruin Christmas?" [Guest: Daniel Kibblesmith]
Daniel Kibblesmith is a writer for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and the author of a new Christmas picturebook called 'Santa's Husband' (with illustrations by AP Quach). This episode we discuss how a tweet led to the book's creation, the positive response and reacting to the backlash by some, sexual assault relating to the comedy community, the stigma some people still have regarding depression, The Late Show's 'Russia Week', and more! Daniel on Twitter: @Kibblesmith Me on Twitter: @MightyVin Full ep...

Episode 57: "Right Place, Right Time, Right People" [Guest: Marc Summers]
Marc Summers is known as the host of the Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare,' 'What Would You Do?,' as well as 'Unwrapped' on the Food Network, which he has become a big personality on in the second act of his career. He has been promoting a documentary on his life called 'On Your Marc,' which is currently in the process of solidifying a distributor. This episode we discuss Marc's early years as a stand-up and warm-up comic, working at The Comedy Store, Double Dare 2000, the transition from Nickelodeon to Food Netw...


Episode 56: "Comedy Showcase Special"
This week is a very special episode, as I look back on the first two years of the show and highlight clips from 10 comedians/writers. Newer listeners will be in for a real treat and longtime ones will enjoy revisiting some great moments from comedians Paul Scheer, Bill Oakley, Negin Farsad, Josh Gondelman, Todd Glass, Kelly Carlin, Brian Stack, Jimmy Pardo, Roy Wood Jr, and Jo Firestone! Full episode listings: www.daps.tv TWITTER: www.twitter.com/mightyvin Facebook: www.facebook.com/atwvf  Music: www.soundc...

Episode 55: "The FDA is Asleep at the Switch" [Guest: Larry Olmsted]
Larry Olmsted is the author of the book 'Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating & What You Can Do About It.' He is also a columnist for Forbes & USAToday. In this episode, we discuss how the FDA is hurting Americans by keeping in place low standards (such as only inspecting 2% of all seafood imports), what different companies are doing to get you to buy products that aren't what they seem, how some of these foods are better outside of America due to other countries having better regulati...

Episode 54: "Unexpectedly Confident" [Guest: Jo Firestone]
Jo Firestone is a comedian, writer/performer for 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,' Creator of the live-show and hit card game 'Punderdome 3000,' has a new podcast called 'Dr. Gameshow' coming to the Earwolf network later this October, and this past Friday had a half hour stand-up episode premiere on Comedy Central. This episode we discuss her unique comedic style, using games and themes as a means to facilitate comedy, her recurring portrayal on the Tonight Show of Betsy Devos, why people shouldn't be d...


Episode 53: "Video Game Junk Food" [Guest: Dinosaur Machines Gameclub]
Dan Colonna, Dave Grima, and Mark Magro host the 'Dinosaur Machines Gameclub' podcast where they do book-club style reviews of indie video games. This episode, Dan & Dave stop by to discuss the state of game consoles in 2017, what indie games can do now that they couldn't several years ago, why the state of co-op games feels stagnant, good applications for VR, and more! www.facebook.com/DinosaurMachines/ www.twitter.com/dino_machines   www.twitter.com/mightyvin www.facebook.com/atwvf Full episode recaps: ww...

Episode 52: "Science is Excel Sheets" [Guest: Mad Scientist Podcast]
Chris Cogswell holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and hosts the popular Mad Scientist Podcast. This episode we discuss the accessibility of scientific research, misconceptions and falsehoods in the way we report on science, debunking the modern conspiracies, and more! More info: http://www.themadscientistpodcast.com   Follow me on Twitter: @mightyvin DAPS.TV for full episode listings. Bed Music by: Soundcloud.com/Udachi Facebook.com/atwvf   Next Episode: September 15th!...

Episode 51: "There is No Truth in Recollection" [Guest: Lizzy Goodman]
Lizzy Goodman is an author whose latest book 'Meet Me In The Bathroom' is the first major book to document the NYC music scene and culture from 2001-2011. This episode we discuss the romanticizing of that time, how the book is just as much about the culture of NYC as it is about the music, putting things like the internet and gentrification in context, how the music and comedy scenes were dovetailing into the same patterns during that time, and more! Follow Lizzy on Twitter: @lizzydgoodman Buy 'Meet Me in t...


Episode 50: "Creativity Is a Self-Renewing Resource" [Guest: Justin McElroy]
Justin McElroy is best known for him & his brother's podcast 'My Brother, My Brother, and Me" as well as their SeeSo comedy series, being the Editor-at-Large for the gaming site Polygon, and for additional podcasts such as The Adventure Zone and Sawbones. This episode we discuss the inherently good nature of the brothers, how to keep working through creative self-doubt, video games as deconstructed building blocks, why 'podcast' is an awful name, recently being on @Midnight, FMV games, things I bought at Sh...

Episode 49: "Slimer Toothpaste & Austerity Noodles" [Guests: Cheapshow Podcast]
Paul Gannon & Eli Silverman host the popular 'Cheap Show Podcast' out of the UK as well as perform on the Barshens Youtube channel alongside popular Youtubers Barry Lewis & (past guest) Stuart Ashen. This episode we discuss Ghostbusters and the shelf-life of novelty and nostalgia, the value of being cheap and frugal, why their listeners can't stop asking questions about noodles, why we are living in a golden age of snacks, and more! Listen to Cheap Show: https://www.thecheapshow.co.uk Watch Eli's film 'Clan...

Episode 48: "Meeting a Cobbler in the Middle Ages" [Guest: Stephen Ignatious]
Stephen Ignatious is the host of the 'In Strange Company' podcast and also does work with WFMU. This episode, we discuss our shared love of weird radio, the legend of Hearty White, Dungeons & Dragons, what makes something cringeworthy, and more! Listen to Stephen's podcast: www.strangecompanyshow.com   Follow me on Twitter: @MightyVin Full episode recaps: www.daps.tv Facebook: www.facebook.com/atwvf Music: www.soundcloud.com/udachi   Next Episode: July 21st!...


Episode 47: "It's Just Not Enough" [Guest: John Szeluga]
John Szeluga is a comedian and writer for 'Impractical Jokers' and the host of the Super Live Adventure Podcast with his co-host Chris Sorrentino. In this extra-long TWO HOUR return episode of the podcast we hit the ground running by discussing John being a new father, raising a modern child in 2017, the evolution of sitcoms, preparing for doomsday, family & facebook, how anesthesia feels like death, and much more! www.johnszeluga.com www.superliveadventure.com www.twitter.com/johnszeluga   www.twitter.com/...

Episode 46: "Anger Is Not Sustainable" [Guest: Roy Wood Jr]
Roy Wood Jr is a comedian who can be seen most weeknights as a correspondent for 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' and who also has a new standup special called 'Father Figure' out now on Comedy Central. This episode we discuss Roy's early days working in radio and honing his comedic voice, the context of being able to speak freely in public and private spaces, the casual absurdity of situations he finds himself in as a Daily Show correspondent, how to do political comedy in this type of climate, and more. ...

Episode 45: "Aggressively At Odds With Showbiz" [Guest: Jason Zinoman]
Jason Zinoman is the NY Times Comedy Critic and author of the new book 'Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.' This episode we discuss the legacy of David Letterman and his show on the last 30 years of comedy and the long shadow he has cast, the state of current late night television, explaining the influence of something that isn't constantly in cultural syndication, tracking down every episode of Late Night/Late Show, the tonal shifts in late night over the years, and more. Buy 'Letterman: The Last Gia...


Episode 44 "Nostalgia As A Commodity" [Guest: Neil Cicierega]
Neil Cicierega is a content creator who has been making weird, wonderful things online since he was a teenager. If you don't know him from his music as Lemon Demon then you might know him from his Potter Puppet Pals youtube series or his series of mash-up albums or his youtube videos or from any number of one-off creative endeavors. In this episode we discuss defining exactly what Neil does, the idea of nostalgia as a commodity in pop culture, the evolution of Youtube, deconstructing They Might Be Giants, a...

Episode 43: "Writing About Where You're At" [Guest: Ted Leo]
Ted Leo is a musician who has performed for the past 15+ years in various capacities with his band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, as well as having recently collaborated with Aimee Mann on an album as 'The Both.' He was also in the band Chisel during the mid-90s and has been playing for crowds since the late 80s. Recently, he Kickstarted his new album, and with 48 hours left as of March 22nd, has received over $150,000 from his fans. This episode we discuss his career arc, the perception of age as it relates t...

Episode 42: "What Is My Career?" [Guest: Erin Mallory Long]
Erin Mallory Long is a writer, producer, performer, and podcaster. She's a person who wears many hats and on today's episode we discuss what it means to do a lot of creative projects at once, the economic reality of that, how comparable college life is to the show 'Felicity,' working with live animals at the Oscars, what makes a good sitcom, and much more! http://www.erinmallorylong.com http://www.twitter.com/erinmallorylong http://www.twitter.com/bofpodcast   http://www.daps.tv http://www.twitter.com/might...


Episode 41: "It Isn't Ready Until People Make It" [Guest: Mady G]
Mady G is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer who freelances and has done work for OniPress, Invader Zim comics, Rick & Morty comics, Oh Joy Sex Toy, and is currently working on the book 'The Queer Health Field Guide' due out early next year. This episode we discuss the economics of freelancing as an artist, what they don't teach you in college, how much of your luck depends on who you know, meeting Justin Roiland, having your art passed around online without credit, and more! www.madyg.com www....

Episode 40: "I'm Bouncing Around Here" [Guest: Jimmy Pardo]
Jimmy Pardo is a comedian and host of the popular 'Never Not Funny' podcast. For over seven years he was also the warm-up comic for 'Conan.' He's also a regular guest on @Midnight. On March 4th he'll be hosting his annual live 12-hour podcast called the Pardcast-a-thon to benefit the Smile Train charity. In this episode we discuss the influence of radio broadcasters on his comedy, how podcasting has helped older comics reinvent themselves, being one of the first big podcasts back in 2006, how late night TV ...

Episode 39: "You Can't Stop Progress" [Guest: Mike Yard]
Mike Yard is a comedian and former contributor and commentator for 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.' In this episode we discuss Mike's early life and the culture shock of moving from the Virgin Islands to Brooklyn, the unique kind of freedom he and others had to tackle topics few others were covering on 'Nightly Show,' this past week's inauguration, the absurdity of where we currently are politically in America, and more. Follow Mike: twitter.com/mikeyardcomedy Follow Me: twitter.com/mightyvin Full epi...


Episode 38: "Super Cheap or Really Proper" [Guest: Stuart Ashen]
Stuart Ashen is a popular Youtuber known for his dry, comedic reviews of old electronic tat, weird food stuffs, and other strange miscellaneous items. He's been doing it since the dawn of Youtube over 10 years ago and we discuss the platform's evolution, how it became his full-time job, parlaying his success into getting to create a movie and author a book (Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of). We also talk about crowdfunding, what makes a game truly awful, getting sent 180 year old olives in ...

Episode 37: "Say Yes To Luck" [Guest: Don Arangio]
Don Arangio is a Director of Photography and Producer who is proof positive that you don't need to go on the path put in front of you in order to find a viable career. In this episode, we discuss Don quitting college on a whim, falling into production work, and putting himself in unlikely positions that ultimately led to him putting in long hours and hard work to get to a place where he is now on the cusp of taking on some pretty big projects in major roles that would have seemed impossible to reach just se...

Episode 36: "Holiday Special 2016"
it's that time of the year again! Listen as I get cozy by the fireplace and bring back some of my favorite guests of 2016 for new conversations, music, and surprises! Guests like Todd Glass (Stand Up, The Todd Glass Show),Brian Stack (Late Night w/ Conan, Late Show w/ Colbert), Bill Oakley (The Simpsons, Mission Hill, Portlandia), Negin Farsad (Fake The Nation, The Muslims are Coming), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, Stand Up), Brett Davis as "Christmas Dracula" (The Special Without Brett Davis, Chris Ge...


Episode 35: "With a Little Grit and Bravado" [Guest: Emilio Sparks]
Emilio Sparks is a radio personality, producer, and podcaster who has seen more good fortune and breaks come his way through his life so far and has built up a cult fanbase of average joes and industry insiders alike. But being able to be involved in cool projects and become friends with higher-ups in an industry you love possibly only gets you so far when you keep weighing it over the idea of taking more steady work that pays well, but that might not be your passion. That's the central theme of today's epi...

Episode 34: "I Should Not Have This Power" [Guest: Daniel Kibblesmith]
Daniel Kibblesmith is a current writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and former writer/editor for The Onion and Clickhole. This episode we discuss The Late Show's live Election Night Special and how it changed on-the-fly as the results started coming in and the tone of the night changed, what it was like writing surreal ad copy for Groupon, helping launch Clickhole, the importance of world-building in comedy, getting to write for Valiant Comics, and much more!   Daniel on Twitter: @Kibblesmith Me o...

Episode 33: "Media is Kinda Stupid, Remember?" [Guest: Dimitri Simakis of Everything is Terrible]
Dimitri Simakis is the co-founder of internet video collective Everything is Terrible and current head of short-form video for Super Deluxe. If you have ever seen a weird clip online of some insane stranger danger after school special, bizarre infomercial, religious children's show, or anything that could be traced back to a VHS tape of long forgotten nonsense, Everything is Terrible probably had something to do with it. This episode we discuss the role of re-contextualizing these old clips, the earnestness...


Episode 32: "The Vibrancy of Harlem Represented on Screen" [Guest: Manuel Billeter]
Manuel Billeter is a Cinematographer and the Director of Photography for Marvel's 'Luke Cage,' 'Jessica Jones,' and 'Iron Fist' series of shows as well as having worked on 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Person of Interest.' This episode we discuss the influence of noir film in 'Jessica Jones,' capturing a vibrant Harlem and bold use of color in 'Luke Cage,' the role social commentary plays in 'Luke Cage,' shooting for Netflix vs shooting for a traditional network, and more. facebook.com/atwvf twitter.com/mi...

Episode 31: "Chasing the Vibe Dragon" [Guest: UDACHI]
UDACHI is a successful Electronic musician and DJ, more immediately known to fans of this show as the artist behind the bed music you hear every episode. It was about time we finally sat down for a conversation and this episode we discuss DJ-ing and music as a form of communicating with an audience instead of at an audience, the story of UDACHI ending up working for and then leaving Google to tour full time, and how to find the balance between both creative freedom and logical responsibility.  www.udachimus...

Episode 30: "Comedy Should Be Startling" [Guest: Kelly Carlin]
Kelly Carlin is the author of the memoir 'A Carlin Home Companion,' host of a SiriusXM radio show, and podcast 'Waking From the American Dream.' She is also the daughter of legendary comedian George Carlin, who has a new album of previously unreleased and reworked material out this week called 'I Kinda Like It When A Lot Of People Die.' This episode we discuss the challenge of striking your own path while still honoring the legacy of a parent, the different prisms in which people view her father's work, und...


Episode 29: "Put a Number On It" [Guest: Steve Kornacki]
Steve Kornacki is the host of MSNBC Live, weekdays at 4pm, and Political Correspondent for the network. This episode I got to pick Steve's brain about the 2016 election and hear his thoughts on which demographics are important this cycle, the details and importance of the horse race and statistical breakdown of the election right now, deciphering Trump's strategy, looking at this election through the lens of history, and more. Follow Steve on Twitter: @SteveKornacki Follow me on Twitter: @MightyVin "Like" ...

Episode 28: "Too Weird for Network TV" [Guest: Brian Stack]
Brian Stack is a current writer/performer for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and was previously a writer/performer for 18 years on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien/The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien/Conan.' This episode (after explaining why Brian is the nicest man in the world for recording a second conversation after the original got destroyed due to technical issues) we discuss his time at Late Night, the shared sensibilities of the Conan writers room, catching lightning in a bottle and taking ideas...

Episode 27: "Rocket Launches and Writing Retreats" [Guest: Nicole Perlman]
Nicole Perlman is a screenwriter best-known for writing the screenplay to Marvel Studio's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' as well as co-writing the upcoming 'Captain Marvel' screenplay and writing Marvel's upcoming Gamora comic. In this episode we discuss our mutual love for Ray Bradbury, the idea of nostalgia in pop culture media, the potential impact of being the first female screenwriter of a Marvel Studios film, the process behind adapting an obscure comic line such as Guardians for film, and much more! Follo...


Episode 26: "Figuring Out Who Is Real And Who Is Not" [Guest: Brett Davis / Smith LIVE at the DNC]
Brett Davis is a comedian and actor who currently hosts the cult comedy show 'The Special Without Brett Davis' which can be seen streaming live online every Wednesday at 11pm with full episode for free on Youtube (brettdavis.tumblr.com for more info). This episode we discuss being in high school and exploring the NYC comedy scene of the mid-2000s, inheriting his show's platform from Chris Gethard, the eclectic mix of guests the show gets, how wrestlers and comics aren't so different, and more. Also, around ...

Episode 25: "Intense, Fantastic, Crazy Music" [Guest: R. Stevie Moore]
R. Stevie Moore has self-released over 500 albums over the past 40 years and become a cult icon in the world of DIY music, influencing musicians & fans like Beck, MGMT, Ariel Pink, The Pixies, Mac Demarco, XTC and many others. This episode we discuss Moore's unique discography, his various distribution methods over the years, the struggle to be diverse and creative in the face of successful mediocrity, finding his second-wind with a new generation of fans online and only recently embarking on his first seri...

Episode 24: "The Most Portland Thing That Could Possibly Happen" [Guest: Hutch Harris of The Thermals]
Hutch Harris is a singer/songwriter & guitarist for the Indie Rock band The Thermals. This episode we discuss The Thermals' initial rise in the mid-2000s, their recent performance at the now-famous "Birdie Sanders" rally in Portland for 11,000 people, their new record 'We Disappear,' Hutch's recent turn towards stand-up, his band-coaching work for the new movie 'Green Room,' and more! Full episode recaps at http://www.daps.tv The Thermals are at http://www.thethermals.com...


Episode 23: "I Would Continue to Live Another Day" [Guest: Gaby Dunn]
Gaby Dunn is a comedian/journalist/actress/podcaster. She hosts the web-series 'Just Between Us' with fellow actress/comedian Allison Raskin; has written for publications such as Fusion, Slate, the NY Times, Salon, the Boston Globe; and also has a new podcast out now called 'Finale Rally.' On today's episode we discuss Gaby's start doing the crime beat for the Boston Globe, her 100 Interviews project and how she crashed a $2000-a-plate dinner to try and interview Stephen Colbert, the misconceptions and real...

Episode 22: "The Only Character Having Fun" [Guest: Rob Bricken]
Rob Bricken is the Editor-in-Chief of the tech and pop culture website io9. This episode we discuss when fellow nerds overreact on the internet, DC (movies) vs. DC (TV/CW), The Force Awakens' implication on the ending of the original Star Wars trilogy, why the recent X-Men film is better than you think, Star Trek's low-key 50th anniversary, and more....

Episode 21: "Frittatas are Political" [Guest: Negin Farsad]
Negin Farsad is a comedian, documentary filmmaker, and author. She created and starred in the documentary 'The Muslims are Coming,' about Islamophobia in America through the lens of comedy. She also currently stars in the film '3rd Street Blackout' and her book 'How to Make White People Laugh' will be released on May 24th. In this episode we go all-in on the 2016 election as well as discuss the perception of Muslims in America, the controversy surrounding the ad campaign for 'The Muslim are Coming,' how the...


Episode 20: "The Big Picture" [Guest: Sean Carroll]
Sean Carroll is a Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and author of the new book 'The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself' which comes out May 10th. This episode we discuss the accessibility of science, the arrow of time, the plausibility of the multiverse and time travel, the higgs boson, naturalism, the entropy of the universe, and much more! Buy/Pre-Order Sean's book: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Picture-Origins-Meaning-Universe/dp/0525954821...

Episode 19: "I'm Reveling in the Sadness" [Guest: Jayme Kilsby]
Jayme Kilsby is the host of a brand new web series called 'Bad Taste' from DAPS.TV where he eats old, esoteric candy so you don't have to. In this very casual episode we discussed his love of nostalgia, embracing the sadness of professional wrestling, go through a few ridiculous VHS tapes he owns, and we cap it all off with Jayme eating 30 year old gum. Strap in for this one, folks....

Episode 18: "The World is a Decent Place" [Guest: Josh Gondelman]
Josh Gondelman is a stand-up comedian, co-author of the book 'You Blew It: The Awkward Ways in Which You Already Ruined Your Life', writer for 'Last Week Tonight', and recently released his album 'Physical Whisper'. We talked about being the "nice guy" to a fault in a relationship, making friends as an adult, the changing comedy attitudes in NYC, staying positive around cynics, and more!...


Episode 17: "They Stopped Evolving" [Guest: Todd Glass]
Todd Glass is a stand-up comic and host of 'The Todd Glass Show' on the Nerdist podcast network who has seen it all in his 30 year career. With that comes strong, refined opinions about the world around us. This episode we discuss PC Culture in Comedy, social awareness through twitter, the misconception of blaming the younger generation, the perception of things being better “back in the day,” racial bias in authority, Nancy Reagan and ‘Just Say No’ to drugs, coming out of the closet and the perception of c...

Episode 16: "What is it About These Characters?" [Guest: Warren Simons]
Warren Simons is the current Editor-in-Chief of Valiant Comics; having previously worked at Marvel for most of the 2000s on titles like 'Iron Fist,' 'Thor,' and 'Daredevil.' In this episode, we discuss the history of Valiant Comics and bringing it out of bankruptcy, the saturation of superhero media, promoting Valiant and breaking back into the direct market, Valiant’s summer event series ‘4001 ad,' having to buy too many issues at the risk of accessibility, comic book adaptations vs superhero adaptations, ...

Episode 15: "Acceptable for Broadcast" [Guest: Bill Oakley]
Bill Oakley was, along with his writing partner Josh Weinstein, the showrunner for 'The Simpsons' for seasons seven & eight as well as a writer from 1992 to 1998. Bill and Josh also created the cult animated show 'Mission Hill,' were consulting producers for 'Futurama,' and have created numerous TV pilots together. Bill has also written for 'Regular Show' and is an Executive Producer and writer on 'Portlandia.' In this episode, we discuss dealing with FOX censors, the legend of Simpsons writer John Swartzwe...


Episode 14: “I Was Not Any Kind of Daredevil” [Guest: Will Ellis]
Will Ellis is a photographer who runs the popular website AbandonedNYC.com. He documents curious NYC landmarks in disrepair and decay throughout the five boroughs with clarity and a unique level of unprecedented detail. We discussed the origins of these excursions, the risks and safety precautions behind them, various locations from the AbandonedNYC archive, running into other people while alone in an abandoned building, and much more....

Episode 13: “It’s My Legacy, Whether I Like It or Not” [Guest: Clint Basinger]
Clint Basinger runs the popular Youtube channel ‘Lazy Game Reviews’ where for the past six+ years, he has turned his hobby of reviewing PC games and odd hardware into a full-time job. In this episode we discuss his approach to making review videos on Youtube without the all-too-common gimmick approach, how PC gaming has always been the wild west of video games, subjects he has covered recently such as the Texas Instruments calculator monopoly, the recent history of monetizing Youtube videos and how to make ...

Episode 12: "Maybe I Care About Appearances" [Guest: Adam Tilzer]
Adam Tilzer is a recording engineer, producer, and musician who has seen a lot in his time and also has a very firm grasp on the history of modern rock and roll music. Only mere days after the passing of David Bowie, he was the first person I thought of to give some context to his life and legacy. We also discuss what makes a good recording, having music before having an image, the influence of black artists on early rock and roll, we talk about Little Richard and Elvis, engineering the music for FX’s ‘Loui...


Episode 11: "She's a Magical Creature" [Guest: Lil Bub & Mike Bridavsky]
Lil Bub is known the world over for her endearing and playful spirit, which has inspired and brought positivity to millions of fans around the world. This episode I talked with her main dude Mike about Bub's rise to prominence, her new album 'Science & Magic,' their charity work with Lil Bub's Big Fund, getting Michelle Obama to be on Lil Bub's Big Show, as well as questions that you submitted through social media! To donate and find out more about Lil Bub's Big Fund: http://www.lilbub.com/bigfund For all...

Episode Ten: "Wahoo Skiffle Crazies & Friends Holiday Special"
This episode I'm doing something different and handing the show over to popular jug band Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, along with their friends singer Nick Williams and songwriter Matt Wilson, for a musical set of Christmas covers and originals that is sure to be a massive treat. This episode was recorded at Red Room Studio in Staten Island, NY by the amazing Joe Pecora. Tracklist: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen There Are Blues X-Mas at Ground Zero St. Nick's Infirmary Hipster Shake White Christmas X-Ray Glas...

Episode Nine: "36 Whole Hours to Design a Game" [Howard Scott Warshaw]
My guest this episode has the greatest range of any video game developer in history. Howard Scott Warshaw worked for Atari in the early 80s and created what many consider one of the greatest games of it's era in 'Yar's Revenge' and also one of the worst in 'E.T. The Video Game.' In this episode we discuss how he got his start at Atari, the process of programming games at that time, the economics of making video games, authorship in early games, creating Yar’s Revenge, meeting and pitching a game to Steven S...


Episode Eight: "Fire Underneath the Smoke" [Guest: William B. Davis]
My guest this episode is actor William B. Davis, who was a regular on The X-Files for nine years playing the secretive Cigarette Smoking Man. He will make his return this January on FOX when The X-Files comes back for a six-episode miniseries. We discussed his character surviving into the revival, how the actual act of smoking informs the character, treating alien ‘true believers’ with rational skepticism, the perception of atheism and the skeptic community, Climate Change and the danger of mixing climate d...

Episode Seven: "An Open-Source Controller" [Guest: Daedelus]
This episode I was privileged to have a conversation with critically-acclaimed Musician/DJ/Producer 'Daedelus.' We discussed a large breadth of topics including his use of the monome, musicians as brands in 2015, the loudness wars, remix culture and sampling, music as synesthesia, the calculations behind songs used in advertising, Dublab and the LA Beat scene, being remixed by Madlib and MF Doom, doing the score for the popular Indie game Nidhogg, working on the Old Spice “Muscle Music” commercials, and mor...

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Episode Six: "Strangers in the Alps" [Guest: John Szeluga]
This episode I'm honored to be talking with comedian, writer/producer for season five of Impractical Jokers, and co-host of the Super Live Adventure Podcast John Szeluga. John stops by and talks about being the new guy on the writing staff of an established comedy show, buying a deer ass from a feed store, picking unwieldy names for your comedy troupe, navigating the NYC comedy scene, getting a parody St. Patrick's Day Yule Log on local cable, doing the SLA Podcast, having his wedding officiated by a sea ca...


Episode Five: "The Spike in my Fanaticism" [Guest: Allie Goertz]
This episode I'm honored to be talking with singer/songwriter/Simpsons podcaster/A+ human being Allie Goertz. I'm hopped up on cough syrup this episode as we discuss a whole lot of The Simpsons, Allie's deep love of Weezer and Adam Schlesinger, growing out of your elitism, Allie's Rick & Morty concept album, having her Kickstarter campaign fully funded in less than 24 hours, replying to your own Tweets, and more! CHECK OUT ALLIE GOERTZ OVER AT WWW.ALLIEGOERTZ.COM HELP FUND HER KICKSTARTER STRETCH GOALS: h...

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Episode Four: "Most Interrupted Interview of All Time" [Guest: Paul Scheer]
This episode I'm honored to be talking with actor/comedian Paul Scheer (The League, How Did This Get Made, Crash Test, Human Giant, NTSF:SD:SUV, many many more things). After getting over a minefield of interruptions I had to cut out and pare down, we had a nice conversation about Paul's new comedy special 'Crash Test,' getting to take over MTV for 24 hours as part of Human Giant, the context of bringing "danger" to comedy, Paul's connection to Odd Future, selling out Irving Plaza in five minutes for a podc...

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Episode Three: "11,000 Movies Still In My House" [Guest: Drew McWeeny]
This episode I'm truly honored to have gotten to take part in a lengthy conversation with film critic and writer Drew McWeeny (Hitfix.com, Masters of Horror, Jodorowsky's Dune, Rewind This!). We discuss a ton of rotating topics including 70s film style, Film and VHS preservation and how much is already lost, the myth of Digital Streaming and Film Library Ownership, the rise and bust of the DVD market, the fallacy of high vs low culture in media, wading through the media landscape and advertising, Film Nerds...

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Episode Two: "Doing the Chucklehut at Dinkville" [Guest: Steve Whalen]
This episode I have a long conversation with comedian Steve Whalen (The Special Without Brett Davis, Chris Gethard Show, Brooklyn Comedy Festival) about elitism and finding your way in the NYC comedy scene, working on The Special without Brett Davis, meeting TV's Frank and General Zod, old video stores, having a comedy best friend, 867-haha, Space Ghost's Musical BBQ, and much more. CHECK OUT STEVE WHALEN AND GET UPCOMING SHOW INFO AT: WWW.STEVEWHALENMRJOKES.COM ENHANCED EPISODE RUNDOWN AND BONUS CONTENT:...

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Episode One: "It's a Dog in a Skirt" [Guest: Chris Olivieri]
This FIRST episode I am joined by Chris Olivieri from Dog and Pony Show (daps.tv) as we discuss the new Fantastic Four movie, Robot Dinosaurs, the Rise and Fall of Adam Sandler, Pound Puppies, and a special guest pops in to say hi. Any Time with Vin Forte is bi-weekly. Next episode is scheduled to go up on Aug. 26th! By that point it should be on all the podcast streaming services and iTunes. I will update you on that at the top of the next episode. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: @MIGHTYVIN FOLLOW CHRIS: @CHRISDA...

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