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The Moment with Brian Koppelman
Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers. Hosted by Brian Koppelman.
TV & Film
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Alton Brown 7/11/17
Brian sits down with Alton Brown of Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and more, to discuss his history with the band R.E.M., the origins of Good Eats, and Alton's love of Gaines-Burgers dog food.
65 min
2
Don Winslow 6/27/17
Brian Koppelman sits down with Author Don Winslow to talk about his new book The Force. Plus, honor and loyalty, cops, and how to write a first novel.
58 min
3
El-P 6/13/17
Brian Koppelman is joined by El-P to discuss his musical development and growing up in New York City.
72 min
4
Slaid Cleaves 5/30/17
Brian Koppelman sits down with singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves to discuss his origins, influences, and where his music comes from. Slaid performs two songs, "Cry" and "Already Gone"
58 min
5
Christine Vachon: 5/16/17
Long-time independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films sits down with Brian Koppelman to discuss her career as a producer in the industry.
56 min
6
Hank Azaria: 5/2/17
57 min
7
Mike Murphy: 4/18/17
53 min
8
Beth Schacter: 4/4/17
59 min
9
Best of Seth Godin: 3/21/2017
61 min
10
Hooman Majd: 3/7/17
44 min
11
Tony Gilroy: 2/28/17
71 min
12
Marcus Samuelsson: 2/21/17
65 min
13
Patterson Hood: 2/14/17
61 min
14
Evan McMullin: 2/7/17
Evan McMullin shares why he ran for president, his time as a CIA operative, and how his years of mission work inform his political views.
67 min
15
Josh Ritter: 1/31/17
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter sits down with Brian to talk about his new album Sermon on the Rocks.
50 min
16
Mike Lupica: 1/18/17
Mike Lupica talks about Donald Trump, how he thinks about his writing, and how he started writing in the first place. Come for the podcast, stay for Brian's incredible Dunkin Donuts story.
54 min
17
Adam Carolla: 1/10/17
In this previously unaired episode, Brian joins Adam Carolla in his Carolla Digital studios for a chat about what he thinks people get wrong about him.
59 min
18
James Altucher: 1/3/17
Back for his 2nd appearance on The Moment, James Altucher joins Brian to hammer out why this show (yes, this one — The Moment) went on a hiatus after the election.
56 min
19
John Grisham: 11/1/16
John Grisham is the internationally known best selling author of some of the best legal thrillers of our time (A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief).
52 min
20
Daniel Negreanu: 10/18/16
Daniel Negreanu is one of the world's best poker player's (if not the best poker player) today. He has set all kinds of records in the poker community, but today he tells us how he did it.
60 min
21
Richard Shindell: 10/4/16
Richard Shindell is a singer-songwriter who is best known for telling deeply human stories with his songs.
59 min
22
Will Toledo (Car Seat Headrest): 9/27/16
At 24, Will Toledo is the lead singer-songwriter for one of this summer's hottest bands, Car Seat Headrest. He's also the youngest guest to ever be on The Moment.
56 min
23
Seth Godin: 9/20/16
Back for his 3rd appearance on the show – New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin, joins us this week to talk about his upcoming book, "What Does It Sound Like When You Change Your Mind?"
57 min
24
Glen Phillips: 9/6/16
Glen Phillips is a singer-songwriter best known for his work with Toad the Wet Sprocket.
63 min
25
Michael Chiklis: 8/23/16
Michael Chiklis is an actor and a musician best known for his work on FX's The Shield and Gotham on FOX
58 min
26
Mike Birbiglia: 7/26/16
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker. His latest film, produced alongside This American Life's Ira Glass, is Don't Think Twice and is out for limited release this week.
58 min
27
Mark Halperin: 7/13/16
Mark Halperin is the co-host of With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV and the Executive Producer of Showtime’s The Circus (Sunday nights at 8PM).
49 min
28
Savannah Guthrie: 6/21/16
Savannah Guthrie is the co-anchor of The Today Show and the Chief Legal Correspondent of NBC News.
51 min
29
Alan Furst: 6/7/16
Alan Furst is the bestselling author of Midnight in Europe, Night Soldiers, and Spies of the Balkans.
51 min
30
Andrew Zimmern: 5/24/16
Andrew Zimmern is best known as the creator and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel.
59 min
31
Hayes Carll: 5/17/16
Hayes Carll is a singer-songwriter who just released the best album of his career called Lovers and Leavers.
45 min
32
Ryan Holiday: 5/3/16
Ryan Holiday is a writer, marketer, and entrepreneur best known for his books Trust Me I'm Lying and The Obstacle is the Way
61 min
33
Karyn Kusama: 4/19/16
Karyn Kusama is the director of four films including the Sundance award winning movie, Girlfight, and the recently released dinner party thriller, The Invitation – available today by clicking here.
56 min
34
Jane Rosenthal: 4/12/16
Jane Rosenthal is one of the most renowned producers in show business. Along with Robert De Niro, she co-founded Tribeca Productions in lower Manhattan and is also the co-founder of the TriBeCa Film Festival which begins this week in New York City.
61 min
35
Colin Quinn: (4/1/14)
This podcast was originally produced and aired by Grantland in April 2014. Former 'SNL' star Colin Quinn and Brian trade tragic Motley Crue stories, talk about the surrealism of early Adam Sandler, and why colin digs being the Yoda of comedians.
61 min
36
Gabrielle Hamilton: 3/29/16
Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef and owner of Prune in New York City and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.
52 min
37
Chuck Todd: (6/9/15)
Note: This episode originally aired in June 2015. Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of Meet the Press, talks about the political landscape and his role in it.
72 min
38
Tom Rath: 3/15/16
Tom Rath is a New York Times bestselling author and researcher best known for his books Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes and Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life.
56 min
39
Malin Akerman: 3/8/16
Malin Akerman is an actress best known for her roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Couples Retreat, and Showtime’s latest series, Billions.
47 min
40
Zach Quinto: 2/29/16
Zach Quinto is an actor and a producer best known for his roles in Heroes, Margin Call, and in the Star Trek films as Spock.
59 min
41
Ethan Canin: 2/23/16
Ethan Canin is the author of two short story collections (Emperor of the Air & The Palace Thief) and a number of novels including his latest, A Doubter’s Almanac.
57 min
42
Judd Apatow: 2/16/16
Judd Apatow is a writer, director, and producer of, more than likely, one of your favorite movies or shows.
45 min
43
Michael McDermott: (6/10/14)
Matt Damon's character in 'Rounders' took his name from today's guest, great singer-songwriter Michael McDermott, who's had a long road back from darkness. Originally aired in June 2014.
68 min
44
John Moreland: 2/9/16
John Moreland is a masterful singer-songwriter best known for his albums In the Throes (2013) and High on Tulsa Heat (2015).
47 min
45
Scott Frank: 2/2/16
Scott Frank is a distinguished screenwriter best known for movies such as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, and A Walk Among the Tombstones.
62 min
46
Donny Deutsch: 1/26/16
Donny Deutsch is an ad executive turned TV personality and star of USA Network’s Donny!
56 min
47
David Costabile: 1/19/16
David Costabile is an actor best known for his roles on Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Lincoln.
70 min
48
Justin Townes Earle: 1/12/16
Justin Townes Earle is a distinguished singer-songwriter best known for records such as Midnight at the Movies and Harlem River Blues.
66 min
49
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden: 1/5/16
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the filmmaking partners responsible for the movies Half Nelson, Sugar, and Mississippi Grind, look back at how they started making movies together, talk about their creative partnership, and discuss Mississippi Grind.
67 min
50
Amy Schumer: (1/19/15)
Note: This episode was produced and aired by Grantland in January 2015. Amy Schumer, groundbreaking comedian, on what she loves and hates about her life right now.
96 min
51
Scott Rosenberg: 12/22/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Scott Rosenberg, the writer best known for his movies Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Beautiful Girls, and Con Air.
64 min
52
Sarah Kay: 12/15/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Sarah Kay, the world famous spoken word poet.
77 min
53
Jim James: 12/8/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jim James, the lead singer and songwriter for the band My Morning Jacket.
58 min
54
Maggie Siff: 12/1/15
Maggie Siff, one of the stars of the upcoming Showtime series, Billions, discusses playing strong women, building a craft, and living with her characters for several seasons.
63 min
55
Jerry O'Connell: 11/24/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jerry O’Connell, the actor best known for his roles in Stand By Me and Jerry Maguire.
65 min
56
Derek Haas: 11/17/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Derek Haas, the co-creator of Chicago Fire, executive producer of Chicago PD & Chicago Med, and the author of A Different Lie – the fourth book in a series featuring the contract killer, Columbus. The tw
76 min
57
Jesse Itzler: 11/10/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jesse Itzler, an entrepreneur and endurance athlete, about his new book Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet. The two discuss why Jesse invited a SEAL (David Goggins) to
56 min
58
Amy Koppelman: 11/3/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to his wife, Amy Koppelman, a novelist and screenwriter, about her new book Hesitation Wounds and her recent film I Smile Back. The two discuss Amy’s lifelong battle with depression, the themes and characte
66 min
59
Tom McCarthy: 10/27/15
Tom McCarthy, the writer and director of Spotlight, joins Brian this week to talk about his new film which tells the true story of how a Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe team unmasked the widespread cover-up of child abuse in Boston’s Catholic Church
70 min
60
Judah Friedlander: 10/20/15
Judah Friedlander, the longtime comedian, star of 30 Rock, and author of the new book, If the Raindrops United, joins Brian this week to talk about how his material has changed over the years, his various battles with anxiety, and what it felt like to fin
71 min
61
John Dahl: 10/13/15
This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to John Dahl who directed Rounders and gave Brian his first big break in movies. John is also known for directing movies such as The Last Seduction, You Kill Me, and Red Rock West. The two talk about John’s
63 min
62
Phil Rosenthal: 10/6/15
Phil Rosenthal is the creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and his new show, I'll Have What Phil's Having. This week, Brian and Phil discuss life before and after Everybody Loves Raymond, the best movies about show business, and Phil
57 min
63
Salman Rushdie: 9/29/15
Salman Rushdie, the distinguished author of books such as Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Joseph Anton: A Memoir, joins Brian this week to discuss his latest novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights, the themes of alienation and
60 min
64
Neil LaBute: 9/22/15
Neil LaBute, the writer and director of movies such as In The Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, joins Brian this week to discuss his latest show, Billy & Billie, and his process as a director by taking a closer look at his 2013 film, Some Vel
60 min
65
James Foley: 9/15/15
James Foley, the newly announced director of Fifty Shades Darker, joins Brian this week to discuss how James thinks about directing, the years he spent in movie jail, and how decades of Freudian analysis helped break him out. Also, Foley talks about his t
55 min
66
Mary Karr: 9/8/15
Mary Karr, the award-winning poet and best-selling author, joins Brian this week to discuss her latest book, The Art of Memoir, and reflect on her past work including The Liars’ Club and a poem she wrote about David Foster Wallace, “Suicide’s Note:
73 min
67
Peter Zizzo: 9/1/15
Peter Zizzo, the award winning songwriter and producer, grew up as a renowned guitar player and on today’s show Brian and Peter talk about the effects of being viewed as a prodigy, the decisions he has made as an artist, and the lessons he learned along
69 min
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Jerome Charyn: 8/25/15
Jerome Charyn, the highly regarded author of books such as I Am Abraham and Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins, joins Brian this week to discuss his love of language, ping-pong, and his latest book of stories, Bitter Bronx. Also, Brian draws a parallel bet
64 min
69
Aimee Mann: 8/18/15
Aimee Mann, one of the best songwriters of our generation, joins Brian this week to discuss the evolution of her music, the time she spent with ‘Til Tuesday, and the way Aimee thinks about creating songs. Also, Brian and Aimee discuss an event prior to
70 min
70
Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder Pt. II: 8/11/15
Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, the two comedians that host The Bonfire on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central Radio, talk about the long road to finally landing their deal on satellite radio and everything that has transpired in their relationship since Mr. Oak
91 min
71
David Lipsky: 8/4/15
David Lipsky, the author of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the book which has been adapted into a feature film, The End Of The Tour, joins Brian to talk about the accuracy of the late David Foster Wallace’s portrayal in the movie, the
93 min
72
Divya Narendra: 7/28/15
After being embroiled in a lawsuit with Mark Zuckerberg over the origins of Facebook, Divya Narendra, the founder and CEO of the investor community SumZero, joins Brian this week to discuss Narendra’s early success creating Harvard Connection, the reaso
71 min
73
Paul Giamatti: 7/20/15
Paul Giamatti, the well respected, award-winning actor who stars along side Damian Lewis in Showtime's latest series, Billions, joins Brian this week to discuss working together on the set of the show (Brian is a co-creator and executive producer of Billi
64 min
74
Starlee Kine: 7/14/15
Brian catches up with Starlee Kine, the host of the podcast Mystery Show, to ask about the response she has received and how that differs from the way she thinks about creating it. Plus, Kine discusses the origins of Mystery Show and just how close she wa
67 min
75
Seth Godin: 7/7/15
Back for his 2nd appearance on the show - New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin, joins us this week to talk about his latest project, altMBA, and the process of searching for his next piece of work. Also, Brian and Seth discuss t
60 min
76
Debbie Gibson: 6/30/15
Debbie Gibson, the pop music icon known for songs such as “Only In My Dreams” and “Lost in Your Eyes” joins us this week to talk about the highs and lows of her career and walking the line between being a product and an artist. Debbie also shares
85 min
77
James Le Gros: 6/23/15
James Le Gros, the longtime actor known for his roles in movies such as Drugstore Cowboy and Living in Oblvion joins us this week to talk about the freedom of not knowing what’s next and why it’s important, even after being credited on over 100 TV sho
74 min
78
Lewis Black: 6/16/15
Lewis Black, the comedian, author, and playwright, joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his long road to living a creative life. The two discuss the night Brian saw Lewis at the Beacon Theatre and watched him perform a bit about Vince Gill and
75 min
79
Chuck Todd: 6/9/15
Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of Meet the Press, talks about the political landscape and his role in it. Brian and Chuck also discuss the line between journalism and show business, the value of long-form interviews, and Chuck's wan
70 min
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Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes): 6/2/15
Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer-songwriter for the band Dawes, joins us this week to talk about the group's new album, All Your Favorite Bands. The album is out today and Taylor can be heard playing an acoustic version of the title track at the end of this
69 min
81
Killer Mike: 12/2/14
Note: This bonus episode was produced and aired by Grantland in December 2014.
69 min
82
PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman - 5/26/15
PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, the hosts of Reply All, discuss their creative partnership and their meteoric rise from WNYC to Gimlet. They also discuss their own worries for the show, the collective work it takes to put out an episode, and finding the sweet s
75 min
83
Bryan Garner: 5/18/15
Bryan Garner, author, lexicographer, and subject of David Foster Wallace’s essay Authority and American Usage, joins Brian to talk about their mutual love of language.
71 min
84
Noah Emmerich: 5/12/15
Noah Emmerich, otherwise known as Stan Beeman on The Americans, joins Brian to talk about the subtleties in his craft, how he went from being a musician and travel writer to an actor, and how Brian broke Noah the news that he couldn’t land a role in the
67 min
85
Jon Acuff: 4/14/15
Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author, talks about the pleasures of writing a book he believes in and the struggles of promoting one his heart wasn’t fully into. Also, Jon reflects on his time with the Dave Ramsey team, the years he spent as a bl
67 min
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David Chang: 4/7/15
David Chang, chef and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, discusses love and hate and how he has used each to fuel his success. Plus, the early days of Momofuku Noodle Bar, when the fear of financial ruin forced David to find a way to make the place
61 min
87
Eric Bogosian: 3/31/15
Legendary actor, playwright, and author Eric Bogosian on what keeps him inspired, the experience of becoming other people, and his new book, 'Operation Nemesis.'
65 min
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David Levien: 3/24/15
David Levien, Brian's filmmaking partner and author of 'Signature Kill,' on how grit beats talent in fighting and writing.
78 min
89
Edward Burns: 3/17/15
Edward Burns, writer and filmmaker, on finding his creative voice, making compromises as an artist, and handling rejection like Kobe Bryant.
82 min
90
James Altucher: 3/10/15
James Altucher, entrepreneur, author, and host of 'The James Altucher Show,' on striking it rich, going bust, and the daily practices he integrates into his life to do what he loves.
62 min
91
Keith Robinson: 3/3/15
Keith Robinson, a linchpin in the New York comedy scene, on taking young comics under his wing and his first hour-long special on Comedy Central.
74 min
92
Big Jay Oakerson Pt. I: 2/24/15
Big Jay Oakerson on the comedy high-wire act he does every night and the dark days that sometimes follow.
72 min
93
Ivan "Ramen" Orkin: 2/17/15
Ivan Orkin, owner and founder of Ivan Ramen, talks about the formative experiences in his journey to being one of the top chefs in the world.
76 min
94
Seth Meyers: 2/4/14
Brian Koppelman and Seth Meyers discuss Seth's departure from 'SNL,' how he feels about his rep as the nicest guy in Hollywood, and the debut of 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.' (Originally ran 02-04-14)
66 min
95
Jason Isbell: 2/10/15
Jason Isbell, award-winning singer/songwriter, ex-member of Drive-By Truckers, on finally living up to his potential.
64 min
96
Rob Morrow: 2/3/15
Rob Morrow, star of 'Quiz Show,' 'Numb3rs,' and 'Northern Exposure,' on how deep he needs to go for his art.
74 min
97
Marc Maron: 2/8/14
WTF host Marc Maron joins Brian Koppelman to talk about the joy of telling intentionally unfunny jokes, last chances, and why Marc still hasn't had coffee with Jon Stewart. (Originally ran 02-18-14)
68 min
98
Bill Hader: 1/27/15
Former 'SNL' star Bill Hader on what his real dream is, why movies matter, and how anxiety drives his creativity.
93 min
99
Amy Schumer: 1/19/15
Amy Schumer, groundbreaking comedian, on what she loves and hates about her life right now.
96 min
100
Russell Peters: 1/13/15
Russell Peters, world-renowned comedian, on what it feels like to be on the outside looking in despite all of his success.
74 min
101
Danny Strong: 1/6/15
Danny Strong, Emmy award-winning screenwriter and actor, talks about redefining himself by chasing his creative curiosity.
78 min
102
Jessi Klein: 12/30/14
Jessi Klein, executive producer and writer of 'Inside Amy Schumer,' discusses the long road to comedy success.
80 min
103
Dave Ramsey: 12/23/14
Dave Ramsey, one of the most successful radio hosts on earth, on how he turned his life around. And how we all can.
66 min
104
Lydia Loveless: 12/16/14
Lydia Loveless, country-music rebel and songwriter extraordinaire, on why she writes 'em so close to the bone.
64 min
105
Vanessa Selbst: 12/9/14
Vanessa Selbst, the winningest female poker player in history, on reading people, making good decisions at the table, and why poker matters.
80 min
106
Killer Mike: 12/2/14
Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels, on his duty as an artist to take risks, creatively and as a leader.
68 min
107
Tony Robbins: 11/25/14
Tony Robbins on why he wrote his new no. 1 best-selling book, 'Money: Master the Game,' and how we can prime ourselves to win.
63 min
108
Cary Elwes: 11/18/14
Cary Elwes, star of 'The Princess Bride' on what it feels like to be a part of cinema history.
63 min
109
Phil Hellmuth: 11/11/14
Phil Hellmuth, the most famous poker player in the world, on why winning all those WSOP bracelets is still important to him and why he has become a people person.
77 min
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Marcus Lemonis: 11/4/14
Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC hit show 'The Profit,' on his secrets to making good decisions and why it's easier for him to give than to receive.
72 min
111
Tony Gilroy: 10/28/14
Tony Gilroy, writer/director of 'Michael Clayton' and the 'Bourne' movies, on why and how he does his thing.
71 min
112
Michael Rapaport: 10/21/14
Michael Rapaport, actor and filmmaker, on confidence, insecurity, getting expelled, and his ESPN 30 for 30, 'When the Garden Was Eden.'
69 min
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Alex Blumberg: 10/14/14
Alex Blumberg, "Planet Money" cofounder, former producer at "This American Life," and current host of the podcast StartUp, on managing the fear of chasing your dreams.
81 min
114
Seth Godin: 10/7/14
Seth Godin - thought leader, Internet guru, best-selling author - on how he found his mission.
75 min
115
Eddie Trunk: 9/30/14
Eddie Trunk, host of 'That Metal Show,' on why rock and roll still matters so much to him, and the pros and cons of living out your high school dream life.
66 min
116
Lawrence Block: 9/23/14
Lawrence Block, author of 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' and other classic crime novels, talks about the grit required to succeed at writing, running, and distance walking.
72 min
117
Gilbert Gottfried: 9/16/14
Gilbert Gottfried, the Miles Davis of comedy, on what's funny and what's not. Plus an update from Gary Gulman.
86 min
118
Ray Liotta: 9/9/14
Ray Liotta, legendary star of 'Goodfellas,' talks openly about acting, his movies, and why he does what he does.
58 min
119
Adam Duritz: 9/2/14
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz on their new album, songwriting, and the meaning of California.
52 min
120
Jon Lovett: 8/26/14
Jon Lovett was a White House speechwriter while in his mid-twenties. Now 30, he creates TV shows. He talks about that ride, proximity to power, and why he does what he does.
91 min
121
Taran Killam: 5/6/14
'SNL' star Taran Killam and Brian Koppelman talk about life on the show, how to get a sketch on the air, and how to stay sane in showbiz.
68 min
122
Mike Birbiglia: 8/19/14
Comedian/storyteller/filmmaker Mike Birbiglia on finding his creative groove, the importance of being on time, and why he loves movies.
65 min
123
Craig Mazin: 8/12/14
Craig Mazin, who wrote 'The Hangover Part II' and 'Identity Thief' and hosts Scriptnotes, on dealing with success and failure in Hollywood.
90 min
124
Hank Steinberg: 8/5/14
Hank Steinberg tells how he went from a guy who wanted to make indie films to one of the biggest names in TV.
71 min
125
Tim Ferriss: 7/29/14
Tim Ferriss, life hacker and author of 'The 4-Hour Body,' shares his expertise and thought process with Brian.
67 min
126
Jake Kasdan: 7/22/14
Filmmaker Jake Kasdan ('Sex Tape,' 'Bad Teacher') on directing 'Freaks and Geeks,' his love of comedy, and connecting to the legacy of his legendary father, Lawrence Kasdan.
63 min
127
Richard LaGravenese: 7/15/14
Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese on why he writes, how he writes, and why he still doesn't feel like a real writer.
66 min
128
Ellen Barkin: 7/8/14
Legndary actress Ellen Barkin tells Brian how she prepared to deal with the cruelty of show business, why she sabotaged part of her career, and what matters to her now.
74 min
129
John Heilemann: 7/1/14
Best selling journalist John Heilemann walks Brian through writing 'Game Change' and why he and his partner Mark Halperin have gone into business with Mike Bloomberg.
68 min
130
Neil Burger: 6/24/14
'Divergent' and 'Limitless' director, Neil Burger, talks about what it felt like to wait over 10 years to make his first feature film.
64 min
131
Jenny Hutt: 6/17/14
SiriusXM's Jenny Hutt (Brian's sister) talks about how she finally decided to live her dream of becoming a radio star after years of trying to live a quiet suburban life.
64 min
132
Michael McDermott: 6/10/14
Matt Damon's character in 'Rounders' took his name from today's guest, great singer-songwriter Michael McDermott, who's had a long road back from darkness.
67 min
133
Allan Havey: 6/3/14
Allan Havey, who plays the hated Lou Avery on 'Mad Men,' on why he loves playing him, what being the hottest stand-up in NYC in the '80s felt like, and true joy.
71 min
134
Dan Soder: 5/27/14
Comedian Dan Soder tells Brian Koppelman about dinner with Amy Schumer, writing Bill Simmons a mailbag question, and how telling jokes saved him.
72 min
135
John Hamburg: 5/20/14
John Hamburg, writer/director of 'I Love You, Man,' talks about fitting in, being funny, and his rules for writing good scen
70 min
136
Colson Whitehead: 5/13/14
MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and award-winning author Colson Whitehead tells Brian why he put it all on the line in Las Vegas at the 2011 World Series of Poker.
62 min
137
Taran Killam: 5/6/14
'SNL' star Taran Killam and Brian Koppelman talk about life on the show, how to get a sketch on the air, and how to stay sane in showbiz.
68 min
138
Baron Davis: 4/29/14
Two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis grew up in South L.A., went to school with Kate Hudson, played for Donald Sterling, and tells Brian all about it.
60 min
139
Doug Ellin: 4/22/14
'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin and Brian Koppelman explore the value of lifelong friendships and why Long Island still matters to both of them.
61 min
140
David Steinberg: 4/15/14
Comedy legend David Steinberg tells Brian Koppelman about how his jokes got a network show canceled, what it's like to direct Larry David, and why comedy still matters.
63 min
141
Tim Herlihy: 4/8/14
Tim Herlihy - 'Billy Madison,' 'Happy Gilmore,' and 'SNL' writer - tells Brian how he went from being Adam Sandler's college roommate to his creative partner.
78 min
142
Colin Quinn: 4/1/14
Former 'SNL' star Colin Quinn and Brian trade tragic Motley Crue stories, talk about the surrealism of early Adam Sandler, and why colin digs being the Yoda of comedians.
61 min
143
Chris Fowler: 3/25/14
'College GameDay' host Chris Fowler joins Brian Koppelman to talk about loyalty, the awesome reality of living your dream, the value of hardwork, and the talent question.
70 min
144
Gary Gulman: 3/18/14
Comedian Gary Gulman tells Brian Koppelman why obsession is the key to writing good jokes, and why being called a 'craftsman' feels like an insult.
76 min
145
Warren Leight: 3/11/14
'Law & Order' executive producer Warren Leight explains how to kick rejection in the teeth, why working fast is a gift, and how much grit it takes to get a play to Broadway.
77 min
146
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler: 3/4/14
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady talk to Brian Koppelman about the band's mission, its new album, and the long tradition of singers and guitarists feuding.
68 min
147
Chuck Klosterman: 2/25/14
Chuck Klosterman and Brian Koppelman discuss how Chuck deals with the consequences of being 'The Ethicist', how he handles negative reaction to his work, and the nature of cool.
67 min
148
Marc Maron: 2/18/14
WTF host Marc Maron joins Brian Koppelman to talk about the joy of telling intentionally unfunny jokes, last chances, and why Marc still hasn't had coffee with Jon Stewart.
66 min
149
Mario Batali: 2/11/14
Brian Koppelman sits down with Mario Batali, who discusses his brain trauma, being brave enough to sing in front of Bono, and keeping a dinner party as tight as an NFL huddle.
60 min
150
Seth Meyers: 2/4/14
Brian Koppelman and Seth Meyers discuss Seth's departure from 'SNL,' how he feels about his rep as the nicest guy in Hollywood, and the debut of 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.'
65 min