Whistling in the Dark
About This Show
I’m Shannon - a tv executive, pop culture nut and fan of therapy. Each week my guests and I chat, and laugh as we divulge our most daunting challenges, and downright failures, as well as the things we do to get through them. It’s my hope you’ll find something in these conversations that helps lighten your load and makes the journey just a little bit better.
Most Recent Episode
Ben Wexler - Arrested Development, The Grinder, Community, The Comedians - Ep. 27
Jun 5 16
This week my guest is tv comedy writer/show runner Ben Wexler, whose illustrious credits include - among others - Arrested Development, Community, and most recently two sadly canceled shows - The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad - as well as the Rob Lowe vehicle The Grinder. Though both shows were brilliantly executed and critically acclaimed, neither found a big enough audience to fill the network coffers and thus, were unceremoniously axed. Such is the business of show. It seems few comedies are working anywhere on television these days, and Wexler is right in the trenches of battling that weird and often unwarranted war. Though I was dying to pick his brain about the current state of our industry, the craft of writing (because who doesn’t love listening to two writers talk about their process) and other such self-indulgent, insider baseball-y, type fare, we talked about pretty much everything but. OK there’s a little industry stuff but it’s appetizer size so suck it. Fresh off a breakfast with Crystal (his friends call him Bill, PS, FYI and BTW), I sat down with Wexler to discuss everything from Bulletproof coffee (and the amazing brain boners it produces), the best joke from the movie Airplane according to his 9 year old son, leaky heart valves, the glorification of busy in our culture, Maya Angelou, Broadcast News, blow job parties for 12 year olds, whether George Washington was really all that, the genius of Maria Bamford, how to effectively Eat Pray Love one’s life should one have the urge to sabbatical their shit up and when conversation got too life affirming and Pinterest board-y, dick jokes. And of course I couldn’t resist getting the goss on working with such tv luminaries as Larry Charles, Mitchell Hurwitz, Rob Lowe and the man himself, Mr. Billy Crystal because I love tv and comedy and the people who make that shit happen in a way I thoroughly enjoy. This episode is sponsored by The Podcasters' Studio. The official Whistling In the Dark app is now available at iTunes. Finally - if you enjoyed the show or even if you didn’t, w
Rated 5 out of
This show digs into the lives, thoughts and feelings of people you've heard of (Hollywood types) but may not really know. It's like being a fly on the wall during a deep conversation between friends. A refreshing break for the typical "I ask, you answer" interview. Give it a listen!
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of
Deep Thinking Conversations
In this show, be prepared for interesting guests and very thought-provoking conversations on a range of issues such as childhood, therapy, millenials, hollywood, success, and the list go on. I try to listen every week and have yet to be disappointed!
Date published: 2014-11-10