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Quote from: From WikipediaThe George Lucas Talk Show is an improvised cult talk show in New York City hosted by comedian Connor Ratliff, who appears as George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, and he interviews real guests as themselves in a panel format. He is joined by sidekick Star Wars characters: initially Jar Jar Binks, played by comedian Shaun Diston; and in current shows, Watto, played by Griffin Newman. The show premiered in 2014, and was performed monthly live on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The show is produced and booked by Patrick Cotnoir.On May 4, 2020, after a brief hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the show returned in an online format on the comedy network Planet Scum Live to host a more than 30 hour live stream in which Lucas, Watto, and Cotnoir (now acting as an on-air co-host), live from their own separate homes, watched every Star Wars movie in chronological order to raise money for the out of work employees of the UCB Theatre. Since the Star Wars marathon fundraiser, The George Lucas Talk Show has continued a weekly four-hour Sunday evening broadcast which typically includes two guests for the show proper, and additional surprise guest appearances during the after show; once every month, the show hosts additional marathon fundraisers watching TV shows like Arli$$, 1600 Penn, Big Lake, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Muppets Tonight, and On The Air. During the marathons, some of the cast and crew of the related series make guest appearances. Through these fundraising events, The George Lucas Talk Show has raised over $167,000 for various charities and organizations.
Quote from: Retinend on February 08, 2021, 10:27:15 AMI tried an episode of this. It started with some funny interactions between "Lucas" and his sidesick, Watto..., but then they started inviting their IRL friends onto the call. The Star Wars angle got quickly lost by the wayside and instead they slip into "networking mode", as if they were more concerned with bonding than putting on a show; exchanging their humblebrag stories about e.g. being at the Kids' Choice 2005 MTV Movie Awards ceremony standing alongside e.g. Academy Award nominee Holly Hunter and finding images of themselves at such parties for sale on Getty images. Like, oh my God!To be fair, this is a problem with American radio-format stuff in general for me - the unapologetic networking-as-entertainment and rampant "insider chat" that our media culture normally tries to avoid... but even though it's a cultural difference, it didn't leave a good first impression on me. Maybe it's partly the format's fault, too? The individual episode in question is literally 3.5 hours long - longer than the combined runtime of a typical British comedy series.
Quote from: Retinend on February 08, 2021, 12:32:39 PMWhat do you think is the best episode to watch as an introduction to the show?
Quote from: dr_christian_troy on February 08, 2021, 02:49:30 PMEpisode XVII with Scott Aukerman and Niccole Thurmanthere's most likely going to be comedy or improv chat along the way, purely because Connor and Griffin are both UCB alumni
Quote from: dr_christian_troy on January 23, 2021, 09:15:59 PMConnor is also the man behind the very enjoyable podcast series Dead Eyes, in which he investigates as to why Tom Hanks fired him from having a small role in Band Of Brothers, having been informed it was because he had "dead eyes".
Quote from: Dusty Substance on February 09, 2021, 03:43:23 PMI was intrigued to hear more of Connor Ratcliff, so I binge listened to six episodes of Dead Eyes last night and absolutely loved what I've heard so far. A really fascinating idea for a podcast. I find it especially interesting as I worked as background actor on Band Of Brothers so hearing all those stories of Hatfield aerodrome in the summer of 2000, has brought back a ton of memories.
Quote from: dr_christian_troy on February 09, 2021, 03:53:51 PMOh wow! You should email him, he may very well be interested into further insight as to what it was like on set.
Quote from: Dusty Substance on February 09, 2021, 04:20:35 PMOnce I've completely caught up on Dead Eyes (probably get the rest of them finished off today) I'll be sure to drop him an email! There are at least three moments that stand out from my experience on the set which I'm sure he'll be interested to hear.
Quote from: Ant Farm Keyboard on February 11, 2021, 03:06:26 PMGriffin Newman has a podcast with film critic David Sims, Blank Check, about films made by directors who reached at some point of their career full confidence from the studios, and shot some weird stuff. The first episodes were naturally about the SW prequels, but they also took on M. Night Shyamalan. I've only listened to the episode about The Book of Henry, but I remember that Newman was really eviscerating it, mentioning a ton of details that I hadn't even noticed.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blank_Check_with_Griffin_%26_David
Quote from: Dusty Substance on February 12, 2021, 06:08:38 PMDCT, were you by any chance watching this one when it went out live? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xczooPX3eQWatto makes a call at around the 16m mark but it's cut out and they put up some text saying it's a secret just for the live viewers. They allude to this mysterious call throughout the rest of the show and there's a lot of bleeping of names.I won't lose any sleep over it but I'm intrigued to know what went on.
Quote from: dr_christian_troy on February 12, 2021, 07:04:19 PMAll I can say is that it wasn't someone I would have known of had I not been told by someone who was there that night. Let's just say, I'm intrigued too!
Quote from: dr_christian_troy on February 17, 2021, 05:08:17 PMI've just received confirmation for an interview with at least one of the three hosts for a forthcoming podcast I'm recording! Very excited. I won't say who just yet but can say it will be involving a discussion regarding old-school talk shows, most likely a specific show. Also, I'm assisting with sourcing something for a potential marathon screening in future...
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