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Hot Takes & Deep Dives

Hot Takes & Deep Dives

Author: Jess Rothschild

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Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on Housewives, gay pop iconography & NYC culture. Host Jess Rothschild invites fellow culture vultures to go deep on topics including Real Housewives, The Real World, Madonna, Britney, Mariah, etc. Guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Isaac Mizrahi, Kara DioGuardi, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, Brian Moylan and cast members from Bravo and The Real World.
118 Episodes
Jess is joined by John Arthur Hill, Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM co-host, go-to producer and noted ex-boyfriend. We discuss their meet-cute origin story while John was starring in Hairspray on Broadway and how they've maintained such a good relationship nearly 15 years later. John discusses his experience as a writer/producer on Watch What Happens Live and Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List and talks about the epic fall-out between Andy, Kathy Griffin & Anderson Cooper. We also discuss Jillian Michaels’ ban from WWHL, John Mayer, Carole Radziwill, producing Tori & Dean Inn Love and more! IG: @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @johnarthurhill
Jess is joined by Jamie Stein for a deep dive on House of Hilton, the 2006 tell-all about the Hilton dynasty, heavily featuring the backstories of Kathy Hilton, Kyle & Kim Richards and their mother, Big Kathy. We explore Big Kathy’s mission for men, money and Hollywood and the ways in which she projected those dreams onto her three daughters, how their mom kicked Kyle & Kim’s father out of the home he built for them so she could run a sorority house, and the parallel themes on both sides of the family lineage. We also discuss Paris Hilton and Kathy Hilton’s performance in the documentary This Is Paris vs. Housewives.  IG:  @jessxnyc, @jamiestein, @hottakesdeepdives * code hottakes *
Jess is joined by comedians, L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman, for The L Word deep dive of our dreams. We share our L Word origin stories, review the reboot (Gen Q), discuss their interviews w/ Guinevere Turner & Laurel Holloman, our obsession with Sepideh Moafi (Gigi), name our top 5 lesbians, discuss Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey’s podcast, Queer as Folk and a lot more. We also go deep on The Chart that Damian and Anne created for, highlighting the real-life web of Hollywood dyke drama they have substantiated.  IG @jessxnyc, @damianbellino, @rodemanne 
Jess is joined by RHONY fave Dorinda Medley! Dorinda goes deep about renovating Blue Stone Manor to be “Frankenstein meets Marilyn Monroe,” working as both a real estate agent (where she met Richard Medley) and an aerobics instructor in New York City, SoulCycle, Barry's Bootcamp, plus her relationship to money, astrology (Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Aries) and healing herbs. Dorinda also describes why filming Housewives is all-consuming, how fame is a mistress, her cameo on Big Shot with Bethenny and yelling “not well b*tch” at Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell.  Follow @jessxnyc & @hottakesdeepdives
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti, astrologer to the Housewives and the pop divas, this time to celebrate Madonna’s birthday — our Leo Queen. Madonna is a Leo Sun, Virgo Moon, Aquarius Rising and we examine her life & career milestones through the lens of her birth chart: NYC dancer (‘79-‘80), debut album (’82), “Like a Virgin” VMA performance (’84), Sean Penn relationship (’85-'89), Like a Prayer (’89), Vogue - Blond Ambition Tour - Truth or Dare (’90-'91), Erotica - Sex book backlash (’92), Evita - birth of Lourdes (’96), Ray of Light (’98) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (’05).  We also dig into her significant friendships with Rosie O’Donnell and Sandra Bernhard through their synastry and composite charts and see what lies ahead in her chart for 2022-2024.  IG @astrologywithandy, @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives * code hottakes *
Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower (aka Countess Luann’s cabaret director) for the Fire Island deep dive of our dreams. Ben and Jess share an intense affinity for the history and culture of the gay safe haven hamlets of Cherry Grove and The Pines. We go deep on our first experiences of FI, history of The Invasion and the Meat Rack, discuss share house culture, being sober in the wonderland of sex & drugs, Provincetown vs. FI, Ben’s experience at the infamous Pines Party this weekend, the underwear party, Andy Cohen on the beach and a lot more! IG: @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @benrimalower
Jess catches up with the first openly gay contestant on America’s Next Top Model, fellow New Yorker Kim Stolz. Kim Stolz was one of the most recognizable faces in the NYC gay scene in the mid-‘00s after a bet among college friends sent her auditioning for (and being cast on) the Tyra Banks show in Cycle 5. Kim later became an MTV News correspondent where she worked alongside John Norris & Kurt Loder and shares about Taylor Swift, Stevie Nicks, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zach Braff. Kim Stolz also opened the SoHo lesbian bar "The Dalloway" w/ reality star Amanda Leigh Dunn (High Society & The Real L Word) and shares some Vanderpump Rules-esque stories about running The Dalloway. IG @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @kimmystolz * * 
Jess is joined by two of the most unfiltered and knowledgable Bravo pundits in the game, returning friends Zack Peter (No Filter) & Jacques Peterson (Unpopular). Together, we analyze Erika Jayne’s ~performance~ on RHOBH, Zack’s latest discoveries in the Girardi scandal and our take on Housewivesian lawyer Ronald Richards. We then move on to RHONY — primarily the Eboni elephant In the room — plus, Jess working out with Ramona over the weekend, predictions for the future and how we would cast the show ourselves. [ 3:00 - Erika Jayne Review ] [ 12:15 - Girardi Case, Ronald Richards ] [ 35:00 - RHONY's Eboni Issue ] [ 54:00 - Predictions + Bethenny ]  IG: @jessxnyc, @justplainzack, @unpopularjp * code deepdives100 * * * 
Jess is joined by the man, the myth, the DSLs: Mikey Minden. As Erika Jayne’s creative director & choreographer Mikey Minden is responsible for the looks, moves, lighting, makeup & general artistry in her music videos, photoshoots & appearances on RHOBH. We chat about Mikey’s career as a child dance prodigy and his work with The Pussycat Dolls, Usher, Kim Kardashian & Pink. We go deep on his artistic influences (Bob Fosse, Madonna, Paula Abdul), friendship w/ Wade Robson, the Erika/Christina Aguilera connection, Paris Is Burning, fave Bravo shows & a lot more!  Original release: July 27, 2020 * code hottakes * 
Jess is joined by Madonna MLVC pod co-host Tony Trius in his third appearance, this time for our official Sandra Bernhard Showbiz Glamour Power Hour. We share our Sandy origin stories, New York City run-ins, nights at Joe’s Pub, discuss Without You I’m Nothing,  appearances on Howard Stern, Letterman and Roseanne + relive the late-80s clique of Madonna, Sandy, Debi Mazar and Jennifer Grey. Plus, Jess reads important excerpts from her interview with Sandy and tells the story of befriending a Madonna fan she met in an AOL chat room who would later become Sandra’s manager.  * code DEEPDIVES for $100 off *  * *  IG @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @mlvcpodcast, @tonytrius
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti (aka Astrology with Andy), who in addition to our astrologer to the Housewives and pop queens, is also our resident Drag Race expert. Andy provides guidance on how to begin one’s Drag Race Journey before going deep with trivia and history surrounding the show’s evolution, behind the scenes tea, Untucked, RuPaul controversy, Michelle Visage, why the tide turned in season 7, All Stars, Reddit and a lot more! * for $100 off *   Follow  @jessxnyc & @astrologywithandy
Jess is joined by the co-creator / writer / director of the FX series POSE, Steven Canals! Canals discusses the series’ inspiration via the landmark documentary Paris Is Burning, his initial screenplay and how Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk eventually came on as executive producers to get the show made. Canals goes deep on ballroom culture, Houses, Madonna, “Vogue,” and how the song/music selections are chosen. We also discuss the casting of MJ Rodriguez (Blanca), Indya Moore (Angel), Dominique Jackson (Elektra) and Sandra Bernhard. Follow @jessxnyc & @hottakesdeepdives * code hottakes *
Jess is joined by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills OG Taylor Armstrong for a deep dive into one of the darkest Housewives storylines to play out on the show.  Taylor describes the initial casting for RHOBH, with thousands of Hollywood types trying out for the “part” (including Lisa Rinna). We dissect the infamous “But Now We Said It” scene and the new context that was brought to light re: Camille Grammar/LVP several seasons back. Taylor describes the narcissism of Russell Armstrong, the day she discovered his suicide, how she rebuilt her life and theorizes why Housewives like Jen Shah and Erika Jayne (and Tom Girardi) would go on TV with severe skeletons in their closet.  Follow @jessxnyc & @hottakesdeepdives * code hottakes *
Jess is joined by comedian Gina Yashere, star of three Netflix stand-up specials and the co-creator and star of the CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola.” Gina discusses her experience working as the first female Otis elevator engineer before pursuing comedy and shares how she was eventually discovered by Chuck Lorre (Roseanne, Cybill, Big Bang Theory) to co-create a show about a Nigerian family based on her life. Gina discusses why MTV's Downtown Julie Brown was her idol, her first trip to New York including all the "rapper hot spots" like Canal & Delancey Street before having her first gay experience in a Meatpacking nightclub. We also get her hot take on Bravo / The Housewives finally diversifying their RHONY & RHOBH casts.  Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @ginayashere * code hottakes * * code deepdives *
Jess is joined by television writer, producer and director Page Hurwitz, exec. producer of Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy specials starring Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster and Michelle Buteau. Hurwitz discusses discovering and casting those women (plus Amy Schumer) on Last Comic Standing. Hurwitz also chats about her experience as the EP and showrunner for Rosie O’Donnell’s Oprah OWN talk show and shares her thoughts on why the show ultimately did not live up to expectations. Finally, we go deep on reality television production (she EP’d Tabatha Takes Over) and the role it played in the 2016 election.  PS: Don't miss the last 10 minutes where Page reveals she is working on a documentary about an insane trip Jess was part of with Kate McKinnon, Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard.  Follow @jessxnyc & @hottakesdeepdives
Jess is joined by Tabatha Coffey, the Australian hairstylist, salon owner and badass star of Shear Genius and Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha reminisces about her audition for the Shear Genius hairstyling competition show, which she lost, but scored her own spin-off. We chat about the early days of Bravo which made stars out of entrepreneurs (Rachel Zoe, Jeff Lewis, Jackie Warner) and how the network has changed over the years. She chats about the infancy of social media via Reddit threads and chat rooms and her reputation of being a “b*tch.” Tabatha also goes dee about her upbringing in Australia where she was thrown into the gay and trans scene from a very early age through nightclubs owned by her parents. Follow @tabathacoffey, @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives
Jess is joined by contrarian king Jacques Peterson (live from Sydney, Australia) to finally let loose on our Big Shot with Bethenny journeys. We discuss behind the scenes of casting & production, the winner and which network would have made more sense. We also touch on Ellen DeGeneres and The View before moving on to RHOBH & RHONY.  [ 2:30 - Big Shot w/ Bethenny ] [ 32:25 - Ellen & The View ] [ 38:30 - RHOBH premiere ] [ 46:25 - RHONY ] [ 51:45 - Bravo internet culture ]  Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @unpopularjp
Jess is joined by the man who has written more words about the Housewives than anyone — Vulture’s Brian Moylan — now publishing a book on how the sausage gets made (to quote Bethenny). We break the sh*t down, including: the “call to end all calls” that happened after RHONY’s Cartagena Boat Ride From Hell, why Andy Cohen is the RuPaul of Housewives, the difference between each production company’s willingness to intervene in scenes, the idea of writing a sequel to Erika Jayne’s memoir, his review of The Big Shot w/ Bethenny, the glory days of Gawker, Bravo blacklisting Brian because of this very book and a lot more!  Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @brianjmoylan
Jess is joined by Sexy Unique Podcast’s Lara Marie Schoenhals (@larzmarie) to unpack our feelings re: the forthcoming Sex and the City revival titled “And Just Like That.” Lara Marie Schoenhals also hosts the podcast “Saving SATC 3,” in which she improvs a final installment of the franchise in each episode. Together, Jess and Lara share their SATC origin stories, process Kim Cattrall, compare to RHONY & brainstorm storylines for the new show and more!  Jess is later joined by friend of the show, Semajh Bludson (@semajwithanh). Jess (born 1982) and Semajh (born 1995) were raised by different pop cultural touchstones due to their generation gap and they are here to ~educate~ each other with their Top 5 recs (BoJack Horseman, Hedwig, Pose, etc). [ 0:10 - Lara Marie Schoenhals ] [ 41:00 - Semajh Bludson ] * code DEEPDIVES *
Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower, career theatre writer/director known to RHONY fans as Countess Luann’s long-suffering cabaret director. Ben shares stories of producing audiobooks for both Bethenny AND Teresa Giudice, filming RHONJ/RHONY, Halloween afterparties with Bethenny & Luann and his reaction to Bethenny’s “Life is Not a Cabaret” monologue. Ben also discusses his one man shows: “Patti Issues” (about his obsession with Patti LuPone) and “Bad With Money” (about his spending addiction). Follow @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @benrimalower
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