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Complex’s weekly Pop Culture podcast Watch Less will focus on the world of television and film, highlighting conversations exploring what’s missing from the more mainstream entertainment discussions out there. Featuring an array of interesting guest interviews alongside our staff’s own takes, this show will give you a deeper look into what’s being missed and what should be praised in the world of entertainment.


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'Insecure' star Yvonne Orji joins Watch Less ahead of the June 6 premiere of her debut HBO stand-up special, 'Momma I Made It'. She dives into talking about her Nigerian roots, how she got her start in stand-up, and of course addresses the Molly/Issa conflict of 'Insecure' Season 4. Before that, Frazier and Khal reflect on the protests taking place across the globe, Kendrick Sampson's story from the frontlines, and some real talk on the situation in general.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rising star Kelvin Harrison, Jr.'s 2020 is already on a new level: not only did he have a supporting role in Stella Meghie's 'The Photograph', but he plays alongside Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross in his latest film, 'The High Note'. He joins the pod to talk about singing for the film, but stays to get real on some viewers' opinions on his 2019 A24 film 'Waves' and even shares some information on his upcoming role for Season 2 of HBO's A24 series 'Euphoria'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Did you know Lawrence directs? 'Insecure' broke formula for a special destination episode—and it was directed by none other than cast member Jay Ellis. Jay discusses his long-time desire to direct and the legends he learned from, and of course, he gets into #LawrenceHive (including which celebrities have pledged their allegiance) and if Issa and Lawrence belong together. We also get into the highly anticipated sequel, 'Top Gun: Maverick,' the personal connection he has to the franchise, and yes, some Tom Cruise stories.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
'Tis the season...in the spirit of the anniversaries of series finales for everything from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Mad Men', Frazier and Khal dedicate some time this week to looking at their favorite TV series finales, as well as giving a look at what makes up a memorable series finale. Before that, they are joined by The Ringer's Andrew Gruttadaro and The Cut's Kerensa Cadenas to talk about two buzz-worthy series that hit streaming services over the last month: Netflix's 'Outer Banks' and Hulu's 'Normal People'. Relax and take notes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week on 'Insecure', it finally happened. Issa and Molly's blow-up was epic...so epic that we had to bring in Tahirah Hairston—Teen Vogue's Fashion and Beauty Features Director and 'Insecure' stan—to discuss this explosive episode. From a discussion on who's wrong to predictions on how this situation could inform the rest of Season 4, the dive is deep, especially for those who sipping all of the 'Insecure' tea. Before that, Frazier and Khal discuss the untimely death of comedy legend Jerry Stiller.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Full Size Run co-host/actor/rapper Trinidad Jame$ returns to Watch Less to break down season 1 of The Sopranos. TJ explains how khal inspired him to start it, why he's only just getting to this classic series, if the first season meets the hype, and the personal connection he had to a specific episode. (And for any fellow Sopranos late-bloomers, only season 1 is covered, no spoilers for the rest of the series.) Later, Frazier and Khal react to Taikia Waititi's Star Wars appointment and the season 3 finale of Westworld. Related Articles: 'Westworld' Is Empty, Unfulfilling, and Un-quittable  https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2020/05/westworld-season-3-review  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Everyone's (hopefully) on quarantine with nothing but time on their hands, so they're bound to get their binge on. This week, Frazier and Khal offer their expertise in Binging Responsibly by giving you 8 simple rules that will help you effectively rewatch your favorite TV shows. If you're looking to get the most out of your Peak TV rewatches, don't worry; we've got you covered. Related Articles: https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/09/netflix-series-drop-episodes-weekly  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
#StellaAF

#StellaAF

2020-04-2201:16:19

Watch Less is #remoteAF and bringing 'The Photograph' director Stella Meghie on this week's episode of the pod to talk about working with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield on her well-received romcom (which hits digital on April 28). She also hinted at the episode of 'Insecure' she directed this season, talks about her path to becoming a filmmaker, and shares what she's been doing (or not doing) during quarantine. Frazier and Khal then discuss one of the hotter topics on the TV timeline: Kenya Barris' new Netflix series '#blackAF'. Tell a friend to wash their hands and tune in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Better Call Joey Pants

Better Call Joey Pants

2020-04-1539:12

GOAT character actor, Joe Pantoliano, joins Watch Less this week. The Emmy Award-winner might be more recognizable for some of his greatest performances, including Ralph Cifaretto on 'The Sopranos', Teddy on Christopher Nolan's 'Memento', or Captain Howard in the 'Bad Boys' franchise. Pantoliano breaks down his time in the films, as well as the process of getting from 'Bad Boys II' to 'Bad Boys For Life'. Joey Pants also breaks down his penchant for playing bad guys, shares some stories from his years in the business, and more. Later, Frazier and khal share some 'Rona Recommendations, which includes a deep cut TV series you might not be able to find and 'Better Call Saul', one of the greatest shows no one wants to watch or talk about.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the timeline erupts with the beginning of a new season of ‘Insecure’, the show’s creator and star, Issa Rae, blessed the pod. Issa breaks down Season 4's themes and teases where this year's conflict is headed, talks Stella Meghie on ‘The Photograph,’ one important episode of this season of ‘Insecure’, and more insight from the set of Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” video. If you’re a diehard ‘Insecure’ fan, just press play.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The quarantine may have slowed our theater consumption to a halt, at least there's all kinds of TV to watch. This week, Frazier and Khal are joined by Angel Diaz talking FX's 'DAVE' on the path to beat 'Atlanta's viewer numbers, the latest films that Hollywood studios have had to push back, and 'Twin Peaks' on its 30th anniversary. They also pick up a classic debate: did Tony Soprano get hot or not?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When Cookie talks, you listen. Taraji P. Henson, star of 'Empire', 'Baby Boy', and other classics, joins the pod to talk about her new Netflix film, 'Coffee and Kareem,' as well as his first time in the director's chair, the only time she missed work as an actress, and her dreams of going international. Later, Frazier and Khal bring all of the Complex Original Podcasts together, as Joe La Puma from The Complex Sneakers Podcast and Load Management hosts Chopz and Adam Caparell joins to discuss Season 10 of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', where it sits in the Complex 'Curb' season rankings, and to choose a side: 'Curb' or 'Seinfeld'. The group chat comes to life!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stuck inside and need a bowl of hot goss to tide you over? Adam Pally, star of NBC’s hilarious ‘Indebted’ as well as the cult-classic ‘Happy Endings’, sits down with Frazier and Khal to talk his character’s cool dad swag, getting lit with the legend Fran Drescher, and what it was like punching Baby Yoda. Frazier and Khal also reflect on the Season 10 finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ get a vibe check on ‘Westworld’ Season 3 (so far), and share some ‘rona recommendations.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
COVID19 might be shutting down the world as we know it (get better soon, Tom and Rita), but that rona can’t stop the pod. Pamela Adlon, Emmy-winning actress and voiceover maven, joins this week to talk about the journey she embarked on to get to the fourth season of her critically acclaimed FX series ‘Better Things’, as well as what it was like getting to work with Sterling K. Brown on ‘This Is Us’. Frazier and Khal also take a look at how coronavirus has put a chokehold on Hollywood, messing up everything from release dates to production of your favorite films and TV shows. Stay safe out there.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s game time! After a fantastic Season 1 finale of USA’s ‘Dare Me’, we have Australia’s own Marlo Kelly diving into all of the broken teeth, bow and arrows, and drama going down at Sutton Grove High School. Editor-in-Chief Damien Scott returns to the pod to talk about the finale of HBO’s ‘The Outsider’, if the series stuck the landing, and some thoughts on the upcoming third season of ‘Westworld’. Tell a friend!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Yoo-hoo! with RJ Walker

Yoo-hoo! with RJ Walker

2020-03-0401:09:561

Grab your Tub Dubs and pour up some Yoo-hoo for friend of the pod RJ Walker, Mr. Clark County himself. Ahead of the release of the second season of BET’s ‘Boomerang’, RJ stopped by to talk going Method while making ‘Boomerang’, the future of ‘Atlanta’, and his improv series Pass That Blunt, as well as pulling the curtain back on his journey as an actor and creative in Hollywood. Frazier and Khal also get into some Current Events, speaking on everything from the passing of the legend James Lipton and the box office success of ‘The Invisible Man’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Don’t look now but The Invisible Man is coming to a theater near you this weekend, starring Elisabeth Offred Peggy Olsen Moss. Watch Less hosted a screening of the film, after which her co-stars Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge joined for a live episode, which you can now hear here. They discuss this new contemporary take on the classic Universal monster, and you know we couldn’t let Storm dip without getting a Euphoria question in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,’ but a legend walks into the Complex podcast studio alone. The humble horror aficionado—and Lord of the Rings alumnus who has defeated Sauron and Macaulay Culkin onscreen—Elijah Wood is this week’s guest, in honor of his new indie 'Come to Daddy.' Part B-movie horror part black comedy, it’s in line with Wood’s post LOTR career where he’s championed indie filmmakers and creators through his own acting choices and his production company SpectreVision. But that’s just the starting point. Listen as we dig into our shared love of horror and go back into his past career highlights before jumping forward to his future plans, including his dream project.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anywho! with Lil Rel

Anywho! with Lil Rel

2020-02-1250:071

2020 is the Year of Rel. Lil Rel Howery's been stealing scenes in your favorite movie since Get Out. This Valentine’s Day, he stars in Stella Meghie’s ‘The Photograph’ alongside your favs Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, but as he reveals on the pod this is just phase 1 for what's set to be a busy year for him. Listen as he reflects on his HBO stand-up, his own sitcom and plans to do another, gives insight into the new inner circle of Black Hollywood creatives like Jerrod Carmichael, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, reflects on Kobe and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
‘Parasite’ was our Oscars parlay and we hit BIG. Awards SZN has come to an end, and resident Head of Development Donnie Kwak joined Frazier and Khal to break down why this ‘Parasite’ awards sweep is so huge, Eminem’s surprise performance, and the positives (and negatives) of a host-less Oscars, as well as the return of the SPICY post-awards show blind items.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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