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Tracy Grandstaff may have the greatest basic cable story, ever: a writer/producer by day, she was also the voice of MTV's iconic 'Daria,' and was a cast member in the original pilot of 'The Real World.' She sits down with Jen and Doug to spill all the tea.
Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

2022-11-1632:37

Chelsea Handler joins the pod to tell us how 'Chelsea Lately' found its way to success in late night against the basic cable boys club of Stewart, Colbert, and Conan.
Real World' co-creator Jon Murray joins us to talk about the birth of reality TV, when seven strangers "stopped being polite, and started getting real."
Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear

2022-11-0239:34

While sitting down with Jen and Doug, actor Greg Kinnear reveals that he actually sold basic cable TV door-to-door long before he became the star of E!’s ‘Talk Soup’ and an eventual Oscar nominee.
Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn

2022-10-2635:10

"The Comic's Comic," Colin Quinn joins us to talk about his early days at MTV's 'Remote Control,' why he thinks ‘The Brady Bunch’ is “hacky,” and learning to be less miserable.
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star Kaitlin Olson joins us to talk about cable's longest running show, why it's important to her that she makes the guys laugh, and the joy of playing a complete piece of garbage.
Jen and Doug take the physical challenge with Marc Summers of 'Double Dare,' as he reveals the secrets of green slime, "Gak," his 'Tonight Show' feud with Burt Reynolds, and why he might be Elvis to Gen Xers.
'Walking Dead' executive producer Gale Anne Hurd takes us behind the scenes of the highest-rated show in basic cable history to tell us about "zombie school," "death dinners," and the future of the franchise.
Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll

2022-09-2850:21

Nick Kroll joins us to discuss his days on FX's 'The League', Comedy Central's 'Kroll Show,' and the eternal question of how much tuna is too much tuna?
UFC President Dana White gets in the cage with Doug and Jen to talk about the rise of Mixed Martial Arts, and how cable launched it to the forefront of the sports industry.
This week, Abbi Jacobson admits that she originally thought her future "Broad City" partner was Alia Shawkat, talks about the importance of finding "your people," and the challenge of rebooting 'A League Of Their Own' for Amazon.
Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

2022-09-0732:121

Ben Stiller joins Jen and Doug to recount his early days at MTV, his failed VJ audition, the MTV-inspired Gen X cult classic 'Reality Bites,' and the birth of Zoolander.
Season Two Preview

Season Two Preview

2022-08-3118:01

Jen and Doug give a sneak peek of what you can expect in season two from some of Basic cable’s best including: Ben Stiller of 'The Ben Stiller Show’, 'Reality Bites’ & more, Abbi Jacobson of 'Broad City' & 'League of their Own’, Dana White - founder of the UFC, Nick Kroll of FX's "The League' and Comedy Central's "Kroll Show', Gale Anne Hurd - EP on ‘The Walking Dead', Marc Summers- host of Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare’, Kaitlin Olson of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’, Colin Quinn from MTV's 'Remote Control’, & Comedy Central"s ‘Tough Crowd’, Greg Kinnear of 'Talk Soup’, Jon Murray - creator of 'The Real World’, Chelsea Handler of 'Chelsea Lately’, Tracy Grandstaff- the voice of MTV's ‘Daria', Mike Rowe  - host of 'Dirty Jobs’, Giada De Laurentiis - Food Network host/star, comedian David Spade, and Madeleine Smithberg & Lizz Winstead- the co-creators of 'The Daily Show'
Best of Season One

Best of Season One

2022-08-2421:56

Jen and Doug recap some of the best moments from season one's guests including: Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Fab Five Freddy, Tim Gunn, Tom Lennon & Kerri Kenney, Cindy Crawford, Dan Patrick, Mike Judge, Kevin Powell, Bryan Cranston, Jemele Hill, Samantha Bee, Neal Brennan, The Kid Mero, Lisa Napoli, and Denis Leary.Look for Season two to release Sept 7
Denis Leary

Denis Leary

2022-08-1742:12

Denis Leary joins the podcast to talk about his hit FX series 'Rescue Me,' his legendary MTV rants and why he hates R.E.M.
Ted Turner is one of basic cable's true godfathers. Author Lisa Napoli takes us through his visionary and often controversial quest to create the world's first 24-hour news network.
The Kid Mero stops by to talk Desus & Mero, their journey from 'Bodega Boys' to cable late-night stars, and their recent decision to part ways.
'Chappelle Show' co-creator and stand up comic Neal Brennan takes us behind the scenes at one of cable’s most legendary shows and the chaos that abruptly derailed it.
Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

2022-07-2035:26

Samantha Bee talks to Jen and Doug about her early days on 'The Daily Show,' breaking the glass ceiling of late night TV, and learning the U.S. national anthem.
Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill talks with Jen and Doug about the intersection of sports, news, social media and politics.
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