Comedian and TV/film star Amy Schumer loves absurdist takes on hot-button subjects. (Like her incisive commentary on rape culture via Football Town Nights, y’all.)
This time, Schumer used her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, to create a sketch firing shots at gun violence. The sketch uses a QVC-styled shopping network selling Steve Irwin Commemorative Coins. And guns!
As Schumer models the gun, a live counter of sales during the telecast soars into the thousands. Meanwhile, Schumer and her host jokily explain all the loopholes available to suspected terrorists and repeat felons. The sketch ends with a gun misfire, because in America, accidents happen! (Almost 3800 accidental deaths from 2005 to 2010.)
Gun violence is an issue especially near to Schumer’s heart after a shooter opened fire at a showing of her summer comedy, Trainwreck. From Entertainment Weekly:
“This was a sketch that Amy personally felt really strongly about,” Dan Powell, executive producer for Inside Amy Schumer tells EW. “The whole writers room piped in with jokes and ideas and things like that, but ultimately, this was Amy’s baby.”
Watch, laugh, and reflect on the video below:
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.