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Marc Hershon, the host of Succotash, is a member of the Illuminati?!
That’s just one of the many interesting tidbits you’ll learn, along with the source for the term “limelight”, a conspiracy to blow up the Los Angeles Times in the early 20th Century, and the real, behind-the-scenes origin of the name “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane.
There’s also movie talk aplenty (The Lego Movie, Anchorman 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah) AND the second half of Dean’s conversation with the great Rick Overton!
With special music, clips from previous shows, previews of two “Live Events of the Week”, memories of 3 “Celebrity Deaths”, a whole bunch of emails, tweets and texts from loyal listeners and two very special announcements, what could this possibly be but the 7th anniversary episode of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
So, put on those party hats, break out those noise-makers and celebrate seven years of Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness changing the way people listen to the internet!
Next week is the 7th Anniversary of the free weekly podcast that has been changing the way people listen to the internet since May of 2007.
Please help your friends in podcasting prepare their anniversary show by writing to them with your favorite Chillpak Hollywood memories.
Also, if you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area and are interested in discount tickets to Sci-Fest (where you can see Dean on-stage in Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope”), please write and let us know.
Finally, please help Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness complete their new film by visiting The Lady Killers, watching the official trailer, reading about the film, making a donation (if possible) and spreading the word!
Now enjoy this week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour …
It has been quite a while since your friends in podcasting have tackled a Hollywood-related “Lawsuit of the Week”. On this week’s show, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness bring back this popular segment with a doozy of a lawsuit – involving sex, power, blackmail, a forthcoming box office blockbuster and show biz folks behaving badly!
Dean and Phil follow up on last week’s email concerning gun violence and mental health care by proposing ways in which we might reduce the former by increasing access to the latter.
There is also be more on the Marvel universe, with a lengthy, insightful and hilarious email from loyal listener Stephen Fowler.
All that plus the latest on Dean’s new stage shows – both debuting in May here in Los Angeles – This week on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
There is an ongoing debate surrounding the free weekly podcast Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness have been co-hosting for almost seven years: Is their show a comedy podcast?
After all, what should one make of a show that features such free-wheeling, spirited conversation about a variety of topics ranging from live choir events to stop-motion animation, from the artistry of Ralph Fiennes to the heroics of Captain America, from excellent “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” podcast Level 7 Access to the latest roster changes in late night television, from gun violence and mental health to what went wrong with the Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion?
Of course, we know what it is.
It’s YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
Forgive us if the sound quality of this week’s show is a little shaky … With missed flights and broken laptops, it’s amazing we managed to get a new show produced this week at all (and closer to our usual Monday release than the past two weeks).
From the stumbling opening, to the less than elegant closing, your friends in podcasting are flying without a net this week. There’s no chance to edit or smooth out the audio levels.
The conversation is classic Chillpak, however, touching on topics ranging from the death of Harold Ramis to the careers of Boris Karloff and Preston Sturgess, from deadly on-set accidents to the difference between “victims” and survivors”, from Dean’s road trip with Billy Dee Williams to how the Oscar nominees for best picture rate in terms of their roles for women.
Don’t delay, enjoy YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour NOW!
Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness follow up on last week’s hilarious discussion about “The Price is Right” by discussing Lily Holleman’s appearance on that television institution, analyzing how she won, what she won and what it means tax-wise for people who do win on game shows.
Then, Dean and Phil wrap up their ongoing discussion of the eight ways our brains “lie” to us every day by discussing stereotyping.
Phil takes time to remember a “friend of the family” who died this month, a self-made man who went from 14 year-old dropout to hairdresser to successful producer.
Finally, next week is our annual look at the top films of the previous year, so Dean and Phil have been watching a ton of movies and this leads to a discussion of The Hunt, HBO’s True Detective and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with Joss Whedon receiving both a tip of the cap AND a stern wag of the finger!
All that, plus Lawrence Welk!?
Your friends in podcasting run out of time before they get the chance to talk about Sci-Fest, but they hope you will click on the link to learn about this exciting, month-long, live theatre festival in which they will be participating!
What other show covers such a range of topics as cognitive dissonance, psychogenic fugue states, memory, time travel, the Golden Globes, San Diego Comic-Con, California small claims court and the remains of ancient civilizations in the Amazon?
It’s just another hour in the office for Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!
Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, introduces this week’s show, describing what a challenging year this has been in terms of fulfilling our promise to bring you one hour of free podcast entertainment each and every week …
This week’s show was the biggest challenge yet what with Dean Haglund trapped in a blizzard with no phone or internet access.
How did we manage to produce a show under such circumstances?
With help from our friends, with an interview and with some excerpts from the otherwise unavailable “From the Heart of Hollywood” (as this show was known then) episode #33 of 31 December 2007!
Please give it a listen, and make sure to tune in next week, when Dean and Phil engage in their yearly review of their previous New Year’s resolutions before unveiling their resolutions for 2014.
Happy New Year, one and all!
45 complete trips around the sun ago, your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, was born. We here at YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour wish him Many Happy Returns and we’re celebrating with one of our funniest episodes ever.
Long before Dean Haglund was the host of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour and even before he was “Langly” on a certain television series, Dean was “Spock” in a long-running, live musical stage version of “Star Trek” in Vancouver, B.C. Like his Vulcan first officer, the “Kirk” from that show also went onto great success in a long-running sci-fi television franchise …
Actor, writer, improv comic and voice artist Gary Jones is perhaps best known for playing “Sgt. Walter Harriman” on “Stargate SG-1″, “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SGU Stargate Universe”. For years, we’ve been trying to get him onto the show and schedules have never alligned.
This week, we’ve got him on a long layover from Australia and he’s armed with hilarious stories about “Stargate”, Peter Deluise, Dean Haglund, Katharine Hepburn, Nick Nolte and there’s even an hilarious recurring joke about Rae Dawn Chong! What other show can claim that?!
In fact, this week’s show is so consistently hilarious that our friends over at Succotash (the comedy podcast podcast) needn’t bother clipping together excerpts from any other shows this week and should just replay ours (er, yours) in its entirety!
Before we sign off … It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA and WE are truly grateful for all of you. Thanks for continuing to make this show happen!
Non-stop festive hilarity from the (ridiculous) opening, right through the final (inspirational quote) …
Phil Leirness is in the holiday spirit and Dean Haglund has been drinking wine and on no other show would you hear such irreverent, insightful and occasionally inspiring conversation on such a wide range of topics as The Sound of Music, Spaghetti Westerns, cognitive dissonance, Buyer’s Stockholm Syndrome, Tom Hanks, silent film classics, Walt Disney, Martin Scorsese and Nelson Mandela.
Oh, and is one of your friends in podcasting about to become a full member of the Illuminati? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Live from the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Podfest, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness on stage with special guest Marc Hershon of Succotash and cameo appearances by Lily Holleman and Jake Johannsen.
Topics range from Miley Cyrus to “Mr. Paramount”, from “Breaking Bad” to Gravity, from Tom Clancy to The Lone Gunmen, from Emo Phillips to the medium of podcasting.
If you’ve never before heard and episode of the show, this is a great place to start!