Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Podcast Review

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Set your “bullseye” sights on this one because this podcast centers around the greatest living interviewers, celebrity guests, and so much more. The Bullseye with Jesse Thorn podcast dives into the mind of a creator and determines to assess the method to their madness. For example, what was it really like for Ed Helms to work on The Hangover? How did Zach Woods perfect the role of Gabe in The Office? And how did David Simon make The Wire one of the best TV shows of all time? There’s a lot to talk about here, and with over 160 episodes of entertainment news to choose from, you’ll never feel bored with Jesse by your side.

The Host: Jesse Thorn is definitely not the new kid on the block when it comes to podcasts. In fact, according to the Maximum Fun website (which produces this podcast), Jesse was “the youngest national host in public radio history” back in 2007. Since then, he’s gone on to host The Turnaround, Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and Judge John Hodgman. Though he lives in Los Angeles now, he spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Guests: Where do we begin with this one? Well, for starters, there’s the hilarious Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (creators of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Christoph Waltz (from Inglorious Bastards), and Dan Goor (one of the creators of Brooklyn Nine-Nine). But there’s also plenty of comedians, cartoonists, writers, producers, and actors that appear on this show. We’re looking at you, Jason Segel and Annette Bening.

Why You Have to Listen: How often does a podcast get featured in Time, The New York Times, or GQ? Answer: next to never. And yet, Jesse Thorn has managed to do just this with his Bullseye podcast. In essence, the podcast focuses on the art of interviewing, and the roster of celebrity guests doesn’t seem to end. Each episode hovers around 40 minutes in length, though some do stretch to the 1-hour mark. So if you’re looking for an entertaining podcast with a smart and funny host, then this one might be on your “bullseye” radar for the future.

Listen to Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Must-Listen Episodes:

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock

The Legendary Randy Newman

Comedian Tom Papa

Rating: Teen+

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Copywriter, content writer, photographer, and actress who enjoys being lazy through the magic of video games, Netflix, and hiking, though the latter of which requires a buried willpower.


Talin went to school for mathematics, but decided to switch to an acting career halfway through. Against her parents wishes, she then moved to California to pursue this pipe dream, and is still, as some would say, "climbing through the trenches." She's also self-taught in photography, writing, and graphic design, since she believes that school is a financial sinkhole that society loves to promote.

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Talin is lazy and doesn't feel like bragging about each and every employment opportunity that came her way. Rather, she'll leave you with the following, "I've written so much for companies that I'm begrudgingly sprinting toward full-blown arthritis."