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Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on Housewives, gay pop iconography & NYC culture. Host Jess Rothschild invites fellow culture vultures to go deep on topics including Real Housewives, The Real World, Madonna and Britney. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, Brian Moylan + cast members from Bravo and The Real World.
Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on Housewives, gay pop iconography & NYC culture. Host Jess Rothschild invites fellow culture vultures to go deep on topics including Real Housewives, The Real World, Madonna and Britney. Recent guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Isaac Mizrahi, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, Brian Moylan + cast members from Bravo and The Real World. << Show Less
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Real World New Orleans Melissa Beck — MTV Contracts, Homecoming & more Jess is joined by Real World: New Orleans' breakout fave, Melissa Beck! Melissa chats about her journey through the MTV machine from auditioning, filming for five months (OG show), paid just $5,000 total. Post-MTV, Melissa discusses trying to make it in comedy and getting cast on Girls Behaving Badly alongside an unknown Chelsea Handler. Plus, the impact of “Come On Be My Baby Tonight,” how Mariah Carey informed Melissa's biracial identity (Black & Filipino), converting to Judaism and nearly NOT going back for RW Homecoming, now airing on Paramount Plus! IG: @jessxnyc | @melissabeckrwno
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Snippet of Hot Takes Deep Dives: Top 3 Favorite Britney Spears Songs 3 is “Circus”; which solidified her career. 2 is the timeless “I’m a Slave 4 U” produced by Pharell and the MTV VMAs performance. 1 is fan favorite “Breathe On Me”. These songs are reminders of the time and place we were when they were released. Our relationship with them changes as we appreciate Spears’ legacy.
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Real World New Orleans Melissa Beck — MTV Contracts, Homecoming & more Jess is joined by Real World: New Orleans' breakout fave, Melissa Beck! Melissa chats about her journey through the MTV machine from auditioning, filming for five months (OG show), paid just $5,000 total. Post-MTV, Melissa discusses trying to make it in comedy and getting cast on Girls Behaving Badly alongside an unknown Chelsea Handler. Plus, the impact of “Come On Be My Baby Tonight,” how Mariah Carey informed Melissa's biracial identity (Black & Filipino), converting to Judaism and nearly NOT going back for RW Homecoming, now airing on Paramount Plus! IG: @jessxnyc | @melissabeckrwno
Bethenny Talk Show Deep Dive (w/ Zack Peter) Jess is joined by Zack Peter for a deep dive into the waters of Bethenny’s one season talk show. We review her episodes with Kim Richards, Ramona stealing the dress, Luann, Tracy Anderson, Andy Cohen as well as bizarre yet fascinating segments with audience members. We also discuss B's manic podcast, the time Jess called into Bethenny's SiriusXM show, Jason & Bryn Hoppy and do a tight 5 on good eyebrows. Zack also recaps his “Spilling Tea Live” shows in LA and Nashville feat. Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Scheana, Brock and Emily D. Baker. IG: @jessxnyc, @justplainzack, @nofilterwithzack * spillingtealive.com * * dipseastories.com/deepdives *
Comedian Judy Gold on Writing Rosie's Talk Show, Baby Lourdes Leon & more! Jess is joined by JUDY GOLD, Emmy-winning writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and NYC stand-up fixture over the last two decades. Judy chats about Joan Rivers, Janeane Garofalo and Rosie’s talk show vs. Ellen. Plus, Madonna using Judy's son as a stand-in for baby Lourdes Leon, meeting her partner via a Time Out New York dating ad, reality stars (Countess Luann, Stormy Daniels) doing cabaret/stand-up and a lot more! IG: @jessxnyc | @hottakesdeepdives | @jewdygold
RHONY's Leah McSweeney on Britney, Bethenny, Club Kids & Psych Wards Jess is joined by RHONY's Leah McSweeney (aka LeahMob)!! Leah chats about everything including growing up in Chelsea club-kid culture, sex with girls in high school, her love (and concern) for Britney, Madonna & Courtney Love at the VMAs, experiences in rehab, psych wards and dating a married couple. We also discuss Bethenny quitting RHONY right before Leah started, friendship with Kelly Cutrone and her reaction to cast-mates' comments in Not All Diamonds and Rosé. IG @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @leahmob
Reaction to A Tale of Two RHONY's (w/ Melody Kamali & Carolyn Bergier) Wow, RHONY, Wow. Jess is joined by writer/comedians (and co-hosts of the pod Dyking Out), Melody Kamali & Carolyn Bergier, to react to the breaking news of RHONY being split into two shows. We discuss why the new RHONY should be built around style icon Jenna Lyons, plus the Carole Radziwill / Samantha Ronson connection. We also discuss Carolyn & Melody's foiled attempt to get Sara Ramirez to appear as Che Diaz at their Stonewall stand-up show, news of And Just Like That's season two renewal, and comparisons to The L Word Gen Q. IG: @jessxnyc, @tgicarolyn, @melodykamali
Margaret Cho on Joan Rivers, Ellen, '90s Diet Pills, Gay Summer Life Jess is joined by queer comedy icon MARGARET CHO! We chat about Margaret’s incredibly prolific career, including her stand-up specials and iconic TV appearances (30 Rock, Sex and the City). Margaret goes deep about her experience starring in a sitcom based on her life where the network (ABC) fed her diet pills and zero-fat cookies in an effort to compete against the casts of Friends and My So-Called Life. We also discuss growing up in the San Francisco gay bookstore owned by her parents, becoming Ellen’s opening act in the ‘90s, why she is still afraid of Ellen, Joan Rivers' advice, loving gay summer on Fire Island / Provincetown and more! See Margaret on tour now and in the upcoming Fire Island movie on Hulu! IG: @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @margaret_cho
SNL’s Cheri Oteri on Barbara Walters, Lorne Michaels, Larry David & more Jess is joined by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE character queen CHERI OTERI! Cheri recounts being discovered at The Groundlings, alongside Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and fellow SNL hopefuls Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and (gasp) Jennifer Coolidge. Cheri details being flown out to NYC to endure Lorne Michaels’ psychological warfare and become a comedy queen star. Highlights include — origins of her Barbara Walters impression and the cutthroat pressure between cast & writers for airtime. Plus — Jim Carrey’s iconic episode, working w/ Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) & Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm).  IG: @jessxnyc | @hottakesdeepdives * prose.com/hottakes *
Evan Ross Katz on Kim Cattrall, SJP, State of Housewives, Buffy & Survivor Jess is joined by the king of all culture vultures, EVAN ROSS KATZ, on the heels of his first book dedicated to the cultural impact of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. We dive into why KIM CATTRALL blocked (and later unblocked) Evan on Twitter, SJP inviting him to the premiere of AND JUST LIKE THAT... and recently admitting she hasn’t watched an episode since. Evan gives his hot take RHONY casting couch, parallels between RENT and BUFFY, Buffy’s queer subtext, our mutual love for SURVIVOR's Jerri Manthey, and why JENNIFER COOLIDGE requested a “do-over” interview on Evan’s podcast, Shut Up Evan. IG: @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @evanrosskatz * provenskincare.com code hottakes *
Isaac Mizrahi Returns! Madonna Love Triangle, RuPaul, Unzipped + AJLT Review ISAAC MIZRAHI returns for his second appearance! Jess and Isaac discuss why he never attempted drag, his friendship w/ RUPAUL and the idea of him being a permanent judge on DRAG RACE. Isaac also confirms the truth behind the legendary MADONNA - SANDRA BERNHARD - INGRID CASARES break-up, gives his AND JUST LIKE THAT review and discusses the repercussions of his seminal documentary, UNZIPPED. Isaac also discusses his version of “Borderline” and pivoting his career from fashion to a live cabaret act — at Cafe Carlyle this month. IG: @jessxnyc, @hottakesdeepdives, @imisaacmizrahi
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