The JV Club with Janet Varney (general)

This week’s guest, the marvelous Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth), only increases Janet’s love of all things Minnesotan. Join them for a discussion that includes important topics like unicorns, Alice in Chains, and the unique grief of eating too many Reese’s Pieces. 

Direct download: Alice_Wetterlund.mp3
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It's a JV Club re-release! Melanie Lynskey gracefully navigates Janet's extreme doting, a dog bark or two, and way too many questions about the film "Heavenly Creatures" in Episode 16's foray into life in New Zealand, crushing on Beck, and whether freezing in place creates magical invisibility.

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Throw your hair in some springy red braids and jump on your spotted horse for a mosey down memory lane with the super cool Ever Carradine (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Marvel’s "Runaways”), including a love of a certain house on a certain prairie, reflections on the Waldorf method, and a thorough appreciation of the perfection of chips and guac.

Direct download: JVC231_Ever_Carradine.mp3
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Meditation! Norwegians! Jesus! All this and more with the delightful Laura House on this week’s episode of the podcast. Plus: Vince Gilligan’s new show about the real Edna Garrett*! *Yes, we know this reference will mean nothing to anyone born after 1985.

Direct download: JVC230_Laura_House.mp3
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While this week’s episode with the fantastic Jena Friedman (The Daily Show) is one of the least teen-years-focused JV Club episodes of all time, there’s a pretty compelling reason for that: Jena’s experience and thoughts about today’s challenging climate, are provocative and inspiring. She’s a badass!

Direct download: JVC229_Jena_Friedman.mp3
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This special live episode recorded at the 16th annual SF Sketchfest, presented by Audible, brings you the wit, charm, and considerable heavyweight talent of Rachel Dratch, Jon Hamm, and “Musical Director” Matt Nathanson!


This week, the inspiring and super cool author, activist, and founder of Spacehack.org, Ariel Waldman reassures Janet that you don’t need to have a PhD in science to get involved in the space program! Plus: raves, horses, mac and cheese, and how it feels to be named after a cartoon character. No, not that cartoon character.

Direct download: JVC227_Ariel_Waldman.mp3
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It's a re-release of Jen Kirkman! The podcast's first listener-generated interview! You asked (most) of the questions, and Jen Kirkman was up for the task. Find out what she and Janet have to say about Judy Blume, making out in basements, ironic greeting cards and more in Episode 10 of The JV Club.

Direct download: JVC2265_Jen_Kirkman_Re-Release.mp3
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Get paleontological with the fantastic Lyric Lewis (“Mad TV”) in episode 226 of the JV Club, where you can revel in the wonder of “Jurassic Park,” appreciate the vibrance of New Orleans and the blue ribbon public schools of St. Paul, Minnesota, and even gain an extra special new month of the calendar year!

Direct download: JVC226_Lyric_Lewis.mp3
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It’s a live episode of the JV Club from chilly Portland, Oregon with rapper DaRealWordSound, “Warm Bodies” author Isaac Marion, and anime voiceover star Cristina Vee! Tolerate the slightly poor recording quality to hear adorable tales of teenagerhood from these sublime guests!


No, this isn’t the beginning of a long run of “winter boys” for The JV Club- it’s a special circumstance that merits the special episode title. IT’s also an episode that includes numerous references to penises. For realz. Be forewarned! You’ll also hear plenty about being a white teen in Hawaii, a secret inventor, and a Star Trek: TNG fantasizer.

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It's a JV Club re-release! It's tough to beat New York City in the 1980's, as this week's guest Zandy Hartig (Childrens Hospital) proves with memories of museums, clubs, and a very special classroom. Plus: Sting!

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Surf’s up! Learn a thing or two about determination from NBC “Superstore” co-star Nichole Bloom, whose love of acting hit her at an early age and she hasn’t slowed down since. Well, except to revel in some sweet Emo grooves.

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JV Club guest Yvette Nicole Brown rounds out the ladies of the beloved NBC series with a gab about bidding farewell to the snowstorms of Ohio, the undeniable genius of The Golden Girls, and the heart-swelling lyrics of DeBarge.

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Janet creates a cinematic picture for the teen years of this week’s sublime guest, Deborah Baker, Jr. (Stan Against Evil), which essentially places her in New England of the early 1950’s. But who can help it, with images of Mona Lisa Smile pushing their way in at every turn? Also, talking horses and endless popovers.

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This week’s wonderful guest Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) maps out the mere 25 mile-apart-yet-wildly-different-worlds of her teen years at Cerritos High and her LA life today, along with all of those juicy feelings that somehow remain unchanged inside. The bottom line is this: Janet falls in platonic love over the course of this episode.

Direct download: JVC221_Kirsten_Vangsness.mp3
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They finally did it! Janet and the magnificent Riki Lindhome (Another Period, Garfunkel and Oates) rug-sits with JV on a warm October evening and talks Hitchcock movies, clarinet reed germs, and the under-appreciated 70’s bikini tan.

Direct download: JVC220_Riki_Lindhome.mp3
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From the recent live show at LA Podfest, Janet is joined by a couple of great beards and the wonderful men sporting them: Charles “Chuck” Bryant (Stuff You Should Know) and Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Psych), and one spectacular woman who happens to ALSO look great with a beard: Natalie Morales (Parks and Rec). Settle in and nibble on your candy necklace for an hour of stories and songs!

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What happens when a Brooklynite gets uprooted to the Texas suburbs with her mom and her mom's female partner and spends her teenage years academically overachieving and keeping secrets that make her sick? Why, she grows up to be an amazing comedian and author of her very own novel (Vow of Celibacy), of course. Erin Judge discusses all this and more this week on the podcast!

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It’s a classic JV Club train of thought that leaves the station at about 60 miles per hour, thanks to the bright light that is the mind and heart of one Kristen Bell (The Good Place), otherwise known as one of the world’s preeminent dog petting scientists. KB and JV cheerily talk failure, murder, and the incredible power of a good Sondheim refrain.

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Let’s jam this in before the end of September, anyway! Janet and her onscreen husband Todd Anderson (You’re the Worst) put together the most Frankensteined JV Club episode to date- ranging multiple locations and dates. But no need to fear- there’s still plenty of M.A.S.H., tales of high school horror and movie chat, just maybe not in the order you’d expect!

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Nova Scotia native (and fantastic comic artist/writer/awesome person) Kate Leth patiently sits through Janet freaking out about Anne of Green Gables, moving on to other topics such as utterly cool moms and tattoos, the power of black lipstick and the suspension of time aboard a lengthy flight.

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This week it’s a story of stuff (life stuff! Not clutter stuff!) with Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff, Greenpeace), who talks about how experiences in the margins of high school can be liberating, the joy of optimism (and worms!), and the satisfaction of a really great opera cake.

 

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Get ready for an “exciting" exploration into the Polar Caves and so much more (including, perhaps, destinations slightly less disappointing when viewed in person) with the delightful Mary Roach (author of bestsellers Grunt, Packing for Mars, and a bunch more!), whose humor, curiosity and general awesomeness are an inspiration to fellow geeks everywhere.

Direct download: JVC213_Mary_Roach.mp3
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It’s time to make that excruciating decision: which sax do I play - alto or tenor - while I listen to Episode 212 with the brilliant Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, Spontaneanation)? Once you’ve decided, get into your Lincoln Continental and cruise around to the tales of an overnight baritone with a penchant for movie lists.

Direct download: JVC212_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Craig_Cackowski.mp3
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Tell your mom to keep the motor running while you stop in for a chat with Bar Mitzvah superstar and Boy of Summer Samm Levine (Inglorious Basterds, Freaks and Geeks), whose 15 year-old standup comedy set will make you blush (well, at least the first joke). But don’t worry- it made him blush, too.

Direct download: JVC211_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Samm_Levine.mp3
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It’s time to dig out that sleeveless Def Leppard concert tee and grow your hair out to “regularly-mistaken-for-a-girl” length for Boy of Summer Henry Phillips (so much stuff to list, just visit henryphillips.com!), whose cred even includes running into a Brady Bunch Brady on a train. THAT IS A BIG DEAL, EVERYBODY!

Direct download: JVC210_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Henry_Phillips.mp3
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Episode 209 welcomes the immensely talented Justin Kirk (Weeds), who forgoes his usual Los Angeles walkabout to sip his gas station coffee on JV’s sofa, handling her barrage of invasively personal questions with aplomb. And the photo is from a Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser, not a video dating ad, as JV had hoped.

Direct download: JVC209_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Justin_Kirk.mp3
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Move over, Phil Collins and Don Henley! Boy of Summer Andrew Burlinson (Just Add Magic) will give you a run for your drumming-while-singing money. Plus, this new dad is ready to armor up and do some knight-type stuff— I’m looking at you, Jamie Lannister.

Direct download: JVC208_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Andrew_Burlinson.mp3
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Imagine this is a song that Boy of Summer Mark Gagliardi (Workjuice Player, We Got This podcast) wrote just for you. And for you, and you, and also for you. You’re one of a kind, after all! Plus, you’ll get to hear about sexy Catholic retreats (well, kind of sexy?) and drama club hedonism. Isn’t Gags just the best?

Direct download: JVC207_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Mark_Gagliardi.mp3
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The nearly All-Wisconsinite Boys of Summer trend shockingly continues! This time it’s the just wonderful Nate Mooney, JV’s co-star on the Dana Gould-created IFC series Stan Against Evil, coming to you this fall! Until then, whet your appetite with stories of aerospace engineering, Top Gunnery, and surely the first Boy of Summer to go deep on miniatures!

Direct download: JVC206_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Nate_Mooney.mp3
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Take off your shoes and put on your best white suit because it’s time for Mr. Chris Tallman (Spontaneanation, The Thundermans) to school you in the ways of improv, tuba, and how "Fantasy Island" and Victorian England deserve one another, as Boys of Summer continues its mighty roar!

Direct download: JVC205_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Chris_Tallman.mp3
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GUYS, MARK MCCONVILLE (Superego, Pistol Shrimps) WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SIT ON JANET’S NEW COUCH. That’s a big deal! But sure, yes, lots of other things happen on episode 202 as Boys of Summer motors along, including talk of Mark’s parents finished basement (hello ladies!), his “meh” hockey career, and of course, his gorgeous mullet.

 

Direct download: JVC204_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Mark_McConville.mp3
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Boys of Summer 2016 hums along with considerably more relaxed ease than you’d feel if you had to drive a double-decker, British-steering-wheel-on-the-right-side bus through Savannah with Clint Eastwood counting on you. Luckily if you’re Gary Anthony Williams (Boondocks, Rick & Morty), you navigate everything with grace, humor, and killer improv chops.

Direct download: JVC203__Boys_of_Summer_Series__Gary_Anthony_Williams.mp3
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It’s time to get the band back together. Or find yourself in a new band every week, if you’re Boys of Summer guest comedian, author, and This American Life contributor Dave Hill (new book! Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). Celebrate hearty loves of multi-genre guitar shreds, the class act that is Dick Cavett, and making the stuff YOU like instead of trying to conform.

Direct download: JVC202_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Dave_Hill.mp3
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(Pretentious Trumpets Blaring) It’s the 200th episode of The JV Club, starring YOU! To celebrate, this episode features recordings by listeners as well as some listener emails read by JV. And it also features a M.A.S.H. game with questions from listeners, as conducted and answered jointly by April Richardson and Janet! Hear JV stumble through M.A.S.H. less gracefully than any past guests. #SpoilerAlertNightCourt

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Get ready to hurl that pristine-white toilet paper roll over a nearby tree, because it’s wonderful Boy of Summer Matt Gourley’s (Superego) time to shine in all his most-of-high-school 5-foot glory. Hear about Matt’s command of Spanish curse words, love of cookies, and the house that haunts him to this day… every time he gets a haircut.

Direct download: JVC201_Boys_of_Summer_Series__Matt_Gourley.mp3
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It's a re-release of Maria Bamford! The JV Club defies you to find another podcast that covers ALL of these conversation essentials: stationery hewn from elephant poo; a fear of what we'll call "Plastic Man arms;" and using blood to secure a first class airplane ticket. These popular topics and much more -- with the wonderful Maria Bamford, no less!

Direct download: JVC1995_Maria_Re-Release.mp3
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Condition your softball glove and make sure to stretch before this conversation with comedian and author Amber Tozer (Sober Stick Figure), whose Pueblo, Colorado roots are showing… in a great way. Oh, and good luck out-lettering her varsity status!

Direct download: JVC199_Amber_Tozer.mp3
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Hip-Hop, math, musicals, tiny unicorns, and Playgirl magazine: a crib sheet guide to this episode with the extremely cool Eliza Skinner (Totally Biased, Late Late Show), whose various and sundry, all-around-awesome talents make up their own comedy multiverse.

Direct download: JVC198_Eliza_Skinner.mp3
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It’s a Boys of Summer Preview with Hutch Harris! Celebrate the release of the new album We Disappear by The Thermals with this special almost-summer-but-not-quite episode with Hutch, which includes a song from the new album at the end of the podcast!

Direct download: JVC197_HutchHarris.mp3
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Saddle up! It’s the marvelous Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Properties), an amazing improviser and actor who might be just as at home in a rodeo competition or in a Pixies lip-synching contest. Oh, and Mandy Patinkin… LOOK OUT!

Direct download: JVC196_Tawny_Newsome.mp3
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We know what you’re thinking- “Did Janet start a new All Dogs All the Time podcast? No, but JV and awesome guest, writer and standup Melissa Stephens (“Key and Peele”) go long and deep into canine biz early on in the episode, eventually begrudgingly opening up the conversation to other vital matters such as being a girl on the boys’ baseball team and coping with rejection when all you want is a clammy hand to hold.

Direct download: JVC195_Melissa_Stephens.mp3
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Comedian and You’re the Worst writer Alison Bennett comes over for a sexily-lit evening of dissecting the strange magnetism of true crime, the wilds of rural Pennsylvania, and the appeal of a jacuzzi filled with chocolate pudding in episode 194 of the podcast. And watch out, Cyndi Lauper! You’ve got competition!

Direct download: JVC194_Alison_Bennett.mp3
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Get that myriad of plates spinning and put on all of your hats to keep up with the multi-faceted Tamara Krinsky (Marvel’s West Coast Correspondent), with tales of sleep-away camp, classical theatre and the wonders of science!

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It’s time for the copious talents of Molly Lewis, who knows what it feels like to blow up the internet and suddenly find yourself in the company of your heroes. While, I might add,  handling it all with the grace and modesty of a total pro (which, of course, she has long since become). So tune your uke and sing along!*

*It’s possible that no actual singing happens
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We’re going to use this description as an opportunity to express deep regret that we did not ask the wonderful Jessica McKenna (Party Over Here) what she meant when she said “Lucky the Leprechaun knocks on your door" during the Irish Pride portion of the podcast. That may require a Part Two! In the meantime, throw on your matte black unitard and get dancing to Flogging Molly, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Direct download: JVC190_Jessica_McKenna.mp3
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It’s the charming and delightful Amanda Lund, everybody! What can you expect from this episode? Some free association: wigs and corn mazes, princesses and guacamole,  ballet and boob-touching. In other words, the things that matter in life.

Direct download: JVC190_Amanda_Lund.mp3
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Enjoy the gentle rocking of this special live episode, recorded for the first time ever on a boat. Janet is joined by the immeasurably talented Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and cellist Zoe Keating (Manhattan, The Returned), who are so filled with sound advice and inspiring ideas, you’ll inevitably finish the episode and create your best work ever!

Direct download: JVC189_Live_at_JoCo_Cruise_with_Kelly_Sue_DeConnick_and_Zoe_Keating.mp3
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Release of Carla Gallo! It's an embarrassment of riches... or maybe just an embarrassment of embarrassments in episode 50 (Wow! We made it to 50!) with ridiculously fun guest Carla Gallo (Bones) - complete with revealing stories about prom nights gone awry, blooming late, and... um... cat lockets.

Direct download: JVC1885_Carla_Gallo_Re-Release.mp3
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Get schooled on the sizable merits of ska by Lady to Lady podcast’s Brandie Posey in episode 188. And not to oversimplify Brandie’s amazing life stories, but I think she would approve of me saying there are some doozies to devour. Bon Appetit!

Direct download: JVC188_Brandie_Posey.mp3
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Janet marvels at the high school debate prowess of episode 188’s guest, Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses), the social politics of which office you run for in student council, and circus camp, circus camp, circus camp.

Direct download: JVC187_Emily_Heller.mp3
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It's a special re-release of Kathleen Rose Perkins! The charming Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes) recounts the joys and challenges of being a certified bird-owner, being heard in a family of boys, and what we’re really doing when we’re eating eggs. Want more? Find out where Kathleen’s future home is, courtesy of another glorious game of M.A.S.H.!

Direct download: JVC187_Kathleen_Rose_Perkins_Re-Release.mp3
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Recorded in a cozy hotel room at SF Sketchfest, Janet and Janeane Garofalo sit wedged between the wall and the bed, following whatever tangent might present  itself. Does Janet get left in the dust in matters intellectual, political and otherwise? Sure. Is that okay? It’s going to have to be, because Janeane is smart, fast, and fantastic.

Direct download: JVC186_Janeane_Garofalo.mp3
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In a shocking and exciting break from tradition, Janet’s friend crush Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant from the beloved Stuff You Should Know podcast joins his fellow guest, the fiercely smart and funny Veronica Belmont as the first non-Boy of Summer in this live episode from SF Sketchfest! They’re joined by the sublime Matt Nathanson, who had everyone onstage and in the audience in love with him by the end of the show.


Janet is joined by the President of the American chapter of SWOP: Sex Workers Outreach Project and professional dominatrix Savannah Sly for a rapid-fire discussion of perception, experience, misconception and politics in this goes-by-way-too-quickly-and-could-have-been-three-hours-long episode. Thankfully there’s still time to talk about a mutual favorite female X-Men character and a good chance that JV and Savannah will end up neighbors on a magic mountain.

Direct download: JVC184_Savannah_Sly.mp3
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Get ready for a San Francisco-style hair-buzzing with one of the shining stars of You’re the Worst, Aya Cash, as we dash from Buddhism to dental care jewelry (yep) to the startling discovery of youth that not every citizen is a Bay Area liberal in this final episode of 2015! Happy New Year!

Direct download: JVC183_Aya_Cash.mp3
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All-around badass journalist (and former sex/dating columnist) Jessica Ogilvie drops by, and the tangents are nothing if not feverishly robust and tendril-like. What can we say? She’s fascinating, brave, and funny… and she took her written M.A.S.H. results home to frame.

Direct download: JVC182_Jessica_Ogilvie.mp3
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Not unlike making lemonade from lemons, learn how to make the best of learning to play the clarinet when your heart called out for a flute from  terrific guest Collette Wolfe (“You’re the Worst”). The woods of Virginia, a friend who tells you when your fashion’s bad, and Janet’s seeming inability to stop talking about post-Feminist Feminism also punctuate Episode 181.

 

Direct download: JVC181_Collette_Wolfe.mp3
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The absolutely splendid Ingrid Oliver ("Doctor Who”) can breeze seamlessly from evocative quandaries about politics to the wonders of a Whopper Junior in Episode 180 of the podcast, where the Janet-New-Friend-Swoon-O-Meter (previously not actually a thing, now very much a thing) goes off the charts.

Direct download: JVC180_Ingrid_Oliver.mp3
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Heads-up! We did things a little differently this week for a podcast mashup! Carla interviews Janet about doing improv as a teaser for Carla’s new improv podcast, Improv Yak… until the proverbial tables are turned and Janet gets back to the place she feels most comfortable: asking people about their weird teen habits.

Direct download: JVC179_Carla_Cackowski.mp3
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Guys, it’s just two gals from Tucson, Arizona, talkin’ shop. A teenaged Kate Walsh (Private Practice) body-paints, yearbook staffs, and drama clubs her way through a couple of high schools, including the one Janet attended! Are these two connected by a magical Arizonan connection? Or is it a Vonnegut-esque granfalloon? Either way, they’re both in love with their new web series, Everyone’s Crazy But Us.

Direct download: JVC178_Kate_Walsh.mp3
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Throw on your band uniform and pick up that flute for a march with Mary Holland (Blunt Talk), whose people-pleasing teenage spirit went from a small bluegrassy town to the sexy seclusion of a boarding school in Episode 177, where Janet’s middling detective skills are put to the test.

Direct download: JVC177__Mary_Holland.mp3
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It’s a Portland-tastic live episode from the delightful All Jane Comedy Festival in Oregon, featuring the brilliant talents of Sarah Mirk (Bitch Media), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), and musical guest Hutch Harris (The Thermals)!


Heads up, Akron! The simply superb Rhea Butcher arrives armed and ready for Episode 175 with a killer hairstyle, insightful thoughts on teenage sexuality and skateboarding, and a justified robust admiration of Claire Huxtable.

Direct download: JVC175_Rhea_Butcher.mp3
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Show off your grungiest snowman with Episode 174’s guest, voice actor-virtuouso and author Tara Platt, who didn’t always rise to the top of the popularity heap in her youth as a practical atheist during her family’s many ramblings. Figure out where your own safety nets lie as Tara and Janet trapeze through fear, change, stability and a good  spoonful of harissa, which may or may not be the thing we thought we were talking about. Mysteries!

Direct download: JVC174_Tara_Platt.mp3
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Climb into your co-ed dorm’s shower and have a good laugh/cry with the fantastic Jessica Merizan (don’t worry, she knows you think it’s “marzipan”) as she and Janet slip and slide all over about 30 different tangents at once, including mafia (the game, not the crime syndicate) and Guillermo del Toro’s wonderful monsters. And! Janet finds out what Xanga is, which until this moment she didn’t even know started with the letter “x."

 

Direct download: JVC173_Jessica_Merizan.mp3
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Episode 171 brings the extraordinary you-have-to-hear-it-to-believe it story of actress and comedian Lisa Kate David, who has become a bit of an expert on dating in LA with no nipples. And that’s just part of what has been the mother of all roller coasters of a life. So pull your fresh baked bread out of the oven and huddle in!

 

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Have you said hello to your bottom teeth lately? Check in with the lovely set of Joy Osmanski (Grey’s Anatomy, The Loop) in Episode 171, where you’ll also find genetic mysteries, late night television, and the commonalities between Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ashley.

Direct download: JVC171_Joy_Osmanski.mp3
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Come see Janet this weekend at LA Podfest, www.lapodfest.com

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With the Boys of Summer gone but not forgotten, Episode 170’s guest Kelly Carlin shares stories of adventurous ropes courses, making it alive through the high times of Los Angeles in the 70’s-80’s, and how her art/work informed her bond with her legendary father, comedian George Carlin. Plus: the endless virtues of peanut butter!

Direct download: JVC170_Kelly_Carlin.mp3
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Episode 169 brings us to the end of Boys of Summer, and better way to go than with the one and only Dana Gould (Full disclosure, no search was done to determine whether there are other Dana Goulds out there)? It’s an episode replete with tangents, including defining nostalgia, a Simpsons episode origin story, and two people hurtling uncomfortably forward into a conversation about body hair and sex.

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Fathers of the late ’80’s early ’90’s, protect your daughters! Protect them… from THE PROMINATOR. There’s more to be said about this episode with the multi talented and hilarious Christopher Sabat (Dragonball Z), but it’s really, really tough to follow something as horribly wonderful as THE PROMINATOR. So discover yourself with a listen, why don’t you?

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It’s a party of Janetors and Adventurkateers with episode 167 and Boy of Summer Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Will someone please help Hal find his lost plush Pluto doll? Or at bare minimum, make him a t-shirt like the one he describes on the podcast? These are pressing human issues.

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Eat your heart out, Billy Idol! Janet and Boys of Summer guest, the simply wonderful Ron Funches (Undateable) ignore hits like "Eyes Without a Face” from the semi-comfort of a dressing room at Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco. And in an unprecedented turn of events, Ron spends the entire podcast lying down. Friendship!

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Turn that baseball cap around for Episode 165, because it’s tennis in Texas with the deeply awesome James Roday (Psych)! Peel the oniony layers of a man who knows the immense value of emotive singer/songwriters, a heaping plate of Mexican food, and a puffy vest.

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Look out! Episode 164 in the Boys of Summer series brings you Janet’s first boyfriend, the talented and possibly-too-handsome Barrett Kime, also known as the Prince Charming to her clunky, pumpkin-toothed Snow White in their first grade musical. And it was pretty much all downhill from there for the next decade, with rock-throwing, surreptitious smooching, petty jealousies and everything else that comes along with young, young, YOUNG love.

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It’s the badass creator of You’re the Worst, Stephen Falk! Episode 162 lets you straddle the disparate high school worlds of theatre, jazz band and sports, and then fall in love with the new girl in school, who naturally drives a stick-shift pick-up truck. Swoon!

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Swoon over the delight that is musician Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) as Boys of Summer rocks on, with a robust list of awesome and embarrassing erstwhile band names, tales of the Lone Star state, and a tip of the hat to Seventeen magazine. No episode has ever been groovier.

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Who ain’t afraid of no ghosts? Depends on which version of episode 161’s guest, Gabriel Diani (The Selling), we’re talking about. So crack open your favorite comic book (ours is Mondo Man) and throw on some oldies to get yourself in the mood for this podcast treasure.

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Enjoy Janet’s stumble through the early part of Episode 160 with the insanely funny John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory) as he does his very best to be gracious about a common misconception. Then! Stick around for a look at New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in the 80’s… or at least one city block of it. And get your straight edge on!

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Bing Bong! It’s time for another Boys of Summer episode of The JV Club with comedian and actor Amir Talai. So! Reflect on your Mindset- are you open to failing to become better at something? Have you spit into a cup to find out your origin story? And vitally important: when was the last time you watched Man on Fire?

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Hey Everybody— it’s the sublime Marc Evan Jackson! The latest Boys of Summer episode will reveal some compelling and charming new things about the man you may also know as Sparks Nevada from Thrilling Adventure Hour. Addendum: you will not be asked to sign a pledge to abstain from drinking, smoking, sex, or dancing during the consumption of this episode. We are not the boss of you.

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Breakdance your way through Episode 157 with one of the busiest and coolest guys around, Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender), who reminds us that family, curiosity, and the occasional all-night conversation with friends can yield rich rewards. And find out what it means to “know what you know” (then you’ll know)!

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The JV Club’s Boys of Summer returns with gusto, courtesy the wonderful Colin Hanks! Sink into episode 156 where you’ll marvel at the benefits of a multi-purpose room and, perhaps most importantly, learn how to say two VERY useful phrases in everyone’s favorite dead language, Latin.

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Episode 155 finds artist, writer and educator Kimberly Brooks popping over to share her boundless insights in an exploration of too many things to list… but here are a few anyway: Art! Feminism! Physics! Fearlessness! Eggs Florentine!

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Welcome Episode 154’s hilarious guest Colleen Smith (No You Shut Up!), who patiently puts up with Janet’s attempts to force her into writing a children’s book based on her experiences as a lanky redhead in the beautiful state of Hawaii. Aloha!

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It’s Episode 153 with the endlessly awesome and prolific Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry). Learn the pros and cons of spending your high school years outside of high school proper, where you have the chance to become as weird and as wonderful as you like. And! One of the swiftest and most satisfying sets of M.A.S.H. answers you could dare to dream for!

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Meet the high school thespian who wasn’t afraid to tuck her giant 80’s bangs under her babushka for the most authentic Fiddler on the Roof performance in Episode 152 of The JV Club, with the inimitable Mary Birdsong (Reno 911). You’ll also find out more about the origin story of her delightful last name, celebrate unaffordable horses, and learn the surprising way Mary’s mom got her to Paris.

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Saddle up, because episode 151 with Jennifer Hale (Bioshock, Mass Effect, Halo) is a whirlwind of slipping through the timestream, listening to your gut, and lessons only a horse can teach you. NOTE! Regardless of your age, you will want to be Jennifer Hale when you grow up.

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It’s the 150th Episode of The JV Club, and how better to celebrate than with one JV chit-chatting with another JV (the simply fantastic Jean Villepique)? With stories from a tall girl with big dreams from a small town in New Jersey, it’s an episode Bruce Springsteen could (and should!) write a song about.

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There’s just something about people from New Mexico that makes them special. That’s certainly true of Episode 149’s guest, the huge-hearted Natalie Garcia (MaeDay Rescue), who is a veritable renaissance woman with a love of vintage attire, singing music, and saving pups.

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Get a jump on space travel with the extraordinary Zelda Williams (Legend of Korra) and her incredibly awesome voice. Tales of private school, voice acting, and the puzzles of social media lead up to one of Janet’s worst MASH categories ever, which Zelda navigates like a champ.

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Episode 147 welcomes Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show) for a deep dive into some pretty important issues. Of course we’re talking about hair color, psychics, and dessert for breakfast. Kick the soccer ball of conversation around with us for an hour, won’t you?

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I’ll just say it: Episode 146 is one of the most inspiring to date. Way to go, Erin Fitzgerald (Chie from Persona 4)! From the far reaches of Ottawa, Ontario through the lovely Victoria, British Columbia, Los Angeles has the good fortune to be called home by this shining star, who knows a good chocolate croissant when she tastes one.

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Get naked (just remember to tape up!) with the wickedly funny Paula Marshall (Californication) in this episode covering all the basics: Sex, Politics, Religion, and, of course, Ghosts.

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Are you an alligator or a turtle? Do some Animal work (and find out what that even means) with the sparkling Molly Quinn (Castle) in episode 144 of The JV Club, which also includes discussion of some other A-words: Adulthood, Affection, and Amaretto sours.

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This week’s guest — comedian Janine Brito — comes to you direct from Los Angeles via New York via San Francisco via Alabama with a bunch of other exotic locales in between. Along the way: Icelandic grandmothers, British schools, SNL obsessions and a couple of pretty remarkable early-life curveballs.

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Episode 142 welcomes “Skepchick” Rebecca Watson, who reminds us that every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven. And speaking of heaven, turns out there may not be one. A look at atheism and secular humanism with a sprinkling of Christianity is supplemented with plenty of R.E.M. and the scientific discovery that humans have two different stomachs! You heard it here first!

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It’s comedian Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together) and SHE! IS! GREAT! There’s nothing like a story about a medical semi-crisis in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language to get the old podcast blood flowing. But it doesn’t stop there… because who doesn’t love talking to their parents about sex? NOTE: the prior two references are NOT RELATED.

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