About the Show

This week's show was recorded in Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Festival After Dark. Hear comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins read one-star reviews from Amazon.com and comedian and actor Margaret Cho talk about how her experience All American Girl has shaped her career. We also have music from punk rockers Superchunk and Will Sheff of Okkervil River. Plus, the game McConaughey or Confucius wherein guests listen to a quote and guess who said it.


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The Guests

Margaret Cho


Margaret Cho could be called “Queen of all Media,” conquering film, television, books and theatre, with Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. Equally as important are the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely-recognized for her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.

Paul F. Tompkins


Paul F. Tompkins is one of the most charming, quick-witted and popular comedians on the scene. Tompkins has recorded four stand-up specials for Comedy Central, and hosts the "Speakeasy" web series. Tompkins is an Emmy-nominated writer for “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” and has appeared in movies including “There Will Be Blood” and “the Informant!” His most recent comedy albums include “Freak Wharf” and “Laboring Under Delusions.”



Superchunk, for 25 years, has been an indie rock force with raw, infectious energy. The band's latest album, I Hate Music, is full of "delicious noise and sugar-crusted hooks" (Rolling Stone) and it's "crushing in its poignancy" (Spin). Drummer Jon Wurster has comedy chops as well, adored for his work with Tom Sharpling on The Best Show on WFMU.

Will Sheff


Will Sheff is the bandleader of Okkervil River, whose latest album is "The Silver Gymnasium." Called by Pitchfork "one of indie rock's most ambitious thinkers," Sheff is beloved for his smart lyrics and "sophisticated songwriting" (Paste Magazine). His arts criticism and fiction have been published in McSweeney's, Magnet, and the Austin Chronicle, where he worked as a film critic.