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An immersive improv comedy podcast hosted by Chicago comedians/best friends Dan White and Tim Lyons. Every week Dan and Tim host some of the funniest comedians from Chicago, New York, and LA for some hilarious chattin' 'n 'provin. With the help of some slick post-production effects, they create a totally unique audial comedy show where all of their biggest comedy perversions freely penetrate your gentle, delicate ears. Support the pod! For extended episodes, weekly bonus episodes, and more p ...
 
Have you ever wondered what celebrities did before they became famous? Join each week, broadcasting veteran Paul and his spunky co-host Lindy, as they talk with celebrities and reveal behind the scenes stories of their big breaks... almost. If you are a fan of movies, music, television, and reality TV, then you have to hear these never told before stories of how your favorite stars became famous.
 
We've created the "Leaders in Payments" podcast series so you can hear directly from leaders in payments about industry trends, successful strategies, products, services, and what the future holds for the payments industry. We cover the entire industry from merchant acquiring, payment processing, ISOs, payfacs, fraud, security, issuing, b2b, fintech, to start-ups, if it goes on in payments we will be talking about it.
 
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This week Tim is in the middle of saying a bitter sweet goodbye to his apartment of 5 years and a bunch of character props from his time in Chicago comedy. Dan gives us the 411 on two new Hulu documentaries including "WeWork: Or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn" and "The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story". Two very long titles and…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Elizabeth Lo, who talks about her new movie Stray about stray dogs in Istanbul. Plus your essential streaming reviews including a 70s-set British supernatural thriller called The Power, Sci-fi horror Assimilate, Cornwall-set drama Wilderness, Andy Samberg in time-loop comedy/ fantasy Palm Springs and Riz Ahmed in Sound …
 
On an episode of the Empire Podcast so uncharacteristically short it could qualify for inclusion in Sam Clements' 90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest, Chris Hewitt sits down with Riz Ahmed and Darius Marder, the star and director of the phenomenal Sound Of Metal, to talk about how they pulled off one of the year's best dramas (and, because it's about a dr…
 
This episode is part of our special series focused on Diversity and Inclusion. In this series I will be talking with leaders in the payments industry (and maybe some experts from outside of the industry) about diversity and inclusion. It has been proven that a diverse workforce and diverse management team leads to increased creativity, better decis…
 
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier may be flying high on Disney+ right now, but there's still a lot of love and affection for its immediate MCU predecessor, WandaVision, at Empire Towers. And so we asked the show's head writer, Jac Schaeffer, to sit down with Chris Hewitt and talk about the creative process behind some of the show's best and brighte…
 
This week on the pod is Lyons vs. White as the boys discuss Godzilla vs. Kong and who would win in a fight between Tim and Dan. Tim insists he could beat Dan's ass with his new abs. Tim gives us an update on Abs by April by Alex and the boys get into a steamy convo about Tim's soap of choice. They also read some show reviews! Then we got a FUDGE ep…
 
This episode is part of our special series focused on Diversity and Inclusion. In this series I will be talking with leaders in the payments industry (and maybe some experts from outside of the industry) about diversity and inclusion. It has been proven that a diverse workforce and diverse management team leads to increased creativity, better decis…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Riz Ahmed, who talks about his new movie The Sound of Metal, in which he plays a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall.Plus your essential streaming reviews including: Godzilla vs Kong, which pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another, Antebellum, in which a successful …
 
It's been a while since we've had a bumper, jam-packed, three-guest edition of the Empire Podcast. But, what with the long weekend coming up, we figured now would be the time to give you something to really delve into. Also, we booked loads of guests by accident. Oops! Will happen again. Those guests are: Kemp Powers, the co-director of Soul and Os…
 
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This week on the pod it's a Dan Whiteboy Summer and Tim's flexing his fit. The boys discuss Tim's new side hustle and newfound love of Facebook Marketplace. Dan shares a recommendation for a new Bruce Springsteen song that Tim refutes. And of course we're talking White Boy Summer and Tim's desperate attempts to copy Chet Hanks' binary style. Then i…
 
Anand Goel the President and CEO at Optimized Payments is our special guest this week on episode 76 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Anand went to middle school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, high school in Houston Texas and went University of Texas in Austin for his undergrad degree. He worked at MCI Telecommunications in a management training prog…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Carey Mulligan and Emerald Fennell who talk about their forthcoming film Promising Young Woman, which has been nominated for five Oscars. Plus your essential streaming reviews including the latest cinematic adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Ammonite, starring Saorise Ronan and Kat…
 
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast is going all out for awards. Yes, with voting about to commence on this year's British Podcast Awards entries, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, and James Dyer turn on the waterworks and get to grips with some of the big issues that awards judges like to hear being debated on shows like this. You know, big questi…
 
Now that Sam 'Falcon' Wilson and Bucky 'Winter Soldier' Barnes have ditched that do-gooder Steve Rogers and struck out on their own (well, together, but you get the gist) in the new MCU series, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, on Disney+, we decided that it was time to give Steve's two BFFs their day in the podcast sun. So, in this very special e…
 
Dan and Tim talk your ear off at the top of the show this week with some late Hot-Recs for Nomadland and Wandavision. Tim also dogged on The Justice League Snyder Cut without having seen it and Dan does his best to defend the 20 minutes he saw of it. Dan also teaches Tim a little bit about March Madness. Then we're joined by Amazon Prime's UPLOAD's…
 
Michael Tomko the COO at CardX is our special guest this week on episode 75 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Michael grew up Columbus Ohio, went to Harvard College studying philosophy and then went to Harvard Law School and initially worked in real estate. He actually went to high school and Harvard Law School with the CardX CEO Jonathon Razi. C…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Jodie Foster, who talks about her new film The Mauritanian, based on the book Guantánamo Diary.Plus your essential streaming reviews including Amber & Me, a documentary about twin sisters, one of whom has Down's Syndrome, as they navigate through their first 4 years of primary school, Creation Stories, about the influen…
 
This week's Empire Podcast sees father-son duo Liam Neeson and Micheal Richardson, stars of next week's Made In Italy, sit down with Chris Hewitt for a soul-searching interview about how close to home that film hit for them. But, because it's us, there's some nonsense about accents and football too. Chris also has a chat with writer-director John L…
 
It's our annual St. Patrick's Day Spooktacular! On this week's episode Tim and Dan answer a listener-submitted review question then gab about The Grammys. They give their recommendations/picks for album of the year (spoiler: it's Phoebe Bridgers' Punisher). Dan also recommends the eventual winner - Taylor Swift's Folklore - proving once and for all…
 
Dov Marmor, the COO of North American at Railsbank is our special guest this week on episode 74 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Dov grew up in Miami, spent 13 or 14 years in New York and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 3 kids and dog Batman. He got his undergraduate degree at University of Maryland and his masters at Cornell. Railsba…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson, who talk about their new film Made in Italy, about a bohemian artist who travels from London to Italy with his estranged son to sell the house he inherited from his late wife.Plus your essential streaming reviews including Judas and the Black Messiah, which stars Daniel Kaluuya and La…
 
On this week's episode of the Empire Podcast, we're virtually visited by the true Nerb Emperor, Joe Manganiello, who tells Chris Hewitt all about his new movie, Archenemy, gives us a little tour of his geeked-out office, talks Dungeons & Dragons, and his plans to play Galactus. OK, the last one was maybe not so serious. Chris also chats this week w…
 
Marwan Forzley, the CEO of Veem is our special guest this week on episode 73 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Marwan grew up and went to school in Canada and is now based in San Francisco where he started Veem in 2014. Prior to starting Veem, he ran e-commerce for Western Union after having sold his prior company to them. Veem is the simplest wa…
 
On this weeks episode Tim and Dan get into some pop culture antics and converse about WandaVision and the Marvel universe as a whole. It's all anyones talking about, so why not them! Then, they're joined by two very funny improvisers, Trumane Alston and Jordan Stafford. They chat’n’prov about becoming a dog dad, mental health checks, and just how h…
 
Craig Sobol, the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of XUP is our special guest on episode 72 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Craig grew up in New York and went to school in upstate New York and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when he took a job with Bank of America and currently resides there with his wife and two sons. XUP was founded wi…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Guy Pearce who talks about his new movie The Last Vermeer, in which he stars as "Han" van Meegeren, a Dutch painter and portraitist, one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century. Plus your essential streaming reviews including Raya and the Last Dragon, the new Disney animation starring Kelly Marie Tran, Awk…
 
It's a good time to be Eddie Murphy right now. After taking a few years off, he returned in style with 2019's Dolemite Is My Name, and this week reprises one of his most famous roles, as Prince (now King) Akeem in Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to Coming To America. And now the man who is, quite simply, one of the biggest movie stars of …
 
This is the 4th episode in our Q1 2021 Pulse of Payments series sponsored by Company.com. Today’s guest is Nick Starai, the Chief Strategy Officer at NMI. At NMI their mission is to use their expertise to enable more payments, in more ways and more places. They provide ISOs, Fintech Innovators and Technologists the freedom to focus on what they do …
 
This episode is part of our special series focused on Diversity and Inclusion. In this series I will be talking with leaders in the payments industry (and maybe some experts from outside of the industry) about diversity and inclusion. It has been proven that a diverse workforce and diverse management team leads to increased creativity, better decis…
 
Nia, Trent, Hannah, and Cam join Improv is Dead for our final Month of Love Plus One Week In March episode! We chat n' prov about Bruce Springsteen, NBA 2K, and saying goodbye to friends. Plus, Nia tells the origin of the most fun show iO had ever seen. Cam and Trent are currently co-instructing an improv class at Made Up Theater. Hannah co-hosts t…
 
Kevin Smith, the CEO of Securebancard is our special guest this week and this is episode 69 of the Leaders in Payments podcast. Kevin grew up in a small town in east Texas and joined the Marine Corps right out of high school. After the Marines he joined a small ISO in Irvine, California before making his way to Atlanta Georgia that he now calls hom…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Sienna Miller, star of disorientating new movie Wander Darkly, in which she stars alongside Diego Luna as new parents Adrienne and Matteo who are forced to reckon with trauma amidst their troubled relationship, revisiting the memories of their past and unravelling haunting truths.Plus your essential streaming reviews in…
 
This week's episode of the Empire Podcast sees Chris Hewitt go on a rollercoaster ride as he has a natter about Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, and ice-skating uphill with Wesley Snipes, star of next week's big comedy release, Coming 2 America, and then pivots to talking docs and directing with Alex Winter, the former Bill S. Preston, Esq., about his n…
 
Anand Goel, the CEO of Optimized Payments is our special guest this week. This is the third episode of The Pulse of Payments special series for Q1 2021 The video podcast for this episode can be found here. Or visit our YouTube Channel. Optimized Payments has helped Fortune 100 to mid-sized companies save over $300 million in interchange and process…
 
This episode is the final entry in our special series on The Digital Payments Tipping Point. In this three-part series I've been talking with executives from WEX’s Corporate Payments division who partnered with the research team at The Economist over the summer of 2020 to look into the state of business-to-business payments in financial services, f…
 
Damian and Shadee return to Improv is Dead as part of our Month of Love theme for February. We attempt to get them in a fight and perhaps succeed a little too quickly and quickly get into chat'n'provin about relationship hardships, how lonely Tim is, and the casual orgy. Damian is part of the Lantern Comedy collective offering up some online improv…
 
This episode is part of our special series focused on Diversity and Inclusion. In this series I will be talking with leaders in the payments industry (and maybe some experts from outside of the industry) about diversity and inclusion. It has been proven that a diverse workforce and diverse management team leads to increased creativity, better decis…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Lakeith Stanfield, who talks about his new film Judas and the Black Messiah, in which he stars as FBI informant Bill O’Neal, opposite Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party,Plus your essential streaming reviews including Alex Winter’s documentary Zappa, Rosamund Pike …
 
This week's Empire Podcast is brought to you even remotely in lockdown than usual (all will be revealed within), as Chris Hewitt convenes over Squadcast with Helen O'Hara and James Dyer for another, we're told, fun-filled episode. As well as talking about Helen's new book, Women Vs Hollywood, and a particular Empire milestone for Chris, our three c…
 
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