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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, Britney, Mariah, etc. Guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Isaac Mizrahi, Kara DioGuardi, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, Brian Moylan and cast members from Bravo and The Real World.
 
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Did you know our friend Stefan from MLVC (the Madonna podcast) spent the summer working as a background actor for And Just Like That!? Well, Stefan is here and ready to SPILL on... the scenes he filmed, experiencing Che Diaz in the wild, Cynthia Nixon’s wig, the erasure of Chris Noth/Big’s flashback scenes, 14-hour days, being directed by Michael P…
 
Jess welcomes TWO of the stars of the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer as Folk: Peter Paige & Scott Lowell (aka: Emmett Honeycutt & Ted Schmidt)!! We discuss the infamous Larry King interview where they were grilled on their sexuality, how QAF changed the way sex & sexuality was depicted on cable, why The L Word was able to break into the mains…
 
Ever wonder how a professional interior designer would feel about the furniture, lighting and other questionable choices of our Housewives? Jess welcomes Dale Saylor, NYC interior designer and owner of Hollymount Design, for expert critiques on the many homes of Bethenny, Bluestone Manor, Gizelle Bryant’s house of horrors, Carole’s apartment reno, …
 
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns for her third appearance! For the first time, Jackie discusses her ambien-induced car accident that led to her arrest at gunpoint by the LAPD. Jackie reveals how the incident ended her career in Hollywood and led to her weight gain and her ultimate move from LA. Jackie also talks Sex and the City, how s…
 
Jess is joined by L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman to finally let loose on And Just Like That and BOY do we have feelings. We discuss Jess’ run-in with SATC exec producer/writer Michael Patrick King the very morning of this recording, the Kim Cattrall / SJP fall-out, Willie Garson’s death,…
 
Jess is finally joined by our showbiz glamour muse... star of stage, screen and radio... Ms. Sandra Bernhard! Sandy reflects on her iconic Letterman appearances, her friendship with Madonna, playing Nancy on Roseanne and crafting her one-woman shows. Sandra also shares about her relationship with her girlfriend Sara of 20 years, ultimately not havi…
 
Jess is joined by writer/comedian and star of SiriusXM’s Smith Sisters Live, Mariah Smith! Mariah Smith rose to internet prominence with her insanely popular blog Keeping Up with the (Kardashian) Kontinuity Errors and worked as a producer for Watch What Happens Live. We discuss highlights of her WWHL era, interning at SNL, Bethenny’s failed Bravo n…
 
We are joined by a RHONY OG and cabaret royalty — Countess Luann! We get into everything, including how production on Ultimate Girls Trip differed from a typical season, Eboni leaking info about the Ramona investigation to the press and fans still clamoring for Alex McCord. Luann also entertains the idea casting a lesbian or trans housewife for RHO…
 
Jess welcomes the best butch in showbiz — comedian, jazz singer & Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” — Lea DeLaria! Lea discusses her big break performing as the first openly gay comic on TV in America (on Arsenio), working with Goldie Hawn on The First Wives Club and how her life changed within 24 hours of Netflix dropping the first season of Ora…
 
Jess is joined by writer/comedian Melody Kamali to recover from the whiplash of the Jen Shah arrest spectacular on Salt Lake City and the Ultimate Girls Trip binge on Peacock. We also discuss Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well,” Melody’s experience interviewing for a producer job on Love & Hip Hop, Love Life on HBO Max, the new lesbian reality show Tampa…
 
On the heels of our Melissa Etheridge interview, Jess is joined by Tony Trius, co-host of MLVC (the Madonna podcast) to go deeper on the female singer-songwriters who defined the ‘90s Lilith Fair era and whose lyrics were the soundtrack to our babygay lives. We discuss why Sarah McLachlan, Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, Tegan & Sara, Tracy Chapman, Aim…
 
Jess is joined by bonafide rock icon Melissa Etheridge! We mention it all, including her early Hollywood friendships with Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen and Brad Pitt, how she was initially discovered, nearly being outed when her first record was released and her wife Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie co-creator/writer). We also go behind the music, getting the s…
 
We are joined by return friend PetShopBoy for a culture catchup, featuring a review of the Housewives oral history book, Not All Diamonds & Rosé, Winter House and spending Halloween with Leah McSweeney (as Madonna). We later flash back to Bravo's glory days for a rewatch of Hey Paula (Paula Abdul’s series). [ 5:30 - Not All Diamonds & Rosé ] [ 25:0…
 
Dream guest alert! We are FINALLY joined by Genesis Moss, your host’s “gay root” (aka most formative lesbian) and star of The Real World: Boston! Genesis chats about coming out in high school in Mississippi, her roommates Montana, Syrus, Elka & Sean Duffy, drama at the after-school center, bringing drag and trans awareness to MTV in 1997, her conne…
 
Jess is joined by Billy Taylor, highly revered docu-series executive producer with credits spanning MTV (Diary, True Life) and Bravo (Flipping Out, Work Out). We chat about his start at MTV News which evolved into him EPing MTV’s House of Style & MTV Diary. He then moved over to Bravo where he EP’d Flipping Out, Work Out with Jackie Warner and Kell…
 
Jess is joined by trailblazing New York City dancer~actress~performer Candis Cayne! Candis chats about her journey from initially coming out as gay, to building a career as a drag performer to eventually making her transition part of her act at Barracuda. She reminisces about performing in the streets - literal NYC traffic - cementing her legacy as…
 
Jess is joined by fellow Howard Stern superfans, Ryan Bailey (So Bad It’s Good) and Jacques Peterson (Unpopular), to unearth a 2006 pre-Housewives Bethenny appearance on The Howard Stern Show. We then pull back the curtain on a leaked 2012 All Staff Meeting (think Howard’s Ted talk warning shot to his staff). We also discuss the Wendy Williams 2019…
 
Jess is joined by John Arthur Hill, Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM co-host, go-to producer and noted ex-boyfriend. We discuss their meet-cute origin story while John was starring in Hairspray on Broadway and how they've maintained such a good relationship nearly 15 years later. John discusses his experience as a writer/producer on Watch What Happens Live an…
 
Jess is joined by Jamie Stein for a deep dive on House of Hilton, the 2006 tell-all about the Hilton dynasty, heavily featuring the backstories of Kathy Hilton, Kyle & Kim Richards and their mother, Big Kathy. We explore Big Kathy’s mission for men, money and Hollywood and the ways in which she projected those dreams onto her three daughters, how t…
 
Jess is joined by comedians, L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman, for The L Word deep dive of our dreams. We share our L Word origin stories, review the reboot (Gen Q), discuss their interviews w/ Guinevere Turner & Laurel Holloman, our obsession with Sepideh Moafi (Gigi), name our top 5 lesb…
 
Jess is joined by RHONY fave Dorinda Medley! Dorinda goes deep about renovating Blue Stone Manor to be “Frankenstein meets Marilyn Monroe,” working as both a real estate agent (where she met Richard Medley) and an aerobics instructor in New York City, SoulCycle, Barry's Bootcamp, plus her relationship to money, astrology (Sun in Sagittarius, Moon i…
 
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti, astrologer to the Housewives and the pop divas, this time to celebrate Madonna’s birthday — our Leo Queen. Madonna is a Leo Sun, Virgo Moon, Aquarius Rising and we examine her life & career milestones through the lens of her birth chart: NYC dancer (‘79-‘80), debut album (’82), “Like a Virgin” VMA performance (’84),…
 
Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower (aka Countess Luann’s cabaret director) for the Fire Island deep dive of our dreams. Ben and Jess share an intense affinity for the history and culture of the gay safe haven hamlets of Cherry Grove and The Pines. We go deep on our first experiences of FI, history of The Invasion and the Meat Rack, discuss share house…
 
Jess catches up with the first openly gay contestant on America’s Next Top Model, fellow New Yorker Kim Stolz. Kim Stolz was one of the most recognizable faces in the NYC gay scene in the mid-‘00s after a bet among college friends sent her auditioning for (and being cast on) the Tyra Banks show in Cycle 5. Kim later became an MTV News correspondent…
 
Jess is joined by two of the most unfiltered and knowledgable Bravo pundits in the game, returning friends Zack Peter (No Filter) & Jacques Peterson (Unpopular). Together, we analyze Erika Jayne’s ~performance~ on RHOBH, Zack’s latest discoveries in the Girardi scandal and our take on Housewivesian lawyer Ronald Richards. We then move on to RHONY —…
 
Jess is joined by the man, the myth, the DSLs: Mikey Minden. As Erika Jayne’s creative director & choreographer Mikey Minden is responsible for the looks, moves, lighting, makeup & general artistry in her music videos, photoshoots & appearances on RHOBH. We chat about Mikey’s career as a child dance prodigy and his work with The Pussycat Dolls, Ush…
 
Jess is joined by Madonna MLVC pod co-host Tony Trius in his third appearance, this time for our official Sandra Bernhard Showbiz Glamour Power Hour. We share our Sandy origin stories, New York City run-ins, nights at Joe’s Pub, discuss Without You I’m Nothing, appearances on Howard Stern, Letterman and Roseanne + relive the late-80s clique of Mado…
 
Jess is joined by Andy Bellatti (aka Astrology with Andy), who in addition to our astrologer to the Housewives and pop queens, is also our resident Drag Race expert. Andy provides guidance on how to begin one’s Drag Race Journey before going deep with trivia and history surrounding the show’s evolution, behind the scenes tea, Untucked, RuPaul contr…
 
Jess is joined by the co-creator / writer / director of the FX series POSE, Steven Canals! Canals discusses the series’ inspiration via the landmark documentary Paris Is Burning, his initial screenplay and how Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk eventually came on as executive producers to get the show made. Canals goes deep on ballroom culture, Houses, M…
 
Jess is joined by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills OG Taylor Armstrong for a deep dive into one of the darkest Housewives storylines to play out on the show. Taylor describes the initial casting for RHOBH, with thousands of Hollywood types trying out for the “part” (including Lisa Rinna). We dissect the infamous “But Now We Said It” scene and the n…
 
Jess is joined by comedian Gina Yashere, star of three Netflix stand-up specials and the co-creator and star of the CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola.” Gina discusses her experience working as the first female Otis elevator engineer before pursuing comedy and shares how she was eventually discovered by Chuck Lorre (Roseanne, Cybill, Big Bang Theory) …
 
Jess is joined by television writer, producer and director Page Hurwitz, exec. producer of Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy specials starring Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster and Michelle Buteau. Hurwitz discusses discovering and casting those women (plus Amy Schumer) on Last Comic Standing. Hurwitz also chats about her experience as the EP and showr…
 
Jess is joined by Tabatha Coffey, the Australian hairstylist, salon owner and badass star of Shear Genius and Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha reminisces about her audition for the Shear Genius hairstyling competition show, which she lost, but scored her own spin-off. We chat about the early days of Bravo which made stars out of entrepreneurs (Rachel Zo…
 
Jess is joined by contrarian king Jacques Peterson (live from Sydney, Australia) to finally let loose on our Big Shot with Bethenny journeys. We discuss behind the scenes of casting & production, the winner and which network would have made more sense. We also touch on Ellen DeGeneres and The View before moving on to RHOBH & RHONY. [ 2:30 - Big Sho…
 
Jess is joined by the man who has written more words about the Housewives than anyone — Vulture’s Brian Moylan — now publishing a book on how the sausage gets made (to quote Bethenny). We break the sh*t down, including: the “call to end all calls” that happened after RHONY’s Cartagena Boat Ride From Hell, why Andy Cohen is the RuPaul of Housewives,…
 
Jess is joined by Sexy Unique Podcast’s Lara Marie Schoenhals (@larzmarie) to unpack our feelings re: the forthcoming Sex and the City revival titled “And Just Like That.” Lara Marie Schoenhals also hosts the podcast “Saving SATC 3,” in which she improvs a final installment of the franchise in each episode. Together, Jess and Lara share their SATC …
 
Jess is joined by Ben Rimalower, career theatre writer/director known to RHONY fans as Countess Luann’s long-suffering cabaret director. Ben shares stories of producing audiobooks for both Bethenny AND Teresa Giudice, filming RHONJ/RHONY, Halloween afterparties with Bethenny & Luann and his reaction to Bethenny’s “Life is Not a Cabaret” monologue. …
 
Jess is joined by fashion designer, performer and quintessential New Yorker — Isaac Mizrahi! Jess and Isaac break the sh*t down, including: Isaac’s wild nights with Madonna and Sandra Bernhard, his talk show which featured Rosie O’Donnell getting that infamous haircut, how fashion shows and red carpets have changed, how he secured his West Village …
 
Jess is joined by American Idol judge and legendary songwriter Kara DioGuardi to reflect on her incredible contributions to pop music throughout the 2000s. We go deep on the stories behind writing iconic songs, including: Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around," Pink’s “Sober,” Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away,” Brit…
 
Jess welcomes the one true queen of Summer House — Lindsay Hubbard! We go deep on everything, including Summer House’s entry into the canon via Vanderpump Rules, a listening tour of the Hamptons, Lindsay’s family history, and whether she identifies more as a PR publicist guru vs. reality star these days. We also discuss Lindsay’s Sun/Moon/Rising si…
 
Jess is joined by friend of the show and our hometown hero in Beverly Hills, host of #NoFilter, Zack Peter! Together, Zack and Jess react to the freshly dropped Real Housewives of Beverly Hills trailer and compare our expectations to the upcoming RHONY season. We also discuss how Zack became an actual plot point on the season premiere of Summer Hou…
 
Wow, NYC Prep, wow! We are joined by husband to the pod, Ryan Bailey, for Jess’ virgin viewing (and Ryan’s hundredth) of Bravo’s one-season wonder, NYC Prep. Together, we explore the psychological depths of our fave Manhattan wannabe socialites: PC, Sebastian, Jessie, Camille, Kelli & Taylor. We catch up with where are they now, why NYC Prep was ca…
 
Jess welcomes Mohammed Bilal — the musician, poet and voice of reason on the groundbreaking third season of The Real World: San Francisco. Back in 1994, while Friends and Reality Bites were depicting Gen X as lazy slackers, The Real World: San Francisco cast its most racially diverse group of housemates who were trying to change the world (well, ex…
 
Jess welcomes back former LA prosecutor Emily D. Baker, Esq to understand the parallels between the Britney Spears and Tom Girardi conservatorships. We dig into: recent Britney court hearings & documents, risks of ending her conservatorship and a lot more. We then explore updates in the Tom Girardi / Erika Jayne forced bankruptcy/criminal investiga…
 
Jess is joined by fellow Long Islander ROSIE O’DONNELL for the kiki of our dreams. Rosie discusses the inception of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, the infamous episode where Whitney Houston no-showed, her experiences with Britney and reaction to the Framing Britney documentary, being in the studio as Madonna recorded “This Used to Be My Playground” for …
 
Jess is joined by iconic Survivor castaway Jerri Manthey, known for her three season arc (spanning 15 years) appearing on The Australian Outback (season 2), All Stars and Heroes vs. Villains. Dubbed “The Black Widow” due to her love-hate relationship with Colby Donaldson, Jerri goes deep about the publicity surrounding The Australian Outback which …
 
Jess welcomes Housewives Empath Jamie Stein back to the pod, this time to dissect the unconscious fears and desires of the Summer House cast. Jamie goes deep on the personal journeys and interpersonal relationships of Carl Radke, Kyle Cooke, Lindsay Hubbard and Hannah Berner. We then transition to The Real World: New York and review the landmark re…
 
Jess is joined by friend of the show Kate Casey for some predictions on Housewives All Stars (aka Mash-Up) and what to watch this week (Real World New York) + (It's a Sin, HBOMax). Kate also shares a story about the Housewife interview she never aired and why she no longer cares to interview Bethenny or Andy Cohen. Finally, Kate explains why we sho…
 
We finally get to bask in the glory of a deep dive on Logo’s gay bachelor show, Finding Prince Charming. We are joined by TWO of our fave suitors: Brandon Kneefel and Justin Roisom. We go behind the scenes of casting and production, Brandon and Justin’s reaction to the rentboy controversy surrounding their “prince” Robert Sepulveda, Jr., before we …
 
Jess is joined by the one... the only... Gina Gershon!! Gina Gershon is a legitimate gay icon for her back-to-back iconic roles as Cristal Connors in Showgirls and Corky in Bound. We chat about everything --- Bound, Showgirls, NYC vs. LA in the 90s, high school w/ Lenny Kravitz, appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm as the Hassidic dry cleaner + her …
 
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