Pop Culture Happy Hour entered this week juggling a couple of problems. For one, a gigantic blizzard had just dumped roughly two feet of snow on the D.C. area, making transportation virtually impossible and, it turns out, stranding Glen Weldon in a Virginia cabin for much of the week. Getting the gang together would be no easy task.
Then there's the matter of a little backlog we'd had lying around, in the form of two Linda Holmes interviews — one onstage with Fred Armisen at our live Halloween show, and one a few nights later at D.C.'s Sixth & I synagogue, where she'd interviewed two of the the brains behind the podcast Welcome To Night Vale back in November. You can probably guess where this is going: Two birds, one stone, etc., etc.
So this week's episode starts with Linda talking to Armisen onstage at D.C.'s Howard Theater. Given how prolific Armisen has been in recent years, they can't possibly get to everything, but they do cover quite a bit, from Documentary Now! to Armisen's work as Seth Meyers' bandleader to saying yes to as many things as possible.
Then Linda joins Welcome To Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor — at one of their events, not one of ours — to discuss their show's concept, continuity, origins, themes, success, plans, process and place in the world of podcasting. Along the way, they dispense a few recommendations (for this podcast, and this one, and this one, and this one, as well as the Charles Manson-specific episodes of this one).
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