DEFENDING APU [EP. 14]

 

In this episode Jared Lovrak and I talk about The Simpson’s character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and voice actor Hank Azaria‘s decision to stop voicing Apu.

 

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APU SHOW NOTES

  •  The origins of Apu.
  •  Why Apu is a hero.
  •  Why people find the character offensive.
  •  Why Hank Azaria is stepping down from the character.
  •  Will this lead to more character’s being abandoned for the sake of political correctness?
  •  What racial stereotypes look like outside the United States.
  •  Why not laugh?

And lots more!

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WHAT’S THE MOTIVE: BRIAN KOHATSU [EP: 03]

Brian Kohatsu spent 20 years as an award-winning director before stepping away from the camera for a career in comedy.  He quickly found success in radio and gained national recognition when he was featured on Sirius/XM.  Brian trained with several improv troupes, before transitioning to stand up.  He now performs at various comedy clubs, casinos, churches and corporate events around the country.

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BRIAN KOHATSU SHOW NOTES

  • Stand-up comedy vs Improv
  • Forming an Improv troupe
  • How Improv impacts Brian’s crowdwork
  • Miscommunication is funny
  • Shane Gillis podcast and SNL
  • Brian’s experience with passive racism
  • What’s are you?

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