Buddies Without Borders

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In episode #21 of The Talent Crush Chat Show, Stevie and Chris discuss the proper order of holiday celebrations (no overlap!) before diving into a veritable vat of comedy. They cover Stevie’s attendance at a live taping of Comedy Bang Bang, Chris’s enjoyment of Josh Gondelman’s book Nice Try, the wonders to be discovered up Schitt’s Creek, and whether comedy specials - or really any two things - should be compared. Plus much more!   Pictures of the cast and theatre of the CBB show in Vancouver that Stevie attended! [Photo Credit: Lauren Lapkus’s Instagram] - Comedy Bang Bang - Andy Daly on the Dead Authors Podcast Part 1 and Part 2 - Dan Mangan - Schitt’s Creek - The “Alexis says ‘David’” compilation that we borrowed for this episode. [Thanks to Steven Wood on YouTube.] - Our episode from last year with Carla Cackowski wherein she talks about Catherine O’Hara - Capote and Infamous - Articles about workplace productivity that Chris referenced: 21 HOURS: THE CASE FOR A SHORTER WORKING WEEK & Microsoft tried a 4-day work week — and productivity soared - Josh Gondelman – Nice Try - Jenny Slate – Stage Fright - Greg Gulman – The Great Depresh Please consider donating to the following worthy organizations: - SAYes - WWF (Not the wrestling one!) (the *aminals* one!)
On episode twelve of the Talent Crush Chat Show, Stevie and Chris discuss retirement and going to the movies before (briefly) heading into the dark territory of murder-suicide pacts. Then they talk about the work of the fantastic Judy Greer!
In the very first episode of The Talent Crush Chat Show Podcast, Chris & Stevie introduce the show. Stevie gushes about Riki Lindhome, Chris rhapsodizes about Michael Ian Black, and then they dispense some wardrobe-related Unreliable Advice!
In episode 3 of The Talent Crush Chat show, Chris & Stevie learn The Truth About Licorice. Stevie gets so loquacious about the tremendously talented Viola Davis that there’s no time for Chris to have a crush. Then the pair interview the delightful LA-and-Portland-based multi-talent Carla Cackowski! Plus, Unreliable Advice!
Chris & Stevie are very excited to introduce you to their new podcast!
On episode#3 of Buddies Without Borders: tigers, candy, women running around in power suits solving crimes, & more! Plus, Stevie won Kimmy Schmidt, and Chris tries to broaden his cinematic horizons.
On episode#5: the battle of wits has begun! Stevie's memory is put to the test with a quiz about the Babysitters Club book series in anticipation of their upcoming Netflix adaptation. The stakes? If Stevie wins, we will watch the series and review it on the pod... Listen to find out who will be victorious!
In a pre-pandemic conversation, Chris & Stevie chat about the finales of The Good Place & BoJack Horseman (be warned there are many spoilers!) and much more!  
Episode#22 is a Very Special Episode! Chris & Stevie interview EACH OTHER about their work and their histories as creative people, covering everything from early adventures through upcoming projects!   Stevie's website! -Honestly Charlotte - Chris's website! -Redux of the Jedi ... Please consider supporting your local food bank or Amnesty International.
With Chris off sick, Stevie solo hosts this mini-episode and brings in some friends to keep it interesting. In an informal chat with her writing-producing partner, Joan Macbeth, and composer and sound designer Jean Tejkel, the ladies talk about career journeys and get into some behind-the-scenes of Honestly Charlotte.
It's our 20th episode! Chris & Stevie chat about comic books, auteur filmmaking, the pink tax, all kinds of podcasts (that you can listen to AFTER you finish this one) and much more! Visit https://talentcrushchatshow.tumblr.com for show notes and more! Please consider supporting Heifer International and the Detroit Creativity Project.
On episode#16, Stevie and Chris chat about Jessica Jones, Fleabag, the MarbleLympics, and characters breaking the fourth Wall. Then they continue their LA adventure with the man of many voices himself, Hal Lublin, to discuss voiceover, podcasting, pursuing a creative career while holding down a day job, and much more!   Hal Lublin Links! Website, Twitter, Instagram We Got This Tights & Fights The Thrilling Adventure Hour Welcome to Night Vale   Jennifer Kelley Lublin JennKL Instagram Carter Parton Rogers   Please consider supporting these organizations: The Project Limelight Society Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America
Welcome to episode six of the Talent Crush Chat Show, everything is fine. Chris and Stevie unleash their enthusiasm for The Good Place and explore every facet of the writing, performances, and production of the acclaimed show and its companion podcast. Later, they go dutch on some Unreliable Advice!
On episode#18, Chris & Stevie eschew their regular format for a wide-ranging chat about geography & demonyms, the show Party Down, Brigid Quinn novels, Pete Holmes’ book Comedy Sex God, and much more! They take a take a detour through the myriad Law & Order series(s) and then ask, ‘Where’d you go, Bernadette?’ Please consider supporting Conservation International & Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
On episode #17, Stevie & Chris talk about reading & writing books, auditions, and how it’s an honor just to be nominated. Then they take a trip to Wernham Hogg and Dunder Mifflin to explore both the UK and US versions of The Office!   Please consider supporting these organizations: • RAICES • Witness to Innocence
On the second episode of the Talent Crush Chat Show, Stevie sings the praises of Tina Fey, Chris expounds on the genius of Marc Bernardin, and the pair interview singer-songwriter Teri Brown about her music and her love of Drew Barrymore before dishing out some TV-themed Unreliable Advice.
On episode #15 of the Talent Crush Chat Show, Chris & Stevie talk about left coast weather, birds, partners in crime, and the work of Kevin Pollack, and then they present the second half of their conversation with the wonderful Janet Varney!  JV talks about her time as a production assistant, her early acting roles, getting recognized in public, improv team synergy, and much more! Janet Varney links! • Website, Twitter, Instagram • The JV Club Podcast • Fortune Rookie • Voyage to the Stars • Theme Park Improv • The Workjuice Players   Rabia Chaudry: Website, Twitter The Undisclosed Podcast:  Website, Twitter     Check out Kevin Pollak’s fantastic book ‘How I Slept My Way to the Middle’ Enjoy Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show on YouTube or Earwolf!     Please consider supporting these organizations: • The National Network of Abortion Funds • The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust   MISCELLANEA: • Mr. Meepmeep • ‘The Sexy Lamp Test’ coined by Kelly Sue DeConnick    
Happy New Year! We have no new episode today! Episode ten will drop next Wednesday January 9th!
In episode 8 of The Talent Crush Chat Show, Chris and Stevie discuss amateur carpentry, books, and how much work you can get done if you accidentally wake up at an ungodly hour. Later, they’re joined by actor/director/producer Courtney Deelen for a deep dive into audition anxiety, producing your own work, and why you need to plan ahead when you need cops on set. 
Together, the talent crushes of episode 5 of the Talent Crush Chat Show have an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Honorary Doctorate, and a podcast. Stevie shares the amazing impact that Marlee Matlin had on her life and Chris talks about the brilliant performances of Joshua Malina, before skipping Unreliable Advice entirely! This episode has been transcribed!  TRANSCRIPT
In this special bonus episode, Stevie & Chris check in from their respective isolations to chat about the news, social distancing podcasts, live instagram shows, & more!    
On episode#19, Stevie and Chris talk about a wide variety of things including (but by no means limited to) fake brand names, scary movies, Fleabag, Unbelievable, GLOW, Geena Davis, Between Two Ferns, and why Tom Hanks might make a perfect Bond Villain. Please consider supporting Oxfam and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
On episode 9 of The Talent Crush Chat Show, Stevie and Chris discuss Thanksgiving traditions, breakfast foods, Stevie’s inability to tell the Hollywood Chrises apart, and Chris’s shocking indifference to Halloween. They also take a trip through Pawnee, Indiana to visit with the good people of the Parks and Recreation department.
Hello, Internet Friends! Welcome to episode#1 of the new version of our podcast: Buddies Without Borders! This show will be very similar to The Talent Crush Chat Show: it will still be us, Stevie & Chris, chatting about pop culture and media, but with a broader view of culture and society in general as seen from our respective places in the world (geographic and otherwise.) As we continue our respective isolations, we talk about the phenomenal wordplay of the movie Clue, the sheer tonnage of talent in Knives Out, traditions & tropes of mystery stories, and more! Thank you for staying with us as we launch into this exciting new era of our podcast!
On episode#6, Chris & Stevie take a deep dive into Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton: An American Musical'! They discuss the propulsive lyrics, the powerful performances, music, set design, costumes, & more... they will never be satisfied! This episode contains spoilers for U.S. history!
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Mar 21st, 2018
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Mar 23rd, 2020
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