Pop Life

Pop Life

Hosted by Richard Crouse and featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including rock legends Sting and Meat Loaf, musicians Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, comedian Ken Jeong, writer Fran Lebowitz, superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actors Danny DeVito and Jay Baruchel, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Nigella Lawson, and many more.... Show More

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July 15, 2019 47 min

You know my guest's voice as Iago in the original animated Aladdin. Or maybe you did a spit take when he told the filthiest joke ever at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner three weeks after the September 11 attacks. He's Gilbert Gottfried and he's one of our favourite guests ever. 

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This week I’ll tell you about a movie that kept me up all night and why I have a grudge against Danny DeVito. Also, Billy Eichner, star of the new, photo-realistic Lion King, swings by to talk about his love of Nathan Lane and playing Timon in the new version of the classic story. Then Midsommar director Ari Aster and star Jack Reynor talk about making one of the year's creepiest films. Finally, Danny DeVito answers our quick... Read more

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July 1, 2019 31 min

Richard speaks to two guests about someone he never got to meet. When David Bowie passed away in January of 2016 just days after releasing an album and celebrating his 69th birthday, I read a tweet from Simon Pegg that summed up my feelings. “If you’re sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.” Richard's guests today not just li... Read more

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June 24, 2019 32 min

On this week's Pop Life Podcast celebrity chef and cookbook author Nigella Lawson stops by the bar to talk creativity in the kitchen and in life. Then Moon Zappa talks about growing up with one of the most creative artists in rock and roll, her father Frank Zappa. 

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Author, activist and television personality Rick Steves is America's leading expert on European travel. In conversation with host Richard Crouse he reveals the most important accessory to take on vacation with you--empathy. Then superstar opera singer Measha Brueggergosman drops by the Pop Life bar to answer some quick questions. 

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June 17, 2019 47 min

Today we meet two men who followed in the footsteps of their famous fathers but created their own unique paths, novelist Martin Amis and puppeteer Brian Henson.

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June 17, 2019 48 min

We meet two people who use humour to shine a light on some very serious subjects. W. Kamau Bell, host of the award winning United Shades of America stopped by the Pop Life bar to discuss his show, being raised in Alabama, Boston and Chicago and how race informed his comedy. Then, Anne T. Donahue discusses her book “Nobody Cares,” a collection of essays about “work, failure, friendship and the messy business of bei... Read more

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June 17, 2019 21 min

Emmy winner Lena Waithe and Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, talk the importance of role models.

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June 17, 2019 26 min

“Black Panther” star Danai Gurira and “Workin’ Moms” creator and star Catherine Reitman stop by the Pop Life Bar to discuss diversity in art.

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June 17, 2019 31 min

This week comedian Darcy Michael talks censorship and being true to himself and then, from the vault, Amy Schumer talks comedy and her short stint as a bartender. 

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June 17, 2019 47 min

Today we meet two men who have persevered to find success. Jonathan Goldsmith, “the world’s most interesting man,” and Meat Loaf, whose album Bat Out of Hell was rejected by the record industry before it was embraced by fans.

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June 17, 2019 30 min

Today we meet two people who make people laugh for a living. Writer, comedian, and actress Fortune Feimster talks about finding her comedic voice. Then, John O’Hurley’s television career may have begun in daytime television on a number of soap operas but he will always be best known as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, the #1 syndicated television show in the world. 

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June 17, 2019 22 min

Virginia Woolf famously said, ‘One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.’ Our guests today would surely agree. Jeremiah Tower was the first celebrity chef and Gail Simmons is a cook book author and Top Chef Judge.

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Richard talks about 9/11 and speaks to “Come from Away” co-authors Irene Sankoff and David Hein and late shark activist Rob Stewart. 

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June 17, 2019 35 min

"Could I Be Your Girl" and "Insensitive” singer – songwriter Jann Arden and rock star Bif Naked swing by the Pop Life bar to discuss finding their voices with host Richard Crouse.

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