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Ep 75: State of the Sitcom Spaced, with Easy Riders Raging Podcast

Ep 75: State of the Sitcom Spaced, with Easy Riders Raging Podcast

May 31, 2018

State of the Sitcom continues...

The miniseries takes a break from stateside sitcoms & brings the focus to a little flat in North London.

In our fourth adventure we're joined by @Chris Johnston, the superbly prolific host of Easy Riders Raging Podcast and The Spielberg Pod to discuss the UK cult classic, Spaced.

Quoting the show as if we're its main characters, our passion for this unsung slice of comedy fried gold is evident from the start as we break down why it was so important to us, how it transformed the landscape of British comedy and what the wider cultural impact of Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes & Simon Pegg's homage-o-meter truly is.

Tune in next week for more special guests who seek to pop 'Inside' the deeper moments in sitcom history!

Happy Sitcom-ing,

JoJ x

Ep 74: State of the Sitcom - Frasier, with Wine and Crime Podcast

Ep 74: State of the Sitcom - Frasier, with Wine and Crime Podcast

May 24, 2018

State of the Sitcom continues...

We push ever forward in our miniseries taking on all things sitcom from I Love Lucy to Rick & Morty and everything in between!

In this third episode we're joined by @Amanda, @Kenyon & Lucy, the criminally talented hosts of the Wine & Crime podcast to discuss the salad tossing and egg scrambling modern classic, Frasier.

Right from the start we get on like a house on fire covering the characters, writing and crepe pan seasoning impact of the show and even manage to bring up some true crime, the US political shitshow and exactly how Kelsey Grammar got his hair like that.  We had a blast recording this and can highly recommend pouring yourself a glass of vino and joining the Wine & Crime podcast on their "obnoxiously active" social media accounts!

Tune in next week for more special guests and maybe a simple motorcyclist and angry cow talking doped up biscuits!

Happy Sitcom-ing,

JoJ x

Ep 73: State of the Sitcom - The Cosby Show, with Kobi from Flixwatcher & The Wire Stripped Podcasts

Ep 73: State of the Sitcom - The Cosby Show, with Kobi from Flixwatcher & The Wire Stripped Podcasts

May 16, 2018

State of the Sitcom continues...

We plunge further into our miniseries taking on all things sitcom from I Love Lucy to Rick & Morty and everything in between!

In this second episode we're joined by Kobi, the enigmatic co-host of both the FlixWatcher and The Wire Stripped podcasts to discuss the staple of 80s and 90s primetime television, The Cosby Show.

We discuss the comedy, scriptwriting and cultural impact of the show in its heyday as well as focussing on the ongoing case against Bill Cosby and other key figures in comedy who have been charged with similar abuse or worse. This deep but fun podcast also covers the best and worst of UK and US sitcoms, how to deal with your heroes falling from grace and the ongoing calamity that is Last of the Summer Wine. We're very proud of how much we covered with Kobi and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Tune in next week for more special guests and maybe pour a criminal glass of fortified wine from Cádiz!

Happy Sitcom-ing,

JoJ x

Ep72: State of the Sitcom - Introduction & Animation, with For Film’s Sake Podcast

Ep72: State of the Sitcom - Introduction & Animation, with For Film’s Sake Podcast

May 9, 2018

State of the Sitcom has landed!

Welcome to our miniseries within our scheduled screenwriting podcast where we take a deep dive into all things sitcom from I Love Lucy to Rick & Morty and everything in between!

In this first episode we're joined by Bryan & Chris, the witty & insightful hosts of For Film's Sake and For Writing's Sake podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/for-films-sake/id1084763473?mt=2) to discuss the animated sitcoms.

From The Flintstones to The Simpsons, South Park to Bojack Horseman and many a detour into dramas, films & Daria cosplay, this is a spralling podcast you don't want to miss.

Tune in next week for another special guest and a classic but controversial choice.

Happy Sitcom-ing,

JoJ x

 

Ep 71: Writing Sci-Fi - Ready Player One, Annihilation & The X-Files

Ep 71: Writing Sci-Fi - Ready Player One, Annihilation & The X-Files

May 9, 2018

It's a busy month for Sci-Fi so we thought we'd investigate what makes for good science fiction screenwriting in relation to new releases, classic films from the genre & more.

We provide a spolier-free insight into Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, then get spoilerific as we get into Alex Garland's Annihilation and even give our full low down on Season 11 of The X-Files.

In addition we discuss our latest music picks and talk about some recent live events we've been to including Dizraeli, Jamila Woods, Open Mike Eagle and No Such Thing As a Fish podcast.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ x

Ep 70: Who Should win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay + Black Panther Review

Ep 70: Who Should win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay + Black Panther Review

May 9, 2018

And the Oscar goes to…

The 90th Oscars are set to be groundbreaking for a lot of reasons with #Timesup & #MeToo set to play a big part and the possibility for an Academy Award first if Jordan Peele’s Get Out claims the top spot.

We’re delighted to see so much progress (although there’s still a long way to go) being taken by the Oscars and to celebrate we breakdown the nominees for our favourite category, Best Original Screenplay.

The nominees include some of our top films of the last 12 months and we discuss which one we think should win, which one will win and which film is our favourite.

In addition, we’ll also be live tweeting the whole Oscars Ceremony on Sunday night (Monday morning UK time) on Twitter, so be sure to follow us and join in our special Oscars Drinking Game.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ x

Ep 69: Hello 2018

Ep 69: Hello 2018

May 9, 2018

2018 is going to be the shit...

Following the political double whammy horsecock which was 2016 & 2017, we're starting out 2018 full of hope, joy & antici.............PATION for what's to come and that's in no small part due to the awesome movie releases coming our way.
So in our first episode of the year, join us as we run down what we're excited about and why we're so freakin' excited about it, plus you get to hear us make joyful noises about Black Panther, Lynne Ramsay & much more.

Anything we missed? Then let us know in the comments what else we should be loving in 2018!

Thanks for listening,
JoJ x

 
Ep 68: Review of 2017

Ep 68: Review of 2017

May 9, 2018

It's easy to feel down about 2017 with hate-fuelled politics, climate change & more but JoJ are here to provide you with some good vibes!

The last 12 months have been incredible for pop culture with amazing new music, record-breaking new movies & further proof TV is in its Platinum Age.

We also aim to start 2018 with a positive outlook so we pick our top positive takeaways from the last year to try and bring a glimmer of hope to our lives, and hopefully humanity too!

Thanks for listening for another year,
JoJ

Ep 67: 80s Sci-Fi Nostalgia ft Thor Ragnarok, Bladerunner 2049 & Stranger Things 2

Ep 67: 80s Sci-Fi Nostalgia ft Thor Ragnarok, Bladerunner 2049 & Stranger Things 2

May 9, 2018

Maybe it's because we have a Tory government or a homophobic, racist tyrant in the White House. Maybe it's because the nature of culture is cyclical. Or maybe it's because we all need a bit of nostalgia right now. Whatever the reason, the 80s are back and they're taking over our screens!

Join us as we review and discuss the screenwriting in Bladerunner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok & Netflix's Stranger Things 2 in our 80s Sci-Fi special.

We also discuss the Harvey Weinstein criminal investigation, the impact on Hollywood and other industries and what we can do as consumers.

Plus, in our regular feature #TheEmpireWritesBack(where we discuss scripts in Empire Magazine's Top 100 Movies of All Time as Voted for by Readers), we cover pre-1960 films including Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, 12 Angry Men, Rear Window, Vertigo, Seven Samurai, It's a Wonderful Life & Citizen Kane.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ x

Ep 66: A triptych of fear with The Handmaid’s Tale, mother! & IT

Ep 66: A triptych of fear with The Handmaid’s Tale, mother! & IT

May 9, 2018

To avoid fainting, keep repeating it's only a podcast, it's only a podcast, it's only a podcast...

This month, we discuss fear in three recent releases - IT, mother! and The Handmaid's Tale - focusing on screenwriting and the overall impact of each piece.

We also have our regular feature, The Empire Writes Back, in which we choose titles from @Empiremagazine Top 100 films (as voted by readers) & discuss the screenwriting and whether the film's are still any good. This month we cover comic book movies, The Dark Knight, Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy & Captain America: Civil War.

Plus, there's also our take on movie news, new trailers and pop culture happenings over the last month.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ

Ep 65: Top of the Lake, Defenders, Okja & Spielberg Special

Ep 65: Top of the Lake, Defenders, Okja & Spielberg Special

May 9, 2018

Wow, have we got a jam-packed episode for you this month!

We cover movie news, film & TV trailers plus a boat-load of in-depth discussions on new film and TV releases including Top of The Lake, The Defenders and Okja.

This episode in our monthly feature - The Empire Writes Back - where we discuss scriptwriting in Empire Magazine's Top 100 Films of All Time, we have a Spielberg Special covering seven of the director's top films.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ x

Ep 64: Game of Thrones S7 E7 - The Dragon & The Wolf

Ep 64: Game of Thrones S7 E7 - The Dragon & The Wolf

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 63: Game of Thrones S7 E6 - Beyond The Wall

Ep 63: Game of Thrones S7 E6 - Beyond The Wall

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 62: Game of Thrones S7 E5 - Eastwatch

Ep 62: Game of Thrones S7 E5 - Eastwatch

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 61: Game of Thrones S7 E4 - The Spoils of War

Ep 61: Game of Thrones S7 E4 - The Spoils of War

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 60: Spider-Man Homecoming, OITNB, Better Call Saul & Citizen Kane

Ep 60: Spider-Man Homecoming, OITNB, Better Call Saul & Citizen Kane

May 9, 2018

Bumper Episode Alert!

We've got a jam-packed podcast for you this month chatting about all things Comic Con, trailers, TV shows and movies!
We go back to school and discuss scriptwriting on the "best Spider-Man movie yet" whilst getting deep with new Netflix seasons, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul.

Finally, we review the classic Citizen Kane as part of our new feature #EmpireWritesBack and announce a very special #WatchwithJoJ for next month.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ

Ep 59: Game Of Thrones S 7 E3 - The Queen’s Justice

Ep 59: Game Of Thrones S 7 E3 - The Queen’s Justice

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 58: Game of Thrones S7 E2 - Stormborn

Ep 58: Game of Thrones S7 E2 - Stormborn

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

@HoBoJoBo & @Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 57: Game of Thrones S7 E1 - Dragonstone

Ep 57: Game of Thrones S7 E1 - Dragonstone

May 9, 2018

It's Baaacckkkk!!!!

HoBoJoBo & Meerkuts are long term fans of Game of Thrones and so we're pleased to bring you our spoilerific weekly update on the latest episodes for Season 7 of the epic series.

We cover the East, West, North & South of Westeros in our weekly minisodes.

Join in, let us know your thoughts and how you think the Game of Thrones will end.
Valar morghulis x

Ep 56: Surprise Minisode - Watch Along & Game of Thrones news

Ep 56: Surprise Minisode - Watch Along & Game of Thrones news

May 9, 2018

In this minisode we bring you not one, but TWO JoJCast announcements! Firstly, we have a new feature, that involves YOU! And then we have some Game of Thrones news (not spoilers!) every fan needs to know.

It's a quick update, but a juicy one!

Ep 55: Wonder Woman, American Gods, Baby Driver & more

Ep 55: Wonder Woman, American Gods, Baby Driver & more

May 9, 2018

Wow, what a June!

We're back after one of the busiest and most culture-filled months in JoJCast history filled with all the G's - Glastonbury 2017, Gorillaz's Demon Dayz festival, Gillian Anderson some 'godlike' TV and films.

This month we review and discuss scriptwriting in Wonder Woman, American Gods, House of Cards, Baby Driver and Stefan Saagmeister's documentary, The Happy Film.

Stay locked to JoJCast on Twitter and Instagram for a new minisode and podcast feature coming very soon.

Thanks for listening,
JoJ

Ep 54: Guardians of the Galaxy & Master of None

Ep 54: Guardians of the Galaxy & Master of None

May 9, 2018

Welcome to the first of our new and improved monthly podcasts exploring writing in film & TV!

In this episode we go interstellar with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and explore the beauty of pasta with Aziz Anzari in Netflix's Master of None Season 2. Allora...!

Our new JoJCast model will see us focusing on scriptwriting and what writing stands out in different film and TV so we'd love to hear your thoughts on these two and anything else you think was written beautifully, or not so beautifully.

Keep it JoJCast,
Jo & J

Ep 53: Minisode ft. Competition Winner & JoJCast News

Ep 53: Minisode ft. Competition Winner & JoJCast News

May 9, 2018

WE'RE BACK!

Yes, just like Randy Quaid in Independence Day, or The PolterGeist II, we have returned.
So before we get fully into Phase 2 of the JCU (JoJCast Universe), here's a little Minisode to tell you exactly what's changed, what remains the same and a little glimpse into some exciting new features.
Plus, we unveil the very, very lucky winner of our super, sweet swag competition....

Keep it JCU, x

Ep 52: Women Directors + Logan, Love & 13th Reviews

Ep 52: Women Directors + Logan, Love & 13th Reviews

May 9, 2018

It took 80+ years for a woman director to be recognised by the Academy and it's now official, women have been systematically discriminated against by Hollywood (www.indiewire.com/2017/02/major-ho…eeoc-1201783475/)

Following this research and to celebrate Women's History Month, we look at the issues within the film industry against female directors, discuss our favourite films by women and even list our fantasy female director remakes.

As always, please let us know what we've missed or any female directors we should check out.
JoJ

PS: We're also still promoting our AMAZING competition so check out the episode intro for more details.

Ep 51: What’s the Soundtrack to your city? + New Music Reviews

Ep 51: What’s the Soundtrack to your city? + New Music Reviews

May 9, 2018

Ever heard a song and just felt like it conjured up a specific place for you?

Well inspired by an interview with Mura Masa on the Dan Digs radio show & a recent all day rave with Jamie XX in Brixton we decided to explore what makes a certain song, artist or music genre become 'the sound' of a city.

We also give out lots of information on our very exciting new competition in which you can win ALL the cool prizes & discuss our entry in the British Podcast Awards. Check it out here: www.britishpodcastawards.com/

As always, we'd love to hear your feedback so get involved in the comments or on Twitter/Instagram and tell us which music soundtracks YOUR city!

JoJ