Screaming into the Hollywood Abyss

Recent Episodes

April 18, 2024

Take 121 - Producer, Director, Showrunner Eddie Schmidt, Good One: A Show About Jokes

We talk to Oscar and Emmy award nominee Eddie Schmidt. He talks about being comedy adjacent, his time in an improv troupe and how he moved into the showrunning part of Hollywood. We discuss leadership style, the fun of worki…
April 11, 2024

Take 120 - Comedian Ray Ellin

In a slightly different style of episode we talk to comedian Ray Ellin. We discuss how social media has changed comedy, hear some magnificent failure anecdotes from comedy clubs and bars and talk through the process of creat…
April 4, 2024

Take 119 - Writers and Producers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, The Fighter, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

We talk to Oscar-nominated writing partners Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, They talk about their fight to get the Fighter written, battling both the mob and Hollywood, the joy of an Oscar nomination and the slog of the promot…
March 7, 2024

Take 118 - Writer Tom Vaughan, Winchester, The Haunting of the Queen Mary

We talk to screenwriter Tom Vaughan who opens up about his Hollywood journey. He talks about his early career, the arrogance and refusal to take notes even from Disney and the mistakes he made. He talks candidly about being …
Feb. 29, 2024

Take 117 - Director, Writer, Showrunner Matthew Carnahan, Dirt, House of Lies

We talk to the fascinating Matthew Carnahan. He tells us about his early work with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, why he didn't want to work in TV and how he broke in to that world. He talks passionately about choosing mean…
Feb. 22, 2024

Take 116 - Writer, producer, showrunner Ted Cohen, Friends, Veep, Succession

The One with 4-time Emmy winner Ted Cohen. We speak to Ted about his time on Friends, what’s it like to win an Emmy and how we coped after coming off Friends and spending ten years in the development wilderness. We talk abou…