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Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss News is a twice weekly podcast that features the most interesting personalities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, tech, business, science, and more. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air by making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Another way you can support the show is to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes to help keep us ranking strong on the top podcasts charts. For more information visit www.kickassnews.com. Thanks for listening!
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Aug 29, 2017

This a previous episode with the great Carol Burnett who reminisces about some of the best times on The Carol Burnett Show.  She shares stories about Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vickie Lawrence, including which one she almost had to fire and which one could always crack her up in front of the cameras. She talks about the boys club that was network television in the 60’s and 70’s and she reveals the comedy sketch that she wished she hadn’t done and some of her favorite questions from the audience. Plus some advice for young comedic actors and some exciting news about her big return to network television.  New episodes of Kickass News return after Labor Day weekend.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you can order Carol Burnett's memoir In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox on Amazon or you can download the audio version for free at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews

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Aug 24, 2017

Famed evolutionary biologist, author, and science communicator Richard Dawkins shares his wonder for science, debunks the entire premise of intelligent design, and calls on the scientific community to stop calling evolution a theory.  He talks about Berkley University’s recent decision to uninvite him to speak and what he calls higher learning’s dangerous elevation of opinion over truth and objective facts.  Plus the well known atheist talks about his friend the late Christopher Hitchens, where an atheist gets their moral code, and why he’s still more than happy to wish you Merry Christmas.

Order Richard Dawkins' new book Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist on Amazon.  Learn about the Richard Dawkins Foundation at www.richarddawkins.net and follow him on Twitter at @richarddawkins. 

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Aug 21, 2017

Comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, I'm Dying Up Here) talks about exploring the dark side of the 70's stand-up comedy boom on his new Showtime series, why he’s resisted being pidgeonholed as a latino comic, and why he thinks white guys actually have it tougher in comedy.  He discusses his audition for The Daily Show, and faking a border crossing as a field correspondent.  Plus seafood as revenge,
why you might want to avoid cilantro for the next 4 years,
and Al Madrigal on Donald Trump and the border wall.

Watch Al Madrigal’s standup special Shrimpin' Ain’t Easy and his series I’m Dying Up Here with a subscription to Showtime or Showtime Anytime.  Listen to his podcast and other hilarious shows on the All Things Comedy podcast network at www.allthingscomedy.com or wherever you get your podcasts.  For Al Madrigal’s live standup dates and other fun stuff, visit www.almadrigal.com, and follow him on Twitter at @almadrigal.

Today's show is brought to you by Bombfell, an online personal styling service that helps men find the right clothes for them. Get $25 off your first purchase at www.bombfell.com/KICK.  

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Aug 18, 2017

Radio host and author Dennis Prager discusses the politicization of his recent classical concert at Walt Disney Hall, explains why the media is a greater threat to America than Vladimir Putin, and warns that America may be in the middle of a "second civil war."  Dennis says he'd rather spend most of his time talking about the big issues in life than politics, he shares his philosophy of happiness, and why he believes happiness is not just a feeling but a moral obligation.  Plus we talk about his love of a good cigar, the time he shared a stogie with George Burns, and why LA traffic sometimes brings out the worst in him.

The Dennis Prager Show airs from 9AM to Noon Pacific and from Noon to 3PM Eastern.  Visit www.DennisPrager.com to find your local station and learn more.  Check out his educational videos at www.PragerU.com and consider making a donation to support Prager University.  Order Dennis Prager's book Happiness is a Serious Problem on Amazon, and follow him on Twitter at @DennisPrager.

Today's show is brought to you by Bombfell, an online personal styling service that helps men find the right clothes for them. Get $25 off your first purchase at www.bombfell.com/KICK.  

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Aug 14, 2017

Director Rob Reiner talks about his new film LBJ and how his own view of President Lyndon Johnson has changed since he was a young man of draft age during the Vietnam War.  He shares some favorite LBJ legends and talks about the evolution of Johnson as a civil rights warrior.  He discusses growing up in showbusiness, his father Carl Reiner's remarkable energy at 95, and the time a very young Rob Reiner got in trouble for grabbing Mary Tyler Moore's ass on the set of his dad's show.  Plus Rob weighs in on President Trump, the Russia investigation, healthcare, and whether he could get used to the words "President Meathead" in 2020.

Mark your calendars for his latest film LBJ which comes out this Nov 3, and follow Rob Reiner on Twitter at @RobReiner.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

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Aug 10, 2017

Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central's The President Show joins us for the 200th episode of Kickass News!  Anthony reveals what goes into his dead-on impersonation of the President, he shares his mixed feelings about having his own fortunes tied to those of Donald Trump, and explains why he thinks "The Donald" is a lot more like "an old lonely dowager" than the macho man he pretends to be.  Atamanuik describes how Trump is not that different than the guys he grew up with in Massachusetts, he recalls what it was like to attend a Trump rally dressed up as the man himself, and he dishes about his online feud with fellow Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin.  Then at the end of the podcast, Anthony Atamanuik will step aside and allow "President Trump" to answer a few of my questions about Valdimir Putin, his marriage to Melania, and more.

The President Show airs Thursdays at 11:30 Eastern on Comedy Central.  For more information including full episodes, behind the scenes extras, and bonus content visit www.cc.com/shows/the-president-show.com Follow Anthony Atamanuik on Twitter at @TonyAtamanuik.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

Subscribe to Kickass News on iTunes and take a minute to take our listener survey at www.podsurvey.com/KICK. Support the show by donating at www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Visit www.kickassnews.com for more fun stuff.

Aug 7, 2017

Snopes founder and CEO David Mikkelson talks about combatting fake news and why he's asking fans of the popular fact checking site to help save Snopes.  David reveals what inspired him to start Snopes 20 years ago, how it grew from a site that debunked urban legends to the most reliable fact checking site that is depended on by everyone from Facebook to the Washington Post, and a few tips on how you can verify the news you consume.  He discusses the danger of misinformation, where misleading stories often originate, and how some of the worst offenders have even tried to peddle fake stories about Snopes and David Mikkelson himself.  Plus we find out if Snopes is funded by CNN, George Soros or the CIA, and we answer burning questions like "is Bob Barker dead?" and "Are there snakes in your Doritos?"

Visit www.snopes.com and follow Snopes on Twitter at @snopes.  If you want to fight alternative facts and fake news and keep Snopes running, consider donating to the Save Snopes campaign at www.GoFundMe.com/SaveSnopes.

Today's episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh.  For $30 off your first week of meal deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe.

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Aug 3, 2017

The creators of the new Amazon series COMRADE DETECTIVE Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and series director Rhys Thomas talk about recreating a Cold War-era Romanian police drama that satirizes both Soviet and American propaganda of the 80's.  They discuss the 80’s cop shows and a popular Czech TV series that inspired COMRADE DETECTIVE, why graffiti was such a problem for them in post, and working with a Romanian crew that included a foul-mouthed translator.  Plus, a lesson about blindly following political dogma that is just as applicable today as it was during the Cold War.  

COMRADE DETECTIVE is available exclusively on Amazon beginning this Friday, August 4.  Visit www.amazon.com for more information.

Today's episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh.  For $30 off your first week of meal deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe.

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Aug 1, 2017

Filmmaker/cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to see if he could take performance enhancing drugs and get away with it, but he soon found himself in the middle of the most notorious doping scandal in sports history as he helped scientist Grigory Rodchenkov escape Russia and expose an elaborate state-run conspiracy to dope Russia's Olympic athletes.  It's all in his thrilling documentary ICARUS which is available on Netflix and in theaters starting on 8/4.  

Bryan Fogel discusses how he used himself as a human guinea pig to prove just how easily athletes can cheat anti-drug tests, and he shares how he firsthand experienced the power and the limitations of human growth hormones.  Bryan Fogel reveals how Russia’s FSB agents helped athletes at the Sochi Olympics cheat the system, just how high up this scandal goes, and why he says scientist Grigory Rodchenkov is Russia’s Edward Snowden.  He also discusses the reaction when he presented this evidence to officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency, and he speculate on why the International Olympic Committee ignored WADA’s recommendations and allowed Russian athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

ICARUS comes out in select theaters and on Netflix this Friday, August 4.  For more information visit www.netflix.com.  Keep up with Bryan at www.bryanfogel.com and follow him on Twitter at @BryanFogel.

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