Kevin Pollak's Chat Show

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Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
File:Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Main Logo.jpg
Hosted byKevin Pollak
Length1-2 Hours
DirectionJason McIntyre
ProductionJason McIntyre
Picture format16:9 HD
Video formatMP4
Audio formatMP3
Original releaseMarch 22, 2009 – present

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show is a weekly interview program hosted by comedian and impressionist Kevin Pollak and streamed over the web on YouTube. The show airs live most Sundays from the M.I. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California. Episodes are then archived on YouTube, as well as on iTunes and Earwolf. The show premiered on March 22, 2009, with guests LeVar Burton and Samm Levine.[1]

Format[edit | edit source]

The show typically opens with Pollak at the table speaking directly to the viewers, which can consist of a simple introduction, an anecdote, a joke, this portion also includes sidebars with head writer, Jaime Fox, and side kick, Samm Levine.[2] The majority of the show is taken up with long-form interview segments, typically with actors, writers or comics. Initial episodes would feature 2 hour-long interviews, but subsequent shows typically feature one guest per episode, averaging two hours in length. There are also a number of "games" Pollak plays with his guests, created by Jaime. Some of these include "Who Tweeted," which Samm hosts and reads 8 messages from Twitter, one at a time, all of which were written by either Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or Tyra Banks. It's a contest between the guest and Kevin to see which can ring in and answer correctly. Each episode also includes "The Larry King Game" (also created by Jaime), in which guests perform a bad impression of TV personality Larry King, exposing personal information that Larry should never, but does in fact reveal, then a throw to the phones including a funny sounding city name.[3] In 2010 the Kevin Pollak Chat Show was nominated for several Streamy Awards and won Best Live Show on the Internet.

History[edit | edit source]

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show started after Kevin Pollak met internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis at an underground poker game in Los Angeles. Pollak shared his vision for a web-based, live-streaming talk show with Calacanis., Calacanis' startup, had recently built a studio around the NewTek TriCaster and Calacanis offered to produce Pollak's show. The show is among the most popular podcasts for download on iTunes and had a strong following on its own website. The Chat Show is available in both audio and video format. On March 13, 2013 it was announced that they had joined the Earwolf network. The show began streaming on YouTube as of episode 165 on March 28, 2013.

Regular cast members[edit | edit source]

  • Kevin Pollak: Actor and comedian Kevin Pollak hosts the show. A long-time veteran of stand-up comedy, television and film, he has starred as casino owner Phillip Green in Martin Scorsese's Casino, small-time criminal Todd Hockney in The Usual Suspects, LTJG Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men and President Walter Emerson in Deterrence. He also appeared in the Kevin Smith film Red State, was a recurring guest star on Mom, and recently co-starred with Jane Lynch in the CBS series Angel from Hell. In addition to acting and stand-up, Kevin has recently spread his wings into the realm of directing, helming the documentary Misery Loves Comedy and the soon to be released coming-of-age comedy The Late Bloomer.
  • Samm Levine: Actor Samm Levine is a regular guest of the podcast and also hangs out in the studio to watch interviews. Levine was a regular on the comedy series Freaks and Geeks and was seen in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Levine regularly guest hosts.
  • Jaime Fox: Pollak's partner (not to be confused with Jamie Foxx, aka Eric Bishop). She runs the chat room during the show, compiles the question roster, and provides occasional fangirl commentary. Inventor of the Larry King Game.

The crew[edit | edit source]

  • Jason McIntyre has been a part of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since its inception. Both as a producer and a writer for the show, he does the research on the guests and is present Sundays to operate the TriCaster and direct the show.
  • Kenny Chen has been a part of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since episode 1, and is the floor director and co-producer. On Sundays, he makes sure the cameras are in place, the lighting is set, and the show runs smoothly from inside the studio, once the live show is launched.

Episode guide and guests[edit | edit source]

  1. LeVar Burton[4]
  2. Samm Levine
  3. Jim Gaffigan
  4. Joe Mantegna
  5. Jason Antoon
  6. Elon Musk
  7. Bobby Slayton
  8. Doug Benson
  9. Christopher McQuarrie
  10. Paget Brewster
  11. Jon Hamm
  12. Alex Albrecht
  13. Matthew Perry
  14. Chris Mallick
  15. Curt Smith
  16. Felicia Day
  17. George Gallo
  18. Josh Malina
  19. Adam Carolla
  20. Dana Carvey
  21. Nia Vardalos
  22. Illeana Douglas
  23. Dan Finnerty
  24. Kevin Smith
  25. Mike Binder
  26. Nick Swardson
  27. Jason Lee
  28. Craig Bierko
  29. Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel
  30. Samm Levine and Steve Agee
  31. Hank Azaria
  32. Seth MacFarlane
  33. Rob Corddry
  34. Michael Gladis and Rich Sommer
  35. Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
  36. Jane Campion
  37. Kevin Nealon
  38. Lisa Loeb
  39. Eddie Izzard
  40. Paul F. Tompkins
  41. "Weird Al" Yankovic
  42. Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine
  43. Brian Tyler
  44. David Koechner
  45. Robert Legato
  46. Nick Kroll
  47. Chris Hardwick
  48. Dave Coulier
  49. Cast and crew of Drones: Amber Benson, Adam Busch, Samm Levine, James Urbaniak, Marc Evan Jackson, Dave "Gruber" Allen, Dan Bern, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
  50. Billy West and John DiMaggio
  51. Jason Reitman
  52. James Urbaniak
  53. Seann William Scott
  54. Annie Duke
  55. 1 Year Birthday: Jason Calcanis, Bobby Slayton, James Urbaniak, Mike Binder, Samm Levine, Marc Evan Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Mike Rotman, Kenny Chen, Jason McIntyre, Josh Negrin and Emily Goodman
  56. Daniel Stern
  57. Henry Winkler
  58. James Roday and Maggie Lawson
  59. Cheri Oteri
  60. Justine Bateman
  61. The Sklar Brothers
  62. Titus Welliver
  63. Greg Proops
  64. Martin Mull
  65. Alan Zwiebel
  66. Wayne Federman
  67. Craig Ferguson
  68. Paul Rudd
  69. J. K. Simmons
  70. Rob Riggle
  71. John Slattery
  72. Larry Miller
  73. Rich Eisen
  74. Neil Patrick Harris
  75. Adam Scott
  76. Steven Weber
  77. Jimmy Pardo
  78. Bryan Cranston
  79. Fred Willard
  80. Kathy Najimy
  81. Andy Kindler
  82. Tim Street
  83. Paul Provenza
  84. Rick Overton
  85. Robert Morse
  86. Jason Alexander
  87. Bradley Whitford
  88. Joel McHale
  89. Leonard Maltin
  90. Laura Prepon
  91. Eric Balfour
  92. Colin Hanks
  93. Andy Richter
  94. Billy Bob Thornton
  95. Stephen Root
  96. Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman
  97. Lisa Kudrow
  98. Marc Maron
  99. Adam Savage (with studio audience)
  100. Nathan Fillion
  101. Steve Jones
  102. Lauren Graham
  103. Dave Thomas
  104. Robert Kraft
  105. Laraine Newman
  106. Fred Savage
  107. Demetri Martin
  108. Rob Reiner
  109. Garfunkel and Oates
  110. Eugene Levy
  111. John Cho
  112. Michael Chiklis
  113. Christopher Guest
  114. Stephen Tobolowsky
  115. Nick Offerman
  116. Oscar Nunez
  117. Damon Lindelof
  118. Peter Weller
  119. Alison Brie
  120. Michael McKean
  121. John Landis
  122. Phil Hendrie
  123. Sugar Ray Leonard
  124. Thomas Lennon
  125. Harry Shearer
  126. Greg Grunberg
  127. Dana Gould
  128. James L. Brooks
  129. Virginia Madsen
  130. Chris Pratt
  131. Megan Mullally
  132. Glenn Howerton
  133. Ivan Reitman
  134. Patrick Warburton
  135. Ed O'Neill
  136. David Krumholtz
  137. Rachael Harris (with studio audience)
  138. Garret Dillahunt
  139. Joe Lo Truglio
  140. David Wain
  141. Drew Carey
  142. Ed Begley Jr
  143. Ben Schwartz
  144. Zachary Levi
  145. Jason Biggs
  146. Adam Brody
  147. Richard Kind
  148. Danny Masterson
  149. Tony Hale
  150. Dan Harmon
  151. Johnny Knoxville
  152. Richard Schiff
  153. Phil Rosenthal
  154. Bob Odenkirk
  155. Tom Everett Scott
  156. Mark Valley
  157. Stephen Collins
  158. Alan Arkin
  159. Matt Walsh
  160. Micky Dolenz
  161. Shawn Ryan
  162. Scott Aukerman
  163. Josh Gad
  164. Mark Duplass
  165. Jon Favreau
  166. Barry Sonnenfeld
  167. Gillian Jacobs
  168. Paul Feig
  169. Eli Roth
  170. Peter Farrelly
  171. Stephen Merchant
  172. Michael C. Hall
  173. Rob Delaney
  174. Jason Mantzoukas
  175. Freddie Wong
  176. John Larroquette
  177. Bryan Fuller
  178. Jon Lovitz
  179. Danny Strong
  180. Jim Norton
  181. Dick Van Dyke
  182. Kumail Nanjiani
  183. Tom Papa
  184. Ken Marino
  185. Ben Folds
  186. Greg Proops
  187. Jim Rash
  188. James Leighton
  189. Bobcat Goldthwait
  190. Tom Hanks
  191. Jon Daly
  192. Mark Sanger
  193. Larry David
  194. Taran Killam
  195. Michael Showalter
  196. Curtis Armstrong
  197. Nate Corddry
  198. Jim Jefferies
  199. Anna Faris
  200. Jenny Slate
  201. Dom Irrera
  202. Jordan Peele
  203. Kelly Carlin
  204. Matt Jones
  205. Marc Evan Jackson
  206. Adam DeVine
  207. John Carroll Lynch
  208. Vinnie Jones
  209. Todd Glass
  210. Will Forte
  211. Jim Norton
  212. Bill Burr
  213. Bill Hader
  214. Jon Heder
  215. Alex Winter
  216. Craig Cackowski
  217. Mars Callahan
  218. Wayne Federman
  219. Kristen Schaal
  220. Cary Elwes
  221. Allison Janney
  222. Jake Kasdan
  223. Joel Murray
  224. Toby Huss
  225. Harland Williams
  226. Anthony Cumia
  227. Rainn Wilson
  228. Sam Rockwell
  229. Jim O'Heir
  230. Lauren Collins
  231. Will Sasso
  232. Matthew Perry
  233. Will Forte and Dana Carvey
  234. Horatio Sanz
  235. Phil LaMarr
  236. Peter Gould
  237. Saul Rubinek
  238. Dean Cameron
  239. Skylar Astin
  240. Jon Cryer
  241. Missi Pyle
  242. Josh Charles
  243. Jack Kenny
  244. Zoë Bell
  245. Seth Green
  246. Mae Whitman
  247. Kyle Bornheimer
  248. Brittany Snow
  249. Don Cheadle
  250. Matt Mira
  251. Richard Benjamin
  252. Kelly Carlin
  253. Vince Gilligan
  254. Al Jean
  255. Sam McMurray
  256. Jere Burns
  257. Stuart Pankin
  258. Clint Howard
  259. Carol Leifer
  260. Jay R. Ferguson
  261. Jane Lynch
  262. Jamie Lee Curtis
  263. Greg Fitzsimmons
  264. Colin Hay, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Burr (with studio audience)
  265. Timothy Omundson
  266. Aisha Tyler
  267. John Francis Daley
  268. Jenna Elfman
  269. John C. McGinley
  270. David Foster
  271. Illeana Douglas
  272. James Van Der Beek
  273. Natasha Leggero
  274. Wayne Federman
  275. Derek Waters
  276. Jason Ritter
  277. Shiri Appleby
  278. Brett Gelman
  279. David Harbour
  280. Andy Kindler
  281. Pete Holmes
  282. Janet Varney
  283. Jonah Ray
  284. Michael Ian Black
  285. Jay Mohr
  286. Maurice LaMarche
  287. Kevin Rahm
  288. Rider Strong
  289. Joe DeRosa
  290. Vanessa Ragland and Joey Greer
  291. Ben Schwartz and Kyle Bornheimer
  292. "Weird Al" Yankovic
  293. Rob Riggle
  294. Christopher Guest
  295. Lauren Graham
  296. Billy Bob Thornton
  297. Stephen Root
  298. J.K. Simmons
  299. Kevin Nealon
  300. Christopher Masterson
  301. Kevin Smith
  302. Titus Welliver
  303. Ethan Embry
  304. Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood
  305. Craig Ferguson
  306. Dave Foley
  307. Vincent D'Onofrio
  308. Dave Coulier
  309. Lucy Davis
  310. Michaela Watkins
  311. Paul Reiser
  312. Rob Corddry
  313. Carl Reiner
  314. David Koechner
  315. Jeff Garlin
  316. Ian Gomez
  317. Beth Dover and Joe Lo Truglio
  318. Antonio Esfandiari
  319. Josh Hopkins
  320. Bryan Cranston
  321. Mindy Sterling
  322. Tommy Dewey
  323. Greg Cromer
  324. Diedrich Bader
  325. Bobby and Mikey Roe
  326. Matt Besser
  327. Sam Robards
  328. Seth Morris
  329. Jenna Fischer
  330. Ricky Gervais
  331. Martha Kelly
  332. Chris Kattan
  333. Joe Keery
  334. Phil Proctor
  335. Jennifer Tilly
  336. Larry Sher
  337. Chuck Bryant
  338. Greg Kinnear
  339. David Harbour

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show". 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  2. "Welcome to Kevin Pollak's Chat Show". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  3. [1] Archived October 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. [2] Archived September 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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