“Like all these things, there’s a kernel of truth. You just amp up the volume. People think I might be like that, but I don’t really care. The only thing that ultimately matters to me is that I can do my job and that the people in my life know what I’m like and who I am. I would rather that people get me wrong and misunderstand me than know who I am. I’m happy to have people be misinformed so that I have my privacy, even if that means that some people think I’m an asshole.”—Steve Coogan on playing himself in The Trip, from an interview with Vanity Fair.
“Onstage, a choir belts out a rousing anthem while members of the congregation sing along, waving their arms and swaying gleefully in time to the music, as a young man booms out his messages of love, joy, and hope to the world. If this sounds like a revivalist meeting, it certainly feels that way, except that the congregation are all outright atheists or agnostics and the songs they are singing with such enthusiasm are life-affirming rock standards: “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Uptown Girl,” “I’d Do Anything For Love.”—
GUEST: We have done everything that there is to do in NYC. What else is there? CONCIERGE: Everything? GUEST: Yep. We’ve been here 3 days. CONCIERGE: So you have done the Highline Park and the Guggenheim? GUEST: (lying) Umm, yes? CONCIERGE: And Chelsea Market and jazz clubs and a comedy show? GUEST: Umm. Yeah. We did that. CONCIERGE: Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden? Moma? Helicopter Tours? Visit the UN? GUEST: Well, we did the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. So, pretty much everything. CONCIERGE: Sure. So you’ve clearly already done The Museum of Sex and the Brooklyn Promenade and the TMZ tour? Hm. I don’t know, since you’ve done everything. Would you be interested in a 5 star restaurant reservation? GUEST: Umm. What else do you recommend? CONCIERGE: Hm. Well, if you’ve already done Rock and Roll Karaoke at Arlene’s and the NBC Studio Tours. You caught a show at The Box? You’ve grabbed a drink at a secret bar where you need a password? GUEST: Hm. I think we’ll just go see “Gravity” again.
In this episode, Kevin and Benari discuss Iran, its new leader Hassan Rouhani, and what the f**k this has to do with you.
Listen as they manage to cover 4,000 years of Persian history in three minutes, tackle Rouhani’s budding bromance with President Obama, and talk about some things you may not know about, like Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. Benari shares some of his expertise from being attached to a nuclear weapons unit in the US Army and Kevin throws some of his legal mumbo jumbo at us about the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and sanctions. Also, Kevin reveals his true feelings about the film “Argo” & Batfleck.
This is a great idea for many reasons, not least because Benari is smart and funny. And charming, also. I haven’t listened yet, but I can just tell it will be fantastic.