Chappelle Launches Midnight Miracle Podcast With Black Star

Dave Chappelle Private After Party At The h.wood Group's Special Preview Of Harriet's Rooftop Lounge at the Upcoming 1 Hotel West Hollywood
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Dave Chappelle seems to be doing okay.

He’s basically moved all of his standup specials over to Netflix, where hopefully we’ll get another one soon! He also allowed the streaming channel to add his landmark sketch show, Chappelle’s Show, to their lineup, even after some initial misgivings.

Now he’s branching into something besides streaming…unless podcasts are considered streaming too? Audio streaming? I’m old, I don’t know.

Anyway, the legendary comedian has joined forces with friends and hip-hop stars Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) for a new podcast called “The Midnight Miracle.” Rap fans know Kweli and Bey as the classic hip-hop duo Black Star, and on the second episode of the podcast, the two rappers reunite to make their first music together in over 20 years.

The show launched on Tuesday, May 11th, but it was actually recorded last summer, in Ohio, during Chappelle’s Summer Camp shows, which featured a variety of guests from the music and comedy worlds. The first is free on Apple Podcasts, the second and all subsequent episodes are exclusively available via Luminary.

According to Rolling Stone, the first episode is titled “How to Inspire” and features guests like Radio Rahim, Mo Amer, Chris Rock, Donnell Rawlings, Jarobi White, and Questlove. And episode two, “Gladiator Circus World,” finds Kweli and Bey premiering their first music as Black Star in over 20 years, while Radio Rahim, Questlove, Lamorne Morris, and Jon Hamm make guest appearances.

“Making a podcast isn’t the obvious next move for me, but it’s the right one,” Chappelle said in a statement. “The Midnight Miracle gives you a look into how me and my friends process the world around us, and I think it will change the way listeners think of what a podcast can be.”

This is an interesting perspective considering the podcast will also be made available on vinyl. Not sure what the Venn diagram of people who own record players and people who listen to podcasts looks like, but apparently Dave Chappelle fans are right in the middle.

Mark Paul-Gosselar Is Finally Watching ‘Saved By The Bell’ for Podcast

Zack To The Future

Saved By The Bell” was an iconic 90s show, as nothing epitomized cool like Zack Morris. Mark Paul-Gosselaar, famous for his portrayal of everyone’s favorite high schooler, has never seen a single episode of the show. They did almost 90 episodes, but Mark Paul-Gosselaar never got around to watching the show he starred in. But that changes now.

MPG (just go with it) is going to watch the show for the first time as part of a new podcast, Zack to the Future. Paul-Gosselaar is teaming up with Dashiell Driscoll (a superfan and writer for the upcoming reboot), of “Zack Morris is Trash” notoriety, to revisit the first season of the show that made him famous.

“For years I have been asked by the dedicated fans of Saved by the Bell to revisit the show,” Gosselaar said in a statement. “I couldn’t wrap my head around an idea that would keep the audience entertained and celebrate the beloved series we created over 30 years ago, mostly because I can’t remember a thing about making it, and I am thrilled to say I have found the answer.

“As my co-host, Dashiell Driscoll will be my key to unlocking every door at Bayside, a key he assures me Zack Morris would’ve had. I haven’t watched a single episode in its entirety since I walked off the sets in 1993. It’s time to wheel that big television into class. Go Bayside!”

Driscoll said in a statement that he was so excited to introduce Paul-Gosselaar to Zack Morris and head back to Bayside. He told Entertainment Weekly he can’t believe watching so many re-runs after school has paid off later in life.

The first episode of the podcast dropped on July 20th and examined the first episode of the first season – the plan is to watch the entire first season. Since then they’ve dropped three other episodes.

Kevin Launches ‘An Oral History of The Office’ Podcast

An Oral History of The Office
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People can not get enough of The Office. The show gained a whole new generation of fans on Netflix. A superfan made a LEGO replica and The Office memes are almost as plentiful as angry political tweets.

John Krasinski interviewed Steve Carell and reunited his castmates on his Some Good News YouTube show, and we recently shared the news of a potential Stanley spin-off. Eventually, someone will probably start calling for a movie!

Until then, The Office is branching out into podcasts. Pam and Angela (Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey) created a podcast where they discuss the show, and now Brian Baumgartner, who played the hapless chili-cook and wedding band drummer Kevin on the show, has launched his own podcast on which he’ll be sharing an oral history of the show.

An Oral History of The Office” is a 12-episode series on Spotify, and it sounds like it will be pretty comprehensive. The podcasts guests will include Steve Carell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)

Hosted by Baumgartner, the first three episodes are available now, and future episodes will drop every Tuesday.

The descriptions of the first three:

Episode One: Ok, Here’s the Pitch” – “A chance discovery on a trip to London sends a producer on the hunt to secure the rights — and a TV network — to produce a series with the potential to redefine comedy in the US.”

Episode Two: Ordinary Looking Losers – “A deep dive into how The Office was cast. It was far from the way that things are typically done in Hollywood…” which is why it uncovered a roster of talent that nobody else was looking for.”

Episode Three: Everything That Makes It Harder Makes It Better – “How the WORLD of The Office was created… both at the fictional Dunder Mifflin and at the very real — very small — actual office where the pilot was shot.”

Check it out on Spotify!