With no time or language or commercial restrictions to hold it back, KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW has blasted off into the stratosphere to become the planet’s best talk show.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, in my humble opinion, is the planet’s best talk show. Since this podcast has no time or language or commercial restrictions, Pollak is free to do and say any damn thing he wants to and he does. To high quality, funny and unique effect.
I’ve gathered some tasty samples of his podcast featuring Jon Hamm, Seth MacFarlane, Jane Campion, Dana Carvey, Lisa Loeb and others below.
Pollak is quite a talented stand-up comedian and I’ve enjoyed his act for over 30 years going back to his early days in San Francisco where I used to live.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Jon Hamm
Over the past two decades, he has appeared in over fifty films, as well as countless television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career.
You might remember his strong role going head to head with Jack Nicholson in A FEW GOOD MEN.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Seth MacFarlane
This podcast/talk show thing works as well as an audio podcast as a video podcast. In fact, I rarely watch it, and use it mainly as an audio cast I enjoy in the car or walking the dog. Since it’s the thoughts, ideas and talk that counts here, you rarely need to get your eyes into the act.
Each episode, Kevin has in depth interviews with one or two guests from the entertainment industry. It’s common for the segments to go for one or two hours.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Dana Carvey
Another fan, Jake, has some more fine info and observations to point out… KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW has no right to work, something its self-effacing host would probably admit to even before that other self-deprecating maverick of talk shows, Craig Ferguson. A no-budget Internet program featuring the comedian and character actor slumped over a Macbook surfing for questions to ask his guests in interviews that routinely stretch past the two-and-a-half-hour mark? It sounds like the stuff of legendary tragedy: half-hubris, half-midlife crisis, all some strange attempt to get the shot at hosting the Tonight Show that every comic wanted and now no one shall ever have again.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Jane Campion
If there’s one thing you can’t accuse Kevin Pollak of being full of, it’s hubris. The KPCS, like Craig Ferguson’s equally, wonderfully scattershot network program, thrives on the understanding that everything could fall apart at any second. Pollak and his crew, among whom are his girlfriend Jaime Fox and, bizarrely, Freaks and Geeks alumnus Samm Levine, have been at this show for more than a year and a half now, yet technical problems continue to abound. Mics are turned up, the Macbook doesn’t load quickly enough, the live stream drops out. Through it all, Pollak keeps a smile; hell, that smile gets wider when something goes awry.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Kevin Nealon
Because he does not put anyone on the spot, because he does not bring them there to address a controversy or pander to an audience that cannot applaud back, Pollak elicits something rare from his showbiz guests: honesty. Just as Cavett could hold a conversation with those who appeared on his program, Pollak rolls with each answer, actually paying attention and not leaping to the next question on the card. The guests loosen up and trust him for this, and by the end of each segment, if the interview subject wasn’t already Pollak’s fan, he or she is now.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Lisa Loeb
So comfortable does everyone become than many lightly spar with him. Neil Patrick Harris can jovially trip him up for his syntax, while Kevin Smith says what was on a lot of people’s minds when he, with mock interventionist concern, leaned in and begged the constantly be-fedora’d Pollak, “Stop with the fucking hats.” It’s a banter not even Craig Ferguson achieves, and when Ferguson came on the show, there was a mutual recognition of respect between them. Each sees potential in the other that just does not exist in other talk shows. Even Conan gets by on his writing charm, not his rapport with the vast majority of his guests.
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Bobby Slayton
I don’t know how long Pollak intends on following this bit of whimsy, but I hope he never tires of it. Freed of commercial obligation and note-making executives, KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW is one of the most refreshing and revealing celebrity talk shows I’ve ever heard. As with Conan, Pollak has the reverence for the old school and the desire to the push the boundaries. But where Conan devoted everything to get the TONIGHT SHOW, Pollak made his own path, and as dynamic and satisfying as his show is in its own right, what it says about the potential of moving everything about the entertainment industry — even that which some dismiss as pabulum — online.
Kevin Pollak parodies Christopher Walken
Pollak was amazed that he landed the L.A. Times when he held up a copy a year and a half ago, but why wouldn’t a major Los Angeles paper write about him? In his own way, Larry King Game, hats and all, Pollak could help change Hollywood’s landscape. When you look at it like that, the fact that it’s entertaining as hell almost seems a side note.