A bi-weekly podcast about art and culture (and especially the stuff in between). Studio 360’s Sean Rameswaram talks to the people who make the memes.
October 29, 2014
(WARNING: Nearly everything Issa Rae does features profanity.) Issa Rae spent her youth feeling awkward, and she’s never gotten over it. She spent early years in Senegal, where her father was from, before moving to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. “Coming from West Africa to Potomac, Maryland, was pretty jarring, and I just didn’t know how to be black,” she says. She felt like a token minority at school, and her older brothers would tease her, “’You’re kind of a white girl, a Jewish girl.’” Then she went to a predominantly black school in Los Angeles and didn’t know how to fit in there. Those awkward interactions were formative for Issa Rae – and they were gold. She channeled them into sketch comedy, uploading videos she made with her friends to YouTube. In 2011, the first episode of her web series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl made her internet famous.
October 16, 2014
If YouTube had an A&R genius, his name would be Kutiman. The Israeli musician and video editor, whose real name is Ophir Kutiel, charmed millions in 2009 with Thru You, an album of music he created by selecting YouTube musicians’ videos and layering them into new tracks. Sean Rameswaram speaks with Kutiman about his new album Thru You Too, which tries to go its predecessor one better.
October 01, 2014
Before he made a movie, Damien Chazelle was a drummer studying jazz. After college, he wrote a screenplay based on his experience, but there was one big problem: Whiplash was about jazz, and no one wanted to make it. Chazelle figured out a way to show studios that his story was really about passion, ambition, and blood. Sean Rameswaram talks to Chazelle about how he made an award-winning movie before hitting 30.
September 17, 2014
If you’re an illustrator with a dozen and a half New Yorker covers in your portfolio, several popular children’s books, and your own blog at the New York Times, you’re doing something right. But Christoph Niemann isn’t resting on any laurels. Sean Rameswaram talks to Niemann about how he’s used every trick on the internet to invent a new kind of visual storytelling.
September 03, 2014
Most comedians have just a few memorable bits; Howard Kremer has just one, but he’s managed to build a comedy empire on it. Sean Rameswaram talks to Kremer about “Have a Summah” – a routine that has spawned merchandise, three albums of summah songs, and an annual festival held in Los Angeles.
About the show
The mashup video that broke the internet, the GIF that went around the world in a minute, the parody twitter account with a million followers – that’s the frontier of culture today. The internet is our theater, gallery, sandbox, and bouncy house rolled into one. New cultural finds are posted every day at studio360.org/sideshow.