BlackBerried with Mike Sacks and Matt Johnson
On this month’s episode, I interview Matt Johnson, director of three fantastic movies: The Dirties, Operation Avalanche, and, most recently, BlackBerry. If you haven’t yet seen BlackBerry, it’s one of my faves from the past year. Please check it out.
I also talk about one of my favorite comedy writers, and my friend, the brilliant Merrill Markoe.
Please listen to my last episode, “Fonz and the Orphan” if you haven’t already. I think you’ll hate it.
I'll answer your questions on the podcast if you email me at email@example.com.
One more thing: Doin’ It is produced by the best podcast producer in the world world Rob Schulte. You can find this episode that he produced and every Doin’ It episode that he's produced on all major podcast platforms, including on the host’s site Sonar:
My Latest Book:
A self-published memoir of a Maryland thirty-something found by author me, Mike Sacks, at a garage sale in 2019 and re-published here for the first time. The memoir is written by the struggling poet and novelist Noah B., who is embedded in the mind and lifestyle of a perversely unexceptional American asshole named Randy. Like Pale Fire if it were about a Danny McBride-style fuckup, the story is both unmoored from time and eerily prescient of our own—one so stupid and unbelievable that it requires a writer like Sacks to bring it to light.
“If you don’t know who Mike Sacks is, well, you should. His writing is funnier than just about anyone’s and now he has a podcast that is excellent. I say Hooray for Mike Sacks and everything he stands for.” -David Sedaris
“He’s the best kind of comedy writer; a bona fide weirdo with virtually no interest in satisfying anything other than his own personal obsessions.” -Andy Richter
“Randy is a hilariously, unexpectedly poignant and eminently worthy addition to Sacks’ sociological/anthropological exploration of the American Jackass and his curious ways. Audacious and inspired.” -Nathan Rabin
“The year's best memoir is about a man who shot a porno in a Baskin-Robbins.” -Vice
“Randy does more to explain certain unexpected turns in this nation's political fate over the last couple of years than a bazillion think-pieces in the New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, MSNBC.” -John Colapinto (The New Yorker)
“As the book’s description alludes, Randy is an experiment in memoir, biography, and, well, sheer insanity.” -Robobutt
An article I wrote you might want to check out:
I interviewed Natalie Merchant about her wonderful new album, Keep Your Courage, for The New Yorker.
A Suggestion from Me:
A Friend of the Family on Peacock is beautifully directed and acted, and tells a horrifyingly (true) story. Jake Lacey and Mckenna Grace give two of the best performances of the past few years. The music is also fantastic. Well worth watching!
Be well! And keep reachin’ for those stars!