Ep 66 // Alingon Mitra / ‘Sorry To Bother You’

Premiere DateJul 13, 2018
00:00 Intro
01:24 START /// Matt Ruby interviews Alingon Mitra
01:48 Boston Comedy Festival / sharing prize money
06:20 From Worcester, MA / The Harvard Lampoon
13:10 Indian descent / supportive parents
14:38 “Working white” / discussing ethnicity in his stand-up
17:50 Reception on the road vs. Brooklyn
20:06 The Comedy Cellar in NYC / seeing big comics work out new material (Chris Rock, etc.)
26:44 Comedy influences (Rock, Chapelle, Burr) / Burr’s development of different comedy tools
30:29 Videos/acting/sketch vs. stand up
33:00 Wrapping up + plugs /// END
34:35 1st Person: Angelo // Reading As An Escape
37:44 Movie Review: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
39:21 Movie Review: ‘Sorry To Bother You’ w/ J. McVay
40:45 Movie Chat: Jacqueline Soller + J. McVay (spoiler alert)
57:22 John Knefel // The Grim Future Of Voting Rights
59:16 "Fool Me" (BTR Live Studio) Buck Meek
63:21 Outro / Credits
64:12 Finish.

Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Alingon Mitra about his experiences at the Harvard Lampoon and as a comedian of Indian-American descent.

Also, Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay discuss the recently released movie, Sorry To Bother You, directed by Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover, Omari Hardwick, and Kate Berlant.

Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s John Knefel with his take on how Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court sets up a potentially grim future for voting rights; we’ll hear from a man named Angelo about the importance of reading books in helping him gain perspective on his own life; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Texas singer/songwriter Buck Meek from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby Jacqueline Soller