This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Double Threat | #tinder | #pof


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Tom Scharpling and Julie Klausner’s Double Threat.
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Double Threat With Julie Klausner and Tom Scharpling – On a Zoom Call with Woody Allen 

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Alec Baldwin has never been skilled at reading the room. Though to be fair, even if this interview wasn’t released at the height of a worldwide protest movement against American police brutality, there’s never a good time for a fawning interview with Woody Allen. To tackle the latest bit in Baldwin’s lifelong performance art piece about men with no self-awareness, Julie Klausner and Tom Scharpling devoted the latest episode of Double Threat to a minute-by-minute takedown of the least essential interview of 2020. Following a hysterical opening where they riff on the fictional Men in Black Players, the duo wades through the slog of Allen’s childhood baseball career, his thoughts on the clarinet, and “the accusation,” as Baldwin briskly refers to it. You’ll need a themed drink from one of Baldwin’s Broadway Danny Rose parties to get through the episode, but it’s worth it. —Pablo Goldstein




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