2.18.16: Making Bank as a TV Extra, Bob Odenkirk, & Maz Jobrani
Before Maz Jobrani was a panelist on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, he was an actor trying to get a break. Today, the Iranian-born comedian talks about being typecast as a terrorist.
And like Maz, many Hollywood hopefuls get their start as extras, making less than minimum wage. We’ll hear about an elite group who have made blending into the background a lucrative career.
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Making Bank as a TV Extra
In Hollywood, getting noticed by a director, producer, or casting agent is a good thing...but for an extra, getting noticed can actually get you kicked off a set.
Hillel Aron is a staff writer for L.A. Weekly where we found his article, “Some Hollywood Extras Suffer, But Others Are Rolling in It.”
Long before becoming a Hollywood “face”, Bob Odenkirk reached near cult status for his contributions to the world of sketch comedy. First as a writer for Saturday Night Live, then, The Ben Stiller Show, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and most devotedly, as co-creator of Mr. Show with fellow comedian, David Cross.
A Chemist's Quest for Pure Food
In 1906 the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the making, trafficking, and sale of quote un-quote "misbranded, poisonous, or adulterated food and drugs". While intended to protect the public from ingesting risky products, the road leading to the act put a few individuals in harm’s way. This story comes to us from Sruthi Pinnamaneni.
You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.