Thom is joined by Emmy nominated Executive Producer of HBOs Real Time with Bill Maher - and playwright of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstory: Discord, Scott Carter!
Scott Carter has been Executive Producer for Real Time with Bill Maher for the past 14 years. He has a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at political types from all across the spectrum, from Kellyanne Conway to Christopher Hitchens. We chat about the current election, politics in Hollywood, and some of the best Real Time guests. Mr. Carter is also a playwright, and his play Discord has become a huge success for its take on religious beliefs, so we discuss the play as well as his career in general.
Paul F. Tompkins welcomes friends, strangers, mutual friends, work friends, acquaintances, and more back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Real Time with Bill Maher Executive Producer and playwright Scott Carter! They chat about Scott’s fury at Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes, being a childhood baseball card grifter, and unpleasant BBQ associations. Paul is then joined by Jessica Chaffin, Michael Oosterom, and Colleen Smith to improvise a story set in Death Valley. As always, Eban Schletter, only the best, scores it all on piano!
Adam talks with Scott about his massive amount of Emmy nominations. Scott also talks about his moment of clarity and his relationship with Bill Maher. Adam then asks Scott why he hasn’t been booked on Real Time more often, and the guys discuss how Adam and Bill actually do agree on several points. Later they chat about the benefits of airing on HBO. As the show wraps up, the group discusses the social responsibilities that come with working for a corporation.
The executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher reveals how informal living room chats were turned into two successful television shows. He’ll also tell Marc what led him to realize that stand-up wasn’t for him and he’ll get into why the last 20 years of his life have revolved around Tolstoy, Dickens and Thomas Jefferson. Plus, Marc gets bullied into meditating and reveals the three words that can liberate one’s soul.