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Paul F. Tompkins and Randall Park Talk 'The Interview,' 'Fresh Off the Boat,' and East/West Coast Rap

Here's the latest episode of Speakeasy with host Paul F. Tompkins, who sits down with Fresh Off the Boat's Randall Park to sip on some Moscow mules and chat about his life, from his post-college "joke rap" band to when he was a Starbucks barista and Wild 'N Out cast member at the same time to playing Kim Jong-un in The Interview to his new TV role on Fresh Off the Boat. Tompkins also gets an exclusive scoop: Park will never, ever play Kim Jong-un again.

Paul F. Tompkins and Marc Evan Jackson Talk Future Tripping, Improv, and More on 'Speakeasy'

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with Thrilling Adventure Hour, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation's Marc Evan Jackson, who chats with Tompkins at length about how he got his start in improv, how he approaches auditions, and how he learned to "lose the embarrassment of failure." It's a great episode full of solid advice for aspiring improvisers and actors alike, especially coming from a guy who grew up with no aspirations to be a TV star.

Paul F. Tompkins and Ed Helms Talk 'SNL,' 'The Daily Show,' 'The Office,' and More

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Ed Helms, who chats with Tompkins at length about his love for SNL, transitioning from standup to improv, auditioning for voiceover work full-time, and his experience on The Daily Show, The Office, and the Hangover movies.

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and Dan Harmon Chat About All Things Dan Harmon-Related

Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy featuring Dan Harmon, who chats with Tompkins all about dropping out of college, when he was a "cocoon of dandruff and long sweater sleeves" starting out in standup, the birth of Channel 101, working on The Sarah Silverman Program, and of course his work as the "mad scientist" behind Community.

Watch Kevin Nealon Discuss His 'SNL' Beginnings with Paul F. Tompkins

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web talk show Speakeasy, with guest Kevin Nealon talking about his early days in comedy, starting in standup when everyone at his level was doing an impression of David Letterman, Richard Pryor or Steve Martin (he was doing Steve Martin), and Dana Carvey calling him from Lorne Michaels's back bedroom the summer before they both got hired for SNL to excitedly, quietly tell him what celebrities were there.

Watch Rainn Wilson and Paul F. Tompkins Have a Chat on 'Speakeasy'

Here's the newest episode of Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins and special guest Rainn Wilson, who looks back on how he got his start in acting, landing his Six Feet Under role, and of course his over 200 episodes playing Scranton's favorite beet farmer Dwight Schrute on The Office from 2005-2013. Wilson also shares what he learned after directing his first Office episode ("I was not very…how do I put this…nice?"), his thoughts on fear versus control, and his new TV role on Fox's Backstrom.

Paul F. Tompkins and Sarah Silverman Talk 'Mr. Show,' 'M*A*S*H,' and More

Paul F. Tompkins sat down with Sarah Silverman for the newest episode of his web series Speakeasy, and the interview is full of great stories about when Silverman won an Emmy, why kids turn her into a "desperate creature," how she and Tompkins first met before Mr. Show, and how Bob Odenkirk ruined M*A*S*H for her. This episode also serves as a shocking reminder that Mr. Show's 20-year anniversary is only a year away.

Paul F. Tompkins and John Mulaney Talk 'SNL,' Shirtless Commercial Auditions, and More

While you're waiting for the series premiere of Mulaney this Sunday, here's the newest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with special guest John Mulaney, who talks with Tompkins about his attempts at "adult talk" as a child, his time as an SNL writer, the power of the phrase "my wife," the pressure of creating and starring in a show called Mulaney, his shirtless Starburst commercial audition, and much more.

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman Have a Delightful Chat

Here's a 20-minute conversation between Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman, two of the classiest gentlemen in comedy, who are chatting as a part of Tompkins's web interview show Speakeasy. Tompkins and Hodgman's insightful conversation dives deep into Hodgman's early days as a literary agent and how he transitioned into being an author himself.

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and Jim Rash Have a Conversation on 'Speakeasy'

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's interview web series Speakeasy, and his guest this time around is Oscar-winning screenwriter and Community actor Jim Rash. It's a fun run-through of Rash's career, including the history of his writing partnership with Nat Faxon, the horrifying origins of his Twitter name, and the trajectory of his ridiculous Community character.

Paul F. Tompkins and Clark Duke Talk Robin Williams, Directing, and Croissants

A new episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy arrived today, this time with special guest and current Two and a Half Men regular Clark Duke. Tompkins chats with Duke all about his web series Clark and Michael, his hopes to be a director, working with Robin Williams on A Merry Friggin' Christmas, his love for croissants, and the upcoming sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine.

Rob Riggle and Paul F. Tompkins Talk 'SNL,' UCB, and the Marine Corps

Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Rob Riggle, who chats with Tompkins all about his favorite comedies as a kid, his time as a pilot in the Marine Corps, falling in love with UCB, his trainwreck audition for the NBC sitcom Joey, and the sobering advice Will Ferrell gave him when he joined the cast of SNL.

Paul F. Tompkins and Bob Saget Talk Standup, Chumbawamba, 'Die Hard,' and More

Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Bob Saget, who talks at length with Tompkins about how he got started as a standup, the relationship between comedy and death, his love for Chumbawamba, and a graphic story from his youth involving a fish smoking a cigarette.

Watch 'Mr. Show' Alums David Cross and Paul F. Tompkins Catch Up with a Long Chat

David Cross is the guest on the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's excellent interview web series, Speakeasy, which debuted today. The resulting 20-minute chat covers a lot of ground, including Cross's feature directorial debut with the movie Hits, the two of them reminiscing about Mr. Show, and Cross explaining why he doesn't care about the ocean.