Better Know a Guest — April 4 – 8, 2014

Better Know a Guest - The Late ShowWelcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ each week.

It’s time to kick off another exciting week of shows! Stephen will chat with the always hilarious Nick Offerman, sit down with editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and author Arianna Huffington, discuss David Duchovny’s new book, talk about the new episodes of The Mindy Project with Mindy Kaling, and so much more! It is sure to be a very entertaining week.

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Monday, April 4th (2016)
Matthew Perry (Actor – “The Odd Couple”)

Matthew Perry is an American-Canadian actor and writer. Perry is known for his role as Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television sitcom Friends, as well as his portrayal of Ron Clark in the 2006 television movie The Ron Clark Story. He currently stars as Oscar Madison, opposite to Tom Lennon as Felix Unger, in the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple, a remake of the 1970s sitcom about two divorced men who become roommates even though they are polar opposites. Unfortunately, it has not been well received by critics. The New York Posts says, “This latest production is not completely terrible; it just underscores the sad state of affairs on network television, where programmers are seriously hurting for a fresh idea.” And the AV Club states, “Oscar will teach Felix to unwind a little; Felix will smooth Oscar’s rough edges. Repeat until syndication money rolls in.” Season two of The Odd Couple premieres April 7th at 8:30pm on CBS.

Nick Offerman (Author – “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers”)

Nick Offerman is an American actor, comedian, writer, musician, humorist, and carpenter widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. In his new book, Gumption, Offerman focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. Gumption has received rave reviews. “[Offerman] explores his Paul Bunyan-like image with tongue-in-cheek lessons on manliness, complete with illustrations and advice…[and] hilarious anecdotes from his career,” says Entertainment Weekly. And Vanity Fair states, “Take it from us; Offerman’s take on American history is worth reading.”

Explosions in the Sky (Album – “The Wilderness”)

Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The quartet originally played under the name Breaker Morant, then changed to the current name in 1999. Their sixth and latest album is The Wilderness. Pitchfork raves, “These songs feel personal. They tug at important moments. It’s a quietly masterful, emotionally rich work. Of all their records, it’s ultimately the one that sounds the most like the image their band name evokes.” And Consequence of Sound says, “For Explosions in the Sky, it’s a matter of collapsing those expansive sonic narratives into an equally captivating series of vignettes, each with its own story that, however brief, is still fully capable of conjuring wonder and amazement.”

Tuesday, April 5th (2016)
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone (Co-Writers – “The Boss”)

Melissa McCarthy is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, comedian, writer, fashion designer, and producer. She has been in films such as Bridesmaids, Spy, and The Heat, as well as starring in the sitcom Mike and Molly. Ben Falcone is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who is married to McCarthy. McCarthy and Falcone co-wrote The Boss, which McCarthy stars in and Falcone directed. “We love writing together and working together, it’s just always been easy,” McCarthy said, adding,”He’s my favorite person to write with, he’s my favorite person to work with.” In The Boss, McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. McCarty co-wrote and co-produced the film. Reviews are not yet available. The Boss opens in theaters on April 8th.

Arianna Huffington (Author – “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time”)

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and occasional actress. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. In her new book, The Sleep Revolution, Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives – and even our sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream. “Arianna shows that sleep is not just vital for our health, but also critical to helping us achieve our goals. Sometimes we need to sleep in to lean in!” exclaims Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In. And Bill Maher states, “This is one of those books that, if you don’t read, when you’re dead you’re really going to wish you had. I never thought I would have needed a self-help book for sleep, but I did! Sleep is everything – that’s my takeaway, and so you better know how to do it.”

Jonathan and Drew Scott (Hosts – “Property Brothers”)

Jonathan and Drew Scott are identical twin brothers currently hosting four different shows on the HGTV& network: Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Property Brothers at Home, and Brother vs. Brother. Property Brothers is a Canadian reality television series featuring the Scott brothers who help home buyers to purchase and renovate “fixer-uppers.” Drew is a real estate expert who scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases. Jonathan is a licensed contractor who renovates houses. The brothers use state-of-the-art imagery programs to unveil their plans for how the properties will look after the transformation. But the potential home buyers have to take a risk to make the twins’ vision come true, and it’s up to Jonathan and Drew to convince the couples that purchasing an older home in need of work is the best option. Property Brothers is currently in its ninth season and airs Wednesdays at 9:00PM on HGTV.

Babymetal (Album – “Metal Resistance”)

Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal”, Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal”, and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal”. The concept of the group is a fusion of the metal and idol genres. Babymetal kicked off ots2016 world tour with a headline show at the world-famous Wembley Arena, U.K. on April 2nd, making history by becoming the first Japanese artist to headline the legendary venue. Their latest album is Metal Resistance.” Their second album is a relentless blur of ideas and rule-breaking, with GJ! and Sis. Anger particularly strong. Wisely, they save their only two missteps for the end: power-ballad No Rain, No Rainbow is wearyingly formulaic, while the one foray into English lyrics on The One unpicks some of their exoticism with its platitudinous observations,” states The Guardian. Metal Resistance will be released on April 22nd.

Wednesday, April 6th (2016)
Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell (Actors – “Mr. Right”)

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence for her supporting role in The Twilight Saga. Her other films include Up in the Air, 50/50, Into the Woods, and Pitch Perfect. Sam Rockwell is an American actor known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Seven Psychopaths, as well as voicing the character Vic on Bill Burr’s F is for Family. Kendrick and Rockwell star together in the new film Mr. Right. Directed by Paco Cabezas, Kendrick plays Martha McKay who falls for Rockwell’s character, a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him. The film has received mixed reviews. “It’s ultimately too much kookiness for one romantic comedy to handle,” states Variety. But The Hollywood Reporter says, “For viewers who can embrace this fizzy blend of mystic-assassin worship and cutesy at-first-sight romance, though, Paco Cabezas’ action rom-com will be the best thing since Grosse Pointe Blank.” Mr. Right opens in theaters on April 8th.

David Duchovny (Author – “Bucky F*cking Dent: A Novel”)

David Duchovny is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and singer-songwriter. He is known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the sci-fi horror action drama show The X-Files and writer Hank Moodyon the comedy-drama series Californication, both of which have earned him Golden Globe awards. His new book Bucky F*cking Dent is a story of the bond between fathers and sons, Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with the urgent need to find our story in an age of irony and artifice. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of ’78 when the meek Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tragicomic novel demonstrates that life truly belongs to the losers–that the long shots are the ones worth betting on. “Even people who hate the Red Sox will love this book. David Duchovny knows his baseball, but more importantly he loves his fathers and sons. A touching delight,” says Gary Shteyngart.

Autolux (Album – “Pussy’s Dead”)

Autolux is an American alternative rock band consisting of Eugene Goreshter, Greg Edwards and Carla Azar. Their latest album is Pussy’s Dead. Consequence of Sound says, “Lyrically, things are also hit-or-miss. The dystopian quality of their theorizing remains intriguing, but they occasionally veer into dour first-world miserablism. (If ever there were a sign that you need to get out of L.A. for a while, it’s when you pen a lyric like the chorus to “Selectallcopy”: “It’s oh so sad/ To be happy all the time.”) Taken as a whole, the record doesn’t match the highs of its best material as often as it could, but there should be enough new ideas at play to hold fans over for the next six years.”

Thursday, April 7th (2016)
Mindy Kaling (Actress and Writer – “The Mindy Project”)

Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, and writer, known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer, and director. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show. Kaling stars as Mindy Lahiri, a young Ob/Gyn doctor balancing her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Stephen Colbert appeared as a priest in the season three episode “Confessions of a Catho-holic.” When Fox cancelled the series after three seasons Hulu picked up the show, commissioning a 26 episode fourth season. The second half of season four will be available for streaming on Hulu on April 12th.

Tituss Burgess (Actor – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Tituss Burgess is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in four Broadway musicals and is known for his very high tenor voice. He plays Titus Andromedon on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015. The hit show is about Kimmy Schmidt, woman rescued after 15 years in a cult, who decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life. Season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be available to stream on Netflix on April 15th.

Ken Burns (Director – “Jackie Robinson”)

Ken Burns is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. His latest documentary is Jackie Robinson, which tells the story of Robinson who rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.” The documentary is a two-part, four-hour film directed by Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. Jackie Robinson premieres April 11th and 12th on PBS.

Friday, April 8th (2016) [Rerun]

March 14, 2016 – John Oliver, Jordan Spieth, New Order