Mel Evans is joined by Jessica Kent and Rachel Grandi to discuss more modern "adaptations" of Jane Austen's works. This episode, they plod their way through Helen Fielding's body dysmorphic novel "Bridget Jones's Diary." Is this a true Jane Austen adaptation or is it a martini-fueled fan letter to the BBC "Pride and Prejudice" mini-series? We're not judging, we just want Bridget to love herself.
March 20th, 2016
February 3rd, 2016
It's An Hour With Your Ex...AFTER DARK! Regular episodes will return soon. Join Mark Colomb and guests on the road to Wrestlemania. Brad Dukes host of The Brad Dukes Show and author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks joins Mark first to talk about The Royal Rumble. Then regular co-host Daniel Strauss from The Second City Chicago Main Stage stops by to talk AJ Styles, Nakamura, and all the new talent in the WWE. Robert Rich regular co-host and writer for BroJackson.com stops by to talk about his hopes for Wrestlemania in his home town of Dallas.
January 31st, 2016
In the cutest episode we have ever recorded, Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent join Mel Evans to talk "Wishbone" and his Jane Austen adaptations. Who would have dreamed that a Jack Russell terrier would be one of the few to really nail a Northanger Abbey adaptation? These ladies. We also talk about introducing children to Jane Austen and how they don't really get social satire. Watch more "Wishbone."
December 21st, 2015
It's An Hour With Your Ex's very own Holiday Special. HAPPY LIFE DAY EVERYBODY! We spend a brief portion of the show wrapping up the prequels. Most of the show is spent talking about The Force Awakens. Was it the Star Wars movie Mel and Mark wanted? Did JJ Abrams let us down? We also got a ton of feedback from everyone. Enjoy the holidays.
December 11th, 2015
This is a low. This week we watched Attack of the Clones. We may have had to fast forward through some of it. Is this movie as bad as we remembered? Was it worse? Only one more Star Wars prequel to go. Is this the worst part of Star Wars? Is this the lowest point outside of The Holiday Special? Tons of questions from the listeners and we thank you.
December 4th, 2015
We trudge our way through the prequels in an attempt to temper excitement for new Star Wars. It's The Phantom Menace. Do we find any good in this much maligned movie. Is it the worst of the Star Wars films? We'll find out next week as we watch Attack of the Clones. We used selections from Patton Oswalt's Werewolves and Lollipops and encourage you to purchase it on amazon.
November 27th, 2015
We start our countdown to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by finishing off the original trilogy "Return of the Jedi." Ewoks, fathers, Death Star 2, Forrest Moons, and more. We spent out Thanksgiving talking about the last of the good Star Wars movies. Next up is "The Phantom Menace," so that should be fun. We are going to do all the prequels and then finish up with opening JJ Abrams' mystery box,The Force Awakens.
November 12th, 2015
Mel Evans is joined by Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent to discuss the 2008 miniseries "Lost in Austen." A regular British gal finds herself in the pages of Pride and Prejudice and immediately messes the whole book up. Critics said it was so saucy, you'd almost think it was a BBC miniseries instead of ITV. Did the ladies agree? Or are they more excited for the Nora Ephron/Carrie Brownstein-penned movie version? And how do you even cast another Mr. Darcy?
November 6th, 2015
October 29th, 2015
We do our best to ruin one of the greatest movies ever made. We are talking over Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2. What did Mel think of this horror-comedy classic? What movies rip this flick off? Is Bruce Campbell a national treasure? We touch on Army of Darkness as well. This concludes this year's Halloween Spooktacular! Thanks for listening. Up next? Magic Mike XXL and then? STAR WARS.
October 22nd, 2015
Coffee. Pie. Deputy Hawk. Agent Dale Cooper. Leo. Canadian dens of sin. This episode has it all. An Hour With Your Ex continues its Halloween Spooktacular by heading to Twin Peaks. This 1990-1991 ABC show is one of Mark's favorite things ever. Does Mel share his affection? Is Bob the scariest thing on television? Is this Mark Frosts show? Or David Lynch's? We are joined by Brad Dukes author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks. We talk about Brad's love of the show, the lasting effects of Twin Peaks on TV, and more.
October 16th, 2015
We continue to haunt your dreams as our SPOOKTACKULAR scares on. An Hour With Your Ex watched Nightmare on Elm Street and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. Why did we skip Part 2? Was Mel Evans too scared to watch? Do these movies hold up? Is Part 3 a cartoon? We answer your questions and explore your dreams. Freddy Kruger, Heather, Johnny Depp origin stories and more.
October 9th, 2015
An Hour With Your Ex's HELLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR floats on. We watched the 1990 ABC mini-series Stephen King's It. We also talk about Uncle Stevie's profound influence on both our lives. Tim Curry scares the baggy pants off both of us and who doesn't love John Ritter? Does this over 3-hour made for television event hold up? Is part one significantly better than part two? Do we all float down here?
October 2nd, 2015
We are a DENVER based podcast. Thanks for listening to An Hour With Your Ex. It's October and so begins our annual Spooktacular! First up we honor Wes Craven with his 1996 movie Scream. A great movie that in 2015 plays like a buzzfeed list. We talk about the tremendous opening sequence, people in Napa, Skeet Ulrich, video stores, and more. Going forward we will post the next show on our Facebook page on Friday's. Please comment or ask us a question and we will read them on the show. Our twitter is @exhourpodcast. Look for Stephen King's IT next week, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Twin Peaks this month. Thank you so much for listening. Tell a friend and help us out.
September 24th, 2015
Mel Evans is joined by Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent to talk Jane Austen adaptations. They tackle Gurinder Chadha's 2003 movie "Bride and Prejudice" starring the most beautiful woman in the world and the guy from the "Toxic" video. Did this movie successfully make Bollywood mainstream in Western culture? Was it a successful Austen adaptation? Was it better than most things we've watched except "Clueless?" The answer to at least one of these questions is yes.
September 23rd, 2015
Bro Jackson writer Robert Rich joins Mark to talk about WWE's Night of Champions and the Monday Night Raw that followed. Is it time to take a break from wrestling? Is there any way to talk about the current product without being negative? Find out on this week's show.
September 17th, 2015
Six weeks removed from living in Chicago we break down all our favorite things. The best theaters, places to eat, people, venues, neighborhoods, this show has it all. Your complete guide to living in Chicago by two people who did the best they could. We want to thank all our friends in Chicago for making that time in our life so interesting. Some good, some bad, but mostly great.
September 11th, 2015
Chicago comedian John Sabine joins us for a two part basketball extravaganza. Part one was recorded hours before YOUR Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Championship. Part two was recorded in the end of July and was the last thing we recorded in Chicago. Tons of basketball talk, offseason talk, some wrestling. This show has it all.
September 4th, 2015
This week our guest picked the second worst Spielberg movie and headed straight on till midnight. Chicago comedian Pat Dwyer stops by to talk about his love of the movie Hook. Is this a bad Peter Pan movie, a bad Robin Williams movie, or a bad Steven Spielberg movie? RUFIO? We had a ton of listener feedback on this one. Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, huge sets, a great score, and more. Maybe we need to grow up?
August 28th, 2015
You're our Rushmore listener. Daniel Strauss of Chicago's The Second City joins the show again to talk about his favorite movie Rushmore. The second film from Wes Anderson and the debut of Jason Schwartzman. Does this movie hold up? How about the soundtrack? Oh yeah, Bill Murray.
August 25th, 2015
A four hour extravaganza deserves four hours of podcasts (look they're free, okay?). Minutes after Monday Night Raw ended Daniel Strauss from Chicago's The Second City joined me to talk about the weekend of wrestling that was. NXT: Takeover, Sasha Banks, Bailey, Summerslam, Brock, The New Day, and more.
August 21st, 2015
This week on the show we talk about all sorts of things on HBO with Seriously Unprepared's Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch. They're two of our favorite comedians and people. We talk Game of Thrones, Veep, HBO, and more. We're all over the place and it's a delight.
August 19th, 2015
It's An Hour With Your Ex - After Dark. It's a super sized Summerslam show with a stacked card. We cover NXT: Takeover, Summerslam, the Diva's revolution, and more.
August 14th, 2015
It's snappy ties and cool trench coats this week on An Hour with Your Ex. Matt Young from Improvised Star Trek and Hello, From the Magic Tavern stops by to talk about his favorite Doctor. Luckily it's Mel's favorite Doctor too. Mark is totally a Matt Smith guy. Who's your favorite Doctor? Should you watch Broadchurch? Companions? We're not ready to go.... It's the DAY OF DAVID TENNANT. THE TIME OF TENNANT. I could do this all day.
August 7th, 2015
Once more into the breach. The talented host of the MBSing podcast Mary Beth Smith stops by to talk about her favorite movie "Once." We talk about the songs, the movie, the stage show, and more. Is your MIND MADE UP? Sorry, haven't finished my coffee. This is a real fun one and I don't think we sing.
July 31st, 2015
Podcasts...the final refuge of people without anywhere else to go. We are the hosts of An Hour With Your Ex. Our mission was to watch "Star Trek: First Contact" with Sean Kelly of Improvised Star Trek and The Chicago Podcast Coop. One of the best films in the series and featuring the cast of The Next Generation, The Borg, and time travel.
July 24th, 2015
Make 'em laugh. If you can't do that then at least give them something to listen to on road trips and their soul sucking commute. "Singing In The Rain" is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Katherine Gotsick of BroJackson.com stopped by to talk about her love of this film. Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen star.
An Hour With Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. "Singing In The Rain" is a stone cold classic directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. We are sponsored by Cards Against Humanity this week and they asked us not to read an ad. We are members of the Chicago Podcast Coop. This last bit is for SEO.
July 17th, 2015
HAIL SATAN! This week on An Hour With Your Ex we're joined by Brian 'Dice' Finlay and James Mastro to talk about the Roman Polanski film "Rosemary's Baby." Based on a 1967 novel and produced by William Castle few films have more Hollywood lore attached to them. Robert Evans, Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Sam O'Steen, and more.
July 15th, 2015
Mel Evans is joined by Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent to discuss Jo Baker's 2013 novel "Longbourn." Are the servants bustling in the background of "Pride and Prejudice" worthy of their own narrative? With all the romantic twists and Napoleonic War turns and illegitimate children and PTSD, we guess they do.
July 10th, 2015
Blade Runner is set in 2019. This podcast was recorded TODAY! Can you believe that? Aaron J. Amendola from VStheUniverse is the guest. Is he human or is he DANGER? Blade Runner is a stone cold classic from 1982. Directed by Ridley Scott and featuring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. This vision of the future has inspired design, books, the internet, and directors the world over to release multiple cuts of a single movie.
July 3rd, 2015
Holy cosmic crossover Batman. It's no capes allowed this week on An Hour With Your Ex. Josiah Jenkins and Rob Grabowski from The Remake Podcast stop by to talk Pixar's The Incredibles. They had us on their show to talk about remaking The Thin Man. We all love Brad Bird and we REALLY love this movie. Enjoy the show!
July 1st, 2015
Mel Evans, Jessica Kent, and Rachel Grandi AFTER DARK! They all watched Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan." Find out what they thought of the concerns of the landed gentry of Manhattan in late 80's. A mannered take on "Mansfield Park."
June 26th, 2015
22 years after your were filled with awe and wonder it's time to GO BACK to the island! This time it's all sponsored and branded. We head to Jurassic World with special guest Chicago comedian Natalie Kossar writer of Pattern Behavior. Mel Evans and Mark Colomb are your Chicago based hosts. We talk about nostalgia, BDH, and who exactly the villain of the movie is. Mel knew it was Vincent D'Onofrio this time.
June 19th, 2015
We exist in all dimensions at once this week on An Hour With Your Ex. This tiny Chicago base podcast is joined by co-creator of Card Against Humanity Max Temkin to talk about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. We talk about corn, make stuff up about quantum theory, head to 2001, and beyond the infinite. If you are Dr. Wolf Man or Dr. Hugh Man you will enjoy this trip through the wormhole.
June 12th, 2015
PARKOUR! We're The Daredevil! This show we went to the formerly seedy Hell's Kitchen by way of Netflix and watched Daredevil. Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock and The Daredevil in this Netflix original series. We invited host of The Pop Fury Podcast Sammy Tamimi to talk comics, tv, parkour, and more. How is Foggy? How many episodes did it take for Mel to realize that Kingpin was played by Vincent D'Onofrio?
June 4th, 2015
This week on An Hour With Your Ex we head north of uptown Chicago to lair of Arnie Niekamp and Sarah Maher to talk about Game of Thrones. We recorded hours before "Hardhome" and I promise you'll still have a good time. Since so much happened just a few hours later we had to bring someone on to follow up on "Hardhome." Sammy Tamimi from The Pop Fury Podcast stopped by to fill us in on White Walkers, Others, and Ice Dragons? A ton of Game of Thrones talk for you.
May 29th, 2015
We're toasted and so is Mad Men. The end of a show that was very important for our silly little podcast. What did we want? What did we get? Did you want more organ music?
May 25th, 2015
Mel Evans is joined by Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent to sludge through the 2007 movie "Jane Austen Book Club." Not even Jimmy Smits can save it. Join the ladies as they try to figure out what went wrong with everything in this film when it's based on such wonderful source material. (The source material being the works of Jane Austen, and not the Karen Joy Fowler novel "Jane Austen Book Club.")
May 22nd, 2015
This week on An Hour With Your Ex (A Chicago based podcast) we head to The Wasteland. Mark saw Fury Road twice so you can imagine how he feels about it. We talk about our love of George Miller, smashing the patriarchy, and 'splosions. This movie is a stone cold classic.
May 15th, 2015
This week as part of Mark's rabid anticipation of Fury Road (next week's podcast!) we had a very special guest, Scott Dikkers founding editor of The Onion stopped by to talk about one of his favorite movies The Road Warrior. Scott has directed several films as well and this is a real fun episode. Find out why this movie matters so much to Scott and Mark. Then go see Fury Road this weekend.
May 7th, 2015
This age is a very special age of An Hour With Your Ex, it's THE AGE OF ULTRON. We invited Linus Lee to come discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon, twitter, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and twins? It's a super sized episode of the show for a super sized film.
May 1st, 2015
The Bruce Willis action/comedy/trip to Italy Hudson Hawk is the pick this week. CJ Tuor from Hitchcocktails (Friday's 10pm, The Annoyance Theater in Chicago) stopped by to share his affection for this film. Mark may have read the novelization of the film as a kid. We have a lot to say about a movie that says so much.
April 24th, 2015
We emerge from our bunker to talk about the Netflix original series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" from Robert Carlock and Tina Fey. Indiana, Pinot Noir, living in the big city, and surviving trauma are all things that we talk about. Is this a worthy successor to "30 Rock" or something even better?
April 17th, 2015
This week on An Hour With Your Ex we go back! It's Back To The Future 2. Marty, Doc, and several other parts that have been recast all return. We juggle multiple timelines and infinite possibilities.
April 9th, 2015
We take life 7 miles at a time! This week An Hour With Your Ex is joined by Professional Wrestler and Podcaster Colt Cabana. We all watched Furious 7 and do our best from Colt's Studio (apartment) to make sense of Vin Diesel's loving tribute to Paul Walker. This episode of An Hour with Your Ex is sponsored by Field Notes and The Chicago Podcast Cooperative.
April 3rd, 2015
A yearly tradition unlike any other. Normally we save wrestling for our Ex Hour: After Dark shows but it's WRESTLEMANIA. All your favorite hosts stop by the show. Mel Evans and Mark Colomb talk about hosting a Mania party and why they may stop watching Raw. Second City Chicago's Daniel Strauss checks in over skype and tells us about watching Mania in bits and pieces. Bro Jackson's Robert Rich stops by to talk about the whole show and possible Mania plans in Dallas.
April 3rd, 2015
Mel Evans is joined by Rachel Grandi and Jessica Kent to talk Amy Heckerling's 1995 movie "Clueless." Is this the best modern adaptation of any Jane Austen novel ever? We think it might be. How does it hold up to the other adaptations of classics of the 1990s? Pretty well, we think. We are also lucky enough to have a special segment where Miss Julie Brown talks about playing Ms. Stoeger in the film and the TV series as well as some on-set memories. Check out her website at www.juliebrown.com and her eBay store (thehomecomingqueen) for some dope DVDs and signed goodies. Thank you so much, Miss Julie Brown!
March 27th, 2015
Back To The Future reference. This week we go back to a better time. It's morning in America, right? Hold on. Were the 1980's not as awesome as that quiz made you think they were? At least the 1950's were awesome, right? No? There were horrible problems then? But then what are those baby boomers so excited about all the time?
March 20th, 2015
This episode of An Hour With Your Ex is about The Jinx, Serial, and the rise of true crime as entertainment. How true is true crime? Why are we so fascinated by convicting people over the course of 6-8 weeks? What was the deal with Jarecki? When will the public turn on you? When will they turn on us?
March 13th, 2015
In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered particularly heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. In Chicago, Mel Evans makes Mark Colomb watch their episodes for hours on end. This is their story.