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Kevin Pollak's Chat Show

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
Hosting Kevin Pollak
Genre Interview
Language English
Updates Sundays
Length Approx. 2 Hours
Direction Josh Negrin
Production Jason McIntyre
Picture format 16:9 HD
Video format MP4
Audio format MP3
Debut March 22, 2009
Website Website

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show is a weekly interview program hosted by comedian and impressionist Kevin Pollak and streamed over the Web on UStream. The show airs live every Sunday at 3pm PT from the studio in Santa Monica, California. Episodes are then archived on the show's official website,, as well as on iTunes or at The show premiered on March 22, 2009, with guests LeVar Burton and Samm Levine.[1]


  • Format 1
  • History 2
  • Regular cast members 3
  • The crew 4
  • Episode guide and guests 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


The show typically opens with Pollak at the table speaking directly to the viewers, which can consist of a simple introduction, an anecdote, a joke, this portion also includes sidebars with head writer, Jaime Fox, and side kick, Samm Levine.[2] The majority of the show is taken up with long-form interview segments, typically with actors, writers or comics. Initial episodes would feature 2 hour-long interviews, though for the last hundred and counting, the show has limited itself to one guest per episode, averaging two hours in length. There are also a number of "games" Pollak plays with his guests, created by Jaime. Some of these include "Who Tweeted," which Samm hosts and reads 8 messages from Twitter, one at a time, all of which were written by either Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or Tyra Banks. It's a contest between the guest and Kevin to see which can ring in and answer correctly. Each episode also includes (also created by Jaime) "The Larry King Game," in which guests perform a bad impression of TV personality Larry King, exposing personal information that Larry should never, but does in fact reveal, then a throw to the phones including a funny sounding city name.[3] In 2010 the Kevin Pollak Chat Show was nominated for several Streamy Awards and won Best Live Show on the Internet.


Kevin Pollak's Chat Show started after Kevin Pollak met internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis at an underground poker game in Los Angeles. After briefing Pollak on Twitter and Ustream, Pollak shared his vision for a web-based, live-streaming talk show with Calacanis., Calacanis' startup, had recently built a studio and Calacanis offered to produce Pollak's show. The show is among the most popular podcasts for download on iTunes and had a strong following on its own website. The Chat Show is available in both audio and video format. On March 13, 2013 it was announced that they had joined the Earwolf network. The show began streaming on YouTube as of episode 165 on March 28, 2013.

Regular cast members

  • Jaime Fox: Pollak's partner (not to be confused with Jamie Foxx, aka Eric Bishop). She runs the chatroom during the show, compiles the question roster, and provides occasional fangirl commentary. Inventor of the Larry King Game.

The crew

  • Jason McIntyre has been a part of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since its inception. Both as a producer and a writer for the show, he does the research on the guests and is present Sundays to make sure the show runs as smoothly as possible.
  • Kenny Chen has been a part of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since episode 1, and is the floor director and co-producer. On Sundays, he makes sure the cameras are in place, the lighting is set, and the show runs smoothly from inside the studio, once the live show is launched.
  • Josh Negrin has been a part of Kevin Pollak's Chat Show since episode 3 and is the TriCaster operator/technical director and does all of the post production for the show.

Episode guide and guests

  1. LeVar Burton and Samm Levine[4]
  2. Jim Gaffigan and Joe Mantegna
  3. Jason Antoon and Elon Musk
  4. Bobby Slayton and Doug Benson
  5. Christopher McQuarrie and Paget Brewster
  6. Jon Hamm and Alex Albrecht
  7. Matthew Perry and Chris Mallick
  8. Curt Smith and Felicia Day
  9. Josh Malina
  10. Adam Carolla and Dana Carvey
  11. Nia Vardalos and Illeana Douglas
  12. Dan Finnerty
  13. Kevin Smith
  14. Mike Binder
  15. Nick Swardson
  16. Jason Lee
  17. Craig Bierko
  18. Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel
  19. Samm Levine and Steve Agee
  20. Hank Azaria
  21. Seth MacFarlane
  22. Rob Corddry
  23. Michael Gladis and Rich Sommer
  24. Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and Jane Campion
  25. Kevin Nealon
  26. Lisa Loeb
  27. Eddie Izzard
  28. Paul F. Tompkins
  29. "Weird Al" Yankovic
  30. Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine
  31. Brian Tyler
  32. David Koechner
  33. Robert Legato
  34. Nick Kroll
  35. Chris Hardwick
  36. Dave Coulier
  37. Cast and crew of Drones: Amber Benson, Adam Busch, Samm Levine, James Urbaniak, Marc Evan Jackson, Dave "Gruber" Allen, Dan Bern, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
  38. Billy West and John DiMaggio
  39. Jason Reitman
  40. James Urbaniak
  41. Seann William Scott
  42. Annie Duke
  43. 1 Year Birthday: Jason Calcanis, Bobby Slayton, James Urbaniak, Mike Binder, Samm Levine, Marc Evan Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Mike Rotman, Kenny Chen, Jason McIntyre, Josh Negrin and Emily Goodman
  44. Daniel Stern
  45. Henry Winkler
  46. James Roday and Maggie Lawson
  47. Cheri Oteri
  48. Justine Bateman
  49. The Sklar Brothers
  50. Greg Proops and Titus Welliver
  51. Martin Mull
  52. Alan Zwiebel and Wayne Federman
  53. Craig Ferguson
  54. Paul Rudd
  55. J. K. Simmons
  56. Rob Riggle
  57. John Slattery
  58. Larry Miller
  59. Rich Eisen
  60. Neil Patrick Harris
  61. Adam Scott
  62. Steven Weber
  63. Jimmy Pardo
  64. Bryan Cranston
  65. Fred Willard
  66. Kathy Najimy
  67. Andy Kindler
  68. Tim Street
  69. Paul Provenza and Rick Overton
  70. Robert Morse
  71. Jason Alexander
  72. Bradley Whitford
  73. Joel McHale
  74. Leonard Maltin
  75. Laura Prepon
  76. Eric Balfour
  77. Colin Hanks
  78. Andy Richter
  79. Billy Bob Thornton
  80. Stephen Root
  81. Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman
  82. Lisa Kudrow
  83. Marc Maron
  84. Adam Savage (with studio audience)
  85. Nathan Fillion
  86. Steve Jones
  87. Lauren Graham
  88. Dave Thomas
  89. Robert Kraft
  90. Laraine Newman
  91. Fred Savage
  92. Demetri Martin
  93. Rob Reiner
  94. Garfunkel and Oates
  95. Eugene Levy
  96. John Cho
  97. Michael Chiklis
  98. Christopher Guest
  99. Stephen Tobolowsky
  100. Nick Offerman
  101. Oscar Nunez
  102. Damon Lindelof
  103. Peter Weller
  104. Alison Brie
  105. Michael McKean
  106. John Landis
  107. Phil Hendrie
  108. Sugar Ray Leonard
  109. Thomas Lennon
  110. Harry Shearer
  111. Greg Grunberg
  112. Dana Gould
  113. James L. Brooks
  114. Virginia Madsen
  115. Chris Pratt
  116. Megan Mullally
  117. Glenn Howerton
  118. Ivan Reitman
  119. Patrick Warburton
  120. Michael McKean
  121. David Krumholtz
  122. Rachael Harris (with studio audience)
  123. Sugar Ray Leonard
  124. Thomas Lennon
  125. Harry Shearer
  126. Greg Grunberg
  127. Dana Gould
  128. James L. Brooks
  129. Virginia Madsen
  130. Chris Pratt
  131. Megan Mullally
  132. Glenn Howerton
  133. Ivan Reitman
  134. Patrick Warburton
  135. Ed O'Neill
  136. David Krumholtz
  137. Rachael Harris
  138. Garret Dillahunt
  139. Joe Lo Truglio
  140. David Wain
  141. Drew Carey
  142. Ed Begley Jr
  143. Ben Schwartz
  144. Zachary Levi
  145. Jason Biggs
  146. Adam Brody
  147. Richard Kind
  148. Danny Masterson
  149. Tony Hale
  150. Dan Harmon
  151. Johnny Knoxville
  152. Richard Schiff
  153. Phil Rosenthal
  154. Bob Odenkirk
  155. Tom Everett Scott
  156. Mark Valley
  157. Stephen Collins
  158. Alan Arkin
  159. Matt Walsh
  160. Micky Dolenz
  161. Shawn Ryan
  162. Scott Aukerman
  163. Josh Gad
  164. Mark Duplass
  165. Jon Favreau
  166. Barry Sonnenfeld
  167. Gillian Jacobs
  168. Paul Feig
  169. Eli Roth
  170. Peter Farrelly
  171. Stephen Merchant
  172. Michael C. Hall
  173. Rob Delaney
  174. Jason Mantzoukas
  175. Freddie Wong
  176. John Larroquette
  177. Bryan Fuller
  178. Jon Lovitz
  179. Danny Strong
  180. Jim Norton
  181. Dick Van Dyke
  182. Kumail Nanjiani
  183. Tom Papa
  184. Ken Marino
  185. Ben Folds
  186. Greg Proops
  187. Jim Rash
  188. James Leighton
  189. Bobcat Goldthwait
  190. Tom Hanks
  191. Jon Daly
  192. Mark Sanger
  193. Larry David
  194. Taran Killam
  195. Michael Showalter
  196. Curtis Armstrong
  197. Nate Corddry
  198. Jim Jefferies
  199. Anna Faris
  200. Jenny Slate
  201. Dom Irrera
  202. Jordan Peele
  203. Kelly Carlin
  204. Matt Jones
  205. Marc Evan Jackson
  206. Adam DeVine
  207. John Carroll Lynch
  208. Vinnie Jones
  209. Todd Glass
  210. Will Forte
  211. Jim Norton
  212. Bill Burr
  213. Bill Hader
  214. Jon Heder
  215. Alex Winter
  216. Craig Cackowski
  217. Mars Callahan
  218. Wayne Federman
  219. Kristen Schaal
  220. Cary Elwes
  221. Allison Janney


  1. ^ "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show". 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Kevin Pollak's Chat Show". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  3. ^ [1]
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External links

  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show official site
  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show on YouTube
  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show on UStream
  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show on
  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show at the Internet Movie Database
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