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Episode 202

Hot Rod & Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Published on: 30th March, 2023

Another Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of The Lonely Island's debut and sophomoric cinematic comedies: Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Hot Rod was written originally for Will Ferrell before it ended up in development hell. The Lonely Island, then brand new on Saturday Night Live, were utilising the internet for comedy sketches way before it was cool, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels knew the trio would be perfect for Paramount's Hot Rod script. While Hot Rod wouldn't set the box office alight, it would become a huge hit on DVD, and a cult favourite, propelling The Lonely Island to the big leagues.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, unlike Hot Rod, was created, written, directed by and starring The Lonely Island, and drew inevitable comparisons with the king of the music mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. Chronicling the meteoric rise of Conner4Real, former lead singer of The Style Boyz, his fall from grace and ultimate redemption, it's a lovingly scathing parody of the music industry and like Hot Rod, struggled at the box office before finding an audience. It's a good job Conner is so humble...

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Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

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