As often as not, these days, when someone stops me it’s to say how much they love playing “The Leonard Maltin Game” on Doug Benson’s popular podcast Doug Loves Movies. Doug was playing this challenging trivia game with a variety of fellow standup comics and movie-buff actor friends for several years before I caught onto it. I made my first appearance on the show and had such a good time I’ve been back twice. My most recent episode has just been launched online, and it’s free to download at iTunes or at www.douglovesmovies.com.
I should warn the uninitiated that this is a highly irreverent, sometimes R-rated program that’s half movie talk and half—
Doug Benson is a very funny guy. You may have seen him on TV or at a local comedy club; he tours all the time. Or you may be familiar with his stoner documentary Super-High Me. But I’ve gotten to know Doug because he hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies (formerly known as I Love Movies) that’s recorded in front of a live audience at L.A.’s comedy hotspot, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The heart of every show is a competition he calls—no kidding—The Leonard Maltin Game.
Doug is a dyed-in-the-wool movie buff, as smart as he is funny, and every week he gathers fellow standup comics and actors to play the game, in which he serves as quizmaster. The object is to guess the name of a movie based on—
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