Big Mouths

Ep. 202: Comedian and ‘Big Mouth’ creator Nick Kroll and ‘The Guest Book’ novelist Sarah Blake

October 31, 2019

This week on Unorthodox, comedian Nick Kroll returns to the show to talk about Big Mouth, his raunchy Netflix animated show about puberty, now in its third season. He tells us about hosting Purim talent shows with Big Mouth co-creator Andrew Goldberg at their Jewish day school in Westchester, New York, explains how his own adolescent experiences influenced the show, and shares his bar mitzvah horror story.

Our gentile of the week is Sarah Blake, author of the novel The Guest Book, which tells the story of the uber-WASPy Milton family over three generations, centered around the island in Maine that the family bought during the Depression. She tells us how the story was modeled on elements of her own upbringing, describes how the few Jewish characters who appear throughout the book ultimately change the course of the Milton dynasty, and speaks candidly about what it’s like to be a WASP in 2019 America.

Come see us on tour! Copies of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia will be sold and signed at each event:

November 2 – Detroit: Unorthodox live show
November 3 – Detroit: Panel event
November 4 – Denver: Book talk and Unorthodox live show
November 6 – Houston: Jewish Book Fair signing and teen event
November 14 – Margate, New Jersey: Book talk
November 17 – Cincinnati: Unorthodox live show
November 20 – Dresher, Pennsylvania: Book talk
November 21 – New York: Book talk
November 22 – New York: Shabbat book talk
December 5 – Port Washington, New York: Book talk
December 7-8 – Encinitas, California: An Unorthodox Shabbat and Unorthodox live show
December 9 – Phoenix: Unorthodox live show
December 19 – St. Louis: Book event

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