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Keep It!

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Overview

Wherever pop culture and politics collide, Ira Madison III and Louis Virtel are on hand to examine the gorgeous wreckage from their uniquely queer perspective. Each week, our “Princes of Pop Culture” are joined by the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Hunter Doohan, John Boyega, Connie Britton, Gabrielle Union, and Sheryl Lee Ralph to unpack the latest controversies, laude character actress appreciation, and all the shade that’s fit to throw. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

336 Episodes

Jojo Siwa, Sex and the City, & Ripley with Carla Gugino

Ira and Louis discuss Jojo Siwa’s rebrand and alleged invention of “Gay Pop,” Sex and the City’s Netflix arrival, Ripley, and Jerrod Carmichael’s show. Carla Gugino joins to discuss The Girls on the Bus, her start in 80s multi-cams, working with Robert Rodriguez and Brian DePalma, and more. YouTube language: Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter with Justice Smith and Kendra James

Ira, Louis, and guest host Kendra James discuss Beyoncé’s sprawling new album Cowboy Carter. Justice Smith joins Ira and Louis to discuss the American Society of Magical Negroes, critical responses to the film, and more. Plus, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2 World Tour and the internet’s debate on hot SNL cast members. YouTube language: Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

Cowboy Carter & Genre Shifts, Immaculate & Nun Movies w. The Veronicas

Ira and Louis discuss Beyoncé’s impending album Cowboy Carter and other artists who’ve shifted genres, nun horror flick Immaculate and other nun-related films, the Chateau Marmont, 2024 bingo cards, and responses to Kate Middleton’s announcement. The Veronicas join to discuss their new album Gothic Summer, their film influences, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

Music Roundup: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Kacey Musgraves w. Leslie Bibb & Michael Arceneaux

Ira and Louis and guest host Michael Arcenaux (author of I Finally Bought Some Jordans) new albums from Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, and Kacey Musgraves. Leslie Bibb joins to discuss her new series Palm Royale and more. Plus, fashion takes, Vanderpump Rules, Bill Maher, and Survivor. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

The 2024 Oscars w. Martha Plimpton

Ira and Louis discuss the 96th Academy Awards, Madonna’s Celebration Tour, and the ongoing Kate Middleton drama. Martha Plimpton joins to discuss her new role in HBO’s The Regime and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

“Capote vs. The Swans, Kate Middleton, & Rebecca Ferguson’s Mystery Co-Star” w. Tom Hollander

Ira and Louis discuss the mysteries surrounding Kate Middleton's alleged disappearance and which of Rebecca Ferguson's male co-stars yelled at her on set, why The Traitors isn't actually a good game, RuPaul's critique of Madonna, and Dune nerds hating on Zendaya. Tom Hollander joins to discuss Feud: Capote vs. The Swans and working with great directors like Gus Van Sant and Robert Altman. Plus, a discussion of Capote's legendary Black and White Ball. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

“What Happened, Miss Williams?” w. Danai Gurira

Ira and Louis discuss Lifetime’s harrowing and possibly exploitative Wendy Williams documentary, Chez Diaz’s firing from And Just Like That, Denis Villeneuve’s thoughts on dialogue in film, Tyler Perry’s use of AI, and the 20th anniversary of Love Angel Music Baby. Danai Gurira joins to discuss her new series The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, balancing acting with playwriting, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

“This is Me… Madame Web” w. Danielle Brooks

Ira and Louis discuss two cinematic masterpieces: Madame Web and J Lo’s This Is Me… Now: A Love Story. Danielle Brooks joins to discuss playing Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway and in the new film adaptation, as well as her journey as first-time Oscar nominee. Plus, True Detective season 4, Love Is Blind, and Billie Eilish versus TikTok. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

“Super Bowl ‘Em” w. Lashana Lynch

Ira and Louis discuss the Super Bowl, Usher’s halftime show, and Beyoncé’s surprise Act II drop. Lashana Lynch joins to discuss playing Rita Marley in her new film One Love and why she’d love to do comedy. Plus, the new Oscars category and Jon Stewart’s return to the Daily Show. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 14 February 2024

"The Tortured Grammys Album of the Year Department" w. Juliette Binoche

Ira and Louis dive into the 2024 Grammys (including Miley Cyrus' stunning performance, Tracy Chapman's return to the stage, and Taylor Swift's alleged snub of Celine Dion), Netflix's We Are the World doc, NYT's Connections, and Kandi Burruss' exit from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Plus, Juliette Binoche joins to discuss her exquisite new film The Taste of Things. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

“Barbie Reloaded: The Re-Up” w. Sasha Velour

Ira and Louis dive into the ongoing Nicki Minaj and Megan thee Stallion feud, the uproar after Barbie’s perceived Oscar snub, Justin Timberlake’s new single, Taylor Swift at the Super Bowl, and what the hell the movie Argylle is. Sasha Velour joins to discuss her new tour, Real Housewives, and filming the new season of We’re Here.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

“Oscar Noms & Snubs” w. Diablo Cody & Common

Ira and Louis are joined by guest-host Diablo Cody to discuss Oscar noms, their fave women in horror, American Nightmare, Love on the Spectrum, and Diablo’s new film Lisa Frankenstein. Plus, Common joins to discuss his new book And Then We Rise, inspirational meetings with Maya Angelou and Prince, and whether Serena Williams is good at mini golf.

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

“Emmys; Mean Girls” w. Mayer Hawthorne

Ira and Louis discuss the Emmys, Mean Girls the Musical the Movie, The Traitors season 2, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Ariana Grande’s new single, and why they hate Elmo. Mayer Hawthorne joins to talk appreciating vinyl, throwback music and his new album For All Time.

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

"2024 Golden Globes" w. Kathy Griffin & Angourie Rice

Ira and Louis dive into the Golden Globes, Maestro, the NYT’s Taylor Swift op-ed, Hollywood assistants, and more. Angourie Rice joins to discuss the new musical adaptation of Mean Girls. Plus, Louis chats with Kathy Griffin about her new tour My Life on the PTSD-List.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

“Best of 2023” w. Andy Cohen

Ira and Louis discuss their favorite movies, TV, and celebs of 2023, Norman Lear’s legacy, Andre Braugher, Ryan O’Neal, and Bjork’s random hang with Jason Mraz. Andy Cohen joins to discuss hosting New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, how he’s evolved as a TV host, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2023

"Nicki Minaj, Tate McRae, Golden Globes Noms, Theatre Roundup" w. Krystal Joy Brown & Juan A. Ramírez

Ira, Louis, and guest co-host Juan A. Ramirez discuss the Golden Globe nominations, Pink Friday 2, Tate McRae's new album, Beyoncé's Renaissance film, fake Bette Davis letters, and the correct plural of "medium." Krystal Joy Brown joins to discuss her star turn in Merrily We Roll Along. Plus, Ira and Juan review current Broadway and off-Broadway offerings.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

"May December; Holiday Gift Guide” w. Slayyyter

Ira and Louis discuss new Todd Haynes film May December, Christmas songs, Criterion films, and Chris Wallace’s rude Adam Driver interview. Slayyyter joins to discuss her new album Starfucker and her creative inspirations. Plus, our annual (kinda) Holiday Gift Guide.

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

“Saltburn; Scream 7 in Crisis” w. Todd Haynes

Ira and Louis discuss the polarizing thriller Saltburn, Melissa Barrera’s exit from Scream 7, the rise of Tate McRae, Squid Game: The Challenge, and more on Barbra Streisand’s memoir. Todd Haynes joins to discuss his latest masterpiece May/December, his previous films, and the pop culture he’s obsessed with.

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

"Barbra Streisand Book Club" w. Emerald Fennell

Ira and Louis discuss Barbra Streisand's long-awaited memoir, Grammy noms, Dua Lipa's new single, The Iron Claw, The Holdovers, Quiz Lady, films about trivia, and the Bezos Vogue photo shoot. Emerald Fennell joins to discuss Saltburn, her creative process, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

Keep It Real: “Countess Luann & BravoCon Recap”

Ira chats with Danny Pellegrino about his experience at BravoCon in Vegas. Countess Luann de Lesseps joins to discuss RHONY Legacy, Welcome to Crappie Lake, her cabaret show, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

"Artpop at 10" w. Danny Pellegrino

Ira and Louis discuss the tenth anniversary of Lady Gaga’s Artpop, Fellow Travelers, Gen V, Kylie Minogue’s Vegas residency, and Crystal Minkoff reclaiming the word “c***sucker.” Danny Pellegrino joins to discuss his new essay collection The Jolliest Bunch, highlights and lowlights of the holidays, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

"The One About Matthew Perry" w. Allison Williams

Ira and Louis remember Matthew Perry’s roles and legacy, review Sofia Coppola’s biopic Priscilla, discuss tipping on Door Dash, political fundraiser texts, and have a post-mortem on Halloween. Allison Williams joins to discuss her new podcast Erased: The Murder of Elma Sands.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

“Gina Kirschenheiter”

Ira is joined by Gina Kirchensheiter for a post-mortem on the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, her current relationship with Shannon Beador, and what to expect at BravoCon.

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2023

Keep It Real: “Gina Kirschenheiter”

Ira is joined by Gina Kirchensheiter for a post-mortem on the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, her current relationship with Shannon Beador, and what to expect at BravoCon.

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2023

"Fo Shizz By Us” w. Josh Sharp & Aaron Jackson

Ira and Louis discuss Britney’s memoir The Woman In Me, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Halloween costumes, Ryan Reynolds films, and more. Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp join to discuss their new film Dicks: The Musical.

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

Keep It Real: "Sai Da Silva & the State of RHONY"

Ira and Kendra James have a post mortem on the RHONY reboot and answer Bravo listener questions. Sai de Silva joins to discuss fan reactions to the show and what she’s really like off camera.

Transcribed - Published: 20 October 2023

“Three Hundred’s Company” w. Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme

Ira and Louis celebrate 300 episodes by discussing The Eras Tour movie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Troye Sivan’s new album, Ice Spice reverence for critics, and social media echo chambers. Drag icons Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme join to discuss their creative inspirations, what the find funny, and crafting The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Tour. Plus, Ira and Louis blind rank pop culture and answer pressing listener questions. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

Keep It Real: “Paulie Calafiore”

Ira speaks to Big Brother alum and The Challenge icon Paulie Calafiore about the current seasons of both shows and what’s currently missing from reality completion series. Plus, Ira and comedian Rae Sanni discuss Big Brother, The Challenge, and answer listener reality show questions. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 13 October 2023

“Meet the Odenkirks” w. Bob & Erin Odenkirk

Ira and Louis discuss Snapple bottles, Pine Sol smells, and Pink concerts. Plus, they’re joined by actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk and his daughter, Erin Odenkirk, to discuss their poetry collection, Zilot & Other Important Rhymes, how they developed a creative relationship, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

Keep It Real: “Mona Scott-Young”

Ira and guest co-host Rae Sanni discuss the Love & Hip-Hop franchise and how she convinced Ira to marathon it all during lockdown. Then they’re joined by Mona Scott-Young creator and producer of the Love & Hip-Hop series to discuss her beginnings in the music industry and her new film, Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 6 October 2023

“As Told By Ginger Spice” w. Geri Halliwell-Horner

Ira and Louis discuss the Saw franchise, their favorite dating shows, *NSYNC’s return, Alicia Keys’ new business ventures, and their favorite music girl groups. Plus, iconic girl group member and author Geri Halliwell-Horner joins to discuss her new novel Rosie Frost & the Falcon Queen, her music, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

Keep It Real “Paige DeSorbo”

Ira chats with Giggly Squad co-host Paige DeSorbo on pop culture, podcasting, and of course Summer House and Southern Charm. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 29 September 2023

“Keep It Hears a Who?” w. Tim Gunn

Ira and Louis are joined by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber of Who? Weekly to discuss who Travis Kelce (Taylor Swift’s new man) is, The Morning Show and other faux-tige TV, Usher headlining the Super Bowl, and more. Plus, new albums from Doja Cat, Kylie Minogue, Slayyyter, and Chappell Roan. And iconic host Tim Gunn returns for a conversation with Louis.

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2023

Keep It Real “Teddi Mellencamp; Shannon Beador’s DUI”

Ira interviews Two T’s in a Pod co-host Teddi Mellencamp about what it’s like hosting a Bravo podcast as a former Housewife. Crooked producer Kendra James joins Ira to discuss Real Housewives of Orange County’s Shannon Beador and her recent DUI, then the two answer listener questions in a Bravo AMA. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2023

“Minhaj à Truth” w. Symone

Ira and Louis discuss Hasan Minhaj’s farfetched stories, Drake dissing Halle Berry, Lauren Boebert’s theatre date, iconic album covers, A Haunting in Venice, and more. Plus, drag icon Symone joins to discuss her new series Avalon TV and life after winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. AVALON TV premiering exclusively on WOW Presents Plus October 9th!

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2023

Keep It Real with Jessel Taank

In the debut of bonus series Keep It Real, Ira and Louis answer your burning reality show questions. Plus, Ira interviews Real Housewives of New York’s Jessel Tank about her polarizing role on the show, up and coming neighborhood Tribeca, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2023

Keep It Real "Jessel Taank"

In the debut of bonus series Keep It Real, Ira and Louis answer your burning reality show questions. Plus, Ira interviews Real Housewives of New York’s Jessel Tank about her polarizing role on the show, up and coming neighborhood Tribeca, and more. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 15 September 2023

"In Da Club Chalamet" w. Graham Norton

Ira and Louis discuss the internet account obsessed with Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Rodrigo’s new album Guts, and Drew Barrymore crossing the picket line. Plus, Graham Norton joins to discuss his favorite celebrity talk show moments and his new novel, Forever Home. And in the Keep It segment: Rotten Tomatoes and Ice Spice’s Dunkin’ Donuts collab.

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

“September is a Summer Month” w. Brittany Broski

Ira and Louis discuss Beyoncé’s star-studded Renaissance Tour birthday show, what shows they’re watching (Platonic, Big Brother), and new music from Kylie Minogue, Olivia Rodrigo, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Plus, Brittany Broski joins to discuss her comic and cultural inspirations and her new podcast The Broski Report. And in the Keep It segment: spooky season and the ‘08 Obama campaign versus Madonna. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2023

"Bikin' to the Oldies" w. Cody Rigsby

Ira and Louis discuss the new queer teen comedy Bottoms, Bob Barker’s legacy, and celebrity workout ventures. Plus, Cody Rigsby joins to discuss his new book XOXO, Cody and bring America’s new fave workout guru. And this week’s Keep Its: Kim Cattrall’s return to And Just Like That, and proper furniture etiquette.

Transcribed - Published: 30 August 2023

“Tango: Idina” w. Idina Menzel and Kyle Turner

Ira and Louis answer listeners’ pop culture questions and discuss the NYT’s reporting on bubbling under pop stars and gays sending birthday nudes. Film critic Kyle Turner joins to discuss his book The Queer Film Guide. Plus, legend Idina Menzel joins to discuss her new album Drama Queen and her past on Broadway. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 23 August 2023

“Love Thang, Actually” w. Punkie Johnson and Dicey

Ira and Louis discuss Red, White, and Royal Blue, the controversy surrounding The Blind Side, Louis’ continued hatred of fall, and Bradley Cooper’s new Oscar bait film. Comedians Punkie Johnson and Dicey join to discuss their relationship advice podcast Love Thang. Plus, Ira and Louis play Who’s Older? where they guess celebrity ages. Check out Love Thang: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/love-thang/id1690695573 Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2023

"Watch Out for the Mean Grrrls" w. Bethany Cosentino

Ira and Louis break down Lizzo's lawsuit, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston's social media drama, Survivor legend Cirie Fields joining Big Brother, and director William Friedkin's legacy. Plus, they play an IMDb themed game of celebrity called Known For where they guess a celebrity's most popular credits. And Bethany Cosentino joins to discuss her new solo record Natural Disaster, American mall culture, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 9 August 2023

“Beauty and the SpongeBob” w. Aly & AJ

Ira, Louis, and guest host Joel Kim Booster discuss Ariana Grande’s divorce and other celebrity breakups, Project Runway All-Stars and legacy reality shows, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Reubens, dating app screenshots, and Katy Perry’s career. Aly & AJ join to discuss their With Love From Tour and finding life in their old music. Plus, Ira responds to Louis’ Barbie review.

Transcribed - Published: 2 August 2023

"Raising the Barbenheimer" w. Shea Couleé

This week, Louis and guest-host Matt Rogers (filling in for Ira) unpack the two most pressing film releases of the summer: Barbie and Oppenheimer. They also reflect on past blockbuster dual releases, question the marketing acumen of Elon Musk, and interview the sensational RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Shea Coulee. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2023

“Once Upon a Strike in Hollywood” w. Tori Kelly

Ira and guest co-host Jay Jurden discuss SAG-AFTRA joining the WGA on the picket lines, Emmy nominations, racist TikTok lives, New York theatre audiences, and Miranda Lambert lashing out at fans. Plus, Tori Kelly joins to discuss her new EP, her Y2K music and fashion inspirations, and more.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

"Dawn of the Threads"

Ira and Louis discuss Meta’s new social media app Threads, their week in Fire Island, the Wonka trailer, Britney’s new memoir title, Keke Palmer’s baby daddy drama, and Jonah Hill’s texts. Plus, their Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning review.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

“Red, White and Barbie” w. Hari Nef and Alex Edelman

Ira and Louis speak to Hari Nef about the upcoming Barbie movie, the response to The Idol, and interviewing John Waters. Then, they speak to Alex Edelman about his new Broadway show Just For Us and the musicians who inspire them. Subscribe to Keep It on YouTube to catch full episodes, exclusive content, and other community events. Find us there at YouTube.com/@KeepItPodcast

Transcribed - Published: 5 July 2023

"A Rated R Is Born" w. Dewayne Perkins

Ira and Louis discuss Jennifer Lawrence’s R rated comedy turn in No Hard Feelings, the return of And Just Like That, Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour, 20 years of Liz Phair’s self-titled, and more. Plus, Dewayne Perkins joins to discuss his new film The Blackening.

Transcribed - Published: 28 June 2023

"New Kids on the Blockbusters" w. Jason Schwartzman

Louis is joined by two guest hosts, comedian Solomon Giorgio and critic Angelica Jade Bastién, and together they ford the long-awaited The Flash, pick the greatest summer blockbusters of all time, and marvel at some Juneteenth opinions. Then Ira rejoins for an interview with ASTEROID CITY star Jason Schwartzman.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2023

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