Assembly

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Assembly is a documentary podcast that looks at what brings us together. Hosted by Robert Milazzo, each season features a moment in time, told first-hand through the voices touched and the lives changed. You’ll hear the sounds and stories of creators, communities, and crowds that come together, all while events in art, culture, and beyond become legacy.

Welcome to Assembly: Season 2 - David Cross
Trailer 4 min 42 sec

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How far does David Cross like to take the joke? What's going on in his mind when he's making us laugh? And will anyone have the nerve to ever talk back to him? In Part 5, "David Hit the Atmosphere", we take a few last shots before saying good-night. Yes, it's the season finale of Assembly's journey with David Cross, and it ain't over until Fred Armisen sings. No, really. Special guests include Janeane Garofalo and Patton Oswalt with more original music by our pal Armisen. Subscribe to Assembly to access the podcast’s full archive, which includes its debut season featuring Iron & Wine/Calexico. Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podchaser

Dec 2020

57 min 47 sec

When comedians ask questions, their audiences are all too happy to answer … like it or not. In Part 4, "Is This Who I Am", we examine how feedback factors heavily into David Cross' current process and how it works for him. After all, no one’s immune to feedback. Ever notice this Internet thing the kids keep talking about? Then again, compliments are feedback, too. So, whatever its intent, feedback compels us to think just a degree or two more, which isn’t always a bad deal. This very phenomenon happened to Sarah Silverman, as well, but, as she tells us, she was prepared. Joining Silverman on this episode are Amber Tamblyn, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, and AO Scott of The New York Times. Original music by Fred Armisen. Subscribe to Assembly to access the podcast’s full archive, which includes its debut season featuring Iron & Wine/Calexico. Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podchaser

Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

If someone makes a joke but no one hears it ... is it still funny? In Part 3, "Your Shows of Show", we examine David Cross' not-quite-hate-but-far-from-love relationship with the audience, and how they're now key to his ensuing process. But when Mr. Show rewrote the rules of sketch comedy, did Cross and co-creator Bob Odenkirk even care what their audiences thought? Yes and no. Maybe. Eh, it's complicated. We'll explore why up ahead as we continue our journey. Special guests in this episode include Bob Odenkirk, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. Original music by Fred Armisen. Subscribe to Assembly to access the podcast’s full archive, which includes its debut season featuring Iron & Wine/Calexico. Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podchaser

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

In Part 2, "My Old Schools", David Cross' hilarious circle of friends and family expands. Comprised of big name comics, who are all on trajectories of their own, we see how each talent winds up informing how Cross builds his show. But, not every origin story is good news, and not all lessons are learned to one’s liking. Families are funny that way. Special guests include Amber Tamblyn, Jonathan Groff, H. Jon Benjamin, Sam Seder, and Wendy Cross. Original music by Fred Armisen. Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podchaser

Nov 2020

58 min 39 sec

Because most of our moments in 2020 have either been canceled, postponed, or all-out deconstructed, we’re humbled and beyond elated to spend the rest of the year following icon and multi-hyphenate of funny, David Cross. Recorded in 2019, the second season of Assembly finds host Robert Milazzo following Cross around as he shapes his new stand-up act through a set of intimate gigs in Brooklyn, New York. There will be friends, family, and colleagues. In Part 1, "Nothing to See Here”, Cross gets back to basics to put together his next feat of stand-up comedy. However, when his basics meet his roots – after all, roots are never truly abandoned – his choices need some dialogue. Is Cross his own best mouthpiece or do we need to ask around? Special guests for the Season 2 premiere include H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman with original music by Fred Armisen. Stream above and join 'em. Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podchaser

Nov 2020

1 hr

Consequence of Sound and The Modern School of Film are proud to announce Assembly is back for a second season. On November 10th, host Robert Milazzo's documentary podcast series will go behind the scenes with comic David Cross.  Recorded in 2019, Milazzo follows Cross as he shapes his new stand-up act through a set of intimate gigs in Brooklyn, NY. Along the way, long-time collaborators, friends, and family all lend their perspectives on Cross' life and work. No kidding. Milazzo has assembled one star-studded supporting cast. Along for the ride is Amber Tamblyn, Bob Odenkirk, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Sam Seder, and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes.

Oct 2020

4 min 42 sec

In the final episode of its debut season, Assembly heads to Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park, specifically – as Iron and Wine and Calexico end their repose, their week, and their renewal with their preferred form of communication: a performance. Background vocals courtesy of Mother Nature, of course. There's still one final, outstanding mystery to resolve this season: "What brings people together?" Well, okay, two final mysteries: "Is anyone even from Brooklyn anymore?" Listeners beware, the best mysteries, like the best moments, never, ever end. Even so, Assembly expects to chase theirs until the final song is sung. So, in this finale, we’ll also exchange some “this is not goodbye” goodbyes with the three musicians, learn what roads they'll travel next, and how they spiritually need to stay connected. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

In the fourth and penultimate chapter of this season’s Assembly, Iron and Wine and Calexico return to New York City -- for many, the closest planet to the Sun -- to make some necessary noise at SiriusXM and CBS Television. Hear how much sound, fury, and craftsmanship goes into creating the most beautiful silences, and how even the highest profiles of art are hardly paint-by-numbers nor operations. Such moments are more like a rousing game of Twister with both a stopwatch and a kick ass green room or two along the way. Donuts and Emmys sold separately. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 2020

44 min 23 sec

The third part of Assembly Season 1 finds us aboard the Mothership of all things sonic, aural, and community-minded. We arrive in Washington, D.C., where Iron and Wine and Calexico are set to play an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in support of their 2019 reunion record, Years to Burn.. Ours is a business trip, though, as we peek behind one of most exhilarating showcases of live music, thoughtfully curated for those who skip lunch to listen. (We’ll also grab a picture or two of that really cool wall the guys play in front of -- aka Instagram Heaven!)  This visit marks the third time Sam Beam's been invited to play the Little-Concert-That-Could – a feat that certainly entitles the songwriter to ride the express elevator to the NPR offices. As for Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino? It’s never too late for your first time As we'll learn today, some things sound sweeter under drop ceilings. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 2020

31 min 35 sec

In the second part of Assembly Season 1, Iron and Wine and Calexico attempt their first public performance together in 15 years. To add even more butterflies to the gut, the show takes place in Sam Beam’s adopted state of North Carolina -- and it’s sold out. No pressure! No pressure at all! Lots to do before then, though, as we assemble smack-dab in the eye of rehearsals. Listen closely amidst the myriad languages the guys will learn to speak fluently this season. These are conversations not only amongst artists, but between the clock whisperers, caretakers, and silent collaborators integral to getting this show on the road. Oh, and it wouldn’t be a hometown gig without some school friends and family members dropping in -- some announced, others unbeknownst -- to wish Beam, Joey Burns, and John Convertino bon courage. Some things never change. While others can only be understood in time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 2020

1 hr 4 min

For the debut season of Assembly, series creator and host Robert Milazzo follows Iron and Wine and Calexico, three intrepid singer-songwriters guided by a hunch that you can return home -- even 15 years removed from the reins.   To prepare for a world tour in support of their Grammy-nominated reunion record, 2019's Years to Burn, Sam Beam, Joey Burns, and John Convertino decided to embark on a week of musical solitude.  Though all trips require baggage in some shape or form, these veterans planned on traveling light -- for they knew that certain pieces, as it is with all of us, no longer fit, while others remain tailor-made.   On Part 1 of Assembly, “The Re-Assembly”, hear the three artists unpack what they took, what they re-packed, and what they chose to leave behind as they began their curiously familiar trek amongst friends, family, and fellow travelers. As we follow their footsteps, we'll soon learn that nostalgia makes a better door than a window.  So, let’s knock. 

Feb 2020

56 min 28 sec

Assembly looks at what brings us together. Hosted by Robert Milazzo, the documentary podcast series is told completely first-hand, through the voices and lives touched, from first inspiration to public debut. Hear the stories of the creators, communities, and crowds that come together, as events in art, culture, and beyond become legacy. 

Jan 2020

3 min 46 sec