Pop My Culture



Mindy Sterling guest on Pop My Culture Podcast

Cole, Vanessa and our favorite film frau Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous”) talk Toddlers and Tiaras, Super 8, Weinergate, The Groundlings, So You Think You Can Dance, iCarly, DeNiro vs. Streep, improv films, jungle cartoons, America’s Next Top Model, our celebrity doppelgangers, Midnight in Paris, Tracy Morgan’s rant, the real Ringo Starr, butchering the National Anthem, and Cole’s dashed dancing career.

Leave your answer to the Firsts question (the first rude or bad comparison to a celebrity you got) for a chance to win an Austin Powers trilogy DVD set (with Spies Like Us thrown in for no particular reason) signed by Mindy!

Freshly Popped



Mindy Sterling and hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland


  • Comment by Chopper — June 15, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    Great show again! Here’s my answers:

    1) Ferguson Darling.
    2) Napoleon Dynamite.

    I had to look both of these people up, and was not happy with the result on both occasions. I did embrace the comparison to Napoleon and went as him for Halloween though, so that wasn’t all bad.

  • Comment by Todd Mason — June 15, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    Quite aside from Vanessa’s donor-celebration waxing last ‘cast about my breasts and glutes in terms more appropriate to a less modest physical specimen (I probably could use some wazing, were I to go the popular hairless route–but darn the luck, that I miss the Tompkins addenda on one week and the zipless audio on this one), the true answer to your question as I recall was from an obnoxious home-room fellow denizen, who was trying to place which sitcom character I was reminding him of. “Well,” I replied honestly, “someone once compared me to [Steve Landesberg’s] Dietrich on BARNEY MILLER.” (Flattering, to be sure…whether the fellow comparing me to him meant it to be or not, that I’m not sure of.) “No, I was thinking of Frank Burns.” He then was actually visibly distressed that I didn’t compliment him on his keen insight. This fellow has since become a reasonably high-priced lawyer, most famous for whining unsuccessfully on behalf of a disgraced athlete.

  • Comment by SpookyJanelle — June 15, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Hooray for Mindy!!!

    When I was in sixth grade, my teacher compared me to Mayim Bialik, which bothered me a little…but when she said that it was mainly my nose that made her draw the comparison between us, it bothered me even more… #sigh

  • Comment by Mattamatics — June 16, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    My first celebrity comparison came in my first year as a high school teacher. One of my students said that I looked like Ryan Reynolds’ character from Just Friends. The fat one, not the sexy one. That was pretty bad. It was followed by “No, he looks like the bad guy from The Incredibles.” which I thought was way better.

  • Comment by NL — June 16, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Overall, I enjoyed the podcast, but the political commentary sounded….off. I’m not sure why — discussing the Weiner scandal is not really that different from discussing Charlie Sheen or Mel Gibson. Maybe because some new information had come out between the podcast being recorded and airing? (Such as a majority of his constituents want him to stay in office.) And while I’m sure Ms. Sterling was joking, her demanding that Mrs. Weiner explain herself rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like Mrs. Weiner was being blamed, where previous discussions about Sheen or Gibson did not heap any blame on the women involved. (Or alternatively, when discussing Toddlers and Tiaras or Real Housewives, the women behaving badly were blamed, but the kids/husbands/etc were not.) In regards to Mrs. Weiner, since she is pregnant, perhaps she does not want to go through pregnancy/birth alone, perhaps she would lose insurance benefits if she divorced, perhaps she and Anthony Weiner have an open relationship that they are not willing to discuss. He did something stupid, but who cares why she stays?

    Anyway. Sorry about that, but it felt like such an off moment in what is otherwise a light, joyful podcast.

    This was an interesting Firsts question, but I don’t have a response. I don’t really look like anyone famous. Instead, I get “Didn’t you attend Smithville High School?” or “Weren’t you at that ravioli-making conference?” Nope, not me.

  • Comment by Batgirl Jenn — June 16, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I’ve never been told I look like anyone famous, though I often get “Don’t I know you?”. Not sure how that works…

    Anyway, this was my first time listening and I thought it was great. I’ll be back!

  • Comment by Mongoose — June 16, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    I took summer school math when I was in high school. I didn’t fail it during the school year, I just took it on the assumption that I would have failed it. I remember there was a tomboy in the class that I had a crush on. I think she liked my friend in the class though. Anyway, she told me that I looked like Beeker. To make it worse I seem to remember her specifying it being Beeker from Muppet Babies. I couldn’t even get adult Beeker.

  • Comment by corinne — June 16, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever been compared to anyone famous=( I don’t even think I look enough like anyone that I could make something up and lie right now. woe.

  • Comment by Alwin — June 19, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Hey, uh… the feed has been down for a while. http://www.popmyculturepodcast.com/?feed=rss2 – blank in Firefox, and iTunes says it “does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL.”

  • Comment by mickeyitaliano — June 19, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Hey Guys…This was a great episode. I (at 26) once waited on a bunch of high school girls and they said I looked like Kirk Cameron. (I am so Italian looking, so I was miffed)
    I am definately going to rent “Drop Dead…”
    Vanessa…N. Leone has her act together, and that was a compliment (@that time).
    Loved Mindy. What a great guest. Do you guys know Julie klausner? Maybe when she swings into town you can have a podcast with her.
    I always look forward to yournew podcast.
    Take Care

  • Comment by Collin — June 19, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    I haven’t been able to access the feed using IE or Chrome for quite a while, either. Still hoping to download the Mindy Sterling episode. Thanks!

  • Comment by Vanessa — June 19, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Hi guys!! Sorry the feed isn’t working– there is a glitch on the site we are working to fix, but it’s a toughie. In the mean time, the Itunes feed is working, and the RSS can be accessed by removing the “2”


    Hope this works for you!

  • Comment by Alwin — June 21, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    Noooo! /Darth Vader
    Even that doesn’t work in iTunes (Subscribe to Podcast)!

    “There are no playable episodes for “Pop My Culture”…The URL may point to text only episodes or may contain file types that iTunes cannot play.”

  • Comment by admin — June 21, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Hey Alwin and Collin,
    I think we finally fixed the rss2 feed. Could you give it a try?
    Thanks for the feedback and for your patience!

  • Comment by Collin — June 21, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    I’m sorry to say that the rss2 feed still isn’t working. IE gives me a “this feed contains errors” message.

  • Comment by Alwin — June 26, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    Re-subscribed and rss2 works now!

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