Adam and Ben (New and Selected)
By Lucien and Shane
A podcast about two of America's biggest movie stars, and the comedies we tolerated. We'll be discussing the starring vehicles of Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller and comparing their careers as two goofy Gen X icons, one movie at a time.
09. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
Lucien and Shane take their second trip to Ben Stiller's megahit animated franchise, jetting off to undefined "Africa" with the animals of DreamWorks' Madagascar sequel. Why are Alex's parents played by black actors when Ben Stiller is very much white? Will Will.I.Am perform "The Travelling Song" when the boys see him in concert this summer? And what's our ranking of Sacha Baron Cohen performances? Find out on our Madagascar Escape 2 Africa episode!
January 18, 2022
08. Anger Management
Dipping back into the Sandlerverse this week with 2003's hit Jack Nicholson team-up 'Anger Management', the broadest possible version of Sandler's shtick and the film that inspired a thousand "I Feel Pretty" memes and a god awful Charlie Sheen sitcom that *might* have been a money laundering scheme. Join us to dive into John C Reilly's performance as a buddhist monk, Rudi Giuliani's bizarre cameo and the twists and turns of the April 2003 box office chart.
December 08, 2021
07. Tower Heist with Eoghan Dobey
We return after a short hiatus with another Ben-themed episode, this time joined by special guest Eoghan Dobey to discuss 2011 Eddie Murphy team-up Tower Heist. Is Alan Alda just playing Bernie Madoff? Do we want to squash Matthew Broderick like a bug? Is this one of the best movies about the consequences of the financial crash? And will we ever cover a more evil director than Brett Ratner again? Find out, plus the Box Office Game from exactly ten years ago, on this episode of Adam and Ben (New and Selected).
November 22, 2021
06. Funny People
Lucien and Shane discuss Adam Sandler's 2009 collaboration with his old roommate, Judd Apatow, the massively underrated Funny People. How does Sandler's sensibility juxtapose with Seth Rogen's? Is George Simmons the closest we'll ever get to Sandler autobiography? How is Eric Bana so insanely good in this movie? All these questions answered, plus a summer '09 box office game, on the latest episode of Adam and Ben (New and Selected)!
August 24, 2021
We're diving into the world of animated Adam and Ben as we tackle DreamWorks Animation's original hit Madagascar from 2005. Join us as we launch Shane's new theme song composition, reflect on a memorable night in 2008 when this movie was on TV during a thunderstorm, and debate whether Sacha Baron Cohen is allowed to do the King Julien voice. Also... did you know Andy Richter voices Mort? And the original premise for this movie was about a penguin rock band? All this and more on our latest episode!
August 10, 2021
04. You Don't Mess With The Zohan
Both the most and least political Adam Sandler has ever been, on this episode we discuss his bizarre 2008 comedy that tackles the Middle East with about as much sensitivity as you'd expect. Expect chat of Borat's influence on Sandler, John Turturro's deranged villain role and the iconic box office selection of Summer 2008.
July 24, 2021
03. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Shane and Lucien are back on the Ben Train to talk about Stiller's 2013 directorial blank check The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film about daydreaming and life-living or - as Lucien describes it - "Joker for Coldplay fans". We dig into the film's pretentious message, striking imagery and clichéd needle drops and ask "would this film work with Adam Sandler in the lead role?".
May 25, 2021
02. Billy Madison
Shane and Lucien are back for the second episode of Adam and Ben (New and Selected), discussing Adam Sandler's breakout big-screen hit, Billy Madison, a tale of regressive immaturity, giant penguins and O'Doyle... uh... rules! We discuss the class politics of Billy's family, whether he'd really be better at running the company than Bradley Whitford, and if the movie would work with Ben Stiller in the lead role. Follow us @AdamAndBenPod on Instagram and Twitter.
April 30, 2021
We're excited to launch a new podcast about the films of Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, beginning with Stiller's 2003 dark comedy Duplex co-starring Drew Barrymore and directed by Danny DeVito! Is this a pro or anti landlord movie? Would it work with Sandler in the lead role? And does anybody outside the US know what a 'duplex' is? Find out on our very first episode. Hosted by Lucien and Shane. Theme music: clip from The Wedding Singer, all rights Warner Media Artwork image rights: Netflix 2017
April 16, 2021