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Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical Rent premiered on Broadway in 1996. Over the years, musical theater fans all over the world have become Rent-heads, Rent-haters, and Rent-indifferent-istas. Comedians (and die-hard Rent fans) Beth Appel and Sarah Claspell shoot without a script as they dedicate each episode to a song from Rent, bringing on fellow comedians and musical theater nerds to talk about what they love, hate, and are baffled by in this divisive musical. Viva La Vie Boheme!
 
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Sarah and Beth measure (approximately) a year since their last episode with Lauren Ashley Smith and Mariah Smith (A Black Lady Sketch Show, Smith Sisters Live), who have both seen Rent upwards of 50 TIMES. They recap highlights from New York Theater Workshop's 25th Anniversary RENT Retrospective and prepare for a new investigative podcast to uncove…
 
Grab some WINE AND BEER (but only if you already have it at home), watch the Rent 2008 Broadway live recording on Youtube, and then listen to Sarah and Beth break it down with their hilarious friend and fellow Rent-lover, Caitlin Bitzegaio (We Stan Together). They discuss the newfound resonance of the musical, the applause problem plaguing New York…
 
Turn on your podcast player! Beth and Sarah have been in space for 6 months, but now they’re BACK with a special holiday episode featuring the hilarious and talented sensitive poet Matt Mayer (Monstro, Earth To Ned on Disney+). Listen to some vague memories of the 20th Anniversary Rent tour, which they saw on July 10th and play along by coming up w…
 
A bunch of new and old guests (Corey Johnson, Santina Muha, Zeke Nicholson, Dan Black, Andrew Hansen, Jake Regal, Cedric Yarbrough, Kat Palardy, and Lauren Holt) join Beth, Sarah, and honorary co-host, Mark David Christenson as they re-listen to the entire 1996 Rent Original Broadway Cast Recording and revisit classic Rent topics like the lyric "th…
 
Beth and Sarah apologize for the grave error in last week's episode, go over the results of the #orthewaythatshedied challenge, and reveal what's next for Everything is Rent...maybe! -- SHOW INFORMATION Instagram: @EverythingIsRent Twitter: @Everything_Rent Email: EverythingIsRentPod@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify…
 
Sarah and Beth are joined by the two most special guests yet, Sarah Claspell (The Boyfriend) and Beth Appel (Another Bystander in My Fair Lady) to respond to a bunch of new emails, DMs, etc. from the world’s smartest, most thoughtful podcast listeners (that’s you!) and to listen to the bizarre final track on Rent’s Original Broadway Cast album. The…
 
The time has come: Sarah and Beth got together to watch the 2005 film adaptation of Rent. And who better to talk about it with than the ultimate movie fan and comedy hero, Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies)! Doug also loves Broadway musicals and he accurately describes the main objectives of the Rent characters: they just want a place to write songs a…
 
At long last, Beth and Sarah have the extreme privilege of talking to the very thoughtful and inspirational Anthony Rapp (the original Mark in Rent) via the world's shoddiest phone connection. Anthony tells tales of the distant past when cassette tapes and boom boxes still existed as he walks through his journey from not being very excited to audit…
 
The hilarious Carl Tart (Queen George, White Women, "The Boy is Mine" on Glee) has never seen Rent, but he did play "Seasons of Love" at a piano recital as a child. Carl talks about studying electronic music, getting a spaghetti hernia, and what it was like going to high school with the star of Battle of Shaker Heights, Shia LaBeouf. He also realiz…
 
Sarah and Beth are joined by their dear friends, Paul Welsh and Madeline Walter (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Madeline, who is convinced Jonathan Larson didn't write all the songs in Rent, talks about only liking the first half of the show and Paul, who thinks Ellen DeGeneres was in Rent, explains why he was so angry when "Seasons of Love" came on the radi…
 
The hilarious and talented Paul Rust and Michael Cassady (Don’t Stop or We’ll Die) talk about the 1999 Rent tour, the Iowa theater scene, non-traditional audition monologues, and the hit musical, Grimble’s Follies. They also explain the deep cut meaning behind the lyric “To no shame, never playing the fame game.” Beth and Sarah go through their ult…
 
Beth and Sarah are joined by the incredible Adam Pascal who originated the role of Roger in Rent on Broadway and does a great Gollum! They hit all the hot topics: Adam being told to open his eyes during his Rent audition, how he felt about Rent: Live, and the financial reality of Roger selling his guitar to buy a car. Beth and Adam compare their un…
 
The incredible Lennon Parham (WOMP It Up!, Playing House), the third guest so far who played Grace in Annie, does NOT like Rent. But, like many others, she was once involved in an earnest rendition of "Seasons of Love" performed on the UCB stage. Lennon talks about her love of the musical Chess, tells stories of doing karaoke alone, and explains wh…
 
Resident movie expert/engineer, Mark David Christenson (Aw...Crap, a Hellboy Podcast) once again joins Beth and Sarah to talk about a movie that isn't Rent. Mostly they talk about how hard it is to remember the title of Team America: World Police, but they also break down the classic Rent parody (Lease) in the movie and compare how much they each k…
 
Untrained alto, Gilli Nissim (We're Gross with Gilli Nissim, The Other Two), joins Sarah and Beth to reminisce about being "hot for musicals" after seeing Rent twice in LA and once in San Diego and to confess her SHOCKING least favorite Rent song. They also gossip about the competitive and cutthroat Golden Performing Arts Center, discuss the vocal …
 
Get ready to cry. On this ep, Eugene Cordero (The Dumbbells, Tacoma FD, Kong: Skull Island) joins Beth and Sarah to talk about one of the best and saddest songs in the... WORLD??? Eugene tells his story of camping out to see the original Broadway production of Rent, and Sarah and Beth are shocked to learn that their improv team wasn't the first to …
 
Nicci Claspell (Two-time Mimi in Rent, First National Tour of American Idiot) loves Rent! And she's joining Beth and Sarah for yet another discussion of the groundbreaking Rent song, Contact! Also in this ep, everyone agrees Rancho Cucamonga is a funny name for a city, Nicci describes making her own costumes and hairpieces, and she and Sarah remini…
 
Sarah and Beth are joined by two more of their besties, Drew Spears (Star of Stage & Screen, Cardinal Redbird) and Jamie "Jaw Bone" Gaul (Famous on Instagram, Maureen in Rent at UCB) to continue a special multi-episode series about everyone's favorite Rent song, Contact! They talk about Drew's Rent-loving babysitter and Jamie's embarrassing experie…
 
Nicole Byer (Nailed It!, Comedians of the World, Why Won't You Date Me?) joins Beth and Sarah to talk about (and rewrite the lyrics to) the song "Contact." She also shares a controversial theory about Tinashe's performance in Rent: Live and explains why every Mimi should have open sores. This episode also covers several other definitely-Rent-relate…
 
Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Unikitty!), a real slogan guy, joins Beth and Sarah to discuss THE iconic voicemail from Rent. He describes being such a "drama dorkus" that his high school drama classroom had a fish named Random. He rails against the "meow" moment in "Out Tonight" and explains the parallels between Rent and Reality Bites/Tape. Y…
 
Tony Award winner, John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) joins Beth and Sarah remotely from the frigid tundra of Brooklyn to talk about a song that can only be appreciated by those (like Beth) who experienced true love in high school. John recounts his journey from playing a street urchin with sideburns in Delaware to becoming a Bro…
 
Mumbo jumbo! This week, Beth and Sarah finally get back to the original Rent album with special guest Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade, improv4humans). In addition to doing a lot of surprise singing, Besser reveals that, although he likes Rent, it isn't even one of his TOP FORTY favorite musicals and he describes what he looks for in a musical…
 
Happy Valentine's Day! Jesse David Fox (Vulture, Good One Podcast) joins Beth and Sarah for what is basically another episode about Rent: Live, but is also about the cut song "Valentine's Day," which both does and does not sound like a Prince song. Jesse talks about the exact moment when Rent made him a crier and his theory that the second act of R…
 
Zeke Nicholson (A.P. Bio, Ironic Chronic) makes history as the pod's first ever repeat guest in this second special episode discussing Rent: Live on FOX. Now that Beth and Sarah have watched the televised version and compiled all the tweets, emails, and DMs (hi Mario!), wow, there's so much more to discuss. For example, does Beth have a rock finger…
 
The first in a special two-part series about the television event of the century -- Rent: Not-So-Live on FOX. Sarah and Beth were lucky enough to be in the studio audience Sunday night, and they dish all the dirt about what went down! They also give their initial reviews of the show and the actors, and they discuss some of the SHOCKING lyric change…
 
All the "easy hankies" out there better get ready for this emotional episode with incredibly special guest, Fredi Walker-Browne (Maggie's Plan, The Big C) who originated the role of Joanne in Rent on Broadway! Fredi gives Beth and Sarah the inside scoop about her Rent audition and the rehearsal process as well as Jonathan Larson's writing process f…
 
Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, The Hasseltones Live!) joins Beth and Sarah as they "tap into their feels" about Happy New Year B, including speculation about what exactly the "B" stands for. Natasha talks about seeing a midnight sing-a-long version of Rent and tells the inspiring story of leaving her day job teaching high school drama. They also talk …
 
The McDuckster himself, Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless, Reno 911) joins Beth and Sarah to talk about auditioning for the role of Collins in Rent, the various demon roles he has played in musicals, and to do a standard black mother check. They also chat about many, many other musicals, including Once on This Island, Schoolhouse Rock, Sweeney Todd, and…
 
The hilarious Jon Gabrus (High and Mighty) is the latest Long Island native to join Sarah and Beth on the pod! He talks about seeing Grease TWICE on Broadway, brags about being offered the role of Rocky in Rocky Horror at his high school, and makes up New Year's resolutions for the main characters in Rent. They also share many memories related to T…
 
Christmas bells are ringing as Sarah and Beth are joined by fellow Rent super fans, Joel Kim Booster and Brendan Scannell (The Cure, Vulture's Comedians You Should and Will Know) to talk about Scarlett Johansson's agent, how being a democratic socialist has rekindled Joel's love of Rent, and to theorize about all that math Jonathan Larson did for S…
 
Sarah and Beth are joined by two of their besties, Jake Regal (Scorpion, Angel in Rent at UCB) and Andrew Hansen (A.P. Bio, Joanne in Rent at UCB) to delve deep into the 25 minute version of Rent their improv team put up at UCB as an April Fool's joke. Jake also talks about rebelling against his family by liking mumblecore movies instead of musical…
 
Guy Montgomery (The Worst Idea of All Time) joins Sarah and Beth in their high tech podcast studio after listening to "I Should Tell You" many, many times, despite actively disliking it. Earning the title of "Guest Who Has Done the Most Research," Guy outlines some differences between the 2008 Broadway Rent revival, a college production, and Vaness…
 
Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Superego, Spontaneanation) joins Sarah and Beth to share his "thumbnail Wikipedia knowledge" of Rent and his controversial opinions about the Pope. They break down everything that doesn't make sense in "La Vie Boheme," including the idea of putting equipment in a pyramid and the idea that meatless balls taste the …
 
Sarah and Beth are joined by their old pal, Dan Black (Comedians of Wrestling) who uses his real New York accent to talk about the "jump over the moon" song, melting pots vs. salad bowls vs. fruit platters, which wrestler would play who in Rent, and more! Dan is a huge Rent fan and brings up some very good questions: How did Mark and all of these B…
 
First, Beth and Sarah go through some of their favorite (and least favorite, Malala) listener emails and tweets and realize that everyone saw Rent in 1997. Then, Mark David Christenson (Aw...Crap, a Hellboy Podcast) finally gets his own mic and joins Beth and Sarah to discuss The Greatest Showman, which he saw alone to celebrate his niece's birthda…
 
Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna (Off Book) kick things off by talking about some of the similarities between La Boheme and Rent (aka La Boheme 2: More La, More Boheme), Zach invents the name "Mimolfo," Jess walks everyone through some hot new slang, and the gang debates whether or not "honest living" is an onomatopoeia. Beth and Jess compare notes o…
 
You may know him as Mike Scollins (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and he's here to break down the mysteries of the song "We're Okay" -- What's "the Murget case"? Where is "Penthouse A"? Who is "Newt's lesbian sister"? He also talks about his star turn as Kenickie in Grease, everyone breaks down their first onstage kiss, and Mike comes up with a great…
 
The main cast for RENT on FOX was announced yesterday, so you know Sarah and Beth had to drop everything (dogs) to record this emergency episode with their very important thoughts on the casting. Is this very podcast the reason Valentina and Keala Settle were cast? Yes. Will Vanessa Hudgens nail the role of Maureen? Unclear. Will Sarah and Beth go …
 
Eliot Glazer (Haunting Renditions, You’re Making It Worse, Broad City) is a quote unquote “perfect guest” on this week’s episode of Everything is Gwen. He talks about being a Rent kid on the early Rent train, explains why Rosie O’Donnell is actually responsible for the popularity of Rent, and is yet another guest who hates the Rent song they’re tal…
 
Matt Bennett (Victorious, The Big Bang Theory) joins our hosts to brush the sauce onto the meat and explain the choice every Long Island child must make: sports or musical theater. Other topics include the cool girl who got Matt into Rent in middle school, Matt's cool dad who's too cool for Rent, Anthony Rapp's "La Vie Boheme" parody at LeakyCon, a…
 
Carrie Poppy (Oh No Ross and Carrie, Hidden Mickeys) traces music all the way back to the first instrument (rocks) and the first musical (wind). She talks to fellow millennials, Sarah and Beth, about seeing Rent on Broadway with the mistaken expectation that "Doogie Howser" was in it, a sexy karaoke performance of "Take Me or Leave Me," and a rude …
 
Philip Labes (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., K.C. Undercover, MORE GUNS!) talks to Beth and Sarah about Rent as well as pretty much every other musical ever. Philip describes working with Anthony Rapp on a movie before ever having seen Rent and prepares for his upcoming nostalgia podcast, Everything is Beyblades. Beth blows minds with the reveal that the …
 
Oscar Montoya (Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Inside the Disney Vault) is scarf. In addition to being scarf, he tells Sarah and Beth about an all-girls, elementary school production of Rent he saw, his childhood dream of being in Stomp, and he boldly describes “Another Day” as a gender-reversed “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Sarah claims Rent is for …
 
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, an old Harry Potter Musical) joins Sarah and Beth to record many episodes of a new podcast, "Late-2000s Improv Talk." They also talk about Rent, including Rachel's show-stopping Klingon rendition of "Seasons of Love" and the best argument yet for why the characters in Rent should have jobs. And don't forget to joi…
 
Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie, dELiA*s catalog) and Jamie Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), who grew up together on Long Island, stop by to talk about the simple, catchy harmonies in “Life Support.” Lindsey was never in a musical as a kid, but watched Jamie perform in a ton of them and, one time, she got to sit on the edge of the stage with her legs d…
 
John Flynn (Oh, Hey Guys) wanted to talk about any song EXCEPT “Tango: Maureen,” so Beth and (former swing dance champion) Sarah invited him to talk about “Tango: Maureen.” John talks about seeing Rent shortly after it opened on Broadway, watching Daphne Rubin Vega’s final performance as Mimi, and his seedy side hustle handing out infrared listenin…
 
Demi Adejuyigbe and Kevin T. Porter (Gilmore Guys, Punch Up the Jam, Good Christian Fun) help Beth and Sarah settle an age-old, Laurel-and-Yanni-esque Rent lyric debate. They also improve upon several of the rhymes in Rent, imagine an alternate universe in which “You’ll See” was the breakout hit instead of “Seasons of Love,” and discuss how they’d …
 
Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert (Can I Pet Your Dog) join Beth and Sarah to unpack one of the catchiest, but also most problematic Rent songs. Renee, who spent high school with a blown-up picture of Adam Pascal above her bed, explains the questionable logic she used to reconcile being a dog lover AND a Rent lover. In contrast Allegra’s experience w…
 
Well, Joanne, we’re off! You’ll most definitely get “‘90s chills” listening to Kate Spencer (Forever35, The Dead Moms Club) talk about seeing Rent multiple times with ex-boyfriends, performing in the equally groundbreaking Vagina Monologues, and the very mean, Rent-themed antics she got up to in college.…
 
The hilarious and talented Daphne Rubin-Vega originated the role of Mimi in Rent on Broadway! She joins Sarah and Beth to talk about her experience auditioning for and performing in Rent, including the time she forgot her lines in “Light My Candle,” her uniquely un-Broadway singing voice, what it was like working with Jonathan Larson, and the traum…
 
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