Melissa: Oh, yeah.
Karla: Drinking first. Okay! Now you can see--
Melissa: I can see this is mine because there’s lipstick.
Karla: Because she drinks too fast.
Melissa: (laughs) I do.
Karla: So! You can see our new look!
Melissa: Yes! I love it! More energy! Yes.
Karla: Right, we don’t have to say “Pop Pop” anymore!
Melissa/Karla: Pop Pop Pop!
Karla: It’s like the cereal, you know? Pop pop! That. Anyway! You know, a lot of #DeafTalent has been making appearances.
Melissa: A lot going on, on Facebook feeds. So many good things going on in our community!
Melissa: You know the show called, “Wisdom of the Crowd” on CBS?
Deaf actor Raquel McPeek will be on it! The episode is called “Live Stream” and she plays a character named Marissa.
The episode will be released on December 10th...
Karla: Oh, that’s soon.
Melissa: ...at 8pm EST!
Karla: That’s soon, I think like that’s four days from now?
Melissa: Monday, I think? One, two, I think that’s Monday.
Karla: What she said. Monday.
Melissa: I have to look at the calendar to make sure, but definitely soon.
Karla: Soon! Yay!
Melissa: Congratulations, Raquel!!
Karla: You know who Russell Harvard and Sandra Mae Frank are, right? They sent out casting calls, looking for Deaf actors for “The Parts You Lose,” right?
Melissa: Right, Tru Biz helped out with that. Trying to find the right actor.
Karla: Right, exactly. And GUESS what?
Melissa: They did it?
Karla: Yep! They tru biz found a Deaf little boy actor. Guess who? Wait for it!
Melissa: He tends to do vlogs, right? From England?
Karla: England, right!
Melissa: Wow! That’s really cool.
Karla: Yep, they cast him. I wonder if he’ll be flying over here?
Melissa: I guess!
Karla: No, wait, I think they may be filming in Canada.
Melissa: I guess everyone’s going there?
Karla: The important thing is they’re coming to Ameri-- no, wait-- NORTH America.
Melissa: Really cool. Congratulations, Danny!
CLIP OF DANNY MURPHY:
Danny Murphy in his living room.
Danny: They’re wrong! Deaf can do anything and have a special power! Deaf power!!! Yeahhhhhh!
Melissa: You know the show “Strictly Vers”? They tend to do web series. There’s an episode called “Warehouse Party?” and Deaf actor Dickie Hearts made an appearance. So um...it’s interesting.
Melissa: It’s about two gay friends who go to a leather bar. People who saw the episode were a little disturbed though, because there was some making fun of people who were overweight . And Dickie himself threw up on this guy.
Karla: Let’s check out the video.
A night club outdoors in the back alley, a bunch of gay men mingling, topless.
TOPLESS MAN: What?! Where?!
TOPLESS DICKIE: It was really fun.
TOPLESS MAN: Hey sexy, what’s up?!
Dickie vomits on a topless man. Both react in shock.
Karla: Ehhhh….I don’t….
Melissa: Really...fat shaming is just not cool.
Karla: I mean...Dickie...I hope he knows better but I wonder how Dickie felt while he was doing that. Did he know? Or, I mean, ah, you just never know. Right?
Melissa: Definitely. I saw a lot of discussion on Facebook about it.
Karla: I mean obviously fat shaming is never okay. It doesn’t matter it you’re trying to be funny or not, it’s still not okay.
Melissa: I agree. That can really mess with someone.
CLIP OF ASL NOOK - Shaylee, 8 years old, wearing a Santa hat and red elf outfit sitting on her couch.
Shaylee: During the Holidays, Santa sends me to you. My job is to watch and report to Santa.
Karla: Of course you know ASL Nook right?
Melissa: Yesss! I saw it! Awww!
Karla: SO cute. They released a new video today! Look at ASL Nook’s Facebook and you’ll see Shaylee signing a story as a little Deaf elf performing the book “Elf on the Shelf”! And it is. So. Adorable.
Melissa: That girl, I swear. Pure talent. Every Christmas people tend to look forward to seeing
which story she’ll do and this year was just too cute.
Karla: And this year was a little bit different because she really added her own personality into the story.
Melissa: Right! Straight from the heart.
Karla: So there was a real connection with the story. Like, she WAS that elf. With her little hands and cute little signs, ah! Adorable and amazing.
Melissa: You MUST watch. You MUST! It’s mandatory!
Karla: Must, must, must, must, MUST!
Melissa: Must, must, must! [laughter]
Karla: What are you doing?! Go! GO!
CLIP OF ELF SHAYLEE: I’ll fly away to Santa.
Melissa: Alright. You know the HBO show, it’s hilarious, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with the infamous Larry David?
Melissa: There are going to be TWO Deaf actors in the season finale! Anthony Natale,
Karla: Oh, Anthony, right,
Melissa: and Antoinette Abbamonte! They’ll be playing the role of the two Deaf parents of the character, Victor, attending a wedding. It’s a scream. I saw some previews and it was great. So many good one-liners and banter and everything. So funny.
Karla: I haven’t watched that. I don’t know what it
Melissa: You are missing out! It’s funny!
Karla: Okay, yeah, I missed the boat on that one.
Melissa: Aaaand, get this. Remember Tina and Paul, the hearing couple who signs songs, typically in their car?
Karla: Mmmhmmm… yeah. (dryly)
Melissa: Yeah, I know. But yeah the woman, Tina Sirimarco has a role in that episode too.
Melissa: But, I mean, it’s interesting.
Karla: AS a Deaf person, or?
Melissa: No, as an interpreter.
Karla: Hm, interpreter. Okay.
Melissa: Definitely give it a watch and let us know what you think of the show.
Karla: I’m curious now…
Melissa: Yeah I watched the whole thing and hmm!
CLIP OF “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM”
Victor introduces his Deaf parents to his crowd of people at a wine party.
Victor: Hey, I want to introduce my mom and my dad, Lisa and Paul.
Larry: How do you do? Hello.
Anthony: Hi. Larry.
Antoinette: His name?
Woman signs “L” on forehead (as in “Loser”).
Anthony signs “L” on forehead.
Anthony/Antoinette: Larry. Got it.
Larry: Rhymes with “Harry.”
Anthony & Antoinette clasp arms and talk to each other.
Antoinette: Everything OK?
Anthony: Yes. I’ve got an idea. Let’s hire an interpreter for the wedding?
Antoinette: That’s a good idea!
At the Wedding, Tina Sirimarco dressed in pink is the interpreter and a woman kicks her off.
Antoinette looks relieved and happy. Anthony looks stressed.
Karla: Alright. The time is now.
Karla: Yes, finally. You know “This Close”, with Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman. It’s a web...well, it’s a series. They finallyyyy announced a release date!
Melissa: Yes yes yes!
Melissa: Valentine’s Day!
Karla: That’s right! So if it’s Valentine’s day, will you be watching it with your sweetie?
Melissa: The show IS all about love, there’s a love story in there so it’s the perfect thing to watch with your valentine!
Karla: Love it!
Karla: So remember, you can find the show on Sundance Now.
Melissa: It’s a subscription service right?
Karla: Right. First there’s a free trial
Melissa: Oh perfect, take advantage of that!
Karla: So it’s free for 7 days, and after that it’s $6.99.
Melissa: That’s not bad.
Karla: No, not bad.
Melissa: $6.99 a month right?
Karla: Yes, I believe so.
Melissa: Really not bad.
Karla: Honestly, you’re gonna be fine. That’s like a trip to Starbucks. You can afford it.
Melissa: Or a mimosa!
Karla: I mean duh!!
Melissa: That tends to be MORE than $6.99 so.
Karla: You’re buying beer for like $10 okay? You can afford it.
Melissa Karla: [unison] Alright/okay!
Karla: I think that’s all we’ve got for you today! I’m really looking forward to the show.
Melissa: Me too! So, I think that’s all the Pop Pop we’ve got for now.
Karla: I’ve hope you’d enjoyed this, especially with our new set up!
Melissa: Oh yes!
Karla: And our mimosassss. Don’t worry, I’m not drunk okay?
Karla: Alright, see ya later.
Melissa: See you tomorrow.
PICTURE OF MILLICENT SIMMONDS HAVING CRITICS CHOICE NOMINATION AWARD.
Melissa: HEYYYY LOOK LOOK LOOK!
[In unison] Millie was nominated!
Melissa: By the Critics Choice Awards! In the category…
Karla: Nominated for Best Young Actress!
Melissa: If she wins, she’ll be the first EVER Deaf winner for that award!
[Improvised chanting, cheering, celebration]
Melissa: Rooting for you Millie!!!
Karla: We gotchu, girl.