TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Al Madrigal

Season 02 | Episode 26

Al Madrigal

Comedian / Actor

Comedian Al Madrigal discusses R-rated comedies of the 80s, and his deep love for some movie called Innerspace.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Innerspace (1987)
Safe House (2012)
Life (2017)
Morbius (2020)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (1966)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) 
Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)
Spring Break (1983) 
Hardbodies (1984)
Hardbodies II (1986)
Hot Dog… The Movie (1984)
Zapped! (1982)
Blame It On Rio (1984)
Heathers (1988)
Porky’s (1981)
Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983)
Porky’s Revenge (1985)
Strange Brew (1983)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Out Cold (2001)
Better Off Dead… (1985)
Losin’ It (1983)
Sexual Response (1992)
The Silent Partner (1979)
LA Confidential (1997)
American Graffiti (1973)
Black Christmas (1974)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Murder By Decree (1979)
Superbad (2007)
Girls Trip (2017)
Night School (2018)
Late Night (2019)
Risky Business (1983)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)
Animal House (1978)
My Tutor (1983)
They’re Playing With Fire (1984)
Private Resort (1985)
The Hearse (1980)
Private School (1982)
Spring Breakers (2012)
Detroit Rock City (1999)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Cantinflas (2014)
Up The Creek (1984)
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Mad Magazine Presents Up The Academy (1980)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Ski School (1991)
Ski Party (1965)
Meatballs (1979)
Meatballs Part II (1984)
Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Once Bitten (1985)
Love at First Bite (1979)
Bachelor Party (1984)
Cavegirl (1985)
Caveman (1981)
River’s Edge (1986)
Encino Man (1992)
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
The Malibu Bikini Shop (1986)
Hot Resort (1985)
Club Paradise (1986)
Cross My Heart (1987)
Three Amigos (1986)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Back To School (1986)
Easy Money (1983)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Dude Where’s My Car? (2000)
World War Z (2013)

Other Notable Items

Bronzeville, Josh’s scripted audio drama starring Laurence Fishburne
The West Wing Thing, Josh’s podcast with Dave Anthony
All Things Comedy, Al’s podcast network with Bill Burr (which hosts The West Wing Thing!)
The Daily Show TV series (1996- )
I’m Dying Up Here TV series (2017-2018)
The six-armed Peter Parker
Peter Ramsey’s podcast episode
Catherine O’Hara
Eugene Levy
Bizarre TV series (1980-1986)
Schitt’s Creek TV series (2015- )
Martin Short
Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Don Knotts
Irish comedian Hal Roach
Dan Waters’s podcast episode
Stanley Donen
Shannon Tweed
Tom Cruise
Curtis Hanson
Shelly Long
Bob Clark
Laura Antonelli
Caren Kaye
Roger Corman
Phoebe Cates
Betsy Russell
The Essence Music Festival
Will Packer
Michael Pritchard
Meehan Brothers
R. Crumb
Robin Williams
Andrea Martin 
Damages TV series (2007-2012)
Rodney Dangerfield
Morrissey’s massive Mexican American teen fanbase

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.