My 5: Julian McCullough's Biggest Pop Culture Soft Spots (Exclusive)
By Emily Krauser
It's hard not to get wrapped up in nostalgia, but for Julian McCullough, he's turned "bad" pop culture into an entire podcast.
The comedian -- seen on Chelsea Lately and MTV's Guy Code -- hosts The Soft Spot with fiancée Meg Molloy. Though the two have enough chemistry to hold every episode themselves, the pair invites equally hilarious guests on to, what they call, "the world's first easy listening, comedy podcast" to talk about all of the pop culture phenomena that we hold near and dear to our hearts, plus those guilty pleasures we should never be ashamed of. Each episode is a deep dive into one of these nostalgic pleasures -- and, honestly, who doesn't need that right now?
"There has never been a time when we didn't need comedy, but these days, there does seem to be more fighting than ever," McCullough tells ET. "We just wanted to make something where no one fights and the subjects are ones that bring us together rather than divide us."
Noting that his dream guests would be anyone who wrote an '80s power ballad, which isn't limited to Richard Marx, Belinda Carlisle, David Foster and Huey Lewis, he adds: "The most exciting part is the opportunity to create a community of like-minded people and fans."
Most importantly, he gets to work with his lady love. "My favorite part of working with Meg is that she's my best friend! She makes me laugh," says McCullough, whose stand-up special Maybe I'm a Man premieres June 8 on Comedy Central. "She also knows when to rein me in and when to encourage me to keep going, has a sexy voice and an amazing collection of muumuus!"
While their guests have waxed poetic over the likes of Mr. Rogers (John Mulaney), Patrick Swayze in Ghost (Nicole Byer) and Sweet Valley High (Emily V. Gordon), we taxed McCullough with coming up with the five most nostalgic TV shows, songs and movies that he just can't stay away from. Trust us, they're both oldies and goodies -- plus one you probably still watch with your parents.
"I can recite the movie word for word, and I love David Bowie for giving his whole heart to the role and the soundtrack."
That Thing You Do! (1996)
"I love the nostalgic look at the '60s era and that Tom Hanks wrote the theme by humming it to the guy from Fountains of Wayne."
Chris de Burgh's "The Lady in Red" (1986)
"My sister taped this off of the radio and danced to it in her room every night."
Golden Girls (1985-1992)
"No other show works as well as an emotional Band-Aid."
The Jeopardy! Theme Song
"We used to watch Jeopardy! as a family when I was young."