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Talking Sopranos

Sopranos co-stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa host the definitive Sopranos re-watch podcast. Michael and Steve follow the Sopranos series episode by episode giving fans all the inside info, behind the scenes stories and little-known facts that could only come from someone on the inside. Talking Sopranos also features interviews with additional cast members, producers, writers, production crew and special guests. Along with talking about the Sopranos, Michael and Steve will also share candid conversations about the entertainment business, their friendship and all the folks they’ve met along the way. This is a must listen for all Sopranos fans.

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Episode #91 "Made in America"
This is it folks the final episode of Talking Sopranos….and what better guest than David Chase to wrap it all up. Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa ask David a whole list of questions that have come up during the podcast….Is there really anything to the Rhiannon theory? Did Ralphie kill Pie-O-My? Is Tony alive or dead. It’s all in this final episode. Talking Sopranos #91 “Made in America” S7-E9. We would also like to thank all the fans who have followed us over the course of this podcast. It’s been incredible to take this journey with you and we love you all. We would also like to thank all our fantastic guests, the show just wouldn’t have been the same without you. We would like to thank all our amazing sponsors for supporting us and keeping the podcast going through a very difficult time for everyone. In closing a big thank you to everyone who has ever worked on the Sopranos and whose effort made this The Greatest Show in TV history! Cheers.Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s New York Times Best Seller WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818Check out Michael and Steve’s live show Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday February 12th at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, N.Y. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranoshttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://honehealth.com/talkingsopranos 
143:08 20/12/21
Episode #90 "Talking Sopranos Superfan Show"
This week it’s the second Talking Sopranos Superfan episode! Before Michael and Steve take on that final scene, they wanted to know what you..the fans think. Seven incredible Superfans join the podcast to talk about Tony’s fate, Sopranos conspiracies and much more. Don’t miss this one…..Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s New York Times Best Seller WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818 Check out Michael and Steve’s live show Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday February 12th at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, N.Y. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranos https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://mackweldon.com/talkinghttps://quip.com/talkingsopranos
121:11 13/12/21
Episode #89 "The Blue Comet"
Michael and Steve welcome Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante) back to the Talking Sopranos podcast. Steven shares his feelings about the final season and his thoughts about Tony’s ultimate fate. He also reveals the reason why Silvio ended up in a coma at the end of the series instead of getting whacked.Then by popular demand Michael and Steve welcome the Talking Sopranos producer Andy to the podcast. This is one interview that’s definitely going off the rails.After that Michael and Steve break down the second to last episode of the series. This is Steve’s last show and he has lots of inside info about that his final scene. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos #89 “The Blue Comet” S7 – E8. Go to Talkingsopranos.com for more info about the podcast and to buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise. Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s New York Times Best Seller WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818Check out Michael and Steve’s live show Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday February 12th at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, N.Y. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranoshttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://bluechew.comhttps://manlybands.com/sopranos 
114:27 06/12/21
Episode #88 "The Second Coming"
Aida joins Michael and Steve for this exciting episode of Talking Sopranos. She shares her best and worst memories about being on the show, as well as some intimate stories about working with James Gandolfini. She also talks about what it was like going into that final season and her thoughts about the finale. Then Michael and Steve breakdown this incredible episode. In this one AJ is going off the deep end…literally…and Robert Iler’s performance is absolutely spectacular. Tony and Phil have reached a breaking point and Melfi is questioning her ability to help Tony. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos #88 “The Second Coming”. Make sure to visit the Talking Sopranos website for more information about the podcast and to buy official merchandise. Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s New York Times Best Seller WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818Check out Michael and Steve’s live show Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday February 12th at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, N.Y. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranoshttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.xchairtalking.comhttps://www.wineenthusiast.comhttps://honehealth.com/talkingsopranos   
140:28 29/11/21
Episode #87 "Kennedy and Heidi"
This week Michael and Steve welcome Lorraine Bracco (Dr Melfi) back to the Talking Sopranos podcast. Lorraine was a huge part of the show and returns to discuss her thoughts about the ending. Michael and Steve were a bit surprised to hear how Lorraine found out about the final “cut to black”, and how she was not happy about the way Melfi ended the show. She also shares stories about David Chase and of course her thoughts on Tony’s fate. Then Michael and Steve get into this week's episode which is a big one. This is the last episode for Michael and one of the most shocking of the entire series. Lots to get into on Talking Sopranos #87 “Kennedy and Heidi” S7-Ep6. Make sure to visit the Talking Sopranos website for more information about the podcast and to buy official merchandise.  Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s New York Times Best Seller WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818 Check out Michael and Steve’s live show Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday February 12th at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, N.Y. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranos https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.xchairtalking.comhttps://www.wineenthusiast.comhttps://www.indochino.com 
143:06 22/11/21
Episode #86 "Walk Like a Man"
Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa are joined by Sopranos writer/executive producer and Academy Award nominee Terry Winter. Terry is a fascinating character and if you don’t know his full story check out Talking Sopranos #18. In this interview he talks about what it was like going into that final season, and how the writers were trying to wrap things up. He shares what David told him about the ending, and what he thought about the cut to black. Terry wrote four episodes in Season 7 including this one which he both wrote and directed. It was also the only show he ever directed. In this episode Christopher and Paulie are at odds and AJ can’t handle his break up with Blanca. Robert Iler’s is absolutely fantastic in this one. Check out Talking Sopranos #86 “Walk Like a Man” S7-Ep5. Make sure to visit the Talking Sopranos website for more information about the podcast and to buy official merchandise. Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s book WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818 See Michael and Steve live in Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday November 20th at the Andiamo Theatre in Warren Michigan. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranos https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://rothys.com/talkinghttps://www.xchairtalking.comhttps://mackweldon.com/talking 
155:55 15/11/21
Episode #85 Talking Sopranos Interview Special
     This week on Talking Sopranos Michael and Steve welcome five amazing guests to the podcast. First up it’s Frank Renzulli one of the most important writers on the Sopranos. Many of the stories from his life actually became scenes on the show.      Then it’s Rob Spragg from Alabama 3. He wrote the theme song for the Sopranos "Woke Up This Morning". You’ll be shocked to hear what the piece is really about.     Next up Henry Yuk. Henry only appeared in one episode but made a huge impact. He played Sungyon Kim who owned Kim’s Laundry, and ended up getting whacked by Tony Blundetto.      Then Executive Producer Ilene Landress joins the show. She ran things behind the scenes and knows where all the bodies are buried.      Lastly Dan Attias talks about what it was like to direct episodes of the Sopranos and to work with James Gandolfini Edie Falco. It’s a fantastic show you won’t want to miss. Talking Sopranos #85. Make sure to subscribe to the Taking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to learn more about the show. Make sure to pick up Michael and Steve’s book WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Click the link below or get your book wherever books are sold. https://www.harpercollins.com/products/woke-up-this-morning-michael-imperiolisteve-schirripa?variant=33092398710818See Michael and Steve live in Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos. Saturday November 20th at the Andiamo Theatre in Warren Michigan. Check the link below for dates in your area.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/comedy-and-conversations-with-the-sopranoshttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.kamikoto.com/sopranoshttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.xchairtalking.comhttps://www.pendulumlife.comhttps://www.getquip.com/talkingsopranos
163:24 08/11/21
Episode #84 "Chasing It"
     This week Michael and Steve welcome Robert back to the podcast. His work on the series was absolutely incredible, but to this day has never actually seen the show. He talks about his lifelong friendship with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and their Pajama Pants podcast. He also shares his thoughts about the entertainment business and why he decided to get out.      Then Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode, Tony Soprano takes another step toward the dark side, AJ and Blanca hit a rocky road and Hesh sees Tony for what he really is..Talking Sopranos #84 “Chasing It” S7- Ep4. Pick up your copy WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos on November 2nd wherever books are sold…..Michael and Steve will be signing copies Tuesday November 2nd at 7pm at the Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey http://www.book-ends.comMichael and Steve will also be holding a virtual event through Barnes and Nobel on Monday November 8th at 7pm.https://www.eventbrite.com/o/barnes-amp-noble-17337409237 Now’s your chance to enter the Talking Sopranos Superfan Contest and join Michael and Steve on the podcast. Just go to talkingsopranos.com or click the link below and tell us in 150 words or less why you are a Talking Sopranos Superfan and what you think happened at the end of the series. Entries are due by November 1st at midnight.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/fancontest Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 See Zopa live Saturday November 6th at Baby’s Alright in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.http://babysallright.com https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://bluechew.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.xchairtalking.comhttps://www.shopify.com/sopranos 
147:26 01/11/21
Episode #83 "Remember When"
    Michael and Steve welcome the one and only Vincent Pastore back to the podcast. Vinny has a blast sharing his favorite memories from the show, and how he thought he got whacked for smoking weed at a concert. He also shares a really funny story about how he screwed up introducing Bruce Springsteen at a concert, and of course whether he thinks Tony is alive or dead.     Then Michael and Steve take on the third episode of the final season. Tony is questioning Paulie’s loyalty, Phil is making big moves and the series is starting to build to that final ending.  Check out Talking Sopranos #83 “Remember When” S7-Ep3. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to buy official merchandise.      Now’s your chance to enter the Talking Sopranos Superfan Contest and join Michael and Steve on the podcast. Just go to talkingsopranos.com or click the link below and tell us in 150 words or less why you are a Talking Sopranos Superfan and what you think happened at the end of the series. Entries are due by November 1st at midnight.https://www.talkingsopranos.com/fancontest      WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos is available on November 2nd wherever books are sold. Get yours before they sell out. Also Michael and Steve are signing copies on November 2nd at the Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey http://www.book-ends.comBarnes and Noble will be holding a virtual event on Monday November 8th at 7pm.https://www.eventbrite.com/o/barnes-amp-noble-17337409237 Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 See Zopa live Saturday November 6th at Baby’s Alright in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.http://babysallright.com Get official Sopranos merchandise and more at http://www.proplayerstars.comNeed a ride call Broadway Elite and tell them Michael and Steve sent you. https://broadway-elite.com or call 973-515-8808https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://simplisafe.com/talkinghttps://www.indochino.com 
179:07 25/10/21
Episode #82 "Stage 5"
John talks about what it was like going into that final season and how he didn’t want it to end. He reminisces about his time on the show and whether he thinks Tony got whacked in the end.Then, we’re down to the final eight...This one has the hilarious Cleaver premiere, The end of Johnny Sac and somebody getting smacked with a Humanitas award. Every one of these last episodes are absolutely brilliant. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos #82 “Stage 5” S7 – E2. Remember to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and visit the Talking Sopranos website to buy official merchandise. You have until Monday November 1st to enter the Talking Sopranos Superfan Contest. Tell us why YOU are a Talking Sopranos Superfan, and what you think happened to Tony after that infamous cut to black. We’ll pick a few lucky winners to join the podcast and get a signed copy of WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos. Just click the link below or go to https://www.talkingsopranos.com  to enter. https://www.talkingsopranos.com/fancontest Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319Pick up your copy WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos on November 2nd wherever books are sold…..And get a signed copy on November 2 at the Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey http://www.book-ends.comAnd on November 4 at the Landmark Theatre in Port Washington, N.Y.https://www.landmarkonmainstreet.org https://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://rothys.com/talking
146:32 18/10/21
Episode #81 "Soprano Home Movies"
     We’re headed into the final season of the Sopranos and Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa are kicking things off with a bang! Talking Sopranos welcomes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, aka Meadow Soprano, back to the podcast. She tells us what it was like going into that last season, shooting the final episodes and once and for all if she thinks Tony Soprano is alive or dead.     Then Michael and Steve begin to breakdown the final season of the Sopranos. This was a huge episode for Steve and he has some fantastic behind the scenes stories to tell. Lots to discuss about how that big fight between Bobby and Tony went down and how Steve and Jim may have taken things a bit too far. It’s all in Talking Sopranos S7-Ep1 "Soprano Home Movies". Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise.Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory See Zopa Live at Crossroads in Garwood NJhttps://www.xxroads.com https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://nuts.comhttps://pendulumlife.comhttps://www.shopify.com/sopranos  
141:42 11/10/21
Episode #80 "The Many Saints of Newark Special"
The wait is finally over! The Many Saints of Newark has been released and we’re dedicating the entire show to the movie. This episode is packed with in depth interviews featuring the stars of the film. Michael and Steve talk to Alessandro Nivola (Dickie Moltisanti), Michael Gandolfini (Anthony Soprano), Corey Stoll (Junior Soprano), John Magaro (Silvio Dante), Leslie Odom Jr (Harold McBrayer) and of course the series and film’s creator David Chase. If you’re a Sopranos fan this is one you have to see. Check out Talking Sopranos #80 The Many Saints of Newark Special….and then go see the movie! Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today! https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranos everywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory See Zopa Live on October 15th at Crossroads in Garwood NJ https://www.xxroads.com https://www.talkingsopranos.com https://www.themanysaintsofnewarkmovie.com https://www.betterhelp.com/talking https://bluechew.com https://www.indochino.com
155:43 04/10/21
Episode #79 "Kaisha"
     This week Michael and Steve welcome the one and only Steven Van Zandt back to the podcast. Steven is best known as the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band, and for playing Silvio Dante on the Sopranos. But now Stevie has added author to his list of accomplishments. He just released his biography “ Unrequited Infatuations”. This book is an incredible story of Steven’s life in music, the entertainment business and as a political activist. in this episode Michael and Steve talk to him about it all. Stevie’s book is available through Amazon or wherever books are sold, It’s a must read!     Then we get in the Season 6 finale! Another fantastic episode with lots to discuss. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos #79 S6-Ep-12 “Kaisha”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to TalkingSopranos.com to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official merchandise.  Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory See Zopa Live at Crossroads in Garwood NJhttps://www.xxroads.com https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.themanysaintsofnewarkmovie.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://vitalfarms.comhttps://rothys.com/talking 
176:52 27/09/21
Episode #78 "Cold Stones"
     This week it’s another double header! Michael and Steve welcome Cara Buono (Kelli Moltisanti) and Alan Taylor (Sopranos director) to the podcast.      Cara’s up first and shares a great story about how Edie Falco welcomed her to the set. She also talks about what a crazy time she had with the Sopranos cast at the Emmys, and how show got the gig on Mad Men.     Then Alan Taylor joins the show. Alan not only directed nine episodes of the Sopranos but the soon to be released The Many Saints of Newark movie as well. He also had the honor of killing both Christopher and Bobby and has lots of stores about shooting those episodes.      Then can you believe we’re already up to S6-Ep11! It’s getting down to it and only one more left until we hit the back 9. Check out Talking Sopranos #78 “Cold Stones”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions, and buy official merchandise.Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory See Zopa Live at Crossroads in Garwood NJhttps://www.xxroads.com https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.themanysaintsofnewarkmovie.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://vitalfarms.comhttps://www.doordash.com
155:18 20/09/21
Episode #77 "Moe n' Joe"
This week Michael and Steve welcome the beautiful Emily Wickersham (Rhiannon Flammer) and Pete Bucossi (Sopranos Stunt Coordinator) to the Talking Sopranos podcast.Can you believe the Sopranos was actually Emily’s first real acting gig. She talks about how she got the job and what it was like being on the set with such an incredible cast. Then Pete Bucossi, the Sopranos Stunt Coordinator joins the podcast. He breaks down a few of the show's most famous stunts including the big one when Christopher rolls a car over a cliff and dies. After that Michael and Steve breakdown Moe n’Joe S6 – Ep10….another fantastic episode! Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. Get Sopranos Memorabilia and more athttps://collectiblexchange.comCheck out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://vitalfarms.comhttps://kamikoto.comhttps://www.manlybands.com/sopranoshttps://simplisafe.com/talking
189:19 13/09/21
Episode #76 "A Very Special Superfan Episode"
     From over 10,000 entries Michael and Steve picked eight lucky fans to join them on the show. We thought this one could be a complete disaster but it turned out to be one of our favorite episodes. The fans are really funny and have amazing insight into the series. Don’t miss this one. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://bluechew.comhttps://stathero.com/talkinghttps://vitalfarms.com 
133:31 06/09/21
Episode #75 "The Ride"
     Michael and Steve welcome Tim Daly (J.T.Dolan) to the Talking Sopranos podcast. Tim talks about his relationship with David Chase and how he ended up with the part of J.T. on the Sopranos. Was Tim’s character David’s way of poking fun  at the TV industry? After all J.T. only had an Emmy not an Oscar. Tim shares lots of personal stories including how he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with a broken toe…Incredible!     Then Michael and Steve break down one of the most compelling episodes of the entire Sopranos series. This might be Michael’s favorite overall, and he shares how he got through the extremely emotional scenes. Steve also had a prominent role in this one and he talks about how he got himself jacked up for the big scene with Tony Sirico. Check out Talking Sopranos Ep #75 “The Ride” S6-Ep9. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official Sopranos merchandise. Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistoryhttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talking 
132:10 30/08/21
Episode #74 "Johnny Cakes"
     This week the one and only Julianna Margulies (Julianna Skiff) joins Michael and Steve on Talking Sopranos. Julianna talks about her life, her career and what she learned from Michael on the Sopranos. She also shares stories from her Emmy award winning performances on ER, The Good Wife and her best-selling book “Sunshine Girl”.      Then Michael and Steve get into this week’s controversial episode. The guys have some great inside info to share, and breakdown stand-out performances by Joe Gannascoli and Robert Iler. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos Ep #74 “Johnny Cakes” S6-Ep8. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise.Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranoseverywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistory https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://simplisafe.com/talking    
171:06 23/08/21
Episode #73 "Luxury Lounge"
      This week Robert Patrick (David Scatino) joins Michael and Steve for another awesome episode of Talking Sopranos. Robert only appeared in 3 episodes of the Sopranos but was a really memorable character. He talks about how he got the gig and how important it was for him to do well. He shares some fantastic behind the scenes stories about the scene when Jim came after him for the money. Robert also talks about his career and how he got the role as the ultimate villain in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.   Then Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode which is one of the most fun of the entire series. Michael had a blast working with Sir Ben and Lauren Bacall on this one. BTW it was Michael who punched Lauren Bacall…he wouldn’t let anyone else do that. Check out Talking Sopranos #73 “Luxury Lounge” S6-Ep-7. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michal and Steve questions and buy official merchandise.Check out Comedy and Conversations with the Sopranos Live. Get your tickets today!https://www.ticketmaster.com/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos-tickets/artist/2683319 https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.com
171:17 16/08/21
Episode #72 "Live Free or Die"
     This week on Talking Sopranos it’s At Home with the Cusamanos! Michael and Steve welcome Saundra Santiago (Jeannie and Joan Cusamano) and Bob LuPone (Dr. Bruce Cusamano ) to the podcast.      Up first Saundra calls out a not so well-liked actor on the set of Miami Vice. Then she talks about about how she was originally brought in to read for the role of Carmela. But once she saw the script, she really wanted to play Melfi. She read for the part and even went to LA to audition in front of the folks from HBO. It wasn’t meant to be and she ended up playing one of the two sets of twins on the show.      Then it’s the ultimate Wonderbread Wop…Dr Cusamano. Bob LuPone played the character to a tee. He talks about his inspiration for the role, and what it was like to work with James Gandolfini. Then Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode. Can you believe we’re already at Season 6 Episode 6. Talking Sopranos #72 “Live Free or Die”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. Pre-order your copy of  WOKE UP THIS MORNING: The Definitive Oral history of the Sopranos everywhere books are sold, or go to hc.com/sopranosoralhistoryhttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://stathero.com/talkinghttps://www.stamps.com
174:38 09/08/21
Episode #71 "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request"
     This week on Talking Sopranos it’s another double barrel episode! Michael and Steve welcome William DeMeo (Jason Molinaro) and Joe Maruzzo (Joe Peeps) to the podcast.      Will’s dream was always to join the cast of the Sopranos but when he was first offered a role he had to turn it down because he was shooting Analyze This. David Chase remembered him and later cast him as Jason.      Joe and Michael have been friends from way back and have a great time catching up. Joe shares some incredible stories about his first day on set and how he found out his family actually had a real connection to the mob.      Then it’s the big wedding episode….Michael and Steve break down “Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request” Talking Sopranos #71 S6-Ep5. Don’t forget to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise at the Talking Sopranos website. In Conversation with the Sopranos Live - Saturday October 16, 2021 Ikeda Theater, Mesa, AZ. Go to the link below or Call 480-644-6500 for tickets.https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/in-conversation-with-the-sopranoshttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://bluechew.comhttps://www.hellofresh.com/talkingsopranos14
198:29 02/08/21
Episode #70 "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh"
     Michael and Steve welcome Lou Mustillo (Sal Vitro “The Gardener”) to the Talking Sopranos podcast. Lou was only in four episodes of the Sopranos but he was definitely a memorable character. He looks back at how funny he thought the show was and how much impact it had on his life. He tells a funny story about a day at Yankee stadium when he was shocked to hear the crowd chant “Do My Lawn” in his honor.      Then Michael and Steve break down another incredible episode of the Sopranos. As season 6 goes on, the show gets more and more complicated so lots to unpack and discuss. This was a big one for Steve who had a number of important scenes. Check out Talking Sopranos Ep #70 “The Fleshy Part of the Thigh” S6-Ep4. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and get official merchandise.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.stamps.com
168:36 26/07/21
Episode #69 "Mayham"
     Vanessa started as a “club kid” and the Sopranos was actually her first acting gig. From there she built a fantastic career working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She also starred as a series regular on shows like CSI: New Orleans, CSI: New York and 24.      Bob Shaw is an incredibly talented Production Designer who has been nominated for 5 Emmy awards and one Oscar. The Sopranos just wouldn’t have been the same without him and he has lots of behind the scenes stories to share.     After that Michael and Steve break down another fantastic episode of the Sopranos S6-Ep3 “Mayham”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise. See Zopa live at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Click the link below for more details. http://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercurylounge https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://nordvpn.com/sopranos  
184:06 19/07/21
Episode #68 "Join the Club"
     Ricky Gervais joins Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa this week on Talking Sopranos. Ricky is a huge fan of the Sopranos, a show which he calls “A Masterpiece”. He talks about why he believes the show was so successful, and of course his take on the ending. He also talks about his career, The Office, and his latest show After Life. Ricky also talks about hosting the Golden Globes and what people thought about his performance afterwards.      Then Michael and Steve break down what could be one of the most complicated episodes of the entire series. In this one Tony is Kevin Finnerty and the entire episode is one long dream…or is it. There’s a lot of hidden meanings and Michael tries to lay it all out for us. Is he reading to much into it…. or is he absolutely on point….Check it out and make your own decision. Talking Sopranos #68 “Join the Club” S6-Ep2. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the talking sopranos website to ask questions and buy official merchandise.See Zopa live at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Click the link below for more details. http://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercuryloungehttps://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://nordvpn.com/sopranoshttps://www.untuckit.comGet Tickets for Conversations with Sopranos October 2nd at the Packard Music Hall. Warren OH. https://packardmusichall.comhttps://www.ticketmaster.com
148:37 12/07/21
Episode #67 "Members Only"
     This week Michael and Steve welcome Dania Ramirez (Blanca Selgado) to the podcast. Dania has appeared in Heroes, Entourage, Justice League, Sweet Tooth as well as 5 episodes of the Sopranos. Originally her manager passed on the Sopranos audition but Dania thought he was crazy. It was always one of her favorite shows.      Dania was born in the Dominican Republic and never thought she would end up with such a successful career in show business. She talks about how she got her start, and what her family thought about her pursuing a career as an actress. She was really nervous her first day on the Sopranos set and it was James Gandolfini who calmed her down and told her to just relax. Dania has definitely had a very successful acting career but is also a busy entrepreneur involved in a number of projects from making wine to legal cannabis. Currently she is starring in her latest hit Sweet Tooth on Netflix.      After Dania’s interview Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode. It’s called “Members Only” and Steve kicks things off by showing some pics of him and Frank Sinatra who is wearing a Members Only jacket…This is the beginning of season six and this episode does not disappoint. It’s one of the best in the series with a lot to understand. Michael really focuses on the nuances in this one. Talking Sopranos Episode #67 “Members Only” S6-Ep1. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official merchandise.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://bluechew.comhttps://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercuryloungehttps://www.dryfarmwines.com/dania
166:21 05/07/21
Episode #66 "All Due Respect"
     This week on Talking Sopranos Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa finish off season five with special guest Toni Kalem (Angie Bonpensiero).      During the interview Michael and Steve are really surprised to find out that Toni was a finalist to play the role of Carmela! She was the one who went to LA for the screen test with Jim and the folks from HBO. Toni also talks about her early days as an actress in NYC. How she had to deal with the old casting couch mentality and how her bosses literally chased her around the desk. Luckily she was able to make the right connections and it was her talent that rose above. David Chase saw Toni in a film called The Wanderers and asked her to audition for the Sopranos. She didn’t get the role of Carmela but did land the part of Angie Bonpensiero, and wrote one episode herself. In the early days HBO wouldn’t fly her from LA so she lived with her parents while acting in one of the biggest TV shows in history.      Then Michael and Steve get another letter from A S. This time he really rips into Michael, and Steve has had it!. This may be the end of AS…After that Michael and Steve finish off season 5. This is another incredible episode and one that David Chase originally thought could be the series finale. Don’t miss Talking Sopranos #66 S5-Ep13 “All Due Respect”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com to buy merchandise and ask Michael and Steve questions. See Zopa live at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Click the link below for more details. http://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercurylounge https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.scoremaster.com/talkinghttps://www.cbdmd.com 
147:30 28/06/21
Episode #65 "Long Term Parking"
It’s another fantastic episode with two amazing guests.      First up, the legendary Peter Bogdanovich talks about how he started out as an actor in NYC and what gave him the bug to start directing. He shares stories about his friendship with Orson Wells, how he cast Tatum O’Neil in the Last Picture Show and of course how he ended up on the Sopranos. Peter became friends with David Chase who asked him to play the role of Melfi’s psychiatrist. He also directed Michael and Steve in Sentimental Education S5-Ep6 of the Sopranos.      Next Marianne Leone joins the podcast. Michael worked with Marianne on Goodfellas and the two remained friends ever since. She is a lot of fun and shares some great stories about her days on the Sopranos and how Federico Castelluccio restored a painting of her grandparents.      Then Michael and Steve get into one of the most surprising and dramatic episodes of the entire series. Michael and Drea both won Emmys for their performances as well as Terry Winter for the screenplay.  Tim Van Patten was nominated for directing. This is a great one…Talking Sopranos S5-E12 “Long Term Parking”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to talkingsopranos.com for official merchandise and to ask Michael and Steve questions.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.scoremaster.com/talkinghttps://www.stamps.com 
174:38 21/06/21
Episode #64 "The Test Dream"
     This week Michael and Steve welcome Sopranos writer and producer Matt Weiner to the podcast. Matt was an award-winning writer on the Sopranos but also created the incredible TV series Mad Men. He is a fascinating person and in 2011 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This is a candid and emotional interview where Matt talks about his difficult early days, working with David Chase and Jim’s passing.     Then Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode which Matt wrote. It’s a crazy one that definitely needs some explaining. Along the way Steve reads his living obituary which includes an intro to the Steve Motherf**ks the world video. He also busts Michael’s chops about where he shops and the fact he has never been to Cosco. Michael also tells a great story about how he and Steve went to Jamaica and tried to get into Hedonism but were denied.     Check out Talking Sopranos Ep #64 “The Test Dream” S5-Ep11. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask questions and buy official merchandise. https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.cbdmd.com 
159:11 14/06/21
Episode #63 "Cold Cuts"
     It’s another exciting double barrel episode with two fantastic guests.      First up Richard Portnow talks about his life as an actor and an amateur boxer. He also talks about the days he used to run into Tony “Junior” Sirico in the clubs of New York City. Over the years Richard has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and shares who he likes and who he doesn’t. Originally the character of Melvoin was only cast in one episode, but Richard brought so much to the role the writers kept him on as a reoccurring character.      Then Suzanne Shepherd joins the podcast. Suzanne played Carmela’s mother in the Sopranos, Lorraine Bracco’s mother in Goodfellas and Steve’s mother in Bluebloods. She was also a finalist to play Livia on the Sopranos but was happy to see Nancy Marchand own that role. After that Michael and Steve get into this week’s episode which is all about anger and revenge. Check out Talking Sopranos #63 “Cold Cuts” S5 – EP10. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos podcast wherever you get your podcasts and go to the Talking Sopranos website to ask Michael and Steve questions and buy official Talking Sopranos merchandise. Plus check out Michael’s Band Zopa live August 14th at the Mercury Lounge in NYC.https://www.talkingsopranos.comhttp://www.mercuryeastpresents.com/mercuryloungehttps://bluechew.comhttps://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.boxofawesome.comhttps://www.scoremaster.com/talking 
157:45 07/06/21
Episode #62 "Unidentified Black Males"
     Celebrity Superfan Alec Baldwin joins Michael and Steve this week on Talking Sopranos. Steve and Michael have always said no one comes on the podcast unless they were directly involved in the making of the Sopranos. Well we’re going to break that rule for Alec, and we’re going to break it again with the Talking Sopranos Superfan Contest!      In order to thank our fans for voting for us for the Webbys, Michael and Steve are going to invite a few lucky fans to join them on the podcast. Just go to the Talking Sopranos website and click the Superfan Contest link to enter. Tell us a little about yourself and why we should have you come on the podcast. We’ll pick a few lucky fans to join a future episode. https://talkingsopranos.com     Then before getting into this week’s episode, Michael and Steve try to rank Sopranos characters by wealth….Tony? Johnny? Who do you think has the most scratch? After that Michael and Steve break down this week’s episode, S5 – Ep9 “Unidentified Black Males”. Make sure to subscribe to the Talking Sopranos YouTube channel. Go to our website to ask Michael and Steve questions, buy Merchandise and enter the Talking Sopranos Superfan contest. https://www.betterhelp.com/talkinghttps://www.omahasteaks.comhttps://www.untuckit.comhttps://www.getsunday.com/talking
169:32 31/05/21