On the August 15, 2020 episode of “Pop Life” singer-songwriter, author, political activist and occasional actor Bob Geldof stops by the Pop Life bar. He became famous as the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and became a legend when he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia and went on to organize the charity super-concert Live Aid… He is an accomplished solo artist whose charitable work continues to this day. We talk about the Boomtown Rats, “Citizens of Boomtown,” their first album in 36 years, the new single, “Trash Glam Baby” and much more.
Then the “Pop Life” panel, that’s Gordon Deppe of The Spoons, Monika Deol of Electric Circus and DeGrassi’s Stacie Mistysyn talk about revisiting the past in the here and now.
Film critic and pop culture historian Richard Crouse shares a toast with celebrity guests and entertainment pundits every week on CTV News Channel’s exciting talk show POP LIFE.
Featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including rock legends Sting and Meat Loaf, musicians Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, comedian Ken Jeong, writer Fran Lebowitz, superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actors Danny DeVito and Jay Baruchel, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Nigella Lawson, and many more.
ICYMI: The Pop Life panel, hip hop historian and author Dalton Higgins, “Degrassi” star Stefan Brogen and Retrontario curator and pop historian Ed Conroy, share their take on continuity and the impact it has on their personal lives as well as pop culture.
– Second season of POP LIFE to feature in-depth interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including Randy Bachman, Jim Cuddy, Jann Arden, Danai Gurira, Scott Borchetta, Lena Waithe, and many more –
TORONTO (March 5, 2018) – Drinks and conversation are flowing at the POP LIFE bar as CTV News Channel presents another round of the pop culture talk show hosted by film critic and pop culture historian Richard Crouse. The second season of POP LIFE features Crouse hosting celebrity guests and entertainment pundits for in-depth interviews and discussions each and every week, premiering Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel. POP LIFE also airs Saturday nights at 12 midnight ET on CTV.
Season 2 sees celebrities and newsmakers from across the entertainment world open up to Crouse about their work, their lives on the road, the creative process, and more. This season’s feature interviews include Canadian music legend Randy Bachman explaining why his phonographic memory led him to trade in his violin for a guitar, singer-songwriters Jim Cuddy and Jann Arden on the creative process, Black Panther star Danai Gurira on role models, and international music mogul and co-creator of Bell Media’s THE LAUNCH, Scott Borchetta, on the value of music. The new season of POP LIFE also features interviews with Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the co-creators of smash musical hit Come From Away, EMMY® Award-winning screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe, celebrated British novelist Martin Amis, royal biographer Andrew Morton, and many more.
The second season of CTV News Channel’s POP LIFE features host Richard Crouse chatting with newsmakers from across the entertainment world, including Canadian singer-songwriter and Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy
Crouse moderates the show’s lively panel discussions – set in the POP LIFEbar – featuring actors, journalists, and entertainment personalities debating hot topics in pop culture and the arts.
“My first radio boss told me something I’ve never forgotten,” said Crouse. “People want to hear about people. It’s simple and true and that’s what we’ve brought to POP LIFE, the chance for some of the most interesting people from pop culture – actors, musicians, newsmakers and authors – to share their personal stories and opinions. We keep it conversational and you never know what people will say. I can’t wait to share this season with our viewers.”
Crouse is the resident film critic for CTV News Channel and CP24. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, THE RICHARD CROUSE SHOW, originates on NEWSTALK 1010 in Toronto. He is also the author of nine books on pop culture history including Who Wrote the Book of Love, the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, its sequel The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, the best-selling Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils and Elvis is King: Costello’s My Aim is True. He also writes a weekly column for Metro newspaper.
In addition to airing Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, POP LIFE also airs Saturday nights at 12 midnight ET on CTV and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel. Encore presentations of the show air Saturdays on Gusto (see local listings).
Welcome to the House of Crouse. When Terry Jones announced, ‘I’ve got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded,’ I immediately thought back to discussing the legacy of Monty Python with the comedy legend. He’s a lovely man and I wanted to share a few minutes of that talk with you. Then “Degrassi: Next Class” screenwriter Courtney Jane Walker swings by to talk about how she finds inspiration everywhere from court rooms to the subway. Finally, we go long with “American War” author and former war correspondent Omar El Akkad. The Washington Post called the novel “poignant and horrifying” and El Akkad is a fascinating conversationalist. It’s all great stuff so c’mon in and sit a spell.