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A New Leaf is episode 318 focusing on the 1971 film of the same name and the first part of The Podbreak Cast miniseries on the films of Elaine May. Posted April 4, 2021.


Heavens! It’s technically April, but we’re talking MAY! The guys kick off our Elaine May mini series with her debut feature A New Leaf, while also diving deep into her history as an improv and sketch comedy trailblazer. This episode also marks the return of Ben’s nicknames, and includes a wild ride through the top box office hits of 1971. Billy Jack, anyone? [1]

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • The episode and miniseries faced criticism from journalist Carrie Courogen, who is writing a biography of Elaine May. She initially tweeted objections to the series before it began, largely criticizing that A New Leaf wasn't a blank check—a fundamental misunderstanding of the podcast's concept. [2] She did however tweet a fact-checking of the episode and question the continued narrative of who is telling May's story and why that matters when introducing her to a larger audience, with with the podcast tweeted their agreement. [3][4]


  1. A New Leaf on Audioboom. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. @carriecourogen, Trying to understand how every film Elaine May made was a blank check when she fought to make $50K to write, star in, & direct A New Leaf—and the studio only let her do the latter because it was cheaper + they were told it'd be a good look for them—while Walter Matthau got $250K, twitter. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  3. @carriecourogen, I fact checked the Blank Check episode on Elaine May’s A New Leaf, twitter. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  4. @blankcheckpod, [ Carrie is right here. We do have a responsibility to get things right - especially with a filmmaker like May. twitter. Retrieved April 4, 2021.