On this week’s Poker In The Ears, Hartigan and Stapes are joined by one of the main creative driving forces behind the hit sitcom Modern Family, Danny Zucker.

First, it’s an update on the coronavirus situation (2:10), which is affecting all of our lives. With EPT live events cancelled for the foreseeable future, the boys will be running a very special live streaming show dubbed EPT Retro. The show starts on Tuesday March 24. and will offer modern coverage of classic EPT events, so be sure to tune in on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels.

Joe brings us stories from his Pepsi commercial (7:25) and time on the set of Card Counter (7:25). Then it’s time for this week’s before this week’s guest, legendary TV writer and producer Danny Zucker (28:56).

Zucker talks about his ( often abusive) relationship with poker (31:03), as well as his time spent as the only amateur on Friday Night Poker, where he played against pros like Maria Ho and Phil Hellmuth.

The discussion moves on to Modern Family (41:32), a show that Danny Zucker describes as being like a “campfire for the family”. How did the TV series become such a success and how is Zucker dealing with life after his work on such a long running production?

The podcast ends with Superfan vs Stapes. This week, Ryan Abbot from the UK takes on Joe in specialist subject The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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