Episode 86 – Impulse Buys You Immediately Regret

Regrets? We’ve had a few. And many of them involve making a purchase that you didn’t plan on making. This week, we discuss our impulse buys that we immediately regret making. The crazy part is that we keep making these purchases again and again.

Why? Because we’re dummies, that’s why!

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Episode 85 – Ensemble Comedic Movies

When you’re an above the line type comedy star, it takes a whole lot to set aside one’s ego to play a smaller role. But when the cast is made up of other stars, some opportunities just can’t be missed.

Look, we don’t believe any of that crap. Each one of us would sabotage the other two to get our own popular podcast. And so would every comedian in Hollywood. But on this episode we debate the Mt. Rushmore of Ensemble Comedic Movies, so we play nice with each other for one more week.

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Episode 84 – Kickball (Adult Style)

Columbus Day is a special time in America. We all come together to celebrate someone who got so drunk on his boat that he thought that Cuba was China when he landed, and then proceeded to plunder from, rape and murder countless indigenous people. It’s also a great time for kickball!

The Founders’ Cup is the largest kickball tournament in the world and it’s held each Columbus Day in Las Vegas. With the special bond the adult style kickball has with our show, we thought this was a perfect time to talk about our favorite kickball things.

Here to help us out is Sa Dao of Club WAKA – he’s basically the Roger Goodell of adult kickball. From the ridiculous to the sublime (mostly ridiculous) we cover all of the things that make adult kickball so popular.

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Episode 83 – SNL Skits Involving Athletes

We all expect actors to do well when they guest host Saturday Night Live. Performing is literally their job. And while it’s a different kind of performing, you can make the same case for musicians, who have to tell a story with their songs. But athletes? Meatheads? Jocks? They are going to bomb, right?

Well, not always. Some of the best SNL skits of all time feature athletes stepping outside of their comfort zone and showing off comedic chops we didn’t know they had. Here’s our Rushmore of the most impressive and downright hilarious SNL sketches to involve athletes.

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Episode 82 – Tim Burton Movies

This week’s we’re discussing the movie oeuvre of Tim Burton, one of Hollywood’s biggest iconoclasts and a man who never met a dark castle he couldn’t make darker, a part that Johnny Depp couldn’t play, or a comb. From his earliest work to upcoming projects (and we’re trying to wrap our heads around what Tim Burton’s Dumbo will be like), we’re celebrating the work of American cinema’s cool but kinda creepy uncle. It’s Showtime!

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Episode 81 – Rushmore of Fictional Butlers

Maybe the butler didn’t always do it, but we’ve gone and done it – a whole episode about fictional butlers. They might be stuffy, sassy or undead, but they always have one thing in common: they are WAY smarter than the people they work for.

Michael, Richard and Jeff are at your service with a platter of hors d’oeuvre, champagne flutes and another great podcast.

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Episode 80 – Non-Actors Turned Actors

I would imagine that there’s nothing more frustrating than being a struggling actor, training to perfect you craft and struggling for years to get a big break – only to see someone get a role THAT YOU COULD HAVE KILLED who isn’t even an actor. It would be like a medical student watching a janitor perform an emergency appendectomy. Or a baseball player who sees someone who hadn’t played baseball in a decade get signed just because he was popular at another sport.

But I digress.

Fortunately, not making acting your first choice doesn’t mean you can’t be a great actor. This week we look at musicians, dancers and regular people who have gone on to become accomplished thespians. And also Shaq.

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Episode 79 – Business Meetings

Research has shown that the average person spends 78% of their waking lives in business meetings. Fortunately, the vast majority of these meetings are productive, useful and pleasant.

Just kidding. We all know that business meetings are nightmarish, hellscapes designed to break down the spirit of any worker. If Kafka was alive today, all of his characters would be involved in setting up monitors for video presentations.

We’ve been tasked with creating a three-person committee to review the potential resources available for building a Mt. Rushmore of Business Meetings, empowering the listeners to be entertained at our selections, and a lot of other buzzword garbage.

But the good news: free lunch!

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Episode 78 – Songs About Los Angeles

This week we take a look at the songs that define our podcast’s hometown. (Well, technically we record in Burbank, but close enough.) Our choices run the gamut to sing along songs you hear after a win by our local sportsball teams to laments about the crushed spirits of dreamers who came here and became broken by the quest for fame.

Also: Frank Zappa really hates the way girls from the Valley talked in the 1980s!

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Episode 77 – Ad Campaign Villains

This week we take a look at Ad Campaign Villains – the Goofuses to the Gallants for whatever brand created them. Fear is a powerful selling point, and if hideous troll-beasts drilling into your teeth is enough to get you to worry about the quality of your toothpaste, then the ad wizards have done their job.

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