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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Episode 76 – Simpsons Periphery

The Simpsons: perhaps the greatest show in TV history. And when you’ve been on the air for 57 years (a guess), you’re going to become an ingrained part of pop culture for a lot of reasons that go beyond what happens on-screen.

This week we delve into everything Simpsons…except the episodes. Whether it’s branded promotional items or causing a moral panic, the Simpsons are everywhere and will still be everywhere long after we are all gone.

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Episode 75 – Mt. Rushless (aka Crummy Presidents)

You might have recently heard a certain current President joking that he belongs on Mt. Rushmore. As experts on the matter, we can say this: we certainly don’t want him joining Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and…let me check, it’s Teddy and not FDR, right…yes, Teddy Roosevelt on this hallowed monument.

However, we have another place he can go. (Well, several, but most of them aren’t fit for a family podcast.)

In honor of our 75th episode, we build our Mt. Rushless – a symbol of the crummiest Presidents this country has ever seen. WARNING: lots of pre-and post-Civil War leaders ahead!

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Episode 74 – Canadians

Canada: our neighbor to the North, with access to everything from free healthcare to French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. (Note: perhaps there’s a correlation between the poutine and the need for healthcare?) They’re just like us, except for being much more polite, speaking two languages and having a working system of governance.

So when we decided to do our Rushmore of Canadians, we knew we were out of our depths and needed an expert. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to convince Casey Corbin to join us as a guest judge. Casey is one of Canada’s most successful stand-up comedians and a REAL CANADIAN who truly understands what makes Canadians tick. (Answer: mostly maple syrup.)

If you like funny things (despite your patronage of this podcast), you should definitely follow Casey on Twitter and listen to his comedy album “Vampires Are Popular” on Spotify. And if you like wrestling, also make sure to check out his Talk ‘N Wrestling Podcast.

So grab a Labatt’s, order some Pizza Pizza, turn down the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme and crank up this episode. Please?

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Episode 73 – Truckers

This week, the boys are loading up the Big Orange and putting the hammer down on the Super Slab. They’ve got a load of hot takes on pop culture truckers, and they aren’t stopping until they reach the 99. That is, if they can get their convoy past Smokey.

Yeah, we really don’t know what that means, either, but we know it sounds cool as hell. And that’s because truckers are cool as hell. Well, the ones who aren’t serial killers, but really, that’s such a small population that we shouldn’t worry about it. Instead, we’re talking nothing but bandits. Outlaws. Good Buddies, if you will.

So turn on your CBs and get ready for a big Breaker 1-9 on the Mt. Rushmore of Truckers.

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!

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Episode 72 – ROAD TRIP!!!

OK, before we get on the road with this podcast, make sure that you’ve got everything you need. Everyone went to the bathroom before we left, right? Everyone has snacks and whatever they are going to read or listen to on the road? Because once we get this podcast started, I’m not stopping until it’s time for lunch.

Yes, there’s nothing like the lure of the open road. Especially when you are trapped in a car for hours with your family or friends. So instead of another game of Slug Bug to break up the boredom of your 11-hour trek from Sioux City to St. Louis, put this week’s episode on over your car speakers as we discuss the best and worst things about road trips.

Wait, what? You have to go to the bathroom? But we just left 10 minutes ago! Fine, we’ll pull this podcast over, but after this, that’s it!

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Episode 71 – Trades

Look, we don’t have any money. But we’re willing to trade ya 40 minutes of our C minus quality podcasting for 40 minutes of your super extra valuable time. Sound fair? Good.

This week we cover the Mt. Rushmore of Trades. From The Great One to the Bambino to Oswald the Rabbit, we’ve pretty much got it covered.

We also accept magic beans.

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