Beautiful Night is one man's vision to unite humanity and smash tyrants. The singular nature of this one-man show gives it the feeling of stepping into another person's dream. It's filled with music, characters, dark tales that interweave, & unpredictably surreal comedy with a mysterious logic all its own.
Does an evil thing haunt you now? The night air fills with song. Corn pones are consumed. The trial of the century looms. The boys journey to Bun, Illinois.
A cold wind blows. Friends are divided by an election. A sideways shuffle resumes in the flickering twilight of civilization. Ben, shrinkin, is bullied by an addled boy.
It's the little things that matter. This episode is currently up for the MOST DRAMATIC SOLO PODCAST EPISODE AWARD. Please vote! Ben Banach nails it once again!
The story of Baby Island concludes (for now). The miniature word for "miniature" is "mini". No miniature word for "beautiful".
Even in this strange condition, I can find you in my hand.
On an unmapped mountain, the oak breaks, but the willow bends.
Under a troubled moon, milk is shed. Cocoons are broken. Near the mouth of a forest, fields of wheat wave beneath the stars. A vision is had.
Anyone can make a murderer, but late night owls are BORN. Ben falls hard. Lives are changed over the course of a party.
Dandelions in the mouth of a toad. Ben hits the road with road comic & noted werebear Jean Michel Stane.
All by himself, Ben is having a beautiful night. But things do not stay that way.
Chronicles of Nannya is a resource podcast meant to help connect and inspire nannies from around the world. Every week we cover a new activity, issue or aspect of nannying in the hopes that you can use the information with your little ones! For more resources, visit the "Episode Resource" Page on the Chronicles of Nannya website for pictures, print outs, links and more. If you have any questions, suggestions, encouragements or stories you'd like to share, please send us an email here. Nannying is hard work, but the rewards are endless! Thank you for all your support!
s a nanny, we play a role in a family that is as unique and varied as there are numbers of families. One aspect of that is when a family pet (or two or three) is involved! From contract renegotiations to teaching children how to pet animals, there's a lot to handle with family pets! Simone Watkins joins us this week to help sort through the ups and downs of working for a family with a pet!
September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. My guest and dear friend, Cady Leinicke, has Alopecia and joins us once again to share her story and tips for helping little ones take back their confidence! If your little one or someone you know has Alopecia, this episode can offer insight and ways to help support them!
The start of school can often be a time of anxiety for many kids. There are so many new aspects and that can be a little scary. This week my wonderful guest, Kait Burch, and I discuss different ways to help children who are feeling anxious about anything from sharks to a new school to not coloring "the right way".
Chronicles of Nannya is now one year old! And to celebrate I've invited my nannies from when I was little on to chat! We reminisce about when I was little and also take a look at what child care in the 90s looked like. I also got to see how their influence has stuck with me in ways I didn't even know! From my love of theater to manners to communicating feelings, I owe so much to these wonderful women who helped raise me! Thanks, Margie and Debbie for everything you did to help raise me and everything you continue to do!
Nap time. It's a vital part of a child's day but can also be a stressful part of a nanny's day when it goes bad. How do you determine when nap time should be? What should you do if your nanny kid falls asleep in the car right before nap time? How can you help younger siblings with their nap time FOMO? Brittany and I cover it all in this episode! Plus, I share my guaranteed method for getting kids to fall asleep. Thanks for listening!
Did you know that when a child first begins to lie it's actually a developmental milestone? From little fibs to invisible friends to be huge lies, this episode will help you navigate all the different ways we interact with lies as a nanny. Cady Leinicke is my guest and, as always, she brings a wealth of knowledge and book recommendations to this episode! If lying is something you're struggling with in your nanny family, this episode is sure to help!
Summer is starting to wind down and that means our kiddos are getting a little antsy. Lately, my guest, Leah Frires and I have been hearing choruses of "I'm bored" coming from our charges. Teaching kids how to handle being bored is such an important lesson and this episode is full of ways to combat boredom! From making a Boredom Jar to teaching them chores to having them create a play, this episode covers so many boredom busters, you'll never get bored again!
Every nanny has those days where literally everything that could go wrong, seems to go wrong. So I invited my friend and world class sommelier, Dan Kroes, on to pair some drinks with stories from the nanny community of no good, very bad days! This episode is fun, but please enjoy these recommendations responsibly! Enjoy!
ouble your trouble, double your fun! Nannying for twins may be twice the challenged, but it's also twice the love! Annie Lynch is my guest this week and we not only discuss strategies for nannying twins, but we also discuss our favorite movie twins! This is a fun episode that was a blast to record!
For many parents and nannies, mealtime can be one of the most difficult times of the day. Cady Leinicke is back again to talk us through ways to end mealtime power struggles once and for all! From picky eaters to slow eaters to messy eaters, this episode covers it all! Thanks for listening!
Clerk & Dagger
After a chance Craigslist discovery of a paid internship, cash-strapped college-grad Samantha Newberg enters into a bizarre office space filled with absurd coworkers, blood-magic internet rituals, and a bewildering absence of rules! Can she keep it together and survive this corporate environment full of strange menial tasks and deadly secrets?!
And we're back! It's the season finale, the top of the 6th inning, and the Lizard People are up 6-5. The world order is at stake! So we have one question for you: Are you ready for some soft...ball?
It's the first part of the season finale, so get your pennants and softball caps ready! It's the Lizard People vs. the Illuminati! Who will win control of the Illuminati Office and the Earth?
The Moleman's prophecies were true! Elder Lizard Prime and her loyal lounges of lizards are drawing up battle plans and ascending from the Inner Earth in their fleet of Magmabusses to conquer the Illuminati once and for all!
Ahoy! Mystery Ken and Trouble the Cat are marooned in a pipe sticking out of the vast underground ocean, until a mysterious day care boat arrives in their time of need. Will our two lost souls become guests aboard this eerie ship, or will they join the ranks of the captive orphans?
Mazes! Minotaurs! Musicals! The unhinged, subterranean Moleman traps our small party of Illuminati coworkers with a dangerously imaginative game of his own design!
Down we go into HR Giger's dungeon to check out his expansive VHS collection for clues about the Lizard People. Perhaps our intrepid office workers will find the answers they seek in the home movies of HR's old unhinged friend - the Moleman!
Deception! Impostors! Lizard People! Turns out the new interns were scouts sent up from the Lizards in the Inner Earth to infiltrate our beloved Illuminati! Let's take them to court! Everybody, into the conference room for a quick courtroom parody sesh...
Ruh-Roh! It's a midseason finale! Jaime Buffet & his buddy Roadie stumble upon a body, Chaad & Mikey aka the Bizness Boyz are back in action to solve the crime, and secrets are revealed about the mysterious new interns!
Hank and Lloyd have a special treat for their new intern Guy Fieri! He's in for a cosmic whirlwind of flavor!
Tonight on a very special Clerk & Dagger, Satan is in disguise and on the ground floor in the newest episode of the hit reality TV show Incognito CEO! Will the workers at the Illuminati figure out it's him? Will Satan learn a valuable lesson about life as a low-level employee? What cool gifts will Satan dish out at the end? Find out tonight on Incognito CEO!
It's Clawsday in the depths of the Inner Earth, so you know what that means! Let's all go to the Human Zoo! Yes, it's the perfect day for all the lizard boys and girls to listen in on the human specimens go about their business in their natural sitcom habitats. Be sure to pay a visit to one of the newest captives known as…Mystery Ken.
Sam and Jimothy meet this mysterious new batch of interns and divvy them out to train under other coworkers. Keep an eye out on these fresh new faces!
No one escapes the office of the Illuminati! Clerk & Dagger returns to find Samantha Newberg settled into her well-earned role of "All-Star Intern" and overseeing a company carnival and picnic jamboree. Everything is going well until Hank & Lloyd invent new foodstuffs, four new interns mysteriously arrive, and Tammy's strange secret is revealed!
In this second and final part of the season finale, Sam goes to the depths of bathrooms to find a mystical object long thought to be non-existent and quite possibly the only object that could stop Mystery Ken's evil plan -- The Rule Book!
Sam awakens from the Dream Machine into a world of Casual Friday - a world of shorts, lime-a-ritas, and some jams! How is Sam going to get through the first part of this super-casual Clerk & Dagger Finale?
While locked and knocked out within the Dream Machine, Sam appears inside HR Giger's weird dream. She must find her way out with the help of Lil Dream Giger to investigate Mystery Ken's mysterious plan.
Sam is distracted from her task of gathering signatures to follow a mysterious sound. What secrets will she uncover? What lives in the foul depths of the office park?
Chaad and Mikey take it over and go through the office to solve a mystery in their own kickass way! Y'all ready for this?!
Gary quests for an outlet for the scavenger hunt to win Gail's affection, customer service gals Sallie Mae and Chevrolette hang out in the breakroom and take everybody down a peg, and Sam returns from the Cryptozoo!
After waking up from a long nap/sedation, Sam is placed in a room to watch an old copy of "New Employee Safety and Training" video.
Tammy's favorite day of the week has finally arrived: Monday! In order to keep the internet on, she must lead the weekly ritualistic bloodletting and lasagna potluck to appease the Wise One.
Everybody's gotta go to the bathroom sometime during the workday! While you're in there, chat it up with everyone's favorite Bathroom Priest! You don't have much of a choice, he's always there for you! Samantha confesses her progress to the Bathroom Priest, and the mysterious evil mastermind truly behind the petition for Casual Friday emerges...
Gary hasn't made a single phone call in customer service for years because of his D20-based contract. He's been on an incredible three-year luck streak! He spends most of his lonely days in his head as his heroic, high-fantasy self. However on this day of all days - Gambling Day - his luck is about to change!
After getting a secret mission from the Bathroom Priest, Sam's new job is to go around the office to get a mysterious petition signed. Her first stop: The Department of Synergy, which just barely contains the very energized, buzzword-inventing Hank and Lloyd!
Uh oh! Looks like Samantha's actions landed her into the biomechanical lair of Human Resources, which is managed by none other than HR Giger!
Samantha Newberg starts a strange new job she found on Craigslist and meets her absurd coworkers.
Come on in and sit for a while, and hear the tale of four bold adventurers on Desks & Dayjobs, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in the real, boring world! Based on the characters and classes from the fifth edition of the classic game, Desks & Dayjobs takes all that cool fantasy stuff and translates it to the mundane world of office life. Tune in to hear the adventures of Brube Camry the accountant (Dwarf Rogue), Hobe Shadetree the HR representative (Halfling Druid), Orlando Jordan the middle manager (Tiefling Barbarian), and Stuart Beacon the IT guy (Half-Elf Wizard).
Will our heroes be able to overcome the awkwardness of office social interactions? Will they be able to solve the puzzles of malfunctioning office equipment? Will they defeat the final, literal boss?
It’s time for a breakroom showdown (the one with the ping pong table, not the one with the busted espresso machine)! Will The Bulldogs be able to stand up to Alan Bloodskull and his two cronies? Or will this be the last rootin’ tootin’ adventure for our friends? Giddy-up, pardner! This episode is brought to you by Hard Cider.
It’s time for our heroes to gear up for the impending Battle of the Break Room (The One with the Ping Pong Table, Not the One with the Broken Espresso Machine)! Will they spend their time strategizing and gathering the full force of NPC Inc? Or will they spend a lot of time in the bathroom quoting “Down with the Sickness”?
Things get weird immediately when our heroes confront Alan Bloodskull in the bathroom (it turns out scary lawyers don’t like being confronted in bathrooms) and they find themselves engaged in combat with their most dangerous foe yet. Will they get the information they promised Tracy? Or will they just bully an adult man into submission? This episode is brought to you by Cars.
The drinks and intrigue are flowing at the first meeting of the copywriters’ union! Is Alan Bloodskull actually there to help Tracy? Or is he all talk and no…legal advice? The Bulldogs are on the case, after they refresh their drinks!
A new day has dawned for our adventurers, and now it’s time for them to head to their clandestine meeting with the copy writers. Is something afoot at the Hammered & Sickle? Or do our heroes just have a real problem with looking for mysteries where there are none?
What is Maxwell up to in the bathroom? Is he scheming more ways to interrogate our heroes, or is there something more sinister afoot? It’s up to The Bulldogs to save the day/make a commotion in the kitchen…godspeed you glorious, pasta-eating idiots!
It’s lunchtime for The Bulldogs! Or is it TRAPTIME? As our adventurers set out with Maxwell for their fancy Italian victory meal, they struggle to keep up and keep Maxwell from learning about the copywriters’ secret meeting. Will they roll some twentos? Or will we all be tweeting #AreTheyOk, #No?
Important news alert: Our heroes have finally discovered their fun group name. Listen to this episode to hear the complete non-sequitur that inspired them, and also what happens when the team faces a slow day at the office. Will they spend their entire day bugging a fun co-worker, or will they decide to cash in a free lunch from an old foe?
The gang is back! After being ambushed by Tracy in the last episode, Stuart is in a tight spot, and the only one who can save him is Orlando. Will he be able to snap him out of his tech-induced fugue state? Or will one our heroes get fired before they come up with a great team name?
Our heroes find themselves on another floor of NPC Inc, on the hunt for whoever is behind the copier crimes on their floor. Will they be able to find the info they need? Or will they have to kidnap someone? Boy, I really hope they don’t kidnap anyone, they just got done making friends with those dog-cops.
We are two Chicago comedians who read books that only a dumb guy would pick up. Then we sit down and record ourselves discussing the themes and characters like a traditional book club. Sometimes this is an exercise in masochism and sometimes we are pleasantly surprised with a fun read.
The dumb guys talk about a book they actually like.
We disrespect the troops and take a look at some band paintings.
Is the audio on this episode fucked up? Yes. Does Chris feel awful about it because it's probably our best episode? Yes. Honestly, this episode is so good it should get a write up in idiots monthly or something.
We ruin Jacob's love for Evel by reading about all the awful things he did. Listen to an innocent boy learn that santa isn't real all over again. Keep kicking ass for the lord you dumb dumbs.
The Dumb Guy's get close to scientology and then run away in fear! Well actually Chris didn't read the book so we have to shame him. Also, we flirt again with copyright law.
The Dumb Guys crawl around in the twisted mind of OJ Simpson and once and for all put the trial to rest. They also get off topic and talk about how tired they are. It might break some copyright laws. We'll see. Throw me in the The Hague, I dare you.
The dumb guy's take a look back at hall of fame scumbag Charles Bukowski's autobiographical novel about being a terrible person.
The Dumb Guys climb into the mind of Sadie Robertson and they don't like what they find. Follow along at home as we take the Live Original Challenge that ends each chapter.
In this episode the dumb guys read a book about some bigfoot hunters. They learn to laugh and love the great Tom Burnette and his insane hillbilly stories. They also learn to loathe Rob Riggs and his insane theory that the bigfoot is a ball of energy that protects another plane of existence.
This week we avoid being Left Behind from this popular series 20 years ago.
The boys read Holy Cow by David Duchovny, but they wish they hadn't
This is the first episode of Dumb Guy Book Club. We read Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre and you laugh at us for being so dumb.
Join Jesse and Richard in an all-new Fuzzy People with guest Tiffany Keane, Artistic Director & Founder of Otherworld Theatre!
Join Fuzzy People as we greet the great Dylan Nelson, Co-Founder of the Few Brews Beer Club in Chicago, as we discuss college nostalgia, books, brews, and misadventures!
Join Jesse, Richard, and Tony as they interview comedian Nick Martin and talk about baby bins, the new interview space, zines, The Thread, and let's give a shout out to shout outs and more shout outs!
Impress Me With Music
Impress Me With Music is a weekly podcast where comedians Mary Novokhovsky and Dave Metz strive to create the perfect playlist. Each week they'll bring you a collection of songs by new artists, hidden gems, timeless B-sides and the occasional hit. You can listen and stream their playlists on Spotify by following ImpressMeWithMusic.
Feeling down? Need motivation? Love getting that heart rate pumping before you do what you gotta do? Throw this playlist on.
Dave Maher is a funny comedian and creator of the Dave Maher Coma Show and music aficionado. Follow him on twitter at @thisisdavemaher.
Mary and Dave return to Chicago after taking a honey moon in the City that Never Big Apples. This week we've got a playlist based around New York City itself.
Mary & Dave are getting ready to get married in just a few days, and in from California are their friends Bella & Andrew. Bella is a former vegetable EMT and Andrew is "on the fringe of the entertainment industry." We talk music, marriage and YouTube stars.
Mary & Dave put together their new parenthood playlist for Impress Me With Music - an assortment of songs that make us think of the birth of our daughter Sophia.
Kate Meyers (aka Muhammad) schools us on musicals and we say a lot of ignorant things about a respected art form. Muhammad is Dave's friend from China/Kalamazoo and she is a literature and drama teacher, in addition to staring in many musical theatre productions over the years.
Dan Muller (We Book Celebrities) is our first guest. Our goal is to impress him with music we think he would like. We're not sure if we did or not. This episode includes: Kanye West, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the National.
Dave and Mary are back in Chicago creating the perfect playlist for the night times. This episode: Ebony Bones, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Gil Scott-Heron, Sean Leon, Hot Chip, Dr. Dre, Kevin Gates, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and more!
Mary and Dave kick the show off in Miami, FL. In this episode we begin our ideal playlist for Summer 2017 (aka the Summer of Love Part 2).
Welcome to J-Train, the improvisational ramblings of the human mind. Hosted by Jake Dewar and featuring a special guest, this show embraces the weird and takes you on a journey no one understands but will find meaning to it if they’re lucky.
Wall mounting has a double meaning. Bathroom troubles and experimental cats. Join the church of Tito. Boy bands are awkward. Trading is risky and Jesus is a product.
Mermaid music. Wake up! Have a drink. People are fake. Drugs and llamas. Fangirls don’t act their age. News is sad. Bob is everyone. Squirrels are thieves.
Mountains are high. Please interrupt. Bottom nethers. Corn is half off. Beware toaster strudels. Cars go fast. Hope don’t float. Dogs transform. Enjoy the rocket ride. Bombs and Triscuits.
Scooters are bikes. Weather is a metaphor. Hi. Kids should read. Trees may exist. Slugs need holders. Crotch shots can be tasteful. Making funny noises helps.
Butter it up. Relax. Jake’s hair is a nest. Monkeys eat bananas. We got Alzheimer’s. Dan forgot to start. We drop everything. Circuses are weird.
We’re living in the Matrix. Dancing is life. Sand is infected. Bulls need their eyes. Demons are taking over. People can be T-rexes. We like women and poodles. Aliens founded Europe.
We might be happy. What’s wrong with Betty Grable? Don’t do things you shouldn’t. Made up words. Outdated election references. I’m far away. Life choices are yours to make.
The news is new. Volleyballs hit people’s heads. We can hear our thoughts. The radio is known for sex. Sometimes you lose. Cheeses and Creamsicles. Gloves cover hands. Cats or dogs?
People have multiple people inside of them. Voles talk badly. Sports are games that people play competitively. Franklin plays music. Demons are bad at dating. Men of tin are tinny.
Three dumb idiots talk about the biggest lizard idiot who shoots dumb radiation out of his dum dum face