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!
The wonderful Cady Leinicke is back to talk about Nanny Self Care! Nannies have a very difficult and exhausting job. There's no way around it. And those who choose to nanny will often put their nanny family's needs and wants before themselves over and over again. In this episode, we talk through several strategies to take better care of yourself in order to be the best nanny you can be!
Tis the season for end of the year bonuses and the nanny groups are abustle with talk of this emotionally charged topic. So I brought on Nanny Counsel creator and owner, Brooke Weglarz, to talk us through all things bonus! We discuss ways everything from what is standard in our industry to include bonuses in a contract to how to handle it if you don't receive a bonus.
To read Brooke's article, click here: https://www.nannycounsel.com/blog/tis-the-season-to-give-your-nanny-a-holiday-bonus
The holidays often bring more toys than kids know how to handle. But we all know that most of those toys will fall by the wayside pretty quickly. Teaching kids to play games that require no equipment help them learn that they have all the tools they need to have fun already! This week, I am joined once again by the wonderful Sarah George to talk through some great games that only require YOU!
Cortney West joins me this week to talk us through work from home parents and all the joys and obstacles that come with it! When parents work from home, you are sharing a work space but doing vastly different jobs. So navigating that can be tricky, but this episode is full of tips to help!
If your nanny family decided last minute to go on vacation, would you get paid? Guaranteed hours can be a surprisingly tricky concept for nannies to understand, much less explain to nanny families. Jennifer Hilton is back to help us navigate the legal and business aspects of why guaranteed hours matter.
Mary Calderon, a certified doula, came on the show this week to help teach us about what it means to be a doula. A doula (both birth and postpartum) advocates for the parents and helps them navigate the often confusing waters of transitioning into parenthood. I learned so much during this episode and I hope you do too!
Nannying for two under the age of two can be challenging, but can also be full of joy! Sarah George is back with us to talk about her experience nannying for two little ones with an 18-month gap! From how to prepare before the baby comes to your first day solo after maternity leave, Sarah covers it all! Thanks for listening!
We say frequently that it takes a village to raise a child and, as nannies, we know that's true! This week I have guest Kimberley Roberts Benakovich on to discuss Via the Village. Via the Village is a new web platform under design and development that will allow for families to come together to build their own personalized villages within their local community to find safe, reliable childcare services through their trusted connections. To learn more, listen to the episode! I'm so excited to see this platform take off, and you can help!
Nannies often end up working long hours because families need coverage not only for their time at work but for both ends of their commute as well! In this episode, the wonderful Sarah George and I discuss some hints and tips to keep you from going crazy during those 12-16 hours days!
In our continued effort to help you be a better nanny for all children, this week we're discussing nannying for children with type 1 diabetes. My guest, Andy Rogers, has devoted his life to studying and working with kids who have type 1. I adored getting to sit down and talk our way through the medical aspects, the everyday life changes and the emotional life of this disease. We also talk about ways to help spot diabetes in kids. Andy is one of the kindest people I know and I also love the joy he brings to this episode! This is a great episode for anyone to listen to!
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 the Bulldogs to go off on another quest, and we’re all fired up! Especially DM Alex, who’s full of piss, vinegar and cute lil’ sneezes in this episode. This time our mission comes at the behest of greedy executive Reno Jabroni. Will our heroes be able to follow default leader Orlando Jordan to get their instructions from Reno? Or will his cut-rate Cerberus of a secretary see through their clever disguises of “Air Conditioning Girl,” “Wifi Unplugger” and “Nervous Carmel Fan”?
Ho ho ho, Haaaaaapppppy Holidays from The Bulldogs! In this very merry episode, our heroes take a little break from their adventures to enjoy a little gift-giving. We also have a guest DM, as Stuart takes over the gameplay so DM Alex can play as Starp and Maxwell and also get plastered on nog. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or as we call it: the fantasy cat version of The 400 Blows.
It’s time for the last act of our “Music Attending Extravaganza” quest! Glam-rocker/jerkbutt Frobisher Jehuty is trying to sabotage Agnes’ set and it’s up to The Bulldogs to save the day! By horribly sabotaging Frobisher’s set! Will they successfully stop this pretentious menace, or will they find that acting like a jerk to stop a jerk just makes you the jerk? Damn, does this quest conclude with our heroes earning a moral? Eh, not really.
It’s part two of our “Music Attending Extravaganza” quest and the band plays on! The band in question is, or course, Toilet Horse, and they’re…an acquired taste. As our heroes listen to the Doom-ska stylings of Toilet Horse, they take some time to meet the denizens of the Punch Bowl, and way more time roasting DM Alex for his STUPID emcee character. What a dope!
The Bulldogs are back, and this time they’re taking their thirst for adventure / beer out to see their co-worker Agnes’ super hip rock concert. Will our adventurers be able to brave the depths of The Punch Bucket to see Agnes’ Bubis Thundercat and whoever the hell Frobisher Jehuty is? Or will they succumb to the horror of the very nice bouncer and the pressure of trying to seem cool in a room of people with denim jackets?
Happy Halloween, dear listener! Open up that pillow case and let us toss in our very first Halloween special! DM (Dungeon Monster) Alex has some tricks and treats for you and The Bulldogs! In this extra spooky episode, our adventurers keep a beleaguered-by-teens Orlando company as he hands out candy from his fancy condo. Will our heroes be able to stay sober enough to handle briefly talking to strangers? Will The Sweatshop Boys act on their threat against everyone·s favorite curmudgeonly middle-manager? Will Tim win best costume at the senior center anime convention?!? WE LOVE HALLOWEEN!
The Bulldogs have quested their first quest! And now it’s time for our new friends Orlando and Brube to level up! Let’s go ahead and break the fourth wall here. This is going to be an episode where we just talk about our characters and roll some dice. But also! There’s jokes n’ bits! So give this a listen and hear how we’re developing the world of Desks & Dayjobs!
So it’s come to this. The Bulldogs may be triumphant in their quest to foil Alan Bloodskull, but who’s the blue cat man controlling this villain with their psychic ponytail? Remember how that was a thing they did in Avatar? Can’t believe they’re doing a sequel after all this time. Anyway, let’s not give away too much, but here is our climatic finale to the “To Unionize or Not To Unionize” story arc! Enjoy!
Time to face the music (and lines!). As The Bulldogs follow Alan Bloodskull deep into the bowels of the courthouse, they meet an adorable old man who may or may not have a lot of gold, wade through some greasy shag carpet, and finally corner their foe for a climactic showdown. Will they be able to stop Alan in time? Or will they realize when they get there they have no plan? Yeah, it’s that.
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.
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.
Days before the birth of our daughter Sophia we recorded an episode where we reflect on the year, what we're thankful for and then we talk shit on the movie Meth Storm. It's a really terrible documentary. Seriously, most episodes of Intervention are better.
Titty City (@titty_citty) a punk band that likes to crack jokes comes by to play their favorite songs and promote their new album. We talk Steve Albini, Cher, Frank Zappa, and deceased babyface Lil Peep.
Mary and Dave play the music of their childhood, including ICP, Los Camposinos!, TV on the Radio, and more. BTW, forgot to hit the mute button, so if you love bloopers, this ep has a few!
Josh & Sean from Comfort Zone come in and make a playlist with us that includes Kevin Abstract, Drake, ILoveMakkonen, and a lot more. Their ep is out now on Spotify and SoundCloud.
After a little hiatus, Mary & Dave are back with a playlist for the ol' dusty road (very new in this case actually). They want to go on record and apologize for the air conditioner playing in the background!
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.
I’m alive. Sonic boom, Sonic Youth. There’s no such thing as a mistake. Enjoy your flight. Easy, Chewie.
Have a little power. I wore red. Mario died. There’s so many cows. Wagner was racist. Taxis. Pay attention. Don’t shoot the alien.
It’s windy on 5th Avenue. I love this album. Bawk-baw-cauk. We’re both reflections. Get your tickets and take your cough drops. I don’t regret anything. Typical Antarctica. Pinecones.
Halloween is kerproaching. Jerry and Jerry. Ducks in the throat. Looney Toon trouble. Triple Amen. Fireballs and cold plates. I’m on the lamb. It’s a game to remember.
Con-science. Noob merch. The fish matrix. Horses love irony and rats dig Buddha. Todd sounds sexy. Hey girl.
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.
Three dumb idiots talk about the biggest lizard idiot who shoots dumb radiation out of his dum dum face