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!
Nannying for families going through a divorce can be so difficult. We always want to do our best to help kids feel safe and nurtured. In this episode, Parker Guidry returns to talk us through some ideas for helping kids whose parents are divorced or are getting divorced. Parker also talks from personal experience about ways to help yourself create boundaries and self-care needed during the process of supporting a family unit through a divorce. Even if you're nanny family isn't divorced, this episode has some great ideas for helping children work through emotions in general!
Attachment Theory is fascinating and certainly shapes how I nanny! Cady Leinicke and I sat down to talk through the different attachment styles. One secure attachment can make a huge difference in a person's life, especially a young person! So come on, nerd out with us!
Our number one job as nannies is to keep kids safe. This week Elizabeth Henschen, a pediatrician hospitalist and mom, joins us to talk about gun safety. We discuss ways to start the conversation and how to talk to kids about gun violence. Simply asking about guns in a house before a play date can make a big difference in the safety of your nanny kids' lives. For more resources, click the links below.
Teaching kids about financial responsibility is important! Chores around the house are often their first "job" and they can learn so much from earning their allowance. Greg Murset sits down with me to tell us about the app he created called BusyKid! We discuss ways to help set kids up for financial success and how to start handing chores off to your nanny kids! Thanks for listening!
In celebration of 100 episodes, this week's episode features nannying from the kids' point of view! I sat down and chatted with some of my former nanny kids and got their take on what makes or breaks their experience with a nanny! We get pretty silly and had a lot of fun recording! Thanks for 100 great episodes!
Recorded LIVE from the Chicago Podcast Festival 2018, this week's episode is all about Children's TV! Thanks to Brittany Vogel, Julie Merica, and Casey Coppess for joining me to talk about our favorite and least favorite kids' TV shows! This episode was so much fun to record and I hope you enjoy listening! Thank you to the Chicago Podcast Festival for having us!
This week is all about a new and wonderful nanny resource book called Nanny Basics and Beyond. If you're looking for a holiday gift for your favorite nanny, I cannot recommend this book enough! Marcia Hall (Nanny Coaching Team founder and Executive Director of the INA) joins us to tell us all about her book and how to get your hands on it! Seriously, this book has so many wise words and offers help for some of the toughest parts of our job. Enjoy reading!
What happens when nannies start having their own families. Can you have your own kids and continue to be a nanny? There are lots of ways to approach this, but taking your kids to work with you is definitely a great one! Erin Loudoun joins us this week to talk about being both a nanny and a mom and navigating how to bring your child with you to your nanny job. I really enjoyed recording this episode and it answered a lot of questions about how this arrangement could work! I hope you enjoy it as well!
Kids love magic. Every kid I've ever nannied for has gone through a period of obsession with magic tricks! This week we have a professional magician, Jordan Olguin, on to talk about all the different ways nannies can incorporate magic into their day! We discuss so many things - from how to lay a sleeping baby down in their crib without waking them up, to a fun and easy magic trick to do with your nanny kiddos! This episode was a lot of fun to record and I hope you have as much fun using these tricks with your kiddos!
Have you ever thought about getting your degree in nannying? Colleges and Universities don't offer a degree specifically geared towards nannying which left a need and the Amslee Institute is here to fill it! Amslee Institute is the only online training program in the US with a college-level curriculum specifically designed for Nannies and Sitters that is licensed by the Department of Education. I got to talk to the founder of the Amslee Institute, Elizabeth Malson and ask her all about what makes Amslee so different. I highly suggest visiting their website and seeing if the Amslee Institute is right for you!
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?
Our heroes are between a ghoul and a wolf place, dear listeners! They have to tame the wild side of their friend Stuart and then fend off the terminally boring Norman and his HR co-workers, Bob and Suz. I believe in them, but do they believe in themselves? I guess you’ll find out in this next chapter of our tale, in which our heroes try to escape the paperwork pit, attempt some shopping montages, make and break deals with old foes, and discover a secret about Brube’s torso.
Oh dear listener, our heroes are trapped in the Paperwork Pit! Will they escape the clutches of Weird Norman (no relation to Weird Al) or will the allure of looking at birthday cards draw their attention from their escape mission? Oh, I sure hope they can hold out against these spooky undead co-workers, listeners! I mean, surely this group of ragtag adventurers, when faced with a tomb of monsters, wouldn’t go up and immediately try to touch them, right? Ah jeez, you’re right. They’re definitely going to try to high five the monsters.
Greetings, dear listeners! Our heroes have been hauled off to the ScenarioTron for a test of their business skills. Or is it a trap!? Ah, dear listeners, you know it’s a trap! Can our heroes escape the banal-yet-friendly digital clutches of Ted the Electronic Coworker? And once they do, how will they while away the time it takes to make it through Mr. Kammen’s seemingly endless line? Perhaps with a trip down memory lane, a battle with an old foe, and discussion of email body positivity?
Greetings, listeners! Good to be back here in 2019, telling you the tale of our heroes, the Apple Barrel Gang, as they begin their Wednesday adventure. Though they are well rested from their successful quest to destroy the S.I.E.G.E., they now have to face the gauntlet of horrors that await them in the HR department! Can our heroes keep themselves from being part of Dr. Gregsteen’s twisted management methods, or will they be crushed (emotionally) by his menacing underlings before they even make it to their appointment?
*Psychedelic Sitar* The Feyboy Gang is as high as they’ve ever been (in both drug and penthouse floor terms) but they still have work to do. Hot on the trail of the mysterious Prof. Gregsteen and the vivacious Salamander Cigarette scion Salleen Cindermander, they delve deeper into the penthouse. Can our heroes get the photos and quotes they need, or will they lose their sanity before they ring in the New Year?
*Jazzy Trumpet* The Feyboy investigations crew is back at it, baby! This Swingin’ New Year’s Eve our heroes have been dispatched by their magazine to attend the party of the mysterious and magnetic New Mind Guru: Professor Yohann Gregsteen. Tonight he is taking his closest colleagues and devotees on a journey to the Tip of the Golden Triangle. Stick out your tongue and receive the Professor’s blessing...and see if you mind can take the view.
Ho Ho Ho! It’s me, Santa Claus! I’m here to introduce this year’s Christmas special! I hope you enjoy it - even though it’s just chock-a-block with swears, drunkenness, and anime references - and I hope you’ve had a very Merry Whateveryoucelebrateorchoosenottocelebrate. That’s a holiday this podcast is trying to make a thing. Do you think it will catch on? Ho Ho Ho, let’s check in with our heroes, who are spending a snowy evening in the festively decorated break room of NPC Inc exchanging gifts both sincere and shitty. Tis the season!
Dear listeners, our heroes have locked Chris, Destroyer of Interns, out of his office and now they must face a spicy meatball of a battle! Can they handle the might of a middle manager? Will new friend Gerbbi Richardson prove himself as Agnes’ new intern? What secrets lie in the liar of the Destroyer of Interns? A way to save Starp and the Grayguard? Or just a not-to-shabby camp comedy sequel?
Greetings, dear listener! Our heroes are in quite a bit of trouble! Jackson Bloodskull-Williams wants them to report to his office ASAP to reprimand them for absconding with his new intern. Oooh, he sure is mad! And scary! Our heroes better come up with a plan quick, or their new friends are going to face the might of S.I.E.G.E.! Listen now to my tale of soda machines, interesting hats, and Gerbbi, the goblin everyone’s talking about!
Hark, Dear Listeners! Listen to my tale of our heroes’ pre-lunch adventures! The dastardly Mercita siblings have begun their reign over marketing, and their first assignment is to transport a reassigned intern from Marketing to Sales. Will our heroes be able to navigate through the battlefield of the Sales floor and deliver Lugosh the Orc Intern (guest star Hart Wood!) to “Daddy Sales”? Or will they be waylaid by business goblins, oddly flavored vapes, and harsh “no clapping” policies?
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 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.
We're back baby! We talk Tiny Desk, Rome Fortune, Against Me!, Jim Carroll, Spillage Village, and of course the one and only Baldassare Galuppi.
Comedian, writer, painter and civic organizer Meredith Kachel is our guest. She brought four songs with her, all of which are perfect playlist fodder (find them in the Spotify playlist on the link below). We watch Rubber Johnny by Aphex Twin, talk Roger's Park shooter, and Mary opens up a mystery box of Amazon stuff she ordered while asleep and has no memory of what it is. Meredith teaches us how to defraud your parents and we listen to: Paul Simon & Nico Segal, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Poolside, Jean Grae, Isiah Rashad, and Make Believe Ballroom Time!
Comedian Dave Vagnetti (the Palm Pilots, High Dive Comedy) comes on to help put a bow on the final chapter of the Mac Miller sage - his last album, Swimming. Mary tries out some character work. Dave likes a really dumb song by Tom Petty. Other Dave thinks Today in Music is a fun segment.
EARTHGANG, Camp Lo, Sylvan LaCue, plug Mary's reaction to the "I Love It" music video. Also, never forget the Beach Boys or Phil Spector.
We talk about the death of Mac Miller, why September 13th is one of the most historic days in music, and then Mary recommends some very questionable music.
Samantha Berkman and Toby McMullen try to impress Mary & Dave with music, and things get a little crazy. We talk Eminem's new album, George & Jonathan, Jorja Smith, PUP, Googie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mick Jenkins and of course, Lena Dunham. It's a long one, but a good one.
Anthony Santoro and Ryan Wesley Ensley a.k.a Hoagie of the band Sonny Falls are reppin' their label hard. We listened to two new songs off of their new album Some Kind of Spectre out on Sooper Records. They also played songs from their label mates Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Jodi, Sen Morimoto, and Longface. One of the best ones yet!
Mathias really wants us to dig Alex Cameron, so we listen to a few tracks off of his new album Forced Witness. We also cover the death of Aretha Franklin and do a first listen of a Protomartyr track.
We watch the movie Eighth Grade and discuss the soundtrack as well as our own eighth grade experiences. We each pick two songs that we listened to in eighth grade and try to defend them while being questioned by the other about our tenure in middle school. We also review an exceptional fan music video for a Rick Ross song, review two albums (Ab-soul and Drake) as well as discuss one of the most historic days in music history EVER!
We go a little deeper on Rick James and what a bad dude he was, why the music industry is no longer profitable for most musicians, and review Chance the Rapper's latest release. Dave plays Mary four songs to impress her, by: Joyner Lucas, Tierra Whack, the Cool Kids and Lizzo. It's a weird one.
Music criticism's number 1 power couple (yeah, suck it Chuck Klosterman and Melissa Maerz) talk about Pitchfork: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Smino, Ravyn Lanae, Noname, DRAM and more. Plus we learn something horrifying about Rick James on Today in Music. Also a review of Joyner Lucas' "I'm Not Racist"
Mary and Dave (mostly Dave) plays what they've been listening to lately, including J.I.D, 38 Spesh, Sheck Wes, Daniel Johnston and give 5 minutes to Chaka Khan's 50 year music career.
Rahim Salaam and Ben Moroney from What About Chicago?! come on to discuss Chicago music and what's going on in the scene right now. We talk Saba, Glad Rags, Freddie Old Soul, NONAME, as well as the bad boys of Today in Music (DMX, Limp Bizkit) and our "Chicago Favorites" (no hotdogs or pizza, we promise).
Last week we did fatherhood, and since we forget to celebrate Mother's Day on the podcast, we brought comedian and friend Lia Berman over to talk motherhood, music, Boogie, Teyana Taylor, and how Lia has been to 72 Dave Matthews Band concerts in her life. Mary plays a weird Russian song, and Dave fawns over Mr. Wonderful.
We go deep on this episode. We talk fatherhood, but also parenthood in general with newly minted father and comic Nick Dloughy. Dave & Nick share songs that make them think of their daughters, while Mary plays a Pink Floyd song that reminds her of her own dad. We also talk the death of XXXTENTACION, Spotify rolling back it's content restrictions and NASIR. Follow Nick on Twitter @ndlousy.
After a little whoopsie in the studio, Mary & Dave are back with a playlist episode. Mary is big on Big Freedia, Dave is trying to like Rock and Roll. We also talk Anthony Bourdain, Paul McCartney, KIDS SEE GHOSTS, emo rap's next moves and the number one song from 1923.
We go in deep on the Drake/Pusha-T beef with Dave Maher. Dave Maher continues to be the only guest to challenge any of our stupid opinions on music.
Mary and Dave head to Detroit and listen to Kanye West's new album, and give their first impressions. Dave self identifies as a Yeezus freak, and Mary remains a skeptic.
Rovaughn Hill comes on to judge the argument between a married couple about dead rappers, and who holds (held) the crown. David says Tupac, Mary says Biggie. We also review the new Kevin Gates EP and talk about Rovaughn's hemorrhoids. You'll be shocked which one is more violent.
Mary takes Dave back to her electronic days with songs by Menomena, Daphni, Mexicans with Guns and Manu Chau. Dave reviews the new Junglepussy album and Puff Daddy's dark secret.
Does a singer-songwriter have to be good at singing? Do they have to be good at writing? Mary & Dave invite singer-songwriter Natalie Grace Alford over to discuss their favorites in the genre. We talk Todd Rundgren (and his "daughter"), St. Vincent, Margo Guryan, Darondo, Billy Bragg and Amanda Palmer. Also Dave won't stop bringing up Willie Nelson.
Mary and Dave put together a start of summer playlist, gab about Kanye and discuss the whole Bushwick Bill "shot in the eye" incident. New music from Maxo Kream and Drake, and a review of Willie Nelson's latest/maybe last album.
Dave hates live music, even though his first date with his wife Mary was a concert. Mary loves it so much, she is going to try to convince Dave otherwise. They put together a playlist that includes some of the best live songs of all time, as well as some new ones you might not know about. We also talk 420 Flops and Music News.
Battle of the bands this week, as we compare two albums about relationships gone awry: Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, and Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Anthony Scardino, aka Professor Pizza stops by to break the tie. We also talk Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzter and the anniversary of Prince's death.
Today in Music, album review of Vacation in Hell by the Flatbush Zombies, Battle of the Songs and even a baby crying at one point. "Best episode yet" - critics.
Back from a three month break, Mary and Dave are joined by their infant daughter to talk ten rappers that owe their careers to Soundcloud. Including: Lil Pump, 6ix9ine, and 03 Greedo.
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.
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.
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.
High tide in the low ride. Margaret’s handwriting. Jake’s stomach. It’s an actual nightmare. Kitchen troubles. It’s always option B.
Fabergé everything. Does the Devil lie? Mommy is Santa. Feeling the feelings. Thought tollbooths and pickup lines. It’s an okay album.
We’re slaughtering donkeys. Burnt ends. I can’t find any reason to fall asleep. Pillows and misogyny. Because that’s capitalism. Television face.
Vampire chickens and Zebra cakes. Weird ways to die. Stop smoking. Randy Newman heist. Yoga and shame.
I’m never gonna be fine again. Put in the hours and sniff the flowers. It’s a hit! You sound like a kazoo. Man, what does it mean?
David interviews Ethel, Burt and Murray. Don’t get the mics wet. Secret archaeologists and pornographic wood carvings. Have a brownie.
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.
Three dumb idiots talk about the biggest lizard idiot who shoots dumb radiation out of his dum dum face
Zookeepers, there's no easy way to put this: We watched the Pest. The good news is that the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Brandon, Martin and Luke had on Julie Merica (Chicago comedian/improviser/hi-fiver) to get through a movie that can only be described as "obnoxiously Tone-Deaf" while being a fun train wreck to behold. Also we call Aaron Klopfer again to ask him about cloacae.
Lock up and get into formation, Zookeepers. This week the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Martin, Luke and Brandon are joined by Kevin Podas, comedian and co-host of the fantastic podcast Thought Cops, to watch the truly horrid and slow turd of a movie that was Varan the Unbelievable. We start off the podcast discussing anything but the movie to eventually end up talking about the Nutty Professor 3, Pre vs Post 9/11 movies and finally calling Aaron Klopfer on the phone to ask him some very personal questions. Also make sure to check out https://thoughtcopspodcast.com/ if you haven't already
Zookeepers, rejoice! Ron Ervin, the king of memes, joins the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Brandon, Martin and Luke to talk about the 1971 trash fire film that is Daigoro Vs. Goliath. Talking points include creepy uncles and drunks, the Michelin Man's horrific love child and a dream Brandon had about Thanos. Tune in, turn out, turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart.
*rap airhorn* It's our biggest episode yet because the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Luke, Brandon and Martin have on three smokin' hot hotties. That's right, we got Mitch Kamaiopili, Liz Getty and Aaron Klopfer all back on in one mighty episode. We watched Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad and talked about the science behind 2 girls 1 cup, 5 mile Hitlers and had some of the most dang ol' fun we've ever had around these parts.
New year, new Kaiju! The Kaiju Hollywood Bad Boys Martin, Luke and Brandon have on fellow Machine Culture alum/writer/bon vivant Kelly Opalko to talk about the wacky and wild Space Amoeba and cover such great discussions like Japanese Mamet and his famous quote "ABK: Always Be Kaiju", the nature of Turtles V. Crabs and if Judd Apatow reviewed our podcast recently (editor's note: he definitely did not)
Hey Zookeepers, we had on everyone's favorite local folktale hero and comedian Billy Dean this Podzooky episode to skip our usual Kaiju movie chat and just talk about the new Smash Bros Ultimate. Since we had been talking about it the last few episodes we get into a ranking of all our favorite Smash Bros titles, characters and then a few new T-shirt ideas to insult our loyal listeners. We also answer the burning question this episode of "Which finger is it?"
It's been too long since we've watched a Godzilla movie so we're talking the Kaiju classic Godzilla Vs. Mothra '92 for this episode. We got another returning guest joining the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys who just happens to be Jonathan Shannon, amazing Chicago comedian and drummer. Conversations include exploding burials at sea, Mothra being more Christlike than Godzilla and Luke trying to sell us on eating cheddar on top of a gingersnap.
We're double dipping in our Gamera movie bin with special guest and Chicago/Indiana funny man Adam Gilbert this week! The Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Brandon, Luke and Martin talked some fun things with Adam that include eating lil' butts, Japanese kids fashion Vs. Logan Square fashion and important sidebars about Donkey Kong. Please, listen and love, maybe eat and pray a little too!
The turtle son of Christ, Gamera, is back with a vengeance and we got special guest Jennie Mac on this bad boy to talk about the classic Kaiju film Gamera 2 with Martin, Brandon and Luke. Talking points include Diva cup donations, SO MANY HATS and lots of Papa Roach. So basically it's our best episode yet.
We got an extra special Halloween Podspooky for you this week with our special guest and all around super charming human being Hobert Thompson. The Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys and Hobert discuss the Thing with great topics like Nano moms, Hobert pitching "the Nothing" and tons of riffing on the insanity that is the Chess Wizard scene. Get that bottle of J&B ready, Podzookeepers!
In the early 20th century, the phrase "sell me a dog" became synonymous with lies breeders told about their dogs in order to more easily sell them. In "Sell Me A Pup," hosts Brandon Kirkman, Chels Harvey and their dog-intern Ryan ask Chicago's best comics and improvisers to do just that: review great pop culture that you may not already know because they're making it up on the spot. Join the gang as they discuss the best music, movies, video games, books and television series, both real and invented, playing games and conducting reviews to sell us that pup.
“Did ya miss us? Sell Me A Pup is BACK and introducing Second City's favorite improvisers Emma Chapman AND Alissa Skeen! Tune in to hear about their new show Second City show "Hate Mail," country singer Travis Tritt and what year Doom II came out. Brandon has some opinions on video game dads and Chels learns that a MagLite is not a sex toy! Subscribe and review these little doggies today!”
Look out this week, Pupperinos, because we have the very excellent Rebecca Loeser on this week to talk Rocko's Modern life, Mary Berry's sex life and secret messages at the end of the shows. Also after double checking it, Brandon meant to say "tinyletter.com/kirkmanbrandon"
Merry Chrimbus! It looks like you got your presents early this year with a Sell Me a Pup released right on the eve of Christmas! We've got Jenn White on this stellar episode that's all about McGriddles, baby wine glasses and rippin' on Vice. Also shout out to Seasonal Affective Disorder!
We got a good one for you this week with Skyler Higley joining Chels and Brandon to talk about all things Kingdom Hearts, Peter Pan and of course, intern Ryan. Tell your friends you heard it here first: Skyler Higley is a very good and funny guest!
Bad boy Carly Ballerini stops by to razz on Chels and Brandon while falling in love with intern Ryan. Things get crazy when they start talking Hemingway's Way of the Ball.
Getty gonna get'cha on this episode of Sell Me a Pup. We got local/national/international darling Liz Getty on to talk Dads, Dogs and D&D with Brandon and Chels. An episode so good, you'll have to download it!
Straight out of a cursed Nintendo cartridge and into your ears, it's Tyler Snodgrass on Sell Me a Pup! Chels and Brandon get into a deep discussion of Tyler's favorite movie, Face/Off, and then later talk about one of Nicolas Cage's most classic films: Face/Of.
Buckle up, tuck in and pup out this week with Tom Wisdom joining Chels and Brandon in the Sub Pup studios. They talk Satan, conspiracy theories and most importantly: Crust Punks!
We got a real treat this week with Lainie Lenertz gracing Chels and Brandon with her presence and vivaciousness. Not only do they get Lainie in on this episode but also her mom drops in for a call and character assessment of her own daughter.
Chels and Brandon get deep into that nitty gritty with Samantha Berkman about the classic Nintendo game Donkey Kong Country Music Awards and watch a true master make an MS-paint masterpiece.
Join Brandon and Chels as they speak with the talented Lily Emerson about McKenzie Phillips and So Weird, Fiona Apple and Idgy Dean, spooky storytelling podcast Polterguest, and the little-known A&E reality series Game of Thrones.
Improviser Chelsea Holmes reviews Fargo and The Handmaid's Tale, befriending strangers at Jenny Lewis concerts, and a reality show about dads in the Twin Cities called Why Isn't Anyone Kissing Me?
On this episode of Sell Me A Pup, Chicago comic Gena Gephart argues with her father about why she moved to the city, the last book she read, competitive yo yo-ing on ESPN 6, and the Seinfeld revival that saw Newman baked into a soup. Featuring the paternal voice of Tom Wisdom.
In Part II of the premiere of Sell Me A Pup, Alexa reveals the details of scaling her app, tells us about the Xanga rant that got her in trouble with Chef Boyardee (and her parents), and helps us to be in the here and now.
From the comfort of Sub Pup Records, our hosts interview Second City and iO's Alexa Schlosser. Topics include a reality show that pits serial killers against one another, hot goss on boardgame gurus Milton and Bradley, and the best Sharktank style pitch for an app we've ever seen...
so Far So Fresh
Each week Ralph LaGuerre invites creative artists to his Chicago apartment, They eat the freshest chicken sandwiches and talk about an intriguing and entertaining range of topics.
We all need a friend like my guest Bill Bullock, an educated comedian that knows that there is a time and a place to be real, and that's all the time. we have the most fiery and engaging convo and I'm thankful for it. What I am trying to say is this one is Goooooood!
Robel Arega is my guest this week and we had a very cool and insightful convo about Ethiopian upbringing,interracial dating and comedy or and his side hustle as an engineer.
YOOO we got Comedian great Azhar Usman. He is full of knowledge about comedy and Life. This is one Golden Episode, that will inspire you as an artist and a human on Earth.
Co-Host of Dope Meets Fresh show Tommy Karner stops by and shows why Dope is necessary in Life and how sometimes too much dope can be a Problem. We cover inner and outside demons in this episode. I got a glimpse of what goes on in the Mind of an Irish Lion.
I don't post pictures online unless the photos were taken by our guest Forestt LaFarve. This guy is the official photograher of the Chicago comedy scene and is also an artist in every sense of the meaning , we talk about all the projects he is working on including a webseries.
Check it out here: youtu.be/6y-vUf8ov-o
ak Ap Fet! Plus Pierre is in the MTF Studio and talks about his team Haitian American Productions and there sold out tours. He talks about his experience with Kevin Hart and lessons he learned. WE also have a fake Haitian Draft on this episode.
You got to have vision in order to execute. My guest Isabeau Dornevil knows all about executing to the T, Whether it's traveling to film festivals to promote her own movie "Autumn Daze" or staying in Chicago to help produce BAPS, she is a force to be felt. She meditates to the Music of Future and did I mention she was Haitian!! Hands down a great episode!
It takes a team to make in order for anything to be successful at any level. My guest Connor King and I discuss how The Chill as Fuck Show came to be. We touch on his extensive music knowledge and his love Stevie Wonder's music, being raised in West Philly, and we talk Knicks vs. Oakley and the upcoming Oscars.
Bruh! Bruh! We got Chicago's Favorite Comedian Mike Robinson (MLK's of Comedy) in the Studio. We talk about putting up homies on stage, comparing American education system to foreign education, how he got roasted by Donnell Rawlings, and the best way to break up someone.
It's time to bring the classic Boy Bands back, man. I'm on that New Edition vibe and James Fisher Jr (Laugh Factory's WTHipnonics) is a one man band. He's a Break dancer/Singer/Stand-up Comedian hailing from Kentucky and brought a lot laughs in the MTF studio.
Yo we have Le Aboav in the Studio and our discussion ranges from inequality within groups, Burlesque, being a sign interpreter, comedy, and dance. We both had Veggie Melt sandwiches from Emerald City Coffee.
Multi-Talented performer Dylan Carey comes to the MTF Studio and kept me intrigued. We talk about what it takes to be a triple threat, casting/acting, his start with vocal looping, and his love for nature, and of course the Roost. Cool Vibes all around to the point where singing and beat boxing took place. Enjoy!
So Far So Fresh is BACK! We have the multi-faceted entertainer Brandon Markell Holmes at the Freshness Studio and we discuss current music, how he creates his art, political views coming from a creative point of view. Of course we got the Roost. Enjoy the vibes!
Fire Spinning Sonal Aggarwal comes into the Freshness Studio and we talk about her rise in the comedy scene and her adventurous life around the world and the Post-Slave Traumatic Syndrome.
Storyteller Elizabeth Cambridge stops by the Freshness Studio and we have talk topics that touched the surface and a conversation that tapped the shallow depths of my brain and soul. Enjoy this one!
My friend Tyler Clifford and his girlfriend Amanda come into the Freshness Studio. Tyler and I did comedy in New York and South Florida together. Now he travels our Great Country in an RV along with Amanda who is a Fashion Designer. Great talk - listen and vibe.
Fellow Haitian-American Comic Paul Julmeus comes into the Freshness Studio and we talk about South Florida comedy scene, we talk Chicago, and his big move to NY from Miami. and of course Haitian Dads. Tune in and Vibe!
Kory Smith and Ron Ervin come thru and talk shop about the Future. Comedy and Music and how it has to evolve with this new digital age. The in and outs of great shows and theaters in Chicago.
Creators of Machine Culture is in the Freshness Studio. It was a very entertaining episode. Richard, Kelly, Jesse brought beer, I got the Sandwiches brought along my friend Natalie and it off into learning the history and journey of their unique podcast network. Creative energy was definitely flowing in the Room.
Spoken Word Activist Ariel Atkins and Comedian Miles Hendrix came into the Freshness Studio. We start off with a Bang and ends with a Bang. Philosophy, Is there hope for this country, Black Panthers, Fred Hampton, books we need to read, activism.
Bill Beteet and Brendan Gay (Brendan Being Brendan Podcast) come to the Freshness Studio and we discuss being a comedian in the open mic scene in Chicago. Also, what will comedians do in the post-apocalyptic world for work. meditation method, casual DMT stories, and using the hard "-ER" at the end of everyone's favorite word.
Working actors and members of the MLK's of Comedy Joel Boyd and Denny Love stop by the Freshness Studio and we have Roost Sandwiches and we talk acting, performing, and the perks of being on stage. The responsibility of a Black entertainer in this crazy world. First guests to ever bring Ranch Dressing to the show. Listen in and Viiibe!
This week I have the very entertaining performer Natalie Carneal (Chill as Fuck Show) and South Floridan Comic Soo Ra Ra come into the the Freshness Studio and talk over Roost Chicken Sandwiches and Mimosas. Convo includes dancing in clubs, our love for Robin Williams, and being an artist.
This week we have Adam Kwaselow (What The Hipnonics: The Game Show) and Johnathan Giles (Crash Course) both coming into the studio with talk about Christian Comedy and Music. We talk about Black People taking over Hockey, how we are a Hip Hop Culture, and Game of thrones. Of course we got chicken sandwiches and genius-infused donuts. Yah it was good week!
Good Ol' Boys Zac Hobbert and Will Stagg stop by the Studio and we talk Comedy, Chicken, Guns, and how to maneuver in life as a character on and off stage. These comedians are fresh off tour and talk about their best nights. Special Chicken Biscuit Alert! Yah yah!
Yo, this week in the Studio we have Adrienne Brandyburg (Host of "Dude That's Not What I Meant" Podcast) and Jillian Ebanks (Second City). This is the episode where I realized maybe Beyonce is a god for real for real. Click listen and enjoy!
Comedians Aaron McDavis and MLKs of Comedy's Ty Riggs come into the Studio and these two roll in different circles, but on this podcast they were exactly the same. We talk about Soulja Boy's old beef, History of Malcolm X and Chaka Zulu, and love for anime and the 90's.
Tune in and Vibe!
Comedians Jarrell Scott Barnes (MLKs of Comedy), Tristan A. Smith, and Chris Higgins join me in the Studio for the realest conversation So Far So Fresh has ever experienced. Brotherhood and Chicken Sandwiches are the perfect combo!
Go on a date with Tien Cao, Sarah Mowrey, and our guest every week. We get silly while chatting about online dating. We cover dos/don'ts, dating horror stories, and terrible Tinder profiles. Give us a listen and we hope you won't ghost us.
Tien and Sarah had a few drinks before recording this episode.
Tien and Sarah get silly and rowdy in this host episode! Enjoy!
This week Tien and Sarah learn how to love themselves and talk to a stranger out in the world, damn it. Tessa Orzech talks ADD, family, and the fact that getting peed on accidentally is not necessarily a deal breaker.
Josh Ejnes talks to us on how he uses online dating apps and social media to connect with people. Also, Vitner's Hot Cheese Curls are deeelicious!
Chicago comedian, Lindsay Lucido, RIPS IT and talks to us about what it was like to be in diabetes camp and also shares her horror stories of online dating.
In this episode Tien learns that you can just buy a pet without being in love. Featuring Rachel McCartney who does not have a pet.
In the first episode of Stupid's Arrow, Tien Cao and Sarah Mowrey talk about their history with online dating, horror stories and rapid fire questions. We also talk about how Tim Kaine is a nice boy. Enjoy!
We Book Celebrities
Danny Schill and Dan Muller love interviewing celebrities. Celebrities like Tonya Harding, Ted Nugent and other, less crazy, famous people. They like to ask probing questions to these celebrities. Problem is, they're terrible at booking them. It's We Book Celebrities.
Timothy Treadwell (Grizzly Man) is somehow on the show! We talk about what he's been up to since his supposed passing, ice skating bears and much more.
Steven Seagal enters the apartment where we talk about his many forms of martial arts, his life as a movie star and a fake cop, the time he raided a Cockfighting Ring only to euthanize all 100 roosters and much more. Special thanks to comedian Elliot Lerner.
DJ Khaled arrives to the apartment where we discuss his many business ventures, who he has beef with, his new book "The Keys (And How To Succeed At Them)" and much more. Special Thanks to Sohrab Foroozesh.
Dan Muller and Danny Schill are back with an all new We Book Celebrities! Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig makes his way into the apartment and lays out the truth about werewolves. Special thanks to Peter Kemme!
Miley Cyrus shows up to the apartment! She talks about her obsession with dead animals and Dan's love of "We Can't Stop" ~ Recorded last year.
Larry King shows up to the apartment and shares some of his interviewing knowledge as well as some terrifying stories about deep sea fishing with his wife.
Child star and watcher of dead people Haley Joel Osment is invited into the apartment. Dan wears some purple sweatpants and Danny whispered into a 9-year-old girl's ear.
Nicolas Cage shows up to the apartment with some new financial endeavors and learns what a "flop" is. Special thanks to Brandon Kirkman!
Dan and Danny weren't able to find a celebrity who would agree to their weird terms, so they're going solo this episode. Dan doesn't trust his oven and Danny might've sat in pee.
Jim Carrey is invited into the apartment, but has some problems with a Rhino. Chicago comic Nick Dlouhy excitedly joins us and reveals that he, somehow, loves The Majestic.
What About Chicago?!
"What About Chicago?!", is your weekly show exploring live art, music, entertainment and cultural performances going on, in and around the great city of Chicago.
What About Chicago? - your weekly show exploring live art, music, entertainment and culture with hosts Ben Moroney and Rahim Salaam transmitting from Earphoria: Chicago. Listen to the podcast on all podcast platforms, with our friends the Machine Culture Collective at www.machineculture.com and every Friday the podcast airs at 1 p.m. with Que4 Radio at que4.org.
What About Chicago? - your weekly show exploring live art, music, entertainment and culture with hosts Ben Moroney and Rahim Salaam transmitting from Earphoria: Chicago. Listen to the podcast on all podcast platforms, with our friends the Machine Culture Collective at www.machineculture.com and every Friday the podcast airs at 1 p.m. with Que4 Radio at que4.org. Support us at patreon.com/whataboutchicago.
On this week's episode we throw darts with the amazing Artist AiseLife and talk about their process, approach and what moves them. We also go sing a couple diddys at the FUSE Open Mic & Show, see whats the goods in The Shipment by Young Jean Lee, enter the poetry realm of educators and students through The Open Door Readings: Hannah Gamble & Jonah Mixon-Webster, embark on a musical journey with Tragic Trip at The Hungry Brain and so much more!
On this week's episode we talk tunes, wrestling and life with Pledge Drive (pledgedrive.bandcamp.com) who have an upcoming show at The Owl - Saturday Night (DC) ☆ Pledge Drive ☆ Joey Nebulous this Wednesday September 12! We also take that walk and get some Local Love (Art Bazaar + Music Show), support the culture at Meeting Of Styles USA - Chicago, praise Art at the Church of the New Play: Jerico Bleu, enjoy amazing music with H E a D a C H E / Geological / Shiny Jets / ALIEN THING and so much more!
On this week's episode we enjoy Sinema Obscura presents: Garden Party feat. Trust This Ghost, see the Kappa Force Chicago Premiere, check out Rumple ~ A Sandbox Reading, take that walk to Steep Theatre Presents: Linda and so much more!
On this week's episode we that walk to the park with AMFM Presents: Feast: The Appetizer with Pachanga!, find some Act of Kindness: And Other Acts, discover Gems in the Garden and so much more!
On this week's episode we hang out with »radiant devices« and talk about their latest musical projects as well as their show on Thursday July 12 at The Empty Bottle! We also take that walk to eat and be merry at Two Piece Chicken: Two Piece Band Showcase, hit the lake for Black & Brown Babes Brunch: Beach Edition, show support and get educated at Resilient: A Celebration of Survivors, smash a pickled egg at Cafe Mustache and check out Ester / Jordan Collins (Spokane, WA) / Doug Hoyer / Jenn Romero and so much more.
On this week's episode we take that walk to pick up The Sick Muse #10: Utopia Release Party! at No Nation - Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab, get our vitamins at The PIZZA PARTY, hear the story of 4 extraordinary women at Organic Theater Company's production THE REVOLUTIONISTS and so much more!
This week we were excited, humbled and enlightened by our guests - Executive Producer JACQUIE COLEMAN and Director ANTONIO POLK of Tasered The Philip Oliver Coleman Story. Tasered The Stage Play will be in production Saturday June 23 at 4pm and 6 p.m. and Sunday June 24 at 4pm at the Beverly Arts Center 2407 W 111th St.. Get more information about the production at taseredthestageplay.com and get your tickets a www.eventbrite.com/e/tasered-the-p…762999?aff=eac2. Of course we also take that walk and celebrate at the Hostel Presents: Reggie Returns Home, dance at the The Slo 'Mo Fam Pride Jam!, enjoy our faves at Crown Liquors: Sam Larson // Peggy Tenderass // Elijah Berlow and so much more!
On this week's episode we get a live listen to the new release by Me'Chelle for the NegroHeart 2 Release Show, de-mystify the recording process at Pop-Up Recording Studio + Workshop, hit the Sleeping Village to hear the wonderful sounds of Stef Chura w/ Richard Album, Bunny, support this months AMFM Presents: The Producer Series and so much more!
Worst Contact chronicles the adventures of slackers Tobes and Jesse. Our intrepid stoners are thrust into the spotlight after their middling podcast "Gnar Talk Radio" is accidentally uploaded to the NASA deep-space radio broadcast. It is well received by an alien culture who take it upon themselves to make first contact with Earth. Too bad they only want to learn of our existence from these two dopes.