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!
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!
Cady Leinicke is BACK and she's here to offer some alternatives to timeouts. Though discipline styles differ from nanny to nanny and even from child to child, these are some strategies to try when timeouts aren't working! Check it out! And thanks for listening!
My guest this week is dear friend and summer activity genius, Carleigh Obrochta! Carleigh spent last summer eating her way around the world with her kiddos! They would pick a different country every week and make food from that country and plan an activity from the area too! What I love about this activity is that you can tailor it to be as involved or low key as you like!
This week's episode is very special because I have the two ladies from the Practically Perfect Podcast on in a crossover extravaganza! We are discussing online nanny websites and problems with the rating system on said websites. It's a hot topic and all three of us see it slightly differently! If you haven't listened to part one of this episode, go download it by searching "Practically Perfect Podcast" wherever you get your podcasts! And thanks for listening!!!
Transitions from parent to nanny and then back again are some of the trickiest times of day! Leah Frires is back to talk us through transition times and how to make beginning and end of day smoother for all parties involved!
Bullying is a complicated and difficult topic. As nannies, we are often the first to see signs of bullying in our nanny kids and, sometimes, the first person a child tells when they are being bullied. My guest this week, Katherine Siegel, is currently directing a play (Gideon's Knot) that really digs into these issues and came on to talk about ways we, as nannies, can help set our nanny kids up to not be bullied and also not become the bully!
Photo Scavenger Hunts are one of my absolute favorite activities to do with my kiddos. They are engaged with the world around them in such a fun and intense way! And we always find new ways to look at common objects in the world. And this is an activity that can grow with kids! If you've never tried one with your nanny kids, I highly recommend it!
This week is all about moving with or for your nanny family! Andrea Murphy is an amazing guest who has moved so many times over the past 8 years! She is also recorded this episode while traveling across the country for a nanny family! Even if you're not moving with or for a nanny family, this episode has some great tips for general moving! Check it out!
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?
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.
The gang (nickname pending) is at it again, sent on their most dangerous quest yet: to make and hang up a sign in the copier room. Will they find out who is using all the paper? Will they be drawn further into the copy writers' plot to unionize? Will Maxwell betray them, or will a sweet, sweet spaghetti lunch await them at the end of their journey? Oh, the intrigue!
It's time for a new season of Desks & Dayjobs! In this episode, veteran office goof-ups Hobe and Stuart meet their new co-workers Brube and Orlando and take them on a mighty quest...to learn how to use some of the office equipment. Will they be able to complete this simple task? Or will they have to beat up on a machine?
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.
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.
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
We're back on the Godzilla track, baby, with Invasion of the Astro Monster. Kaiju super hombres Brandon Kirkman, Luke Evans Flip and Martin Felshman have on local comedian and writer John Manly to talk Glen, Mars Attacks and some dope outfits. Spoiler alert: the Astro Monster is just King Ghidorah yet again.
On this episode, the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys Martin Felshman, Brandon Kirkman and Luke Evans Flip go off the Godzilla grid and talk about the Kaiju classic movie the X from Outer space. Do your three host instantly regret it? Yes! Is it a super entertaining episode? Of course!
Luke Evans Flip, Martin Felshman, and Brandon Kirkman (the Hollywood Kaiju Bad Boys themselves) are joined by local Chicago comedian Jonathan Shannon to talk Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. This is Godzilla's first battle against King Ghidorah but more importantly this is the first appearance of Japanese Larry, one of the greatest characters to ever be conceived.
The Kaiju bad boys Brandon Kirkman, Martin Felshman and Luke Evans Flip are back at it again. This time they're here to talk "Mothra Vs. Godzilla", a Godzilla movie classic from 1964 that is starting to dive deep into the well of madness. This episode also introduces "MothRuPaul's Drag Race", a hearty staple of the Podzooky podcast.
The Three headed monster that is Brandon Kirkman, Martin Felshman and Luke Evans Flip discuss the big monster punching monster movie that is Godzilla Vs. King Kong. It is fantastic in every way we wanted and we introduce the legendary game "Licking a 9-volt" with a lot of slap bass. Deborah!
Brandon Kirkman and Martin Felshman welcome their guest, Chicago Comedian Luke Evans Flip, to watch and review the second Godzilla movie: Godzilla Raids Again. Martin and Brandon introduce the game Kaiju not Kaiju and decide that Clifford the Big Red Dog is not a Kaiju. Luke does such a great job as a guest that Brandon and Martin decide to add him as a third host at the end of the episode!
Brandon Kirkman and Martin Felshman kick off the podcast by watching the movie that started it all: Godzilla! You can listen to all the ground work of this podcast being laid out as well as a mysterious tambourine guest starring as a sound in the background now and then.
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.
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.