Spencer D Blair

Steel Toed (w/ Will Stagg)

Steel Toed (w/ Will Stagg)

Gabe is a simple guy. Gentle and kind, he loves his life working at a shoe store in suburban Ohio, he loves his girlfriend, Miranda, and he loves heavy metal music. There was a time in his life when he might have wanted to play professionally, but those days are long gone. Moments from closing the shop on an average Friday the 13th, a mysterious man arrives with an unusual request and Gabe suddenly finds himself in the body of Gabriel, the man he would have been if he’d stayed in his high school metal band, Steel Souls. As the two Gabes adjust to very different lifestyles, both walk a mile in a different pair of shoes and find out both paths would have offered them something they were missing.

Minisode 26: Laura, Please Make This

Minisode 26: Laura, Please Make This

This week on PMT, we are excited to introduce our new cohost, Laura Petro! You might remember Laura as the guest writer behind Danto Inferni's Party Castle, our first anthology film and inspiration for the PMT koozie. In this minisode we learn more about her and ourselves as we list our top three movies and suggest new ones for each other to listen to. After this, take a listen to Danto Inferni's Party Castle and reacquaint yourself with the fun, creativity, and joy that Laura will be bringing to PMT in the future!

Go (w/ Hannah Daniels and Liz Getty)

Go (w/ Hannah Daniels and Liz Getty)


Richard Pennyberg is the richest man in Atlantic City, maybe even the world, and Mr. Pennyberg is no longer in the game. He has been convicted of a long list of criminal offenses and sent directly to jail. His many properties and businesses are now up for grabs as his holdings are dissolved, and key players in the city are now moving to grab up as much as they can. The fashion mogul, the race car driver, the oil man, the dog breeder, and even his slow-witted nephew are all rolling the dice to see if they can bargain, con, and steal to collect as much of Pennyberg’s fortune as they can. With the authorities shining a light on their shady business dealings and an intrepid reporter covering the story, it’s anyone’s guess who will make their monopoly, and who will go bust.

Minisode 25: The Thirtieth Year

Minisode 25: The Thirtieth Year

On Spencer's thirtieth birthday, he revisits a movie that had a huge impact on him as a child: The Thirteenth Year, a Disney Channel Original Movie about Cody, a boy who starts turning into a mermaid on his thirteenth birthday. After living among the merfolk for seventeen years, what changes await Cody on the land in this, his thirtieth year? 

The Ikea at the End of the World (w/ Nate Odenkirk)

The Ikea at the End of the World (w/ Nate Odenkirk)

Once, there were cities teeming with people and life. A culture now lost to the ages. But at the very end of it all, some brave humans made their way to a place warm and familiar to them: the Swedish furniture outlet store Ikea. Here they have lived for generations, keeping the old ways as best they can. On the eve of another great “Exiting”, where four young people are chosen to leave the store on a mission of exploration and hope, a documentary crew in charge of recording the Ikea peoples’ proud history watches on as this year’s chosen weigh their fates and try to decide if they are ready to leave behind…The Ikea at the End of the World.

Good Boy (w/ Melanie Menendez)

Good Boy (w/ Melanie Menendez)

Brian is a little down on his luck. Making ends meet by selling weed out of his crappy apartment, he doesn’t have a lot of positive things going for him. That is, except for his beloved dog, Papi. Papi adores her owner, and just wants to see him happy. How can a dog understand that the person she loves is making bad decisions, getting in too deep, and putting both of them in real danger? Maybe Papi can’t, but to her Brian will forever be her Good Boy.

Bad Genes (w/ Alex Collyard)

Bad Genes (w/ Alex Collyard)

Gene’s having an eventful last day of college. His papers are due, he’s trying to breakup with his girlfriend, and he wants to make some time to attend his school’s last day festivities. While navigating his way through this difficult day, he starts to notice something strange: a man who looks just like him, desperately following him wherever he goes. Who is this mysterious stranger, what do they want from him, and why do they keep pleading him to give them their life back? 

Minisode 23: Before & After - Uncle Drew

Minisode 23: Before & After - Uncle Drew

On this week's Please Make This Minisode, Spencer sits down with his roommates Tad Walters and Reed Bustraan to review Uncle Drew, the 2018 film based on a 2012 Pepsi commercial. Will Tad's love of highlights win over Spencer's hatred of sports movies? Or will the overuse of the term "youngblood" annoy everyone? Warning: Partial nudity ahead!

Neighborly Dicks (w/ Ian Erickson)

Neighborly Dicks (w/ Ian Erickson)

Tim and Jim have never really gotten along. Neighbors since the births of their sons, they’ve felt a competitive spirit between them that has, over the years, started to erode their sanity. On the eve of their sons joint 21st birthdays their competition reaches a fever pitch, with both men spending and scheming to make sure their respective party is the most memorable 21st. As the parties devolve into a chaotic night of high-end electronics, fancy liquor, and famous bands, will Jim and Tim learn anything? Or will they just keep being Neighborly Dicks?

Credits (w/ Lily Reed)

Credits (w/ Lily Reed)

Bryan and Ryan Tucci are the darlings of daytime TV. America’s favorite gossips, beloved by audiences and critics alike, they host the incredibly popular Tea Time with the Tuccis. But backstage they rule their show with iron fists, belittling and abusing the hardworking staff that keeps the daily show afloat. Tired of the abuse, the crew bands together to give the Tuccis an episode they won’t forget. Turning their under-appreciated jobs against the couple, the crew lets the show unravel, and it’s up to the show’s Director, Cerise Lannigan, to decide how much tea she’s willing to spill.

Demi & His Demon (w/ Amar Risbud)

Demi & His Demon (w/ Amar Risbud)

Demi Alvarez is a lonely boy. Friendless and ignored, he’s always wanted someone in his life to care about him. Luckily for Demi, a friend suddenly appears to him in the form of a disembodied voice, calling to him from a mask he felt compelled to make for art class. With the demon Azathoth whispering in his ear and some help from his iconoclastic art teacher and an occult obsessed high schooler, Demi sets out to help Azathoth complete a task that might end our world forever. 

Tick Tock (w/ Stephanie Weber)

Tick Tock (w/ Stephanie  Weber)

Angeline Zellner is an advertising executive in Chicago, IL, with an opportunity before her: an opportunity for revenge. Back in high school a boy named Tony D’Augustino ditched her at the biggest dance of the year, and now Tony’s humble clock shop in the suburbs is her agency’s newest account. Angeline has a perfect pitch for an ad that will destroy Tony’s life… until her purposefully bad ad catches more attention than she bargained for.

Last Train Home (w/ Samantha Berkman)

Last Train Home (w/ Samantha Berkman)

Odessa is a proud young woman, and for good reason. She is the bravest of the brave, the strongest of the strong, the cleverest of the clever. When her friends want to go out for a night of party-hopping, it’s only natural that they turn to her to lead them. Can Odessa lead a motley crew of young drunks (including her naive little sister) around Chicago and make it back in time to snuggle up to her beau? Will she (with the distant aid of her wise eldest sister) be able to keep the group together and navigate a night of drinking contests, arrogant party-boys, seductive taco joints and one sinister cyclist, or will she and her sister miss The Last Train Home?!

Deathstream (w/ Richard Kniazuk)

Deathstream (w/ Richard Kniazuk)

Time ticks by slowly in Sauna City. Like a bead of sweat running down your face or film that’s just one scene too long. Steve Gerard, film critic, knows this all too well. Steve’s been spending way too much time online, and he’s started to notice something he worries no one else has seen: a killer, lurking sites and bragging about a string of mysterious murders of online personalities. Can Steve connect the clues across the web that no one else is noticing? Or is the sweltering summer heat and constant diet of content making him lose his mind?

Punch Justice (LIVE at Chicago Podcast Festival)

Punch Justice (LIVE at Chicago Podcast Festival)

The Please Make This boys are coming to you live from Chicago’s Beat Kitchen as part of the Chicago Podcast Festival! A big thanks to the Festival for having us and everyone who came to out to hear us verbally abuse Zachary Quinto! Enjoy this tale of family traditions, punch experimentation, and grandmother death.

Student Film (w/ Megan Stalter)

Student Film (w/ Megan Stalter)

Finn felt adrift, bored, and alone till “Student Film” came into her life. While browsing for something to watch one night, Finn stumbles on this enigmatic work of cinema by a mysterious artist, A. Guy, that changes her perspective on the world forever. Inspired, she sets out to find A. Guy, sharing the film and creating new die-hard fans as she goes. With a minor cult forming behind her and a clue about Nebraska, Finn finds her hero, but does he feel the same way about his work as they do?

For the Love of Tim Skillet (w/ Olivia Perry)

For the Love of Tim Skillet (w/ Olivia Perry)

For years Lauren and Molly have watched and practically worshipped their local weatherman, Tim Skillet. When Tim’s girlfriend, Chicago politician Ellen Degeneray, proposes to him during a live broadcast, their lives are sent into a spiral. With Lauren’s dim-witted husband in tow, they set off on a poorly thought out crime spree to make sure Tim remains single…even if it means getting rid of Ellen permanently.

The Fort Knights (w/ Matthew Hoelter)

The Fort Knights (w/ Matthew Hoelter)

The Carlsburg family solves its problems on the battlefield. Well, the simulated battlefield. And now on the eve of another LARPing event they’ve invited their friends, the Knights, to participate in a weekend of padded armor, foam swords, and a single quest: Parents vs Kids, with gaming privileges on the line. Taking up sword and bow, the children of the two families hold up in a besieged fortress and defend against the dragon’s monster horde. How long will they hold out against their parents’ unrelenting, but loving, assault?