043 “Hope Part 1” John is crotchety, the duo talk Russia and the End of the World, a new phonetic alphabet for the masses, social media manners, new segments of “Advice From a Man Nearly 100 Years Old” and “Stories from New York”, a round of a secret but classic improv game fixes Ukrainian hot dog surpluses and social media jerks. Plus an End of Show Food features pumpkin plus spicy kisses you’ve never had before! Part 1 of a heartfelt and evocative two-part interview with extraordinary artist, celebrity photographer and “Hope Is Project” documentarian Sarah Takako Skinner.
045 “Blue Ball Giraffe” This raucous episode kicks off with killing a fly with a lightsaber. Marc and John share a new segment of Ben’s “Stories from New York”, complain about women’s neadrathal-like impressions of men, John provides a follow-up on his Facebook tiff with a former colleague, the duo play a revealing round of John’s least favorite feature “21 Rapid Fire Questions” and revisit the exclusive improv game “The Meh News” with reporting on a zoo’s blue-ball alarm in the giraffe pen and a dog reporting in a park, along with granny’s neighborhood mu-mus. Special guest sign language interpreting expert David Rhodes from VRIDirect tells all in a fascinating interview about medical interpreting, sign language secrets and distinctions, how learning Greek and a next door neighbor led to interpreting for a famous comedian, how to keep sane and ethical in extreme interpreting scenarios, and a story of 99,000 crickets.
046 “Ken I Help You?” (a.k.a. “Winniebego and the Sharkbites”) John’s on fire—literally – and so is this episode! A review of our appearance at ROCPodfest where our 2014 American of the Year is awarded to The Cancer Dancer, we fail to imitate Robin Williams, a round of the great improv game “What If…” involves sharks in space, Shia LaBeouf, Tootsie Pops, “BJ and the Bear”, a minnie Winnie, and “The Wonder Years”, and Elsie feeds her cold with an odd but surprising End of Show Food. Special guest: Legendary Broadway producer Ken Davenport reveals how he got his name, how he got involved with the Tony Winning “Kinky Boots”, what makes a classic, inside tips on successful producing, his dream production, and a tale of stinky feet (not his). Plus—after an amazing round of “What If…” pitching adaptations of classic television sitcoms goes rogue, he discusses making Marc the offer to star in a dream role.
048 “The Horrible Game” In an accidentally UK-themed episode, Marc and John talk embarrassingly bad national anthem singing, the origins of “The Star Spangled Banner” as a British drinking song, revisit RocPodfest 2014 and play a new game “Recasted” which fails miserably. Plus an idea for a board game about impressions and a Guinness-themed End of Show Food rescue the show in the nick of time.
054 “Popeye Arms” We celebrate “Slavic Clown Day” with costumes and everything! We talk Star Trek tribute shows, finding broken records, old audio formats, a national anthem is unearthed, hologram phones, Marc’s gross clown-size elbow, and John’s wife Doreen joins in for a brand new game “The Truth Fairy”! Plus Elsie brings more End of Show Food!
061 “The Probe in My Meat” John is tiny. Then he’s huge. The hosts cover cooking styles, how to make the ideal hamburger, real life regrets and the origins of cottage cheese. Plus a round of the always entertaining improv game “Audible” leads to a brotherly look-alike and gangplank visit on a pirate ship along with a drunken pineapple field race.
105 “Cuchi Cuchi” John needs a teleprompter, celebrity sightings, a live TV show, the overexposure of Lamar Odom, the presidential debate, heel problems, unwelcome construction, the wrong electrical box, Lawrence of Arabia, a movie review challenge, car problems, a new school bus driver, major news about Chester the cat, Orson Wells and Charo drop by for a round of 21 Rapid Fire Celebrity Questions, and Elsie returns with a mind-blowing End of Show Food!