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.
047 “The Goldfish Proxy” John is wearing a poodle skirt, and the duo talk fighting loud music on subways, tax evaders, and cat messaging. Hummingbird drones and goldfish simplicity solve world issues in a round of “If Animals Ruled the World”, and Elsie gets attacked while offering the wine-themed chocolate End of Show Food. Guest: Minimalist, artist, comedian and filmmaker Marty Stano discusses his approach to life, his TedTalk, AwesomeFeet project, and a piano on the river!
049 “The Savage Beast” In a two-hour 50th episode special, Marc and John deal with a penguin invasion, Marc’s new reality TV obsession, a fight, head injury and TV Show sneak-attack, an idea for an school for announcers, play a new Dr. Suess-themed improv game, and Elsie offers a spicy piece of bacony, chocolatey heaven. Plus an in-depth interview with TV star, comedian, actress and anthropologist Natalia Reagan reveals a Mel Brooks crush, a near drowning, and how she used boobs to teach science—plus is the third time the charm when she tries the Suess-themed game?
029 “Let’s See Your Cupcakes!” Marc regales a tale of being attacked by a conductor on the subway, and a game double-header with the premeier of two new games “Impress Me” (hint: It involves impressions) and “The Meh News”! Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, and Christopher Walken allegedly stop by! And don’t miss the 23 caret gold End of Show Food segment with Elsie and more! Guest: “Cupcake Wars” champion and frosting entrepreneur Heather Saffer (Dollop Gourmet) exposes the business of frosting, business and fame. She might even impersonate Sarah Palin...Special thanks to Baconery.
051 “Rent-a-Kid” Back in action and with a healthy Marc, a chock-full episode! starts with John celebrating Star Wars and his strange reptile-lineage by wearing a zip-up Boba Fett costume. We cover Marc’s head injury, a reality-show update and change of heart, unexpected and awkward porn, a ridiculous food festival, an obsession with adults acting as children, overtime-ignorance, child labor stories, kid rentals, and hand burning. A round of the improvised impressions game “Impress Me” goes sour despite alleged visits from Barbara Walters and Pauly Shore. Finally in a chipper mood, Elsie gets healthier with End of Show Food. Special guest Marie Roker Jones from the Raising Great Men organization inspires us with what we can do to lead kids to be amazing adults.