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.
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.
058 BONUS SHOW “Audible” In this compact episode, Marc and Elsie are on the beach during a road trip for the July 4th weekend. They cover the Opie and Anthony Radio Show Twitter and firing scandal, Elsie’s bikini, they do impressions, reminisce road trips and play a round of the hybrid improv game “If Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Were In Charge of the World” along with more fun!
059 “Get Off My Millennium Falcon!” John time travels in a clown car, Marc reviews “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Heathers: The Musical”, and an unexpected voicemail dredges up memories of a catastrophic blind date! Elsie offer End of Show food which requires a squeeze. Marc and John play a modified version of the improv game Recycled Movie Pitch. And special guest Big Vision Empty Wallet co-founder Dani Faith Leonard reveals her secrets and experiences in relationship building and on creating a successful and innovative empire in the making starting with a $2,000 loan from Aunt Debbie.
060 “No Service” In this Elsie-less episode John deals with three steaks and a widow next door with dementia. Marc regales a tale of drinks with former co-host Ben riddled with customer service fiascoes. They cover restaurant tipping, sixteenth century social media and stumble through a game of “Finish My Sentence”.
065 “Fugetabouit (A.K.A. I’m Gonna Stab Ya in the Neck with a Pencil!)” Gangster co-hosts Vita and Louie take over the show and do whatever they want, covering where to hide bodies, a car crash, movie reviews on movies they haven’t seen, the great DeNiro, and Elsie joins in with fancy duds and a wild End of Show Food!