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.
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.
050 “Family Guy: A Special Tribute Celebrating the Life of a Grandfather” A moving, intimate, personal episode focuses on the life and passing of Marc’s 99 year old grandfather Thomas Raco. With audio clips, memories, discussions of loss, and personal memories and reflection, Marc and John remember a World War II veteran, winemaker, fisherman, NY Yankee fan, and family man. With a guest appearance by the great Buzz Burbank.
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.
053 “No Lemons” A nice, compact show for once — with lots of problems: bad yoga, boring meteor showers, poorly-timed jokes, John’s World, a shocking absence at the supermarket, plane crash gawking, a telemarketer interrupts the show, and a new impromptu problem-solving game “Lemonade” goes sour. Plus Elsie tries to blow our socks off and create lighting in a bottle with a super interesting sweet and healthy End of Show Food.
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!