Pop Culture, Autobiographically. Join hosts Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda as they discuss things that matter, e.g. music, movies, books, and TV. We talk to guests and each other about pop culture and its never ending impact on our lives.

Ah, August. Ah, Summer. Ah, South Broadway. In Denver, all these things mean it's time for the High Plains Comedy Festival! These Things Matter has been a part of the fun for all three years, and we've moved on up every time. Year one, we were in Mutiny Cafe, performing for a crowd that was not quite sure what they were watching. Year two, we blew the roof and the Satanism outta Trve brewery. Year three, featured on this episode, we were fortunate enough to have the show in the best venue in town, the Hi-Dive. Our topic was "Comedy Movie MVP" and with our guests, Karen Kilgariff, Jay Larson, Jonah Ray and Ron Funches, we discuss who brings it in comedies on the silver screen. Who's got the best batting average, comedy movie-wise? And how many other sports references can we throw in to the mix?

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"Would you like a jelly baby?" Perhaps only on a quirky, wildly imaginative, extremely British show like Doctor Who could such a saying be a catch phrase, and yet there it is! From the Fourth Doctor to be exact. Oh, what's this now? You were unaware of the sci-fi/sci-fantasy show that's been running for over 50 years (give or take a 13 year break) on the BBC? Since 1963, in fact? Where there have been 12 manifestations of the main character (13 if you count the War Doctor, which, of course you should count the War Doctor). My dear companion, you have so much to learn!

Join us as we talk to the Dudio himself, improviser and Best Show producer, Jason Gore, all about his beloved Doctor Who. Do we end up going off on an hour and a half defense of the Sixth Doctor? No. No, of course we don't. But if you're a David Tennant fan, you might be in for a treat!

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Charlie Chaplin's Tramp changed Evan Weissman's life. He loves him from his bowler-ed head to his bowlegged feet. How could one man be such a raconteur, innovator, perfectionist and physically masterful comedian? If more people were able to concentrate so intensely on their craft, says Evan, we'd live in a better world filled with people stuffing their butts with eyeballs. Yeah, this is a weird one. 

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"Don't worry, we will always be together." "That's what Diana Ross said." Yup. Sister Act. We're doing a show all about Sister Act. You say, "Taylor and Kevin. This seems ludicrous!" which is a funny way for you to pronounce "religious", we'll admit.

Hop on board the Whoopie train as we talk about Catholicism (as usual) and about whether or not people should be allowed to rap about being down with "G.O.D." with our guest, musician Amanda Gonulsen from Automatic Iris!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:00 AM

"I wanna be stereotyped. I wanna be classified." Of course you do, Milo. That's why we love you. That's why our guest, podcaster Damian Burford and millions of other fans have tattoos of your illustrated face. Join us as we discuss the founding fathers of pop punk. The tongue-in-cheek founders of singing songs about liking food and pining for girls - both vitally important to your punk rock lifestyle.

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Join us as we talk to Buntport Theater's Hannah Duggan all about the best show to have on in the background always, Law & Order!

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A comic book is just a comic book, right? Superheroes, explosions, buxom women, etc, etc? Reading twin Brazillian brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá will rearrange all your notions of what a comic book can be. Join us as we talk to cartoonish Zak Kinsella about Gabriel and Fabio, two of the most innovative illustrators and writers working today, in any medium. Their signature work, Daytripper, will change hearts and minds, as Kevin O'Brien can attest.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:51 PM

"You're gonna eat lighting, and you're gonna crap thunder!" Ah, that great Philadelphian, Mikey. We could pull ten dozen more inspiring quotes from the whole Rocky franchise. Our guest, comedian Mara Wiles, loves Rocky. She loves his sweetness, his tenacity. She sees past his status as a "bum" to a guy who practices a turtle joke for his would-be love. Join us as we discuss boxing, the 80s, and how to lay out the neighbor kid who drives too fast in your cul du sac.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:25 PM

Here's what comes of putting a TV in your child's bedroom: Kids tired for school the next day, a lack of punishment available when they are sent to their rooms, and an unending love of the man they call Coco. Kevin and our guest, journalist Isa Jones, LOVE Conan. He is "their guy" as Marc Maron would say. Join us as we discuss the gigantic, red-headed weirdo we let into our homes every night, not to mention the crazy world he creates around him.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:39 PM

Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi. A couple-ah karate kooks who took the 80s by storm! Listen as we talk to podcaster Jon Ekstrom all about The Karate Kid franchise, including the terrible third sequal and the even more terrible The Next Karate Kid starring Hillary Swank! Never thought we'd be typing those words!

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