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.

Kevin sat down and chatted with his mom on this ep. Subjects include: Footloose, Prince, Van Halen, Journey, and of course Nebraska.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Join us this holiday season as we talk about DJing, hecklers, egg nog, growing up... everything but the holidays!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:50am EST

On this week's episode we talk to comedian/musician Mishka Shubaly about the one and only Charles Bukowski. Are you a drunk and poor 18 yr-old male with aspirations of becoming a great writer? This is the ep for you!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Join us as we chat with musician and competitive beardsmen Joe Mills about the prince of darkness, Nick Cave!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:36am EST

DJ Erin Stereo has finally fulfilled her 2016 goal of appearing on our show! We're happy to oblige when the topic is Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Join us as we talk about Joss Whedon's metaphorically brimming high school saga. It's Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Angel, Spike, Oz and all the rest of the gang!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:57am EST

Join us as we get political talking to comedian Nate Craig about the PBS NewsHour!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:06am EST

We were so thrilled to do a live show once again from the Denver Film Festival! This time around we talked about movie musicals with producer/director Patrick Hackett, actor Hayden Szeto and actor/Gerry/Jerry/Terry/Larry... Jim O'Heir!

 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:39am EST

Join us for our last New York episode as we talk to comedian Sharon Spell of The Sharon Spell Show about her favorite TV show, The Golden Girls. From Midwestern housewives to New Jersey drag queens, all of America loves Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy. And how could you not?! Great writing, great timing, cheesecake, and incredible shoulder pads! Thank you for being a friend and listening.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:29am EST

Still in New York, by way of New Jersey, Kevin and Taylor talk to WFMU's Pat Byrne about The Boss. It's Bruce Springsteen time (and a little talk of The E Street Band)! Listen in as we discuss fathers and sons, grabbing that girl and getting out of town, plus Ben Stiller's amazing Bruce impression.

Be sure to listen to Pat Saturday nights on PROVE IT ALL NIGHT at wfmu.org!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:49am EST

Kevin and Taylor flew all the way to New York City to talk to comedian Scott Sharp about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they hadn't even seen the Michael Bay movies! Yeah, they've got their priorities well in order. Listen in! AND GRAB A PIZZA, MAN! BUT NO ANCHOVIES!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Kev and Tay are sans guest for this minisode. They talk about the Fall (a bit) and school (as usual) and the election (for like a second) and The Simpson's Tree House of Horror.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Kev and Tay are sans guest for this minisode. They talk about the Fall (a bit) and school (as usual) and the election (for like a second) and The Simpson's Tree House of Horror.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

On today's ep we talk to Alamo Drafthouse Denver's Steve Bessette about the one and only Paul F. Tompkins. Steve showed up in a lovely ensemble and bow tie to discuss the man, the myth, the Ice-T impersonator! (Not to mention Cake Boss, Gary Marshall, Werner Herzog and many many more!) 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

On today's episode we talk to Ancient Elk's Cody Coffey about Japanese author Haruki Murakami!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

Our new pal comedian Joe Kwaczala has one of the more interesting obsessions we've run across. No, he's not an architectural nerd obsessed with a certain building in Cleveland, Joe is obsessed with the list of people in, possibly in, and about to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Who's eligible? Who's deserving? Who's snubbed? Who gets to perform? Who gets left out? Who's wearing the most leather at 60-something years-old? These are the questions Joe wants to know! Join us as we talk all things RnR legendary!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

"Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole vaulting, laughing gas, choppers - can you see how incredible this is going to be? - hang gliding, come on!"

"I saved Latin. What did you ever do?"

"You heard me, Coltrane."

"I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet, maybe dynamite."

"Maybe we could express ourselves more fully when we say it without words."

"Are you cussing with me?"

"I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about."

"You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it."

Need we say more?

Except to say our guest, Adam Maid, is a sketch comedian and stand-up of the highest order and you should go see him whenever he is in your general vicinity.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Another member of the Gonda clan has been added to the These Things Matter roster! Join Larry Gonda, aka: Taylor's dad, as he talks about The Who. Well, The Who, high school in the 70s, canned hams, being a dad in the 80s, and *gasp* marijuana!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

Undateable's Ron Funches joins us to talk about the weird and wild world of NAKED AND AFRAID. That's right. The reality show that pits two to twelve humans against the forces of nature and the unending desire to give up and get that sandwich from that Craft Services table instead of that rat or that eel or that roach. Listen in like the TV film crew you are!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Holy moly, guys! What a show! We talked to comedians Chris Garcia, Kenny DeForest, Eliza Skinner and Caitlin Gill about their favorite TV show characters and BOY did they have some answers! Jump in for some incredible diatribes about the merits of some fantastic and often overlooked characters!

Thanks to High Plains Comedy Fest for having us back 4 yeas in a row, and thanks to our pals at Hi Dive for always showing us a good time!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

We were so excited to welcome Kentucky's own comedian James Fritz to the show to talk Alt Country. Even now that he lives in L.A., Fritz has a place in his heart for Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, Neko Case, Gillian Welch and The Jayhawks. Not to mention the godfather of them all, Graham Parsons.

Join us as we chat and reminisce and slag off Ryan Adams.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

We were busted flat in Baton Rouge when we came upon poet Brian Foley. After many drinks, we had a chat about one of his favorite people, Kris Kristofferson. Join us as we discuss this poet, picker, prophet, pusher, pilgrim and preacher. The walking contradiction himself.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:02am EST

We dare you to try to get "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There" out of your head after this episode. Join us as we chat with GUYS WE'VE F**KED podcast's Corinne Fisher about her life-long obsession with the Spice Girls. Did we get our lives spiced up a little bit by Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Posh? Of course we did. Girl Power, y'all!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

We're back! Together! Kevin and Taylor! Taking on the pop cultural world one subject at a time! Today we have radio legend Bret Saunders of the KBCO Morning Show! Anybody who has lived in Colorado over the past 20-odd years knows Bret's voice, but did you know he also writes a jazz column for the Denver Post. How about that!?

We talk to him about his love of comedy auteur Albert Brooks. We focus on Mr. Brook's first three "punk rock" movies, REAL LIFE, MODERN LOVE and LOST IN AMERICA, but really, we span the gamut. Join us! And then watch all these movies on Netflix!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

We're super sorry for the delay on this one - a series of mishaps and errors prevented us from getting this out to you on time. But here it is! Taylor took a trip to Portland to visit her cool aunt and to record a cool episode of the show! We talk about The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Beatle trading cards, and, of course, Beatles Rock Band. 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:37am EST

Taylor's sick so we just wanted to say hi.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Our pal Ben Jones, filmmaker and owner of Image Brew production house, loves extreme sports movies. Specifically, he loves the 1986 classic RAD and 1993's AIRBORNE. We talk BMX, skateboarding, surfing, roller derby, snowboarding and most importantly blading, dudes! You ever strap on your blades and fly down a hill? No?! You're missing out, man! Grab your knee pads and your helmet and let's fly!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Join us as we talk to Portland/New York comic Danny Felts about all things bicycles and cycling!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Holy cow! What a show! We (mostly Kevin) talked to a bunch of folks at the 2016 Westword Music Showcase about summer gigs, summer festivals, SUMMAH!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

We were running down a dream on today's episode, talking to Westword music editor Katie Moulton about her absolute obsession, Tom Petty. Alone, with the Heartbreakers, with Mudcrutch, she loves every version. Join us as we talk about why Tom Petty is one the the most underrated American musicians, and why he probably likes it that way.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Nate Valdez and Eric Riley of IN THE WHALE didn't realize when they asked to talk about Nu Metal that they contained vast oceans of knowledge about Korn, Limp Bizkit, System Of A Down, Orgy, Slipknot, Puddle Of Mudd, P.O.D., Linkin Park, Incubus, Godsmack, Kid Rock etc, etc, etc. In the late 90s/early 2000s, you could not escape the juggernaut of mostly white dudes combining rock and rap. A genre that should have been created by a corporate cigar chewing guy, but is as of The People as backwards caps and Jnco jeans. Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy, indeed.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

We're back at it again, brother! Nathan Lund started the Wrestling train running in episode 31, but we added rocket fuel via Brett Davis of The Special Without Brett Davis, Wednesdays at 11pm EST on New York public access and at http://brettdavis.tumblr.com/. Brett stopped by with Steve Whalen to talk Ultimate Warrior, The Vaudvillans, and lots and lots of other fantastic wrestling characters, past, present and future. Join us in the squared circle, won't you?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:17am EST

We sat down with the legendary authority on Denver music, Tom Murphy, to talk about his obsession - Denver music. Bands that were, bands that are, bands that are yet to come? DIY for your nerve!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:56am EST

"That John Denver's full of shit, man."

Ain't it the truth, Lloyd Christmas. We hear yah. And so does our guest, comedian Whitmer Thomas. Join us as we discuss all things Carrey. A figure of renown amongst children in 1994. Did you quote Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber constantly? Did you cry your eyes out at Eternal Sunshine? Of course you did! Follow us, and LEMMIESHOWYAHSOMETHIN on today's episode.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Sometimes we do episodes where we cannot stop talking about the subject due to the absolute obsession of our guest. And then sometimes we do episodes where we talk about all sorts of things including the subject. This is one of those. Drum machines, the 80s in general, dream pop, synthesizers, Joy Division, even U2! When you get Oko Tygra drummer Neil Robertson talking, you go all over the place. Listen in, won't you?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

This may be our least on-topic episode yet, which is saying a lot. Join us as we ostensibly talk to Seth and Spencer Stone of The Dirty Few about Britney Spears, but then they don't really care and would rather talk about Mountain Dew, but then they have 6 beers each, but then... oh, just listen.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:59am EST

We've done it! We've made (a little over) 200 episodes! How'boutthat?! Listen in as we reminisce with a fabulous clip show!Featuring:

Ep 146 - The Breeders w/ Hutch Harris
Ep 109 - They Might Be Giants w/ Allen Strickland Williams
Ep 107 - Grateful Dead w/ Andy Kindler
Ep 131 - Led Zeppelin w/ Tom Scharpling
Ep 142 - Dolly Parton w/ Amy Miller
Ep 180 - Blacksploitation Films w/ David Gborie
Ep 101 - Limp Bizkit from the Live Second Anniversary Show w/JulesPosner
Ep 117 - Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival w/ IanKarmel& Sam Tallent
Ep 167 - Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival w/KarenKilgariff
Ep 147 - Alexander Payne w/ Zach Peterson
Ep 122 - Blink-182 w/ Aaron Brooks
Ep 169 - The White Stripes w/ Eric Dadourian
Ep 192 - Lou Reed w/ Kritty Uranowski
Ep 155 - Mad Men w/ William Dewey
Ep 113 - Peter Pan w/ Katharine Gonda (aka: Taylor's Sister)
Ep 184 - Monty Python w/ Devon Torrey Bryant
Ep 195 - Sandwiches w/ Alex and Graham Eschen
Ep 182 - TTM Supergroup Holiday Spectacular!

Thanks to all our listeners, thanks to all our guests, thankstoeveryone who's ever spared a thought for our little show. Loveyouguys.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:12am EST

Holy cow, you guys. Thanks to our pals Oliver Howard and Devon Torrey Bryant we are able to bring to you a live recording of our Fourth Anniversary show!! We reunited the Supergroup, which features Chella Negro (Chella & The Charm), Leighton Peterson (Safe Boating is No Accident), Justin Couch (Quantum Creep), Fez Garcia (Tjutjuna), Nathan D Brazil (Salads and Sunbeams), and Nathan Wright (The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact) PLUS bonus musicians Mike Ditto on keys, and Abi McGaha Miller on sax!

Each band member chose a Bowie song to cover and we chatted about it and played it!

Thanks to Syntax Physic Opera for having us and thanks to everyone who came out to watch!

This ep is a little larger than most - we wanted to give you a great sounding concert, so we hope you don't mind if it takes a little while longer than usual to download.

Four years. That's pretty freaky Bowie.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:00am EST

These Things Matter was delighted when our pals at Buntport Theater asked us to chat with them about Greek Mythology - the through-line of their current theatrical season. We talked to Hannah Duggan, Brian Colonna, Erin Rollman, Erik Edborg, and Samantha Schmitz about myths, mortals and monsters, and perhaps a little Bill and Ted's Exellent adventure thrown in for good measure. Be sure to check out their new season at www.buntport.com!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Quack, quack, quack!! Right? Right? On today's show we talk to Buntport Theater's Sam Schmitz about that pillar of 90s kids entertainment and subsequent professional hokey team, The Mighty Ducks. Emilio Estevez at his most likeable, with his most flopable hair, plus all the fun-loving, Bash brothering, Mall Of America rollerblading action you could want!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Kids these days! Always lookin' at the YouTubes! Well... yeah! They are! We oldies have no idea about how much the vast video content has changed the media landscape. YouTube is the new television, and all we can do is hope to know PewDiePie's name, let alone what the hell he's talking about. Join us as we talk to Youtuber Adrienne Stortz (XOXO Cooks) about all things tubular!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

This was one of the most fun episodes we've ever done. We talked to musicians Graham and Alex Eschen about one of their favorite topics: Sandwiches. SO many types of bread, so many lunch meats and cheeses, so many slices of tomatoes and lettuce leaves and onions and olives and pickles and mustards and mayonnaises and on and on and on. Join us as we talk about the world that exists between two slices of bread... and you might want to have sandwich making materials handy. You're gonna be hungry.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:18am EST

Yeah! Sure we'll do an episode about diners! It's an iconic American location for movies, songs, books, TV shows, and the occasional naked gentleman screaming and bleeding! Listen in as we chat with comedians Jay Whitecotton and Josh Lathe to find out more!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:47am EST

Join us as we chat with Matty Clark, the owner of one of Denver's best venues, Hi Dive, about a little band from Omaha, Nebraska: Cursive. Part of our million-part series documenting all the Emo and Pop Punk in the known universe!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:01am EST

If you haven't taken a walk on the wild side in your life yet, you might have a jumping in point with this episode. Join us as we talk to musician Kritty Uranowski, all the way from Toronto, Canada all about her love, Lou Reed. We talk Velvets, Bowie, Iggy, Eno... you know, all the good stuff. Tales of record collecting roomies and cigar smokin' dads. It was allllllright.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:09am EST

How many hours of entertainment has Turner Classic Movies provided the modern world? Where else can you go to find authentic filmmaking, commercial-free PLUS Zsa Zsa Gabor? Only TCM. Join us as we talk to author Neal Pollack about why having classic films on in the background is sure to enhance any solitary activity, including writing the great American hipster novel.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Here we go... Shania Twain, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood... and on and on and on... DO y'all remember when you couldn't escape the power of pop country music? Every bachelorette party screaming out, "Man, I feel like a woman!" (Actually that still happens today). Join us as we talk to comedian Avery Moore about music that is the BEST music to sing to in your car. Let's go girls.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:48am EST

You guys, we're gonna need a waaaaaaayyyy bigger boat! Jon Wurster's misquote from The Best Show only proves to illustrate the enormity of the cultural impact of Jaws. It's difficult to understate, really. Join us and our guest, comedian Dave Losso, as we talk about all things Dreyfuss, Scheider, Spielberg and of course Shaw.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Avid readers of Stephen King are a rare breed. They are lovers of sophisticated trash and could be your aunt who reads nothing else, or your teenage cousin who goes on to be an astrophysicist. Our guest, Nerd Nite Denver's Sara WIlson, is somewhere in between. King was definitely a gateway drug to other authors, but she still loves the thrill of a good scary tale. Bring your buckets of blood and come along!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:41am EST

This might be our most meandering show yet. Due to a lack of guest, we get a little crazy about snow days and school.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:52am EST

"A better world has gotta start somewhere. Why not with you and me?" And so the quoting begins. When you were 19, if someone handed you a Tom Robbins book, more than likely it would change your life. It certainly did for our guest, director Kristin Skye Hoffmann. We talk of beets and love and sex and drugs and how the world can change for the better with just a little mayonnaise.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

You gotta catch 'em all. No, ALL. All 700-odd some Pokémon, you guys. Our guest, comedian Rachel Weeks, can tell you about the first 150, but if YOU want to be the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time, you need them ALL! What are you wasting time listening to podcasts for? Get out there and win battles and collect your damn pokeballs, otherwise what good are yah?!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey. Jackasses, to be sure, but also comedic geniuses? Auteur filmmakers? Detectives on the edge of social normality? Cultural scientists? Or just a bunch of white dudes who like getting kicked the balls a lot?

 

Listen as we talk to comedian Andrew Michael to try to put Jackass in it's proper place - inside the mind of a 13 year-old boy.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

"There shall, in that time, be rumors of things going astray, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things... with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock."

Ahhhhhhhhhh Monty Python. "It's for the real nerds." - Taylor. "Power nerds" - our guest, musician Devon Torrey Bryant. Taylor and Devon have maybe the biggest geek out we've ever had on the show over Graham, John, Terry, Terry, Michael and Eric. Is this the fastest we've ever talked? Possibly. Will you hear us do silly voices and British accents. Definitely.

Join us for Taylor's ultimate episode discussing the Flying Circus, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, all the albums, all the sketches ALL THE MONTY PYTHON YOU CAN SHAKE A POINTED STICK AT!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:10am EST

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