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Episode 67 — Fish Hook


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

We made improv4humans history as Lennon Parham, John Gemberling, and Joe Wengert joined us for the first livestreamed episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! What could make this any better? Well, we had one of our regular listeners call in to give us their best story to inspire a scene and had Eric the Paid Intern return to tell us about a failed date & to share some of his Superbowl Man On The Street Interviews! Check out the full video at youtube.com/Earwolf and be sure to pick up an improv4humans shirt from the Earwolf Store and follow @MattBesser on Twitter to send in your improv suggestions. Music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon. You can also now get Matt Besser’s new comedy album “The Six Most Important Sets in the History of Standup” at mattbesser.com!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:35 AM

Wow an all star cast, can't wait to listen.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

Loved watching it live! I was laughing till tears came out Im glad you put eps out in good ol audio style still so i can catch the missed laughs i thoroughly enjoy being able to enjoy two versions haha

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

This made me feel like this.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

Can't get enough Wengert. This group was awesome on the VPN. I think I like the audio-only version just a little bit better though.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Great episode. I love any episode with Gemberling, Parham, or Wengert. All 3 was just fantastic.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

Nice story Shakesbeard!

I've said it before but Parham's male voices are the goddamn best.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

These live ones seem to have lesser audio quality

*edit, kept listening, the audio is definitely worse.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

View Postgregm5s7, on 14 February 2013 - 11:29 AM, said:

These live ones seem to have lesser audio quality

*edit, kept listening, the audio is definitely worse.


Looks like they're using headsets so the cameras can see their faces without the mic booms obscuring things. The headsets definitely do not sound as good.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Wow, just an incredible episode. Maybe the best ever. It had all the stuff that makes i4h great: non-confrontational listener call-ins, Eric the Unpaid Intern, Crap on YouTube and, of course, tweets. I nearly spat out my morning coffee when I heard:
"Could you twat it down a bit?"

And the Big Brother Program sketch may be my new all-time favorite.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

View Postsaddlebags, on 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM, said:


Looks like they're using headsets so the cameras can see their faces without the mic booms obscuring things. The headsets definitely do not sound as good.

This. Also the video setup requires us to record things louder and with a different signal chain, which throws off our normal system a bit. Fully adapting it beforehand to sound consistent with the rest of the podcasts is very difficult.

But yes the headsets sounded a lot worse and had a big noise problem when they got bumped at all, but they looked better on screen probably. Not sure what we're doing going forward.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

View PostBrett Morris, on 14 February 2013 - 04:14 PM, said:

This. Also the video setup requires us to record things louder and with a different signal chain, which throws off our normal system a bit. Fully adapting it beforehand to sound consistent with the rest of the podcasts is very difficult.

But yes the headsets sounded a lot worse and had a big noise problem when they got bumped at all, but they looked better on screen probably. Not sure what we're doing going forward.


It has pros and cons, I mean, the freedom of movement is probably good for an improv show. Also, you don't have to worry about guests getting off mic. Some people just never learn how to stay on mic.

I think Heil makes tabletop mic stands. Some even have integrated cough buttons. But that's $$$.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

There was definitely a lot of extra noise coming through. Great ep. but the noise almost made it unbearable

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

I find the scenes easier to follow with the video. I hope for more I4H videos!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

Hilarious episode! Well done.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

I don't understand how someone could film these things without laughing their asses off.
Why not use pretty Improv 4 Humans T-shirt model as Sexy Robot Lady? Just give her a radar dish on her head.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:13 AM

View PostBrett Morris, on 14 February 2013 - 04:14 PM, said:

This. Also the video setup requires us to record things louder and with a different signal chain, which throws off our normal system a bit. Fully adapting it beforehand to sound consistent with the rest of the podcasts is very difficult.

But yes the headsets sounded a lot worse and had a big noise problem when they got bumped at all, but they looked better on screen probably. Not sure what we're doing going forward.

Ahh, I'd thought the VPN videos' sound were quite low. In my opinion, the improved visual component of the headset mic's don't make up for their sensitivity to small motions.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

Whole. Lee. Fuck.


I was crying I was laughing so hard. Start to finish this episode was amazing. I am just floored by the brilliance and the unflappableness, of these performers. I say that with no hyperbole.


Lennon sets up a scene based off the story about forgetting you have a date on a specific day by calling and asking where Joe is. He played it perfectly, nervous and fumbling and assuring he’s right there at the amusement park. So when Matt comes and just announces that they were buttfucking and is so graphic about it, I lost it. I fucking lost it. I’m thinking “Holy shit what’s she going to do? She was the date? It could have gone any which way and I think a lesser performer would have given over to that but she makes a great heighten by making herself a mistreated, fatherless, kid waiting on a Big Brother sponsor. Genius.


That sort of ability is showcased by each performer throughout the episode in every scene they do with the game and pattern expansion. As funny as it was my favorite was the kicker. Just Matt piling on the defeated sounding Gemberling: “Do you wanna apologize?” Just twisting the knife in even more. I love being able to see it too because I loved the reactions to the shit that comes out of their mouth.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

Who Charted kept the old mics and it looks and sounds better. Headset mics look dorky

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

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