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Episode 136 — Hallelujah the Hills


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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:41 PM

Lauren Lapkus, Mike Still, and Jeff Hiller are here along with special musical guest Hallelujah the Hills for a magical musical episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! For the first time ever, the entire band Hallelujah the Hills have set themselves up in the studio to play some songs from their latest album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? to inspire some improvised scenes. Tune in to hear what it’s like for an automated phone attendant to become sentient, what lengths a person will take to win an argument, and what your favorite band is really saying if you listen closely to the lyrics. Make sure to get the UCB Comedy Improv Manual, Matt Besser’s new comedy album at mattbesser.com, and Hallelujah The Hills’ new album at http://hallelujahthe...s.bandcamp.com/!

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:06 AM

Wow, surprised with how full the band was able to sound. Really good stuff. Love Hallelujah The Hills.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:24 AM

I feel like this year is going to be great for I4H, we've already had so many incredible episodes. I don't know if Besser checks these threads much but I'd like to thank him for bringing such a great lineup and show every week.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 05:24 AM

Please. Please. Please stop having these fucking musical guests on IMPROV for humans.
So far not a single band has had any rockin sauce or good jams. It's always this Pedro the Lion horseshit.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 06:51 AM

If Besser managed to have the Mountain Goats on an episode I think I would be able to die happy.

They're playing in L.A. on June 17 FYI.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 07:32 AM

If you're in Boston, Hallelujah the Hills play their CD release show Friday night at Great Scott!

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 07:52 AM

Can't say I was a fan of the music (they were fine, but sounded like they just wanted to be Pavement with a horn section) but the scenes were off the chain hilarious.

In general, though, I love the musical guests. They introduced me to David Bazan, who's just a genius.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:07 AM

The musical episodes of this show are so good it just drives me nuts. Every guest in general is awesome. The show is! Makes me think of some modern day salon-style gathering or some other highfalutin nerd shit I can't properly express.

You guys should see if you can get Jason Isbell. I know Matt liked his latest album (because it is a masterpiece). He did WTF and judging from his Twitter he has a sense of humor.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:56 AM

What a fucking lineup!
Like a well oiled machine.
I find it very difficult to believe that the lyric
"a stillborn Chinese baby speaking backwards" didn't ignite anything.
If you don't like the music, ask for a refund.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 09:26 AM

View Postfrostedbutts, on 29 May 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

Please. Please. Please stop having these fucking musical guests on IMPROV for humans.
So far not a single band has had any rockin sauce or good jams. It's always this Pedro the Lion horseshit.


If you don't like the musical guests or the episodes that feature them then just skip that week. It's Matt's show and most people enjoy his taste in guests. Please. Please. Please don't register an account just to be a dick.

P.S. Jeff Hiller is always awesome.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 09:59 AM

View Postfrostedbutts, on 29 May 2014 - 05:24 AM, said:

Please. Please. Please stop having these fucking musical guests on IMPROV for humans.
So far not a single band has had any rockin sauce or good jams. It's always this Pedro the Lion horseshit.

Just so I understand where you are coming from, give me a couple of examples of bands with good jams.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:09 AM

On all podcasts I never really know beforehand if I am going to enjoy having a band on the show, that said, there hasn't been one band on I4h that I haven't really enjoyed and I'm not just blowing smoke. I just started the episode and really liked the first song, exciting stuff.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

I haven't started this episode yet, but I enjoy the band episodes. I even bought a Ben Lee album the other day.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:59 AM

View PostBruce Reid Robinson II, on 29 May 2014 - 09:26 AM, said:


If you don't like the musical guests or the episodes that feature them then just skip that week. It's Matt's show and most people enjoy his taste in guests. Please. Please. Please don't register an account just to be a dick.

P.S. Jeff Hiller is always awesome.


I liked the band a lot ... but if you don't, you don't even have to skip the episode. If you have the slightest modicum of podskillz, you can fast forward thru the parts you don't like. Come on, frostebutts. Sheesh.

The telephone survey scene was "best of" worthy ... Lauren killed on that one.
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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:28 AM

ahhh im so excited to hear more about mr besser's tv project

my musical tastes are different but i can live with it, music episodes have lead to some great scenes
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Posted 29 May 2014 - 02:21 PM

I've come across a lot of great music because of the podcasts I listen to, yeah I don't always sync with the music but if podcasts never had musicians on I never would have become a fan of St. Vincent or Langhorne Slim or numerous other bands.

People just like to complain, like really you're going to create an account for one comment just so you can bitch about something on a FREE podcast? I don't understand people like that.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

View PostCameronm, on 29 May 2014 - 02:21 PM, said:

I've come across a lot of great music because of the podcasts I listen to, yeah I don't always sync with the music but if podcasts never had musicians on I never would have become a fan of St. Vincent or Langhorne Slim or numerous other bands.

People just like to complain, like really you're going to create an account for one comment just so you can bitch about something on a FREE podcast? I don't understand people like that.


Especially since, in this instance, you can just fast forward right through the songs and miss NOTHING!

If you don't like one of the guests, I can see critiquing because it's impossible to skip over an improviser in a particular episode. But the songs have very little impact on the actual sketches!

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:29 PM

Rather than having a band that features good jams, can you please focus on the rockin sauce? If there's one thing I like about music and improv, it's rockin sauce.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:58 PM

While it's virtually impossible to follow Jess, Len, and Zouks, they did one hell of a job here. The band was great, and three of the best Humans all killed it.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:06 PM

View Postjustinmh05, on 29 May 2014 - 03:20 PM, said:


Especially since, in this instance, you can just fast forward right through the songs and miss NOTHING!

If you don't like one of the guests, I can see critiquing because it's impossible to skip over an improviser in a particular episode. But the songs have very little impact on the actual sketches!


I mostly agree, but I think in this particular case the songs had interesting lyrical content that provided good fuel for the sketches.
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