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Episode 286 - The Highest Paid Librarian in Illinois


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#1 Dalton Maltz

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:36 PM

D’Arcy Carden, Gavin Speiller, and Chad Carter join Matt Besser for this week’s improv4humans! They take suggestions from listeners that inspire scenes about putting Da Vinci’s garbage on display, a combat instructor who can’t deal with tiny injuries, and helping a farmer produce the biggest jug of milk for the fair. Plus, ethicist Randy Cohen calls in to settle the Subway debate, and a couple deals with an infestation of hypotheticals.




286 - D’Arcy Carden, Chad Carter, Gavin Speiller

(1:13 - 10:43) Twitter Suggestion - Cabinets - A real estate agent tries to sell a house full of damp porno mags

(10:49 - 20:20) Question from Listener - “How did you handle the first time you had independence?” - D’Arcy throws a party but doesn’t want to get involved in the fun

(21:42 - 29:25) What The Fuck Is Going On? - Waiter demands proof of residency - Waiter won’t seat patrons because he doesn’t want to provide sustenance to terrorists

(29:30 - 38:11) Twitter Suggestion - Pointillism - Putting Da Vinci’s garbage on display

(38:35 - 46:32) Crap on Youtube - “Firearm Instructor Fail” - Combat instructor gets taken down by tiny injuries

(46:39 - 54:35) Question from Listener - “Have you ever broken or stolen something, and then went back to replace it?” - Helping a farmer produce the biggest jug of milk for the fair

(54:42 - 1:20:26) Case Closed - Subway employee’s testimony and Randy Cohen, ethicist - Loud noises force a couple to yell during an otherwise civil conversation

(1:20:31 - 1:24:25) Let’s Talk Some More About That - An argument about eating a roommate’s Fig Newtons leads to hypotheticals seeping into real life

(1:24:32 - 1:29:11) Let’s Talk Some More About That - That old man should be commended for speaking up - Allowing injustices to happen because you’re too lazy to say anything

(1:29:17 - 1:39:23) Let’s Talk Some More About That - When is a confrontation worth it? - Matt consults a spoiled 12 year old boy about the Subway fiasco

#2 Shampoodler

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:40 PM

Good ep.

#3 Jon Onyx

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

what a line up!

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:33 PM

Funny as usual! Chad Carter sounds like a younger version of Dave Mustaine Cory Feldman.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:35 PM

Randy had a Jeff Goldblum cadence and that made everything even better. great ep! love me some chad carter.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:21 PM

This was a very funny episode. I really enjoy the work of all of these improvisers, and I wish that they were on the show more (although, unless I'm mistaken, Gavin Speiller is ordinarily based out of New York).

Anyway, though, the scenes in this episode must have been recorded in an order other than the one in which they were broadcast, right? I say this because in one of the earlier scenes, Chad Carter plays a guy who is confusingly overpricing cookies while working the line at a cash register, but that comes before the now serialized, ongoing Case Closed segment toward the end dealing with the old man being outraged over being overcharged for cookies at Subway.

This this led me to wonder about how often this sort of thing happens on the show. There is obviously a degree of editing that happens -- usually a musical interlude or the robot voice comes in at the end of a segment before anyone actually says "...and scene" -- but I'm just curious about the degree. I know that it's been mentioned on the show before that scenes are sometimes edited out entirely because they don't really work (and sometimes this is even evident when one of the improvisers clearly makes a call-back to a highly specific idea/character/event that never shows up elsewhere in the episode). There are obviously very talented editors/sound engineers working on the show, so if things are frequently being cut out or re-sequenced, it's likely that most listeners would ever know about it (I mean, Jesus Christ, as anyone who regularly listens to the musical episodes knows, Brett is so insanely talented that he routinely churns out sound quality that would rival many major-label recording studios).

Anyway, listening to this episode just made me curious about this issue.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 04:24 AM

View PostChester, on 16 April 2017 - 11:21 PM, said:

Anyway, though, the scenes in this episode must have been recorded in an order other than the one in which they were broadcast, right? I say this because in one of the earlier scenes, Chad Carter plays a guy who is confusingly overpricing cookies while working the line at a cash register, but that comes before the now serialized, ongoing Case Closed segment toward the end dealing with the old man being outraged over being overcharged for cookies at Subway.


I was wondering about that, too. I just assumed that Matt had sent the guests the video so they'd have the context for CC, and they knew they'd be discussing it, so they figured it would be OK to hit it earlier and the listeners would get the reference.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:05 AM

these ivory tower mudslinging segments only further alienate you from your audience