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Episode 62 — Presidential Marriage Proposal


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:02 AM

Wedding bells are in the air as humans Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus, and Lauren Lapkus join Matt Besser to share their stories of marriage proposals on today’s improv4humans! Listen as they create improvised scenes about the worst marriage proposal, secret drinking songs, and prank calling impressionists. 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 10 January 2013 - 02:10 AM

Good f'n ep guys!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

"Racial Slur."
Interesting! What made you want to edit that out, Matt?

Anyway, great episode. The Proposal sketch is an all-timer.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

I thought it would distract from the scene.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

YOU ATE A SNAKE. HE ATE A SNAKE.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

My favorite part was Matt's proposal story. "I need some tums." 'Really setting the mood there, yeah honey, I gotta go shit my brains out.'

Priceless.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Gabrus messed up the song. It should be:

Who can take a cheese grater,
Strap it to his arm,
fist fuck the bitch and make pussy Parmesan?
The S & M Man.

How is one to make pussy parmesan just by grabbing the bitch without fist fucking her? Shoot the boot ya idiot!

Also, is it now canonical that the name of the announcer is "The Improv4Humans Robot"?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

Gabrus strikes me as a real romantic type. Great episode. ALVIN!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

View Postvgfitzger, on 10 January 2013 - 12:46 PM, said:

Also, is it now canonical that the name of the announcer is "The Improv4Humans Robot"?

I don't know if there is official canon, but I know her as Audrey...
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

Hey guys we're running dangerously low on good videos! Get to the youtube submission thread and throw in some ideas. There are so many good ones out there.

Let's try to change them up too. It's easy to throw in weird news reports, crazy people, bad music, right wing nuts, etc and those are sometimes great, but it's fun to get fresh angles in too.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

Amazing episode - best one in a while. This is exactly why I look forward to every Thursday.

Hoping for a bonus episode on Tuesday so I can hear more of these 4 together!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

I know Matt is going to hate this, but my favorite part of every I4H are the real stories between the improv. The funniest people in the universe telling the funniest stories in the universe to other funniest people in the universe is the best thing in the universe.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

I was so happy when a Lauren Lapkus character was described as a "bottom feeder" even though it wasn't actually intended as a reference to the multiple ass-sucking episode, I like to believe it was.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

One of my favourite episodes of Improv4humans is the gun episode. I thought it was very topical and a good discussion.

Personally I thought that the edit of nigger was actually distracting more than the word itself. Kind of ruined the flow for me.

As for improvements, I dunno. After 62 episodes you've really gotten into a good grove and a formula that works. Changing up where you get stories from every few months has really helped.

One thing that would be interesting would be to try a long form (like 30 minutes) improv. Most of the scenes on this show are fairly short and it would interesting to hear a much longer one. I dunno how feasible that is but it would be interesting to hear.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

View Postsarel, on 10 January 2013 - 04:30 PM, said:


Personally I thought that the edit of n***** was actually distracting more than the word itself. Kind of ruined the flow for me.



I thought the edit was great.
The comedic payoff is there without having to actually use any hate language.
Great call, Besser!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

Interesting you think it was "nigger". It was not. Was not an African-American slur at all. However, let's not turn this into a guessing game.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

View Postsarel, on 10 January 2013 - 04:30 PM, said:


One thing that would be interesting would be to try a long form (like 30 minutes) improv. Most of the scenes on this show are fairly short and it would interesting to hear a much longer one. I dunno how feasible that is but it would be interesting to hear.


In our next ep. we accidentally did this. See what you think.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:51 PM

Really great episode! I felt like the chemistry here was one of the best in a while, everyone was quick on their toes and played off each other very well.

Also, all this robot announcer talk has me imagining another robot character that tries to take over announcement duties. And it brings me back to phonetically typing English things in Russian into text to speech engines to get the robot to say funny things in a Russian accent. Which I may or may not have spent hours doing.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:00 AM

I was pretty proud of you guys for cutting the slur out.

My only suggestions would be MORE SEAN CONROY.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:13 AM

This was a great grouping of guests. Matt Walsh is always solid (in fact, I think that he's been so reliably good for so long that at this point his talent level may be under-rated, as people have simply grown accustomed to his excellence). I'm not as familiar with Jon Gabrus, but I enjoyed his work here quite a bit. Finally, between her appearances on Improv4Humans and Comedy Bang Bang in the past year, Lauren Lapkus has emerged as one of my absolute favorite comedy podcast guests -- she strikes me as a gifted, versatile, and very funny improviser with a winsome personality. Wonderful show.