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  1. This podcast is uniformly entertaining and innovative but every few weeks or so there is an episode like this or Dracula that just knocks the wind out of me with laughter. Listened to this coming home on NYC subway and looked like a loon to the people around me laughing with my headphones on. There was just one wave of laughter another like some kind of multiple podgasm.
  2. I thought Niptuck was a good guest even though I was unfamiliar with his work. Maybe next time he could speak closer into the mic when he does his impersonations.
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    Sean and Hayes do it again!

    The guys "teaser freezer" segment predicted Zac Efron's latest movie "We Are Your Friends" would be incredible and really nail the music kids love today. Now DeadMaus---I think he's techno but I'm old---says the film restored his faith in music and it's the bomb which is something kids also say! Thank you for keeping me up on all the things my grandkids love so I'm not out of touch! Since listening to your show, they ignore me a lot less. https://www.thewrap.com/deadmau5-says-zac-efrons-latest-box-office-bomb-restored-his-faith-in-music/
  4. I was waiting all weekend for the guys thoughts on Charleston, and I was not disappointed. A beautiful episode, funny and enlightening.
  5. One of the BEST podcasts I've ever listened to ever. Matt, thank you for taking the huge leap by making this meta-tastic (umm, sounds like cancer) episode that hits the funny on so many levels. I had no clue what I was listening to at first, haven't seen Whiplash, and I was just dying by the end. SO DAMN GOOD. Please have Armin on at least once a year. On a sidenote, I thought it was amazing because we got to see an exaggerated version of you as a teacher and it made me imagine how wonderful you must be to work with at UCB. No joke. Just seeing an improv master at work even if you were acting as a bastard.
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    EPISODE 339 β€” LIVE from SXSW 2015

    You're dead-on. Sanz' Kanye was DOA. I love the guy, but he often descends too quickly into the gutter for cheap laughs when he can do better. This ended up bringing the whole atmosphere down to toilet humor such as the unnecessarily repetitive cum fart references. Maybe it's me, but I sensed Scott was trying to rein it in but maybe this type of thing happens more frequently in live shows where some feel tempted to play down to the crowd.
  7. I typically love the musical podcasts, and Allison Weiss' music was exceptional, but the chemistry was just off in this episode. Not really a big deal as they can't all be winners but none of the premises really clicked. That being said, I hope musical podcasts will always be in the rotation as they've been some of the best ever.
  8. Such a damn good episode. Thank you, Matt, and all the other performers. Easily one of the best I4Hs of all time.
  9. BrianBouton

    The Death of Topics?

    Look, I figured the guys had covered everything there is to know in their run but I'm still sad to see there have been no updates in months.
  10. I'd say Ben Schwartz' superpower is making other people funnier. He's a great presence but I find he brings out the best in everyone else.
  11. This podcast was full of great eps including Great Bits, but I'm feeling guilty because as a lifetime U2 fan I just don't get this new album. Yes, I know all the band member names but none of these songs are clicking with me at all after several listens. I still feel embarrassed for the lovable Liverpool lads when I hear them singing Volcano or Santa Barbara (ugh!) What's wrong with me? I'm going to keep playing it because Arcade Fire's earlier work didn't click until about 8-10 spins. On a more positive note, my heart soared when Scott ended the podcast by saying many more eps including guests would be required to fully digest the album. I don't give a shit what band you talk about as long as we get more eps whenever you can sneak them into my iPhone.
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    Episode 305 β€” CattleLickItUp

    Gino is the perfect co-host, so I'm nominating him for a semi-full-time spot. His character brings out the best in Scott and the guests, and I just love his input to death. He's funny, generous, and nicely fades into the background when the focus shifts. Big shout-out to John Gabrus for this comedy creation.
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    Atlanta Study Group?

    Tsalyr, As a current member of three tri-state Topics groups that gather in the NYC area, I can attest to the difficulty in finding a group listing on Craigslist or on the local information channel. Many of these groups shun traditional marketing due to security issues. Sadly, there are many spoilers who would love to drive the discussion off-track or try to profit off the solutions that arise in getting to the 100% mark. When we solved the Middle East peace problem in our hour-long meeting some weeks back, we found someone diligently scribbling down unauthorized minute meetings which we were forced to seize. I won't reveal what shadowy foreign agency he worked for, but now we're forced to do background screenings on our membership. I'd suggest putting your name out there and wait for someone to contact you to meet in a public place and prepare to be thoroughly vetted before attending your first meeting. Here's hoping the first TOPICON in the Pine Barrens adopts these methods or the spies will be as thick as the mosquitos which breed in those swampy parts.
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    Episode 47 β€” Perspectives on Writing

    I found this topic highly instructive as to what the difference is between non-fiction and fiction. I was once banned from a reading group because I argued the Lord of the Rings was non-fiction because it was a truthful account of their journey to Mordor. Now I see that even if Tolkien told us everything that happened (see the Simarillion), there wasn't actually a Middle Earth, hobbits, or a Sauron trying to take over the country. Well, there is not archaeological record, yet, but I imagine it's because they can't dig deep enough with all the big cities covering Europe and England.
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    Episode 299 β€” Don’t Hack the SAC

    Please have the Vicar of Yanks explain the supernatural methods he uses to remain so youthful and energetic.
  16. Never having listened to Staind I didn't know much about the band, but after listening to this episode I think I could do well at any bar's Staind trivia night.
  17. It doesn't??? Christ, this explains why the IRS is constantly in touch.
  18. (Apologies if this has already been brought up...) I've always thought of the Uno, Dos, Tres...Quatorce as symbolic of the song taking/blasting off at the beginning and especially so after Springsteen's induction speech at the Hall of Fame: "Uno, dos, tres, catorce. That translates as one, two, three, fourteen. That is the correct math for a rock and roll band. For in art and love and rock and roll, the whole had better equal much more than the sum of its parts, or else you're just rubbing two sticks together searching for fire. A great rock band searches for the same kind of combustible force that fueled the expansion of the universe after the big bang. You want the earth to shake and spit fire. You want the sky to split apart and for God to pour out." The rest of the speech is just fan-fucking-tastic and I'd love to see Scott and Scott break it down further in some future episode.
  19. As much delightful nonsense that occurs in each episode, I have to say I'm learning so much about this band I've followed my whole life. Who knew an Earwolf program could be funny and informative?
  20. Me too, me too. It was a bummer.
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    Episode 284 β€” A Thrilling CBB Adventure Hour

    This episode was just amazing for the first half hour or so and then had spots of intermittent brilliance. As much as I love PFT*, I didn't need the K character since it doesn't offer much and the other two guests were so refreshing and funny in their novelty. I could have listened to Sparks Nevada for the whole show especially playing off Scott's Time Bobby background. I was kinda hoping PFT would play one of his other Thrilling characters instead. PFT like Admomian are such huge comic forces they have to be used sparingly like atomic weapons.
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    Episode 285 β€” Solo Bolo

    Have to admit I went in with low expectations because I love the three guest format, and I was just loving every minute of the podcast. The farting during songs bit was just stupid fun. Ben comes off as one of the nicest and funniest guys in the world. I wish we all had Ben Schwarz best friends in our lives!
  23. It was a "solo polo" with PFT for the first since Adam Scott was a no-show, so I'm curious what happened in the second? Aukerman said the ticket sales for the second show were lower than the first due to what he guessed was competition with Sunday's Game of Thrones and, more likely, Mother's Day. This was my second live taping of CBB and it wasn't as enjoyable as last year's tour with The Birthday Boys and PFT bringing out Cake Boss. I felt terrible for PFT and Scott who must have been left in the lurch at the last minute scrambling how to make a show out of just the two of them for a packed Skirball theater. Unfortunately, they brought out Ice-T* and Werner Herzog to fill the time which are two of PFT's lesser characters as opposed to Gary Marshall, Cake Boss, and Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber. Still, I sympathize that PFT had just done Weber and Marshall recently. Tough gig but the crowd was eating it up and eager to laugh at everything including old in-jokes and callbacks. It was very cool to see so many fellow CBB listeners in one place together since podcasts are such a solitary experience. *Ice-T was a rough first-time experience for my girlfriend who knew nothing about the show and then sees a white guy doing an impression of a black rapper with no context. Then Scott throws in a "is acting anything like slinging crack" question...you can imagine the rest of the night's conversation.
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    Who was in the second Skirball show in NY last night?

    I don't think so. Reading between the comic lines, Scott graciously admitted he hadn't realized it was Mother's Day and noted Adam was a good father for allowing Ms. Scott, diehard U2 fan, some time with her friends last night. Just bad timing is all.
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    Who was in the second Skirball show in NY last night?

    Wow, the second show was clearly the one to attend.