Tell Em Steve-Dave

Tell Em Steve-Dave

tell em steve daveTell em Steve-Dave! That is the sign off to one of my favorite podcasts. The sign off to one of the downloads that I wait on each and every week. Hosted by Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn, this is potentially the best podcast on the SmodCo Network – sorry Kevin. If I could make a Venn Diagram – easily and not on either of the two pain in the ass sites I just looked at – the sweet spot of this podcast, the middle of that Venn diagram, lies somewhere in the middle of the three main hosts. That being said, you also have to take into account the supporting cast that they bring to play from time to time and the various forms that TESD take from week to week.

It seems stupid, and uneccessary to say but the hosts really are the selling point for this show. They are wonderful with each other. There is history at play between these three that cannot be faked. The way that the three of them interact with each other needs to be bottled and sold to the public – TESD Energy Drink. They are like a functioning government where each one of them is the check and balance to the other. Walt and BQ don’t have a problem calling Brian out on his shit. Bryan and BQ are able to give Walt a focus for his amazing and sometimes absurdly, funny creativity and Bry and Walt allow BQ to step out of his every day life with Impractical Jokers and do something completely different. But in the end, their friendship and history is really what makes the show work. I certainly still listen when one of the guys is missing but when they are all together it is podcast gold.

tell em steve daveAlong with the three hosts of Tell em Steve-Dave, the supporting cast that they are able to call on is remarkable, and strange, and unique… and … odd. I am going to miss a lot but here are my favorites:

  1. MIng Chen – Of Comic Book Men and I Sell Comics Fam
  2. Mike Zapcic – Also of I Sell Comics and Comic Book Men Fam
  3. Get Em Steve-Dave – current employee of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, former bottle dump diver and just all around interesting guy – in particular when he has managed to draw the ire of all three hosts at one time.
  4. Sunday Jeff – Damn I love Sunday Jeff and he can spit some mad lyrics… You need to listen to the show to get this one. I will eventually make the trip to Mecca – in this case the Stash – and I do want to meet Sunday Jeff.

TESD reinvents itself all the time. When the guys feel the need to do something new, it seems that Mr Flanagan is the one that the ball is tossed to. He will grabbed hold of a topic or an idea for a game and beat that idea into submission. The results are amazing. From Overdrive to any of the games they have added over the last 6 months, these guys keep it new and interesting. Overdrive episodes are my favorite, if I had to pick a type of show but they are followed very closely by the trial by fire-ANTS episodes. Those are long form, multiple episode pods and I love them.

tell em steve daveThere is no need to give TESD the 7 Days a Geek three episode challenge. If you give it a listen and make it through to the end of the show – you will end up adding this to your podcast playlist. From the hosts to the supporting cast and in particular, they way these guys keep changing the show, TESD one of my go-to podcasts.

PS – I listen for the ads and to the ads. They do some of the best ads on any podcast, anywhere. And most of the time the ones that involves Bryan’s niece or Walt’s girls make me roll a tear.

Post PS – TESD came before Impractical Jokers for me. I had caught a couple of episodes but I ended up on a business trip to Palm Springs and at night will I was working at the hotel I watched hours of IJ. Another great show and another reason to love this crew of people.

Tell Em Steve-Dave!

And I will be buying a Four-Color Demons patch soon – I will post pictures when it comes in.

Hollywood Babble On

Hollywood Babble On

holllywood babble onHollywood Babble-On was my first. Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith took my pod-cherry together. They stormed into my week, forced me to slog through a backlog of aural goodness and then continued to make me come back for more. And not only do I come back for more… I look forward to Hollywood Babble On each and every week.

I got into podcasts and in particular this podcast in the fall of 2011. I read online that Kevin smith had a podcast. I didn’t know what the hell a podcast was but it was Kevin Smith so I was thinking that I would check this out. I didn’t know how to listen to a podcast. I streamed the first one from the website. I kid you not.

Now, in case you have been living on the other side of the podcast moon, Hollywood Babble-On is hosted by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Ralph, of course, is an actor, comedian, voice actor and radio personality. Kevin has done a little bit of it all in Hollywood. These two together are one of the best duos in podcast history. Their friendship makes this more than just a podcast. It is an ongoing weekly discussion between two friends. It is also a live show with an audience that gets to be involved at every turn.

holllywood babble onPart of what you listen for are the various segments that make up Hollywood Babble-On. From Inappropriate Toys to Anne Heche’s Butthole – the segments, ever-changing, ever-evolving and always scored by a theme song, are a huge part of the show. Whether Sexy Kev is giving love advice or Adma West and Bane are singing a duet I never can wait to see what Ralph and Kevin will come up with next.

Of course, the segment that outlasts them all is Liam Neeson’s Cock. It is a huge part of the end of every show. Kev and Ralph pay lip service to this storied member as their sign off each week. In fact, they have even gotten foreign countries involved in exclaiming the width and girth of this Hollywood man-mark… landmark – sorry.

If you have never listened to Hollywood Babble-On add it to your playlist and get ready for some irrevrant, hysterical at times touching fun once a week.

May these two never split up and let us all hope they keep the funny coming.

 

Call Me Lucky

Call Me Lucky

Call Me LuckyCall Me Lucky is a 2015 documentary about Barry Crimmins. This is his story. The good the bad and the ugly of his life. I added this doc to my queue on Netflix because Bobcat Goldthwait was involved. The first half covers his comedy career – his comedy club – this comedian that should have had a ‘bigger’ career. Then the story delves deeper into Barry Crimmins and his past and you find that he had a huge career – a life impacting career as an activist: a political activist and a social activist.

Call Me Lucky
2015
Documentary
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Barry Crimmins, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Margaret Cho – many many more.

Barry Who?
Call Me LuckyI hate to admit that I didn’t know who Barry Crimmins was. I am a stand up comedy fanatic but it amazes me how there are so many that are great comedians that you just never hear about. Barry Crimmins is one such comedian. You get to see sections of his sets in this doc and he is a truly funny guy. But at the same time you get to see his soul you get to see the good in him. This guy, this artist, this compassionate individual was damaged as a kid and used that damage to help people. He used the pain in his past to fuel his career and his thoughts on life, politics and social injustice.

Well, there’s a couple of things I really still feel I have to accomplish, and if I do I think I’ll be able to put my little tile in the grand mosaic of life. And those two things are, of course, I’d like to overthrow the government of the United States, and I’d like to close the Catholic church. – Barry Crimmins

I heard about this documentary from a podcast. I don’t remember which one, but I do know that it had Bobcat Goldthwait on it. It was circa 2015 and he was promoting Call Me Lucky and talking about putting it together. I added it to my “To Watch” list in the back of my head and promptly forgot about it until i saw it run across my feed on Netflix. You would have thought that I would have remembered from the interview what it was about, but honestly, I didn’t remember the depth of the story.

Something that I’ve always remembered about him is we cannot surrender being the rude, funny, obnoxious truth tellers. We cannot surrender that. That’s our best weapon. – Patton Oswalt

Call Me LuckyBarry Crimmins was raped as a child. This set the foundation of his life. The loss of innocence impacted his comedy, his outlook – everything. His abuse shaped how he saw the world and he shared his outlook through his stand up routine. But he also took that part of his life and changed the world. When the net became popular in the early 90s, he went to congress to speak out about child porn being shared on AOL. He confronted America Online and called them out about their policy concerning child porn and shaped how those criminals are dealt with today.

He gives a voice to all of those moments that you have when you can’t articulate your anger at this entity at the injustice in the world… he is a reminder that you do have power. – David Cross

He is an advicate for peace – for rights – for life – for people. You want to feel like one person can change the world. Watch Call Me Lucky. Life changing.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be Nick Offerman

When I Grow Up I Want to Be Nick Offerman

nick-offermanSo, I am almost done listening to Nick Offerman’s book Gumption and I have decided that When I Grow Up I Want to Be Nick Offerman. Forget the obvious benefit that he is married to the funny, talented and gorgeous Megan Mullally, was one of the linchpin characters in the hit show Parks and Rec and that he is a fabulous stand-up comedian and author. Forget all of that. He is brilliant. He is thought provoking. And he has a grasp of culture, history, art and our world that few possess. It is to this last – his grasp of our world – that I want to draw particular attention.

Gumption, the book of his that I am reading now, outlines the lives and character of various people throughout history that he sees as having those traits that make them important to the fabric of our nation and the world. Gumption came out in May of 2015 but it needs to be on the reading list of every single American, in particular, those between the age of 18 and 35. Those folks young enough to be molded or at least bright enough to realize they need to be shaped.

Take a look at the tag line:

“Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers”

nick-offerman-2Literally, he names a figure from history, entertainment, etc to represent various character traits and he divides them into chapters such as Makers, Freemasons & Idealists. These individuals range from George Washinton to Wilie Nelson but they all have something in common. They were/are revolutionaries… visionaries… thinkers… doers. His choices and the traits that he chooses for each of them shows a real love of the topic and a lot of thought aimed at his subject matter. I don’t believe that I have ever read a book twice in a row but I believe that I am about to break that rule. I downloaded it using OverDrive so I will be listening to it as well – read in the dulcet tones that only Nick Offerman can offer.

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Gumption by Nick Offerman

 

offerman-woodshopOfferman is a modern day renaissance man. Stand up comedian, trained actor, author, woodworker. Yup, woodworker. His personal website: www.offermanwoodshop.com, is an actual shop that creates works of art out of wood. It is not a joke, it is Nick Offerman’s business. It offers info on his other projects as well but it is the eCommerce end of an honest to god woodshop, you can buy things made of wood, that he and the artists he employees have made. WHAT!?! The first time you visit the site, you might have the same reaction that I did: “Am I at the right place?” I love the fact that he is more than just a comic or an actor or an author. The fact that he can “do” things and make things, makes him even more interesting than if he was just writing about those topics. If you get to choose one celebrity to get stranded on an island with – you pick Nick Offerman.

nick-offerman-3“Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous, and unafraid version of you—and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because, actually, nothing else does.” – Gumption by Nick Offerman

At the end of the day, this book is life changing. This book makes you re-evaluate what you do, why you do and how you do. I think I might have to buy a couple of copies of this book for those young people in my life that are about to move from being children to being adults. Gumption goes on my annual read list (this is a very short list of books I read or listen to each year). And, of course, as I stated before, when I grow up I want to be Nick Offerman.

Nick Offerman for Mayor of Detroit and then President – just saying.

Jim Jefferies: Freedumb

Jim Jefferies: Freedumb

jim jefferies: freedumbJim Jefferies: Freedumb special on Netflix is comedian Jim Jefferies latest comedy special – that is a stupid sentence but Google will love it.  As so many stand ups are doing nowadays, this is a Netflix original – if you arent subscribed the Netflix what i wrong with you – it is 2016 for goodness sake. You need to be binge watching TV and watching all of the latest comedy specials.

First a little on Jim Jefferies

All of this has come off Wikipedia, if it is wrong I blame Jim Jefferies or his people.

Jim Jefferies is an Australia comedian, actor and writer. Jefferies tours the world doing stand up but has also been in the low budget Australian zombie film: Me and My Mates vs the Zombe Apocalypse and his TV show Legit. By far is largest acclaim is his stand up but he has recently become known for his stand on gun control. You can learn more about Jim Jefferies and find him on tour at his official website.

On to the special – Jim Jefferies: Freedumb

jim jefferies freedumb 2I love Jim Jefferies. He is funny as hell and his stand up is very personal. He opens this special with stories about his life and the new addition to his life, his little boy. From vaccinations to potty training he pokes a little fun at his life and really connects with the audience over things that everyone finds challenging and many, those with kids, have experienced. Hard discussions over autism, raising your child those day to day fights that you might have with your significant other. From this common ground, Jefferies take a quick turn into more serious matters.

Jefferies, having won over the audience dives into topics like gun control, Donald Trump and atheism. It is not my place or my want to discuss these issues but I want to point something out. This guy is genius. He has won over the crowd, now they have paid to see him, so most if not all know what to expect. Being on stage in Nashville though he doesn’t know if maybe someone that doesn’t hold his same opinion has snuck in. By grabbing the “low hanging fruit” at the beginning of the set – he has a chance to wing his own thoughts and beliefs at people. The most controversial statement:

“The only thing that can beat hate is love”

jim jefferies freedumbHe admits that love doesn’t always beat hate but I think it is a good idea. He also admits that he gets death threats and emails about his political beliefs, and whether you agree or not you have admire him for getting out their and using his platform wisely. He is equal opportunity with his jabs and barbs. He doesn’t mind pointing out the flaws in arguments and beliefs. His brilliance shines through – more on this in a minute.

Anyway, great special! Jim Jefferies is one of my favorites. As I always say, comedians are the smartest people working in entertainment. Jefferies is no exception. is self deprecation really takes the edge off what he says but what he says sticks with you. One of the last pieces on this special is on freedom – hence the name of his special. Lots of knowledge being onloaded on an unsuspecting audience. And they loved it!

Not for nothing, but he spins back around to something a little more superficial at the end of his set. Again, genius. He throws some truth at the audience a d then brings them all down with a discussion of the beauty rating of the people around the world. Leave those that have the ability to have their mind changed guessing. I would love to know if he got some converts out of the night.