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Rabblecast 477 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story & A Look Back At 2016

Welcome to the final episode of The Rabblecast for 2016!

SPOILER ALERT!! On this episode, we talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While we might not dissect it as much as other shows or outlets, we do talk about it in great depth while Doug sits on the sidelines and watches two geeks gush over it. Rogue One is great addition to the Star Wars saga as we eagerly await the arrival of episode VIII.

Also on this episode, we take a look back at all of the celebrities that have left us in 2016. Doug reads off a list of names, the majority of which we talked about on-air. Others, like the recent passing of British singer, George Michael(aged 53) happened well after we finished recording. 2016 was a really unforgiving year for some and rewarding for others.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Rabblecast 476 - Imitate Until You Can Innovate!

Guess who finally watched Marvel's Doctor Strange? After a recent trip to the theater, Jimmy had a lot to say about the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mainly, how the director and Marvel Studios were able to make a movie that borrowed heavily from other films that came before it. And we attempt to answer the question, are mutants and Inhumans the same thing?

Comic books, movies, wrestling, robots, alcohol, and more fill out this episode. And let's not forget one of our favorite parts of the show. "Horrible Events in History" is back as Doug tells the story of the Chicago Port Disaster.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:43am EST

Rabblecast 475 - Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, Fidel Castro, and More!

This week we report on and talk about a few names that you may or may not know.

Florence Henderson(aged 82) was an American actress and singer with a career spanning six decades. She is best remembered for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Some of us watched the Brady Bunch after the heyday of the show. But there is no denying the staying power that the show had. 

Ron Glass(aged 71) may not be as recognizable of an actor to some viewers, but he also has a large body of work. Mr. Glass was an American actor. He was known for his roles as literary Det. Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller(1975–1982), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the 2002 science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity. If you're a Brown Coat, you're mourning the loss of this man more than most.

We also talk about the passing of the former President of Cuba. Fidel Castro(aged 90) was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Depending on your political views and interpretation of world history, Castro can be a polarizing figure. Some may have celebrated his passing, while others mourned him and remembered his accomplishments.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Rabblecast 474 - Moana Pozzi, Sharon Jones, Thanksgiving, and More!

Disney recently released their lasted 3D computer animated feature, Moana. The film tells the story of Moana(voiced by Auli'i Cravalho), the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic to a goddess. She sets sail in search of Maui(voiced by Dwayne Johnson), a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people. Sounds like a fun movie, right?

It has come to the attention of Disney that the name Moana is very well known in Italy and it's not because of their latest release. Turns out Moana is the name of very popular and well known adult film actress, Moana Pozzi. During the 80's and into the 90's Moana Pozzi had a very successful career. Besides adult film she also was known to be a regular actress, television personality, model, politician and writer.

Sharon Jones(aged 60), was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Fans of Marvel's Luke Cage were treated to one of her performances in the closing scene of season 1 as Sharon Jones performed 100 Days, 100 Nights.

And then somehow. Between all of the bad jokes and silly stories we get another "Horrible Event in History"! Doug tells the story of the Port Arthur Massacre and the ramifications it had on Australia and its gun laws.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Rabblecast 473 - Robert Vaughn, Leonard Cohen, and More!

This week, along with our usual high jinks, we talk about the loss of two incredibly talented individuals.

Robert Vaughn(aged 83), was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. One of his best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. On this show in particular we like to reference his role as Ross Webster in Superman III(1983). It was in this entry into the Superman series where the characters played by Robert Vaughn and Richard Pryor attempted to synthesis kryptonite in an effort to defeat Superman, played by Christopher Reeve.

We also talk about Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and painter, Leonard Cohen(aged 82). Cohen's work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. His song, Hallelujah, has the distinction of having been been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages. Chances are you've probably heard a Leonard Cohen song at some point in your life, you just didn't realize it at the time.

And finally, we wrap up this week's show with a video game review? Doug got his hands on a copy of Battlefield 1(EA Games) from his local redbox. Find out his thoughts on this and his love of absurd video game glitches. And let's not forget about Desert Bus or specifically Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Rabblecast 472 - Making of The Night Runner, Election Rigging and More!

It's been said on the show before, Jimmy is one talented individual. Over the weekend we got together to shoot a music video for a contest that Jimmy had entered. Korg Instruments ran a Halloween themed contest. After seeing some of the entries already posted online, Jimmy couldn't help himself and decided to throw his hat into the ring.

 

Check out the video for: The Night Runner

 

A quick disclaimer for the next part of the episode: The results of the recent election had not yet come in when we were recording. As such, we talk about election rigging in general terms. We are not accusing either party of cheating, rigging, or manipulating data. That's a discussion for another time and possibly another show.

And last but certainly not least, Doug brings us another "Horrible Event in History"! The subject of this entry, H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Rabblecast 471 - Kevin Curran, Michael Massee, and TNA Wrestling History

Many times when we report on the passing of an individual they are known for being in front of the camera, so to speak. Kevin Curran(aged 59) was a little bit different. Mr. Curran was an American television comedy writer. He wrote for Late Night with David Letterman, Married... with Children, and The Simpsons. We talk about some of his contributions to the world of comedy writing and one of his cameos.

The next name is one that would come up in conversations from time time. Michael Massee(aged 64), was an American actor. Massee is perhaps best known for his roles as Funboy in the 1994 film The Crow and The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. We also touch upon the unfortunate accident that happened on the set of The Crow that claimed the life of that movie's star.

And then, we jump back into the world of Professional Wrestling to take a look at the history of TNA Wrestling! What was once a potential number two to the juggernaut that is, WWE. How have they manged to stay in the game? Who has been at the center of it all? What about the rumors of WWE wanting to buyout TNA?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Happy Halloween to everyone out there!

On this episode we talk about the recent deaths of Jack Chick(aged 92), an American cartoonist and publisher, best known for his evangelical fundamentalist Christian "Chick tracts". Pete Burns(aged 57), an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the pop band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". And... Steve Dillon(aged 54), a British comic book artist, from Luton, Bedfordshire, best known for his work with writer Garth Ennis on Hellblazer, Preacher and The Punisher.

And finally, what's Halloween without a "Horrible Event in History"? Doug brings us another tale in the form of the, Texarkana Moonlight Murders.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Rabblecast 469 - A Mixed Bag of TV, Movies, and Wrestling News

This week's show is a little hard to nail down. Mostly because we were all over the map with different topics and stories. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

One of this week's topics, the recent passing of some notable names. Thomas Mikal Ford(aged 52), was an American actor best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin, and for his recurring role as Mel Parker in the UPN sitcom The Parkers. The other name we report on is, Calvin Gotlieb, a Canadian professor and computer scientist who has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. He was a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Through in some wrestling news, comics questions, and what we're watching recently and that pretty much rounds out this week's show.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Rabblecast 468 - Special Guest: Uncle Yo!

Uncle Yo joins us on the podcast this week! Geek comedian, writer, host, and panel moderator are just some of the many things one could use to describe what he does. He even tells us about his recent adventure at NYCC 2016 as a moderator and booth host.

If you want more Uncle Yo in your daily life, be sure to head over to We Are The Geek and check out some of the other many things Uncle Yo has been up to.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

Rabblecast 467 - Marvel's Luke Cage, Jimmy Loves Squirrel Girl

Luke Cage, Marvel's latest offering now available on Netflix, tells the tale of the "Hero for Hire" from Harlem. Within just a day of its release on the streaming service, Luke Cage already holds the distinction of "breaking the internet" as Netflix went down for a few hours due to the demand of viewers watching. Even with such a great reaction from the fans, the show still manages to draw some controversy.

As we talk about Luke Cage, Jimmy believes he broke the code as to why one of Marvel's other beloved characters has yet to be included in any of the TV shows or films. Will we see Squirrel Girl sooner than later? Is she the key to the end of Marvel's Phase 3?

All of this and so much more in this nice bundled episode.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Week in and week out, we do our best to bring different topics of discussion to the show. Current event stories, celebrity deaths, movies/TV, and few other things here and there. We really never know how the show will unfold with each episode.

This week's show is a great example. Jokes, riffs, personal moments, and a little bit of news all coalesce into our latest offering to you, the listening audience. We even managed to slip another "Horrible Events in History" segment(The Upstairs Lounge Arson Attack) in after a few weeks of going without one.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:18pm EST

Rabblecast 465 - Riot Fest, Travel Woes, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast

A while back, episode 451 specifically, Doug was filled with excitement about his upcoming trip to Chicago, IL to attend Riot Fest! A three day festival that plays hosts to bands that play rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop music. Doug's main motivation for this trip? A chance to witness the reunion of The Misfits(among other groups)! Doug fills us in on the journey, the destination, and aftermath.

We also talk about the passing of Clay Martin Croker(aged 54), who worked as an animator and voice actor. He is best known for having provided the voices of Zorak and Moltar on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

Rabblecast 464 - Stranger Things, Netflix Shows, and More!

By this point and time many Sci-Fi fans have watched and enjoyed, Stranger Things on Netflix. The story follows a group of four young kids. When one of them disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. Spoilers ahead! We give our take on this hit show which has already announced a second season. Experiments on kidnapped kids, a secret government program, and a parallel dimension? What's not to like?

We also say our "goodbye's" to celebrities and notable people that passed away recently. Jon Polito(aged 65, American actor and voice artist. Film and television career spanning 35 years he amassed over 220 credits.), Alexis Arquette(aged 47, American actress, cabaret performer, and activist.), Phyllis Schlafly(aged 92, American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist.), and Greta Friedman(Austrian-born American who was photographed being kissed by a sailor on V-J Day 1945 by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.)

Somehow, we even manage to talk about UFC 203 and the debut of Former WWE Superstar, CM Punk in the world of MMA!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Rabblecast 463 - Gene Wilder, Mr. Fuji, and More!

The entertainment world recently lost a very talented man. Gene Wilder(aka Jerry Silberman, aged 83) was an American comic actor in film and theater, screenwriter, film director and author. Known for his roles in movies such as Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and for his work with Mel Brooks. Not to mention his work with fellow Comedic actor, Richard Pryor.

Shifting gears a little bit, we also take a look at the recent passing and career of Mr. Fuji(Harry Fujiwara, aka Mr. Fujiwara. Aged 82). Easily one of the most recognizable managers in the world of professional wrestling and the WWF/WWE. Mr. Fuji was a ruthless character in and out of the ring. Whether he was partnering with, Professor Tanaka or managing numerous wrestlers to main event status and championship matches(Demolition, Powers of Pain, Yokozuna, etc.).

Also on this episode, we talk about the 20 year anniversary of The Crow: City of Angels. (starring: Vincent Pérez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, and Iggy Pop)

 

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Rabblecast 462 - WWE Summerslam 2016, Epipen Cost Increase

Some of our shows have a singular theme and/or story. Other shows have a mixed bag of topics. This is the later.

Lots of news came out of WWE's latest PPV, Summerslam 2016. Numerous injuries are being report, during the show and on the following Monday Night RAW. A controversial ending to the Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton match which left a returning Randy Orton a bloody mess in the middle of the ring. A backstage confrontation between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar. And let's not forget the unveiling and crowning of WWE's first Universal Champion!

From there, we switch gears and talk about the recent controversy surrounding a company by the name of, Mylan. Epipen's have seen a dramatic price hike and consumers are not reacting to this news very well. What caused the sudden price increase and what has Mylan done to improve the epipen product? Jimmy weighs in with some thoughts on the matter.

And finally, Doug brings us another "Horrible Event in History". Learn about how the Hartford Circus Fire happened and what could have been done to avoid such a tragedy.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

Rabblecast 461 - Suicide Squad, The Effect of Studio Notes

Suicide Squad, the third installment in the DC Extended Universe from Warner Bros. is out now in theaters. Doug and Hernandez went to catch what was to be the "righting of the ship" for Warner Bros. After the grim and gritty world established in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad(Directed by David Ayer) looked to bring a lighter tone and an injection of excitement into the DCEU. Can a movie comprised of DC villains pull off what Batman/Superman failed to do for the studio? And what about those re-shoots everyone kept talking about? All of this and more in this episode.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

Rabblecast 460 - And Now For Something A Little More Personal

Where do we begin to explain this episode?

Erik and Doug reconvene in the studio to talk about a wide variety of topics. Weather/seasons, movies, work relationships, WWE's Cruiser Weight Classic, Insidepusle.com celebrating 12 years, Transformers(30th anniversary of the animated movie)and more! You never know what you're going to get when we sit down to record a show.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Rabblecast 459 - Ghostbusters 2016

We finally watched the new Ghostbusters film, well at least two of us did. If you have not seen the new movie yet, there are SPOILERS ahead. The cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth deliver a fun filled adventure into the realm of Ghostbusting! The laughs, the jokes, and even some of the little details make this movie a great experience. If you're sitting there saying, "Whaaaat"? Then you might want to see this one before it leaves the theaters.

And then we have Doug's latest entry into "Horrible Events in History". This time, we talk about Charles Whitman and the Attack on The University of Texas(1966).

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

Rabblecast 458 - Remakes of 80's Movies, Garry Marshall

We say goodbye to another individual on this episode, as we report on the passing of Garry Marshall(aged 81). Known as an actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian. Marshall created the TV show Happy Days and its various spin-offs. He also directed Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, and The Princess Diaries movies.

Also on this episode, we run down a list of 24 80's movies remakes. Movies such Robocop, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and many others. Which one is better? The remake or the original?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

Rabblecast 457 - "Cyborg" Santos' Injury, Brock Lesnar Fails Drug Test

*(Original recording date, 7/19/2016)

On this week's show, we take another look at the world of MMA. During the Bellator 158 MMA event in London, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos suffered a sudden defeat against his opponent, Michael Page via a well placed knee strike. The ending of that bout gained lots of news coverage, mostly due to the way that Page celebrated the victory. But it wasn't until news broke of the severity of Santos' head injury did people react in a different way.  

We also talk about the news of Brock Lesnar failing two drug tests, one test before UFC 200, the other one immediately after the UFC event. What Lesnar failed for has not been revealed. But Lesnar himself claims, "We will get to the bottom of this." It has yet to be announced if this will affect his return to the WWE for his upcoming match at Summer Slam 2016. For us, it brings up the discussion of Performance Enhancing Drugs(PEDs) and how they have impacted the world sports and competition.

The latest entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file comes in the form of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Doug brings us the story of nine ski hikers in the Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

Rabblecast 456 - Pokemon Go, UFC 200

Once again, we have an odd mix of topics that you probably won't find on most shows. Are you one of the millions of fans playing the new Pokemon Go app from mobile game company, Niantic and everyone's favorite family home entertainment video game provider, Nintendo. Look out of your home window, you will probably see a few Pokemon hunters walking or riding by as they explore the real world(probably for the first time) for their favorite pocket monster.

UFC 200, did you watch it? We didn't, but we do our best to go over the results and discuss some of the recent news and controversy surrounding the sport. The UFC, once purchased for $2 million dollars was recently sold for $4 billion. How's that for a financial return?

And last but certainly not least, Doug brings us another mining based tragedy for this week's "Horrible Events in History" with the Knox Mine Disaster.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

Rabblecast 455 - What Did You Watch After Pro Wrestling?

One day removed from a short 4th of July weekend, the guys meet up in the studio to mull over a few things. Like, have you ever wondered about some of the TV shows that aired after WWF/WWE finished up? G vs E, Pacific Blue, just to name a couple.

We find out what kind of late night TV Doug used to record using his VCR. You would be amazed at what kind of gems you can find when you just let it run. Jimmy gives us a glimpse into his "well financed mid-life crisis" and he offers up some simple advice that everyone can use.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

Rabblecast 454 - Anton Yelchin, WWE Suspends Roman Reigns

Two shows in one week! Hell must have frozen over. Or not. Hernandez, Doug, and Jimmy get back to business as they return to the studio to catch up with one another and talk about recent events.

We touch upon the passing of Anton Yelchin(aged 27), star of many recent films. Terminator: Salvation, The recent Star Trek films, and Green Room. Mr. Yelchin fell victim to what many are calling a "freak accident" involving his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

We also talk about the recent suspension of former WWE Champion, Roman Reigns and the timing of the suspension itself. When did the actual violation of the Drug Policy happen? When did they finally enforce the penalty of a 30 day suspension.

Doug also returns with another entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file. This time, he brings us the town of Centralia, Pennsyvania and the mine fire that has been burning since 1962.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Rabblecast Special - A Conversation About E3 2016

With this episode, we here at The Rabblecast decided to try something a little different.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2016 is where the big names in the gaming industry(Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, etc.) give us, the consumers, a glimpse at what's to come. From the announcement of new titles, updates on new hardware, and more!

Hernandez welcomes a few new faces into the "old studio". Andrew "TyNyE" White brings us the majority of the news to dissect and disseminate. Also in the studio with us is, Dan Nyguyen. Both avid gamers and long time friends.

We hope you enjoy this little experiment.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Rabblecast 453 - Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice

The Fight World lost two big names in recent weeks. Kimbo Slice(Kevin Ferguson, aged 42) made his name in the underground fight scene. Dubbed, "The King of the Web Brawlers" by Rolling Stones magazine, Kimbo's fight videos went viral. Factor in an undefeated boxing career and Kimbo soon found himself fighting in the Octagon for company's such as Elite XC, UFC, and Bellator MMA. He was still under contract with Bellator at the time of his passing.

Then of course there is, "The Greatest of All Time", Muhammad Ali(born Cassius Clay, aged 74). Ali was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.

All of this and more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Rabblecast 452 - Terror at the Drive-in (and Other Fun Stuff)!

What started off as a simple conversation about the return of John Carpenter to the, Halloween franchise, quickly dovetailed into a retelling of Doug and Jimmy's adventure to The Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Where they(with Holly) had a triple feature of "Zombie" themed movies. Return of the Living Dead(1985), The Death Wheelers(1973), and The Children(1980).

And, let's not forget the latest installment of Horrible Events in History! Doug educates us about the Cleveland Torso Murderer.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

Rabblecast 451 - Preacher, Moogfest, and Misfits!

Have you ever heard of Moogfest? Worry not, because our pal Jimmy gives us a rundown of his recent adventure to Durham, North Carolina as he attended a convention that's touted as the synthesis of music, art, and technology! Jimmy gets to gush about the acts he liked and lets us know what he brought home.

Keeping in the vein of the music world, it was recently announced that the Misfits will be reuniting for two festival shows this September. The classic line-up of Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will take to the stage for the two Riot Fest shows! First it was Guns N' Roses, now the Misfits. 2016 is a year full of surprises.

Also on this episode, we talk about the premiere of Preacher(Vertigo/DC Comics) on AMC. Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the pilot or read the comic book. Was it good? Can AMC make lightning strike twice with another comic book inspired show?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Rabblecast 450 - Celebrating 10 Years of The Rabblecast!

The Rabblecast turns 10 this week! And with that, we take a trip down memory lane. This isn't a "best of" or a re-posting of an old episode. Hernandez tells the origin story of the show and fills in a few gaps here and there. The curtain is pulled back as some secrets are revealed. 

Also on this show, the passing of Darwyn Cooke(aged 53), an Eisner Award-winning Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, and The Spirit. We also cover the recent new of Kevin Smith being approached to adapt the cult film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!(1984) into a TV series.

We hope you've enjoyed the show up to this point and continue to join us every week!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:07am EST

Rabblecast 449 - Civil War(s?), Baked Goods, & Music

This week, the guys discuss the recent Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War! (Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie yet.) How does it stack up against Zack Snyder's, Batman v. Superman? All of the action, all of the drama, and all of the actual historical interjections that Doug and Jimmy can throw at the show to derail it.

We also find out what Jimmy's been experimenting with in the kitchen. Doug gives us some band names that probably won't show up on an iTunes search. There is a little something for everyone in this episode.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

Rabblecast 448 - Head Injuries and Role Models

The topic of head injures is something that we, as a people, are just beginning to understand a little bit more with the help of medical research. Concussions, once thought just to be part of the game, have been proven to be career and life shortening injuries that take their toll over time. Football, Mixed Martial Arts, and even Pro Wrestling(just to name a few) are taking steps to curtail these kind of injuries.

And then, somehow, we talk about the idea of, role models. The celebrities and athletes that are put on pedestals by their fans. Only to have perceptions change after said celeb/athlete say or do something wrong.

Fans of our "Horrible Events in History" segment, rejoice, as Doug brings us another entry. The Boston Molasses Disaster.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

Rabblecast 447 - Chyna, Prince, and More!

The world of professional wrestling lost another important name.  One of the founding members of the rebellious group D-Generation X, former WWE Intercontinental Champion(the first woman to hold the IC title), a true pioneer... The 9th Wonder of the World, former WWE Superstar, Chyna(Joan Marie Laurer, aged 46).

The music world also suffered another loss as well. This individual was known for being eccentric, charismatic, and an overall genius in the music world. His Royal Badness, Prince(Prince Rogers Nelson, aged 57) recently passed at his Paisley Park Studio and Home in Minnesota.

Also on this show, Doug hits us with another "Horrible Event in History" as he presents, the King's Cross Fire.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Rabblecast 446 - The Return of Jimmy, The Loss of Doris Roberts & Balls Mahoney

After a few weeks off, our beloved third co-host, Jimmy returns to the show! We find out what he's been up to while he's been away and how many Puscifer shows he attended in a single week.

We also report on the recent passing of two more entertainers. Doris Roberts(aged 90), best known for her role as Raymond Barone's mother, Marie Barone, on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996–2005. Doug apparently, a huge Romano fan(not really).

The second passing we report on is a little more personal. Former ECW wrestler, Balls Mahoney(Jon Rechner, aged 44) passed away in his home in NJ. Regarded as one of the "ECW Originals", Balls Mahoney had a storied career not only in ECW and WWE, but on the independent scene as well. He was a great friend and teacher. He is survived by his wife and son.

Also in this episode, we manage to talk about a few upcoming features. Green Room(2015), starring Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Sir Patrick Stewart. We also have some casting rumors for the joint Sony/Marvel film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. And finally, we talk about the recently announced R rating for the animated adaptation of DC Comics' Batman: The Killing Joke.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

Rabblecast 445 - Blackjack Muligan, Merle Haggard, and More!

This week, rather than tackling "big news" or "current trends" we decided to take a more relaxed approach to the episode. We report on the passing of professional wrestler, Blackjack Mulligan(Robert Deroy Windham, aged 73). Blackjack is the father of wrestlers Barry and Kendall Windham, father-in-law of Mike Rotunda, and the paternal grandfather of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.

We also report on the passing of country music legend, Merle Haggard(aged 79). Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

And last, but certainly not least, Doug files another entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file with the, Mothman.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Rabblecast 444 - WWE Wrestlemania 32 Results, Fallout from RAW, and More!

WWE's biggest spectacle of the year has come and gone! On this episode we cover all things Wrestlemania 32. Who left Dallas, TX a champion? What surprises happened?

It's safe to say that this episode is full of spoilers, not just for Wrestlemania. We also cover some of the season finale for, The Walking Dead on AMC. Negan(played by Jeffery Dean Morgan) has arrived on TWD and someone is going to have to pay.

Also, we report on the passing of Erik Bauersfeld(aged 93). Mr. Bauersfeld was the voice of Admiral Ackbar in the original Star Wars films(episodes IV-VI).

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

Rabblecast 443 - Batman V Superman, Daredevil, Wrestlemania 32 Preview, and More!

SPOILERS AHEAD!! If you haven't caught up on the following, this is your warning. This week, we're talking about the rest of Marvel's Daredevil season 2 on Netflix and Batman V Superman($166,007,347 opening weekend in USA).

Also on this show, we say goodbye to some entertainers that have left a mark in their respective fields. Garry Shandling(American Comedian,actor, writer, producer, and director. Age 66), Patty Duke(American actress of stage, film, and TV. Age 69), and Phife Dawg(American Rapper and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. Age 45).

And last but certainly not least, we talk about WWE's upcoming Wrestlemania 32 PPV and the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

Rabblecast 442 - Marvel's Daredevil, The "Road to Wrestlemania", and More!

Netflix is at it again with the recent release of Marvel's Daredevil. The first season of the show established the tone and pace for future Marvel shows on Netflix, so what can you expect from the second season of the show? We talk about our reactions to the show so far. But don't worry, there are NO SPOILERS here.

As we close in on Wrestlemania, we take a quick glimpse at the "Road to Wrestlemania" and try to stop on top of recent developments in the WWE. What matches have been announced, who is injured and possibly out of the biggest show of the year.

We also report on the recent passings of Larry Drake(Darkman, Dr. Giggles, L.A. Law), Robert Ford(the 64th Mayor of Toronto), and Frank Sinatra Jr.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Rabblecast 441 - Movie Trailers, Keith Emerson, WWE Roadblock Results

This week we take a second look at the, Ghostbusters trailer. More specifically, we take a look at the international trailer and compare the two. Besides the slight differences we also get a look at Chris Hemsworth's role. In more movie trailer news, we also talk about the recent Captain America: Civil War trailer and the big reveal of Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In other news, we talk about the passing of another great artist and performer as we report on the death of, Keith Emerson(age 71) of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the early progressive rock supergroups, in 1970. We also cover the recent WWE Network special, WWE Roadblock. As well as the recent injury to another WWE Superstar, Neville.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Rabblecast 440 - Hayabusa, WWE Roadblock, Ghostbusters

This week we pay respect to two individuals that have left the world. Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan(age 94) recently passed away after a long storied life. We briefly touch upon some of the things Mrs. Reagan accomplished in her time.

In the world of Professional Wrestling, the industry lost a true innovator in, Hayabusa(Eiji Ezaki, age 47). Regarded as the heart of Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling(FMW), Hayabusa's high flying style was second to none. Inspiring the future generation of wrestlers along the likes of Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Kallisto, and many more.

We also give our reactions to the recent, Ghostbusters(2016) trailer that debuted recently. Can the rebooted all female cast stand out of the shadow of the original 1984 film?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:08pm EST

Rabblecast 439 - Movies, Wrestling, and More!

And we're back it at! After a week away, we jump back into the studio to cover a variety of different stories. We report on the passing of more names from the entertainment business. George Gaynes(Police Academy, Punky Brewster), George Kennedy(Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun), Tony Burton(Rocky), Douglas Slocombe(Cinematographer on the Indiana Jones films).

In the world of Professional Wrestling, we cover the long awaited return of, Shane McMahon and his upcoming match against The Undertaker at WWE's Wrestlemania 32. As well as the rest of the card already announced for the PPV.

And last but not least, Jimmy brings up a great point in the recent casting of Finn Jones(Game of Thrones) as Iron Fist for the next installment of Netflix/Marvel heroes series.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Rabblecast 438 - A Weekend at the Movies

The Rabblecast went to the movies! Don't worry, there are no spoilers in this episode. Doug and Jimmy went to see, Hail, Caesar!($11.3 million opening weekend). Find out what their thoughts were on the latest Coen Brothers film. Meanwhile, Erik made it out to watch, Deadpool($135 million opening weekend).

Also, a few names have left us and we report on the passing of Kevin Randleman(former UFC Heavyweight Champion), Antonin Scalia(an Associate Justice of the USA Supreme Court), and Vanity(Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model).

Doug also checks in with another "Horrible Event in History" as we take a look at the, Sodder Family.

 *(Original recording date: 2/16/16)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:18pm EST

Rabblecast 437 - More Losses in the World of Entertainment

On this week's show we talk about the recent passing of a few notable names. Joe Alaskey(famous for his work in the world of voice acting), Dave Mirra(BMX Rider, Rally Car driver, entrepreneur), Axl Rotten(former ECW Wrestler), and Maurice White(Founder and front man of Earth, Wind, and Fire). Also, we talk about the recent retirement of WWE Superstar, Daniel Bryan and what he meant to the world of professional wrestling.

All of this and our usual sidetrack conversation.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

Rabblecast 436 - Wrestling, Movies, and Suplex City!

Two former WWE Superstars, Blackjack Mulligan(Robert Windham) and Bret "The Hitman" Hart are dealing with medical issues. Bret Hart took to social media to announce that he has been diagnosed and is battling prostate cancer. The outpouring of support for Bret Hart has been amazing to say the least.

Meanwhile, a recent update from Blackjack's Facebook page has the former, WWWF Tag Team Champion, hospitalized. Blackjack has been dealing with various health issues and suffered a heart attack last year. His family members(Mike Rotunda, Bo Dallas, and Bray Wyatt) left this week's RAW taping to be by his side.

All of this and more! The evolution of our fictional Suplex City continues to amaze(even us). We talk about the upcoming Coen Brothers movie, Hail, Caesar!. And... Doug brings us another "Horrible Event in History"(The Axe Murder Incident).

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

Rabblecast 435 - Royal Rumble Reactions!

30 men entered the ring at the WWE Royal Rumble 2016 event and one of them left victorious! We bring you our reactions and results from WWE's latest PPV. The surprises, the debuts, and the fallout!

Also on this episode, we talk about the passing of long time character actor, Abe Vigoda. Known for his roles in, The Godfather, Barney Miller, Cannon Ball Run 2, and many others. Abe Vigoda's passing is one that comes with a sense of humor.

Finally, we have another entry into the "Horrible Events in History" file. Doug brings us, Starfish Prime.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

Rabblecast 434 - Celebrity Deaths, Deadpool, and The Royal Rumble!

The entertainment world continues to lose performers and artists and we are sad to see them go. Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of The Eagles. "Iron" Mike Sharpe, former WWF Superstar. Mike Sharpe wrestled for the WWF during the earlier days of the company and also ran his own wrestling school in Brick, NJ. And of course we have to report on the passing of Alan Rickman. Known for his performances in films such Die Hard, Dogma, and The Harry Potter series.

To change gears a bit, we also take a look at a few things coming up soon. The Deadpool movie from 20th Century Fox and Marvel Films, due out 2/12/16. And the upcoming WWE PPV, The Royal Rumble!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Rabblecast 433 - The Many Faces of David Bowie

The following is from Wikipedia:

"David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known as David Bowie  was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, playwright and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, and was considered by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s."

The above words are just a snippet of the man, the myth, the legend that is, David Bowie. This week, we learned about the passing of an incredible artist after a private 18 month long battle with cancer. We take a look back at his long storied career.

This week's, "Horrible Event in History" hits upon the music world as well as Doug covers, "The day the music died". The tragic events that led to the passing of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

Rabblecast 432 - The First Rabble of 2016!!!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope your 2016 has started off well. The guys get back to the studio to catch up and talk about a variety of topics. Throw in a little bit of wrestling news(WWE, TNA, NJPW), some TV and Movie news regarding comic book properties(DC & Marvel), and they also touch upon the passing of various celebrities in 2015. With the passing of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, it only seemed appropriate to take a look back at some of the artists we've enjoyed throughout our lives.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

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