The Rabblecast

Happy Halloween! While this is technically our Halloween episode, it is not our main topic. We do get into the frustration of seeing Christmas decorations before the month of October has even finished. Erik talks about looking forward to taking his son out Trick or Treating. And Doug finishes his list for the 31 Nights of Horror movie list.

The conversation then turns to comedy and the difference between comedy that punches up or comedy that punches down. The tradition(often times) in comedy is to punch up, never punch down. In other words, don't attack people that are already marginalized. Although, there have been comedians that have found success with material that punches down.

We then drive the show directly into a political pothole. If you have listened to the show in the past, you will know that we are not a political-centric podcast. But we do have opinions concerning current events. We do our best to make sense of a crazy political climate.

All of this and more!

*(Original recording date 10/30/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

In this episode, we get a surprising origin story of, Kellogg's Corn Flakes? We find out how the breakfast cereal was created from a mistake and how it was used originally in a sanitarium to keep the patients subdued.

Somehow, from there we detour into a conversation about religion and the different sects that branch of from their larger counterparts. Erik gets an education about the Branch Davidians. The world of sports also gets an honorable mention in this area.

We also run down the list of horror movies Doug is watching for 31 Nights of Horror in October. A few classics are mentioned, a few oddball films, and more. Doug's love of horror brings a wide range of foreign and domestic films.

All of this and more!

*(Original recording date 10/23/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

In the past, we have talked about Doug's love/hate relationship with big cities. With that in mind he wanted to knock a few life experiences off of his list before leaving NJ in the near future. Listen in and find out what happened on Doug's walkabout.

We also talk about the recent release of, Joker. Starring, Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips. The one-off film tells the tale of a possible origin for one of DC Comics' greatest villains using New York City as the stand-in for Gotham City.

All of this and much more!

*(Original recording date 10/17/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00am EST

People like feeling good. For some, that means working out, eating well, and maybe the occasional protein shake. And that can lead to a few gassy moments as your body tries to figure out what to do with all that extra protein. Just be sure you're not trapped in an enclosed area soon after having one after a nice workout.

We also talk about competitiveness. Do you have what it takes to win, no matter the cost? Many sports athletes have admitted to being sore losers. The idea of "go big or go home" is often touted in many organizations and locker rooms. What does it really take to be an "Elite Athlete"?

Somehow, we go from competitive athletes to the athleticism of Professional Wrestlers. Pro Wrestling(WWE, AEW, ROH...) are all choreographed performances with predetermined outcomes. So why do we have wrestling personalities arguing over who's more competitive in the ring? We give our thoughts on this and much more!

*(Original recording date 10/9/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

On this episode, we find out what happens when you leave a door unlocked and you need to call a friend to check on your home. We talk about a new documentary, Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street. The documentary follows Mark Patton's life after starring in the second Nightmare on Elm Street movie.

We also talk about the passing of Sid Haig(aged 80). Haig, was an American actor, film producer, and musician. He is known for his roles in several of Jack Hill's blaxploitation films from the 1970s, as well as for his appearances in horror films, most notably his role as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and 3 from Hell.

*(Original recording date 10/2/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:40am EST

Before we resume posting of our backlog of episodes we thought we'd continue with some of the more recent content. In our last episode we announced that Doug will be leaving the show in the near future(no date has been given as of this posting), so we thought a continuation of his adventures would be in order.

In this episode we learn the importance of maintenance in various different forms. Try as we might, everything can use a little love and care before breaking down into a heap useless parts(automotive or otherwise).

*(Original recording date 9/25/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

As we continue to empty out the back log of episodes, we thought it prudent to skip ahead a couple episodes to give everyone an update on what's been going. We will release the other episodes, don't worry about that. This episode in particular has some important  updates that we wanted to share with everyone.

As to what those updates are, we'll let the episode speak for itself. If you have been wondering where we've been? You will find the answers within(Hey that rhymed). Jump on in and enjoy the show!

*(Original recording date 9/18/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

Once again, we continue to empty the back log of episodes recorded over the past couple of months. As luck would have it, today Netflix announced season 4 for Stranger Things. The Duffer brothers will be coming up with another nightmare scenario for the rag tag group of kids to overcome.

But first! We finally get a chance to let everyone know what we thought about season 3! Our thoughts, our reactions, and more! We also rekindle our conversation about streaming service and how the competition is beginning to get serious(Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, etc.).

In keeping in the same topic of conversation we also talk about the Area 51 raid(keep in mind this episode was recorded well before the actual "raid" took place). What started as a social media joke has now become a movement of sorts.

*(Original recording date 7/16/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

Although this episode is a bit behind as far as the content discussed, it's still fun to talk about the different movie experiences we had.

Doug went to watch Midsommar. From Director, Ari Aster best known for writing and directing Hereditary, as well as the short film The Strange Thing About the Johnsons. As many of you know, Doug is a big fan of all things Horror. We'll find out his thoughts on this and more.

Erik went to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home. The latest offering in the Disney/Marvel MCU slate of films. We get into some of the details of the film itself but try to refrain from spoiling anything for late movie go'ers.

All of this and a little nature walk. What more can you ask for?

*(Original recording date 7/10/2019)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

"What are we chasing?" One of the many questions asked in this episode. We delve into more personal experiences and stories with this installment of the show. How much is enough? What can we do differently? Is it too late to start over?

If you're looking for pop culture news, movies, wrestling, comics, etc. This may not be the episode for you. If you enjoy our deep dives into the lives that we all lead, stick around, you might find some of this interesting.

(*Original recording date 6/20/2019.)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

We jump right in with old mall stories. Remember those weird Head Shops that were occasionally found in some malls? Black light posters, odd wizard and dragon statues, and of course... glassware. And the memories don't stop there.

From there we wander out to other areas of conversations: Pre-show prep habits, more of Doug's adventures at Kink events, comic books/movies, and much more!

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

We continue our conversation about shows wrapping up before they have been properly written to a close. More specifically, the HBO show, Deadwood which has returned with a movie on HBO GO/NOW streaming services.

From there our subject of discussion turns to the world of Professional Wrestling, once again. Do you miss the "Attitude Era" in WWE? When "F" bombs were occasionally dropped, crotch chops were a form a salute, and Vince McMahon didn't have to cater to a board room full of executives.

Also on this show, Doug tells the tale of going to a Deathmatch show(GCW Tournament of Survival) in Atlantic City, NJ!

*(Original recording date 6/5/2019.)

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

HBO's mini-series, Chernobyl is a historical drama depicting the nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. Starring Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, and Stellan SkarsgÄrd. The miniseries is based in large part on the recollections of Pripyat locals, as told by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich in her book Voices from Chernobyl.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

It's over! It's finally over after 8 seasons. Well, 7 full seasons and a shortened 8th season. HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's books has come to a divisive ending.

SPOILERS ahead if you haven't seen the end of Game of Thrones(Keep in mind this episode was recorded 5/22/19). We go over a bunch of the events that led to end of one of HBO's biggest shows to date. Who dies? Who lives? Who ends up ruling the land?

We also talk about other big shows that have had odd endings to their series. Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, St. Elsewhere... to name a few.

All of this and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

Here we go again! This is our second movie commentary track. In honor of the 25th anniversary we sit down and watch the 1994 Cult Classic, The Crow. Starring, Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, and Michael Wincott.

Created by James O'Barr, The Crow tells a gritty revenge story set in the Motor City. With a driving soundtrack and the mystique of Brandon Lee's on set death, The Crow became a standout film of 1994 with legions of fans to this day.

Enjoy the commentary!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

Many of our shows are centered around current events, pop culture, or historical events. This episode in particular turns inward. We take a trip down memory lane for Doug and learn about some of his background and what led to so of his choices today.

From there we talk about a Grind Core band. We won't mention the name here because it is NSFW, but we do talk about the band and the track listing for one of their albums. Seth Putnam heads up this particular band, if that helps any. But again, we have to say, NSFW.

And then we talk about Christopher Thomas Knight aka The North Pond Hermit. We talk about his 27 year disappearance and what led to his capture in 2013.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

We saw Avengers: Endgame and we are here to talk about it. SPOILERS ahead if you have not yet seen it yet!

The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Endgame brings together all of the Marvel/Disney movies since the release of Iron Man(2008) and tells a satisfying story that pays off a bunch of different story threads, jokes, call backs... it's fan service to a very high regard and eleven years worth of story telling. In terms of comic book story, it feels like you're reading an Annual issue of the Avengers as the "Giant-Size" story unfolds in this three hour journey.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and the geek out moments keep coming throughout. Again, if you haven't seen the movie itself, watch it first and then come back and enjoy our take on Marvel's, Avengers: Endgame. Excelsior!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

On this episode, Doug shares his story of a recent outing to a gun range in Pennsylvania. Guns, ammo, and friends. What can go wrong? Remember your gun safety training and watch out for the kickback.

We also talk about the recent news of The Oscars committee deciding on whether or not to allow Netflix movies to be allowed consideration for their prestigious award. Steven Spielberg is opposed to the idea of Netflix films being allowed consideration, but then again, Mr. Spielberg is from a different school of thought when it comes to films. Can we see Netflix films in "Best of..." categories?

From there, we talk about some upcoming movies/shows and some hopefuls along the way. Y The Last Man(currently in development), Sandman(the movie is stuck in development purgatory), and a few others. There's even a little Avengers: Endgame talk about the run time of the upcoming film(Note: this was recorded before Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters.). At just over 3 hours, we suggest a few other films you can watch to train your bladder.

 

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

The current trend in Hollywood is to find material that they can turn into movie franchises. Marvel and DC comics have been fertile ground for years. Marvel in particular has been fortunate enough to have the Marvel Cinematic Universe work so well.

Which brings us to part of our conversation, interpretations. The Marvel characters on the "big screen" are not necessarily faithful interpretations of the characters from the comic book pages. Some liberties are taken to change or update some characters or storylines. Some work. While others might lose sight of the original subject material.

We talk about, The Boys(a new series from Amazon), Bright Burn(a film from James Gunn), and so much more!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

*(Originally recorded 4/9/2019)

WWE's biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania 35 came to the NY/NJ area and entertained legions of fans. From unexpected title victories, early main events, and questionable finishes. This is our rundown of the show and our thoughts of the various matches and some of the news surrounding Wrestlemania weekend.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:57pm EST

Captain Marvel, the twenty-first film in the b, gives us a look at the titular Superhero before the release of Avengers: Endgame and gives us an idea of what the character is capable of before the final showdown with Thanos. The film stars, Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, and Samuel L. Jackson as a young Nick Fury.

The film is set in 90's which lends itself to a conversation of nostalgia. From the Blockbuster Video store, 90's band posters on the wall(and the music used for the soundtrack), classic arcade games, and other call outs. We delve in deep and talk about what we enjoyed and how this fits in the MCU.

Fair warning, there are SPOILERS ahead. The movie came out in early March(this episode was recorded 3/26/19) and it's been about a month since it's release. You have been warned.

All of this and much more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Laws... laws are put in place to help protect the rights of the members of a society and to ensure that they do not have to protect those rights through their own actions. But laws are human invention. We take a look at some ridiculous and outdated laws that still exist in New Jersey. For example, did you know that profanity is prohibited in Raritan, NJ?

From there we transition over to E-Sports. Do you remember playing Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken? E-Sports has come a long way from friends fighting for bragging right's in deep, dark basement.

And, we also talk about the return of James Gunn to the MCU!(We realize this is older news, but this episode was originally recorded 3/19/2019.) This is great news considering how Gunn was released by parent company, Disney due to old tweets dating back almost 10 years.

James Gunn now has two big projects on his plate. He will be returning to his duties on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In the meantime, he's been contracted to write/direct a new Suicide Squad film for Warner Bros. and DC.

All of this and more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

We talk about the recent passing of a few individuals that have left their mark on their respective fields of entertainment.

Luke Perry(aged 52), was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, and had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace.

Christopher Pallies(aged 63), was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. He is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. He wrestled in the main event of WrestleMania 2 in 1986, facing Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

Keith Flint(aged 49), was an English vocalist, dancer and motorcycle racer. He was a founding member of the electronic dance act The Prodigy. Starting out as a dancer, he became the front man of the group and performed on the group's two UK number one singles, "Firestarter" and "Breathe" both released in 1996.

...all of this and much more on this episode!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

We start off by talking about Guillermo Del Toro and his body of work as far as writing, producing, and directing. Blade 2, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, The Devi's Backbone... just to name a few.

From there we talk about the Hollywood studio system and what it sometimes takes to make a movie or a movie franchise. The Writer's Room, finding a good Director, assembling a good cast, etc. The list could go on and on.

A few twists and turns, awards ceremonies, a quick political rant, and a non-commerical for a shaving company round out this episode.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

1994 saw the release of The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. The movie itself is a cult classic. Action, drama, romance, and revenge over the loss of love set to a soundtrack of rock and roll, metal, and electronic music.

On this episode we start with a discussion of this soundtrack and how it influenced us. We also reference an article that gave us some more insight into an album and movie that is 25 years old this year. Original songs, covers of older songs, songs being swapped out... we take a look at different aspects of how it all came together.

We also talk about the music industry and how it used to operate. Music rights, contracts, and how some artists can end up penniless after years of performing and touring.

And last but certainly not least, we talk about the recent cancellation announcements from Netflix regarding their string of Marvel shows on the streaming service. The cancellation announcement was followed by an open letter from Jeph Loeb(the current Executive Vice President of Marvel Television) teasing the possible continuation of the shows on another platform.

All of this and much more!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

If you are a long time listener of the show, this episode might be just for you. We return to the world of Professional Wrestling as we talk about a number of different topics.

First, we learn what #TerryTuesday is and realize we have been missing out on catching up with Terry Funk and all his escapades. We are big time fans of the "Funkster" and get a kick out of telling his tales to anyone that will listen.

Continuing the wrestling talk, Hernandez reveals that he's been invited to a reunion show! The old locker room comes calling and they want the "Indian Warrior/Big Chief" to be part of the festivities. Did someone mention a Battle Royal?

From there we go down memory lane with a few different stories about being on the road and hanging out in the locker room. Stiff shots, getting busted open, and locker room diplomacy. All of this and more!

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

It's always a fun time when we get to catch up with old friends! Jimmy, is back in studio with us while he is in town for a visit. We get to find out just what the hell happened to our favorite conversation derailer. He fills us in on some of his adventures from overseas and what it's been like for him to settle into a different country while taking care of some family business.

Angry movie reviews, fast food stories, and Jimmy is a teacher? All of this and more in this episode!

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

There's a new game in town. All Elite Wrestling, a new Professional Wrestling promotion created by Cody Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson(The Young Bucks). Along with the father and son duo of Shahid and Tony Khan(The Khans are billionaires and part of the ownership group of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.).

Can AEW compete in a world with the WWE, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, and many others? Their first unofficial outing in the form of 2018's ALL IN PPV is notable for being the first non-WWE or World Championship Wrestling promoted professional wrestling event in the United States to sell 10,000 tickets since 1993.

But the question remains. Do we need another wrestling company?

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

We're back! To be more specific, we've been back in studio for the past few weeks, this episode and the next few are a little delayed but we're getting them out there.

On our return show we talk about New Year Resolutions. Are you one of those people that feel the need to "start anew" each year? We share our thoughts on the "New Year, New Me" mentality.

Speaking of new, we talk about a few new shows that have come out. In particular, Dwayne Johnson's Titan Games on NBC. It's no secret that we love competitive shows with obstacles and crazy challenges. The Titan Games echoes the old American Gladiator shows from years ago.

Also, we do a quick round up of people that passed away recently. We do our best to pay our respects to people who have left a body of work.

And finally, we do a quick look at the various movies that are coming out in 2019!

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

And here we have it, the final episode of 2018! We realize this is coming out much later than anticipated but we didn't want to skip this fun episode. (This episode was recorded before our holiday break.)

As mentioned in the show intro, this is not a "year end" show. We don't do a 2018 wrap up. We get together and talk about an array of different topics: Gun laws in NJ, family relationships, the tourist scene in Atlantic City and Asbury Park, and more.

Just as this show is posted we are already hard at work on new episodes for 2019! We appreciated the emails asking for this episode. As always we hope you enjoy the show.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

Happy new year!! We hope everyone is enjoying a fresh start in 2019 but before we can fully enter the new year, we have a couple of shows to close out our 2018 run.

On this episode, we have a nice conversational piece as we get into the current culture wars, diet soda, stories about Grandparents, the passing of George H.W. Bush, and the interpretation of art in films and music.

It's a crazy ride, but we do our best to navigate you through the madness.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:03am EST

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