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Rabblecast 479 - This Is Why We Don't Talk Politics

Even in the early days of the show, when we covered wrestling, we always kept it lighthearted. This is a comedy podcast after all. But when you start talking politics, things can get a little interesting. How do you get your news? Do you rely on social media solely for your world news? Do you double check the information before repeating it verbatim?

On this show, we find out what happens when the guys dip their toes into a political conversation. But that's not all. Also on this episode: Bathroom adventures(you've been warned), fantasy casting a movie full of method actors, a look at the upcoming Royal Rumble 2017 PPV, and a couple of celebrity deaths.

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:20am EDT

Rabblecast 478 - Getting Up To Speed in 2017

The Rabblecast is back with our very first episode for 2017! Did you enjoy your holiday season? Did you make any new year's resolutions?

We get back into the swing of things by catching up on a few news bits that lingered as 2016 closed out. Then we take a look at the current events going on in 2017 so far. Are we doing better or worse than last year? It might be a little too early to tell.

But, rest assured, we do return to our normal flow of the show. With that, Doug brings us the first addition to the "Horrible Events In History" file for the new year. On this episode we talk about The Broomway, a public right of way over the foreshore at Maplin Sands off the coast of Essex, England.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Direct download: Rabblecast_Ep_471.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

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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Direct download: Rabblecast_Ep_470.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT