Who is that rapping* at our chamber door? Why it's MC Lars (@mclars), here to discuss a quaint and curious volume of Simpsons lore, the original "Treehouse of Horror." We talk about his Edgar Allan Poe album, using The Simpsons as a teaching tool, "I like that you like it," canned ham fandom (aka candom), and the indomitable spirit of Hans Moleman. Only this and nothing more.
*I make no apologies for this pun --Intern Brandon
On this week's show legendary Simpsons writer Jeff Martin ("Homer's Barbershop Quartet," "A Streetcar Named Marge," and many others) joins us to talk about his classic episode, "I Married Marge." He gives us the inside scoop on writing classic Simpsons songs, what he's pulled from real life for his episodes, "There's my buddy," meeting a Beatle, and messing with Conan O'Brien.
--which, if true, means death for us all! But now: A PODCAST!
It's Grimey, you guys! We're finally doing Grimey! And who better to join us than the hilarious and insightful Spencer Gilbert (Screen Junkies, @SpencerJGilbert) as we discuss one of the most important, and bleak, episodes in Simpsons history, "Homer's Enemy." We talk about real life Homers, the frustrating instinct to correct people, PEW PEW PEWWWWWW!!!!!!, and finally call B.S. on Dinosaurs. PLUS: O ZANNNN
PODCAST FOREVER! BARNEY NEVER! PODCAST FOREVER! BARNEY NEVER!
This week we enter the sordid world of barbershop quartets as we discuss "Homer's Barbershop Quarter" with Kali Fontecchio and Anthony Vanchure from the band Kali Kazoo (@kalikazoo). We talk about the humanity in the animation from these early years, the wildly underrated Beatles’ movie HELP!, and ol’ timey curse words. Plus: More Cool Dad talk!
LISTENER, I DEMAND SATISFACTION! I CHALLENGE YOU TO A PODCAST!
This week pop culture genius Abed Gheith (Rick & Morty, Channel 101, @AbedG) joins us to talk Tomacco as we dive deep into "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)." We discuss the ever-ageless Jeff Davis, why Deliverance is NOT a party movie, and Alexander Hamilton (Who doesn't give a Damilton). Plus: There is more My Dinner With Andre talk than any of us could have possibly expected!
HEY THERE PODCAST BOY, FLYIN' THROUGH THE SKY SO FANCY FREE!
This week the delightful Kate Dwyer (Feeling Feelings, witchsy.com, @feelingsmusings) joins us to talk about "Lisa The Beauty Queen." We discuss Bob Hope, the allure of extracurriculars you may not be right for, and how easy it is to fake truther videos! PLUS: Julia has another stroke!
This week the ultra-talented Eric Appel (Son Of Zorn, @erockappel) joins us to discuss "Homer Loves Flanders," aka "That episode that the Homer in the hedges gif comes from." We discuss introducing his daughter to the show, the lighter side of Moe Szyslak, and the many impracticalities of a nacho hat. *Sings guitar solo from Two Tickets To Paradise*
SHAVE THOSE SIDEBURNS, MATTINGLY! IT'S TIME FOR A PODCAST!
This week we're talkin' softball with "Homer At The Bat" and the hilarious George Watsky (@gwatsky). We discuss an all-podcaster softball league, The Brooklyn Tip-Tops, and telling time via Simpsons reruns. We tried to give 110% this week BUT THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE. NO PODCAST CAN GIVE MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. BY DEFINITION THAT IS THE MOST A PODCAST CAN GIVE!
This week we all have Fred Savage-narrated flashbacks as we discuss the comic-centric classic "Three Men and A Comic Book" with the wonderful Dani Fernandez (@MsDaniFernandez). We talk about Bus-Man, secret stoner characters from our childhoods, getting culture second hand and get some patented JP LIFE HACKZ. Plus: THE APPLE DEBATE RAGES ON AND NEARLY DESTROYS A FRIENDSHIP!
It's about to get spooooooooky as the delightful Whitmer Thomas (Power Violence, @WhitmerThomas) joins us to discuss Treehouse of Horror XI. We discuss celebrity stunt casting in animation, the different expectations for comedy around the world, and the fact that cats seem to assume that Whitmer is just a statue for them to climb. Plus: MOMS CAN DIE?!?!?!?!?
What can I say? They just wanted it more...
Aaaah, podcast! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? This week the hilarious Chris Stephens (Funny or Die, @chrisstephensmd) joins us to discuss “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase!” We discuss hat-based comedy, snackable content, Nancy Drew CD-Roms and wedding after wedding after wedding! Plus: Allie had a crush on Ted Knight! As a child! Ted Knight!
The episode of Conan O’Brien’s Serious Jibber Jabber with the Simpsons writers can be found here: bit.ly/simpsjibber
On this week's episode, concerned citizen Mike Mayfield (Mr. Pickles, @mikelmayfield) joins us to discuss the senseless violence and mayhem of season 2's classic "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge." We talk about writer/animator tension, outrage culture, and whether or not it's really easier to draw a pie than an ice cream cone. Plus: HAS ALLIE BEEN A PARENT ALL ALONG?!?!?!?!?
This week we’re joined by the wonderful Haley Mancini (The Powerpuff Girls!) to discuss the heartbreaking and hilarious season three opener “Stark Raving Dad.” We read the episode’s bafflingly odd Wikipedia summary, marvel at the show’s mastery of “kid moments,” and discuss famous Simpsons “writer” Roy G. Royerson. Plus: couldeatatarbys is back in action!
NOTE: THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED BY ALLIE AND JULIA’S DESIGNATED VOICE DOUBLES.
This week’s show is a celebration of legalized gambling as we discuss “$pringfield (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Legalized Gambling)” with the man who drafted the Paris Peace Accords, Julian McCullough (@JulezMac, Julian Loves Music podcast). We discuss past guest Saul Sossason, the show’s honest portrayal of addiction issues, and whether or not Fuller House is just a post-modern prank*. Plus: We applaud Julian for having never done crack! Great job, Julian!
This episode is so great it’ll leave you saying “…Vera said that?”
The girls sit down with actor Jeremy Guskin (’Til Death, Art School Confidential and JULIA’S OLD HS THEATER TEACHER!) and gush about the Simpsons’ infamous international episode. They discuss overly ambitious yet wildly obscure Halloween costumes, the real life story behind this episode, and that fresh faced young upstart Martin Scorsese. This episode is so great it'll have your brain saying "Just listen to the show and I'll release some more endorphins."
I WANTED TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST, SO I SET THE PODCAST APP TO THREE - MEDIUM BROWN.
To prep for his role as "Podcast Guest" Nelson Franklin (Veep, Scott Pilgrim) joins us to discuss "Homer and Apu." The pro-apple/anti-apple debate rages on, we relive our worst spiritual depantsings, and take another visit to the Good Dads Club.
PLUS: We read the Wikipedia definition of Chipwich!
Welcome to the podcast factory. If you’ll direct your eyes to the floor, you’ll see a podcast. Listen to it. It will contain Mike Lawrence (@themikelawrence, Inside Amy Schumer) discussing an episode of the television cartoon program The Simpsons entitled “Bart Gets Famous.” It includes conversations about the inevitable let down of TV revivals, the frustrations of fan culture, and an elaborate fiction about the bureaucrats that name Simpsons episodes. Afterwards, there are Krusty Q’s. At that point the podcast will be over, and we may continue our tour of the podcast factory.
MAKE PODCAST GO NOW!
This week, Ken Jennings (Author, Jeopardy champion) brings his own brand of laid back adult contemporary discussion to the show to talk about “Deep Space Homer.” We discuss how he decided to quote the show on Jeopardy, how absurdly quote-packed this episode is, and whether or not Ken is in a room full of theremins.
And remember: It's all thanks to this inanimate carbon rod!
Did You Know: Bob Dylan was supposed to be our guest this week, but he said no, so we got someone EVEN BETTER: The hilarious Kyle Clark (Stonecutters LA, This Is Rad podcast)! Kyle and the gals discuss the secret origin of Kyle and Julia’s friendship, the tendency to define yourself by what you like, and having surprisingly cool Dads.
PLUS: MAN ALIVE DO WE TALK ABOUT SKA! FOR A WHILE!
LISTEN TO PODCAST: YES OR NO
Push out the jive and bring in the love! In this week's Chocotastic episode, Hutch Harris (The Thermals!) joins Allie and Julia to discuss "King-Size Homer." They talk about the unequaled majesty of Googling "Simpsons bird," weirdly mean Wikipedia entries, and processing this insane election season with Simpsons gifs. Plus: Allie really really likes Slapshot!
Open your yaps, boyos, it’s time for Everything’s Coming Up Podcast! This week the hilarious zine-wizard Zachary (How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety, How to Talk to Your Cat about Evolution, and How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence) joins the gals to discuss Oakley and Weinstein’s love of character actors, subversion of sitcom tropes, and Allie’s love of easy to eat fruit. It’s better than a Banana Kaboom!
LIVE FROM THE CASBAH, it’s Everything’s Coming Up Podcast with special guest Matt Selman (The Simpsons for TWENTY SEASONS)! He chats with the gals about the tonal/visual evolution of the show, writers room anxiety, and shares some really cool behind the scenes stories about The Simpsons Ride! #CasbahPoints
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On this week's episode we FINALLY get to the Fireworks Factory as Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Gravity Falls) returns to talk about "The itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show." They discuss the difference between Simpsons and SNL writers, crazy fan theories, and Josh reveals an amazing bit of writers room trolling from Conan O'Brien. I could keep raving about how wonderful this episode is BUT I HAVE TO GO NOW. MY PLANET NEEDS ME.
Grab a California Cheeseburger, it’s time for “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson!” Simon Ore (@mrsimonore, Cinefamily) joins Allie and Julia to discuss the secret life of Sarah Wiggum, the shocking lack of left-handed murderers, and why it’s important to be funny, strange, sad and beautiful. Plus: Julia has a stroke and it’s HI-LAR-IOUS!
BREAKING NEWS: Lonely Man Loves Dogs!
ALSO BREAKING NEWS: Wonderful Person Georgia Hardstark (Unique Sweets, My Favorite Murder and Slumber Party podcasts) joins Allie and Julia for a discussion of wackity-schmackity dodo-heads, incredibly direct bumper stickers, and some devastating news about Celebration, FL. It’s episodes like this that make me glad I flunked out of dental school!
Don't forget to stay tuned for Krusty Qs!