For Day 2 of 32 Days of Halloween, we generally go with a bit of Poe. And when we originally found a video that purported to be the brilliant Zero Mostel reading Poe? We were hooked! But very quickly we realized it’s not Poe at all–but instead a Jerry Juhl original that he’s reciting. But that’s so fantastic we couldn’t hold back from throwing it at you.
I know, I know, it’s traumatic for everybody. But as the intro says, “Buck little camper.” We’re here with our Fifth Year of 13 Days of Xmas to help you slide into the mayhem of the yuletide season. Whether you’re waiting for your vacation to begin or waiting for it to end so you can get away from your family…or perhaps you just need to sneak away and get a laugh while trying to make sense of the nonsensical wish lists that you’ve had thrust upon you…we’re here.
As is tradition with 13 Days, we open with Muppets. First up, we have dancer Rudolf Nureyev appearing with Miss Piggy in a Muppet Show production of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” If not full-on Christmas, it’s certainly seasonal enough.
And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. This episode especially. Don’t consume anything psychedelic and listen. You might never come back.
- The tale of pitch capping
- Reading Corner
- Geek key parties
- Honky Lit 101
- Weekend Justice After Dark
- Din, being licked
- Din, post-licking
- Leigh’s house is talking
- Mr. Strappy!
- The Muppet Show
- Cougar Prime!
- Rox eats a Drifter on air!
- Rox defines bottom feeders
- The Podcast at the End of This Book
- Buzzy McBuzzer
- Rob is here!
You know, it occurs to me after seeing Wolven explain his magical self–I’ve been referencing Doug Henning for so long that I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually seen any Doug Henning bits. And it’s also probably true that there are people seeing Doug Henning jokes that have never even seen the guy. Doug was the guy who basically brought magic into the 1970s by looking like, well, he was from the 1970s. If he had ever worn a tux at a show, it would have been blue with a rainbow vest. Maybe he did actually wear that at a show, I don’t know. Anyway.
An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.
Sinatra is the 1992 miniseries that covers the life of Frank from his childhood all the way up to 1974. Not too shabby for four hours of content. So yes, it doesn’t delve into things perhaps as much as it could have, but again, it can be forgiven and seen as an overview. Philip Casnoff plays the man himself. Warner Brothers has put this out in a two-disc set. No bonus features. Fans of Sinatra or the miniseries will want to own this, because this is probably the best edition you’re going to see for a while, if ever. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)
Bob Dylan apparently “found Jesus” in 1978. That’s where Both Sides of the Rainbow starts in, where Bob was shunting aside his previous songs and embracing Christianity with fervor. Then he entered into the 80s and a period which a lot of fans found depressing, only feeling better about Bob with Oh Mercy‘s release in 1989. So that’s the timeline for the documentary, which takes an in-depth look at this period in the artist’s life. It comes with “The Dylan Gospel Interviews,” in which Dylan talks about his faith–comes with commentary by Derek Barker. Fans of the artist might want to at least rent this to know more about this portion of his career. I was busy listening to his old stuff during this time period, so I myself escaped unscathed. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)
We’re big fans of Muppets around here. The only thing that comes close to our love of Muppets is our love of zombies. Which…says a lot about our mental state, we think. Anyway, when one thinks of a Muppet-themed cake, chances are your mind strays to stuff like the Kermit-shaped foil cake pan featured on this page.
So we were impressed as hell by this Kentucky State Fair blue ribbon-winner: a cake that features the major players of the Muppet Show…in tasty 3-D. We have just a snippet, you really must go and see the full majesty of this thing.
It looks almost too good to eat, but we’ve gotten over that before.
The Muppet Show is back! Season 2 is out on DVD, and you can win one of three copies we’re giving away!
Disney‘s new release of The Muppet Show‘s remastered and restored Season 2 is jam-packed with muppetational fabulousness. First up, there are many wonderful guest hosts featured in the twenty-four episodes of Season 2, including Bob Hope, Elton John, Peter Sellers, George Burns, Julie Andrews, and Steve Martin. If that’s not enough to entice you, here’s what the Disney folks tell us about the bonus features: