This Is Rad!

Take me down to the Raccoon City where the zombies are green and the tank controls are shitty! Our all-gaming month Varch (Garch? Smarch?) kicks off with one of our most-requested episodes: Resident Evil! To help discuss the long-running franchise, Kyle and Matthew are joined by Jacob Davison and Ken Carr, Kyle's teammates from Dead Right Horror Trivia and lifelong fans of the series. They begin by breaking down the world of survival horror games before RE, including some talk about the NES gem Sweet Home, which heavily influenced the first game. They talk tank controls. They talk fixed camera angles. They ponder what product or service the evil Umbrella Corporation actually sold that made them so much money. They work their way through the series, talking about which games made the most impact on them. They chat about their favorite monsters in the series. Plus, they break down the shift in gameplay style between the classic RE games and Resident Evil 4. RE4 might be a masterpiece, but it also led to some dark times for the franchise. However, there is hope as the gang gushes over how great Resident Evil 7 is. Put down that Jill Sandwich and go listen! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Logan, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Birdcloud

Raddendums: Shinji Mikami, Sweet Home

Direct download: 147_Resident_Evil_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian, actress, musician and Chipotle-lover Zara Mizrahi to talk about the crazy life she's lived… and a bunch of other topics. Zara talks about her love of Disney trivia and how she dropped out of school at age 16 to become an actress and live her current, cool hippie lifestyle. The gang shares prom stories, drug stories and tattoo stories, and Natalie rambles about Forensic Files. It's like a fun "get to know the people on your freshman dorm floor" sesh. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: The latest episode of The Flash, "My Brother, My Brother And Me" on Seeso, I Am Not Your Negro, Fire Emblem Heroes, the LA City Zoo, the 12th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Direct download: 146_Independent_Studies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Jenny Chalikian to discuss her favorite actress: Lucy Lawless! …With a lot of topics in between. They discuss basic cable fantasy shows from the '90s like Xena and Hercules, the greatness of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Kyle goes apeshit at finally being able to talk with someone about Battlestar Galactica. Also, Eurotrip. Does it hold up? (Spoiler: No.) Hail Baltar!

Weekly Rads: Artist Juan Zamora, Caddyshack, Legion on FX

Raddendums: Xena: Warrior Princess, Ash vs Evil Dead, Hercules, Highlander, Melissa Etheridge, Spartacus, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Blind Spot, Parks and Recreation, Gillian Anderson, Hannibal, Chef's Table, Eurotrip, Saw, The Great Wall, Hostel, The Descent, XX, The Goods, Danny Devito, Detective Pikachu, Scream Queens, Glee, Ryan Murphy, Jane Lynch, Role Models, Hamlet 2

Direct download: 145_Lucy_Lawless_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am PST

Let the good times roll! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian Christian Spicer to talk about rollerblading. Christian is a man who has led many lives, from being a professional roller blader to a lawyer to a father and a standup comedian. Christian discusses the rise and fall of rollerblading and what caused the fad to flip. The gang discusses rollerblading as seen in various pop culture franchises; Kyle insists that the rollerblading scene in Mighty Ducks 2 might be the greatest moment in film history. Plus, an in-depth chat about wrist guards and stylish wrist guard alternatives. And Kyle fondly remembers how rollerblading played a part in the plot to the first softcore porn he ever saw. Check out Christian's new stand up album “We're All Going to Die” on iTunes!

Weekly Rads: RuPaul's Drag Race: Ruvealed: Season 6, John Wick 2, La La Land, Adventure Time's miniseries "Islands," Fox Bodies, Sturgill Simpson, Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special, Fright Night 2, and our special guests Keith Carey, Joe Dosch, Rivers Langley, Brent Schmidt, Anna Valenzuela and Justin Williams!

Raddendums: Camp Woodward, Tiny Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Human Giant, Airborne, Brink, Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio, Thrasher Skate & Destroy, Mighty Ducks 2, The Hoax, Jackie Chan's Lifetime Achievement Award on Chinese television

Direct download: 144_Rollerblading_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew go to the dark side of the rad with the Spoon Man himself Mike Mitchell (The Birthday Boys, Doughboys Podcast), to chat about Mitch's all-time favorite band: Pink Floyd. The gang talks about their first exposure to Pink Floyd and take a look at Floyd's place in the classic rock cannon. They also ruminate on why their music seems to hold up better over time than their contemporaries. Kyle and Mitch debate the merits of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd (Kyle is a fan) vs. later era Post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd (Mitch is a fan). Mitch also talks about the film adaptation of The Wall and how there really is no other movie like it. Plus, all parties involved share their experiences with laser shows. There are some mighty fine tangents about the modern movie landscape, a defense for “uncool” bands, East Coast vs. West Coast hippies, and Kyle gushes about The Birthday Boys. (Note from Kyle: Seriously! The whole series is on Netflix! Go watch it! Now! We'll wait...) Get ready to shine on like a couple of crazy diamonds!

 

Weekly Rads: The NES Classic, Dr. Mario, and our special guest Ed Salazar!

Raddendums: The Wall, Roger Waters, Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin, Moondance, Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Ummagumma, ask kyle what that sad thing he played was, Enema, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Gordon Lightfoot, Joshua Tree, Wish You Were Here, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Final Cut, Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Ten, The Birthday Boys

Direct download: 143_Pink_Floyd_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm PST

Come sail away! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Lisa Curry to talk about boats. (Lisa is unaware that this a contentious subject on the show, stemming from "Boatgate" and the traitorous Adam Murray during the Summer of Rad.) Lisa talks about getting her boating license at the tender age of nine, her life growing up on a marina, and her year in a lesbian sailing club. The gang also talks about water skiing, how boating and alcoholism go hand in hand, Bobo the firecracker-making marine, and the pros and cons of houseboat ownership. If you take one lesson from this episode, please remember, DON'T TOUCH THE FUCKING PIER! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: FXNOW app's streaming Simpsons channels, Stops Skeletons from Fighting YouTube channel, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris

Raddendums: James Traficant

Direct download: 142_Boats_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51am PST

This week the Rad Crew sits down with comedian John-Michael Bond to talk about musician Warren Zevon. John-Michael describes being exposed to Zevon's music at an early age by his cool minister dad and quickly being taught the difference between "home music" and "church music." Warren Zevon was a complicated guy, but John-Michael admires him for owning up to his dysfunctions, abuse and alcoholism - as well as his dark sense of humor. There's also talk of zydeco music, the band The Locusts, and Natalie frowns a lot.

Weekly Rads: The Women's March, A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, San Francisco's The Walt Disney Museum and Winchester Mystery House


Raddendums: Lawyers Guns and Money, Excitable Boy, Desperados under the Eaves, GG Allin's cover of Carmelita, My Shed's Fucked Up, The Wind, Keep Me in Your Heart, Charles Bukowski, Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Hit Somebody, She's Too Good For Me, Billy Joel, Bad Day** check with Kyle, Plague Soundscapes from The Locusts, Mister Bad Example, Mutineer, Neil Young rockabilly, Frankenhooker, Street Trash, Dario Argento's Opera, The Promise Ring, Converge's Jane Doe, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Life'll Kill Ya, Sturgill Simpson, Billy Wayne Davis on "Goods from the Woods," The Gerbils, The Flaming Tsunamis, Leftover Crack, Miranda Lambert

Direct download: 140_Warren_Zevon_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54am PST

This week the Rad Crew welcomes return guest Anna Valenzuela (Comedy Central's Roast Battle) and Rad buddy Brian Cox (Return to Castle Wolfenshow) for another animated chat about anime. Anna is a pretty hardcore anime fan, and she and Kyle have had many conversations off-mic about the world of Japanese animation. They chat about the radness of Samurai Champloo and its hyper-stylized approach to historical inaccuracy. Anna tells Burnside to check out Ergo Proxy, describing it as the "Radiohead of anime.” Brian chats about his newfound love of One Punch Man. And we get to hear Producer Natalie squee at the sight of a cabbit from Tenchi Muyo. Plus, it wouldn't be an anime episode without Kyle continuing to ramble about his love for Evangelion, Gundam, and Cowboy Bebop. And what dive into the world of anime would be complete without some talk about anime girl body pillows and the dark and sexy world of hentai? Plus, Anna sells Kyle on giving Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex another chance. Great episode with some great people. See you, rad cowboy... This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Multiple Maniacs on Criterion, The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast: The (17-Disc Limited Edition Box Set), Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Jeff and Some Aliens on Comedy Central

Raddendums: Standalone Complex, Trigun, Biggo, Bubblegum Crisis, Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Millennium Darkness, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Battle Royale High School, Samurai X, Samurai Champloo, Tenchi Muyo!, Spirited Away, Polar Bear Cafe, Kamichu!, The Cat Returns, Kiki's Delivery Service, Star Balls, Elfen Lied, Akira, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Angel Beats, Mongolian Chop Shop, Cowboy Bebop, Case Closed

Direct download: 139_Anime_II_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Luke Jensen (from the "What Did We Learn?" podcast) to discuss scientific skepticism… or do they? Luke talks about growing up Lutheran and how becoming a skeptic led to his current path in comedy. They discuss the importance of having a skeptical mind and debunking falsities through science, as learned from the Amazing James Randi… as well as the insufferable nature of skeptics. Other topics include the dangers of confirmation bias, body image (because tangents), and Matt reminisces about once "helping" his friend with a jellyfish sting at the beach.

Weekly Rads: How sanitary is it to wash a handkerchief?, The Cadillac Tramps, Yogurtland's new fruit purees

Raddendums: The Amazing James Randi, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Adam Ruins Everything, Harry Houdini, Uri Geller, An Honest Liar, Skepticon, The Amazing Meeting, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Michio Kaku, Penn Jillette, Skeptic magazine, Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World," James Randi's "Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions"

Direct download: 138_Scientific_Skepticism_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew welcome back comedians Ed Greer and Klee Wiggins to discuss Star Wars: Rogue One. They also announce the winners of our Lootaclauntest! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Magic Mike XXL, The Moaning of Life, Vaporwave

Direct download: 137_Star_Wars_Rogue_One_-This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23am PST

It's the final countdown! This week Kyle, Matthew, Producer Natalie and Laura are in the studio to celebrate the raddest things of the past year. They talk about their favorite video games, TV shows, music, podcasts and movies of 2016, as well as their own personal achievements and accomplishments! High fives all around! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Raddendums:

Video Games: Fallout 4, Inside, Pokemon Go, The Witness, Uncharted 4, Call of Duty 4 remaster, Overwatch, Doom, Laura Croft Go, Mario Run, Paper Mario, Day of the Tentacle

TV: Westworld, Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2, You're the Worst, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Loosely Exactly Nicole, Directv Now, Stranger Things, Atlanta, Channel Zero, Silicon Valley this season, SNL this season, Veep this season, White Rabbit Project, Another Period

Music: Carseat Headrest, Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid, David Bowie's Blackstar, Culture Abuse's Peach, DIIV's Is the Is Are, Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool, Beyonce's Lemonade, Lady Gaga's Joanne, Jenny Lewis' Rabbit for a Coat

Podcasts: Last Podcast on the Left, Page Seven podcast, The Wizard and the Bruiser, Abe Lincoln's Top Hat, the Bret Easton Nellis podcast, Doughboys, In the Dark, The Giant Bombcast, Killer POV/Shockwaves, The Greatest Generation, Pottercast

Movies: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Arrival, Zootopia, Green Room, Everybody Wants Some!!, The Handmaiden, Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Horror: The Witch, Don't Breathe, Hush, Baskin, Purge: Election Year, The Invitation, Shudder

Sci-Fi: Midnight Special, the new Ghostbusters

Direct download: 136_2016_The_Year_In_Radview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Riley Jess to talk about Ancient Aliens - both the show and the ancient astronaut theory. Riley discusses getting exposed to weird alien lectures while doing closed captioning, which led to her current obsession (although she herself is not a believer). The gang discusses the inherent racism in ancient alien theories, the political landscape behind World War I, and the Anunnaki from Nibiru. They also debunk the Baghdad "battery," the Egyptian "light bulb," the golden Tolima "fighter jets," and the Nazca "landing strips." Ultimately, aren't we all just space dust? This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Fartbarf, desktop drum kits, the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer

Raddendums: Ancient Gods: Astronauts from Planet X, phantom time, The Abyss, Stephen King's 11/22/63, Michael Crichton's Timeline, Final Destination, Zecharia Sitchin, Chariots of the Gods, Ancient Aliens: Debunked, Stargate, Scott Gairdner's The Beatles 3000, Call of Cthulhu, Aliens, Clueless, Prometheus

Direct download: 135_Ancient_Aliens_-This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm PST

Put on your yarmulke, it's time to celebrate Adam Sandler movies, quotes and song-akas! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with return guest Rebecca Joiner to explore her love of Adam Sandler movies. She talks about growing up with brothers and being exposed to gross-out humor at an early age. Other topics include prison riots, Laura's attraction to Little Nicky, Fizzy Bubblech, and the hopeful future of Happy Madison. Viva le Livemas! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code GIFTING15 for 15% off any original Loot Crate subscription by December 19th. bit.ly/2hg6Hza

Weekly Rads: Comic book artist Jason Gonzalez (www.jgonzodesigns.com), De Palma (2015) on Amazon Prime, being gifting incredibly expensive basketball tickets, the Ludo Bird chicken sandwich at the Staples Center

Raddendums: Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, 50 First Dates, Airheads, Shooter McGavin, Grandma's Boy, Dirty Work, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, Joe Dirt, Mr. Deeds, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia, Eight Crazy Nights, Anger Management, The Longest Yard, the New Mexico State Penitentiary riot, Click, Grown Ups, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Bedtime Stories, Funny People, Just Go with It, Jack and Jill, That's My Boy, Hotel Transylvania, Blended, The Cobbler, Pixels, Ridiculous 6, Strange Wilderness, They're All Going to Laugh at You

Direct download: 134_Adam_Sandler_Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew welcome comedian Rick Wood to discuss the one and only Canadian power trio: Rush. Rick aptly describes Rush as “blue collar scientists” who mix prog rock mythology with blue collar anthems. Rick talks about the evolution of Rush's back catalog from their early career as hard rockers to the band that the world knows today. In the process, he blows Kyle's mind with some of the lesser-known, cool hard rock songs in their catalog. Besides being a talented comedian, Rick is an accomplished musician. He tracks his evolution as a musician and the impact that Rush had on his early playing. From buying his first guitar from a drunk at a bar, to learning Rush bass lines to spite his Mom's new boyfriend, the rockers of the Great White North taught Rick to be ambitious in his songwriting. Other topics include Rush's dedication to keeping their lineup and stage setup simple, their creative ways of writing synth lines that Geddy Lee could play with his feet, Rush's dedicated fanbase and the once-a-year meeting of the minds that is “RushCon.” Plus, Neil Peart's appearance in the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie gets some love. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code GIFTING15 for 15% off any original Loot Crate subscription by December 19th.

Weekly Rads: Cauliflower mashed potatoes, Pokemon Moon, the Cancelled Too Soon podcast

Raddendums: Steve Albini, Kurt Cobain, Hugh Syme, Space Echo, 2112, Cygnus X-1, Time Stands Still, Ghost Rider by Neil Peart

Direct download: 133_Rush_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34am PST

They say the neon lights are bright on... RADWAY! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie defy gravity by talking about musicals with comedian Joe Kaye. Joe and Natalie try to win Kyle and Burnside over to the side of musical theatre by gabbing about their favorite shows.  Natalie thinks "The Wedding Singer" is underrated and Joe loves "Title of Show." Meanwhile, Kyle likes the darkness of community theatre as well as the body count in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Moana, Channel Zero, Bad Santa 2, the Las Vegas High Roller

Raddendums: Hair, The Wedding Singer, In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, Immortal Technique, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sarah Kane, Jersey Boys, Disaster, Rock of Ages, Seussical, Cannibal! the Musical, Evil Dead the Musical, Toxic Avenger, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, We Will Rock You, Title of Show, Tim Minchin's Matilda the Musical, Spring Awakening & Duncan Sheik, The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Fun Home, The Pillowman, The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Spamalot, Chicago, Repo! The Genetic Rock Opera, Grey Gardens the musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Julie Taymor, Big Money Hustlas and Rustlas, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde the Musical

Direct download: 132_Musicals_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PST

Welcome to a bonus episode of "This Is Rad!" where we read what our listeners are radful for this year and have a nice hostful chat. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Direct download: 132_Thanksgiving_Radfuls_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm PST

This week "This Is Rad!" crosses over with the boys and girl from the "Goods from the Woods" (Rivers Langley and Pat Reilly) and "What Did We Learn?" (Monika Scott and Luke Jensen) podcasts to have a good old fashioned and rambly Thanksgiving dinner in Dr. Pat's freezing backyard. Natalie, the vegetarian, accidentally eats sausage stuffing, Kyle clings to the mic like a life raft, Burnside discusses Midwestern traditions and Laura talks about growing up on a mesa. You can listen to Part 1 here http://goo.gl/lkQ1Ao over at "Goods from the Woods" and hear the full episode tomorrow on "What Did We Learn?" in this totally not-confusing crossover special.

Direct download: 131_Thanksgiving_Part_2_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedy and creative duo The Martin Duprass (Jeremy Martin and Lauren Thomas-Martin) to talk about stop motion animation. They discuss their favorite artists and influences as well as their experiences making their own stop-mo for their low-budget remake of Smokey and the Bandit 2. But most importantly, they discuss the importance of limitations on creativity! Also, Kyle is weirded out by Gumby.

Weekly Rads: Arrival, Leonard Cohen's "Live in London," Zumba

Raddendums: Rankin & Bass, Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, Mad Monster Party?, Jack Frost, The Hobbit, Return of the King, Gerry Anderson, Thunderbirds and UFO, Fantastic Planet, The Brothers Quay, Blood Tea & Red String, A Town Called Panic, The Triplets of Belleville, Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings, James and the Giant Peach, Nightmare Before Christmas, Paranorman, Mr. Bill, Kablam!'s Prometheus & Bob, Action League Now!, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Highway to Heaven, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken, Bruce Bickford, Burn the Witch, Corpse Bride, Jan Švankmajer, Anomalisa, Alice (1988), Wallace and Gromit, Marcel the Shell, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Dynamation, Ralph Bakshi

Direct download: 130_Stop-Motion_Animation_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie have a casual encounter with comedian Wendi Starling about the bizarre and wonderful world of craigslist! She discusses her love for this strange internet landscape and her early beginnings searching for "gigs," which later turned into a lucrative side business selling her used panties. She discusses findoming, mirroring and other sales techniques to increase offers! Act now, first come first serve. Must pick up and transport. Email Steve for more info. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Stayin' Alive, The Handmaiden, making pizza at home

Raddendums: Crazy Beautiful, The Crowd Work Sessions: What's Your F@!?#ng Deal?! by Big Jay Oakerson

Direct download: 129_Craigslist__-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am PST

Hang time! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian/sports writer Dave Schilling (Roundball Rock podcast) to talk about basketball, causing Kyle to realize he knows more about the sport than he thought. They discuss the white Jewish origins of the "thinking man's game," along with the culture inside basketball fandom and the connection between the NBA and fashion. They also talk about basketball video games, the unspoken alcoholism in Air Bud, and '90s team logos. Plus, they answer hard-hitting questions: Clippers vs. Lakers? Do pelicans eat other birds? And can a dog play basketball? This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Stan Lee's L.A. Comic-Con, Gears of War, and buy, listen download or stream Kyle's new album "I'm a Person" here: http://smarturl.it/kyleclark

Raddendums: James Naismith, George Mikan, the XFL, 30 for 30's "Free Spirits" and "Bad Boys," Winning Time

Direct download: 128_Basketball_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm PST

Happy Halloween! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie wrap up Radtober with comedian Keith Carey by celebrating their love of theme park Halloween haunts and mazes. Kyle and Keith used to be scared to death of haunted houses until they got older and their fright developed into fascination. They rate the best, worst and most memorable mazes from Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights and Knott's Scary Farm-- and discuss their strange feelings on the Suicide Squad scare zone at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Stick around to the bitter end because Kyle and Natalie also chat up "Tom," a theme park employee who has worked in the haunts industry for years and offers his insights over some delicious Taco Bell. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. bit.ly/2eQQexo

Weekly Rads: Westworld, David S. Pumpkins, the Los Angeles Guinea Pig Festival

Raddendums: American Scream, Hell House, Knott's Scary Farm, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Tension Experience, Wicked Lit, Creep LA, The Shockwaves Podcast

Direct download: 127_Halloween_Haunts_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am PST

Wolfman's got nards! This Radtober week, Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie venture to Lawrence Mercado's monster-making studio with Chris Korn to talk about the Universal Movie Monsters! They explore their early artistic roots in German Expressionism as well as the revolutionary makeup and technology that made the Invisible Man, Dracula, Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, the Mummy and the Bride of Frankenstein possible! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Bear Vs. Shark, David S. Pumpkins

Raddendums: James Whales' Frankenstein, Guillermo del Toro exhibit at LACMA, Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark, Jack Pierce, Cost Plus World Market, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Bela Lugosi, Freaks, Tod Browning, Hitchcock, Monster Squad, The Mummy, The Wolf, American Werewolf in London, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Night of the Hunter, the Movie Moguls of Hollywood series, Camino

Direct download: 126_Universal_Movie_Monsters_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm PST

This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call...the Rad Zone. This week Radtober continues as Kyle and Matthew sit down with return guests Greg Gonzalez and Daniel Zafran from the LA Meekly podcast to talk about the classic series: The Twilight Zone. They discuss this sci-fi/horror staple (which wasn't really all that scary), how this show was way ahead of its time and how people loved Rod Serling's socio-political commentary, as well as his love of boxing and grandmas. Kyle goes down a 1950s TV rabbit hall, Burnside talks about meth and Natalie watches footage from the Twilight Zone movie that she can't un-see. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: The documentary "The 13th," Peruvian food, Kyle's new standup album "I'm a Person" out on October 31st!

Raddendums: Tales from the Crypt, Rod Serling, The Outer Limits, Playhouse 90, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Patterns, Lil Wayne, Ray Bradbury, Dance Macabre by Stephen King, Thriller (1960) and "Pigeons from Hell," Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, "Nothing in the Dark," "In Praise of Pip," I Love Lucy, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," Charles Beaumont, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, William Shatner, "Nick of Time," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," John Cassavetes, Ghost Dog, The Twilight Zone movie, Death Ship, meth usage, George Miller, The Regulators, "Nothing in the Dark," "Long Distance Call, "Big Tall Wish," "Walking Distance" "The Passersby," John Landis, Night Gallery

Direct download: 125_The_Twilight_Zone_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am PST

Radtober continues its reign of terror this week as Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with director/Channel 101 vet Cullan Bruce to talk about Japanese horror, body horror and horror in general. Kyle explains how Shintoism and Buddhism color the Japanese idea of Hell. The gang also explores the influence of J-Horror in the 2000s in America, not just with remakes like The Ring but by creating the taboo "torture porn" genre in the late '80s/early '90s. They define and explain the difference between yokai and yurei. And for once, Kyle does research trying to impress a guest. Plus, Natalie learns that the "Guinea Pig" films aren't what she hoped they'd be... This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Our patron saint Patrick, Westworld

Raddendums: Street Sharks, The Fly, Videodrome & David Cronenberg, The History of Horror podcast, Brad Warner, the Guinea Pig films, The ABCs of Death, A Serbian Film, New French Extremity, Martyrs, Tokyo Decadence, Hausu, Chungking Express, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Cigarette Burns, Ringu and The Ring, The Grudge, Pulse, Spirals, Tokyo Gore Police, The Machine Girl, Battle Royale, The Innkeepers, Junji Ito, Tomie, Suicide Club/Circle, Audition, Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2, PT, Don't Crap Your Pants, Story of Ricky, Perfect Blue, Evangelion, Corpse Party

Direct download: 124_J-Horror_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am PST

Booooooo! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie kick off Radtober with podcast frenemy Adam Murray to talk about ghosts and their ghostly experiences in the completely empty (and allegedly haunted) Meltdown Comics. Kyle comes in fresh from a spooooky bombing at the Comedy Store! Matthew recalls a creeeeepy incident with former girlfriend "Blaura"! And Adam describes his chilling ghostly encounters, from the little girl on the highway to the dream haunter to the mysterious basement name caller. Things get so spooky that even non-believer Natalie gets scared. Fear the Hazenschnoff! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Fantastic Fest with our guests Alex Jacobs and D'arby Rose!

Raddendums: Haunted Mansion, Peg Entwistle, Weird New Jersey, Creepypasta, Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Witness, Bobby Mackey's Music World, TAPS

Direct download: 123_Ghosts_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57am PST

God dang it, Bobby! This week the rad crew is joined by the Mean Boys Podcast (Keith Carey, Joe Dosch, Connor McSpadden) to talk about the blue collar beauty of King of the Hill. They lament the fact that the show is no longer streaming anywhere because it is a show that transcended politics in a very unique way that we sure could use these days. They also talk about the strength of Mike Judge's writing and finding humor in the nuances of everyday life. But don't panic, the discussion doesn't get too classy. They also talk about pooping and socks. The gang breaks down their favorite characters and points out that everybody knows a Dale Gribble and a Bill Dauterive in their life. Plus: Joe does a haunting impression of Hank Hill! Karnock meets Lootaclaus! And you find out that Connor has a dark past with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards! Crack open a beer, stand in your favorite residential alleyway and enjoy! (Also, check out the Mean Boys Podcast on whatever platform you are using to listen to this podcast.) This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. bit.ly/2d7wST9

Weekly Rads: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Creepoid, Don't Breathe, Forensic Files

Raddendums: Mike Judge, Beavis & Butthead, Chuck Mangione

Direct download: 122_King_of_the_Hill_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm PST

Some are born rad, some achieve radness, and others have radness thrust upon them! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian Samantha Hale to discuss the world of William Shakespeare...but first, they talk about how good the movie "Predator" is for some reason. Kyle and Samantha are old school drama kids and talk about their first exposure to the Bard via the Spring Shakespeare Festivals put on by the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California. They also talk about Shakespeare in a historical context and point out that he was kind of the Steven Spielberg of his time. This somehow leads to the idea of Shakespeare porn and the revelation that Kyle had music from one of his old bands used in a porn. Burnside tries to find those scenes but finds it difficult in an ocean of online pornography. We all hope his phone is ok. A great episode and the podcast stuff that dreams are made of! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Escape rooms, Apple Watches, and our guests Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin!

Raddendums: Predator, DTASC (Drama Teachers Association of Southern California), Hamlet 2, Understanding Richard, Little Runaways 2, Titus Andronicus, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romeo & Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Tromeo and Juliet

Direct download: 121_Shakespeare_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm PST

Bzzz! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with actress and Channel 101 regular Chris Lee to discuss all the fuss about B-movies! They debate the definition of these low-budget, culty, classics, as well as discuss their "A" and "B" movie origins, their heyday in the 1950s, and their renaissance in the '80s. Kyle geeks out about Roger Corman and William Castle! Chris geeks out about her favorite creature features! And Burnside, Natalie and Laura pitch out their erotic sequel to Jerry Seinfeld's “Bee Movie”! Plus, the gang debates the plural for “Sharktopus.” This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: The Damned, getting rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Vice Principals  

Raddendums: Bee Movie, Antz, Season of the Witch, American Werewolf in London, The Thing, Channel 101's Pop It, Poultrygeist, The Re-Animator, Alligator People, Them, The Killer Shrews, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Videodrome, Event Horizon, Troma & Lloyd Kaufman, Roger Corman, Dawn of the Dead remake, William Castle & 13 Ghosts, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies at the End, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Keith David, They Live, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Frogs, Mosquitoes, Tremors, Pumpkinhead, Night of the Creeps, Night of the Comet, Barbara Crampton, Clowny Clown Clown, The Host, The Devil, Thirst, Old Boy, The Blob, Motel Hell, Slumber Party Massacre, Shoot 'Em Up, The Search for Animal Chin, Bones Brigade documentary, Gymkata, Leviathan, Devil's Backbone, Cool World

Direct download: 120_B-Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm PST

Kamehameha! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian/kung fu master/former professional rollerblader (for real!) Ron Swallow to discuss the anime epic Dragon Ball Z. They do their very best to explain to a very confused Producer Natalie all about the Sagas, the Saiyans and the sweet, sweet fight scenes. They also touch on the various versions of the show. Kyle chats about his love for the original Dragon Ball. Ron talks about the impact DBZ has had on his way of thinking and approach to life. Plus, the gang chats about the horrible, horrible movie adaptation, and they propose their own ideas for how to bring the series to the big screen. Also, they answer listener questions about the show, and Ron turns the boys onto the YouTube series "Dragon Ball Z Abridged." Blah, blah, blah, over 9,000! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: FYF Fest, Cinema Purgatorio, Baskin, Doughnut Plant, So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Raddendums: The Key & Peele Continental sketch, Dragon Ball, Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Krillin, Trunks, Frieza, Tenchi Muyo!, Caritz, Battle Royale High School, Inuyasha, Gundam, Dragon Ball Kai, Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Wild Zero

Direct download: 119_Dragon_Ball_Z_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm PST

I'mma let you finish, but first this week Kyle and Matthew gotta sit down with comedians Rivers Langley and Jason Webb to talk about the beautiful dark twisted fantasy of Kanye West. Along the way, they realize they have all lived the same life as failed teachers and know nothing about the stock market. Other topics include their favorite “krazy” Kanye moments, the reddit theory that David Bowie predicted Kanye West's birth, and the proud Burnside family tradition of farting. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. 

Weekly Rads: Don't Think Twice, Robert Williams & Pop Surrealism, Mr. Robot, sending Adam Murray texts of Randy Quaid naked with a banana over his crotch, Bojack Horseman, Amber Heard donating money to victims of domestic violence

Raddendums: Comedy Under the Influence, Gold Digger, The College Dropout, 808 and Heartbreak, Yeezus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, "Power,” "Runaway,” "Dirt Road Anthem,” Luke Bryan, "Bound 2,” Life of Pablo, Through the Wire

Direct download: 118_Kanye_West_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm PST

Get ready to pop some tags cause this week Kyle and Matthew are sitting down with comedians Jenny Zigrino and Jasmine Ellis to talk about vintage clothing. Jenny used to buy and sell clothes on Etsy and describes her best thrifty thrills and secondhand finds. Other topics include rag houses, steampunk vs. burlesque vs. cosplay and old timey undergarments. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Metallica's new single "Hardwired," Retro Rad at NerdMelt on August 26th at 7pm (follow @kyleclarkisrad to watch the event live on Periscope), "Pool Cleaners" screening at Channel 101 on August 27th at 8 and 10 pm, and our forthcoming guide on how to make a podcast on http://thisisradpod.tumblr.com

Raddendums: The Brady Bunch, H.R. Puffenstuff, Graceland 2, Shorkie, Fairuza Balk, J. Z.'s New Album, Amadeus, Singles, Yaya Han (46:00), LARPing, Alex Gross, Rogue burlesque, the Tumblr of classroom board porns, Porn Comments, Nasty Gal and Girl Bus, Raghouse in Minnesota, Etsy, Good Hair, Jheri Curl, Fancy Ray and his Taco Bell commercial, Torrid, Special K in "Can't Hardly Wait," Smart Guy, Negativland & U2

Direct download: 117_Vintage_Clothing_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with writer/director Terry Miles (from the TANIS and Black Tapes podcasts) to talk about his love of science fiction. Terry talks about getting introduced to the genre through Dune, and from there the gang is off to the races, sharing their favorite sci-fi properties across books, movies and TV. Other topics include whether any of them will ever finish Gravity's Rainbow, a rousing chat about The Planet of the Apes (the movie franchise, not the planet) and Burnside's defense of Bubble Boy.

Weekly Rads: Burnside finally saw Radiohead!, Bad Santa 2 trailer, Rocksmith

Raddendums: Dune, The Characters on Netflix, Battlestar Galactica, Robert A. Heinlein, Michael Moorcock, Neil Stephenson & Snowcrash, Ready Player One, Isaac Asimov, Cormac McCarthy, Our Lady Peace, Kurt Vonnegut & Slaughterhouse, Thomas Pynchon & Slow Learner & Gravity's Rainbow, Alien & Aliens, Spaceballs, Terminator, Soylent Green, Children of Men, Planet of the Apes, Black Hole, Black Science, Tarkovsky & Solaris, Ex Machina, The Coma by Alex Garland, James Cameron & The Abyss, Event Horizon, The Thing, It's Alive, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Alf, Permanent Midnight, Minority Report, Every Frame a Painting web series, Under the Skin, "When Life Was Good," Grant Morrison & Doom Patrol, Bioshock, No Man's Sky, Westworld, Jurassic Park, Gattaca, The Island, Moon, Code 46, A Boy and His Dog, Death Comes to Frogtown, 12 Monkeys or La Jetée, Donnie Darko, Bubble Boy

Direct download: 116_Sci-Fi_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm PST

Don’t touch that dial! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with Channel 101 veterans Paul Isakson and Adam Garland to talk about the long-running L.A. institution, monthly screening competition, and comedy career launching pad founded by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. Kyle and Natalie celebrate their own Channel 101 pilot getting picked up, and the gang swaps stories and secrets from their shoots, along with tips for making your own Channel 101 pilot. Because making stuff is rad! Submit your own pilot to submissions@channel101.com. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Will Smith in Suicide Squad, Scare LA, Ren & Stimpy, Channel 101

Raddendums: The Most Extraordinary Space Investigations, Acceptable TV, Tom Kaufman, Laser Fart, Yacht Rock, House of Cosbys, Andy Applesauce, Dead Kevin, The Not-Invited, Intimate Indiscretions, The Nuggets, New York Stories, Cautionary Tales of Swords, Spookhouse Storytime, www.channel101.com, Ned Nerpel: All Nipple Boy Detective, Demorge Brown, Willy Roberts, Pauly Tamale, Fishbowls Are Definitely My Thing, Carjumpers, Justin Roiland, 2 Girls, 1 Cup: The Show, The Mountain, The ‘Bu, Derrick Comedy’s Bro Rape, Natasha, Pop-It, Trippin or Stylin, Twitter’s Holiday, Laser Fart, Hallelujah Mountain Springs, Kill the Baby, 3 Love, Nichole Bagby, Everything, Kinja Deals, Monoprice.com

Direct download: 115_Channel_101_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedians Joleen Lunzer, Valerie Tosi and Jason Webb to talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They give a great rundown of show, exploring the show’s universe along with their favorite characters and episodes. Other topics include HPV, Big Bads and band dorks. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle on Comedy Central, Stranger Things

Raddendums: Joss Whedon, Firefly, Bunheads, Stargate SG-1, Felicity, The Trilogy of 31, "Hush," "The Body," Angel, Saved by the Bell, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife with Archie, Archie vs. Predator, Predator (1987), Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Light at the End by John Skipp & Craig Spector

Direct download: 114_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48am PST

Surf’s up! This week Kyle, Matthew, Producer Natalie and Laura say goodbye to the Summer of Rad by kicking back with return guest Spencer Emmons at his awesome pad in Malibu to talk about their favorite summer memories. Spencer and Laura share surfing stories and summers spent at the YMCA, Kyle recalls his summers working as a camp counselor, Burnside remembers destroying his dad’s dream to visit the Hoover Dam, and Natalie has another existential freak-out about space. Plus, animal facts! Adam Murray bashing! And more! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Spencer's apartment, soon-to-be Stranger Things

Raddendums: Shark Week, Jaws, Free Willy, Sex Wax, Chris Taloa, Blue Crush, The Birthday Boys’ “Pool Jumpers,” Jackass & Wild Boys, Kind of the Road, Rodney Mullen

Direct download: 113_Summer_Chillin_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42am PST

This week the Summer of Rad continues as Kyle, Matthew, Producer Natalie and Laura get wasted away in Marga-rad-aville with good friend/evil podcast rival Adam Murray. Despite broken promises of boats, the gang gathers around Adam's pool with his dog Ludo, tiki margaritas and Burger King cheeseburgers in paradise to reminisce on Adam's love of Jimmy Buffett. Adam talks about his childhood memories and his Parrothead parents who spend their summers in Key West, Florida. Kyle talks about his love of Florida novelist Carl Hiaasen and his experience seeing The Buff-Man and Nine Inch Nails on the same day, on the same stage at Bonnaroo. Burnside cites his complaint that Jimmy Buffett sounds like kids music for adults. But at least everyone agrees that Margaritaville restaurants are great. Plus: Tropical Christmas albums! Ambient outdoor sound! And our thoughts on the new Ghostbusters! Do you know where you-a gonna go when the Rad-cano blows? This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear and more. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. 

Weekly Rads: Car Seat Headrest's "Teens of Denial," The Office (US version), white macaroni and cheese, Another Period and Kyle and Natalie's show Retro Rad on July 23rd at 7pm at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics! Follow @kyleclarkisrad to watch the event live on Periscope.

Raddendums: Landshark Beer, Key West, Fins, Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, Carl Hiaasen, Volcano, She Went to Paris, Margaritaville, Bonnaroo, Come Monday, The Beach Boys, Lovely Cruise, Little Miss Magic, License to Chill, Live in Anguilla, Last Mango in Paris, The Coral Reefers, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, A Pirate Looks at Forty, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, Christmas Island, One Particular Harbor

Direct download: 112_Jimmy_Buffett_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am PST

BBQ

This week the Summer of Rad continues as Kyle, Matthew, Producer Natalie and Laura fire up the grill with return guest Rivers Langley ("Goods from the Woods" podcast) for a delicious evening of fun and barbeque. To tickle the tastebuds of Team Rad, Chef Rivers whips up his recipes for fall-off-the-bone ribs, collard green casserole and some passion fruit pie to die for. But perhaps the most divisive entry to the evening's menu is boiled peanuts, which divides the group along North (or as north California can be) vs. South lines. Kyle's mom Nancy also pops in as they discuss a breadth of topics including brisket vs. tri tip, the best barbecue sauces and food bloggers forced to make artisanal ketchup. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription. 

Weekly Rads: Pokemon GO, Crypt of the Necrodancer

Raddendums: Jack Frost, The Flintstones, Spring Street Smokehouse, YETI Ramblers and Tumblers, Tervis Tumblers, Big Green Egg, The Hotel Talisi, the Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers, The Ploy of Cooking and Blessing to the Seasoned Southern Style Mixed Greens, Marty Robbins, Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection, Thin Lizzy, Soylent, Jackson Market's carrot cake, Sweet Baby Ray's, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Vicious Cycle, comedian Dave Stone, Jackass, Skyline Chili, Mojo Nixon's UFO's, Big Rigs And BBQ

Direct download: 111_BBQ_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19am PST

Run, radsters, run! This week Kyle, Matthew, Producer Natalie and Laura Knight ring in the Summer of Rad by taking a field trip to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. They marvel at the sights and sounds of CityWalk and its slutty candy stores, chomp down on some delicious shrimp and apps, and enthusiastically compete in Forrest Gump trivia. They are joined by their guest waiters Matt Hough and Rachel for a delightful summer evening of meandering conversation. This episode is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you're going to get. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription. And that's all we have to say about that. 

Weekly Rads: Instead of recommending our favorite picks of the week, we opt to have a heat stroke instead

Raddendums: Doughboys, Reese's Big Cups, Ilvermorny, IT'SUGAR, Forrest Gump

Direct download: 110_Bubba_Gump_Shrimp_Co..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian/former sportscaster Casey Moran to talk about his journey pursuing a career in sportscasting. They discuss his obsession with sports broadcasting since he was a kid, his love of Vin Scully, his rocky start calling games in high school, and working the ranks to minor league baseball. He talks about having to give up what he worked for his whole life after wrestling with mental illness and how it's brought him to build a standup scene in Simi Valley and pursue a new career as a motivational speaker today. And since Casey and Kyle have known each other since middle school, he shares some good insight into a tweenage Kyle Clark. This episode is NOT sponsored by Farmer John Hot Dogs but rather Mack Weldon men's underwear! Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: The San Francisco Dung-- er, Southbound, The Ruins and Habit, VR headsets, the Cleveland Cavaliers & Believeland

Raddendums: Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Vin Scully, John Roy — My Complete, Entirely Free, On-Line Comedy Class

Direct download: 109_Sportscasting_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PST

Wubba lubba dub-dub! Squanch on over for a new episode of This Is Rad!, where Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with return guest Ben Dunn to talk about the wicked world of Rick and Morty. They discuss the show's Channel 101 origins, the deeper Rick and Morty mythos and the dynamic of dysfunctional relationships within the show. Kyle and Ben debate the role of sci-fi, math and philosophy in Rick and Morty and whether they should come at the sacrifice of jokes. Burnside gives some updates from E3, and the gang discusses VR and its erotic possibilities ("penis vertigo," anyone?) Meanwhile, Nat has a soundboard and makes a lot of fart noises. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Elfen Lied, JACO: the Film, Y the Last Man

Raddendums: Harmontown, Channel 101, Doc and Mharti, 2 Girls, 1 Cup: The Show, Dogtooth, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Evil Alien Conquerors, Community, Futurama, Pocket Mortys, Saint's Row, Laser Fart, IMPC for the iPad, Infinity Blade, South Park: Fractured but Whole, Google Cardboard, Vive

Direct download: 108_Rick_and_Morty_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am PST

Welcome to a bonus episode of This Is Rad! Kyle recently visited Atlanta, Georgia, for the 7th Annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and recorded a podcast in the theatre with comedians Jason Webb, Max Fine, Peggy Sinnott and Abby Rosenquist. During the episode, they are interrupted by a VERY special guest… Chris Rock! No, seriously, THE Chris Rock walked in while they were recording. Enjoy hearing a little insight into comedy festivals as well as a bunch of comedians geeking out after meeting one of the patron saints of comedy (who also happens to be super nice). Other walk-in guests include Kristin Lindner, Meghan Hanley and Marc Henderson.

Direct download: 107_Laughing_Skull_Comedy_Festival_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew welcome This Is Rad!'s very own Marvel field correspondent Jeremy Scippio (along with comic Mark Boyd) to catch up on all the Marvel movies that have come out since their last episode. They chat about the things that worked about Deadpool and the things that didn't work about X-Men: Apocalypse. They discuss what it takes to make a good Nightcrawler and Colossus and pine for a day when the movie world gets a good version of Storm. They also celebrate the true triumph of Captain America: Civil War and the end of an endless cycle of origin stories. The guys pontificate on what we might expect from Doctor Strange and Black Panther, and Jeremy is super excited about the idea of a future Planet Hulk film. They also chat about what makes a good cinematic Spider-Man and even discuss the finer points of the Spider-Man porn. This one goes in some crazy directions. And DC fans shouldn't feel left out, there is talk about The Flash and Suicide Squad too! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: The 7th annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, VR

Raddendums: Deadpool, Stephen King, X-Men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Captain America: Civil War, The Flash, Jessica Jones, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man XXX: A Porn Parody, Suicide Squad

Direct download: 106_Marvel_Movies_II_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PST

The mouse is out of the bag! This week's episode is about Disneyland Secrets! That's right, podcast palookas Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie delouse the Mouse's House with "Missy," a former Disneyland VIP tour guide - and oh boy! They're all ears! She's got the Disney dish and the Main Street scoops, from her humble start in guests relations to her ascent as tour guide to the stars! She spills the cheese with juicy blind item jewels: The Ariel Creep! The Handsy Hunk! The Bippity Boppity Boutique Boo! Behind the scenes stories, lurid tales, hidden sights, Disney ghosts and more, she squeaks all the latest gossip that's fit to print (or podcast, we suppose!). This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: The San Francisco Dungeon, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Hidden America (and our guests Keith Carey, Billy Anderson and Brie Townsend!)

Raddendums: Larry the Cable Guy, Pauly Tamale: King of YouTube, Escape from Tomorrow, YouTube video: "Disneyland proposal goes horribly wrong in The Haunted Mansion," that Rule 34 picture of Misty with Staryu, Cats of Disneyland Instagram, DILFs of Disneyland Instagram

Direct download: 105_Disneyland_Secrets_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew welcome podcasters Eric Grubbs ("Do You Know Who You Are?") and Hope Harrell ("The Macabrecast") to talk about progressive rock, better known as prog rock, or even better known as that super wanky, shreddy guitar music Kyle hates. As a drummer, Eric defends prog rock and discusses the origins of this controversial genre which sought to do more technically with the 2-3 minute pop song. Burnside is pro prog, Kyle is skeptical and once again Natalie doesn't believe any of these band names are actually real. This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Podcast love <3, Loot Crate

Raddendums: The band Robocop 3,the Underground Railroad to Candyland, Genesis, Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Dragonforce, Neil Peart, Yes, Pink Floyd, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Fracture, Close to the Edge, Roundabout, Dillinger Escape Plan, Frank Zappa, Tool, "Schism," The Wall, Rush, Catherine Wheel, Jolly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Joy Formidable, Porcupine Tree, David Comes to Life by Fucked Up, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight New Moon soundtrack, Explosions in the Sky

Direct download: 104_Prog_Rock_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm PST

In the year 2000! ...Or, uh, this week in 2016, Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedians Stuart Thompson and Luke Schwartz to have a commercial-free chat about late night talk shows. Stuart and his sidekick Luke run a late night talk show at the Hollywood Improv and discuss their approach to keeping the medium alive, from the fine art of monologue jokes to the energy of late night bands. The gang also chats about the late night greats such as Groucho and Carson and debate the merits of Jimmy Fallon. They also discuss how the Internet age has changed the late night talk show landscape. Plus, Kyle shares his nerdy appreciation for Charlie Rose, and the gang has a heated discussion about the zaniness of Craig Ferguson. A great episode with great guests…for me to poop on! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Kyle's "Black Rainbow" tour dates http://kyleclarkisrad.tumblr.com/, synthesizers

Raddendums: PBS's documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, You Bet Your Life, Groucho, Dick Cavett, Charlie Rose, Conan, Eric Andre, Brody Stephenson, Zach Schwerin, Jimmy Fallon, The Late Night Show with Stuart Thompson (and Luke Schwartz) at the Hollywood Improv http://www.laughstub.com/events/451984

Direct download: 103_Late_Night_Talk_Shows_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34am PST

Nice podcasts don't wear cha-cha heels! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with the hilarious Megan Rice to chat about director, writer, artist, and general maven of bad taste, John Waters. Thrill as Megan recounts her story of meeting the man himself! Chill as Kyle rambles about a bad date that involved a screening of Pink Flamingos. And Still, Burnside has yet to confront his fear of people who wear too much make-up. Plus, singing butts! Old school DIY filmmaking! And Megan comes to grips with her title as LA Comedy's cool aunt. Papa-oom-mow-rad! Stick around until the end to hear a bonus minisode as Kyle, Nat and former guest Jake Robinson follow up on the Richard Linklater episode by talking about his newest movie: "Everybody Wants Some!!". This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. 

Weekly Rads: Mint on Card Comedy - Jeff May's show at Blast from the Past in Burbank, Uncharted 4, Shock Waves on the Blumhouse.com Podcast Network (formerly Killer POV)

Also: Kyle is in Atlanta for the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival from June 7th -12th. Tickets here: http://www.laughingskullcomedyfestival.com/event

Raddendums: Hag in a Leather Jacket, Divine, Hairspray (1988), Corky Romano, Pink Flamingos, The Diane Linkletter Story, Female Trouble, God Bless America, Polyester, The Dead Boys, Odorama, This Filthy World, Role Models, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Traci Lords, Hackers, Shock Value, I Am Divine

Direct download: 102_John_Waters_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by return guest D'arby Rose for their very first hip hop episode topic: Kendrick Lamar. D'arby proves herself to be the absolute coolest as she talks about growing up in Oakland, going to Rock Camp and being in her high school band The As Ifs. Other topics include the Jamie Kennedy Experiment, The Witch, and Kyle becomes insistent on Producer Natalie becoming a rapper named Nate Hazee with an album called "Straight to Hell in the ATL." This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon's fine men's underwear. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Aesop Rock's Impossible Kid, Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool, Inherent Vice on HBO GO

Raddendums: Chance the Rapper, Aesop Rock, Open Mike Eagle, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," cloud rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Far Side, Sleater-Kinney, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Oregon, "Cut You Off," Rock the Bells, Immortal Technique, The Coup & "The Magic Clap," Cannibal Ox & "The Cold Vein," mixtape, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Section.80, HiiiPoWeR, The Blacker The Berry, King Kunta, Iggy Azalea, First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy, Kanye West, El-P + Killer Mike = Run The Jewels, Untitled Unmastered, Anderson .Paak (look up his Kimmel performance), Honus Honus of Man Man, Channel 101, Black Hippie, The Life of Pablo, horrorcore, Ho99o9s

Direct download: 101_Kendrick_Lamar_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm PST

It's the 100th episode of "This Is Rad!" This week we do things a little differently and celebrate the podcast's past, present and future with segments including Ask Gambit and The Newlyrad Game. We also listen to lost episode clips, answer audience questions and play rad wishes from past guests. We even have a new sponsor: Mack Weldon, purveyors of fine men's underwear. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order. Thanks to all our radsters for making this possible!


Weekly Rads: Shudder, Radiohead's "Burn the Witch"

Direct download: 100_100th_Episode_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25am PST

Spencer Emmons, come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Rad Is Right! Spencer “Serf LA” Emmons returns to This Is Rad! to share his life in the world of game shows. From his early days working with his mom on The Gong Show to working cue cards on Singled Out, Spence has seen it all. Strap in for trivia galore as they talk the Family Feud curse, that serial killer from The Dating Game and a breakdown of how live game shows are shot. Also, the gang learns what Alex Trebek looks like without a shirt. Plus, Natalie pits Kyle and Burnside head-to-head with Spencer in our first TIR Trivia Showdown!

Weekly Rads: Patience by Dan Clowes, The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way, the update for Rocket League to play basketball

Raddendums: Louie Anderson, Mark Goodson, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Buzzer, Tattle Tale, The Gong Show & Chuck Barris, Newlywed Game, Bob Eubanks, Bob Hope, Alex Trebek, Rayburn, Bowser from Sha Na Na, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson, The Price Is Right, Singled Out, American Idol, Adam Lambert, Danielle Perez, Pitfall/Roulette, Finders Keepers, Masters of the Maze, Nick Arcade, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Card Sharks, Password, Game Buzzer, Nelly, MXC, Distraction, Remote Control, King of Kong, Josh Androsky the skateboard rabbi on The Price Is Right

Direct download: 99_Game_Shows_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew talk about the '90s cultural force that swept the UK: Britpop! In their journey, they are joined by Meltdown’s resident British person Jake Robinson and the lovely Ben Morse to discuss what constitutes a proper Britpop song. Jake explains his two camps of Britpop: "Swaggery" bands and "Cheeky Fun" bands. They have a nice retrospective on the Blur/Oasis war. They also break down the less talked about Verve vs. Verve Pipe war that was waged here in the United States. They talk about the origins of Britpop, the subgenres and offshoots. Kyle and Jake recommend the BBC documentary “Seven Ages of Rock” as an excellent primer for rock music from an English perspective. They also debate who does a better version of the song “Common People”: Pulp or William Shatner. The gang also chats about the lasting effects of Britpop on both sides of the pond and Natalie learns the horrible truth about Engelbert Humperdinck. Cause maybe, this is gonna be the podcast that saves me. And after all, you’re my Rader-wall. If you're in the L.A. area, come to our special Earth Day edition of Retro Rad April 22nd at 9pm at the NerdMelt Showroom!

Weekly Rads: Sturgill Simpson's The Sailor's Guide to Earth, Trader Joe's Popcorn in A Pickle, Documentary Now

Raddendums: Stone Roses, Oasis, Second Coming, Manchester, dance-rock, Happy Mondays, Soup Dragons, Worzel Gummidge, Take That, Seven Ages of Rock, Arctic Monkeys, NME, Radiohead, Blur & Parklife, Pulp, The Verve, Definitely Maybe, Travis, Embrace, Suede, Jarvis Cocker, Separations, Definitive Class, Supergrass, Teenage Fanclub & Bandwagonesque, Primal Scream, Aphex Twin, Block Party, Echobelly & "Great Things," Engelbert Humperdinck, Trigger Happy TV, The Killers, Damien Hirst, Stuart Lee, Placebo, Robbie Williams

Direct download: 98_Brit_Pop_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am PST

Nineties Cartoons day is a very dangerous day. This week Kyle and Matthew take a nostalgic trip into the Aaahh!!! real animated world of '90s cartoons with comedians Keith Carey and Anna Valenzuela. They talk Nicktoons, Disney Afternoon, Cartoon Network and much more. They also discuss the delicate kid karma at play when the Northridge Earthquake ruined Kyle's chance to meet the Power Rangers. But Keith has no remorse for Kyle's house being destroyed after Kyle mentions he had the Real Ghostbusters firehouse playset. Also, Kyle and Anna chat about "Denver, the Last Dinosaur" and his lasting presence on Spanish TV. (It's kind of like if Morrissey were a dinosaur that liked to skateboard.) And the group attempts to answer one of life's great questions: How does CatDog poop? Check out Anna and Keith on the 12 Questions and Mean Boys podcasts, respectively!

Weekly Rads: Miitomo, Green Room (2016), Hot (Lean) Pockets that were on sale at the store

Raddendums: Ren & Stimpy & "Space Madness," Phi Phi O'Hara, Doug, Rugrats, When that girl pooped in the hot tub on Big Brother, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, American Gladiator, Hey Arnold, KaBlam!, Action League Now!, The Angry Beavers, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, CatDog, The Wild Thornberrys, Mighty Max, The Biker Mice from Mars, Roughnecks: the Starship Troopers Chronicles, Invader Zim, Reboot, The Fairly OddParents, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Fish Police, Tiny Toons, Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Rocket Power, Sonic the Hedgehog, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eek the Cat, Vin Diesel and Street Sharks, Animaniacs, Muppet Babies, Blue Clues, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Life with Louie, Bobby's World

Direct download: 97_90s_Cartoons_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am PST

Whip it! Whip it good! This week Kyle and Matthew tip their fedora to comedian Caitlin Durante with a wide-reaching conversation about everyone's favorite professor of archeology: Indiana Jones. They discuss the three movies  - that's right, we said THREE - as well as the video games, ride and stunt show. Along the way they break down aliens vs. God, pregnant vampires, banging hot-zis (hot Nazis), IPop (International Palace of Pancakes) and do their very best Sean Connery impressions.

Weekly Rads: Wrestlemania 32, "Oh, Hello," Cobalt

Raddendums: Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs, Space Jam, Karen Allen, Meatballs, Men in Black, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Mr. Plinkett's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade video game, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, The Pagemaster, Chex Quest, Doom, Duke Nukem, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Dinosaur/Countdown to Extinction, Indiana Jones stunt show, Forrest Gump

Direct download: 96_Indiana_Jones_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew close out FARCH Radness with return guests Tom Seiniger and Justin Williams by discussing the X-Men in TV shows, movies and other media - basically everything except the comics. (That's for another episode!) They compare and contrast the wide range of quality in the X-Men film franchise, get down and dirty with Mr. Sinister and the Nasty Boys, and make fun of how Justin looked in high school. Also, a brand new TIR segment is born: Ask Gambit!

Weekly Rads: "The Characters" on Netflix, Garry Shandling on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Doughboys on Feral Audio

Raddendums: FOX Kids, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Peter Pan and the Pirates, X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Night of the Sentinels, Morph, "I love you, Cyclops," X-Men: The Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch," X-Men '92, "Gambit fix car real good," X-Men: Evolution, Fantastic Four: The Animated Series, Old Man Logan, A Single Man (2009), Diarrhea Planet

Direct download: 95_X-Men-Everything_X-cept_the_Comics.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm PST

Go go rad rad rangers! This week, FARCH Radness continues as Kyle and Matt chat about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. To help them break down this epic franchise are podcast rival Adam Murray and Samee Junio. The gang discusses the prevalence of martial artists in the city of Angel Grove, Kyle talks about an early fit of nerd rage at a drive-in movie, and they detail the hour-and-35-minutes-of-insanity that is the 1995 Power Rangers movie. Also, there is some serious debate about what Red Ranger Austin St. John does for a living. That distinctive alarm from your weird chrome watch can only mean one thing: It's morphin' time!

Weekly Rads: Daredevil Season 2, Transparent Seasons 1 and 2, Fright Rags

Raddendums: Power Rangers Turbo, Lord Zed, Space Cases, Bulk and Skull, Zordon, Alpha 5, Chuck Negron, Big Bad Beetleborgs, G Gundam, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Bucky O'Hare

Direct download: 94_Power_Rangers_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew are level grinding their way through FARCH's most requested episode topic: JRPGs. On their journey, they have added Alex Jacobs and Jeff Harlow to their party. Together they have a wide-reaching conversation about Japanese role-playing games - from the past, present and future - and answer a lot of questions from fans. They also discuss why anyone would chose Pokemon Sun over Moon, the veal of the Pokemon universe and Alex's long running joke: "Based on the Novel Pokemon by Sapphire." Catch a clip at the end from Kyle, Natalie and Caitlin Durante's live show "Retro Rad" this past Friday, featuring guests Hampton Yount and Jenny Zigrino.

Weekly Rads: Ruben Medina aka Wagner: R&B Superstar's new album "Fuckboy Fridays" on soundcloud.com/fuckboyfridays, Bone Tomahawk (2015), The Division, X-Ray (1982)


Raddendums: Channel 101, Final Fantasy 7, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Sweet Home, Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon, Final Fantasy 9, Secret of Mana, Golden Sun, Final Fantasy 8, blitzball, Square Enix, Konami, Square, Legend of Dragoon, Bushido Blade, Tales, Dreamcast, Pokemon X, Persona, Breath of Fire, Persona 4, Final Fantasy 15, Kingdom Hearts, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Catherine, Star Ocean, Starship Titanic, Bust Odyssey, The Division, Parasite Eve 2, Golden Sun, Brave Fencer Musashi, chocobo, Tearaway, Persona 4 Ultimax, Fire Emblem, Shin Megami Tensei, Persona Q

Direct download: 93_JRPGs_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am PST

We're moving on up! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Ron Babcock to discuss Architecture for FARCH! (Or should we say, Farchitecture?) Ron talks about how growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, gave him a lifelong appreciation for architecture and how urban exploring an abandoned hotel almost gave him a torn anus. Other topics include house doilies, immersion blenders, tiny houses, abandoned theme parks, and they go gaga for Googie! Check out Ron's work over at heyron.com!

Weekly Rads: NerdTerns on "Why Would You Eat That?", Retro Rad at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics on March 11th at 9pm, eyepatches, Deadpool, Zootopia, The Downtown Boys' "Full Communism," "Guns and People" from the Subway soundtrack, LA Zine Fest

Raddendums: Ray and Charles Eames, the Eames home, the Big Lebowski house, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, comedian "Dave Stone Lives in a Van" from Modern Comedian, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hagia Sophia, Icelandic turf homes, Marie Kondo, Daniel Burnham, "Devil in the White City" and "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson, The Field Museum, the Ferris Wheel, "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough, The 99% Invisible Podcast's "Hard to Love a Brute" episode, River Country USA, "Gulliver's Kingdom" theme park in Japan, the Hard Rock Park, the Alhambra palace

Direct download: 92_Architecture_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm PST

Snooch to the nooch! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie celebrate the first week of FARCH (Fan Appreciation Month) with a fan requested Kevin Smith episode (and another installment of their "Rad Directors" series). They are joined by return guest and Kevin Smith superfan Gabriela Contreras to talk about his movies, career and general radness. Together they discuss the awesomeness of the year 1994 for movies, Clerks I vs. Clerks II (and soon to be III), the forgotten Prince movie that never was, and Kevin Smith's aptitude as a personal storyteller and commentator. Other topics include Smith's box office unbankability, his foray into horror movies and sex in an uncomfortable place.

Weekly Rads: Dan Telfer's You Caring page (https://www.youcaring.com/dan-telfer-530253), our new sketch "Old Dogs" on our YouTube channel, Retro Rad at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics on March 11th at 9pm, Stonecutters LA: Futurama Edition at NerdMelt on March 12th at 4pm, the band Dogs at White Oak Music and Arts on March 12th at 7:30pm, Kyle at the San Luis Obispo comedy festival this weekend

Raddendums: D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video, the Clerks cartoon, Clerks, Clerks II, the Shrek quadrology, Mallrats, Jason Leigh, Michael Rooker, the god awful Clerks sitcom pilot, Chasing Amy, Jay & Silent Bob, Dogma, Alan Rickman, Linda Fiorentino, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Cranston, An Evening with Kevin Smith, Henry Rollins, Prince, Superman Lives, The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015), ToyFare magazine, Bluntman & Chronic, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Jack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out, Red State, the first six episodes of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, the Smodcast network, The Smodcastle, Tusk, Fatman on Batman, Mallbrats, Ash vs Evil Dead

Direct download: 91_Kevin_Smith_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with actor and return guest Matt Bennett to talk about the late, great musician David Bowie. Well, that was the intent of this episode, but needless to say, they go off on a lot of tangents. That's just what happens when Kyle and Matt get to chattin' about music. They start at "Black Star" and work their way backwards through Bowie's albums, discussing the artistry he left in his wake. Look out for Matt Bennett's Lou Reed/Robin Williams inspired album "Terminal Cases" out in June!

Weekly Rads: Firewatch, taking a week off from recording to have the flu, Twine (twinery.org), Relatively Prime Season 3 Kickstarter video, Natalie's new comics on gauntygothy.tumblr.com

Raddendums: Fetty Wap, Cancer for Cure, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Black Books, Blackstar, Next Day, Lou Reed's Transformer, All the Young Dudes, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Dollar Days, Lazarus, Weezer's Pinkerton, To Pimp a Butterfly, Mike McManus' karaoke of "Five Years," Diamond Dogs, Santa Monica '72, "Space Oddity," Simon & Garfunkel, Inside Llewyn Davis, Klaus Nomi, "The Man Who Sold the World" on SNL, "Changes," "Life on Mars," Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines, Saving Silverman, The Us Festival, "Young Americans," Station to Station, "Heroes," Lodger, "Low," Robert Fripp & King Crimson, Lydia Lunch, Theoretical Girls, Death to Samantha, Skrillex, "Let's Dance," Tin Machine, "I'm Afraid of Americans," Labyrinth, The Hunger, After Hours (1985), Omikron the Nomad Soul,  Shinobu's 10 Thermidor, Modest Mouse's Stranger to Ourselves, Fidlar, LFO's Rich Cronin on Howard Stern, Chuck Ragan, Courtney Barnett, Sleigh Bell's Treats, Run the Jewels, King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

Direct download: 90_David_Bowie_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with the totally tubular Tom Sibley (of the "We Watch Wrestling" podcast) to discuss Skateboarding (and since they're recording during the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl half time show as well). Tom reminiscences about his youth as a chubby skateboarder pushing mongo style and hanging out at Tara Reid's house, Burnside reminisces about doing headstands in Ohio, Kyle reminisces about being too awkward and tall to skateboard, and Natalie has asthma. Stay tuned to the very end to hear a special review of Taco Bell's new Quesalupa from Becky Joiner!

Weekly Rads: We play Superfight! Also, come to Retro Rad hosted by Kyle Clark and Caitlin Durante at the NerdMelt Showroom March 11th at 9pm!

Raddendums: Polyphonic Spree, street skating vs. vert skating, pushing mongo vs. pushing regular, Gleaming the Cube: A Brother's Justice, Rodney Mullen, Andrew Reynolds, Kenny Anderson, Bam Margera, Simon Woodstock, Heath Kirchart, Jackass, CKY2K, CKY Landslide, Leonardo DiCaprio vaping, longboarding, Ricky Allyoa, Soap shoes, Heelys, Whitmer Thomas, Clay Cassius, Death Wish, Limp Bizkit's Break Stuff, Bones Brigade, Lance Mound, The Birthday Boys' Pooljumpers, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Rolling Thunder Foundation, Girl, Leap of Faith, Spike Jones, Marc Johnson's 3-Part Fully Flared, Kenny Anderson's super long manual

Direct download: 89_Skateboarding_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with writer/podcaster Steven Ray Morris to talk about his obsession with trading cards...along with action figures and the world of collectibles at large. Kyle and Steven instantly bond over their love of Michael Crichton. It's one thing for two adult men to bond over a love of dinosaurs, but things really get cute/sexy/sad when they go off on a tangent about “Congo.” Burnside expresses his love for hiding stuff in people's rooms. Kyle thinks Magic: The Gathering gets people laid. And Natalie is real amused by C-3PO's boner. Plus tips for how to get started collecting!  Check out Steven's trading card unboxing videos on youtube.com/stevenraymorris, his podcast The Purrrcast, and his book Molding a Jurassic Universe.

Weekly Rads: Going to therapy, Laura, The new X-Files

Raddendums: Magic: the Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, C-3PO boner, Bill Ripken's "Fuck Face" trading card, Frank & Son Collectible Show, Jurassic Park 3D cards, Jurassic Park 3 (aka "Sideways with Dinosaurs"), The Omen 3, Event Horizon, Star Wars trading card app, Desert Storm cards, Age of Ultron cards, Alien cards by Topps, Congo trading cards, Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect toy line, Twister, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, 13th Warrior, Michael Crichton, comic book collector cards, Marvel Masterwork series from Flair, Ghostrider, The Brothers Hildebrandt, Jinja Ito, pachinko, unseen64.net, Starship Troopers, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Denver the Dinosaur, Babylon 5, Hearthstone, Dragon’s Lair, Tomb Raider card game, Dinosaur Attacks, The Pistol Shrimps

Direct download: 88_Trading_Cards_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm PST

One rad to rule them all… This week Kyle and Matthew have a wide-reaching conversation about the Lord of the Rings with their expert guests Clifford Broadway and Justin Sewell from TheOneRing.Net. Clifford has read all the books a zillion times over, while Justin got into it by watching the movies. They join forces to talk about the films from the first Hobbit movie to the modern-day remakes (with a detour to discuss Ralph Bakshi). They also discuss Professor J. R. R. Tolkien and his invention of languages, as well as The Silmarillion, and of course, the Beatles movie that never was. Watch Clifford and Justin on "TORn Tuesday" every Tuesday afternoon at 5pm PST on theonering.net or call them anytime at 1-530-6-4FRODO. You can also catch Clifford on ShopXSN.com.

Weekly Rads: Jonathan Blow’s Witness, Games Magazine, The Jackie and Laurie Show podcast

Raddendums: Leonard Nimoy's "Bilbo Baggins," The Frighteners, The Hobbit by Rankin/Bass (1977), Ralph Bakshi & J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, David Carradine, John Howe's preconceptual artwork, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, The Silmarillion, George R. R. Martin, Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Scandinavian death metal bands, the Air New Zealand safety video, What We Do in Shadows, Howard Shore, The Fellowship documentary, The Ring Squad on YouTube, Russian Ark, The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Direct download: 87_Lord_of_the_Rings_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am PST

You can feel the rad is risin', baby...This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie celebrate Kyle's birthday by recording an audio commentary for John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China. Carpenter expert and previous podcast guest Kasey Clark sits in with the gang, and there is a special drop-in from Kyle and Kasey's dad, Greg Clark. Natalie and Matthew don't get the movie's appeal but Kyle and Kasey love this childhood VHS staple starring the rugged, sandwich-chewing Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and a pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall, not to mention Wang Chi, David Lo Pan, Egg Shen and the spirits Thunder, Rain and Lightning. It's a neon-filled romp with a theme song that's catchy as hell. Join us for a ride on the Pork-Chop Express!

Weekly Rads: Making a Murderer, The Goon by Eric Powell, the band Culture Abuse

Raddendums: Key & Peele's Gremlins 2 sketch, Bus Driver Stu from Pete & Pete, Man Man, Coup De Villes' Big Trouble in Little China music video

Direct download: 85_Big_Trouble_in_Little_China_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm PST

Not so long ago in a podcast far, far away, Kyle and Matthew joined forces with comedians Ed Greer and Klee Wiggins to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens: One Month Later! Now that everyone's had a chance to see the movie many times over, our reigning Jedis are ready to discuss the awesomeness that is Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and BB-8. They talk about seeing the movie with different audiences, their expectations and predictions, #EwokLivesMatter and of course everyone's favorite Wookiee. Warning: This episode is loaded with spoilers. You've been warned! Check out Klee and Ed's podcast at http://kleeandedtheedandkleeshow.com/ and their show at the Comedy Store on Sundays at 11pm!

Weekly Rads: The Big Short, Thomas Ligotti (Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe,The Conspiracy Against the Human Race), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo

Side Rads: The 10th season of It's Always Sunny, the 2nd season of Fargo

Raddendums: Pollock, Jeff Bridges, True Grit, Filth, Unsung, Midnight Star, Attack the Block, John Boyega watching the Star Wars trailer, cartoon of BB-8 dreaming about how he came to be

Direct download: 84_Star_Wars_The_Force_Awakens_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm PST

Rads...in...spaaaaace! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with Atlanta comedian Dan Immke to explore the wild frontiers of modern space travel. They discuss the past, present and future of hurtling through space as well as life on Mars and the possibility of living on a Mars colony. Also, turns out space really freaks out Natalie. Will she be won over by the radness of space? Or will they all just watch Psych reruns instead?

Weekly Rads: Zodiac by Robert Graysmith, 10 Thermidor by Shinobu

Raddendums: Wild Wild West, USA Network, Elon Musk, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Google Cardboard, Apollo 13, Project Paperclip, Gravity's Rainbow, terraforming, United Launch Alliance, New Space, Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Aerion Space, asteroid mining, the singularity

Direct download: 83_Space_Travel_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm PST

3...2...1...Happy Rad Year! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie ring in the New Year by taking a look back at their favorite rad things from 2015. From Tangerine to Tomb Raider, Mad Max to METZ, and Rocket League to Review, no movie, show, album, podcast or video game is left unturned! Things also get a little intense at the end when they discuss the purpose of art and their respective creative journeys over the past year, and Kyle talks about the making of his most recent standup album. Let us know your New Year #Radsolutions by tweeting us at @ThisIsRadPod!

Yearly Rads: A Place to Bury Strangers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Modest Mouse's Strangers to Ourselves, METZ's II, Culture Abuse, Cursed Graves, Ghostlimb, Tidemouth's Velvet & Stone, Dogs' The Ongoing LP, Prince's HitNRun Phase One, Dame Funk, Mark Ronson & Uptown Funk, Fidlar's Too, Silversun Pickups' Better Nature, Courtney Barnett & Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Desaparecidos' Payola, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isabelle, Clutch, Yo La Tengo, Foals, Murs, Built to Spill, Wilco, the Max Levine Ensemble, Galactic's Hey Na Na, Apple Music's Psychedelic Jazz playlist, Burton's, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Trainwreck, Tangerine, Ted 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, It Follows, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Everly, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rocket League, Ori and the Blind Forest, Race the Sun, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for DS, South Park, Last Man on Earth, Nathan for You, Master of None, Review, Maron, The Last Podcast on the Left, Murderfist, The Black Tapes podcast, The NoSleep Podcast, The Movie Crypt podcast, Criminal

Direct download: 82_2015_The_Year_in_Radview_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Merry Clashmas! This week Kyle and Matthew "rad" the Casbah with returning guests Chris Estrada and Kasey Clark. They give a brief history of the The Clash, followed by an album-by-album breakdown of the band's best (and worst) songs, their musical evolution and their ideology. They explore the band's politics and how much the band was a product of their time - for better and for worst. They also yell a lot because Kyle, Kasey and Chris are all insane Clash fans. If you are new to the band, this is a great primer. If you love The Clash, listen and yell and scream at us about what you do and don't agree with. They also discuss the post-Clash works of the various members and give some records to check out if you feel like expanding into the outer Clash-iverse. This holiday season, give someone in your life the gift of The Clash and drown out all that awful Christmas music with "London Calling."

Weekly Rads: Tweet a real band name or a fake band name to @ThisIsRadPod and have Natalie guess what it is!

Raddendums: Joe Strummer, The 101ers, Fecal Matter, The Melvins, Cleveland Screaming, Police and Thieves, Clampdown, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Guns of Brixton, Lost in the Supermarket, Train in Vain, Spanish Bombs, Sandinista!, Somebody Got Murdered, Combat Rock, Cut the Crap, Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Bankrobber, Know Your Rights, Car Jamming, Rock the Casbah, Straight to Hell, Big Audio Dynamite, The Mescaleros, Johnny Appleseed

Direct download: The_Clash_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PST

Are you ready for some football??? Good!!! Cause this week Kyle and Matthew are joined by Sharon Hills (@NerdistMom), Katie Levine (@kt_money) and Benji (@NerdistDog) to talk about their love of watching pros pass around the ol' pigskin. Sharon talks about her son Chris Hardwick's "sporty" youth, her ranting on @midnight ("Fuckity fuckeroos!"), and Katie talks about football players being taken down by the dick. They close out by giving their take on the current state of sports injuries and what can be done to prevent them. Hut...hut...hike!

Weekly Rads: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, Wikipedia articles about the oldest buildings on Earth, scorpion best friend necklaces, A Very Sunny Christmas

Weekly Bads: Burnside's dislike of roller coasters

Raddendums: The Miami Dolphins, Orleans Darkwa, The Browns, The Cowboys, The Carolina Panthers, The Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning, Vince Lombardi, Antonio Brown's nutcracker, The Hurricanes, The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, Chris Paul, French Montana

Direct download: 80_Football_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm PST

The Doctor is in! This week Kyle and Matthew take a wibbly-wobbly adventure through space and time with April O'Neil and Brandon Flick. They explain what Doctor Who is and why they love the adventures of the Time Lord and his companions. Kyle retells the story of how Brandon and April first met and bonded over their love of the Doctor. They discuss their favorite versions of the Doctor and how the first version of the show a person comes into contact with influences how they feel about the show. They also talk about what creatures from the show are the scariest. Who is afraid of being exterminated by Daleks? Who is afraid that they are actively being followed by The Silence? Plus, the gang chats about the current season and predicts what they think may be in store for the future! Keep up to date with April at heyitsapril.tumblr.com.

Weekly Rads: Krampus, The Good Dinosaur, Fallout, The X-Files

Raddendums: Unfortunately none this week because Producer Natalie was out of town.

Direct download: 79_Doctor_Who_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm PST

Welcome to "This Is Brad!" That's right, this week Kyle and Matthew are sitting down with their favorite returning funnyman Brad Gage to talk about Peanuts - the comic, the cartoon... the legume? They discuss the best and worst of the Sunday funnies, bad community theatre productions of "Dog Sees God," the Peanuts holiday specials, and they get Brad's take on the new movie. Check out Brad's new web series "Rough Day" on YouTube at youtube.com/bradgagecomedy!

Weekly Rads:  Last Shift, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Kyle's album recording on December 4th at Meltdown Comics!

Raddendums: Charles Schultz, The documentary "Stripped," Mother's Cookies, "Snoopy can't melt steel beams," Peter and the Wolf, Wilson on Home Improvement, Dog Sees God, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Wonder Years, Scooby-Dum, the Dilbert cartoon, Dragnet hippie puts a baby in the oven, Working (with Fred Savage), The Brady Bunch Movies, Head & The Monkees, Davy Jones, Tiny Toons Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

Direct download: 78_Peanuts_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm PST

Cue the spooky synth music! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with musician Kasey Clark and comedian Andy Sell to talk about the films of director John Carpenter. In the third installment of their "Rad Directors" series, they go through Carpenter's complete filmography - with a few deviations along the way. They talk about their fond memories of Big Trouble in Little China (which they can quote almost entirely from memory), that time Andy got to meet J.C. in the flesh, and Kasey shows off his sweet "They Live" tattoo. Check out Tidemouth's new album Velvet and Stone and Andy's web series "Andy Talks to Bands" and web comic "Kyle and Grandpa Forever"!

Weekly Rads: What you guys are radful for!

Raddendums: Dark Star and the song "Benson, Arizona," Shock Value by Jason Zinoman, Assault on Precinct 13, Someone's Watching Me!, Elvis, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, El Rey, The Thing, Christine, Stephen King & Joe Hill, Starman, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Joe Bob Briggs, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Body Bags, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A., Vampires, Ghosts of Mars, Masters of Horror, Pro-Life, Cigarette Burns, The Ward, Esther Williams

Direct download: 77_John_Carpenter_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm PST

CONNNN! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Jeff May to talk about the pros of cons. From basement cons to SDCC, they discuss the wide world of fan expos and conventions: comic book, pop culture, gamer, horror, LGBT, sci-fi or otherwise. Jeff has been to literally hundreds of cons and talks about his odd experiences along the way - performing stand up, working out with an actor who shall not be named, and picking up a treasure trove of goodies from "con artists." Check out Jeff May on the "Unpopular Opinion" podcast and at Motor City ComicCon in May. And visit a con near you!

Weekly Rads: The new album "Peaks" by Tigue, delicious BBQ, Rivers Langley's hospitality

Raddendums: Con Air, Dragon*Con, basement cons, Twitch, Virgil, Glenn Shadix and Dunston Checks In, Wizarding World, Marvel Legends War Machine, Street Sharks and Big Slammu, Retrojunk, Michael Turner, Skottie Young, X-Force and X-Statix, Axel Alonso, Mike Allred, George Pérez, Horrorhound, Doom Patrol, Mark Hamill, World War Z audiobook, Iron Fist, Black Cat, Bent Con, Shirtlifter, Geeks Out, C2E2 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Boston Comic Con, Mike Manohla, Art Adams, Grant Morrison, Granite Con, Baltimore Comic-Con, Hero Con, Motor City ComicCon, Emerald City Comicon, Long Beach Comic Con, Wondercon, Rob Liefeld, running the crank

Direct download: 76_Cons_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm PST

Welcome to "This Is Rad!", brother! This week Kyle and Matthew tackle their most requested episode topic since Dungeons & Dragons: Wrestling. And who better to do this topic justice than the fine fellows from the Goods from the Woods podcast: Rivers Langley, Pat Reilly and Mr. Goodnight. In this "Rad from the Woods" crossover, the boys present an in-depth historical overview of Wrestling in all its glory. Rivers teaches us carny speak and wrestling terms, Goodnight talks about the Memphis scene, Pat professes his views on '90s creative stagnation, and Kyle gets a dollar stapled to his tit.

Weekly Rads: Halo, Junji Ito, Noboru Iguchi and "F is for Fart" from the ABCs of Death, Master of None, bouncy houses

Raddendums: Marc Mero, Beyond the Mat, WWE, Tupac, NWA (National Wrestling Alliance), AWA, WWWF, Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, the Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan & Hulkamania, Andy Kaufman, Jerry Lawler, indie wrestling, Lucha VaVOOM, Clownvis, Tartar Control, Sunny, Gorilla Monsoon & the gorilla position, GLOW, Sgt. Slaughter, Big Boss Man, Mantaur, Doink, WCW & Monday Nitro, Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Future Shock & James Brown, Big Josh, Oz, Johnny D. Badd, The Shockmaster, Sid Vicious, Harlem Heat, Jesse Ventura, Colonel Robert Parker, King Curtis Iaukea, Meng aka Haku, the Booty Man, Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, Bash at the Beach, Hollywood Hulk Hogan and "This Is the New World Order, brother," NWO, Chris Jericho, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Wolf Pack, Hollywood, X-Pac, Mike Awesome aka That 70s Guy, the Undertaker, Mick Foley, Val Venis, CM Punk, John Cena, Bloody Good Horror podcast, Brock Lesnar, How To Wrestling, Randy Orton, WWE NXT, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, Triple H, Dee Dee Ramone, Lucha Underground, Steve Blackman, WWE Raw

Direct download: 75_Wrestling_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm PST

Yo quiero "This Is Rad!" This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie are joined by return guest Becky Joiner to talk about her supreme love for Taco Bell. They discuss Becky's iron stomach, living in close proximity to test kitchens, Kyle's aversion to mixing sweet and savory, swap meat swap meets and "Drop the chalupa, pick up the mic." Also, Becky introduces everyone to her new holiday "Livemas."

 

P.S. Sorry the music at the beginning drowns us out a bit. What can we say, we love us some Das Racist.


Weekly Rads: Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, our new YouTube video "How to Make a Giant Watermelon for $50!", Nathan for You (third season), Reminder to donate to the Kickstarter for Friday the 13th: The Game

Direct download: 74_Taco_Bell_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm PST

Join us for a very special Halloween edition of "This Is Rad!" where Matthew, our spooky host with the most, introduces two spooky tales written and read by Kyle and Producer Natalie. In Kyle's, a struggling author visits the site of a mysterious plane crash in search of ghosts—only to find more than he bargained for. In Natalie's, a greeting card store employee finds herself trapped in the mall after close—with a mysterious Christmas killer on the loose. This Radtober episode was inspired by The NoSleep Podcast and The Black Tapes Podcast. Next week we'll be back to regular rads, so stay tuned!


P.S. The audio on Kyle's story is a little funky due to some recording issues. Our apologies. We hope it adds to the spooookiness.

Direct download: 73_Spooky_Stories_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm PST

Nobody is gonna die! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with three of the masterminds behind 5-Second Films and Dude Bro Party Massacre 3—Tomm Jacobsen, Mike James and Michael Peter—to talk about the renegade world of independent filmmaking. They explain the origins of 5-Second Films, the process behind writing and making Dude Bro Party, and the importance of always using what you have around you. Celebrate Radtober in style! Visit www.dudebropartymassacre3.com and enter the promo code SPOOKY to get 30% off Dude Bro Party Massacre.

Weekly Rads: Tracy Morgan on SNL, Kickstarter for Friday the 13th: The Game, our new sketch "Watermelon Spears" and behind the scenes video on YouTube, Make Your Own Damn Movie!: Secrets of a Renegade Director by Lloyd Kaufman

Raddendums: Troma & Lloyd Kaufman, Tangerine (2015), artist Jenny Fine

Direct download: 72_Indie_Filmmaking_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew continue the Radtober celebration with returning guests Alex Jacobs and D'arby Rose. They sit down on the NerdMelt stage to talk about the underground, low budget horror film movement known as "mumblegore." The gang explores what defines a mumblegore movie and gives a brief history of the movement. They also explore the ways that horror movies reflect the culture of a specific era. They also list like a billion movies to check out. This episode makes a great epilogue to last week's “History of Horror Movies” episode. Check out Alex and D'arby's recent Channel 101 pilot “The Not Invited” and look out for a super sweet cameo from Kyle, Burnside and Producer Natalie!

Weekly Rads: The Last Podcast on the Left, Star Wars Battlefront Beta

Raddendums: “Mumblegore” LA Weekly article, Ti West, Adam Wingard, The Roost, The Inn Keepers, The Signal, Pat Healy, Home Sick, Pop Skull, Baghead, Poughkeepsie Tapes, The Dowdle Brothers, The Duplass Bros, The Soska Sisters, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary, The Sacrament, Trigger Man, House of the Devil, A Horrible Way to Die, Drag Me to Hell, The Soska You're Next, V/H/S, "Safe Haven" in V/H/S 2, “L is for Libido” from ABCs of Death, Cheap Thrills, The Guest, It Follows, Slenderman and Marble Hornets, Night Thoughts YouTube channel, Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), “Take That, Joe Swanberg”

Direct download: 71_Mumblegore_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am PST

The horror! The horror! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with Radtober favorites Chris Korn and Lawrence Mercado to creep through the history of horror movies. Where does horror come from? They start with German Expressionism and dive into the Universal movie monsters, the era of teenage delinquency and monster movies, the '70s film school generation, the slasher films and anthology series of the '80s, '90s found footage films and Japanese horror, the 2000s' obsession with zombies, torture porn and Paranormal Activity, up to the spooktacular indie films of today. Holy hell, this episode ended up being 3 hours long. One of us, one of us...

 

Weekly Rads: Dave & Buster's, Season 2 of Last of Man on Earth

 

Raddendums: The Strain, Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities, Bundle of Nerves on YouTube, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, HP Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Call of Cthulhu, Fear of the Unknown: Lovecraft Documentary, The Tiger Lillies and Alex Hackes - The Mountains of Madness, Faust (1926), Nosferatu, Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922), German Expressionism, The Cabinet of Caligari, The Golem (1920), Metropolis (1927) and Karl Freund, Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), Spanish Drácula (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein, Night of the Hunter, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Boris Karloff's Thriller, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Batman trailer from the '30s, Cat People, William Castle's The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill (1959), Teenagers from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Spellbound, Deviant: True Story of Ed Gein, Hammer Horror Films, Jason Zinoman's Shock Value, Richard Corman's A Bucket of Blood, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Dario Argento, Suspiria, Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter & Dan O'Bannon, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, John Carpenter's Halloween, Wes Craven's Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, The Return of the Living Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, Tom Savini, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Silence of the Lambs, Scream, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Ringu, Audition, Masters of Horror & Takashi Miike's Imprint, Mick Garris, Eli Roth & Hostel, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Shaun of the Dead, Saw, Hostel, Final Destination, Dick Smith, Let the Right One In, It Follows, The Babadook, James Wan

Direct download: 70_The_History_of_Horror_Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am PST

Radtober returns! This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by the amazing author/producer/podcaster Emily V. Gordon (Indoor Kids, The Meltdown Show) to talk about all things Goth. Emily recounts her Gothy beginnings and teenage years in North Carolina, the struggle of being different, and being "ugly" on your own terms. Check out Emily's new book "Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero"!

Weekly Rads: This Is Rad! YouTube Channel, water on Mars, the intensity of Halloween decorations this year

Raddendums: Dana Gould's Halloween albums, Bonzo Dog Band, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Skinny Puppy, The Cure, Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave, Bela Lugosi's Dead, Bauhaus, The Guest soundtrack, the ABCs of Death, Tales of Halloween, Krampus, Poppy Z. Bright's Love in Vein and Lost Souls, Hot Topic, The Doom Generation, #HealthGoth, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Grant Morrison, @MonkeeArmada

Direct download: 69_Goth_Stuff_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12am PST

It's the Weird Al-pisode! In this hostful ep, Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie dare to be stupid and discuss the master of parody songs and the accordion arts: "Weird Al" Yankovic. They traverse his career from the good and the bad to the young, dumb and ugly, and talk about his cross-generational appeal along the way.

Weekly Rads: Working out with Justin Williams, Off Season by Jack Ketchum, Eye on Springfield: A Simpsons Art Show at Meltdown Comics

Raddendums: Al TV - interviewing Celine Dion, UHF, The Weird Al Show, Al's Disney Channel documentary, Al's Behind the Music, Dr. Demento, Bonzo Dog Band, Paul, Bad Hair Day, Running with Scissors, The Butthole Surfers, The Steve Austin Show - Unleashed

Direct download: 68_22Weird_Al22_Yankovic_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am PST

Pump it up! This week, Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Justin Williams to discuss his fascination with Bodybuilding - just in time for Mr. Olympia! They debunk some myths regarding steroids, talk about body image and body dysmorphia, and learn about Justin's current quest to get pumped. We wish for everyone to feel good about themselves no matter how they look!

 

Weekly Rads: They Came Together, Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot, "Dark Days" by Randy Blythe (again), life lessons, Apple announcements & electronics, Some Space Zine, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

 

Raddendums: Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, Rob Liefeld, Kai Greene, Pumping Iron, Generation Iron, Bigger, Faster, Stronger, The Art of Manliness, the "Zombies, Run!" App, Rich Piana and hamster arms, American Ninja Warrior, Rob and Dana Linn Bailey, CT Fletcher, The Rock

Direct download: 67_Bodybuilding_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39am PST

Submitted for the approval of the Radnight Society, we call this story: The Tale of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Kyle and Matthew were two simple podcast hosts going about their busy Canadian lives when one day they were joined by the eccentric Canadian drifter/mad scientist Adam Murray (accent on the "Mur"), the bad-Canadian-kid-about-to-learn-a-lesson-through-a-visceral-paranormal-shakedown Tom Seiniger, Laura "secretly an alien" Knight and pool monster Producer Natalie to discuss this mainstay SNICK horror staple that scared the pants off everyone as kids. Anyways, they all almost died but broke the curse on the haunted dollhouse/pirate jewel/voodoo paintbrush just in time, and eventually everything went back to normal. Or did it? Mua ha ha ha ha!

 

Check out Adam's new Indiegogo campaign for "Jo and the Pirates"!

http://igg.me/at/joandthepirates/x/11854103

 

Weekly Rads: The Mad Max video game, Dragon Age Inquisition, This Is Rad! Video, "Dark Days" by Randy Blythe, "God Loves Man Kills," Emmylou Harris

 

Raddendums: John Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns" from Masters of Horror, Goosebumps, Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt, Twilight Zone, Stephen King's "Word Processor of the Gods," Powerman 5000, Korn's "All in the Family" and "Follow the Leader," Creepshow, "Psycho Chicken" by The Fools, The Guest, comedian Simon King, Jeff Lemire's "Essex County" trilogy, and "Amblin-esque"

Direct download: 66_Are_You_Afraid_of_the_Dark_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am PST

Rad smash! This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by comedian Jeremy Scippio to talk about the ups and downs of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - along with comics, video games and other Marvelous paraphernalia. They fly through the X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, the Fantastic Four and more. What sucks? What doesn't? Listen in to find out! Check out Jeremy's work at jeremyscippio.com.

 

Weekly Rads: Tom Sibley on Bumble


Raddendums: Boogerman, Vectorman, Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Snowpiercer, Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm rapping, Masters of the Universe, Captain America (1990), Punisher: War Zone

Direct download: 65_Marvel_Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am PST

Are we there yet? This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie are joined by Johnny Brillantes to wrap up their Summer of Rad vacation and talk about some of their favorite souvenirs they've picked up along the way. They pay a visit to Cougar Bob's, Area 51, a Cleveland orgy and Intercourse, Pennsylvania - but not without bringing back some slide pens, podunk town t-shirts and, of course, Producer Natalie's precious pennies. Now please join in as they all give a big middle finger to "back to school."

 

Weekly Rads: Burnside's FYF band picks: Broncho, Tennis, Always, Dinosaur Jr., Run the Jewels, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mets, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Spiritualize


Raddendums: A Rugrats Vacation, Steve Harvey, George Wallace, Legoland, A LEGO Brickumentary, The Amazing Pizza Machine, www.pennycollector.com, www.parkpennies.com, Vinylmation Japanese Wishing Dolls

Direct download: 64_Souvenirs_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm PST

It's all about the family, y'all! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with filmmakers Alex Jacobs and D'arby Rose to discuss The Fast and the Furious franchise. They race through the series, from 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift to Furious 7 and the tears that follow. Warning: Spoilers ahead! Check out "My Girlfriend Is a Cat" on alexjacobsmakesmovies.com.

 

Weekly Rads: "Review" with Andy Daly, the Sip-N-Oodle, Tiki Oasis, Swank Bastards, The New Waves

 

Raddendums: Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst, Ready Player One, D-BOX, It Follows, Wiz Khalifa, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Justin Lin, Better Luck Tomorrow, San Andreas

 

Direct download: 63_The_Fast_and_the_Furious_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew are celebrating the Summer of Rad by sharing music festival memories with comedian Rivers Langley and musician Kasey Clark. And oh, the memories they have! That time at FYF when Matthew maced himself in the face and Kyle destroyed his foot on a bottle - oh, and all that rad music too! They talk about  Bonnaroo, Beach Goth, Coachella, Vegoose and the Lollapalooza that never was. They also discuss Rivers' friend Jingles, the Tupac hologram, night bacon and pocket meat, the amazingness of Bruce Springsteen, being "DTF," double-headed dildos, and best of all, Rivers reads excerpts from his younger self's snarky Bonnaroo blog. Check out Rivers' show Yellahammered and Kasey's bands Dogs and Tidemouth!

 

Weekly Rads: Kwik-E-Mart LEGO set, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" on Netflix

Raddendums: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", At the Drive-In, Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, M.I.A., Wolf Mother, The Flaming Lips, the Waverly "Old 280" Boogie, Jason Isbell, "Erykah Badu was huge for Jingles"

Direct download: 62_Music_Festivals_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22am PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Brent Schmidt to unpack the 90s love child of Scholastic and K.A. Applegate: Animorphs. And boy, is it a doozy. Brent's kind of obsessed, to say the least. He outlines the entire 54-book series (plus 10 companion novels) in painstaking detail, and everyone realizes just how fucking dark the series got as five kids struggled to save the human race in a universe populated by Andalites, Yeerks and Hork-Bajirs. Eventually they get to the main crew - Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Marco, Tobias and Ax - and Brent tells us all how it all ended. It may leave a tear in your eye.

 

Weekly Rads: Lay's Southern Biscuits and Gravy Potato Chips, Pools, The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Raddendums: The Andalite Chronicles, the Hork-Bajir Chronicles, The Ellimist Chronicles, Tomorrow People, Space Cases, Hey Dude, The Secret Adventures of Alex Mack, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Frozen (Dir: Adam Green), Shawn Ashmore, Cousin Skeeter, Fake Nature, soaring on thermals

Direct download: 61_Animorphs_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm PST

GOOOOAL! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with actor Demorge Brown, who serves as their soccer spirit guide through their first rad sports episode. They talk about Title IX, the World Cup, the '90s upsurge in popularity and the problems with American broadcasters. Demorge also opens up about his love of Arsenal and his experiences coaching 11 year old girls and combining soccer with Scottish accents. Check out Demorge on Harmontown!

Weekly Rads: "Don't ask me for a dollar," Shin Megami Tensei, Kid Icarus, Mr. Robot

Raddendums: Mia Hamm, Title IX, Arsenal, Dundee United, Ian Darke, Keith Jackson, the Doug Stanhope bit about rooting for the Yankees, the non-Jimmy Fallon version of "Fever Pitch" on YouTube

Direct download: 60_Soccer_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am PST

Sweet home Rad-a-bama! This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by comedian Matthew Broussard and Producer Natalie to talk about the South and their conflicted relationship with where they grew up. (Boo racism… but spicy mac and cheese!) Together, the gang has a semi-intelligent discussion about the state of the South and their feelings on its past and present. Check out Matthew Broussard on "Not Exactly News" on MTV2!

 

Weekly Rads: Rocket League, Trainwreck, This Is Rad! merch

 

Raddendums: Bryan Guttman, "You Were Good Too" by Ramin Nazer, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Kyle Kinane, Don't Mess with the Zohan, World War Z, Rivers Langley's Facebook post

Direct download: 59_The_South_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by The Nerdist's very own Matt Mira and The Aquabats' Ian Fowles to geek out on guitars - particularly of the left-handed variety. As possessors of the "hand of the devil," they talk about the discrimination against southpaw guitar players and why righties get to have all the fun. Matt opens up about his guitar obsession and ongoing quest to get his dream Burns Bison guitar with "mad dog." Other topics include luthiering and repairs, eBay guitar shopping politics, the ABCs of Boston rock and the "Ivory Shaft." Check out Matt on SModCo's new "Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs" podcast, among many others, and Ian on "The Aquabats! Super Show!"

Weekly Rads: The legacy of President Iwata, World War Z: The Lost Files, Trader Joe's Soft Pretzel Sticks

Raddendums: Rocksmith, Marty McFly's shredding in Back to the Future, Stew-Mac repair videos, Gibson Flying V, Steven Seagal, Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown, Peter Frampton's restored Les Paul, Retrofret in Brooklyn, Guitar Center used gear, Matt Umanov Guitars, Southpaw Guitars, Suhr Guitars, Epiphone, Ian on Fender's "Made to be Modded," NAM

 

Direct download: 58_Guitars_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm PST

Wipeout! This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie kick off the Summer of Rad with the lovely Gabriela Contreras. They hang ten and talk about surf rock from the past to present, including its three waves (no pun intended). Other topics include Rockabilly vs. Tiki culture, Dick Dale vs. The Beach Boys, and The Munsters vs. Addams Family (*snap snap*). Surf's up, radsters!

 

Weekly Rads: The Late Show Podcast with Stephen Colbert, The Black Tapes Podcast, The No Sleep Podcast, the Women's U.S. Soccer Team

Raddendums: Murder at Party Beach, Jan & Dean, Rick and Morty, Walk Hard, Agent Orange, Tiki Oasis, The Growlers, The Reigning Monarchs, Surf Rock Museum in Huntington Beach, Venice Slam Jam, Man or Astroman, Guantanamo Baywatch, Tijuana Panthers, Deadbolt, Los Straightjackets, The Red Elvises

Direct download: 57_Surf_Rock_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm PST

This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian/monster enthusiast Matthew Curti to talk about Godzilla (aka Gojira aka "gorilla whale") and other Kaiju films from the 1950s to the present. Other topics include nightmare-inducing extinct animals and Super Fan Frank's top five monster designs. Also, does American Godzilla come with just a little more monster to love?

 

Weekly Rads: Finders Keepers by Stephen King, the Supreme Court, Ted 2

 

Raddendums: Angry Video Game Nerd's Monster Madness, Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World, YouTube video of a Pelican eating a pigeon, Baby Godzilla, Gigan, Mechagodzilla, Biollante, Destoroyah and that awful P. Diddy song "Come With Me"

 

Direct download: 56_Godzilla_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41am PST

This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by comedians Brad Gage and Pat Reilly to celebrate Father's Day with a loving tribute to Dad Rock in all its open shirt grillin', cold brew crackin', hard rock lovin' glory.


Weekly Rad: Dads

Direct download: 55_Dad_Rock_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PST

DUN DUN! This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by comedians Monika Scott and Tom Seiniger to discuss their love of True Crime.

Weekly Rads: Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, The Artist Is Present

Raddendums: Criminal podcast, Hush Money on YouTube

Direct download: 54_True_Crime_-This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am PST

Oh, behave! It's time for another rad hostful, and this week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie are taking a shagadelic trip back to the '90s to analyze the pop culture phenomenon that is Austin Powers. They reminisce about Dr. Evil, Frau, Scottie, Mini-Me, Fat Bastard and Number 2 and analyze whether these movies/cultural touchstones still hold up. Natalie shares her fascination with Goldmember, which Burnside doesn't quite get, but it leads to a deeper discussion about the current comedy landscape. Is this episode swinging, smashing and totally switched-on? Yeah, baby!

Weekly Rads: Japanese Kit Kits, X-Men '92, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Raddendums: Mike Myers on WTF with Marc Maron, A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacGruber, Idiocracy

 

Direct download: 53_Austin_Powers_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PST

Slow ride! This week Kyle and Matthew take it easy with Jake Robinson and Mike Robinson (no relation) to discuss the wonderful and existential world of director Richard Linklater. They talk about his start with "Slacker" and segue into "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock." They discuss the unrealistic romantic expectations set by the "Before" trilogy, the narcissism in not liking "Boyhood," as well as "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly." They also talk about being in a band. Did you know Jake's dad was in The Diodes? Rad! Check out SketchMelt on the first Thursday of every month at Meltdown Comics and Jake's new zine "Some Space." http://somespacezine.tumblr.com

Direct download: 52_Richard_Linklater_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PST

Live from Meltdown Comics, it's "This Is Rad!" Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian Joe Raines and Producer Natalie to attempt to scratch the surface of this long-running comedy juggernaut. Joe has seen every episode of SNL and enlightens Kyle on the appeal. From 1975 to the present, they break down underrated cast members, the best casts and years, as well as the seasons Joe needed a lot of weed to get through. They also take a brief detour to talk about their own sketch comedy show Camp NerdMelt - with a special appearance from "Mr. Gribbles." Big thanks to Kasey Clark for being our Don Pardo!

Direct download: 51_Saturday_Night_Live_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm PST

Ask and ye shall receive! In this 50th episode spectacular, Kyle and Matthew finally sit down for their most requested episode topic yet: Dungeons & Dragons. They're joined by their Dungeon Master Adam Murray and Saving Throw's Ben Dunn to take an adventurous foray into a fantasy world filled with witches, tree people and Cool Ranch Doritos. Their ragtag team includes the poorly named Seth Drogen, Deb and Dan the Destroyer twins, Dwayne Wade the Rad-Dar Johnson and Gary Wolf. Will they instantly regret having zero healers and survive their quest?

Thanks to all our rad fans for helping us reach 50 episodes!

Direct download: 50_Dungeons__Dragons_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm PST

Accio rad! Boy wizards Kyle and Matthew sit down with Laura Knight and Sarah Wines to talk about the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Kyle and Matthew aren't huge fans...do their guests persuade them to give the Boy Who Lived a second chance? Other topics include prime numbers, memories of waiting in line for the books and throwing smoothies at windshields. They also play the game Superfight! by Skybound. It's the podcast that must not be named!

Note: This episode is free of major spoilers. Some minor details are spoiled but nothing integral to the plot.

Direct download: 49_Harry_Potter_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm PST

Heeeeere's Johnny! Kyle and Matthew sit down with Becky Joiner and Tim Kozlenko to discuss the master of the macabre, the king of horror, the scribe of all things scary: Stephen King. They talk about his spookiest novels, novellas and short stories - as well as his shittiest TV movies. Other topics include malt shop obsessions, Cujo memory lapses and the hubris of "Maximum Overdrive." Radrum...Radrum...

Direct download: 48_Stephen_King_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:25am PST

Let's have a poke ball! Kyle and Matthew catch up with Aldrin Cornejo and Producer Natalie Hazen to channel the power that's inside: Pokemon! They discuss the games, the cards (TCG) and merchandise, and go in depth with their game and battle strategies. Also, who's banging Ash's mom and why Professor Oak is kind of a dick in Pokemon Snap. Gotta catch 'em all!

Direct download: 47_Pokemon_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:10am PST