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Jim Cotter is a Lawyer and writer born and raised in San Francisco. Drew Harmon is a comedian and former TV Weatherman originally raised in a log cabin in Michigan who migrated west almost a decade ago. Together they use each episode of Chucklepedia to discuss some historical figure, event or oddity, as well as chat about what's happening in their personal lives and careers and their home city of San Francisco.
 
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After 5+ years and 75 episodes, Jim, Drew and Leila bid farewell to Chucklepedia - but not until they do the final Krampusode ever. Thanks to everybody who ever downloaded and listened, we appreciate it!By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
How did Halloween get its spooky, terrifying beginning? As a ritual celebration of the harvest and portents of the grim, cold season about to begin, of course! Hear all about how the holiday started as a Gaellic tradition and morphed into the fun-size extravaganza of sexy nurses we know today. Also on the show: a big update about Chucklepedia's ...…
 
It was a trial that captured the imagination of America in the late 19th Century with a "did she or didn't she?" mystery that many of us think we know all the details about...but do you really? Hear all about the story of Lizzie Borden and the death of her father and stepmother. Did she murder them with an ax?…
 
Jack Johnson stands as one of the greatest boxers of all time, hailing from an era when boxers fought frequently and hard. Johnson also faced extreme racial prejudice from as high up as the President of the United States and came through to prevail.By Drew Harmon, Leila Harmon, Jim Cotter.
 
Jim, Leila and Drew are joined by friend of the show and former guest Scott Armstrong to discuss actress and activist Margot Kidder.By Drew Harmon, Jim Cotter and Leila Harmon.
 
There are comedians and there are magicians, but few can actually succeed as a comedy-magician like Harry Anderson. From his origins learning traditional back-alley hustles and card tricks to being the main player on an NBC sitcom, hear the story of the man also known as "Harry the Hat" on "Cheers." Also discussed: new 4/20 holiday traditions, ...…
 
A true ground-breaker in the world of comedy and performers, Moms Mabley started life in rough circumstances and went on to be a notable comic for six decades. Hear about how she overcame every possible obstacle in her historic career. Also discussed: Leila had quite the St. Patrick's Day, and your social media accounts are betraying you.…
 
A tale as old as time: baby boomer loves music, starts business based on music, loves partying and hanging out but also loves going into millions of dollars of debt even as he charges up to $20 for a CD until the world decides music should be (mostly) free. On this episode we delve into the life and times of Russ Solomon, all-around nice guy an ...…
 
As one of America's great songwriters retires, we delve into the life, times and catalog of Neil Diamond. Turn on your heart light! Drew, Leila and Jim also attended a performance of Northern California's premiere Neil Diamond tribute/cover band to prepare for the episode and we catch up on Jim's recent grappling matches and poetry readings and ...…
 
In our era of nonstop Hollywood scandals and drama, for this episode we delve into the life and times of one of Hollywood's greatest stories: the life of Judy Garland. Hear about her childhood rise to fame, her time as one of MGM's most valuable workhorses and the pills, marriages and turmoil that did her in. Also on this episode: it's been alm ...…
 
The kids were nestled in their beds and it's time for the annual Chucklepedia Krampusode! Drew, Jim and Leila discuss the traditions of Christmas, the legend of Krampus and trying to be Woke while watching old Christmas movies and specials.By Drew Harmon, Jim Cotter and Leila Harmon.
 
What do you do when you're a widow with an endless supply of cash, a fear of ghosts haunting you from how you got your fortune AND an apparent hatred of architects? You build one of the biggest, spookiest and weirdest houses in the world. On this episode Drew, Jim and Leila discuss the Winchester Mystery House and its builder, Sarah Winchester. ...…
 
Because Drew told Jim there could be another episode about a wrestler when a wrestler of note died, on this episode Drew, Jim and Leila discuss Bobby the Brain Heenan, one of the greatest Heel characters ever in wrestling AND one of the few decent human beings to have emerged from the sport! Also on the show: Politically correct movies, Drew pe ...…
 
Before Breitbart, before Alex Jones, before subReddits, one radio show gave the weird, disenfranchised nutjobs a place to spout their insanity: Coast to Coast. Drew and Jim (and Leila!) discuss this syndicated marvel of aliens, conspiracy theories, and Satanism.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
During the Middle Ages hordes of people were infected by Dance Mania, and somehow David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Cocaine were NOT involved. Jim and Drew discuss this hysteria, as well as modern hysteria in America featuring political turmoil and that classic go-to villain, Nazis.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
George Romero almost single-handedly created the modern zombie genre that is all over TV, movies and comic books with "Night of the Living Dead." Drew and Jim (and special guest Leila) discuss his life and career, how the zombie movies were not his favorite work and his recent passing. Also discussed: Drew and Leila just got back from Cuba, and ...…
 
William Moulton Marston was polyamorous psychologist who decided to start writing comic books and used the women in his life to inspire the creation of Wonder Woman. Hear about his life and the women who pushed him to create the first female superhero. Also on this episode: we haven't done an episode in two months, so we catch up on what's been ...…
 
As any Historian who watched The Flinstones knows, men and dinosaurs existed at the same time and often performed household tasks together! So says the Creationism Museum in beautiful Kentucky. Jim and Drew discuss this ode to modern science and also chat about some of their favorite music festivals.…
 
Everybody had to read Frederick Douglass' autobiography in high school, didn't they? Since it appears our President didn't, we thought we'd revisit famed Orator, Author, Abolitionist and Freedom Fighter Frederick Douglass and discuss his life. Also on the show: Drew and Jim are exhausted but for very different reasons, we see just how young and ...…
 
It's 2017, so obviously people aren't going to elect documented sociopathic megalomaniacs with a history of lying to office, right? As we found in America, Authoritarianism has an allure to some voters, and in this episode we discuss Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected on a platform of killing drug addicts and who claims to ha ...…
 
Nothing helps spread the loving word of God like hateful cartoons, and nobody did it better than Jack Chick. Jim and Drew discuss the artistic endeavors of the one and only Jack Chick, whose Chick Tracts have helped convince weirdos for decades that board games and Halloween will send you to Hell. Also discussed: the election, alcoholic radio D ...…
 
Writer H.P. Lovecraft was a timid, shy man riddled with anxiety and doubt. So of course he wrote about epic uncaring gods who will destroy all of us. Drew and Jim discuss his life, how he became enamored with worlds of fantasy and the mental illnesses that plagued his family. Also, it's Halloween! And Donald Trump might be President! SPOOOOOOKK ...…
 
To celebrate the spirit of the Olympics and rampant sexism, Jim and Drew discuss the epic Tennis match dubbed The Battle Of The Sexes - how it came to happen, the aftermath of the victory that almost nobody expected and how it changed the sport forever. Drew also discusses the effect being a busy comedian has on a marriage and job and Jim makes ...…
 
Tex Avery was a groundbreaking cartoonist and storyteller who pioneered the comedy that many kids grow up with. Jim and Drew discuss his early life, how he got started at Warner Brothers before moving to MGM studios in the Golden Age of cartoon shorts and how his work still influences cartoons today. They also chat about Pokemon Go, Drew's trip ...…
 
In the late 80's America was caught up in blaming the worst of all for EVERYTHING: the DEVIL! Drew and Jim discuss why, how and when it just sort of....stopped. They also chat about Drew's new job at a tech startup, Jim quits smoking and...sigh, more politics.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
Back in 1919 one of the most dangerous things in Boston wasn't just post-industrial boredom or Rusty Worker's Lungs, it was a giant tank of molasses exploding, flooding the streets of Boston and killing dozens of people. Drew and Jim discuss the incident, as well as delve into how Jim is still living in a house filled with MMA dudes, Drew hustl ...…
 
When 8 Bits ruled the world, a select few were able to A-B-Select their way into the winner's circle at the Nintendo World Championships in 1990. Drew and Jim discuss these epic competitions, as well as some big new developments in Jim's life, a recent incident that led Drew to flip off some old man and the recent epic divorce case of Batman V. ...…
 
In the wake of World War 2 and claims from former Nazis that they were "just following orders," Yale Psychologist Stanley Milgram set out to see just how far normal people would take "following orders." Hear all about the experiment, the results and what it means for society even as versions of the experiment continue at colleges around America ...…
 
For the first 'spode of 2016 Jim and Drew discuss the origins of the Lottery, from B.C.-era China to the modern 1.5 Billion dollar Powerball jackpot. They also discuss the Superbowl coming to San Francisco, the spate of celebrity passings and what you should do if a neighbor you hate is going to be evicted.…
 
Bust out the eggnog and Christmas cards. 'Tis the season for Drew and Jim to once again discuss everybody's favorite schnapps-chugging holiday demon Krampus! This year Drew and Jim went to go see the new major motion picture "Krampus" and discuss it at length, as well as discuss their favorite holiday traditions, how they spend the holidays and ...…
 
Drew and Jim reconvene to discuss the life and times of writer, songwriter, poet and lady's man Shel Silverstein. Also discussed are the recent shootings in Paris, bus accidents in San Francisco, Drew's recent forays into the job market and Jim's trivia glory.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
To celebrate the magic of Halloween, Jim and Drew discuss the epic flop that was the attempted reboot of a beloved horror franchise, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch." Drew and Jim also discuss their favorite traditions for the holiday, great scary movies of the bygone video shop days and how it might just be time for one of them to leave Sa ...…
 
In Russia in the 50's, a group of hikers went into the mountains for a casual hike. They ended up dying under spooky, mysterious circumstances that have never been explained. Drew and Jim discuss this terrifying ordeal, as well as Drew's recent foray into actually having things go well, the Folsom Street Fair, celebrating Halloween and how Gian ...…
 
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Tony Sparks began his comedy journey before he could even legally vote. Tony was a road comic living in New York before making the move in the 90's to San Francisco, where he began creating open mics for all the aspiring comics who couldn't find a way onstage at the usual clubs. Tony has been running and host ...…
 
Jim and Drew discuss the political career, willingness to lose and general ideology of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Also discussed: San Francisco eroding from human urine, Jim's already given up on the 49ers for the year, the sexiest cities in America and Drew put on his big boy pants.…
 
Jim and Drew finally re-enter the Chucklepedia studios to record a new episode and discuss the man, the myth, the hyperbolic nightmare that is Donald Trump. His rich origins, the draft dodging, the climb to become the king of tacky fanciness...it's all here. Drew and Jim also discuss the reasons for the brief hiatus, some exciting comedy news a ...…
 
Jeff Cleary has been behind some of the most infamous comedy open mics around San Francisco, but Jeff is also known for cohosting SF Barkast, co-producing the Comedy And Burrito Festival and has been called the "Mayor of the Mission" as well as the inspiration behind the "World's Most Interesting Man." Jeff joins Drew and Jim to chat about his ...…
 
What could go better than taking thousands of angry sports fans, offering them unlimited 10-cent beer and then throwing them all together on a hot July night? Drew and Jim find out as they discuss the infamous Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland in the 70's, the decade of good ideas. They also chat about going into the woods to be alone, how to ma ...…
 
Jim and Drew take a look at the first Science Fiction author ever, Syrian writer Lucian in the 2nd Century and his completely made-up nonsense True History and how it still influences writing and parodies today. They also chat about the end of Mad Men, David Letterman's retirement and somehow, yet another year of Bay To Breakers in San Francisco.…
 
Scott Armstrong is a professional sports broadcaster who can be seen and heard on Comcast. Scott takes us deep into the world of sports announcing, how he had a passion for it from an early age, how that made him popular in school and also how he took a detour into being a sports referee and the strange subculture of calling games for a living.…
 
Recorded when Drew had been awake for about 26 hours, the Chucklepedia team reconvene to discuss the life and times of notable San Francisco Mayor - and hardcore racist - James D. Phelan, whose career in the early 20th Century still influences modern San Francisco.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
Matt Gubser has been called a Comic's Comic in the Bay Area and has worked with Amy Schumer, was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition and keeps the Bay Area comedy community informed via his Tumblr blog, mattgubser.tumblr.com. Matt is also on the verge of recording his 2nd album, "Daddy Issues" on April 18th at Doc's Lab in S ...…
 
Fresh from attending Wrestlemania, Jim is wearing sleeves again to join Drew in Chucklepedia Studios to discuss the famed drunken Chinese poet Li Bai, the hero of everybody who's gotten tipsy on Rice Wine. We also go over Jim's Wrestlemania experience, his nerdy videogame combat tournament as well as how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day like a ge ...…
 
Pro boxer Casey Morton joins Jim and Drew to discuss how she got into the sport, her training methods, the sacrifices of being a pro boxer, cutting weight and what it's like to actually be in the ring during a fight. We also make fun of Jim for his short little arms and Drew for basically being Glass Joe.…
 
Chucklepedia discusses the life and times of iconic San Francisco oddball Emperor Norton, the penniless man who still dressed like a king, dined at the finest restaurants, made his own currency and was beloved by all. We also chat about the death of Leonard Nimoy, San Francisco gets even more expensive and how damn hard it is to get rid of a co ...…
 
From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The BFG and many more, Roald Dahl's odd, sometimes dark and foreboding looks at adulthood and life have shaped the minds of kids and adults for decades all over the world. Jim and Drew take a look at the man, his time as a Flying Ace, his early writing career and ...…
 
2015 kicks off for Chucklepedia with Drew and Jim reminiscing about the holidays and how neither of them made any resolutions for the New Year, the awfulness of Spirit Airlines and discuss the so-called Wickedest Man On Earth, Aleister Crowley.By Drew Harmon and Jim Cotter.
 
The time has come yet again to celebrate the true reason for the season - a demon who drags naughty children to Hell as punishment for being hella bad. Drew and Jim also discuss their favorite holiday traditions, ways to get into the Christmas spirit and the latest nerd movie trailer distracting us from reality.…
 
Jim and Drew reconvene in Chucklepedia studios to discuss the lives of the Brothers Grimm, whose works still dominate storytelling today. They also find out what each other went as for Halloween, who lit the most stuff on fire in the wake of the Giants victory and see who bothered to vote in the Midterm elections.…
 
A lifelong San Francisco/Bay Area resident, Matthew Martin has been performing for more than 30 years and doing characters and voices, including Blanche in the popular Golden Girls live shows in San Francisco. Matthew joins us in the studio to discuss his childhood, how he began performing and what he's up to next.…
 
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