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Sketch comedy, personal stories, original music, insightful essays, and short fiction. Life Lab Notes creates and curates episodes that look at life and how it works, and sometimes doesn't work. Each episode is about 15 minutes of entertaining, funny, uplifting, thought-provoking treats.
 
Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this pod ...
 
Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones is a sketch comedy podcast hosted by two longtime friends: Ted O’Gorman and Michael Paul Smith. It’s produced by Michael’s wife; podcaster Gillian Pensavalle (The Hamilcast, True Crime Obsessed), and features the three of them, as well as Ted’s brother Mike O’Gorman (Vice Principals, A.P Bio) in every episode. The sketches are short and often bizarre, and the genuine affection that all the people involved have for each other permeates the materi ...
 
Host Michael Churven takes you backstage for a freewheeling conversation with current and former members of the world famous Groundlings main company. Discover the origins of famous characters and sketches created on the Groundlings main stage and meet the comedians who have made The Groundlings one of the world’s most successful comedy theaters for over 45 years.
 
A weekly podcast with creators Curt Mega, Kim Whalen and Mike Tobias, exploring the art of storytelling with retrospectives on films and stories new and old, examining their impact, their legacy and their lessons and applying them to the world today. Each episode we will take a deep dive into stories across a wide variety of genres and mediums to gain better insight and understanding into how the stories we tell shape our lives, impact our culture and transform our world. Special guests and ...
 
If Portlandia and Welcome To Night Vale had a baby it would be Welcome Thru Effingham. It's the city everyone has passed through and no one stops to explore. Until now, of course. Enjoy the characters and stories (that we made up) from the Crossroads of America; Effingham, IL. All characters and events in this show - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional. All celebrity voices are impersonated - poorly. The following program contains clean comedy and due to its content shou ...
 
This is a story about a flawed man, born of privilege, who only lived for himself. It tells of the last day of his newscast; of how his enemies plotted against him until the final battle, and of how his partner LeAnn abandoned him just when he thought he had it all figured out. It ends with a podcast. It begins in the wreckage of KCOM Studios on the night of Deathember 13th, 2021. In Somewhere West of New York City, the faithful still tune in at six o'clock, waiting for the newscast to start ...
 
The Dumb Show is a stupid sketch comedy podcast from the minds of Jay Brody and Roddy Colmer. (Sirius XM's The Todd Shapiro Show & Laugh League) Neil deGrasse Tyson's brother Tyson called this show "not as smart as my brother, but way funnier" he also added "Hey, I'm smart too." If this podcast were an Olympian, it would win gold, then fail a urine test, then drink the test. Welcome to The Dumb Show! Let the Dumb begin!
 
The Podcast of No Return features sketch comedy and personal observations from Steve and a cast of maybe not thousands but enough to provide thirty minutes of hilarious comedy entertainment. Fans of Monty Python, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, SNL, snarky digital sidekicks, and of sometimes laughing inappropriately will want to listen to the podcast again and again, and further delay sending out resumés like you promised yourself you'd do when you went to bed last night. So, join Steve, Brennan, ...
 
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A new product satisfies a child’s craving for frosting with some kick! Method actor Christopher Walken finds himself in the belly of a whale. Ted and Michael attempt a phone writing session. The singing bully is in the cafeteria! ~*~ CREDITS: "Sriraching": V.O.: Ted O'Gorman Mom: Gillian Pensavalle Kid: Eddy Lee Candice: Aneesa Folds "Walken and th…
 
Cheli Clayton Samaras is a high school buddy of mine and has spent the past 25 years working behind the camera on the biggest movies of our lives, (think Spider Man, Team America etc) as First Assistant Camera A. She spills the goods on her journey, from Louisville to LA and we talk about women behind the camera, run-ins with handsy blow hard direc…
 
A late night talk show takes place in the stomach of an obnoxious nine-year-old. Ted and Michael share their favorite holiday traditions. A new product provides support for…some people’s most intimate of areas. Werner Herzog is back! And he’s very sleepy. ~*~ Credits: "Late Night in Billly's Stomach" Announcer/V.O.: Aneesa Folds Spearmint: Michael …
 
Greg Obis spends his days as part of the elite team at Chicago Mastering Services with Bob Weston (Shellac), his nights making angular new prog punk with his band STUCK, his dawns and dusks running his label Born Yesterday releasing music from some of Chicago's elite new crew like Cafe Racer and Mesh. The gig at CMS mastering records for a living i…
 
Season Three of Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones will be available on all podcast platforms on January 11th, with new episodes every Tuesday. Season Three features the voice talents of Aneesa Folds, James Monroe Iglehart, Nik Walker, Eddy Lee, Andrew Bancroft, Julian Jiménez, Janice McIntyre , Patrick McCartney, Emmanuel Polycarpe , A…
 
For drummer Dave Elitch, teaching the art of drumming isn't a day-job he holds until he can just float off his royalties from playing with artists like Justin Timberlake, The Mars Volta, Miley Cyrus, and M83 among many others, it's actually THE gig while playing with superstars is an added bonus. Dave has found a niche within the drum-educator sphe…
 
This guest-less version of TGS provides a wrap-up of the most recent Shiner tour and what a hero Mario Quintero of Spotlights was for literally saving the tour, COVID wrecking shop on our desperate existences, my Pitbull Katie Epley's recent surgeries and why she's our hero, why the vaccines are so important even now as we learn their limitations a…
 
Slowly, guarding herself carefully, Cathy has been opening up to La Señora, but it’s going to take one more episode, one more recipe, to help her open up to herself. This is that episode. This is the last installment in our three-part series, Slow Cooker Chronicles - A Fable in Three Recipes. This is Chapter Three: Desimmer (There’s more than one w…
 
Chapter Two: Slowvember (Giving the Seeds Their Heat) Part two is chock full of flavour and, like any good fable, metaphors. Cathy remembers a little from her last visit with La Señora, but will this month’s Tex-Mex Chile con Carne push her further away from herself? Featuring the voice talents of Nerea Duhart (Chiquita/Cathy) and Graciela Valderra…
 
Jim Suptic and his band The Get Up Kids were too young to play clubs in the 90's KCMO scene, so they went on tour and played houses and all-ages shows across the world, and quickly became place-holders in the Emo Icons category, on tour with and inspiring a litany of bands like Blink 182. Now Jim is part of a non-profit called the Steps of Faith Fo…
 
The mind of Chunklet Magazine creator Henry Owings is a many tentacled beast, unable to be sated with just one calling or defined by one title. Archivist, author, designer, show promoter, comedian, producer, tour manager; he's lived, curated, celebrated and skewered, chronicled and helped to establish the Athens/ATL region as the bastion of heavy-d…
 
When Rigs Of Dad started in IG, musician Ross Hurt had no idea he would have 85k followers in a scant few years. He's parlayed that into the excellent R.O.D. podcast and continues his musical journey started with his band Black Clouds in DC into his current project Burial Waves and their new EP Holy Ground (Dark Operative). It's a sea change in sou…
 
In this first episode, we discuss our unique family dynamic. We discuss fond memories of getting tuggies in the Wawa cooler and Dave and Busters. We find out Mark was very young when he got his first hand-job. We introduce our "Huns" and "Dickheads" of the week. We also learn about the largest mass murder in Philadelphia History.…
 
When Katy Guillen was but a wee lass, her father would bring her around to play her brand of the blues on guitar at open mic jam sessions in KC and the midwest, stoking the fire in her, curating and aiding her evolution from prodigious wunderkind into her current state of songwriting machine and indie-blues stalwart. She prefers writing in collabor…
 
Chapter One: Crocktober (Or How To Make Chili Without Your Soul) In this, the first in a three-part series, we meet Cathy, Cathy meets "the crazy lady downstairs" and neither enjoys the chili queso. Featuring the voice talents of Nerea Duhart (Chiquita/Cathy), Graciela Valderrama (La Señora), Robyn Clark (Kid 2), and Silvie Zamora (Kid 1). Written …
 
Return-guest and songwriter Tierney Tough survived and in fact thrived during the Covid era by hunkering down and creating, starting with a series of covers with her angular pop band The Pauses on the Quarantunes EP, which led straight into the creation of her own solo EP, A Farce To Be Reckoned With. It's a personal high-water mark for this bassis…
 
To say Xavier Alexander is busy is to miss the point. He's a recovering musician and has reanimated himself as Roaster/Founder/CEO of METRIC COFFEE. He has created a brand of specialty coffees that puts people over profits. METRIC has no board, no investors, and they're blowing the bloody doors off the coffee market in Chicago and beyond. The years…
 
Chuck Whittington of namelessnumberheadman makes music that is at once analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, whimsical and sad, seemingly mundane and matter-of-factly magical. Their new record Plot the Points is a high water mark for a band of old friends from KC via Oklahoma who've made music for the past 20 years that has kept them sane an…
 
Buzz Osborne has cultivated and nourished the kingdom over which he and his musical partner of almost 40 years, drummer Dale Crover currently reign with particular care taken to keep the masses of MELVINS fans sated. He and his wife Mackie are the architects of not only the traditional MELVINS releases but also the hand screen-printed, letter press…
 
When Mike Sullivan created Russian Circles with his hockey homie and drummer Dave Turnkrantz, it's evolution from larvae to butterfly was almost immediate; the writing was streamlined instantly and there was an innate and unconscious understanding of what the goal was here: to make themselves happy. They write to scratch the itch that can only be r…
 
Heidi Phillips found the inspirado the reform her influential band Frogpond after almost 20 years ironically at the celebration of life of her drummer Billy Johnson at the Madrid Theater in 2017, and in the ensuing years has secured a lineup that make her new music even more relevant and powerful than she imagined, with a new LP Time Thief (Black S…
 
Chicago musician slash wizard Mike Lust has just released his long awaited solo debut Demented Wings (Forge Again) and it's amazing. This episode is an encore redux of our talk on Sept 21st, 2020 plus a recent chat about his new record and even more revelations from his storied past as the brain and namesake of Chicago bands Luster King and Tight P…
 
Guitarist Max Bernstein and I met in 2007 on tour somewhere in Iowa in a mostly empty room with his band The Actual, and he had no idea he would be working with the biggest names in the biz as their guitarist and sideman soon after. His audition that landed the Kesha gig soon after we met has parlayed this anomaly into a bona fide career with these…
 
Before bassist Jeremy Sidener became the owner of the Eighth Street Taproom in Lawrence KS where he worked for 29 years, he was the rock-solid bottom end of legendary Lawrence band Zoom that was influential not just for bands like Shiner but was hailed as a bellwether of musical style after their 2nd full length Helium Octopede was released on Tim/…
 
Quin Kirchner has spent his life growing into where he's arrived currently, which is to say a world-class jazz drummer, composer and now bandleader with The Quin Kirchner Trio, but has been playing with top-flight players and leading groups large and small for the better part of 20 years like Head With Wings, K/V/L and later NOMO, a giant ensemble …
 
HUM guitarist / singer Matt Talbott is the celebrant for the live taping of the 100th episode of TGS at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL and it did not disappoint the sold out crowd who got to know about not only Matts work with HUM but about his bar/venue Loose Cobra, his studio Earth Analog, his solo career doing house shows across the US and how that ha…
 
Bassist / Owner of Drugan's Drums Johnny Drugan was raised just how you'd think the son of a professional musician would be raised; surrounded by rock stars like Johnny Winters whose band his dad played bass in, soaking up the rich environment of smokey studios, life-changing guitar solos, and with off-days spent at flea markets learning to haggle …
 
Sir Cedric Rawlings & Lord Monty Whitboro are at it again, chit-chatting about the end of the world with Sir Cedric looking to blowing up his own manor house to get the ball rolling. But then, there are unexpected visitors… CASTBrennan Lowery as Sir Cedric Rawlings, Sheriff F, and Cuthbert Mouldywether Steve Monosson as Sir Monty Whitboro Claire Bu…
 
BlueMan Captain and Filmmaker Thomas "Boomer" Galassi has mastered the art of living the life he wants to live. He found BlueManGroup after moving to New York and surviving the rounds of soul-sucking auditions designed to tear the actor down and working temp jobs and got introduced to Chris, Matt and Phil, the original three BlueMen who subsequentl…
 
Punkrocker turned documentary filmmaker Eric Fundingsland first full-length film "Why Am I Doing This?" A Film About Touring is a funny and insightful look into the often undignified world of touring in a rock band that can be sketchy even on the best of days. He talks with rockers like Steve Albini, Tim Midyett, Joe Preston and many more about why…
 
Before Alianna Kalaba began playing bass in FACS with Brian Case (Disappears/Ponys/Episode 2 of TGS) she had been and still is Chan Marshall aka Cat Power's drummer for most of a decade playing festivals, touring the world and living the life of a working musician that can only be dreamed of. Now as FACS releases Present Tense (Trouble in Mind) the…
 
Producer oddCOUPLE aka Zach Henderson had a revelation that his life is supposed to be about creating music and whatever has to happen will happen and has happened to make this a reality. His work with artists like Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods and Joey Purp has helped to establish him as a producer to be reckoned with, pulling the best out of th…
 
Cloakroom bassist Bobby Markos didn't realize his journalism degree from college would split him into his current state of existence as a touring musician half the time and as a racing speedway historian with volumes of knowledge accumulated through years spent with his dad Bob Markos they then turned into MarkosRacingMedia, a collaboration in whic…
 
Producer / Engineer / Mixer John Agnello is now a legend after having learned from other legends first-hand like Jimmy Iovine and Shelly Yakus in his years at the RecordPlant as an assistant engineer before launching his own career with bands like The Outfield and The Hooters. That work opened the indie-rock world to John as the go-to guy for bands…
 
The Fake News Dies. This is a story about a flawed man, born of privilege, who only lived for himself. It tells of the last day of his newscast; of how his enemies plotted against him until the final battle, and of how his partner LeAnn abandoned him just when he thought he had it all figured out. It ends with a podcast. It begins in the wreckage o…
 
Eff It Let's Go. Let's Kill The Show. This is it. Deathember 13, 2021… One last newscast to save the show. Will Paul DaFoe and The Fakist news team rise to the challenge, or is the death of fake news inevitable? All that, plus the identity of the zombie icepick killer revealed, in the tenth chapter of The Fakist: One Last Day, a standalone story se…
 
Spotlights bassist Sarah Quintero delves deep and raps with Allen about, among other things, Liz Cheney, the ups and downs of being in a band with her husband Mario (turns out it's almost all ups), their time as a two-piece band traveling with backing drum tracks and how that helped them hone and shape their live show, the power of playing live, ho…
 
Jake Stein Gets What He Deserves Former reality show singer and current Fakist traffic reporter Jake Stein is tired of waiting for his big break. Travel back through the history of The Fakist to find out what Jake wants, and how he's worked the entire series to get it. When his big day comes, will Jake Stein rise to become the newscaster the elite …
 
Composer Ian Hultquist quit his band Passion Pit in 2014 when they were at the height of their success, from spots on SNL to headlining Madison Square Garden to pursue his original goal of scoring for film and TV, specifically leaning into documentaries like Ivory Towers, Go For The Gold and First Monday In May and features like My Blind Brother (N…
 
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