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Writer, comedian, and social gadabout Lucas Murphy sits down with friends and contemporaries to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle. Along the way he might just learn a little bit about life, love, and the meaning of archaic words.
 
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Nathan's gone garden crazy. Lucas is just trying to keep up. There's mild spoilers about the fate of Hagar the Horrible in the new Avengers movie. Nobody is keeping the go kart cheaters in check. All this plus we read the minutes from the last meeting of the itty bitty titty committee.
 
Lucious Williams is back for a New York Times Crossword mini-marathon! The boys bang out two mini puzzles, talk gardening, name problems, racism, Mini Kiss, preacher breathing, and which zoo animals we could beat in a fight.
 
We got a big, fat tiddy hit of a show! Hunter Roberts joins the boys for a comic themed edition of the New York Times Crossword. We talk about the Chinese jerkoff robot, Lake Poopyboobs, Garfield, faraway magic, and the dangers of vintage energy booze.
 
Lucas and Nathan go it alone this week with a full-blown Monday puzzle, and much like Icarus from the Led Zeppelin t shirt, their hubris was their undoing. It wasn't a particularly difficult puzzle, and they certainly got distracted talking about other things, but it took them a solid two hours to figure it out.…
 
Return guest Eric Sorgel joins the boys for a New York Times crossword puzzle and somehow it becomes about Mister Noodle, opossum adjacent muggings, and driving your Ford to the fjord. Nathan offers a taste of the Nerd’s Rope, Eric has a doomsday posse put together, and Lucas owns what could be a lifetime supply of toilet paper.…
 
Stephen Holthouser popped in at the studio and helped the boys solve a New York Times crossword puzzle. Nathan got crushed by a Maytag, Stephen explores the concept of the PC mafia, and Lucas finally gets to the bottom of one of the longest standing mysteries on the show.
 
David Britton joins the boys at the all new Devil Heaven studio for a wordplay puzzle from the New York Times. Along the way we talk about butthole eyes, deep fried memes, the dainty, midlife crisis penis piercings, shushing sports, and unintentionally killing it at an open mic. Thank you to our listeners who have been spreading the word, we lo ...…
 
It's a live podcast crossover red carpet event! Nathan and Lucas teamed up with Sean and Patrick from Bout Time to cover the 8th annual Kent Carney Awards. If you don't listen to Bout Time already, head over there and give a listen to the other half of this insane podcast mashup. They released the pre-show interviews, we have the post-show roun ...…
 
It's award season, and during our recent recording session with Jake Reber we ended up talking in depth about Louisville's own Kent Carney Awards for Comedic Excellence with the creator, founder, and godfather of the prestigious-née-facetious award. Listen in on an unprecedented conversation about the most coveted fake award in comedy!…
 
The man behind Louisville's largest annual comedy event, The Kent Carney Awards, Jake Reber is back in the studio. We talk about music, racism, and the She-Hulk.
 
If this is your first time listening to On The Cross, you should know in all the earlier episodes Nathan wasn’t a big fat guy. From now on, it seems he will be. Also, he’s probably gonna get into jewelry. We talk sneakers, VR pornography, whisper secrets about a dead guy, jape battles, and STELMO. All the while solving the New York Times Crossw ...…
 
The holidays are almost here and you know what that means: we're gonna talk about the safety of consuming street fudge. Friend and comedian Sara Butryn joins the boys for a New York Times crossword puzzle, Lucas makes eye contact with a salacious chimp, and Nathan finds out there's different holes for pee and poo.…
 
Lucas and Nathan sit down without any distractions and tear ass through the Monday puzzle. So it's like 8 minutes of talk about vitamins right at the top, then they get convinced they can predict the future for a minute, then some talk about whipping it out on a date, a discussion of candy... Long story short it still took them an hour. PLUS! B ...…
 
Comedian Lucious Williams visits the show for another New York Times crossword puzzle! We kick things off with a neighborhood-specific discussion of local diners that's sure to appeal to listeners everywhere, Lucas has more infections than ears, Lucious fights a kangaroo, and Nathan gets a joke stolen by Dane Cook. All this plus a review of the ...…
 
Friend of the show C. Charles is back with for another round of New York Times crossword puzzle madness. We review some pickles, talk about eating gross foods as a goof, discuss caveman related music, rock and roll baby names, dentistry, and pity date tattoos.
 
It's a Halloween fright fest full of spooks and scares! But mostly full of film and literature critiques. The boys talk about movies that actually scare them. Lucas is gearing up to write a novel. Nathan is adjusting to being a pub trivia host. We all feel old going to punk shows. It's BONE CHILLING!…
 
Howell Dawdy is here to help us with this New York Times Crossword puzzle this week! Lucas invents the open face hot dog chili sandwich, Nathan gives his top yolk tips, and Howell pitches a movie for the whole juggalo family. And if you don’t know who Howell Dawdy is, do yourself a favor and look it up!…
 
Our old friend Tyler Jackson visits all the way from Hollywood just to help us solve a New York Times Crossword Puzzle featuring all of your favorite superheroes! Along the way we talk uncle stuff, band names, steakhouses, body swap spray for bros, and Nathan tries to take the red pill.
 
Our good buddy Rob Montage is back for another go at the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. Nathan ponders doing his own dental work, Rob attempts to delineate the definition of Butt Rock vs Dolt Rock, and Lucas porns out with his bros. Along the way there’s a lot of discussion about meat, what it truly means to be “on butt”, and what the Purge w ...…
 
Comedian/actress Holly Lynnea paid us a visit, and helped us solve a booze-themed New York Times Crossword. We talk a lot about food even for us, break down the finer points of comedian stage names, talk even more about food, and share stories about getting whooped. All this plus the royal wedding and Chuck Berry's sex tape. Check out Holly's w ...…
 
Mat Alano-Martin joins us for a New York Times crossword puzzle with an animal theme. Nathan's dad is in a ska band, yuppies keep throwing trash in Lucas's shed, and Mat explains how to do a hopsie-doozy in billiards. All this plus some amazing new thoughts on the worst ways to die. Mat's new album "Blood Mouth" comes out in October, go check o ...…
 
The Late Late Breakfast’s Tyler Jackson paid a visit to the Devil Heaven studio and helped us solve a delightful New York Times crossword puzzle. We mix Monster and migraine medicine, get threatened by a ‘roided out Will Shortz and his goons, and discuss American Gladiator names. Don’t forget to take that banana out of your Mercedes!…
 
Comedian C. Charles visits the show this week, and brings the boys a special gift from South Korea! We solve a tricky non-rhyming New York Times Crossword puzzle, Lucas explains how Shrek influenced his wardrobe, C. Charles has extremely specific opinions on couches, and Nathan talks about his experience with the movie Hellraiser.…
 
We got the smooth sounds of Rob Montage of Waxeater fame, but this ain't the Gin and Tacos mailbag. It's an all new On the Cross! When Rob isn't rocking and/or rolling, he's a pretty funny comedian, and when he isn't doing that, he's helping the boys solve the New York Times crossword puzzle. (Okay sometimes he's also teaching.) Nathan goes on ...…
 
Comedian Danny Hucks drops by the Devil Heaven studio to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle, as well as discuss important matters like how to conceal scrotum warts, Brisco County Junior, wrestling, animals that go “pop”, the sin of villainy, the saw movies, and Nathan shares the story about the time he met a real robot.…
 
It's another exciting installment of On the Cross: NIGHTS!, where we revisit classic episodes to pull back the curtain and show you how the sausage gets made. And boy oh boy sometimes the sausage is long and gross. Fans might recall our March 20th episode "Desert Island Bean with Mandee McKelvey and Tyler Gooch", wherein we joked at length abou ...…
 
Comedian DJ Dangler joins stops by the Devil Heaven studios this week to help Lucas and Nathan with a wordplay-themed crossword puzzle from the New York Times. DJ hits a man over the head with a coffee pot, we throw some serious shade at the Amish, talk high school football, and admit that we all have that dark passenger who kinda enjoys watchi ...…
 
We’re back! Comedian Melissa Doran joins Lucas and Nathan in the studio this week for a quick jaunt through the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, and a real authentic New Jersey conversation about pizza and fighting. There’s some stuff in here about midwifery, accidents at the blood bank, and we settle once and for all what the worst addiction is.…
 
It’s a Father’s Day double feature here at On The Cross! Lucas and Nathan’s sons sit in on a New York Times crossword puzzle, and discuss everything from spray tanning to scab eating, saying dagnabbit to emus in the military, and the Ernest P. Worrel personality type test.
 
In the second round of our Father’s Day celebration our darling daughters join us in the studio, and they’ve got some words for us. Mostly cuss words. There’s also venom pants, we learn about the name of Death’s horse, someone gets called a chicken shit, and there’s an apocalypse of dads, and we clear the air about some sassy kids from school.…
 
Comedian Katlin McFee went to the same high school as Lucas, albeit nearly two decades later. They still find plenty to talk about as they try to solve a "kids" themed crossword puzzle from the New York Times app. We talk car talk talk, church gossip, who's worse than sex offenders, chill demons, and worm dough.…
 
That’s right folks, sharpen your pencils and get ready because Emilie Parker Strange returns to the Devil Heaven Studios for a Memorial Day weekend bonanza! We’re doing a full-blown New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle. Lucas talks about some recent grooming he had to do, Emilie recalls meeting the recipient of a very prestigious award, and N ...…
 
It’s the one-year anniversary of On the Cross and we’ve resurrected our original guest! Live from the Devil Heaven studios it’s Eric Sorgel! Eric was the guest on our experimental, never aired pilot episode and we brought him back for a wonderful celebration. Along the way we solve a food-themed crossword puzzle courtesy of the New York Times, ...…
 
Podcaster, godfather of geek, and friend of the show Brian Barrow returns to help Lucas and Nathan solve a New York Times Crossword Puzzle with a comic theme. Along the way we touch on the new bougie Kroger in town, Brian’s rules for the three items you can judge a restaurant by, who’s doing the show with Kelly Ripa now, the fate of Lucas’s bic ...…
 
Our TV lovin’ puzzle buddy Sean Smith returns for another episode, basically. Nathan talks about the time Lionel did something, we discuss the importance of having a barber, Sean reveals his gender pup, there’s a scientific discussion about corn on the cob, and a psuedoscientific discussion about Tiny Toons. Be sure to check out Sean’s podcast ...…
 
J. Keith van Straaten joins the boys and crushes not one but TWO New York Times Crosswords in under an hour. We discuss beans, homophones, the Electric Light Orchestra Rating System, the perils of doing commercials in the dot com boom, plus the exciting use of both the Dab and the Nae Nae in one crossword puzzle! Be sure to check out J. Keith's ...…
 
On the Cross is recording on location at The Limbo tiki bar! It’s not a proper live show, but more of a podcast recording in a room with some confused hungover brunch-goers. Comedian and friend of the show Greg Welsh joins Lucas and Nathan as they solve a Monday puzzle from the New York Times. Along the way we discuss Charles Dickens’ wallet ch ...…
 
Comedy person and educator Emilie Parker Strange joins the show to solve a “wordplay-themed” crossword puzzle from the New York Times app. We argue the validity of snarf v scarf, discuss our first ever fan mail which may or may not be a robot trying to give us a hearing test, Lucas explains scoliosis of the penis, Emilie tells a spooky story ab ...…
 
Podcaster, producer, comic book store owner, and friend Brian Barrow swings by the studio for another New York Times crossword puzzle with a comic theme! We come up with a new possible strategy to avoid future holocausts, Brian tells us all about how he's friends with TV's Captain Worf: Levar Burton, and Nathan provides a much-needed counterpoi ...…
 
Lucas is no longer a part of the show. So please enjoy our new program: Run Through the Jumble with Kent Carney.
 
Comedian Shelley Hoblit and the ubiquitous Tyler Gooch join Lucas and Nathan live in front of a clamoring throng of New York Times crossword puzzle fans at Kaiju Bar in Louisville.
 
TONIGHT! COME ON DOWN TO KAIJU IN LOUISVILLE AND SEE US LIVE AT 8 PM! Call your Aunt ‘Tifah and tell her there’s a STAR STUDDED, AWARD WINNING PODCAST she needs to hear right now! That’s right, On the Cross with Lucas Murphy is the recipient of the coveted Kent Carney Award for Comedic Excellence. On the show this week we welcome back two old f ...…
 
Comedian and house show host June Dempsey joins Lucas for a New York Times Crossword that promises “wordplay” or possibly misspells “swordplay”. We talk about digging holes, mannequin stuff, Lucas ruins the finale of This Is Us despite not having seen it himself, there’s some gummy smuggling, and a brief explanation on modern miracles. DON'T FO ...…
 
Solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle with a little help from Doctor Sedgwick’s Brain Tonic. We discuss who the classiest of the drunks is, talk about Kate’s time in the slammer, debate the existence of Rush, and the existence of Soundcloud rappers. Don’t forget to rate and review us on iTunes! and if you live nearby come see our first ever ...…
 
Sean Smith's recent appearance was so much fun we kept goofing around for hours and some of that conversation was so good we just kept rolling the tape and so now here for you. Sean and Nathan sing some songs, there's a lot of board game talk, and a story about Sean being frightened and humiliated by evil clowns. It's all here on On The Cross: ...…
 
Our good friend Sean Smith from Bout Time stops by the show to help us solve an especially tricky New York Times crossword puzzle. Unfortunately Steve Urkel shows up and, of course, he naturally takes over and dominates the entire show. Also don't forget next month we're doing our first ever LIVE SHOW! March 20th at Kaiju!…
 
Come along on an oddysseyy of words! Kate Sedgwick stops by the show to help solve the New York Times Crossword, Lucas reveals his secret past life as a roadie, we all take a turn at trying to remember the Family Ties theme song, Kate invents a new cartoon frog for politics, and we try and fail to name a famous historical pork lover. Look up Ka ...…
 
Recurring guest friends Daniel Tilford and AJ Estes had time for a quick mini episode, but then Lucas asked Daniel what his favorite band was and it turned into a whole hour long thing. We talk a lot about The Starlight Express, Nathan can't remember the name of a Jadakiss song that nobody else even remembers existing, we learn about the relati ...…
 
Jake Reber doesn't just play a comic book nerd on TV, he's got the hot takes on the West Coast Avengers to prove he's the real deal. They try to solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle but they keep getting distracted talking about jazz music, professional wrestling, and how Lucas grounded his son for his views on Russian military tactics. Al ...…
 
Our buddy Greg Welsh returns to the studio for another New York Times Crossword Puzzle! He talks about his love for the Puff Daddy original "Come With Me", Atlas Shrugged, Weird Al's competitors, tar and feathering, and much much more.
 
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