Episode 41: How Deep Is Your Nerd?

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Something is in the air this episode (we can only hope its love!) as two of our regulars are joined by their partners for a special quiz to test how well they know each others’ nerdiness. Has Hazel been paying attention for the last nine months? Will Jon just answer “Nicolas Cage” for every single question?

We also recommend Amazon Video’s “The Boys”, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse’s “Gone Fishing”, “Documentary Now!”, and Secret Cinema’s “Casino Royale”… as well as warning everyone to steer clear of “MiB International

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LIVE From Newcastle Improv Festival

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Welcome to a very special live episode, where hosts Hazel, Jon, Peter, Dan and Ian broadcast in front of an audience, as part of the Newcastle Improv Festival.

We’re joined by some very special guests, including Bev Fox from renowned improv group The Suggestibles, who joins Ian to talk about the secret ingredients to their success, and we unearth some new intimate details about how they first met!

We’re also joined by improviser and author of 17 novels, Stella Duffy OBE. In a frank and honest interview, Stella talks about how she emerged from a challenging childhood to being able to find herself on the page and on the stage. If you’re interested in writing or what goes into creating a great character, you’ll love her remarkable insights.

We then talk to Kerris Gibson, a recent graduate of School of Improv, who reveals why she is so passionate about improvisation, and what skills she’s been learning and mastering.

Of course, we pepper the interviews with some Film Buff or Film Bluff quizzes, and finish with a special game of Pitchstorm in which Hazel has to improvise a movie plot involving Jason Statham, the Cold War, and a mysterious tapestry!

As this was recorded live in a busy theatre with a lively audience, the sound quality isn’t as great as our usual episodes, but we had the most amazing experience recording it, and we hope you enjoy it too!

Episode 40: EXCELLENT!

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We COULD have celebrated turning 40 by buying a sportscar and dating younger podcasts, but instead we have a bumper quiz episode, with Buff Or Bluffs on actor/ musician duets, obscure casting choices, the one and only Keanu Reeves (including whether or not he was babysat by Alice Cooper), the “Angel” TV series, and the career of James Cameron. (Was he really the one who came up with the idea to cover Arnold Schwarzenegger with mud for Predator?)

That’s followed by a rapturous one-off (we hope) quiz concocted by Jon. He has 10 quotes, which are either lines of dialogue from Nic Cage films, or lyrics from Nick Cave songs. It’s tougher – and funnier- than you might think!

Episode 39: Not Exactly A Recommendation

mixThis episode is a mega review special – featuring everything new and exciting we’ve been moved by recently…. and, er, “Brightburn“.

It may be a surprise to some listeners to find that Louise actually exists, and is not just a product of Jon’s deranged imagination, but we’re delighted to have her join us for this episode!

We discuss Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes documentary, ”The Last Watch” and our lasting thoughts on Weiss and Benioff’s achievements, before speculating on the prequels coming up.

Next up is a review of “Toy Story 4” including Forky’s existential crisis, the rise of Little Bo Peep, the wonderful Duke Kaboom, and the different direction for the character of Woody.

Louise discusses “The Handmaid’s Tale” and how close to it’s dystopian scenario we may well be in reaIity.

Jon recommends that you DON’T watch “Brightburn”, produced byJames Gunn, which explores the notion of SuperMan growing up evil/ having a bad reaction to puberty. Find out why Jon had problems with yet another movie featuring a Bad Superman.

Then Hazel recommends the second season of “Big Little Lies“, which is just coming to an end (no spoilers though.. and that isn’t a lie!)

And finally Peter discusses the TV show “Years and Years“, and what Emma Thompson would be like as the British Prime Minister, if possessed by the spirit of Boris Johnson….

Episode 38: Bad Superman!

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It’s a fight between good and evil, as Hazel and Jon contest the fate of “Superman 3” in Nerd Court. Will Hazel’s evidence send it to the Phantom zone? Dan is the unbiased judge, with Peter as our expert witness.

We also have a voyage to the Void as Ian Mayor bids a wistful goodbye to Vertigo Comics, which announced its dissolution last week. Ian talks about how this comic giant came to be, and what made it so popular over the years.

Plus, we open the show with our Film Buff or Bluff quiz, which this week includes trivia questions on everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Little Shop of Horrors to the X-Men.

And don’t miss our very first LIVE podcast at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle on Friday 2nd August 2019. It’s all part of the Newcastle Improv Festival that kicks off on 27th July. Get your tickets for the show!

Episode 37: Wild And Crazy Nerds

US cropWe take you on a wild ride through the life and times of 1980’s comedy stars Steve Martin, John Belushi, Rick Moranis, Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and John Candy with a review of Nick de Semelyn’s new book ”Wild and Crazy Guys”, then Dan tests our knowledge of 1980s comedy trivia with a special quiz based on stories from the book.

Jon ignores Gary Netflix yet again, to review ”The Perfection”, a disturbing new horror film about a pair of amorous cello players. Peter and Hazel discuss Elton John biopic ”Rocketman”, and how it ranks as a musical fantasy. And Hazel covers ”Nanette”, a one-hour Netflix special by Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby, and how it swiftly swerves from stand-up to something much, much more.

And finally, we preview what’s coming up in cinemaland over the next few months: including ”Spider-Man Far From Home”, ”Yesterday”, ”Ad Astra”, ”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, ”Toy Story 4” and ”Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker”.

Available on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify and Gopod

Episode 36: Holy Bat-Nipples!

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If there was one thing that really stood out in 1997’s Batman & Robin….

In light of news there’ll be a new Batman protecting the streets of Gotham, our nerds debate who was the greatest actor to don the Bat Cape, Bat-nipples or no Bat-nipples. Most of us chose different portrayals (although, spoiler alert, none of us selected Batfleck. In fact, we nearly forgot him…)

Before that, we have a Film Buff or Film Bluff quiz, where our nerds face questions on the friendship between Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, the Starship Enterprise, and whether Jim Carrey actually paid for the CIA to torture him…

We round off the show with a quiz, in which Jon asks us to identify films, based on reviews from a Christian Right movie website…

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and GoPod