Episode 43: Jon Is Very Sorry

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The remains of what was once Jon Farthing joins us for a bumper crop of recommendations this episode.

Dan raves about Helen O’Hara’s new “Superhero Movie Guide”, Hazel swoons over Sir Ian McKellen’s live show, Peter checks out the backstory of “Pennyworth”, Batman’s butler, Jon enthuses over Tarantino nostalgia-fest, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, and Ian eventually drag(on)s himself away from the clinically addictive “Merge Dragons” game to surf some shorts on the “Dust” channel.

And who will win our closely-fought quiz, based on the plots of ten famous science fiction movies?

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Episode 42: The Bee Plot

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We’re excited by the recently-revealed plans for Marvel Phase 4, but Hazel and Jon think there’s room for one or two other ideas. So, for this episode we created our own version of Kevin Feige, to which Hazel and Jon must pitch their new Phase 4 concepts. This includes a movie centred on the backstory and adventures of Valkyrie, as well as a comeback vehicle for Marvel’s long-lost character, The Swarm. Get ready to hear Jon defend his alt-right mega bee movie…

Before that, we have our Film Buff or Film Buff quiz, with questions on foreign superhero knockoff TV shows, “Home Alone“, intriguing movie costumes, and links between Francis Ford Coppola and “Star Wars“.

We also have the return of Taking One For The Team, where two nerds debate over the merits or otherwise of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die”- Is it a zombie comedy with a starry cast, or a self indulgent metatextual and disappointing version of Shaun of the Dead? Find out who triumphs…

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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!

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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!

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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!