Podcast: Drunken Peasants
"Say man, you got a joint?" "No, not on me, man." "It'd be a lot cooler if you did."Coming to you live from the frigid armpit of America, this is the Drunken Peasants podcast with Ben and TJ note , bringing you opinions of the news from an altered perspective!The Drunken Peasants Podcast
is a Pod Cast
streamed on YouTube
and hosted by Ben and TJ
, as well as the sober noble Scotty and the occasional guest star, who provide commentary on news stories from Fox News and CNN, as well as respond to and/or mock the occasional YouTube
video, and get into online altercations with various people such as Brett Keane, G-Man, and Ryan Wiley. Initially called the No BS Podcast, the show lasted for one episode under that name, before officially changing its name to the Drunken Peasants, referring to the fact that the hosts get drunk while doing the show.
The show occasionally features big-name YouTubers and others as special guests, invited to provide additional commentary and sometimes even interact with the show's various Sitcom Arch Nemesises.
And now here are your hosts, Ben and TJ! note
- Aborted Arc: One segment that was featured in a couple early episodes was "Reenacting Rush", where Ben and TJ read from a transcript of Rush Limbaugh speaking with someone else. The segment was dropped, but Rush Limbaugh was still occasionally featured, and TJ even commented that they should bring the segment back.
- The feud with Ryan Whiny came to a close rather suddenly. Likely due to Ryan not being as entertaining as, say, G Man, as well as Ryan's refusal to come on the show live.
- Awesome McCoolname: "The Holy Trinity Three-J", courtesy of PaulsEgo.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: G Man, the evangelical Christian YouTube minister and rapper. Too bad his rapping is less than stellar.
- Berserk Button: John Cena is one for Ben, and one that TJ (as well as Scotty whenever he's present) enjoys pressing simply to get on Ben's nerves.
- Lee Doren, A.K.A. HowTheWorldWorks, and NephlimFree serve as this for Scotty.
- Big "Shut Up!": During the rematch debate between the Drunken Peasants and the Brett Keane posse, Paul delivers a satisfying and well-deserved one towards NephilimFree.
Dusty: Dude, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!
- Catch Phrase: "Smoke pan everyday!"
- Cool Mask: Since Ben started appearing on camera, he has taken to wearing these. His first mask was a black hockey mask, but then he changed it out for a silver and red Luchador mask, before finally settling on a black and silver mask that left the bottom half of his face uncovered.
- Creepy Doll: The John Cena doll that TJ and Scotty got Ben on his birthday. It occasionally "substitutes" for Scotty whenever he isn't around.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- The Vigilant Christian, G-Man, Patrick Coleman, and for a literal example, the magician only known as the "Cloud Disappear guy".
- The best example is probably Gail Chord Schuler, leader of the "Church of Gail" which is a church/starship that is captained by her lovers Brent Spiner, Valadimir Putin, and Matthew McConaughey and is constantly under attack by Jesuits lead by the antichrist Zack Knight. Some of these attacks include uploading malware that turns penises into vaginas onto the Church of Gail's computers, launching a "nukake" of radioactive semen at Canada and Mexico, and messing with Bill Nye's force-field to create sentient tacos and burritos that chased the Church of Gail through the center of the sun and caused a time warp. The hosts are unsure if she's a troll or genuine. While the sheer insanity and randomness of what she says would lead one to believe the former, apparently she has been stalking the real-life Brent Spiner for the past 22 years and claiming they were lovers, which casts some serious doubt on the "she's just a troll" theory.
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- "Fuck you, Bill Maher! Fuck you, Bill Maher. FUCK YOU! Fuck your mother in her fuckin' asshole. Go fuck yourself! That cunt is a douchebag and I fuckin' hate him! He gets on his dumb-fuck show and talks shit like that all the time!" "FUCK YOOO! FUCK YOOO! Oh, FUCK YOOO! FUCK YOOO!"
- Episode 45 featured a special guest appearance by none other than Venom Fang X, TJ's old Arch-Nemesis from the early days of YouTube. Venom Fang agreed to come on the show and debate TJ only on the condition that the hosts try to keep the swearing to an absolute minimum. To TJ's credit, he actually managed to avoid swearing throughout the majority of the episode (only slipping up and saying "shit" once, then quickly apologizing), but everyone watching could tell that he was making a tremendous effort to keep it clean. When Shawn had to leave the call for a bit to attend to a personal matter, TJ unleashed a litany of rapid-fire swearing that had been building up throughout the entire debate, milking the short break for all that it was worth. As soon as Shawn returned, he promptly went back to not swearing again.
- Corpsing: It's not uncommon for Ben to start cracking up, and can sometimes be heard moving away from his mic while bellowing with laughter.
- Crossover: Hugo and Jake of The Bible Reloaded guest-starred in two episodes. TJ later returned the favor by guest-starring in one of their Chick Tracts videos.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early episodes of the show lacked the TJ and Scotty cams and simply showed pictures related to the news stories instead of playing videos. After a short test video where the hosts tore apart a video from StateOfDaniel, the video playing and cams were implemented with Episode 18.
- Fandom Rivalry: There was a bit of discord when DP aired an A Doseof Buckley video. TJ said in kind of a sarcastic manner that he doesn't want any of Buckley's subcribers, that led to some problems since these ranty internet dudes tend to have overlapping fanbases. A Doseof Buckley usually avoids E-Drama, so him becoming a DP character is unlikely.
- Everyone Has Standards: If there's one thing that the Drunken Peasants don't support, it's their fans flagging videos made by people who've responded to them.
- Evil Sounds Deep:
- TJ tends to put on a deep voice whenever he's acting as the Devil, or just when he's trying to sound evil.
- PaulsEgo goes one step further, using voice-editing software to alter his voice.
- False Confession: TJ gives one for the Benghazi situation out of desire to see the issue put to rest.
TJ: Just so this can fucking be put to an end, I take responsibility for Benghazi. I'm sorry. Yeah, I was behind it, so Rand Paul, you got me! You can lock me up, buddy. There, now the Benghazi situation has resolution, so come put the cuffs on me, buddy. I did it.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: A few of the guests that have appeared on the show have an aversion to swearing. The most notable example is G Man, although there was that one episode where he kept screaming "fuck it" throughout one of his raps. In reality it was Ben using a soundboard to troll the bejeezus out of him.
- Grand Finale: Episode 23, titled "The End of Brett Keane" and featuring PaulsEgo, serves as this for the clash between Brett Keane and The Drunken Peasants, as well as his clash with TheAmazingAtheist and PaulsEgo that has lasted for several years.
TJ: Ok, the reason that we've done this, this marathon review of everything that's happened since we got involved with these people, the BK Posse as I like to call them, is like, we wanted to show you guys that these people, like, since knowing us have destroyed themselves, and it's kinda beautiful, and it's kinda tragic, and it's kinda funny… but we're done with it. We did a show about Brett Keane so we would never have to fuckin' talk to him or address him again. So, you know what? Brett Keane can sit around making fucking videos against the Drunken Peasants and me and Ben and PaulsEgo and Dusty. He can make those fucking stupid videos until he's blue in the face… we're done. We wash our hands of Brett Keane. Short of Brett Keane, like, getting caught fucking raping a billy goat or something, we're not talking about him anymore.
Ben: This is the last night we'll even acknowledge his existence unless, like TJ said, he rapes a billy goat or something.
TJ: Or he might come up in conversation, we might mention him in passing or something, but we're never doing more shit with Brett Keane, short of him doing something that's just extraordinarily horrible that we can't possibly pass up the opportunity to talk about, failing that, we're done.
Paul: So get to work. Find a billy goat, Brett.
- The Hero's Birthday: Episode 25 was a birthday special, temporarily changing the name of the show to "The Ben Show", changing the name of the TJ and Scotty cams to "Ben's Bitch #1" and "Ben's Bitch #2", and also featuring the hashtag "BEN_FOR_OVERLORD". TJ and Scotty also get Ben a present: a John Cena doll.
- Jiggle Show: A viewer in the chatroom asked TJ to "jiggle your tits, please", with TJ responding appropriately.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Ben, who at one point in his life dressed in drag as an act of rebellion, and was apparently told by a lot of people that he looked like a very attractive young woman. Even today, he's still the most conventionally-attractive of the hosts (well, what little we can actually see of him looks attractive, at any rate) despite being the oldest member of the group.
- Motor Mouth: This is part of what made NephlimFree a pain in the ass during the Brett Keane rematch debate. He refused to shut up and kept talking over the others, to the point of eliciting a well-deserved Big "Shut Up!" from PaulsEgo.
- No Pronunciation Guide: John Boehner's name is pronounced "Bay-ner". Ben insists on pronouncing it as it's spelled (i.e. "Bo-ner").
- Recurring Character: Scotty isn't present in every episode, but he's in enough that he can be considered an unofficial third host.
- Rule of Three: The first Brett Keane video covered in Episode 23 simply had TJ's face on the screen. Thus, Ben thought it was appropriate to give the audience a "triple dose of TJ".
TJ: I'm actually three places on the screen right now. I have the TJ cam, I'm on the Scotty cam, and I'm in the actual video, just in case one or two TJs wasn't enough.
- Running Gag:
- TJ and Scotty are all too happy to exploit Ben's Berserk Button for laughs, often bringing up John Cena out of nowhere (bonus points if they also imply that Ben is secretly a John Cena fan).
- Whenever mocking someone in a news story, TJ will often speak in a stereotypical redneck accent.
- Ben employs a soundboard, with notable clips being the "Fuck you, Bill Maher" clip, as well as various quotes from Ed Wood and Casino.
- The leaked video with TJ shoving a banana up his anus is constantly brought up, either jokingly by the hosts, or as fodder used by the show's arch enemies.
- Scary Black Man:
- Averted with G-Man.
- Tim the Bartender certainly seems threatening, though not enough to scare the hosts.
- Self-Deprecation: The hosts will often jokingly poke fun at themselves as much as they poke fun at each other.
- Sensory Abuse: TJ will sometimes blow into the mic for the sake of making loud noises, often to the chagrin of everyone else. In Episode 30, he did it to the point where Ben started to get noticeably pissed and told him to stop.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
- Brett Keane. He's one of the early atheist YouTubers from around 2006, and has the distinction of being the person who inspired TJ to make his TheAmazingAtheist account on the site. He has a well-deserved reputation for being a disingenuous liar, constantly flip-flopping between being an atheist and a christian, taking undeserved credit, and putting up his family as a shield against anyone who accuses him ("Stop attacking my family!"). He's also one of three people who Ben has said he'll never let back on the show (though that doesn't stop them from taking occasional jabs at him).
- To a lesser extent, there's G-Man, one of Brett Keane's "friends". His rap music videos have been featured and mocked on the show, and he was a part of the two religion debate videos between the Drunken Peasants and the Brett Keane posse. However, he's slightly more respected by the Drunken Peasants than Brett Keane.
- TrueEmpiricism and NephilimFree, also friends of Brett Keane, and the other two people Ben mentioned as not allowed back on the show.
- Ryan Wiley, who was first featured on the show in Episode 31 via one of his videos criticizing JaclynGlenn (coincidently, on the same episode where Hugo and Jake of The Bible Reloaded first guest starred), is shaping up to be this as of Episode 34, where more of his videos were played, and he came onto the show to debate JaclynGlenn and TJ after responding live on Twitter.
- The Stoner: The hosts are rather candid about their liberal use of...pan.
- Stylistic Suck: Some of the images from the "Draw PaulsEgo Ugly" and "Draw Tim the Bartender and TJ Rule 3" contests, to the point where a couple are simply MS Paint scribbles.
- Take That: Anytime they insult Brett Keane's family. They don't mean it seriously, but considering how many times Brett uses the "They're attacking my family" excuse to try and paint himself as the victim...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The hosts. They're all just as likely to insult each other and make jokes at each other's expense (all in good spirit, of course) as they are to agree on the same topic.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties:
- The show experiences its share of technical problems. Ben has stated that if they have trouble streaming on YouTube, they'll open a Google hangout and host the show there.
- This was the reason the rematch debate with the Brett Keane posse was cut short.
- Hilariously, a couple news stories covered on the show occasionally fell victim to this, complete with lampshade hanging from the hosts.