Podcast: Drunken Peasants
The Drunken Peasants Podcast
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!
-Ben, in the intro.
The Drunken Peasants Podcast is satirical in nature, and while we do occasionally delve into serious issues and discussions, our primarily purpose is to entertain and amuse. In other words...don't take this SHIT too seriously.
-The disclaimer at the start of every episode, read aloud by TJ.
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. Guests include:
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 Wiley 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.
- The Ryan Wiley feud has started back up again, and all contestants are angrier then ever. Cage fight.
- 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!!!
- And yet another one in Episode 88, this time from TJ in response to Ryan Wiley.
- Boring Insult: The worst insult that the Peasants can throw at somebody is that they're "boring", because while people like G Man and Gail are complete idiots or batshit crazy, they're at least entertaining in their inane and psychotic ramblings. If you're stupid and boring? We'll then you're really not much good for anything, as far as they're concerned.
- 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 Luchador 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:
- An audio clip taken from this video from TJ's channel (itself containing audio clips from a segment of Opie and Anthony) is commonly used on the show, mostly before the hosts take a break mid-show:
"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!"
"FUCKING THING SUCKS!"
- 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.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Tim the Bartender and the Drunken Peasants had a pretty epic fight consisting of Tim uploading videos dissing them and the Drunken Peasants responding to the video on the show. Finally Tim broke down and surrendered, agreeing to come onto the show (helped in part by the guys publicly condemning DP fans who flagged Tim's videos for no reason). Once Tim was on the show, he and the Drunken Peasants really hit it off, and he was even invited back on the show a second time.
- Of course, this may be a Subverted Trope with Tim's recent video dissing TJ and the Drunken Peasants just as he did before after they recently criticized his video discussing the Chapel Hill killings and blaming it on "atheistic terrorism", which specifically mentioned The Amazing Atheist by name.
- 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.
- Evil Overlord / A God Am I: Scotty usually presents himself as this. Sometimes the other hosts will play along and pretend to be his minions. Whenever a question video addresses Scotty with the proper "respect", Scotty will give a brief nod and make a Pope-like hand gesture, as if he is "blessing" the fan with permission to ask the question.
- 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.
- In Episode 81, while watching a funny video of an 8-year-old freaking out because his mom told him she was an atheist, Scotty comments that he would smack the kid if he was his. TJ and Ben quickly point out that Scotty does not actually have children, and Scotty is quick to defend his position as not advocating for child abuse. The conversation grows really awkward, and even TJ seems a bit disturbed by Scotty's rationale of "sometimes kids need to be slapped". The subject is brought up in later videos as a What the Hell, Hero? moment for Scotty.
- They're generally anti-police and emphasize people knowing and expressing their constitutional rights, but in Episode 97 while watching a video from a guy who refused to show his ticket stub to verify that he paid for his bus fare (citing the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution as his defense) and holding up the bus for no reason other than to be difficult and make some poorly-defined "point" about his rights, even the Peasants admitted what a prick he was and screamed for the cop to kick his ass or shoot him.
- 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.
- Face-Heel Turn: Tim Black (aka Tim the Bartender), a nemesis of the Drunken Peasants who eventually befriended them, has since gone back to being against them and making more homophobic remarks about TJ after they criticized his video talking about the Chapel Hill killings and calling it "atheistic terrorism". He even revoked their black cards. This was mainly due to a misunderstanding Tim had of something TJ said, which was that the victims didn't have promising futures anymore because they were dead, which Tim misinterpreted as a callous joke but was actually just TJ correcting Tim's statement. This was Lampshaded by the Drunken Peasants themselves, who even called it a "heel turn".
- 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.
- Freudian Trio: Though they will sometimes change roles, usually the three hosts are:
- TJ, with his impulsive and disruptive behavior, vulgar and offensive humor, tendency to yell and curse, and gluttonous/lustful appetites and desires is the Id.
- Scotty, being more logical and subdued, with a greater concern for his own health as well as environmentalism (it's mentioned that he diets and exercises, and does TJ's recycling for him), and his frequent clashes with TJ over certain social issues, is the Superego.
- Ben, being the one who balances both of them out and acts as a mediator, sometimes agreeing with TJ and sometimes (usually) agreeing with Scotty, is the Ego.
- Friendly Enemy: A lot of the guests they have with opposing viewpoints will still go out of their ways to be nice and amiable with the hosts, but the most notable examples are G Man (whose less "fire and brimstone"-style barbs against the Peasants come across more like good-natured teasing) and Adam Kokesh (who agreed with the hosts on many issues more than he disagreed, joined in their banter, and generally came across as an all-around Nice Guy). Notable aversions are the feminists Ryan Wiley and Jenny McDermott (the latter of whom actually threatened to false-DMCA the show and did actually false flag it) while perhaps the biggest subversion is Brett Keane, who acted with disingenuous Sugary Malice when he was on the show (but wouldn't even confront them directly, instead letting his little posse do most of the debating for him) and continued to attack them from his own channel long after they said he wasn't allowed to come back, to the point that the hosts actually revoked their ban out of sheer annoyance at his perpetual shit-talking. Predictably, Brett refused the invitation, but continues to talk smack on his own channel.
- 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.
- TJ was forced to resort to this when Venom Fang X guest stared. Shawn wouldn't stay on the show unless TJ cleaned up his potty mouth for the debate.
- 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.
- Heh Heh, You Said X: The hosts get a lot of mileage out of the fact that the initials for their show are the same initials for "double penetration".
- 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.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Averted in the case of Ben who, while just as much of foul-mouthed stoner as the rest of them, is a lot more calm and affable when compared to Scotty and TJ.
- Manipulative Bastard: This is what makes Brett Keane such a vile person in the hosts' eyes. He's a disingenuous, manipulative liar with a long history of throwing allies under the bus, using dirty tactics to win internet feuds, using his family and "health problems" as a shield against criticism, and flip-flopping on his own principles. The bad thing is, he isn't even that good at it. He just refuses to stop. He also exhibits a remarkable Lack of Empathy, as well as a lack of ethics, standards, manners, character, and conviction. All of this on top of being a MASSIVE Jerk Ass, and is it any wonder why the hosts (especially TJ, who was inspired by Brett to create his YouTube channel years ago, and even worked with him and saw him as an ally in the early part of his career) treat him with such disdain?
- 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").
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Episode 88, after sitting through a Ryan Wiley video bashing a recent The Amazing Atheist video he made, getting visibly more agitated as the video goes on, TJ finally ends up throwing a pretty epic Cluster F-Bomb-filled rant at Ryan Wiley when Wiley decides to give a disingenuous and misinformed critique of TJ's statements regarding the wage gap. The guest can even be heard clapping once he finishes.
Hold on, SHUT THE FUCK UP
, you stupid, miserable sack of shit! Cause if you'd actually watched my video you'd see that I said that gender discrimination is
a problem. All I said was that the wage gaps figure that your fucking posse of people keeps touting is bullshit, and that it's misleading. And they shouldn't fucking use that anymore, because that's not the nature of the problem. The problem is, and I said this in the fucking video
, that women are under-represented in certain high-paying fucking industries and that there are small wage gaps in certain industries. But even if you could find a way to address those at all, you have to address them on a case-by-case basis. You can't possibly make some rule across the board that says that we're going to even out the wages because that's not
the nature of the fucking problem. If you're not even willing to acknowledge the true nature of the problem, how can you ever hope to fucking solve it!?
- 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...
- The Unreveal: Episode 82 ended with TJ about to confess...something. All we know for sure is that it happened in Atlantic City, that the families they did it to deserve justice, and that it apparently has something to do with Scotty's approval of corporal punishment. Whatever it was, it was bad enough that Scotty demanded Ben end the show and cut him off. Seeing as how the entire episode was based on references and shout-outs to Professional Wrestling, it was more than likely all staged in advance.
- 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.
- Sometimes, the live stream gets so messed up that the hosts have to stop the live stream, fix it, then continue the show on a separate video directly afterwards, splitting the episode into two videos. This problem however is extremely rare and only applies to at least three episodes.
- 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.