Web Video: What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?
hosts What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?
, an internet show which focuses on various news stories of human stupidity and general what-the-fuckery. It began as a spin-off of Nash's live internet radio show Radio Dead Air
with the intention of joining That Guy with the Glasses
.com, which succeeded after 17 episodes.
The show follows a simple formula: The host introduces the episode's topic with a poorly drawn cartoon, then proceeds to lose his mind over the featured news stories and the episode ends with a sketch
featuring some of the secondary characters.
Nash's other shows include:
- Doctor Who Classic Reviews: Nash reviews his least favorite Doctor Who serials (and some of the not-as-good new ones), as well as special videos about his favorite things about the series. After 26 episodes, Nash concluded Doctor Who Classic Reviews in October 2012.
- The Musical Chair: An analytical series in which he discusses and gives the history of his favorite musical artists (artists he has featured include Richard Thompson, Warren Zevon, The Mountain Goats and Jonathan Coulton)
- Here There Be Dragons: Nash's latest series, in which he reviews fantasy films.
- Radio Dead Air: The live internet radio show (it only made the transition to video in the last few years) that Nash has hosted every Monday since July 2000. Primarily a request-based music show, Nash also premieres his new episodes, and often shows the latest videos from several other producers note . RDA is live every Monday at 9PM US Eastern time on Nash's website. It is highly recommended that you read the FAQ before joining the chat and stream.
- What the Fuck is Wrong With You: Live Version: A weekly live version of WTFIWWY which Nash hosts on Radio Dead Air, video recordings of which are also uploaded to TGWTG. His co-host (via Skype) is his friend Tara Deenihan.
Nash also co-hosted "Tuesday Tech Talk" and "How To Do It" with Lord Kat
and Maluku Saito, which were recorded live every Tuesday on Lord Kat's stream until Lord Kat
ended both shows in January 2013.
Nash would go on to play "The Webmaster," the overarching narrator, in the Channel Awesome fifth year anniversary film, The Uncanny Valley
A list of things reviewed by Nash can be found here
and the running gags of his show can be found here
These works provide examples of:
- Action Girl: In Dumber Than Curling, a man heckling the 2012 Summer Olympic Men's 100m finals is tackled by Judo bronze medalist Edith Bosch when he starts throwing things.
- Actually Pretty Funny: In his Castrovalva review, he has this reaction to Tegan's line comparing a Zero Room, "a neutral environment, an isolated space cut off from the rest of the universe" to Brisbane. He then asks, "What's a Brisbane?"
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Every so often a story comes up that the writer managed to do it.
Nash: "The bare breasted brouhaha began...."
- Adult Fear: A large number of stories fall under this category, especially those where children are endangered by friends or babysitters; home invasion stories where there's still someone in the house (especially a child, elderly person or disabled person); or any of the huge number of stories where someone goes batfuck insane and starts assaulting, harassing or scaring the shit out of random strangers.
- An Aesop: Several: nothing is hot in the Walmart, no one wants to see your dick, that doesn't go there, go watch porn and the old drugs still work.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Whenever there's a story about people relying too much on technology, Tara mentions that this is one of her greatest fears.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Christmas 2012 live episode begins with showing a series of tweets expressing disbelief that reindeer exist.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents / Children Are Innocent: We repeatedly get stories of adults being far less mature than their kids by doing outrageous things such as getting into eight and twenty man brawls over spilled punch or a child taking too long to decide what prize to get, or assaulting a bus driver and dropping pants at police officers.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: On April Fool's Day 2013, Nash hosted RDA in character as Space Guy.
- One night required Tara to step in and host the show herself. note This episode has since been referred to by fans as 'Radio Red Hair'.
- Space Guy and The Fallen Angel (Tara, as a fallen angel), hosted Halloween 2014, as well. Space Guy's reaction to Hookerween is priceless.
- Angrish: Really strange or or squicky news stories (or occasionally weird reactions from Tara) cause Nash to lose the power of speech.
"It's a fucking squid!"
Nash: That's not an issue with the teleprompter; that's the best summation I can make of what actually happened!
- [after a chain of flubbed words] "I can say words..."
- Anvilicious: The social commentary in The Happiness Patrol is thumpingly unsubtle:
Nash: Hmm...what's a good way to illustrate the point? [Thinks for a moment, then gets crushed by a falling caption reading "MESSAGE"] Yeah...that'll do it...
- It returns during the Doctor's Kirk Summation to beat him repeatedly over the head.
- Apocalypse How: Class X-4, thanks to Space Guy trying to turn the filter back on.
- April Fools' Day: Space Guy learns our wacky human ways with Special Guest Linkara.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking - In one episode, he gives a brief history of the bad idea, giving examples such as invading Russia in the winter, trying to fund your car company with cocaine, and making video games based on movies.
- In his "It's Stupid At The Top" video, "Sometimes you'll be saddled with a guy whose idea of leadership is invading Poland, drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without checking the failsafes, or giving Smallville ten goddamned seasons."
- When noting strong catalysts for the Happy Flappy Equation, he lists off hallucinogens, being on fire, and sitting through any movie starring Andy Dick. His low thresholds for resisting Happy Flappy time - idiots, crazy persons, or actually being Andy Dick.
- In the episode on alcohol, he notes that some causes for crazy are bad judgment, poorly planned choices, and country music. Also, mentioning binge drinking, frat parties, and The Pogues.
- In his review of Terror of the Vervoids, he lists off some of the terrible dangers the Doctor has faced, including Sea Devils, robots, rival Time Lords, and the insidious evil that is... Russell T Davies.
- In the review of the failed Wonder Woman (2011 pilot) with Linkara and Film Brain, we get this exchange:
: So, in just under five minutes, this show has Wonder Woman violate the law, ignore basic rights, and the media aggrandizes
her with references to the worst torture scandal in US history. Nash
: And all without the slightest
hint of irony or self awareness. Linkara
: And they completely
rip off Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated!
- In another Nash/Linkara/Film Brain collaboration, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, the trio gets carried away after a particularly overly-dramatic scene:
- Frequently inverted, as seen in the page quote.
- Artistic Licence Biology: A live episode had Nash claiming that the Loris was the only poisonous/venomous mammal; in reality, the male platypus is notorious for the highly-venomous (and extremely painful) spurs on his legs, while many shrews have venemous saliva.. Admittedly, this instance is due to the fact that Nash wasn't working to a script at the time; in the scripted episode "All Creatures Great And Dumb," he actually brought up the Platypus' poison spurs.
- Ascended Extra: JesuOtaku, originally a guest, became something of a permanent fixture of Nash's live shows from early-ish 2012 until she moved to the West Coast in mid-2013.
- Ass Shove:
- A recurring topic is people putting various objects in their orifices. "It's not a bag of holding, people!"
- The best example was a woman high on meth putting a loaded .22 pistol barrel first up her vagina.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: During his Let's Play of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Nash is so horrified by the Body Horror of Frau Engel's shattered, bloody face that he blurts out "I don't wanna play anymore!" Then a minute later he's handed the controls of a Mini-Mecha and says "I take it back, I wanna play forever!"
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Nash Bozard.
- Badass: Rare, but it happens, such as the hotel owner in the Live episode "IT'S A BOMB!" getting a nude, gun toting woman to put down the weapon and surrender.
- Bad to the Bone: When he decides to break the laws of science, the Trope Namer song is played.
- Bears Are Bad News: How much worse? A bear takes over Space Guy's ship!
- Also, the story of a guy who decided to kill a bear to dress its skin.
- In a Live WTF from July 2011, "Furry Batmobile", featuring Obscurus Lupa, she and Nash are nearly broken by a story about patrons at a Colorado Burger King feeding fast food to bears in the parking lot.
- Also, the episode where bears are getting high off of jet fuel barrels.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Examples range from the women who died from having sex with a German Shepherd, to the man who argued it was his constitutional right to rape a donkey, to the man who wrote a book about his love affair with a dolphin, and the documentary aptly called Donkey Love, about donkeys and the men who love them. Like that.
- And the farmer whose security cameras caught two men making pornography with his cows.
- Better by a Different Name: Nash insists on referring to the Mogarians in Terror of the Vervoids as "Daft-Punkians", and ends up setting part of the episode as a video for "Around the World".
- Big Damn Heroes: A few stories feature these. The best one was when a group of teenagers ganged up and beat the crap out of a wannabe kidnapper who attempted to abduct two children. For bonus points, the parents had yelled at the teenagers for swearing around their kids.
Tara (as a teenager) "Learned your fucking lesson didn't ya?"
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: From the Time and the Rani review:
- Bragging Rights Reward: Getting a request played on Radio Dead Air.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: During a reader Q&A segment, Nash answers the question of "Why does Arlo look like Nash?" with "Because Arlo is a character. That I play." This happens shortly after Space Guy, who is also played by Nash, remains in-character to answer the question of "Why does Space Guy look like Nash?"
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Often used to segue the next story.
- Brick Joke: A common feature in the introductory cartoons. Ship made of blowjobs and whiskey, anyone?
- Call Back: In "Hate the Gamer, Not The Game", Lupa offhandedly references an encounter with Patrick Stewart.
- One episode of WTFIWWY featured a Florida man getting arrested for practicing dentistry without a license. Much later, there was an article about a woman getting arrested for the same thing, and Nash and Tara realized she was the man's girlfriend.
- The Cameo: Nash plays Jesus in the Apocalypse 4: Judgment review by Diamanda Hagan.
- Captain Obvious: When Nash explains the flaws in whoever's reasoning, he often has to state the bleeding obvious.
- Catch Phrase: Several, see the characters page.
- Careful With That Axe: Nash used an alternate version of "Crazy" for one episode.
- Comedic Sociopathy: "How to be a Better Criminal" with Tara and any stories of her Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
- He did one with Linkara reviewing the failed Justice League Pilot Movie.
- And another with Film Brain on Incredible Hulk vs. Thor. An episode of WTFIWWY also crosses over with JesuOtaku about weird news stories in Japan.
- A WTFIWWY version of Doctor Who Classic has Nella join him.
- Kyle Kallgren and Jew Wario have been guests on WTFIWWY—Kyle more than once.
- Country Matters: When Arlo tries to succeed his show with "Arlo's Pony Paradise," he falls from enlightenment with a cry of "cock-juggling thundercuuu-!"
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Discussed in the commentary of the Justice League of America movie, where Linkara wonders why the Weatherman doesn't patent the weather-controlling technology and make millions in agriculture.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: In "I Need That Lady's Leg," Nash and Tara discuss leaving a building after buying a new car...and searching for your old one in the parking lot out of force of habit.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Occasionally comes up.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "This next one's from Canada, and it's from the Department of Obvious Stupid is Obvious."
- Depraved Dentist: They keep getting stories of unlicensed dentists. One was the wife of a guy who had been arrested for such doing so... Who was featured on the previous episode.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Literally.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Subtle case on "Weekend At Bernie's 3;" Nash segues to the "corpse abuse" case with a dissertation on mourning the dead. Tara was completely unaware as to where it was going, but dreading it just the same. She responds by using the story as a springboard to discuss her rather strange proposal for Nash's funeral. Later, during the "what have we learned" segment, she brings up an unrelated story involving public urinals. Nash is completely broken.
- D.I.Y. Disaster: "Do It (To) Yourself."
- Do It Yourself Plumbing Project/Doom It Yourself: Somehow, at one Arby's restaurant, if the kitchen sink is on, a jet of steam shoots up from the urinal. Yes, someone got burned while using it. By the time Nash got a hold of the story, it had happened before.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Regardless of how cute and cuddly he seems.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: During his 2011 Valentines day special, he covered a story about a guy who got his crotch purposely torched by his girlfriend. Nash starts mocking the guy in question, and proclaims that he probably deserved it anyway..
- Do Wrong, Right: When stories about Stupid Crooks crop up, Tara tends to go on "How to be a Better Criminal" rants.
- Drinking Game: In the RDA chat, the common reaction to stories that come from Florida is to take a shot.
- When someone asks when WTFIWWY is going to start, take a drink. This is even referenced to in the official Radio Dead Air FAQ.
- The full rules for the drinking game the RDA regulars have can be found here. Nobody's died yet!
- Drives Like Crazy: Vehicular stupidity is a recurring segment.
- Duct Tape for Everything: Averted. As Nash said in one story, "Duct tape is not a paternal tool!" IIRC the story involved a parent duct taping a kid to his chair.
- And then played straight with Tara telling a story about how someone she knew had to duct tape their kids' diaper on him as he kept taking it off otherwise.
- Due to the Dead: A lot of stories involve people not following this trope. Once someone was selling an antique coffin.... with the former owner still in it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Before becoming a permanent cohost on the live WTFIWWY show, Tara appeared in recorded episode #5 as Sally in the "Beauty and the Modern Woman" 50's PSA parody.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first four years of Radio Dead Air were broadcast with Nash in-character as his Camarilla character from his World of Darkness campaign. As Nash recounts on the TGWTG forum, the combination of White Wolf resetting the whole of World of Darkness and RDA getting big-time interviews in 2004 led him to drop the character and do the show as himself early the next year.
- Eldritch Abomination: Nash theorises that the Dark Lord Cthulhu is the product of a man and a dead squid. OH GOD MY MIND!
- Epic Fail: Regarding Invasion of the Dinosaurs:
Nash: Imagine, if you will, attempting to shoot the broad side of a barn and not only missing, but somehow managing to set your own balls on fire in process...
- Equal-Opportunity Offender
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: When Arlo describes his family's Christmas traditions.
- About half-way through Arlo's description, the subtitles change to crying emoticons.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Nash admittedly has trouble discussing the topic of MONKEYS!!!! without exploding into childish outbursts. Naturally, he made an episode about them.
- Face Doodling: Stick Boy does that to a drunken Nash.
- Face Palm: Nash often does this in response to the rampant stupidity.
- Failed a Spot Check: The only way to explain numerous examples of these stories. On both the perpetrators and bystanders.
- Fan Disservice: On January 19th, 2015, Nash played the official music video for Big Data's "Dangerous (Feat. Joywave)". The video featured hot young women in exercise clothing making out with each other...after violently headbutting homeless and elderly people, and still covered in gore. He promptly announced that he would never show the video on the stream again.
- Flat "What.": Nash's reaction to some of the tamer stories. Also, he reacted to Arlo's first appearance with a flat "the fuck".
- Occurred in the 10/31/11 episode when Tara reveals she has hippos in costumes.
- In the 2/11/12 episode, Tara could only respond to a story of a bank robber who wussed out when a teller didn't understand his demand of "give me what is 20s and 50s" with not one, but two utterances of "...what?".
- Upon hearing that one of the characters in Dr. Who and the Daleks was actually named Doctor Who instead of the original name (The Doctor), he let out one of these.
- Flipping the Table: Nash does this during his Castrovalva review.
- Fridge Horror: The logical end point of any discussion Nash and Tara share in trying to understand how one of the bizarre stories they encounter could have possibly happened and the results that occur when Reality Ensues.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Nash is fully aware that his crossover review of Doctor Strange featuring Jew Wario may stray into this territory, particularly the parts where Jew Wario wakes up in the hospital after being in a coma. Twice. When he posted the video (two months after Justin's suicide), Nash prefaced it with a message to his fans, explaining why he felt the video was important to share with everyone.
- Funny Background Event: After JesuOtaku became a regular fixture on the show, she could be seen goofing around in all manner of strange fashion. Notably, she really emotionally lipsyncs to the WTFIWWY theme music every time it comes up.
- Ever since Tara's most recent move, her kitten Bridget began upstaging the show by acting all kitten-like behind Tara.
- Full-Frontal Assault: "Naked Rampage" is a reocurring theme on the show.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: "What, you never sat in the shower and made train noises?"
- From his review of Terror of the Vervoids, we get Zodan the Unbounceable.
- In the 7/04/11 Live WTFIWWY, Nash realized he'll never run out of material and has excellent job security. This isn't a good thing.
- In the New Years' Episode ("And Never Brought To Mind"), he encounters a story so mind-numblingly nonsensical, he can only come to one conclusion:
Nash: You know what that means! [Picks up a Mallet] I've finally got my insanity plea! Look out, neighbours! [Proceeds to smash things off-camera while cheerfully singing 'Working On The Railroad']
- Nash and Tara came to this conclusion about a man who racked up nine serious felonies over the course of an 11 hour period. And at one point he was crying histarically, and another dressed up as a female hotel maid. While the man was waiting for his next Greyhound bus.
Tara: How bad was that fucking bus ride?
- Genre Blindness: Some people to reality. Usually due to stupidity and/or drugs.
- Genre Savvy: Tara says that in Florida you should always be expecting some naked guy to show up.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: In the Live What The Fuck Is Wrong With You? of 06/21/11, after reading the headline Man allegedly wounded by two 'booty call ninjas', Tara says that she will create a white girl rap group called Booty Call Ninjas.
- From WTFIWWY Live - Right Turn, Clyde - 5/7/12: 'Anthrax vagina attack, which is a great punk band name, by the way.'
- After hearing a story about a woman with an unusual hiding place for a pistol, Tara wants to start an all-girl punk band called "Fully Automatic Vaginas".
- In a similar vein, the March 3, 2014 WTFIWWY Live gave us "Meth Mango", which Nash said sounded like the name of a nightclub.
- Groin Attack: The final two stories of "Tainted Love" both involve something bad happening to a man's equipment. You have been warned. Not to mention in "Land Of The Rising DUMB" when a rabid Domo-kun the internet sent after Nash for bad mouthing Japan chomped on Nash's man area and the only way JesuOtaku could get it off was by kicking said area.
- Growing the Beard: Nash considers Episode 4 of What The Fuck Is Wrong With You? to be when he locked the show's formula and everything started to gel together.
- Guest Host: After Nash is assaulted by monkeys in one episode, Space Guy takes his place in the next episode while he recovers off-screen.
- On live WTF, a guest co-host does the show whenever Tara is unavailable. Previous guest hosts include Oancitizen, Obscurus Lupa, Derek The Bard, JewWario, Todd in the Shadows, and Nash's producer, Mike Gearman. Doug Walker has co-hosted the show with Tara and Nash on one occasion, as did Linkara. JesuOtaku appeared for 3-host Live WTFs whenever the show was broadcast from her old house, and intermittently since she moved to South Carolina.
- There was a time when Tara hosted the live show (not WTFIWWY) when Nash had to pick up JO from the airport. That night the show was known as "Radio Red Hair" and inspired fans to encourage Tara to begin her own show, the results of which are pending. (as of 2013)
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot / Yaoi Fangirl: In the episode "Don't Hold Your Breath," Tara tries to convince Nash that Disney needs to buy the rights back for the X-Men franchise, just so The Avengers 2 can have a scene where Hugh Jackman and Chris Evans wrestle scantily-clad in a kiddie pool full of pudding. In the event that she gets a life-threatening illness, she wants to start a Twitter campaign so it will happen. Nash does not approve of this.
- Head Desk: During 'This Is All Your Fault (The Return!)', Nash goes out to his garden shed, busts out some power tools, and builds a section of wall just so he can bash his head against it in protest of the stupid.
- Hey, That's My Line!: Nash's reaction when Tara "steals" his "I have never been so drunk" line in the 6/4/12 Live episode.
- One of his prerecorded episodes also features a story that uses the phrase "From the 'we-couldn't-make-this-up-if-we-tried' department..." Nash reacts appropriately.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Tara, though it was mostly self-inflected. She and her sister got drunk at six because her parents left out a bottle of champagne. She burned off her fingertips by playing with an old lamp, also at six. She bit off her lip by falling down some stairs at age three. She got her head stuck in an iron fence at Disney World at age seven. Spent years of having to deal with people sing to her "all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" after knocking her teeth out at the same time time as biting her lip off. Her mother had to rotate Emergency Rooms for fear of being considered abusive.
- Human Mail: An episode shows why you don't try this in real life when a Chinese man tried to mail himself to his girlfriend and ended up getting lost in the mail for three hours and ended up suffocating. The channel points out he forgot step one, cut a hole in a box.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the "Love & Monsters" Review:
This is our framing device for the show — a v-log. Some guy sitting in front of a camera, telling the Internet about the Doctor. Who could possibly think this was interesting, or compelling, or I'm suddenly talking about myself, aren't I?
- I Call It "Vera": Nash owns a custom Stratocaster he built himself, named Laura.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The live sessions later posted to Blip and That Guy with the Glasses are named after a strange phrase uttered during the course of the episode.
- Idiot Ball: A good portion of Florida carries this. Nash says that you have to be Genre Savvy about that fact.
Nash(As firefighter): "Why shouldn't we keep the firetruck keys in the firetruck? Only an idiot... Oh right. Florida."
- I Like My X Like I Like My Y: From the episode "Nimrods are Forever":
- I'm a Humanitarian:
Hello, and welcome to "Cooking for Lunatics"! Today, we are going to be making ze baby back ribs with ze actual baby!
- Incredibly Lame Pun: He tries a few for the villain's death in The Happiness Patrol, then excuses himself with "I've been drinking".
- From his first episode, on a story about mysteriously appearing sex toys:
"'It's a real mystery; we have no idea where they came from,' Miss Bates said." Is there a Master
* Eh, f**k you. You were thinking the same thing!
- Sometimes the featured articles have their fair share of puns, especially when they are about something really stupid, and Nash always comments on that.
- Insult Backfire: He's very resistant to garden variety internet trolling.
Nash: After reviewing Daleks in Manhattan last week a lot of folks commented that it wasn't that bad, or they really liked it, or I was nickpicking or my face is stupid. All of these are valid points, but...
- Interactive Narrator: Sometimes Nash in the introductory cartoons.
- I Think I Broke Him
Tara: I did it! I rendered [Nash] speechless! I've been working so hard.
- Kick the Dog: Literally joked about in the 11/14/11 Live WTFIWWY: in response to Tara talking about how Ambien could make people do crazy things and not remember them the next day, Nash claimed he could use the same excuse to get away with punting his neighbor's chihuahua over a building.
- Leitmotif: Douchequakes are always accompanied by Gunther's Ding Dong Song.
- Arlo's appearances are always accompanied by a banjo riff.
- Later appearances of the "time to do the math" gag are accompanied by the Chicken Dance song.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Tara had a story about how she and her friends stumbled upon one. It was a Chinese Buffet in a basement with no windows. The fish tanks had one sad looking fish. The kitchen door opened and people were obviously gambling in the back, and their waiter just had the shit beat out of him. And no one really spoke English. Tara's group took a table by the corner so they could flip the table and hide behind it in-case of a shootout. So it was obviously a Triad front. However Tara said the food was really good.
- Let's Play: Nash does playthroughs of games on stream sometimes.
- Limited Wardrobe: Nash always seems to wear a black t-shirt in every episode. For the non-live episode, he throws on a blue jacket.
- Long Runner: What The Fuck is Wrong with You? isn't one, but Nash's Radio Dead Air internet radio show (from which WTFIWWY spun off from) is. Radio Dead Air has been going since 2000, and he's only missed a handful of broadcasts due to illness or weather in all that time.
- Lost Episode: At least one episode of WTFIWWY Live from late May. Tara's sound was glitching horribly, making her sound like a robot, but the results were so out of sync that Nash decided not to release them, much to everyone's chagrin.
- There was another one from the Saturday night Megastream, where Tara's power went out in the middle of it.
- Most, if not all of Nash's game streams count as well.
- Lovecraft Lite: Quite subverted.
- MacGyvering: In the Episode "Aim for the Head" Nash says this.
Nash: "You can make a bong out of anything. Ah look at this cute puppy. I'll make a bong out of it. Hi Grandma! I'll make a bong out of it."
- Averted by Tara when talking about a guy who was huffing Lysol in attempt to get high at a drug treatment center.
Tara: "Don't MacGyver
your high. Nothing good will come from it. At best you'll just MacGruber
- One German man made a fuel-air bomb out of an air-mattress and a bottle of Fix-A-Flat.... By Accident! note
- Made of Iron: Every so often a story comes out where the person should be dead and walks away with minor injuries
- Mathematician's Answer: In the episode, "Land of the Rising DUMB."
: Do you mean "innovative" or "going to make me sad?" Nash
Tara: (regarding a hippo plushie that makes fart noises when squeezed) Is this better or worse than the orgasm hippo?
Nash: (immediately) Yes.
- Megaton Punch: One man wound up giving one to a bear that broke into his and his girlfriend's tent while they were sleeping.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: At least a couple of stories have been about people who accidently causes what happened in the story. And not through negligence or stupidity. One German man destroyed every window in his rental house and damaged nearby houses. By repairing an air mattress.
- Mirror Universe: In episode 30 it is revealed that a Mirror Universe exists. A pink Stickboy (or Stickman) and Mirror Nash live in a mansion. Subverted; as it turns out, 'our' Nash is the evil one; Mirror Nash had just completed a multi-episode special on Ghandi and refers to his Stickboy as "Stickman" because it's more dignified. Double subverted; our Nash shows Mirror Nash how being an ass sometimes can be both entertaining and therapeutic. This leads Mirror Nash to crack up into hysterics over his Stickboy being pink and deciding not to warn our Nash of an impending disaster, just because.
- Mushroom Samba: Nash tries (in-universe) bath salts. It doesn't seem to be working... until his friend next to him apparently turns into a werewolf and shouts I AM THE DEVIL I AM THE DEVIL!.
- Once case with a guy doing Synthetic Marijuana wound up believing that he was dreaming reality.
- Naked People Are Funny: A recourring theme.
- Also frequently subverted depending on the story when the crazy naked just gets too crazy.
- Nerds Are Virgins: When correcting the 5th Doctor using the term "Brontosaurus", Nash then says "Yes, I've had sex. Shut up!"
- From The Incredible Hulk Returns, after Nash has just finished explaining the backstory of Thor:
: Nash, don't take this the wrong way, but have you ever touched a boob before?
Nash: Would punching you in the face count?
Film Brain: ...touche.
- The Nicknamer: Nash often uses names like "Jackass McNutFuck" in lieu of the stupid person's actual name.
- Nightmare Fuel: Invoked in Cop Vs. Squirrel (~31 minutes in), when hearing about the death scream of a squirrel, Brian Heinz (AKA The Last Angry Geek) comments about how that's the sort of thing that would haunt you until the day you die.
- Noodle Incident: The time Nash tried to steal the Olympic torch. He tells the story once in a blue moon and it keeps being brought up by Tara, but there's many, particularly those who started watching RDA after Nash joined TGWTG, who are completely clued out by the references.
- Nothing but Skulls: In his Let's Play of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Nash stole every skull (human or troll) he could find and threw them into a giant pile in his homestead's cellar. Every once in a while, he would Fus Ro Dah the pile For the Lulz.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Once an Episode:
Nash: Hey, kids. I'm Nash, and I couldn't make this shit up if I tried.
Nash: You have no idea how much I wish I was kidding.
- Not So Above It All: Nash has tried to steal the Olympic torch before. Also has been so drunk that he screamed, repeatedly, that he was Jesus Christ outside of a con.
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Tara takes this stance when talking about various weird fetishes, but emphasizes that unless previously specified, nobody else will want to see it.
- N-Word Privileges: When discussing a story about a guy knocking over a one-legged man, it turned to superheroes being above that, unless they were handicapped themselves, like Oracle or Daredevil, and then Tara noted that this was the comic book equivalent of when it's okay to say the N word.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Godzilla fighting the Dragonzord in 'Land of the Rising Dumb.'
- Off the Rails: When JO became a semi-permanent part of the live show, she and Tara had a tendency to take the stories into very, very strange places, while Nash could do nothing but sit and watch.
- Oh My Gods!: "By the unwashed balls of Odin, man!"
- Old Shame: The first-ever episode ("Nothing is Hawt in the Walmart").
- Older Than They Look: Tara and Nash were both born in 1976.
- Only in Florida: Almost on a Once an Episode basis. One of the earlier installments, "The Wang of America," was made up entirely of Florida stories.
- Only Sane Man: For the rest of the world. Tara, JesuOtaku, and Film Brain occasionally act as one for Nash. And on the live show, Nash became the Only Sane Man to Hope and Tara's wild-eyed tangents.
- Opening Narration: For the live show: "Each week, Kathryn and the Radio Dead Air audience go out on the World Wide Interwebs, find all sorts of horrible stuff, and bring it back here for a little segment we like to call "What the Fuck is Wrong with You?", AND..."
- Overly Long Gag: Nash decided to turn off Joel & the bots from incessant singing during a forklift hijack story.
- Outside-Context Villain: Most of the people who star in the stories come straight out of nowhere and assault/harass/pester random passersby with no warning whatsoever.
- A good example is when a woman came home to find a naked man, covered in blood, eating all of her raw chicken. The woman ran out of the house to call the cops.
- Pungeon Master: Nash HATES journalists like this, and in one episode wished death onto one of them. He's explained it as being what he sees as bad journalism, as the writers are there to inform, not to make jokes. Puns are not needed and should not be allowed into the stories.
- They will make exceptions for puns that are clever or if was a once-in-a-lifetime chance of making it.
- The Quisling: Played for Laughs in Nash's Let's Play of Wolfenstein: The New Order, where his reaction to the Nazi Humongous Mecha is "Um...so does anyone know the words to 'Deutschland Uber Alles'?"
- A Rare Sentence: Nash has to say these a lot. Examples include "Puppies do not make good ordnance!" and "While you can debate the right or wrong of the police seizing his penis..."
- Usually followed by "I can't believe I had to say that!"
- From "The Happiness Patrol":
"Meanwhile, Helen A uses the slot machine to execute Mister Grumpypants. Yes, I actually had to say those words. I'm sad, too." "The Doctor and Harmonica Man escape into the candy pipes; Dear God, how insane do I sound right now?" (These weren't even the only times he had to invoke this.)
- Most of the review of that episode fits under that trope.
- Also: "You are not discreet when your pants are full of chicken!"
- "After you've got their money, you don't need to have 'em trim your pubic hair! [...] I can't believe I had to say that sentence out loud."
- From "To Kill a Toilet":
Nash: Tara, I want you to stop real fast: Did you ever in your life think the words "stuffing your tits full of cocaine" would need to be said?
Tara: ... No.
Nash: And yet, here we are. We've come to this point.
- "No, it's not a gun, it's a prop for my toy monkey." Nash immediately declares this one of the best sentences in the English language.
- "A man's dog was thrown out of a restaurant for being gay. I just said that, didn't I?"
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: His "Nerd Rage Meter" blew up twice when reviewing The Doctor Who TV movie.
- Real Song Theme Tune/Soundtrack Dissonance: The theme song is "Crazy," by Patsy Cline.
- The Musical Chair uses "My Guitar" by Jump, Little Children.
- The song in the opening video for the Monday Radio Dead Air broadcast is "In Rock 8-Bit" by Bodenständig 2000. The end theme for RDA is the closing theme for Red Dwarf.
- Refuge in Audacity: From the live show, the man who went on a 9 hour crime spree in Nashville totaling 11 individual felonies that included mugging a canadian couple while he was crying and apologizing. Tara was driven to ask WHAT over and over while Nash couldn't help but admire the sheer gall of what looked like a Grand Theft Auto rampage.
- Reset Button: Nash attempted to invoke this when he was told that monkeys and apes were uprising by Space Guy. It worked in the sense that the rebellion was over by the next episode, but that didn't save Nash from a very painful hospital visit, during which Space Guy presented the video.
- Running Gag: Tara's thing with hippos.
- Sonic attacks being represented by teen pop, be it Katy Perry (in his Doctor Who reviews) or Taylor Swift (in the Trial of the Incredible Hulk review).
- Gunther's Ding Dong Song causing Douchequakes.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: How his run in a police car seeking stupid crimes to solves comes to an end:
Radio dispatcher: All units be on the lookout for a car moving erratically at high speed, registered to one Lindsay Lohan.
Nash: Yeah, I quit.
- Self-Deprecation: In his commentaries of early episodes of the show, Nash will frequently make fun of how amateur he was back then.
- Share the Male Pain: Lampshaded several times. Also inverted in one Live WTFIWWY, when Nash says "Ladies, brace yourselves" before talking about a woman who hid a knife in her lady parts.
- Shout-Out: See this page.
- Slasher Smile: Nash makes one every now and then on RDA live. It's scary. He's admitted that it's a way of stalling when he needs a few more seconds to think of what to say next, as well as explaining that it actually goes against a basic rule of radio for the presenter to completely stop talking.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "Let's get a little professionalism up in this biatch!"
- Both Nash and Tara regularly switch between speaking very eloquently to peppering their phrases with swear words and then talking like rappers.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: When ever something seems musically off, he'll whip out a remote and "fix it". One example is playing the theme to Inspector Gadget during a ridiculous looking shot of Green Lantern flying in on a propeller construct during his "Justice League of America" review.
- Special Effects Failure: In-Universe. In "And Never Brought to Mind", Nash plays a clip of a news report on a bear sighting. They stage a reenactment, featuring... a cardboard cutout of a bear. The reporter actually says "This is what the bear probably looked like... except real."
Nash: It takes a special kind of stupid to have all the resources of a TV station at your disposal, and yet somehow make my show look like it has the higher budget.
- Special Guest: Every so often another Channel Awesome reviewer shows up to guest when Tara is unavailable. And sometimes when she is available.
- Spoof Aesop: Once an Episode to round off the live shows.
So, what have we learned?
- Tara takes this idea and runs with it, providing lessons for would-be criminals.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Tara and Hope seem to have very similar thought processes about things like cat strip clubs. When Hope was something of a semi-permanent co-host, this often resulted in them driving Nash crazy.
- Stupid Crooks: These guys come up so often that "Tara Explains How To Be a Better Criminal" has turned into a Running Gag on the live show.
- And an upcoming series from Tara.
- Stuff Blowing Up: In the Valentine's Day episode, the following items explode in his face: a flashlight full of gunpowder, an electrified skull, and a hotdog.
Nash: Why does everything keep exploding around here!? I'm afarid the next soda I open will usher in Global Thermonuclear war!
- And in one story a German man accidently created a miniature fuel-air bomb.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: During "Bizzaro Old Yeller" Nash gives a detailed description about how to snort drugs, before following it up with "Not that I know anything about that."
- Take That: A big one to The Nostalgia Critic in the review of The Last Unicorn:
Nash: You do know “objective” doesn't mean “raving cockmonger”, right?
Space Guy: It doesn't? Hmm; someone should really tell that Nostalgia Person then...
Nash: *comes down with a cough and quickly moves on*
- Take That, Audience!: Especially on the live show, where he repeatedly compares the channel to the "winners."
- The new nickname as of late is "The Choir Pedantic".
- The episode "Hummingbird Hell" contains this jab:
Nash:...Gentlemen, and I'm using the term loosely because you're watching my show...
- Tempting Fate: Several items are introduced this way.
Nash: "You know there was some guy at checkout lane 3 wishing for something to happen."
- He espoused the virtues of weed over meth because nobody ever blew up their house with weed. Come this episode (~7 minute mark), and somebody did that, specifically trying to extract hemp oil from the marijuana seeds.
- Multiple episodes after joking there was probably someone out there masturbating with swiss cheese, Nash and Tara run into a story that is precisely that. They realize that they're not just tempting fate anymore, they're causing those stories to happen for real.
Tara: We've come full circle. We're creating this. We've hit a metaphysical point where we're not just reporting on this suff, we're making it happen.
- They Fight Crime: Invoked by Nash and Lupa in The Contraption live episode as Lupa suggests that the baby of the woman who punched a nurse while high on bath salts should team up with the baby who was run through the luggage x-ray scanner as a superhero team.
Nash: Bath salt and the X-ray, fighting crime together!!!
- Those Wacky Nazis: The show covers things such as Hitler chic in Bangkok as well as Hitler chicken, and the man who went to his son's custody hearing dressed as a Nazi. Said son was named "Adolf Hitler".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: When JO joins the show, she's the Tomboy to Tara the self-described "Professional Girly Girl". Especially since Tara's day job is selling cosmetics.
- The Internet Is for Porn: Repeatedly Discussed. Every so often there is a story about someone watching porn in a public place. Another is that they say this trope word for word when someone acts out their fetishes in public.
Nash: "Just watch porn! They will bring the porn to you!"
Tara: " There are like a thousand Upskirt porn sites out there now. You don't have to make your own upskirt porn!"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: At the end of the WTFIWWY episode "Begging the Question", Space Guy delivered one of these to the Trousers Cosmic, which also doubled as a Logic Bomb.
- This Is Going To Suck: Nash's reaction whenever he reads a story that happens in Florida.
- Tara joined him in It's Not A Pocket for a story where a female inmate used her vagina as a hiding spot for drugs and drug-related items.
Nash: Tara, Tara, Tara... it's happened again... and in Florida.
Tara: OH GOD NO!!!
- His review of Krull, where right at the start he knows he's in trouble.
Nash: You know, it's times like this I recall the words of my mother when she told me "You idiot."
- Training Montage: When Nash fears he will become what infuriates him in episode 27, he asks Stickboy for help. He submits Nash to a Training from Hell to curb down his anger to a state of zen serenity. Which Arlo prompty shatters with cute ponies.
- Translation: Yes: One of Arlo's lines in "Bad Idea Bonanza", translated as "What he said."
- Unusual Euphemism: Nash and Tara's euphemisms for genitalia include: 'Junk', 'Nooks and Crannies', 'Fiddly bits', and 'Barbie Places'.
- Viewers Like You: Where some of the stories covered come from, along with the hard (under credited) work of Kathryn. also played straight when Nash needs to pay for his licences, usually easily raising 600-2000 dollars in an hour. note
- Nash even brings this up in an episode of Tuesday Tech Talk recorded with Jason "Lord Ka T" Pullara: "My viewers raised the money in a few hours. I have no idea if this is because they really like me, or they really hate the RIAA."
- Visible Boom Mic: Invoked. Nash records his videos at his radio station setup and uses the microphone to record sound. Not only does it establish his role as "the radio guy" on the site (as seen in To Boldly Flee), but it also makes the sound in his videos much clearer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Tara and Nash mock and antagonize each other constantly, but they very clearly love each other dearly.
- You Are Too Late: Used in a Shout-Out to Watchmen when the angry alien pants explain their master plan.
- You Fool!: Arlo shouts this after Nash sets him on fire with the Bill Hicks Experience 2.0
- Waking Non Sequitur: Nash is woken up by Nella in their "The Most WTF Moments of Classic Series History" Crossover:
Nash: Whu-what? What? What is it? I'll kill you! I'LL KILL YOU ALL! ... Oh, hi, Nella. Nella: Yeaaah...I'm going to overlook that...
- Also, in the "Wonder Woman (2011)" crossover...
Nash: Is it...no, Mommy, I don't wanna...feed my shoes...watermelon...
- Waxing Lyrical: Tara quotes Bastille during a story involving a middle-school teacher and a lapdance:
Nash: Where do we begin?
Tara: The rubble or our sins?
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Any time WTFiWWY or the Doctor Who Classic Reviews push Nash a bit too far. Appears as a pale-blue title card with a hand-drawn chibi-version of Nash and the 'Technical Difficulties' bulletin. Usually, it's also accompanied by an additional message each time:
"Sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up."
"Don't worry, we're pretty sure he won't find the gun this time.
- During the live show these are ubiquitous to the point of running gag. Fan art has been made just for it◊, which has since become the banner for RDA's Blip channel.
- "Stop refreshing the page assholes!" given on any night where the live channel experiences issues, most notably during the DRM saga.
- Weirdness Magnet: Tara, to the point that "related" stories from her past are an item in the drinking game.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: A lot of these stories are what the person was doing last night. Also Ambien has been discussed on the show as causing this.
- What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: According to Nash, the town of Beaverton is just asking for depraved weirdos to flock over there.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Tara's super power is setting up segues for Nash without even trying. She's complained about it being a crappy power many times.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Usually invoked whenever a journalist tries to be a Pungeon Master. Once he finds the name, Nash will usually scold the writer like a child: "You go stand in the corner and think about what you've done!!"
- He will occasionally give a writer a free pass if the circumstances are so bizarre that the story offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a joke that even he wouldn't have been able to pass up.
- Would Hurt a Child: One story featured a man who held up his one-year-old toddler as a meat shield against pepper spray. Nash and Tara are very understandably horrified by this, especially since it wouldn't have worked anyway.
- Younger Than They Look: A lot of the people in the stories are this, mainly due to drug abuse.
(Cue sad trombone