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"As we do at the end of all cowboy poetry workshops, please turn off the campfire."
— Dalton Wilcox
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In 2014, Andy Daly and Matt Gourley ostensibly began sifting through podcasts submitted to Earwolf Productions and showcasing the standouts. The shocking truth was that the podcast was actually Andy Daly playing a variety of characters he'd invented for shows such as Comedy Bang! Bang! as aspiring podcast hosts, despite the fact in many cases it involves admitting to complete failures or heinous crimes. Cohosts and guests have included Paul F. Tompkins, Jason Mantzoukas, Scott Aukerman, and Betsy Sodaro. After eight episodes, in 2018 the show began its belated second season.

    Episode List 

SEASON 1

Episode 1: The Wit and Wisdom of the West with Dalton Wilcox

Episode 2: Hail Satan with Chip Gardner

Episode 3: Get Fit Now with Bill Carter

Episode 4: The Travel Bug with August Lindt

Episode 5: Eye on Theater with Don DeMillo

Episode 6: Shut Up and Have Fun with Danny Mahoney

Episode 7: Rockin' and a Rollin' with Wolfman Hotdog

Episode 8: Kiss Me I'm Patrick McMahon

SEASON 2

Episode 1: Bonanas(sic) for Bonanza with Dalton Wilcox

Episode 2: Drivin' and Fuckin' with Joe Bongo & Margo Chunk

Episode 3: The Pee Tape with Don DeMillo

Episode 4: Terrifying Edinburgh with Cameron MacGonagle

Episode 5: Gil & Golly Variety Hour

Episode 6: Ship to Shore with L. Ron Hubbard

Episode 7: The Long Story with Cactus Tony

Episode 8: The Travel Bug Live! with August Lindt

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The episodes contain examples of:

  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: H. R. Giger claims that his mother attempted to cook him as a child. He only survived because she hadn't preheated the oven properly. It's likely a reference to Armin Meiwes.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone gives Dalton Wilcox's publisher Russell Sheins a bit of grief.
  • Comically Missing the Point: While discussing Grizzly Man, the topic of the infamous scene comes up where Werner Herzog listens to the audio of Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie's death while the audience can hear nothing. Former Pope Benedict XVI doesn't understand that it would be too horrifying and exploitative for Herzog to have played the audio, so he guesses that it's because Treadwell said "the N word."
  • Corpsing: Very common. Andy Daly and Paul F. Tompkins are the worst offenders. In one episode Tompkins even did so a couple times before his character was supposed to have arrived at the scene.
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  • Creepy Child: August Lindt's children, each one more than the last.
  • Deadly Game: Chip Gardner's various game shows leave a number of dead bodies in their wake.
  • Driven to Suicide: August Lindt's family often does this to him. He usually attempts it (or plans to) at famous landmarks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dalton Wilcox, who guns down anyone who he believes is a mean monster (i.e., seemingly anyone inconveniencing him.) He still tries to project an air of warmth and folksiness. Chip Gardner tries for it seemingly because it's expected of a gameshow host but often becomes abrasive to anyone not working in show business.
  • Lampshade Hanging: About as much of this as there is corpsing. Tompkins a few times points out that there are things he doesn't know but his character should.
  • Only Sane Man: Aside from his issues with his wife who left him long ago, Russell Sheins.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Doulman Schmiedeberg, August Lindt's boss and the person August least wants his wife to cheat on him with. Seems to bear August no overt ill-will. Even says that he needs August back in his office "toot sweet."
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Dalton Wilcox doesn't hesitate to tell his publisher Russell Shein and others when their opinions and their dreams make him mad.
    Dalton Wilcox: Pwauh! That makes me mad! You've made me mad, Russell!
  • The Oldest Profession: Dalton Wilcox and The Journeymen take a moment to appreciate how they're living in a "golden age of prostitution."
  • Those Wacky Nazis: His Former Holiness Benedict XVI was a Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) with the Luftwaffe during WWII who claims it was easy to conquer Amsterdam because they invaded at 4:20. He's so unrepentant about the Third Reich's actions during that time that he describes the memorial to Anne Frank as a fun place.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Uta Lindt barely tried to conceal her affair from August beyond tricking him into a "seperate vacations" scheme.
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