- The following episode of FOFOP is classified MA. It contains some course language, some nudity, drug references, sexual references, a sex scene, time travel, terrible Batman impersonations, a Charlie Clausen (pronounced Clausen) shaped hole and mild course language. FOFOP advises that the programme is not suitable for persons under the age of fifteen. Minors must be accompanied by an adult guardian or priest. This is John Deeks speaking.
TOFOP (short for Thirty Odd Foot of Pod), also known as FOFOP is a weekly Australian comedy Podcast. It was originally hosted by comedian Wil Anderson and actor Charlie Clausen. In 2012, after landing a regular acting role on Home and Away, a long-running Australian soap opera, Charlie was forced to leave the podcast (for some reason his new employers weren't too keen about one of their cast members having long recorded conversations about time travel and prison sex).
Wil Anderson relaunched the podcast in 2013 under the name FOFOP (as in "Faux-FOP"). When Charlie's job prevents him from returning to the podcast, Wil is joined each episode by one or more "Guest Charlies". As of 2017, TOFOP is back on the air, although the occasional FOFOP still occurs.
In 2016, the boys also launched a third podcast which is entirely about Australian Rules Football, entitled Two Guys, One Cupnote , and which runs only during the AFL season. Wil also has another podcast, Wilosophy, which is less overtly comedic, in which he interviews various people about, well, life and their philosophies of it; Charlie has one of his own, also interview-based, called That's Aweson.
Tropes present in TOFOP include:
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Charlie is frustrated by the fact that his surname almost, but doesn't quite, rhyme with "awesome". Wil and Charlie decide that Charlie's successful alternate universe counterpart would be named Charlie Clausome.
- Catchphrase: Charlie's "Everyone relax, this is TOFOP" and Wil's "cool things for cool people" (mostly in FOFOP)
- Cluster F-Bomb: The boys don't hold back.
- Continuity Reboot: A common topic is the guys creating pitches for "grim and gritty" reboots of various properties.
- Conversational Troping: It's a rare episode with none at all, and some episodes are pretty much entirely made of it.
- Ho Yay: Oodles of it.
- Life Imitates Art: While discussing the TV show Fringe, Wil and Charlie began to speculate on what their own alternate universe counterparts would be like. Charlie's, they decided, would be Charlie Clausome (to rhyme with "awesome"), and unlike this reality's Charlie, he would have a ragingly successful acting career. Soon after this episode went out, Charlie actually did get a job as a regular on Home and Away, forcing him to leave the podcast.
- Missing Episode: There have been a few of these, mostly as a result of technical mishaps.Wil: Dave and I recorded the other day, and as you will hear when you actually hear that podcast, Dave taught me how to put all the equipment together. You taught me how to turn it on, which I not had been able to do myself. And then we recorded three podcasts in a row.Dave Anthony: And then I taught you how not to sit in a room and record a podcast.Wil: That was great. Because heres what we didnt do in any of that time, despite the fact that you had come into my hotel room and had to show me how to turn the microphones on we never thought, Hey, you know what we should do? Listen back to any of that and check if were both on the microphone.
- Running Gag: Charlie's tiny hands, TOFOP facts, the boys' frequent struggles to get the mics working, "have we talked about this before?"...
- Self-Deprecation: Wil and Charlie frequently mock their own technological incompetence.Wil: Do you like interesting conversations recorded badly?Charlie: Then do we have a podcast for you!