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Podcast / Unpaid Programming

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The New logo featuring the four of them along with some hidden gags and references.

"Hello, good evening, and welcome"
— Lawrence at the beginning of every episode.

The Unpaid Programming Podcast is a podcast that airs on Whooshkaa, Stitcher Radio, Podcast Addict, Spreaker, iHeart Radio,, Spotify, and iTunes hosted by Lawrence Watson and two of his high school friends, who happen to be twin brothers, Jeff and John Kirk. Originally, they were also joined by John and Jeff's older brother Doug, but he was quickly replaced by new cast member, Tim Williams who joined the crew in episode six. The four grew up in and around Pittsburgh and much of their humor and stories revolve around Yinzer-y topics. The show was originally called The Lawrence Watson Show, but changed due to the desire to not put one of them above the others.

They have a website that you can find here:


This podcast provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Jeff, John, Tim, and Lawrence.
  • The Alcoholic: Copious amounts of alcohol are consumed during taping. John, Jeff and Tim always have a few beers during tapings, usually Pittsburgh's infamous Iron City.
    • Lawrence abstains entirely from alcohol due to past problems with it. He usually indulges in his trademark favorite soft drink: Pepsi.
  • Bad Impressionists: All of them to some extent, for which they deride each other.
  • Bald of Awesome: Played straight with Tim and John. Averted with Jeff. VERY Averted with Lawrence.
  • Big Fun: Lawrence is this trope to a tee.
  • Butt-Monkey: John is usually the target for the others' abuse because of his Talkative Loon nature and "boring stories".
  • Catchphrase: Lawrence always begins each episode with "Hello, Good Evening, and Welcome". There are also recurring catchphrases such as John's "Fix it in editing!"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doug, who appeared on the first episode hasn't appeared since after being "fired".
    • Subverted when Doug appears again in Episode 8.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: All of them to a certain extent. Tim the most, John the least.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of what Jeff says. Tim as well. Lawrence sometimes. Averted with John.
  • Downer Ending: The story told by Tim in his first appearance involving hearing an old Korean man tell the story of beating the family dog to death in order to feed it to the family's sick mother, who did not live. Lawrence, Jeff, and John were deeply shaken by the story at first.
  • Fat Best Friend: Subverted in that Lawrence, who is very fat, is the host.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Leader: Lawrence. It's his show, after all.
    • The Lancer: Jeff usually takes this role, though sometimes John fills it.
    • The Smart Guy: Originally Doug, but the role has been assumed mostly by John. However, everyone fills the role from time to time.
    • The Big Guy: Tim usually assumes this role, as he has the deepest voice and is generally the least talkative of the four.
    • The Heart: Oddly for The Leader, Lawrence generally assumes this role as the least likely to insult the others and he's generally the nicest.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Cynic: Jeff
    • The Optimist: John
    • The Realist: Lawrence
    • The Apathetic: Tim
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Lawrence
    • Choleric: John
    • Melancholic: Tim (also Doug)
    • Phlegmatic: Jeff
  • Gasshole: Each of them being caught burping into the microphone was a brief running gag. Also, Lawrence's health scare story turned out just to be a case of tremendous gas.
  • Hippie Teacher: Tim was a teacher abroad and he definitely is a hippie.
  • Large Ham: John is probably the largest, but Lawrence as well.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Lawrence is the Nice, Jeff is the Mean, John and Tim are the In-Between.
  • Personality Blood Types: Although unlike the other temperament types, they each tend to embody the negative aspects more than the positive ones.
    • Type A: Tim
    • Type B: Lawrence
    • Type AB: Jeff
    • Type O: John
  • Pittsburgh: Much of the discussion revolves around life in and around Pittsburgh, especially Pittsburgh sports.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: Since Lawrence is a fan of pro wrestling, several episodes involve him telling wrestling stories or answering the others' questions.
  • Running Gag: The show is full of them. The originally poor audio quality of episodes recorded on cheap equipment is a recurring gag. Also, Jeff regularly derides the quality of the show.
    • Also, the show being produced by John's dog, Henry or Jeff's cat, Wade.
    • Much is made of Lawrence's Ringo Starr-like limited vocal range when singing karaoke compared to Jeff and John who are better singers.
    • Jeff's terrible impersonation of Lawrence's significant other, Laura, who has an Australian accent.
    • Putting over the Honky Tonk Man at least once an episode.
    • The Korean Dog Story.
    • Listener Fan Mail.
    • Funny Ads. So much so that the gang sometimes releases them on their Youtube channel by themselves.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The four of them each have a spot on the scale.
    • Jeff is the the most outwardly cynical about the world in general, and he's apt to be the most snarky.
    • Tim is less cynical than Jeff, but he falls on the cynical side of the fence as well, likely given that he's the most widely traveled of the four.
    • Lawrence is on the idealistic side, although he has a deep streak of pessimism that reveals itself on occasion.
    • John is the most idealistic of the four, always looking for the good in everything and everyone. He sometimes borders on being The Pollyanna.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Lawrence and John act as straight men to Jeff and Tim's wiseguys.
  • Strictly Formula: The show started out expressing the desire to adhere to a specific structure and failed miserably at it. The four of them do have very specific roles though that could be described as Lawrence is the driver, John is riding shotgun with the map, and Jeff and Tim are in the back kicking the seats.
  • Talkative Loon: John sometimes veers into this territory, only to be derided by Lawrence, Tim, and Jeff for it.

Alternative Title(s): The Lawrence Watson Show


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