John "Nash" Bozard 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:
- 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, and the source of most of his current output. 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 one reads the FAQ before joining the chat and stream, lest you wish to be the butt of the chat's drinking game.
- What the Fuck is Wrong With You?! Live: A weekly live version of WTFIWWY usually cohosted by Nash's longtime friend Tara Deenihan (or various others such as "The" Dom Smith, Luke "Rocked" Spencer or Todd in the Shadows when Tara's unavailable) which Nash hosts on Radio Dead Air around 11:30 PM Eastern, video recordings of which are also typically posted on Saturdays. Fully replaced the scripted version after 2012, so that Nash could better keep up with stories.
- 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, such as Richard Thompson, Warren Zevon, The Mountain Goats and Jonathan Coulton, among others.
- Here There Be Dragons: Nash's current review series, in which he reviews fantasy films.
- Tech Q&A - Live every Saturday, simulcast on the RDA website and his Twitch channel, with replays sometimes hosted on YouTube. Hosted by Nash and RDA producer "The Bad" Mike Gearman, the first half of the show highlights computer and technology news from the previous week (sometimes serving as a tech version of WTFIWWY), and the latter half has the pair fielding tech questions submitted by email and the IRC and Twitch chats.
While not officially part of Radio Dead Air proper, Nash also streams games on Twitch on Wednesday nights. His channel can be found here. The Saturday night Tech Q&As are also simulcast there.
Nash also co-hosted "Tuesday Tech Talk" and "How To Do It" with LordKaT and Maluku Saito, which were recorded live every Tuesday on Lord Kat's stream until LordKaT ended both shows in January 2013.
Nash played "The Webmaster," the overarching narrator, in the Channel Awesome fifth year anniversary film, The Uncanny Valley.
The running gags of his show can be found here.
Nash was one of many Channel Awesome content creators to leave the site in March or April 2018 in response to several former team members airing grievances with management.
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?"
- In "Robot", he genuinely laughed at the Doctor's reasoning that Great Britain could be trusted with nuclear launch codes because "all the rest were foreigners".
- The motorcycle gag from The TV Movie made him laugh.
- In general, in the Live WTFIWWY shows, he hates puns made by journalists and reporters in articles, and also frequently dislikes Tara's puns. But when there's one he likes, he'll acknowledge it. That, or he'll laugh his ass off.
- In the 6/20/16 episode, there's a story about two EMTs who got into a fight, with one leaping into their ambulance and driving off while the other was dragged by the vehicle. There's an eyewitness who saw this, reporting that the EMT being dragged shouted "Help me! Call 911!"; this makes Nash absolutely lose it.
- 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: Many, including:
- Nothing is hot in the Walmart. Except when someone lights the fireworks display.
- No one wants to see your dick.
- That doesn't go there./Your vagina and your ass are not pockets. Also, don't stick guns there.
- Just watch porn (instead of getting your kicks through weird, creepy, criminal behaviour).
- The old drugs still work. (As opposed to "What happens if I snort drain cleaner?")
- Guns are not a remote control for life.
- Stuff posted on the internet is there forever.
- Never clamber onto a dead carcass. (lesser-known)
- You are NOT special.
- Poop is never a plan.
- Stupid plans will never impress women.
- It's alright to have fetishes, but don't force yours on others!
- Never, ever, ever let the Internet make choices concerning your brand, your products, or anything with your company's name on it.
- Don't believe in conspiracies.
- If there's anything you want to fuck (objects such as kid playgrounds, doors or fences), don't do it in the open, buy your own and have fun with it at home.
- "You know what's worse than [petty argument or reason someone just committed a crime over]? Prison." Or, alternately, "You know what's more expensive than [petty argument or cheapskate behavior that led to a crime]? Paying your bail to get out of prison" or "you know where they don't have [commonly available item you attempted to steal or over which you committed a crime because you could not acquire it]? Prison."
- Life is not Grand Theft Auto. The cops won't stop chasing you if you reach your house. "They gon' find you."
- For advertisers: Put a (pre)teenager on your teams. If they start giggling, go back to the drawing board.
- <video game title> is not a LARP!
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: One of Tara's greatest fears; whenever there's a story about people misusing technology, she'll mention how humanity is basically asking for a machine uprising.
- 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/Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Surprisingly frequent 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.
- In late April 2015, Nash was in Minnesota filmng his part in the Atop the Fourth Wall, so the 4/25 episode was filmed in the hotel room with all the other Channel Awesome guys there, including Linkara, Brad Jones, and MarzGurl.
- Angrish: Really strange or squicky news stories (or occasionally weird reactions from Tara) cause Nash to lose the power of speech.Tara: I can't tell if I've lost your sound, or if you're just apoplectic beyond speech.
Nash: That's not an issue with the teleprompter; that's the best summation I can make of what actually happened!
Nash: And in a minute, you'll understand why I couldn't come up with a better segue.
- [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.
- Armor-Piercing Response: In the 1/9/17 show, Nash asks why bank robbers are so bad at what they do. Tara's response is "Because if they were good at things, they wouldn't be robbing banks?" Nash is legitimately stumped at how much that makes sense.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- In "Bad Idea Bonanza", 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:Film Brain: So, in just under five minutes, this show has Wonder Woman violate the law, ignore basic rights, and the media aggrandises 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! ...What?
- In another Nash/Linkara/Film Brain collaboration, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, the trio gets carried away after a particularly overly-dramatic scene:David Banner: I'm telling you that it's dangerous! I'm telling you that it's impossible!
Matt Murdock: And I'm telling you you have no choice!
Linkara: You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
Nash: You ask me if I have a God complex? I am God!
Film Brain: If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it!
Linkara and Nash: ...
- When Nash and Tara covered a story about a man who got jail time for robbing two girls running a lemonade stand after they gave him a free drink, Tara makes this observation:
- 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 venomous saliva. Admittedly, this instance is due to the fact that Nash wasn't working on 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 he moved to the West Coast in mid-2013.
- Ass Shove:
- The "Monkeys" episode has it off-screen, but he got a banana shoved up his down-below. He's seen in a later episode needing to sit down gently on a cushion.
- 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.
- And the man doing 90 with a .38 Caliber REVOLVER UP HIS ASS.
- The last show of the year traditionally features "That Doesn't Go There," a retrospective of items people have shoved up their various orifices, including their asses. A rectal-spective, if you will.note
- Atomic F-Bomb: Nash's reaction to a mother convincing her own daughter that she had terminal cancer as part of a scam during Christmas Goat War is just to yell FUCK at the top of his lungs.
- 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 McCool Name: Nash Bozard.
- 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!
Number one, it's a bear. Number two, it's a bear. Number three, and probably most important... HOLY SHIT, YOU FUCKING IDIOT! IT'S A GODDAMNED BEAR!
- Also, the story of a guy who decided to kill a bear to wear 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. What's more, the title of the episode itself came from a comment by Nash comparing bears to the Tumbler Batmobile.
- Also, the episode where bears are getting high off of jet fuel barrels.
- Nash frequently likens bears to furry tanks as a warning for those that mess with them.
- 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:
- Body Horror: Tara's leg hole. It started off as a spider bite, and then formed into a large black abscess that ended up turned out to be necrotic fat When it was removed, it ended up making a hole in her leg an inch and a half deep. As some added fun, it also gave her MRSA.
- Book-Ends: From Episode 33 - This Is All YOUR Fault (The Return):At the beginning of the "normal" part of the episodeNash: Hmm. Well, nobody's here and frankly, I've been so busy that I haven't had any time to research any news stories. So, I guess we'll just call it a da-Nash's Computer: You've Got Mail!Nash: (beat) So hey, guess we'll just call it a da-Nash's Computer: You G-Got, You G-Got, You G-Got Mail, G-Got Mail, G-Got Mail!Nash: ...fuck.At the end of the episodeNash: I feel FREE! Like, like I'm never going to know stress again!(beat)Nash's Computer: You G-Got, You G-Got, You G-Got Mail, G-Got Mail, G-Got Mail!
- 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?
- 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.
- Appears in Linkara's review of The Star Wars, in response to a character named "Senator Nash".
- Appears in the title card of another of Linkara review, this time strangling a superhero commissioned by the state of Florida to help as a PSA for orange growers.
- Appears as part of a visual gag during the Nostalgia Critic review of The Adventures of Pluto Nash, alongside a photo of the dwarf planet Pluto. He remarks that its' still a more thought out gag than anything in the film.
- Captain Obvious: When Nash explains the flaws in someone'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.
- Chimney Entry: This is a recurring problem. People will try to get into houses via the chimney and invariably get stuck, often necessitating the help of the local police and fire departments.
- 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.
- Nash, Linkara, and Film Brain then teamed up to review the failed Wonder Woman (2011 pilot). Pants were darkened.
- This same team went on to review Trial Of The Incredible Hulk.
- The trio was joined by JewWario in their review of the Doctor Strange pilot, though Justin's untimely death caused this video to be delayed.
- 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-!"
- Cozy Voice for Catastrophes: Nash considers Garrison Keilor's voice the equivalent of three beers and a sleeping pill, and considers his voice dangerous to listen to while driving. To the point where he accuses the man's voice (semi-jokingly) of causing traffic accidents.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Discussed in the commentary of Justice League of America, 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.
- Tara had experienced one when she was a child. Or at least an incredibly incompetent. He managed to snap two of her teeth in half while removing her braces.
- 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.
- Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Tara's arm was bitten by Simba, a skittish cat at the pet center in which she volunteers.
- 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.
- On the rare occasion that there isn't a story out of Florida for the week, the reaction is to down the bottle.
- 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.
- The rare wheelchair variant comes up in the episode "Open With The Handy". Nash recounts a story about going to a convention, and seeing Anne McCaffrey driving her wheelchair at max speed down the hallway, sending congoers flying out of her way. She also ran over Nash when they sat down to lunch.
- 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.
- Dude, Not Funny!:
- During a live show, they covered a story where gun sales were going up because people were allegedly preparing for a zombie attack. Tara compares it to NORAD tracking Santa Claus and Nash throws out there might be children watching.Nash: Right at this moment, there's one person who's watching this with their eight-year-old child in the background, which they shouldn't be...Tara: Nobody should be watching this with children anywhere near.Nash: ...and that child just looked up and said, "Mommy, what does she mean, Santa's not real?"Tara: Don't do that to me. I have nieces and nephews. Don't do that to me- don't hang that on me. I will lose sleep over that shit.
- Just after the January 28th WTFIWWY Live, Nash remarked that apparently someone thought it would be funny to launch a DDOS attack on him...while he and his friends were mourning Jew Wario's death. He takes some solace in the fact that whomever did it probably had to spend money to do so, and all they did in the end was make him update his security.
- During a live show, they covered a story where gun sales were going up because people were allegedly preparing for a zombie attack. Tara compares it to NORAD tracking Santa Claus and Nash throws out there might be children watching.
- 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 co-host 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: If someone does something stupid enough to get covered on this show, they're fair game.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Discussed on a couple occasions, usually when somebody goes to jail for mistreating or hurting a child. Tara, whose mother worked as a parole officer for many years, pointed out that in general, prisoners do not tolerate people who harm kids in any way.
- 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.
- "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:
- While JesuOtaku was a regular fixture on the show, he could be seen goofing around in all manner of strange ways. Notably, he really emotionally lipsynced to the WTFIWWY theme music every time it came up.
- After one of Tara's moves, her nephew's kitten Bridget began upstaging the show by acting all kitten-like behind Tara.
- Miracle, Tara's old deaf kitty would occasionally meow extremely loudly.
- Nash's cat Grady has progressed from being camera-shy to being Bridget's replacement in the background insanity role.
- 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?"
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']
- 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:
Tara: How bad was that fucking bus ride?
- 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.
- 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".
- April 13th, 2015 gives us "Bedazzled Fucksaw", after a discussion about apparently taking the blade off a saw and attaching a dildo to it.
- In a similar vein, the March 3, 2014 WTFIWWY Live gave us "Meth Mango", which Nash said sounded like the name of a nightclub.
- October 13th 2014's discussions about the origin of Tara's leg hole led to Nash declaring "Necrotic Fat" to be a good name for a Screamo band.
- August 3rd, 2015 gave us "Badger Rehab", after a story about a badger stealing and drinking a bottle of beer.
- Groin Attack:
- The final two stories of "Tainted Love" both involve something bad happening to a man's equipment. You have been warned.
- In "Land Of The Rising DUMB", a rabid Domo-kun the internet sent after Nash for badmouthing Japan chomped on Nash's man area and the only way JesuOtaku could get it off was by kicking said area.
- Zodan the Unbouncable and an electric shock. Ouch.
- The fate of the narrator of the 1950s beauty film in Episode 5 "I'm Too Sexy For My Brain."
- 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, Luke, 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 his old house, and intermittently since he 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 Film Series 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.
- Or it was someone other than her parents. Her childhood dentist was so incompetent that he snapped two of her teeth in half removing her braces.
- 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:Nash: 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 YouTube 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 Bates? *beat* 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.
- Insistent Terminology: Nash never calls True Blood by either the show's title, or by the book's title (The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries). It's always The Louisiana Crazy-Time Vampire Lesbian Titty Show.
- 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.
- The Internet Is for Cats: Lampshaded after Tara first manages to get her nephew's cat on screen. It would become something of a running gag in later episodes.Nash: You know, we're a ridiculous species because all it takes is to put a kitty cat on the internet and we lose our fucking minds.
- 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!"
- I Think You Broke Him: Or rather, "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.
- 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. However, these are done on an alternate Twitch channel (Nash0762) because part of his original streaming deal with Twitch said that he couldn't archive the RDA episodes due to all the licensed music.
- 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.
- 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."
Tara: "Don't MacGyver your high. Nothing good will come from it. At best you'll just MacGruber your high."
- Averted by Tara when talking about a guy who was huffing Lysol in attempt to get high at a drug treatment center.
- 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."JesuOtaku: Do you mean "innovative" or "going to make me sad?"
Nash: *beat* Yes.
Tara: (regarding a hippo plushie that makes fart noises when squeezed) Is this better or worse than Disembodied Orgasm Hippo?
- And from the live show episode "Drunk Monkey Taunting":
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 accidentally 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.
- Mood Whiplash:
- The discussion of Miracle's lymphoma diagnosis in "Ding Dong, It's My Ding-Dong" was interrupted by Grady's Funny Background Event antics.
- "The Hamburger" has Tara interrupted from her story of seeing Puppetry of the Penis in LA by Dottie, and then resuming the story after holding the cat to the camera briefly. Nash immediately lampshades this when Dottie is put down.
- 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!.
- One case with a guy doing Synthetic Marijuana wound up believing that he was dreaming reality.
- Naked People Are Funny: A recurring theme.
- Also frequently subverted depending on the story when the crazy naked just gets too crazy.
- Nerds Are Virgins:
Film Brain: 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.
- When correcting the Fifth Doctor using the term "Brontosaurus" in "Time Flight", 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:
- 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, 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. Tara also occasionally jokes about these herself, making a reference to an incident vaguely related to the current story before remarking "those records are sealed".
- 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. And then when he played Skyrim Special Edition, he did it again.
- "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.
- From the review of Terror of the Vervoids:
- 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, he 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").Nash: To say it was "amateurish" is to be insulting to amateurs.
- 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.
- Reaches new heights in the live show for 7/8/13, Junk in the Junk: Florida manages to accidentally ban all computers, smartphones and other similar devices while trying to stop internet gambling.
- And if you get really broad with the definition, it also bans brains too as it is also a series of devices (neurons) that can be used in a game of chance.
- Reaches new heights in the live show for 7/8/13, Junk in the Junk: Florida manages to accidentally ban all computers, smartphones and other similar devices while trying to stop internet gambling.
- 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 Problem: 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?"
- "When I was a small child, I never imagined that I would assemble those words together, in that particular order, don't put the alligator in your pants!!!"
- 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.
- The intro to Here There Be Dragons is an 8-bit rendition of Nightwish's "Over The Hills and Far Away."
- Reference Overdosed: If you took a shot for every time he made a pop culture reference in the scripted WTFIWWY episodes, you would die.
- 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.
- While playing Fallout 4, Nash made fun of the game's Take Your Time and Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer nature by asking "Wasn't I supposed to be doing something?" Eventually he decided that the main questline was about the Sole Survivor trying to find...his lost hamster. This caused the chat to refer to the SS's son Shaun as a hamster even after they met him in the flesh, and they declared him "the worst hamster ever" when he turned out to be the head of the Institute.
- Safe Word: The chat's safe word during WTFIWWY is "purple shotgun". Tara takes pride in the fact that she's usually the reason they start screaming it, although she and Nash both frequently point out that unlike a traditional safe word it isn't actually going to make them stop.
- 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.
- Shared Universe: The universe within Nash's scripted shows is the Reviewaverse due to being on Channel Awesome and his numerous cameos and crossovers. He actually played a key part in "To Boldly Flee."
- Shout-Out: See this page.
- Slasher Smile: Nash does 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.
- Squee!: Tara is overjoyed after downloading Neko Atsume.
- 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.
- Also, occasionally, Nash and Tara themselves:Nash: You know who wasn't a good, conscientious human being?
Nash: Oh my God. You know me!
- Also, occasionally, Nash and Tara themselves:
- 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 accidentally 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."
Nash:...Gentlemen, and I'm using the term loosely because you're watching my show...
- The new nickname as of late is "The Choir Pedantic".
- The episode "Hummingbird Hell" contains this jab:
- He roundly calls out the idiots who wrote in to his "Top Classic Doctor Who" video and voted for Modern Doctors (at the time, 9, 10, and 11). His only consolation he gives them is "Not telling the internet who you are."
- Tempting Fate: Several items are introduced this way.
Nash: "You know there was some guy at checkout lane 3 wishing for something to happen."
- And even double-subverted once. He lists something even more ridiculous than the previous story. He looks around expectantly for a long beat. Then:Nash: Ha! Got you, internet! That's too specific even for— *that exact story appears* oh good lord.
- Also whenever something happens during the graveyard shift.
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.
- He espoused the virtues of weed over meth because nobody ever blew up their house with weed. Come this episode, 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.
Nash: OH GOD, WE'RE PROPHETS.
Nash: Well, now that I've inspired the ire of the entire internet, is there anything lest I can do to piss people off?
- After finishing the review of Highlander and calling a decent movie but nowhere near great:
Cue The Neverending Story promo
Nash: (With a strained smile) Oh, fuck me.
Nash: We've joked about people doing things to get on this show!
- In one episode, an article has a police officer comment, "This should make that stupid video show."
- And even double-subverted once. He lists something even more ridiculous than the previous story. He looks around expectantly for a long beat. Then:
- 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".
- "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.
Nash: Tara, Tara, Tara... it's happened again... and in Florida.Tara: OH GOD NO!!!
- 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: You know, it's times like this I recall the words of my mother when she told me "You idiot."
- His review of Krull, where right at the start he knows he's in trouble.
- His reaction when the first scene of "K9 and Company," a children's show, is a group of human-sacrificing devil worshipers.
- Title Drop: Both played straight and inverted. The phrase "What the fuck is wrong with you?!" is often said during the show. The titles for the live show episodes are taken from a joke made during the recording, usually A Rare Sentence of some kind.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: When JO joins the show, hes the Tomboy to Tara the self-described "Professional Girly Girl". Especially since Tara's day job is selling cosmetics.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Space Guy loves eating Legos.
- 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
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.
- Nash even brings this up in an episode of Tuesday Tech Talk recorded with Jason "LordKaT" Pullara:
- Now, Nash does a shout out to Patreon funders that do their own Web Original content just before the WTFiWWY part of Radio Dead Air starts.
- 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.
- 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...
Nash: Is it...no, Mommy, I don't wanna...feed my shoes...watermelon...
- Also, in the "Wonder Woman (2011)" crossover...
- 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?Nash: What?
- 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 had 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 Are You in For?: Tara and Nash like doing this for some of the stupider crimes, mostly to point out what stupid crooks can look forward to.
- 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.
- Also in-universe. After Nash, Linkara, and Film Brain went drinking, Nash put everyone to bed with aspirin. Problem was that it was actually Ritalin. Cue madness at MAGfest.
- 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.
- World of Weirdness: The universe within Nash's scripted shows, the Reviewaverse. After all, there's an alien and Nash is actually Aeon.
- 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.
- X Meets Y: WTFIWWY Live That'll Do, Pig 9/9/13, Tara describes the drunken pig rampage as Animal Farm as written by Hemingway.
- 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
- Younger Than They Look: A lot of the people in the stories are this, mainly due to drug abuse.
(Cue sad trombone)