The Skewer Podcast
About This Show
A live monthly news revue that satirizes the dumb month that was.
Featuring searing op-eds and hilarious debates from Chicago's best writers, The Skewer is a live lit comedy juggernaut that none can resist.
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The Skewer 11: September 2016
God damn, this edition of the Skewer was one of the all-time greats. Liz Reuss kicks it off with a look at would-be Good Wife and unfortunate victim of Carlos Danger, Huma Abedin. Kayla Lane Freeman took us on a tour of her hyper-aggressive home state of Texas, where puffy pony stickers are criminally underappreciated. Joe Anderson showed us the darker side of fandom culture through the lens of those who would defend Suicide Squad from bad reviews with their lives. Patrick Reilly made a shitton of jokes about crossbows, which was as hilarious as you're imagining (provided you image it as very hilarious). Fran Hoepfner capped off the op-eds by explaining once and for all what food to brew up like some kinda magic potion to get people to fuck, humans of course being notoriously ambivalent about sex. THE DEBATE WAS SO DOPE, with comedy monsters Stephanie Weber and Dan Sheehan competing to see what's the best way to enforce the University of Chicago's no-trigger-warnings policy: hiring scary guys to yell at students, or replacing dorms with haunted houses. People, this one is so good. What a time.
PS. Patrick used both mics for his piece, which was funny in person but leads to slightly blown-out audio in podcast. Our apologies!
Tom Harrison- 1:50
Liz Reuss- 10:15
Kayla Lane Freeman- 18:21
Joe Anderson- 33:41
Patrick Reilly- 44:16
Fran Hoepfner- 55:09
THE SKEWER DEBATE: Dan Sheehan vs. Stephanie Weber- 1:03:24
Rated 5 out of
Smart, hilarious review of the month's news
Eclectic mix of Chicago writers take on the month's news with witty and insightful op-eds. Enough Chicago specifics to give a sense of place but definitely still enjoyable for audiences from elsewhere. The crowning jewel is the debate at the end....with writers arguing over topics like if Kanye or Jeb Bush had the bigger Twitter meltdown, what's not to love? Can't wait to see what they do with the sure to be ridiculous remainder of 2016 elections....looking forward to the comic relief.
Date published: 2016-03-16