78 minutes | Mar 27, 2023
Episode 394: Channeling the 80s
Don’t touch that dial, listener, because Baconsale is ready to repeatedly hit the nostalgia button for everyone who was born before Zack was. Our friend Casey is joining us to talk about television series from the 1980s, and pick answers for such categories as Best Cartoon, Biggest Crush, Most Annoying Character, and Family You’d Want to Be In. Considering how many TV shows aired at least 50% of their episodes in the 80s, you’d think that we’d have little to no overlap, but we’re all a little surprised by how much we match each other. Press play to hear Kent make mildly inappropriate robot noises.
91 minutes | Mar 20, 2023
Episode 393: Twinner Winner – Under the Covers
We’ve debated about songs with similar titles before on Baconsale, but what about tunes with the exact same lyrics? On this episode, Joel, Kent & Zack are comparing popular cover songs to the original versions and deciding which one is better. These matchups will include such hits as “I Will Always Love You,” “Live and Let Die,” “I’m A Believer,” “Hurt,” “Always on My Mind,” and “Landslide.” There are also some triple-twin rounds where we’ll be choosing between three different artists. Yes, our decisions are very subjective, and our arguments vary from round to round, but hey, that’s Baconsale. Press play to hear Joel insult Kent and Zack in multiple languages.
36 minutes | Mar 17, 2023
BaconBit: And the 2023 Oscar Winners Are…
The 95th Academy Awards did their best to avoid any drama this year, and therefore the ratings surged to make it the third-lowest viewed broadcast in the ceremony’s history! Zack watched the whole bland thing, Kent struggled to find a place to stream it, and Joel just looked up the winners on Twitter. On this BaconBit, we’ll be discussing the swanky gift bags, inconsiderate dresses, what made Zack cry, stripped down performances, suspenderography and, of course, the winners of each category. We’ll also see who did best on their ballot and announce the winner of our Oscars contest! Press play, Short Stack!
111 minutes | Mar 13, 2023
Episode 392: The Action Movie of Action Movies!
Our name is Baconsale. Our world is fire and blood. Which is why we’ve decided to create a bracket to see which action/adventure movie is the greatest of them all. You submitted the adrenaline-fueled films for this tournament, and now it’s up to us to cut your heart out with a spoon as we say “Hasta la vista” to most of your favorite flicks. But Joel, Kent & Zack ain’t got time to bleed. They must go faster as they try to complete this competition in one shot. And even though we know some of our decisions will make you want to have your vengeance, in this life or the next, just know that there’s some good in this episode, listener, and it’s worth fighting for. Welcome to the party, pal! Press play, and we’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. And visit Baconsale.com to print the official bracket for this action movie tournament.
85 minutes | Mar 6, 2023
Episode 391: 2023 Oscar Predictions
Well, it’s Oscar season…again. The Academy is trying really hard to get people interested this year by nominating some huge box office successes, but do popcorn flicks & comedies really have a chance of winning? We’re going to speculate on that while making predictions for each of the 23 award categories on this episode of Baconsale. And with Golden Corral on the line for the winner of these golden statue forecasts, the stakes have never been higher. Zack plays the odds again, Joel tries to keep us sad (and not mad), Kent has fun with puns, and Angela Basset does the thing. Will Elvis be king of the 95th Academy Awards? Will The Banshees of Inisherin make a lot of noise? Will it be All Quiet on the Western Front for epic war remakes? Will Everything Everywhere All At Once take it all? Press play to roll out the red carpet to your ears and find out. And visit Baconsale.com to fill out our official ballot for the 2023 Oscars for your chance to win one of two prize options.
75 minutes | Feb 27, 2023
Episode 390: This Show is Still Underrated!
We’re keeping things positive on this episode as we revisit a well from five years ago and, once again, discuss underrated things. Some of the categories mirror our last overrated episode (e.g., condiment & sitcom character), some are Baconsale staples (movie villain & video game hero), and other ones are completely random (doughnut & over-the-counter drug). Joel, Kent, and Zack have a little difficulty distinguishing underrated from dated, we’ve got some hot takes to offer, and we’ll do our best to keep things entertaining as we question and sometimes mock each other’s undervalued answers. Don’t take medical advice from Baconsale, but please press play!
107 minutes | Feb 20, 2023
Episode 389: Ranking Disneyland Rides (Classic Era)
To all who listen to this happy episode; welcome. Baconsale is your podcast. How do you do? Say it when you're meetin' Joel, Kent, and Zack. They’re going to tier 24 rides at Disneyland, going chronologically from opening day in 1955 to Indiana Jones in 1995. And it’s a small world after all, because these foolish mortals are joined by our friend Josh, a self-proclaimed Disneynerd. We’ve got a lot of magical memories comin’ down the track as we discuss our personal experiences with each ride at the park. We’ll also offer a peek at the backside of water as we share some interesting trivia about the attractions, expose Disney World snobbery, and showcase amazing Donald Duck impersonations. Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho! Then press play.
36 minutes | Feb 17, 2023
BaconBit: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Review
Now that the third installment of Ant-Man is beginning the fifth phase of the MCU, we’re going to review it during our second BaconBit of the ninth season of Baconsale. Zack isn’t here, unfortunately, but Kent & Joel are ready to share their thoughts about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Kent has been a little bitter about Ant-Man since Edgar Wright left the project, and this series hasn’t been one of Joel’s favorites, either, but will they be the tiniest bit impressed by the Quantum Realm? Listen to find out. And don’t worry, the first part of this review is free of spoilers. Press play to discover who “he” is.
82 minutes | Feb 13, 2023
Episode 388: Bizarre Love Triangles
Will they? Won’t they? Yes, it looks like Baconsale is going to do an episode about love triangles. We’ve taken 14 of the most popular romances from film & TV to discuss whether the characters made the right decisions, if they should have chosen the one that got away, or if they should have ended up alone. There are going to be a few spoilers as we talk about older television shows and movies, but we hope you enjoy our arguments about age differences, our sentiments about stalkers, and our reactions to relationships. Prepare yourself for a lot of emotional gear shifting as we go from silly romantic comedies to dark dramas to sitcoms, but remember that the one constant in all this madness is love. Don’t be a puppy kicker. Press play!
90 minutes | Feb 6, 2023
Episode 387: Our Seven Favorite Albums
Listen, listener, it’s too difficult to decide what our top five favorite albums are, and a top 10 would just take too long. Therefore, on this episode of Baconsale, we’re each picking seven albums that we love. These aren’t songs that we put on shuffle, we enjoy these musical collections track by track, in the order they were intended to play. Kent is ready to showcase his hipster side, but he’s including some self-proclaimed bangers. Meanwhile, Zack & Joel are largely giving stage crew picks—Zack’s are in chronological order, and Joel’s are largely influenced by his sister. We hope you enjoy hearing our memories of music as much as we enjoyed sharing them. Press play to hear our sneaky honorable mentions.
34 minutes | Feb 3, 2023
BaconBit: 2023 Sundance Recap with Emily
Get those noses high in the air, listener, because we’re talking Sundance again. Our friend, Emily, is joining us to talk about the record number of movies she and Kent watched this year. And guess what? Almost 30% of them were good this season! Listen to Kent & Emily’s hive-mind thoughts as they talk to you about Talk to Me, relate the story of Flora and Son, reminisce about Past Lives, condemn Bad Behavior, and civilly discuss Polite Society. Press play to be the first people to hear this BaconBit about being the first people to see these films.
79 minutes | Jan 30, 2023
Episode 386: The Return of WWBD
It’s been a few years since we last asked, "What Would Baconsale Do?" However, we’ve decided to enter the realm of random mental insights again, this time with Zack at the helm. He’s going to ask Kent & Joel a series of questions about genies, aliens, shopping carts, and more. Zack is also going to present some serious moral quandaries, some of which were generated by artificial intelligence. We hope you enjoy this bizarre episode as we discuss Return of Jafar, the destruction of Portland, purring when we’re happy, losing fingers, knives & duct tape, and a handful of positive affirmations. Aunt Celery says press play!
82 minutes | Jan 23, 2023
Episode 385: 2023 Prediction Banquet
It’s not every day that we unleash our powers of prognostication on our listener, it’s just usually on the second show of every season. So on this episode of Baconsale, we’re looking at the upcoming year and getting a little catty. We’ll be making predictions about celebrity comebacks & break-ups, pop culture drama, sports forecasts, the rule of threes, movies releasing this year, and more. Since we’ve been doing this type of show for a while now, we occasionally will copy each other’s former answers (as well as our own). But we hope you enjoy hearing us giggle at sports names, berate those who go back to the well, and switch places in our opinions. Watch out for Ezra Miller in 2023, and press play to hear silent agreement.
77 minutes | Jan 16, 2023
Episode 384: Best & Worst Movies of 2022-ish
As our ninth season of Baconsale begins, we realize very quickly that it’s a good thing we’re pop culture podcasters and not math teachers. We’re looking back at the movies we watched this past year and ranking our five least favorite films, followed by our five favorites. Joel is going after cult classics this time, and it’s his own fault he chose the truly rotten ones. Kent keeps his choices limited to movies released in 2022, and manages to find a few golden hipster nuggets amidst the cape flicks and wasteland that was last year in cinema. And Zack is there to judge each of our picks along the way. Press play to decide which Skarsgård is the best Skarsgård.
86 minutes | Dec 19, 2022
Episode 383: The Season Eight Escape
Joel, Kent, and Zack are going to do another category show all about Baconsale because the season has come to an end. Things start off with a thousand voices & a single dream, followed by a discussion of our favorite moments, strange topics, what surprised us, our biggest accomplishments, and more. Kent cheats a little on his categories this year, while Joel forgot that he could do that. And Zack gives a not-so-subtle hint about what kind of show he’d like to do in the future. Yes, this episode involves a lot of back-patting (which makes us feel a little awkward at times), but it’s an entertaining walk down memory lane, along with slight mockery and a few guilt trips. Let’s get it started! Press play.
89 minutes | Dec 12, 2022
Episode 382: A Christmash Carol
Marley was dead: to begin with. Dead as a door-nail. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the Baconsale episode we are going to relate. Joel, Kent, and Zack have watched every film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, and we’re going to build our own version of Ebenezer Scrooge’s story using the tried-and-true method of M.A.S.H. As we do so, we’ll also share our thoughts on the acting, the storytelling, the sets, the costumes, the visual effects, and the music of each version we saw. And we’ll pick our favorite and least favorite movies. Will the Christmas spirits be kind to us? Or will we wear the chains we formed in life, link by link, and yard by yard? Don’t say “Bah! Humbug!” Come in! Press play! And know us better, man!
73 minutes | Dec 5, 2022
Episode 381: The 12 Tiers of Christmas
On the first show of December, our podcast gave to you, a random holiday-themed ranking episode. We’ve decided to take a Baconsale-style look at the presents given during The Twelve Days of Christmas and see if they’re something that anyone would actually want. After we discuss the history of the song and how much these gifts would cost, we’ll then tier each present according to what we’d cherish forever, what we might enjoy once, and what we’d regift or just throw away. Joel gets a little greedy for gold, people never stop dancing at Kent’s apartment in New York, and watch out for the Zack Attack at the end! It’s a killer! It doesn’t matter if you’re a drummer, a piper, a lord, a lady, a milkmaid, a swan, a goose, a ring, a blackbird, a hen, a dove, or a partridge, press play!
97 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Episode 379: The Worst Song of Songs! (Tournament Finals)
Hey, Soul Sister! We’re over the (My) Humps and finishing our terrible song tournament on this episode of Baconsale. Joel, Kent, and Zack may not be Happy with the awful tunes they must move forward, because they have to Play It Again, and there are Blurred Lines with some of their reasoning, but the urge to crown a “winner” is Simply Irresistible. Will Zack’s choices make you Blue (Da Ba Dee)? Will Kent be able to remember what he said previously Before He Cheats on his logic? Is Cotton Eye Joe(l) wearing Christmas Shoes? Listen to find out (and to learn what The Fox says). Don’t be Rude! Press play to take a mental Photograph of our musical anguish. Download & print the advanced Worst Song of Songs bracket at Baconsale.com!
105 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Episode 378: The Worst Song of Songs Tournament
Last Christmas (or rather last March), Baconsale picked the ultimate Song of Songs. And now, even though No One was really asking for it, we’re beginning our quest to find the least Perfect song. We asked our listener (including all the Single Ladies), to submit their terrible tunes, and we’ve put those disagreeable ditties in a bracket. Why? This is How We Roll. Joel, Kent, and Zack have accepted your choices With Arms Wide Open, and then they’ll make Chop Suey of 32 songs that they don’t think deserve to win. And while we may not understand The Reason some of you made the picks you did, we won’t give you the Run-Around for long, because we’ll finish this tournament on the next episode. Don’t Worry Be Happy, and press play if you Believe in life after love. Download & print the official Worst Song of Songs bracket at Baconsale.com to play along at home!
37 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
BaconBit: Wakanda Forever Review
It’s been four years since the first standalone Black Panther movie. A lot of events within the Marvel Cinematic Universe have occurred since then, as well as the tragic, real-life passing of Chadwick Boseman, but is this sequel a fitting finish to Phase Four? Or is this two-hour-and-forty-one-minute movie going to be a drain on our mental resources? Joel and Kent are going to start this review on their own, since they saw the movie together, and Zack will join us as soon as we start spoiling the movie (about 18 minutes in). However, we’ll keep our thoughts spoiler-free before then. Take your mask off and press play to hear about the Na'vi suffering bloodless deaths via vibranium.