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Bill Corbett's Funhouse
69 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Ep. 69: Time to Die
It’s the final weekly episode of Bill Corbett’s Funhouse. (Not sure if we’ll ever be back in any form, but definitely not for the next few months.) So let’s talk about death, and endings. Then watch us die! Laughs and sadness. And movie and book recommendations. Then death. With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
64 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Ep. 68: Ann Kim, Restaurant Virtuoso
Bill interviews chef and restaurateur Ann Kim, who recently won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest. From her early days in Korea to her time working as an actor to her amazing rise as a pizza chef and owner of four restaurants, Ann has a cool and inspiring story.
95 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Ep. 67 Beyond the White Matrix
A follow up to Episode 59 a.k.a. White Supremacist Club. Bill and Brandi chat about the white people problem along with Kyle Tran Myhre, stage name Guante, a hip hop artist, slam poet, activist, and educator based in Minneapolis. With Brandi Brown and Kyle Tran Myhre.
51 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Ep. 66 Cheesy Holiday Special
Bill might be an expert in cheesy movies, but his wife Virginia is an expert in cheesy... cheese. Yes, Virginia Corbett is a for-real cheesemonger, a cheese expert for an actual living, and knows her profession well. She and Bill chat about the wonderful world of cheese, and how you might include it in your holiday parties and feasts. Plus lots of conversational diversions and distractions. A lactose super-tolerant show! With Virginia S. Corbett.
53 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Ep. 65: John Moe, Wits Master
Bill interviews John Moe, author, radio host, mental health advocate and star of the late great show WITS on American Public Media. They discuss John's life in public media, including his popular podcast The Hilarious World of Depression and new book of the same name.
72 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
Ep. 64: Christmas Randomness
Christmas is rushing at us, full speed ahead. There's no stopping it! And since a previously scheduled episode had to be canceled at the last minute, Bill asked Bryan in to chat about the inescapability of Christmas and some of the movies, TV and so forth that come with it: good, bad, offbeat, from the classics to the obscure. Christmas randomness! With Bryan Miller.
64 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Ep. 63 Yes, And
Contemplating his next career move, Bill explores the wonderful world of improv comedy. Funhouse regulars and seasoned improv performers Shannan and Mike guide him through this potentially fulfilling and lucrative life change. Includes live audio improv! Yes, and they have fun. With Shannan Custer and Mike Fotis.
59 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Ep. 62: Kevin Murphy, Finally
Bill interviews longtime MST3K and RiffTrax colleague Kevin Murphy about his early days, the early days of MST3K, early days in general. Note: this is the second time Kevin has been interviewed for the Funhouse podcast, the first time being back in February AND thus far the only instance of Bill absolutely messing up a recording! Let the record show that Kevin was gracious enough to try again.
73 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Ep. 61: Petty Bastards
Let's get shallow! Bill and company go off about their many petty grievances. And some small blessings, though not as many. A truly shabby, petulant little party. Also: Narcos! Great Korean movies! Woodstock '99! With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
72 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Ep. 60: Paul Funhouse Tompkins
Bill interviews one of his favorite comedians and favorite people in general, Mr. Paul F. Tompkins. Besides being a brilliant stand-up, PFT is a a veteran of many great shows such as Bojack Horseman, Mr. Show, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Comedy Bang Bang, Best Week Ever, plus his own podcasts including Spontaneanation and Dead Authors. They chat about Paul's early years, comedy, clothes, politics, therapy, and life itself!
88 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Ep. 59: White Supremacist Club
Bill and some fellow white people discuss what the hell is wrong with white people, a.k.a. themselves. In the wake of a vicious, racist Trump rally in their city recently, they try to look hard at what white supremacy is, and get a glimpse past the White Matrix. Also: interesting stuff to watch including Gary Gulman's new comedy special, the show Derry Girls, and (maybe?) The Watchman. With Shanan Custer and Bryan Miller.
69 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Ep. 58: The Scary Show
It’s Halloweeeeeen so it’s time to get spoooooky and use too many vowels! Bill and crew honor the scary season and talk about the stuff that frightens them, rational and otherwise. Includes terrifying things to watch like The Exorcist, Testament, and (*shudder*) Unsolved Mysteries! With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
62 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Ep. 57: Healthcare Hell and Beyond
Bill interviews Tim Faust, traveling healthcare activist and author of the excellent new book Health Justice Now. They talk about the utter immoral mess that is the US healthcare system, how it connects with all other areas of life, and the signs of possible hope ahead, maybe. Plus: wrasslin' talk!
14 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Ep. 56.5: Batman v Superman, The Novelization LIVE
A short bonus episode, only 15 minutes long! Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con in Atlanta, it's Bill's novelization of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice brilliantly performed by Janet Varney, Hal Lublin, Joseph Scrimshaw and Mark Gagliardi.
80 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Ep. 56: Ellen + George BFF 4ever
Bill and crew examine Ellen Degeneres' friendship with former president George W. Bush, the furor around their recent hang at an NFL game, and her subsequent defense of same. Also: the Boss is old! Batman sucks! And the tale of Wagatha Christie. With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
65 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Ep. 55: Millennials, Scourge of All That Is
Bill is joined by certified first-wave millennials Brandi and Bryan to discuss how their generation has ruined literally everything and / or been ruined by everything. Also: Succession, Charles Manson, and the glorious tedium of Ken Burns! With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
96 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Ep. 54: Jonah Ray, Comedy Punk
Bill talks to comedian Jonah Ray, star of the recent Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival. They chat about Jonah’s childhood in Hawaii, punk rock, comedy, creativity, and all other manner of things. Including, of course: MST3K.
57 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
Ep. 53: Unpopular Opinions, Live from Dragon Con!
Recorded before a live audience at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Bill is joined by actor James Urbaniak (Venture Brothers + so many more things), musician Molly Lewis and Funhouse fam regular Joseph Scrimshaw. They discuss the idea of self-declared Unpopular Opinions and what the hell is that all about? Also: culture, entertainment, and audience participation, within reason!
102 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Ep. 52: Caissie St. Onge, TV Jokemaster!
Television veteran Caissie St. Onge has worked in the industry since she was 20. She's written jokes and produced shows for Busy Phillips, Joan Rivers, Paul F. Tompkins, Rosie O'Donnell, David Letterman, Andy Cohen and others. She's also a YA author, a devoted Prince fan / expert, and a wonderful guest with great insights into humor, media, power and misogyny. Caissie joined Bill for a wide-ranging chat in L.A. last month. Enjoy!
66 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
Ep. 51: The Red Flag Episode
Bill and Brandi talk with Maggie Koerth-Baker, senior science writer for FiveThirtyEight.com, about the connections between gun violence and mental health. Then things lighten up with discussions of a wrestling movie, a cowardly senator at the Minnesota State Fair, and a whole bunch of feral hogs (approx. 30-50).
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