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62 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
#104: “First: Showbiz Job, Drink, Kiss & Arrest” w/ Taylor Adams
New grad Taylor Adams just got to New York from Indiana, and tells us about getting started in showbiz. Jaimie freaks when she hears about the Disney gig she just did. (Hint: The Little Mermaid, Belle, and Pocahontas were all involved). Taylor talks about how her group of college students contacted Kevin to come back to campus to be on the show, and the big 15-year reunion for our college TV show that followed. It brought dozens of people back to Indiana from all over the country to do one more episode of the old show. Taylor also talks about going to college in her hometown, how picking one extra curricular to get involved with can change your whole life, and whole bunch of firsts: first college party, first drink (she remembers the exact date), first kiss! Follow her on instagram @tayloradams96
56 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
#103: “Townie Pulls A Gun & Hell House” w/ Timmy McBride & Russell Stewart
We’re BACK from a looong hiatus, and we’re doing something new: for Back 2 School Month, we’re talking to RECENT college grads, about their college stories that JUST happened, and what it’s like getting into showbiz now. We’ve got Timmy McBride & Russell Stewart on the show today – Timmy hosted our old late night talk show at Ball State for 3 years, and Russell was a producer on the show and they both did improv as well. Timmy went to Chicago after graduating in 2015 and Russell interned at Conan, moved to NYC and paged with Colbert and is now working with CBS. We talk about culty college improv groups, how Tim wasn’t allowed into IMPROV because he didn’t look “cool” enough, Russell tried to become a cop and ended up in TV, and one of them gets cock blocked by a dog. They describe how to spot a “townie” (hint: he PULLS A GUN AT A PARTY) and how they both found the worst college house of all time, which nearly literally sunk into hell. Or the Earth. Same thing. Oh, and the greatest way to catch a liquor thief we’ve heard yet. Follow and HIRE Tim & Russell!
54 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
#102: “Hangin w/ Miami Football Players” w/Anthony Devito (Colbert, Comedy Central)
Anthony Devito! One of our favorite storytellers, a man who has been featured on This American Life, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert & Comedy Central, and who — more on topic for us — made future NFL players laugh at the University of Miami before bailing on his architecture major to do this for a career. How’d he end up in Miami? He literally crunched the numbers and it seemed like — statistically –you could get laid there. We kick off the show talking about our favorite crazy open mic comics from the New York scene, and how fun it is to see them after you’ve already written them off as dead, and telling stories about the weirdest people we’ve ever seen take a mic on stage. But the “college stories”? They’re great too! Anthony talks about going to THE U in Miami, what the culture was like down there, finding a long-term girlfriend immediately, working his ass off as an architecture major, and making future a future NFLPA president crack up. He also got accidentally knocked out on a basketball court by a football player. Check it out. Follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyDevito_, and buy his album Dream Occupation.
58 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
#101: PART 2: Ball State to NYC: The College Stories Origin Story
Look, this is five people who did a college TV show doing a Q&A about that TV show, and 4/5 of us are drunk. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, feel free to skip, and we will not be offended. BUT WE THINK IT’S FUN! Some stories told: Jaimie drunkenly tried to chase a bat into a dorm elevator while wearing a ball gown. How Shane told Jon he was elected producer of our college TV show during a sketch called Johnny Whittledick which involved a human termite. How we made “My Wife” a thing BEFORE Borat. Kevin’s Christmas specials almost killed him, physically, 3 years in a row. How Kevin was accused of RIGGING THE MEMBER OF THE YEAR VOTE in favor of Elizabeth. And we get some questions from listeners, and we answer them! A little bit of a different format for college stories. Q’s we A’d: What phrases from college sketches do you still quote in your everyday life? Who was most likely to show up to a taping under the influence? Who blacked out during the show? Which one of us wrote an apology letter to the whole staff at 5 a.m. after a show? Worst idea for a show segment? Worst bit we filmed? What did we regret filming? What pairs of people did we most like watching work together? What thing that made us laugh the hardest? Who has the hardest time watching their own work? What were our favorite things to film? What things made us the most nervous? Were there times producers convinced actors to do things they didn’t want to do? And THUS COMPLETES THE 2-PART COLLEGE STORIES ORIGIN STORY about our college TV show’s 2000-04 era.
156 minutes | Jan 25, 2018
#100: From Ball State to NYC: The College Stories Origin Story
SPECIAL EP. 100: This is the ultimate college story for our hosts: it’s the origin story of the College Stories podcast. Kevin, Jaimie, Jon, Shane & Elizabeth all met on a TV show they created at Ball State (that still exists today) which has a hell of a backstory. They worked together, lived together, eventually moved to NYC, worked in showbiz, and a couple of them even got married. In part 1, we talk about how we all met, our first impressions of each other, and how you figure out what the hell you’re going to do with the rest of your life while you’re in college. If you are or ever were in college, and made strangers into friends, this is something you’ll relate to. Some highlights: –One of us is now PREGNANT –Kevin talks about taking over the show, pretty much immediately –Elizabeth & Kevin met and immediately thought the other one was an idiot. One of the first things Shane ever said to Kevin was asking “if you and your cousin had sex, who would win?” –Elizabeth & Jaimie’s 1st crazy house party with Kevin & Shane, running from the cops, and the boys helping the girls hop a fence to get away, like GENTLEMEN –One decision Jaimie made, her sophomore year of college, that changed her whole life forever. –Baby Jon shows up a year later and joins up with the show that’s already in progress, and has to bust his way into an already formed group. –Kevin and Jaimie go from friends to, uh, more than that. Kevin describes their first encounter as “a pretty significant snog.” –We go around the table and figure out who’s kissed who, and it’s pretty much everybody. Jaimie getting Letterman. –Elizabeth blows her parents minds by moving in with boys (Kevin, Shane & Jon) –Shane explains the semester he worked basically 100 hours a week –When and how Kevin, Elizabeth and Jaimie decided to move to New York together –Jon talks about getting the rejection from Letterman –THE WHOLE F*CKING THING
51 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
#99: “Steroids & Poker” w/ Mike Cannon (comedian & podcast host)
Mike Cannon is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet who also has insane stories about doing steroids. Mike played college basketball at Rockland Community College where he was point guard/artificially enhanced enforcer, and then he *almost* played at SUNY Geneseo. Mike made his money in college playing underground poker games in New York City with very high highs and dangerous (though now funny!) lows. Stay tuned for the final story, when every element of his insane, raging 4 years of college come together in a literal knockout of a climax. Order Mike’s album “I Think It Just Kicked In” now! Follow him on Twitter @IamMikeCannon and listen to him on both his podcasts and all his Sirius XM guest spots. Honestly, you’ll hear him there even if you try not to.
67 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
#98: “Shoplifting & Marc Summers” w/ Asterios Kokkinos (Comedian)
Asterios blew the fuckin’ doors off the show in episode #98. We start with a Marc Summers (of Double Dare!) college story, and end with a little shoplifting. Asterios is a comedian, comedy writer, and part-time ass-kicker of bigots on Reddit (our description, not his). He has an insane amount of stories, and we begin with when Asterios’s Emerson College sketch group met — and got to perform briefly with — Marc Summers, of Double Dare fame. We talk about how college is summer camp for adults, and how Emerson is a “TV clown college.” For instance, Asterios took a class in David Lynch. Otherwise, he was probably watching Drew Carey show. What did he learn in college? In “Liar Liar,” Act 2 is where all the lies are! It’s all here with “The Professor” Asterios Kokkinos. Some things you hear shouted during this episode: “I’m Chinese guy!” “Much like a baby, I wasn’t producing the right kind of STOOLS” “I could put this kid in a toilet!” He hosts a sci-fi comedy game show that we highly suggest listening to, called Science Friction. Subscribe to Asterios on Patreon and get some of the funniest, most insane stuff on this goddang “web.” Do it here: https://www.patreon.com/asterios He also has a hilarious book called “Toys 4 Cheap” that is great. Follow Asterios on Twitter @Asterios!
63 minutes | Sep 21, 2017
#97: “4 Day Coma / I LOVE JAIL!” w/ Greg Burmeister (Rock N Roll)
We’ve double-checked, and it’s confirmed Greg Burmeister is the first guest we’ve had whose college experience included a 4-day coma. The man is a party machine (although that is NOT what led to his coma!) and his college experience was less of the campus life, and more of the rock & roll life. Greg played in bands throughout college (Cue The Doves & Galaxy Queen), then he managed bands, and generally tore up Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding area during his time at Minnesota’s University of Northwestern. He also is the first College Stories guest with a story that involves brass knuckles, the cops, and yelling about how much he loves jail! We asked Greg a question he gets a lot: “What do you do?” and while he isn’t quite sure, we know that besides being a rock & roll guitarist, he’s also been an actor (Broad City), TV personality (truTV), and worked in TV production (Celebrity Apprentice & The Late Show). He also hosted a public access show called Beatboxing With Greg where he straight up just beatboxed AT a guest for a half hour. Incredible stuff. Do yourself a favor and follow Greg on Twitter @gregburmeister & on Instagram @greghello!
74 minutes | Sep 14, 2017
#96: “My Friend, Dummy” w/ Kenny DeForest (comedian)
Kenny followed a great high school basketball career by playing one more year at Drury University, then aiming his competitive spirit at All-America level partying, culminating in one of the most insane nights we’ve had on this show (beginning at about minute 50). He takes us through his transition from recruited college athlete to his early retirement. We hear about the surf culture of Missouri (weirdly, there IS one), the diverse array of white dudes who made up his frat, and one innocent young man who went epically crazy on one party night, with Kenny chasing him the whole way. Bullhorns, break-ins, surprise rap battles — this night has everything. Before the college talk: we discuss how every life problem in NYC becomes hack, because it’s also a problem for half the other comedians in the world, and Kenny tells us how sometimes the subject of your Instagram photos can hunt you down. Follow Kenny on Twitter @KennyDeForest and catch him live every Sunday in Brooklyn at the Knitting Factory at 9 p.m. His debut album “Bad Dreams” will be out soon, check it @ kennydeforest.com.
67 minutes | Jul 6, 2017
#95: “Why Aren’t I Dead?!” w/ Mara Marek (host “Happy Never After” podcast/comedian)
Usually, we write a notable fact about the guest’s “college story” here. But for Mara Marek, all you need to know is that her life is NUTS. She’s had about 8 full lives, and she has no idea why she’s not dead. A rundown: she somehow went to college BEFORE she was done with high school. Is that allowed? Apparently, it is in Michigan! Then she quit that, then started college again in San Diego. She had crazy jobs, working with rich people, and she married a boss. She’s been hit by a car a bunch of times. She was a pro cyclist. She’s been married 3 times and engaged 7. She’s friends with Lorenzo Lamas. It seems like we’re just writing random insane things, right? We’re not, these are real things. On top of that, she’s a sweetheart! She also hosts one of the best new podcasts, Happy Never After, where she talks about marriage and divorce with people, and her co-host is friend of the podcast Andrew Collin. (See episodes 36, 37, 38 – 3 of our top 10 most downloaded ever!) Seriously, subscribe to Mara and Andrew’s podcast about divorce (and marriage, and things like that), Happy Never After. It’s great, and insane. Also follow Mara on Twitter @MaraMarek, and on Instagram at, you guessed it, @MaraMarek! She’s the best, check it out.
68 minutes | Jun 29, 2017
#94: “Dropping out = $$$” w/ Cliff Cash (comedian)
Cliff Cash is a very funny, unique comic who dropped out of college and made a bunch of money real fast. Like Bill Gates! Then, well, things got weird. But it was a baller couple years! He also started college at the top — had a private dorm room and a fake ID immediately, and could be seen wandering campus at all times with a solo cup. And guess what? Being an art major is HARD! For real! And what does an art/philosophy major make his money in? HOUSE FLIPPING. Because nothing means anything. He also had a pretty wild bathtub experience with a girlfriend that is definitely NOT what you think. We also talk about how sex with Jim Carrey would be. Think about it– you have an opinion. Follow Cliff on Twitter & Instagram @CliffCashComedy and find all his tour dates on www.cliffcashcomedy.com!
67 minutes | Jun 22, 2017
#93: “2 Schools, 2 Arrests” w/ Eric Schmidt (Comedian/Writer)
Eric Schmidt: a funny, nice, tall man who attended two colleges, and was arrested at each. He even had to promise one school that he wouldn’t come back! Eric talks growing up in Florida, going to performance arts high school, and starting college at South Florida, which was basically a full-time Spring Break. He gained a borderline shocking amount of weight his freshman year, and did so well at school that they asked him to leave. He then headed to Alabama, tried to buckle down with the “school” part of school, and then had another incident with the law. But don’t worry! He’s doing great! He’s worked at the Late Show and The Good Wife, and currently runs one of the best live comedy shows in NYC: Good For You at Cantina Royale, the first Saturday of every month in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Follow Eric on Twitter OR Instagram @TalkingSchmidt! Find all things Eric @ schmidteric.com!
58 minutes | Mar 9, 2017
#92: “Wasted At Another School” w/ Joe Gerics (stand-up comic)
Georgetown’s Joe Gerics describes in great detail their beef with Syracuse, we talk about the shock of people in college who are incredibly comfortable being naked in public, moms who do your college applications for you, and how to say “King of Cocksucker” in German, and a few other foreign language swears. Joe was also a part-time, hard-core partier at Fairfield U, closer to his hometown, to the point where he met his eventual “Best Man” there — in spite of his drunkest night. Joe also talks about getting into comedy by watching an all-star Georgetown University improv team (with Mike Birbiglia, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll). Kevin and Joe tell the stories of how they did their first open mics in stand-up, and how actually writing a 5-minute set makes you incredible in your first mic, regardless of whether it’s funny or not.
45 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
#91: “BAR FIGHT!” w/ Alyssa Wolff (Author/Comedian)
Harvard’s Alyssa Wolff has one big thing in common with Ball State’s Kevin: drunk Halloween college fights. Dressed as a lady village person, Alyssa stood up for her friend at a Chinese restaurant bar in Boston and told us all about it. That wasn’t her biggest hit: she also crashed into a very important person’s house, at a very important time. She also randomly ended up living next door — in college — from her best friend from childhood. She dives into the differences between Ivy League schools, and being a college classmate of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. And guess what? Harvard wasn’t even her FIRST CHOICE!
80 minutes | Jan 12, 2017
#90: Deleted Scenes #4
It’s another deleted scenes episode! Sometimes, our guests have TOO much good stuff, and when that happens, we collect the tangents, and off-the-rails stories, and put them in a big grab bag of fun, and call ’em “Deleted Scenes.” On today’s episode #90: comedian/writer Steve O’Brien (original ep #72), MTV/VH1 producer Kim Reynolds (#74), director Kris Knight (#75), comedian George Gordon (#77), producer Nick Blake (#87), comedian/writer/Twitter genius Patrick Monahan (#81). And, of course, Kevin, Jaimie, and Jon. It’s fun!
52 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
#89: “Dating, Food & Harvard: Is It Hard?” w/ Alyssa Wolff (Comedian/Author)
We play a lot of college hits in this episode with very funny comedian & author Alyssa Wolff (Lean Over: Women, Work, and Women’s Work)! Jon asks if Harvard is actually harder than other schools (spoiler: they have a class called “Cosmic Connections”), we talk about the unique kind of homeless person that hangs out at Harvard — is it like that one movie with Brendan Fraser? We also talk about how dating in college is super unclear — are we dating? Like, person reading this — are we dating right now? Who can even tell! Too many group hangs! College dating is basically Bachelor In Paradise, as Jaimie rightly says. And we talk about the weird relationship we all have with food in college: free ice cream, the freshman 15, the sophomore/junior overcorrect, and more! Follow Alyssa on Twitter @alyssawolff and buy her book: Lean Over!
81 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
#88: “Arby’s to Hollywood” w/ Jeff Lock (screenwriter)
Screenwriter Jeff Lock went to our alma mater (Ball State) in Muncie, Indiana, worked at Arby’s, then wrote a script about an Arby’s-like place in Muncie, and now it’s going to be a real movie that starts shooting soon. COLLEGE WORKS! Jeff also talks about how he got a later start in college after slacking for a couple years, then co-hosted the late night TV show we created (while Kevin’s brother Joe was the host). We talk about real & possibly fake scholarships provided by David Letterman, majoring in TV, and Jeff has an epic tale about his greatest competitive achievement, which happened in a tiny Indiana town. It’s basically his “Hoosiers.” Follow Jeff on Twitter @locksteady and see his keep an eye out for his upcoming film, “Beef.”
27 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
#87: “Proposing on Campus” w/ Nick Blake (writer/producer)
Nick Blake survived the celebration of the Red Sox championship in 2004 (barely), and eventually things got even better: he met the girl who he’d marry, and he brought her back to campus to propose in a super college-y way. In this mini-episode that’s a follow-up to Nick’s epic story from #85, we also talk about Nick moving to LA to do stand up, hating it, coming back to NYC, and eventually getting into TV. We also talk about our cool-ass moms! Nick currently works on truTV’s “Greatest Ever” series, and has previously worked with MTV News, and as a comedy writer on MTV’s “Guy Code” blog. He is co-creator of Week Sauce! Show, which you can catch at weeksauceshow.com. Follow him on Twitter @OhHiNickBlake!
14 minutes | Nov 23, 2016
#86: “Family Fights! (& Letterman)” Thanksgiving Special w/ Kevin
It’s Thanksgiving tradition to get into fights with your family, and when it comes to that, 2016 is looking like an all-timer! To commemorate that, here’s a short, special episode that features Kevin’s career highlight (performing stand up on Letterman) which came on Thanksgiving Eve of 2013, and the family fight it caused. To those of you going home for Thanksgiving this year: GOOD LUCK! If you want to actually see the Letterman set that you’ll hear on this episode, you can do that here: Kevin McCaffrey on Letterman. Kevin would like you to know he was about 20 pounds (or one solid-ass turkey) fatter then.
102 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
#85: “World Series Special” w/ Nick Blake (writer/producer)
Nick Blake (TV producer/writer) happened to be just starting at Boston College when the Red Sox broke their “curse” and won the World Series in 2004, and he has an epic tale of being there on the scene to celebrate…and then having to pay the price for it. We also talk about sports fandom in general, and how people who look down on it are hypocrites who can, generally speaking, get fucked. This is a bit of a World Series special episode, as Kevin just got back from being in Chicago for the entire run of the World Series as his beloved Cubs broke their 108-year cold streak and finally won it all. It was literally the only good thing to come from 2016, so fuck it, let’s celebrate it. Nick currently works on truTV’s “Greatest Ever” series, and has previously worked with MTV News, and as a comedy writer on MTV’s “Guy Code” blog. He is co-creator of Week Sauce! Show, which you can catch at weeksauceshow.com. Follow him on Twitter @OhHiNickBlake!
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