Show #040: Hollywood Douchebags

The fortiethth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: A lengthy recap of our strange, wonderful week, with digressions about Trader Vics and theme restaurants, Rifftrax, the soullessness of Hollywood, and pre-show nervousness; highway lingo; Jon Brion; the Lefsetz Letter; the earthquake we caused through our Power of Rocking; and we take subject requests from the Twitter Minions.

Featured post-show song: “Hollywood” – Connie Francis

Show #040: Hollywood Douchebags (Some content NSFW)


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  1. jadesnake
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout out. It totally made my morning. I’ve been bouncing around work with a silly grin on my face for the past couple hours.

    Also thanks for the two incredible shows last weekend. I can’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed myself so much.

  2. Simalot
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Great write-up in the Lefsetz Letter. So, when are you coming to a late-night show near me?

  3. Posted May 20, 2009 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Yeah. What Jade said. 😀

  4. Robin
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Having seen the picture from the Largo show on Wil Wheaton’s Twitter feed, I have to say: There was just too much awesome in that room!!! (By the by, at least one of the guys from the Reduced Shakespeare Company was there as well.)

    I’m going to give Paul the benefit of the doubt and assume that he called Felicia a bitch in a joking sort of way. Otherwise he’d better be glad they you guys don’t have any shows in the Northeast anytime soon. And that Ms. Day didn’t use her Slayer powers on him.

  5. Posted May 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the RiffTrax YouTube video promoting your Tron Riff.

    And the RiffTones have come out with an album!

  6. Posted May 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout-out guys! Totally getting my cast up and running. Look for it soon at my site.

  7. Posted May 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    For the record, I was actually being a wee bit of a bitch. Paul brings out my acerbic tongue. It’s a negative super=power I have that emerges when around witty men. 🙂 But also channeled when arguing about burger texture.

  8. John McCoy
    Posted May 22, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Trader Vic’s actually dates back to the 1930’s. They claimed to have invented the Mai Tai in the 1940’s–their rival, Don the Beachcomber, also claimed to have created the drink. Tiki Culture became big in the US after the end of World War II and with the popularity of James Michner’s novel Tales of the South Pacific and the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical based on it. There was also Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 movie Kon Tiki, which was very popular. Tiki Culture is actually one of those cultural phenomena about which a lot of books have been written:

  9. Jack F.
    Posted May 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Here’s today’s curmudgeonly comment: I think it’s time to drop the song after the podcast. It rarely adds anything and tends to detract from what we’ve just heard.

    Let the flaming begin?

  10. Posted May 23, 2009 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    @Jack: I’m going to have to disagree. I like how P&S have the song at the end. If you want to listen to it, then you can, but you if you’re not interested, it’s not like you have to slog through it to get to the rest of the show. I don’t think it detracts from anything at all.

  11. Jack F.
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    @Erin: Yeah, it’s true I can just fast forward past it. (So my mp3 player reads the podcast as listened to then auto deletes it.) Guess I can also ignore all the bonus features on a DVD. But I don’t. I watch at least part of most bonuses, and enjoy many of them. So far, after 40 P&S shows, I’ve only mildly enjoyed a couple of the post-show songs. For me (and probably no one else), I find them to be too unconnected to the content of the show.

    If the songs were just an occasional inclusion to help make a point, or better yet, occasional out-takes or alternate versions of P&S songs, I’d be all for it. But sticking a song on each show seems unnecessary.

  12. UCSBrandon
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I like the songs as well. Usually stuff I’m unfamiliar or vaguely familiar with that kind of tie to the podcast, and fun to hear. If you don’t like it, it’s at the end….don’t listen. Kind of silly to get rid of a bonus as its just that-a bonus.

  13. Sandy
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Clarification: Highways are only “the ” in California, definitely not the whole left coast. I’ve lived in Portland and grew up in Seattle, and it’s definitely “I-5” in both of those places, not “the 5”. Easy way to spot a native Californian in the PNW, in fact.

  14. Chord
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Hoorah for potentially recruiting topics from minions in the future! I’ll try to come up with something better next time than “that Rifftrax thing.”

    Also, I agree with @Erin.

  15. JadeSnake
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Further Clarification: Highways are only “the” in Southern California. I grew up in San Diego where it was always “the 5”. But after living in Northern California for ten years, it’s become “I-5” or more often just plain “5”. Sometimes when I go down to socal for a visit I still sometimes catch myself unconsciously adding the “the”.

  16. Ryan Rogers
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    “The Spanish Inquisition Cafe.” Huh. I certainly wasn’t expecting that. I really don’t think anyone was.


  17. Jacob
    Posted May 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I would be vastly interested to know what warranted the title of “Bitch” to be attached to Felecia Day.

  18. Posted May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Hey! The native Angeleno is feeling a little defensive here!* Is there something *wrong* with calling the freeways “the” 5, etc? Potayto, potahto, yes?

    * Not actually feeling defensive. 😉

  19. Posted May 27, 2009 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I was bummed that you didn’t try Snuffers but I have to admit that given the option, I’d go for Trader Vic’s too. Soooo good.
    I’ve now seen JC at two venerable Austin landmarks, the Cactus Club and then with you guys at Antone’s. The sound at the Granada blew those shows away. Such an awesome venue. I hope that everything on your side of the stage was just as great as it was for us in the audience.
    Thanks again for coming to Dallas. Don’t be strangers!

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