The eightyth-sevenstrth 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: by command of our Übermistress, we talk about our butts—specifically, the scourge that is “sweaty butt” and ShamWow underwear; some light reminiscences of the most recent w00tstocks; our w00tstock guest selection process; Paul makes a comment that will probably get misconstrued as sexist; figuring out why neither of us ever latched on to comic books; favorite ice cream flavors; the origin of our “[X] is my [Y] tribute band” jokes; and Storm’s phone woes. Also, a new little ditty from Paul and Storm!
(Technical note: apologies from Paul for all the peaking; still happened even when I adjusted for it; won’t happen again)
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Do you have any reliable solutions to the delicate problem of “humid kiester?” Also, what got you hooked on comic books?
POST-SHOW SONG: “Incompetent’s Lament” – Paul and Storm (NSFW)
And I suppose if Felicia Day told you to jump off a bridge, you’d do it.
Peer pressure is bad, mmmkay?
Regarding the “X is my Y tribute band”: Dave Barry has a running joke in a lot of his columns. Any time an interesting phrase pops up, he’ll say, “By the way, [interesting phrase] would be a great name for a rock band.”
They didn’t have comic book stores in the 70’s. But where I grew up, all the convenience stores had a spinner rack just inside the door. However, I think what got me started was airplane trips. We flew from Georgia to Michigan every summer to visit family, and when we had a wait in the airport my mom would buy me one of those sealed 3-packs of comics, which had one good one in them.
They used to be such a bargain, too. I’m not quite old enough to remember 10- or even 15-cent comics, but I remember 20-centers, and the big explosive starburst around the price on the ones that were “STILL ONLY 25 CENTS” after they’d started going up to 35. By the time I outgrew comics for the first time, they’d hit 75 cents. When I got back into them in college they were over a buck. These days they’re $3 each.
Show #087 AKA the one where P&S bring out the 14 year old boy in all of their listeners. Things that made me giggle:
-one last quickie
(Then again, my mind is basically always in the gutter)
No reliable suggestions for sweaty butt, but Paul, you could always go for Borat’s mankini. There’d be plenty of airflow to deal with the moisture. I think it would be a hit at w00tstock. Whatdya think? 😉
The new song also made me laugh, but *not* because I had on my immaturity hat. It was, you know, actually funny. Will it be available for us to give you money for at some point?
butt sweat? two words – assless chaps
Paul and Storm:
In one of those odd little confluences of unrelated things, this episode came up right before the latest episode of Skepticality in my podcast playlist. You said that you try to draw in local talent whenever you do a w00tstock. The guest on Skepticality is the fantastic George Hrab.
If you ever do a W00tstock in the Pennsylvania, you owe it to yourselves to include George Hrab in the lineup. He’s funny and also a talented musician.
If you’re not familiar with his work, check out the Geologic Podcast. For a little taste of what his humor is like, you’ll want to listen to episodes 31.1 (http://geologicpodcast.com/the_geologic_podcast_episode_31_1) and 52.1 (http://geologicpodcast.com/the_geologic_podcast_episode_52_1), which are “best-of” episodes that feature his favorite bits from the shows of his last six months. (I’m just catching up on his podcast, and have only made it to episode 57 or so, so there are I’m sure good things AFTER those episodes, but I haven’t gotten there, yet. 🙂
I’m not affiliated with George nor do I even live in his area, so my saying this is because I just think he would be an excellent addition to any w00tstock.
P. S. W00tstock Atlanta. That’s what I want. Think about it. 🙂
I was an only child, and my mom stayed at home when I was a kid. This meant that whenever she wanted to go grocery shopping, she dragged me along. There was a comic book rack near the entrance to the store, and shortly after I learned to read (very early), she realized that it was a good way to keep me distracted. Of course, when I was young, I was mostly interested in the more juvenile comics, and because of spending so much time reading juvenile comics in my youth, I eventually “grew out” of comic books, before I really got old enough to appreciate the titles which are pitched to adolescents. By the time I was in junior high, I’d pretty much migrated to text-based science fiction novels. Because of that, comics aren’t a major focus of my nerd identity. I have enough knowledge of significant comic book universes to avoid most acute social embarrassment, but I still feel a bit behind.
To clarify the Shamwow pitchman confusion:
Vince Offer is the Shamwow guy–the one who was arrested on battery charges.
BILLY MAYS (his name is spelled in all caps, of course) was the pitchman of many things, but not the Shamwow; he’s now dead.
Billy West is the voice of Phillip J. Fry, Stimpy, and many other great cartoon characters,
Sweaty butt: Wicking fabrics (everything else TRAPS and increases sweat). Try styles that hug in between the cheeks so maybe it isn’t just skin on skin. Look at sporting gear, too. After a show, blow dry your butt ’till it’s totally dry and use a puff to lightly apply a powder or it’ll paste and ball up. Sometimes just getting it good and dry helps. No idea what to do if it’s actually dripping down from your back.
comics… I’m a little older than you two by a couple of years and in the early and mid 70’s, I didn’t care about superheroes either way. And the only way to get comic in my burb was at the stand in our grocery store. I was more into seeing if I could get my mom to get me a GI Joe with Kung-Fu grip or an accessory pack for same… About the only comic that I tried was the Gold Key Star Trek series. Checking the entry in Wikipedia I see that the artist had never seen the show and that was obvious since the comics looked nothing like the series. After that I was turned off from Comics. IT would take almost 20 years (With the exception of the Maus books, which I loved) before I could get interested again with some big league titles like Preacher, Watchmen & Sandman with strong narrative through lines. Even then I could only get interested in Omnibus editions. I just don’t have the gene to get a weekly or monthly snippet.
In other podcast news, I saw an episode of Mythbusters from this year where Adam Savage did an “[X] is my [Y] tribute band” joke. Can’t remember what the subject was, who he was talking to or what the coverband joke was… just that he did one and I just about fell out of my seat. Which is never pretty.
sweaty butt? Anti Monkey Butt powder … I only know about this as it can be a problem for motorcyclists (and I ride) … http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/ although I first learned about it from Whitehorse Press.
I can’t believe I have an answer for you on this …
I’m pretty sure the Felicia Day music is just coming out of a music box. Lol.
Oh wow, I just watched the Anti Monkey Butt commercials. Those are hilarious.