Show #138: Carl Sagan Never Did a Mic Drop

T-AsteroidEl 100 con 38 episode of Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.This week’s episode was recorded LIVE from DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, with special guests Molly Lewis, Lucky Yates, and Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, in which we gab about: impressive travel mugs and the TV Guide yacht; the Third Great American Age of Beards; the most dreaded questions; the “yes, and” world of improv; international candy bars and the metric system; Ellio’s Pizza is terrible; meat-dropping seagulls; Science Getaways, the birthplace of smart thinkin’, and improv in space; the Hulk vs. The Thing; Carl Sagan vs. Zooey Deschanel; cartoon Mr. T vs. an asteroid; and Abe Lincoln vs. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Show #138: Carl Sagan Never Did a Mic Drop

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Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm – The 2013 Tour

wil_vs_ps_2013posterWe love hanging out with Wil Wheaton. We love performing with him, too. So over the past couple months, we’ve slowly, methodically tricked him into doing a series of shows with us in October. And he FELL FOR IT! WHATTA DOPE!

So folks in the US Northeast and in Texas will now have the chance to see the three of us on stage, singing and reading and performing what will surely be EPIC-LENGTH versions of “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament” at the following live shows:

Thu 10/3:  The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSAlex
Fri 10/4:  World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSPhilly
Sat 10/5:  SubCulture New York – New York, NY – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSNYC
Sun 10/6:  Hard Rock Cafe – Boston, MA – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSBoston

Thu 10/17:  Central Presbyterian Church – Austin, TX – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSAustin
Fri 10/18:  Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSHouston
Sun 10/20:  Granada Theater – Dallas, TX – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSDallas

Tickets for many of these shows are already going fast. So don’t wait if you wanna get in on the fun.

Dragon Con 2013 Schedule

animaltrooperHey, campers*! Wanted to give you all the full breakdown of our schedule for Dragon Con this year, because we’re doing kind of a lot.

First off, we will be sharing a merch table with several of our friends in the Marriott Marquis. Your best bet to find us there is to watch our Twitter feed for the specific times we’ll be manning the merch table.

Our “main performance” at the con will be here:

Gonzoroo II
Sat., Aug. 31, 8:30 pm – Marriott Atrium Ballroom
An evening of music, geekery, comedic delights, and surprises galore! With Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Sylvester McCoy, Mike Phirman, Ken Plume, Aaron Poole, Adam Savage, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

In addition, we’ll be doing the following panels:

FRIDAY, AUG. 30

11:30 am – Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (on Average)
Grand Ballroom East – Hilton
Live podcast recording. Neat! Guests? Maybe!

5:30 pm – FRED Entertainment Panel-Palooza-Extrava-Thingee-a-Doodle
Grand Ballroom West – Hilton
A panel that really only exists for the sake of frolicking, bantering, and geeking about with special guests and an Irishman. Host: Ken Plume; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Aaron Poole, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

SATURDAY, AUG. 31

11:30 am – I Heart Video Games
Grand Salon D – Hilton
Are videogames modern man’s final art form? Our panelists write, podcast, broadcast, and sing about them…let’s talk about why! Host: Veronica Belmont.

2:30 pm – How to Do Comedy Wrong the Right Way
International North – Hyatt
Learn the dark arts of the funny in this panel about comedy theory and practical application with professional comedians and musicians. Host: Joseph Scrimshaw; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis and Mike Phirman.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1

4 pm – LearningTown: The Webseries: The Panel
Atlanta Ballroom – Westin
A loving look back at the first season of “LearningTown”, the 2013 web series from the “Geek & Sundry” YouTube channel. Other guests: Greg Benson, Kim Evey, Mike Phirman, James Urbaniak.

8:30 pm – Gonzo Quiz Show IV: The Quest for Quiz
Regency VI – VII – Hyatt
Teams of celebrity guests are led through a series of panel show games that you entertained. Host: Ken Plume; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Sylvester McCoy, Mike Phirman, Aaron Poole, Adam Savage, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

And that about covers it. If anyone shows up cosplaying as Paul and Storm, that would be awesome. Just sayin’.

 

*does not imply that you are actually camping

Show #137: Nerd Bagels in Hartford Center

Ye 1-3-7’d episode of our podcast, PauHartford Jaegerl and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.This week’s episode was recorded LIVE from ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT, along with our guests (and good friends) Josh Cagan, Joseph Scrimshaw, and Mike Phirman, and features: mispronouncing places and cities; being at a comic-con without a costume, and being in awe of those who are; the persistence of anime and other nerd realms; the many faces of conventions; indoctrinating the next generation; Mike is not a fan of MAN OF STEEL (Spoilers Alerts!); the next big monster; Stormtroopers vs. Oompa Loopmas; hard-shell tacos vs. gummy bears; and Indiana Jones vs. Harry Potter.

Show #137: Nerd Bagels in Hartford Center

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When You Play the Game of Thrones…

Satire is not for the faint of heart, friends. There we were, innocently opening up w00tstock 5.0 in San Diego by playing our song “Write Like the Wind” when, without provocation or warning, an act of great violence was perpetrated upon yours trulies. Sure, we may have touched a sore spot by imploring George R. R. Martin to write faster. And yes, we may have called him the Great Bearded Glacier. And YES, we’d been warned by Neil Gaiman that George R. R. Martin is not our bitch.

OKAY, FINE…we deserved it. And we should also be grateful that only our guitar was harmed, considering how poorly musicians fare in ASOIAF. So enjoy our comeuppance in three-camera HD by UAT Digital Video (below), or witness it in Veronica Belmont’s scoop video. And yes, if case you were wondering, it was a “Stark”-brand guitar.

UPDATE: In the news!

Paste Magazine

The Mary Sue

i09

Huffington Post

Standard Examiner

Fantasy Magazine (Italian)

onet (Polish)

l’express (French)

Venezuela Al Dia (Spanish)

Wet Paint

 

 

 

Despicable We, Too

Parody illustration by Len Peralta

Parody illustration by Len Peralta

We’re still not entirely sure how it happened, but on July 3, what had been literally a dream of ours will come true: a song we wrote will be in a Hollywood summer blockbuster movie. DESPICABLE ME 2 (!!!) to be precise. And the song is “Another Irish Drinking Song”, which we wrote back in our Da Vinci’s Notebook days.

For those familiar with Despicable Me (i.e. Just About Everyone), it will be no surprise to know that “Another Irish Drinking Song” will be sung by the Minions (!!!), the main character Gru’s energetic, adorable, gibberish-spouting and accident-prone…uh…minions. More than that we cannot say, mostly because we signed a non-disclosure agreement. But know that knowing what we know, we are SUPER-excited about how “Another Irish Drinking Song” is featured, and we are going NUTS waiting until July 3 to see it on the big screen.

You can also find the original DVN recording of “Another Irish Drinking Song” on iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other fine digital distribution networks, and can listen to on the CD “Brontosaurus“.

Special thanks to our friend Len Peralta for rendering us as Minions (no, to the best of our knowledge we’re not appearing in the movie!)

Show #136: Shrunken-head Fashion Accessory

SuperCanadaTeh 36 plus a hunderdth’d 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: the demise of the pay toilet; Superman, who goes to Canada, where people are not allowed to lie; storied venues, and The Bell House‘s chances of becoming one; Paul pwns fashion; animatronic iHeads; more musings on The Thrilling Adventure Hour, and Brooklyn; and the coolness of Luke Skywalker’s clicky-clacky wrist space-pistons.

Show #136: Shrunken-head Fashion Accessory

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Show #135: Redding Pub Tour

Chicago Exposition 1893The one-hundred and thirty-FIIIIIIIVER 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: bookshelf mores; P&S recommend Browsers; hipster-curmudgeon herb gardens; the Pokemon dividing line; was Star Wars the Beatles of movies?; Paul and Storm’s massively cross-platform video game; and horehound, forced perspective, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Walt Disney.

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Show #134: The Paul Bunyan of Dairy Farmers

watta pizzariaThe wunna-hunna threet-four’d episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s very foodie episode: the many meanings of Panama; fancy kitchen appliances new and old, and Avery Schreiber; cheese making and cheese mongering; the beer-cheese connection; pretzel making; and some of the best pizza we’ve ever had.

Show #134: The Paul Bunyan of Dairy Farmers

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Show #133: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

communicatorThe one-hundred and THREE-THREEPIO’D 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: Paul has too many computers, and too many details about same; the glamor of cows and plush laptops; Star Trek and flip phone design; we recommend Strip Search and My Drunk Kitchen; an aside about the “Shadow War!” debacle and charities; and John Hodgman and the lost art of the humorists.

Show #133: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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