These Things Matter Podcast Live at High Plains
  • High Plains Comedy Festival These Things Matter Podcast
  • High Plains Comedy Fest

Ah, August. Ah, Summer. Ah, South Broadway. In Denver, all these things mean it’s time for the High Plains Comedy Festival! These Things Matter has been a part of the fun for all three years, and we’ve moved on up every time. Year one, we were in Mutiny Cafe, performing for a crowd that was not quite sure what they were watching. Year two, we blew the roof and the Satanism outta Trve brewery.

In year three, featured on this episode, we were fortunate enough to have the show in the best venue in town, the Hi-Dive. Our topic was “Comedy Movie MVP” and with our guests, Karen Kilgariff, Jay Larson, Jonah Ray and Ron Funches, we discuss who brings it in comedies on the silver screen. Who’s got the best batting average, comedy movie-wise? And how many other sports references can we throw in to the mix?

Thanks to Andy Juett, Adam Cayton-Holland and all the other super stars who made the fest the best! And thanks to YOU for coming out!!

These Things Matter - Doctor Who
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Jason Gore
  • These Things Matter - Doctor Who

“Would you like a jelly baby?” Perhaps only on a quirky, wildly imaginative, extremely British show like Doctor Who could such a saying be a catch phrase, and yet there it is! From the Fourth Doctor to be exact.

Oh, what’s this now? You were unaware of the sci-fi/sci-fantasy show that’s been running for over 50 years (give or take a 13 year break) on the BBC? Since 1963, in fact? Where there have been 12 manifestations of the main character (13 if you count the War Doctor, which, of course you should count the War Doctor). My dear companion, you have so much to learn!

Join us as we talk to the Dudio himself, improviser, sketch comedian and Best Show producer, Jason Gore, all about his beloved Doctor Who. Do we end up going off on an hour and a half defense of the Sixth Doctor? No. No, of course we don’t. But if you’re a David Tennant fan, you might be in for a treat!

Also be sure to check out all our other episodes featuring Friends of Tom!

These Things Matter Podcast - Charlie Chaplin
  • Evan Weissman at the Library
  • These Things Matter - Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp changed Evan Weissman’s life. He loves him from his bowler-ed head to his bowlegged feet. Charlie Chaplin himself is also an inspiration. How could one man be such a raconteur, innovator, perfectionist and physically masterful comedian? If more people were able to concentrate so intensely on their craft, says Evan, we’d live in a better world filled with people stuffing their butts with eyeballs.

Yeah, this is a weird one.

But it’s that kind of weirdness that Evan brings to Buntport Theater and his civic health organization, Warm Cookies of The Revolution. Be sure to keep an eye on Mr. Weissman because whatever he’s doing, it’s always amazing.

And be sure to catch up on his fellow Buntportian’s episodes including Hannah Duggan talking Law & Order, Erik Ekborg talking Queen, Erin Rollman discussing the Marx Brothers, and on one of our very early episodes, Brian Colonna talks westerns.

These Things Matter Podcast - Sister Act
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Amanda Gonulsen
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Sister Act

“Don’t worry, we will always be together.” “That’s what Diana Ross said.” Yup. Sister Act. We’re doing a show all about Sister Act. You say, “Taylor and Kevin. This seems ludicrous!” which is a funny way for you to pronounce “religious”, we’ll admit.

Hop on board the Whoopie train as we talk about Catholicism (as usual) and about whether or not people should be allowed to rap about being down with “G.O.D.” with our guest, musician Amanda Gonulsen from Automatic Iris!

These Things Matter Podcast - Descendants
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Damian Burford
  • These Things Matter The Descendants

“I wanna be stereotyped. I wanna be classified.” Of course you do, Milo. That’s why we love you. That’s why our guest, podcaster Damian Burford and millions of other fans have tattoos of your illustrated face.

Join us as we discuss the founding fathers of pop punk. The tongue-in-cheek founders of singing songs about liking food and pining for girls – both vitally important to your punk rock lifestyle.

And be sure to catch Damian’s podcast, Mostly Harmless, guys!

These Things Matter Podcast - Law & Order: SVU
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Hannah Duggan
  • Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

“Don’t get into a room with Stabler.” “If [Vincent D’onofrio] gets close to your face, you’re gonna confess.” Real life advice from our guest, Buntport Theater’s Hannah Duggan. You can take this episode to the bank! Or at least to the streets and district attorney’s office of New York Cities.

Join us as we chat with Hannah about this pillar of disposable pop culture and be sure to go see a show at Buntport Theater!! Seriously. You’d be as dumb as a Law & Order SVU criminal, guys!

These Things Matter Live at High Plains Comedy Festival

You guys, we are so excited to announce our upcoming live show at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver, August 20 – 22, 2015! This will be our third year in a row performing at the fest (here’s a link to the 2013 episode featuring Beth Stelling, Sean Patton and Matt Braunger, and here’s a link to the 2014 episode featuring Sam Tallent, Ian Karmel, Matt Ingebretson and Andy Haynes)! This year’s all-star line up will be:

      Karen Kilgariff  (legendary Mr. Show cast member and the most funny)

      Jay Larson (of Best Bars In American with friend of the show Sean Patton)

      Jonah Ray (comedy, pop culture and Nerdist legend)

      Ron Funches (of Undatable and @Midnight championship-ness)

Holy cow, right?! We’ll reveal the topic in due time. In the meantime, get your salivating on, kids! Last year’s show was one of the most popular at the fest. This year we’ll be at the Hi-Dive(!) for $5! Saturday, August 22nd at 4PM! Get your Friday night hang-over cure on and come on down!

Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba - These Things Matter Podcast
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Zak Kinsella
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”

Although our guest, cartoonist Zak Kinsella, does not drink coffee, he gets how important it is to fellow comic book artists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. Zak talks about comics the way Gabriel and Fábio do. Comic books are their chosen catalysts. Modes of transportation. The means by which one is able to explore, elucidate and transcend the mundane world.

Join us as we talk about Gabriel and Fábio’s fantastical worlds, filled with heart and depth. And be sure to check out Zak’s fantastical heart-depth worlds in his comics on his website here!

These Things Matter Podcast - Rocky
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Mara WIles
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Rocky Balboa

“You’re gonna eat lighting, and you’re gonna crap thunder!” Ah, that great Philadelphian, Mikey. We could pull ten dozen more inspiring quotes from the whole Rocky franchise.

Our guest, comedian Mara Wiles, loves Rocky. She loves his sweetness, his tenacity. She sees past his status as a “bum” to a guy who practices a turtle joke for his would-be love. Join us as we discuss boxing, the 80s, and how to lay out the neighbor kid who drives too fast in your cul du sac.

And check out Mara’s monthly show at Grandma’s House called Funky Brunch!

These Things Matter Podcast - Conan O'Brien
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Isa Jones
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Conan O'Brien

Oh, Coco. We’re all Team Coco, right? I mean, seriously. The Walker Texas Ranger Lever, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Desk Driving, Pimpbot 5000, the Masturbating Bear, Andy’s Sister, Slip Nuts… the list goes on and on.

Join us as we talk to journalist Isa Jones about her young love for the lovable, gigantic redhead, and get some insight into the mind of one young Kevin O’Brien, glued to his black and white TV set every night, learning from the master.