These Things Matter Podcast - DIners
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  • These Things Matter Podcast - Diner

“If you want to talk, you always have the guys at the diner. You don’t need a girl if you wanna talk.”

Today’s episode features Austin, Texas comedian Jay Whitecotton and Oklahoma comedian Josh Lathe discussing diners – What is their appeal? What makes them such a massive part of American culture? Why do so many movies, TV shows, songs, photographs, paintings, etc, etc feature them? And what’s it like to LIVE in one? All this an more on today’s TTMP.

Also, here is the link to the GoFundMe page for Taylor’s Aunt Nadine. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT COOL AUNTS!

These Things Matter Podcast - Monty Python
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Devon Torrey Bryant
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Flying Circus

“Lemon curry?” I (Taylor) really wanted to use this space to fill our web post with quote after quote after quote from my favorite thing of all time, Monty Python. However, that would be far too silly and the general public wouldn’t understand it, so on we go!

On today’s episode we talk to musician Devon Torrey Bryant about his love of John, Graham, Terry, Terry, Eric and Michael, and how that love translated into a life of intellectual pursuits and silliness. Saying things like “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” to passing strangers, then frightening the children and barging into queues, perhaps doing a Yorkshire accent for some confused pre-teens in Boulder, and finally getting spat at in the face like he always dreamed of.

Listen to Devon’s awesome band, Fury Things, here, and follow his brand new music podcast, Bafflegabs here! Both highly recommend and TTMP approved!

These Things Matter Podcast - The Sure Thing
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Jon Solomon
  • These Things Matter podcast - The Sure Thing

“Consider outer space. You know, from the time of the first NASA mission, it was clear that outer space has a clear effect on the human psyche. Why, during the first Gemini mission, thought was actually given to sending up a man and a woman… together. A cosmic ‘Adam and Eve,’ if you will. Bound together by fate, situated on the most powerful rocket yet known to man. It’s giant thrusters blasting them into the dark void, as they hurtle towards their final destination: the gushing wellspring of life itself…

…How would you like to have a sexual encounter so intense it could conceivably change your political views?”

Oh, John Cusack. Surely we can all understand why an entire generation of people were googly-eyed at you?

Our pal, WPRB Princeton, NJ DJ Jon Solomon talks about what Gib and Alison meant to him as a kid. We talk to him about the seminal Cusackian film, THE SURE THING. A silly romantic comedy with actual heart! Actual teenagers doing actual teenage things! WHOD’AH THUNK IT?! Ron Reiner, that’s who.

Join us, won’t you? And listen to Jon streaming live every Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET on WPRB!

These Things Matter Podcast - The Ben Stiller Show
  • These Things Matter Podcast - The Ben Stiller Show
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Undeclared

Welp, sometimes people cancel on you, so you have to come up with a show… and then sometimes you decide to do the show on cancelled TV shows and it all makes sense. Join Taylor and Kevin as they discuss the legacy of our favorite shows that have gone too soon!

And for your convenience, here are the referenced episodes of These Things Matter:

Ep. 52 – TGIF w/ Brett Hiker

Ep. 67 – Arrested Development w/ Jordan Doll

Ep. 71 – Deadwood w/ Adam Cayton-Holland

Ep. 110 – Twin Peaks w/ Ashley Rogers

Ep. 112 – The State w/ Kevin O’Shea

Ep. 114 – Kids In The Hall w/ Haley Driscoll

Ep. 123 – Beverly Hills, 90210 w/ Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh

Ep. 127 – The Larry Sanders Show w/ Jason Wenger

Ep. 145 – Futurama w/ Jake Browne

Ep. 156 – Firefly w/ Chuck Coffey

These Things Matter - Aesop Rock
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Zac Maas
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Aesop Rock

Rarely on These Things Matter do we get to hear a guest’s entire life story, but on today’s episode with comedian and podcaster, Zac Maas, we hear that and more!

How does a smart-ass white kid from South Dakota start spitting science? Aesop Rock is your answer… and Atmosphere, El-P, RJD2, Blackalicious, The Coup, Mos Def, MF Doom, etc, etc, etc. The more poetic side of hip hop. The more thoughtful and political side. That’s what we’re chatting about today.

These Things Matter Podcast Live at High Plains
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  • 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 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 - 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.

These Things Matter Podcast - Wayans
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Janae  Burris
  • These Things Matter Podcast - In Living Color

“You can do what you wanna do… in living color”. When that song came on, our guest comedian and improvisor Janae Burris, knew the party was starting. For 5 seasons (3 or 4 if you only count the Wayans years, which maybe you should) IN LIVING COLOR brought raunch, sex, fly girls, homeboys, soul singers, old bluesmen, gay film critics and sleazy infomercial hosts to network television, and that was just David Alen Grier! Join us as we discuss one of the most groundbreaking shows ever on television. We give it two snaps up, a twist and a kiss.

And be sure to follow Janae on Twitter and the Denver comedy scene!