Jan 15, 2022

The Comical Heathen S2 E10:John Poveromo

Season 2 Episode 10: John Poveromo

 

Show Notes

 

Featuring a conversation from February of 2021, shortly after John and I had just done our part to help set the record for longest live-streamed comedy show!  Crazy stuff like running for city council and directing The Merry Wives of Windsor knocked this one back a smidge but I am proud to share it with you now!  Includes my rant about the importance of evidence in wild claims, as inspired by the dozens of lost court cases by Alex Jones and Donald Trump.

 

John Poveromo on social media:

  Website:  https://johnpoveromo.net/

  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502792868

  Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/JohnPoveromo/

  Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/dystopiatonightwithjohnpoveromo

 

Press on Richie Byrne and Mark Riccadonna and their podcast "Drinks, Jokes, and Storytelling" streaming on Twitch to break the world record for a standup comedy show (and raise money for two charities):  https://nj1015.com/jersey-comedians-shoot-for-comedy-record/

 

"Alex Jones must pay damages to Sandy Hook families in another defamation case, judge rules". https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/15/alex-jones-sandy-hook-defamation-lawsuit/

 

"By the numbers: President Donald Trump's failed efforts to overturn the election."

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/politics/elections/2021/01/06/trumps-failed-efforts-overturn-election-numbers/4130307001/

 

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Dec 25, 2021

Season 2 Special Episode:  Jerry runs for City Council

Show Notes

 

Welcome back to the comical heathen podcast!  We had a bit of a hiatus and there's a reason why:  your host Dr. Jerry Jaffe just spent the past Fall 2021 running for City Council in Painesville, OH!  In this special behind the scenes episode, Jerry sits down with two of closest comedy friends and talks about the experience.  Joining him are Jeremy Sheer and Dan Brown.  Completely unscripted, they ask Jerry questions (both serious and silly) as they riff about the whole thing.  A few of the topics that come include critical race theory, campaign funding, Alex Jones, QAnon, and Donald Trump, among other things.

 

 

This episode

Jeremy Sheer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dirtysheer

 

Dan Brown's website:  https://danbrowncomedy.com/?fbclid=IwAR3t-WcFntg4NIY20fqN-TnuJe_HwdRC8ksWCPTlslR3tfPgoHtslpQnvcs

 

Sad Boy's Social Club on YouTUbe:  https://www.youtube.com/c/SadBoysSocialClub

 

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Jul 10, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E9: Talking UFOs with Ben Radford

Show Notes

 

On June 25 2021 the Office of the Director of National intelligence issued a report called "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena."  This generated some media interest and some buzz around the topic of UFO's.  So we here at The Comical Heathen thought this would be a good time to bring in an actual expert, so today we present my conversation with author Ben Radford.  Ben is a Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry, having covered many topics in addition to UFOs, such as ghosts, chupacabra, and Killer Clowns.  This episode includes guest co-host Jesse Pimpinella, a phone call from Ian Harris, and my rant about why I think UFO's should be called U-WTF-O's.

 

*Ben's website:  http://benjaminradford.com/

*Ben's podcast, Squaring the Strange:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/squaring-the-strange/id1226273233

 

*Jesse's website:  https://www.jessepimpinella.com/

*Jesse's podcast, At the Grown-up's Table:  https://www.jessepimpinella.com/podcast

 

Show notes:

*The actual UAP report:  https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20973253-uap-20210625

*Press release from CFI,  "Keep UFO Reporting Grounded in Reality, Advise Skeptics":  https://centerforinquiry.org/press_releases/keep-ufo-reporting-grounded-in-reality-advise-skeptics/?fbclid=IwAR2dX8OV9JkMkKGs_Cm4bU3jV8F6Wh_sKmhHbk62aXKaO4b_Y8rvnLeLwLY

 

*Mick West's page mentioned by Ben: https://www.metabunk.org/home/

 

*Ben's book about Killer Clowns:  Bad Clowns (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0826356664/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

 

*Article about man who thought moon was UFO, "Police say UFO was just the Moon":  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7489457.stm?fbclid=IwAR3fReWiuE4JwQX0V3sHnWzJSJ5SGHz6qWee2S1KXV5y7v9QkRFpqVFXB5s

*Pareidolia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

 

*Occam's razor:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor

 

*The Comical Heathen Live Show at the Kansas City Fringe:   https://kcfringe.org/2021-shows/the-comical-heathen/

 

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Jun 6, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E8: Lewis Black

Show Notes

 

This episode features my recent conversation with Lewis Black.  From his many comedy specials and TV appearances, including The Daily Show, and his work as an actor as seen on The Big Bang Theory (2009), Inside Out (2015), The Last Laugh (2019) and many more, Lewis is known as one of this generation's leading satirists.  We discuss his 2002 Comedy Central Presents episode in which he discuses the then-recent events of September 11.  He also talks about his influences, his ideas about satire, and his upcoming tour.  Also on this episode is guest co-host, calling in from Japan, Jeff Gedert.  Jeff is most famous for producing the original theme music for the podcasts Gold Star Classroom, The Action Comedy Nerd Show, and us, The Comical Heathen.  (Thank you Jeff!).  We debrief the interview, give our reactions, and discuss this so-called book I claim to be so-called writing!  Enjoy!

 

Lewis Black's website:  https://www.lewisblack.com/

 

The 2002 Comedy Central Presents episode we discuss:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318371/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_122

 

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May 9, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E7 (bonus material): Nerding out w/Leighann Lord

Season 2 Episode 7 (Bonus material)

Show Notes

 

This episode is a supplement to my S2 E7 interview with Leighann Lord.  Since her website bio describes her as a nerd AND she sites her favorite science fiction film as Terminator 2, I had to ask her about these things.  And sure enough, a 20+ minute digression broke out on some of our favorite nerdy fandoms.  Turns out she's a huge Star Trek fan (she was wearing Star Trek Jewelry and had a Star Trek background up during our interview!).  Other topics we discuss include Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, as well as talking about doing comedy at anime and comic book conventions.

 

Leighann's website:  http://www.veryfunnylady.com/

Leighann on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LeighannLord

Leighann's Dry Bar Special: https://store.drybarcomedy.com/pages/leighannl

 

A link to my Action Comedy Nerd Show podcast where we discuss Star Trek:  https://actioncomedynerdshow.podbean.com/e/action-comedy-nerd-show-18-talking-star-trek-discovery-the-orville-wmark-clark/

 

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May 2, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E7:Leighann Lord

Show Notes

 

Nerd. Comedian. Science communicator.  Star Trek fan.  And a theatre kid??  Finally getting to interview Leighann Lord was a fantastic and fun moment for me.  We discuss her background in theatre and her experiences in comedy.  She has her recent Dry Bar special and, oh, not to mention, she is the 2019 recipient of the Humanist Arts Award.  She had a lot to say about approaching comedy like a thinking person (she also had a lot to say about Star Trek, but I'm going to have to save that part of our conversation for a future episode!).  This might be too much nerdy science in one place -- except there is no such thing as too much nerdy science!!-- But I asked Brian Malow Science Comedian to join in as today's guest co-host.  He has appeared on the Comical Heathen before (see link below) and so I knew he'd be a perfect comic to add some commentary.  Also, with my rant about anti-vaxxer legislation in Ohio, he had thoughts to add about science literacy!  There was a journey to today's episode, one that involved me meeting Ian Harris, who then introduced me to the comedy of both Leighann and Brian.  Ian gets mentioned waaaay more than necessary for an episode of my podcast that he's not even in!! LOL... Enjoy!

 

 

Lieghann's website:  http://www.veryfunnylady.com/

 

Leighann on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LeighannLord

 

Leighann's Dry Bar Special:  https://store.drybarcomedy.com/pages/leighannl

 

Brian Malow on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sciencecomedian

 

Brian Malow on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sciencecomedian

 

Brian Malow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sciencecomedian/

 

Brian Mallow interview from Season1 Episode 15:  https://comicalheathen.podbean.com/e/the-comical-heathen-episode-15-brian-malow/

 

"Legislators align with anti-vaxxers" by Jake Zuckerman, Norwalk Reflector 9 April 2021. <https://norwalkreflector.com/news/313796/legislators-align-with-anti-vaxxers/>

 

"'Just a theory': 7 Misused Science Words" by Tia Ghose, Scientific American 2 April 2013 <https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/just-a-theory-7-misused-science-words/>

 

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Apr 25, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E6:Brian Scott MacFadden

Season 2 Episode 6 Show Notes:

 

I got on a Zoom call the way from Aruba Ray's Comedy Club in Aruba and spent some time talking comedy with Brian Scott MacFadden.  From a show business family, Brian has a quick wit and a lot of deep thoughts about the art of comedy.   Joining me is guest co-host Dan Brown of the Action Comedy Nerd Show and his podcast Dan and Mark Meets World.   He joins me on my rant about evangelic preacher Franklin Graham calling some people he disagrees with worse than Judas, which seems like some serious Xtian ad hominem attacks to me.

 

 

Brian Scott MacFadden's website:  https://brianscottmcfadden.com/

 

Dan Brown's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/danbrowncomedy

 

Dan and Mark Meets World podcast:  https://open.spotify.com/show/4RC1eVaP0EsfIUn4jJZTSp

 

Comical Heathen S1 E (w/my rant about evangelical preachers!):  https://comicalheathen.podbean.com/e/the-comical-heathen-episode-eighteen-bill-squire/

 

"Franklin Graham says Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are like Jesus’ betrayer" by Simone Jasper (https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article248528080.html)

 

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Apr 18, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E5: Jim Bryan

A comedy club called CHURCH OF SATIRE?  How did I not know about this!  In this episode I interview club founder, owner, and touring headliner Jim Bryan.  In addition to getting his take on satire, we go into his club, how he started it and why he called it CHURCH OF SATIRE! Along the way we name-check Mark Riccadonna, Robert Mack, Craig Paul, and Dwayne Duke.  Joining me is guest co-host Kristin Galewood of the sketch group Sad Boys' Social Club.  She joins me on exploring some of the alternative medicine woo-woo of Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP brand, including her Netflix series THE GOOP LAB.  But Gwyneth, what about burden of proof and you know evidence?  And if you've ever heard of the new age concept of the "4 Clairs" I explain the "4 Jers"!

 

Show notes:

Church of Satire:  https://www.churchofsatirecomedyclub.com/

 

Jim Bryan's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/vaneldu.jim

 

Jim's Special "Laid back Maniac":  https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Bryan-Laid-Back-Maniac/dp/B085W2M1Z7

 

Kristin Galewood's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PuffyPinkCow

 

Sad Boys Social Club on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sadboyscle

 

Sad Boys' Social Club Easter Special:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=YpiVp_Zgu0w&fbclid=IwAR1QwQjJ3NpTjdPlsnGbeWFLoWcm71mCf70-wHLgSL3qGm5RCkI60q7sw2M

 

"Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has been accused of peddling pseudoscience. She’s not having it." By Lindsey Bever (Washington Post Oct. 9, 2018).

 

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Apr 12, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E4: Live Q&A Faith and Other Paradoxes

Welcome to our most recent live Q&A episode, recorded live 11 April 2021.

 

Join me and my guest co-host Jesse Pimpenella as we answer your questions and respond to your comments across the Comical Heathen social media landscape.  We welcome special guest DJ Dangler into the madness.  A lot of this episode's topics seemed to come back again and again to the nature of faith (hilarious, right!).  For example, we discuss whether or not Christians using Christian Mingle actually lack faith, we discuss if time traveling Christians would try to save Jesus (and, you know, break their religion), and we discuss movies with Jesus/savior motifs. 

 

Show notes:

DJ Dangler website:  http://www.djdanglercomedy.com/

 

Jesse Pimpinella website:  https://www.jessepimpinella.com/

 

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Season 1 episode w/DJ:  https://comicalheathen.podbean.com/e/the-comical-heathen-episode-seven-dj-dangler/

 

Season 1 Q&A 3 "Conspiracy Stories":  https://comicalheathen.podbean.com/e/the-comical-heathen-qa-3-%e2%80%94-conspiracy-stories-theyre-not-theories/

 

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Apr 4, 2021

The Comical Heathen S2 E3: Dennis Blair

Show notes:

This episode of the Comical Heathen features my interview with Dennis Blair.  We discuss his early career opening for the likes of Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and George Carlin as well as his thoughts on the dangers of doing satire while working the road.  This episode includes my rant about politicians and preachers who claim (with a straight face) that "God" (Jesus, Moses, etc...) "wrote the constitution"!!!  With my guest cohost John Hensler, we talk about how this is an example of the logical fallacy known as "argument from authority."  This episode includes a special call-in complaint from "Mad" Marv Conner of the Trillion Dollar Dreadful satire news site.

 

Topics discussed include:

 

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