Verbal Shenanigans

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Shenanigans....the Verbal FrontierThese are the voyages of two middle aged menIt’s mission : To explore strange new conversationsTo seek out new celebrities and interviewsTo boldly attempt to call itself a comedy showComing to our podcast bridge is Tim Russ. Tim talks about his journey in the Star Trek universe. From taking guest roles in Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and leading towards his role as Tuvok in Star Trek : Voyager, Tim talks about being a fan of the series and the work done in obtaining the role. Hear about his acting career, his music career that had him accepting Howard Stern’s Battle of the Bands, and have a good laugh about a weird note on his Wikipedia page.   We also talk about Scott's experiences with needles, Mike takes a trek on the Murder Trail, and more!  Another great week in the books.
Back again with another installment of Verbal Shenanigans.  With one of our favorite interviews to date, we sit down with another crucial member of the show Kingdom,  Joanna Going.  Joanna, who plays Kristina, is an amazingly talented actress who is also extremely down to earth, sweet, and funny.  Along with her outstanding performance on Kingdom, you can see Joanna kill it on House of Cards, Mad Men, and more.  Have a listen!   We also talk about what it would take to be nude on camera, what celebrity status we'd be comfortable with, and much more. 
We are back with another classic episode.  Today, we are joined by Joe "Daddy"Stevenson.  Joe Stevenson is a retired American mixed martial artist who has nearly 50 fights under his belt.  Joe, a winner of the UFC's ultimate fighter, has a lifetime of experience in mma.  We talk everything from Joe's early years, his UFC fights, his transition to coaching, and his unique opportunity on Netflix's newly acquired hit show, Kingdom.  Joe continues to coach with the best and continues to leave his imprint on the world of mixed martial arts.  Check it out!   We also talk about some past guests, Lenny Dykstra, and we hear another classic 5th grade story written by Mike.      
Today we chat veteran actress and entertainer Suze Lanier-Bramlett. Suze gives us the back story on her storied career from catching the eye of Henry Winkler, to not listening to her agent so she could work with Wes Craven in the Hills Have Eyes, to her thoughts of not being cast as Chrissy Snow in Three’s Company. Suze also goes into detail with her musical career with her husband, as well as her sons, and finding her love of photography before getting back to acting with the Olsen Twins. A story of a person following her passions and living her life that you should enjoy.   We also talk about the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Movies, and doing redneck stuff.  Have a listen.
We have a fun one for you today!  We are joined Los Angeles rock group, Sons of Silver.  Sons of Silver are comprised of some amazing musicians, including Candlebox bassist, Adam Kury, Skillet guitarist, Kevin Haaland, and even former Pearl Jam drummer, Dave Krusen.  Combined with keyboardist Brina Kabler and frontman Peter Argyropoulos, Sons of Silver bring a refreshing sound to the world of music.  We talk all things music, writing, the formation of the band, and the band's EP, "Doomsday Noises."  Make sure to check it out.   We also talk about the state of the United States, Salmonella peaches, and amazing ways to dispose of your body when that time comes.  Just another week on Verbal Shenanigans.  Have a listen!
Today, we are joined by former NFL wide receiver, JJ Birden.  Undersized and undervalued, JJ went on to have a very successful football career with several NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons..  JJ is now a very well respected and successful motivational speaker.  Check him out!   We also talk about the new Batman trailer, who we'd have a road trip with, and talk about shooting guns and why Easter sucks.  Have a listen!
Today, we are joined by Josh and Chico of the Black Moods.The Black Moods are a rock band from Tempe, Arizona.   They bring a great unique rock sound that appeals to a vast audience.  Their new single, "Sunshine" is out now for all to enjoy.  Chico and Josh were really down to earth, funny, and passionate about music.  Check em out today! We also talk about modern comedy, annoying audience members, and play a game about fatherhood.  Have a listen!
I loved this episode.  If you haven't seen Kingdom, which is now on Netflix, you need to take the day off of work, brew a pot of coffee, and start binging it.  Today, we are joined by the creator of the show, Byron Balasco.  Byron was a really great guest.  We discussed the creation of the show, his writing career, the show's casting, and maybe most importantly, the possibility of the show's future.  Kingdom has everything you want from a show, drama, amazing acting, and flawed characters you love to root for and hate at the same time.  Make sure to check it out on Netflix today!   We also talk about Scott's subpar vacation, wives invading bathroom time, Scott rescuing a kidnapped comic, and end with some bear news.  A typical, atypical episode of Verbal Shenanigans.
Two for the price of 1 tonight on Verbal Shenanigans as we get to know two up and coming artists this week.    Bill Foster went from teaching and being a superintendent, to an actor, writer, and now producing movies based on his Westerns. Bill tells us how he went from retirement to working on shows like Fear the Walking Dead and working with the Coen Brothers. We chat about his books Showdown at the Brazos and Showdown at the Guadalupe and turning them into movies he’s producing. Check his books out on Amazon and be on the lookout for his winery Quail Whistle Vineyards out of Texas.   Later, we talk with Jean-Pierre Giagnoli founder of the Southern California Paranormal Detectives (SCPD). Jean-Pierre gives the history of his ghost hunting well as discusses his acting, comedy, and DJ careers. We chat about his role in the movie Ford vs Ferrari working with actors like Christian Bale and Jon Berenthal. 
Oh yeahhhh!  You've heard the Kool Aid Man shout this since you were a child, but today you can hear it shouted on the podcast by the man himself, Frank Simms.  Frank was a really amazing guest with some hilariously entertaining stories.  We chat about everything from being the voice of the Kool Aid Man, to singing with the like of David Bowie and Madonna, to being a voice on Grand Theft Auto.  Frank has done so many neat things, and best of all he is a hysterical interview and great guy.  Check it out!   We also talk about hurricanes, Kingdom, and Mike's wasp battles.  Have a listen..
Oh baby, do we have a sweet on for you today.  The NHL is back, and with that,we bring in the man who is in charge of sports' greatest trophy, The Stanley Cup.  We chat with Phil Pritchard, the man who is in charge of the safety, the travel, and the traditions of Lord Stanley.  Phil is also the curator for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Phil share some amazing stories about his travels with the cup, what players have done with it, and where the cup is at now during the pandemic.  What a great interview.  Put on your white gloves and have a listen!   We also hear Mike's amazing theme songs, the Washington Football Team, the Seattle Kracken, and Scott tell's his tales of his first birth class.  
For the life of meI can not rememberWhat makes us think we were wise and we never compromisedWords we say listening to older episodes, but it fits for tonight’s guest.Verve Pipe lead singer Brian Vander Ark comes onto the show to talk about the rise of the band and their hit song “The Freshmen”, what went wrong with their second album, his acting career that involved Mark Wahlberg lip synching one of his songs, and making an album with Jeff Daniels. A laid back, fun interview with a talented artist.     We also talk about separating the art from the artist, an annoying potential guest, and the early days of the podcast.  
Our guest has made multiple albums, wrote a book, an inspirational speaker, and a gamer.....but yeah we asked him about that song. From an American Idol audition to the spotlight, William Hung has had a heck of life. William tells us the timeline of his audition to overnight fame. We discuss the work he put into his albums, getting to perform with Ricky Martin, when he figured it was time to walk away from singing, and coming back to the stage for inspirational speaking and his new Twitch channel ( ). Yes, we talked about “She Bangs”, but we got the rest of the story too.   We also talk about Scott's outdoor comedy show, getting Mike back into standup, and Mike tells one of the craziest stories to date on the show.  
Today, we are joined by Dryden Mitchell, lead singer of the very successful band, Alien Ant Farm.  Dryden was a really down to earth, funny, and interesting guy to talk to.  We discussed the long career of his band, his writing technique, what he is up to during the pandemic, and much much more.  Great chat.  Go check out Alien Ant Farm's latest release of their version of "Everything She Wants."     We also talk about the world falling apart, crazy sports in Italy and the Congo, and best friends ditching you.  Have a listen!
Today, we get extreme.  Well, really we interview a man who takes extreme to a new level.  Luke Aikins joins the show today, and man was he interesting. Luke is a professional skydiver, BASE jumper, pilot, and aerial photographer.  He is also a Redbull athlete.  Oh yea, he is also the first person to jump out of a plane and land without a parachute.  Luke was a terrific interview.  We discuss his skydiving origins, his career, and where his career has taken him.  Great interview.  Have a listen!   We also talk about Scott's old man transformation, social awkwardness, and the future of Halloween.  Give us a follow would ya!    
Boom! Another amazing episode formed out of the ethos tonight.  We are joined by Charles Baker, aka, Skinny Pete of Breaking Bad.  Charles was an amazing interview, and just a downright, genuine dude.  We talk about how he landed the role of Skinny Pete, what is was like to work with Vince Gilligan, his love of acting, and how he is staying motivated during quarantine. Such a blast. We also talk about an exposed racist Scott went to school with, talking in baby voices, and We once again visit the ridiculousness of Florida.
Back again with what has been a tremendous run of amazing guests, with plenty more to come.  And, today is no different,  We are joined by Josie Cotton.  Josie is a singer and songwriter who has made her name with catchy 80's tunes and her love of B-movies.  We talk all things music, writing, and her love of cats and B -Movies.  Check it out! We also talk about virtual comedy shows, Scott's accident, and Mike's first marathon.  Have a listen!
Oh baby, do we have a good one for you.  If you are  somewhat close to our age, you are probably familiar with our guest tonight.  You may have watched the show over and over again, you may have loved the comics, or you may have slept in those iconic Ninja Turtle bed sheets.  Today, co creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman, joins the podcast.  Kevin was extremely interesting, funny, and humble.  We talk the early days of the turtles, the several generations of fans, the personalities of the turtles, and even a new project, "The Last Ronin".  Such an honor.  Have a listen.     We also talk about interactions with the police, Covid sports coverage, and the awfulness of the MLB.  Check us out!
As the podcast turns, Scott’s wife is pregnant, Mike’s wife is in love with our guest, and Mike is brain dead... at least we think so with some of the stuff he says. On our show, soap opera actor Star Sean Kanan chats with the guys on his new series Studio City. We dive into his early acting playing Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III, the work loads in acting on a soap, and we are joined by Mike's wife, Izzy, as she “fan boys” with Sean on his time on General Hospital. Check out his show on Amazon Prime after listening to our podcast.   We also talk about the quarantine blues, our poorest moments in life, and Zoom calls gone bad.  Have a listen!
Up, across, or diagonal, whatever direction, take Verbal Shenanigans for the win. We get the pleasure tonight to speak with comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. The fun loving, glasses wearing person you see on TV is who we got to enjoy to speak with on the show. Bruce tells how he went from a newspaper critic to a writer for Bette Midler. We chat about the differences In writing for the major awards (Emmy’s, Grammys, Tony’s) to working as an on air personality for the Hollywood Squares. We even had an amusing discussion on him working on the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Bruce is a great talent, and a genuinely good guy.  Have a listen!   We also talk Scott's new love of the stock market, house chores, and hear an amazing story by young Michael Burlew entitled "Inderella".  
We work hard to come up with the most interesting, entertaining questions on our show. Tonight, we are concentrating on the most asked question of 1998. Singer Dyson Knight of the Baha Men joins the podcast to discuss his music. We learn about his father musical upbringing as an 8th degree obo player, discuss the differences in his solo career and in the band, and of course we chat about the bands huge hit “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Dyson was a delight to chat with and an enjoyable interview to listen to.   We also talk about Scott being at mad at Mike, Scott's first baby appointment, and reflect on what has happened since the start of this show.
Tonight, we find out if it is harder to last four rounds with our guest or 300 episodes with us. Verbal Shenanigans smashes pass a new milestone with a huge guest. Eric “Butterbean” Esch gives us a few minutes on the show talking about his humble starts going pro while still building mobile homes, his biggest fights in the ring, crossing over from boxing to kickboxing and wrestling, and some of the stuff he has been into after his fighting career. We also bring on our good friend, former NYPD detective, Tom Verni.  Tom is a really important voice that should be heard.  We discuss everything about the George Floyd case, from what was wrong with the arrest, to the effect it will have on policing and the country.  Tom is a really genuine guy and one of our favorite guests.  Catch him on CNN or on ID discovery.     We also talk about our idea for a movie called SpaceJail, play a game involving our toughest guests, and celebrate 300 episodes of Verbal Shenanigans.  Thank you to anyone who has supported us along the way.
Today, we are joined by blues and folk singer/songwriter, Ruthie Foster.  Ruthie has been making amazing music for several decades and continues to bring her flavor of the blues to the masses.  Ruthie has been nominated for several grammy's and continues to innovate and create new music.  Make sure to check out Ruthie's latest release, "Live at the Paramount." We also discuss the horrendous case of George Floyd, play a game involving various heroes and villains, and hear about another weird encounter Mike had on the internet.   
Today, we are joined by Michael E. Reynolds.  Mike is an American architect who is based out of New Mexico. He is well known for his construction and design of "earthships".  Earthships are completely sustainable passive solar houses.  Mike has challenged the status quo  and has gone on to build amazing green homes out of things like tires, bottles, and cans. Mike was funny, unique, and remarkably smart.   Check out Mike and his journey in the documentary "Garbage Warrior."  Go check out an earthship today! We also butcher English, talk about Covid, and hear all about Mike's grandma stealing his baseball cards.    
The Verbal Shenanigans guarantee we will always entertain and fight to uncover the biggest conspiracies (guarantee voided in most states and countries). Tonight we investigate the flat earth with producer Toby Brusseau. Toby produced the documentary of “Mad Mike” Hughes, who built a homemade rocket to prove the Earth was flat. Hear how Toby got in touch with Mike, the stories on the production of the show, his relationship and thoughts on Mike, and his thoughts on the flat earth theory. We later dive into the tragic second attempt that ended in the passing of Mike. Check out the movie “Rocketman : Mad Mike’s Mission to Prove the Flat Earth” and listen to this interview” We also talk ridiculous running outfits, the trustworthiness of news, and whether or not The Walking Dead exists anymore.
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Verbal Shenanigans
Podcast Status
Sep 26th, 2016
Latest Episode
Sep 21st, 2020
Release Period
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About 2 hours

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