The Breakfasters – 3-7 June 2013

The Breakfasters – 3-7 June 2013

The Breakfasters is a program that I could see myself listening to on a regular basis. Once I tune Triple R into my car, that is. The conversations that they were having on this program seemed like they were well thought out arguments with some substance to them. With some interesting guest who are well educated on the topics they are talking about.


Despite the fact that they are not as lively and energetic as other breakfast programs, I prefer this kind of slower paced discussion rather than inane chatter followed by annoying sound bites and sound effects.

Fifi and Jules

I really wanted to go into this show without any prejudice or malice towards it. However, in the description of the episode Evan Goldberg, writer of Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and Superbad, was miswritten as Kevin Goldberg. This may have of been a simple error by the uploader, but it came off as the station not really caring about his names since he isn’t as famous as Seth Rogen.

The content of the show is not to my liking, but I’ve made peace with the fact that if I’m going to be listening to Fox Fm, then talk about what Kim Kardashian and Kayne West named their baby is to be expected. I’m not too familiar with the format of the show, but from what I’ve gathered Fifi is away for some reason and the rudimentary Sophie Monk was filling in her place. Sophie is almost completely unfiltered and a little out of touch with how regular people interact with one another. Or at least that’s what it seemed like to me.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “interview” was less painful to listen to then I was expecting. Jules Lund is a good, charismatic host who was able to ask interesting questions and play an enjoyable game with Seth and Evan.

And I didn’t understand what was happening with their producer. He kept leaving song playing softly in the background and leaving gaps of dead air. I wasn’t clear whether he was new and still geting use to everything or if he was just bad at his job.Image

You Made It Weird – #2 T.J. Miller

This episode of You Made It Weird is unlike regular episodes, in that they do not talk about the usual topics of comedy, relationships and god. Instead this episode is more of a public forum for comedian and actor T.J. Miller to discuss a recent incident that had occurred between himself and fellow comedian Dane Cook. Host Pete Holmes did an excellent job of playing devil’s advocate to Miller during this recollection of an event that occurred at a comedy club in L.A.

Miller and Holmes do a good job of painting a picture for the listener by recounting what happened that night. In a nutshell Miller was booked at a comedy club where Dane Cook showed up to unannounced. He then proceeded to berate the audience because they weren’t enjoying his set. So T.J. took to twitter and then began ranting about how Dane was being so mean to the audience. The A.V. Club for Miller’s comment and ran with a story about how T.J. was trying to censor Dane because he didn’t like what Dane was saying.

The main thing that T.J. Miller was arguing, when he went on his twitter rant, was that Dane Cook was being cruel to an audience that did nothing to deserve such cruelty. Dane has no stake in the club or that room since he isn’t being paid by that club to be there.

The Joe Rogan podcast was referenced as being the place where Dane Cook, in the same way that T.J. is doing, must have retaliated to these comments about his material. I enjoyed how T.J. Miller acknowledged that the whole incident was silly and unimportant. Recounting how while he was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast he was saying that he was moving into the next level of loser. Comedians, on the Joe Rogan podcast, were talking about him without really knowing him or what happened that night in the comedy club. Meanwhile the fact that it was getting to him made him get even angrier dropping him down more levels of loser.

Both Pete and T.J. really present this topic well and do a good job representing both sides of the topic. Rather than this being some kind of circle jerk where they are both just praising each other and disrespecting the other party.

Comedy Bang Bang 148 with Jason Mantzoukas and Andy Daly

This is a possibly one of the most memorable shows in the entire Comedy Bang Bang (CBB) library. Host Scott Aukerman and guest co-host for this episode Jason Mantzoukas talk about a vast array of topics during the first segment of this show, before they are joined by their guest. Some of those topics include but are not limited to Jason’s favourite things: Comedy, Film & Cinema and Beavers. They really cover the topic of beavers thoroughly which is quite enjoyable for the listener as they catalogue some of their favourite beaver related publications.

This episode was recorded around the 2012 Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal. Scott and Jason list and discuss the 12 days of the Oscars, starting at number 1 and counting down to negative ten.

After their short intermission our hosts are joined by, in my opinion, one of the most talented poets I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to. Cowboy poet, Dalton Wilcox, self proclaimed poet laureate of the west, joined the program to promote his new book. The title of which is: You must buy your wife as much jewellery as you buy your horse; and other poems and observations, humorous and otherwise from a life on the range. For the reader of this review I will have already put up a clip of Dalton reading one of his poems for your own enjoyment.

The discussion then turns to the content of Dalton’s poems as Scott and Jason allow Dalton to elaborate on what the meaning behind his poems were. From Dalton’s poetic encapsulation of cowboy life we are lead to discover that the life of a modern day cowboy is a hard and lonely path. Which is only accentuates the issues for happens at the end of the podcast.

As I said at the top of this review this is possibly one of the best episodes of CBB. And if you don’t trust me, listen to some of Dalton Wilcox’ poems and see if that doesn’t change your mind.

Dalton Wilcox – The Lonesome Cowboy

A precursor to my review of Comedy Bang Bang. Here is a poem from the very talented Dalton Wilcox.

WARNING: May contain some course language.

Hughesy and Kate

Before I go any further in writing this review I would just like to warn the reader that the following review may contain some bias either for or against the show, that’s up to you to figure out. I would also like to, in the interest of full disclosure, let the reader know that I have been listening to this program in the morning in segments. Because I feel as though my mental health would be in jeopardy if I were to sit down and listen to an episode in its entirety.

But on a positive note this program served its purpose as my alarm clock. The second that my radio switched on and those shrill, banshee wails of Hughesy and Kate reverberated through my ears. Forcing me to leap from my bed and beat my clock radio with whatever I can find. On an unrelated note I’ve been getting up earlier because nothing wakes you up quicker then leaping anywhere.
Other than my clear disdain for the presenters, I found the way in which they recycle the same songs with a slightly different beat, singer and tempo quite refreshing 100 times in a row.

I feel as though the reader may think that I am being too harsh. Let me remind you that I WARNED you that there was going to be some bias. And since plainly, obvious where my bias lies. I give this podcast 5 out of 5. Awesome Show, great job!

Radio National – The Trouble with Beauty

I applaud the host, Valarie Redfern, for drawing me into the topic being both entertaining and informative simultaneously. This is the first radio documentary that I have ever listened to and I will definitely listen to more. I really enjoyed this documentary method from a technical view. As a fellow amateur documentarian myself I know a thing or three about the process of a documentary.

The subject matter is a peculiar thing; I had never considered what it would be like for a girl to grow with aspirations of beauty, before listening to this. The documentary takes you through the various aspects of beauty, looking at how either extreme of a particular aspect can be negative. Establishing that balance is necessary to ensure a true beauty on the inside and outside.

The German guy they kidnapped to announce each chapter was a little strange, but I can kind of see what they were going for. However, by the seventh chapter I had fallen under that frightened, German’s spell and was entranced by his every word from that point on.

I literally cringed when “am I not prettier enough” started playing.I was not a fan of some of the songs that were played during this documentary. That being said I loved some of the other songs. So my overall verdict of the songs featured in this documentary, is that they were decent.

The host talks to some guy who has a bad relationship history, which is only being helped along by his manic depression. I think I may have missed the point as to why he was a part of this documentary. The host continues to talk to this horrible person through the next chapter leaving a sour taste in the listener’s ears.

The documentary poses a lot of interesting sociological questions. And I should know being the amateur sociologist that I am. The listener of this documentary will surely take away a modified perspective on the psyche of a young woman.