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Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, about a women's movement to withhold sex to stop gang violence, is now free on Amazon Prime. And now, comedian Kaseem Bentley talking about it is free on the FilmDrunk Frotcast. Matt Lieb and Bret are also in the studio with me, Vince Mancini, for possibly the most #content-filled Frotcast ever recorded. 

3:40 - Matt Lieb tells us about what hot new jokes the comedians in LA are telling. 
15:00 - Kaseem Bentley arrives, and immediately roasts Matt for not acknowledging him in McDonald's (allegedly). 
19:15 - Kaseem starts roasting everyone in earnest.
25:30 - False start on Chi-raq talk, Kaseem gets distracted and starts laying into me about what a pussy I am. 
31:30 - Beyonce's alleged Red Lobster conspiracy, according to Kaseem.
34:45 - The story of Stevie Wonder buying some cocaine from one of Kaseem's friends.
43:57 - We actually start talking about Chi-raq.
1:01:05 - Kaseem and Matt reprise Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase, the first appearance of Matt Lieb's new character, "Jefferson from San Rafael."
1:05:10 - More terrifying stories about Matt Lieb's dad.
1:25:20 - Kaseem may have convinced Bret that he's been wrong about Bamboozled all of these years. 
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Award-winning sports personality Matt Ufford (SB Nation, The Inactives podcast) joins IN STUDIO this week, to talk Hail, Caesar! (almost no spoilers) our favorite Coen Bros movies in general, and of course all the media hoopla surrounding this week's Super Bowl, live from Super Bowl city.

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278: Lieb Returns From AVNs

Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are all back together for a Frotcast about Matt Lieb returning from the AVNs, R. Kelly's amazing sex metaphors, Josef Stalin's secret poop lab, Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers, and Vin Diesel at the toy fair. #Content! Enjoy our #Brand!

1:00 - Matt Lieb gets back from the AVNs.
3:45 - The story of the porn star who could only express appreciation sexually, which made him have sex with a horse.
15:30 - Matt Lieb tells us about his sad break up.
18:08 - Brendan discovers R. Kelly's "Buffet," and we have our minds blown.
34:55 - Is Russell Wilson a robot? We discuss the recent discovery that he complimented his girlfriend by googling "how to describe a beautiful woman" and plagiarizing the first result.
40:20 - Stalin spied on Mao by stealing his poop and having it inspected in a secret lab. Brendan obviously loved this story.
51:40 - "Kiss the ring, eat the pizza," and other life lessons.
1:03:00 - Our most "old white guy" of segments, "Why can't I understand what the rappers are saying anymore?"
1:07:30 - The mind-blowing plot of Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers.'
1:16:30 - Dueling terrible British accents, starring Matt Lieb, and Brendan, as Michael Caine.

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The regular crew is out this week, but in their place I have Justin Halpern from Surviving Jack/Sh*t My Dad Says, and Whoop Dreams star and Seattle's finest film critic, Laremy Legel, not to mention a boat load of #Content. We talk The Revenant, Amy Schumer, Lights Camera Jackson, the #OscarsSoWhite and Oscars boycott, the Deadpool trailer, and make fun of the Oregon militia dudes' list of supplies. Enjoy!  


2:14 - The new paradigm of Distracted TV Watching. What shows do you watch we're you're actually not looking at your phone? 

4:25 - How the internet is making advertising even more terrible than before.

10:40 - We break down the "Amy Schumer Is A Joke Thief" video. 

14:50 - We discuss Lights Camera Jackson, his Amy Schumer joke, and him doing the same shtick for the last five years.

25:00 - Justin tells us about going to Kevin Bacon's house.

31:40 - The Revenant. The bear attack and the Indian attack: when something's badass enough that you stop caring about realism.

38:26 - Justin and I talk 'The Witch.' Can a period movie be *too* realistic? 

50:20 - #OscarsSoWhite. Specifically, how un self-aware do you have to be as a white person to write and "Actually" thinkpiece about which black people didn't actually get snubbed?

56:40 - I make a case for crapping on certain movies without seeing them. 

1:01:00 - The Deadpool trailer, and the phenomenon of nailing a jokey tone without making jokes. Also, the "fantasy studio exec" phenomenon among TV and comic fans. 

1:11:00 - The Oregon militia dudes' list of requested supplies, such as "hay" and "money." 

1:18:00 - I finally catch up on Fargo season two, so I have a few raves, and lots of minor issues I need to bitch about. 
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Fresh off being named one of Podbean's TOP 10 COMEDY PODCASTS OF 2015 (second year in a row), the Frotcast is back, to discuss Sean Penn's El Chapo interview, The Revenant/Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar hunt, and What We Do In the Shadows. Guests include comedians Matt Lieb and Jane Harrison, joining Bret and Vince in the studio.

0:55 - Matt Lieb tries out a new catch phrase, with debatable success.
4:00 - Matt loved The Revenant and hated The Hateful Eight. No spoilers here.
6:50 - Does Leonardo DiCaprio want an Oscar as much as everyone assumes he does?
8:10 - Matt Lieb explains "the Pussy Posse" to Bret, much to Bret's chagrin.
14:45 - I read my favorite bits of Sean Penn's El Chapo interview. Matt debuts his new El Chapo character.
21:21 - "Do you think Sean Penn is really into Waking Life?" -Bret
40:00 - Charlie Sheen goes off his HIV meds.
48:33 - Smash Mouth's incredible cover of David Bowie/Queen's "Under Pressure." A heated argument ensues over whether "Under Pressure" is one of Queen or David Bowie's best songs.
1:01:00 - The shortlist of actors for Han Solo, debating the merits.
1:06:00 - Oh right, What We Do In the Shadows.

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We discuss Making A Murderer, Netflix's white hot new true crime series, with two blasts from Frotcast past: Uproxx Editor Ashley Burns (Burnsy) and Tuscon, Arizona's freshest comedy voice, Pauly Casillas (Pauly Dangerously). Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk and Bret hold down the Frotquarters. Did Steven Avery do it? Should Brendan Dassey get a new trial? Will the pardon Steven Avery petitions make a difference? Which of these questions will we ponder before making fun of the accents and lack of underwear?

3:15 - I read our craziest Frotcast email of all time, from the guy who has apparently mentally catalogued every Jew in Hollywood and urges us to do same.
14:35 - Making A Murderer discussion begins in earnest. Bret explains why it makes him feel bad and had to stop watching.
17:35 - The formerly underrated dumb-soundingness of the Wisconsin accent.
21:00 - Burnsy on why the show is his worst nightmare, and he hates true crime.
22:30 - Living through the inevitable Internet detective and ensuing Internet reductive guy backlash.
27:20 - Steven Avery's incredible lack of underpants.
30:30 - The incredible theory that this guy who doesn't own underwear somehow pulled off one of the greatest crime scene scrub jobs in the history of man.
33:00 - Bret compares Making A Murderer to his disastrous bus ride.
34:30 - Jury Trial: The ultimate focus group. Burnsy explains what it's like to be on a jury in Orlando, Florida.
37:00 - Bret explains how me breaking his nose got him out of a jury.
38:30 - We discover that in Florida courts, alligators are the judges. #SWAMPJUSTICE
52:35 - Steven Avery: Surprisingly good at pulling chicks.
54:00 - Burnsy defends guys not wearing underwear. The pros and cons of not wearing underwear.
55:14 - Pauly discusses his own trial, for assault with a deadly weapon.
58:28 - Why didn't Steve Avery testify? Was this a good decision?
1:01:48 - Kim Jong-un was voted Best Dressed Man in North Korea for the fifth year running. Did Kim Jong-un come up with his own hairstyle or was it a stylist? 
1:10:15 - Email question from a 25-year-old virgin.

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The best moments of the FilmDrunk Frotcast from 2015! Edited by Token, donate a few bucks for his time at https://www.paypal.me/TokenAudio. Guests featured: Laremy Legel, OJ Patterson, Jane Harrison, Steve Post, Kaseem Bentley, Torio Van Grol, Jason Dove, and Matt Ufford.

00:10 - All the times we told Laremy to shut up.
02:25 - Bret's Face-Turn, in which he decides to become a shill.
03:14 - Mama's Little Piss Boy (Ep 269)
10:39 - Brandon Fromfreemont (Ep 244)
15:11 - Corporate Birthday (Ep 270)
18:09 - Bret hates Viral Marketing (Ep 241)
23:06 - Startup Castle Closes/Lieb's Brain Feed (Ep 255)
27:29 - Uptown Girl Game (Ep 259)
33:59 - The Lieb Brother's Shoplift (Ep 271)
44:22 - Idaho Tinder Names (Ep 256)
54:12 - Slut Shaming the Black Widow (Ep 248)
1:04:41 - The Elusive Female Urethra/Italian Fathers, Irish Mothers (Ep 272)
1:14:21 - Jaden Smith and Aerosmith (Ep 272)
1:23:21 - Office Kevin (Ep 262)
1:28:49 - 50 Shades of Lieb (Ep 238)
1:32:53 - Name of the Year Draft Bios (Ep 243)
1:36:00 - Jack White Pens a Letter/Jupiter Ascending's Beeus Ex Machina (Ep 239)
1:40:10 - Oliver Stone's Snowden (Ep 255)
1:48:00 - Technology of Future Past (Ep 273)
1:55:10 - The Game's Instagram Erotic Fiction
2:05:17 - Lieb's Brother (Ep 271)

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Did you do terrible things to a sibling or have one do terrible things done to you? Comedian Matt Lieb recounts the saga of his Machiavellian brother, who ridiculed his genitals, made him steal, and ruined his sketch comedy show. As an only child, I drink the pathos and schadenfreude of him and the many listeners who submitted their stories. Other topics include The Night Before (quickly diverted into a diatribe about Anthony Mackie), the Ronda Rousey fight, and our personal spam bots, which Bret has created using our Twitter archives. Spooky. Comedian Kaseem Bentley joins, back by popular demand, to go on lengthy diatribes against Terrence Howard and Hawaiian barbecue, among other things. Enjoy.

2:20 - We relive last weeks's greatest hit, "Corporate Birthday."
7:40 - I ask Matt and Kaseem about 'The Night Before,' which leads Kaseem into a long jag about Anthony Mackie being "the number one black douchebag."
10:10 - I distract Kaseem with a question about Terrence Howard, which brings us to the story about Terrence Howard's father killing a guy and Terrence Howard's controversial theories about crystals and universal math.
17:05 - Kaseem outlines his theory that Terrence Howard is actually an alien who was sent through "a Negro Stargate."
20:39 - We talk about the Rousey fight. No, Ronda Rousey did not get "exposed," you dolts.
26:15 - Kaseem goes in hard on Hawaiian BBQ. I ask about the Nation Of Islam's dietary restrictions.
30:52 - The Rousey fight reminded Matt of Million Dollar Baby.
39:00 - Introducing the topic of Sibling Abuse, starting with listener emails.
44:00 - Probably the most diabolical sibling torture email we received, about a brother almost drowning his younger brother, using him as bait for a pedophile, and covering him in dog poop.
48:22 - The lengthy saga of Matt Lieb's Machiavellian brother begins.
1:03:00 - Personal Spam Bots: Following up on last week's discussion of predictive text and Markov chains, Bret has used our Twitter archives to build us personal spam bots.
1:15:00 - Matt Lieb tells an epic story about sketch comedy and his evil brother, culminating in "Spedackle."
1:22:55 - Matt's story about the last time his brother punched him (while he was watching Taken), and once again diabolically neutralized his counter attack.
1:33:00 Finishing off with a few of your emails

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Bret and Brendan join FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini in the Frotquarters as we talk to 'Sad Bastard' author Lee Keeler, Justin Bieber's nudes, Playboy, the Steve Jobs movie, Greg Hardy and domestic violence, and how to get "dad woke."

2:30 - Justin Bieber's penis pics, and the phenomenon of celebrity parents' saying super creepy things about their kids.
7:25 - The Tod Maffin Update! We still don't know for certain that #Content #Marketing expert Tod Maffin is a real person and not a robot, but we love him. Somehow all of his friends all sound like Tim & Eric/Pynchon characters.
9:30 - We try to sing Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" with our mouths for some reason.
17:35 - Lee Keeler, comedian, writer, producer, joins us to talk about 'Sad Bastard: Practical Wisdom For the Modern A$$hole.' The first non-aspirational men's magazine.
41:20 - Playboy drops nudes. We discuss how advertising is building us pigeonholes and the compartmentalization of desire.
52:00 - One of our favorite subjects, Bryant Gumbel sounding like an obnoxious douche.
54:00 - Brendan leads us into a discussion of Greg Hardy and the NFL's trouble with domestic violence. Brendan coins the term "Dad Woke."
1:02:00 - 'Steve Jobs,' and Aaron Sorkin. Is there anyone else so simultaneously talented and infuriating?
1:19:15 - EMAILS. We advise a listener (probably badly) who wants to know how to hit on a girl in his film class.

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Comedian Matt Lieb joins FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini and Bret to talk The Leftovers premiere, Commando's 30th anniversary, kayak lady, the worst Matt Damon editorial ever written, and how online marketing is trying to ruin English. 

2:00 - Matt tries to defend John From Cincinnati

4:00 - Matt quits Talk 9, gets a farewell from Gary From Fremont. "Is all of life, just repeating the mantra 'This is what I wanted?'"

5:20 - Commando talk

10:49 - Bret and Matt try to guess how many people get killed in Commando. 

14:00 - We finally talk about the Kayak Bear Lady, which hit just after we recorded last week's show. Matt provides the voice of the bear.

17:42 - WELCOME TO TECH HELL. Are online marketing "gurus" trying to destroy English? We go down the terrifying rabbit hole. Sample sentence: "Content marketing providers will focus on solutions partners."

38:27 - My story about how I put a couch on the street and accidentally created an artificial reef for hobos.

40:55 - We've discovered the world's hottest Matt Damon hot take, "Earth to Matt Damon, It's 2015."

54:00 - John From Cincinnatti. Turns out Matt Lieb was the one guy who liked this show.

55:00 - The Leftovers, and is it just going to Lost us? (It's a little spoilery, I suppose, but pretty vague). 

1:00:00 - Bret's bizarre sex dreams, "where I'm pushing a little sea lion around in my palm." 

1:08:10 - Your emails and voice mails. 

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Matt Damon thinks gays should stay in the closet!? Tyrese thinks Vin Diesel should direct Furious 8?! The Blackberry CEO had an aneurysm? All this and more in this week's #Frotcast #Content. Film.com's Laremy Legel joins FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini, with veteran Frotcasters Bret and Brendan this week.

Opening - Brendan rants about Draft Kings, and also NFL. 
7:19 - Song of the week, the slow cover of Smash Mouth's "All Star."
8:33 - The CEO of Blackberry wins the all-time prize for terrible tech speak.
11:00 - We try to figure out how tech speak got so bad. 
13:45 - Brendan discovers Slack. We discuss the phenomenon of one tech company that does the exact same thing as another one being worth a billion dollars. 
18:08 - Laremy's articulate thoughts on 'Everest.' 
22:37 - This week in misleading thinkpiece headlines: Matt Damon thinks gays should stay in the closet (or does he?)
32:05 - Danger Guerrero's pitch for "Zoo Heist." 
37:20 - My encounter with a "social media expert," and her expertise regarding #Brands. We invent a new social media job - Doggregator. It's someone who's an aggregator of dog Instagrams. 
42:00 - Brendan experiences Soul Cycle and other milennial exercise trends.
45:30 - An emailer explains the origin of Coors Light's ad campaign (note: I'm not going to fact check this). 
50:00 - Laremy reads his list about Everest.
56:37 - Yet another listener with a smug bidet story. 
1:00:00 - The fascinating existence of Tyrese Gibson
1:14:00 - People naming their children "Katniss Everdeen." We scour the best seller list to find out who we could've been named after.
1:16:00 - What caused this week's Brendan's laughing jag? Tyrese calling himself "Voltron Chairman."
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Did you miss the core Frot crew? Close to a full house this week with Vince, Bret, Brendan, and Matt Lieb all back in the Frotquarters to talk Steve Rannazzisi on 9/11, bad festival Q&A questions, Terrence Howard, and Draft Kings.com, the official sponsor of everything repetitive and terrible.

1:12 - We introduce our new fake sponsor, Draft Kings.com

5:00 - Brendan and Bret review the Lightning Elemental Pilsner I got for BeerDrunk last week.

8:20 - Brendan is still angry how often he has had to see that Draft Kings ad.

8:54 - The Tech Awfulness Update: Remember Leap, the fancy San Franciso bus company? Wellll, they're bankrupt. That was fast, wasn't it?

16:00 - We read our favorite parts of the Australian Monday Night Football live blog.

22:56 - Brendan finally gets to weigh in about Straight Outta Compton.

27:30 - A lengthy discussion of bad movie Q&As: why are they so terrible? Are terrible questions peculiar to movies, or does this happen at any question and answer session? People who ask terrible questions: do they ask them everywhere, or just about movies? Discuss.

41:13 - An example of a bad Q & A question that nearly kills Brendan.

51:50 - Matt Lieb shows up and we talk about his visit to Kink.com, and the complicated politics of BDSM.

1:02:45 - We talk about Steve Rannazzisi's fake 9/11 story, with Bret dubbing him a "9/11 Non-Truther." We decide Draft Kings.com is the official sponsor of 9/11.

1:13:15 - We accidentally discover a new character, "Truther Jerry Seinfeld," and it almost kills Brendan. We have to take a recess while he composes himself.

1:14:23 - Terrence Howard and his controversial math theory.

1:24:00 - We finish off with your emails, including a strangely heartwarming success story about anal sex. The power of the frotcast is real!

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This week, we're joined by video game champion/comedian/podcaster/documentarian Jason Dove, who tells us about his documentary about Dread Zeppelin, and his long journey into novelty music. The mash-up concept fits perfectly with the film I saw this week, We Are Your Friends. Other topics include the Suge Knight-Eazy E AIDS conspiracy, and the random "I'm Leaving You" essay generator. Enjoy!

00 - Bret's new job. "Same old trash, brand new dumpster."

5:30 - Fun with "Leaving Everywhere," Darius Kazemi's bot that automatically generates "Why I'm Leaving _____" essays for every city using the 2013 American Community Survey.

13:30 - I discuss the Most San Francisco Street incident that I witnessed the other day, where a wannabe hall monitor waiting for the bus tried to drought shame a guy using a hose to clean the sidewalk, at which point he became indignant and called her a "snitch ass twat." All while I live tweeted it from my fire escape. 

26:15 - Matt Lieb turns Korn into Uptown Girl

27:30 - I play the trailer for We Are Your Friends for the gang and then we discuss We Are Your Friends.

41:00 - We talk about our new favorite conspiracy theory, that Suge Knight killed Eazy E by injecting him with AIDs.

48:38 - Jason Dove talks about the documentary he's making about Dread Zeppelin, a group that turns Zeppelin tunes into reggae songs with a 300-pound Elvis impersonator for a lead singer. 

49:00 - Brief interlude with Matt Lieb's new character, "Kevin the guy in the office no one really likes."

1:21:00 - We talk about Bret and I's favorite musical games, including out-of-order Tom Petty lyrics, and new lines for "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." (Try it at home!)

1:25:00 - Your emails.
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Jane Harrison joins Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini in the Frotquarters for an all-comedian Frotcast about The Fat Jew, the Ashley Madison hack, heckler videos, and YouTube prank videos. Plus, your emails, and the return of "Jewish John Lennon."

2:17 - We talk about that "comedian destroys heckler!" video that was going around and why it's kind of bullsh*t.

14:45 - We talk about the pogrom against the Fat Jew (Matt agrees with the outrage but worries people are pronouncing Fat Jew's name with a hard J). Jane brings up an interesting Tosh comparison.

32:10 - Child actors with speech impediments! I brought a few clips for Jane and Matt to see if they find this phenomenon as terrible as I do. I find it patronizing and infuriating.

44:34 - Matt Lieb reads us his tweets he thinks should've gotten more retweets.

49:18 - The return of "Jewish John Lennon."

55:50 - The Ashley Madison hack, Josh Duggar, and the viral miscarriage couple getting hacked

1:00:15 - The strange, awful phenomenon of YouTube prank videos, including the Russian guy who call random black people the N-word, and all the idiots who ask people a dumb sex pun.

1:16:00 - We answer your emails, including a follow-up from the guy who was worried his girlfriend was going to bang some guy in Europe, a story about gay Aussie sex mishaps, and a request for herpes advice.

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This morning I posted my interview with Bobcat Goldthwait about Call Me Lucky (my review), which hits more theaters this weekend. Just for fun (or in case you want to hear it in your car), here's the audio from that interview. Bobcat talks about his relationship with Barry Crimmins (the subject of Call Me Lucky), and with Robin Williams and Rowdy Roddy Piper. We talked about his early days of stand-up, and I asked him about performing at the Gathering of the Juggalos, since I knew we'd both been there. It was the first time since the Gathering that an interview subject has said "whoop whoop" to me. Enjoy.

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This week's FilmDrunk Frotcast really has everything: big name guests, insightful interviews, original bits, clever pop culture analysis, engaging hosts, and really just a lot of heart. Comedian Matt Lieb joins FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini and Brendan in the Frotquarters, with Shit My Dad Says/I Suck At Girls author Justin Halpern joining via Skype.

2:35 - Matt refuses to believe that Al Pacino is in Jack & Jill. Brendan and Matt do dueling Al Pacino/Adam Sandler impressions

3:45 - The "Uptown Girl" talent redux, where Matt Lieb can turn any song into "Uptown Girl." Brendan hadn't played before.

8:05 - I attempt to get Matt Lieb to "Uptown Girl" the top 100 songs, before quickly realizing we only know about three of them.

8:42 - Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" gets Uptown Girl'd.

9:40 - "Uptown Funk" gets Uptown Girl'd

13:00 - Justin Halpern joins us via Skype.

17:15 - Big question for Justin as someone who has worked on multiple sitcoms: Have multi-cam sitcoms started mixing the studio audience louder? Why are studio audiences so much more present in multi-cam comedies?

23:00 - The phenomenon of studio audience members saying weird things during shows and how much time it takes to mix them out.

26:50 - The strange phenomenon of laugh-track shows being so much more popular than non in syndication.

33:30 - Justin's story about Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Due Date.

37:30 - Justin's Mark Wahlberg encounter, about how Wahlberg initially hated 'The Departed,' and called it 'Gayfellas.'

46:19 - We read some of Nikki Finke's hard-boiled Hollywood insider fiction.

54:00 - Brendan describes Michael Jordan getting owned by middle schoolers, and how that's Brendan's greatest fear.

1:00:00 - We discuss Miles Teller's Esquire profile. Is Miles Teller the new Shia Labeouf? Discuss.

1:06:18 - We read your emails and play your voicemails, including a listener who wonders about shoplifting the pootie from a single mother that's a stripper, and another about Dave Matthews Band, which leads us into a discussion about music nerd rock.

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Great show this week, as our guest, comedian Joe Sinclitico either makes or ruins my show with his audible vaping. Matt Lieb and Bret were also in the Frotquarters to talk Cecil the Lion, Woody Allen, True Detective, and horrible press tour interviews. Also, Matt Lieb introduces his new segment, the "Uptown Girl Game."

2:34 - Matt Lieb's incredible "Uptown Girl" talent. Matt Lieb can turn ANY SONG into Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." It's really quite something.

9:16 - Cecil the Lion and the cyber lynch mob. "Yeah, but somebody has to go in the wicker man, and I'm glad it's this guy." -Bret

23:30 - Ave Maria becomes Uptown Girl. Matt Lieb has the voice of an angel.

24:18 - I try to explain Woody Allen's "Irrational Man" to the frot crew. 

33:40 - Joe Sinclitico calls in. We listen to him vaping.

37:37 - We talk about this season of True Detective and how much we like it and how people that keep whining about it can suck it.

38:50 - Joe Sinclitico was apparently making tea.

53:00 - Joe also has some thoughts about Cecil the Lion. 

1:05:00 - Cara Delavigne's awful interviewers and the trouble with trying to keep up with psychotically caffeinated morning show hosts on awkward press tours.

1:12:20 - My OTHER favorite awkward press tour interview, the Australian Amy Schumer interview that feels like a Christopher Guest sketch. 

1:15:28 - We bring Joe back. It was a mistake.

1:17:47 - We talk about Southpaw and the trouble with boxing movies.

1:20:00 - We answer a question from the emails about hooking up at weddings. 
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SB Nation video (and text!) personality Matt Ufford guest stars this week (with Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini) as we talk about Pixels/Adam Sandler, and this week in pop culture, including Gawker's Geithner drama, getting to the bottom of Taylor Swift's latest beef, and our Pistol Drone for President campaign. Plus, your emails.


00:00 - Matt Lieb's wonderful comedy bit about electric skateboards.
2:00 - PIXELS. I describe the plot for Ufford. "I would not have come on this week if I knew this was what I was in for."
6:30 - We talk about Ufford's tweet about Adam Sandler's 'Fart Vacation,' and what it says about Adam Sandler movies that some people thought this was a real movie.
8:43 - GAWKER DRAMA. We talk about Max Read and Tommy Craggs resigning from Gawker after Gawker took down the Geithner post, and what would have to happen for us to resign in protest from a job we otherwise liked (this from a current Vox employee and an Uproxx employee).
19:30 - The way the current advertising system creates an environment that produces the kinds of shitty, click-bait content everyone hates, even the people writing it. 
20:50 - Matt Lieb finds his new least favorite Gawker post, "the bravery of Judd Apatow knows no bounds," a snarky takedown of Judd Apatow's Cosby impression. Ufford and I explain the inside-baseball factors that cause a post like that to get written, and Lieb and I discuss the viability of Cosby jokes.
33:36 - We breakdown my new favorite Amy Schumer thinkpiece, from the Guardian, about how Amy Schumer is now *too* successful, and how that could be "potentially problematic" for her. And society. Or something.
44:22 - PISTOL DRONE FOR PRESIDENT! Ufford and Bret's new social media campaign
48:30 - THE TAYLOR SWIFT BEEFDOWN. We try to parse Katy Perry's incredibly obtuse tweet, and the Matts help us get to the root of the now-legendary Katy Perry/Taylor Swift/Nicki Minaj beef triangle. "I used to know calculus!" sighs Ufford. 
58:26 - Your emails. Starting with the guy whose friend named his son "Revin," continuing with the guy whose on-again-off-again girlfriend is banging her platonic friend on a European island somewhere and how he should feel about that.
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This week on the Frotcast, the world's best pop culture podcast! Brendan is back in-studio, joining Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini, with guest comedian Torio Van Grol. Topics:

-Matt Lieb's Breakup. Snuggly Rock has crumbled and winter is coming. Matt joins all the dating sites and we discuss the merits of each, from J-Swype (that's the Jewish Tinder) to FarmersOnly and AshleyMadison.
-Dogfight, the backyard brawling documentary from the director of The U. 
-Jared from Subway's child porn. Do we hope it's true or untrue?
-Ted 2 - Matt, Vince, and Torio all saw it, and we agreed the funniest bit in it was the stoners in the back row laughing like Beavis & Butthead at all the worst jokes.
- Torio is now a Segway tour guide and tells us about an old lady who fell. 
- The Amy Schumer thinkpiece industry and the internet science of exposing secret racists. "I saw your secret heart!" -Matt Lieb
- License to Shill: Why selling out seems like it must be awesome.
-Your emails, including how the Frotcast ruined one listener's relationship with his father.
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First of all... DON'T FREAK OUT! I opened this week's show with about a minute of Matt Lieb's stand up. It's something I've been wanting to experiment with. After that, it's a regular Frotcast, with Matt Lieb, Bret, and Vince, live in studio. 

This week's topics!
-What do deaf people sound like when they orgasm? (Don't ask how we got on this subject)
-The 'rules' of comedy and thinkpiece culture.
-HBO - Game of Thrones and that BIG TWIST in True Detective
-The new 'Snowden' movie and Oliver Stone.
-Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' and Aaron Sorkin in general. (Quoth Bret: "In the first draft of all Aaron Sorkin's scripts, the female characters are all named 'MY EX-WIFE.'")
-The Startup Castle gets evicted
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With Bret and Matt Lieb joining Vince in the Frotquarters, we open this week with a lengthy, or possibly girthy, discussion of Lebron James' penis. Laremy joins via Skype to discuss Pixar's latest, Inside Out, which we both saw. Since we've been off for two weeks, we discuss Jerry Seinfeld's now-infamous "Political Correctness is killing comedy" comment (words Jerry Seinfeld didn't actually say), and Matt's perspective as a fellow Jewish comedian (I'm required by law to mention that Matt is Jewish at least once in every post). After that we talk Rachel Dolezal (because who ISN'T talking Rachel Dolezal, am I right??), people whining about Game of Thrones, and Jurassic World. 

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Greg Sestero is perhaps best known for playing Mark in The Room ("Oh, hi, Mark."). He's also the co-author of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Michael Rousselet is co-director of Dude Bro Party Massacre III, which also stars Greg Sestero. Rousselet also happens to be one of the first people to discover The Room, helping to make it a cult hit, who's credited for starting many of The Room's now familiar audience participation trends, like throwing spoons at the screen. I got them together 12 years almost to the day after the first The Room screening, to ask Greg what it was like being Tommy Wiseau's producing partner and roommate, his teenage modeling days in Europe, and what it's like having had his life inexorably tied to Tommy Wiseau's for close to 20 years now. And to ask Mike about the first time he saw The Room, and what possessed him to force everyone he knew to watch it. How old is Tommy Wiseau? Where is Tommy Wiseau actually from? How did Tommy Wiseau get so rich, and how could afford to blow $6 million on The Room? What does it all mean? We answer all or none of these questions on this week's BookDrunk Radio. 

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Vince is down in LA for a special edition Frotcast with Michael E. Peter, Michael Rousselet, and Alec Owen of 5-Second Films, whose crowd-funded magnum opus, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, for which they raised more than $200,000, plays the LA Film Festival this week. We talk about how you make a movie with 12-15 people involved in the creative process and how they scored all their magnificent cameos, from Larry King to Patton Oswalt to Andrew WK. We also discuss how much Larry King got paid ($8, seriously) and what Andrew WK calls his "character supplies" (mostly Doritos and Four Loko). Enjoy.

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I know it's probably not why people listen to the Frotcast, but this week, we talk about movies! Lots of them. We open with Kung Fury, now free on YouTube, which we all watched, and mostly enjoyed. After that, I discuss my experience seeing the Entourage movie, which organically leads us into Chet Haze's spirited and similarly tone-deaf defense of using the N-word, aka "N-Star" (including a digression into Brent Weinbach's "Gangsta Party Line"). After that, we discuss the Rashida Jones-produced Netflix documentary about amateur teen porn, Hot Girls Wanted. Which felt very local news scare piece to me. ("It's CALLED amateur porn, and YOUR HOT TEEN could be doing it..."). From there, Matt and I discuss Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, which Matt is well qualified to critique as a Brian Wilson freak and Beach Boys scholar. Should a biopic just be a dramatic retelling of what you already know or should it try to innovate? Finally, we finish up with your emails, including a bitter script reader's take on "the two wolves story," another reader's rank of the frot crew by f*ckability, and yet another question about the best way to wipe your ass. Frot on and enjoy.   

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This week on the Frotcast, aka Comedians With Microphones Talking Movies, I talk about San Andreas (my review), a film about a very muscular, chesty man's love for his chesty wife and their busty daughter in a time of earthquakes. Bret continues his journey to shilldom ("I get #horny for #brands!") and Matt Lieb tells us about his latest commercial, and why Alexandra Daddario is so attractive it makes him angry. About 30 minutes in, Kaseem Bentley, (SF Weekly Best of Award Winner for "Racial Humor You Don't Feel Guilty Laughing At" and one of the Bay Area's “Top 5 Comedians to Watch” according to the San Jose Mercury News) drops by. Kaseem spends the first 10 minutes or so making fun of me, my friends, and my past relationships, then dives down the rabbit hole of obscure San Francisco comedy references. At one point, he and Matt Lieb have a frank discussion about the existence of God. I dunno, man. Meanwhile, I try to ask him questions about his parents being in the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers, what the deal is with bean pie, and how it was he came to be San Francisco's only insult comic/social worker. As always, Kaseem is really interesting in the brief moments you can get him to stop being hilarious.

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