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Lost City of Z author David Grann's new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, is about the mass murder -- through gunshots, bombs, and poisoning -- of almost the better part of an entire generation of Osage Indians in the teens and 1920s, carried out in order to inherit their lucrative mineral rights. Originally hailed as one of the FBI's first and defining successes, Grann's investigation uncovers for the first time the true extent of the "Osage Reign Of Terror," which wasn't just a single plot, but rather an interlocking web of conspiracy and corruption that sought to usurp American Indian wealth and was only possible through collusion at every level of society. One of the first examples of the FBI investigating corruption among local police, Grann's book comes out at a time when Attorney General Jeff Sessions is actively trying to weaken the federal government's mandate to police local police ("it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies" read a Sessions memo from April). This week I talk to Grann about his book's relevance, the relationship between racism and greed, and the dying art of shoeleather reporting. In addition to that, it's Alien: Covenant week on the Frotcast, so we're watching and breaking down the 1979 original, Alien. Panel includes Vince Mancini, Frotcast co-host Brendan, and comedians Joey Avery and Matt Lieb.

 

 

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Frotcast 332: The Fifth Element

Would Guardians Of The Galaxy even exist without The Fifth Element? The Luc Besson classic turns 20 this week, the same week as Star Wars Day, which is fitting, because The Fifth Element is my Star Wars. We're talking Fifth Element this week with Matt Lieb from AJ+, Brendan (who thinks the Fifth Element is dumb!) and Vince. We also talk Fyre Festival, hockey names, and play the Royalty Freestyle, with Matt Lieb. Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast.

1:55 - Breaking down the Fyre Festival because we didn't get to last week.
12:45 - Hockey names, and our Name Of The Year pick for next year, Tait Purk.   
24:07 - The Fifth Element
53:00 - Emails
1:09:05 - The Royalty Freestyle

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This week on the Frot, I chat with TV critic Alan Sepinwall about Breaking Bad and Peak TV, and we talk about Alex Jones and the Berkeley bike lock bandit conspiracy (or not). We also talk Veep, Silicon Valley's Papa Roach joke, and The Leftovers. Panel includes Matt Lieb from AJ+, Brendan, and comedian Jane Harrison, who had her first lesbian experience this past week and is now a squirting truther. Hooray! Enjoy and Frot on! Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast. Produced by Vince Mancini. 

1:11 - Jane immediately derails the show with her lesbian experience.
5:55 - We talk about Alex Jones and his Chobani lawsuit with former Chobani spokes person Matt Lieb.
10:44 - A brief appearance by El Chapo
13:00 - Talkin' TV with Alan Sepinwall
38:00 - Talkin The Leftovers
44:33 - We play the Leftovers-inspired "F, Marry, Depart" with right wing news personalities.
56:26 - We segue from 9/11 trutherism into Jane becoming a squirting truther.
1:01:10 - The Silicon Valley Papa Roach joke, and was it just a magnificent coincidence?
1:11:55 - Emails! Specifically, a question about the Berkeley bike lock attack guy.

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As our former co-host Bret says, "I don't actually believe most people want freedom or fulfillment. Most people want to die barfing from eating a thousand Doritos Locos Snickers Icecream Tacos while jerking off to a giant bug zapper that says 'TITS.'" It seems to me that this observation applies especially well to The Fate Of The Furious, a movie so excessive it's kind of exhausting. At least, that's what I think. My guests Brian Grubb (formerly Danger Guerrero) of Uproxx and Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair are still onboard for all of Dom Toretto's shenanigans, no matter how fast nor furious. This week we talk the value of Roman and Tej, Russian submarine hacking, racing for pinks, and ultimately, Juicero and the saga of Silicon Valley's strange $700 juice squeezing machine. Hack the planet and keep frotting a quarter mile at a time. Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast

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SB Nation's Matt Ufford joins the Frot-fun this week, to talk the United incident (we couldn't help ourselves!), celebrity encounters, and the Big Little Lies finale. The rest of the Frot crew includes Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, and Joey Avery. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast, and frot on!     

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Leah Carroll's mom was murdered when she was four by a man who would go on to receive protection from the Rhode Island Police, until he died himself just a few years later of a heart attack during a road rage incident on his way to go skydiving while carrying a pocket full of cocaine. And that's not even the craziest part of the story. We hear the tale first hand from Leah, who just published Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder. This week's Frot-crew includes Vince, Brendan, and comedians Joey Avery and Matt Lieb. We also try to cast the inevitable S-Town movie, and talk Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast. 

 

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Anyone see that meme going around about Paul Ryan driving off listening to Papa Roach the other day? Justin Halpern made that, as a joke, as a callback to an old story he told on the Frotcast, but everyone wanted to believe it so much that it quickly went viral. This week on the Frotcast, we talk to Justin about the origin and the aftermath, and what it's like having your dumb joke critiqued by the New York Times and the Washington Post, and being cussed out online by an ethics professor. Comedians Allison Mick and Matt Lieb join Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk in studio. Other topics include Chappelle's specials (and possible problematicness), public shaming, and remembering Chuck Barris by watching Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Enjoy and Frot on, donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast

Intro - Matt discusses his slot machine app addiction and how it's related to his heroin addiction.
3:00 - Is Dave Chappelle problematic now?
25:00 - Enforcing the social contract and the ups and downs of public shaming
39:20 - Justin Halpern joins us to update us on the Paul Ryan/Papa Roach meme, and what happens when you tweet a funny fake thing and it goes viral.
1:28:00 - Talking Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
1:48:01 - Emails

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This week, it's everyone's favorite Frotcast of the year, the Name of the Year Draft! Matt Ufford from SB Nation joins Vince, Matt Lieb, and Brendan, to choose our team of the silliest names (all real names of real people). We also talk a little Trainspotting, Jeremy Renner's iPhone app, the wildest local news from Australia, and of course, the Royalty Freestyle. Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast.

 

2:00 - A Texas woman wakes up with foreign accent syndrome. "U wot, mate?"

8:00 - Talking Trainspotting and Trainspotting 2

10:00 - Is Artie Lange the Rasputin of comedy?

14:54 - We begin this year's Name Of The Year Draft

1:05:05 - This week's Alex Jones montage

1:11:05 - We download Jeremy Renner's iPhone app

1:21:10 - The Royalty Freestyle, song one, for Charlie P.

1:24:13 - Royalty Freestyle #2, for Greg M.

1:29:13 - Royalty Freestyle #3, for Aymeric

1:33:43 - Local News Corner from Australia

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Big show this week! Matt Lieb was accepted into the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Vince is back from Dubai, and Powerless Executive Producer Justin Halpern guests. Comedian Joey Avery is also in the Frotquarters, where we talk the Matrix reboot, Beauty and the Beast's gay character controversy, that BBC interview guy trying to steal Halpern's thunder, and Jenna Elfman's new imaginary friend show. Enjoy, or go Frot yourself! Donate at Patreon dot com slash Frotcast.

2:50 - The Matrix reboot, and the internet's most lukewarm takes about it.

15:30 - Matt Lieb on 'Get Out'

21:00 - Comedy: what we think is funny vs what the audience thinks is funny, and the compromise.

42:00 - Matt has a story about identical twins dating the same guy

43:30 - Justin Halpern joins the pod (to hear the end of Matt's twin story)

57:13 - Justin refuses to be outdone by the BBC interview guy with his own baby interruptions

1:00:00 - Some of this year's most Mormon Mormon names, from ByCommonConsent

1:07:30 - Justin has a Tommy Lee Jones story.

1:11:50 - Justin talks Powerless, and explains why network shows have such a polished "look" to them.

1:17:26 - I talk Dubai for a bit while Justin tends to his child

1:28:44 - We talk 'Imaginary Mary,' Jenna Elfman's imaginary friend show, which quickly transitions into Matt's irrational hatred for Laura Linney.

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Was this the craziest Oscars ever, or what? We relive the insanity, with Seattle film critic Laremy Legel, joining comedian Joey Avery, Vince, and Brendan in the Frotquarters. Was it Warren Beatty's fault? Will those Price Waterhouse Cooper accountants commit seppuku in penance? What if it had been Moonlight that had their award taken away mid-speech? We discuss that, Fifty Shades Darker, Jason Whitlock's terrible JFK take, and Mike Pence looking like a Lego man. Enjoy and Frot on. Patreon.com/Frotcast

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It's Oscars week, and the Frotcast is breaking down the nominees, the history, the betting odds... haha just kidding, we're helping you plan your drinking games and breaking down the last movies we saw. Joining hosts Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk and Brendan are Matt Lieb from AJ+/The Star Wars Show and SB Nation's Matt Ufford. We discuss whether liking La La Land makes you super white, the possible Anti-Semitism-washing of Cinderella Man, and whether Brendan was wrong for loving Braveheart. Finally, we answer your emails about life choices and baldness. Enjoy and Frot on! Patreon.com/Frotcast

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This week on the Frotcast, comedian Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine's House Party) joins hosts Vince Mancini (FilmDrunk) and Brendan (former NFL practice squad member) to discuss North Korean assassinations, Taboo, and the genius Norm MacDonald. Later, we're joined by Lee Keeler of Devastator Press, who's publishing a memoir written in the style of a trading card price guide. Enjoy and frot on! Patreon.com/Frotcast

1:53 - Donald Trump's epic non-answer to the two-state solution.

6:00 - Joe Sinclitico joins the party.

7:00 - North Korea's assassination of Kim Jong-nam and how it'd make a great movie.

23:00 - Talking Taboo, aka The Tom Hardy Telly Program

32:00 - Bald guys who wear hats: at what point do you take the hat off?

55:15 - The genius of Norm MacDonald

1:04:00 - We're joined by Lee Keeler of Devastator Press, to promote Ryan Bartoski's Emotionally Relevant Trading Card Guide

1:27:30 - Emails!

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This week we have a special edition Frotcast, recorded at the Sundance Film Festival, in which I, Vince Mancini, am joined by Jeff Bayer from Movie BS, with Bayer and Snider, and Dan Mecca, from The Film Stage. We chat about the Oscars and about Sundance -- namely, what's it like when 100,000 assholes from the coast cram into a tiny mountain town for a week? After that, I have some excerpts from my interviews with Jack Black, who stars in The Polka King, and Brett Gelman, who stars in Lemon. Back to regular Frotcasting next week! Patreon.com/Frotcast

Intro
4:00 - Are we good with Mel Gibson now? Is all forgiven?
9:30 - We rate the free food and hors d'ouvres we gorged on at after parties for movies we may or may not have seen.
14:30 - Our bus encounter with David Arquette
36:00 - Jack Black interview
50:15 - Brett Gelman interview

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The Frotcast rings in 2017 with a spirited breakdown of Donald Trump and urine-gate, Meryl Streep's sports-dissing Golden Globe speech, Dan Nainan the 52-year-old millennial comedian, the year's best lacrosse names, La La Land, and of course, the Royalty Freestyle. Comedian Jane Harrison guests, joining Matt Lieb from Viceland/AJ+/The Star Wars Show, FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini, and Frotcast co-star Brendan. Laugh hard, Frot on.

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Best Of 2016

Did you miss a Frotcast in 2016? We've got all the best bits from the past year, compiled into a single, massive podcast. It's much funnier with all the unfunny parts edited out. Edited by "Token," guests include Justin Halpern, Jane Harrison, Joey Avery, Jeff Bayer, Allison Mick, Kaseem Bentley, Joe Sinclitico, Francesca Fiorentini, and Laremy Legel. Named one of Podbean's top 10 comedy podcasts of 2016 and described by Splitsider as "regularly the grossest, least politically correct bunch of dudes on the internet that you’d still feel totally comfortable hanging out with," you can get a full description of this episode at uproxx dot com slash filmdrunk slash frotcast-best-of-2016. Donate at Patreon dot com slash frotcast, or to Token at paypal dot me slash tokenaudio.

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Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars! The Frotcast gets professional this week, with real guest Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair coming on to talk a real movie that we all actually saw, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But the Frotcast being the Frotcast, we pre-empted that with 20 minutes of talk about Vince's recent butthole surgery and followed it with Matt Lieb improvising lyrics to royalty-free songs in the latest installment of The Royalty Freestyle. Could this be the last Frotcast of 2016?! Maybe! Get it while it lasts! This week's Frotcrew includes your host Vince Mancini, comedian Matt Lieb from AJ+/The Star Wars Show, and comedian Joey Avery. Star Wars spoiler talk from about 29 min to 1:20.

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318: Comedy Between Enemies

Between Trevor Noah's interview with Tomi Lahren and Adult Swim cancelling Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace (because of its alleged association with the alt-right), we wondered, can comedy exist between political enemies? Moreover, if you find someone's views objectionable, is it better to engage them or ostracize them? Do you win hearts and minds or deny a platform? We cover Adult Swim, Brett Gelman, Sam Hyde, and Buzzfeed; and Van Jones on engaging Trump Voters. After that we get silly again, with another installment of the Royalty Freestyle and a brief discussion of the Westworld finale. Guests include comedians Matt Lieb and Joey Avery.

00:00 - 5:00 - Trying to explain to Matt the ol' make-people-think-two-guys-are-sitting-right-next-to-each-other-on-a-bench-seat joke.
6:10 - Talking Adult Swim cancelling Million Dollar Extreme: World Peace supposedly because of its association with the Alt-Right
11:00 - Van Jones explaining why we should talk to Trump supporters: is it applicable to this Adult Swim thing?
29:10 - Sam Hyde's Buzzfeed interview
44:21 - Our parents' generation being totally ill-equipped to deal with clickbait
52:00 - The Royalty Freestyle, which begins with song about Levi's jeans
1:00:00 - Westworld Finale talk

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This week on the Frotcast, we're watching Monsters, Star Wars Rogue One director Gareth Edwards' first feature (timely!), which is also on Netflix (accessible!). Joining Vince and Brendan in the Frotquarters, we have comedian Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine's House Party) and Uproxx's own Ashley Burns via Skype (from LA and Orlando, respectively). Joe tells us about how glamourous his life has gotten after his Comedy Central debut, and interviews the dishwasher during his catering gig (which he is also podcasting during). As a bonus, Burnsy is coming to us direct from Orlando, which means any time there's dead air you can hear actual crickets. Talk about color! We discuss The Intern, Mark Wahlberg, Deepwater Horizon, and more. Enjoy and Frot responsibly.

3:40 - Joe tries to scare Angel the dishwasher
6:08 - News update: Mark Wahlberg explains why other Hollywood celebs live in a bubble, but not the guy from the Funky Bunch
10:00 - Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg's American hero/movies about tragedy tour
15:00 - Joe attempts to explain the plot of The Intern
20:00 - Burnsy describes the "zero G flight" he's about to go on.
25:00 - Brendan on having to talk Kaepernick at Thanksgiving, and why 72-year-olds shouldn't know the acronym "SJW"
26:00 - Joe quizzes Angel the dishwasher on pop culture
31:57 - We talk Monsters

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It's Thanksgiving week, and since you'll probably be going home to your families, we discussed Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford's accidental parody of how yuppies view rednecks and vice versa. Also, to help you work up an appetite, we talked a lot about impending butthole surgeries. Pretty typical Frotcast, really. Guests include Seattle's finest film critic Laremy Legel and the Star Wars Show's Matt Lieb (also of Flophouse and Newsbroke) joining Brendan and Vince in the studio. Thanks, and Frot on. Patreon.com/Frotcast

2:46 - A butthole teaser
3:30 - Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, and the yearly "men shouldn't wear shorts" news cycle.
7:00 - Matt Lieb attempts to explain the plot of Nocturnal Animals
9:32 - The first suggestion of a Joe's Crab Shack bib (it becomes a thing)
17:00 - How Nocturnal Animals ruined Matt's date.
20:20 - An update on the new butthole I'm getting. Bonus #content: Laremy's fistula.
24:00 - The Brendan laughing fit of the week, upon finding out about Matt's adolescent experimenting with butt stuff.
31:00 - More sad details from Matt Lieb's dating life.
33:18 - Laremy discusses the Oasis movie, which leads us into Matt and Laremy's troubled relationships with their own brothers, which is hilarious to me as an only child.
45:16 - Matt talks Skype sex
48:00 - About the point at which I stopped adding time stamps

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This week on the Frotcast, Brendan, Matt, and Bret are off, but Jen Yamato from the Daily Beast and Evan Saathoff from Birth, Movies, Death are on the line to discuss 'Army of One,' this week's Nic Cage release. Is this Nic Cage's craziest performance to date? What other movies are in the conversation? What the hell is going on with this bizarre movie? We also discuss Gary Faulkner, the real-life "Rocky Mountain Rambo" upon whom the movie was based, and his life traveling to Pakistan to hunt Osama Bin Laden while on dialysis. Also, the fact that Nic Cage's insane voice in Army of One sounds nothing like Gary Faulkner's. Enjoy. 

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Election 2016, we couldn't *not* talk about it. Is this the worst thing that could've happened? Who's to blame, besides everyone? How do we cope with President Trump? This week's guests include comedians Matt Lieb and Joe Sinclitico. Joe and I both saw 'Arrival,' and offer our no-spoilers reviews. We also try to break down the multiple timelines theory of Westworld, answer your emails, and of course, Crystal Corner, the segment about people who've turned to magical crystals.

3:00 - Trump is president, 'wop' is back.
7:00 - Matt's tale of the sad mariachi band hired to celebrate a Clinton victory trudging home without playing a note.
10:00 - We've had dipshit idealogues, and smart demagogues, but is this our first dipshit demagogue?
18:39 - Aaron Sorkin's open letter. Ya think?!
21:18 - Speaking of smugness, more "out of the mouths of babes" tweets of people assigning profound thoughts to their 8-year-olds.
32:15 - Listener email backing up and expanding my point about 80s comedies being obsessed with people eating weird food.
35:30 - Joe and I discuss Arrival (a no-spoiler discussion)
39:45 - Movie theater etiquette
57:20 - Westworld and the multiple timeline theory, and also what Joe would do in Westworld.
1:10:35 - Because he's been driving and off the grid, we get to break the news to Matt that Leonard Cohen is dead and get to hear his fresh reaction to the news.
1:15:30 - EMAILS. How to deal with talking politics with shitty relatives and co-workers
1:28:10 - Crystal Corner

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Anthony Weiner was back in the news recently, sort of, so we take a look back on the incredible political documentary 'Weiner,' and see if it feels any different now, knowing what we know about him. After that we discuss 'Borat,' which turns 10 years old this week. Then we have Crystal Corner, which isn't strictly about crystals this week, but adult Summer camp, which seems at least crystal adjacent. Guests include comedian Matt Lieb from Flophouse and the Star Wars Show, and Joe Sinclitico from Adam Devine's House Party, with Vince Mancini and Brendan in the studio. Other topics include: whose bloated corpse does Ted Cruz most resemble, and would Rachel Dolezal be considered a f*ckboy.

Intro - Matt loudly sips tea, Joe raps, and we start talking 'Weiner.'
17:47 - We argue over whose bloated corpse Ted Cruz resembles #HotCarDad
37:19 - It's the 10th anniversary of Borat! So we talk about that. 
44:45 - Which Borat characters we feel the worst for
54:00 - We argue over whether a f*ckboi is different than a sadboi. What is a f*ckboi, anyway?
55:54 - "Is Rachel Dolezal a f*ckboi?" A Joe Sinclitico segment.
58:40 - CRYSTAL CORNER, which, this week, is actually an incredible article about an adult camp. 
1:15:00 - The perils of traveling alone
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This week on the Frotcast, we're discussing the classic 1986 blackface comedy, Soul Man, starring C. Thomas Howell. Did this film "predict Obama's rise," as Armond White believes? Comedians Matt Lieb and Allison Mick join Brendan and me (Vince Mancini) in the studio. Soul Man's assertion that the 80s were "the Cosby decade" also lead us into a discussion of Cosby and 80s movies. We finish off with NPR corner and "The Royalty Freestyle," in which we force Matt Lieb to improvise lyrics to royalty-free music. This week's offerings include a song about SIDS. Enjoy, and Frot on.

Intro - Soul Man, and Armond White's assertion that it predicted Obama
45:42 - Tales From NPR
57:00 - Matt Lieb imagines Hailee Steinfeld's slap bass album, leading to this week's Brendan Uncontrollably Laughing segment.
1:08:00 - Soul Man's assertion that the 80s are "the Cosby decade" leads to a Cosby discussion.
1:15:20 - The Royalty Freestyle, including a very special song about SIDS, and "I'm Gonna Bring A Gun To School"
1:33:08 - Matt Lieb is angry about California's marijuana-legalization proposition.

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This week on the Frotcast, we decided to talk about Ken Bone. His story seems emblematic of some of the worst of the internet, where we decide you're a certain thing one day and celebrate you for it, and then the next day try to destroy for not being that thing we decided you were good enough. This leads us into So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Justine Sacco, and Melissa Villaseñor. After that we talk some Westworld, diverge into "grab that pussy"-gate, and finish off discussing the Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix. This week's Frotcrew includes Brendan, Flophouse comedian Matt Lieb, and Joe Sinclitico from Adam Devine's House Party. Enjoy, and Frot responsibly. 

Intro - Be warned, Matt brought his slide guitar this week. 
23:00 - Talking Jon Ronson's 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed' and Justine Sacco.
41:40 - Justine Sacco gets us to talking about Melissa Villaseñor's "problematic tweets" controversy.
54:50 - Brendan has some fire takes about Westworld 
1:10:21 - Talking "Grab That Pussy"-gate and whether we have some kind of grab that pussy moment. 
1:29:00 - Discussing the Amanda Knox Netflix doc and wanting to punch Nick Pisa.
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Comedians Joey Avery and Jane Harrison join Vince Mancini in the Frotquarters with Flophouse's LA Matt (Matt Lieb) blooping in through Skype. This week, we're talking the season premiere of Westworld on HBO. Yeah or nah? What's up with Ed Harris's character? Is Anthony Hopkins a great actor or is he just great at playing Anthony Hopkins? Also, the big Salesforce circle jerk, Dreamforce is in San Francisco this week, and Joey even had a comedy gig during an afterparty. So we rip on Salesforce and tech for a while. We also get into the VP debate, introduce a brand new segment of Crystal Corner, and answer your emails. Enjoy! Patreon.com/Frotcast

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