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If you've ever seen The Room, the biggest question on your mind is most likely: who is this Tommy Wiseau and where did he come from? Wiseau reportedly spent $6 million of his own money making the best/worst classic, and not only does no one really know where he made so much that he could afford this, they don't know Tommy's country of origin (a Redditor recently claimed Poland, which is entirely plausible). He has an Eastern European accent and seems to speak French, but claims to be from Louisiana. He says things like "As an American..." and his self-written critic blurbs for The Room raved "the new Tennessee Williams is a ragin' cajun!"

I recently finished Greg Sestero's wonderful book about the making of The Room and his relationship with Wiseau, The Disaster Artist. 300 or so pages later, I was still full of questions. As it happens, one of my friends from the SF comedy scene, Aaron Barrett, a comedian and rock drummer who moved to San Francisco in 1991, worked for Tommy Wiseau for 11 years (!!!!), making him one of the few people on Earth to have known Tommy Wiseau nearly as long as Greg Sestero. After taking away Bret's The Room virginity, we invited Aaron Barrett into the Frotquarters to see if he could help fill in any of the gaps in Tommy Wiseau's mysterious biography, and alternately torture him with bad "YOU ARE TEARING ME APART!" impressions. Enjoy.
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This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are live with Vince in the Frotquarters (plus Laremy Legel on Skype) for a Frotcast about the great celebrity nude leak of 2014, aka The Fappening. We talk about the impulse to take nudes, as well as the impulse to criticize people when bad things happen to them. As usual, Bret thinks he can trace the cognitive roots of these impulses in his newly-named, Disturbed-inspired segment, "Down With The Thinkness."

Before we get to that, we open the show with more of Lieb's exuberant quotings from Red Dragon, some discussion of 'The Trip' and 'The Trip To Italy' (on the subject of Michael Caine impressions) and Schnitzel Bob's incredible Matt Lieb fan-fiction. Matt Lieb talks about hanging with Jeff Ross, and the advice he gets from comedians he has to open for in general, including a great story about a friend of Gabriel Iglesias getting in a fist fight with an audience member in San Jose. 
At about 30 minutes, we bring Laremy on. He reads us an awesome new list, and we talk about The Fappening. There's plenty to chew on there, and that occupies us until we get to your email questions. Enjoy! 
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Comedian Joe Sinclitico and old favorite Ben Kaplan join Bret and Vince this week. We open discussing reporters pestering Sopranos creator David Simon about the Sopranos finale and DOES TONY DIE! We wonder, what is the impulse that makes people ask questions about an ending that they've already seen? Is it the same impulse that makes them try to explain what's in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction? As always, Bret has a lot of thoughts, some involving Thanatos. That seemed a little heavy for the first five minutes of a comedy podcast, so around 10 MINUTES IN, I introduce Bret to the song Creed's Scott Stapp wrote for the Florida Marlins, "Marlins Will Soar." I nearly broke Bret with that one. Naturally we try to mash that with the Smash Mouth isolated vocal track. We talk about the Henry Rollins/Robin Williams suicide editorial, then get into David Lynch's ice bucket challenge, and the ALS ice bucket challenge in general. About 30 MINUTES IN, I attempt to explain The Identical to Bret, with limited success. We add Joe Sinclitico at 33 minutes, who has a lot of questions about yarmulkas and a bone to pick about us comparing the Chinese automatic sperm extractor to his idea for an ejac box. Ben comes on to talk about the one-year anniversary of losing his left testicle to cancer, and at ONE HOUR TWENTY, Joe King pitches some movies. 

LISTEN. ENJOY. TELL FRIENDS. REPEAT.
 
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This week, Ben returns from his Eat, Pray, Love trip in Asia for a Frotcast about Tom Hardy's Locke. Well, it was *supposed* to be about Locke, anyway. We start out doing some Creed impressions, which, to be fair, are almost impossible to stop doing. From there we move into a story about my electric car, then we end up talking about Ferguson and cops and stuff for a while, until Bret gets even more nihilistic. We quickly need to find something to make fun of, which brings us to a New York Times trend piece about Hey, Isn't It Crazy How Millennials Are In the News These Days? Eventually we bring on Ben, who explains what he's been doing in Asia for four months and what he's planning to do now. Then we talk about Locke, and some more Creed impressions ensue as Bret wonders if the internet was a mistake. Enjoy. 

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I really hope you are already feeling sad and hopeless! Otherwise, we're probably gonna make you feel sad and hopeless with this new episode of the Frotcast. Not that we don't try our best to inject some humor into this cauldron of chaos that has been bubbling up all around us and scalding our souls (i.e. Robin Williams suicide, cops murdering Michael Brown, the new TMNT movie, etc.), but it's honestly really hard to make any of those subjects funny. But we try, oh my GOD do we try.

This week, we have me, Vince Mancini, Brendan, Bret, and Filmdrunk writer Heather Dockray aka Heather The Glib Lesbian live in the Frotquarters. We start out talking about the shocking suicide of Robin Williams which somehow segues into something less heavy. We then go on to talk about The Guardians of the Galaxy and Bret explains how he thinks he doesn't like movies anymore. Heather gets into her review of Michael Bay's shitty TMNT reboot and how she was mistaken for a 14-year-old by other 14-year-olds. Then we get into the story of real-life Bond villain Vlad Putin's denial of stealing Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring. I just really hope that Putin doesn't this to this particular Frotcast, because the last thing this podcast needs is to be banned in Russia. We need all the listeners we can get!

Speaking of which, please tell everyone that you know about the magic of the FilmDrunk Frotcast. I realize that it's hard to explain to first-time listeners why we are the way that we are, but just keep reassuring them that it's worth it. It is worth it, right? RIGHT?!?! WHY DO WE KEEP DOING THIS!?!??!

Enjoy!

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214: Blue Ruin With Macon Blair

Comedians Matt Lieb and OJ Patterson join this week with Brendan returning as we welcome Macon Blair to talk about his starring role in Blue Ruin. We open the show welcoming Brendan back to the Frotquarters for the first time as a married-ass dude. He tells about finally getting to score and we talk about which jams got the people on the dance floor at his wedding, and whether he kept his "Return of the Mack" streak alive, leading to an impromptu sing-along sesh, as often happens on the Frotcast. After that we talk about Stephen A. Smith's criteria for when it's okay to hit a woman, and Whoopi Goldberg's subsequent elaboration on it.

About 30 minutes in, we bring on Macon Blair, who tells us about his critically-acclaimed star turn in Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin. He tells how he created such a realistic puking effect (spoiler alert, by actually puking) and how he handled the pressure of acting in a film he new his friend had bet his entire life savings on. After that, we talk about Blue Ruin and read your emails. Frot on! Tell your friends! Write us reviews! frotcast@gmail.com, 415 275 0030
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Comedian Matt Lieb and regular Bret join Vince Mancini of FilmDrunk in the Frotquarters this week, to discuss the Scarlett Johansson-naked classic Under The Skin and read futuristic fiction about Chinese automatic sperm extractors. With Luc Besson's 'Lucy' opening this week, starring Scarlett Johansson, we decided to catch up on ScarJo's last star turn, Under the Skin, from Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer. Bret liked it more than the rest of us, but for the most part, we thought the handful of cool images wasn't enough to make up for a... movie... where... people... do... things... real... slow. We spend the first 20 minutes discussing Under The Skin, then movie into Brett Ratner talk, with Matt revealing that Red Dragon is one of his favorite movies, so much so that he can quote it at length. At 32 minutes, I begin to read a story I wrote for Ivan Hernandez's show, Gimme Fiction, which I believe will soon air on the Boing Boing network with mine and all the other comedians' stories from the same night, the theme for which was "Futurism." My story is called "Love In The Time Of Extraction," or "Last Extraction Hero." After that, we talk about Israel for some reason, then discuss Facebook, weddings, and read your email questions on the subject of, naturally, anal sex. Enjoy. 

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This week we welcome Massachusetts's own Steve Post, comic and San Francisco resident, to discuss Snowpiercer, our nightmarish calls and experiences with Comcast and the state of customer service in general, as well as Richard Linklater and movies that made us cry. We also talk about going into Trader Joe's still wearing your bike helmet, Gilbert Gottfried's incredible Bob Saget roast (flashback!), and our bad student films and why they always involve suicide. Enjoy! 

Snowpiercer starts at 51 minutes and ends at 1:07 if you're trying to religiously avoid spoilers. 
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This week we've got Matt Lieb and Bret coming at you live (I think. Not sure what “live” actually means) from the Frotquarters in San Francisco. We talk about Bret's ghost and how Matt lives in a paradox of being an atheist who's scared of ghosts.

Later, we're joined by Justin Halpern (Shit My Dad Says, Surviving Jack, future awesome things) and we discuss David Wain's romantic comedy spoof “We Came Together” starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. I'd like to preemptively apologize for Halpern's shitty internet connect, as we do end up disconnecting with him about five thousand times throughout the podcast. We go on to talk about the ludicrous amount of money that some of our podcasting peers have been making and we then spend the remainder of the podcast just begging (into our brand new dildo-microphones) for our listeners to spread the good word of the Frotcast to all of their friends and family so that Matt Lieb can finally quit his job as a handyman and just watch quicksand porn full time.

Speaking of which, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE FROTCAST! I DONT NORMALLY TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND I WONT STOP UNTIL YOU TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

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Bret, comedian Matt Lieb, and SB Nation's Matt Ufford join this week's podcast, on the subject of Weekend At Bernie's (turning 25) and HBO's The Leftovers. 

We open talking about Gary the Goat and Jimbo the Australian, and rural Australiana in general. This leads us to Nathan For You, and whether it's real or not, and whether that matters. We wonder what's going on in the background at Ufford's, and it turns out he's been making a nice summer salad this whole time. We talk a bit about the World Cup and secretary of defense Tim Howard with soccer superfan Matt, and around the 50-minute mark, we get to 'Weekend At Bernie's,' which Matt Lieb defends and I get angry about because I have no soul and I hate your childhood, as always. Around an hour ten we get to 'The Leftovers.' We wrap things up with a listener's incredible email story, which may or may not be real, but then again does it really matter? Full circle.
INVITE A FRIEND TO LISTEN TO THE FROTCAST!  
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It's just Vince, Matt Lieb, and Bret in the Frotquarters for a Transformers-week podcast on Michael Bay's LAST movie, Pain And Gain. We weren't about to sit through three hours of Transformers, so we just watched P & G on Netflix. We also discuss Gary Oldman's quasi-anti-semitic Playboy interview and ensuing kerfuffle with the Anti-Defamation League and Abe Foxman. We also talk about Spike Lee's new comments about "America's addiction to violence," as well as whether he's just out of touch these days, or if he's actually addicted to pain pills or something. We also have a ton of fun with the new Automatic Chinese Sperm Extractor. Probably the most fun we've ever had with a topic. Enjoy. 

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Comedian Alison Stevenson and our old pal Bret join us in the Frotquarters this week for the most fun Frotcast we've had in a while. We cover a lot of topics because we're drinking, from the best of Alison's online dating pick-up lines, to Laremy reading the meanest comments on his Clint Eastwood article. We open with Alison reading us her creepiest messages, then transition into a local news story about an angry motorcycler and the inherent smarm of local news. We answer a reader question about girls and whether they can poop without peeing. Alison talks 'Obvious Child,' and then we bring on Laremy to read his most hateful comments. He also saw Jersey Boys, so we get Laremy's review of Jersey Boys as well as a discussion of the last decade of Eastwood films. We talk about internet commenting in general, get briefly into Zach Braff's movie, talk about why older film critics go crazy, and EVERONE. GETS. LAID. Enjoy. 

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Comedian David Gborie joins Brendan & Vince in Frotquarters to discuss PCU, the Dumb and Dumber To trailer, and the drone kid and his indiegogo lawsuit whiner campaign. I also, you can hear my phone interview with Rob Riggle! 

We open talking about Dumb and Dumber To on suggestion from a listener voicemail. We talk about that, and weird nostalgia pimping in general. After that, there's my Rob Riggle Interview. We come back around the 26 min mark talking about improv vs. stand up, and how us stand ups always hate improv people because they seem like such well-adjusted non losers who actually hang out with girls. Then we talk about "dealbreaker movies" (movie opinions you couldn't tolerate in a significant other), then the 1994 non-classic 'PCU', and finish off talking about the drone kid who got in a fight with a lady on the beach. "STOP ASSAULTING ME ASSWIPE!" 
Frot on! 
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PFT Commenter reads from his e-book, we talk Game of Thrones with Ivan Hernandez from Boars, Gore, and Swords, we play the IMDB keywords game, and more on this week's Frotcast.

World famous shtickmedian PFT Commenter is not ready to break character just yet, but he does read to us from his e-book, Goodell Vs. Obama. Meanwhile, comedian Ivan Hernandez, co-host of Boing Boing's Bores, Gore, and Swords podcast, joins to talk about Game of Thrones, The Mountain, spoilers, and Marvel movies. We hear a couple local news stories, a few of your emails and voicemails, and finish things off with a brand new game where I give the IMDB keyword and you try to name the highest-rated movie. Fun! Fun! Fun! Tell your friends and write us a review! Frot on! 
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The Sacrament opens June 6th, and director Ti West joins us to talk about the process of getting it made, and of becoming a filmmaker in general. Ti's one of the few people in the world as fanatical about MMA as Vince, so we naturally talk about Wanderlei and Vitor for a while. I saw A Million Ways To Die In The West and we talk about Seth MacFarlane, whether a reference is considered a joke, and having the balls to write yourself into a love triangle between Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron. Which of course brings up the Elliot Rodger/Anne Hornaday/Seth Rogen dynamic. So topics. Much conversate. Wow. 

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Comedian OJ Patterson and Film.com's Laremy Legel join the FilmDrunk frotcrew to talk about Godzilla, a little about X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Casablanca, for our throwback title of the week. Laremy offers the top 10 reasons his Kickstarter project did not get funded :-( . Bret even joins us to give us an update on Bret! Exciting times! 

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"He had those AIDS!" This week, we have some fun with Donald Sterling talking about Magic Johnson, Burnsy introduces three songs of summer in Burnsy's Corner: Froggy Fresh's "Stolen Bikes 2," Stitches, with "Brick In Yo Face," and an abomination called "The Plastics." We talk about hemorrhoids, the most Florida things Burnsy has ever seen, and Ben bloops in from Malaysia. Our guest this week is comedian Torio Van Grol. Enjoy! 

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San Francisco comedians Matt Lieb & OJ Patterson join for a Frotcast about True Romance, plus Surviving Jack writer Patrick Schumacker calls in to talk about The Hemorrhoid That Destroyed a Marriage. Okay, technically just a wedding, but it's still a great story. In a surprise turn, his show got cancelled just a few hours before we recorded :-( . We start off with a little about OJ, the San Francisco comedy scene, and Matt having to talk the crazy girl who spit in his face out of suicide. We finish off with an in-depth conversation about True Romance. Typical FilmDrunk Frotcast. 

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200 Frotcasts! We celebrate with Film.com's Laremy Legel, who joins at the top top of the frot to read us his latest list and talk about Transcendence, which he also thought was much better than its 19% RT recommended rating would indicate. We answer a few of your reader questions about comedy and anal, and Ben calls us direct from Thailand (KaplanVisuals.com, if you're wondering what he's been up to). Then we bring on everyone's favorite glib lesbian, Heather. She tells us about teaching writing at a prison, working as a mad scientist for children's parties, and what it's like being known around Brooklyn as "the lesbian who hates sex." 

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SF comedian and conspiracy nut Jason Dove drops by the Frotcast, while Uproxx's Ashley Burns joins via Skype to talk about the origin of Boo Boo Stewart, and we find the world's most evil viral ad. Burnsy introduces his pick for the song of the Summer, and we listen to the best interview of the week, with "Jammie," who spells his name visually. Burnsy complains about Empire Records, we get a Jaden Smith update, Jason Dove tells us about the latest conspiracies, we read your porn emails and Brendan tells us about a dance battle he got into at a wedding. 

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William Head is a San Francisco comedian and filmmaker by night, gay porn editor by day. We talk to him about what it's like being a straight man who edits gay porn, and how he came upon such a lifestyle. We discuss Vice's "Why San Francisco Is The Worst City Ever" article, our personal experience with such things, and San Francisco stereotypes in general, such as the "City Full of Hall Monitors" assessment that we coined a while ago. This brings us to our initial impressions of HBO's Bay Area-based new show, Silicon Valley. Ben and I discuss/argue Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and we pitch Dikembe Mutombo as David Letterman's replacement. Tell me you wouldn't watch that.

This week's Frot crew: FilmDrunk Editor Vince Mancini, Ben, Brendan, and San Francisco comedian Matt Lieb. Frot on! Wish Ben luck, this will be has last in-frotquarters 'cast for at least four months.

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This week, the Frotcast welcomes Shit My Dad Says author Justin Halpern, creator of Surviving Jack, which has its second episode this Thursday at 9:30 on Fox. Comedian Matt Lieb also joins. Lieb, Ben, and Justin discuss Jewish stereotypes, including Pat Robertson's comment that Jews "don't work on their cars or mow their lawns because they're too busy polishing their diamonds." Justin tells us absurd stories about dealing with network TV's standards and practices, including instances in which you can and can't say "blumpkin." We discuss Noah for a bit (potential spoilers from one hour to one hour seven minutes), as well as Wolf of Wall Street, which Ben just saw. We finish things off with a discussion of whether satire is possible in an internet this stupid, and the saga of Marine Todd, plus your voicemails and emails. Frot on!

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What makes a good troll article? How can you write a fake sports column that sounds believable enough to fool half the people, while being a hilarious parody to the other half? Grantland's Andrew Sharp, former writer of SB Nation's "Troll Tuesday," current writer of Grantland's #HotSportsTakes, joins us on this week's Frotcast to explain. We get the skinny on who he's fooled, who he's pissed off, and who he's sleeping with (maybe). Vince, Brendan, and Matt Lieb are in the Frotquarters this week. We also cover Matt's drop-in set at City Hall to do gentrification comedy (no, seriously), why San Francisco is full of bossy pricks, the return of "DEEZ NUTS," the most recent 30 for 30, and UFC 172. ENJOY!

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If you're looking to avoid True Detective spoilers, we don't get particularly spoilery, but you can skip 39 minutes to about 53 if you really want to be safe. 

Matt Lieb is back in the Frotquarters with Vince, Bret, Ben, and Brendan this week. We open the show talking about what we think Veronica Mars might be about. Somehow this leads to a contest over the best Korn gibberish impression. Tweet the winner at #FreakOnALeashContest.That leads to a discussion of the worst nü-metal bands and forgotten early 90s music. Ben talks about the Whoop Dreams premiere in Chicago, and we play a deleted scene of Matt wishing he was getting laid (15:50). Brendan tells us about the ultimate tourist he saw in Hawaii (19:00). We discuss the kissing viral video that was actually an ad (22:30). We reminisce about Ugly Kid Joe for a while and wonder why no one shouts "Guitaaaah!" before the guitar solo anymore (28:00). Fake Bret shows up around 36:00 for an episode of "Fake Brettective." 
We talk the True Detective from 39-53 and the obnoxiousness of people's theories about it. We find a horrible Esquire article, and Matt tells us about why he pees sitting down (1 hour). We talk about Kickstarter and Veronica Mars, and why hobos don't carry bindles anymore. Anyway, enjoy, tell a friend, and come see Vince do comedy at the Sports Basement at 6 pm this Friday (San Francisco). 
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This week on the Frotcast, comedian Matt Lieb is back in the Frotquarters, doing impressions of dead British men and freestyling to the song composed entirely out of Jeff Goldblum's creepy laugh. The FilmDrunk.com & friends gang talk about the Oscars, including the various 12 Years A Slave controversies, and we listen to Steven Seagal's latest assessment of Russia and their policy towards the Ukraine. Bret, Vince, and Matt all saw Fruitvale Station, so we talk about that and the nature of "based on a true story" movies in general. We wrap things up by talking about True Detective, and the basic suicide theories going around.

Enjoy, and remember, if you don't tell your friends about the Frotcast, you're not a real fan of the Frotcast.

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