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This week on the Frotcast, we talk Sundance, Kellyanne Conway's lost stand-up set, Fifty Shades Darker, this season's top five TV shows, and of course, the Royalty Freestyle. Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini are in the Frotquarters, joined by comedian Jane Harrison in her last Frotcast before she moves to Chicago for her big new job at The Onion. Also, it's the return of Ben! Ben's been out having some cancerous organs removed, but on the upside, he's been watching lots of TV while recovering -- hence, Chemo Couch Time, with Ben, in which he names this season's best television shows, from Westworld to Taboo. Enjoy, and Frot on! Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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. 


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


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

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.


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.

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


Comedians Matt Lieb and Joey Avery are in the Frotquarters this week, to talk about the first presidential debate between Trump and Hillary, the saga of Matt Lieb's possibly Anti-Semitic Bumble girlfriend, and this week's homoerotic job postings (as well as a discussion of homoeroticism in general, which we're all, not shockingly, in favor of). Oh, and how the South is apparently in the midst of a clown epidemic. Enjoy!

3:05 - The job listing of the week: for a "dude focused" #content editor, written so that it sounds like a Manswers segment. 
11:20 - In praise of homoeroticism
17:10 - Matt Lieb's story of his "worst-ever dating experience."
46:30 - Thoughts on the first presidential debate between Trump and Hillary
1:29:15 - Pepe the Frog Meme, and how it relates to previous discussions about trying to "poison pill" your #content
1:37:21 - The Clown Epidemic 

This week on the Frotcast, LA Matt aka Matt Lieb returns from his ban to join Vince, returning from TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) to talk Adrien Grenier's NY Mag profile, Snowden and Oliver Stone, Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation, and of course perform a few segments of the "Royalty Freestyle."  Brendan joins about 30 minutes in. We're sorry. 


This week, we discuss Shane Black's recently-released-on-DVD stooge noir, The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Is it an action movie? A comedy? Does believability matter? Is Ryan Gosling playing Wile E. Coyote? We ponder all those questions as well as our recent news obsessions, like the cinematic rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, Apple headphones, and The Night Of. Panel includes comedian Joe Sinclitico from Adam Devine's House Party, and Joey Avery, fresh off his one-episode arc on Fox's Coupled. 

4:45 - Elizabeth Holmes and the incredible story of her $9 billion fake tech company
10:00 - Elizabeth Holmes' insane voice
18:50 - Joe tries to show Joey his future in comedy
28:47 - In praise of Brooklyn, and arthouse movies that are more than what you'd imagine
36:00 - The Nice Guys
42:41 - A digression into The Night Of
50:30 - Are we bored of "big action sequences" because we're getting old or because they're less novel now? 
58:30 - News story of the week, the USA Freedom Girls getting stiffed by the Trump campaign
1:10:35 - Abbreviated emails and Crystal Corner, including The Ballad Of Big Dick Pierre 

Is the original Point Break a classic? Is it a good-good movie, a good-bad movie, or a bad-bad movie? And what does that say for the remake? Critics didn't like the original that much when it came out, but by the time the remake came they were calling it a masterpiece. What does that say for the remake? Will it eventually be respected? We ponder all these questions and more, with the help of guest Francesca Fiorentini from AJ+. Comedian Joey Avery is sitting in for Bret this week, with Brendan and Vince returning. We also talk the hottest Colin Kaepernick takes, Crystal Corner, and your emails. 


With Werner Herzog's new internet documentary, Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World expanding this week, the Frotcast is all about the internet. We discuss the actual documentary as well tangents from it. The internet is one the most scalable technologies ever created, but did our humanity scale with it? In Don't Woke Daddy, we discuss "the satire paradox," and Malcolm Gladwell's recent critique of SNL's Sarah Palin sketches and Steven Colbert. Are we actually trying to change anyone's mind or just make people laugh? After that, Crystal Corner. Apparently "mysticore" is the new normcore. Hooray for CHAOS MAGICK. Comedian Jane Harrison guests, with Irregular Regular Matt Lieb joining Vince, Bret, and Brendan via Skype. 


This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are all back in the studio for a discussion of William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971). Are the cops supposed to be heroic? Is this the best car chase in cinema? What is about a hyper-focused narrative that's so compelling? All that and more, but first, we talk about Ryan Lochte and his Brazilian robbery ("hobbery") story and Matt's in-character appearance (as "LA Matt") on North Carolina local news. We've also got Matt Lieb Improvises Lyrics To Royalty-Free Songs (aka "Royalty Freestyle"), Tales From NPR, Crystal Corner, and a second week in a row where I spend five minutes trying to explain to one of my co-hosts who Miles Teller is. Enjoy. 

We all saw David Ayer's Suicide Squad this week, which wasn't great, but is strangely fun to dissect. We discuss the strange development of Suicide Squad, then Justin Halpern comes on to tell us his own strange development stories, from Sh-t My Dad Says to present, along with a great story about John Slattery from Mad Men. We finish things off with Crystal Corner, and "Fill My Hole," in which we name things to watch, read, and listen to, to fill the emptiness inside. Enjoy! 

6:15 - My defense of my mild positive Suicide Squad review
15:00 - How Suicide Squad is bad, and yet the typical nerd criticisms of it are all wrong.
19:35 - Talking Jared Leto's performance, the explanation of the Joker's dumb grill, and how happy Jared Leto makes us. 
22:40 - Movies that are Suicide Squad but better
25:00 - The list of Jared Leto's favorite books
34:00 - Justin Halpern comes on, interrupting our musical segment
43:00 - Arguing over who has the weirder mouth, Michael Phelps or Andrew Luck
46:30 - The idea of having to sell a creative project after you've stopped believing in it.
48:00 - Justin's wonderful John Slattery story. 
52:15 - The insane development story behind Nine Lives
1:18:00 - Crystal Corner
It's the reboot episode, where The Frotcast becomes simply "Frotcast." Clean, rad, powerful. Hey, remember your childhood? It's back! This week on Frotcast, we're talking all about nostalgia -- reboots, prequels, gender swaps, and homages -- starting with Stranger Things. Is it even an homage or is it just a fun show? Then, Sympathy For The Drivel, where we name our favorite prequels and try to decide what other thing could use a prequel. Regulars Vince Mancini, Bret, and Brendan are in the Frotquarters this week, with Irregular Regular Matt Lieb joining via phone (LA Matt, #Squib). Old favorite Laremy Legel even drops by with a list, and Millennial Correspondent Joey Avery pops in to explain why Millennials aren't having the sex anymore. 

6:25 - Stranger Things (no spoilers!)
16:44 - Matt Lieb's tragic story about being left out of the "suck and blow" game in seventh grade
18:30 - Does a bland or simple narrative help world building/execution
21:12 - The Night Of (again, no real spoilers)
30:00 - Sympathy For The Drivel
37:30 - Jared Leto corner
48:00 - "Okay, Shut Up," with Brendan's choice, The Naked Gun
54:22 - The new bumper for Matt Lieb Improvises Lyrics To Royalty-Free Songs (followed by him actually doing a song)
1:02:00 - Email question: What music did you listen to as a youth that you still do, and what did you grow to love?
1:13:13 - Laremy Legel joins us with a brand new list

FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini is joined by comedian Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine's House Party), Matt Lieb (Flophouse), and filmmaker Bobby Hacker (Cars 1-3, not the Pixar one) for an LA edition of the Frotcast. The sound of Joe vaping throughout really ties the Frotcast together. We discuss comedy, and We Are Not Your Guru, the Netflix Tony Robbins documentary. 

Joe reveals that he used to work at Trump University, and how that relates to the specific brand of dog-eat-dog masculinity that Tony Robbins promotes. Bobby Hacker reveals that he used to work in a Boiler Room situation, and we talk about the rich history of movies like Wall Street, Boiler Room, and Wolf of Wall Street, where people who love wealth porn miss the entire point of the work. Matt and Joe rap battle, we play Matt Lieb improvises lyrics to royalty-free music, and we discuss Revenge of the Nerds and American Pie as evidence of rape culture. 

Intro - Matt introduces us to "LA Matt." #Squib
7:30 - Bobby Hacker explains "digital make-up" in production.
9:19 - Blood Father, with Mel Gibson.
13:20 - Did Louis CK ruin comedy by being too good?
15:30 - Joe's comedy rap battle. Joe and Matt rap battle for some reason
24:00 - Back to Louis CK without the rap battle distraction
40:00 - Discussion of I Am Not Your Guru, the Netflix Tony Robbins "documentary" (concert video). 
38:58 - Joe's anecdote about working for Trump University.
49:42 - Bobby Hacker worked on a cruise ship
1:02:32 - Matt Lieb improvises lyrics to royalty-free music
1:11:10 - Your emails.
Frotcast 300! I never thought the podcast that Splitsider called “consistently one of the most feminist groups of disgusting dudes on the internet,” and “regularly the grossest, least politically correct bunch of dudes” would make it this far, but here we are. This week, comedian Brandon Wardell (with whom I have a show at the Hollywood Improv Wednesday July 27th, tickets here) joins us to talk about the #DicksOutForHarambe movement (since co-opted by Milo Yiannopoulos) and review a free Smash Mouth concert. Then, Sh*t My Dad Says' Justin Halpern joins us to review San Andreas and tell a Larry the Cable Guy story. We also have Tales From NPR and Crystal Corner. Vince, Bret, and Joey Avery are in the Frotquarters this week. Enjoy. 

3:00 - Stephan Jenkins at the RNC. Is there a way to troll the RNC without sounding super smug? Does it matter?
9:30 - Eric Andre interrupts an Alex Jones rally, wins the Giant Brass Balls Award
17:45 - Brandon Wardell joins. We talk about our comedy show next week and #DicksOutForHarambe and the Smash Mouth concert he just attended.
31:40 - Tales From NPR
37:00 - Trolls, Ghostbusters and Leslie Jones leaving Twitter
51:40 - Justin Halpern. Justin reviews San Andreas, tells us a story about Larry the Cable Guy trying to convince someone Obama is a Muslim.
1:32:43 - Your emails and voicemail questions. Including, what movie did you see as a child that you definitely should NOT have been watching? 

You're either with Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters or you're with the misogynists, or so the internet has decreed, which is at least mildly annoying to those of us who don't really care about a big budget reboot either way. It feels wrong to divert activism energy towards a ghost movie. I mean, where were the people crowing about proving the misogynists wrong during the release of Maggie's Plan (insert other movie written and directed by a woman here)? But then people share pictures of smiling little girls at the premiere and you have to concede they have a point. I mean, those little girls probably weren't going to show up to Maggie's Plan. And Hollywood was going to make dumb reboots anyway, right? Maybe this one will at least be a "net good," even if you don't particularly care to argue with some dumb neckbeard? That's my question to the Frotcrew this week (Me - Vince Mancini, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan), though we also talk the most NPR thing we've ever heard (Tales From NPR), a 14-year-old's woke slam poem, Crystal Corner, and of course, force Matt Lieb to sing fully-improvised royalty free songs. Enjoy and frot on.

00:00 - Ghostbusters (also Preacher, Matt's tuna sandwich)
15:20 - Lebowski fest, and encounters with the real-life Dude, Jeff Dowd.
24:03 - Tales From NPR. 
37:49 - Wokest slam poem
52:20 - Fully improvised royalty-free music jams with Matt.
1:09:31 - Crystal Corner
1:23:00 - Bret introduces us to ASMR, which is Bret's quicksand porn, basically.
1:30:00 - Your emails. 

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