May 15, 2017
Dana Gould is one of comedy’s “that guys.” His footprint is everywhere — from writing on top-line hits like The Simpsons to cult-status titles The Ben Stiller Show — and there’s a chance you’ve never heard of him. If you’re like Dana and you’ve spent the last quarter century hopping from great writers room to great writers room, while still managing to be a stand-up, a podcast host, and the voice of an animated gecko (not that one), you gain insights into life, entertainment and politics that a lot of us aren’t privy to.
So on this week’s podcast, Jack O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien and Michael Swaim sit down with Dana for an extended conversation about the world-building processes behind The Simpsons and Parks & Rec, Elvis Costello’s worst night ever, and the cognitive dissonance of the average Trump supporter. We also ask him about Gex.
Podcast: Cracked Podcast: Insane Simpsons Easter Eggs (Explained By Simpsons Writers): https://goo.gl/zhfWQb
Podcast: Cracked Podcast: Why Narcissism Is Our National Mental Disorder: https://goo.gl/Mnr0Wh
Podcast: The Dana Gould Hour: Episode Archive: https://goo.gl/HQ0zzl
TV: IFC: Stan Against Evil: https://goo.gl/zmDvud
Article/Podcast: Freakonomics: The Academic Origins of China’s One-Child Policy: https://goo.gl/GR02B1
Book: Peter Doggett: You Never Give Me Your Money — The Beatles After the Breakup: https://goo.gl/bXCDp2
Documentary: The Making of ‘Dr. Strangelove’: https://goo.gl/G56fqU
Article: Cracked: 12 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible By Abuse and Murder: https://goo.gl/hvav0
Article: Cracked: 5 Great Movie Scenes Made Possible By Reckless Endangerment: https://goo.gl/81V33
Check Out Jack’s May Spotify Playlist: https://goo.gl/sDnx2L
This episode is brought to you by 2 Dope Queens (www.spotify.com/dopequeens), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/cracked), and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/cracked).
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.