Cody Johnston is Cracked.com columnist, video writer, performer, editor, FX artist, music dude, animator, and professional scientist.
November 27, 2017
The news: if you’ve read it since the fall of 2015, it’s been nothing but Donald Trump stories, and Opponent Of Donald Trump stories, and the sports section (which is also kind of Trump news). That’s insane, right? Isn’t there an entire rest of the world out there, full of local governments legislating, scientists discovering, rich people hiding money on tropical islands, and woolly mammoths dying in slapstick ways? Ya know, the fun stuff?
On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, we’re LIVE from UCB Sunset in Los Angeles, with guests Cody Johnston, Katie Goldin, Rivers Langley, and Siobhan Thompson. And we’re bringing you all the amazing, terrifying, and strange news the media hasn’t had the bandwidth to tell you about.
October 2, 2017
Hey there, you awesome person you! Congratulations: you’ve survived several months of a Donald Trump presidency. And double congratulations: you’re pushing through this dark period despite having to experience it with a human brain. Our brains feel stress about everything from large predatory animals to low smartphone battery levels. Which begs the question: isn’t it worth wondering how those fragile organs are handling American history’s Dumbest Timeline?
On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt brings in Cracked POTUS-trackers Cody Johnston and Sean “Seanbaby” Reiley to discover the scale of President Trump’s towering horses**t, and the psychological ramifications of facing it day to day. They’ll shine a light on the most staggering, pointless lies ever told by the Commander in Chief. They’ll use the latest psychological studies to examine how constant chief executive lies can scramble our brains. And they’ll wrap up with ways you can be more mentally resilient than ever, both now and through the “The Rock” Johnson Administration.
August 10, 2017
In 2010, Christopher Nolan pissed off Batman fans around the world by taking a break in between Dark Knight movies to make an original film about dream thieves. Inception went on to become a genuine phenomenon, grossing only slightly less money than either of Nolan’s Batman sequels and becoming the subject of countless message board arguments that pop up across the internet to this day. And it almost starred James Franco.
This week, Tom and Abe are joined by Cracked’s Head of Video Cody Johnston as they dive headfirst into the undeniable creative artistry behind one of the biggest films of all time, the imagery Nolan used to simultaneously connect and separate the dream world from reality, and how to make sense of what is easily the most nonsensical crime thriller ever produced.
This episode is brought to you by RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors (www.fathomevents.com/RiffTraxDoctorWho).
December 19, 2016
2016 is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year that took away
Bowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the Zika virus is finally drawing to a close.
So, to give this b*tch a proper viking funeral, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked’s Cody Johnston, Daniel O’Brien and Alex Schmidt and comedian Caitlin Gill to review our culture’s year-in-review process.
They’ll also shine a much needed light on some of the more overlooked stories from the year. For example, two-headed sharks keep appearing in our oceans and no one knows why. Even all the world’s Bond villains are like, “don’t look at us, we thought that was you.” And Kim Kardashian! It feels like she’s been on every magazine cover for the last 35 years and this year she got kidnapped at gunpoint and it barely raised an eyebrow. What is going on!?
To wrap up the conversation, Jack and company share some of their favorite cultural things from the year and report from the future with a preview of our 2017 year in review.
Article: Yahoo’s Top Search Terms in 2016: https://goo.gl/iD9lvm
Video: Kanye Cancels Show And Slowly Floats Away: https://goo.gl/P0rOQq
Article: The Guardian: Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search: https://goo.gl/GtOx4J
Video: Senator James Inhofe Brings a Snowball to Senate: https://goo.gl/f3gSeP
Article: The Telegraph: Russian Scientists Besieged By Pack of Polar Bears: https://goo.gl/SWGXaY
Article: National Geographic: Two-Headed Sharks Keep Popping Up and No One Knows Why: https://goo.gl/DF725J
Article: Slate: Texas GOP Rep Louie Gohmert Will Save Us From Gay Space Colonies: https://goo.gl/vax51L
Instagram: @major_hoolihan: https://goo.gl/OMdJQh
Video: Samantha Bee: Eddie Eagle: https://goo.gl/LfLgtI
Video: Samantha Bee: Trump Can’t Read: https://goo.gl/pl1Hi9
March 14, 2016
Ever since we started letting friendly wolves and tiny tigers into our homes a few thousand years ago, society has been split into two camps: dog people and cat people. Sometimes the battle lines are drawn across gender lines; the term cat-lady evokes an image in your head in a way cat-man doesn’t. We use the word dog to colloquialize a sly, rakish man. Often we choose sides purely based on what our parents allowed in the house when we were kids. But rarely we stop to consider all the crazy superpowers our pets have: like how dogs can read human emotions better than other humans can, and how a cat’s purr can improve your bone density. Recorded live at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, Team Dog (Jack O’Brien, Dan O’Brien, Cody Johnston), Team Cat (Carmen Angelica, Jake Weisman) and Team Turtle (Alex Schmidt) go back and forth with rarely-known facts about the pets we keep at home to decide who is the ultimate victor in this war that has been waged for millennia. Team Cat will blow up the way you think about the gender binary, and we may decide after it all that the best pet to have is a pig.
Proof that Cats Destroy the Ecosystem: http://goo.gl/6UB35
Cats’ Purring Improves Bone Density: http://goo.gl/B4Dr0e
Pigs Have Higher IQs than Dogs, Chimps: http://goo.gl/92xdEr
Why Dogs Look at the Right Side of Your Face: http://goo.gl/VN3p3J
Cat Owners More Likely to Have Advanced Degree: https://goo.gl/PirgYj
Toxoplasma Gondii’s Effect on Humans: http://goo.gl/Cg0TX5
August 24, 2015
Our main bread and butter at Cracked is pointing out the little things in movies that either brainwash our society as a whole, or are just simply so overused that they annoy the bloody hell out of us. We’ve covered in our columns some of the movie clichés that bother us the most, like the slow clap or just about anything that happens in a dystopian YA movie.
So this week we’re dedicating a whole podcast to it. Live from the UCB Sunset theatre in Los Angeles, co-hosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by Soren Bowie, Cody Johnston and Dan O’Brien to put to rest the worn-out movie clichés that just need to go away. We expect Hollywood to take note and change their upcoming slate of films accordingly.