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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons: Homer's Enemy (w/ Spencer Gilbert)

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Guests: 
Spencer Gilbert

It's Grimey, you guys! We're finally doing Grimey! And who better to join us than the hilarious and insightful Spencer Gilbert (Screen Junkies, @SpencerJGilbert) as we discuss one of the most important, and bleak, episodes in Simpsons history, "Homer's Enemy." We talk about real life Homers, the frustrating instinct to correct people, PEW PEW PEWWWWWW!!!!!!, and finally call B.S. on Dinosaurs. PLUS: O ZANNNN

This episode was produced before "Everything's Coming Up Simpsons" was on the Max Fun Network.

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons: Homer's Barbershop Quarter (w/ Kali Fontecchio & Anthony Vanchure)

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Guests: 
Kali Fontecchio
Guests: 
Anthony Vanchure

This week we enter the sordid world of barbershop quartets as we discuss "Homer's Barbershop Quarter" with Kali Fontecchio and Anthony Vanchure from the band Kali Kazoo (@kalikazoo). We talk about the humanity in the animation from these early years, the wildly underrated Beatles’ movie HELP!, and ol’ timey curse words. Plus: More Cool Dad talk!

This episode was produced before "Everything's Coming Up Simpsons" was on the Max Fun Network.

Bullseye: Lisa Hanawalt & Wyatt Cenac

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Lisa Hanawalt
Guests: 
Wyatt Cenac

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Lisa Hanawalt on BoJack Horseman, Food Obsessions and Martha Stewart’s Horse

Lisa Hanawalt enjoys exploring the strange ins and outs of her world using words and illustrations. Her penchant for drawing anthropomorphized animals to represent characters, including herself, reveals a childlike playfulness, even while exploring adult themes.

Her illustrations and writing have appeared in numerous print and online publications including McSweeney’s, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. In 2010, she earned the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic for her work on her first comic series, I Want You.

Her work can also be seen on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, where Hanawalt serves as production designer and producer. She can also be heard on the Maximum Fun podcast, Baby Geniuses, which she co-hosts with Emily Heller.

Lisa Hanawalt sat down with Jesse to talk about her work on BoJack Horseman, her latest book of stories and illustrations and her fascination with Martha Stewart’s horse.

Lisa Hanawalt’s latest book is Hot Dog Taste Test


Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Wyatt Cenac on Stand-Up Comedy and Creating Space for Diverse Voices

Wyatt Cenac is a stand-up comedian and writer who is best known as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On the program, Cenac’s segments often explored issues of politics and society from a black perspective and with a sharp satirical bite.

Cenac served as a writer and voice actor on King of the Hill as well as making appearances on other television shows including Inside Amy Schumer, BoJack Horseman and Maron.

Wyatt Cenac joined Jesse to talk about his new stand-up show, Night Train and the importance of providing a space for alternative voices in comedy.

Night Train is available now on Seeso.com.


Photo: Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

The Outshot: The Knuckleball

Jesse talk about the mystique and the power of baseball’s knuckleball.

Bart vs. Australia (with Jeremy Guskin)

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Guests: 
Jeremy Guskin

The girls sit down with actor Jeremy Guskin (’Til Death, Art School Confidential and JULIA’S OLD HS THEATER TEACHER!) and gush about the Simpsons’ infamous international episode. They discuss overly ambitious yet wildly obscure Halloween costumes, the real life story behind this episode, and that fresh faced young upstart Martin Scorsese. This episode is so great it'll have your brain saying "Just listen to the show and I'll release some more endorphins."

This episode was produced before "Everything's Coming Up Simpsons" was on the Max Fun Network.

Homer and Apu (with Nelson Franklin)

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Guests: 
Nelson Franklin

The girls sit down with actor Jeremy Guskin (’Til Death, Art School Confidential and JULIA’S OLD HS THEATER TEACHER!) and gush about the Simpsons’ infamous international episode. They discuss overly ambitious yet wildly obscure Halloween costumes, the real life story behind this episode, and that fresh faced young upstart Martin Scorsese. This episode is so great it'll have your brain saying "Just listen to the show and I'll release some more endorphins."

This episode was produced before "Everything's Coming Up Simpsons" was on the Max Fun Network.

Additional "Bleh!" in Pop Culture

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Sometimes, folks go above and beyond what is asked of them. Listener Jamie McCormick, in addition to submitting her theories as to when the first Dracula spoke the first "Bleh!", also generously provided a list of more recent cultural references to that odd vampire parody sound. This was a tremendously kind gesture given that it will (probably) have no impact on whether she wins the coveted prize.

McCormick noted that "Bleh!" was chanted repeatedly by a vampire character in the "Pink Plasma" episode of "The Pink Panther" (episode 78, from 1975); spouted by Count Drakeula in the "Ducky Horror Picture Show" episode of Duck Tales (episode 32 from 1988); and uttered nearly continuously by Count Blah, a friend of Greg the Bunny.

I’ve included all of them here to bring some animated levity to your otherwise-predictably-gory Halloween viewing.


"Blehs!" start around 3:16.



First “bleh!” around 4:17.


Editor's note: Language NSFW, despite featuring a bunny.

On a related cartoon note, Anna Brawley wrote in to say that she thought there was an old Bugs Bunny short with the same plot as “Pink Plasma” that was made in the 1940s; but I think she is referring to “Transylvania 6-5000” which does feature Bugs getting chased by Dracula, but which was actually made in 1963. It isn’t the winner, and it isn’t big on “bleh!”, but you should absolutely watch it anyway. It’s truly a classic.

Andrew W.K. Meets Bob the Builder

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Our pal Andrew W.K. voices his animated alter ego in this imaginary meeting with toddler superhero Bob the Builder.

Neil Patrick Harris is Prince Gumball on "Adventure Time"

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If you are looking for a way to infuse your holiday weekend with surreal images of a fuschia-toned prince named Gumball who serenades you (and your xylophone-playing cat) with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, then I have got what you need:

That's a clip from this weekend's episode of "Adventure Time" (Sept. 5 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network).

I think everything's going to be okay now.

Andy Daly on The Life & Times of Tim

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An enthusiastic fan has put together this awesome clip montage of Andy Daly on The Life & Times of Tim. Andy is one of the funniest people in the world, and Tim is an under-appreciated show. Enjoy!

The Venture Bros. Special: From the Ladle to the Grave

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This Sunday at midnight, Adult Swim will air a 15-minute Venture Bros. musical mockumentary called From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy. Hardcore fans who need an immediate fix can download the Shallow Gravy EP Jacket now.


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