Comedian and writer Joseph Scrimshaw asks guests to share their deepest loves and obsessions from cats to Star Wars to knitting to Pro-Wrestling and everything in between.
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Joseph and Sara obsess over the James Bond film, No Time To Die! We talk the big ideas of legacy, evolution, identity, letting go, and the 5 film story arc of James Bond's eyes! Plus cocktails, quips, explosions, how to best hide your large criminal organization, and more!
Sara and Joseph obsess over the popular baking show, Great British Bake Off! We talk the show's charm, the coziness level of a high stakes competition, piñatas based on the show, the importance of court jesters to baking, what makes us mutter-scream at the screen, and much more!
Joseph and Sara obsess over Superhero TV shows! What defines the genre? What other genres are incorporated? The battle between grim and hopeful storytelling, the ideal number of episodes, when it's responsible to have a cape, the best catchphrases to yell in your car, and more!
Joseph and Sara obsess over their recent trip to Sequoia National Park. The calming and exhausting power of nature! The metaphor of fire scars! Bears working for postmates! And the most important question: do we want to be trees?
Joseph and Sara obsess over episodic storytelling! With a ton of storytelling serialized, do audiences want standalone adventures? What's the value of steadfast characters that don't go through massive change? Are our lives more serialized or episodic? Is a vacation a "filler" episode of life?
Joseph and Sara obsess over Local Exploration! No, that's not the title of a small scope Star Trek show. We talk visiting places in your own city you can overlook. Parks, bookstores, bars, and more! Plus, Joseph has a side-obsession with the Jacaranda tree!
Sara and Joseph obsess over the MCU movie, Black Widow while saying the word "kinetic" many times! We talk big themes of agency, family, redemption, and superhero fame. Plus great moments of action, comedy, and vests!
Joseph and Sara discuss their conflicted obsession with fireworks! From thrilling displays of luminous celebration to loud, ironic sky explosions! We talk our experience seeing fireworks from beaches, amusement parks, the Hollywood Bowl, and random driveways. Plus! What are the best fireworks in movies and TV shows?
Joseph shares his lifelong obsession with Batman. From the dark to the absurd, we celebrate the obsessive knight. Would we want to go to Disneyland with Batman? What fear would we dress up as to fight crime? What obsession would be our shtick as Batman villains?
Joseph and Sara obsess over the ancient drink, Beer. Our positive associations with summer, patios, theater shows, and community. Plus the best food to pair with beer, the best pop culture character to drink beer with, and more!
Joseph interviews Sara about her obsession with soundtracks! How they tell the story of movies and TV but then become their own story. The best soundtracks to dance to, drive to, do your taxes to. Plus new songs we'd like John Williams to write.
Joseph and Sara obsess over going to the movies! The magic and tension of the communal experience in the "big dark room." Favorite movie experiences from packed Avengers and Star Wars screenings to seeing Lynch film with two grandmas and more! Plus a tribute to the great Cinerama Dome and Arclight Hollywood.
Joseph and Sara obsess over post-vaccine life. How to capture the emotional moment of getting the vaccine, the power of a communal experience, mask symbolism, the weirdness of seeing friends' lower faces, and should all the people who have "wizard hair" cut it off?
Joseph and Sara obsess over the MCU show, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. We talk big themes of what the Shield means, legacy, identity, trauma, and the importance of being awkward best friends. Plus the comedy, the heart, the action--from Zemo's dance to the controversial climax to Bucky's skill at costume design. Grab your wings and vibranium arm and dive in!
Joseph and Sara obsess over Time Travel! Why do we love stories about it? Would we get comfort or horror from jumping into the future? If we traveled back in time, could we get anyone to listen to us and/or could we ride a dinosaur? Would we want devices that allowed us to jump 15 seconds in the past? Do we already have them and not know it?
Joseph and Sara obsess over the monster-punching blockbuster, Godzilla vs Kong! We talk empathy for Kong, Godzilla's inner thoughts, vacationing in the Hollow Earth, and who truly won the battle on a thematic level.
Joseph and Sara obsess over Takeout Food! The joy of eating restaurant food at home, the danger of sandwich sliding, the strange social dance of being recognized as a takeout customer, and which takeout food pairs best with which TV show or movie!
We obsess over the great MCU television show, WandaVision! We talk the big themes of grief, the social anxieties animating sitcoms, choosing your own identity, and the importance of Scarlet Witch's cape. Plus wrestling with the expectations game! WARNING: This podcast does NOT introduce the obsessed multiverse
Joseph and Sara obsess over The Muppet Show! We talk the comedy, the chaos, the heart, and the power of variety shows. The comedy theory of how a bear and a frog doing slapstick wrestles with the human condition! Gene Kelly's bittersweet non-dance! Plus, which Muppet we'd want to live in our home.
Joseph and Sara celebrate their mutual fascination with musicals! From Annie to Cats to Singin' In The Rain to Xanadu, what is the power of musicals? We talk raw emotion, dancing along with movies, unintended comedy, children refusing to applaud for stage musicals, the possibility of a James Bond musical, and much more!
Doctor Doom! Palpatine! Skeletor! Just about every James Bond villain! Joseph is obsessed with super villains. Their bizarre style, their terrible plans that sometimes point out actual societal problems, their huge vocabularies and ranting monologues, the anger they must feel when they get turned into Funko Pops!
Joseph interviews Sara about her obsession with maps! The sense of adventure! The aesthetic beauty! The constantly evolving history! From fantasy maps to San Francisco layers to British Railroad games to BECOMING THE MAP YOURSELF!
Joseph interviews Sara about her lifelong love of shoes! From admiring her doll's shoes to breaking in ballet pointe shows to the dream of making shoes out of tires, Sara is very obsessed! Plus friendly bears, magic shoes, and the worst shoes for a jewel heist.
After going a year between haircuts, Joseph is becoming obsessed with hair! We discuss finding identity from your style and color, how getting a haircut is the original casual podcast, and Sara's tale of her dangerous ballet hair pins!
We obsess over resolutions! Or are they goals? Intentions? From exercise to writing to quality time with martinis, we discuss the joy and stress of making changes for the new year! Plus the new tradition: Keeper Resolutions!
Joseph interviews Sara about her love of Christmas Trees! From calming to festive, real to fake, from picking them out of a mystical forest to hanging cocktail accessories from the branches! Plus we tackle the ultimate question: Are trees just hats for presents?
Sara interviews Joseph about his VERY intense obsession with Frank Sinatra. His music, his whimsy, his fight for the underdog, his ego, his impact on culture, and how he made a scrawny kid from Minneapolis feel better about himself through the mists of time.
Joseph and Sara obsess over the great comedy show, Schitts Creek! We talk finding humanity in outlandish comedy, wigs, the potential joy of living in a motel room, wigs, the Rose family member we want to take on a road trip, and much more including wigs!
Since we can't travel for the holidays in 2020, we're traveling in our minds! We obsess over WHY we care about travel! From vacations to performing at conventions! The beauty of Edinburgh to the horror of a Greyhound Station at 2 am! Grab your mind passport and join us!
Joseph and Sara obsess over staying engaged with politics! We talk the emotional rollercoaster of the 2020 cycle, wrestle with the call for compromise, how AITA posts might help, and Sara invents the nuance rainbow.
Joseph and Sara obsess over celebrating Halloween! How can being scared during an already scary time in the world help us? What fun can we have this Halloween? Should Dracula star in a pandemic movie? Plus, the autumnal power of gourds and CORN NIGHT!
Your one hour and twenty minute mission: To boldly listen to Joseph and Sara obsess over Star Trek! For some reason stories of hope, knowledge, empathy, and striving for a better future are resonating with us right now! We talk big themes, favorite technology, and Sara has so many favorite characters she creates a bus for them all to live on.
Joseph and Sara obsess over voting! Particularly how we think about it? Is it a duty? A chore? A joy? How can we build honest stories that make people want to be involved? Should election day be a festive holiday? Plus Election Pies and Sticker Bears!
Sara and Joseph obsess over revisiting The Sound of Music! How it shaped Sara's personality, balancing the very sweet and the very terrifying, ongoing anger at Rolf, and how Liesl helped Joseph with his Zoom calls. All that and much more!
Joseph shares his lifelong love of comic books (or are they graphic novels?) from identifying with Robin the Boy Wonder to learning how to balance a budget to getting mad at large crossover events to appreciating the power of the medium to make modern day myths! Plus, Sara's early comic book adventures with Dennis the Menace Bible Comics!
Joseph and Sara obsess over the challenge of being aware that we are active participants in deeply historic times. We talk how stories help or hurt us in this time, the battle between hope and nihilism, listening to experts, finding joy through being pro-active, and, strangely, a bunny who might be able to help. WARNING: Contains blatant and strong opinions about the state of the world.
Joseph and Sara obsess over the 2007 documentary Long Way Down in which Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride motorcycles through Africa. We discuss our desire to be stared at by gorillas, if danger is necessary for adventure, the thrill of logistics, and more!
Sara shares her long time obsession with Yoga! Its physical and mental benefits, having yoga buddies, weird stereotypes, flash cards to be a Happy Baby, and much more! Thanks as always to Molly Lewis for our music and Bryan Ward for our artwork!
Sara and Joseph Scrimshaw obsess over the Post Office! Why it's important to defend it from the current attack, our cultural associations from cookies to Cliff Claven, the romance of handwritten letters, stamp collecting, and more! Thanks as always to Molly Lewis for our music and Bryan E. Ward for our artwork!
Joseph and Sara obsess over their new Saturday morning ritual of watching Classic Doctor Who! We talk the different style of storytelling, monsters made of fear, interior decoration in the TARDIS, and much more!
Joseph and Sara discuss their mutual love of the food known as cheese. Its glory as a comfort food, an unexpected treat, a Sesame Street endorsed healthy choice AND a dangerous vice. Plus, the importance of cheese agreement in relationships. Thanks as always to Molly Lewis for our music and Bryan Ward for our artwork.
Sara Scrimshaw shares her obsession with meditation videos--from babbling brooks to turtles climbing rocks to narrated train trips--how can these videos bring peace and empathy? And it there any way to MULTI-TASK relaxation???? Thanks as always to Molly Lewis for our music an Bryan Ward for our artwork!
Joseph and Sara discuss the prevalence of competition in our society! When is it just good, high stakes entertainment? When do we use it to challenge ourselves? And what does it do to us when we start to frame everything in a winner/loser perspective? Also, some Great British Bake-Off Anxieties. Thanks as always to Molly Lewis for our theme music and Bryan Ward for our artwork