Hitting Play

30
Nov

Batman (1966): Hi Diddle Riddle

Join Shawn and Scott as they breakdown and review "Hi Diddle Riddle", the pilot episode of the iconic 1966 series "Batman"! Listen as they discuss the brilliance of Adam West, playing Batman as a serious detective despite the show's lighthearted campiness. They'll also discuss Batman and Robin's first adversary of the series, The Riddler, played masterfully by the great Frank Gorshin. From The Riddler's near-impossible (but always quickly solved) riddles and Batman's penchant for labeling everything, to interesting facts about the cast and two rare mentions of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, they discuss it all, and much, much more!!! Oh, and if that wasn't enough...the "Batusi" also makes an appearance! So sit back with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, disconnect the red telephone, and speed into Gotham along with us! Na-na na-na na-na na-na na Batman! 
 
And don't worry! We won't leave you hanging! Look out for our episode about part two of the story, "Smack in the Middle": Same Bat-time, Same Bat-podcast! 
 
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23
Nov

“The Andy Kaufman Incident”

Join Scott as he takes a special look back at an interesting live television event that took place on the night of February 20, 1981. A late night sketch comedy show invited one of the most unique comedians of the time to host the episode. In the last sketch of the night, the host refused to act, resulting in a physical altercation on live television. Was this a real fight, started by a host with a reputation for his subversive behavior? Or was the whole thing planned ahead of time as a way to shock the TV audience? This week, Hitting Play delves into the sketch from ABC's show "Fridays" that later came to be known as "The Andy Kaufman Incident"! 
 
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26
Oct

The Simpsons: The Town

Join Scott and his special guests, Kevin and Hamish, as they breakdown and explain every little detail and reference from the Boston-themed episode of The Simpsons entitled "The Town"! Listen as Kevin and Scott give Hamish a full education in all things Massachusetts, from the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony all the way to Dunkin Donuts and Cumberland Farms! Hamish is still a little bitter from the treatment his native Australia received on The Simpsons years ago in the episode "Bart Vs. Australia", but he warmly embraces this hilarious take on New England life and culture! They'll talk all about the unique Jordan's Furniture stores, the New England Patriots and their various scandals, Paul Revere, traffic, Make Way For Ducklings, candlepin bowling, Quincy Market, Newbury Comics, and so much more! They'll explain every sign, every poster, every Boston joke, and every face in the crowd. So grab an iced coffee from Dunkies, turn off your old VHS recording of The Movie Loft, and get ready for one of the most detailed, comprehensive, and wicked awesome episodes of Hitting Play EVAH! 

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12
Oct

The MAD Magazine TV Special

Join Scott for a look back at a failed pilot made by one of comedy's most enduring properties: MAD Magazine! Listen as he details the interesting history of MAD Magazine, starting out as a comic book in the 1950's, then making the switch to the magazine format to avoid conforming to the Comics Code after publisher William Gaines' testimony before congress. He'll talk about ABC's commissioning this pilot in 1974 and why it ultimately never aired. He'll also breakdown the many segments in this special, from shorts by Don Martin and Antonio Prohias' Spy vs. Spy, to longer features like Mort Drucker's Godfather parody "The Odd Father" and others from "the usual gang of idiots". And if that wasn't enough, you'll also get the history of MAD's other forays into television, and the mysterious origins of MAD Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman. So get ready to say "What, me worry?", as you listen to this page turning episode of the podcast. (And don't forget the fold-in at the end!) 

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5
Oct

The Ren & Stimpy Show: Space Madness/The Boy Who Cried Rat!

Join Scott and Lily as they breakdown "Space Madness" and "The Boy Who Cried Rat", two hilarious stories from a classic episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show"! Listen as they detail the tumultuous history of Ren and Stimpy, from the masterful early episodes with creator John K. at the helm, to Nickelodeon's split with John K., the banned episode, and even the much maligned Spike TV series "Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon". They'll discuss the great moments of "Space Madness", including its retro sci-fi look, it's wonderful musical accompaniment, and of course, Ren's descent into madness. From there, they'll discuss the hilarious "The Boy Who Cried Rat!", Ren and Stimpy's homage to Tom and Jerry, and other classic cartoon predecessors. And if that wasn't enough, they'll also breakdown two great shorts included in the episode: a commercial for the nauseating breakfast cereal, Sugar Frosted Lumps, and Ren and Stimpy's strange preparations for Yak Shaving Day. This episode has it all! So finish your kitty stew paste, get your toaster helmet strapped on, and go mad with us! (Thanks for hitting play, and not the history eraser button!) 

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24
Aug

Double Dare

Join Shawn and Scott as they take another look at the early messy days of Nickelodeon and discuss the quintessential kids game show: Double Dare! Listen as they review a hilarious episode from the show's first year, 1986, in which two teams of kids faced off for a chance to take on the hallowed, chocolate sauce covered Double Dare obstacle course and win a treasure trove of very 1980's prizes! (Including an answering machine and Rod Stewart VHS!) They'll review some of the questions asked to the competitors (play along!), detail the various physical challenges, and laugh at the many flaws of this early production. Then, they'll discuss the 1988 direct-to-video special "Double Dare: Inside Scoop", which features host Marc Summers, along with announcer Harvey, presenting some of the best moments of the show's history. They'll talk about Marc Summers' audition, the first pre-air test episode, tricks to winning challenges, and how one early obstacle had to be replayed four times! And if that wasn't enough, Shawn and Scott also tell their stories of seeing some members of Double Dare cast in person when they were kids! So get ready for an auditory obstacle course: On your mark...get set...GO! 

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10
Aug

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mr. B Natural and A Case of Spring Fever

Join Lily, Scott, and special guest Kevin, as they revisit the hilarious cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 and watch two of its classic shorts "Mr. B. Natural" and "A Case of Spring Fever"! Listen as they breakdown each short, from the crazy creepiness of Mr. B to the annoying lessons of Coily the Spring Sprite. They'll also discuss the history behind these shorts, including what happened to those involved. One actually had a legendary career, while others never acted again. Kevin also talks about the recent MST3K reunion show and there's some talk about the new revival of the series, coming soon to Netflix. So put down your high quality trumpet, take your rotary phone off the hook, and laugh along with us! No springs! 

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6
Jul

The Simpsons (Shorts): Good Night

Join Lily and Scott as they take a look back to a pivotal point in the history of television. A time when a successful producer returned to television and helped a talented British actress with her sketch comedy show by approaching a comic strip artist with the idea of creating some animated shorts. Those cartoons increased in popularity to the point hat they were spun-off into their own show, where they've been a household name for almost three decades: The Simpsons! Listen as they breakdown the very first Simpsons short ever to air on The Tracey Ullman Show entitled "Good Night"! They'll discuss the early history of The Simpsons, from Matt Groening's attempt to retain publishing rights to his other characters, and Dan Castellaneta's Walter Matthau-like voice for Homer, to the strange look of the characters and the reason the shorts were never given an official release. So take a trip back to April 19, 1987 and see where it all started! And don't let the bed bugs bite! 

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22
Jun

You Can’t Do That On Television: Pop Music

Join Shawn and Scott as they take a look back at a magical time in the history of Nickelodeon, back in the early 80's when a low budget Canadian sketch show for kids dared to defy convention, prompting many to say its title: "You Can't Do That On Television"! Listen as they break down the episode entitled "Pop Music", which most notably, was the television debut of a young Alanis Morrisette! They'll talk about Alanis' short run on the show, the history of the infamous green slime, and how it ended up becoming intertwined with Nickelodeon's identity as a network, how the longtime kid host, Christine McGlade, pretty much got the job accidentally, and how this show was heavily influenced by Monty Python's Flying Circus and Laugh In. So many sketches, so many that wouldn't be aired today! So relax in your dungeon, avoid saying "I don't know", and enjoy this slice of 80's nostalgia along with us! I heard that! 

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14
Jun

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror

Join Lily, Shawn, Scott, and special guests Matt and Kevin as they discuss "Parts: The Clonus Horror", a hilarious episode of the great Mystery Science Theater 3000! Listen as they break down this ridiculous movie, scene by scene, including such moments as Richard the clone finding out the truth about Milwaukee, waking up with smoking trousers at the love barn, getting to meet his clone daddy, and so much more! They'll also discuss the wonderful host segments, mercifully breaking up the movie, featuring Mike Nelson and his robot pals Tom Servo and Crow! They'll talk about the makers of the film suing the makers of The Island, comments from the crew, and Matt talks about the Kickstarter for his independent comic book series, Catbeard the Pirate! So, sit back with a glass of orange liquid, count backwards from one hundred, and enjoy this giant sized episode of Hitting Play! Biography! 

Help Matt Nelson get the fourth book of his comic series, Catbeard the Pirate, published! Generously support his Kickstarter, and receive some great stuff! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86891268/catbeard-the-pirate-book-four-corsairs-and-catnip-0 (You can also just search "Catbeard" at Kickstarter.com) 

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