Happy 2019, I did not write anything yet for the year, so I figured I might as well take the time to do some rambling nonsense and upkeep, and etc.
Currently, I have two projects going on - Fun Time Calls and Game Shows I Suppose
Fun Time Calls is a comedy-discussion podcast between myself, and my two friends Jack and Ian. I started it a few months back, originally trying to have it be really produced with segments and skits, but quickly, I realized the best way to handle it was to let it flow naturally, and just have it go where it needs to go. It’s a VERY organized chaotic podcast, Because it’s always clear that only 2 of the 3 people know what’s going on at any time. So it’s a very fun way to handle stuff. Also every one of us is lightly pushing each others buttons into a show that I would say is like a D&D podcast set in modern-times and can go from a leftist anime podcast to a video game horror story show in 20 seconds.
Game Shows I Suppose is my personal podcast and one is very rambling, and very long, but I figure it’s the right time to do it. I wanted to do a podcast about game shows since 2008/2009 but always felt doing one by myself would be “boring” (nobody to bounce off-of) so I held-it-off. Any attempt I had to try and do it with somebody seemed off, even if it was close friends, because I am talking nonstop about game shows, and they are just confused. It honestly still does worry me about this show, and I want this to do okay (I am not saying “holy shit” numbers that means I am like speaking at SF Sketchfest or South By Southwest, but just y’know, a nice shout-out on one of those podcast news websites would be nice). I want to do deep-dives with every game show I could think of, what’s “my thoughts” and that’s it. and it goes in length, because I don’t think you can really spend 10-15 minutes on any one show. Because each production, regardless of what it is, has different roles and responsibilities, what was the music like? what is the set like? hosting? casting? etc. That I think something should be brought up.
But I know, if I did that with a guest, it would bore them or they won’t have anything to bounce-off of or tell jokes or do something that gives them a chance to be the star/expert. So that’s why I always bounce-back between “Isolation Booth” solo and this idea of bringing on Guests. But honestly, if it was with a co-host, I don’t think I would get everything I wanted to say about a show out…. but I DO want guests because I like the idea of hearing somebody that’s possibly NOT that big into game shows, try and explain “The Price is Right” or “Wheel of Fortune” (or any game show) with me there.
I had a ton of fun with the “Video Power” episode with a good friend of mine Oko C Nella and would really love to bring on more guests to talk about game shows, even if they aren’t necessarily deep-dives. (Because I could always go-back and add more if need-be)
I am fearful nobody would agree to do this show, I don’t have that many friends in general. As you might have read from my article entitled “We are lonely". That while it would be great to have friends both “in the industry” and outside the industry (YouTubers/Writers/Comedians/Actors/Etc.) I pretty much know my limits, and booking guests and getting people to come on and spend about 2 hours (watching a game show + recording for an hour) is really tough, and people are busy doing their own things.
That’s why I enjoy the solo project sometimes, because I can begin and end however I see it. And it’s one of those things where people can see the passion is there, to the point where i am exhausting myself over stuff that is VERY trivial (Why is there a circle and triangle on match game?) and I think that is something that is silly if you’re an outsider and if you are a game-show diehard, you listen and agree/disagree and try and correct where I screw up.
My goal for 2019 is simply to continue sharing my love and see where it takes me.
Last year, I was frazzled, looking for things to look forward to, only ended with my heart getting destroyed. Titans isn’t that good, folks. Sorry. Neither was Red Dead Redemption 2. I just can’t “hype myself” for anything these days, but I will give a few plugs soon.
That’s why sometime this year, we will see a return to “Night Night” (but I don’t know how to handle it yet, we might just make it a standard twitch stream with news and video, but I know juggling another project will be a mess right now)
I also am thinking of doing a revival of “Bingo Buddies” soon, even if it is a one-off event, because I think the idea of a silly bingo game show on twitch, given how big “HQ” is and twitch plays these days, i think it will be very silly and funny.
And finally, I am playing some “Planet Coaster” from time-to-time because that is a game that brings me peace when i have a really bad day or just feel exhausted. It is pretty much my time to meditate.
NOW SOME PLUGS!
Struggle Session continues to be a good podcast to listen to, the trio there (Leslie Lee III, Jack Allison, Jonathan Daniel Brown) have been very supportive of me and my weird/stupid projects, retweeting and sharing my content when they didn’t have to and looking out for me. And I really want them to succeed, because they do amazing deep-dives into Horror Movies and Comic Books and anything else you could think of!
Kingdom Hearts 101 with my podcast friend Jack is a great twitch stream where he is going through EVERY kingdom hearts thing available before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3, and he is doing it in a very fun and chill way. And I really want to see him get Twitch Affiliate soon, because he puts more effort into these streams than I have in pretty much anything I ever churned out online. While you’re there, ask him when Under The Sea is playing.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch even though I am sure everybody has seen it or played it by now or come up with their amazing jokes or takes on this interactive movie (ranging from “it’s great” to “it’s awful). I gotta talk about how much I enjoy interactive storytelling, especially back in the days of the 90s FMV PC CDRom game, and this is something that just tickles that joy. Aside from a few jump-scares, it’s the perfect suspense/horror for me. And I fully enjoyed the multiple endings and choices.
All-Elite Wrestling is something I really enjoy reading about the more it continues unraveling. I am always uneasy when it comes to new wrestling promotions, because typically it’s all about WWE and they are just a gross company. WWE is a gross company that exploits people, and they know you’ll boycott for maybe 2 or 3 months and then return. Was Greatest Royal Rumble not good enough for you to quit? How about Crown Jewel? Oh maybe Hogan returning? Maybe they don’t read the room and don’t understand talent? That my only hope that wrestling is good is a counter-program. ROH and PWG have very talented people, NJPW had a great Wrestle Kingdom that I watched. But all of these still feel like they are going for a niche audience, and play that “if we can get 2 or 3 percent of the WWE audience we will get so-and-so” and with this company, based on how they are going to make sure women are paid the same as men, and how proceeds will go towards a charity for those affected by gun violence, they are making all the right decisions currently to make sure it’s doing the right thing for the right reasons, and I think Cody has the vision for the promotion, as does Matt and Nick for broadcast) And it’s not going to be the promotion for “the smart marks” on message boards, I think they are honestly going to give something refreshing and unique to the sport, if they get the right contracts.
Sorry to Bother You is on Hulu, please give that a watch. It’s one of the funniest movies I have seen, but also one of the best tragedies I have seen recently. It has a very clear message about capitalism, government, and society. And one that I really don’t want to spoil that much, because it’s fun seeing this story grow, and watch how things get commercialized or become about self-promotion and I JUST LOVE IT!
I also use Hulu to watch Cowboy Bebop now because it’s no longer on VRV
Other than that, I brought back VRV to see NickSplat and I like seeing these shows at my disposal, but at the same time, I think Nickelodeon is messing up by NOT just creating it’s own streaming service app featuring old and new nickelodeon programs. “The first streaming app for kids” or something could be the marketing gimmick, because if they have Power Rangers, they have Ninja Turtles, and they have all these cartoons like Jimmy Neutron to Spongebob to The Loud House - why not give these kids a place to watch them that’s NOT a on-demand with cable provider? Children today are more active than ever, and they aren’t scheduling their lives around television shows at 7:30. You gotta fight back against whatever YouTubers they watch with content they want to see, on their own terms. Put up 2 new episodes of “Double Dare” every Friday, get a “NickSlime” original series, which is a revival of Roundhouse (or “All That”, just some sketch show) and call it a day. I like watching “Figure It Out” but know there could be much much more!
Also I am watching “Strike It Rich” on Amazon and I would write-up this, but I have a game show.
Finally, I just want to thank anybody who has joined my discord and said hello or gave me encouraging words over the last few weeks. I hope I don’t get as many sad slumps this year, but I never know what will happen!
I’m playing a game called Meditations and seeing if that helps!
Other than that, nothing new on the resolutions, don’t believe in them.
Thank you for reading, NOW PLEASE LISTEN TO MY PODCASTS AND SHARE THEM OR HELP ME GET GUESTS!