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January 18, 2017

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 133-G Love and the Special Cast

After an amusing discussion on the importance of January 15th, we get to speak to Philadelphia's own blues,rap, and folk artist, G Love!  G Love has been making music for over 25 years and is an extremely down to earth guy to talk.  Hear all about his origins as a musician, his time on the road, the creative process, and touring with artists like Jack Johnson.  G Love lives and breathes his music.

Make sure to check him out on instagram @phillyglove and check out his latest music.

Next, we speak to Candian motivational speaker, Randy Taylor about his work, life, and success in inspiring others.  Randy brings an intriguing conversation and an extremely positive attitude.


Check out Randy and his happenings at www.taylormadeleadership.com

We wrap it up with a new explanation of this years, Shenanigans Showdown.


Please leave us a review on iTunes and share the podcast with others.  If you do, Mike Burlew will broadcast his renditions of popular G Love songs.  

January 11, 2017

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 132-Curious George

Chase a tornado? Check.  Enter a volcano? Check.  Wander around Chernobyl?  Check. Get bit by a deadly disease carrying bat? Float on a raft in sulphuric acid? No problem!  These are just a few of the things that our guest, George Kourounis has accomplished in his life.  George was an amazing man to talk to with endless amounts of insane stories.  Just another day in the world of Verbal Shenanigans.


Make sure to check out George and his work at www.furiousearth.com


Also, please make sure to leave a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael Burlew will attempt at least one of George's feats....blindfolded.

January 4, 2017

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 131-Hippo Talk 2.0

Happy New Year everybody!  We are back and ready for another year of amazing guests, entertaining banter, and stupid games.  And today, we are back with one of our all time favorite guests, hippo attack survivor, Paul Templer!  (Check out episode 43!)  Paul brings us a great combination of a sense of humor, philanthropic endeavours, incredible stories, and awe inspiring goals.  Once again, a fantastic interview.


Make sure to visit Paul at www.paultempler.com


Later, we talk about the last year of the show, resolutions,  and Mariah Carey. Finally, we wrap it up with a game involving dead celebrities.


Make sure to subscribe, share and review.  If you do, Michael Burlew will attempt to reenact Paul's story at the local aquarium.  

December 19, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 130-Daddy’s Gonna Kill Ralphie

Merry Christmas everybody!  Here, we give you our annual Chirstmas Special and it is just that..special.  

First, Ian Petrella, also known as Randy from "A Christmas Story", comes on to talk about the film, playing Randy, and his career post  "A Christmas Story''.  Later, Steve Intermill, a curator of the "A Christmas Story House and Museum", joins us to talk all about the original house from the film, which is now a fully functional museum outside Cleveland, Ohio.  If you love "A Christmas Story", this episode is a must listen.

Later, we talk all about some insane Chistmas traditions around the world.  


Make sure to follow Ian on twitter @IanPetrella and check out the museum at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com


Have a wonderful holiday.  If you enjoy the cast, please leave a review on iTunes.  If you do, Burlew will attempt to squeeze down your chimney.

December 12, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 129-Dimebag Dave and AJ Mattioli

Yay! New episode.  Today, we talk about some shows, Burlew's dog pictures, and trips to the Vet.


Later, AJ Mattioli, director of the film, WORDS, joins us to discuss his new film, the election, and his thoughts cisgender white dudes.  Make sure to check out the film and follow him @matitiolipro.


Please keep subscribing and follow the podcast @VScomedy.  Most importantly, leave a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael Burlew will  come take personal Christmas pictures with your dog.  

December 1, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 128-Fear of Small Holes

We are back with a straight up, fun, and goofy episode.  We talk politics, Michael Burlew's doggy Christmas photos, and my very unique fear.  Please have a listen and continue to support the podcast.  

Follow us on instagram @Verbalshenanigans and leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael burlew will send you a signed Christmas picture.

November 23, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 127-The Offbeat Cop

We are back with a powerful, informative episode of the podcast.  This is a long episode.  However, our guest, Tom Verni, delivers several powerful messages and delivers intriguing insight into so many important issues facing the numerous communities including the police, the LGBT community, and public.  Tom, a member of the NYPD for 22 years, is also a gay man.  Hearing Tom's perspective on so many pressing issues was an extremely valuable experience.  Make sure to listen!


Follow Tom Verni on Facebook and be sure to check out his blog at www.offbeatcop.com.


Mike Burlew is away for work, so Steve Esparra and I also talk the election, our vacations, and our comedy Mount Rushmore.  I loved this episode.


Please leave us a review on iTUnes.  It really helps!  If you do, Michael Burlew will dress as a MuleMan.  

November 14, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 126-Sean of the Dead

Back again with a superb episode.  We talk about the Cubs, the election, and Burlew's expertise of Bulgarian football.  Yes..Anyways, comedian, writer, and actor, Sean Lynch joins us on the cast.  Sean is a hilarious, down to earth, intelligent  guy.  You can also see Sean this season on a small show called..THE WALKING DEAD!  


Make sure to check out Sean on instagram @ geezerlynch and make sure to check him out on Facebook.  And of course, tune in Sunday nights to watch the Walking Dead.  Sean will appear in episode 7!



Please leave us a review on iTUnes and follow us on Twitter @VScomedy.  If you do, I will "Negan" Michael Burlew.

November 2, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 125-A Brill-iant Episode

We are very excited to bring you another episode of the show, and it's a good one.  Think of a great comic.  Louie CK, Don Rickels, Joan Rivers, Scott Brennan.  Eddie Brill has worked with them all.  Eddie has been in the comedy industry for decades.  From doing standup, to running a club,to working on David Letterman, Eddie has done it all.  Eddie was funny, smart, and showed an obvious passion for comedy.  It was a real honor to talk to him.

Follow Eddie on Twitter @eddie_brill and visit www.eddiebrill.com

Later, we talk about The Walking Dead, The World Series, going through a haunted house with comics,and Scott being too fat for a mule ride.

Please follow us on iTunes and leave a review.  If you do, Mike Burlew will dress as a ManMule.
October 25, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 124-Win,Bur-Lose, or Draw

Today's episode is all about my good friend and cohost, Michael Burlew.  Listen as we play a roast/game all about Mike for his 40th birthday called "Win, Bur-lose, or Draw."  Picture half roast, half game show.  Comedians Joe Fernandes, Rich McDonald, Doug Max, and John Trumbull make up that panel that helps rips Mike apart.  It was a fantastic night only made possible by our good friends and loved ones.  It was a great night for Verbal Shenanigans.  Happy Birthday Mike!

Please leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, I'll roast Burlew weekly!
October 17, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 123-The 2016 Halloween Spectacular Special Extravaganza

It's that time of year.  The time for candy, pumpkins and creepy mass murderers like Mike Burlew.  We had a blast recording this.  We talk all things Halloween, dead bodies, and costumes.  Michael Burlew has never carved a pumpkin.  Michael Burlew once wore a toothbrush costume. Mike Burlew has frequent dreams with Freddie.  Hear it all on this episode!

Later, Larry Zerner, aka Shelly from Friday the 13th, joins us to talk Jason, movies, and horror.  Now Larry works in law!  This was an awesome interview. 

Check out Larry at www.zernerlaw.com
Please follow us on iTunes or on twitter @VScomedy.  Leave a review!  If you do, Michael Burlew will record all episodes of the podcast while wearing a hockey mask for now on.

Happy Halloween!
October 10, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 122-Mark Riccadonna, Voitek the Bear, and Clowns

Back from a two week hiatus, we bring you another exhilarating episode of the podcast.  Mark Riccadonna, comedian, writer, and all around awesome guy, joins us to talk about the election, Red Eye, and the life of a father and comedian.  Mark is hilarious. Period.  

Make sure to check out his work on Weekend Update and see his comedy dates at www.markriccadonna.com Follow him @markriccadonna on twitter.

Later, we return with another rendition of Bear News, talk about the clown craze, and Insane Clown Posse.

Please follow us on twitter @VScomedy and leave us a review on iTunes.  if you do, Burlew will become a juggalo full time for a calendar year.  
September 26, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 121-Riley Breckenridge

I can't tell you how pleased I am with this episode.  Riley Breckenridge, drummer of my favorite band, Thrice, joins us to talk all things Thrice, touring, family, baseball, and more.  Riley could not have been more down to earth and open.  Riley certainly made a lifelong Thrice fan a happy guy.

Make sure to check out Thrice's new album, To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Later, we talk the Colin Kaepernick situation and play a rousing edition of "Move on or Carry On".  

#thrice #TBEITBN #rileybreckenridge #podcast
September 19, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 120-Make it Rain

Well, well, well. This is the type of episode that makes this show eclectic and so much fun to do every week.  First, Rain Dove, an androgynous model whose been making massive headlines, joins us on the cast.  Sitting in with Rain, is Corey Wade from America's Next Top Model.  We had an awesome, open, and genuine conversation about gender, sexuality, expectations of models, and breaking stereotypes.  Both Corey and Rain were candid, hilarious, and honest.

Check out Rain Dove @raindovemodel on instagram. 
Check out Corey  @coreyw4de on instagram

Later, Brian Dunne, a singer, songwriter joins us to talk about music, the road, and his young music career.  He is a super talented, down to earth musician.  He also plays two songs that are just killer.

Check him out @briandunnemusic on instagram and look him up on all social media.

Later, we talk about the US Open and Burlew's new dog!  Please leave us a review on iTunes and give us a follow @Verbalshenanigans on instagram and @VScomedy on twitter.
September 13, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 119-Under the Kilt

We are back out on location.  This time, we are at KiltFest in New Jersey.  KiltFest is a festival that celebrates Irish and Scottish culture, great food, music and beer, and of course..kilts.  We had a blast talking to all sorts of interesting people. The best part of it all is seeing how passionate people are about their craft and art.

We talk to people from Hope House Human Co #1, the Gael Scoil, our sponsor Joe from Manskirt Brewing, members of the SCA, discuss throwers, and Pat Jockel, the coordinator of Kiltfest.
Check out www.kiltfestnj.com.  
Please leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael Burlew will wear a kilt for a year straight.  Also, follow us on twitter @VScomedy
September 6, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 118-Ride the Wave

If you enjoyed Comedy Central's Roast Battle, you must enjoy the insanely funny members of the Wave. If you have no idea who they are, please do yourself a favor and google them.  Jeremiah Watkins, one of the Wave's members, joins us to discuss its origins, Roast Battles, and comedy.  This was a highly entertaining interview.  

Follow Jeremiah on Twitter @jeremiahstandup and say hi!

Later, our good friend, AJ Mattioli, joins to fill us in on the details of his transition and discusses his upcoming film projects.  

Follow AJ on Twitter @mattiolipro

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review.  if you do, Mike Burlew will also begin his transition to normal.

#thewave #comedycentral #roastbattle #mattioliproductions #words  

August 29, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 117-Pod Edison

Scott's back from vacation and ready to rock.  We talk about the Olympics, Mike's girlfriend moving in and leaving him a surprise, and Bear News!

Also, Mike Edison, former publisher of High Times, writer, musician, and all around intelligent, funny man joins us.  Mike talks to us about everything from his writing career, writing porn scripts, being a disappointment to his father, and the absurdity of this election.  Mike was a great guest with tons of life experience.

Check out his new book "You Are a Complete Disappointment" and follow him on twitter @mrmikeedison

Please leave us a review on iTunes and follow us on twitter @VScomedy.

#hightimes #mikeedison #porn
August 22, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 116-The Adirondack Brewery

Back again, with another fantastic brewery!  In fact, it is my absolute favorite brewery to visit.  Nestled right in the scenic village of Lake George, it's the Adirondack Brewery.  I sit with John Carr, owner of the brewery, and talk all things craft beer, production, the Adirondacks, and Moose Whiz.  This was such a fun episode.  Listen to the whole episode to find out about Chicken Shit Bingo and why everyone should "Free the Moose!"  

To check out all the things Adirondack Brewery,  visit www.adkbrewery.com or follow them on instagram @adkbrewery
Please leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, Mike Burlew will attemp to swim across Lake George.

#freethemoose #craftbeer #adkbrewery
August 15, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 115-Man Skirt Monday

Join us as we talk to the owner of Man Skirt Brewery, Joe Fisher.  Man Skirt Brewing is located in Hackettstown, NJ.  We discuss all things beer, business, and skirts with Joe .  Another very fun episode with a very passionate person.  Have a listen!

Check out all things Man Skirt at www.manskirtbrewing.com
Please follow us on twitter @VScomedy and leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, Mike Burlew will attempt to chug an entire keg of Milwaukee's Best.  
August 1, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 114-Z Nation and Bears and Plastic Heads and Glen Tickle and Fun

Back again, with super interesting and talented guests.  First, from SyFy's hit series, Z Nation, Keith Allan joins us to discuss his career, America's zombie fascination, and answers fan questions.  Keith was hysterical, smart, and very fun to talk to.  

Check out Keith on twitter and instagram @keithallanduh
Later, fellow comedian, Glen Tickle, joins us to discuss his album release.  Please support him by purchasing his album at www.glentickle.com or on www.glentickle.bandcamp.com

We also discuss some very weird things in Burlew's apartment, soccer, and best of all, BEARS NEWS!