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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!
July 25, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 113-Haunted House Music

An old friend joins us on the cast today.  Andy Rivera joins us to talk about his pursuits in DJ'ing and the release of his latest single, "Hold My Drink."  Andy is an interesting dude, with a lot of talents.  We also discuss roller skating and his experiences in the world of the paranormal.  

Help support Andy and his endeavors by visiting www.djAndyRivera.com  Download the single dammit!

We also discuss the state of children today, Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden, and the Heroin King.

Please follow us on iTunes and twitter @VScomedy.  Most importantly, please leave a review on iTunes!
July 19, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 112-Mustache Champs and Cocaine Bears

Back again boys!!!  The guys discuss all sorts of things including Scott's encounter with a former world champion boxer, a boxer fighting a bear, and a bear known to many as the "Cocaine Bear."

We also have Keith Haubrich, aka Gandhi Jones, a  3x mustache world champ, on the show today.  Listen to his crazy stories competing in various mustache competitions all over the world.  Keith was surely a unique guest perfectly fitted for the cast.  

Follow Keith on twitter @gandhijones.

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

#mustache #dali #cocainebear #icecold
July 11, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 111- Talking Bronx Tales and American Fails

We are back with a great episode. After discussions about police shootings, black lives matter, and the downward spiral of the USA, Lillo Brancato, known for his portrayal of Cologero in "A Bronx Tale", joins us on the cast tonight.  Lillo is a talented actor who has worked with the greats,including his work on a season of "The Sopranos." 

We also talk about the unfortunate events in Lillo's life including his battle with addiction, his time in prison, and his highly controversial trial.  We discuss Lillo cleaning up his life, his future projects, and of course Pluto Nash.

To follow Lillo, check out his twitter @lillobrancato  

Please leave a review on iTunes. It really helps us.  Follow us on twitter @VScomedy

#lillobrancato #abronxtale #addiction #blacklivesmatter #police #plutonash #sopranos
June 28, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 110-Gun Control, Bi-Pedal Bears, and The Juice

We are back.  I promise.  Michael Burlew and I sit down and discuss gun control, the tragedy in Orlando, bi-pedal bears, and OJ Simpson.  We also play a new game where Michael Burlew shows that he is an expert on where common sayings come from.  

Please follow us on iTunes and leave us a review.  If you do, Michael Burlew will make his own gun demonstration videos on Youtube.  Follow us on twitter @VScomedy.
June 16, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans-United Pride: A Benefit for Orlando

Tattoo artist, Aaron Is, joins me to discuss the great fundraising effort he is putting together for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Listen to this small interview and get involved in the efforts!

Donate, volunteer, participate.....you can help us make this happen!

To donate or email to join the cause!

Monday, June 20th this will span the globe and the proceeds will benefit the victims of the shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Please contact each business to find out how they will be raising money, each will have their own independent fundraiser, on Tuesday we will collect the money from each and have a final total that we will then donate to help Orlando and the victims. ADDING MORE ALL THE TIME! So far there are businesses in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, New York, Lousiana, Ohio, Tennesee, Idaho, Norway, England, Sweden and Scotland. 

June 13, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 109-Man Pup Michael

Well... This episode is exactly the reason I love podcasting.  Michael Burlew has always had an obsession with dogs.  Now, he is officially a man pup.  Well, in time anyway.  On this episode, we are joined by a man from Manchester, England, who goes by the name of Kaz.  He is a man pup.  Yes.  Kaz spends much of his life acting as a dog.  This actually turned out to be a fantastic, honest and open interview.  Please congratulate Burlew on his transition to canine. 

To find out more about human pups and or talk and see Kaz, check out @Kazpup or @pupsnorth on Twitter.

Please leave a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael Burlew will allow me to choose what breed of human pup he will be. 
Most importantly, please donate to the victims of the heinous Orlando shooting by donating to United Pride: A Benefit for Orlando.  To donate, Paypal unitedprideorlando@gmail.com.  This is a charity created by Aaron Is, tattoo artist from InkMaster, and his girlfriend Cocco.  THIS GOES DIRECTLY TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE.  
June 1, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 108-You Can’t Touch a Flame When it’s Red Hot

Life is a funny thing.  Weeks ago, we were laughing about various horrible sports anthems sung by numerous teams.  Somewhere along the line we reached out to the former captain of the 1989 Calgary Flames, Jim Peplinski, about his teams' anthem, "Red Hot".  Oddly enough, Jim was one of the only players not featured in the video. Jim gave us an awesome interview where we discussed his career, the Stanley Cup, staying healthy, fighting, and all things hockey. 

Check out Jim on Twitter @jimpeplinski24
Later,LGBT director, AJ Mattioli, once again joins us to discuss his transition and the current drama over bathroom privileges in the US.  Later, Michael Burlew lets us in on how he broke his girlfriend's door, took her to listen to bullfrogs, and out for a stroll to see horses....I know.  

Please keep subscribing and leave a review on iTunes.  if you do, Michael Burlew has volunteered to let me crosscheck him in the face.

Life is funny.  Laugh at it.
May 23, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 107-Goatman and Gootee

I don't even know how to describe this episode.  Thomas Thwaites, author of The Toaster Project, joins us in one our most ridiculous interviews to date.  Thomas decided to take a holiday from being a human by transforming himself into a goat.  From figuring out how to travel with a heard, to try on prosthetics, to figuring out how a human could digest grass, Thomas went full force into this project.  Listen to his unbelievable tale and insights on the human condition.

Be sure to read Thomas's new book, Goatman: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human.  Check out Thomas at  www.thomasthwaites.com

Later, fellow comics, Kevin Gootee, joins us to discuss his new webseries "Comics Watching Comics." Be sure to check it out on youtube now.  

We also play a round of "Dirtbag of the Week", talk about creativity and happiness.

Please keep following us on iTunes and on Twitter @VScomedy.  Leave us a review!  If you do, Michael Burlew will attempt to live as human for an entire year.

May 16, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 106-Deadliest Cast

This was a very special episode of the podcast.  From Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski, joins us to talk about his life as a captain, as a television star, and as one badass dude.   Wild Bill could not have been more down to earth and a pleasure to talk to.  Later, we talk about gross penguins, George Zimmerman, and Nazi Killers.  

Check out all things Wild Bill at www.captwildbill.com

Please keep subscribing to the cast and follow us on twitter @VScomedy.  Leave a review and tell us what you think!  If you do, Michael Burlew will give you crabs.

#deadliestcatch #captwildbill #discoverychannel #beringsea #podcast #grosspenguins #captainamerica
May 9, 2016

Verbal Shenanigans Episode 105-An Evening with Demented Brewing

We are back an on location with our good friends from Demented Brewing Company.  Demented Brewing is a new brewery located in Middlesex, NJ that makes kick ass beer.  We sit down with owner, Tom Zuber, and coworker Liz Carrasquillo, and talk all things craft beer, brewing and business.  Hear how the brewery went from idea to completion.  

Go checkout Demented Brewing or visit them at www.dementedbrewing.com

Please keep subscribing on iTunes and follow us on Twitter @VScomedy.  Leave us a review!  If you do, Michael Burlew will bring you a bottle of his personal home brew from his bathtub.  

#dementedbrewing #beer #craftbeer #wulfnation #manskirt #triviarevolution #podcast