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150 episodes and counting!  And today is a great one.

After discussing new careers for Mike, we welcome underwater crime scene investigator, Mike Berry, to the show.  Mike was absolutely fascinating.  Listen to hear how underwater crime is investigated, some interesting objects Mike has found, and what it takes to work in such a unique field. One of our favorite interviews!  Check out Mike and his work at www.ucidiver.com

 

Then, Tony Borglum of Drive a Tank, joins us from Wisconsin to talk about his business where you can drive a tank!  Listen to hear the origings of the tank business, how Tony finds tanks, and even how you can drive a tank through a building! Make sure to check out www.driveatank.com

 

Another great one in the books. If you like what you hear, share it!  Make sure to follow us @VScomedy on Twitter and @verbalshenanigans on instragram.

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Back again with another diverse episode of banter.  First, we talk to Sam Shriver of the Center For Leadership Studies.  Sam is a very passionate, smart, and focused individual.  Listen to him discuss traits of leaders, his meeting with famous coaches, and a little bit about his basketball skills!  

Check out Sam and his work at www.situational.com

 

Later, we talk to Biff Hutchison,a professional pogoer about the origins of the sport, making a living of of pogo, and the future of pogoing.  Biff is another one of the many unique athletes we have talked to on the show.  Check out Biff the extreme pogo world at www.wpogo.com

We also take illegal organ donation, an interesting call Scott received about Bingo, and much more.  Have listen and share it with your friends..if you have any.  ZING!

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Hey guys!  We are back with another fun episode for your ear holes!  Chef Eric LeVine joins us to discuss his upbringing in culinary, life in restaurants, and his numerous battles with cancer.  You may have seen Eric on Chopped, working with The James Beard Foundation, or at his 2 restaurants in New Jersey.  A very inspiring and entertaining interview.  Have a listen!

 

Make sure to check out Chef Eric on instagram @chefericl 

 

We also talk relationships, Burlew's strange house visit, and Scott attempts a "Chopped" challenge.

 

Follow Verbal Shenanigans on twitter @VScomedy and on instagram @verbalshenanigans

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Wow!  If you like hockey, or sports, or just genuinely great people with unique stories;you are in for a treat.  Dave Andreychuk, an all time legend of the NHL, joins us to talk about hockey,life, family, and charity.  Dave is an all time great who played with numerous teams and eventually grabbed and hoisted the Stanley Cup.  We are honored and proud to have Dave on the show.  This was absolutely one of our best episodes.  

 

Make sure to check out Dave's foundation at www.daveandreychukfoundation.com

 

Please share, review, and of course, listen to the show.  Follow us onntwitter @VScomedy and on instagram @verbalshenanigans

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One of our best episodes to date.  First, Chris Ballew, leadsinger of The Presidents of the United States of America, joins us on the cast.  Chris is open, honest, and hilarious.  Listen to hear Chris discuss his life, touring, the 90's, and the transition to becoming famous kid's music artist, Caspar Babypants.  What an episode!  

 

Make sure to check out Chris on twitter @casparbabypants

 

Then, we talk to Mike Holstine of the Green Bank Radio Observatory.  Join us for a unique, and in depth conversation on science,astrology, and working in an area where wifi and cellular are banned.  So much fun!

Check out Mike and his work at www.greenbankobservatory.org

 

Please help us out.  Share, comment, interact.  It really helps.  Cheers!

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We are a strange podcast.  And thats why we love this.  Today, we have some really unique guests.  

 

First, Tony Wright joins us in a fascinating discussion about his world record in sleep deprivation.  Tony stayed awake for over 11 days straight.  Listen to about his theories on brain activity, nutrition, and dreams.

 

Next, Catherine King and Wayne Adams call us from British Columbia to tell us about the self sufficient, floating island, called "Freedom Cove" , that they've created and live on.  Although our connection is rough, the interview is fascinating.  Hear all about why they chose this lifestyle, their artwork, and even bear attacks.  Check it out!

 

Check us out on instagram and twitter.  Share us with your friends!  If you do, Burlew will be shipped to his own island!

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Victor Wooten makes me want to be better.  Either at bass guitar, or just to be better at life.  Reason being, Victor Wooten is an incredible person, regardless of his virtuoso bass skills.  This is one of those dream guests for Scott.  And well, it was well worth it.  From Bela Fleck to his insane solo projects, Victor is passionate about bass playing, teaching, and best of all, his upbringing and family.  I love every god damn second of this interview.  

 

Make sure to follow Victor on twitter and instgram @victorwooten

 

Next, we bring on an another amazing guest, fear sociologist, Margee Kerr.  Burlew is afraid of heights. Scott is afraid of boredom.  Hear what Margee has to say about both of these weirdos.  Make sure follow Margee on twitter @margeekerr

 

 

This is Verbal Shenanigans.  Always fun.  Always unique.  Please share and follow us on instagram and twitter.  Cheers!

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2017 has been such a good year so far for the show.  This episode keeps the streak going.  Abigail Harrison, a 19 year old girl who is determined to be the first person on Mars, joins us to discuss space, NASA, aliens, space movies, STEM, and much more. Abby is intelligent, well spoken, and extremely informative and serves as a great ambassador to both kids and adults who have a dream they'd like to pursue.  This was one of our best interviews.

 

Make sure to check out Abby at www.astronautabby.com and follow her on twitter @astronautabby.  Also, check out her nonprofit organization, The Mars Generation.

 

We also take a call from someone from Scott's past who apparently is repenting for stealing his Nintendo games.  Make sure to check it out.   Please follow us on instagram @verbalshenanigans and on twitter @VScomedy.  Leave a review on iTunes!  If you do, Michael Burlew will soon explore Uranus. 

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We are back with another very special episode of the show.  On location at Taphouse 15, we get to sit down with brothers, Jim and Dan Miller, of the UFC and talk all things fighting, hunting, family, and even brewing beer.  Both Jim and Dan are awesome, down to earth guys who have fought the biggest names in the UFC.  It was great to sit down and talk about topics ranging from fight preparation, to weight cutting, sponsorship, and opinions on some of the UFC's best fighters.  

 

Make sure to check out the Miller brothers' podcast, the Hands on podcast and follow both Jim and Dan on instagram @jimmiller_155 and @danmiller185  

 

Please leave a review on iTUnes and tell us what you think.  If you do, Michael Burlew will take on Jim Miller in the octagon.  

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After a few weeks away from each other, the guys are back with a killer episode with two amazing guests.  

 

First, member of the transhumanist party and gubernatorial candiate of California, Zoltan Istvan once again joins us discuss science, politics, the current political climate,  and traveling around in casket shaped bus.  Zoltan was one of our favorite guests over the years and after this episode remains at the top.  Vote for Zoltan!  Follow Zoltan on twitter @zoltan_istvan

 Then, Red Bull Cliffjumper, Steven Lobue joins the cast to talk about the insane world of diving.  Steven was extremely insightful and clearly shows a great passion for his sport and the future of it.  Follow Steven on twitter @divelobue

 

We also talk recent comedy shows and Mike's trip to Disney.  Just another week on Verbal Shenanigans.  Please give us a follow on instagram @verbalshenangans and leave us a review on iTunes.  If you do, Michael Burlew will begin his transition to cyborg or leap off a 90 foot cliff.  Hopefully, the latter.  

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With Michael Burlew away,  Scott brings aboard a wittier, funnier, and more intelligent cohost.  His 6 year niece, Kiera!  The two talk important issues like Paw Patrol, making people feel better, and Donald Trump.  This was a lot of fun.  Give it a listen.

Make sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review.  If you do, Kiera will permanently replace Michael Burlew. 

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Some episodes help inspire through conversation with passionate people.  This is one of those episodes.  In February of 2006, Coach Jim Johnson put Jason McElwain, an autistic senior who had yet to play a high school basketball game, into the last game of the season.  The rest was history.  After shooting the lights out, J-Mac and Coach Jim's story went viral and reached outlets like ESPN, CBS, and CNN.  Jim's story is inspiring, thought provoking, and unique and he continues to share it all over the country.

 

Check out Jim Johnson at www.coachjimjohnson.com

 

We also talk about Scott's case of the dumbs, Burlew's teahouse excursion, and some recent gigs. Please follow us on iTunes and share the podcast!  Leave a review on iTunes.  If you do, Burlew will also try to enter a high school basketball game.

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Hey Everyone!  We are back with another really entertaining episode.  If you like video games, you know Mortal Kombat. Today on the show, Daniel Pesina, the actor who played Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion, joins us to discuss his life before, after, and during Mortal Kombat.  Daniel was a really interesting guy to talk to.  

 

Make sure to follow Daniel on twitter @masterpesina

 

We also talk about mortality, parents, and rats.  Please make sure to subscribe and rate us on iTunes.  If you do, Burlew will dress as Sonya. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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