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Verbal Shenanigans is a show that seeks out passionate people. Each week, the guys chat with guest from all walks of live, from artists to athletes, chefs to a hippo attack survivors. Join Scott,and cohost, Mike, for comical banter, funny games, and amazing guests. Life is funny. Laugh at it.

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What a great episode we have for you today.  First, we are joined by saxophonist, Jeff Dazey.  Jeff has worked with some amazing acts like Frank Turner, Leon Bridges, and is a a key member of the amazing horn section of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats!    So, as we dove into Jeff's saxophone origins, his music, playing with Leon Bridges, and how he became a Nightsweat, we were pleasantly surprised to also be joined by bassist, Joseph Pope.  We had such an amazing conversation with the guys about their writing techniques, making art, and what it's like to open for Willie Nelson and the Rolling Stones.  Truly, one of favorite interviews.  

 

We also discuss Burlew's new found love of running, Scott's trying not to bomb while giving a eulogy, and we hear another 5th grade Burlew masterpiece.  Have a listen!

 

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We are back with another really fun installment of Verbal Shenanigans .  Today, we are joined by Bobby Rush.  Bobby is a 2017 Grammy winning blues legend, a Blues Hall of Famer, a 12x Blues Music Award Winner, and a B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.  Bobby was a tremendous guest.  He was hilarious, truthful, and full of amazing experiences including work with the likes of B.B. King, Fats Domino, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters.  Bobby is 86 years young and still going strong with new concerts and music.  We even learn all about the meaning behind "Porcupine Meat". Check him out!

 

We also talk about Mike's interesting trip to a Christmas Hotel, new movies, and more.  Have a listen!  

 

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Ok, ok, ok, we are sorry for missing last week, but we are back with another great episode of Verbal Shenanigans.  Today, we are joined by Ryan Weimer, founder of the amazing foundation, Magic Wheelchair.  Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that makes epic costumes for children in wheelchairs.  The results are amazing.  From Transformer, to Star Wars, to the Batmobile, make sure to check out the foundation and some of the amazing work they have done for children with disabilities all over the world.  

 

We also talk about a radio show we used to work on, Scott blowing out his ankle, Burlew's ticklish armpits, and his battle with flies.  Have a listen!

 

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After a quick vacation, we are back with another fun episode of the podcast. Today, we are  joined by Jeffrey Gurian.  You may know Jeffrey by his wild hair and great interviewing skills on ComedyMattersTv, but Jeff is also a great comic, producer, author, and writer.  We talk about Jeff's longtime experience as a joke writer, Jeff's transition to on stage performing, dentistry, comedy, and so much more.  Jeff has worked with so many great names like Rodney Dangerfield, George Wallace, Joan Rivers, Jerry Lewis, and Andrew Dice Clay.  Make sure to check out Jeff's new book, “Healing Your Heart, By Changing Your Mind – A Spiritual and Humorous Approach To Achieving Happiness”.

 

We also talk about Scott's experience driving in a parade, watchingIron Maiden playing soccer, buying beer for Iron Maiden, and then later watching them.  Have a listen!

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We are back with Jenn Vix.  Jen is an American solo electronic-rock recording artist, songwriter, producer, and recording engineer.  We discussed Jen's recording process, her music, surviving abuse, and working with great musicians like the Beastie Boys.   Have a listen!

 

We go off the rails this week and discuss moving, spiked seltzers, Shaquille O'neal, Mike's frog visitor, and we hear another one of Mike's amazing 5th grade stories.  Have a listen!

 

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We are back!  Today we are joined by David Roush of a band called Ecce Schnak. Ecce Shnak (pronounced Eh-kay sh-knock) is a 7-piece art-rock band. They are based in NYC.  We discuss the origins of the band and its name, recording, and ShnakFest.  Make sure to check em out!

 

We also discuss hangovers, July 4th,  building bread towers, dog swimming, women's sports, and hear an orginal story by a young Mike Burlew.    Have a listen!

 

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It doesn't get much better than this.  For the second time, the world's greatest bassplayer, Victor Wooten joins the show.  Victor is a grammy award winning musical legend, but more importantly, he is an absolutely great human being.  We chat with Victor about his amazing bass camps, how he tries to push himself musically, his favorite all time gigs, and his love of art, photography, and videography.  Victor is a class act and we couldn't be happier to have him back on the show.  Go check out Victor's music or see him at the Blue Note in NYC!

 

We also talk about Burlew's "ham eggs", some tragedies Scott experienced, and we play another round of Mount Rushmore, where this week's topic is "Overrated Rock Singers".  Check it out!

 

 

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Back again, with another week of unique audio.  Today, we are joined by Terence McGovern.  Terry is is an American actor, voice actor, television broadcaster, radio personality and acting instructor who is known for several prominent roles including Launchpad McQuack and  for his the dialogue as a stormtrooper in the first Star Wars movie.  Terry was funny, open, and shared a ton of experiences with radio, acting, and more.  Check it out!

 

We also discuss Scott's Oktoberfest cup stacking experience and see what celebrities Mike thinks he could be up that happen to be 31 years older than him  Have a listen!

 

 

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Unbelievable. 250 episodes.  And today was a really fun one.  We are joined one of the most interesting guests we've had on.  Garrett McNamara is an American professional big wave surfer and extreme waterman known for breaking the world record for largest wave ever surfed, riding tsunami waves, and his massive amounts of contributions to the surfing world.    Garrett is hilarious, humble, and infinitely interesting.  Check it out!

 

We also talk about Scott's lack of underwear, play a special edition "Dirtbag of the Week", and we examine other shows that have lasted 250 episodes.  Another great week in the books.  

 

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A few months ago, Scott came across an amazing rock band called The Ballroom Thieves.  Today, we are joined by guitarist and singer, Martin Earley.  Together, we discuss everything from the formation of the band, the band's recording process, and the struggles of making it as a band today.  Martin was a fantastic guest who even took time to learn a little about this crazy podcast.  Make sure to go check out The Ballroom Thieves today!

 

 

We also discuss Mike's life in Georgia, the strangest things we've been paid to do, and Scott's wife's coupon addiction.  We also unveil a new bit called Mount Rushmore, where today we discuss arcade games.  Have a listen!

 

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This one is for the true nerds!  Today, we are joined by professional dungeon master, Timm Woods.  Timm is an educator and storyteller who specializes in game-based education. Timm describes his love of Dungeons and Dragons, the origins of his business, and why D & D is still successfull to this day.  Hire Timm for your next party!

 

We also talk about Scott joining a men's club, the men's clubs love of clams, and we play a game where we analyze unknown celebrity beef.  Antoher fun week in the books!

 

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Back again, and today we are joined by Julie Meringer, the President of Your Call Football.  Your Call Football is a new league that allows fans to call plays through a mobile app in live time. Julie goes into great detail about how this revolutionary idea came about, what players can experience, and the future of Your Call Football.  The league sounds extremely fun and fits into the ever changing landscape of pro sports.  Check it out!

We also talk about Scott's first experience as a mattress model, Burlew quizzes Scott on some great stories from Florida, and more!  Another great week of podcasting in the books!

 

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Outside of bald eagle in a white powdered wig, carrying the American flag while listening to the National Anthem, what is a more iconic, recognizable American symbol than the Goodyear Blimp?  Today, we are joined by Goodyear Blimp Pilot, Taylor Deen.  We discuss her life in aviation, what it's like to work for Goodyear, the ins and out of a blimp, and what it is like to cover some of the world's largest sporting events.  Taylor was very laid back, smart, and extremely informative.  

 

We also discuss our usual amount of nonsense, including a interesting story featuring Snoop Dogg and Scott's neighbor, find out Mike is a member of the Punching Club, and how Scott was asked to be a wedding officiant.  Another very fun week on the show.

 

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Today, we are joined by Don Hartsell,  the first Commissioner for the World Air League. WAL is organizing the World Sky Race, the historic first race of airships to circle the planet. Don is quite an interesting character. Hartsell is an advocate for a greener sustainable path using lighter-than-air airships.  We discuss Don's interest in aviation, the science of airships, and the goals for the first ever World Sky Race.  Check it out!

We also talk about Scott talking to a Canadian bobsledder, the maker of Iron Man's mask, and Chuck Wepner's manager in one week.  Then, Mike tells us a very Burlew-esque story about getting lost in the woods due to a bug.  Just another fun week on the show!  

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We are back with a great batch of new guests. Grammy-nominated producer/mixer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Beavan and his wife/vocalist Juliette Beavan, make up the musical duo of 8MM.  Sean has worked with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Thrice, and Slayer.  Together, Sean and Juliette have put together a new album consisting of a great combination of dark pop and atmospheric rock.  Sean and Juliette were a great interview, where they were both hilarious and really interesting to chat with.  Check out their new album, Heart Shaped Hell today!

 

Next we are joined by musician, Jeff Whalen,the frontman and mastermind behind celebrated L.A. power pop band Tsar.  Jeff recently released his first-ever solo album 10 MORE ROCK SUPER HITS.  Jeff was funny, quirky, and really down to earth.  Check his music out today!

We also talk about Scott's wedding, the history of the show, and more!  

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We are back!  And this week, we are joined by producer, director, and cinematographer, Abraham Joffe.  You may have seen Abraham's amazing work on Netflix's  Tales By Light or Big Cat Tales on Animal Planet.  Abraham shares his amazing adventures with wildlife from around the world, what it is like to direct and film nature documentaries, and the challenges of work and family life.  Abraham was open, honest, and extremely interesting to talk to.  Go check him out!

 

We also learn that Mike knows just about everything about Guam,  learn about the mysterious death of Scott's childhood rabbit,  see how well Mike can defend himself,  and tell some strange stories involving lotion and poop. Yes, just another week of fun here on the show.

 

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We have had the pleasure of interviewing so many amazing, strong musicians here on the podcast.  Today, we add another to the resume.  Porter McKnight is the bassist of long running metal band, Atreyu. Atreyu have been entertaining audiences and releasing music for over 20 years.  Porter is a great bassist, a skilled photographer, and a hilarious storyteller.  Listen to our inteview to hear all about Porter's music, Atreyu's newest album, his beard, his photos,his management of family, and a riduculous poop story.  Yes.  Have a listen!

 

We also talk about Scott's performance at a Cat Convention, Mike's new found firemarshall title, and more!  

 

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This was by far one of my favorite interviews to date.  Singer, songwriter, and beyond talented musician, Frank Turner joins us this week on the podcast.  Frank Turner has become quite a prolific writer, with 7 studio albums and more on the way, numerous ep's, and now his second book.  We discussed a great variety of topics from songwriting, opening the 2012 Olympic Games, Frank's work with Dignity in Dying, touring, to dealing with social media scrutiny in this digital age.  Frank was honest, humble, and extremely engaging, and best of all, a real person. Go check out Frank's new book, Try this at Home: Adventures in Songwriting.   Have a listen!

 

We also talk about Scott's upcoming marriage, adventures in London, and failed sports leagues.  Another great week!

 

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We are back with another very unique batch of guests, and another week of unique content.  First, we are joined by Chris Lucas, an accomplished author, NYC tour guide, and Disney historian.  Chris is also the son of Ed Lucas, a blind broadcaster who has worked for the New York Yankees for decades.  We discuss his book great book, Seeing Home, life with his father, his love of all things Disney, and his latest work, Top Disney.  

We are also joined by the truly unique, LA punk-funk outfit, Thumpasaurus.  Fresh off of South by Southwest, band members, Lucas and Henry, talk to us about the the formation of the band, life on the road, and the creation their first album The Book of Thump, and the explanation of a very unique rock opera involving the many face of John Travolta.  Yes, it was surely a strange interview, but it was surely a great one.  Check em out!

 

We also talk about Mike's wife's crazy Disney office, the latest drama of our good friend Lenny Dykstra, and we learn about some new Bear News.

 

 

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There are people on this planet that you'd never imagine getting a chance to talk to.  On this week's episode, we sit down with one of those people.  Today, we are joined by bassist Stu Cook of the legendary band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Stu has over 50 years of playing experience to share. We discuss everything from the early days of Creedence, to performing at Woodstock, to now performing on the final tour with Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  Stu was laid back, humble, and extremely honest.  Today's episode is truly a great moment for the show.

 

We also talk about Scott's unique experience performing at a Freemason's lodge, a deep discussion on mortality, and Burlew gives Scott a quiz about which celebrity animals he would like to keep.  Another great week of podcasting in the books.

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