Comedy Interviews

Verbal Shenanigans is a show that seeks out passionate people. Each week, the guys chat with guests from all walks of life, 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.


June 14, 2021

#362-Jonathan Antoine

We have a great one for you this week.  We are joined by classically trained tenor, Jonathan Antoine.  Jonathan exploded onto the music scene after his amazing performances on Britain's Got Talent, where he shared his amazing opera voice with the world.  Jonathan is a sweet, funny, down to earth guy.  We discussed all things opera, how opera can generate new audiences, how to practice opera, Jon's televison experience, and even share a story about Jon being stopped at an airport for being radioactive.  Go check out Jon's music today.


We also discuss doing comedy in a downpour, outdoor shows, and our thoughts on the new Marvel shows.  

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This episode Shines... Ok, that was terrible, but this interview is not.  We are joined by the guitarist of long time rock band, Collective Soul, Dean Roland.  We talk all things music with Dean, along with staying creative during the pandemic, what goes into a large tour, playing Woodstock, and Collective Soul's new music.  Go check out Collective Soul's new music along with their upcoming tour with Styx. Have a listen!


We also have a very bizarre episode as we are recruited by a radio station in Mississippi or Luxenbourg,  we talk officiating a wedding, and a strange interaction with a coworker.  

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Back again, with Frank Meyer, of the long time LA punk band, The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs.  The Cheetahs have been making music together for decades, but are finally returning with a new album entitled, "One More Drink" after 20 years.  Frank was a hilarious guy, with tons of great stories and music insight.  We discuss playing music in the pandemic, reuniting with the Cheetahs, drinking, and even learn about Frank playing music from Schoolhouse Rock.  Go check out the new album today!


We also talk about cheating on tests, an odd facebook post from Burlew 12 years ago, and Burlew tries to track down the key witness to his volleyball fart.

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May 24, 2021

#359-Dr. Mark Nelson

As most of us are finally getting to go out and experience the world again, we decided to chat with someone who volunteered to lock himself away for multiple years. Dr Mark Nelson joins us to talk about the Biosphere 2 project that had eight scientists living in an enclosed environment for two years. We dive into the environmental study, the work put into constructing the dome, and thoughts looking back on the project.....and the Paulie Shore movie. You can read more by reading Mark’s book, Pushing Our Limits : Insights from Biosphere 2, after you check out our interview.


We also talk about upcoming shows, wedding officiating, old school snacks, and Burlew's cakes being shut down.  Have a listen!

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May 17, 2021

#358-Jason Forthofer

A couple of inspirational quotes to get you in the mood for today’s episode.

“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes” Pauline Phillips
“FIRE!!!! FIRE!!! FIRE!!!” Beavis

Today we speak with Jason Forthofer, who does scientific research and study on the spread of wild land fires for the US Forest Service. We pick Jason’s brain on the work he does on tracking fire patterns, the dangers he and his fellow firefighters face, explain what a “fire tornado” is, and even the politics of natural disasters. We dive into the seriousness of these phenomena’s, and then did are usual thing asking about his bonfire skills and best Hollywood movies.


We also talk about a bar fight league, a story about Scott's truck rolling down a hill, and play a game involving some amazing mothers.

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This week, we decided to revisit 2 of our favorite interviews done on the show over the years, a greatest hits podcast if you will.  We take a look back at our interview with America's Most Wanted's John Walsh, and his son Callahan.  Then we also go back and check out our time with Double Dare and the Food Network's, Marc Summers.  Have a listen!

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May 3, 2021

#356-Maia Sharp

We are back with another amazing musician on the cast.  Known for writing tracks for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Loeb, Trisha Yearwood, and Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp joins us to chat about music, her writing style, and to share songs from her upcoming solo album, Mercy Rising. Maia provided a great interview, and even played us a few songs.  Go check out the album on May 7th!
We also talk about being to old to to trick or treat, some classy fart stories, and what celebrities we could box.  Have a listen!
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April 26, 2021

#355-Joe Bob Briggs

Drive in totals for tonight’s episode “No dead bodies. One special guest. Two awkward hosts, 30 minute conversation. No breasts. Probably some aardvarking with one host in an old bed. Stupid talk-fu. Dehumidifier-fu. 5 stars. Check out this podcast”.

Tonight we chat with movie host and film critic Joe Bob Briggs. We discuss his career with his love of B-Movies, to building the persona of Joe Bob in print, to moving the character on TV and to stage. We discuss the horror genre, the move from movie hosts on television, and why he never won a cable Ace award. Tune in to season 3 of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder after you enjoy this interview.



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April 19, 2021

#354-George Vidovic

This week, we dive into the world of Python racing, with builder, racer, and car guru, George Vidovic.  George is a great character, filled with unique stories, passion for cars, and a great sense of humor.  We learn all about George's journey to America, the evolution of his business, and some great stories from his time racing.  Have a listen!


We also talk about eating exotic meats, our first cars, and more.  Check it out.

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April 12, 2021

#353-Brent Terhune

A guest for all to enjoy....with the possible exception of people in Buffalo outfits storming the capital. We chat with comedian Brent Terhune, who’s video “My Boat Sank in Lake Travis” went viral with over 7 million views. We discuss the surprise of the popularity, his character dubbed “The Redneck Y’all Love to Hate”, and needing to keep up with the news. We also discuss his comedy upbringing, the plights of standup during the pandemic, and congratulate him on joining the long list of redhead, bearded Verbal Shenanigans guests.


We also talk about Burlew's 400th trip to Disney, pyramid schemes on facebook, and more!  Have a listen.



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April 5, 2021

#352-Chris Mansfield

Today, we are joined by Christopher Mansfield of Fences.  You make recognize him from his very poetic lyrics, his face tattoos, or his unique music, but soon, you may recognize him from this great interview.  We talk all things writing, staying creative during the pandemic, and even Jack Kerouac.  Go check out Fences' new music on spotify today!

  We also talk about 16 year olds voting, what we did at 16, and play a game with some bizarre headlines.  Have a listen!

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March 29, 2021

#351-Clark Fredericks

Today, we bring you an episode unlike any other that we have recorded in the past 7 years.  Clark Fredericks is a survivor of horrific childhood sexual abuse at the hands of his former Scoutmaster, Dennis Pegg.  After years of drug and alcohol abuse, living with the weight of his molestation, and spinning out of control, Clark ran into his abuser, and went on to murder him later that day.  Clark was sentenced to prison, but was released only 5 years later with massive support from not only the enitre community, but from people all over the world as his story made national headlines.  Clark has gone on to become a motivational speaker, has helped changed the statute of limitiation for victims, and continues to help victims all over.  Clark' story is filled with tragedy, but also filled with light, meaning, and overcoming.  We are very glad to have done this interview.  Check it out!

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March 22, 2021

#350-Diego Garijo

Diego Garijo is an artist, he’s a fighter, he’s a drag queen, and he’s got a fascinating story to talk about this week with us. We dive into his amazing story from being smuggled over into the states, to a rough life that saw him learn to fight, the struggles after an injury made him stop, getting back into bare knuckle brawling, and how a class he took led to him performing as Lola Pistola. Diego is passionate about his arts and a fascinating human to chat with. Be on the look out for his documentary, but find out his story here first.


We also have some really interesting discussions about the unspoken rules of a bbq, Dyson Spheres and  a simulated after life, and drag queen parties.  Have a listen!

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March 14, 2021

#349-Dr. Randy Lewis

We are always full of new things to learn on our show. If you think you knew everything and we could not surprise you....SPIDER GOATS. Dr. Randy Lewis is a professor of molecular biology and tells us about the process of genetically modifying goats to produce spider silk. We talk the science of the procedure, the benefits of spider silk, the future of their work, and what is like to work on a spider goat farm.  It was quite an interesting science conversation.


We also talk about failed Verbal Shenanigans bits, the hypocrisy of college, and play a game of "Gandhi or Limbaugh".  Have a listen!

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March 8, 2021

#348-Butch Patrick

There aren't many more recognizable classic television characters than Eddie Munster. Today, we are joined by Eddie himself, the one and only Butch Patrick.  We had a great conversation with Butch that took us from his audition process, the life of a child actor, finding passions after acting, racing, and his return into the Munster's world.  Butch is a great guy, with an extremely positive outlook and attitude.  Check it out!

We also dive into some strange topics like using our cast as a tool in modern science, Burlew tries to remember some of guests and it doesn't go well, and buzzed workouts.  Have a listen.

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March 1, 2021

#347-Sam Calagione

7 years ago, we made a list of the top 4 guests we'd love to talk to on the show someday.  Today , we bring on one of those guests to the podcast.  We are joined by craft beer pioneer, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewing.  Sam is a laid back, intelligent, funny, and real.  We talk all thing Dogfish, staying creative, the craft beer world, and new happenings at the brewery, all while enjoying Dogfish's latest release, Hazy-O.  Look out for Dogfish's new craft canned cocktails, a new book from Sam about the Dogfish Inn, and of course, more delcious craft beer.  This interview was well worth the wait, and we are beyond thrilled to get a chance to chop it up with Sam.


We also talk about Scott's mysterious Uncle Bo, we look into some bear news, and Mike scares someone to death on the Murder Trail.  Have a listen!

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February 22, 2021

#346-John Palumbo

Crack the Sky has been performing and recording music for nearly 50 years.  Today, we are joined by John Palumbo, singer, guitarist, and keyboardist of what is considered one of the first prog rock bands.  John was full of stories and anecdotes about his life in music, and was a great interview.  John and Crack the Sky just put out a new album called "Tribes".  Go check it out!


We also talk about Scott getting screwed by contractors, the band Trapt, and more.  Have a listen!


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February 15, 2021

#345-Leland Sklar

Today, we talk to a man who has seen it all in the music industry.  Leland Sklar's epic beard and even more epic bass playing have landed him on over 2000 albums, including the likes of Jackson Browne, Carol King, James Taylor, and Phil Collins.  Leland was hilarious, entertaining, and full of great stories from over 50 years in the music industry.

 We also talk about a wild documentary, Mike's inevitable future in Disney, and play a game inspired by the gorilla glue lady.  Have a listen!

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February 8, 2021

#344-Matthew O’Brien

A story from Vegas that should not stay in Vegas. This week of Verbal Shenanigans has us talking with journalist and author Matthew O’Brien who spent over ten years exploring the flood channels of Las Vegas interviewing the people live underground documented in his book Beneath the Neon Light. Matt shares his stories of what led him to explore there, the culture and etiquette in speaking with people who live in these communities, and the work done to help people get out of the environment with his program Shine a Light. His new sequel book called Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains is out now. 


We also talk about the end of our lives, white noise, and hear another great story from 5th grade Burlew.  Have a listen!

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February 1, 2021

#343-Chris Van Vliet

It's hard to narrow down all the things that Chris Van Vliet is involved in.  From film critic, to Youtuber, to podcaster, to winning multiple Emmy's, Chris has done it all.  We chat with Chris about his humble beginnings, his work with AEW, being named Cosmopolitan's Bachelor of the year, and even his love of bass fishing.  After listening to this awesome interview, make sure check out Chris's podcast Insight with Chris Van Vliet.


We also find more evidence that Mike's transforming into a Disney weirdo, we talk the Hall of Fame, and we revisit Scott's backyard wrestling career.  Have a listen!

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