Thursday, June 14, 2018

Help Us Pick This Summer's Theme!


Hi everybody! Summer is upon us, and last year, we stumbled into a four-episode theme week of sorts, in which each of your four intrepid hosts selected an episode from ABC's "TGIF" lineup to review. We had such a blast doing that (and you all seemed to enjoy it), we decided to make a summer theme run an annual thing. But because we're all terrible at making decisions, we're putting the onus on you, the listener, to help us decide this year's theme.

So leave us your vote in the comments (and on Twitter & our Facebook page, if you're so inclined), and whichever choice gets the most votes across all platforms will be selected as our summer theme this year!

AVSE Summer Theme Poll
  1. Crossover episodes (in which characters from one show appear on a different show)
  2. Bad episodes from good shows
  3. Episodes from four different shows featuring the same actor (Actor TBD; leave us suggestions!)
  4. Episodes from NBC's "Must See TV" lineup

Monday, June 11, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 48: Glee - "Grilled Cheesus"


With a song in our hearts and the divine on our lunches, we turn this week to Glee, season two episode three, "Grilled Cheesus", in which Jesus appears on Finn's grilled cheese, Kurt's dad falls into a coma, and everyone sings their feelings about religion! Join Carolyn, David, Austin and special guest, fellow Rivercity Podcaster and former Glee extra, Kyle McCormick, as we talk snazzy hats, Glee's confusing habit of transitioning from diegetic to non-diegetic music, the unfortunate circumstances of two of the cast members, and much, much more.

So come out, Virgina, don't let 'em wait, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to follow Kyle on Twitter @Kyle_McCormick, and check out his podcasts, Reboot, Reuse & Recycle & Spec Script!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode048.mp3

Monday, May 28, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 47: The Simpsons - "Mother Simpson"


This week, we journey to Springfield, USA as we break the seal on one of the greatest TV shows of all time to review The Simpsons' "Mother Simpson", in which Homer learns his long-dead mother is alive and well, albeit on the lam from the law. Special Guest Jess Tholmer joins Ryan and Austin as we talk favorite Simpsons quotes, the extent of Ryan's Simpsons hipsterism, and Glenn Close's greatest hits. Plus, a special interview with Bernadine Dohrn, the real life inspiration for Homer's mother!

So set your watch to Johnny Unitas' haircut, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to follow Jess on Twitter and Instagram @tholmz, then check out her Tumblr and her writing for Hello Giggles

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode047.mp3

Monday, May 14, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 46: Avengers Infinity War


Avengers Assemble! This week we throw pretense out the window in order to let four dorks talk about the biggest movie in the world for a couple hours! Join David, Ryan, Austin and special returning guest, the internet's foremost Spider-Man expert, Mark Ginocchio, as we talk annoying trailer tricks, Thanos' plan, and Spider-Man's thighs. And, of course, the Avengers!

So cut a swath of destruction across the universe as you assemble a glove of immeasurable power (spoiler alert?), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to check out Mark's book, 100 Things Spider-Man Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, as well as his website, Chasing Amazing, and his podcast, Amazing Spider-Talk. And follow him on Twitter @ChasingASMBlogExcelsior!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode046.mp3

Monday, April 30, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 45: Night Court - "Her Honor, Part 4"


All rise! This (night) court is now in session, as the Aluminum Four gather in memory of the recently departed Harry Anderson to discuss the conclusion to a four part, cross-season storyline on Night Court, which finds a job-less Harry interrupting a suicide as he attempts to hang glide over to the Statute of Liberty. Joins us as we talk belt loops, panting at women, and concussions. Guest starring Carolyn's snoring pug dogs!

So swing by the Gay Pride parade, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode045.mp3

Monday, April 16, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 44: The Flintstones - "The Great Gazoo"


Podcast, it's a podcast,
'bout the modern stone age family.
From a-cross the country, 
we're talking Fred & Barney & genies.

That's right, we're going back in time to talk The Flintstones, as Carolyn & David are joined by two Very Special guests, fellow Rivercity podcaster Randall Lawrence & Mark Russell, writer of DC's Flintstones comic book, to discuss the death gasps of one of TV's all-time great shows as an undependable space genie philatro-pranks primitive man, while primitive woman blames herself in a war of the genders that's out of the stone age.

So think about how to construct your wishes so as not to invoke any unintended consequences, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Be sure to follow Randall on Twitter, and check out his podcasts here. Follow Mark on Twitter, and buy his books here.  


A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!

http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode044.mp3

Monday, April 2, 2018

AVSEPod Episode 43: NewsRadio - "Bill Moves On"


In our latest episode, we stay in the 90s but crank up the sadness, as we review the debut episode of NewsRadio's fifth season, "Bill Moves On", in which the cast deals with the tragic death of the legendary Phil Hartman both in-universe and in the real world. Join Ryan, David & Austin as they try to hold back tears while talking Hartman's legacy, our favorite Stephen Root character, and the awkwardness of Andy Dick.

So finish proofreading your eulogy, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.

Also, be sure to check out Carolyn's spinoff podcast, Pitch Please!, here, and buy the game here!


http://media.averyspecialepisodepodcast.com/AVerySpecialEpisode043.mp3