The Dudes In A Room

The Dudes In A Room
Chris, Mike, Joey and Teddy

Friday, January 31, 2014

#008: Go Berzerk (Pop Music, Comedians and Qualifications)

DIAR Episode #008

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The show kicks off with talk of sampling in music after playing a snippet of Eminem's Berzerk. That leads to a conversation on Macklemore, Dido, and Lorde. Later, they get into Jerry Seinfeld and how seemingly everything he touches turns to gold in the entertainment world. The dudes then chat about the highs and lows of the standup comedy game. That follows with a closer look at working as a DJ and photographer, especially in light of modern technology. Later, they delve into the finger-pointing game played by the news media. Toward the end, the show takes a turn for the political. Is Ron Paul crazy...or crazy like a fox?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

#007: Take This Job And Shove It

DIAR Episode #007

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Tired of the rat race? The dudes feel your pain. This podcast focuses on the trials and tribulations involved in the working world. After kicking off, appropriately enough, with a snippet of Rush's "Working Man," they introduce the executive producers (Teddy Pendergrass and Bruce) of the two main recording locations (known as The Moon Base and The Ripoff Bunker). Getting into the meat of the show, the dudes delve into the perils of climbing the ladder of corporate America. Is it worth hopscotching across the country? They also explore the pros and cons of starting and maintaining one's own business. Later in the episode, they dig deeper into the controversial debate over the minimum wage.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#006: Angriest Trainer Vinnie Tortorich Interview

DIAR Episode #006
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Vinnie Tortorich trains Howie Mandel in the above photo, courtesy VinnieTortorich.com.

Angriest Trainer Vinnie Tortorich, uncle to two of the dudes, joins the show for its first-ever interview. He goes into jumping head first into the podcast sphere, and writing a hit book on health, fitness, and personal training in Hollywood. After a false start with a blog, Vinnie ventured back into cyber space with the launch of his podcast (co-hosted by the lovely Anna Vocino). Later, the conversation turns to the differences in the generations, growing up in Louisiana, and making it to the big leagues. Check out more on Vinnie at his site, vinnietortorich.com. Also click through his Amazon banner to support his show. While there, pick up a copy of his hot-selling book, Fitness Confidential.

Monday, January 27, 2014

#005: Struttin' the Grammys

DIAR Episode #005

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The dudes sound off on the 2014 Grammy Music Awards in this episode. They lead off with the popular meme Struttin' That Ass. They then delve into a Slate article, The Same Loves: White people win again at the Grammys, which they found while researching for their Grammy special. Were Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West snubbed? Get ready for a colorful conversation, both literally and figuratively. No subject is off limits, including the sizzling opening performance by the suave Jay-Z and bootylicious Beyonce. The conversation also turns to Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, ahead of their 50th anniversary Beatles television special. Genres such as rock and country get called out as well. The dudes speak their minds on the top music of the day, such as Lorde, Daft Punk, and the lovely, busty Katy Perry. In the end, should the dudes have chosen the NFL's Pro Bowl fiasco over the musical mayhem of the Grammys?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

#004: Is College Worth It?

DIAR Episode #004

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Joey and Mike question the conventional wisdom that higher education should be a goal for everyone. Kicking off with a Toots and the Maytals jam, this podcast starts with an exploration into the modern era of broadcasting. The dudes discuss how podcasting has revolutionized communication, leaving radio and television in its wake. In tackling the modern school of thought on education, they challenge the "little red schoolhouse" method that has continued for decades. As controversial as it may be, they question the opportunity cost of pursuing a university degree in these modern times.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#003: Location, Location, Location (Travel Hot Spots)

DIAR Episode #003

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The dudes talk tourism in this show. Prior to chatting about hitting the road, they give their perspective of living in Louisiana, particularly the differences between New Orleans and other areas in the state. In the battle of the beaches, Joey and Mike discuss the pros and cons of the West Coast (namely California) versus the East Coast (particularly Florida). They also delve into Mississippi as a surprisingly pleasant destination. Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Alabama's Emerald Coast, and Texas' Hill Country also receive shout-outs. Later, they explore the legend of Dairy Palace (blatant rip-off of Dairy Queen?). The conversation concludes with the Wild West states including New Mexico and Colorado.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#002: Grown Men Playing Video Games

DIAR Episode #002

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Come on, you know you play video games. In this podcast, Joey and Mike delve into the world of gaming. Mike waxes nostalgic about his golden age of gameplay, including sports throwbacks like NBA Jam and Tecmo Super Bowl. They also talk about some of the best games of all time, like Legend of Zelda. No platform is off limits: Nintendo, Playstation, Sega, and Xbox are all discussed. They also get into the success of the Grand Theft Auto series. Pong, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong all get their due in this episode.

#001: Top 5 Albums of All Time...So Far

DIAR Episode #001

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Three dudes, one room. Meet Joey, Mike, and Chris in this debut episode. The trio talks about their favorite music in this one, listing their top five albums for deserted-island listening. As the episode kicks off, the conversation turns to R&B crooner R. Kelly after leading off with the Lady Gaga hit "Do What U Want." Music discussed in this podcast included: Beatles, Pink Floyd, Live, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Tool, The Clash and Aerosmith.