After being handed another humiliating softball defeat by their rivals at Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern, the gang at Cheers is looking to turn their luck around. Sam challenges Gary to the one sport that he hasn’t been beaten them at yet: bowling. And Woody just might be their secret weapon, if only he hadn’t been traumatized in a tragic bowling accident years before.
Mike shares — in greater detail than ever before — his experience both finding his testicular tumor, being diagnosed with stage 2 seminoma, countless imaging, having surgery, lengthy recovery, and finally undergoing radiation therapy. And Paul divulges his comparable experience with prostate cancer.
And we talk about how hearing that you have “one of the better types of cancer to get” doesn’t make you feel much better, and the weird guilt you sometimes feel that your cancer wasn’t more serious.
On the first half of the show, we paw through Justice League America #36, that finds freelance alien Green Lantern and kinda-sorta member of the Justice League, G’Nort drawn into a confrontation with his deadliest foe: a parody of Marvel’s Silver Surfer!
We get into what makes superhero comedy characters like G’Nort work — or not work — and what level of spoofing can slide into a mainstream superhero title without breaking its sense of reality. Plus, Mike just really likes G’Nort. Woof!
Lovable barfly, Norm gets some terrifying medical news and falls into a deep existential slump. When that news quickly turns out to be merely a flaw in the X-ray machine, Norm’s new zest for life causes him to announce that he’s leaving Cheers forever, to live on a beach in the South Pacific. Chickening out on his dream at the last minute, Norm now has no idea how to let his friends at the bar know that he never left town and is currently subsisting on pretzels and beer nuts, living out of Sam’s office.
Hunting a gang of rabid killers, undead detective James Corrigan finds that both he and his ghostly alter-ego are being investigated by a relentless and naive magazine reporter. Add one-part Death Wish to one-part Freddy Krueger and mix liberally until the bad guys have to hosed off the walls!
Mike joins Ryan Daly’s Give Me Those Star Wars podcast and a murderer’s row of talented pop culture podcasters to dissect a topic that no one has ever, ever talked about, and absolutely no one has strong opinions about: Star Wars. In particular, the first five years of the franchise under the stewardship the Walt Disney Company.
Feelings are purged! Spleens are vented! Catharsis is Found!
And even though it’s been avoided on our own show, Mike gets all of the venom out of his system about The Rise of Skywalker.
Carla’s dirtbag ex-husband Nick is getting remarried, and he’s invited her to the ceremony. Currently single, Carla is worried that showing up alone will only allow Nick to rub his happiness in her face. So, Carla convinces Sam to pose as her boyfriend in a desperate move to make her ex jealous.
Mike shares his thoughts on an episode from the fourth season, “First Contact,” where the U.S.S. Enterprise’s mission to make, well…first contact, with an alien species who are about to achieve faster-than-light travel for the first time, goes horribly wrong. And now, Captain Picard must deescalate a crisis, when the planet’s paranoid security minister mistakes the Enterprise crew for hostile invaders.
From Commander William Riker of the Next Generation to Mr. Spock’s mirror universe counterpart in the original series, beards have been fashion statements, signifying evil twins and even a sign that a television series is about to get a whole lot better!
Mike makes his first appearance on Rob Kelly‘s nostalgia-driven Mountain Comics podcast! We pour over one of the comic books of Rob’s youth, vacationing as a child in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
This episode, we delve into ancient tombs and battle demi-goddesses and ape monsters with Robert E. Howard’s famous Cimmerian hero in November 1984’s Conan the Barbarian #164 from Marvel Comics.
We explore Conan’s unique brutish morality, the comic’s impressive art by Gary Kwapisz, and reminisce about how these comics often pushed the envelope of what you could get away with in a Code-approved comic book of the time!
When Sam and Diane agree to set each other up on blind dates, Diane takes it seriously, and Sam doesn’t — because he’s outsmarted himself into thinking that Diane is setting him up with her. Only realizing his mistake at the last minute, Sam sets her up with a complete stranger at the bar…who might actually be a deranged killer just released from prison. Mike and Ryan dig into one of Cheers’ trademark farcical episodes, and why it holds up so well.
When Diane learns that her family cat has died, she’s devastated. But the rest of the gang can’t be pulled away from the night’s Celtics game to show her the slightest bit of sympathy. Mike and Ryan dig one of the show’s first attempts to balance comedy with sincere drama, marvel at how wonderfully underrated Shelley Long’s performances are, and wonder if we’re on the other side of a cultural shift where it concerns the loss of a pet.