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Mt. Rushmore of Bass Players with Matthew Sweet

On a special episode of Mt. Rushmore, Jeff talks one-on-one with musician Matthew Sweet about his personal Mt. Rushmore of Bass Players. The other lads had to be kicked out of the room for Jeff to keep his own rhythm talking to his all-time favorite musician. A big thanks goes to Matthew for his insight and conversation. Matthew Sweet's Picks Matthew Sweet's Twitter Matthew Sweet's Website


Mt. Rushmore of Bad Sitcom Premises

TV sitcoms are a dime a dozen, but some ideas strike like a bolt of lightning: But not all have the greatest starting point. This week we break down those ridiculous TV sitcom ideas that somehow made it to air on the Mt. Rushmore of Bad Sitcom Premises. Michael's picks: Cavemen The Flying Nun Boosom Buddies Richard's picks: Joint picks:


Mt. Rushmore of Big Hair

Hair. Few are blessed with truly amazing locks. From Samson to Medusa, these legendary hirsute heroes have flaunted their furry domes and manicured their manes since the dawn of history. But mostly we stick to the 20th century. Michael's Picks Dolly Parton Robert Smith Chris "Kid" Reid Cousin Itt Richard's Picks The B-52's Mike Score Oscar Gamble Marge Simpson


Mt. Rushmore of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a major achievement in any artist’s career. It signifies that your musical output was deemed to have lasting influence and significance and that you met the Hall’s criteria of “rock and rolling every night” and “partying every day.” (We just made that last part up.) With the induction ceremony taking place this week, we thought this would be a good time to take a look at the bands that aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but...


Mt. Rushmore of Marijuana

This week we’re looking at America’s national pastime: marijuana. OK, that might not technically be true, but there’s no denying that legalization and shifting public opinions have caused pot culture to come from the underground to the mainstream. Even grandmas are learning to love getting stoned as a way to deal with chronic pain or simply to feel good. We’re debating to find out what the most interesting and important things are that surround pot. We touch on personal experiences, pop...


Mt. Rushmore of Wayne's World

It’s our Wayne’s World Podcast! Party Time! Excellent! Just yesterday I saw someone with a Wayne’s World hat, which shows just how much of an impact it has had on pop culture. There’s a reason why it’s so endearing – the sketches and the movies still hold up. (Well, let’s not talk about Wayne’s World 2.) This week we’re looking at the greatest things about the most successful SNL sketch of all time. (Get out of here, Omeletteville.) So, get into the “schwing” of things and make sure you...


Mt. Rushmore of Italians

Italian contributions to society are almost limitless, bringing us innovations ranging from pizza to famous works of art such as the Mona Lisa and the song “Dominic the Christmas Donkey.” That’s why we’re focusing in on the most influential and significant Italians throughout history for this week’s episode. Who will be etched onto the Mt. Rushmore of Italians? Listen this week to find out. SHOW NOTES


Mt. Rushmore of Las Vegas

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you probably have a strong opinion about it. Either it’s a non-stop thrill ride or a sinkhole of American morals. But no matter which side you fall on, everyone can agree on one thing: Vegas is unlike any place else. Join us this week as we try our luck at building the Mt. Rushmore of Las Vegas. It’s a lot like being in Las Vegas, except without the $5.99 steak breakfast or free, watered-down drinks. SHOW NOTES:


Mt. Rushmore of Shitty Things About The Beatles

John. Paul. George. Ringo. The foundation behind the greatest band of all-time. But how well do you really know the Beatles? This week we shatter all of the myths about the Fab Four. Well, some of them. Not the "Paul is Dead" thing, though, because...I mean, look at his ears - they aren't even close to being the same! SHOW NOTES


Mt. Rushmore of...REVENGE

Revenge: a dish best served cold. But it’s pretty good piping hot as well. Just don’t serve it at room temperature – when you do that, the revenge starts to congeal and it just turns gross. We’d like to swear our revenge on our enemies, because that sounds like fun, but unfortunately, we don’t have any enemies. We’d like some, though, so if you would like to be the Mt. Rushmore Podcast’s bitter rival, please let us know. Meanwhile, while we wait for someone to wrong us so we can exact our...


Mt. Rushmore of Concert Albums

Listening to a live album is as close to the concert experience as you can get. Personally, I like to try and make it even more realistic by having a tall friend stand directly in front of me while I hold a watered-down drink in a plastic cup and listen through a speaker two inches from my ear that is blaring at maximum volume. This week we’re looking at our favorite concert albums of all time. Some remind us of bands we’ve seen before while others are snapshots of live acts we’ll never get...


Mt. Rushmore of Lone Wolves

This week we're looking at lone wolves - people who live by their own set of rules and don't need YOUR help. It's a longtime trope in pop culture and we have plenty of choices both real and fictional. Arr-arr-awooooo! SHOW NOTES


Mt. Rushmore of Breaking The 4th Wall

Any schnook can break walls one through three... but it takes someone with true mastery of their art to make it on the Mt. Rushmore of Breaking the 4th Wall. This time tested trope of acknowledging the audience is as old as the art of storytelling, but it’s not like all these old hacks have Ryan Reynolds good looks and charm in Deadpool.


Mt. Rushmore of Thieves

Look, let’s get something straight: robbery is bad. Unless you are robbing from the poor to give to the rich. Or are a suave gentleman thief who is more in it for the thrill than the score. Or if you are the ringleader of a gang that stole the Eiffel Tower. The point is this: it’s great to be a robber if you are cool. Here’s our choice for thieves who had that something extra that puts them ahead of your common criminal in life’s great police line-up. SHOW NOTES


Mt. Rushmore of the REAL Mt. Rushmore Redux

Gutzon Borglum chose the four Presidents who make up Mt. Rushmore because he thought they symbolized the birth (Washington), expansion (Jefferson), development (Roosevelt) and preservation (Lincoln) of the United States. Plus, he totally wanted a chance to carve Teddy's sweet 'stache. But what if we had the chance to create a sequel: a Mt. Rushmore 2, Electric Boogaloo for Presidents who almost made the first cut or came along later? Who would be on this almost as impressive monument...


Mt. Rushmore of Failed Civilizations

A famous German philosopher once said "and when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer." Of course, little did he know that within a few years after his death, Macedon would be ripped apart by civil war and in-fighting. What a dope! Yes, all great civilizations come to an end at some point, whether it's for reasons catastrophic or simply the ravages of time. But that will never happen to us, right? WESTERN CIVILIZATION NUMBER 1 WOO HOO! So...


Mt. Rushmore of Mt. Rushmore Podcast's Season Three's Mt. Rushmores

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! You know what this time of year means. It's time to get really meta and review all of the best things that happened on the podcast this year. Some might say that this is an excuse for us to get lazy and not do any research for an episode over the Christmas break. Others will contend that this is a form of wankery designed to make us feel better about our cute little podcast. To which we say: why does it have to be just one thing? What was your...


Mt. Rushmore of Hipster Holiday Songs

If there is one thing that cool-guy hipster doofuses like us know: it's that holiday music doesn't have to be so dull and boring. This week we skim through our record collections to handpick the most essential holiday music for your bougie party on the Mt. Rushmore of Hipster Holiday Songs. SHOW NOTES


Mt. Rushmore of Trapped on an Island

What would you do if you were trapped on an island? Maybe look for a source of fresh water, or get a fire started? How about building yourself some sort of shelter from the elements? OK, let's be honest - the first thing you'd do is get butt naked and let the warmth of the sun hit every forbidden spot on your body. But it's the things that would happen after the inevitable sunburn subsides that would determine your ability to survive on a desert island. This week we're talking about...


Mt. Rushmore of Jokey Rap

I'm the summary writer and I'm here to say, I'm the baddest rapper in the USA... Sorry about that, guys, but I just had to do it. After all, we're talking about the lighter side of rap. While we've talked about gangster rap acts like NWA in the past, this week we're spitting out fire about artists who care more about getting a laugh than getting props for their rhymes. And this week's extra-special, because it's Part One of our Wacky Mix Up where Jeff steps down from his high inquisitor...