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The Big Flop

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The most expensive musical in Broadway history goes belly up. A theme park turns deadly. And a country megastar goes emo... all with catastrophic results. Join us each week as we dissect the most deliciously disastrous flops in recent history. On Wondery’s new comedy & pop culture series The Big Flop, host and TikTok superstar Misha Brown unpacks all-time epic fails from Quibi to Crystal Pepsi with the help of hilarious, highly-opinionated guests every episode. Find out what happens when massive hype turns into a major fiasco, and join us as we try to answer the age-old question...Who thought THIS was a good idea?! New episodes come out every week. Listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+.

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The most expensive musical in Broadway history goes belly up. A theme park turns deadly. And a country megastar goes emo... all with catastrophic results. Join us each week as we dissect the most deliciously disastrous flops in recent history. On Wondery’s new comedy & pop culture series The Big Flop, host and TikTok superstar Misha Brown unpacks all-time epic fails from Quibi to Crystal Pepsi with the help of hilarious, highly-opinionated guests every episode. Find out what happens when massive hype turns into a major fiasco, and join us as we try to answer the age-old question...Who thought THIS was a good idea?! New episodes come out every week. Listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+.

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English


Episodes

Milli Vanilli: Girl You Know Everybody Lip Syncs with Demi Adejuyigbe and Moshe Kasher | 23

2/26/2024
In 1989, a hot new duo took the world by storm. With their sexy looks, enigmatic accents, and flashy moves, Rob and Fab of Milli Vanilli became bonafide breakout stars. But thanks to a controlling producer, the artists were forced to fake the funk and didn't sing a single note on their album. Once their secret was revealed, Milli Vanilli became the butt of every joke, with their producer laughing all the way to the bank. Comedians Demi Adejuyigbe (Gilmore Guys, The Good Place) and Moshe Kasher (The Endless Honeymoon Podcast) join Misha to relive the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Milli Vanilli. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:42

1.5 Million Balloons Cause Chaos in Cleveland with Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh | 22

2/19/2024
Back in 1986, Cleveland was trying to make a new name for itself with a huge, record-breaking balloon launch. The goal was to increase the population, raise money for the community, and make Clevelanders proud. By the end, fingers would be blistered, horses traumatized, a search and rescue mission thwarted, and the good people of Cleveland would be facing an environmental disaster of their own making...yet again. Podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh (Too Beautiful to Live) join Misha to string together the details of Cleveland's failed Balloonfest of '86. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:41

Even The Rock Couldn't Save the Original XFL with Annie Agar and Noah Gardenswartz | 21

2/12/2024
In 2001, wrestling mogul Vince McMahon attempted to conquer new sports territory by founding a violent, horny football league meant to compete with the NFL. McMahon's focus on entertainment and disregard for safety created an on-field product that was as weird as it was boring. In the end, not even sexy cheerleaders could save the XFL, or as McMahon liked to call it, the "Extra Fun League." Social media sports superstar Annie Agar and comedian Noah Gardenswartz (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) join Misha to tackle the topic of the "extremely f-ed" XFL. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:49

Listen Now: Academy - Featuring Myha'la

2/6/2024
Welcome to Bishop Gray Academy, a world of high-stakes and cut-throat competition. Academy, a riveting coming-of-age audio drama co-produced by AT WILL MEDIA and Wondery, follows the story of Ava Richards, a scholarship student who transfers to Bishop Gray, one of the most elite and competitive boarding schools in America. As Ava tries to find her place in this high-pressure environment, she soon crosses paths with an underground society known as The Night of the Wolf, which caters to the school's wealthiest students and enforces strict secrecy. With trust in short supply, Ava must navigate a dangerous and alluring world where friendships will be tested, romances will bloom, and ambitions cut short. Listen to Academy: Wondery.fm/Academy_ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:06:12

Woodstock '99: Mosh Pit at the Apocalypse with Sam Sanders and Lindy West | 20

2/5/2024
Woodstock '99 was meant to commemorate the original, historic festival with “three days of peace and music” but instead became "three days of rage and chaos." Hundreds of thousands of angry young men celebrated the end of the millennium by moshing to acts like Limp Bizkit, Korn and Kid Rock. But, when food and water became scarce, and the porta potties overflowed, they ended up rioting. If you thought Fyre Fest was bad…at least it wasn’t actually on fire! Journalist Sam Sanders (Vibe Check, It's Been A Minute) and comedian and author Lindy West (Text Me Back!) join Misha to answer all of the burning questions about Woodstock '99. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:53

Celeb Fail: Hulk Hogan, Businessman with Ron Funches and Brian Posehn | 19

1/29/2024
In the ring, Hulk Hogan is a legendary figure who helped turn sports entertainment into a global phenomenon. But in the boardroom, The Hulkster’s always been a loser, failing hard at everything from exploding grills, to ill-conceived box office bombs and highly questionable restaurants. There’s not an opportunity out there that Hogan won’t slap his name on, but Hulk has simply never had the brains for business, brother! Comedians Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory, New Girl) and Ron Funches (Gettin' Better, Black-ish) join Misha to pin down Hogan's failed commercial undertakings. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:48

Google Glass Half Empty with Leah Rudick and Rod Thill | 18

1/22/2024
Back in 2013, Google’s top secret lab, Google X attempted to change the world with a computer you could wear on your face. The strange looking spectacles, Google Glass, promised a seamless way to experience the real and digital world in harmony. The product generated substantial buzz and adorned the famous faces of Oprah and King Charles, but safety and privacy concerns hounded the specs as they quickly became a symbol of Silicon Valley elitism - and gifting us with the iconic term “Glass holes”. Suffice it to say, not everyone viewed “Glass” as rose-colored, and it nearly tanked a division of Google. Comedian Leah Rudick (Spiraling, High Maintenance) and TikTok star Rod Thill join Misha to ask who's the real Glasshole in this story? Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:34:06

Ashlee Simpson: The Great Lip Sync Debate with Yamaneika Saunders and Isabel Hagen | 17

1/15/2024
At only 20 years old, Ashlee Simpson was already a star, and her parents were raking it in. When she was asked to perform on Saturday Night Live alongside host Jude Law, she and her entourage were stoked. But the only thing that rocked that night was her career...as it fell off a cliff. Ashlee's lip-syncing catastrophe follows her to this day - but there's more to the story. Her own family pushed her to perform despite diagnosed vocal problems, which left Ashlee completely unprepared when the PR disaster struck. Comedians Yamaneika Saunders (Life & Beth, Broad City) and Isabel Hagen (The Tonight Show, Is A Violist) join Misha to pick up the pieces of Ashlee Simpson's big SNL flop. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:33

McDonald's Arch Deluxe: The Big McFlop with Rachel Dratch and Jared Freid | 16

1/8/2024
With their popularity waning in the mid 90's, McDonald's became concerned that they weren't pandering to adults enough. So they did the very adult thing of having a middle-aged crisis, and started spending too much money on something they didn't need. After pouring hundreds of millions into the fryer developing a "burger for adults," McDonald's stock prices dropped by 70%. The golden arches were tarnished for the first time in decades...and not even a dancing Ronald McDonald could help. Comedians Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) and Jared Freid (Jared Freid: 37 & Single, JTrain Podcast) join Misha to digest the massive marketing mishap of McDonald's Arch Deluxe. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:34:48

ENCORE - Juicero Gets Squeezed Out with Chelsea Devantez & Solomon Georgio

1/1/2024
What do Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah have that you don’t have? A $700 juicer…and lots and lots of money to buy it with. The Juicero was supposed to revolutionize at-home juicing and make organic, cold pressed juice accessible to everyone. The main problem? It was only accessible to the super rich. It still became one of the buzziest products of 2016, but after a Bloomberg exposé of the machine went viral, not even Goop would touch it. Chelsea Devantez (Glamorous Trash with Chelsea Devantez) and Solomon Georgio (The Juice) help break down how Juicero got the squeeze, and discover why not all press is good press. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:16

The Star Wars Holiday Special that Luke Skywalker Hates ft. Adam Pally and Betsy Sodaro | 15

12/25/2023
Back in 1978, George Lucas and CBS created a Star Wars holiday special so staggeringly bad, Lucas has publicly stated he wants it destroyed. The variety show featured Carrie Fisher singing, Wookiee porn, and many, many things that should never be associated with Star Wars. Budget restrictions, Harrison Ford's refusal to sing or dance, and some seriously questionable choices made for a production so chaotic, it's a miracle this thing ever made it to air. Comedians and Star Wars aficionados Adam Pally (The Mindy Project, Happy Endings) and Betsy Sodaro (Ghosts, Superstore) join Misha to navigate the spacey misadventure of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:39

Theranos: Silicon Valley's Bloodbath with Kathleen Madigan and Heather McDonald | 14

12/18/2023
More than a few vials of blood were spilled in the unbelievable story of Theranos. Its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, took the world by storm with the promise of a device that was going to change medicine forever. Instead, she endangered patients and defrauded investors. In the end, the only thing Holmes invented was her persona, and even that involved a lot of stealing. Oh, and green juice. It took a lot of green juice. Comedians Heather McDonald (Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald) and Kathleen Madigan (Kathleen Madigan: Hunting Bigfoot) join Misha to get the lowdown on Elizabeth Holmes and her gory demise. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:32:58

Fyre Festival: Bring Your Own Toilet Paper with Laci Mosley and Lauren Ashley Smith | 13

12/11/2023
When Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid signed up to promote a scorching new music festival, they had no idea the flaming mess they were really in for. Entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule collabed on the notorious Fyre Festival, a disaster that cost millions, almost got festival workers killed or kidnapped, and is forever burned into flop history. Comedians Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess, A Black Lady Sketch Show) and Lauren Ashley Smith (Grown-ish, A Black Lady Sketch Show) join Misha to help us roast Billy McFarland and his cheese sandwich schemes. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:02

ENCORE - Cats The Movie: Even Taylor Swift Couldn't Save It with Jackie Zebrowski & Sarah Cooper

12/4/2023
The 2019 movie adaptation of Cats had all the makings of a huge hit: a beloved Broadway musical, an award-winning director, and a star-studded cast including: Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Dame Judi Dench! Instead, it crapped the (litter) box office. Find out how a race to the Oscars pushed the visual effects team to their limits, creating a total CAT-tastrophe complete with accidental animated feline buttholes. On this episode of The Big Flop, comedians Jackie Zebrowski (Page 7) and Sarah Cooper (Foolish: Tales of Assimilation, Determination, and Humiliation) join Misha to dissect one of biggest movie flops in recent memory. It’s a purrfect tale of what NOT to do! Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:55

ENCORE - Kid Nation: 'Survivor' for Children! with Kurt Braunohler, Megan Gailey & Chris Garcia

11/27/2023
What happens when 40 children are sent out into the New Mexico desert and left to fend for themselves, all in the name of reality TV? Injuries, emotional trauma... and lawsuits. Lots and lots of lawsuits. Misha is joined by Chris Garcia, Kurt Braunohler & Megan Gailey (I Love My Kid, But…) to examine CBS's absolutely bonkers 2007 reality show, Kid Nation. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:23

Box Office Bombs: The Lone Ranger, Waterworld, and Showgirls with Aisha Harris and Andrew Jupin

11/20/2023
Join us as we break down THREE cinematic catastrophes: The Lone Ranger, Waterworld, and Showgirls. Find out why Johnny Depp thought it was a good idea to play a Native American, how Kevin Costner ignored Stephen Spielberg’s sage advice, and who was actually responsible for the NC-17 madness of Showgirls. Movie and pop culture experts Andrew Jupin (We Hate Movies) and Aisha Harris (NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) join MIsha to unpack these truly wild films and their legacies. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery +. Join Wondery + in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:43

Howard Dean: I Have a Scream with Gareth Reynolds | 12

11/13/2023
Some dreams end with a whimper, others with an impulsive and unhinged shriek. Way back in 2004, Howard Dean, the straight-talkin' governor of Vermont was making an improbable run for President. He was riling up the youth on a new thing called the internet, whipping them intro a frenzy with his anti-war rhetoric and eating sandwiches on live streams. Just when it seemed like Dean might actually have a chance at the White House, it all came crashing down. Some call it, "The Scream Heard Round the World" or the "I Have a Scream Speech"-- whatever you call it, Howard Dean was never called "President". Comedian and podcast host Gareth Reynolds (The Dollop, We're Here to Help) joins Misha to relive Howard Dean's doomed candidacy, and the birth of the first political meme. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:04

HQ Trivia: Gone in a Glitch with Karen Chee & Alice Wetterlund | 11

11/6/2023
HQ Trivia was the revolutionary gameshow app that briefly took over the world. Millions of people across the globe tuned in for the chance win money from host and resident "Quiz Daddy", Scott Rogowsky. However, not even celebrity guests like Dwayne Johnson could save HQ from its ultimate demise: a secretly twisted workplace environment full of lies, drugs, harassment and…salad controversies?! Comedians Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley, Resident Alien) and Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers) join Misha to chronicle the stunning, quizzical crash of HQ Trivia. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:05

Crystal Pepsi: It's Clear This Ain't Working with Dulcé Sloan | 10

10/30/2023
When you think of health and wellness, do you think…clear soda? One Pepsi executive in the 90s was determined to capitalize on the healthier soda trend by releasing Crystal Pepsi, a clear, caffeine-free, lower calorie soda with the same great taste of regular Pepsi. The only issue? It didn’t taste anything like regular Pepsi. Dulcé Sloan (The Daily Show) joins Misha to digest one of the most infamous flops in pop culture history, AND to uncover Coca-Cola’s secret shocking plan to sabotage the whole campaign. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:01

Action Park: The Water Park of Your Nightmares with Sasheer Zamata & Chris Gethard | 9

10/23/2023
At New Jersey’s most dangerous water park, people of all ages broke bones, tore flesh, lost teeth, and yes, even lost their lives. For some, Action Park was a rite of passage. For others, it was a lawless wasteland that needed to be stopped. Shady business dealings, headless crash test dummies, and the most shocking rides you’ve ever heard of are just the tip of the Action Park iceberg. Guests Sasheer Zamata (Best Friends) and actual Action Park survivor Chris Gethard (Beautiful/Anonymous) join Misha to break down the meteoric rise and tragic fall of this absolutely bonkers amusement park. Follow The Big Flop on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Big Flop early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:32:35