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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.
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San Jose, CA

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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

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English


Episodes

161 Michael Scott Moore author of The Desert and The Sea

10/16/2018
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Michael Scott Moore was held captive by Somali pirates for 977. His new book, The Desert and The Sea, tells the story of what that was like. In our talk we dig into what he did to keep his mental state stable through the ordeal, what it was like coming back, and what the aftermath of that type of experience is. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews the most interesting people in the pirate...

Duration:00:51:19

160 Joshua London, author of Victory In Tripoli

10/9/2018
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We're headed for North Africa this week to talk Barbary Pirates with Joshua London, author of Victory In Tripoli. He'll take us through the basic timeline of these events that happened soon after the American Revolution and how the Barbary pirates forced America's hand into creating a navy. We'll also talk about the various motivations behind writing a book on this subject, dealing with people reading stuff into it that may or may not be there... And kosher wine. It all fits...

Duration:01:17:36

159 Jess Seevers of Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

10/2/2018
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Jess Seevers is the Jill-of-all-trades at Bluefoot Pirate Adventures where they take families out on the waters of Florida and show them a piratey good time. But what happens when the weather turns nasty? We'll find out. And Jess takes us into her previous career for some fun stories. Ever wonder where the zoo animals go in a hurricane? Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews the most interesting...

Duration:00:36:39

158 Clay 'Talderoy' Clement

9/18/2018
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Clay 'Talderoy' Clement is that pirate that all the west coast pirates know, even if they're not sure they've ever met him. The Pirates Charles even wrote a song about him. He's also the owner of Studio City Tattoo, a pirate themed tattoo shop in Hollywood, and one of the organizers of Pirate Invasion Long Beach. We'll dig into his pirate background to see how he got his sea legs and his business background as a restaurateur before entering the tattoo and piercing biz. Plus Monty Python...

Duration:01:11:47

157 Daniel "Rover" Singer of Quartmaster and SR Staley

9/11/2018
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Daniel "Rover" Singer is one of the leaders of pirate vocal group Quartermaster. He's also a former Disney Imagineer and current playwright and Lewis Carroll buff. We dig into all that and more in this wide ranging discussion of his laundry list of careers most of us only dream of. Yep, even Shakespeare comes up. Plus we do a shorty with SR Staley about his new book "Calusa Spirits" and all the cool stuff they're doing around the release on Sept 19th. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all...

Duration:00:59:40

156 Christy Alan of Tybee Island Pirate Festival

9/4/2018
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Christy Alan is the Entertainment Director (and then some) for the Tybee Island Pirate Festival on Tybee Island, GA. We dig into what's happening at this year's fest Oct 4-7, 2018. And we'll find out about Christy's performance background and how she got involved with the festival. And there's some really great stuff here too about what an island community has to do to sustain business for most of the year. It's a ton of work and they pull it off well. Under The Crossbones is a podcast...

Duration:00:31:16

155 Shanna Franklin of Tea and Strumpets

8/28/2018
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Shanna Franklin is the leader and songwriter of Tea and Strumpets. They're a relatively new group, but rising fast on the Pirate and Ren Faire scenes. Somewhere between vocal group and musical theater, they've got a load of great original bawdy songs and choreography. We dig into why Shanna got the group together and how demand for their show has picked up. Heads up... This episode, by nature, has a little bawdy talk in it. If you've got kids with you, maybe listen later. Or be prepared...

Duration:00:33:06

154 Robert Kurson and Rich Manic

8/21/2018
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I'm so excited to bring you this show today! Robert Kurson is the author of "Pirate Hunters" a great book about John Chatterton and John Mattera finding a real pirate ship wreck - The Golden Fleece. His latest book, "Rocket Men" is about the Apollo 8 mission, NASA's first manned space flight to orbit the moon in 1968. I've been trying to get Robert on the show for a couple years now and we finally made it happen. We dig into all his writings about adventurers on water and in space and how...

Duration:01:07:51

153 Bruce Ellis of Pirates of the Pacific Festival

8/14/2018
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Bruce Ellis aka Captain Curry and his partner Mike Moran aka Captain Squishee are the motor behind the Pirates of the Pacific Festival in Brookings, OR. Bruce is on the show today to tell us all about the festival and how it came to be. Plus his adventures around the US, his experience running Ren Faires, and his newspaper and radio show. Dude is a busy dude! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:40:34

152 Rosie Steffy and Joan Wilson Rueter of Penny Opry

8/7/2018
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I was fortunate to catch Penny Opry's set at this year's Nor Cal Pirate Festival and I think you'll dig them too. We got together at Joan's place for a great talk about how they define this new project from their previous one Whiskey and Women. And we dig into how European audiences have embraced them and what their new album "Alluvium" has to offer. And even a sneak peak at the next album after that! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson...

Duration:00:39:27

151 Bob Bledsoe aka Manis O'Tool

7/31/2018
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Bob Bledsoe is relatively new to the pirate fest scene and has a really funny act called Manis O'Tool and His Imperial Tibetan Yak. In our talk we find out why he decided to get into the Ren Faire/Pirate scene and how he developed an act for Manis. And we have some comedian nerd-out time discussing the differences between fest audiences and what we're used to in comedy clubs. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate...

Duration:00:30:25

150 Dave MacArthur of Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast

7/24/2018
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Dave MacArthur is the owner of Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast. Good chance you're listening to the show on there or have heard me yack about them for 100+ episodes due to their generous sponsorship of the show. And now we'll dig into the mysteries of PROTC with the man himself! We talk about how he got connected to the pirate community and how he got his start in radio. And we talk a lot about the radio and music businesses. Some great behind the scenes stuff here. Under The Crossbones...

Duration:00:40:31

149 Michael LoPresti of Rogues Armada

7/17/2018
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Michael LoPresti is one of the earliest Jack Sparrow impersonators and coordinator of the Rogues Armada, a worldwide consortium of pirate entertainers. We dig into how the group came together and what everyone gets out of it. And we dive into the Jack Sparrow biz and how it's changed since he got into it. And, of course, some good hilarious "road stories". :) Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:33:26

148 T.F. Wright author of The Pirate's Fate

7/10/2018
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T.F. Wright, with is co-creator Volkenfox, is the author of a visual novel called The Pirate's Fate. It's a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style pirate book for the modern age. In our talk we discuss his strategies for keeping track of so many story lines at once, the changing nature of villains and how to keep them interesting, and why some people might be uncomfortable with anthropomorphised animals even though Disney and Warner Brothers have been using them for decades. Under The...

Duration:00:46:45

147 James Masciarelli author of Beyond Beauport

7/3/2018
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James Masciarelli is a former tech headhunter and nonfiction writer who's just released his first fiction novel, "Beyond Beauport" about a woman who discovers links to pirates in her family tree and goes hunting for a new lease on life because of it. James tells us how he forged his own new lease on life and what he learned from the many high end CEOs in his previous work. And we go deep into his writing and research process on all the wonderful locations in his new book. Under The...

Duration:00:56:32

146 Che Prasad and John Howard of Shark Alley Hobos

6/26/2018
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The Shark Alley Hobos are a sea shanty pirate band from Northern California and on today's show we'll talk with guitarists and singers Che Prasad and John Howard. We dig into the show that inspired them to turn from rock music to sea shanties and how they developed their sound from there. We go deep into crowd work at gigs and how they decided to cover a Prince song. And they also tell us about the event that inspired their latest single "A Hobo's Life For Me". Under The Crossbones is a...

Duration:00:56:18

145 Captain Jay Tucci

6/19/2018
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Captain Jay Tucci is a longtime pirate entertainer as part of the Northeast Buccaneers and the Rogues Armada. And he's the author of a new children's book called Captain Jay and the Misfit Crew. We dig into Jay's pirate history, how he deals with his own "misfit-ness", dealing with bullying, and the children's book publishing biz. Lots of good stuff in here. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:34:29

144 Faith Pierce of Finding Your Neverland

6/12/2018
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Maybe you like a good camp out. And I know you like pirate stuff. So how about Pirate Camp! Faith Pierce runs Finding Your Neverland, a pirate-themed summer camp for adults and families. It's a great 3-day getaway that Faith has designed as a digital detox from your regular life. She'll tell us the story of how she got there and everything you can expect when you get there. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate...

Duration:00:46:55

143 Bradley Rogers of Eastern Carolina University

6/5/2018
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A week or so ago I saw a press release about a new privateer shipwreck being worked on in Bermuda. And the head of the project, Bradley Roger of Eastern Carolina University's Maritime Studies Department, was nice enough to let me interrupt his vacation to tell you about it. Some really interesting stuff here about how they decided why privateer vs pirate, how they can tell what country the ship belonged to, and how the early settlers of Bermuda benefited from the wreck. And we dig into...

Duration:00:30:59

142 Robin Flanagan of Crimson Pirates and Chris Leidenfrost of The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

5/29/2018
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We've been doing a lot with the arts recently and I love it! On today's show we have Robin Flanagan from Crimson Pirates and Chris Leidenfrost of The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. We'll dig into how to Crimson Pirates sort of accidentally came to be. And after Chris joined, how he went into spin-off mode with The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. Lots of music, improv, and arts management talk in this one. Super fun! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your...

Duration:00:52:36