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Mt. Rushmore of the Rashomon Effect

Depending on your point of view, the Rashomon Effect is either one of the most ingenious plot devices ever created or a crutch for a lazy screenwriter who has run out of ideas and is ready to get multiple storylines out of just one idea. Then again, the question of whether it’s being done by Japan’s most visionary filmmaker or a guy writing an episode of “Diff’rent Strokes” could also make a big difference. Join us as Michael and Richard provide their own very unique perspectives on the Mt....

Duration: 00:41:25

Mt. Rushmore of Lovable Drunks

According to pop culture, there’s nothing as heartwarming and comical as alcoholism. For every serious portrayal of the damage that alcohol addiction causes, there are three examples of wacky lushes who are permanently soused but always get the best lines. So let’s open up a bottle of your favorite adult beverage and indulge in moderation as we plow through this week’s episode on Lovable Drunks in one sitting!

Duration: 00:37:38

Mt. Rushmore of Movies I’d Show An Alien Culture to Prove We’re Cool

Look, based on 2017, “aliens land on Earth” is only about the 20th least-likely thing that will happen this year. (Right behind “Trump admits it was a joke” and ahead of “Andy Kaufman admits it was a joke.”) So in case it does happen, as a people we need to have an ace in the hole: movies that we can show to aliens to prove that we’re cool. This week Michael and Richard take different paths to cool, and it’s up to Jeff to separate the Fonzies from the Potsies. And if you aren’t too cool for...

Duration: 00:55:19

Mt. Rushmore of Season Two's Mt. Rushmores

As we look forward into 2018 we must first look back on the ruinous hellscape that was 2017. In spite of the world burning around us, we do manage to find some bright spots on the podcast. As always, Michael and Richard feel the unnecessary need to put this into competition form and let Jeff judge his ass off over who chose the best best-of episodes from Season Two of Mt. Rushmore.

Duration: 00:45:38

Mt. Rushmore of Christmas Characters and Icons

Happy holidays! No matter which tradition you celebrate, there’s one thing that is universal – you’ll desperately need a reason to get away from your family before you murder someone. But there are also several things that are very specific to Christmas. So hang up the mistletoe and make a bowl of figgy pudding (actually, don’t), as we’re tackling Christmas icons and characters. As the year comes to an end, we want to thank you for listening to our show. And if you want to give us a nice...

Duration: 00:54:06

Mt. Rushmore of Impostors

Call them the Great Pretenders; some people try to become someone else because they are pulling a con; others do it as a joke, or for reasons that no one can imagine. But one thing is for sure: these people’s fake lives are probably way more interesting than your real life. This week we’re talking about some of the biggest impostors, both real and fictional. There’s a good chance that Jeff is back to judging while Richard and Michael are debating, but really, can you be too sure?

Duration: 00:58:40

Mt. Rushmore of Later-in-the-Run Additions to Sitcoms

We’re almost two seasons into the podcast, so you know what that means! Contract disputes, movie offers and a cast that loathes each other. Well, at least the last one. But if this was a sitcom, we’d be getting pretty close to the time where one of the stars leaves and the producers have to scramble to replace them. While it’s the three same bozos as usual, we have mixed things up a bit – this week Michael has slipped on the stylish-yet-comfortable judge’s robe, while Jeff is going...

Duration: 00:55:16

Mt. Rushmore of Florida

When you think of Florida, you probably think of the most ridiculous news story imaginable, involving skeevy people with large criminal records but a small amount of teeth doing things like almost blowing up an ICU by trying to smoke crack or biting off a man’s ear because he wouldn’t give him a cigarette. (Both true stories.) Florida is that, but also so much more. This week we discuss and debate the beautiful weirdness that makes Florida a state we love and perhaps sometimes would like...

Duration: 00:50:58

Mt. Rushmore of Guys in Drag

This Thanksgiving, celebrate a topic which is bound to generate more consensus around the dinner table with your questionable uncle... Wait! Whose side of the family is he from now?... than a certain spray-tanned, uncouth, scumbag of a president will with the Mt. Rushmore of Guys in Drag. From RuPaul to Divine to Dave Foley doing his best work on The Kids in the Hall while wearing a dress, we try to cover the spectrum of men who have donned a frock for entertainment.

Duration: 00:45:34

Mt. Rushmore of Soundtrack Albums

When’s the last time that you bought a movie soundtrack album. OK, trick question: no one buys albums anymore. But if you did, it probably wouldn’t be a soundtrack, because the movie soundtrack is a dying art. Today’s movie soundtracks are usually a collection of songs from the filmmaker’s childhood, plus whatever Rihanna or Katy Perry song didn’t get used for their last album. Basically: a mess. This week we’re looking back to when movie soundtracks mattered. All the way back to…the...

Duration: 00:55:11

Mt. Rushmore of Bingeing


Duration: 00:52:08

Mt. Rushmore of Bad Airport Behavior

The Mt. Rushmore Podcast is now boarding its non-stop flight to airport hell! World traveler and bon vivant Chris Cary is our co-pilot, as we discuss all of the ways that everyone else makes air travel just a little more awful. And remember: no food, drinks or any liquids more than 2 oz. are allowed while listening to this podcast. SHOW NOTES 1:50 - People who cut into the front of the boarding line (Richard and Michael's Pick) 9:02 - Gatecrashing/Lining Up Before Your Group (Chris'...

Duration: 00:36:43

Mt. Rushmore of Halloween Songs

Halloween means that it’s time to eating your weight in mini-Kit Kats, pretend the cobwebs in your living room are “decorations” and listen to some spooky tunes. There are more Halloween songs than inappropriately “sexy” costumes, so narrowing down the right songs to play at your party can be a daunting task. Fear not! We’re selecting the greatest Halloween songs ever and we’ve got some help in mega-Rushmore fan Ryan Love, former college DJ and a certified expert in Halloween music. Check...

Duration: 00:53:09

Mt. Rushmore of Impulse Buys You Immediately Regret

Regrets? We've had a few. And many of them involve making a purchase that you didn't plan on making. This week, we discuss our impulse buys that we immediately regret making. The crazy part is that we keep making these purchases again and again. Why? Because we're dummies, that's why! SHOW NOTES 3:27 - Los Angeles Magazine (Michael's Choice) 7:02 - Shoes (Richard's Choice) 13:16 - Funky Flavored Gum (Michael's Choice) 18:19 - A "Different" Beer (Richard's Choice) 26:41 - Amazon...

Duration: 00:44:21

Mt. Rushmore of Ensemble Comedic Movies

When you're an above the line type comedy star, it takes a whole lot to set aside one's ego to play a smaller role. But when the cast is made up of other stars, some opportunities just can't be missed. Look, we don't believe any of that crap. Each one of us would sabotage the other two to get our own popular podcast. And so would every comedian in Hollywood. But on this episode we debate the Mt. Rushmore of Ensemble Comedic Movies, so we play nice with each other for one more week.

Duration: 00:53:17

Mt. Rushmore of Kickball [adult style]

Richard, Michael and Jeff open their kimonos and let in an expert, Club WAKA events guru Sa Dao, to discuss the thing that has brought them all together in friendship: Kickball. Well, adult kickball. It's the same as children's kickball, but with more taxes, heart attacks and identity crises.

Duration: 01:02:08

Mt. Rushmore of SNL Skits Involving Celebrities

We all expect actors to do well when they guest host Saturday Night Live. Performing is literally their job. And while it’s a different kind of performing, you can make the same case for musicians, who have to tell a story with their songs. But athletes? Meatheads? Jocks? They are going to bomb, right? Well, not always. Some of the best SNL skits of all time feature athletes stepping outside of their comfort zone and showing off comedic chops we didn’t know they had. Here’s our Rushmore...

Duration: 00:40:47

Mt. Rushmore of Tim Burton Movies

This week’s we’re discussing the movie oeuvre of Tim Burton, one of Hollywood’s biggest iconoclasts and a man who never met a dark castle he couldn’t make darker, a part that Johnny Depp couldn’t play, or a comb. From his earliest work to upcoming projects (and we’re trying to wrap our heads around what Tim Burton’s Dumbo will be like), we’re celebrating the work of American cinema’s cool but kinda creepy uncle. It’s Showtime! SHOW NOTES 3:20 – Beetlejuice (Joint Choice) 8:13 – The...

Duration: 00:40:08

Mt. Rushmore of Fictional Butlers

Maybe the butler didn't always do it, but we've gone and done it - a whole episode about fictional butlers. They might be stuffy, sassy or undead, but they always have one thing in common: they are WAY smarter than the people they work for. Michael, Richard and Jeff are at your service with a platter of hors d'oeuvre, champagne flutes and another great podcast. SHOW NOTES 2:30 – Alfred from “Batman” (Michael’s Choice) 8:23 – Rochester from “The Jack Benny Show” (Richard’s...

Duration: 00:35:14

Mt. Rushmore of Non-Actors Turned Actors

I would imagine that there’s nothing more frustrating than being a struggling actor, training to perfect you craft and struggling for years to get a big break – only to see someone get a role THAT YOU COULD HAVE KILLED who isn’t even an actor. It would be like a medical student watching a janitor perform an emergency appendectomy. Or a baseball player who sees someone who hadn’t played baseball in a decade get signed just because he was popular at another sport. But I...

Duration: 00:52:43

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