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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

Mt. Rushmore of Things About Business Meetings

Research has shown that the average person spends 78% of their waking lives in business meetings. Fortunately, the vast majority of these meetings are productive, useful and pleasant. Just kidding. We all know that business meetings are nightmarish, hellscapes designed to break down the spirit of any worker. If Kafka was alive today, all of his characters would be involved in setting up monitors for video presentations. We’ve been tasked with creating a three-person committee to review...

Duration: 00:38:32

Mt. Rushmore of Songs About L.A.

This week we take a look at the songs that define our podcast's hometown. (Well, technically we record in Burbank, but close enough.) Our choices run the gamut to sing along songs you hear after a win by our local sportsball teams to laments about the crushed spirits of dreamers who came here and became broken by the quest for fame. Also: Frank Zappa really hates the way girls from the Valley talked in the 1980s! SHOW NOTES: 2:25 - "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. (Joint...

Duration: 00:32:26

Mt. Rushmore of Ad Campaign Villains

This week we take a look at Ad Campaign Villains - the Goofuses to the Gallants for whatever brand created them. Fear is a powerful selling point, and if hideous troll-beasts drilling into your teeth is enough to get you to worry about the quality of your toothpaste, then the ad wizards have done their job. SHOW NOTES 1:55 - Barney Rubble from Fruity Pebbles (Michael's Choice) 5:00 - Kids from Trix Cereal (Richard's Choice) 7:59 - Mayhem from Allstate (Michael's Choice) 10:12 - The...

Duration: 00:28:01

Mt. Rushmore of The Simpsons Periphery

This week we delve into everything Simpsons...except the episodes. Whether it's branded promotional items or causing a moral panic, the Simpsons are everywhere and will still be everywhere long after we are all gone. SHOW NOTES 2:35 - The Simpsons As the End of Family Values (Richard and Michael's Choice) 7:03 - Simpsons Bootleg T-Shirts (Richard and Michael's Choice) 13:53 - Simpsons Porn (Richard's Choice) 19:43 - "The Simpsons Sing the Blues" (Michael's Choice) 24:44 - Simpsons...

Duration: 00:38:02

Mt. Rushmore of Crummy Presidents (aka Mt. RushLESS)

You might have recently heard a certain current President joking that he belongs on Mt. Rushmore. As experts on the matter, we can say this: we certainly don't want him joining Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and...let me check, it's Teddy and not FDR, right...yes, Teddy Roosevelt on this hallowed monument. However, we have another place he can go. (Well, several, but most of them aren't fit for a family podcast.) In honor of our 75th episode, we build our Mt. Rushless - a symbol of the...

Duration: 00:42:01

Mt. Rushmore of Canadians

Canada: our neighbor to the North, with access to everything from free healthcare to French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. (Note: perhaps there's a correlation between the poutine and the need for healthcare?) They're just like us, except for being much more polite, speaking two languages and having a working system of governance. So when we decided to do our Rushmore of Canadians, we knew we were out of our depths and needed an expert. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to...

Duration: 01:11:36

Mt. Rushmore of Truckers

This week, the boys are loading up the Big Orange and putting the hammer down on the Super Slab. They've got a load of hot takes on pop culture truckers, and they aren't stopping until they reach the 99. That is, if they can get their convoy past Smokey. Yeah, we really don't know what that means, either, but we know it sounds cool as hell. And that's because truckers are cool as hell. Well, the ones who aren't serial killers, but really, that's such a small population that we shouldn't...

Duration: 00:40:01

Mt. Rushmore of ROAD TRIP!!!

OK, before we get on the road with this podcast, make sure that you've got everything you need. Everyone went to the bathroom before we left, right? Everyone has snacks and whatever they are going to read or listen to on the road? Because once we get this podcast started, I'm not stopping until it's time for lunch. Yes, there's nothing like the lure of the open road. Especially when you are trapped in a car for hours with your family or friends. So instead of another game of Slug Bug to...

Duration: 00:47:09

Mt. Rushmore of Trades

Look, we don't have any money. But we're willing to trade ya 40 minutes of our C minus quality podcasting for 40 minutes of your super extra valuable time. Sound fair? Good. This week we cover the Mt. Rushmore of Trades. From The Great One to the Bambino to Oswald the Rabbit, we've pretty much got it covered. We also accept magic beans.

Duration: 00:40:44

Mt. Rushmore of As Seen On TV Products

Has this ever happened to you - you're trying to find a new podcast episode but your ears just keep getting filled with the same old boring stuff? Well, now there's help. Say hello to our As Seen On TV Products episode! You'll get all four of Richard's favorite useless products. But wait! We'll throw in Michael's semi-informed opinions ABSOLUTELY FREE! And if you act now, you'll also get Jeff's imperialistic judgments as a bonus gift. How can you possibly turn this down? SHOW NOTES 2:21...

Duration: 00:47:18

Mt. Rushmore of Albums You Listened To As A Kid

Our musical tastes change as we get older - one day you are listening to "Sesame Street Fever" as a precocious child. Then you grow up into a moody teenager and dive into the world of Japanese thrash and Norwegian techno because you're cooler than everyone else. And then you hit your 30s and start listening to "Sesame Street Fever" again because your kids found it in the garage and it's STILL AMAZING. This week Richard and Michael dig deep into their youths to talk about the albums they...

Duration: 01:01:25

of Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

Getting your music video played on MTV was the goal of almost every musical act in the 1980s and 1990s. (Yes, kids: MTV actually used to play music videos instead of a 24/7 loop of Real World/Road Rules Challenge). And there was nothing to make your music video stand out like have a celebrity - or multiple celebrities - show up for a cameo. Who could deny the celebrity firepower of Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle or Ally Sheedy? One of them appearing in your music video = instant hit! We...

Duration: 00:46:25

Mt. Rushmore of Spoiler Alerts

SPOILER ALERT! No, that's actually what we're talking about in this episode. As social media becomes more ubiquitous - Facebook and Twitter feeds will be implanted straight into our eyes by 2025 - it's harder to keep "shocking" twists shocking. You practically have to live like a hermit and NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE FOR HOURS if you don't want those jerks on the East Coast to ruin all the fun of the "Riverdale" season finale. So while we're talking about Spoiler Alerts this week, we won't...

Duration: 00:57:00

Mt. Rushmore of Things That Broke Your Heart

Way back in Episode 10 of this show (Editor's Note: Yipes), we took a look at Video Games That Broke Your Heart. With more than a year of soul-crushing moments under our belts, we felt it was only right to expand this topic to include pretty much anything that has destroyed your spirit. So why "things" and not "people?" Partially it's because no one wants to hear about the girl who stood you up at your junior prom (Editor's Note: THANKS A LOT DIANA!). But also because having a person...

Duration: 00:57:55

Mt. Rushmore of Satisfying Sounds

You know what is music to your ears? Music. But also an incredibly satisfying sound! Whether is the crackling of the fire on a cold winter day or the swish of a basketball going through the hoop, we all have sounds that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Is our podcast on your Rushmore of Satisfying Sounds? Probably not! But we think you'll enjoy us talking about some of our favorite sounds just the same. SHOW NOTES The "pop" of opening a package of Pillsbury crescent rolls The...

Duration: 00:43:32

Mt. Rushmore of Grandmothers

There might be some controversy to the theory that having grandmothers as part of a family is why humans live longer than apes. But there's no controversy about the statement that grandmothers are great. (Even if they aren't "great grandmothers." Which doesn't mean they aren't great...look, you get the point.) This week we look at the Rushmore of Grandmas - real and fictional. Just not Richard, Michael or Jeff's grandmothers, since that would be cheating. Some of these grandmothers are...

Duration: 00:38:21

Mt. Rushmore of Time Travel Devices

When it comes to a road trip, sometimes it's less about the destination and more about how you get there. But is this also true when it comes to time travel devices? Sure, you could just go into a plain room like in "12 Monkeys," but where's the sense of style with that? Let's face it, driving a Delorean is cooler than going back to 1955 and having your mom try to get into your Calvin Kleins. We explore the Rushmore of Time Travel Devices with the help of our good friend Paul Lurie, who...

Duration: 00:41:23

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