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FOF #2264 - Unwrapping Pee Wee’s Christmas Special - 12.12.15

FOF #2264 – Unwrapping Pee Wee’s Christmas Special

One of our favorite oddball TV Christmas moments is Pee Wee’s Christmas Special, a star studded hour long event that aired in 1988 at the height of Pee Wee Herman’s popularity.

Today we take you inside Pee Wee’s Christmas Special with the she-larious Irene Marquette,
who is putting on a holiday extravaganza inspired by Pee Wee Herman’s Holiday Show complete with variety acts and animation in the Curio Show at Chicago’s IO Theater.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 4 days ago 0
FOF #2685 - The Most Famous Reindeer of All - 12.11.18

FOF #2685 – The Most Famous Reindeer of All

Every Christmas, link bait pops up all over Internet hating on poor Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for portraying Santa Claus and Ru’s family as a bunch of hateful bigots.

Today we take a look at the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a story written by a poor Jewish copywriter that became a Christmas song classic and a Rankin/Bass animated TV special that’s now linkbait for lazy bloggers.

Posted in: Podcast 5 days ago 0
FOF #2684 - Ask Us Anything, A Drag Queen Christmas Carol - 12.10.18

FOF #2684 – Ask Us Anything, A Drag Queen Christmas Carol

Christmas is here and for many folks the Polar Express is going off the rails. If it’s “the season to be jolly?” why are so many having a hard candy Christmas?

As a way of saying thank you, today we’re taking all your questions.

Listen as we spill the coquito on past holiday disasters, who should host the Oscars, and who would you cast in an “A Drag Queen Christmas Carol- RuScrooge, Buy It on iTunes?”

Posted in: Podcast 6 days ago 1
FOF #2683 - Wild Sexy Science - 12.06.18

FOF #2683 – Wild Sexy Science

Scientists can get a little freaky when the lab coats come off and the real hard work of gathering empirical evidence regarding sex and sexuality begins. Who knew science could be so sexy?

Today Brian Sweeney joins us to take a look at some of the most memorable, wildest and hilarious scientific studies that we’ve reported on our show.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 10 days ago 0
FOF #2682 - It’s Hanukkah Hunty! - 12.05.18

FOF #2682 – It’s Hanukkah Hunty!

The delightful Meg Grunewald joins us to take a look at the Hanukkah comedy spectacular “Home for Hanukkah with Bubbe” where she and other Chicago comedy improv stars invite you to participate in the traditions that make Hanukkah a festival of lights.

Listen as Meg chit-chats with us about poking fun at her Jewish family celebrations and how improv actors are coming to terms with consent so that their shows don’t go off the rails by an unwelcome grope.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 11 days ago 0
FOF #2681 - Tie a Red AIDS Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree - 12.04.18

FOF #2681 – Tie a Red AIDS Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree

In 1991, a coalition of artists called Visual AIDS created the Red Ribbon public awareness campaign by boldly putting a red ribbon on the seat of all the attendees of the Tony Awards and brought the national conversation about AIDS out of the shadows and into the light.

Today we take a look at the history of the powerful statement that is the Red AIDS Ribbon that helped ignite a change in a world that would rather not talk about homosexuality, sex work or drug use, let alone HIV & AIDS.

Posted in: Podcast 12 days ago 0
FOF #2680 - Everyone Can Be Everything - 11.28.18

FOF #2680 – Everyone Can Be Everything

Since RuPaul’s Drag Race came on the air a decade ago, the world of drag has changed- the lines between gender, identity and sexuality have all blurred and most drag shows these days welcome anyone. Is TV going to catch up?

Today trans guy, drag queen Sweet Gwendolyn, (aka Debbie Penetration) joins us to take a look at the roller coaster ride drag has gone though in the past decade, and how a lot of ideas from performance art like therapy got folded into the drag soufflé.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 18 days ago 0
FOF #2679 - From There to Here - 11.27.18

FOF #2679 – From There to Here

Performance artist Hereaclitus Here Vernon wowed us back in 2004 at last live Feast of Fools show by performing in a fragile gingerbread house dress covered in frosting and gumdrops.

Today Hereaclitus Here Vernon talks about Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey as seen in Greek mythology and films like Star Wars and ties it into the process of gender self discovery.

Posted in: Artists, Podcast 19 days ago 2
FOF #2678 - Grateful for the Nuts in the Fruitcake - 11.21.18

FOF #2678 – Grateful for the Nuts in the Fruitcake

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s not only time to stuff that turkey, it’s time to stuff our hearts with thanks to all the amazing people and things in our lives.

Today comedian Carma Nibarger joins us to say thanks to all the wonderful people and things in our lives.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 25 days ago 0
FOF #2677 - Great Moments in African American Viral Food Videos - 11.19.18

FOF #2677 – Great Moments in African American Viral Food Videos

Many African American people cherish family gatherings where food and love is abundant, so naturally many of the great moments in viral videos made by black folks are also some of the yummiest.

Today comedian Matt Brown joins us to take a look at some amazing African American viral food videos. Listen as we savor James Wright Channel’s glorious tribute to Patti Labelle’s Sweet Potato Pies that made them sell out at Walmart.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 27 days ago 0