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The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Rydog » Jul 9th, 2009 @ 10:06pm

Check out the new episode right here. And if you haven't entered the Win a Date with Fitch contest yet, get crackin'! :)
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby casuallyhardcore » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 4:19am

Just listened to the latest podcast. Another great show as per usual and thanks Ryan for the mention of http://www.casuallyhardcore.net :D Glad to hear you like the shirt.

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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby joeben81 » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 5:53am

Wewt. I'm from Lexington... glad to see someone (else... Shane) represent for Lex, KY. Lemme know if you need (another) Lexington dork on your podcast.

Good episode.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Lombaszko » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 6:36am

Is coming to Comics Conspiracy for the Geekbox podcast turning into some kind of nerd pilgrimage to the holy land?
You should see if you can get someone from every state.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby stankit » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 6:41am

I too am from Lexington and have longed to visit Comic Conspiracy for the podcast :D
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby LoveAndBeer » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 7:52am

I wanted to give a really big thanks the podcast crew for the warm welcome.

I wasn't sure how my visit was going to be viewed by the group but everyone was very cool with my being there. The fact they asked me to sit in was unexpected (I was hoping to just get to watch for a bit, but was going to understand if they weren't comfortable with that).

Especially big kudos to Master Higgins and Brock for letting me hang around the store a few hours and chatting with me, hopefully I didn't give off any weird stalker vibe.

Was an amazing way to spend my first day in the bay area, and honestly was the highlight of the trip for me. Also kinda cool to see how many of us from Lex listen to the show.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby PandaEskimo » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 10:26am

Karen, I too went to geek camp (CTY). I tried not to join the cult. Two of the campuses I went to did the American Pie crazy chanting.

Also, I didn't realize that PlayFirst has made most of my girlfriends favorite non-console games.

On British comedy, Black Adder is hilarious.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Karen » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 10:35am

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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Mr_eX » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 10:50am

Good episode as usual. Not one mention of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz while talking about British humor was kind of lame though.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Tricky » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 11:15am

I'd be interested to see what the group reaction to Spike Milligan....... :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7i01GPs-hQ

Its interesting because alot of my American colleagues say they just dont "get" British humour, which I can understand to an extent with Python but less so with things like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead et al. One of my US buds was convinced Hot Fuzz was a straight action flick......
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby GiantAsianMan » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 11:57am

Mmm.... Maker's Mark. As a resident of Cincinnati, I'm typically anti-Kentucky, but I'm very much pro-bourbon. Never had Maker's Mark coffee, though. Sounds like something I need to try.

I agree with Karen about The Naked Gun; I saw it again a few years ago and found that a lot of the movie wasn't funny anymore (although, as a baseball fan, I still make Enrico Pallazzo jokes whenever an ump is a little too animated behind the plate). I really like it when I re-watch a movie I liked when I was younger now and find that I still like it, but for completely different reasons that I did before. I mentioned Ghostbusters over in the Games forum as a movie like this. I can't really remember what about this movie I found funny back in the day, but its certainly not what I find funny about the movie now. Another movie like that for me is Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (yes, seriously). For whatever reason, that movie just got funnier with age (probably had something to do with growing up, actually learning history, and then finally getting the historical reference jokes). But perhaps I'm in the minority on that one.

Tricky wrote:Its interesting because alot of my American colleagues say they just dont "get" British humour, which I can understand to an extent with Python but less so with things like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead et al. One of my US buds was convinced Hot Fuzz was a straight action flick......

Do people group the old school Brit humor (Python, Faulty Towers, etc.) with the newer stuff (from Pegg & Wright, Gervais & Merchant, etc.)? Because I know lots of people who completely miss on Python but really like Shaun of the Dead and the original Office, among others. I like both, but I don't view them to be all that similar (aside from originating in England). Am I alone in that thinking?
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby GhaleonQ » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 3:18pm

GiantAsianMan wrote:Do people group the old school Brit humor (Python, Faulty Towers, etc.) with the newer stuff (from Pegg & Wright, Gervais & Merchant, etc.)? Because I know lots of people who completely miss on Python but really like Shaun of the Dead and the original Office, among others. I like both, but I don't view them to be all that similar (aside from originating in England). Am I alone in that thinking?


Yeah, usually people who say, "*deep inhale* Well, YOU KNOW, you can't generalize ___ based on ___," are just being irritating. To say that horror comedy (which you all would adore, I bet) like The League Of Gentlemen or Darkplace are comparable to Black Books, or Blackadder with Fawlty Towers is stretching it past the breaking point. ...Basically, this is just telling you guys to watch The League Of Gentlemen (plus the movie) and Darkplace.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby myth » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 4:29pm

PandaEskimo wrote:On British comedy, Black Adder is hilarious.
Yeah I was surprised no one mentioned that on the show. Classic!
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby jinpei05 » Jul 10th, 2009 @ 5:53pm

myth wrote:
PandaEskimo wrote:On British comedy, Black Adder is hilarious.
Yeah I was surprised no one mentioned that on the show. Classic!


Add "Little Britain" to the list of hilarious, but largely unappreciated British comedy. If you don't know about this series, give it whirl on youtube.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Phished0ne » Jul 11th, 2009 @ 12:33am

I personally love british comedy, i can completely understand why some people wouldn't like it, it takes a certain taste. I love tons of shows from across the pond, both new and old, my favorites are Red Dwarf(an old sci-fi sitcom that started in the 80s), and QI which is basically a quiz show with comedians, hosted by Stephen Fry.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby racingfreak92 » Jul 11th, 2009 @ 1:22am

getting dirt or food or whatever through customs is so easy. your coming into the country and the guy asks you, not that hard to say no
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Zeus_tfc » Jul 11th, 2009 @ 11:20am

If you like "Airplane!", but The Naked Gun movies leave you a bit cold, try the series "Police Squad!".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_Squad

They reused most of the jokes in Police Squad for The Naked Gun, but didn't do them nearly as well in the movie. They also changed the characters and feel of the series for the movies. I can't stand the Naked Gun movies, but I LOVE Police Squad!
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby jinpei05 » Jul 11th, 2009 @ 2:31pm

Fun fact: My 10th grade Honors English teacher Mr. Russell made us watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail during our Arthurian Legend unit, along with Excalibur and Camelot. It was the first time I saw it and I found it quite funny. Now, not as much.

Whoa, Karen dropping no less than three F-bombs during the show!
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby achickenchaser » Jul 11th, 2009 @ 11:36pm

Geekbox: We don't give a shit what ranking this podcast is.

You should put that on the front page of this site right at the very top.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby uppi17 » Jul 12th, 2009 @ 5:26am

It appears that Fitch was caught on camera at the Blur Hyde Park gig:
http://current.com/items/90357041_random-couple-get-jiggy-at-blur-hyde-park-gig-video.htm
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby AdamGS » Jul 12th, 2009 @ 7:55am

It's true. Essex girls really are incredibly......."raw".
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby casuallyhardcore » Jul 12th, 2009 @ 11:18am

Essex girls have an impression of being slags as the geekbox crew put it but they really are not. They may like to show off their bodies. Pout a lot, be incredibly shallow and think the world owes them everything. But generally they don't put out, they tease a lot and us this power to get free club entry, drinks, anything they want. But they'll move onto the next guy before they have to give up the goods.

Oh and they can drink for well England.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Duke_Of_Havoc » Jul 13th, 2009 @ 1:17pm

Being a neighbouring county to Essex my experience with them is they are very easy but like everything, you cant generalise the whole county.

This is a semi famous Essex girl who was "discovered" on a program called Essex Wives. They were following her Mum around who was married to a self made millionaire. Essex has a lot of "new money" which comes from construction firms.

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On the humour front, we DO have comedy made in the last 10 years you know? Its always Python, Blackadder and Faulty Towers thats mentioned. Alot of good stuff in the UK that is very edgy and funny.

Also, maybe this is just me but this pod has become more a personal discussion and less about geek news.

Did you guys know about the Torchwood 5 part special that aired last week in the UK??
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby jungfreud » Jul 13th, 2009 @ 1:22pm

I find British comedy pretty hit or miss. I recently watched the "IT crowd" on netflix and thought it was awful. Original Office was good though, and I like most of the British movies I see that are comedies or have comedic elements. I think "British humour" is kind of a broad term and probably has its ups and downs. On a topical note, wasn't Sasha Cohens Ali G/Bruno/Borat stuff technically British humour originally?
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby dabeast0976 » Jul 14th, 2009 @ 1:27pm

All this talk about British TV and not one mention of "Are You Being Served?" That show was hysterical. Sad to hear Mollie Sugden who played Mrs. Slocombe died last week.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby ProtocolSnow » Jul 15th, 2009 @ 7:25pm

Karen wrote:@PandaEskimo

Which campus did you attend? I was in Lancaster, PA for all four summers between 1995-1999


Interesting, I never knew CTY was held on multiple campuses, but it looks like it's a nationwide thing according to Wikipedia. I always thought it was a Johns Hopkins-only program.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby Duke_Of_Havoc » Jul 16th, 2009 @ 8:47am

jungfreud wrote:I find British comedy pretty hit or miss. I recently watched the "IT crowd" on netflix and thought it was awful. Original Office was good though, and I like most of the British movies I see that are comedies or have comedic elements. I think "British humour" is kind of a broad term and probably has its ups and downs. On a topical note, wasn't Sasha Cohens Ali G/Bruno/Borat stuff technically British humour originally?


The Sasha Baron Cohen is British humour.

The IT Crowd imo was very good. From the same writer as Father Ted which was a sublime show.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby PandaEskimo » Jul 17th, 2009 @ 9:11am

Karen wrote:@PandaEskimo

Which campus did you attend? I was in Lancaster, PA for all four summers between 1995-1999


First year Lancaster, I think 1998, second year F&M in I think 1999. I think CTY is an East Coast thing.

I think I was in Engineering (something with circuits) at Lancaster.
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Re: The Geekbox: Episode 22

Postby jonfitt » Jul 23rd, 2009 @ 4:23pm

It’s funny to hear you guys talking about Monty Python and then making statements about liking ‘British Comedy’. Monty Python is a personal favourite and a key part of British comedy history and a lot of people draw inspiration from it, but it is history. It’s the equivalent of British people discussing MASH and Cheers and basing their theories of American comedy on just that. :)

Also lot of it only really makes sense if you have an understanding of what it meant to be British in the early 70s. A lot of British people now wouldn’t get it and wouldn’t consider it representative of ‘their’ comedy.

Also, as an Essex boy by birth now in Texas, while I appreciate that meeting people is hard when you’re on holiday and they’re not, but c’mon Fitch, British girls are easy! They’re definitely less up-tight than American girls (thanks Girl Power).
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