One of our most popular episodes from 2016 was when we invited Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from ‘My Favorite Murder’ to talk about some of the best true-crime stories out there. So successful, in fact, that we’re resurrecting it (get it?) for a part two! Metal Fang, the Strangling Executioner and the murderer living in the attic just weren’t enough. So Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien and the Cracked staff welcome Karen and Georgia back for another creepy hour of serial killers and urban legends that are bound to make you terrified to go outside or talk to a stranger or do anything.
is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year which took
away Bowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the
Zika virus is finally drawing to a close. So, to give this b*tch a proper
viking funeral, Jack O'Brien and the crew, which includes Dan O'Brien, Alex
Schmidt, and comedian Caitlin Gill, are going to send out 2016 with Cracked’s
year in review in review. They’ll rectify where every other year-in-review goes
wrong by giving some much needed airtime to the positive stories from the 2016
and shedding light on the year’s most important stories that got overlooked.
Teachers: America’s unsung heroes…and secret drunks and all-around degenerates. To shed light on the dark side of this trusted occupation, The Cracked Podcast host Jack O'Brien, along with comedians and the cast of truTV’s ‘Those Who Can’t’ Maria Thayer (Abbey Logan) and Andrew Orvedahl (Coach Fairbell), will interview some real life (and probably anonymous) teachers who will share all the filthy, outrageous, and hilarious tales from this supposedly squeaky clean profession.
In the muggle world, we’re not given the opportunity for a magical hat to tell us which school we should go to. Usually we just have to go to the high school closest to where we live or whatever college accepts our SAT scores and personal essay. This month, our goal is to determine what would be the best fictional school to go to.
Join Jack, Daniel, the rest of the Cracked staff, along with comedians Brandie Posey, Steven Wilber, Riley Silverman, & Alison Leiby as they figure out if it’s a realistic school like Degrassi or West Beverly High, or an institution from a fantasy world like Hogwarts with its ghosts and dementors, or Bayside High, haunted by a monster known only to humans as ‘Screech.’
Last Halloween, The Cracked Podcast creeped you out with tales of ghost ships, mysteriously dead people, and a man from one of the most famous paintings in US history, who years later went all Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’ on his family. This October, Jack and the Cracked staff are back with some special guest comedians to share more unsettling and unexplained true tales of death, disappearance and the great beyond.
Every summer we’re treated to the same buffet of
three or four science fiction movies with the same basic conceits. There’s man
vs. aliens, man vs. robots, man vs. army of clones and man vs. complicated time
travel rules. With virtual reality and self-driving cars fast approaching, it’s
time to consider what type of sci-fi movie we want to be living in for the rest
of our lives. Co-hosts Jack O'Brien and Adam Tod Brown are joined by Cracked’s
Tom Reimann and Josh Sargent and comedians David Huntsberger, Adam Newman and
Caitlin Gill to figure out which sci-fi trope would be the best to make a
It’s based on a rune, it’s a useless substitute for the “th” sound, and it’s why you don’t understand the medieval era.
THIS WEEK: To get a grasp at the enormity of the English language and its bizarreness, host Jack O'Brien is joined on the phone by Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, to talk about her time recording every sound in the English language and how programmers put it all together.
Later, Jack is joined onstage at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles by Dan O'Brien, Carmen Angelica and Alex Schmidt. They talk about the history of English, how it combines the best of French and the worst of German, the grammar’s endless nonsensical rules, and some simple things other languages do that we wish we had.
But you take stage after me; you always pile your hair in a bun and forget to wear makeup, so three red dots show on your chin. Sometimes, backstage, you do cartwheels. Deep dimples bookend your smile.
For three weeks, I’ve been trying to find the words to introduce myself; you would think that a girl who studies improvisation would have no trouble speaking without cue cards. But
you terrify me.
Because you laugh too loudly and can’t look people in the eye, because you trip when you walk and your singing voice cracks—and yet I can’t look away.
I find myself humming your name and when you take stage, I find excuses to watch. I’ve never felt so light as I’ve felt watching you perform. I’ve never laughed so fully as I’ve laughed, sitting in your audience and rehearsing my lines.
Remember that weirdly overlooked part of The Prestige when Nikola Tesla (played by David Bowie) invents a freaking cloning machine and then sort of disappears because the movie needs to be wrapped up by the two-hour mark?
What happens to Tesla? Where’s the Tesla v. Edison sequel where Tesla is the most powerful man on Earth because he invents cloning in the late-1800s?
Ever since we started letting friendly wolves and tiny tigers into our homes a few thousand years ago, society has been split into two camps: dog people and cat people. Sometimes the battle lines are drawn across gender lines; the term cat-lady evokes an image in your head in a way cat-man doesn’t. We use the word dog to colloquialize a sly, rakish man. Often we choose sides purely based on what our parents allowed in the house when we were kids.
But rarely we stop to consider all the crazy superpowers our pets have: like how dogs can read human emotions better than other humans can, and how a cat’s purr can improve your bone density.
THIS WEEK: Recorded live at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, Team Dog (Jack O'Brien, Dan O'Brien, Cody Johnston), Team Cat (Carmen Angelica, Jake Weisman) and Team Turtle (Alex Schmidt) go back and forth with rarely-known facts about the pets we keep at home to decide who is the ultimate victor in this war that has been waged for millennia. Team Cat will blow up the way you think about the gender binary, and we may decide after it all that the best pet to have is a pig.