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I went to see “This Show Is Not Funny” at UCB Sunset and their guests were Tatiana Maslany, Ben Schwartz, Thomas Middleditch, and Gil Ozeri!

The show was AMAZING and afterwards I got to meet both Tat and Tom (Cullen)! Such awesome and wonderful people. Love them both!

Meeting some of my favorite people and watching my fave (Improv) at my favorite place (UCB), what a great night! <3

backstage

We’ve never spoken.

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.

Behind every awful movie is the idea for a good one. Old man Indiana Jones discovers aliens. Good in theory, bad in practice. Batman fights Superman. So simple, but so bad. Are there good translations of these movies hidden within the stinking turds that saw the light of day? Jack O'Brien is joined by the After Hours crew to find an answer as they discuss their ideal versions of flops, reboots and remakes: movie ideas too awesome to actually exist.

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The Cracked Podcast Live - Movie Ideas Too Awesome To Get Made

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Remember when you made fun of that kid in grade school for wetting the bed? You probably shouldn’t have done that.

Cracked Live Presents: My Favorite Murder (Live Podcast)

It’s Spring Break! You know what that means: hot coeds getting loose on the beaches of Cancún and becoming imperiled in all classic beach slasher ways: man-eating shark, school of piranhas, James Franco with dreadlocks. There are so many films about vacations gone wrong, it’s a chore to wonder if there’s even such a thing as a movie vacation gone right. Amity Island and Camp Crystal Lake are out. So what does that leave? The ship from Wall-E? Hawaii with the Brady Bunch? A road trip with famous curmudgeon Chevy Chase? On this month’s live podcast Jack O'Brien and the Cracked staff are joined by some special guest comedians to figure out what would be the best vacation to take in a fictional universe.

Cracked Podcast Live: Best Fictional Vacation

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.

The Cracked Podcast Live!

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.’

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The Best Fictional School to Attend

2016 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.

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The Cracked Podcast Live - Year In Review

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.    

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The Cracked Podcast LIVE - Unexplained Ghost Stories

Say hello to the letter “thorn”:

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.

Why The English Siri Had It 4 Times Worse Than The Others

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Watching movies like ‘Speed’ and 'The Negotiator,’ you get the sense that talking a bad guy out of a hostage situation is a lot like being a Jedi. A little, “these aren’t the droids your looking for,” here, a little (insert witty line) there, and bam, you’re making out with the foxy bank teller back at HQ by happy hour.

Now if that were true, we’d all be hostage negotiators, right? But the job isn’t that simple. It’s much more passive than we think and involves a lot more teamwork than just one man walking into a building with only a bullhorn and his gut instinct.

THIS WEEK: To learn what we all get wrong about hostage negotiators, Jack is joined by Chris Voss; author, professor and former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI. (His book, Never Split the Difference, is available from @harpercollins.) They discuss how teamwork and active listening are two of the most important parts of the job, and then Chris explains how hostage negotiation skills can be used in business and in real life.

Also! Make sure to buy tickets to our next live podcast taping where we get heavy and talk about the afterlife, maaan! What if there’s no heaven and hell and we’re all just a hologram inside the mind of an ancient computer simulation? What if the Zoroastrians were right and it doesn’t matter how good you are in your life, you just have to cross a rickety bridge guarded by two four-eyed dogs to reach eternal salvation?Join Jack, Dan, and Michael on Saturday, July 16th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles as they try to figure out what it all means. They’ll be joined by comedians Casey Jane Ellison and Ramin Nazer to discuss their favorite afterlife scenarios from movies, sci-fi and lesser-known religions.

The Hostage Negotiator’s Guide To Human Psychology

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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.

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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 reality.

Which Sci-Fi Trope Would You Bring To The Real World And Why? 

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Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. It’s going to be okay. Sit down, have a cookie, breathe into this bag, and put on your mandatory “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. We’ll survive this, right?

Despite the sun coming up in the morning and life seemingly going on like normal, the world might’ve been forever changed last night. So we needed to break the little glass box, pull the lever, and record an emergency podcast. Jack O'Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to make sense of what happened at the polls last night, why we should’ve seen it coming from a mile away, and what we can actively do to prevent this from happening again. As Jason says on the site today, “Do the opposite of Panic. Work through the problem.” It’ll all be okay.

And if we’re still alive this weekend, make sure to catch the next LIVE taping of The Cracked Podcast this Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Jack O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, and Michael Swaim will be joined by an expert in psychology to talk about some of the psychological myths everyone seems to believe, like Rorschach tests (sorry, they don’t work), middle child syndrome (not real), and depression (totally real, but antidepressants might not actually work very well). Tickets are only $5, and they’re available here.

What The F**k Just Happened You Guys!?

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Watch this video to learn more about the struggles of all some of your favorite American Girl Dolls! 

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?

THIS WEEK: we recorded LIVE at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, where Jack O'Brien, Michael Swaim, Dan O'Brien, and Soren Bowie discuss The PrestigeWall-E, the Indiana Jones franchise and a number of other films with awesome sequels that don’t exist, but should.

Great Movie Sequels That Don’t Exist

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