After a climactic victory, our heroes have a few loose ends to tie up before moving on to their next adventure. Will Lucas and Maureen get Regulated? Will Kravitz claim his undead bounty? More importantly, how are they going to get that big, magic rock out of Magnus' tummy? Merle does prank medicine. Magnus tells a fib. Taako just twerks it out.
Remember when reality TV was so budge? RIP ANTM. Well this week Erin and Bryan when fist to cuffs over this ssue: in Shasta County two ladies were voted prom king and queen and not so shockingly some people were pissed. And the GOP fever dream continued in Alabama where they're now trying to restrict transgender people from using the "wrong" fitting room in Target. Also guest and journalist Joel Stein is here with some stories about Martha Stewart!
Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.
If you're curious to know about Magic the Gathering methods suggested by listeners, you can find them below!
Hannah suggested that the friends play:
"Constructed, in which players make their decks ahead of time with whatever cards they can get their hands on. This format is the problem the plaintiff is complaining about.
Or drafting, where they each open a pack of cards and take turns picking cards from those packs until each has built a suitable deck for play. At which point, the two play with these new decks that did not exist prior to the game at hand."
Mark suggested another mode of play:
"I've used this one in friendly, non-tournament play and it helps even the playing field. Everyone brings their favorite decks, and each player randomly selects one of the decks that was brought." Essentially, each player has an equal chance of using an "overpowered" deck during a given match.
and Gabe thought of these:
Reject rare draft
(in which each player donates 45 cards and then drafts cards. The rares are "donated", as everyone takes home the deck they draft and no attempt is made to return the rares to the original owners.)
(In Peasant a deck may contain up to 5 uncommon cards and the rest must be common. Peasant Magic was created by Rob Baranowski who felt that players with limited access to cards should still have an opportunity for competitive play.)
(where each player tries to build the worst deck possible, because each player gives another player that deck to play in the tournament.)
Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s official Fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to discuss all things Game of Thrones. Be warned, GoT spoilers ahead! The gang also talk about the Met Gala, Radiohead’s weird disappearance from social media, and why UnREAL could be the next big thing.
Chris Fairbanks, Jackie Kashian, Gemma Whelan and Andy Zaltzman join host, Dave Holmes for pop culture quizzing about Shakespeare, scandals and corporations cack-handedly trying to memorialise Prince.
And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend new MaxFun podcast The Beef and Dairy Network.
Thanks to Failbetter Games for sponsoring this week's episode. You can check out their new game Fallen Londonhere.
Jonathan sits down with Scarlett Wang in NYC to talk about moving to America, why certain websites are blocked in China, and how their elections are similar to how America’s Next Top Model works.
Geena Davis has made a lasting impression as an actress both on film and television in her roles in Beetlejuice, Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own, The Accidental Tourist and Commander in Chief. Her performances have resulted in acclaim and a lengthy career both in front and behind the camera. It’s also garnered her a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
Davis is just as committed to her work for gender awareness and diversity in film and television. To turn a light on gender disparity in Hollywood, she created the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization that was created to educate and influence change in the entertainment industry. Davis also founded the Bentonville Film Festival, which showcases films featuring minorities and women in both cast and crew and which guarantees distribution to the festival’s winners.
Geena Davis joined Jesse on Bullseye to talk about gaining confidence in voicing her opinions on set, how she feels about being recognized in public and how quieting her inner-critic helped her to almost qualify as an archer for the Summer Olympic games.
The Bentonville Film Festival takes place in Bentonville, Arkansas this week. Tickets are available to the public.
Louis C.K. may be known to most as a stand-up comedian, but he's also a writer, an actor, an editor and a producer who thrives when he is creating on his own terms. And that’s what he has been doing with his comedy specials and television shows, including his Emmy-award-winning FX series, Louie.
Louis C.K. has succeeded not only by becoming one the world’s funniest comedians, but by reinventing how an artist succeeds creatively and financially. His direct-to-fan sales of his concerts and videos via his website have proven incredibly successful and have inspired other comedians and artists to offer their content directly to consumers.
He used this model of distribution to release his latest television show, Horace and Pete which features an ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange and Edie Falco. The show, set in a run-down Brooklyn bar, borrows elements from both film and stage plays, to create a unique experience for both the audience and the actors. CK produced the show in complete secrecy, and didn’t leverage pre-press marketing and press junkets to promote the show.
Louis C.K. sat down with Jesse to talk about why he chose to pay for Horace and Pete using his own money, challenging himself as an actor and what inspired him to come up with the family name for the title characters.
Jesse on the lingering amusement provided by the absurd and simple website, Zombo.com.
Comedian Lori Gibbs returns to talk crafting, Paul McCartney, and Crocs.
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Jonathan Van Ness from Funny or Die's Gay of Thrones and the MaxFun podcast Getting Curious joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of MTV in the 1990s, Jordan's experience ripping his pants, and Jonathan's hypothetical thruple for Jordan.