Read it and Weep
Summary: Read it and Weep is a good podcast about bad books, movies, and TV. Each week 2.5 comedians and a guest make fun of things like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and anything Keanu Reeves has been in.
One of the most popular suggestions for the Summer Of Fun was Chuck E Cheese, but we couldn't go there because we didn't have a kid and it seemed weird to borrow one. So we went for a slightly more upscale adventure turning money into worthless tickets: Dave & Busters. Will it hold up? Or will we be beaten down by all the giant iPhone games? On this episode Alex Falcone (@alex_falcone) Anthony Lopez Andrew Sleighter (@andrewsleighter) Kirsten Kuppenbender (@kupptastic)
Nothing is more important to power your summer of fun than staying hydrated. So we went back through all our favorite nostalgic beverages, mostly red sugar water, to see how they held up. And then we pitted them against each other to determine the official beverage of summer. The answer won't surprise you at all! On This Episode Alex Falcone (@alex_falcone) Anthony Lopez Ezra Fox Sarah Hatheway (@sarahhatheway)
What’s more summer than the smell of chlorine and falling asleep in the car while your wet suit ruins the upholstery? But hanging out at the pool feels decidedly more creepy without a kid present. Does it hold up for adults? Find out! Featuring Alex Falcone Anthony Lopez Elena C. Hayden (@elenasabetch on Insta) Tiffany McGuire (@tiffanynogood on Twitter)
Another classic of my teenage years was laser tag. I spent many a party with a wrist band on going game-after-game at Qzar in Reno. But will it hold up for adults? And can we beat the local kids? Find out!
I spent a lot of time in arcades as a kid, but I was never much for crises of time or the dancing revolutions. I loved the clanging physicality of pinball. But in a world with a million games to play, does it hold up? We brought in nationally ranked tournament pinball player, founding member of Chicago's fabled squad Extra Ballsy, and longtime guest Nick Delehanty to talk about the silver ball.
We can all agree that full sized golf is lame. It's a giant business meeting ruining a perfectly good public park. But miniature golf is brilliant, it's got tiny windmills and minimal walking. At least that's what I thought as a kid. But has my opinion changed now that I'm all growed up? Find out!
When you're not old enough for bars, finding a place to hang out at night can be tricky. But one reliable place is Denny's. Sure, it's not better than literally any other restaurant, but it's better than a Walmart parking lot. So does the experience of hanging out at Denny's hold up? Find out!
I wasn't allowed much fast food as a kid, so in high school I went WAY overboard. We brought on the Internet's favorite fast food reviewer Bill Oakley on to talk us through a feast of grease. Before he was the king of the 60-second food show, Bill was the head writer of The Simpson's during its golden age and the creator of Mission Hill, among other stuff. This is a really good episode. Be sure to follow @ThatBillOakley on Instagram to catch all his great reviews.
The summer of fun continues with a classic activity from our youths: hanging out at the mall. Whether you're drinking smoothies or playing the games at Game Stop or stealing earrings from Claire's, it was a part of so many summers. But does it hold up? We brought in mall expert Paige Weldon to find out. Paige has a super fun podcast about the mall called Mall Talk. Check it out!
It's June, so it's time to kick of Read it and Weep's Summer of Fun! We're doing a bunch of stuff we used to do during the summer as kids and checking to see if it holds up. First up, we're going bowling! Grab your dorky shoes and let's get a lane.
Despite the show being on since the dawn civilization, I'd never watched a single minute of it. So on the consensus of the Meat Buddies who voted, it was time I tried it out. We watched the 6-episode arc "The Genesis of the Daleks" so at least I would understand why I keep seeing those bumpy trashcan robots in various memes.
We checked in the with early 2000s cringe-comedy Napoleon Dynamite. We had mixed feelings about it the first time around but did it hold up well or not at all?
If you thought Toy Story was a compelling story of stuff that can talk, you're right. But before humanity came up with that idea, we had a much worse idea. A talking toaster. It's the hero nobody asked for mixed with the darkness guaranteed to haunt your childhood. But does it hold up?
It's the early 2000s Showtime show about a group of gay friends in their late 20s and a child they take care of.
Of all the fake numbers ever created, the best one is definitely Slevin. And that is the entirety of what I knew about this movie before I watched it for this pod. Anthony and Ezra hadn't seen it either but Mohanad loves it because he loves movies with twists, and Slevin is the twistiest.