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The Funkhouser Situation E39: Duets

Is there a better place to get all of your pop culture news and commentary than The Funkhouser Situation?  I think not.  Lee Cruse and Chris Tomlin provide a surprising reaction to Venom, break down the Captain Marvel trailer and…

— Michelle Williams, is she famous?

— Don’t go see a horror movie with Lee.

—  There’s a live action Aladdin, would they have cast Will Smith as Genie?

— Kenan Thompson’s take on Kanye West’s SNL appearance.

—  Married at First Sight is a real television show. Wow.

— What about all of the Pulp Fiction knockoffs?

—  Is there a Saved by the Bell revival in the works?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Jake’s Cigar Bar. 


The Funkhouser Situation E38: Hot, Locked and Ready to Cock

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back for another exciting edition of The Funkhouser Situation. Before the terrific tandem dives into the world of pop culture, they talk about the highs and lows from and exciting sports weekend.  Highlights:

— Does Lee play golf by the rules?

— If The Good Place overhyped?

— The greatest Robert Zemeckis films.

—  There’s a new Halloween movie with Jamie Lee Curtis.

—  Secret celebrity marriages in the news.

— A celebration of The Simpsons on the anniversary of its inception.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Today’s episode is brought to you by Jake’s Cigar Bar. 


The Funkhouser Situation E37: Hot Cheeto Problems

After an extended hiatus, Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back for another exciting episode of The Funkhouser Situation.  They talk about a few fantastic new Netflix shows, Maniac and Norm, what they’ve been doing since their last discussion and…

— The world is burning and Lee’s show is a casualty.

— Tiffany Haddish’s authenticity.

— The anger Lee experiences when he “A Star is Born” crosses his path.

— Does size matter?

— What is wrong with Chevy Chase?

— Why Katy Perry is a hot mess.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


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The New Survivor Features One of Eastern Kentucky’s Finest

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It’s probably been a while since you tuned into Survivor.  Nick Wilson will give you a reason to watch the 37th season of the CBS reality show.

The UK graduate is a cast member on the show tabbed as “Davids vs. Goliaths” that will premiere tonight at 8:00 on CBS.  Nobody fits the “David” archetype better than Wilson.

Nick and his five brothers and sisters grew up in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  They lived off food stamps and shuffled between a trailer and government housing.  “I definitely grew up poor,” he joked.  “I guess maybe I didn’t realize how I was living until I went other places.”

After graduating from Whitley County High School in 2009, he took his talents to the University of Kentucky, just in time to see John Wall at Big Blue Madness.  Once his undergraduate career ended at UK, Wilson went to law school at the University of Alabama,  Upon graduation, he returned home to work for the public defender’s office in McCreary County.  His latest adventure took him to Fiji. He spoke about the Survivor experience with KSR.

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KSR: When I think of Fiji, the first thing that comes to mind is Appalachia.  How much did growing up in the mountains prepare you to survive for 40 days in Fiji?

Nick: I think growing up in the country and doing country things is an advantage.  Someone like me has an advantage over someone who’s a Wall Street or L.A. executive or something, because we go camping for fun.  We go fishing for fun growing up.  I had no problems with fires.  I just instinctively know how to keep and maintain a fire.  I like sleeping outside.

I think it was an advantage. I was never really freaked out about the survival aspect of it.  I wasn’t intimidated or worried about bugs, getting cold or sleeping outside.  We’ve been there and done that.  I’ve been camping my whole life.  It was fun for me to be camping all the time and sleeping outside.  There’s nothing like sleeping under the stars.  The stars out here in the mountains, the stars in Fiji, it’s beautiful.

KSR: After earning your JD, instead of venturing to private practices in urban areas, you decided to return home to help the people of Eastern Kentucky. Why?

One thing that made me want to be a lawyer was the prospect of going somewhere, making a lot of money and maybe moving to Cincinnati or Lexington or Louisville.  But I went to Tuscaloosa for law school and the longer I was away from Eastern Kentucky, the more I realized that this is my home.  To go away to law school for three years, that was one thing.  It was awesome and I’m glad I did it, but the longer I was away I think the more I felt a sense of community and a duty to the area I’m from.

I’m a person in a unique position where I grew up with these people.  I grew up the way they grew up.  I live the way they live.  Now I have the education and the opportunity to be in a position of power.  I could be a judge or in government somehow.  I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth.  I know what people go through and I know how times can be tough for people sometimes.  I just felt like I could use my opportunity in life to help more people than just myself getting rich.

Also, I had some personal struggles with my family.  When my mother passed away (suddenly in second year of law school), my family was going through struggles that a lot of people go through in Eastern Kentucky.  I think it really opened my eyes up to the drug epidemic that’s going on here, the addiction problem a lot of the community in Eastern Kentucky has and for me to go through that and see how much pain it is, that’s what people are going through everyday here.  If I can help somebody, even if I just help a few people along the way, I think it will be worth in a change of career for me to try to do that.”

KSR: Now that you’ve spent time playing Survivor on a deserted island, which former Kentucky basketball (or football) player would you like to have with you on your side?

Nick: Right now I gotta say Benny Snell because he’s a beast.  He’s talking trash, he’s getting trash talked to him and he’s just taking it and showing people up.  He’s backing up what he’s saying.  As a competitor, even if he was my opponent, I would respect that so much and just want him out there.  I want to see somebody like that play Survivor.

Who I would want to be with is Big Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins).  I would want him to be my No. 1 man.  He’s got an attitude.  He’s a big, strong guy and he’s a beast.  If he was my No. 1 ally — in Survivor you call it a meat-shield — he would be the guy if anybody ever wanted to vote us out, me or Big Cuz, they’re going to take out Big Cuz.  You’ve got to get him out of there when you have a chance.

He would be my perfect sidekick to talk trash.  Remember call me against Mississippi State?  He’s the guy who’s saying call-me when we’re winning immunities.  Whenever everybody else is mad at us, they’re going to take it out on him.

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The Funkhouser Situation E36: Raw and Delirious

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back for another exciting episode of The Funkhouser Situation.  The two reminisce on an exciting weekend, serenade the listeners with their beautiful voices, and…

—  Why there is a mob of angry people after Lee.

—  Will the Roseanne spinoff work?

—  John Goodman opens up.

—  Louis C.K. is already attempting a comeback. Is it too soon?

—  Website readers rank their 20 favorite artists from the 80s.

—  Everyone’s favorite new segment, Hot Goss.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The Funkhouser Situation E35: JLo, Movie Presidents, Jack Reacher

After Chris Tomlin’s thrilling trip to the Ohio Valley Emmy Awards, he is back in action with Lee Cruse on The Funkhouser Situation.  Tomlin shares stories from his adventure that included an exciting magic show and a spectacular appearance by Lee.  Other highlights:

— Is there a better comedy duo than Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn?

— JLo won a VMA Vanguard award, but does she even have a real hit?

— Who are the Best Actors to play the President of the United States?

—  Questions from listeners are answered.

—  A new Tom Cruise game is debuted: “Is Jack Reacher better than (fill in the blank)?”

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The Funkhouser Situation E34: RIP Mrs. Garrett

Surprised to see Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse? The Funkhouser Situation is on your podcast feed a day earlier than normal to provide takes on the latest in the world of pop culture.  The guys are back with another edition of Hot Goss, they try to figure out Omarosa, and…

— The podcast got a significant TV plug.

— Lee Cruse has a lot in common with Freddie Mercury.

— Will Jack Ryan be a hit for Amazon?

— Was the Ross and Rachel storyline overplayed on Friends?

—  The Academy Awards has a new category: Best Popular Movie

— Lee and Chris share their love for the 80s television series Moonlighting.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.