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The Funkhouser Situation E42: Smells like Allegiant Airlines

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse returns with another episode that will fill you in on everything in the world of pop culture.

Here are some of the highlights from this edition:

-Chris gets the other Chris Tomlin’s fan mail

-The mindset to have going to Disney World

-Why would John Cougar Mellencamp drop the Cougar in his name?

-Chris gives us some big engagement news

-The movies Lee saw on way to Disney World

-First world problems: Lee and Chris discuss issues with picking seats on airplanes.

-Ranker’s Top 90s artists: do they agree?

-Lee loves the Stone Temple Pilots

-Did Lee guess the final two picks correctly?

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 E41: This List Stinks

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse returns with another episode that will fill you in on everything in the world of pop culture.  A few lists are taken to task, they talk about all the latest Hot Goss, and…

— Did First Man live up to expectations?

— Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities.

— Lee’s royalty checks.

— Does Chris lust Lee?

— Who are the best nominees for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class?

— Black Mirror is confusing.

— Vulture’s list of Best SNL Recurring Characters is…something.

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’s 40th Episode Horror Spook-tacular

Fo the 40th episode of The Funkhouser Situation, Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse have created the ultimate movie villain bracket just in time for Halloween.  They debate the best of the worst and talk about what’s happening in the world of pop culture, like…

— Reaction from Bad Times at the El Royale.

— The new Halloween movie hype is unjustified.

— The Haunting of Hill House is great, and there’s more to it than you might think.

— What’s the most frightening movie ever made?

— Lee and Chris’ deepest and darkest fears.

— Who was traumatized by the Wicked Witch of the West?

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. 


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Netflix and Bill? Five Things to Watch on Netflix this Weekend.

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Netflix has taken over T.V. as we know it, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. With so much content on the platform, and so many other competitors, it can be a little overwhelming finding things to watch after you’ve watched The Office for the 87th time. Luckily, that’s where I come in. Here are just a couple of things to watch on Netflix this weekend, next week, or whenever you want to.

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Big Mouth

I avoided Big Mouth for a really long time. It just didn’t really pique my interest at first and the animation style looked a little dumb, but man was I wrong because it quickly became one of my favorite shows on Netflix. Based on the friendship of creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg Big Mouth highlights the most awkward and frankly, gross, period of growing up, and is somehow able to make it hilarious and true to life. Does that boy/girl like me? What the hell is going on in with my body? Why is this giant hormone monster following me around? The show doesn’t shy away from the nastier aspects of going through puberty and does so in a charmingly graphic way. With characters like the ghost of Duke Ellington who gives misguided romantic advice and Coach Steve, the sex ed teacher who’s never had sex, Big Mouth is an incredibly funny show that is well worth your time.

Note: If you’re a more sensitive viewer, DO NOT let your kids watch. Unless you want to have some scarring conversations with them. Trust me, there’s some stuff with pillows that I wasn’t quite ready for. 

 

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Bert Kreisher: Secret Time.

Bert Kreisher is a beautiful, beautiful man. I first heard his work about a year ago when I saw his amazingly epic bit on his time in Russia, where Russian mobsters called him the “The Machine.” (Seriously follow that link and listen to it, it’s hysterical.). From there I went down the Bert rabbit hole and watched all of his stand-up and followed his podcast, Bertcast. He is my favorite  comic working today and when he announced his new Netflix special, I could’t wait. Thankfully Secret Time more than lives up to the hype and is my favorite special he’s ever done. Filled with hysterical stories about parent-teacher conferences, his sex-life with his wife, and just “getting drunk and telling secrets.” Secret Time is a fun and funny dive into the mind of Bert Kreisher.

 

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Set it Up.

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a sap. I’ve cried during The Notebook, I can quote entire sections of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and I like the lyrical stylings on Michael Bublè. I’m admitting this because that’s exactly what watching Set it Up is like. It’s a formulaic and sappy romantic comedy that everyone can enjoy. Harper and Charlie are assistants that work for two high powered executive types in the big city. Being constantly overworked by their respective bosses they hatch a plan to bring the two together and through the experience find themselves falling in love. It’s funny, sweet, and a bit predictable but I found myself really enjoying it. It’s the perfect stay-in movie that you can enjoy cuddled up with your boo thing.

 

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Black Lightning.

I know what you’re thinking, “Ugh Bill, another superhero show? Haven’t we had enough of these?”, and to an extent, you’re probably right. Black Lightning is a little different and isn’t your average superhero show. When we’re first introduced to Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning, he hasn’t been a superhero in 25 years. In fact he’s been doing more good for his community and changing young peoples lives as the principal of Garfield High School. That all changes when a gang called The 100 threatens the city of Freeland and forces him back into the spotlight. What’s so compelling about Black Lightning is that it has all the trappings on a great superhero show. The action, the characters, the conflict that Jefferson goes through, but theres also a lot of gripping social commentary on what it means to be black in America. Black Lightning is at it’s best when it is highlighting those issues as well as interweaving the effects of him being a vigilante has on his family. All while some of his family is displaying powers of their own. It’s a multi-layered show that works on just about every level.

 

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Ugly Delicious.

Ugly Delicious is an absolutely delicious adventure through the food that Americans eat and how they were influenced by food around the world. Part history lesson and part food show, Chef and host David Chang highlights a specific food each episode and flashes between a round table discussion with master chefs about the food and going to regions where the food was made and perfected. Chang delivers a unique food show that will undoubtedly leave you hungry for whatever they’re eating that episode. Starting with pizza, then moving on to favorites like tacos and fried chicken, it is a fascinating and fun look at the foods that we love.

Be sure to let me know what you think of the shows, I’ll have some more very soon.

Follow me on Twitter @StarWarsBill

May the Force be with you, always.

 


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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