September 2011

Episode 179

posted on Sep 30, 2011 | Comments (1)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 179

Our interview with Ed Daly, NJ author of the 2011 book Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture!

In this episode:

  • Rob waking up from his trance,
  • supermarkets carrying more than 90 different breakfast cereals,
  • Ed’s reasons for writing his book,
  • his favorite cereals (General Mills Rice Chex and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kellogg’s Special K, etc.),
  • his least favorite cereals (Kellogg’s Hannah Montana and All-Bran)
  • TV show and movie tie-ins,
  • the lack of prizes in cereal boxes today,
  • Kellogg’s Mueslix and the Eddie Murphy movie Meet Dave (2008),
  • Ed’s opinion of Quaker Cap’n Crunch and various peanut butter flavored cereals,
  • crunchy marshmallows in cereal,
  • cereal box artwork, characters, and commercials,
  • sugary cereals marketed as being healthy,
  • Post Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles melting in milk,
  • cereal restaurants and Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts World in Times Square NYC,
  • Ed’s milk-to-cereal ratio,
  • his next pop culture project,
  • and how much (or little) money an author makes from a book like this.

Buy Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture on Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Follow Ed Daly on Twitter: twitter.com/ezeddaly
Visit Ed’s web site: cerealsnapcracklepopculture.tumblr.com

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Episode 178

posted on Sep 13, 2011 | Comments (2)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 178

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, we present our interview with NJ author Caseen Gaines, writer of the first book about Pee-wee Herman, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon!

In this episode:

  • why Caseen wrote this book,
  • thoughts about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Big Top Pee-wee (1988),
  • the appeal of the TV show to college students,
  • the longevity of Pee-wee’s Playhouse,
  • obtaining interviews for the book using the internet,
  • tons of unique never-before-seen pictures,
  • the Christmas special,
  • the life-size Chairry toy and 40 inch Pee-wee doll,
  • Lynne Stewart “Miss Yvonne” appearing on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,
  • the 2010-2011 Pee-wee Herman live stage show,
  • a future Pee-wee movie with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust,
  • what if there had been a Pee-wee video game back in the 1980s?,
  • the infamous theater incident in Florida,
  • and the legacy of Pee-wee Herman.

Pre-order the book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Follow Caseen on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/caseengaines
Check out www.insidetheplayhouse.com for info on the book, and for in-person appearances like these:

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Episode 177

posted on Sep 7, 2011 | Comments (1)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 177

In this episode:

  • our trip to Barcade in Jersey City, NJ (microbrew beers and 1970s-1980s classic video arcade games),
  • Barcade running on 100% wind power,
  • Rob’s dream about “Macho Man” Randy Savage,
  • the 2011 ThunderCats cartoon show,
  • Larry Kenney vs. Will Friedle as the voice of Lion-O,
  • John Erwin as the voice of Prince Adam and He-Man,
  • Greg’s movie review of The A-Team (2010),
  • Paunch Stevenson Show celebrity encounters,
  • Greg meeting Tom Wopat (Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard),
  • John Schneider and Tom Wopat on Smallville,
  • Greg meeting Jeff Bridges (Barney Cousins from The Vanishing),
  • celebrity deaths (Christopher Mayer from The Dukes of Hazzard and Bubba Smith),
  • the 2011 season of Curb Your Enthusiasm finally taking place in NYC,
  • our future children missing out on pop culture from the past,
  • important pop culture getting lost in time (CHiPs, the Marx Brothers, The Little Rascals, Droopy, The Ant and the Aardvark, etc.),
  • the upcoming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood spin-off Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,
  • Jonah Hill’s weight loss,
  • Mike Masse’s music video for “Long Time” (acoustic Boston cover),
  • the decline of music videos,
  • Rob constantly hearing people whistle Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in England,
  • Rob’s 4D movie experience,
  • and Tom Wopat’s music vs. Jeff Bridges’s music.

We also snapped some photos of Barcade Jersey City:
Flickr – Barcade, Jersey City, NJ 8/20/11
Barcade Jersey City

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