Sept. 15, 2021

Behind The M.A.S.S.K. Part One

Behind The M.A.S.S.K. Part One

Part one of an exclusive look behind the scenes of "Down To Folk.


Chad takes us "Behind The M.A.S.S.K." to hear the story of the show's inception, the origins of some of the regulars, and a peek at the wizardry that goes into creating the world's greatest collection of stories that the world has (n)ever known. 

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:06.280 --> 00:00:13.189 Hey, everybody, welcome. I'm Chad and this is a special episode behind 2 00:00:13.189 --> 00:00:18.309 the mask. Yes, we're going to talk about the behind the scenes of 3 00:00:18.390 --> 00:00:23.940 the show this week and I'm a guy that you know, when I watch 4 00:00:23.980 --> 00:00:28.500 a movie I like to pop in the DVD watch the extras, see the 5 00:00:28.620 --> 00:00:33.460 behind the scenes magic and and and whatnots. So I thought it would be 6 00:00:33.500 --> 00:00:38.729 cool if we did that with the show proper and told you a little bit 7 00:00:38.770 --> 00:00:44.689 about the creation of the show and how we do what we do and kind 8 00:00:44.729 --> 00:00:52.000 of introduce you to how this motley crew all got together into one collective room, 9 00:00:52.159 --> 00:00:55.640 so to speak, to make down to folk what it is today. 10 00:00:56.719 --> 00:01:00.759 So to start the story, we actually need to jump in a in the 11 00:01:00.840 --> 00:01:07.430 wayback machine with Sherman and peabody. The story actually begins back in August of 12 00:01:07.989 --> 00:01:14.750 two thousand and twenty on the perfect package podcast, which was my old podcast, 13 00:01:15.829 --> 00:01:18.900 gone but not forgotten. It's well, it's gone, so to speak, 14 00:01:19.260 --> 00:01:23.980 it's coming back. Just need to I just need to hammer out a 15 00:01:25.019 --> 00:01:26.219 few things. Who knows, maybe it won't come back. I don't know. 16 00:01:26.420 --> 00:01:32.890 I'm still on the fence about this scheduling and whatnot. But anyway, 17 00:01:33.530 --> 00:01:41.489 in August of two thousand and twenty, I did a online little casting call 18 00:01:41.689 --> 00:01:47.159 looking for guests and I got five bites on that line and one of them 19 00:01:47.640 --> 00:01:52.640 was some broad named aerial cooksie who did a true crime podcast called malice, 20 00:01:53.519 --> 00:01:57.560 and she came on the show and we had such a great time with her 21 00:01:57.480 --> 00:02:06.870 that she came back the entire month of September. We did a whole run 22 00:02:07.069 --> 00:02:10.870 with her in September. She was back in October, November and then again 23 00:02:10.909 --> 00:02:17.419 in May, which that will factor in later. Having her on the show 24 00:02:17.539 --> 00:02:21.659 was awesome. She really had a good present, she had a great voice 25 00:02:21.740 --> 00:02:27.939 and I really enjoyed spending that time doing the show with her. Fast forward, 26 00:02:28.740 --> 00:02:32.490 I think it was in November. Her and I did a solo show 27 00:02:32.569 --> 00:02:40.930 for perfect package and it was just her and I and my melanin forward friend 28 00:02:40.969 --> 00:02:45.159 Dave couldn't make it, so it was just the two of us and we 29 00:02:45.280 --> 00:02:47.800 did the perfect hallmark movie. It's great episode. Go listen to it. 30 00:02:47.919 --> 00:02:55.000 PTHREE SHOWCOM. Anyway, we started talking outside of the podcast world. We 31 00:02:55.080 --> 00:03:01.310 started texting and and just chit chatting back and forth. It was actually was 32 00:03:01.389 --> 00:03:07.469 in August, also of two thousand and twenty that I left a job that 33 00:03:07.550 --> 00:03:14.460 I'd had for sixteen years and started working remotely for another company. That plays 34 00:03:14.460 --> 00:03:21.819 a big factor in the history of down to folk because leaving that job I 35 00:03:22.020 --> 00:03:25.379 no longer worked with Dave, so I wasn't seeing him on a regular basis 36 00:03:25.500 --> 00:03:34.129 and it became harder and harder to schedule pthree episodes to record. And so 37 00:03:34.530 --> 00:03:38.770 while I was, you know, in that transition period and, you know, 38 00:03:38.889 --> 00:03:46.800 moving through towards November and getting closer to talking to Ariel more and getting 39 00:03:46.879 --> 00:03:50.439 to know her brain and how things worked, I want to say it was 40 00:03:50.879 --> 00:03:58.669 late November, maybe in December, she approached me about starting a podcast. 41 00:03:58.789 --> 00:04:03.909 It was something that she had had the idea for since April of two thousand 42 00:04:03.909 --> 00:04:13.460 and twenty and she just sent me a screen grab of cover art. That's 43 00:04:13.580 --> 00:04:17.459 the you know, the technical term for the picture you see on, you 44 00:04:17.579 --> 00:04:23.819 know, whatever podcatcher you listen to podcast on, the little picture that the 45 00:04:23.899 --> 00:04:32.610 album cover, and it was kind of a fantasy game of thrones esque sort 46 00:04:32.689 --> 00:04:39.319 of thing with a sword in a stone that was shattering. But the thing 47 00:04:39.399 --> 00:04:44.519 that this is where things get weird, is it was called down to folk. 48 00:04:44.759 --> 00:04:47.839 That was the name that was on this cover art. And I was 49 00:04:48.040 --> 00:04:53.509 in as soon as I saw that, because we immediately just started laughing at 50 00:04:53.509 --> 00:04:57.870 the fact that we could pitch it as DTF. For those of you that 51 00:04:57.990 --> 00:05:01.750 Watch Jersey shore, you're clapping like a monkey right now and sitting in a 52 00:05:01.870 --> 00:05:09.100 puddle because you love that. But Anyway, I said, yeah, what 53 00:05:09.220 --> 00:05:11.459 do you want to do with it? Down to folk I love it, 54 00:05:11.579 --> 00:05:15.660 DTF, let's do it. What? What? What's your idea? And 55 00:05:15.220 --> 00:05:25.970 she is somebody that loves narrative storytelling and she had this grandioso idea of let's 56 00:05:27.009 --> 00:05:33.290 tell the stories of famous folklore and then really dig into the back story and, 57 00:05:34.720 --> 00:05:40.240 you know, the creation of these stories and what they are. I 58 00:05:40.319 --> 00:05:43.600 said, awesome, that's that sounds great. We're I'm here for it. 59 00:05:43.639 --> 00:05:47.560 Let's do it, and then that was it. For at least a month 60 00:05:47.600 --> 00:05:53.069 or so we kind of badgered back and forth with some ideas and and really 61 00:05:53.629 --> 00:05:57.029 nothing really came of it other than I dug it. I thought it was 62 00:05:57.110 --> 00:06:03.110 cool. It was a cool concept. I used to have when I had 63 00:06:03.230 --> 00:06:09.459 my old job, was I had a twohur commute hour each way, so 64 00:06:09.579 --> 00:06:12.980 I spent a lot of time listening to podcast and sitting in the car alone 65 00:06:13.019 --> 00:06:18.009 with my thoughts and working from home, I no longer had that. Fast 66 00:06:18.050 --> 00:06:26.050 forward to January of two thousand and twenty one and there was this little thing 67 00:06:26.170 --> 00:06:30.649 called the covid vaccine that came out. The company that I work for is 68 00:06:30.889 --> 00:06:36.199 located in Pennsylvania. I am located in Maryland. It's about a threehour drive 69 00:06:36.240 --> 00:06:43.199 up to my employer. Well, they mandated US getting vaccines and I was 70 00:06:43.319 --> 00:06:46.589 here for it because I you know, I'm afraid of needles, but I'm 71 00:06:46.589 --> 00:06:53.470 a lot more afraid of dyeing. So I jumped in the car and drove 72 00:06:53.550 --> 00:06:57.829 up for the night to get my vaccine. I drove up three hours, 73 00:06:58.350 --> 00:07:03.100 met my employer, got my vaccine that night in the hotel, I hooked 74 00:07:03.100 --> 00:07:10.939 up all my equipment and called Aeriel and we recorded a brainstorming session and what 75 00:07:11.139 --> 00:07:15.209 we thought was going to be the first episode of down to folk. Now, 76 00:07:15.370 --> 00:07:19.769 in that threehour drive up to Pennsylvania, I had this big idea, 77 00:07:19.970 --> 00:07:23.850 because that's what I do when I drive. I have all my great ideas 78 00:07:23.889 --> 00:07:27.089 when I'm driving. Unfortunately, I don't drive much anymore. So, yeah, 79 00:07:29.410 --> 00:07:31.639 I came to her with this proposal. I said this is a cool 80 00:07:31.639 --> 00:07:34.079 idea I like the concept. It's going to be a lot of fun. 81 00:07:34.759 --> 00:07:42.639 What if, instead of telling the stories of folklore, legends, Fairy Tales, 82 00:07:42.680 --> 00:07:46.870 etc. What if we just made them up on the spot? I'm 83 00:07:46.949 --> 00:07:50.149 not a writer, so I thought it would be fun to just hit record, 84 00:07:50.990 --> 00:07:55.870 have her give me a prompt, you know, Oh, have you 85 00:07:55.990 --> 00:08:00.579 heard the the story of blank? And I would say, Oh, yes, 86 00:08:00.860 --> 00:08:03.459 that's wonderful story. It is, but and then I would just make 87 00:08:03.500 --> 00:08:07.779 it up on the spot. That was the original concept. That's what we 88 00:08:07.980 --> 00:08:13.569 tried to do that night. It went okay, except for it was just 89 00:08:13.930 --> 00:08:20.410 me talking and aerial laughing like the joker in the background. So I said, 90 00:08:20.449 --> 00:08:24.329 well, let's try and do one let's try and do one together. 91 00:08:24.329 --> 00:08:28.600 Okay, so we can just kind of riff back and forth off of each 92 00:08:28.639 --> 00:08:35.159 other. So we did and again it was joker laughing over me telling a 93 00:08:35.279 --> 00:08:39.440 story, and then Ariel, composed yourself enough to throw a couple lines at 94 00:08:39.440 --> 00:08:43.909 the end and then, you know, lean into her deep concern for the 95 00:08:45.110 --> 00:08:50.470 perils that transpired throughout the story. Good, but not really what we were 96 00:08:50.549 --> 00:08:56.340 trying to hit. So we didn't shelf fit, but we figured we'd start 97 00:08:56.379 --> 00:08:58.460 working on it and I think it was on my drive home the next day 98 00:08:58.580 --> 00:09:03.299 she said, what if we just write the stories ahead of time? So 99 00:09:03.779 --> 00:09:09.419 that's what she started doing. She sat down and started writing stories. I 100 00:09:09.659 --> 00:09:16.610 believe we had she wrote the first four stories right out of the gate. 101 00:09:18.289 --> 00:09:24.960 Within a week's time we had our first four stories. I took her stories 102 00:09:24.000 --> 00:09:30.480 and built off of them and and then we said, well, what if 103 00:09:30.480 --> 00:09:35.559 we link them together somehow? So I I, I wrote four stories and 104 00:09:35.720 --> 00:09:39.309 gave them to her and then she did, you know, kind of addressed 105 00:09:39.710 --> 00:09:43.750 those, you know, linked her stories to those. So now we had 106 00:09:43.870 --> 00:09:48.350 eight stories. At this point the goal was we were going to launch the 107 00:09:48.509 --> 00:09:54.620 podcast and do a seven day launch, one episode a day for seven days 108 00:09:54.779 --> 00:09:58.059 and then go to a biweekly release schedule. We had it all scoped out, 109 00:09:58.100 --> 00:10:07.889 all planned out. We were going to record some little segments, you 110 00:10:07.009 --> 00:10:13.929 know, to kind of pad everything when I went back to Pennsylvania for my 111 00:10:15.210 --> 00:10:20.049 second covid vaccine. So that was the plan. I went back up for 112 00:10:20.169 --> 00:10:26.360 my second covid injection. Thanks to Hotel Wifi, I had no sick know, 113 00:10:26.759 --> 00:10:31.679 so we never got to record anything. That second chance to sit down 114 00:10:31.679 --> 00:10:39.750 together and work on this somewhere in here is when the famous trailer came out. 115 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:46.590 Now, the trailer was a fun thing because I jumped up and down 116 00:10:46.629 --> 00:10:50.580 and I still do. I don't know how to write. So I left 117 00:10:50.779 --> 00:10:54.580 this up to Ariel. I said we need to do something that is that 118 00:10:54.820 --> 00:11:00.299 narrative style that you love. Let's say this is what is happening, this 119 00:11:00.299 --> 00:11:05.409 is how it's going to work, and somewhere in there throw in the fact 120 00:11:05.409 --> 00:11:09.049 that we're making it up somehow. And so she took it and ran with 121 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:15.250 it and sent me a recording. That was the trailer. I loved it. 122 00:11:15.649 --> 00:11:18.960 I loved what she did. I thought it was a cool it was 123 00:11:18.000 --> 00:11:22.200 a cool clip, it was a cool pace and I like the tone of 124 00:11:22.279 --> 00:11:26.159 it. So I set out to find some music to put underneath it. 125 00:11:26.039 --> 00:11:31.000 Did that and and then I was like, you know, hey, I'm 126 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:33.389 in this, I'm in this race to I want my voice out there. 127 00:11:33.950 --> 00:11:39.750 So I took it and cut it up and I recorded the trailer as well 128 00:11:41.230 --> 00:11:46.990 and then cut every other line and had it alternate between us. Now, 129 00:11:46.220 --> 00:11:50.379 little known fact the original trailer that we made, there's two versions of it. 130 00:11:50.659 --> 00:11:54.899 One is in Stereo and one is not. The one that most people 131 00:11:54.940 --> 00:12:01.059 play is the mono version, the Non Stereo version. The only difference is 132 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:05.850 is I'm in one ear and Ariels in the other ear. And then when 133 00:12:05.889 --> 00:12:09.769 it gets to the line about and the best part of all, and then 134 00:12:09.809 --> 00:12:13.409 it switches. We're making it all up and she says that's right, we're 135 00:12:13.690 --> 00:12:18.120 completely full of Shit. Those last two lines are in Stereo. So it's 136 00:12:18.200 --> 00:12:22.639 like we're standing behind you whispering over your shoulder about all the things we're going 137 00:12:22.679 --> 00:12:26.759 to tell you in this podcast and then it just booms into your entire head 138 00:12:28.320 --> 00:12:33.750 that we're here and we're full of Shit. That was the story behind the 139 00:12:33.789 --> 00:12:37.830 trailer. So we did that. Then I started piecing together the first episodes. 140 00:12:39.750 --> 00:12:43.269 It was going to be aerial story and my story. The original plan 141 00:12:43.460 --> 00:12:50.139 was I wanted to do my stories as bedtime stories. How my delivery was 142 00:12:50.259 --> 00:12:56.259 going to be a bedtime story, so I recorded mine as bedtime stories. 143 00:12:56.299 --> 00:13:00.370 It all started with like an introduction. It's like tonight we're going to be 144 00:13:00.450 --> 00:13:03.730 reading BUBBA BUBBA BAH and this is the story below them, and I'd tell 145 00:13:03.809 --> 00:13:07.169 the story and then at the end I'd say good night everybody, and that's 146 00:13:07.210 --> 00:13:13.519 where the episode was supposed to end, but it just sounded flat. So 147 00:13:13.519 --> 00:13:18.799 I got the idea of because we're my storytelling is best is around a campfire, 148 00:13:20.000 --> 00:13:22.120 so I said, what about put a campfire sound effect in there, 149 00:13:22.279 --> 00:13:26.590 and it was me telling a story around a campfire. So I really started 150 00:13:26.669 --> 00:13:31.309 working with my delivery to make it sound like I'm sitting by a campfire telling 151 00:13:31.309 --> 00:13:35.549 you a story, the listener a story. Ariel did her thing, telling 152 00:13:35.629 --> 00:13:41.620 her stories very malice esque, but with a lot more humor. Still the 153 00:13:41.659 --> 00:13:46.340 same amount of dead bodies, but they're right up on front street. She 154 00:13:46.460 --> 00:13:50.940 doesn't bury it, bear the lead like she does on Alice and and we 155 00:13:50.019 --> 00:13:54.340 went with it. Sounded great, but we still needed something to kind of 156 00:13:54.460 --> 00:14:01.330 tie it all together. I thought about looking for a voice actor and I 157 00:14:01.490 --> 00:14:03.169 just didn't have the time and I didn't have the Jack to do it. 158 00:14:03.250 --> 00:14:09.889 I didn't have the money. So I got a program, a computer program 159 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:16.399 that does computer voices, and it was two voices. There was a male 160 00:14:16.559 --> 00:14:20.360 and a female, and the the mail did the wrap up at the end 161 00:14:20.399 --> 00:14:26.429 of the episode and the female did break down of what you were about to 162 00:14:26.629 --> 00:14:33.190 hear. We did it with a each segment, started with beginning storytelling sequence 163 00:14:33.509 --> 00:14:39.539 and then with mine. It was like beginning campfire sequence, very robotic and 164 00:14:39.659 --> 00:14:45.820 very controlled, I guess it's the best word for it. So we busted 165 00:14:45.899 --> 00:14:48.740 these these episodes out and I recorded a couple. I reached out to Keith 166 00:14:48.779 --> 00:14:54.769 gala from the popup film cast, one of the members of the word, 167 00:14:54.889 --> 00:14:58.450 so to speak, from pod fix, and said Hey, man, can 168 00:14:58.529 --> 00:15:01.009 you listen to this and tell me what you think? And he listened to 169 00:15:01.049 --> 00:15:05.009 it and he said it sounds like two different podcasts in one, and I 170 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:11.039 agreed. So I wanted to make it even more cohesive. So the female 171 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:18.000 voice went away. Spoilers, she came back as Jessica Johnson in later episodes. 172 00:15:18.039 --> 00:15:22.549 If you haven't listened yet, go listen. You'll hear pop up. 173 00:15:22.350 --> 00:15:30.509 And then the other one actually left mask and went on to become SAV sugrin 174 00:15:31.110 --> 00:15:33.110 with the pod fix network. But anyway, that's a whole nother story. 175 00:15:37.019 --> 00:15:41.299 So that was it. I wanted one of my biggest influences for our new 176 00:15:41.820 --> 00:15:45.980 host, so to speak, the person that was going to just kind of 177 00:15:46.019 --> 00:15:52.409 bookend each story, was I wanted a regal voice, so I was thinking 178 00:15:52.450 --> 00:16:00.250 a British accent. Luckily this program had one, and then I wanted him 179 00:16:00.490 --> 00:16:07.159 to just be the most shitty person in the world and I pulled a lot 180 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:11.519 of that from the podcast hello from the magic tavern, who has this mystery 181 00:16:11.600 --> 00:16:15.799 voice that introduces every episode and just shit talks everybody in the episode. It's 182 00:16:15.799 --> 00:16:22.110 usually at the end when he gets really shitty when he's introduced. You know, 183 00:16:22.230 --> 00:16:26.070 he introduced the cast and stuff like that. But I wanted this shitty 184 00:16:26.190 --> 00:16:30.629 personality that was British to kind of bookend all the stories. So went with 185 00:16:30.750 --> 00:16:37.820 that and it worked and that's where Lloyd came from. So Lloyd was born 186 00:16:37.019 --> 00:16:41.259 his Ay. His name is actually Arthur and he's a computer voice. Sorry, 187 00:16:41.379 --> 00:16:45.419 mom. My Mom's been trying to figure out, probably up until episode 188 00:16:45.500 --> 00:16:52.490 twenty, who was doing the voice of of Lloyd and she believes it is 189 00:16:52.610 --> 00:16:56.009 Anthony Sitco from capes on the couch, and I have no doubt in my 190 00:16:56.090 --> 00:17:02.080 mind that he would rock that part if I gave it to him and Anthony 191 00:17:02.159 --> 00:17:07.519 Call Me. It would be awesome to have somebody that could have a little 192 00:17:07.519 --> 00:17:11.960 more inflection in their voice, but I think it is it kind of plays 193 00:17:12.039 --> 00:17:17.509 to the gimmicky part of the fact that this is a top secret government organization 194 00:17:18.069 --> 00:17:25.950 and you have this robotic voice announcing what's going to happen with a shitty attitude. 195 00:17:25.990 --> 00:17:29.589 So I thought it was fun. So that was it. Now I'm 196 00:17:29.589 --> 00:17:32.299 not going to get into this because it's not my story to tell, but 197 00:17:32.339 --> 00:17:34.579 I will give the disclaimer that, yes, this is not my story to 198 00:17:34.660 --> 00:17:38.140 tell and Ariel, I'm sorry for bringing this up, but I think it's 199 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:42.299 it's a very important part of the mythos that is down to folk. A 200 00:17:44.769 --> 00:17:53.210 couple of weeks before we launched, Ariel's father had a horrific accident which he 201 00:17:53.329 --> 00:18:00.200 ended up passing, and he ended up passing on February, I believe. 202 00:18:00.400 --> 00:18:03.519 Sorry, Ariel, if I'm wrong on this, but I think it was 203 00:18:03.680 --> 00:18:07.359 exactly to the day, February twenty two, which was the day that we 204 00:18:07.519 --> 00:18:17.589 launched episode one. That put the entire show at jeopardy. At that point 205 00:18:17.869 --> 00:18:23.829 we had we had four solid episodes done and ready to release. So we 206 00:18:23.910 --> 00:18:27.099 had to shift a little bit because we were going to do weekly or a 207 00:18:27.220 --> 00:18:32.900 daily for the first week and then go to bi weekly. I made the 208 00:18:33.019 --> 00:18:41.730 decision that we would go Monday Wednesday and Monday Wednesday Friday. The following Wednesday 209 00:18:41.930 --> 00:18:45.529 we would skip a week and then go into that bi weekly release. So 210 00:18:45.930 --> 00:18:48.930 we had four banked. We had two weeks to get aerial back into right 211 00:18:49.009 --> 00:18:56.160 head space to deal with things and and then we could move forward, which 212 00:18:56.240 --> 00:19:00.920 is what we did. And and it was tough. It was really tough 213 00:19:00.160 --> 00:19:03.880 because it's you know, I am a very much a show must go on 214 00:19:04.079 --> 00:19:08.000 person. I've never had to deal with what Ariel had to deal with and 215 00:19:10.069 --> 00:19:15.390 so I was very respectful to the time that she needed and and what needed 216 00:19:15.470 --> 00:19:23.859 to happen to keep the show moving because just off of the the trailer alone, 217 00:19:25.059 --> 00:19:27.180 we were already getting a lot of buzz and a lot of feedback. 218 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:33.740 So I knew we were on to something big. When it came time for 219 00:19:34.019 --> 00:19:41.329 episode five, this is where things really got crazy. Actually, episode three 220 00:19:41.369 --> 00:19:48.089 things got way crazy because, fun fact, I'll do a separate little behind 221 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:53.440 the scenes on this alone, but in episode three we change the name of 222 00:19:53.640 --> 00:19:59.200 the organization that we work for a mask. Yes, if you've been here 223 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:03.559 since day one, you notice this. If you have not, sorry, 224 00:20:03.599 --> 00:20:08.269 you missed the magic. I actually went back in re release the first three 225 00:20:08.309 --> 00:20:17.710 episodes after they were out to change something. So if you listen back or 226 00:20:18.269 --> 00:20:22.660 just new to the show and listen to episode the prelude, which was, 227 00:20:23.220 --> 00:20:27.259 you know, between the trailer and episode one. Episode One, episode two 228 00:20:27.339 --> 00:20:34.140 and episode three, there's a segment in there that Lloyd, when Lloyd talks 229 00:20:34.259 --> 00:20:40.369 that doesn't make any sense and he talks about the Mandela effect. That is 230 00:20:40.490 --> 00:20:47.289 because I re release the first three episodes and the prelude to include a joke 231 00:20:47.410 --> 00:20:52.640 that I put into episode three. Why? Because I'm that guy, damn 232 00:20:52.680 --> 00:21:00.759 extra. But it was a nice little thing to do because anybody that was 233 00:21:00.880 --> 00:21:06.789 there from day one will get the joke. They'll and it only works if 234 00:21:06.829 --> 00:21:10.190 they hear it and in their Lloyd calls out you. If you don't leave 235 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:11.789 me. Go back and listen. If you go back and listen, it's 236 00:21:11.950 --> 00:21:15.509 changed, Perversi. You know, presumably from the first time you heard it. 237 00:21:15.789 --> 00:21:19.940 Everybody else it's always been the same. So for the two people that 238 00:21:21.019 --> 00:21:23.140 were there from the beginning, right on, you got the joke and and 239 00:21:23.980 --> 00:21:26.660 maybe you didn't even care, but now you now you care. I'll do 240 00:21:26.700 --> 00:21:30.700 a whole episode on this, but anyway. And then that brought us to 241 00:21:30.819 --> 00:21:38.930 episode five. We were still in a flux with aerial being comfortable with recording 242 00:21:40.170 --> 00:21:45.369 and and the things that she needed to to, you know, deal with 243 00:21:45.529 --> 00:21:48.079 everything, the the magnitude of the things that we're coming down on her at 244 00:21:48.119 --> 00:21:52.119 that time, and I want again, I wanted to respect that. So 245 00:21:52.720 --> 00:21:56.960 we did those four episodes in a twoweek period. We had a week off 246 00:21:56.079 --> 00:22:00.630 and then we needed to get something out. So it wasn't looking like Ariel 247 00:22:02.349 --> 00:22:07.509 was going to make it. So I came up with this idea of doing 248 00:22:07.589 --> 00:22:11.190 a spoof of like an art bill kind of thing, like a conspiracy theory 249 00:22:11.269 --> 00:22:18.660 late night talk radio show, and recorded it and if you want the behind 250 00:22:18.660 --> 00:22:26.059 the scenes skinny here, this is when we introduced Dr Callahan. Dr Callahan 251 00:22:26.420 --> 00:22:36.009 is has a PhD in metaphysics from Universal Life, which is the scam church 252 00:22:36.130 --> 00:22:41.049 online where you for fifteen dollars you can become ordained and for twenty dollars you 253 00:22:41.089 --> 00:22:48.400 can get a doctorate in some bullshit like metaphysics. But the idea all stemmed 254 00:22:48.440 --> 00:22:55.680 from a talk radio host in California that I was very good friends with still 255 00:22:55.880 --> 00:22:59.109 and facebook friends with him. He does a lot of voice acting. He 256 00:22:59.269 --> 00:23:04.150 plays principle vagina on Rick and morty. For the people that are down with 257 00:23:04.269 --> 00:23:08.670 that, F is for family he's on there too. He's done voices for 258 00:23:08.710 --> 00:23:15.539 King of the hill, etcetera, etc. Futurama, Phil Henry. He 259 00:23:15.859 --> 00:23:21.660 did a talk show in terrestro radio that was at one point nationally syndicated. 260 00:23:21.779 --> 00:23:26.940 I got on board in the early years when he moved from Florida to California 261 00:23:26.099 --> 00:23:30.130 and was on Kfi there. But he would do this whole bit where he 262 00:23:30.329 --> 00:23:34.089 would talk to himself on the phone and people would call in and think they're 263 00:23:34.130 --> 00:23:41.200 real. So I spent this two week period between episode four and five trying 264 00:23:41.440 --> 00:23:47.359 to master this. And what I did as I ended up going to a 265 00:23:47.519 --> 00:23:53.480 thrift store and buying an old telephone and then went to Youtube University and found 266 00:23:53.759 --> 00:24:02.349 out that you could hardwire. You could hardwire a microphone cord into an old 267 00:24:02.549 --> 00:24:07.829 phone and the results would sound like you are talking on a telephone and then 268 00:24:07.869 --> 00:24:12.900 you bounce back and forth between your microphone and the telephone. And I wanted 269 00:24:12.900 --> 00:24:18.380 to do this squirrely guy and I really didn't have a voice in mine, 270 00:24:18.579 --> 00:24:21.460 and so I just hit record and I did it one take. That's what 271 00:24:21.660 --> 00:24:26.049 area fifty one episode is the episode Five Live for Mary. Fifty one it's 272 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:30.769 me talking to myself on the phone. People are shocked by that. Two 273 00:24:30.809 --> 00:24:34.369 girls on a bench had no clue that that was me when we did our 274 00:24:34.450 --> 00:24:40.799 live stream, but it is. It is in fact me, and Harry 275 00:24:40.839 --> 00:24:44.880 Callahan was not his original name. In that episode it got cut off. 276 00:24:45.000 --> 00:24:51.680 I for time because it was a real long segment I did. I had 277 00:24:51.759 --> 00:24:53.910 him not wanting to give his real name and me, he and I having 278 00:24:53.910 --> 00:25:00.349 a conversation about what his name should be and he decided on Harry Callahan because 279 00:25:00.349 --> 00:25:03.750 he had just watched dirty Harry. Nothing fancy there, but anyway. So 280 00:25:03.950 --> 00:25:10.819 that was him and that's where Harry came from. was that, and then 281 00:25:10.859 --> 00:25:14.539 the phone played in. And if you want to know the back behind the 282 00:25:14.619 --> 00:25:18.299 scenes, magic wizard, where's wizard tree? There it is a guy. 283 00:25:18.299 --> 00:25:21.930 I'm getting ready to tell you I talked to myself all the time and I 284 00:25:21.970 --> 00:25:26.170 can't even spit out. Wizardry. Anyway, there it is. I have 285 00:25:26.450 --> 00:25:30.410 two microphones, the one I talked into and my telephone. That is Harry, 286 00:25:32.529 --> 00:25:34.529 and what I do is I keep the phone up all the time. 287 00:25:34.569 --> 00:25:38.960 Right now I'm talking and you can't hear that I'm talking on the phone because 288 00:25:40.039 --> 00:25:44.440 this booming microphone voice is coming over the top of it. But when I 289 00:25:45.039 --> 00:25:48.160 pod down, as they say in the business, I turned down microphone one, 290 00:25:48.359 --> 00:25:52.029 talk directly into the phone. You can't hear me on the microphone. 291 00:25:52.069 --> 00:25:56.470 You can only hear me through the phone. Back and forth happens and it 292 00:25:56.789 --> 00:26:00.509 makes a little bit of wizardry. Like Dr Harry, are you there? 293 00:26:00.710 --> 00:26:03.950 I'm here, Chad, and thank you for explaining that to me. I've 294 00:26:03.990 --> 00:26:07.700 always wondered how you did that exactly. Well, thanks for, you know, 295 00:26:07.859 --> 00:26:11.940 listening to me explain it, because I just kind of babbled for a 296 00:26:11.980 --> 00:26:15.180 little while. But anyway, that's where Harry came from. His voice changes 297 00:26:15.220 --> 00:26:19.730 about sixteen times during that bit. But it's a funny bit because it's a 298 00:26:19.809 --> 00:26:25.089 guy that has, quote unquote, snuck into area fifty one and what he 299 00:26:25.250 --> 00:26:30.809 describes is what's inside the Lux or hotel in Las Vegas. I actually brought 300 00:26:30.849 --> 00:26:37.359 up a video on youtube of a walk through of and everything he says he 301 00:26:37.599 --> 00:26:44.880 sees is me talking into this phone describing what I see and I think the 302 00:26:44.920 --> 00:26:48.509 highlight of it was, you know, when he sees the Nathan's hot dogs. 303 00:26:48.589 --> 00:26:52.750 But because that just struck me funny that there's a starbucks right next to 304 00:26:52.029 --> 00:26:59.630 a Nathan's hot dogs and the titanic exhibit that they have there. So I 305 00:26:59.789 --> 00:27:02.140 just thought that was funny. But anyway, yeah, so that's how that 306 00:27:02.259 --> 00:27:06.980 episode came about and and things just move forward from there. I mean, 307 00:27:07.019 --> 00:27:10.539 we're almost at a half an hour here, so I'm gonna I'm going to 308 00:27:10.619 --> 00:27:14.460 cut this short. 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