I'm not sure if I'm more jealous of him for the woman or the sweet shirt.

I’m not sure if I’m more jealous of him for the woman or the sweet shirt.

I’ve been a huge Opie & Anthony fan for years, and always enjoyed the hell out of the show’s producer, Erik Nagel. The guy is a Simpsons fanatic, grew up obsessed with radio and obsessively collects toys while hosting his own show, It’s Erik Nagel and reviewing junk food. I feel like we must be somehow related.

Anyhow, Erik was kind enough to call in and spend an hour talking with me about his thoughts on the Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakes trailer, why he hates the term “geek culture,” his thoughts on whether or no the The Simpsons is still as good as it ever was, the firing of his former co-worker Anthony Cumia and even offers a Papa’s Basement-exclusive review of his favorite snack this holiday season. The guy is great on air, and you should absolutely check him out on both Twitter and Instagram.

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D'awww, just look at those rapeable wittle cheeks!

D’awww, just look at those rapeable wittle cheeks!

What would a radio show be if its hosts didn’t summarize their Thanksgiving breaks upon returning from them? Howard and I tell the tale of our Thanksgivings, the contents of mine including recording an episode of this show that will never make it to air due to its racy content (hence calling it the “lost episode”) and obsessively watching Banshee, a Cinemax show with as much porn as plot. We also lock horns about whether or not what happened to Shia LaBeouf was rape (spoiler: it wasn’t, but Howard stupidly claims it was). It’s a good episode. I mean, I’d lie and say it was even if it wasn’t, but I’m not lying about this one.

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What do you get to eat when a sandwich shop runs out of the bread it puts its sandwiches on? Click here for the answer!

What do you get to eat when you show up at a sandwich shop that’s run out of bread halfway through its hours of service? Click here for the answer!

Having spent my entire life living right outside (and working within) DC, I start the episode by paying tribute to “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry, who passed over the weekend, and talk about what it’s like when your first memories of a political nature are of your mayor getting arrested for smoking crack in a hotel with his mistress.

The rest of the episode is me fighting the good fight, or at least rallying against SUNdeVICH, a sub shop in DC that ran out of bread and shuttered their doors more than four hours before their listed closing time, then had the gall to give me crap about me calling them out for it on Twitter. I will never do much to help another human being in any meaningful way in this world. I’ve accepted that. But, so help me God, if I can keep even one hungry person from showing up at a sandwich shop that finds it acceptable to routinely run out of bread hours before its scheduled closing time, I’ll have accomplished something in this world.

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Yeah, break it under her weight! Burn!

Yeah, break it under her weight! Burn!

The Internet has been a-titter with the photo Kim Kardashian released of her surgically crafted, hot air balloon ass last week. We’re joined by guest Tim Trueheart to figure out what can be said about America via its reaction to this oiled monolith and why it may be a harbinger of dark days ahead. (Man, that last part sounded ominous. I meant it pretty sarcastically. I mean, obviously, the world is going to Hell on a bullet train, but I doubt a set of Armenian ass cheeks the size of Franco Columbu’s lats is going to be the cause of it.)

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My apologies for using two pixels to censor THE SMALLEST AREOLAS KNOWN TO MAN.

My apologies for using two pixels to censor THE SMALLEST AREOLAS KNOWN TO MAN.

Keira Knightley released a topless photo untouched by Photoshop to show that she isn’t perfect and make a case for all women to love their bodies. My co-host Howard and I argue about whether or not she actually managed to accomplish that, with me taking the stance that a naked 10 showing she doesn’t need a computer to still be a 10 probably isn’t inspiring anyone. We also get into the return of The Newsroom and whether the writing of Aaron Sorkin and Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is limited because it features several characters that sound exactly like their creators mouthing off to one another. Enjoy the episode, and please use the subscription links below to inflate our numbers so that, by the time I turn 2,000, I might have 50 iTunes reviews.

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Wayne Static did being a rock star right. Hair like Guile from Street Fighter, a porn star wife and death via a drug overdose. A salut'.

Wayne Static did being a rock star right. Hair like Guile from Street Fighter, a porn star wife and death via a drug overdose. A salut’.

Wayne Static, frontman of Static-X and singer of this truly catchy masterpiece, died over the weekend. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume it had something to do with drugs. We use the news to talk about my own issues that will probably take me a little sooner than I should (man, this episode sounds like a real knee slapper, doesn’t it?), then get into the “10 hours of harassment” video that has been making the rounds on social media, featuring a woman who gets catcalled all over New York City. It’s a good episode with a strong finish, even if getting there is a little bleak. You’re an adult. You can handle it.

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Y U No Listen To My Football Show?

by John Papa on October 28, 2014

1979 Phillip Elliott Football Trading Card

I understand that I have five listeners and four of them already listen to Papa’s Football Podcast. But to the one that doesn’t (I’m looking at you, Steve), why aren’t you enjoying the funniest sports show out there dedicated to the most glorious sport ever known to man? This week we dissect the Cardinals’ ascent in the NFC, the complete implosion of Geno Smith and the Jets and the best games to grow breasts to as you vegitate on the couch during the upcoming weekend. It’s a good show. Give it a shot!

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A “hey bro” and a heart from my new best friend, Lena Dunham. What can I say? We’re cool like that.

A “hey bro” and a heart from my new best friend, Lena Dunham. What can I say? We’re cool like that.

I spent last Tuesday night hanging out with Lena Dunham, her mother, her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke, comedian Mike Birbiglia and Fun guitarist Jack Antonoff. And it was fantastic. How did this come to be? Am I being purposefully vague to make this event sound like more than it really was? What does Miss Dunham look like up close and personal? All questions can be answered by simply clicking below to listen to the latest episode of Papa’s Basement. (I could also just tell you now, but then you wouldn’t play the episode. And I need all four of you that do listen to the show to keep on listening. Be a pal.)

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Mike Sacks Calls In — Papa’s Basement #421

by John Papa on October 21, 2014

Mike Sacks: Author, artist, superhunk.

Mike Sacks: Author, artist, superhunk.

DC-native Mike Sacks called into the show to promote his incredible book about the art of humor, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. If you love comedy or if you have any aspirations in the field professionally, the book is a must-read. (I bet that expression disgusts Mike’s literary sensibilities, but he’s probably not reading this, so haha, buddy.) Please give it a read, and please give the episode a listen. I swear to god the guy’s an amazing listen and you will walk away a huge fan. (You can click the link above to go directly to Amazon to purchase the book. Make me look like a big man brimming with clout and do it.)

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Diane Rehm: Strong broadcaster, voice like the Grim Reaper.

Given her voice, Diane Rehm’s tagline should be “Broadcasting to the grave and beyond.”

Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy NPR as much as the next lazy slob who believes a commute contains time enough to both enlighten themselves and hurl torrents of obscenity at their fellow traffic-bound wage slaves. But the the voices on my local NPR station, WAMU, make listening very, very difficult. From Diane Rehm (who, admittedly, has a medical condition, so I’m a bad man for saying this) sounding like Death itself to Kojo Nnamdi, who sounds one bad caller away from declaring “I’m the captain, now,” I’m obsessed with the incredible degree of vocal oddity coming out of my speakers.

But before we get to WAMU’s aural assault, I talk about Mike SacksPoking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers, quite possibly the best book I have ever read on the subject of comedy itself. If you have any aspirations whatsoever in the field or simply are a fan, you need to pick up a copy of this book. Mike’s conversations with the top talent in the field today read like an incredibly funny manual of how to get into the business, and I have found myself stuck to the book since it arrived at my house. (Metaphorically stuck. My hand washing regimen is fine.)

All that plus an in-studio appearance from DC-area comedian Derek Sawyer make for an hour you don’t want to miss. (And if you love the show and want to do me a huge service that helps word about it get out, please leave some reviews over on the iTunes and Stitcher pages linked below. Tschüss!)

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