The Halloween spirit has arrived a little early this year, as Carrie tells us the creepy true story of the recent visit she and Alex made to a ‘Waldorf’ Preschool which she was seriously considering enrolling Alex in. That is, until she discovered that Alex would have been better off with a preschool run by Joe Carroll. I realize none of you get that joke pop-culture reference because I am the only person watching “The Following”, but trust me, that was funny. #kevinbacon Anyway, that takes up the first half of this very Carrie-centric episode. She also weighs in on the recent Bad Rapport episode Luke did with Stephanie in the Wisconsin Dells, and we have a sing along with Alex while he’s engaged in waste removal.
If you enjoy listening to people wander aimlessly around a department store searching for a hand-held suction device, then this is the podcast for you! In this episode, Luke Ski fills us in on the incredibly busy August he had with reports on his one-day solo vacation to the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Nerd Fest 2014, Gen Con Indy 2014, and his family’s trip to the Wisconsin Dells where he got his picture taken as an armed steampunk manaic, as pictured here. We also hear a caricature gig story that was recorded on Luke’s hand-held voice recorder last month when he had lunch at Real Chili with his old pal Mike Guthrie. Carrie tells us about the process of moving her mother-in-law Karen into the house, and we read your comments from the past 5 episodes which we’ve been sorely neglecting due to being distracted by everything we’ve been doing all summer.
Carrie and I recorded this episode on August 5th. My intention was to edit and post it that night before I began my 2-week sort-of tour to Orlando Nerd Fest 2014 and Gen Con Indy 2014, so you guys would have a new episode to tide you over until I got back. Well, due to being busy with preparations before and during both these events, that didn’t happen, and you’re getting this episode 2 weeks later, negating the whole point of trying to get the episode recorded before I left town. That’s the way the cookie’s best laid plans of mice and men, crumbles, uh, shit happens.
Anyway, in this episode, Carrie and Luke talk about what other things they’ve been up to all summer. Carrie moved her family into a new house, dyed her hair, marched in the Pride parade, sang Ren Faire music, took Alex to see the dentist, Muppets, hot-air balloons, and put out a new album. Meanwhile Luke began some sessions of serious therapy, went to Buffalo, learned CPR, saw both Rifftrax Sharknado and Monty Python at the movie theater, watched “Scrubs” in its entirety, and put out a new album.
You can get Luke’s new album “4th Grade Talent Show” and Carrie’s new album “Sing All Funny Jokes” at our respective Bandcamp pages, assuming the image for this episode didn’t scare you so bad you had a massive heart attack and died.
When Luke Ski’s ex-wife/best friend Stephanie called him to ask if he’d be willing to join her and her boyfriend Thor on a one-night trip to the Wisconsin Dells staying at the Wilderness Resort to celebrate her birthday on July 3rd, Luke said he’d do it on the condition that during the course of the day she’d be willing to let Luke turn on his Zoom H2 and record an episode of Bad Rapport with her which he’d save and post later in the month when he knew both he and Carrie would be too busy (finishing his album and moving into her new house, respectively) to get together to record an episode. So, that’s what this is.
The first two-thirds of the episode were recorded over dinner at Buffalo Phil’s Pizza & Grill, where Luke & Steph discuss many of their past road trips across the country, including the tour-chasing they did back during the “Running With Scissors” Tour. Speaking of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Luke & Steph also try to make some predictions as to just what songs will be in the polka medley on Al’s new album “Mandatory Fun”, which is available now. Spoiler alert: I do play one track from the new album in this episode, so if you’re trying to avoid spoilers, it’s the first track following the second segment, so skip ahead 4 minutes.
The final third of the episode is an audio travelogue of the main strip of the Wisconsin Dells, starting at the Mobil Station in front the entrance to the Kalahari Resort on Hwy 12 just north of I-90/94 Exit 92, following Wisconsin Dells Pkwy north. After 4 miles, they turn right onto WI-13 N/WI-16 E and head into the downtown area, where they made a discovery so epic that to go into any detail will spoil the podcast magic, ending their 5 mile journey at another Mobil Station at 802 Broadway.
Sometimes it’s hard to think up clever titles for these episodes, and sometimes it just makes sense to title the episode after its primary subject matter. This is both of those times in one. The FuMP .com‘s first convention of its own, “FuMPFeST 2014” is in the history books, and it went really freakin’ well. The first part of this episode was recorded live on stage at FuMPFeST during the Podcast Panel, and features appearances by Josh and Alex, making his live stage performance debut. The second part was recorded at Buca Di Beppo where for the first time ever, all 6 hosts of Luke & Carrie’s Bad Rapport, Blasted Bill & Moonbeam’s Pod Of Destiny, and the Flopcast all recorded a segment together, forming the “Bad Flop-port Of Destiny-cast”! After that, we skip ahead 2 weeks to when Carrie finally got a chance to sit down and review everything that happened at FuMPFeST from her point of view, with Luke interjecting with some highlights. To hear a full super-detailed account of FuMPFeST 2014, go listen to the FuMPcast Episode #211.
It’s been 7-and-a-half weeks since the last episode of Bad Rapport, which I believe is the longest stretch of time we’ve gone without posting an episode since we started. I could list off all the things that kept us from having the time to record, edit, & post new episodes, but that would just waste futher time, and most you already know why anyway. One benefit of this expanse is that there are now 2 new Luke Ski songs that did not exist before our last episode. One done with Insane Ian, and one done with Carrie Dahlby, both of which are heard in this episode, along with comedy tracks by Chris Hardwick, Positude, Dino-Mike, Eddie Izzard, and TV’s Kyle featuring Lindsay Smith.
The first segment of this episode is our annual recap of the MarsCon “Boob Tree” game. I edited down our conversation to just the funniest parts, and if you’d like to see images of the cards we discussed, check out the comments for this episode.
The second and main part of this podcast was recorded on May 30th as Carrie and her husband Josh were driving out to, and back home from, their 5th Anniversary dinner at Vio Veneto, the restaurant at which they were married. Not many weddings have a bubble machine, a dance move called ‘the hyperactive flamingo’, and a full-blown dementia concert, but theirs did. Hear all about it, and wish Josh and Carrie a happy 5 years of blissful height discrepancy.
We’re back to our rebooted format for another episode where we recap everything we’ve been up to since the last time we recapped everything we’ve been up to. Can you say Sisyphus? Alex probably can, and he is heard in our first segment where Carrie tells us all the funny things he has said and done lately, including writing some new funny songs of his own. Luke tells us about Chi-Fi, taxes, his game plan for his 11th album, his mental heatlh and being the Easter Bunny. We also talk about the making of the music video for Power Salad’s “Corned Beef & Cabbage” done for his 50th birthday.
As much as I have been trying to stick with the new show format which would hopefully produce episodes that are about 90 minutes long with one third of that time being comedy music, some things just can’t be covered quickly. One of those things is our annual coverage of MarsCon, which is our only topic of conversation in this almost 3-hour long episode. This year’s MarsCon saw the return of Carrie Dahlby to the main stage for her own 30-minute concert, as well as Luke’s first performances of “Fake Adult” and “Because Of Bob”. Oh, and did we mention that Dr. Demento was there along with Meep Morp Studios, and that both Luke & Carrie were interviewed for the Dr. Demento documentary “Under The Smogberry Trees” which they are making? Yeah. That, and the whole rest of the weekend, was just incredible.
Alex makes an appearance in our opening segment, and we talk about his 2nd birthday party and his disdain for people who change the lyrics to songs he likes. Don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll come around on that issue before long. Be sure to leave us comments for this episode, as well as for Episode 100, which at the time I’m writing this only had ONE comment. WTF, y’all? So please leave us comments here, at Episode #100′s page, and on our phone hotline 916-LUKE-SKI, goddammit.
The numeric prophecy has come to pass, finally justifying my labeling our first episode as “#001″. Lunging forth through the darkness of the internet, our digital audio warhammer has smashed through the barrier separating double digits from triple digits, for after four years, four months, and twenty-six days, the fortnightly-ish podcast known as “Luke & Carrie’s Bad Rapport” has finally arrived at EPISODE 100!!!
This episode was recorded live at MarsCon 2014 as a part of the Dementia Track festivities, and features an audience made of people, our first physical evidence that our show actually has such a thing. You’ll hear many familiar voices in the crowd of this episode, as well as hearing a handful of highlights from past episodes of “LCBR”, as I have always abbreviated it.
Our first episode was titled “Our Motto: Shoot For Tolerable”. So Carrie and Luke put it to you, the listener, did we succeed? Has this show been tolerable, nay, even entertaining? Or has this show devolved even further into a colossal waste of everyone’s time? After listening to this episode, please leave us a comment and let us know. Some congratulatory phone calls to 916-LUKE-SKI would be particularly welcome. No matter what you think of what this show has become, it is undenyable that it still exists, which is at least partially your fault. So take ownership of that by leaving a comment or a voice message, and we’ll see you all at #101, unless all your messages are advising us to stop.