Saturday, August 30, 2014

Win a pass to Salt Lake Comic Con!

We are giving away Thursday passes to Salt Lake Comic Con all weekend long!

For your chance to win, follow On the Mic Podcast on Facebook and Twitter. Look for the contests that we announce and play along! You don't want to miss out on the time of your life at Salt Lake Comic Con!

Congrats to our winners so far:

Meghan Bardin
Jeremy Arnold
Jonny Byrne

Watch for Official Blog posts from Tim on Salt Lake Comic Con's website as well!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tim's 2014 Emmy Picks

It's Emmy time folks, and you know what that means. It's time for Tim's annual Emmy picks. Tim's picks have become a tradition during award season and something we know all of you have come to expect and love.

Late Night host and former SNL alum Seth Meyers is back and hosting this years ceremony.

There are so many great actors, actresses and shows that have been nominated this year. Every one of them deserve to win this prestigious television award. With this years Emmy's we will give a final farewell to some shows, such as Breaking Bad. We also see a bunch of new shows that really made a punch this year such as HBO's True Detective. Game of Thrones leads the pack with the most nominations coming in at 59 nominations, but will they take them all? 

We can't wait for the show tonight. The Emmy Awards have a ton of categories and as usual Tim will only be picking the main categories. Without further adieu, here are Tim's picks for the 2014 Emmy Awards. 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad

*This is an incredibly tough category to pick from with so many great performances from Christina Hendricks in Mad Men and Lena Heady in Game of Thrones. This year I feel like Anna Gunn has captured this outright with a phenomenal performance in the Final Season of Breaking Bad

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

* I think most fans would agree that this award will go to Bryan Cranston for his final performance of Walter White, but let's not count out Matthew McConaughey's incredible performance in True Detective. Really everybody in this category, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Woody Harrelson, are all more than deserving on the Emmy in this category, but I truly think Bryan Cranston will be sent off with a final Emmy for Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Robin Wright - House of Cards

*Another powerhouse category. I really feel that Robin Wright will win this year, but don't count out Lizzy Caplan for Masters of Sex or Kerry Washington for Scandal. Both of these women were amazing in their roles. 

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Jane Fonda - The Newsroom 

*Don't count our Kate Mara for her role in House of Cards. She has been great in House of Cards from the start and I think she's Jane Fonda's main competition. 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Dylan Baker - The Good Wife

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

"Felina" - Breaking Bad

*Don't count out the Breaking Bad episode "Ozymandias". Both of these episodes were amazing and wrapped up the series beautifully. However, I can't think of a better finale than Breaking Bad's.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Vince Gilligan for "Felina" - Breaking Bad

*The only other possibility I really see for this category is Cary Joji Fukunaga for the episode "Who Goes There" from True Detective

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

*Such a great lineup of actors here. I would love to see any one of these guys win. I really wouldn't mind to see Tony Hale win again for Veep, but I really think we will see Andre Braugher take home his first win for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This wouldn't be his first Emmy win either since he took one home for the hit drama, Homicide

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory

*Year after year, Mayim Bialik's knocks it out of the park with her character Amy on The Big Bang Theory. I pick her every year and this year is no different. I won't be surprised to see Kate Mulgrew win for "Orange Is The New Black"though. I must say I am thrilled to see SNL cast member Kate McKinnon get a nomination as well. 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

*A lot of good performances this year, but not as strong as a category as previous years. Jim Parson will add another Emmy to his collection this year. 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

*What an incredible lineup of actresses here! If Julia Louis-Dreyfus was is not to win this, I feel like her main competition is Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie and Taylor Schilling for Orange Is The New Black. Both are incredible in their roles but I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins again!

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba - Orange Is The New Black

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Jimmy Fallon - Saturday Night Live

*This was easily my favorite episode of SNL all of last season. Fallon is a lock for his Emmy win!

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Louis C.K. for "So Did The Fat Lady" - Louie

*Even though I don't see it winning, I am glad to see that Silicon Valley received an Emmy nomination in it's first year!

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Jodie Foster for "Lesbian Request Denied" - Orange Is The New Black

*The only other episode I really see this going to is Mike Judge for "Minimum Viable Product" for Silicon Valley.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

*Well that just took me 20 minutes to type that. What a tough race for the best comedies on TV right now. I'm still not even 100% confident in my pick, but that's what I am going with. The other one that I am really torn between is Orange Is The New Black. The Big Bang Theory really seemed to step their game up their year. I think this Emmy goes to them. However, Orange Is The New Black has also become a powerhouse show. Modern Family is still one of the best comedies on TV, but I think this year just isn't their year. Louie, Veep and Silicon Valley are also amazing shows, but I just don't see them taking this one. 

Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie

Jessica Lange - American Horror Story

Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie

Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo

Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie

Allison Tolman - Fargo

Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie

Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart

Outstanding Mini-Series


Outstanding Writing for a Variety-Series

The Colbert Report

*This could really go either way. I could really see The Daily Show or The Tonight Show getting this Emmy, but Colbert and his team of writers continue to step up their game. Even after winning the Emmy last year, The Colbert Nation hasn't slowed down a bit. 

Outstanding Variety-Series

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

*While this category has previously been ruled by The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Fallon has brought a whole new element to Late Night TV as he took over The Tonight Show. Fallon deserves this win!

Outstanding Animated Program

Bob's Burgers

I finally started watching Bob's Burgers back in the Fall. This show has quickly become one of my favorite shows on television. I think Bob's Burgers wins without a doubt. 

There are my picks for this year! Let's see how I do! 

Don't miss the Emmy's TONIGHT at 8PM ET on NBC


Tim will be LIVE Tweeting the awards. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On the Mic Podcast - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I was challenged by one of my fellow Salt Lake Comic Con bloggers, James Estrada, @nerdyathomedad to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Please go to to donate!

A little over 2 years ago, one of my friends moms passed away from this terrible disease. Help raise awareness and money for research to help find a cure.

I challenge my fellow Job Interview cast mates, Austin Grant and Jonny Byrne, and since this was for On the Mic Podcast, I am challenging the two podcasts that have inspired me to work hard and keep podcasting. I challenge Nerdist Podcast (Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray) and WTF Podcast with Marc Maron.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Episode 27 - Brickleberry; Roger Black and Waco O'Guin


In this new episode of the podcast I talked with Roger Black and Waco O'Guin! Roger and Waco are the creators, writers, and voice over artists behind the hit Comedy Central show, 'Brickleberry'.

Waco O'Guin and Roger Black

I talked with Roger and Waco about how 'Brickleberry' got started, the inspiration behind the episodes, working with Daniel Tosh, voicing characters, the upcoming 3rd Season, and so much more! Check it out!

Waco O'Guin in studio tracking the voice of 'Bobby'
(Photos courtesy of OnlineAthens)

Roger Black in studio tracking the voice of 'Connie'
(Photos courtesy of OnlineAthens)

A huge thank you to Roger and Waco for taking the time out of their incredibly busy schedules to talk with me about the show. It was great to learn about how the show came about and some of the process of making the show. I have absolutely loved 'Brickleberry' and tried my best not to fanboy during this episode. Make sure to check out 'Brickleberry' on Comedy Central and start your binge watching on Hulu to get caught up for Season 3! 

'Brickleberry' returns September 16th for Season 3 on Comedy Central!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Job Interview - "I Just Want To Swing" - Improv Episode

Finally a new semi-episode of The Job Interview. One day while filming we decided we wanted to make an episode that was 100% improv. We came up with a basic idea, turned on the cameras, and this is what happened in a few hours one Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Marvel Universe

Here is the first blog I was asked to write for Salt Lake Comic Con. I will be giving away several Thursday Passes for Comic Con! If you want you chance to win, follow my Twitter page @timdrake and @onthemicpodcast Enjoy the article! 

Since Marvel was founded in 1939, fans around the world have followed their favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains with intensity and admiration. However, with over 9,000 characters in the Marvel Universe, there are countless stories and facts that even the biggest Marvel fan may not have known existed. These were some of my favorite facts that many fans may not know about the vast Marvel Universe.

1 – The newly beloved Guardians of the Galaxy character, Rocket Raccoon was inspired by The Beatles song “Rocky Raccoon”. Rocket first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #271 where The Hulk and Rocket try to stop a villain from stealing Gideon’s Bible.       

2 – The King of Pop, Michael Jackson attempted to buy Marvel in the early 90’s so that he could play Spider-Man in a movie he planned to have produced. I always thought a little web-slinging action was exactly what Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker film was missing!

3- In 2007 The Simpsons introduced us to the beloved character of Spider-Pig. But were The Simpsons the creators of Spider-Pig? If you answered yes to that question, think again, it was Marvel! Marvel actually created the character of Peter-Porker in the 1983 comic about your friendly neighborhood Spider-Ham.

4- Have you ever wondered if your pet may have super powers?  For all you know your pet frog could actually have the powers of Thor. Don’t worry you aren’t losing your mind thinking this way. Well, not yet anyway. In 2009 Marvel created a superhero group of Pet Avengers. The character known as Throg is a Frog with the powers of Thor.

5 – In 2009, Rapper Eminem became a character in the Marvel Universe where he appeared in the comics with Punisher. In 2013, Eminem was also featured on an alternate cover of Marvel’s Mighty Avengers #3 with Iron Man.

6- You may have partied hard last weekend, but Squirrel Girl wasn’t just a figment of your imagination. Squirrel Girl first appeared in Marvel’s Marvel Super-Heroes in 1992. Squirrel Girl has an incredible ability of being able to control squirrels to help her fight the strongest of Super Villains. Squirrel Girl once defeated Doctor Doom by filling his airplane with a swarm of angry squirrels. This further confirms my theories about our cute little woodland friends. No matter how cute they may be, never trust a squirrel.

7- Marvel killed President Nixon! While several U.S. Presidents have been in Marvel Comics, none of them have ever been killed off. In Captain America #175, which was published shortly before Nixon resigned from Office, Captain is trying to track down Government corruption. This leads him to the White House where he ultimately sees the President commit suicide.

8- Iron Man’s artificial intelligence, J.A.R.V.I.S, was once a human! In the Iron Man films we are just use to hearing J.A.R.V.I.S through Tony Starks command center, but in the Iron Man comics his name was Edwin Jarvis, and he was actually Tony Starks butler.

9- The Guardians of the Galaxy made their first Marvel appearance in 1969 in Marvel Super Heroes #18, but it took them 20 years to actually have their own comic. When it was published in 1990, the comic wasn’t popular and was cancelled after 62 issues. 

10- Who is Stan Lee’s favorite Super Hero? Many people believe that it’s Spider-Man. While Stan Lee has always had a fondness for Spider-Man, he’s not his favorite.  In the 2013 documentary “Superheroes”, Stan Lee states “When I was writing each one, that was my favorite at the moment. I’ve spent so much time working on them that I’ve never really had time to think who my favorite is. They’re all like my children anyway. I think I love them equally”. 

Don’t miss Marvel at Salt Lake Comic Con, September 4-6.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con Blogging Announcement

I'm happy to FINALLY be able to announce that I am one of the Official Blog Writers for Salt Lake Comic Con! I have a lot of great blogs coming up for them!

Some of the blogs you can expect are:

- 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Marvel Universe

- Must See TV for your Salt Lake Comic Con guests (Part 1 & 2)

- Must See Movies for your Salt Lake Comic Con Guests (Part 1 & 2)

We will be giving away Thursday passes for Salt Lake Comic Con every week leading up to the event September 4-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Follow On the Mic as well as Tim on Twitter to stay up to date and find out how to win!