Sunday, September 15, 2019

Episode 169 - Let's Do Some Good

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[NSFW WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Today's episode of the podcast is another solo episode! This week wasn't planned to be a solo episode, but after a few guests had to reschedule this week, I decided to improvise.


As I mentioned in the first solo episode, one of my biggest issues when I started the podcast years ago was a lack of consistency. This was something I wanted to change and vowed I would. So in the wake of my frustration of not having a guest, I decided to take a deep breath and not let it ruin my week. 

If you listen to The Good Place: The Podcast, at the end of every episode Mark Evan Jackson asks each guest "What's Good?". The guest can answer anything here that brings them joy. It could be a charity, their family, ice cream, really anything that brings them joy. As I sat here frustrated I found me asking myself, "What's Good?". This inspired me to record an episode to talk about how all of us can try and do better and do good.

Listen to The Good Place: The Podcast

There's so many terrible things going on the world. While putting our head in the sand and pretending like they don't exist isn't the answer, what we can do is try and do good for ourselves, for our neighbors, and for our community.

A Purposeful Rescue is an animal rescue that I love and support

The Kitten Lady is another great animal rescuer to follow and support online

I talked about my own personal goals to get better and evolve as a human, some of the charities that I support and love, methods I use to put my head in a better place, self care, great pages I follow, and just how to be a better person.

A great book from Lin-Manuel Miranda to check out

This feels like some crazy Tony Robbins bullshit, but it's not. This was just what was on my mind this week was how we can get over the let downs life hands us and to just get better and do good. 

I hope this episode is something that can make you simple and inspire you to do some good. 

Let's all keep getting better. 

Go do some good. 



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Saturday, September 14, 2019

HBO releases a new Watchmen trailer!

Ever since this new Watchman series was announced by HBO I have been waiting in eager anticipation for it's release. 


We've seen a few looks at the series so far, but the newest trailer has me on the edge of my seat! There are many critics of the past Watchmen film (honestly I quite enjoyed the film) but from the looks of it, I think this new series is going to make everybody a fan. 

Take a look at the new trailer below!


The new Watchmen series debuts October 20th on HBO. Enjoy!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Supernatural and Hot Topic team up for final "Supernatural Day" shirt

14 years ago today, the world was introduced to Sam and Dean Winchester as Supernatural premiered on the CW. As we get ready to say goodbye to a show we love, we still have one more Supernatural Day to celebrtae today. 


In collaboration with Hot Topic, Supernatural is releasing one final Supernatural Day shirt to send the series off with a bang. The shirts go on sale TODAY, and I have a feeling they will go fast. Check it out!


100% of the proceeds of this years shirt will go to the Random Acts Charity, which was specifialy selected by Jared, Jensen, and Misha. The mamjority of the funds are projected to go towards relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian and fund acts of kindness for those in need. 

Get out there and pick up the final Supernatural Day shirt TODAY at your local Hot Topic or on HotTopic.com. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nickelodeon releases first "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" reboot trailer

The hit 90's Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid Of The Dark is coming back to the small screen with a new terrifying reboot!


While this reboot will only give us three hour-long episodes, this new trailer gives us a lot to be excited about. We're hoping the trailer lives up to the expecatation and we can get a lot more than three episodes of this rebooted series. Take a look at the trailer!


The new Are You Afraid Of The Dark series will release on Nickelodeon on October 11 with new episodes through October 25th. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Funko announces Disney & Pixar NYCC 2019 Exclusives

Funko continued to unviel their 2019 New York Comic Con exclusives with several Disney and Pixar Pop! figures. 


My personal favorites are the Mickey on the Matterhorn and the UP 2-pack with Kevin and the house. Check out the four exclusives announced today! Which one are you hoping to get?






Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Green Day releases new single, announces new album, and 2020 tour

Green Day made a surprise appearance on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ this morning to release their new single "Father of All...", new album, as well as announce their 2020 Hella Mega Tour! 


Green Day will be supported by Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and The Interrupters! This tour announcement brings so much joy to my black little punk rock heart. Green Day's new album is expected February of 2020 and is available for Pre-Order now!

On top of Green Day's new single release, both Fall Out Boy and Weezer released new singles as well! To celebrate the tour announcement, all three bands decided to surprise Los Angeles with a show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go tonight! Tickets went fast, but it will be quite the show in such a small venue. 

I'll be attending the San Diego date of the tour, but it you're planning on traveling to see this tour, let me discourage you against San Digeo as it falls during San Diego Comic-Con. I would be attending the Los Angeles date, but since I'll already be in San Diego for SDCC, that will be my date.

We absolutely cannot wait for this tour and can't wait to see these four bands together. 
See you in the pit!  





Sunday, September 8, 2019

Halloween Time Kicks Off At Disneyland!

As summer winds down and the kids go back to school, that can only mean one thing, Halloween Time is upon us! If you're a big fan of Halloween as you know we are here at On the Mic, then you know that Disneyland is the place to be for Halloween!


The Halloween Time festivities at the park officially kicked off on Friday September 6th and run through October 31st. There are so many fun things to see and do during this special time at the park. Some of my favorite features are the giant Mickey pumpkin as you enter the gates to main street, Oogie Boogie's welcoming you to California Adventure, and of course the giant Jack Skellington the welcomes you to the Haunted Mansion. Anybody who listens to the show knows how much we love Jack Skellington here. 




There are so many great festivities going on throughout the park for everybody, not to mention some incredible special merchandise for this time of year.

We are incredibly excited to be heading back down to Disneyland in a couple of weeks to enjoy all of the Halloween Time festivities. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for live updates. What are you excited to see at the park?

Check out Attractions Magazine's preview of Halloween Time at Disneyland in the video below!


See you at the park! 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Episode 168 - D23 and Long Beach Comic Con

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[NSFW WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

On today's episode I recap the news and experiences we had at D23 and Long Beach Comic Con!


There's no guest on this episode as I wanted to take the time to share some of the big news from D23 and talk about our experiences at Long Beach Comic Con. We recieved so much news at D23, primarily focused on a lot of the Disney+ programming. There was a lot of news from Star Wars, Marvel, The Muppets, and of course The Simpsons.


Hanging out with R2D2 at Long Beach Comic Con


Roads? Where we're going we don't need... roads. 

It was great to return to Long Beach Comic Con this year. It seemed to be a little quieter this year with the lack of some past vendors and guests, but I attributed that to the stiff competition in the convention circuit this past weekend. Nonetheless, we still have a great time. One of the stand out vendors that we've looked at before was Unwrapped Art. We've had some of their work on the instagram and you'll hear all about them in this episode.


Thank you for having me, Long Beach Comic Con!

There's a lot of great things happening in entertainment right now. So many great new shows in the works, great comics, new films, and great art! Thank you for having us back Long Beach! And don't forget to get signed up for Disney+ as it launches November 12th. 

Enjoy the episode! 




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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Funko Announces first round of NYCC Exclusives!

New York Comic Con is less than a month away, which means it's time for Funko exclusive announcements!


There are so many great exclusives coming to NYCC this year! I'm really bummed that we won't be attending NYCC this year, but I have my fingers crossed that most of these will be shared Pops!

Some of my personal favorites are the Iron Man w/ Infinity Guantlet, Marty McFly (Darth Vader), Stan Lee Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course Blunt Man and Chronic!

See all of the announcements (so far) below! We will try and keep this list updated the best we can.

BLUNTMAN AND CHRONIC

BACK TO THE FUTURE

MARVEL
DC COMICS
DOCTOR WHO

MY HERO ACADEMIA
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Between Two Ferns: The Movie is coming to Netflix!

Zach Galifinakis' hit Funny or Die show, Between Two Ferns is getting the feature length treatment and coming to Netflix!


Directed by Comedy Bang Bang creator Scott Aukerman, and according to Nerdist the film will feature an incredible lineup of guests, such as Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Tiffany Haddish, Brie Larson, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm, David Letterman, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, John Cho, Chance the Rapper, Rashida Jones, Hailee Steinfeld, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Tessa Thompson. 

We are incredibly excited for Between Two Ferns: The Movie to hit Netflix on September 20th. Will you be watching? 

Watch the hilarious trailer below!


Between Two Ferns: The Movie is coming to Netflix September 20th

Sunday, September 1, 2019

TOMS and Star Wars team up for some awesome collaboration shoes

TOMS and Star Wars recently teamed up to create some awesome collaboration shoes, and TOMS was kind enough to send me over a pair. Check out two of the new shoes designs and get them before they sell out! Thanks, TOMS!!




Friday, August 30, 2019

Episode 167 - Luke Null

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[NSFW WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

On today's episode I have comedian, writer, and musician, Luke Null!


Luke is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live as he was part of the Season 43 cast. Luke also just released his first comedy album called, "Guitar Comic", which I cannot suggest enough. Luke and I had never met before, but was somebody I was a fan of that I wanted to learn more about it. I decided to reach out to him and was thrilled that he was willing to come on the show.

Luke on SNL


I talked to Luke about growing up in Ohio, finding his path to comedy, moving to Chicago, his path to SNL, being part of the "one and done" SNL group, his new album "Guitar Comic", and so much more!

Pick up "Guitar Comics" now! Links below. 

Luke performing songs from "Guitar Comic"

A huge Thanks to Luke Null for taking the time to come on the podcast and talk about his career. As I've mentioned in the podcast, "Guitar Comic" is an incredibly hilarious album and one that you absolutely need to listen to. You can also see some of Luke's SNL sketches below. Also make sure to follow Luke and listen to "Guitar Comic" on the links below. 

Cut for Time: Wedding Toast

Late for Class

Horns

Thanks, Luke!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Joker final trailer released

Warner Brothers released the final trailer for the upcoming film The Joker, and we cannot wait!


When this film was first announced I was a skeptic of it. The guy from The Hangover directing a Joker movie? I didn't know if it was going to come together. Not to mention I'm not the biggest fan of Joaquin Phoenix. However, these past few trailers have looked fantastic! With the film slated for an October 4th release, take a look at the final trailer.


See you at the theater! 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer

As D23 comes to a close the new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been released!!



There is so much to take in while watching this trailer. Watch the trailer below and tell us your thoughts!


Rey's double lightsaber! C3PO's red eyes! Darkside Rey?! Ah! We can't wait! December 20th can't get here soon enough! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Simpsons at D23


The Simpsons officially made their Disney debut this weekend as they had their first panel as part of D23. The Simpsons panel is regularly one of our biggest highlights of SDCC, and D23 was no exception. 


Ahead of this year's D23 we had already learned that The Simpsons would be part of Disney+, where every episode of The Simpsons will be available to stream. Even though I already own every season on DVD (that's been released), having every episode stream on Disney+ is enough for me to sign up!

The Simpsons panel kicked off with Yeardley Smith returning to the moderating role she had at SDCC, with a fairly similar members on the panel. Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike B. Anderson, Matt Selman, and Nancy Cartwright joined Yeardley on the stage. 

This panel was a treat as it appeared to me that many of the D23 attendees were getting their first look at The Simpsons panel that we've been use to for years at SDCC. One thing that was a nice change of pace was creator Matt Groening talking about family trips to Disneyland and the profound influence Disney had on him, notably how Donald Duck gags influenced The Simpsons couch gag routine. 

Bart paddle fans handed out to the panel attendees
(Picture courtesy of laughingplace.com)

I know many long time fans of The Simpsons like myself were nervous about how the merger with Disney could impact some of The Simpsons regualr jokes made at Disney's expense. As we saw at SDCC, they aren't holding back, and at D23 they made sure fans knew they would stay true to form. They also showed a great montage of some of the many jokes made at Disney's expense over the years. 

One of the final touching moments of The Simpsons panel was the tribute to Russi Taylor, who not only voiced Minnie Mouse, but a number of Simpson's characters such as Martin, Uter, and Sherri & Terri. In his usual panel fashion, Matt Groening gave away some art, a Minnie Mouse drawing in memory of Russi Taylor. 

Matt Groening's Minnie Mouse drawing

Experiencing two Simpsons panels in the past month has me incredibly excited for this upcoming season of The Simpsons, as well as the launch of Disney+. While there's a ton of great programming coming to the streaming service, I can tell you I for one will have The Simpsons on repeat. 

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker D23 Poster Revealed

The Star Wars news at D23 has been incredible this year! From new streaming shows, to the cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker making an appearance, we also got our first look at the new poster for The Rise of Skywalker today!  I am absolutely obsessed with it!


December 20th can't come soon enough!!