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EPISODE 180 - Wizard People, Dear Reader (Part 4)
w/ Johnny Frohlichstein


Johnny returns to close the book on Potterless' coverage of Wizard People, Dear Reader! Topics include: wizarding county fair, Dracula, Free-For-All of Facts, Crumbs & Carrots, Petrificus Totalus rules, bank holidays, the Famous Chess Board of Ragnarok, fart reactions, Chess Corner, schnapps, headbands, cracking knuckles, Kite of Chromosomes, and more!

EPISODE 179 - Wizard People, Dear Reader (Part 3)
w/ Johnny Frohlichstein


We've had a newbie, now enter a WPDR expert, Johnny Frohlichstein, to carry the guest torch! Topics include: Jackie O’s, bachelor pad, disheveled Einstein, chest cellos, spades, Zooboomafoo, Nicolas age, Kite On, G-List Celebrity, Blockbuster, warbles, fun house mirrors, Us, and more!

EPISODE 178 - Wizard People, Dear Reader (Part 2)
w/ Brandon Grugle


Brandon Grugle (@BrandonGrugle) is back and is ready to keep the ball rolling on Potterless' coverage of Wizard People, Dear Reader! Topics include: cereal adventures, Helsinki Syndrome, middle school dating, Wheel of Fortune/Fate, Brandon Dice, The McElroys, Dazzler, Oogy Boogy, Words With Friends, Snape: guitar guy gone wrong, autoplay videos, card game teams, and more!

EPISODE 177 - Wizard People, Dear Reader (Part 1)
w/ Brandon Grugle


Brandon Grugle of Join the Party is back and brings a fresh perspective to something Mike is incredibly well-versed in: Wizard People, Dear Reader! Topics include: Star Wars being chill, contrived writing, Dailymotion, Hardcastle & McCormac, dik-diks, dicks dot com, equine afficionada, Tulip Watch, Love Shack, Laurence Olivier, liking music, Cheeto varieties, Shrek 2, Turkish massage owls, textbook sales, fake IDs, Calgon, The Shins, nieche-off, and more!

EPISODE 175 - My Immortal (Part 5)
w/ Sequoia Simone & Kim Harris

Kim and Sequoia are back to close the book on our My Immortal coverage, and we go out with a bang via LIVE READING OF THE FINAL CHAPTERS. Topics include: Cornelio Fuck, MySpace friendship quizzes, Quizilla, Spider-Man 3 thief, Ms. Lauryn Hill, stage left of shirt, Dookie, Tearing’ Up My Heart, iPod Time Machine, Azerbaijan, Emperor Palpatine, 8-layers dee meta, and more!

EPISODE 174 - My Immortal (Part 4)
w/ Sequoia Simone & Kim Harris

Kim and Sequoia are back to talk about the twists in these chapter of My Immortal, including TIME TRAVEL because OF COURSE IT DOES. Topics include: no more rails, My Immortal dramaturge, Britney: a state of being, “STOP LISTENING!”, Hogwarts Improv Team, KH2, Sylvester Stallone, Vampire Chronicles, Tom Bombadil, WHAT YEAR IS IT, The Bark Lord, Zone of Truth, Black Panther, hand-holding, monopoly jail, and more!

EPISODE 173 - My Immortal (Part 3)
w/ Sequoia Simone & Kim Harris

Kim and Sequoia from Fanatical Fics are back, and somehow... some way... My Immortal gets MORE gothic in these chapters. Topics include: Shakespeare, sex packs, Chad Michael Murray, panoramic flip offs, Hogwarts Street Team, Voldemort and the Death Dealers, Memento, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Nightmare Before Christmas, Uhvirl Lavigne, Pope Voldemort, vanity plates, leather pajamas, ellipses, and more! 

EPISODE 172 - My Immortal (Part 2)
w/ Sequoia Simone & Kim Harris

Sequoia Simone and Kim Harris from Fanatical Fics are back and we get our first taste of the truly bizarre moments in My Immortal. Topics include: selling in, Count Chocula, Salt Bae, Bloody Mary, black pudding, Mortal Kombat, “Crookshanks, GO!”, Schubes Schubert, masticating, Pop Goes Punk, messing with commenters, and more!

EPISODE 171 - My Immortal (Part 1)
w/ Sequoia Simone & Kim Harris


Kim and Sequoia from Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them lend their fanfiction expertise to help Schubes fully grasp the absurdity that is My Immortal, the most infamous fanfic. Topics include: Picasso’s Blue period, earnest parody, spelling errors, Evanescence, MySpace Energy, Mike’s prep phase, flipping off, Subaru, mall goth, Mary Sue, thesauruses, Clippy, *NSYNC, and more!

EPISODE 170 - Hi!!! An Interview with the Puffs Ensemble
w/ Madeline Bundy, James Fouhey, Eleanor Phillips, and Stephen Stout


In our final Puffs interview, Schubes chats with the cast members who specifically played multiple roles that were wildly different from each other. The actors talk about their process and share incredible Puffs stories! Topics include: freeing villainy, limp Irish genetics, the most beautiful creation, supervillain confidence, honoring actors, impish positivity, Cedric’s wholesome cool nature, rain bucket improv, and more!

EPISODE 165: Hi!!! An Interview with Puffs Trio & Narrator
w/ Langston Belton, Julie Ann Earls, Zac Moon, and AJ Ditty

Langston Belton (Oliver), AJ Ditty (Narrator), Julie Ann Earls (Megan), and Zac Moon (Wayne) chat about Puffs and share loads of behind-the-scenes info! Topics include: Dr. Manhattan, quick changes, unfamiliarity with surroundings, being whoever you want, Back to the Future, Medieval Times, party buses, Free Willy monologues, Hengist of Woodcroft, butt clenching, New Jersey vs. New Hampshire, The Crucible, and more!

EPISODE 160: Puffs (Part 6)
w/ Katy Nuttman

The finale of our coverage of the Puffs play! Katy rounds it out and helps process all the emotions of the ending. Topics include: Ned Nickerson, Wonder Woman, AOL Instant Messenger, away messages, driving a podcast, Mike’s purple evolution, loyalty and bravery, fighting white privilege, lighting design, Harry Potter improv, being the hero, critical fandom, and more!

EPISODE 159: Puffs (Part 5)
w/ Katy Nuttman

Katy Nuttman returns for the penultimate Puffs podcast pertaining particularly to the play! Topics include: "'sup nerd?", commissioning art, glass etching, Grey’s Anatomy, school uniforms, Horse Hoof Stew, The Addams Family, 27 Dresses, Red Delicious apples, Rocky Horror Picture Show, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Air Bud, white wine, Hogwarts’ education standards, the Mario of life, and more!

EPISODE 158: Hi!!! An Interview with Matt Cox, Writer of Puffs
w/ Matt Cox

Matt Cox, the writer of Puffs, chats with Schubes about how Puffs transformed from an idea hatched on a subway to an off-broadway play to an international hit! Topics include: old versions of Puffs, Poufsouffle, The PIT, Sex and the City, legal skirting, StarKid, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Craigieburn, Tacoma, improvised lines, and more!

EPISODE 156: Puffs (Part 4)
w/ David Gordon

Alas Earwax!'s David Gordon enters the fray again to chat more about Puffs! Topics include: Taskmaster, French stereotypes, Seattle notoriety, Rocky IV, GoF choices, Community, Mummy yells, school dances, #BringBackNeat, slow dances, the loss of Cedric, Mike’s fav joke in the whole play, and more!

EPISODE 155: Puffs (Part 3)
w/ David Gordon

David Gordon aka Alas Earwax! returns to Potterless to continue the discussion of Puffs! Topics include: Homestar Runner, wizard hats, Ravenclaw struggles, fringe theater, carbon copy paper, Rolos, Mentos, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, day-old audio, the Hogwarts founders, Land O Lakes, Tubthumping by Chumbawumba, and more!

EPISODE 154: Puffs (Part 2)
w/ Katy Nuttman

Katy Nuttman returns to continue Potterless' coverage of Puffs! Topics include: Settlers of Catan, Avenue Q, New Jersey and new jersey, Sir Ian McKellen, wild bears, Christmas bed sheets, Olive Garden, queso, soccer stats, Newsies, the physical demands of acting, Give Zoom a Chance, and more!

EPISODE 153 - Puffs (Part 1)
w/ Katy Nuttman

Katy Nuttman (improv comic, theater teacher, HP superfan) lends her expertise to discuss Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic! Topics include: Ground Floor Potterless, Augustus Gloop, GameBoy Color, A*Teens, ABBA on speed, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, cootie catchers, registered trademarks, being close to the kitchens, YA Novel tropes, Bark Epidemius, and more!

EPISODE 149 - A Very Interview Sequel
w/ Lauren Lopez, Corey Lubowich, and Brian Rosenthal

StarKid/Tin Can Bros' Lauren Lopez, Corey Lubowich, and Brian Rosenthal talk about their experience with the A Very Potter Trilogy as well as their new project, Wayward Guide! Topics include: The Olympics, Heelys, Compliment Corner, string cheese, working with funny people, The Red Vine Situation, DIY mentality, regional accents, AOL, fence-sitting, and more!

EPISODE 146: Potter Puppet Pals
w/ Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird (@jackisnotabird) joins to discuss Neil Cicierega's Potter Puppet Pals! Jackson, a trans man, opens the episode by discussing their experience with the JK situation, and then shares LOADS of behind-the-scenes info about Potter Puppet Pals! Topics include: Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Neil Cicierega Mouth Dreams, Harry and the Potters, The Harry Potter Alliance, Yule Balls, Draco puppet, puppet myths, hand motions, flash animations, TSA, NPAA ratings, butternut squash, jack-o-lanterns, Lorem Ipsum, Kimya Dawson, Sorted, the fine wine of disses, and more!

EPISODE 142: A Very Potter Interview 
w/ Jaime Lyn Beatty

Jaime Lyn Beatty, who played Ginny and Rita Skeeter in StarKid's A Very Potter Trilogy, joins for a silly interview answering Mike's burning (and also ridiculous) questions about the production and her performances! Topics include: the giant Hershey’s bar, hair maneuvers, Ginny’s yellow shoes, streaky markers, typos, the original AVPM casting notice, A Christmas Story, murders of crows, measuring with appliances, StarKid’s growth, nostalgia, dating as husband and wife, and more!

EPISODE 141: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 2, Part 3)
w/ Kim Harris

Kim from Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them makes her Potterless debut to close out the discussion of AVPSY! Topics include: Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, Gryffindors: the good guys, Jilly, a mini-Snape rant, crowd participation, Hamilton, Twitter corrections, impressive stumbling, Holy Water, poop retcons, throuples, tears flowing like wine, and more!

EPISODE 140: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 2, Part 2)
w/ Sequoia Simone

Sequoia Simone (@Sassquoia) from Fanatical Fics continues the discussion of StarKid's A Very Potter Senior Year Act 2! Topics include: the enemy of my friend is also my enemy, Slughorn dunks, Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s stone, pronouncing the T in Voldemort, Midnight Sun, cul-de-sacs, ice cream sodas, Harry Potter World, HP fandom making fun of self, the Wright brothers, Butterbeer rankings, and more!

EPISODE 139: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 2, Part 1)
w/ Sequoia Simone

Sequoia Simone of Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them joins to talk A Very Potter Senior Year Act 2! Topics include: Late Night TV hosts, The Final Battle, Hogwarts enrollment, Dora - the one Latina, juicing a mandrake, Rule 34-a, Dark Luna, fanfic tropes, Gilderoy the Mouse Prince, anime, the key to Mike’s heart, Tom Roddollver, NOPE, deranged rambling, and more!

EPISODE 138: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 1, Part 4)
w/ Eric Silver

Eric Silver (@el_silvero) is back to conclude the coverage of AVPSY Act 1! Topics include: Instagram influencers, anime tournament series, second sorting, #SleepyHouse, sexy singers, British classism, plaid shorts, dicks ruining everything, antisemitism, tragic backstories, Wizards of the Coast, divorcing the work form the author, basilisk po' boys, and more!

EPISODE 137: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 1, Part 3)
w/ Eric Silver

Multitude's Eric Silver is back and is ready to talk more of StarKid's A Very Potter Senior Year! Topics include: Jake Taylor, Tumblr, getting old, ripoff Disney shirts, lol I hate my wife and kids "jokes", self-aware criticisms, Me and My Dick, The Vagina Monologues, and more!

EPISODE 136: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 1, Part 2)
w/ Melissa Anelli

Melissa is back and we actually talk about a good chunk of the play this time! Don't worry, behind-the-scenes stories are still here too. Topics include: A Very Potter Documentary, booing Blurred Lines, Darren Twist, Pat Brady Stan Account, penologies, fedoras, REBECCA, stopping spoilers, 50 Shades of Gray, and more!

EPISODE 135: A Very Potter Senior Year (Act 1, Part 1)
w/ Melissa Anelli

Mischief Management's Melissa Anelli returns to share loads of behind-the-scenes info about how AVPSY actually came to be at LeakyCon 2012. We also address JKR's tweets and how we all can respond as a fandom. Topics include:  big hotel suites, Robert Durst, Mike's original plan for Potterless, Evanna Lynch, The Dark Knight, underrated Ron, Beyonce’s respiratory system, cool jackets, New Jersey Molly, and more!

EPISODE 134: A Very Potter Sequel (Act 2, Part 2)
w/ Anna Brisbin

Anna Brisbin (@BrizzyVoices) is back again to close out our coverage of A Very Potter Sequel! Topics include: The Marauder’s Map's Z-axis, Red Vines semis, soft pianos, Pat Brady: Master of Puppetmasters, Dementor dance breaks, BTS ARMY, puberty, Kylo Ren, Jack Thorne cramming, fight choreography, The Big Red Book of Drawing, Luna, The High School Musical Extended Universe, and more!

EPISODE 133: A Very Potter Sequel (Act 2, Part 1)
w/ Anna Brisbin

Anna Brisbin (@BrizzyVoices) joins to kick off the discussion of A Very Potter Sequel Act 2! Topics include: the audience loving Red Vines, Hagrid's absence, LOTR director’s cut, Greek Life, Muscle-Gro, Twilight, Dementor juice, Snape's voice change, candy consumption, Smarties, RAB, holding hands, muggle quidditch, and more!

EPISODE 132: A Very Potter Sequel (Act 1, Part 2)
w/ Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting (@tessanetting) is back for more AVPS coverage! She brings to the table an incredible Alan Rickman story, Mike brings a lengthy tangent about MySpace. Equally great, right? Topics include: Snape impressions, deep voices, old memes, Paramore, puppets, XANGA, Target.com, editing yourself, Potions Master’s Corner, and more!

EPISODE 131: A Very Potter Sequel (Act 1, Part 1)
w/ Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting of Fantastic Geeks joins to talk A Very Potter Sequel. Since she is FREAKING ENGAGED TO THE ACTOR WHO PLAYS SNAPE, she gives a ton of behind-the-scenes info. In addition to generally praising AVPS, we address the distasteful Umbridge portrayal and share the earnest apology by the writer. Topics include: Cursed Child stealing from StarKid, Red Vines, pantomiming, vampire John Lennon, Ravenclaw is New Hampshire, Scarfie, The Dark Knight, Lin Manuel Miranda, Piglet, and more!

EPISODE 130: A Very Potter Musical (Act 2, Part 2)
w/ Dr. Hannah McGregor

I PROMISE THIS ONCE IS NICER TO AVPM. Dr. Hannah McGregor from Witch, Please! joins to talk more of A Very Potter Musical Act 2, finding more moments she enjoys and articulating why some elements aged so poorly. Topics include: the 4th wall, Pixie Stix, low budget humor, Lauren Lopez’s prowess, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, LOST, Neville: The Chosen One, Les Miserables, Darren Criss’ little hop, making fun of musicals, the great ending, wholesome feminist values, Space Jam, Back to the Future, and more!

EPISODE 129: A Very Potter Musical (Act 2, Part 1)
w/ Dr. Hannah McGregor

Dr. Hannah McGregor told Mike long ago that she hates A Very Potter Musical. Now, she joins to cover the first half Act 2 and explain her frustrations with the production. Don't fret, though! Mike gets her to admit many aspects of it are great! Topics include: pitchforks, YouTube vloggers, High School Musical, the 90s Bulls, wigs, the Pulitzer, Spiderman 3, Canadian money, Vancouver food, funny bits of business, breaking wands, large props, Zac Efron, and more!

EPISODE 128: A Very Potter Musical (Act 1)
w/ Julia Schifini

THE WAIT IS OVER! WE'RE FINALLY COVERING A VERY POTTER MUSICAL! Julia Schifini, a big StarKid fan, joins to cover the first act with Schubes! Topics include: college improv, 2009 humor, Hufflepuffs are good finders, Mike's favorite characters, laughing at yourself, Ocean’s 11, Ghostbusters, Humanizing Voldemort, stumbling into success, Figment the Imaginary Dragon, The Fuck Bugles Snack Corner, BTS ARMY, homecoming mums, Squirt, and more!