Pursuit of Crappiness
By Beryl Zhao, Emma Wick, and John Hogue
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Once in awhile, if one is up for the thrill, a person will stumble across a spectacularly crappy specimen of culture that is so terrible, so wince-inducing, and so hideous that, when consumed, will immediately plunge the viewer into a flustered paroxym of disgust, a confused state of shock, and a rabid cycling through the 5 stages of grief ("Something this bad cannot possibly exist", "Maybe, maybe if I close my eyes this won't exist?", "I'm so depressed that this actually exists" , etc.), ending with, finally, a state of stunned amazement. And so, so many questions. What just happened? Did that just happen? Who could have let that happen? We at the podcast Pursuit of Crappiness have made it our sole mission to find those pieces of crap in life for our listeners and answer those questions. On the first of every month, we’ll discuss some film, TV, book, event, (or anything really) that is so bad it melts our faces off—Raiders of the Lost Ark-style—and then take an objective look at its story and creation. Want to join in on the fun? Be sure to tune in and follow us on Twitter @CrapPodcast or check us out at pursuitofcrappiness.com.
||ExplicitEpisode 22 – Plan 9 From Outer Space||This month, the Pursuit of Crappiness gang goes back to a classic - what is considered the original So Bad, Its Good movie. Plan 9 from Outer Space has been a cult classic for almost 60 years, but its the first time some of us have watched it ever (spoi||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – Rollergator||Rollergator. Its a movie that promises by its very title to be a moving about a rollerskating alligator. This is a lie. Instead, the gang suffered through an 83 minutes garbage pile written by a 10 year old for your amusement. Hailed on Amazon as being||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 – Cane Toads: An Unnatural History||Remember those fun nature documentaries that you used to watch in school? Well, this documentary is just like those movies if those movies were made by a coked-up Steven Spielberg. Join Emma and her ode to nepotism as she and her brother Ted talk about||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – Cool As Ice||Stop, collaborate, and listen, people! In this very special episode of the Pursuit of Crappiness, Emma drops the zeroes and gets with some true heroes. While Beryl and John sit this one out, Dan Jaquette and Beth Gibbs from Totes Recall (@totesrecallpod||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – Sword and Sorceress||Its time for our yearly book episode of the Pursuit of Crappiness, and, this year, John really found a turd. Listen as the gang dives into the magical worlds inside of the anthology book Sword and Sorceress (Volume One, because, apparently, there are tw||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 – How Can I Tell if I’m Really in Love?||This month Emma, John, and Beryl celebrate the month of Saint Valentine by diving head over heels into 80s (no guys, its really, really 80s) PSA How Can I tell If Im Really in Love? because, lets face it, who doesnt want to muse about the mysterious way||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 – Street Sharks||Jawesome! This month Beryl, John, Emma and a special guest explore the garbage dump of 90s cartoon shows and pull out Street Sharks, a show that is as baffling as it is stupid. You might be tempted to think that this show is nothing more than a Teenage||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 – Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey||Its the holidays again CrapHeads, and that means its time to embrace the endearing torture of Holiday TV Specials. This year the crappiest podcast around covers Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, a bargain-bin rip off of Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 – Justice League of America (1997)||Holy terrible adaptation, Batman! Even though the new Justice League movie isnt quite living up to the hype, trust us when we say it could have been MUCH worse. Enter Justice League of America, the TV movie created by CBS in 1997 to launch a superhero s||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 – Thankskilling||Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means, boys and girls. Thats right! An unnecessary tie in! This month, the PoC crew covered a little film called Thankskilling. As you might have guessed by the not-so-subtle title, Thankski||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode – Year One||Its been a year, yall! Well, kind of. To be more specific, its been twelve episodes. Regardless, the PoC gang decided to celebrate with a bonus episode including reflections on personal lives, jobs, and all things crappy. Thank you all for sticking with||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 – The Wicker Man (2006)||Happy Halloween, Crapheads! This month, the PoC crew dips their feet into the horror genre with the not-so-scary adaptation of The Wicker Man. Starring the greatest actor of any generation, Nicolas Cage, The Wicker Man explores what a matriarchal soc||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – TMNT: Coming Out Of Their Shells||Cowabunga, dude! This month, the PoC gang talks about everyones favorite live musical event: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out of Their Shells. With such memorable songs as Walk Straight and Skipping Stones this family-friendly event will bore th||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – Manborg||This month the gang dissects Manborg, a 2011 Sci-Fi parody that is...actually not half bad. Made with only 1000 Canadian dollars (so like, 12 dollars US?), this amateur film is about a war soldier that wakes up 200 years later to discover that he has be||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – Iron Fist||This month John, Emma, and Beryl discuss the nearly unwatchable Iron Fist, an unfortunate mistake in an otherwise worthy Marvel franchise. Wooden acting? Check. Dialogue that goes nowhere? Got it. Existential crises that go on way too damn long and invo||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 – Bad Ads||This month, the PoC crew steps away from their usual gig of ripping apart entertainment to ripping apart the world of advertising. The ads we cover this month tackle deep topics such as racism, mortality and police brutality with such reckless abandonme||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 – Tammy & The T-Rex||Every few years, a movie comes along that changes everything. A blockbuster that makes so much money and is so critically acclaimed that it is an instant classic. Then, there are the movies that follow shortly after that attempt to cash in on the hype -||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 – Bad Songs||Grab your Beats by Dre and pump up the bass! Youll definitely regret it! This month, the PoC Crew examines not one, NOT two, BUT THREE bad songs guaranteed to make you think Oh yeah, I forgot about that song!. Travel back to 1985 with Jefferson Airplane||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 – Birdemic||A podcast about crap is not truly a podcast about crap until it has explored the cinematic nuances of the James Nguyen 2010 fan favorite film (and when I say film, I mean 93-minute excuse to exhibit the pixelated flying bird gifs that they proudly stole||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 – The Breast||The month, the PoC gang reads The Breast, and Beryl leads the charge in dissecting this miraculously bad diarrhea of words, forces John and Emma to read aloud the few select prose bits that not will risk damaging trajectories in their selected professio||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 – The Room||John, Emma, and Beryl discuss their extremely distressing--emphasize, extremely distressing--viewing of Tommy Wiseaus film The Room, the story behind the $6 million dollar train wreck (seriously, you could have paid for the educations of, like, 4 Englis||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 – Star Wars Holiday Special||Have you heard of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? Perhaps not--it was so bad that George Lucas tried to bury it. But dont worry! This month, the gang at the POC unearths this priceless jewel of TV history (if it can be called TV, we were vacillating||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 – My Immortal||Emma, John, and Beryl discuss my Immortal, the worst fanfiction ever written (fact), and speculate on its mysterious authorship, questionable sexual anatomical labeling, My Chemical Romance Hogsmeade tour schedules (but have you heard Im Not Okay with t||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0 – Intro||For every beautiful thing in the world that re-affirms your faith in humanity, there is a piece of crap that tears your faith right back down. Here at the Pursuit of Crappiness we search for those things and talk about them. We find out the story behind||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Super crappy. It's great.
Gotta love the celebration of colossal failures...good stuff.
So, I got into this show because of the My Immortal episode. From the outset, the chemestry of the three hosts is apparent, which is really a wonderful thing for a brand new podcast. The show is enjoyable, feeling like a day where you just hang out with your friends and talk about weird stuff you found. The more obscure the material, the better it is. The Breast, Manborg, and Tammy and the T-Rex are all winners. Like the title suggests, this is enjoyable.
If I have criticisms, it would be that this show does not seem particularly well researched, and it irks me that sometimes the hosts don't actually watch all of the material they cover. The Iron Fist episode was particularly difficult to listen to for this reason.