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Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Post Game w/ Daniel Strauss

Summerslam Podcast

Summerslam Podcast

Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Post Game w/ Daniel Strauss

A four hour extravaganza deserves four hours of podcasts (look they’re free, okay?). Minutes after Monday Night Raw ended Daniel Strauss from Chicago’s The Second City joined me to talk about the weekend of wrestling that was. NXT: Takeover, Sasha Banks, Bailey, Summerslam, Brock, The New Day, and more.

An Hour with Your Ex is a member of The Chicago Podcast Coop and normally hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. This episode was hosted and produced by Mark Colomb. He watched way too much wrestling this weekend.

Ex Hour 134: Veep, Game of Thrones, and More.

Veep

This week on the show we talk about all sorts of things on HBO with Seriously Unprepared’s Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch. They’re two of our favorite comedians and people. We talk Game of Thrones, Veep, HBO, and more. We’re all over the place and it’s a delight.

An Hour with Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. This episode is sponsored by Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago. Emporium hosts awesome game, beer, food, and live music events daily in Wicker Park and Logan Square. Visit emporiumchicago.com for more info. Thanks for listening. Thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making this all possible.

Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Super Show Podcast

NXT Takeover and Summerslam Podcast

NXT Takeover and Summerslam Podcast

It’s An Hour With Your Ex – After Dark. It’s a super sized Summerslam show with a stacked card. We cover NXT: Takeover, Summerslam, the Diva’s revolution, and more.

Writer for Bro Jackson and regular Ex Hour co-host Mel Evans on The Divas – 00:03:00
Second City Chicago performer Kevin Sciretta on NXT and wrestling in NYC – 00:33:43
Writer for The Classical and Vice Sports Tom Keiser on the go home Raw and Summerslam – 01:17:13
Writer and Editor for Bro Jackson Varoon Bose on going to Raw alone and Summerslam – 01:37:54
Writer for Bro Jackson and After Dark Co-Host Robert Rich on NXT and Summerslam – 02:06:12
It’s a super sized show for a huge weekend of wrestling. Enjoy the show and make sure to check out the Chicago Podcast Cooperative. Thanks for listening. Hosted and produced by Mark Colomb.

THE TAKEOVER

NXT Takeover

NXT Takeover

I’m going to watch Summerslam this Sunday on the WWE Network, I will watch NXT Takeover Saturday night, and I will watch the Raw after as well. I clearly have a wrestling problem and WWE is more than happy to serve up what will be more than ten hours of wrestling all from The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Three consecutive sold out nights in New York for a product that numbers wise isn’t that hot. As culture fractures it seems your best bet is to play to your base and give them more than they could possibly want.  

Looking at network numbers there is a little more than a million wrestling fans willing to pay $10 a month and the ratings for Raw and Smackdown keep going down. WWE seems to have found it’s niche and it seems that niche can’t get enough. Unless it’s Tough Enough, ain’t nobody got time for that. I will watch it all. Happily. I got problems. Wrestling problems and it isn’t limited to what Vince and Co. are shilling.

G1 Climax 2015

G1 Climax 2015

The last month I’ve been keeping up on New Japan Pro Wrestling G-1 Climax Tournament. Over the course of 19 shows from July 20th through August 16th this annual tournament features the best wrestling in the world. Is the commentary in Japanese? Yep. Does that matter? Not at all. 20 men are separated into two blocks and compete for points with the winner getting to challenge the champion at their version of Wrestlemania in January. The final night featured probably the greatest match of the year between (my dude) Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi.    

At the same time Lucha Underground wrapped up its first year of weekly shows (and hopefully not last) on The El Rey Network with Ultimate Lucha – a two hour culmination of all their storylines that featured a deathmatch, jaw dropping high spots, and a man that may or may not be a Dragon who flew away right before the credits. As I am typing this I have an old Pro Wrestling Guerilla show from 2011 on where Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) and El Generico (Sami Zayn) are throwing themselves through every step of every ladder they could find at the Lowes in Reseda, California. I will probably listen to a podcast about wrestling as I fall asleep. I GOT PROBLEMS, access to wrestling isn’t one of them.

 

Watching, reading, listening, and talking about wrestling seems to take up the parts of the internet not reserved for Marvel, Star Wars, and whatever folks are mad about this week. You can follow the just about everything with GIFs on twitter. You can stream several different promotions from around the world at various price points that cost less than a trip to Chipotle (I get guac, yes, it’s extra.). ProwrestlingTees.com has made actual honest to god shirts that aren’t THAT embarrassing to wear in public.

Much like the Comic Con culture exploding into the mainstream it seems wrestling has finally figured out that there are nerds out there with money they can’t wait to get rid of. Previously you watched on Monday and from time to time you bought a Sunday night PPV. Maybe you spent a couple bucks a month on a newsletter. Wrestling fandom was pretty limited. You had to really work to tape trade or put up with some horrible website with too many pop up ads if you wanted to know what was going on outside of WWE or WCW. Now I follow every event live on twitter and then either do my own podcast right after or listen to someone else’s.

They call fans “marks” because we are the ones getting conned. The biggest difference now is that the con is now more of a co-op. This weekend in Brooklyn WWE is for all intents and purposes throwing a wrestling convention. WWE’s minor league promotion NXT sold as many tickets at the big show. Give the fans what they want, treat them like fans – not marks – and they will dump buckets of money on you. And you better take care of the fans because if you don’t there is more than enough wrestling to go around.  

An Hour With Your Ex 133: David Tennant Doctor Who

An Hour With Your Ex 133: David Tennant Doctor Who

Tennant Doctor Who Podcast

Tennant Doctor Who Podcast

It’s snappy ties and cool trench coats this week on An Hour with Your Ex. Matt Young from Improvised Star Trek and Hello, From the Magic Tavern stops by to talk about his favorite Doctor. Luckily it’s Mel’s favorite Doctor too. Mark is totally a Matt Smith guy. Who’s your favorite Doctor? Should you watch Broadchurch? Companions? We’re not ready to go…. It’s the DAY OF DAVID TENNANT. THE TIME OF TENNANT. I could do this all day.

An Hour with Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. Matt Young is one of our favorite people and podcasters. We are all members of The Chicago Podcast Cooperative. This episode is sponsored by Field Notes Brand Notebooks. David Tennant is going to be on the next Marvel Netflix show. Gosh, I hope that’s good. Or at least better than American Broadchruch. We don’t blame you David. Thanks for listening.

The Nerdologues Presents: August 2015: Fans, Part 2

This was really fun to do. 

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At this point, our friend Mark Colomb is probably snugly secure in his Denver home, living it up in mountain time (MT). We miss him a ton, but we sure did have a great night at his last (for now) Your Stories, where he co-curated and provided some fantastic closing remarks. This episode, enjoy:

  • Cover Stories: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
  • Cover Stories: Son of a Preacher Man
  • Spencer Ham: That ’70s Cult
  • Debbie Banos: My Own Fan
  • Katie Utke: This Only Happens in the Movies
  • Joseph Michael Essex: How to Be a Man
  • Claire Friedman: OK Choices
  • Mark Colomb: The Necessity of Fandom
  • Cover Stories: Hooked on a Feeling

Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Jackbox Games, and to the Chicago Podcast Coop too!

An Hour With Your Ex 132: Once (2006)

once_itunes

Once more into the breach. The talented host of the MBSing podcast Mary Beth Smith stops by to talk about her favorite movie “Once.” We talk about the songs, the movie, the stage show, and more. Is your MIND MADE UP? Sorry, haven’t finished my coffee. This is a real fun one and I don’t think we sing.

An Hour With Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark ColombMary Beth Smith is the host of The Nerdologues Presents: MBSing. Once is a movie and a musical. We’re all members of The Chicago Podcast Coop. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp. FALLING SLOWLY for SEO and PROFIT.

The Nerdologues Presents: Your Stories

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On my way out of town my good friends The Nerdologues let me take over their show. It’s a two part podcast. Songs were sung. Stories were told. Old friends and new. This was one of the best things I’ve been a part of . Look for Part 2 shortly. Subscribe on iTunes. 

They are nice enough to host the archive for The Poor Choices Show.

Star Trek First Contact Podcast

Star Trek First Contact Podcast

Star Trek First Contact Podcast

Podcasts…the final refuge of people without anywhere else to go. We are the hosts of An Hour With Your Ex. Our mission was to watch “Star Trek: First Contact” with Sean Kelly of Improvised Star Trek and The Chicago Podcast Coop. One of the best films in the series and featuring the cast of The Next Generation, The Borg, and time travel.

An Hour with Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. This episode was sponsored by JackBox Games and The Chicago Podcast Coop. We love Improvised Star Trek. Sean Kelly is a gem.

An Hour With Your Ex Podcast 130: Singing In The Rain

An Hour With Your Ex Podcast 130: Singing In The Rain

Singing In The Rain Podcast

Singing In The Rain Podcast

Make ’em laugh. If you can’t do that then at least give them something to listen to on road trips and their soul sucking commute. “Singing In The Rain” is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Katherine Gotsick of BroJackson.com stopped by to talk about her love of this film. Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen star.

An Hour With Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. “Singing In The Rain” is a stone cold classic directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.  We are sponsored by Cards Against Humanity this week and they asked us not to read an ad. We are members of the Chicago Podcast Coop. This last bit is for SEO.

 

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