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Ken Marino interviewed on Pop My Culture podcast

Ken Marino (“The State,” “Childrens Hospital”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about his upcoming web series Burning Love, The Adventurers 2, demon makeup, Party Down, working with David Caruso, Sweet Genius, Wet Hot American Summer, frankenladies, Veronica Mars, music licensing issues, LARPing, R2D2 Operation, The Rememberer, and Ken’s magnificent time at the Renaissance Faire.

Leave your answers to the firsts question (the first board game you can remember really being into) on our website for a chance to win a Childrens Hospital Seasons 1 & 2 DVD box set signed by Ken and cast members & guest stars Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes, Lake Bell, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and executive producer Jonathan Stern! (Holy crap! Nice prize!)

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Ken Marino interview with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland
Childrens Hospital signed DVD - Prize


  • Comment by Kimbles — May 21, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I was really obsessed with Guess Who for such a long time. I had an irrational dislike of Harold. I used to love it when you finished and you got flip the board so they all popped back up again. So much fun for a six year old. Saying that I’m eighteen and I think I would still love to do the Guess Who flip.

  • Comment by corinne — May 21, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    My daycare place when I was a kid had Hotels, which was basically Monopoly but you got to build parts onto your resort. It was awesome.

  • Comment by RussNeverSleeps — May 21, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Up to the age of 10 or so, my board game jams were Payday (the playing pieces were dollar signs, guys) and the Game of Life (I loved the spinning doo-hickey, and putting the little people in the little cars). Then, Trivial Pursuit came out, and I made it my mission to memorize all of the questions & answers.

  • Comment by RussNeverSleeps — May 21, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to add that Ken Marino was great. One of my favourites.

  • Comment by Bryan_ — May 21, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Clue was an absolute staple in my house growing up. My Dad taught me and my sister how to be just fucking amazing at it and to this day I crush any time I play it. I just love everything about it. The crazy complicated notes I take on the small little notecards (modeled after the Beautiful Mind style my Dad used), the cheating (cheating is discouraged but accepted if you do it well). I love that game too much.

  • Comment by Justin — May 21, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    The first board game I remember being into was 13 Dead End Drive. I remember it was a bit like Clue but with these traps. Dropping a chandelier on a piece or flipping them off a stairway made it seem like the coolest board game when I was a kid. I’m surprised that no one has tried to make it into a movie yet considering the absurdity of adapting Battleship.

  • Comment by Ricky M — May 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I enjoyed Pay Day and Careers because I liked getting paid. However, I didn’t care for the candy bar PayDay. The first board game that I became a geek over was called Stop Thief.

  • Comment by Aarika — May 23, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    My sister, mother and I spent one entire summer playing Skip-Bo nearly every day. The longer it went on/the hotter it got in our house, the more cutthroat we became. It was the first time I remember swearing in front of a parent. Loudly.

  • Comment by fatcraftybitch — May 23, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    I always loved The Game of Life. I somehow managed to always get knocked up and had too many kids to fit in my car. I was awesome at the game and almost always won.
    Sadly, as a whole, I failed the game of life.

  • Comment by KT — May 23, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    This was great. Ken Marino is one of my favorite people on the planet. Probably. Ron Donald is definitely my favorite TV character of all time though — that’s absolutely certain.

    My favorite game as a kid was definitely Trouble. It wasn’t even that great of a game, but there was something super satisfying about that pop-bubble-dice thingamajig. As an adult, I understand why my father was always reluctant to play because it “gave him a headache.”

    In related news, I now understand how Hungry, Hungry Hippos annoyed the shit out my parents as well. Not only were marbles involved, but also the sound of plastic banging on plastic must have been quite obnoxious.

  • Comment by steph — May 24, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    me and my third grade boyfriend played SORRY! every day after school at day care. it was true love and i still have a fondness for games based purely on luck, and third graders.

    just kidding… boys who go on to play minor league baseball and marry some waitress instead of me. it’s okay though, i went to college! 😉

  • Comment by Heather — May 24, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Something about Monopoly’s combination of money, screwing other people over, and a tiny thimble REALLY appealed to me back in the elementary school days. Once my friends & family had grown tired of playing (read- being dominated by) me I had to come up with a creative solution: I played against myself! Using two different characters on a board set up in the den, I took turns playing as the thimble & the dog in a perpetual game that lasted weeks. Not at all sad or desperate!

  • Comment by Steven McPhail — May 26, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I can remember being really young, and my best friend at the time had a game where you make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out of foam, using one of the Trouble-style Pop-O-Matic bubbles to figure out where you got bread, peanut butter or jelly. Every time he came over, I begged him to bring it so we could play a game. I think I eventually traded for it, for possibly as much as a decent sized G.I. Joe vehicle. I eventually outgrew the game, and moved on to Yahtzee, but that game will always have a special place in my heart.

    The worst part? I can’t find the exact game now! I’ve seen a few “Peanut Butter and Jelly” board games, but none of them had the foam half-sandwich pieces or bubble that I still clearly remember.

  • Comment by mickeyitaliano — May 30, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    I was obsessed with this game “Manhunt” here is the description.
    Game features a “crime computer” that is used for movement and to determine other game functions. Players become detectives and work alone or with a partner and choose a murder, robbery, or swindle investigation. Players visit crime scenes and gather evidence. 16 scanner cards are shuffled and one is selected at random and inserted into the Clue Scanner. This provides the clues that the detectives will need to solve the crime. Each player is provided with a detectives handbook to record clues and a readout book that lists known suspects for the different types of crimes. Clues can be obtained by visiting the crime scene, talking to witnesses, stakeouts, and at the crime lab. Suspects are eliminated by looking at behavior patterns consistent with that criminals past crime record. Clues can be taken from other detectives, but at the risk of giving up other clues as well. The first detective to identify the correct culprit wins.

  • Comment by Kel — June 14, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Maybe I haven’t listened in a while but was Vanessa (and possibly Cole and Ken) high? Don’t get me wrong – I loved every second of this episode, but I can’t help but think those three hot boxed it before they started taping.

    Keep up the great work!

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