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Ari Shaffir interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Ari Shaffir (Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank Podcast) chats with Cole and Vanessa about G.I. Joe Retaliation, Accidental Racist, LucasArts, Skittles Riddles, stealing material, Tommy Chong’s police run in, poisonous cheese, tiny Nicole Richie, Batman’s taxing prison escape, Mitch Hedberg, recasting Seinfeld, and Ari’s twenty bucks from George Carlin.

Leave your answer to the first question (the first time you bombed in front of an audience) on our website for a chance to win a nice new Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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And check out Ari’s brand new stand-up special Passive Aggressive!

Ari Shaffir with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton


  • Comment by corinne — April 14, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    I took Human Health and Disease in high school, and at one point we all had to do a presentation about a disease, extra credit if we sang. I was originally supposed to talk about gonorrhea, but couldn’t handle it and got switched to Botulism. Day of presentation came, and every other person that decided to sing had had the brilliant idea of recording it earlier, but nope, I got up there and sang Don’t Eat (to the tune of No Doubt’s Don’t Speak), and it was super terrible. But damn right I got an A in that class!

  • Comment by Rachel — April 16, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    First time I bombed – I had to do a skit at youth group, so I tried to remember a really funny skit I had seen at 4H camp. I tried to google and find it, and all the results were from Boy Scout resource websites, so that tells you the level of humor we’re talking about.
    It involves assembling a lot of “volunteers” to build your candy store, and the other people in your skit asks for different kinds of candy, which you don’t have. Then the punch line is, “I don’t have m&m’s, but I do have a bunch of suckers standing around.” So I had to try and explain this skit, telephone game-style, to my friends who hadn’t seen it, and then we had to coerce the volunteers into coming up on stage with us, and then the punch line didn’t land AT ALL. Just a disaster all around.

  • Comment by Faith — April 24, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    I was one of three people doing a presentation in Biology class in HS. I gave my presentation and tried to toss it to the next person, only to find the other two didn’t do their work AND froze up to boot. So, I grabbed the book and read/paraphrased from their assigned sections. It was so awful that someone turned on one of the bunsen burners and we had to evacuate because of the gas leak.

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