Pop My Culture
  • September20th

    It’s here. It’s FINALLY here. The final SYTYCD finale!

    This was going to be an epic recap full of REAL LIFE TALES from the live show itself, because one Heather Recently was able to snag tickets to the finale taping! But, those of you who listened to my “I didn’t think she’d sound like THAT!” voice on the just-released Chelsea Lately panel episode of our beloved Pop My Culture podcast and/or recognized the past conditional tense of the previous sentence will know that the misanthropic gods of reality television decided to turn away a couple hundred eager fans from the gates of the CBS Studio lot yesterday afternoon. Among those law-abiding, ticket-holding, hours-of-line-standing fans was yours truly… so please excuse my truncated recap. I had big plans, you guys. Reeeeeal big. But never fear, the recap is here! Read More

  • September19th

    Arden Myrin, April Richardson and Guy Branum guests on Pop My Culture podcast

    Arden Myrin, April Richardson and Guy Branum of Chelsea Lately’s roundtable join Cole and Vanessa for a spirited discussion about Amanda Bynes, Keith Urban, moose hands, seeing movies alone, Little Compton, Saved by the Bell Fan Fic, gypsies, pool parties, Steve Winwood, Nikki Minaj’s bootie, Magic Mike, Morrissey vs. Eeyore, conjoined twins, and Guy’s incredible Olsen Twin spotting.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first concert you can remember going to and being really disappointed by) on our website for a chance to win a super comfy Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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    hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland with guests April Richardson, Arden Myrin and Guy Branum

  • September15th

    Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, Cree Summer and Phil LaMarr join Rob Paulsen for live PMC!

    Our panel is complete! We’ll be doing a live Pop My Culture Podcast on Sunday, September 23rd at 5pm at the Five Stars Bar in Downtown Los Angeles as part of the RIOT LA comedy fest — the show is just $5! The theme is “Legends of Voice Acting” which features our good pal Rob Paulsen (Pinky! Yakko Warner! Raphael! Carl Wheezer!) and just announced panelists Tara Strong (Powerpuff Girls’ Bubbles! Dil Pickles! Batgirl!), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain! Kif Kroker! Egon from The Real Ghostbusters!), Cree Summer (Elmyra! Penny from Inspector Gadget! And Freddie from A DIFFERENT WORLD!) and Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack! Hermes Conrad from Futurama! Aquaman on Justice League!)

    If you’re in the LA area, Cole and Vanessa would love to see you at the show! Pick up your tickets while you can — you can get them through the RIOT LA website HERE: http://riotla.com/shows/pop-my-culuture.html

  • September12th

    Here we are, after thousands of awful auditions and passionate performances alike- the So You Think You Can Dance finalé! The final four will be competing not for some worthless NCAA Championship (or is it NAACP? I always get those two confused), but they will win the COVER of DANCE MAGAZINE!!!! Oh, and “$200,000 to share” –which I can only assume means the female winner will get 74 cents for each dollar the guy makes! Hurray!

    There is no opening group dance, possibly because four people don’t really count as a group. Cat introduces Nigel, Mary (who is in disguise as a gay disco ball), and director Rob Marshall, who was able to take time off from his day job as Romney’s body double.

    The show starts with a gender bending Paso Doble- Eliana is the matador & Cyrus is the cape, which boils down to him wearing a dress and matching red ear discs.

    She is powerful and majestic, even through the Swiffer move across the floor. Cyrus performed the most terrible cartwheel in the show’s history, but his solid partnering made up for it. Mary compared his challenges with the genre to “skinny dipping with snapping turtles” in a completely uncalled for moment of painful imagery.

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  • September7th

    Six SYTYCDers enter the battledom, but only 4 will survive. It’s not quite as politically un-correct as the black teen battle royale Jesse Thorn describes to Vanessa & Cole on the recent podcast, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining!

    The opening number, with music courtesy of “I’m All Out Of Milkshake Profits” Kellis, has a distinctly Phantom of the Black Material Girl Swan vibe.

    The guys went kooky & did their 3-second introductory solo in each others’ styles. They all made a “C” hand gesture (since that’s everyone’s first initial), then Chehon imitated Karate Cole, Cyrus imitated Chehon (sorta? He just acted “regal” and took a sweeping bow), and Cole did some simple but impressing “animation” moves. So clever, boys! I almost couldn’t tell you all apart! I caught a long suffering “sheesh” look on one of the girl’s faces, as if to say “didn’t you guys get the memo? We’re NOT here to make friends…!”

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  • September6th

    Iain Morris guest on Pop My Culture podcast

    Iain Morris (co-creator and writer of the UK smash “The InBetweeners”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about The Oogieloves Movie, Clint Eastwood’s chair rant, Tom Cruise’s wife vetting, theater manners, The InBetweeners Movie, petard-hoisting, the magical lands of Oz, unlimited worms, mean magicians, translating MI3, Jerry Seinfeld’s awkward adolescence, Twin Peaks, and Iain’s surreal weekend of box-office checking.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first amusement park you can remember going to and what your favorite ride or attraction was) on our website for a chance to win a comfy Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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    Iain Morris with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland