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A wide-eyed optimist tries to convince a couple of skeptics to get on board with their distinctive, sometimes downright unusual obsession. But really, it’s just an excuse for silliness, games, and surprise guests. Hosted by Ben Cassil, Thayer Frechette, and Geoff Kaufman.

Josh Simpson (@MrJoshSimpson) wanted to talk about adoption and abortion, but we chickened out on that topic and he talked about Mushrooms instead. It's the final installment of our special series, "Rocktober but Actually Novemby (and a Little Bit of Decemby)" because Mushrooms make a music unlike any other, man. Josh first discusses the ideal mushroom situation: do it with people who are experienced, in a safe place, in a safe dosage, on Black Friday. He argues that in this ideal situation, mushrooms are can both deepen relationships and provide a catalyst for life-changing revelations. Josh...
One of our Convince Me favorites Mike Cullen (@mcpops) is back, and he brought his best Canadian guy Tyler Twiss as a guest! This week, Mike's talking about rock musician Sun Kil Moon. That's right, it's Part II of our special series, "Rocktober but Actually Novemby (and a Little Bit of Decemby)".  Mike attempts to get us to embrace the melancholy by sharing a few highlights from Kil Moon's discography. We also address some of Kil Moon's "bad boy" behavior. Will it cause the boys to give him a Convince Me No? Listen and find out. Warning: we pre-recorded the commercials today so they're a lit...
This is the first episode of Rocktober in Novemby and a little in Decemby, so you know we’re gonna rock out! Matt Apodaca (@MattApodaca) loves the rock band Weezer. Ben and Thayer are aware of them, but have no idea about most of the music, but are eager to hear it! Geoff’s on vacation. Matt takes us through almost all of Weezer’s discography from Self-Titled to Self-Titled (Weezer has a lot of self-titled albums), sampling some of the tracks we love, and cool deep cuts we weren’t aware of. We also hear about who was president during different Weezer eras and how that affects lyrical c...
Szzzzzz. You know what that sound means, Alfred Aquino hops on the pod this week to talk about—you guessed it—Sizzler. Is this Doughboys? No, it’s still Convince Me. Alfred claims that Sizzler has more options than all the other buffet chains (e.g. Souplantation), with the same or even better quality! I (Geoff) think that violates the basic principles of Economics. Along the way, Ben tries to make the episode about skateboarding, we have yet another freestyling character walk in, and Thayer learns what a salad bar is.Check out Alfred’s sketch team The New Deal at UCB the first W...
Can James Franco carry a movie? What kind of froyo would he eat? Did he actually lose his arm for 127 hours? We answer all these questions and much more when fellow Boardwalk Audioer, and cool human being, Kelly Mcinerney (@hollyweirdo) arrives at the studio to convince the Boyz to become full-blown Francofiles. Geoff throws a party, our humor becomes predictable, and Niles from One Direction make...
First off, Happy Halloween! Secondly, this week Alyssa Sabo (@alyssa_sabo) joins us to talk about sending letters, cards, and in-class notes to loved ones. In a way, this description is a letter to you, our beloved audience. Along the way talk about writing letters for love, writing letters to a little ol' man by the name of G-o-d, and writing letters for your own emotional well-being. Incredibly vulnerable. For some reason this topic leads to a lot of talk about our high school years, so if you've ever wondered what that was like for us, this episode is for you! For example, Geoff had four ...
Comedian and writer Eileen Soong (@eileensoong) went down a YouTube rabbit hole watching mukbang. Mukbang are videos of people eating large amounts of food while talking to their audience. We watch a few fun mukbang videos, and learn about what makes them captivating, from curing loneliness to odd food combinations. We also hear about Geoff’s unconventional eating habits, including his actual, real-life practice of sliding meat down his throat like some sort of bird. Also, listen closely to Thayer in this episode, he claims that “something is afoot” with his brain. If you have any diagno...
This week Sarah Claspell (@claspy) sells us on the search for extraterrestrial life, although she makes it clear that she doesn't care whether we're convinced. We discuss aliens in film/television (e.g. X-Files, Contact, Paul, American Dad), gossip about government cover-ups, and pass judgement people who claim UFO sightings (including Ben's wife's brother!). If you're listening to this episode at a Convince Me listening party, make sure everyone downloads a copy separately so that our ratings are accurate! Check out Sarah on IG and TwitWorld under the screenname @claspy, and see her show Ca...
Vintage wines are expensive. Vintage cinemas however, are an affordable and transportive experience into the past according to Courtney Sevener (@c7er). That’s right, Courtney throws it back on the pod to get the boyz on board with her love for the old theater experience. We start things off with some horrible jokes about goats, take a deep-dive into Geoff’s frugal approach to popcorn, and learn Thayer is a posh boy who enjoys the finer things in life. Ben and Geoff really jive on this one. If you’re still reading this episode description, then you’ll be excited to know we talk about c...
Allison Gilbert (@allisonWynifred) is back today to convince you that the Friends characters Joey and Rachel would have made an ideal couple. Sure, most people wanted Ross and Rachel to end up together, but Allison is not most people! A Soap Opera star or a Paleontologist, what is better? We discuss what makes a good couple, the histories of Ross, Rachel, and Joey, and what friend we see ourselves...
They say banana, they’re yellow, and they like butts, no we’re not talking about the Convince Boyz, we’re talking about Minions! Jarred McAdam blesses us with his presence to explain the on planet earth there is no on within 100 miles that doesn’t know about minions. We take a deep dive into Minions marketing, origins, and debate what it means to be evil. Are minions making evil too fun?? Geoff pumps himself up about his past tweets, we talk costume ideas, and hate on the Smurfs. We also reveal a way to test if you are dealing with an AI! We close things out by letting the world know i...
A weekend filled with music, good food, and best friends. Sounds like it wouldn’t need convincing right? Well it does for these curmudgeons! This week, Ella Jenkin joins the ‘cast this week to talk about Music Festivals. The gang really picks it apart and breaks it down--is a music festival worth the time and money? What are the personal hygiene implications? Is it really like a hundred concer...
Will Hines (@willhines) codes for fun. While he used to code as a profession for six years before becoming a comedian, and his love for computer programming and coding never left him. Ben and Thayer are real coding dummies, so Will breaks down how coding works in the language of cooking so they understand both how it works and why you might want to use it. Will shares his favorite coding languages, from Ruby to BASIC. In a new segment "I Just Ooped My Pants," in which Ben gives Thayer, Geoff and Will a coding quiz, which is much funnier than it sounds. Who wins? THE RESULTS ARE SURPRISING....
Mikey McCollor (@MikeyMcCollor) loves wrestling so much he did it! What is this, an episode of “You Should Love Wrestling?” No, it’s Convince Me. Check your podcast titles, sheesh. Mikey takes the guys through his favorite moments, from Stone Cold Steve Austin’s “heel turn” from a “babyface” to a “heel” (this episode is rife with delicious lingo) to CM Punk’s gradual changes....
Put on your harness and keep your hands inside the vehicle, 'cause this week Travis Rust (@etravisrust) joins us to talk about Roller Coaster Tycoon! The ep gets to a slow start, but once we get past an extended conversation about water shoes we really do get into it. Travis outlines all of the quirks of the original 1999 installment. For example, did you know that every NPC in that game is a sing...
Leave your prestige dramas and raunchy sitcoms at the door, this week stand-up/online comedy person Candace Carrizales (@candacesucks) joins us to talk about shows aimed at kids ages 9-16! She claims that some kids shows (does Degrassi ring a bell?) have some real merit, and that they can be a form of art just as much as any prestige drama or raunchy sitcom you might see on TV. She also talks about laughing at the bad shows, but that's just disrespectful. Along the way, Geoff and Candace feud about a dinner planning mix-up, Thayer talks about how he watches documentaries, and the gang develops...
Convince Me joins Boardwalk Audio! Yay!! To celebrate the occasion we’re joined by comedian, actor, filmaker, and handsome devil Ben Kaplan (@TheBenKaplan) who tries to get the Convince Me boyz to give bad movies a chance. We take a critical look at such cinematic garbage as The Room, Transformers, the cult classic ThanksKilling and so much more. Geoff shows off his vocabulary, Ben discusses his favorite kind of gum, and Thayer needs friends. We close things out with the return of the Dolphin Chamber [cue dolphin noise] with a product pitch that may have you calling the cops. If that doesn...
Comedian and Convince Me Resident Scholar Alex Berg returns to educate us on the wonders of sperm whales. He covers a lot about sperm whales from diet (gross), to cultural references, to colonial whaling practices, to whether Noah got eaten by one. It's a fun and educational episode! As a bonus we also learn about quantum entanglement, teleportation, and RNA editing in cephalopods. This might be the smartest sounding description I have ever written for this podcast. Finally, we play a legendary round of "First Impressions" and hear Berg's take on fellow comedian Dan Lippert.Check out Alex ...
WTF is a podcast famous for its raw, unfiltered conversations between some of comedy's biggest stars. So it's no surprise M. Maron asked the Convince Me team to cover for this week's episode! Ben updates us on his travels, and talks about a recent beef with Aziz Ansari. Comedy's own Roast-Master-in-Chief Ron McCarrigan stops by, and Maron's cat Mr. Peeves makes a first time appearance on the show. The three talk about the lifestyle of a comedian, meetings with Lauren Michaels, and maybe exchange a few roasts along the way... Check out Ron's show Mailroom on NBC, Tuesdays at 10.What ar...
Comedian Andrew Grace wants people to consider riding a motorcycle. Sure, it's dangerous, but he's got plenty of reasons that he contends overshadow the risks, from dealer friendships to gas mileage. Convince Me faithful, get excited because our classic segment "First Impressions" is back!Check out Andrew Grace on instagram @AndrewPGrace and check out Loserlebrities, the improv team Andrew is on with Ben and Thayer, Loserlebrities on Facebook www.facebook.com/LoserLebrities. Geoff used to be on it too, but he quit. Ask Geoff why @GeoffKLive. We'd love to grow this podcast so m...
That’s right it’s a no guest bro fest low clip flip dip 2017! Who needs a guest when you got a funny guy like Thayer talking about Family Guy? This show probably did, but it was just us. To some, Family Guy is just a joke-machine, so we have a real-life writer from Family Guy stop by to talk about their process, but wouldn’t you know it, they’re just a computer! A machine who writes jokes! We learn we’re living in a post-Nickleback, post-Grimmace world when it comes to comedy so what actually is funny these days? We take a deep dive into what Geoff sees as good comedy, apparently it ...
Juliet Kaufman (@Jaliza90) is back for a record THIRD time to convince you that responsibly using marijuana is the best way to relax. So get funky with those jazz cigarettes and sit back 'cause Juliet's got reasons why cannabis enhances activities and promotes relaxation. Follow Juliet Kaufman @jaliza90 on twitter, and be sure to follow the Simpsons Instagram account @theSimpsonsFox to see Juliet! Ask us a question on twitter @convincemepod. Also review us on iTunes!Please note that we do not condone marijuana use or listening to this podcast. Both will make you d...
Wakah wakah, because this week Sam Pasternack comes on the pod to talk about one of his favorite albums of all time: Kermit Unpigged! (For the layman, it's a comedy music album in which the Muppets pair up with iconic 1990s musicians). Sam talks about how the album is hilarious, musically pleasant, and, at times, touching. Surprisingly, Ben doesn't do a single character in the whole episode!Check out Sam's sketch group Cardboard Couch at https://www.facebook.com/CardboardCouch/, and watch Comedy Knockout on TruTV, 11pm on Thursdays!Rate and review, follow on Twitter (@ConvinceMePod)...
Go Pats! Tom Brady! Steph Curry is cool! According to Ian Dukes (@ianpauldukes) these are all statements that are bad for your soul. With the first ever unconvince me topic, Ian uses his eastern philosophical and spiritual teachings to endow the boys with the key to life’s happiness. Along our spiritual journey we are joined by Donny the Sportsguy, Slimer, and discuss Babe Root’s ghost. We clo...
Ira Glass hosts one of the best podcasts in the world, This American Life. But even the greatest hosts need a week off every once in a while. Ira asked the hosts of Convince Me to take over hosting duties for a week so he could get some rest. So here they present their This American Life episode, simulcast on the Convince Me and This American Life feeds, as well as NPR radio stations nationwide. The theme is "Now and Then," in which we bring you stories of time passing, changing, and staying the same. In Act One, the story of two taco innovations separated by decades but still clo...
We all love Tobey McGuire's portrayal of the web-slinging hero in Spiderman 1 & 2, but can Nathan Pesina get us on board for SP3? He sure tries! Along the way, we discover that La La Land is just Spider Man 3 in LA, we get a visit from three classic deep-voiced characters, and as usual Geoff tries too hard to make a metaphor work.Check out Nathan's web series "Shaun White Needs a Job", located here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPlfW7btGyE ! He also wants you to see Unforgettable, the one with Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl.Come on, rate and review us on iTunes. Or friend ...
Well it’s been a whole year of Convince Me! We wouldn’t have made it this far without you, our loyal listener. Thanks Geoff’s mom! This week we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from year one including title matches, Thayer’s notebook, and some epic last minute convinces. Don’t worry we still manage to have off topic conversations, and we finally address Ben going to the b...
Stephen Perlstein (@perlstein) meditates, even when he gets itchy. Itching is the bane of meditation. We discuss this along with how talking about meditation is not pretentious, what thoughts come into out minds, how meditation affects other activities like improv, and ciabatta bread. We also debut a new segment called "Seinfeld Water." You can find Stephen on social media @perlstein,...
This week it's "Convince Me: Gas Leak Edition," live at Thayer's apartment! Charlie Kruse (@sleepynerd420) plops down and tells us why he loves watching other people play video games on YouTube. He claims it can be as entertaining as anything else on YouTube, Netflix, Netflix on YouTube, or vice versa. The boys even watch a little gaming vid on-air, and if anything they're definitely convinced to play the new Zelda. This episode was heavily edited as we had many technical difficulties throughout. Can you spot the breaks?If you're in the bay, check out Charlie's improv group Jericho!A...
Does Buffy believe in garlic boarding? Is having a hellmouth under your high school hard? Would you sacrifice your relationships so you could slay more? It’s been 20 years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer first debuted, and it still has a dedicated fanbase that swears it is a good show. Comedian, podcaster, and blood-thirsty lady, Erin Michele Gabbard (@erinMgabbard) sets her fangs into the task o...
Russell Zych (@russdumpster) wants to help you fall asleep. His advice? Throw out that book, say "so long" to your sleep mask, and turn on Netflix! I've heard of Netflix and chill, but Netflix and sleep? I have also heard of that. Russell takes us through the basics of his Netflix to sleep program, some facts about sleep and blue light, and tips on what shows to watch and earbud logistics. Also, we find out What's Cheezin You Off in the eponymous segment. Also, Ben discovered sound effects. Sorry. Check out Russell's Improv and Sketch team Jericho! on facebook: facebook.com/jeric...
VHS tapes, 'member? Filmmaker and young person Benjamin Gordon (@alaskopolis on Instagram) says they're fun to watch and collect! From the forced-linear format to great cover art and nostalgia, Benjamin's got a lot of reasons for you to not "tape" old formats for granted (sorry). We also hear another edition of Dolphin Chamber, which is just, you know, real fun. Check out Benjamin Gordon's upcoming short "Miami Rising" as well as his completed short "La Noche." You can stream these films on vimeo, search for Benjamin Gordon. Keep up with Convince Me on Facebook, twitt...
Scrub-a-bubbles, Mr. Clean, urinal cake boss, what do these things mean to you? Comedian Courtney Karwal (@courtneykarwal) deep cleans the studio, offering tips, parent-children bonding stories, and band recommendations to the guys. We learn way too much about everyone’s cleaning tendencies. Nevertheless, Geoff highlights the key ingredient to his relationships, Thayer provides funny visuals, an...
Ladies, this week's episode is Thayer-free! Judith Schomp joins us this week to talk about Elizabethan England. She explains how political and cultural strides being made at the time make it the "coolest period in history." Along the way, Geoff looks back at his middle school production of Stomp, we meet Frederick Shakespeare, brother of the famous playwright and marketing consultant for CBS'  "...
Filmmaker, Comedian and Davehead Shane Spiegel (www.shanespiegel.com) doesn't get why Dave Matthews Band has gotten such a bad reputation. He argues that they are best experienced live, and that most music is the same anyway--which really incenses Thayer. Shane really brings it home by exploring the surprising recurring subject matter in many DMB songs. We also return to the classic segment "Title...
Do nerds get beat up in Texas? Do cowboys drink cold brew? Does Texas smell like pork-rendering? Briana Mckeague stops by the podcast to debunk the Convince Me Boyz’ preconceptions about the Lone Star State. We discuss what type of cowboy hats we’d wear, why more foods should come in a vat, and weigh in on the popularity of sports. Lastly, the boys show why they’re clearly not successful comedians by reading their latest jokes from their comedic journals...spoiler alert! comedy is hard. Can the boyz mess with Texas or will they be sent home with a brand on their tushy? Tune in to find ou...
On this week's episode, Aman Adumer teaches us about the ups and downs of investing. And the conversation is well, interesting (said like "investing")! Along the way, Aman tells us what it looks like when a Hollywood meeting goes south, Geoff's tech experience comes in handy during a discussion about the Silicon Valley, and Ben is lewd as ever. This episode is extra special because it was recorde...
The dudes are lonely this week with a no guest bro fest. Ben Cassil loves the Discworld satirical fantasy series of novels by Terry Pratchett, and he REALLY wants Geoff and Thayer to get on board. Seriously, Ben takes this one a bit too seriously. It's concerning. He covers everything from the multiple intersecting storylines in Discworld to the colorful characters and favorite quotes. And at long last, we introduce our new segment: DOLPHIN CHAMBER (no relation to Sharktank). Thanks everyone for reviewing us! We'd love more ratings and reviews on iTunes. You can follow us @Convinc...
Filmmaker Eugene Suen (@EugeneSuen) wants to help you win your Oscar pool. We're going through the entire 2017 (89th Annual) Academy Awards field with your tips on who will win, and Eugene's own opinions on who deserves to win. From La La Land to Hacksaw Ridge, we've got you covered for this award season. We also discuss Eugene's height next to Martin Scorsese, many variant pronunciations, Afflac...
Should I get this shag rug? How about this fedora? What about this rusted nail from the 1800s? You don’t have to decide now, you can Pin it for it later! Frankie Wagner joins the convince me boyz to help curate their sad little lives with Pinterest. During our deep dive we learn Geoff needs a better way to get food and clothes, Thayer is too good for Kohl’s, and Ben goes to the bathroom right as an expert arrives to discuss their marriage. We debut new segments “chip or dent?”, “starch talk”, and make some regrettable comedic choices. Lastly we put Frankie’s categorization skills...
This week on Convince Me, Keenan Buchanan (@GetCoin) comes to the studio to talk about competitive drinking! Naturally, things get a bit fraternal... but Ben makes sure to keep the group in check. Some can't miss moments: Geoff conceives an Atari joke that will be remembered for centuries, the boys reminisce on their college personas, and Keenan mistakenly says he doesn't like the show Love, b...
After 37 episodes, we've been convinced of a lot of things. But are we still convinced? Or to put it another way, are we now convinced of things which we were previously skeptical? Let's find out. On this episode Geoff, Thayer, and Ben revisit all the previous episodes and discuss if their opinions are still the same or have changed. As usual for a no-guest bro fest, things get weird. Also, if you're dying to hear some Maude pitches from Geoff and Thayer, this is the episode for you! Tickle Boss.If you have opinions on our previous episodes, let us know! Email at convincemepodcast@gmail.co...
Last week we kicked off the Commercials Only compilation, and this week, we're doing the thing that happens after the kick off in football games with the second, and final installment of our 2016 Commercials Only!Convince Me is Geoff Kaufman @geoffklive, Thayer Frechette @thayerfrechette, and Ben Cassil @bencassil. Please take a minute and rate/review us on iTunes. It is helpful! Exclamation!...
In case you haven't been following the news, Thayer's brave, honest takedown of President-Elect Trump on his recent late night Youtube talk show, "Weird Times Vol. 4" got him exiled to Cuba. With Thayer as a (hopefully temporary) ex-pat, we soldiered on with a clip show! But this is not just any clip show, this one is full of those magical morsels we call "commercials." And as a bonus for faithfully reading this description, here is a custom commercial, written just for you!Are you tired of watching advertisements that feature boring products like deodorant, cars, and bug lawyers? I know r...
With Thayer exiled to Cuba this week, we welcome guest-host Mike Cullen to the pod! Our guest-guest is Julie Barkster*, who tries to convince us that "dogs are people too." Julie uses her own life story to color her argument, and skillfully argues against a very well written anti-dog article from Bustle.com. The gang reminisces on their favorite dog re-skins of famous TV shows, Geoff shows off a cool new word he learned, and Ben gets interrupted a bunch of times.*Our scheduled guest, Juliet Kaufman (@jaliza90), was extremely late and just made it in time for plugs...Rate and review us...
Miranda Rae Hart (@Miranda__Hart) disagrees with the popular image of Kanye West. She contends that he's a great guy, a misunderstood genius in his own time. In the process of convincing, we discuss Drake's place in the Star Wars universe, unapologetic self promotion, arrogance, Taylor Swift, MC Hot Karl, Picasso, Self Esteem, and Salvador Dali Parton. We also introduce the new segment: What's Ch...
This week's episode is a little... different. Jake Fallon, formerly a friend of the pod, kidnapped us and forced us to record an episode with him in the back of his van. As part of our prosecution against him, the Convince Me boys are publishing this episode for the world to hear! In the ep, Ben Cassil makes his case that Chipotle is a restaurant worth eating at once a week, Thayer deals with extreme torture, and the boys have a fun discussion about Friends.Thanks to DJ Jazzy Jeff for his various accommodations!Please help us soil Jake Fallon's name on the internet. His twitter hand...
“Eric Clapton makes awesome music, I wish he were my friend.” Wait! Don’t go making insane statements like that without listening to this! This week Tamara Federici (@snowpants) joins the pod to give the real story on what kind of guy Eric Clapton is, and provides a detailed breakdown on his capacity for friendship. Along the way, we go behind the music with an in-depth lyrical analysis of Clapton’s “Cocaine”, debut a track from the musical “Monkey Business”, and “get er done”! That’s not all, Geoff calls out Clapton for his lack of music videos, Ben doesn’t like Britis...
Listeners, we have one question this week: what you doin' on your back? We answer that and much more, when comedian, author, and dance legend Matt Moore (@thatMattMoore) grooves on into the studio. We take a deep dive into the inspiration of the Bee Gee’s music, poo poo Lady Gaga’s marketing mishaps, and somehow talk about corn. It doesn’t stop there, Geoff opens up about his upcoming wedding with his Russian business partner/lover, Ben is a rocker, and Thayer was bullied in high school. Lastly, we debut our own version of “Who Wore It Best?” with the help of an unexpected guest. Do ...
Julie Brister (@BristahSouljah) loves the reality show 60 Days In. She educates the hosts about the best way to watch, what it's like on the inside (of prison!), and what kind of drama happens when you secretly put non-offenders on camera and behind bars. Along the way we learn some great new improv team names, and debut the new segment "Two Lies and a Truth." Catch Julie Brister at the UCB Sunset improv show "Location Location Location" the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 7:30 pm in Los Angeles. It's a hilarious show! sunset.ucbtheatre.com/show/5639Do us a favor and rate and review us ...