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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.

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....