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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.

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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 ...