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Mind Gap

For years Doug Cochrane and Justin Strandlund have been good friends and frequent improv partners. They share a love of debating any topic, although their discussions usually come back around to two things: movies and space. Their most infamous debate involved a 2 hour discussion (while at work) about the actual possibility of time travel and it's potential ramifications on mankind; this included a full diagram drawn on a wall-sized whiteboard. Time well spent. MindGap is what happens when they sit together in front of a microphone and press record.

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Episode 56 - Masculinity with Rance Rizzutto

Improv teacher, performer, and theater owner Rance Rizzutto joins Justin and Doug this week at the iO Theater in Chicago to talk about masculinity in society. Rance gives some insight as to the types of people and expressions of masculinity he’s seen while teaching comedy over the years. Doug references the documentary, The Mask I Live In, and asks everyone if they can remember the first time someone told them to “be a man.” Doug reflects about accessing emotions in his life and Rance tells a wonderful childhood story about emotions getting the best of us. The heroes talk about crying and why, as men, we feel like we’re not supposed to cry and Rance gives the inside scoop on how commercials get approved through test markets. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between the legend of Chuck Norris vs. the legend of Clint Eastwood. Check out Rance and Tara’s new theater, The Nest Theatre, in Columbus, OH where you can catch a show or sign up for improv classes! You can also visit http://taraandrance.com for all the details on Rance and Tara DeFrancisco’s shows. They tour all around the world, and if you ask nicely they may come to you!

49mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 60 - The Election and Government with Dylan Shearer

Comedian, fellow podcaster, history buff, and owner/founder of the internet magazine, The Blowhard, Dylan Shearer stopped by to chat with Doug and Justin about the 2016 presidential election. The three heroes talk about the battleground states, political ads, the rise of Donald Trump through the election, and how to make a change in the political system. Doug asks if we still need elected representatives in Congress due to all of our modern technology. The trio then talk about the changes they would make to the government to try to make it better, because they are obviously super qualified to make these suggestions. Things are wrapped up with a historic throw-down with the Roman Empire vs. the American Empire. Head over to http://www.theblowhard.com and read the fantastic articles that are posted! It’s a awesome site. Follow The Blowhard on Twitter @theblowhardnews and on Facebook. You can also listen to Dylan’s podcast, The Greatest Podcast in History! It’s about history, which you know is going to be awesome. Dylan Shearer stalked on Twitter @montanablowhard and on Facebook.

1hr 6mins

6 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 182 - Avengers: End Game

This week, Doug and Justin talk about the newest Avengers: End Game Super Bowl TV spot and Justin talks about why he’s worried about the film.  The dorks then review all of the movies that are coming out around Avengers: End Game and consider their fate at the box office.  Doug then vents his frustration at how Zac Snyder adapted the movie 300 from Frank Miller’s comic.  The nerds then try to guess what they think will happen in Avengers: End Game. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Freddy Krueger vs. Dream from The Sandman comics. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything!

1hr 8mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 228 – The Rise of the Skywalker with Sam Koch

This week, podcast all-star Sam Koch returns to discuss The Rise of the Skywalker with Justin and Doug. The nerds talk about what they liked, what they didn’t, and how the overall sequel trilogy did as a story. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Kylo Ren vs. Darth Maul. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 38mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 51 - The DC Extended Universe with Rob Ballmaier

DC super-fan and good friend of the podcast, Rob Ballmaier returns to Mind Gap to atone for predicting the success of Batman v Superman on Episode 32 and to help Justin and Doug break down what the DC Extended Universe has in store for the world. The three heros discuss the recently released Comic-Con trailers for Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad. Then, Rob boldly doubles down as he talks about how good he thinks Suicide Squad will do. Things get wrapped with a throw-down featuring Ben Affleck’s old-man Batman vs. Christian Bale’s old-man Batman.

1hr 16mins

4 Aug 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 189 - Alien School Play and Unanswered Marvel Cinematic Universe Questions

Doug and Justin are joined by the mighty Pat Dwyer this week and the nerds talk about whether or not Keebler elves are actually elves, how Paul Revere’s story was misleading, Jon Bon Jovi, the amazing high school drama production of Alien, and movies from the 80s and 90s that could never be made today.  The dorks then discuss a Cracked article which asked five unanswered questions from the Marvel cinematic universe. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Gollum vs. Bilbo Baggins. You can find Pat Dwyer through his website http://patdwyerwastaken.com/ and @IKnowPatDwyer on all social medias. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything!  You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 20mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 219 – The Stair Dwelling Foot Sniffer

In this week’s episode, Justin and Doug chat about their Halloween plans and their thoughts on the upcoming holidays. Doug talks about how he dislikes people suggesting things for him to watch and that spirals out of control into the story about high school kids kissing their parents and then into taboo porn genres. It’s an exciting one! Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the stair dwelling foot sniffer vs. the Principal of Rosemont High School in Minnesota. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 10mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 216 - Glass Houses

This week, Justin and Doug discuss the Iowa beer money guy controversy and the thought process around deep searches on social media accounts. The dorks then discuss whether redemption is possible. The heroes then discuss whether or not they would sell their used underwear before discussing the times where they purchased items based on highly misleading advertisements. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Drew Dull vs. Dr. Drew Pinksy. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 15mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 197 - Drunk Shakespeare with Chelsea Dàvid

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by a Mind Gap all-star - the absolutely wonderful and inspiring human known as Chelsea Dàvid! She stopped by to talk about acting, why Shakespeare is intimidating to most people, and how awkward it is to network with people. Chelsea is also a new cast member of the Drunk Shakespeare show, which she describes in great detail and it sounds amazing! It’s also right across the street from Elephant and Castle at 182 N. Wabash, so grab a drink at E&C and then head over and check out her show! You can find all of the performance dates and ticket info at http://drunkshakespeare.com. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. the cast of Supernatural. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 15mins

23 May 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 239 - Dealing With the Coronavirus

This week, Doug and Justin are social distancing and recording through Skype. They discuss what sport they think they’re best at and how they capture their creative thoughts. The dorks then talk about how the coronavirus has impacted the world and their day-to-day life. They then celebrate the creativity and the good that had flourished in these difficult times. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Jeff Goldbloom vs. Bill Murray. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 21mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Episode 220 – CHECK OUT THESE ADS!

This week Justin and Doug chat about NBC Universal’s new approach to advertisements and how ads can be super annoying in content. Doug talks about how much effort he put into reading stories to his daughter and then the dorks discuss the personification of their personalities. The heroes then discuss their comedic approaches to social situations. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Yoshi vs. Kirby. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 22mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 206 - Get on the Stream

This week, Doug and Justin chat about the potential tech boom in Chicago and how it could affect the city, the cost of progress, and then Doug and Justin invent a new gross corporate word to start using. The dorks then talk about the fanaticism of Disney workers, what they could do to provide a Disney experience in their current jobs, and what empowerment really means.  The nerds then discuss marriage and how it should be updated to the modern age. We wrap things up with a throw-down featuring Disney employees vs. Universal employees. Check out the newest episode of Doug Watches Awkward Videos featuring the world’s fastest violinist. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 19mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 202 - Strengths, Weaknesses, and Storytelling with Beth Strandlund

After such a long wait, the wonderful Beth Strandlund joins this week’s podcast to chat with Doug and Justin about their greatest strength and weakness and also about how storytelling in movies, TV shows, and books has changed over the years. The heroes discuss what makes a great story and some of their favorite moments in movies and TV shows. Things are wrapped up with a Walking Dead throw-down featuring Herschel vs. Dale. Check out the first episode of Justin Plays Video Games featuring the game Dead by Daylight. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 32mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 240 - The Upright Citizens Brigade Layoff Controversy

This week, Doug and Justin continue their remote recording routine and discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theater and their layoffs of 160 employees.  The dorks discuss the difference and impact of doing what is legally right vs. what is morally right.  The nerds then discuss when and how improv comedy performers should get paid for doing their craft. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring TJ Jagodowski vs. Dave Pasquesi. The new Just Plays Video Games episode featuring the game Among Us is out now.  GO WATCH IT! Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 25mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 198 - Creating a Grandchild

This week, Justin and Doug chat about whether or not grandparents should be able to harvest their dead son’s sperm to make a grandchild, why America’s Funniest Home Videos was terrible, and what would be the worst job for us to do while getting paid insane amounts of money. We go down some great rabbit holes and come out all the better for it.   Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Frozone vs. Mr. Incredible. Check out the first episode of Justin Plays Video Games featuring the game Dead by Daylight. Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 23mins

30 May 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 230 - Improv is Not Stand-Up with Bailey

The amazing and wonderful Bailey joins the podcast this week to talk about improv and comedy pet peeves, connecting with other people even when you don’t speak the same language, and how having a powerful imagination can make horror films and books difficult to consume. The dorks read a fan’s thoughts about Robert DeNiro and Pacino playing the same character in every movie and then discuss how actors can get typecast in genres. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Adam Driver vs. Nicolas Cage. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch! Episode 230 music credits: “Welcome to Zombie Coast” by The Zombie Dandies https://zombiedandies.bandcamp.com/

1hr 29mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Episode 187 - Lawyering and Film with Adam Smestad

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the mighty commercial litigator, director, writer, and actor, Adam Smestad. The three nerds talk about creating the web series, Chicago HR, moving from personal injury lawyering to commercial litigation lawyering, what it’s like playing a small role on a TV show, what it must be like to prepare for a romantic scene in TV and film, and the recent debate over whether a movie should be a theatrical release in order to be considered for an Oscar. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring personal injury lawyers vs. commercial litigators.   Need a practical answer to a question? Ask your question on #AskPracticalDoug and be sure to tag Justin and Doug! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything!  You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 8mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 218 - Micronations

This week, Justin and Doug take a fan suggestion and discuss the concept of micronations – self-proclaimed states that are not recognized by the rest of the world because they just don’t matter. The dorks then try to imagine a scenario in which the entire human race could unite under one government. Then the heroes discuss the idea of cultures changing within countries. Things are wrapped up with a micronation throw-down featuring Other World Kingdom vs. Asgardia. Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 18mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 234 - Grieving in Virtual Reality and the Oscars

This week, Doug and Justin explore the recent story about a mother who used VR to visit her deceased daughter on her birthday and whether or not they would partake in such an experience. The dorks then discuss the antics of comedian Ari Shaffir and his comments about Kobe Bryant’s death before diving into some Twitter reactions to the Parasite Oscar win. Doug also shares his disdain for bagging groceries at the supermarket. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Bill Murray vs. Tom Hanks Check out our YouTube channel for podcast episodes, Doug Watches Awkward Videos, and Justin Plays Video games. Be sure to like and subscribe! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify so you don't miss anything! You can also watch the episodes get recorded and interact with Justin and Doug live on Twitch!

1hr 26mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 49 - Violence in Entertainment: How are we affected? with Maggie Smith

Comedian, writer, and actress Maggie Smith joins Justin and Doug to discuss whether violence in entertainment has a negative effect on society. Once Doug and Justin finish comparing themselves to Disney and learning that Maggie attended school with the Prince of Bahrain, the three dive into their main topic by taking a look at violence in video games and movies. They also debate if violence in our society is environmental or if certain people are predisposed to having these tendencies. The heroes chat about why PG-13 movies are worse than R rated movies and then share the first R rated movie they each saw. Things are wrapped up with a double throw-down: Round 1 is Princess Leia vs. Rey and Round 2 has Legolas vs. Aragorn. Check out Maggie’s website: maggiesmith.squarespace.com She's published too: reductress.com You can also catch her performing around Chicago: Infinite Sundaes Comedy Sportz The News with Maggie Smith

1hr 7mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #20