Rank #1: Ep. 11: Funhouse Friend Focus TRACE BEAULIEU
A murder of Crows! Bill chats with fellow Mystery Science Theater 3000 alum Trace Beaulieu. They discuss Trace's early days growing up in the raspberry capital of the world, the glorious dangers of childhood, eating emu at the Ren Fest, and of course -- MST3K, Crow T. Robot, mad scientists, and the joys of working on one of the most unlikely TV shows ever.
Rank #2: Ep. 14: Pee Sea
Oh, did that naughty podcast title OFFEND you? Are you TRIGGERED? To find out, listen to Bill and co. talk about the concept of Political Correctness a.k.a. P.C. in the wake of a certain wank-fiend comedian's return to the stage. Again. Also: workaday anime animals, Top 10 movie lists presidential and not, and a book about Da Ol' Neighbahood. Finally: one of our listeners asks about an art project that got out of control. With Brandi Brown, Bryan Miller and a piece by Joseph Scrimshaw.
Rank #3: Ep. 15: Funhouse Friend Focus MICHAEL J. NELSON
Bill interviews RiffTrax and MST3K partner Michael J. "Mike' Nelson: the man, the legend, the guy Bill sees every other day! They chat about Mike's early days growing up in the boonies, his love of classical music, tennis, cooking, and other things that make Mike a cultured man and Bill... not so much. And also comedy! Plus a full extra half-hour over on Patreon discussing our movie obsessions during MST3K and RiffTrax. Warning: includes Gandalf impressions.
Rank #4: Ep. 3: Comedy Killers
Question: is comedy a mover and shaker of this world, or just some trembling weirdo? Plus naughty Roman Emperors from the 1970s, quiz kids, alterna-sports, talky ghost stories. Also we try to help with screen addiction and fat cats! With Brandi Brown, Shanan Custer plus special guest J. ELVIS WEINSTEIN of MST3K and Freaks and Geeks: standup comedian, documentary maker, podcaster, TV watcher.
Rank #5: Ep. 18: CENTRISTA!
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz has entered the 2020 presidential race! Maybe! Feeling the Schultzmentum, Bill and co. take up the issue of "centrism" in politics. What does it mean? Is it different from other vague political terms? Does anyone care? Find out! Also: our first foray into True Crime podcasting; Brandi roasts the dumb 2013 song "Accidental Racist;" and we discuss pop history books. Plus: listener advice, for work and for love. With Brandi Brown and Bryan Miller.
Rank #6: Ep. 12: The First Annual Funhouse Christmas Show
Get on board! Let's ride this Christmas... train? I don't know, something that moves. We take on the strange sailor-loving Turkish do-gooder called Santa Claus and his possible realness. Also: Rudolph, the inconvenient truth. Featuring special guest mentions Carol Burnett, Mr. Magoo, and the beloved Boy Without a Tongue, if he also exists. Merry Christmas! With Brandi Brown, Shanan Custer and Mike Fotis, with a piece by Joseph Scrimshaw.
Rank #7: Ep. 10: A Bit Invasive
Blinded by science! We chat with a veteran science writer about the complexities of invasive species, the existential dilemmas of climate change, and the fun of gaming out animal gladiator battles. Also: the healing power of TV shows about violent druglords, a rebooted She-Ra, people who can't stop climbing things, and an evil young, sweaty, sexy... Andy Griffith? With Brandi Brown, Mike Fotis, and guest Maggie Koerth-Baker of 538.com.
Rank #8: Ep. 9: Hardcore Mournography
We pay our respects to the respects being paid to George HW Bush. Also JK Rowling's la-di-dah "writing room," the 70s fashion battle in Versailles, exploring the Ryanverse, and Survivor, the show that somehow keeps surviving. Plus we try to help a young woman deal with her egg-stealing dad. With Brandi Brown, Mary Jo Pehl, Bryan Miller, and a piece by Joseph Scrimshaw.
Rank #9: Ep. 6: Ballot Stuff
Wonk madness: we analyze the 2018 midterm elections, then analyze that analysis. Plus eccentric baking shows, eccentric baking politicians, Jennifer Lawrence’s need for a new manager, and everyone’s favorite jam, Québécois glam rock. Also, personal boundaries: get some! With Brandi Brown and special wonk ringers Erica Mauter and Matthew Foster.
Rank #10: Ep. 16: Me Too Also As Well
Bill and friends talk about where the Me Too movement is now, where it came from, and where it might be going. Also: Japanese mascot madness; Clint Eastwood plays a squinty old grouch for a change; slightly-used British detective TV; and an island of actual art in the poisonous stream that is Twitter dot com. Finally: we try to advise a lonely listener whose job has left her virtually orphaned. With Brandi Brown, Mary Jo Pehl and Shanan Custer.
Rank #11: Ep. 5: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Nerds
Bill does the show in L.A. with a guest panel. The concept of "geek" is discussed, geekily. We ask what geek culture means, and if we've become a world of raging nerds. Also on the agenda: Lonesome Dove; Lincoln meets some ghosts; getting absorbed by Thomas Hardy in downtown L.A. Plus we help a non-hugger deal with pushy hug culture and advise a hygiene-challenged kilt-wearer. With guests Phoebe Bottoms, Audrey Kearns, and regular Funhouse contributor Joseph Scrimshaw.
Rank #12: Ep. 13: Advice-o-Rama
We give advice, and lots of it. This is the first Funhouse every-now-and-then All Advice episodes where we address some of the many life questions our excellent listeners have sent us (fyi: firstname.lastname@example.org). Hear us advising like the wind, life coachin' like hell. With Brandi Brown and Shanan Custer.
Rank #13: Ep. 7: Funhouse Fam Focus MARY JO PEHL
Thus begins an occasional series of one on one interviews with Funhouse regulars. Bill re-gets to know his dear friend and Mystery Science Theater 3000 / RiffTrax jokemate Mary Jo Pehl. They discuss MJ growing up in the esteemed first family of Circle Pines, MN.; our unreasonably confident parents; high school theater awkwardness; what the hell is standup comedy; MST3K old and new; and aging, which Bill is doing and Mary Jo is not. Plus: the next generation: better, or no?
Rank #14: Ep. 4: Insuffrageable
With Election Day 2018 looming, we talk about voting and ask: should you vote? And the answer is: OF COURSE YOU SHOULD, come on man. We also talk voter suppression and the limits of voting in addressing structural power imbalances. But still, yes, to repeat, OF COURSE YOU SHOULD. Then we discuss the American Girl empire; comedian and filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, and Halloween candy safety X-rays. Plus we try to help someone who recently moved and worries: is my new next-door neighbor going to make our lives miserable? With Brandi Brown, Mary Jo Pehl and Bryan Miller.
Rank #15: Ep. 17: Bill Corbett's Funhouse - Live from SFSketchfest TEASER
Teaser for our first live show! Recorded at San Francisco's Gateway Theater on 1/20/2019. Bill welcomes Mythbusters' Adam Savage and others for a spirited talk about alternative medicine: legit, quackery, or some combination? Also: beautiful songs to be played obsessively while driving; the uncanny valley horror of Winnie the Pooh; John Travolta as Gotti, and not as Gotti. Finally, the panel gives life advice to the audience. Do they help? YOU decide! With regulars Brandi Brown and Joseph Scrimshaw; guests Adam Savage and Quiz-o-Tron's Rebecca Watson. Available exclusively for our Patreon patrons.
Rank #16: Ep. 8: Howdy Neighbor!
The Funhouse crew look into the Nextdoor App and related sites of type-A neighborly paranoia. Plus judo fights in parliament, a mail fraudin' punk bluegrass band, more cultural goodies. And we try to help a college kid facing a racist Trumpista roomie situation, with angry but sensible advice! With Brandi Brown, Shanan Custer and Bryan Miller.
Rank #17: Ep. 23: ANDY RICHTER, First Banana
Bill sits down with Andy for an extensive interview about the early days of Conan, his died-in-a-wool midwestern ways, his start with the Real Live Brady Bunch, comedy, seriousness, therapy, aging, death, and possible...happiness.
Rank #18: Ep. 22: LINDSAY ELLIS and the Author Killers TEASER
Yes, it’s a great name for a band but it’s also the title of this episode! Bill is in L.A. and chats with superstar YouTube essayist Lindsay Ellis and Funhouse regular Joseph Scrimshaw. They discuss the “Death of the Author” theory that’s the subject of Lindsay’s recent video series. Some of the authors metaphorically made dead include J.K. Rowling, John Green, Orson Scott Card, Anne Rice, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, plus that incorrigible duo William Shakespeare & the guy who wrote Ready Player One. Also, inevitably: Star Wars. Finally, Lindsay, Joseph and Bill give listener advice to a couple annoying each other!
Rank #19: Ep. 21: Funhouse Fam Focus BRANDI BROWN
You've heard her on many episodes of Funhouse, now get to know Bill's cohost Brandi Brown better! Bill and Brandi talk about her bright college years; east coast vs. midwest rich peoples; Brandi's standup comedy and circuitous path to it. Also: Hamburglar jokes; MN State Fair crop art adventures; Brandi's Supreme court comedy; and finally, her history with the deeply weird comic strip cat Heathcliff.
Rank #20: Ep. 20: Funhouse Friend Focus JEFFREY HATCHER
Bill interviews old friend Jeffrey Hatcher: prolific playwright, screenwriter, and James Bond fan. They discuss life in the thee-ay-ter, along with the agonies and ecstasies of writing new plays. Also: Jeff’s pre-TITANIC Titanic play; the real-life Pottersville that is Steubenville Ohio; funeral shenanigans; the rules of writerly theft. Finally, Jeff shares tales of his screenwriting career, with stories about Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and other mellifluous-voiced Brits.